Hey gorgeous. So you’re probably wondering if it’s even ACTUALLY truly possible to make money with a blog in 2020 right? Maybe you want to know how the heck to do it, and rightfully, you may be wondering who I am to tell you anything of these things.
Well, my goal on this blog is to add value to your life as a new blogger. I learned how to blog and get paid for it (and am still learning) in the school of hard knocks. At times it’s been super frustrating, at times I’ve felt like giving up, and at times I’ve been so godamned sure I was missing something that would make everything easier. But I will give myself one thing – I’ve had tenacity!
I have worked really hard at research, thinking and brainstorming and I want to share my findings with you. I’m a real person. Blogging hasn’t made me rich, or even close (haha) but I am getting better and better.
I personally don’t think you should have to spend money you don’t have kicking around for extras on courses when you’re first starting out. When you are ready to do a course, then at least you should be doing super useful ones. It seems like everyone out there is trying to sell new bloggers courses and memberships and things, and I personally found it hella annoying. I just wanted to learn the basics and get a foothold and see if any of this blogging crap actually worked first!
So here, I compile 7 resources for new bloggers who want to make money – This is a list of the 7 BEST resources that helped me the most when learning to create a blog that makes me money, and that generally doesn’t suck. Read on to learn about how you can create a blog people find, read and enjoy.
Spoiler alert: for your blog to make money, A) it has to exist, and B) people have to come to it (People usually find blogs via SEO or Pinterest). So, lots of my tips revolve around these.
This Dope Article. This post is by Mike Pearson, a very cool dude who runs Stupid Simple SEO and helps new bloggers with SEO strategies. This post is titled: “The Exact Template That Helped My Site Earn $90,000 in Affiliate Income Last Year“.
What I really like about this article is that it lays out a very practical SEO and keyword research blueprint.
Mike says his method will help you write SEO rich language that improves your Google rankings and ups your organic traffic, which then (hopefully) lets you make more affiliate sales for your blog. Sounds pretty awesome right? I also like his writing style, down-to-earth and real. I’m going to try these strategies carefully myself and I’ll report back to you on how well they worked for me.
My key takeaways: When doing your keywords, target people at the end of the sales funnel, who are searching for “best widget” rather than “why widgets might be good” for example, because the first search is typed by someone ready to buy. Also, having a tightly focused blog that covers one niche in-depth is better than trying to be everything to everyone, because if you do the latter, you’ll confuse Google and your relevancy score will drop. Mike also suggests that with each blog you write, you have one of these three goals in mind:
- Get your reader to sign up for your email list (so you can pitch them a product in the future)
- Drive readers to an affiliate sale
- Create ad revenue (this takes loads of traffic)
Udemy Blog For a Living Course (This will help you actually set up your website, and more)
So, okay, for this resource I did have to pony up a few dollars. But, at $9.70 USD for 11 hours of education, it’s a pretty good deal. As a beginner who wants to learn to make money from an affiliate blog, I figured I could shell that up, especially considering there’s a money back guarantee if you don’t like the class. I am a super impatient person so this methodical, step by step learning requires some patience on my part, but the cool part about the course is it’s broken down into clearly titled sections, so you can skip ahead and back to the parts that interest you most.
What it helped me alot with was he technical stuff around actually choosing a domain name, getting hosting and getting your site up and running.
This course has a 4.6/5 star rating from 1775 people, and the people don’t lie.
If you’re already someone who knows how to build websites, you might give it a pass, but if you’re like me and need a hand with the technical side of building a website you want to monetize, definitely give it a whirl.
Brian Dean’s videos. Brian Dean is an SEO expert (like, a really real one). If you zip on over to his YouTube page there’s lots of great free information.
This video in general gives you a sweet list of ways to improve your site’s SEO.
My takeaways? Don’t publish a zillion pages. Quality over quantity. This guy, who publishes only every 4-6 weeks, is killing it on Google.
He talks about “zombie pages” – pages on your site that don’t provide any value. Trim the fat! Also, here’s a simple but ever so important tidbit: Google cares more about the content at the beginning of your posts than content later on. So for cryin’ out loud, put your keywords up there 🙂
Resource Four: Pinteresting Tips
Pinterest is a pretty amazing way to get people to visit a new blog. You don’t need to have great SEO or even be important in Google’s eyes yet to be discovered on Pinterest.
My fave course on this stuff is from Carly from Mommy on Purpose. She’s super down to earth and real, she knows what she’s doing, and her course was easy to follow and dare I say even a little fun. It’s had great results for me – right now most of my traffic comes from Pinterest.
Resource Five: Mike Pearson’s Stupid Simple SEO Course
I am putting this a little lower in the list because I don’t want to freak you out by suggesting an expensive course. Taking this was a big investment for me, I won’t sugarcoat it, it aint cheap.
But it came extremely highly and personally recommended by bloggers I trust who are killing it at SEO, so I decided to try it and do the return thing if it was no good.
Suffice it to say I didn’t do the return thing 🙂
I learned a HELL of a lot about SEO in this course, and it gave me a roadmap for how to actually plan and research my content so that it will show up in Google. Worth its weight in gold, and the video format was super easy to digest. The private Facebook group you get access to is also wonderful to continue your learning and form community with people in the same boat. Mike has been really responsive to me each time I asked him a question.
Resource Six: Reaching out personally to bloggers I admire. Oh my god, what a kissass I am eh? Well, yeah, kind of. But for me, a personal contact with someone means a lot more than taking every blogging course in the world and trying to figure out what’s real and what’s BS in terms of what’s possible.
I found blogs I loved and sent emails to the people running them. Personal, real, human emails asking if I could ask them a few questions about how they’re doing at blogging. Some really awesome kind people said yes, and so I did – even personal stuff, like how much do you actually make a month at this? And I got answers.
It HUGELY inspired me to get the straight goods from people who were succeeding at blogging – it made me realize making money blogging isn’t a scam, it’s genuinely possible. Will everyone succeed? Absolutely not. Is it a bit of a grind? Definitely. Can it be done? 100%, yes.