A year and a half ago, I started up this thing called a blog. It was so foreign to me and I had absolutely no experience running a blog. I didn’t even really know the magnitude of what people could make blogging. I just wanted to help people, specifically, helping moms be able to stay home with their kids and quit the 9 to 5.
For me, it wasn’t about money, it was about changing lives, showing women they have a choice. It just so happens that I make great money doing what I love. If you want to get your message out and change the world, keep reading…
As the sole provider of my family, I can understand the extreme diligence that men and women alike, put forth trying to make money from home. It seems like something that only dreams are made of…not something real and tangible. But, the truth is, that you CAN make money from home (I’ve been doing that for over 17 years) and one of the best ways to make money from home, in my opinion, is blogging.
Yes, it’s a lot of hard work. No, it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme, but yes, it IS real. For years, I lived on $18,000/year. Now I make more than half of a year’s income in ONE MONTH. How? Blogging!
If you want to know if blogging is right for you, you’ll want to check out my post, 47 Reasons to Start a Blog (yes, everyone’s doing it; they just don’t talk about it).
Decided you want to start a blog?
Great! The next step is making some hard decisions. Here’s a guide that will walk you through all those decisions, cutting many, many months off your prep time.
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The pricing is as follows:
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- $3.95 for 24 months –> $94.80 (great deal!)
- $4.95 for 12 months –> $59.40 (but I wouldn’t recommend this one because I see no point in starting up a blog if you’re just going to do it for a year and these prices next year WILL GO UP! Better to pay less now all at once).
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Done signing up? Awesome! Here’s my income report (the nuts and bolts and numbers of someone making $10,000/month blogging). And after you’re done seeing how it’s all done, you’ll want to snatch up a bag of tricks to implement on your own blog right away. Click here to read those secret jewels.
Be sure to design a logo for your blog. Here’s a site that will design a logo for you! Simply enter in the name and a few keywords. If you see one you like, you can purchase it for around $30, saving you tons of time trying to find a designer and not seeing what you’re paying for upfront.
Still haven’t a clue what you’ll write about? Not to worry. Click here to read the post, What To Do When You Run Out of Content Ideas for Your Blog. After reading that, you’ll never run out of great ideas again!
Another trick to knowing what to write about can be found here. On HubSpot, you enter in 3 nouns (any words you want) and it helps you come up with a really cool title, right, because a headline is the very first thing potential readers will see. It’s important to make a good one!
Don’t forget to write all your blogging ideas down! You’ll need to make a schedule, called an editorial calendar, to be consistent in your writing. Just try to do 2-3 posts a week to start, then add more posts as you can. You can get the 2015 free printable calendars here and the 2016 free printable calendars here.
After you get that taken care of, you’ll need an entire blog planner. My absolute favorite planner is here.
Next, you’ll want to research your competitors. One site you can do this is on Compete.com. It’s really simple to use. Just enter in the site URL you want to check out and click the various options to see more information about them.
A couple other sites to look up your competition is Alexa.com and SimilarWeb.com. Both give you different data and have different features. They will tell you things like how much traffic a site gets, where it’s coming from, where the traffic is going, are the readers male/female, how popular is the site and so on. To get a semi-accurate traffic count (nothing is 100% accurate like that, but it gives you a good idea: on SimilarWeb, multiply the visits by the page views).
Still want more recommendations? Which plug ins to install, which books are worth spending money on, where DO YOU get pictures anyway? Check out my blogging recommendations page, where I spill all that and much more.
Want sponsors to sponsor your site and throw money at you? You’ll need a low Alexa score. The lower the better. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered there too! Here’s how to Boost Your Alexa Score Organically. No tricks that will get you in trouble with Google. This is all 100% safe and sound advice.
After you get to 50,000 pageviews on your site, you’ll want to begin putting ads up (not before that time or you’ll lose trust with your readers!)
I use these ad networks:
- Google AdSense – Find the two ads that do best on your site and keep them. Delete the ones that don’t do as well. There’s no point in showing an ad that doesn’t make you GOOD money!
- Media.net – What I love about Media.net is that you can put the ads where you want them. I like to put them in some of my more popular posts. You can customize the ad colors any way you want and Media.net will automatically A/B split test them to get you maximum results. Here’s an example of the ad that converts the best on my site; making me lots of money.
Still have more questions? Check out the Most Common Blogging Questions Answered by clicking here.