You Want to Make Money Blogging

So, you want to make money blogging. If you’re starting out blogging for profits, here are some key tips to make you successful.

An established blog with plenty of visitors can generate a good income. The money comes from ads you display on your blog. There are several ways to monetize your blog. For example, you can add affiliate links in your blog or you can allocate space for an ad network, like Google’s AdSense, to include appropriate ads.

But, let’s not rush things. Plan to take several months to write helpful content on your blog. This will attract repeat visitors. Once you have loyal visitors returning to your blog you can start monetizing your blog, that is, making money.

And, for many bloggers, the real money is made in the mailing list they develop. Interested people will join a mailing list to get even more help and advice. And, then you can offer various products that will help them. This is a way to make even more money.

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here is a great video that help you get started on the right track.

You Want to Make Money Blogging

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So you want to start a blog but you’re not really sure that it’s actually going to make money, right?

Well I definitely think that it can. and it doesn’t take years to cut your first check if you have the right strategies in place.

I’m Allison Lindstrom, the unofficial nerd for Driven Girl Bosses and today I’m going to be talking about all of the main factors that really went into me earning my first $200 blogging.

So if you’re new here, you should probably know that I am a full-time blogger. That’s how I make my money. I started my blog called Frugal and Prairie Calm. Now, it’s called Alison Lindstrom Calm. But I started it back in March of 2015 and in June of 2015 I earned two hundred and thirty six dollars and 57 cents.

It’s rather small when you think of depending on that kind of income. But I was very blessed and I worked really really hard. And I was able to turn that 236 dollars into a full-time income by the time March of 2016 rolled around.

So, yes, you can totally make a full-time income from vlogging. No, it’s not easy. And it’s not an overnight success. It doesn’t happen quickly unless you’re extremely lucky, or you’ve got some really impressive connections.

Now, really quick for transparency sake, I do want to say that I earned that 236 in June of 2015 through sponsorships and ad revenue. Now ad companies and sponsorship companies I mean depending on who you’re connecting with, who you’re working with, they pay out on different cycles. So sometimes they pay out in 30 days, 45 days, 60 days. I mean it really just depends.

So I just wanted to clarify that and be very transparent and say that I earned that 236 in June of 2015. I didn’t deposit that money in my account in June of 2015. So before I get into my details here, you know, I just want to say have a back-up plan if you have financial obligations. This definitely didn’t happen overnight for me. And before I worked on just my blog and selling courses and things like that, I worked as a virtual assistant as a freelancer. That’s how I made my income before I was able to finally get my blog up to a point to where I could, you know, shift directions. That kind of, change careers, or just shift my career if you will.

So definitely, have a back-up plan.

Okay. Let’s get into the details now. There were a lot of factors that went into that first check. But here are the main ones that I think really made a difference.

Key factor number one to Make Money Blogging

I prepared my mindset for business. Do not under any circumstances let anyone make you feel guilty for having money on the line and wanting to make a profit from your blog. If that’s not the path for them, or if that’s, you know, doesn’t feel right for them, just whatever, they’re playing a different ball game than you’re playing.

Make sure that you have the mindset of a business woman so a you would like to make a profit.

And B, you really want to provide some sort of value in some way. So you’re still contributing to the world and, you know, maybe inspiring people or enriching their day in some way. But you also want to make sure that the time that you invest is profitable. And there’s nothing wrong with that. OK.

Factor number two to Make Money Blogging

I determined my main niche and then I listened to my audience. And when I started blogging I think I wrote about five or six different categories. It was a little crazy. Okay, I’m not gonna lie to you. But I was still kind of like figuring myself out. But I listened to my audience.

So I got questions about personal finance. But, brother, did I get some questions about blogging and online business. So I was really fortunate in that case. I was talking about a subject that I just could talk about all day. And on top of that that was the obvious category that my readers really loved more than anything else.

Key factor number three to Make Money Blogging

I actually started the darn blog so really quick. If you’re interested, I actually have a step-by-step video tutorial on how to set up your blog and your hosting just to get you started. Because sometimes the technical stuff is a little overwhelming. And I’ll leave a link for it somewhere around here so you can click on that and go take a peek if you want to.

But in the meantime, I will let you know that fear of failure: that is the number one reason I receive when I ask any of my readers why they haven’t started a blog yet. I just want to take a moment and give you a high five. Okay? Let’s talk about how brave you’re being for putting yourself out there on a blog. Yes, you will probably run into a few meanies online. I know that I certainly have. But if we’re getting real here, you’re probably going to run into them in real life as well. Because sometimes this beautiful world can be just a little messy. So embrace that fear and just start your blog. Unleash that incredible girl boss that you are. Because you could really make a difference.

Key factor number four to Make Money Blogging

I connected with other bloggers. I always like to say that bloggers support bloggers. We can really help each other out with a learning curve. When we get started with blogging we inspire each other. And I know that being close friends with some of my really really awesome bloggers out there have just, really, like pushed me to be the best businesswoman I could possibly be.

When you get a group of really intelligent, just like driven, women who want to make a difference in the world, and they just kind of support each other, incredible things happen. Okay.

Key factor number five to Make Money Blogging

And this isn’t a hard rule, but I feel like it was a little beneficial for me. I did have a good collection of posts before I really started promoting hardcore. I told people about my blog when I was like, kind of, starting out. But I really started pushing it, promoting it, on all the social media platforms once I had, I would say, like maybe 20 or 30 posts written.

The idea behind this is that when people land on your blog if your content is great you only have three posts, that’s okay. But, the idea is that if you have 20 or 30 and people land on your blog and you’re putting in a lot of time to promote on social media, they’re more likely to stick around because you have 20 to 30 very good blog posts.

Key factor number six to Make Money Blogging

I changed strategies when what was working for the crowd wasn’t working for me. I very much walked the beat of my own drum. And I try to be very conscientious to find inspiration from other bloggers. But if it’s just not working for me, I just give myself permission to say, “Hey, girl. Change strategies and try something else.” Even if like everyone and their brother is over there doing you know whatever that is, if a certain strategy is just not working for you, change it. Even if that’s what everyone else is doing and they claim it’s going to work if you’ve really tried it. And as you’re just not seeing results, you are your own rock star. So find something else that fits you.

Okay guys. That wraps it up for this video. And if you walk away with one thought, I really want it to be, I can totally do this because you can.

Be sure to hit the like button if you are excited to start your blogging journey. Or if you already have started your blogging journey I would love to hear about how it’s going. Leave me a comment below don’t forget to subscribe if you want to catch new videos in the future. And as always, I’m Allison Lindstrom, and I will see you next time.

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