Starting a money making blog

A Girl’s guide to turning a Blog into a Money Making Machine

Today we will be sharing with you the steps you can take to create the ultimate money making blog. In today’s post you will find a step-by-step guide to starting a blog that will make consistent income as you grow and scale your business. This is a Girl’s guide to turning a Blog into a Money Making Machine. Are you ready to start a money making blog?

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Can you really make money from blogging?

How to start making money online with your blog

Yes you can. I am here to tell you that yes you can really make money from your blog. It’s not as hard or complicated as most people think. If you have a focus, a great plan and a strategy you can really make money from your blog. 

Take a look at my June blog Income report. We started this blog in late October of 2016 and by June of this year we were making over $1000 per month just by promoting our blog. 

Does this make you want to start a money making blog? This is going to be a very detailed long post. Grab a pen and paper, take some notes. Don’t forget to bookmark this to re-read it and you can Pin it over here for referencing. Oh did I forget to mention to grab a cup of coffee/tea or in my case a glass of wine? Get cozy…

How much money can you make from your blog?

How much money you can make from your blog depends on several factors. How much do you really want to make? What are your goals and objective for your blog. How do you plan to make money from your blog? We will share a few different ways to make money from your blog below but you really need to decide what  your goals are.

For example, if you are going to focus on sponsored posts and make $300.00 per post, determine how many sponsored post opportunities you can target each month based on this number. 

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Step 1: How to start a money making blog

The first step to starting a money making blog is picking out your niche topic. This means, what will you blog about? What are you good at? Where are your creative juices taking you? Ideally pick something that you are really good at, or work with something that really inspires you. 

You should really think about it very carefully. If not, you might end up quitting or you might get bored after only a few weeks. Some topics to think about:

Once you pick a blog name, find a topic, really niche down your blog. For example if you are going to blog about Parenting, who will you be focusing on? What age? Are you doing Teens or the Terrible twos? If you can bring every aspect of parenting under one umbrella do it. Don’t limit yourself to a bubble. 

Important Note: Sign up to become an Affiliate for the Ultimate bundles. They have products for almost any niche and you can make thousands of dollars by promoting their products. 

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Step 2: Choose the perfect domain and make sure it’s self-Hosted

There is no getting around the self-hosted portion. Do not attempt to monetize your blog if it is not self-hosted. If you want to start a money making blog, girl, you need to get your blog on paid platform? 

What does a self-hosted blogging platform mean? 

This means that you will sign up for WordPress.org instead of the WordPress.com or Wix or anything that you did not pay for. 

There is a fee for going with a self-hosted site but the possibility of making money is endless. First of all, you will have full control and access to your site. You also be able to customize your site and you will be able to download very important plugins and even add some ads of your choice with a paid platform. 

So what are your choices? 

We highly recommend Siteground for your hosting company. They are fantastic! I love that they back up my site everyday, they are partnered up with CDN something you will need to ensure your site runs really fast. And don’t get me started on how awesome the customer service is. 

They have hosting packages for as low as $3.95. If you wish to switch from one host to the other, they have an amazing customer service team that will handle the request for you. It’s free to do the switch and they do it really fast. They are so many amazing hosting companies but these are the ones I prefer. 

siteground webhosting site

Another amazing hosting company we recommend is Bluehost. Either of the two hosting companies will work in terms of you getting ready to monetize your blog. If you are ready to start making a money making blog, then sign up for either one or switch your services if you are on a free hosted site.

STEP 3:Picking out your Domain name

Before signing up for a domain, you need a name for your site. What will it be? Depending on your niche and brand that you are trying to build, find something that is applicable. Some bloggers tend to use their name. If this is the case, ensure it is an easy name, you are well branded so people can relate in terms of searches and that your name is easy to spell. 

Use NameCheck to see your name availability! 

STEP 4: Choose your blog theme/design

WordPress has a lot of free designs that you can use. But eventually, try to pay for a theme that will reflect your brand. Some themes are well customized to grow your audience which will mean more money for you. Basically you want to customize the look of your blog in order to attract clients. The more great looking your site is, the more user friendly, the more income you will make. We are talking branding. The FREE themes are pretty basic and you won’t get the wow factor that you need to really grow. Here are a few companies that offer feminine blog themes:

You might also like:  Beautiful Feminine WordPress blog themes for Female Entrepreneurs

 

STEP 5: Content is king, create evergreen content 

Did you just start your blog? Not sure how many blog post to have? There is no magic number. Just start! I had about 5 posts before I started promoting my content. Each and every one  of my blog posts are over 1000 words long. This is the recommended number of words  that seems to do really well with Google. If you want to start a money making blog, ensure you have great content for your readers to read and share. If you can create content that is over 1000 words each time, then you will do well with blog traffic. Remember, content is King

With the 5 content I had, I decided to start promoting my blog on social media (Facebook groups and Pinterest groups) to get traffic rolling. My first month blogging I had about 6000 page views. I wasn’t really concentrating on this, I was focusing more on creating content for my readers. After my 5 blog posts, I decided to blog every day for the next 30 days to ensure I had more content in case my readers wanted more. This also helped my blog traffic and income. 

Want to start a money making blog? You need a few posts that will make you money. We suggest having a good 25 to 30 blog post within the first 45 days of starting your blog. Ensure they are extremely high quality with ever green content (this is content that works all year round, year after year. An example of a content that is not ever green is: The best Spring outfit for 2017). We are not saying do not have this, but use ever green content as much as possible. 

10 of these posts should be monetized in someway with affiliate links (to be discussed more below). An example of our money making blog are: 7 Ways to Boost your Online blog INCOME and make Money and 5 Side Hustles every entrepreneur must start today. These are the most popular of our  posts. I have about 20 great money making blogs. .

Email list for more profit:

I wanted to capture my email subscribers from the very start. As soon as I had 5 blogs ready to go, I created a Freebie in order to start capturing email subscribers. I used Leadpages! It is essential to have an email list in order to make money with your blog. 

Check out an example of my freebie. It converts at a rate of 65% which is pretty great in my opinion. 

The Ultimate blog planner

We send out weekly emails to our readers and this is the way we stay connected. The bigger our list gets, the more money we make. With your email list you can share, your store front, your affiliate links, new products that you have (physical or digital), you can announce new services or your new posts.

If I can convert my list at a .05% and sell a $30 product each month, that would mean a $1500 profit. If I get more subscribes each month, my income will continue to grow. Nurture the clients that you already have in your email list. 

We use  ConvertKit has our marketing email platform due to the high open rate we get from them.

ConvertKit great for email marketing

Pay attention to the following when creating content: 

  • Your blog titles- writing titles that are enticing will attract readers and increase traffic 
  • Your keywords and SEO- ensure you are using keywords through out your blog post to help it get found These two posts will help you: A Girl’s guide to Blog SEO- How to use SEO to grow your Blog and How to Increase Organic Traffic from Google – Without Tearing Your Hair Out
  • Don’t forget to optimize your website for Pinterest and utilize keywords to help with your traffic. Here is a post that will help you with that: The Ultimate Mini Guide to Pinterest SEO
  • Pay attention to writing voice and don’t do what everyone else is doing. This will make it easy to attract your tribe and help them connect with you. 
  • I don’t care how well you write, you are bound to make little mistakes. We all do, it’s just a human thing. Use a tool to help you. Most professional bloggers recommend Grammarly. It’s free to use and it will save you time. 
  • Make your blog shareable by having sharing buttons like Sumome or shareaholic installed to it. I have seen so many amazing blogs with no sharing buttons. They have social media buttons but nothing to help share their work (secretly shaking my head).
  • Start a money making  blog by networking with other bloggers in your niche.

STEP 6: Places to get stock photos for Website (Paid or Free) 

In order to keep your work clean, attractive and branded, try adding photos to break up long blocks of words. Don’t make your blog sound like a long boring essay. Add visuals to break it up where appropriate. Remember to optimize all your images for Google. So where can you find free stock photos for your blog? 

  • You can choose to take your own photos, but they need to be really good. Using amazing lighting and great props to make it stand out. 
  • You can create your own graphics on Canva 
  • I use Unsplash for my blog photos 
  • BossLatina has a few Free photos you can use.
  • Wonderfelle also has amazing free feminine stock photos that you can use. 

Twins Mommy has an amazing post outlining –18 different places to grab free feminine stock photos for your blog! 

Free stock photos for female entrepreneurs

**Image above is from Unsplash. Just type blogger in the search area and the different blog images will populate.

STEP 7: Installing Google Analytics to check on your numbers  

You need to install Google analytics in order to have Google rank your site. If not, then how do you measure how well you are doing. Google analytics will also show you what your top 10 blog posts are. You will also be able to know what your keywords are and also establish where the majority of your blog traffic is coming from. With this information you will be able to really fast track and start a money making blog. 

  • Knowing your top 10 blog posts – Go back and improve SEO on this so you can get more views on this, add affiliate links where appropriate to increase sales and optimize it to collect email addresses
  • With Google analytics you will be able to know which platform is bringing you the most traffic so you can use it better and more effectively. These are the posts that should have money making links attached to them. 
  • According to my analytics, Pinterest brings me over 68.90% of my blog traffic thanks to this blogger. 
  • Knowing what keywords are doing well on your blog, will help you craft better blog posts to target your readers better

Two things that will help you with this. Melyssa Griffin has an amazing post: How to use an uncommon Google Analytics report to grow your blog’s traffic. We urge you to read it. And the other one is Traffic Transformation by Lena which has some amazing top SEO secret, including a video on what she does to get ranked on Google. Very helpful. 

Traffic transformation

You might also like this: 6 Awesome WordPress Plugins to rock your blog business

STEP 8: Promoting your blog posts in order to make money   

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Do you really need blog traffic to start a money making blog? Yes and No. Don’t worry we will help you out. If you have ads on your website, you definitely need blog traffic to make sense in taking that route. Other than that, you need a very targeted audience that believes in your product and services to purchase and invest in you.

This does not mean that you should not market and promote and brand your blog. Sharing your work on social media and on bookmarking sites will help boost some traffic to your blog. Read this post and start marketing your business today: 10 Places to promote your blog after you hit the publish button.

Did you know that it is recommended that you spend at least 20% of your time writing really amazing content and the other 80% of the time promoting it? The key here is to get your work seen by as many eyes as you can. You want to start a money making blog and if this is your ultimate goal, you really need your work to be seen.

STEP 9: Increasing your Blog traffic to start a money making blog

Although you don’t really need blog traffic to start a money making blog, you would eventually want to grow your business by attracting more clients, getting more page views which will eventually mean more money in your pocket. The two amazing tools we believe will help you get started right away would be: 

In other words, instead of spending so much time struggling to get traffic, use the tools above to help you start instantly. 

You might also like5 Pinterest Tools I am using to increase my blog traffic! 

STEP 10: How to make money blogging for beginners

This would be the most interesting part for most of you. You can definitely make money from a new blog right away. Take a look at my first income report right here: How I Made $83.14 in my 1st Month of Blogging! This was only 1 month into my blogging journey. So yes, its not much, but you have to start somewhere. You can make money using a few different ways. Here are top making money tasks that we use to make money online. 

Affiliate Marketing 101: 

This is the best way to monetize any blog. Affiliate marketing is not as straight forward as everyone thinks. That is why we invested in a course “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” almost 2 months before starting this blog. If you want to start a money making blog, you definitely need to invest in a course or two. If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing we have a blog series you can start reading right here! 

Affiliate marketing is so much more than slapping a few links on your site. They are a few rules you need to know about such as disclosures, you need to know about deep links and such, you need to know the legality of using links on social media and blogs in order to monetize. Michelle from Making sense of Affiliate marketing is the queen of Affiliate marketing. After taking her course, I started to make money on my blog. 

Another amazing affiliate eBook I purchased was “how to make an affiliate sale within 24 hours“. If you have taken the course and you are still struggling to convert, then this is how you can up your affiliate marketing strategies to the next level. Looking to game up my affiliate sales in the next few weeks. 

Affiliate programs for bloggers, boost your blog income with these affiliate sales today!

Consider using Ads to start a money making blog that produces revenue:

A lot of bigger bloggers recommend not using ads because it takes away from the brands. But if you are using high end ads, they tend to work with you to ensure they stay within your content style. I do not yet have the traffic needed to use high end ads but I chose to work with Media.Net. As I watch my blog traffic increase, I see the increase in my ad revenue. Can’t wait to see what happens. They do not require much to get started. I got accepted within 24 hours with a new blog. 

Media.net ads, best ads for new bloggers

They are other ad companies such as  Monumetric , Chitika, Google adsense and many others. We decided to stick with Media.net until I am able to apply for Adthives. This network requires you to have over 100,000 page views. Working on it. 

Creating products to sell to your Tribe: 

Creating products for your tribe is the best way to start a money making blog. I have a few products and I recently revamped and re branded one of my products. This eBook (Facebook Traffic Booster) since re vamping it less than two weeks ago has sold over 25 copies. 25 amazing bloggers were eager to increase their blog traffic. Go ahead and create an e course or eBooks to sell to your readers. You can also sell physical products that will help increase your bottom line. The two platforms I recommend using to sell your products are SendOwl and Teachable. 

Facebook Traffic Booster eBook

Start a money making blog by working with Brands:

Working with brands is a great way to monetize your online business. They are a few brands that we love to work with and we think you should consider joining them too. So many amazing bloggers like Jenny Melrose that are making thousands of dollars each month by working with brands. Ensure you have  perfected your media kit and start working with brands. While you work on your media kit, consider applying for these companies: 

Linqia 

Maven

The Ultimate Bundles

Pro Tip: When you apply to any company looking for sponsored posts, be sure to fill out your profile by including your blog URL, your social media links and your blog niche. This will ensure that you are considered for more opportunities. Do not leave money on the table by not completing this very important step. Especially if you want to stat a money making blog. Depending on your blog traffic, social media following and other aspects, you can make as much as $300 or more. 

 Start a money making blog by writing for these sites: 

Want to start a money making blog? Why not get paid to write for other bloggers that are always looking for great content? Some sites will pay anyway between $50.00 to $150.00 per post, Here is a list of sites that pay bloggers like you to write for them: 

Listverese. Money Pantry,MetroParent,  The Penny HoarderKnowledge NutHowlRoundHer View From HomeDoctor of Credits, &  Matador Network.

Offer services to your clients as a way to start a money making blog: 

You can offer services to your clients as a way of starting a money making blog. Add VA services to your portfolio, offer photography services or wedding planning services. The possibilities are endless. Use Facebook groups and ads to attract new clients and book them. People are always looking for services. 

STEP 12: Invest in yourself to start a  money making blog

In order to really make money from your blog, you need to invest in yourself. I am sure you have heard this before but no one will invest in you if you can not invest in yourself. It only makes sense. If you are not good at branding, take a course, if you need direction, hire a coach. We are not saying whip out $2000 in courses next month. Plan a budget and take one course every 2 or 3 months depending on where you need help. 

If we have to suggest a few courses this is where we think you will really benefit from:

Start a profitable blog

Side Note:

Treat your blog as a business in order to start a money making blog. It’s not a hobby blog. You can’t decide to blog when you want , set a schedule and stick to it. You are running a business. Take the time to network with other bloggers. Collaborate through webinars, course creation, accountability partners and so on. All of this will help you start a money making blog. 

Top money making bloggers

They are a few bloggers that I look up to that have inspired me to start my money making blog. A few of those include Michelle from Making Sense of Cents, Melyssa Griffin from MelyssaGriffin .com and a few others. I think you should have a few pro bloggers that you can look up to. I wrote a post a while back about the Top 10 Female bloggers rocking it right now online. Read: 10 Female Entrepreneurs Making Money Online + Income Reports!

Here is a great post from a great blogger friend of mine: DO BLOGGERS ACTUALLY MAKE MONEY BLOGGING?

Are you ready to start a money making blog?

In order to really start this journey of making money online, you need to have a great platform to promote your work. We have given you the tools required to start a money making blog, you can now go ahead and start monetizing your blog. Don’t stick to one area. Have at least multiple areas of where your income will come from.

This is a FREE 4000 blog post written to help you start your money making blog. Pin it here for reference, share it to spread the world 🙂 and leave us a comment below if we forgot anything else. 

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How to start a blog and make money online

27 Comments

  1. This is great info! My problem with blogging is writing posts over 1000 words.. it’s intimidating and my life isn’t very interesting! I’ll give it another try though, cuz I know it can work!

  2. This is incredibly helpful and I’m overwhelmed but I will start at the top with my first question…I have a wordpress site and recently upgraded (paid) to become a .com…does that mean I am self-hosted?

  3. I just read this and am so overwhelmed by all the great information you provided here. I’ve got a lot of planning and research to do. Thank you for all these resources!

  4. This is an amazingly comprehensive post. Thanks so much for researching and writing it! It’s incredibly useful for new bloggers like me 🙂 (Currently at less than 200 page views for the month LOL I have a way to go yet!)

  5. These are so useful. Content is so important. If you aren’t giving your audience want they want they won’t continue to come back. I started making money on my blog recently using my Amazon Affiliate links. It has been a long road but I’m coming up on my one year blogaversary and I think I’ve done very well for a beginner.

  6. This was such an informational blog post. The gears in my head were turning the whole time I was reading it. There are many things I need to start working on. I just started my blog and I already feel overwhelmed with things to do, but I am going to take it one step at a time. I am also in the process of making a planner to keep track of everything that I need to accomplish. Thanks again for posting this! 🙂

  7. I’m so impressed how didactic you were from the moment people decide to get a blog until affiliate programs! You should have worked so hard putting this info together, can’t say anything but thank you!!

  8. Wow! Fantastic post! I have been thinking about maybe trying to do this, but was very unsure how to, or if it is even a good idea for my little blog. Thank you for writing this!

  9. Hello! This was a really helpful read! I’ve been blogging for about a year and it’s amazing how we can inspire others with a simple blog post! I’m in the process of creating more content and updating my website so this blog post was much needed! Thank you!

  10. Thanks for the great post! However, I must mention that wordpress.com offers paid plans that allow to monetize the site and customize it a lot. It’s a way better option for someone like me, who’s not that familiar with advanced site customization. 😉

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