So many times I’ve heard stories of people starting blogs, writing constantly, and then… waiting and waiting for visitors. It is true that some blogs make money without having a huge following. That’s perfectly fine. Most bloggers seem to want traffic though, as does any business site, really.
So how do they do it? Well there are a ton of ways. BUT you want to know how to make money starting. Yes, it’s a slow process sometimes. I didn’t go from 0 to 10,000 in 30 days. But I did jump into this and earned my money back from starting my blog plus some, very quickly! Without really knowing what I was doing.
I knew blogs had Ads, Ads pay money. Money pays bills and buys food. You know the process. So, lets get to the money part!
Actually, a lot of this will be ‘tips’ but they will all lead to the money part. So bare with me.
- Make your blog presentable
- Easy to navigate, pretty, easy to read, dark fonts on light backgrounds usually works best.
- Add pictures
- Add pictures to your homepage. Add your logo. Add your own pictures or find free stock photos that give you permission to use. There are a ton out there.
- Bold information for scrollers
- I admit it. I scroll through pages a lot in search of a few words. It must be the college researcher in me. Bold certain things that are important for your readers to know without reading the whole thing. Bc as much as you don’t want it, there are scrollers out there sometimes.
- Take advantage of Pinterest
- Seriously, this is a huge aspect. Read more about it HERE.
- Take advantage of other social media outlets
- We’re talking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Whatever ones you want. Click the link in #4 to read more about tips on other social medias as well.
- Post, Post, Post
- Well, that’s what you’re here for, right? Keep posting. Give your audience something to read.
- Come up with a catchy title for each post
- I mean, reel those readers in! 😛
- Use links relevant to what you’re writing
- Your own links. Like when I told you to go to my Pinterest post and read all about that and other social media’s. Seriously, it’s good info.
- Me doing that is also helping you in another way, by explaining that info. BUT Not having to re-write it.
- There are tons of free widgets! Especially on WordPress, which is what I use.
- More on this later! Come back 🙂
- Take advantage of group boards on social media
- I touch on this in the Pinterest article as well.
- There are so many others out there who are looking for support and willing to support you. Get with those people! Be friends! You never know, you might just become friends for a long time!
- Watch your analytics
- Find out what days and times people are more likely to come to your blog. This can vary between blogs and time zones.
- Try to post within that time frame. Or if you can’t be online at that time, schedule your post to go live at that time
- This is a big one. Small, but big. I’ve scheduled posts that I thought were fine. And well somewhere along the line my bullets became numbers and vice versa. It was a mess. Spelling words were correct, bullets weren’t. Easy fix. After I noticed it. Hopefully no one else did!
- Proofread your photos! OMG. I’m so guilty of this too. I was all writing in my head and wrote on a photo for a post. I shared it on my social media’s and guess what? Um, I had to re-read it twice after seeing it the next day. Because what? I don’t even make sense. It’s there for good now. Can’t delete that baby! Then anyone who shared or repinned won’t be able to get to my site! We want them to our sites!
- Use this website!!
- OK OK. This is KINDA like the groups you’re in on social media except, no group required. Nor does it require you actually speaking to others.
- AND NO, this isn’t ‘natural views’. Which, some people like and only do.
- However, this will get you views, likes, comments, follows, repins, etc.
- You either purchase credits, and the credits are used based on what you want people to do OR you can visit other peoples sites, watch youtube videos, like, comment, repin, follow, etc. And you get points for every single one you do.
- Side note: (say you want views on a post: It costs between 11-16 credits. Other stuff costs less. You can put up many links. When I started I put up 20 links. AND my pinterest, AND my facebook… yea. Hey, as long as you have credits, you get traffic, or whatever you want. It works with sites, twitter, youtube, instagram, etc.)
- ANYWAYS, this will help you start a following on your social medias, views on your page, etc.
- It also helps when you want to test your analytics as well!
- Personally, I don’t mind getting a little help. It’s not really terribly different than having a group board. It’s just quicker, easier and honestly I’ve tested about ten (or more) sites like this and this one is the one that actually gets me constant results whenever I have credits available.
- Comment on other bloggers sites. Chances are they’ll visit you back. Some do, some don’t. I’ve commented on others and had nothing in return. (Try not to be that person. You want to engage with your audience!) I’ve also commented and someones post and not only got a like on my comment as well as a replied comment, but I got a few page views from that person, a comment on my own page, and a like on that page. Safe to say, we randomly comment back and forth frequently!
- Engage! Your comments and others!
- Follow others
- On wordpress, I follow people, they follow me. They show up in my reader. I show up in theirs. And what happens? It’s SO EASY to like someones post. You don’t even have to read it!
- Why do that? SUPPORT. Seriously, support! SO, now I can keep track of my blogger friends whom I’ve exchanged comments and likes with and they can keep track of me.
- Where do you think this will go? Guest posts? Mentioning each other! YES, YES, and YES.
- Guest post!
- Typically starting off you won’t find a lot of opportunities to guest post.
- You can buy guest posts on some sites. DO NOT DO THIS. I mean, do at your own risk. I know someone who paid around $30 for a guest post that linked back to her site and guess how many page views she has gotten in the month it’s been posted? ONE. Hers. When she visited and clicked it to make sure the link to her site worked. YEA.
- BUT, you can always guest post. Offer to do a free guest post. Some people would love to do that! After you do, let them know, send them the link, thank them, follow them, be friends! AND don’t be afraid to ask for a mention on their blog or social media. This can be beneficial as it’ll bring you some of their followers and them some of your followers. Cha Ching! haha
- This is where the money comes in. Ads! Go sign up for google adsense. You can copy paste your links into your blog and post them wherever you want.
- You can get paid by clicks on your ads, pg views, the ad being displayed can earn you revenue
- Find sites to monetize your blog
- What? Where?
- Stay tuned! I’ll be adding a post about that soon! 🙂
- Become an affiliate
- SO MANY OPTIONS! Yes. BUT they’re worth it!
- If you’re reviewing the latest vacuum cleaner, post your affiliate link to it! Chances are that someone out there hates their terrible vacuum and absolutely needs a new one. Que: you and you’re amazing writing skills. (heh)
- You’ll get part of that commission from a sale! Heck yea!
- So where to start? A lot of places want you to have a certain amount of followers in order to become an affiliate. That’s ok. Who doesn’t?
- To get you started, you can add these. There are ads you can put on your site for both of the programs and you can recommend specific products. If later when you have more views and followings, you want to switch to a different program. Great! For now, start easy!
- Example 1
- Example 2
- Example 3
- Have fun.
- YES this is work but you’re not going to make an income by doing NOTHING at all. Just, doing ALMOST nothing! 😉
- If you’re looking to make some more money while you’re getting your blog started or even just in general, check my post here about how I make enough to pay for my household necessities for 5 people every month! (Swear. Why do you think I’ve been doing it for ten years!!)
- Use Tailwind
- Ha, just kidding about the 20. I snuck another one in.
- You may have heard of Tailwind before. LOTS of ppl use it (for a reason!!)
- Use it to add your pinterest pins to tribes where other people who are in your tribe (your group) can see it and share it right from the site.
- Schedule your pins for whenever you want! Have good traffic specifically on a Tuesday at 4PM (example), can’t be online? Schedule pins on Pinterest. This is helpful for people who just pin a day or two a week, instead of having to get on Pinterest daily.
- Analytics! It will help so much with your Pins and getting to know your readers.
- FREE MONTH! Yay! When you sign up on the link above, you get a free month of Plus! It’s worth it!! There’s a free version as well that you can continue to use after your free month.
YES. These are mostly tips and not exactly how you make money but what a lot of people don’t realize is that this IS how you make money! I mean, how do you get ad clicks with a site that’s hard to navigate? How do you get affiliate income when people can’t read your posts?
You don’t want to work, but neither does anyone else. Especially when reading your info. They’ll move onto the next one if they can’t get around yours easily.
Remember, you’re blogging for a reason! If you get frustrated sometimes (which happens, or bored like why do I have to do this for an hour… etc.) just remember why you do it.
Income, stability, paying debts. Etc, etc.
You got this!! 🙂 Do you have any other tips, advice, questions? Ask me below or feel free to contact me via the contact page at the top of this page!
**Don’t steal my photo with my cute little Popsicle in it! Please! I made her by HAND. & She’s the cutest! 🙂 heh. I made her to sell but…… 🙂 Photo belongs to me! You do not have permission to use my crappy artwork! (HA!)***