Blogging is a full time job
Here’s how we made our first year blogging
Here’s how we made our second-year blogging
Safe to say learning how to make money blogging changed life forever. But it’s not just me. I’ve been able to help people like faith hawks go from zero dollars and no blog to making over $5,000 per month blogging and being able to quit a job to help people fight with anxiety and depression.
If you pay close attention to this blog and read carefully, I‘m going to show you exactly how they do it all for free right now. Sorry. Yeah, my saying now step number one, start your blog the right way just like a home needs a great foundation. So does your blog. We do this in three easy steps.
First, we choose the right blog niche. The first question most people have been blogging is what the hell do I blog about? Most people end up overthinking this process.
The mistake most people make is when they start, they start trying to like soul search for their passion or go on some yoga Zen meditation retreat to find enlightenment, find their purpose.
But the truth is, this is kind of the opposite of what you need to do. Because when finding your purpose or finding your passion, it happens through taking action and getting feedback from the action that you’re taking.
So, I’d start your blog about something that you either have experience in or something that you want to learn I started our health and wellness blogging that made over 10 grand a month before we started creating go because we loved health and wellness. I was a personal trainer, it was just part of our Mo. Another way to think about this is what topic or subject do you bring up all the time with your friends and family like the one that you bring up over Thanksgiving and Christmas and during the holidays?
They’re like, Ah, he’s talking about dogs again, and different dog breeds and the different subsections of dog breeds. I wish you’d shut up.
Like that’s a good topic for you to talk about on your blog.
So choose a blog niche and a topic that you are either interested in learning about or something that you kind of already know about. The next step is to select your domain name. So the domain name is another word for URL, and the URL of YouTube is youtube.com.
Again, this is another place where most people spend a lot of time overthinking my first blog was avocado calm. That name honestly is kind of weird. Most people don’t know how to spell avocado.
Go ahead and try and then it’s with you amongst your friends and family kind of forget it. Because it’s kind of easily forgettable. It’s four syllables.
But again, that blog made over 15 grand per month and still makes us 15 grand per month, to this day, almost automatically on autopilot, so your name doesn’t matter. When it comes to business and blogging you’d be surprised by how little names mean Samsung could be a local music store. This could be a place where you bought drones on the internet, and SpaceX could be website data.
It is solely to astronaut born, the thing that defines these businesses is not their name per se. It’s what they do. So don’t overthink it. You don’t have to come up with some perfectly clever name to succeed as a blogger, I promise. Finally, you want to set up your blog with the right hosting and the right platform.
And by far, the best place for you to get started is WordPress. Now, I know there are some other options out there like Wix and Squarespace. But the problem with those is those websites are more geared to standalone, stagnant websites. So something like a personal portfolio or resume, they’re not that great when it comes to getting continuous blog traffic coming in overtime to your blog and having continually updated posts.
They’re just not optimized for that. What’s gonna end up happening if you start with a Squarespace or Wix is you’re going to end up going back to WordPress anyway. So just start there. I understand that WordPress has kind of a higher learning curve for most people. But trust me when I say this, it is worth learning. I also have a link in the description for those wanting to learn how to start blogging and make money the right way.
Step number two for blogging, make your blog informative through blog design. Let’s walk through some simple steps to make your blog clean and beautiful.
First, you want to choose a great blogging theme.
Choosing the right blog theme for blogging is like choosing the right or wrong car at a used car dealership. You choose the wrong car, you’re going to spend hours and headaches on the car breaking down and on maintenance on fixing everything. It’s going to be a constant hassle in your life. versus if you choose the right car and you never have any problems with it.
You’re gonna feel great right now the best free themes out there are flash blogging, ocean WP and Hestia. While some of the best-paid themes are Devi and Genesis and don’t forget to install the Elementor plugin because it’s a great page builder. That’s a perfect drag and drop for a newbie wanting to get started in building their blog and making it look the way that you want to. Oh yeah, another important part. About blog design is optimizing for mobile. Over 60 to 70% of visitors on the internet these days are visiting through their phones.
So some things might look amazing on your desktop, it might look really good there will look like shit on a phone. So always check your work and choose an easy to read font like lotto or an Open Sans or Roboto because Ain’t nobody got time to read that cute but illegible font. Okay, so now you started your blog and got to design like you want to.
Let’s move on to Step three for blogging
Create the content people need, it’s time to answer the million-dollar question of what should I write about? Well, this is a rather simple answer. If your goal is to make money you need to create the content that other people are searching for on the internet. Every day, millions of people type in searches into Google Pinterest, YouTube, when looking for videos and articles and blog posts, trying to solve their problems if you’re able to serve that content to them the best and get to the top of those search engines. Well, it’s very easy.
Here’s how you do blogging
First, you start by doing keyword research say there are all sorts of tools on the internet to see how often people are typing in certain terms. So we can see that people look for how to make money blogging over 135,000 times per month. And that’s exactly why I’m making this blog.
Start with a tool like keywords everywhere. It’s a completely free Chrome extension that you can install and type in anywhere you type into a search bar, you will be able to see the volume of that search term being looked at another great free tool that most people often underused is Pinterest typing your topic into the search bar and hit enter. After the page loads. If you look to the right, you will see all sorts of additional suggestions.
These are keywords people are looking for as well and using this method will help you come up with endless topics that you can cover on your blog or website. After using these tools for a while you can upgrade to more professional tools like sem rush and Google’s Keyword Planner which will give you more accurate search data.
Now, this doesn’t mean you only have to post things that people are searching for, there’s room to create your sort of unique content. When making money blogging, you just need to follow the 8020 rule 80% of the content that you create should be the things that people are searching for and problems that they’re trying to solve. And 20% should be where you flex on them a little bit and tell them a little bit more about you and blog about the things that you want to write about.
Okay, so after your first five posts are written, it’s time to move on to step number five for blogging, and time to get traffic to your blog. There are lots of ways to get readers to your blog. There’s Pinterest, Facebook, Google SEO, YouTube, Instagram guest blogging, email, drips, forums, Snapchat, and I’m sure a dozen more that I haven’t listed there.
The biggest tip that I can give you right off the bat is to start with one traffic source for your blogging website. I know there are lots of entrepreneurs like Gary Vaynerchuk telling you that you need to be everywhere and beyond every social media and be on every platform.
But the truth is, is as kind of a one-man show what it is. happening with most people when they try to be everywhere, they usually end up just sucking at everything. That’s why we tell our followers to try to instead of sucking it everything, Master one or two of these things are like reading form and said don’t have that everything pulls last one thing,
So the next question you should probably have is how do I find the perfect traffic source for my blogging website, there are tons of different factors to consider here, including competition, type of platform demographics of your target market, and more.
So to make this simple, here are my thoughts on the top five traffic sources. Facebook has the most users of really any social platform, but it also comes with the highest competition. And Facebook has recently made algorithmic changes that don’t feature blog posts anymore. It’s very few and far between that you’ll read blogs, much more of the content is geared towards memes and video content and things that just don’t blog posts. Facebook groups, however, are still going very strong.
It’s a great place to meet like-minded bloggers, but it might not be the best source for driving traffic to your blogging website. But that being said, I wouldn’t write it out because those groups can be so valuable, especially to beginners.
Starting, we have a group called the honest bloggers community as well. To find these groups, you can just type in your search term into the Facebook search bar, and hit click groups. And you’ll see dozens and dozens of groups on almost any topic.
Again, not the best way to drive traffic to your blog, but a great way to interact with potential customers and peers and people you look up to in your industry, Instagram, you’ll find that Instagram follows a similar trajectory as Facebook, where it has a high amount of users, but it also has a high amount of competition. And the thing is, it is a purely visual platform. Yeah, you can write captions in the description. But really, if you’re not creating dope images you’re not going to get anywhere on Instagram.
So the niches you want to be in to succeed on Instagram are going to be mainly visual things like travel, health, and fashion work well, because they’re visually stimulating, unfortunately.
And something to keep in mind, it’s kind of stupidly hard to get people off of Instagram and onto your email list or on your blogging posts or over to your products, people tend to stay inside of the app and Instagram is designed that way. That being said, We’ve had students like the college nutritionist, go to $10,000 per month and more running a successful Instagram.
So it can be done. Google, Google is similar to Facebook and Instagram that it has high competition, but it comes with one big difference. And that difference is that it’s a search platform. So the people that type in how to make money blogging, for example, will continue to type that in month after month after month, and you will get organic traffic coming in all the time. This is very different than Instagram or Facebook, where things are more viral, and then they die off over time.
So Facebook and Instagram, you kind of have this constant need to roll out this new crazy mind-blowing content. When on something like Google, you can optimize.
Like your posts and continue to be shown over and over and over again, lapping in that organic traffic, but, because of this value, it’s very hard to get at the top of the search, it can take a long time to do and just be prepared that it is the route that you want to go on.
You need to go in for the long haul, it might take you up to six months to get serious traffic to your blog, YouTube is a can entirely completely different animal than the mall. It is the highest barrier to entry by far because most people do not want to get on camera.
And I understand why this barrier to entry provides an easy way to connect with your audience build a following and drive them back to your blog and make purchases with them. But again, comes with a high barrier to entry because shooting videos is difficult and very time-consuming. So if you’re extraordinarily good looking artists or like me, and don’t mind being on camera, YouTube might be a great option for you Pinterest. Last but not least, our favorite traffic source for bloggers is Pinterest, Pinterest, like YouTube and Google is also a search
So there’s that opportunity for organic traffic. But unlike Google, it doesn’t take as long to get results. We’ve had tons of people take our Pinterest traffic avalanche course and go from zero views to over 20,000 views a month on their blogs because of its speed of results. And the fact that you can get organic traffic Pinterest does end up being our number one traffic source for bloggers. If you’re in almost any niche, I would give Pinterest a try.
Alright, so you’ve built your blogging website, you’ve designed it, you start to get your first readers your first visitors checking out the content that they want to see. Now it’s trying to turn those readers into raving fans.
Step number five for blogging, build a subscriber fan club. But here’s the truth about blogging is that most people are never going to buy your products until they’ve built up a certain level of trust with you. And the best place to build that trust is through an email list.
we’ve tracked the data on click meter and we see that our email list provides us much better purchase rates than just linking our products on our blog and email list are one of the most valuable assets you have as a blogger, and setting it up is not as hard as you think the basic formula is that you first create a lead magnet.
This is just a simple download for people to have a checklist our simple guide will work, you’ll want to create a small but helpful download for people so that they can give that you can give that to them in exchange for their email address, then you need to add these opt-ins to your blog with an email subscriber service like ConvertKit is a very easy process to do.
This way when people are scrolling through your posts. They see the opportunity to put it get your download, they put in their email address and receive the download. And finally what you’ll want to do is create an automated email sequence. This is just an automated sequence of emails that you send after somebody gets your download. These are called often an indoctrination campaign.
It’s more like a get to know you thing where you’re kind of helping them out with whatever problem that they’re trying to solve at the same time. Sort of explaining a little bit about more about you about what you’re about, about why you created your blog, again, all designed to build that trust and turn that subscriber into a real true fan. Great.
Now your blog is all set up.
It’s beautifully designed, you’re getting people in the door, you’re getting your first few subscribers. Now it’s time to make that money, chase that paper, get those dollar bills.
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