The 5 Steps to Launching a Profitable Blog

So many people are becoming aware of the potential income earnings from running a blog. The downside is, not a lot of people know how to even successfully start one. Truth be told, there is a wrong way and a right way to launch a blog. This post is laid out to give you simple and easy to follow instructions on how to launch a money-making blog. If you are hoping to bring in additional income from blogging continue reading along so you can learn exactly what you’re going to need to succeed.

*This post contains affiliate links through which I may make a commission. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Before I started blogging I read a ton of blog posts on how to turn a blog into extra income. The one thing I made sure to do before following any advice was to check each blogger’s credentials.

I scoped out their blogs and I read their income reports. If I was going to take advice from another blogger, I wanted to make sure they were someone whose advice I wanted.

While I don’t share income reports, I do want you to know that I was able to make $1,000 per month within 3 months of starting The Fun Sized Life. If you want to learn more about how you can take my totally free training on how to make your first $1,000 online.

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Making money overnight

Every blogger will be quick to tell you that if you’re serious about running a blog and making an income from it, don’t expect to make money overnight.

It’s true that blogging takes some time to learn and understand, however, I almost feel like I did start making money overnight.

The key to making money with a blog faster is to really know what you’re doing before you get started and don’t be too scared to just start. There will always be more to learn and you won’t get it right the first time.

My three biggest tips for fast blogging success:

1. Get a quality host

There are a lot of free blogging platforms, and while they can be a great place to start, most of these platforms are not set up to run a successful money-making blog.

The most affordable hosting platform is BlueHost. BlueHost was who I used when I first started my blog. I loved the affordability as well as the rave reviews I had read about it.

SiteGround is another great option for when you are first starting a blog. From my understanding, SiteGround has the potential to optimize your site with faster speeds when your traffic starts to go up!

That means SiteGround may be best for the long-term, but BlueHost offers amazing affordability for someone who is just getting started. (PS Don’t worry, you can switch hosts whenever you want!)

2. Start your email list!

So many people (myself included) struggle to see the benefits of having an email list right away when you start your blog. Let me break down for you why this is something you need to have on your to-do list right away:

  • You can connect with your audience on a deeper level
  • Helps you conduct market research to know what your readers like
  • Gives you a place to share promotions and sales you offer in the future
  • Allows you to have full control of who you connect with (social media is changing all the time)

It’s so crucial, that I created a mini bundle called The Biz Bundle for people hoping to start a successful email list and social media.

Personally, I use ConvertKit for my emails. They make everything so simple and is the company that I use to walk you through all of my tutorials on how to improve your email list.

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3. Affiliate Links

Affiliate links are definitely my favorite (and the fastest) way to start making an income from your blog.

What affiliate links basically are is recommending something you love to your readers and then earning a commission from it.

Just imagine if Netflix paid you $5 every time you recommended a movie or show to someone! That’s how amazing affiliate marketing is!

I have taken two courses on affiliate marketing and both are highly informative: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers.

Although both courses were highly informative, Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers is more affordable and super easy to understand!

How to find affiliate links

When you are first starting your blog, I recommend trying out a site like ShareASale. ShareASale makes it very easy to browse multiple different companies that have affiliate programs. Just be sure to go with programs that you know and have tried.

When using affiliate links, it’s also very important to always remember to disclose that information in your posts, emails or social media shares. You have to let people know that you are sharing affiliate links and that you may make a commission.

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4. Working with brands

Once you have established a solid blog and a good following you can start to look into working with brands. You can actually start working with brands right away, however, you are more likely to get paid when you have a larger following. (Including your email list! Get started now.)

Finding brands

When it comes to working with brands you can research brands you love, reach out to them, and negotiate your own contracts.

Working with brands this way requires more effort on your part, but can yield a higher paycheck. If you feel like you are really wanting to understand all of the ins and outs of working with brands, I highly recommend the course, Pitch Perfect.

Pitch Perfect will guide you through how to find brands, how to approach them and how to charge!

Helping brands find you

If you are just starting to launch your money-making blog, and aren’t quite ready to start pitching brands, the easier route would be to sign up with companies like Acorn or Linqia. 

These companies basically work as the middle man between you and brands.

Brands will contact these companies and then the companies will reach out to you.

A good part of this is that influencer companies manage the payments so you don’t have to worry about that part. However, because they are acting as a middle man, this also means they will be taking a percentage of your earnings.

5. Focus on one thing at a time

The best way to see success with anything in life is to hone your focus in and don’t spread yourself too thin.

For example, you might want to start just learning how to effectively write emails for the first few months of running your blog. When you feel ready, start branching into affiliate marketing.

Taking the time to slow down and focus on one thing at a time will help you gradually become a blogging master.

Whenever we try to do it all, we end up accomplishing almost nothing. Kind of like when you start cleaning your room and end up moving from room to room putting things away only to have your room still messy at the end of the day.

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  1. Jen | 18th Jan 18

    This post is so very helpful! Can’t wait to CT and check out all your recommendations!

    • | 18th Jan 18

      Thanks so much Jen! Its tough to share enough without writing a novel!

  2. Paxton K | 18th Jan 18

    Great post! I just started blogging and this page is super helpful. I saved this post so I can look back on it :).

    • | 18th Jan 18

      Great!! I’ll have to keep an eye out for all your stuff!

  3. Laura @ The Mindful Mom Blographer | 18th Jan 18

    Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom! I especially liked the part on working with brands. That is definitely one area of blogging that intimidates me!

    • | 18th Jan 18

      Take the passive route! haha It’s all pretty nerve wracking until you get into it. At least for me!

  4. Erin Haugerud | 18th Jan 18

    GReat advice!!! I’ll be reading again and taking notes!

    • | 18th Jan 18

      So glad to hear it! I take all my notes with pink pen! haha

  5. Rebecca | 18th Jan 18

    Wow! This is a great article with so much information to start a blog! I’m going to take notes and apply to what I’m doing. Thanks!

    • | 18th Jan 18

      So glad you enjoyed it Rebecca!

  6. Sigoni | 19th Jan 18

    Thank you so much for all of your advice and you’re blogging resources! They are very helpful. I just started blogging and I can’t wait to start working with brands! And I’ve heard a lot about tailwind but I haven’t felt the urge to commit yet. Maybe soon!

    • | 19th Jan 18

      Sigoni they have a free trial! So you don’t have to commit. You can just test it out first!

  7. Misty | 19th Jan 18

    There are so many helpful tips and resources here for any level of blogger. There are few here I am going to be trying for my own blog.

    • | 19th Jan 18

      Misty! I’m so glad it hear that. This was a tough post for me to write because I wanted to share enough without making people read too much!

  8. Laura | The Yellow Birdhouse | 19th Jan 18

    I’ve been trying for a while to turn my blog into extra income. I feel like I’m on my way now, but it definitely did NOT happen overnight. It has been a lot harder than I thought it would be. 🙂

    • | 19th Jan 18

      I hear ya!

  9. Yvette | 19th Jan 18

    this is one of the best articles of this genre that I’ve read I hope to monetize this year and am just looking into courses on how to do that. I like the idea of brand ambassadorship so that what I think I am going to focus on.

    • | 19th Jan 18

      Thanks so much Yvette! I definitely recommend Acorn and Linqia They are a great place to start! I wish I had signed up sooner!

  10. Rebecca | 19th Jan 18

    This is a great beginning “How to” on where to get started. With great tips to set up on the right foot. Nice article. Well done!

  11. Heather | 19th Jan 18

    Thanks for these tips! I’ve been growing my blog for almost a year and finally seeing some growth and traffic. I’m going to look into some of these programs.

  12. Joyce Odette | 19th Jan 18

    This is a great informational post! I’ll admit, I’m guilty of not investing enough in my family lifestyle blog but since it’s what gets the most traffic I knew I needed to step it up this year. It’s my new goal, these resources will be perfect when I’m ready to monetize it. Have adsense on there, but I want more passive income streams. Thanks for the insights 🙂

    • | 19th Jan 18

      So glad you liked it Joyce. I too have had to make those changes. My recipes and food posts just don’t get much traffic even though I love me some food and food pix! It took up a lot of my time that just wasn’t worth it.

  13. Ginger | 19th Jan 18

    Ok, I am so happy I clicked on this blog! I am using the building a framework book too and have found it SO helpful! I’ve just started my blog and have hit a snafu-google ad sense still has not approved me! (Super worried about this) BUT it’s very reassuring to hear from someone who has taken a similar path as me and is doing good! Congrats on your success and lots of good luck to you!

    • | 19th Jan 18

      Oh Ginger. Let me tell you…I got rejected from Amazon. Could not get Adsense to work. Thought I’ve lost all my work. Re-done my posts um like 8,000 times…this is NOT an easy gig by any means but it is totally worth it! I am so glad you got Building a Framework. Abby does such a great job of leaving no detail out! She’s such a life saver.

  14. Heather | 20th Jan 18

    I love all of your tips for turning a blog into some extra money. I have been blogging for one year and have started to grow my income with my blog.

    • | 20th Jan 18

      That’s so exciting! It sure is a lot of work, but so worth it!

  15. Nicole | 20th Jan 18

    Thank you for your awesome tips on how to turn a blog into extra income! I started my blog last year and it’s grown so much since I started implementing most of the tips in this article.

    • | 20th Jan 18

      So glad to hear! I have seen such huge improvement. It’s amazing what can happen when you finally make everything click!

  16. Sigoni | 21st Jan 18

    Wow you really jammed a lot of amazing content in this post! I just signed up for Ackrn because I had never heard of them before. Thank you so much for these tips! I also think I need to create better pop ups for my email list!

    • | 21st Jan 18

      So glad you liked it! Acorn has been a great company so far. As far as e-mail lists, it took me a while to find what worked but just make sure to get one started ASAP!

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