An Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Blogging For Money, Not For Fun

Beginner’s Guide Part 2 of 5.

Our blogs can become profitable if we successfully execute 5 steps.

In the last post, I outlined 5 essential factors for creating a profitable blog. I started from the very beginning to provide recommendations for absolute blogging beginners—like I was just a few short years ago.

First, create a solid, self-hosted, problem-solving blog with consistent, quality content in a profitable niche that solves your readers’ pain points.

Second, be intentional about learning how to generate income.

Treat your blog like a business. This may include purchasing courses, completing hours of research, learning the ways most successful bloggers make money, etc.

In general, you’ll be more successful in a shorter amount of time if you treat your blog like an actual business—which it is. Determine when, where, and how you’ll secure the knowledge or team members to meet your goals most efficiently and effectively.

How much time and how much money can you afford to invest?

Third, master search engine optimization (SEO), keyword research, marketing, and advertising.

Fourth, build a consistent, engaged follower base through networking, social media interaction, guest posting, regularly adding value, etc.

Fifth, convert your follower base into paid customers by consistently solving your readers’ “pain points” or most pressing issues and concerns (or by generating so many pageviews that your advertising supports you).

Here’s an excellent post about how bloggers make money.

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An Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Blogging For Money, Not For Fun

Basics Part 1 of 5.

Blogging is incredibly worthwhile because it allows you to create your own brand. You can learn and perfect highly marketable skills and begin to see yourself as an entrepreneur.

Over time, you will find yourself supporting and being supported by a unique community of writers and other artists, like you.

In the past four years since I started, blogging has also helped me clarify my personal and professional goals. It’s challenged me to intentionally learn something new every day. I’ve become more intentional about finding ways to generate passive income.

But these aren’t things that I knew—or even things that I cared about—before I started blogging.

Blogger Amy Lynn Andrews has estimated that bloggers can make around 1% of their pageviews per month. Hypothetically, if you reach 30,000 monthly pageviews, this would translate into about $300 per month. Other bloggers estimate that 1-3% of monthly pageviews is a more accurate number.

If you’re just getting started and you’d like to create an income-generating blog, you’ll need to accomplish these five tasks—and master them.

  • First, you need to create a solid, self-hosted, problem-solving blog with consistent, quality content in a profitable niche that solves your readers’ pain points. Whew! That was a mouthful.
  • Second, you need to be intentional about generating income. This may include purchasing courses, completing hours of research, learning the ways most successful bloggers make money, etc. In general, you’ll be more successful in a shorter amount of time if you treat your blog like an actual business—which it is.
  • Third, you’ll need to master search engine optimization (SEO), keyword research, marketing, and advertising. (You knew this though, right?)
  • Fourth, you’ll need to build a consistent, engaged follower base through networking, social media interaction, guest posting, regularly adding value, etc.
  • Fifth, you’ll need to convert your follower base into paid customers by consistently solving your readers’ “pain points” or most pressing issues and concerns (or by generating so many pageviews that your advertising supports you). Here’s an excellent post about how bloggers make money.
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A Beginner’s Guide To Blogging For Fun, Not For Money

If You Want To Blog, But You Don’t Care About Making Money With It

I started blogging a little less than four years ago because I needed an outlet that would let me write and share what I had written with other people. I’d been writing poetry, essays, and short stories since I was a little girl, and I needed to feel like myself again.

Because I just wanted to write, I wasn’t the least bit concerned about marketing, advertising, followers + readers + subscribers, or even… gasp… making money.

Oh, the innocence of youth!

For those who can master SEO and affiliate marketing, there’s no doubt that blogging can be ridiculously profitable, if that’s your aim.

If you’d like to make money blogging, you’ll need to learn, do, and master these things:

  1. Know your purpose, intention (mission), and long-term blogging goals
  2. Create a self-hosted blog
  3. Choose a profitable niche
  4. Create your unique brand
  5. Learn how to create quality content, consistently
  6. Create a schedule for writing and a schedule for learning about blogging
  7. Develop a writing schedule that works– so you can write and research more efficiently
  8. Master SEO and keyword research
  9. Become part of an online community: network and build your follower base
  10. Decide when, where, and how to get help throughout your blogging journey
  11. Learn useful time-management strategies
  12. Create your budget for blogging
  13. Develop an effective social media strategy
  14. Make S.M.A.R.T. blogging goals
  15. Identify time-saving social media management tools
  16. Understand the ways bloggers make money (and replicate them for yourself)
  17. Create Ebooks and self-publish
  18. Create a podcast and/or make videos
  19. Learn the legal stuff you may need to worry about
  20. Decide what tasks you’ll assign yourself as homework daily, weekly, and monthly
  21. Know what decisions you’ll need to make as a brand new blogger

Blogging is great because it enables you….

  1. To create your own brand.
  2. To support and be supported by a unique online community of writers and artists.
  3. To learn and perfect highly marketable skills.
  4. To clarify your personal and professional goals and challenge yourself to always learn something new.
  5. To become intentional about creating passive income, and perhaps become an entrepreneur.

But these aren’t things that I knew—or even things that I cared about—before I started blogging.

If money’s not your goal, there are still plenty of reasons to blog.

If you’d like to start a blog for fun (not for money), but you’re not sure exactly how to get started, here’s what you should know, first.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Create A Blog To Make Money

You should blog.

There’s no doubt that blogging can be incredibly lucrative for those who can master SEO and content marketing. There’s virtually no limit to your earning potential, revenue, and sales.

I’ve been blogging for almost four years, but I haven’t made any money.

I keep blogging anyway because the experience has been more than invaluable (and it’s still fun!).

A few weeks ago, I shared 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Blog To Make Money.

In no particular order, here are 5 Reasons Why You Should.  Continue reading “5 Reasons Why You Should Create A Blog To Make Money”

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Start A Blog To Make Money  

Don’t create a blog to make money. It’s inefficient.

When I started my first blog back in 2014, I wasn’t the least bit concerned about making money from it.

It was the perfect hobby and completely stress-free.

I published two posts the entire year.

Knowing what I know now about blogging, I wish I had treated it like a business sooner, despite everything I’ve learned about myself and the world since I first started blogging.

If you’re interested in creating passive income, participating in the gig economy, or just in search of greater part-time income—blogging isn’t the answer.  Continue reading “5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Start A Blog To Make Money  “