How to make money blogging from the start
When I first started blogging I heard from every source that it was going to take a long time, and I was going to need hundreds of thousands of page views to start earning a real income. I loved blogging and helping bloggers. I was determined to make Smart and Simplistic (now TaylorStanford.com) successful fast to prove to myself and bloggers everywhere that you can follow your dreams without investing years of your time with no return.
The thing I get the most emails, questions, messages and comments about is making money. Everyone wants to make money following their dreams of being a blogger but feel like they can't because they only get 1,000 page views a month or they have a strange niche they feel like no one wants to read about.
Everyone can make money blogging as long as you care about what you are doing!
If you aren't already a blogger, but want to learn more about blogging and how to make money blogging go ahead and sign up for my free email course where we talk all about how to start a blog, and how to make money blogging.
If you want to join my free how to start a blog email course here is what w go over in it:
- Day 1: How to start a blog for beginners.
- 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.
I started making hundreds of dollars my first month blogging (you can read about how I earned $300 my first month blogging here) because I broke outside of the norm, you can do this too. Everyone can do this. Every blogger can achieve their goals if they work with motivation and passion. I am here to help you!
Here is what I did to start making hundreds of dollars my first month blogging:
1.Create Achievable Goals
When I started this blog I had no following for it on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google +. But 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 wanted d make, and how many followers I wanted to get when I had absolutely nothing to compare my blog to.
I realized because I didn't have anything to compare my blog too I needed to create goals even more. This gave me something to strive towards even when they seemed impossible to meet.
However I knew I needed to create achievable 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 is not.
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
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.
If you want to know more about setting goals, and how to pin point what goals you need to set to make the most money. I talk about it a ton in my ebook. Which is currently 50% off for my birthday coming up (I want to spoil my readers!). If you click here and use the code BIRTHYAY at checkout by Saturday January 20th, 2018.
If you are interested in turning your tiny blog into a full time business in just 30 days,go ahead and check out my ebook "30 Days to Blog Success" by clicking here. I have decided to once again make it available to you guys for a limited time since the year ends soon, and everyone wants to make a few extra dollars in the new year right?
Plus now you can use the coupon code: BIRTHYAY for an extra 50% off to get to the ebook just click here.
JUST ENTER THE CODE: BIRTHYAY AT CHECKOUT! OFFER ENDS Saturday January 20th AT 11:59 P.M CST. (Because It's almost my birthday!)
This is your last chance to grab my book before I take it offline, so I can focus on helping my readers who have purchased the money maker package of my book(it comes with free consulting). Me and my money makers are gonna do great things in 2018. So go grab this offer and become a money maker before I take my e-book down.
Now back to the blog post, bloggers often start blogging with the wrong ideas about blogging, This happens because as bloggers we are conditioned to think the more we have out there the better of a chance we to make money blogging.
2. Focus on A Few Social Media Sites Not All Of Them
I see so many bloggers spread themselves so thin on every social media network because marketing agencies want "high interaction" to sponsor them. Spreading yourself too thin as a blogger really limits how you can grow as a blogger. I decided to focus on Pinterest, and Twitter when I started my blog because I knew If I used Pinterest correctly It can bring your blog a good amount of traffic from people in your target audience. (you can click here to learn how I met my goal and got a lot of traffic from Pinterest). I also knew that Twitter was a great way to start branding myself, I could grow a large following on Twitter faster than other social media networks. This would help my blog more professional because I was connected to a large target audience. The more professional your blog looks the easier it will be to make money.
Boardbooster: Boardbooster allows you to Loop pins, which deletes old pins and reposts them but it won't delete viral pins. This makes your page continue to be active even when you aren't activity pinning. Since starting to use Boardbooster I have increased my income by nearly 500%. I highly reccomend joining boardbooster even if you only use the entry level subscribtion. You can sign up for Boardbooster here.
Tailwind: Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduler that is completely different than Boardbooster instead of re-pinning things you have already pinned 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 totaly changed my life. If you want to find out more you can sign up for a free tailwind account here.
3. Focus Hard on One Affiliate
I see posts being re-pined on Pinterest all the time with titles like, "50 Great Affiliate Marketing Programs" and "The top 20 affiliate programs" too many affiliate links take away from your content.
No one is going to want to keep coming back to a blog when every post just sounds like a sales pitch to get you to go somewhere else and buy something or sign up for a service.
Posting too many affiliate links is going to take away from your earnings because people will not take you seriously. They will easily be able to tell you are just trying to make money.
To make good money with affiliate programs you need to focus on one or two and push them. You should create a whole post about the great things that product or service has to offer not just include a link to it in every post.
In my e-book I go into a ton of detail of how I started making a lot of money my first month blogging with just one affiliate.
If you want to know more about my one affiliate, and how I have continued to make thousands of dollars with that single affiliate click here to get my ebook and enter the code: BIRTHYAY for 50% off
before Saturday January 20th at 11:59 CST.
After that my e-book will be offline for a while so I can help the people who bought it build their websites.
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 my e-book for food bloggers are: online video cooking lessons, personal recipe creation, 30 minute meal cooking classes online, (there are many more for all kinds of bloggers in the book).
Services I offer are one-on-one blog coaching which runs for about $50 (you can email me if you are interested in: email@example.com.) Currently my other services are only $20 but now they are only $10 and those are
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.
I brought up offering services to one of my clients and she said, "I don't have enough readers to offer services." She was wrong, one reader is enough to offer services. All you have to do is put some extra time in your schedule and set up a landing page. You have knowledge someone else wants.
Offering services is a great way to make money blogging.
5. Don't Overuse 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. One ad under every post and one in my side bar. These ads are enough to earn me a little extra income but they don't push readers away.
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 to 3 times a week depending. I have found sometimes the weeks I only post once I get the most traffic and make the most money blogging.
7. Stay educated
I recently just wrote a whole ebook about how I took my tiny little blog and started making a full time income with it. It isn't about page views its about your target audience.
I make a full time income with about 5,000 users per month, the key is how I reach those 5,000 people and how I connect with them.
So often I see bloggers who are doing the wrong things. Often I see bloggers post every single day because they think the more often they post the easier it will be to get traffic and earn money from advertisements. Sometimes I see bloggers who take every sponsorship they get an email about because they are trying to earn money. I even see bloggers who have advertisements in every open space on their blog to try to earn more money. I see bloggers with 100 affiliate links per post to try to get more clicks and sales. None of this is going to help you make money blogging.
I see clients all the time who stopped seeing growth in social media, and blog traffic. I often ask them, "Do you keep on SEO information?" "Do you use Pinterest as a learning tool to get help from other bloggers?" and I often get the response of "no". The reason that people fail as bloggers is because they don't stay up to date on their affiliates, good ways to advertise, and how to optimize their social medias.
To make money blogging you need to stay educated on all things blogging.
My book 30 Days to Blog Success is a great resource for when you are trying to grow your small blog. It explains excatly how I turned my small blog (few hundred views) into a full time business in one month.
Plus until Saturday January 20th I am offering 50% off because the year is ending soon and I want to help as many people as I can make a few extra dollars for the new year!
Just use code: BIRTHYAY at checkout just click here to get the ebook!
Offer ends: Saturday January 20th 11:59 PM CST.
want more info? email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 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.
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.
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.