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.
First of all, let me say 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 was to check each blogger’s credentials. I scoped out their blogs, 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 ever wanted.
While I don’t share income reports, I did start making a substantial income from my blog within the first year. My goal is now to help other aspiring bloggers learn to create their own money making blog.
My blogging course, The Fun Sized Blogging Basics is designed to do just that. In my course, I will not only show you my exact marketing and Pinterest strategies, but I will also lay out how to schedule, how to make money, and how to manage your money once you have it.
Every blogger will be quick to tell you that if you’re serious about this, don’t expect to make money overnight.
While this is true, I almost feel like I did start making money overnight. After learning the blogging ropes for about 6 months, I had to quit my other part-time jobs. Because of this, I decided to kick my blog into full gear. Almost instantly I started making money from it.
What this tells me is that even though there is a lot to learn about blogging, a lot of the effort has to come from you. All of these lessons and tips will not help you if you don’t put in the effort.
If you think you’ve got enough drive and desire to launch a money-making blog, then read on to see exactly what you need to get started.
There are a lot of free blogging platforms, and that’s a great start, but I knew I wanted the absolute best when I started mine. That’s why I got set up with a WordPress site, using BlueHost for my host (see the full tutorial on how to launch.)
The benefits of using a self-hosted site seem to be never-ending. Not only have I been blogging for almost 2 years, I also completely rebranded my blog.
During this painful process, BlueHost was extremely helpful. I was so nervous that I would screw up my site permanently, lose all my followers, and end up crying myself to sleep. In reality, the exact opposite turned out to be true. I have BlueHost to thank for all of it.
Getting Google Adsense allows a space to display Google ads and gives bloggers a percentage from using them on their site. Here is a great tutorial that will guide you through from start to finish.
I have heard some bloggers say not to even bother starting with Google Adsense because you don’t make that much. Personally, I think when you’re just starting out, it doesn’t hurt to get any amount of money, no matter how small.
Starting my blog with Google Adsense helped me pay for my e-mail hosting and provided a little extra spending money.
Once your blog has started bringing in over 25K views per month I do recommend switching to Mediavine as an ad provider. Once I made the switch, my monthly ad income went from an average of $300 to $1,200.
Affiliate links are another way to start bringing in income to your blog.
What affiliate links basically are is recommending something you love to your readers and then earning a commission from it.
When you are first starting your blog, I recommend trying out a site like Share A Sale. Share A Sale 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.
The Fun Sized Blogging Basics course also has a tutorial that fully walks you through how to find affiliates and how to link to them in your blog.
Affiliate links can be so effective in fact that one blogger is making over $50,000 a month with affiliate marketing! Read my full review on her course here.
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. **You can see my disclosure at the beginning of this post**
Once you have established a solid blog and a good following you can start to look into working with brands.
Depending on how large your following is, you can start doing this early on.
When it comes to working with brands you can reach out to them, or they can reach out to you.
These companies basically work as the middle man between you and brands. Brands will contact them and then they will reach out to you. Influencer companies manage the payments as well 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.
Depending on the brands you work with, you may start to make a substantial income.
Once you have more experience working with brands, you may want to start reaching out to them directly. One blogger, Jenny Melrose of The Melrose Family earns over $10,000 per months through working with brands. In her course, Pitch Perfect she lays out her exact strategies on how to land big brands and start making more money.
Like any business that hopes to succeed, there’s a little investing that must take place first. Investing in quality hosting with BlueHost is super important and so is getting quality training.
You may have heard the saying, “It takes money to make money.” That saying is incredibly true especially when it comes to launching a money making blog.
If you hope to make money from this someday, you had better plan on investing in yourself and your blog through quality training. Here are the training courses I personally recommend:
The Fun Sized Blogging Basics – Learn my best strategies on how to make money blogging and how to keep traffic flowing in. I will give you guided tutorials on e-mails, Pinterest, Facebook, and Tailwind scheduling. Check out my 5 free lectures to get you started.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – Affiliate marketing is a great way to create an income from your blog. In this course, millionaire blogger Michelle from Making Sense of Cents shares her secrets to making over $50,000 a month from it!
Pitch Perfect Pro – Pitch Perfect is a course I took hosted by successful blogger, Jenny Melrose. She will walk you step by step through how to pitch to brands and what to do once you’ve got them.
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The absolute first thing to do when creating a blog is to just get started. You will learn lessons and make mistakes along the way. All you can do is grow from them like I did!