How DO People Make Money From Blogging?
Best Resources for Bloggers from Beginner to Pro
How do people make money from blogging? The answer is simple: they treat their blog as a business. From day one, the blogger knows that everything she does is building a business, not just a blog.
The income blogger is determined to succeed, educates herself on what to do to make money by blogging, consistently builds great content, and has the right monetization plan in place.
This page lists my top recommendations for tools and resources for bloggers of all skill levels. Beginners will find resources to help them get started and get educated. Those with some skill will find tools to help them level up their business, grow their income, and leverage their time.
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Table of Contents
- 1 How DO People Make Money From Blogging? Best Resources for Bloggers from Beginner to Pro
- 2 Premium Courses, Affordable Training, Books, and Strategy Guides
- 3 All About Blogging
- 4 Budget-Friendly Blogging Guides
- 5 Domains & Blog Hosting
- 6 WordPress Themes
- 7 WordPress Plugins
- 8 Blog Planning and Organization
- 9 Site-Building
- 10 Writing Content
- 11 List-Building
- 12 Blogging Toolbox
- 13 Blog Monetization
- 14 All About Images
- 15 Social Media Strategy Guides and Tools
- 16 Know about a blogging resource not on this list? Let me know about it in the comments!
- 17 Let’s Build Our Blogs Step-By-Step…Together! Subscribe and Get Access to My FREE Course, Blog Posts That SELL!
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Premium Courses, Affordable Training, Books, and Strategy Guides
Blogging Business Bundle. This is a top-to-bottom blogging training that includes FIVE blogging courses all rolled into one package. You get:
- a blogging and affiliate marketing beginner’s course
- a course on setting up a WordPress site in one day
- the blogging and affiliate marketing masterclass
- training on how to write a blog post that actually makes you money
- and buyer keyword training that you can implement immediately…
…You can buy these courses separately, but buying the bundle saves you money BIG TIME!
How to Find Your Blogging Niche. Finding the right niche can make or break your business. Choose a niche that’s too broad or competitive and you don’t make money. Choose one that’s too narrow, you don’t make money. You want to find the sweet spot – a niche that’s not too competitive but still has good demand…a niche that you’re passionate about. This course walks you through the steps of choosing the right blogging niche for you. I’ve also written this post that talks about how to choose the right blogging niche.
Keywords and SEO for Bloggers. It’s true, many bloggers know nothing about keywords and SEO (search engine optimization) and still they make a decent income. Some make 6-figures and they don’t worry a lick about keywords. But I’ll tell you this: keywords and SEO will give you an edge and increase your targeted traffic. That means that you’ll see more traffic and your readers will be primed for your content. This is a key element for building relationships and preselling your readers.
More Recommended Reading:
All About Blogging
How to Start a Blog to Make Money. Do people make money from blogging? You bet they do and this is how you get started on the path to making an income with your blog. This post actually walks you through getting your blog set up from scratch.
Simple 60 Blogging Guide. This strategy guide tells you how to build a money-making blog on your favorite subject without being technologically savvy or having extensive knowledge about keywords and SEO. Included is a content-planning worksheet, 15 post templates for easy writing, and instruction for creating “Pinterest-worthy” images.
Blogging and List-Building Challenge. Are you overwhelmed by the idea of blogging? Do you have trouble taking action? Do you like the idea of not just step-by-step instruction but hand-holding? This challenge will help with consistency, knowing what to blog about/what to say, how to promote your content, providing value, and building trust with your audience. I love the welcome video on this page!
Writing Productivity Challenge. I’m a fan of challenges because I like pushing past my personal limits and sharpening my skills. What’s great about these is that you get real-time help and hand-holding no matter when you start and after you finish, you can go back to the beginning anytime and continue to grow your skills.
Affiliate Marketing Challenge. This challenge walks you through the process of starting an affiliate site from scratch. Great for beginners or for those who need a kick in the butt. If you’ve been going at it on your own, maybe you need someone right there with you – someone you can ask questions of and get help from whenever you need it!
More Recommended Reading:
Budget-Friendly Blogging Guides
The Monetized Life. An easy, beginner-friendly course to get on you on the path of lifestyle blogging! Turn your life into a blog! Instruction includes blog set-up, post templates, how to post on-the-go, how to add affiliate links, and super easy tips on keyword research and traffic generation.
1…2…3…One Hour Affiliate. This is the ultimate beginner’s training. Get started with a free blog and a beautiful, search-engine friendly template. This guide doesn’t teach you keyword research or SEO – it’s all about short, easy posts that you can write up in about 20 minutes. An easy way to promote Amazon affiliate products! One note: this is for the absolute beginner who isn’t ready for more serious training. But I can tell you that my one-hour affiliate sites do make sales and it is a very easy strategy!
Hobby Master. If you want to know more about building a DIY or hobby blog, this strategy guide tells you how to make it happen! Budget- and beginner-friendly!
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Domains & Blog Hosting
GoDaddy for domains. While I don’t get hosting, I do use GoDaddy for purchasing domains.
InMotion. I went with InMotion hosting because I was able to get a package deal for a great price. So far, I’ve been happy with my service. It’s been reliable and I’ve had a good experience. If you’re new and only plan on hosting one site, another provider might have a better deal. BlueHost and SiteGround are usually more affordable for single site hosting.
SiteGround. Another fast, reliable, and affordable option, I know that SiteGround is a top choice among bloggers and many are moving their sites from other hosting companies because they’ve outgrown their current hosts.
BlueHost. This is the “go-to” hosting resource for many. Here’s the thing: while I’ve used them and have been happy with their service, others have had trouble. In my experience, it’s all good. One drawback is that when you grow BIG, they seem to have trouble with keeping your site up. So if you plan to grow your blog into a large authority site, you might want to consider SiteGround, who has a better reputation for reliability with large sites.
Accelerate and Accelerate PRO. I started this blog using the free version of this theme and have upgraded to the PRO license because I wanted additional features. But the upgrade cost me less than $100 and was so worth it for me. That being said, if you don’t care about default font colors and styles, you could use the free version and be just fine. SEO friendly and looks great on mobile!
Beautiful Dawn Designs. I haven’t found a better resource for feminine themes. They’re simply beautiful!
StudioPress. Features the Genesis framework and a variety of beautiful themes to give your blog a totally custom, professional look. Excellent tutorials for DIYers (like me!)
Elegant Themes. This is where you’ll find DIVI, a theme I’m looking at for when I’m ready to upgrade. I’m loving it and my site designer says she could totally create what I’m wanting to do. But there are plenty of themes to choose from here and premium WordPress plugins, too. Which leads us to…
Which leads us to…
Here are some of the plugins I use:
- Akismet – you can choose to use the free version
- iThemes Security – more security
- Shortcodes Ultimate – shortcodes for easy buttons, boxes, videos, all kinds of stuff
- Simple Sitemap – creates a sitemap for your site
- WP Socializer – social bookmarking and sharing buttons
- WP Super Cache – fast page caching for faster site loading
- Yoast SEO – makes SEO a no-brainer
In your WordPress dashboard, you can go to Plugins > Add New and simply do a quick search to find, install, and use these on your own site.
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Blog Planning and Organization
The Savvy Blog Planner: Blogging the Smart Way (96 Page Blog Post Planner)365 Content Ideas For Any Business: Blog, tweet and post your way to success every day of the year!The Badass Blog Planner: Your guide to defining your purpose, creating clarity, and building a year of killer content
WordPress Site in a Day. – Step by step content and video training for getting your blog established in a day (or less!)
How to Learn WordPress Step-By-Step – a class for beginner and experienced bloggers that teaches you how to build a WordPress blog the right way as well as concepts that will help you improve your targeting and SEO. Comprehensive but very easy to understand, you’ll get text- and video-based training as well as on-going support for any questions you have or help you need. A truly great resource!
How to Move Your WordPress Site from One Host to Another – All about moving your WordPress site to a new host, the right way, so that you keep your Google rankings and traffic. You CAN do it yourself and it’s easier than you think!
Extreme Review. This strategy is all about building a product-focused review blog. What does that mean? It means that you laser-focus your content on a product or niche of products, you thoroughly review them, and your traffic is highly targeted buyer traffic. Then you supplement this content with information posts on topics related to what your readers are looking for. You are shown precisely what to do and how to do it.
Straight Line. This guide is a supplement for Extreme Review but also stands on its own. It’s like go-at-your-own-pace coaching. You get 23 assignments that will help you build and grow an Amazon review site. PLUS, you get to see a behind-the-scenes look at how a REAL review site is built!
How to Write a Blog Post that Converts. If your posts are not converting into sales, you’re simply wasting time and energy. Why not learn what it takes to write posts that readers love – posts that make you MONEY? There is a method but it’s easier than you might think.
5 Simple Tips on How to Write a Good Blog Post. This post has bite-size tips to help you improve your content and write good posts for your readers.
How to Write Good Blog Post Headlines. You have 3 seconds to grab your reader. How do you do it? With your headline! Get good at writing these and you’ll find your readers are compelled to click.
How to Write Blog Posts Faster. This post talks about what I do to whip out content.
Azon (Amazon) List-Building Kit. Autoresponder instructions, a lead magnet, and topics for future emails. This is a “done for you” kind of kit that’s great for those brand new to email marketing or those struggling to get started.
MailChimp. I use and love MailChimp. First, it’s free for up to 2,000 subscribers and then when you need to upgrade, the price is reasonable. Here’s what I don’t love about the free version: you have to verify your account every 2 weeks, so it’s kind of a pain. But if you need a free option, this is a good one.
Aweber. You can get started with Aweber for $1 for your first month and it’s still an affordable list-building option. The perk with this one is that you can set up autoresponders and track your results. Here’s the deal: these two are pretty even in terms of what you get. It’s really a matter of personal preference.
ConvertKit. The blogosphere was all abuzz about ConvertKit this year. Seemed like everyone was jumping on the wagon! The reason for this could be that this was “built by bloggers, for bloggers.” Users say it’s more intuitive, easy to use, and that the automation is top-notch. All reasons why I’m considering switching to this, but I haven’t yet. Still, if you’re ready to level up your list-building, this could be for you.
Jaaxy. Oh, how I love this keyword tool! I’ve used a lot of tools for keyword research – both free and paid – and this one is my favorite. First, you get your first 30 searches for free. When you upgrade, you get larger keyword lists and access to other features that I’m still playing around with. Jaaxy uses a “red light, yellow light, green light” system so you can see potentially profitable keywords at-a-glance. Then, a related keyword search is just a click away. Save your keywords to a list or download for later use. Use this in combination with the Keyword and SEO training for bloggers and you’ve got a power-packed combo that will give you an edge in search results!
SBI! for WordPress. I learned about building a business online with SBI! And now, they have an option for WordPress users who want to know about more than “just blogging.” This is for you if you want a comprehensive education about building a business online. PLUS, you get access to some really cool tools!
Easy Product Displays. THIS tool no blogger should be without. With EPD, you can create beautiful product displays for affiliate products and more. I’ve used it to create the product displays on this page and I even use it to create pretty displays linking to posts on my site (you can see some examples on recent posts and on my home page.) Great for Amazon, Zazzle, ShareASale affiliates, and more!
Affiliate Marketing Challenge. This challenge shows you how to build an affiliate marketing blog from scratch. This is for you if you’re brand new or if you want to become an affiliate marketer!
Affiliate Marketing Masterclass. Learn what it takes to make a 6-figure income as an affiliate! This blogger shows you how she does it (and she does it without a list!)
Last-Minute Mini Products. Learn how to whip out mini digital products like ebooks and reports quick and easy so you can diversify your blogging income!
How to Monetize Your Blog. This post talks about the four main ways to monetize your blog. A great post for inspiration about how you can create your own unique monetization plan!
All About Images
PicMonkey. This is my primary photo editing program. It’s easy to use, the free tools are amazing, and the premium service is affordable. This is what I use to create social media graphics, too. You can use your own fonts and overlays, you can crop, resize, add text, and they have fun features for making really cool images.
Stencil. I recently learned about Stencil and I’m still getting used to working with it. I really like that you can create one image and automatically resize it for your different social media accounts. However, I haven’t used it long enough to be a pro and I still love PicMonkey.
Canva. Another powerful photo editing software, Canva has some really nice pre-designed layouts. Kind of takes the thought out of having to design from scratch, but I like designing from scratch, so that’s why this isn’t my photo primary tool.
IvoryMix. My TOP resource for beautiful stock photos! Kayla has a great free photo library and her premium photos are SO affordable. She has feminine, food, tech layouts and more. You also have the option of working with her to create totally custom photos for your blog.
Flickr. This is a great source for all kinds of photos. Just be sure to check the license and give credit.
Pixabay. One of the largest selections of free stock photos I’ve ever found and they’re good quality, too. You can download without an account but you get access to more sizes if you sign up with Facebook.
Pexels. Pexels is just like Pixabay. In fact, I’ve noticed that many of the photos on Pexels are on Pixabay, too. There are definitely some unique photos, so it’s worth checking out both sites.
Social Media Strategy Guides and Tools
Mini Social Networking Challenge. This challenge is specifically geared toward leveling up your social media game. And it’s short – 14 days. That’s a totally doable project and if you’re totally clueless or overwhelmed by social media, this is for you.
Pinterest Success Strategies. I’ve decided to focus on using Pinterest as part of my main traffic generation strategy. Lucky for me, there are several strategy guides available and this is one of my top picks. It’s actually 5 guides that help you grow your Pinterest presence and blog traffic. You can see part one of my review here.
Pinteresting Strategies. Carly was fed up with automated pinning so went and developed a way of succeeding with manual pinning. Great tips here that I use in my own strategy!
PinPlosion. This was the first Pinterest strategy guide I ever came across. It’s simple to understand, easy to implement, and I’ve seen results in just 30 minutes a day (less than that!)
PinFabulous Affiliate. This strategy is all about promoting affiliate products with Pinterest – how to do it the right way!
PinTrender. Another guide to promoting affiliate products on Pinterest with emphasis put on trends. Includes 30 affiliate programs you can get started with. Get results with fewer links, learn exactly what to pin for maximum conversions, and become a master at finding trends in your niche!
Perfect PinSense. Combine the power of Pinterest with Adsense and Amazon and you have a solid moneymaking strategy. This guide is for the DIY blogger who wants to know how to blog on WordPress and get traffic with Pinterest. You also get access to an over-the-shoulder look at how to pin and find followers!
Social Blast. A Facebook strategy for growing your social presence and your traffic; all about getting your content seen for FREE! If you’re looking for an easy way to “work” Facebook, this is it. Included is more advanced instruction on creating ads (optional for this strategy to work!)
Social Media Tools
Tailwind. I’m just now getting into automating my Pinterest efforts. I prefer to balance manual pinning with automation and, so far, I’m liking what I can do with Tailwind. Bonus that it’s approved by Pinterest.
BoardBooster. I’m also new to using BoardBooster. I know bloggers and social media managers love it and I see why. I’m still a bit wobbly – there’s a learning curve with these tools – but you can schedule pins and grow your reputation ’round-the-clock!
HootSuite. I use HootSuite to schedule my Facebook and Google + content. You can also connect Twitter, YouTube, and more. From your dashboard, you can create and schedule your content, freeing you up for building your blog! There are other scheduling programs out there, but I like this one, so I’m sticking with it.
Now, do people make money from blogging?
How do people make money from blogging? It goes back to what I said in the beginning. Income bloggers are committed to succeeding, get educated, create great content, and monetize well.
But as you can see, there are many factors in play here. Commit to succeed and treat your blog as a business and you’re off to a great start.
Go through this list and try out something that can help you get from where you are now to where you want to be.
And if you have questions about anything, feel free to ask in the comments or send me an email. 😉
Know about a blogging resource not on this list? Let me know about it in the comments!
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