MAKE MONEY #1: Become One of the Successful Bloggers
Blogging for Money: Where to Begin
Difficulty: 2 (LOW)
Initial Investment: 2 (LOW)
Location: REMOTE, WORK FROM HOME, ONLINE
Being a Blogger
The reason this MAKE MONEY IDEA is number one is a good one is because Blogging remains a #1 great side hustle that hits all the marks: Successful bloggers appreciate the easy setup, low initial investment, low difficulty overall, and LOTS of potential for growth. It also does not require enormous writing skills, although the better writer you are, the more convincing and compelling your content will be.
There are literally thousands of posts on blogging and how to get started, so here we just cover the basics. Research other sites, too, for more detailed info.
The BASICS of Blogging for Money for Beginners: Getting Started
1) Sign up for a Web host, like Siteground or GoDaddy.
There are lots of options in the hosting world. For example, you can get web hosting for 12 months’ free with Amazon Web Services (AWS)–see their EC2 product here. They offer cloud web hosting solutions for businesses, non-profits, and governmental organizations, and twelve months free can’t be beat.
TIP: You can get web hosting for 12 months’ free with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
2) Find a Domain Name.
TIP: To get started thinking of domain names, try a Business Name Generator, like this one.
3) Install WordPress or other hosting platform, like Gatorhost. These platforms frequently run specials. As of August 2022, WordPress is offering up to 85% off any domain (as low as $2.99* for the first year for low cost domain).
TIP: see How To Start a Blog on HostGator here)
4) Choose a professional-looking theme, or one that works best for your idea. There are plenty of free themes available in the theme world, especially for WordPress. If you want more advanced features, you might want to buy a theme. How do you know what you need?
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TIP: Go BOLD and try the Blogging for Money for Beginners Special— the Ultimate Kajabi Theme Starter Bundle Offer for a comprehensive starter bundle, which includes a one-on-one consultation with a successful blogger.
You can always just start small and start free. You can change your site’s theme later, when you know more about what you need and what works for your audience.
TIP: Start small and stay free (of charges). Change your site’s theme later, when you know more about what you need and what works for your audience.
5) Create content and mark it up for SEO.
TIP: There are LOTS of free resources out there for learning and analyzing your SEO, for your site and for inidividual pages. Consider setting up your domain and tracking the SEO and overall rank tracking at Ubersuggest, or other tool.
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Successful Bloggers: Learn from a Successful Personal Finance Blogger
According to Financial Samurai, a highly successful personal financial blogger who has been blogging for money since 2009, to start a profitable blog, you must consider doing these five things to GROW your blog BIG:
- Comment on larger blogs in your niche.
- Write great content where you have an edge. Write with personality and from experience.
- Guest post on larger blogs.
- Build a blogging community.
- Have a consistent writing schedule.
- Start guest posting for big media sites.
- Start a newsletter.
- Become an affiliate.
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- Start a podcast.
- Publish a traditional book or e-book.
How Much Money is there in BLOGGING?
For inspiration, see how much he makes here:
Look Before You Leap
Before you think that this is too easy, take a look at this more realistic post from MomMoments about how immediate income is NOT guaranteed. So be aware of what kind of work this really takes and that will help you as you get started.
Getting It Right
Blogging for money for beginners (as opposed to fun) takes some strategy. Luckily, there are LOTS of Free resources out there. But which ones are truly helpful? Neil Patel, another millionaire blogger, has a great site with loads of info, but the most important thing he has going is UBERSuggest: a free tool for SEO.
MOST IMPORTANT: Just get started. We could talk all day about blogging and SEO (and some people do) but you have to start. You will adapt and learn as you go. Stay open to learning and growing.
Be Part of the Successful Bloggers Community
Once you are started, you should consider joining one of the many blogger communities on Facebook and elsewhere. BloggingGuide is one you might want to join, as it is small enough to be friendly and easy to engage with, but large enough to get some really good ideas. Joining a community of like-minded bloggers is an easy way to get the nuts-and-bolts info you need to be one of the more successful bloggers.
TIP: Join a community of like-minded bloggers and get the nuts-and-bolts info you need to be one of the more successful bloggers.
Bloggingguide.com (see their Twitter profile here) is an online community of writers with content crafted to help new bloggers monetize their online writing. They also provide in-depth coverage for all digital publishing platforms to help writers and marketers stay ahead of the marketing curve. All their guides are free. For newsletter subscribers, premium content is also available.
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