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Introduction:

Hands down, this is the thing I get the most emails about. People want to know how to start a blog and make money with it.

That’s the key thing isn’t it? Anyone can start a blog, yes. (I suggest starting one here on Siteground, for less than 4$/month!) But how to start a blog and make it make money? This is harder.

Can anyone make a blog profitable?

Doesn’t seem like it.

I used to really, firmly, believe that anyone could do it. I did. But as time has gone on, I’ve discovered something. (If this thing offends you, I’m sorry, but that doesn’t make it less true.) What I’ve discovered is that most people can start a blog and earn a living from it. But some can’t, because they just plain are not cut out for blogging. 

What does it take to become a successful blogger?

To be a successful blogger you need to be incredibly dedicated. You need to be so dedicated it borders on downright stubborn. When something doesn’t work, you need to be able to regroup and reassess and start over.

You don’t need to be great at computers – I’m certainly not – but you DO need to be dedicated and stubborn enough to make the computers do what you need them to do.

Related: Easy step by step tutorial for starting your blog

You need to be a decent writer. OR you need to be creative enough to figure out how to get away without writing much. (Sure, that’s an option!)

You need to be willing to learn and learn. And learn. (I believe you need to be willing to invest your money in learning about blogging. Some people don’t want to hear that – because they want blogging to be the thing that solves all their problems for free… but if there is a way to make a decent living blogging without spending a dime, I haven’t figured it out yet. The more money I make blogging the more money I spend on my blog, in fact. But don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be much of an investment in the beginning.)

And you need to understand that this is going to be uphill. (For most people. There are a few of those overnight successes out there – don’t let them fool you into thinking it’s easy. Even they worked hard to get where they are.)

If those things sound like you – then stop waiting. Start working!

I want, more than anything else today, to encourage you to go into blogging with your eyes wide open.

This is because I believe you can (if you check all the above boxes) start and grow a successful, money making blog.

I believe this because I did it. I am in no way more qualified to blog than anyone else out there.  

One day I just thought… why NOT me? (And why not YOU? Why not you?)

Just do it!

I’ve compiled my best beginner blogging posts into a series of 13 lessons detailing How to Start a blog and Make Money –  this’ll walk you through the basics – step by step.

This is not a comprehensive blogging course that will overwhelm and confuse you. This is how to get started and understanding what it takes to make a blog profitable.

The lessons are divided into two parts. If you’ve been blogging for a while and feel pretty comfortable with the technical aspects of blogging, skip right to part 2.

PART 1 (Lessons 1 – 8): Basic Blog Foundations with WordPress

PART 2 (Lessons 9 -13): Making Money with Your Blog

Some of the advice you’ll read in the following pages might be contrary to what the other bloggers are suggesting – and whenever I make a contrary statement I’ll explain why. (But do your own research and make your own choices!)

For hosting to start your blog, especially for beginners, Siteground is the way to go! Their customer service (via live chat) is second to none!

I recommend some resources, throughout the lessons. Everything I recommend is something I have used myself on my journey to grow a full time income from my blog. (Creating a profitable blog takes serious effort, but it is totally possible – even enjoyable – with the right resources.)

Good luck on your blogging journey – it’s one of the very best journeys I’ve ever taken – and I hope that’s the case for you too!

(Click the image or the orange link below to access the lesson.)

Remember to pin this post on Pinterest so you can find it again later and pick up where you left off!

PART 1 : Basic Blog Foundations on WordPress

READ: THE TRUTH ABOUT STARTING A BLOG

READ: HOW TO START A BLOG 

READ: CHOOSING A THEME

READ: 5 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU START WRITING

READ: WORDPRESS SETTINGS, PERMALINKS & GOOGLE ANALYTICS

wordpress plugins

READ: HOW TO INSTALL WORDPRESS PLUGINS (& WARNINGS)

how to write a blog post in wordpress

READ: WRITING YOUR FIRST BLOG POST IN WORDPRESS

READ: 7 WAYS TO LOOK LESS LIKE A “NEWBIE” BLOGGER

 

READ: PINTERESTING STRATEGIES

PART 2 – Making Money with Your Blog

HOW TO START A BLOG AND MAKE MONEY

READ: BASIC BLOG MONETIZATION – HOW DO BLOGS MAKE MONEY?

writing profitable content

READ: WHAT IS PROFITABLE CONTENT

READ: AFFILIATE MARKETING – CAN YOU REALLY MAKE MONEY WITH IT?

grow your email list

READ: MY BIGGEST BLOGGING MISTAKE – IGNORING MY EMAIL LIST

why isn't your blog earning

 READ: 5 REASONS YOU’RE NOT MAKING MONEY WITH YOUR BLOG

Further Reading: How to Start a Blog from Amy Lynn Andrews

Not ready to start yet? Pin this so you can find the course again later! 

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