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Hey friends, today I’m going to share how I earn a cool $1,000 extra each and every month. I earn this extra income month over month and it’s increasing! I talk about it all the time, it’s BLOGGING!
Yes, blogging helps me earn an extra four figures per month that I reinvest back into the blog and stash away any extra towards my savings. Wanna know my secret?
Here’s how I do it
First thing, you’ll need to have a blog, right? Think about what you want to blog about (this is called your niche). The more specific, the better. Next, get your blog created.
It’s so simple to create a blog and I’ve put together this quick and easy tutorial to help you start your blog in less than 20 minutes.
PRO TIP: Must-have hosting (that I use) is Bluehost and #1 blog platform I recommend (and currently use) is WordPress. You’ll also wanna get your domain which you can also get from Bluehost. Everything is super affordable. Bluehost is just a few bucks a month, really, a few bucks (I paid $2.95/month upfront) and WordPress is free! Bluehost has an easy 1-click WordPress activation that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. It will get your blog set up in a snap.
Next step..make it pretty!
You can get a free or paid design. I have a paid design that cost around $70-$80. I consider it totally worth it because I’m a sucker for a cute design and I’m willing to pay for it. I got mine from Studiopress. It’s the Divine theme. Some others:
Get 43 stock photos (way down below..end of post)
Third step..add categories and pages
Step 3 is pretty fun. You’re going to set up the components of your blog. Must haves:
- About Me page (can also be named My Story, My Life, About, etc.)
Your categories can include things like your blog topics, like if you are a food blogger, your categories can be breakfast, gluten free, chocolate, brunch, etc. Make sense?
Some other pages you can add (optional):
- Popular posts
PRO TIP: Highly recommend you add social follow and social share buttons. Social follow buttons are the Twitter bird, Pinterest P, and other social media icons that, when clicked on, will take your reader to your social profile so they can follow you! Social share buttons allow your reader to share your post to Pinterest, Twitter, Stumbleupon, etc.
Social follow buttons might be built into your design template (mine is). If not, check out the WordPress plugins library to search for some social follow options OR go to the social network directly to get widgets that you can easily place on your site.
Example: Drink Coffee & Prosper
Last step..add content and promote!
Once the first 3 steps are complete, it’s time to add content, launch your blog, and promote away!
I recommend you create an editorial calendar to help you stay organized and track your blogging topics. Write as often as you’d like and make sure to promote each and every post you publish.
My promotion strategy
I’ve written a lot about traffic generation strategies. Here are some of my most popular posts:
As a general rule of thumb I usually:
- Hit up Quora and answer 10 related questions
- Post to Stumbleupon
- Pin to Pinterest + add to my Tailwind schedule
- Promote in my Facebook groups (get my list of 75 blogger and entrepreneur Facebook groups)
How I actually make money
So, I actually make money from blogging from a few different avenues:
Course/ebook sales: I published 2 ebooks within a few months of starting this blog. I don’t do any heavy promotion of them and still make a few sales every month (no affiliates yet).
Sponsored posts: this means you get paid to review and/or feature a product or service on your blog. You can earn 50 bucks or thousands! The posts I do range from $50-$100 each.
Affiliate marketing: this works by you promoting a product or service and getting a commission on the successful lead and/or sale. You can earn a few bucks or a few hundred bucks (or more) per commission. I promote products and services through blog posts, email blasts, and social media.
Freelancing: I’ve done a little bit of freelance writing. Enough to make a few hundred bucks. There is some serious money to be had with freelancing though. Learn how Holly earned $200,000 this year as a freelance writer.
The biggest income component is definitely affiliate marketing. I started earning more income from affiliate sales on a consistent basis after taking this course.
If you want to start earning quickly I recommend a vigorous posting schedule. Try a 30 posts in 30 days challenge. Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself either. Would you pay $100 for a course to start making $1,000 3-6 months faster? I definitely would, in a heartbeat!
Some of my favorite courses that I have seen real results from:
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
- Building a Framework
- Pinterest Strategy Guide
- 17 Strategies: 17K-350K+ Monthly Page Views
There you have it! How I earn an extra $1,000+ every month. Need some extra help? I offer blog coaching! Check out my Services page to get the inside skinny!
How do you make extra money?
PRODUCTS YOU WILL LIKE
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BOARDBOOSTER AND TAILWIND: I’ve tried these Super Pinning tools separately but I have BOTH! The minute I made that change, my repins increased by 200X, no joke! I love the features and tools from both. You’ll like the simple, easy navigation of Boardbooster. Not too complicated at all. Tailwind has tribes! Another awesome way to connect and grow your pins exponentially. They are both very affordable. A must have and my secret weapon for exploding my blog pageviews!
MAKING SENSE OF AFFILIATE MARKETING COURSE: Join the ranks of Michelle Schroeder and be on your way to earning $50,000/month in affiliate income like she does! In fact, she had a record SIX FIGURE MONTH in July 2016! Learn from the very best. Read my full review of her course on my post, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Reviewed.