Friday, 27 May 2022

How to Start a Successful Blog That Generates $3817 a Month

This blog generates hundreds of thousands of dollars every month by helping readers answer their questions. It took me years and a team to get to this point–but starting a blog that makes hundreds of dollars a month is a lot easier. More money is there if you keep at it. Here’s how to begin today.

If you want to start a blog that makes money, you’ll need a web hosting company. Here’s the best options.

I try to create content for both brand new bloggers and bloggers that are already blogging full-time from home. This email is really for newer bloggers.

I wanted to take a few minutes to walk you through everything you need to know about being a blogger. From how to start, to why you should.

Let’s begin.

Still have a million questions about blogging? Got you covered!

Why Blog?

Because it’s the best job in the entire world. You get to be your own boss, working from home, teaching about something that you're passionate about, and make a difference in the lives of your readers.


I can’t tell you the number of tear jerker emails I’ve gotten from readers when they paid off the last of their debt or finally got their bills under control (I should mention that I blog about Tech, ToS and budgeting).

I probably get more excited than them!

You have no cap on your income. In my former career, no matter how hard I worked or how long I stayed there, I would never make more than 10% more than my starting salary.

That was the best to hope for. And that was incredibly stressful, hard work with an unpredictable schedule and long hours.

The income, while slow in the beginning snowballs quickly. I went from $18.00/month - $500/month in 19 months on a new blog when I switched to blogging. And in February, I had an unusually profitable month with over $5,000 earned in just one month!

It requires almost no initial investment (called capital when you start your own business). Instead of putting up large amounts of money to start your business, you’re investing your time instead.

It’s not uncommon for bloggers to work for 6 months, before they start making money. So this can be a benefit or a drawback depending on whether you have more time or money available.

Isn’t it hard?

This is a tougher question. It’s not that it’s hard (working 8 hours a day with a huge commute to make just about enough to pay for daycare is hard if you ask me!).

But it’s not a get rich quick scheme and it’s nothing like an MLM (multi level marketing, like Avon or Pampered Chef) where you can rely on your friends buying from you to make money right away. For the record, the earning potential of blogging is so much more than an MLM, so I’m not saying a MLM is better at all.

The toughest part is finding the motivation to stick with it in the first 3-6 months, when you likely won’t make money doing it. I spent 10 hours a week blogging every single week without fail for that first 6 months.

I loved doing it. I loved writing and connecting to readers and I understood that I wasn’t looking for immediate results. I was looking for longer term growth.

So, no. It’s not tough at all. But it can be hard to stay motivated as you find time to carve in your schedule to dedicate to something that you won’t truly believe will be your full-time job until later. That’s why I’m here.

I wish more than anything that more women realized this was possible.

PAY ATTENTION: How to Make Money Blogging in 2022 ($20k In One Month)

It’s not for everyone. You have to love writing (you don’t have to be a grammar expert though!) and you have to be passionate enough about something to write about it. But my biggest regret is not doing this sooner.

Isn’t it expensive to start blogging?

Shockingly no. The biggest expense is $3.95/month for hosting (that’s a special price that you can get through Bluehost).

Your goal in starting should always be to make enough blogging to afford Elite Blog Academy (which is crazy expensive, but so worth it!). Once you can get in that class, you’ll learn how to professionally blog and can grow quickly.

Why can’t I just grab a free blog?

You actually can, it just severely limits your ability to make money. One of the biggest regrets I have with blogging is that I didn’t start self-hosted from the beginning.

I didn't know at the time, but I could have been making full-time income before I did.

You can get a free blog at places like Blogger.com, but at only $3.95/month I think it’s well worth it to pay the little bit extra and set it up right from the start.

If I’m already on a free blog like blogger, should I switch?

YES! A million times YES! Assuming that you’re looking to make blogging a full-time income. I was getting decent pageviews on my free blogger account but only about $70/month for AdSense earnings.

When I started blogging professionally, I realized that I could have turned those page views into full-time income if I were self-hosted.

It’s actually the biggest regret of my life to date.

It’s a pain to switch but we managed to do it ourselves with YouTube videos and after a week or two, it was all done.

Did I answer all of your questions?

Feel free to reply with any that I missed! I get a lot of email so it may take me a bit to respond but I’ll get back to you!

BONUS!

If you haven’t taken the leap yet and need a push, this could be exactly what you need. If you email me your receipt (to infodavidtekh@gmail.com), I’ll even send you the "8 Biggest Blogging Mistakes and How to Fix Them" for free.

If you get stuck figuring out your name… I have a tutorial below to walk you through it.

How to Choose Your Blog Name and Topic

Choose a niche.

This is a really broad area of what you want to write about. Choose something that you know about. While you don’t have to be an expert, you need to be passionate about the topic and willing to learn as your blog grows.

If you’re a success story in your niche (for instance a weight loss blogger that lost weight, a budget blogger that paid off debt etc. it will make blogging easier.)

However, you should choose a topic that you absolutely love talking about. When I started blogging, I was working as a clerical assistant. It wasn’t my passion though, and I would have gotten bored of that topic in a month.

What I couldn’t shut up about was how much money we saved ditching paper towels for a year, or canceling cable. So, I started blogging about budgeting… and I never get bored of writing about this.

Common Niches:

Fitness
Frugal Living
Parenting
Relationships
Food: Caution- You need to have very strong photography skills to be profitable in the food niche.
Deals/Shopping- This is considered to be the niche that’s the most work because you can’t schedule things far in advance. You’re at the whim of when the deals come out.
DIY/Crafts- Caution-You need to have very strong photography skills to be profitable in the Diy/Crafts niche.
Business
Health/Wellness
Travel

What Niche are you drawn to?

Narrow your focus.

What specifically in that niche are you excited about? If you had to focus on one type of person in that niche, who would it be?

I’ll give you an example: If you want to write about fitness and you’re passionate about helping women who are obese lose weight, that would be your focus.

Everything you write would be targeted to women who are out of shape and just starting out. So likely, you wouldn’t be talking about super intense workouts, but more orientation, and baby steps, and skill building.

I write to women who are so overwhelmed with organization and budgeting, and work/life balance that they feel hopeless. Even though I’m in frugal living, I know that my audience is more focused than that.

I’m a success story in my niche (we reduced our company spending by $23,000 in a year, paid off our debt and I got to quit my job and start this awesome blog!) and I basically write to myself 7 years ago.

Who in your niche do you want to focus your writing on?

Brainstorm Keywords

I want you to start a list on a separate piece of paper of every word you can think of that relates to your topic and focus. A minimum of 30 words, but if you can fill a whole page up that’s even better.

I’ll give you an example of what I used:

I wanted to write about organization and time management with a focus on saving money and work/life balance.

Saving

Simple

Busy

Budgeter

Calculator

Hopeless

Money

Focused

Help

Keep going...

Then I want you to start randomly combining sets of two or three words on your paper to create potential blog names:

Here are the few that I came up with...

Simple Saver

Simple Calculator

Hopeless Budgeting

Money Focused Life

Saving Help

Keep going…

If they’re available, that’s a blog name that you can choose.

Run it by a friend and ask them what they think when they hear it. I almost became The Prudent Provider, which I loved but all of my friends said made me sound old and strange.

When you find the right one, grab it immediately!

This process isn’t a super-fast one. I wanted to pull my hair out. But it’s the best way that I know how to choose a blog name that’s focused on your topic that you love.

BONUS!

(Just in case you missed it above, because this will make your life so much easier!)

If you haven’t taken the leap and need a push, this could be exactly what you need. If you email me your receipt (to infodavidtekh@gmail.com), I’ll send you the step-by- step checklist “The First 10 Steps to a Profitable Blog Checklist”.

Which walks you through that “Okay, now what?” phase. You can do this! But I can guarantee that you won't get anywhere unless you try.

Have an awesome week! Stop by the blog and say hi!

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