How to Make Money Blogging

 How to make money blogging as a beginner. How to make money blogging when you first start. Here is how I started making money my first month blogging. #bloggingtips #blogging #workfromhome

Making money blogging is a dream job. But how the heck are you suppose to get started when you have no idea what your doing?

Blogging may sound complicated but I promise you it doesn’t have to be.

When I started blogging I had literally no idea what I was doing, and 4 months later I quit my job because blogging was paying me enough to do so.

But how the heck do you get your blog from picking a domain name to actually make money?

Let's jump into how to make money blogging from the start.

IF YOU AREN'T ALREADY A BLOGGER HERE IS MY BEST ADVICE.

First: read this paragraph closely, Then: read the rest of this article and take notes!

Start a blog NOW!

This season (the fall) is the perfect time to start a blog because there is enough time to really earn some money before the holidays, and the amount of people reading blogs goes up so much this time of year after kiddos go back to school so it is much easier to get traffic, and start making money.

I know starting a blog can be overwhelming, it seems like there is so much you need to know, and how are you suppose to know you are getting the best deal on a domain name or hosting?

And how are you suppose to know how to design your blog and get traffic?

I created a FREE ( did I mention it’s free?) 7 Day email course which will teach you step-by-step how to set up a blog, install your theme, make a logo, and create monetized content. It will completely kick-start your blogging success.

Please take it if you don’t already have a blog (or if you do already have a blog and want the advice) because I really want to help you get your dream job. Here is a more detailed guide of what we go over in it!

  • Day 1: How to start a blog for beginners (+50% of per month & free .com just for my readers)

  • Day 2: How to install your first theme and create a free logo.

  • Day 3: Planning out your content.

  • Day 4: Monetizing your website as a beginner.

  • Day 5: Increasing your website's traffic to make more money.

  • Day 6: Planning out your long-term goals.

  • Day 7: Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit.

Here is what I did to start making hundreds of dollars my first month blogging:

1. Create Simple Monthly Goals

When I started my website I had no idea what I was doing, and my only follower on Pinterest was some girl I kind of knew from high school but would never approach if I actually ran into her at Target.

Once I got my website up and running I decided it was now time to:

Set goals for myself.

And I am so glad I did. I set goals for  Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google +. I knew I needed to set social goals to push me hard to engage and grow a community for my blog online.

It was hard set goals about how much money I thought I could make my first month, and how many followers I wanted to get when I had absolutely nothing to compare my blog to.

So when it comes to YOU and your website here is something to think about when setting your initial goals earning 1,000,000 a month when you have nothing to sell and no followers may be impossible, but earning a few hundred dollars or even a thousand is not.

12 months later and now my goals look much more like this:

  • Earn: $20,000+ A month

  • Schedule 30+ pins a day

  • Write 2 Monthly Newsletters

  • Keep active in my Facebook Group

  • Create a new email opt-in every month

  • Grow my Pinterest Following 500 a month.

My first month blogging goals were:

  • Earn: $250

  • Twitter Followers: 500

  • Pinterest Followers: 1000

  • (I didn't plan to focus on Facebook and Instagram followers)

  • Facebook Page Likes: 70

  • Instagram Followers: 50

GOALS ARE SO IMPORTANT,

can you imagine life without goals? there would be no reason to push yourself or strive to be a better person. Goals are the only thing that have made me a good blogger.

I remember seeing other bloggers income reports and realizing that there is no reason that they can do this and I can’t because they must have known nothing when they started too.

Here I am a year later on the other side, making more more than the bloggers who wrote the income reports I used to read. All because I set goals and was determined to reach them.

2. Increase Your Following on One Social Site at a Time.

I made this mistake when I fist started, and it is time I will never get back. Don’t be like me and waste time.

I see so many bloggers spread themselves so thin on every social media network because marketing agencies want "high interaction" to sponsor them.

Sponsorships are not the way that you are going make good money. Sponsorships should really be a small portion of your income because you can make way more money through affiliates, and creating your own products.

 Spreading yourself too thin as a blogger really limits how you can grow as a blogger.

I tried to start a Google+, Facebook Profile, Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social medias for my blog but I quickly realized there is no way I could create blog posts, and make posts on all those social medias.

Here are the two things you should focus on as a blogger

  • Pinterest

  • Facebook

  • Maybe Instagram (if your blog has a lot of images)

 (you can click here to learn how I met my goal and got a lot of traffic from Pinterest). 

Pinterest is the only reason I make money, and get traffic to my blog. If you are new to blogging, but really want to increase the money you make blogging there are a few things that I recommend

Tailwind: Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduler I use daily.

With Tailwind you can find new things to pin by using group boards called Tribes, or searching within Tailwind.

By using Tailwind Tribes I have increased the amount of views I get on Pinterest monthly from 40,000 to upward of 1,000,000 views a month. Tailwind is amazing and has changed my life. If you want to find out more you can sign up for a free tailwind account here.


If you want to start a profitable blog, or increase the amount of money you make blogging I want to give you another opportunity to join my FREEE 7-Day email course, that will literally teach you step by step how to start a blog, and how to monetize. Here is just a reminder of what we go over in it:

  • Day 1: How to start a blog for beginners (+50% of per month & free .com just for my readers)

  • Day 2: How to install your first theme and create a free logo.

  • Day 3: Planning out your content.

  • Day 4: Monetizing your website as a beginner.

  • Day 5: Increasing your website's traffic to make more money.

  • Day 6: Planning out your long-term goals.

  • Day 7: Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit.


3. Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate marketing is SOO important as a blogger. Not having or making enough money is so disappointing, especially when you so desperately want blogging to become your job.

I remember when I was un happy with my affiliate income. It was when I first first started my blog and I also worked a terrible job with a terrible boss. I so desperately wanted to quit to travel with my family. 

Then after hours and hours of research I finally figured out a method of affiliate marketing that worked. 

(thankfully now affiliate income brings me$4,000+ per month, so I quit that job and can now travel with my family)

The keys to affiliate marketing are:

  • Knowing where to put affiliate links.

  • Knowing where to find the best affiliate programs.

  • Knowing how to drive traffic to your content with affiliate links in it.

  • Knowing who your audience is.

    • You can’t advertise $3,000 boots when your audience is full of women who only make $20,000/year.

    • You can’t advertise Walmart products to women with Gucci taste.

  • Knowing how to target your audience with what links you use.

  • Knowing the best seasons to post certain types of affiliate links.

Because I don't want you to struggle with affiliate marketing like I did I created something I know will help.

30 Days to Blog Success is an e-book I created to:

  • Give you my day-by-day guide to figuring out affiliate marketing and making money blogging in 30 Days.

  • Teach you where to put affiliate links.

  • Teach you where to find the best affiliate programs.

  • Teach you how to drive traffic to your content with affiliate links in it.

  • Teach you how to learn who your audience is.

    • Teach you how to find out if your audience wants $3,000 boots or $29.99 boots.

  • Teach you how to target your audience with what links you use.

  • Teach you the best seasons to post certain types of affiliate links.

Did I mention that 30 Days to Blog Success comes with FREE one-on-one email coaching with me monthly? so I can coach you on how to make your blog successful no matter what you want to talk about.

Click here to buy it or learn even more about 30 Days to Blog Success.

4. Offer Services

So many bloggers are worth so much more than they know.

I see food bloggers all the time and wonder why they don't offer services bring in more money. A few of the examples I talk about in 30 Days to Blog Success for food bloggers are: online video cooking lessons, personal recipe creation, 30 minute meal cooking classes online, offering local prepared meal delivery in your area. (there are many more for all kinds of bloggers in 30 Days to Blog Success like ideas for mama bloggers, travel bloggers, fashion bloggers, DIY bloggers, and so much more!).

  Blog Auditing: where I go do a 4+ page report of someones blog and tell them exactly how they can make money with their type of blog, what they should be doing to get more traffic, what images they can post to create more shares.

 Social Media Auditing: Where I create a complete a 4+ page complete review of bloggers social media to tell them, when they should be posting, what content they should be sharing more, what content they should be sharing less, what social media they should focus on growing next, what they can do to wok less on their social media.

Everyone has knowledge that someone else doesn't have and wants. The options are endless. Fashion bloggers could offer services helping their readers organize their clothes for that season, or for an event, or personal online shopping. There are so many ways to make money blogging with services.

Offering services is a great way to make money blogging.

5. Only have 1-3 Advertisements

Advertisements are a great way to earn extra money blogging. However ads really take away from a blog when they are all over the place. I have a few ad's on my page. These ads are enough to earn me a little extra income but they don't push readers away.

You never want your main source of income to be driving people away from your website. This will only lower quality of relationships you can build with your readers.

I recommend only having 1-3 advertisements on each page of your blog. 

6. Don't Post Just To Post

I mentioned this earlier in the post, that some bloggers feel the need to have something new go up every single day.

Don't do this. Posting every single day will not make you money blogging. The way you make money blogging is posting good content that is full of information and is actually giving something to your readers.

I only post 1 time a week depending. I have found sometimes I don't end up posting for a couple weeks and it doesn't effect my traffic or income at all because the content I am posting is quality and offers something to my readers.

In 30 Days to Blog Success I talk about my formula for creating quality content and I really believe this to be a big part of why I am successful.

Here is a highlight of how to create quality content:

  • Let your personality shine through, it is the only thing that sets you apart.

    • People want to know about your old jobs, your kiddos, your husband and what makes you able to create content.

  • Make sure you are always teaching.

    • Sharing a story is what is going to build a personal connection, but teaching is what is going to make people believe in your value as a blogger.

  • Believe what you are saying.

    • If you are talking about products you don’t believe in just to make a dollar people will see it in your writing. Only talk about things you believe.

If you want to know how to make your personality shine through without boring people, or how to make sure you are always teaching I talk about it all in 30 Days to Blog Success (which is my story, and teachings of how you can be successful blogging in 30 Days.)

Click here to buy it or learn even more about 30 Days to Blog Success.

7. Stay Educated on Blogging

Blogging is something that is nearly impossible to figure out all on your own, without hours of research, months of work, and tons of confusion.

You have to stay educated on blogging in order to be successful.

Which is why I am so glad you are reading this post!

Many of the most successful bloggers claim that constant reading, and learning is crucial to their ability to be successful. 

For me a few of my favorite resources are:

  1. Keeping notes and looking back at them often.

  2. Using Pinterest looking at blogging tips and changes.

  3. Reading other bloggers books / courses.

The reason I keep preaching 30 Days to Blog Success is because I have walked blogging alone and I know it is better with someone in your corner. 30 Days to blog Success is a great resource that will teach you exactly how to start a profitable blog

But the best part is you get me via one-on-one email coaching, and a whole collection of other bloggers Via our Private Facebook Group just for those of you have read the book.

Please don’t miss the chance to get the e-book, coaching, and access to the Facebook group before I take it down after 11:59pm CST Sunday September 23rd.

Click here to buy it or learn even more about 30 Days to Blog Success.

It is the cheapest it has ever been because I want to help as many of you guys as possible.

Please let me help you turn blogging into your full-time job!

30 Days to Blog Success will teach you:

  • How to affiliate market like a six-figure blogger.

  • What to day-to-day on social media and Pinterest in order to run a successful blog.

  • How the heck bloggers become successful.

  • What you need to do to increase your blog traffic.

  • When it comes to branding what is important, and how to do it yourself for free.

Click here to buy it or learn even more about 30 Days to Blog Success.

8. Build an Email List

As a blogger the only audience you own is your email list. Every person on that list is there because you did something right to make them stay.

All the people on your email list want to hear what you have to say. To make money and especially a passive income as a blogger you need to build your email list so you have someone to offer a product or service to.

Pinterest is a great way to increase traffic but it varies by season, and the type of content you post.

Facebook is a great way to build traffic but you never know when people will share your post.

Your email list will provide you regular traffic, and sales.

A great way to build your email list is to put a call to action in every one of your social media bios and offer content upgrades to people who sign up.

A call to action in your social media bio could sound something like this, "Learn how I keep 3 growing toddlers going to be regularly every night (link to sign up to your email list here).

Then you would set up an automation through your email service  (I recommend MailerLite they are free and offer automation) to send them an email with your tips after they sign up.

You are going to be more likely to have a good audience that sticks around if you stay true to yourself. Your audience is there for you not who you pretend to be.

9. STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF

I see so many bloggers post about everything under the sun even though they really want to be a fashion blogger, or they really want to be a mommy blogger.

To make money blogging you need to stay true to yourself. Talking about something you don't care about to get people to click affiliate links, or get more traffic makes your blog seem more unprofessional and boring.

Talking about something you love makes it a lot easier to be dedicated to blogging. Being dedicated to blogging makes it a lot easier to make it a career.

Click here to buy it or learn even more about 30 Days to Blog Success. 


I also want to give you ONE MORE final chance to get my SUPER FREE 7-Day email course that will teach you how to set up your blog in order to get it ready to make money. Here is what we go over in it:

  • Day 1: How to start a blog for beginners (+50% of per month & free .com just for my readers)

  • Day 2: How to install your first theme and create a free logo.

  • Day 3: Planning out your content.

  • Day 4: Monetizing your website as a beginner.

  • Day 5: Increasing your website's traffic to make more money.

  • Day 6: Planning out your long-term goals.

  • Day 7: Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit.

 

Closing Statements

if you stumbled onto this page because you want to blog, or want to switch to self hosted in hopes of making money and living your dreams I highly recommend it. Making money blogging is only as hard as you make it. I have never had a better job in my life.

I hope that this post motivated you to follow your dreams or helped you in some way. If you have any questions or comments be sure to use the contact page to send me an email!

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