How to start a blog and make money with 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 money with it? That’s a whole different question – and it’s a little (a lot?) more complicated!
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I’ll tell you right now, the best way to start a blog to make money is to have a PLAN, and to understand just WHAT actually makes money for blogs.
As with most things, there’s a right way and a wrong way to start a blog, if you want it to be profitable. Despite everything you (may) have heard, you can’t just jump in and start writing whatever you want and hope the readers will come. (They won’t!)
There are literally millions of blogs on the internet, and only a fraction of them are earning any income. (It’s hard to get exact statistics, but I’d guess that that less than 10% of bloggers ever become “full time”.)
This isn’t because blogging for money is dead – far from it! It’s because people don’t want to accept that learning how to blog and make money is just like learning how to do anything else to make money.
If you want to be a doctor, you go to medical school. If you want to be a photographer, you read about lighting and practice photography.
When you’re working towards establishing a career, you put in the effort and you accept that it’s going to take time. You treat it like a JOB. Same thing when you want to be a blogger.
(Only with blogging, in the end, you get to have the best freaking job on the planet!
When people ask me how to start a blog to make money, I tell them there are a few requirements.
Surprisingly, you don’t need to be super good at computers to make a great income as a blogger – I’m certainly not – I actually never took a single computer course in high school. (And yes, I do make a GREAT income as a blogger. I was making $5000/month one year into blogging.)
But you DO need to be dedicated and stubborn enough to make the computers do what you need them to do. You need to be a self-starter, you need to be willing to not give up when you run into snags.
You also need to be a decent writer – with a good grasp of whatever language you want to write your blog in. OR you need to be creative enough to figure out how to get away without writing much. (That IS an option! You can pay others to write for you, for example.)
Starting a blog to make money requires that you are willing to learn and learn and learn. And then learn some more. (Many people don’t want to hear that – because they want blogging to be the thing that solves all their problems easily… but if there’s a way to make a living blogging without gaining any knowledge about blogging, I haven’t figured it out yet.)
You need to be willing to invest a little bit. But don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be much of an investment. It actually costs very little to start a blog – about 4$/month for a GOOD blog host, and then IF YOU WANT you can spend another $60 – $100 on a blog theme. That’s totally optional, however.
(I DO suggest that you consider purchasing some good courses in the first year; remember, you want to treat this like a JOB you are training for.)
And lastly, before you begin, you should know that blogging is hard work. Sure there are a few of those “overnight successes” out there – but don’t let them fool you into thinking it’s easy. Even they worked hard to get where they are.
Now, if I haven’t scared you away – if you’re still ready to learn how to get started blogging for money, well then…
Stop waiting. Start working!
I wish so much that I had just started my blog 5 years ago when I first had an interest in it. I wish I had let go of all the fears and pushed aside all the overwhelm. I can hardly imagine where I would be now NOW if I had just started THEN.
You have literally almost nothing to lose. Starting a blog for money is one of the least risky “businesses” you can tackle on your own.
I believe that with hard work, you can start and grow a successful, money making blog.
I believe this because I did it. I am in no way more qualified to be a blogger 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 free course will 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 with your blog and understanding what it takes to make a blog profitable. (That part is SO important. Many people start with no understanding of what it takes to earn an income with their blog.)
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, phone or submitted ticket) 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.
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
Part one includes some of the more technical details, including where to start a blog and make money – you don’t just want to start it anywhere, believe me! I didn’t do ANY real research on hosting companies before I started my blog – I just started on the platform that the first tutorial I stumbled on suggested… and I regretted that later.
I recommend starting your blog HERE on this host, this is where my blog is STILL hosted to this day, and they have my business because their customer service is excellent and their product is awesome. (But we talk about all that in lesson one.)
PART 2 – Making Money with Your Blog
If you’re already blogging, but asking “How can I start blogging FOR MONEY (not just for fun)”?? Then THIS is for you!
I also recommend reading this, at this point: 15 Bloggers who make money blogging WITHOUT “blogging about blogging”.
Not ready to start yet? Pin this so you can find the course again later!