How To Start A Blog And Make Money

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The Ultimate Guide

Welcome to the Successful Blogging guide on how to start a blog and make money.

This page is your starting point, designed to nurture you towards three key goals. These are:

  1. To successfully create and launch your blog
  2. To grow your audience through valuable, actionable content they’ll love
  3. To monetize your blog

If you want to know more about me, Sue Dunlevie, you can do so by viewing my About Page or email me at [email protected]

More information and resources:

I’ll make sure to give you further study options, reading materials and/or tools in each section, to give you an advantage to starting your blog.

Shall we begin?

Forward: What You'll Learn

How to lay the foundation for a strong and successful blog

Step One: Website

How to set up your website with your own domain, hosting and email provider

 Step Two: Setting Up Your Site

Getting the best domain name, installing WordPress and picking a theme that converts visitors to subscribers

Step Three: Creating Content

Defining your audience and deciding what problem you solve for your readers

 Step Four: Attracting Traffic

Marketing your content through emails, social media and simple SEO

Step Five: Making Money

The four best ways to monetize your blog

Step Six: Automate and Outsource

Resources, tools and other automation and outsourcing advice

What You'll Learn

Making money through your blog may sound easy. Let’s face it, we’re bombarded by blogs, links and newsletters stating how this person ‘made a six figure income’ or how that person ‘lives from the income their blog generates’.

While making big money is certainly the idea, it doesn't come silently. You will need accurate bookkeeping and organization, plus you'll need to contemplate how to handle your withholding allowances when its all said and done.

Ultimately, the thing you need to remember, however, is that making money with your blog takes hard work, dedication, and patience.

It won’t happen overnight.

You need to lay the foundation, build your blog’s scaffolding and furnish it before the money starts to come in. So here’s what you’ll learn by reading this:

  1. Which hosting service to choose for your blog and finding a mailing list provider
  2. How to set up your website, including choosing your domain, installing WordPress, choosing a design and installing a theme
  3. How you go about creating amazing content, defining your audience and providing value
  4. Sourcing traffic, optimizing your content and email marketing
  5. How to make money from your content, from your skills, and from your own knowledge
  6. How to semi-automate the process so you can free up your time

I’ll be with you every step of the way, offering you my thoughts, insights, and guidance. I’ll be there to urge you on and show you that you can do it. It simply requires some work, like all good things.

 

Step 1: Website

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Before you start thinking about what to call your blog, what your topic is going to be and the kinds of content you’ll be creating, it’s best to consider two key things that are vital to your success.

Your website host and mailing list provider.

Everything you do in your blogging journey will hang on those two things.

A good web host needs to be able to handle the traffic you’ll be generating. It needs to be fast, easy to use and quick to set up. Forget about pricing for a moment and focus on quality.

Your blog is going to be a source of income – it needs to be reliable and accessible.

I recommend BlueHost when you are first starting out just for this reason.

(Please note: a few of these links are affiliates which means I will earn a small commission if you buy the item, with at no extra cost to you.)


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Similarly, your mailing list provider needs to be equally reliable.

Many people may say that email marketing is dead – this couldn't be further from the truth. Your mailing list will be a vital source of targeted traffic and monetization, which you can tap into in an instant.

Finding a great provider for your email marketing will make sure you deliver consistent, high-quality results over and over.

I have used ConvertKit and currently use Drip, both due to its reliability and ease of use. 

Niche Further Reading:

Step 2: Setting up your site

Your next step towards monetizing your blog is to get things setup. A great blog with the potential to make money doesn't just need to be strong, sturdy and reliable.

It needs to look and sound great too.

First, let’s look at your domain name.

An ideal domain name should:

  • Roll easily off the tongue – it needs to be easy to say, to spell and to type
  • Be memorable – it might be tempting to go for something long and detailed but keep in mind how memorable that will be to your readers. A shorter, snappier URL is much more likely to be remembered
  • Reflect your topic – think about what you’re going to be writing about. If it’s about blogging, consider incorporating that word into your URL somewhere. This will make it easier to find and will give readers an idea of what they’re likely to expect.

I use Namecheap to register all of my domains because they give you free “WhoIs” for your first year and it's very easy to set the name servers (sounds technical but it's really easy).

Once you’ve bought your domain, you’ll need to add it to the hosting package you chose to host your website. You should receive an email from your domain provider with instructions on how to point your domain to your host’s servers. These emails are usually to-the-point with clear, step-by-step guides on getting you up and running.

If you’re still stuck, however, there’s plenty of guides on BlueHost as well as YouTube, if you have chosen a different host.

With your hosting package and domain sorted, it’s time to actually build your blog.

There are many blogging platforms out there to choose from – I list 10 of them here – Where To Start A Blog: 10 Blogging Platforms For First Time Bloggers– however I’ll always use WordPress.org as my number one choice due to its versatility. Therefore for this guide, that’s what I’ll be working with and we’ll start with installing WordPress onto your website.

Dependent on what hosting provider you use, your WordPress installation should be pretty straightforward. Most hosts these days will offer a one-click install of the WordPress software and will email you instructions on how to do this.

If you settle on using BlueHost for managing your website, I've written a helpful step-by-step guide you can use to get up and running.

We’re at the really fun stage of your blog creation process here. This part is all about getting the look and feel of your blog just right.

WordPress is incredibly easy to design with and make your own. There are some fabulous websites out there build on the platform that looks amazing. Yet we’re not all creative geniuses, so it’s perfectly okay to buy a theme or pay for someone else to design it for you.

For awesome WordPress themes, you’ve got plenty of options:

  • StudioPress is a site that deals exclusively with WordPress Themes built for the Genesis Framework. I dare you not to fall in love with these. This is what I use. (check out my Website In A Week, so you have a pro site without DIYing it!)
  • Plus WordPress.org itself has an archive full of free themes that you can use if you want a basic setup.

To get a theme custom designed or tweaked, consider the following places:

  • Fiverr – this site is full of talented graphic designers and artists who will take on a project for as little as $5.50
  • Alternatively you could look within the marketing and design community for bloggers who offer design services to their readers.

Step 3: Creating Content

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When you begin creating content for your blog, the key thing to remember is your audience.

At the very front of your mind should be the people you’re writing this content for. Who are they? What problems do they have? What questions are they asking? What are their pain points?

Only after you know what their problems are, can you provide the solutions.

Craft your content around those problems and then provide a thorough, detailed blog post that covers the solution – how your reader can overcome it.

An example of this in action might be:

A blogger you follow on Twitter is struggling to come up with good headlines for their posts. So you decide to create an article with multiple resources and approaches that the blogger could take to craft punchy, attention-grabbing headlines.

They have the questions – you provide the answers.

But you can’t just go willy-nilly with your content. You need to remember to keep it relevant to your audience. There’s no point writing about blogging if your audience isn't made up of bloggers.

Which is why you need to define your audience first.

Here are a few ways you can do this:

  • Create personas of your ideal reader. Flesh it out with everything about this person and use it as a guide.
  • Research where your ideal reader hangs out online and listen in on their conversations.
  • Conduct a survey asking your ideal reader what they struggle with and write posts about the answers to their questions.

If you'd like more information on how to create compelling content, Click here to get a free report.

With an audience ready to receive your content, you’re ready to create it. Here’s some further reading you’ll find useful:

Step 4: Attracting traffic

Getting traffic to your blog might seem like a futile effort at first. You’re sending your posts out into the ether having put loads of time and effort into making them valuable, yet no one seems to be reading them.

This is where you need to start putting in more work.

Yes, you read that correctly.

More. Work.

I did tell you that it wouldn't be easy. The great news is that the hard work does pay off. You just need to have a little patience.

Your hard work at this stage will be in the form of marketing your content. You can do this in a number of ways but to keep things simple, let’s cover three ways to market your blog posts:

  • Posting on Social Media
  • Optimizing for Search Engines
  • Email Marketing

Posting on Social Media

Social Media has the potential to open up your content to a whole tribe of interested people. With the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest, sweeping the world with their massive networking potential, it’s fairly easy to be found and heard.

However people are generally sensitive to complete self-promotion, so choose your strategy carefully:

  • Market on platforms where your audience hangs out the most. If your content is heavy on tutorials and visuals, for example, your best method for social media marketing might be Pinterest or Instagram, since this content does particularly well there
  • Don’t just bombard followers with links. Choose catchy headlines, include hashtags where relevant and use eye-catching images
  • Respond to every notification and mention you receive – carry on the conversation and create lasting relationships
  • Share other people's content – this will open you up to reciprocal sharing and will put you in front of key influencers

Optimizing for Search Engines

As you start publishing more and more great content, you’ll begin to notice that you get traffic from search engines such as Google and Bing. This is generally called search traffic or organic traffic because you’re essentially not marketing it – the readers are finding you instead.

To attract the right kind of readers to your content via the search engines, you’ll need to make sure your articles are optimized properly.

There was a time when this meant stuffing your blog posts full of keywords. Now, however, that’s not necessary. The emphasis is more on quality and value but there are still things you can do to encourage a better performance:

  • Research keywords using sites like Google Keyword Planner to find out what people are searching for, in relation to your niche
  • Add your keyword naturally into your post title
  • Use your keyword sparingly within the body of your post
  • Place your keyword in the title and alt title of any images you’re using within that post
  • Use the keyword in your meta description (while this is no longer a factor in search engine optimization, it’s still useful to do this to prompt readers to click-through)

Email Marketing

I mentioned email marketing at the beginning of this guide as a valuable source of traffic. Growing your email list can be as simple as adding an opt-in form to key areas on your blog such as your sidebar, across the top of your blog, after posts and as a pop-up.

Once your list starts to grow, you can begin sending your latest posts to your readers via email.

You might like to send your subscribers a weekly roundup of your best performing posts. Alternatively, you might want to send an email every time you update. Whatever you decide, remember that people are inviting you into their inbox out of choice, so treat your subscribers as you would like to be treated yourself.

  • Keep it personal by talking about your targeted readers' problem(s)
  • Don’t just list out what they’ll read, show them how they’ll benefit from reading. What problem will it solve for them?
  • Invite conversation by asking your list to get in touch if they have any problems
  • Encourage users to unsubscribe. It might seem counter-intuitive, but inviting people to opt-out of your list, will make sure the people left there will be the ones most interested in what you have to say.

With these key marketing strategies in place you’ll soon see your traffic increasing. Remember consistency is the key, regardless of how many times a week you post. Pick a day and time to post – a frequency you’re comfortable with (and I recommend just once a week) and consistently publish at those times.

Here’s some further reading on getting traffic:

Step 5: Money Making

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Let’s now look at what you’ve been waiting for – how to make money from your blog.

There are many avenues you can go down when considering monetizing your blog. I'll just discuss the ones that my clients ask about the most.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is another way you can earn money through your blog content.

This requires placing a banner or a link within a post / somewhere on your blog, which links back to a product or service. When someone purchases through your link, you’ll earn a commission.

There are many affiliate marketing programs out there. Some you might consider using include:

The key with affiliate programs is to just promote products you would endorse and actually use yourself. This gives you context and authenticity when you recommend them to your readers.

Don’t just promote just any old thing. Keep it relevant to you audience, your blog, and your existing content.

Product Creation

Product creation is the process by which you develop and sell your own products. It can be a highly lucrative form of monetization since you’ll be marketing your products to an audience that’s already interested in what you have to say. Further to this, they’ll be your own products – there’s no middle man taking an affiliate fee.

Here are a few ideas for products you could create:

  • eBooks – many bloggers use eBooks as a way of selling information. They can be published to Kindle, made available for many devices and can be as detailed or as simple as you like.
  • Videos – create video tutorials and show your readers how to solve a problem they have.
  • Courses – a course is a complete information package that promises to teach a “how-to” subject. Bloggers can make large sums of money creating and selling their own courses, it simply takes time and enthusiasm to get the ball rolling.

Again, keep your products relevant to your audience and your content to generate the best results.

Freelancing

Do you have a unique set of skills or experience that you could sell to other bloggers and members of the public? If so this is another great way to use the power of your blog to make money.

Think of your blog as a broadcasting platform – every new reader is another potential client. When you start thinking like this, doors will open and new possibilities and opportunities will present themselves.

Here’s what you could offer as a freelancer from your blog:

  • Copywriting services
  • Blog design
  • Content Management
  • Coaching
  • Business consulting
  • Social Media strategy

The possibilities are endless!

For further reading on monetizing your blog, check out some of these posts which I think you’ll find helpful:

Step 6: Automation and outsourcing

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We've nearly reached the end of this guide. I hope so far you’ve found it useful, however there’s one last thing I want to talk about before signing off. It’s how to automate some of your blogging responsibilities to save time.

Because at the end of the day, running your own authority blog is a lot of work!

It’s also time-consuming – something you might struggle with if you have other responsibilities such as a family and a full-time job.

The good news is, there are ways you can make blogging and monetization much easier.

  • Outsource your content writing – hire a ghostwriter to create some of your content to free up some of your time. The work will be in your own name and a good ghostwriter will tailor the voice of anything they create to fit with your own branding
  • Outsource your marketing – get a Social Media Manager in to watch and look after your social accounts. A few hours saved each day from content marketing is a surprisingly good amount of time to do something more important
  • Use tools like Hootsuite to automate your Social Media broadcasts
  • Use Evernote (my very favorite tool) to jot down your ideas for blog posts as they come to you

Here are some articles on outsourcing and automating that will help you:

Make sure that you send me an email at [email protected] when your site is up and running and I'll tweet and post it my social media channels!

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Sue Anne,

    Brilliant!

    What a read.

    I vibe so much with the domain name. I picked a cool one – which I didn’t know would be available – in Blogging from Paradise.

    Worked perfectly for me as I simply have been living this life for the past 42 months. I’d say, make your domain easy to visualize.

    We read and think in pictures. Appeal to imaginations everywhere.

    People can see, easily, what Blogging from Paradise means, even before they check out my blog. A simple domain name makes their job easier, because I did some picturing legwork for them.

    Be clear. Trash any domain which is tough to see. I did it. I tossed an old domain in the trash. Along with 3400 posts.

    As you’ve seen, it hasn’t hurt me, as I’ve prospered and more importantly, I’ve had loads of fun doing the BFP bit.

    Thanks Sue Anne!

    Tweeting from Fiji.

    Ryan
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    • says

      Hi, Ryan,

      Domain names are so important because they need to convey what you are all about. Or if they are more inspirational, than a strong tagline needs to be used.

      Blogging from Paradise is both – tells what you do AND is inspirational!

      Thanks, Ryan,
      Sue

    • says

      Hi, Nathan,

      I so appreciate your comment – I really like GetResponse. I’ve tried MailChimp and aWeber and GetResponse is the easiest, in my opinion, and does everything you need it to do.

      Have a good weekend!
      Sue

  2. says

    Great article, Sue! I just found your blog and love reading your insights on blogging. Thanks for sharing! Kati

    • says

      Great, Kati, and I’m glad you took the opportunity to comment and join the Successful Blogging Team!

      Sue

  3. says

    Wow – Thanks for this amazing resource. It’s like a blogging university of its very own! Very grateful to be on your list and have access to this. 🙂

    • says

      Thanks so much, Anthony, for the kind words!

      Sue

  4. Ali says

    Thanks Sue.This is exactly what I was looking for.
    Someone once said(don’t ask me who) when the student is ready,the teacher appears!
    Thanks once more

    • says

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Suryateja!

      Sue

  5. says

    Hi Sue,

    I have to agree with everyone else, wow, what a cool resource you’ve provided.

    I remember reading posts like this a long time ago but they weren’t very detailed. Most of what they shared was over my head because I was new and I didn’t understand a lot of the terminology. But a step-by-step guide from someone eager to help, well you just can’t beat that my friend.

    Really great share, thanks for putting this together and this is really going to be very helpful for a lot of new bloggers. Great job Sue.

    ~Adrienne
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    • says

      That means so much to me, coming from you,Adrienne.

      Thanks so much!
      Sue

  6. says

    Hey Sue Anne,

    This is an excellent resources!

    You give an excellent breakdown to help someone build a solid foundation to build off of.

    I like how you continue to mention that this will not be easy. I was speaking to someone earlier about how there is so much content out there that says, ‘just do this’ or ‘just do that’ and you can get more traffic or make money online.

    That is far from the case.

    It takes a lot of work and dedication to begin building your blog to where you want it to be.

    This is awesome Sue Anne. Have a great rest of the week!
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    • says

      Hi, Steven,

      Thanks so much for your comment!

      I’m glad that you agree with me that saying it’s worth it to build a blogging business but also saying it isn’t easy.

      Too many “gurus” make it seem like you press a button and you get success but I have found it takes time, effort and building connections – just like you and I are doing now.

      Thanks again,
      Sue

  7. says

    What a really cool resource Sue Ann!

    While you’ve certainly laid out the mechanics of what needs to be done! Thank goodness you are also advocating that it does take time (like anything else) to get all your ducks in row.

    Both you and your audience are in a constant state of evolving! and real skills to time to develop as well. But as you pointed out, with some dedication and a little elbow grease, it’s possible to make your dreams happen!

    Thanks for supplying such a really cool resource!
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    • says

      You are certainly right, Mark, in that we are constantly evolving and learning and getting better at what we do each and every day.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment!
      Sue
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  8. says

    Hi Sue,

    What a superbly structured Blog post. How I wish I had so mush of vital information available to me when I started Blogging. It would have saved me a ton of time and the seat of my pants would not have been so worn (that’s how I learned to Blog :-).

    I’ve been using and recommending BlueHost myself for a pretty long time. Excellent hosting company and a really responsive Help desk. I’ve normally got my tech issues sorted in under four hours each time I raised one. I think that is some kind of a record among hosting companies.

    This is the very first time I’ve heard of – Get Response – have been a long time user of MailChimp myself. Clicked the link and took a quick look at the Get Response website though.

    I’ve (almost by default now) used WordPress as the Blogging platform of choice. I love its simplicity and the plethora of excellent plugins available that can extend the WP core functionality. Its really a superb, Free to use, Content Management System. The best being its (almost) one click installation and ease of use.

    This Blog post is so well structured and full of prime content I’m definitely sharing this on my Twitter account and I will mention it on my Facebook timeline. I do believe that it should be as widely shared as possible. Most of my friends will benefit from going through this Blog post.

    Brilliant post. Thanks so much for crafting this and sharing.

    Warmly,

    Ivan Bayross

    • says

      Thanks, Ivan, for commenting on the post. I certainly appreciate your comments and that you will share them on social media.

      Happy blogging,
      Sue

  9. Kartik says

    Hi Sue,

    This is a great read. Really appreciate how you have broken down the steps.

    I am looking into creating a sports based blogging platform, where everyone who has an opinion about the sport can share it in a blogging framework.

    Was really struggling to see how to start and your article really helps as a stepping stone.

    Regards

    • says

      Thanks for your comments, Kartik! Looking forward to your sports based blogging platform! Let me know when you launch it.

      Sue

    • says

      I so appreciate you taking the time to comment today, Subha!

      Sue

  10. says

    The structure and form of all of your posts inspire me. I have typically been of the short/quick post variety, but the effect your long, instructive posts have on me, is convincing me that my readers would probably really appreciate the information presented this way.

    Thanks for the tips.
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    • says

      Neil Patel spoke recently in a post that longer content works better and gets more social shares.

      Thanks for commenting, Greg!
      Sue

    • says

      You are very welcome, Sandesh. And thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Sue

  11. says

    Wow,it hard to believe there are still some good people on this planet. You have really been helpful.Thanks a billion.

  12. says

    Thankyou for this blog post, I always forget to do the email marketing thing but FINALLY put a sign up form on my blog recently.

    Think I might try creating a few products now and see how that goes.

    Thanks again for a great blog post! I’m sure to return to this fountain of knowledge 🙂
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    • says

      Good for you on starting an email list! Products are next for you.

      Thanks for commenting,
      Sue

  13. says

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will make
    certain to bookmark your blog and will come back. Have a nice day!
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  14. says

    Hi Sue Anne. I am new in blogging and but really want to grow my blog through both the right and helpful content.
    Your article is really worthwhile to read. I am feeling like I have got Aladdin’s lamp in my hand. Thanks for such convenient writing.

  15. says

    That is indeed a good read. However, main issue with newbies with these type of articles is that they are pumped up after reading this type of article and they get impression that they will start earning. The patience is the key. I think famous blogger like you should really highlight (even make it in bold and on top of the post) those points – patience, promote, quality over quantity.

    • says

      HI, Joy,

      I totally know what you mean, but I believe that someone selling coaching or freelancing services can make money in several months – as soon as they have 200 people on their list. Building an audience takes time but I have had clients start making money in 2-3 months time.

      Patience and promotion is important but it depends on what you sell and how you sell it.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Sue

  16. says

    Hi this is the best guide for beginners for learn how to start online blogging in easy way by beginning to ending step by step explanation by using wordpress platform thank you so much for your efforts for this article, its really helpful for us. Also you can read build a new blog using blogger blogspot
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  17. sharon says

    Thank you very much Sue. I want to start my own fashion and lifestyle blog and this has been very informative. This shows me that there is hope for me.

  18. says

    Hi Sue,

    What an excellent guide for making money online. Really it is very important to know audience before creating content. Making money from blog is not one night job. Here we need to be patience.

    You explained all the steps well from creating a site to making money.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this useful guide with us. Keep it up.

    Happy blogging.
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  19. says

    Hi Sue!

    This is the first blog post I have read from you. I think I’ll be hanging out at your site from now on if I am serious about having a successful blog! I dig this site!

    Cyndrel

    iamcyndrel.blogspot.com

  20. says

    hello madam ! i often visit your blog and your posts never disappoint to your visitors .. this post is really a worthy and about how to start a blog and make money you have explained in a stages, yes! i followed the same procedure. most of the new bloggers they give in the middle and start with free blog (blog-spot, web 2.0) this is the biggest mistakes fresh bloggers do. for me blogging is a true profitable business ! thanks for sharing your knowledge appreciated for your time.

  21. says

    great post, explains very well how to start a business on the success of internet, I’m starting with digital marketing and their tips are very useful for me, thank you for sharing!

  22. says

    Step-by-step, elaborate with really needed guidelines and to the point to the path of success.
    I am impressed. Keeping this for future reference as well.

  23. says

    Above all, you have to love writing. Your interest to write will reflect on your blogs. You’ll definitely make more money if your blogs contain information you’ve written very well.

  24. says

    Hi Sue,
    Thank you so much for a wonderful tutorial on all that I need to know to become a great Blogger. The info is down to earth, there was nothing which one could assume that things would just happen by flicking the finger or pressing a button, you continued to stress that it will be hard work. There is certainly a lot to learn, but following the steps in the correct order will ensure that I don’t bite off more than I can chew.

    I hope to be able to send you my first picture quote along with my Blog soon.

    Thank you and continue to do what you’re doing…helping others.

    Clementina

  25. says

    Hey Sue,

    Great article. Its good to read such article.Great! Starting a blog can be a solid way to make long-term income – just for doing some writing on stuff you actually like and care about. But there’s a little more to it than that AND it may not be for everyone. This is not a get rich quick, or plug and play, business. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is not the place for you. BlogPress: How To Start A BlogYes, you can make a lot of money online but, like other traditional businesses, it’s not guaranteed. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not being truthful. The amount of money that you make online from your blog is 100% dependent on you and your efforts.

    keep posting such article.
    have a great day
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  26. says

    Hey,Sue Anne
    Great blogger tutorial for beginners. This is really a fantastic post. As a new joiner in the industry, never have I ever thought I would learn so much in one comprehensive post. Lots of great points to consider in 2016. I was looking for a nice, easy to read and informative guide. This is exactly what I was looking for. I’ve used blogger during first years in blogging. Now I am using wordpress and I am loving it. Thanks for creating this useful guide. I look forward to checking some of your other posts.

    Thanks for your inspiring article. Have a Nice Day, Happy Blogging 🙂

  27. says

    Very Informative as always.
    No doubt about Affiliate Marketing is good way to earn online money but two things are very important in it.
    1st is niche and 2nd content (related content with affiliate product or services).

    Regards

  28. says

    Awesome post!!!
    Thank you for giving me the confidence of the clear path to achieving my goal, this post is really a worthy and about how to start a blog and make money you have explained in a stage, yes! I followed the same procedure and complete my Task.

  29. says

    Thanks for the great article, I learned some useful things that I’m going to try right away.

    Building wealth doesn’t happen overnight but you can speed it up with the right information.

    Four years ago, I lost my home and had to go back to live with my parents…not fun 🙁

    Slowly but surely I got back on my feet and this year I’m on track to make my first six-figure year (I left my parent’s house long ago LOL)

    Articles like this helped me a lot.

  30. says

    Thanks for a fabulous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you are a great writer.

  31. says

    I think it really a good for those who want to start their own blog. I really appreciate your efforts to serve us with that informative and valuable knowledge.

    • says

      Amy, I so appreciate you dropping by and taking the time to read and comment!

      Thanks,
      Sue

  32. says

    Based on my experience, the hardest part is not creating a blog as because we can easily find step-by-step on the Internet to help us do that, even teach us how to write codes to customize the blog. The hardest part is to find ideas, create articles and drive traffic to your blog. We have to learn a lot and do ourselves experiments to get experience and do better in the next time.
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    • says

      Great point, Tony! Starting is fun (except for WP itself). Blogging takes work.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Sue

  33. says

    Hey Sue,

    A effective website is well proved way to earn more and more money. But it requires well set of skills to furnish blog post. Domain name should be related to keywords that people search for on Google. We should always try to choose domain like which is not a subject of complex, it should be simple so that people can easily access.

    Fiverr connects small business owners, entrepreneurs, and start-ups with thousands of quality graphic designers, copywriters, video editors and much more with just a few taps. And it makes your work effective and simple. Thanks for sharing these valuable tips with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

  34. says

    That is a brilliant post. This post has everything a newbie want to know. Above all, the writing is so smooth. A great writing always gives pleasure like Music.
    If a newbie is reading this, I want to say that, Content Marketing is very important that you can do by sharing your content on FB, Twitter and there are 100+ social sharing sites but you don’t need to share it on all the sites. Initially, you have to share but don’t forget to record the response of each of them. At the end, you have 10-12 sites from which you would get your audience.
    Anyways, Thank You, Sue, for the wonderful post and sorry for the long comment.
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  35. says

    Hey Sue. That’s some great advice. I too use Fiverr for logo and graphic design. Cheap and highly effective. I have additionally found that adding graphics to blogposts becomes easy with Fiverr at hand and sometimes they have those buy $15 and get $5 back offers.

    Leaving that aside, I agree 100% on the product creation part.

    Product creation can be a great source of passive income and is my favorite form of monetization. You need not depend on a third party website that can ban your account. Relying on just your email list and a great product minimizes the risk and maximizes the potential for revenue and growth.

    I have been thinking of creating a new product for freelance writers on my other blog and may get around to it. Your post has been a true inspiration.
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  36. says

    Hi Sue,

    Good stuff! I believe the hardest thing about starting a blog is creating content. Once you get started it’s like where do you go from here. Sometimes I waste hours to think about what am I going to write about. It’s good to be able to read bloggers such as yourself to have a greater sense of direction as a newbie.
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    • says

      Hi Fritz,

      Totally understand the content issue.

      I think the hardest thing is making money with your blog. I’m just a decent writer but I know other bloggers (blogger outreach) and have built my audience so that I can sell my programs and coaching.

      I so appreciate your comment!
      Sue

  37. says

    You just reminded me of how much work I have to do! I’m just glad that this time around I actually know what to expect. I read on another blog a very good tip for bloggers to remember to do: Take a deep breath! Doing this prior to working for a few hours helps me prepare and when I need a break or start to feel overwhelmed, taking a deep breath keeps me sane.

  38. says

    Starting a blog is easy but starting a blog that attracts more audience and makes more money is quite difficult as it requires more efforts and time and when these tips are followed accordingly, nobody can stop you from achieving good results.

  39. says

    Hi Sue,

    Nice and Informative article. This article is more effective tips for bloggers. Amazing write-up! Thanks for sharing.

  40. says

    I think this is one of the most vital information for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But should remark on some general things, The
    website style is perfect, the articles is really
    nice : D. Good job, cheers

  41. says

    Hi Sue,,
    In my Opinion there are plenty of sites by using it we can start our own blog ,we all know about Google AdSense, it’s a tremendous effective way to earn money through our blog, but there is a catch in it, you must have significant number of traffic, then only it will provide you a healthy amount of money.

    • says

      People are shocked when I tell them how many pageviews are needed to make decent money with AdSense.

      Thanks for your comment, Kirti.
      Sue

  42. says

    I find your post here very helpful and informative Sue Anne. I try to get more traffic to my site and the content you provide here seem inspired me enough. I will try more with your tips. Cheer!
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  43. viren says

    Great article, Sue!i read it fully and felt worth reading it. Really it is very important to know audience before creating content.great share, thanks for putting this together and this is really going to be very helpful for a lot of new bloggers.

  44. says

    Interesting post. Making money on the Internet is very interesting topic. I’ve heard about affiliate marketing for a long time, but I still did not risk trying it out. After reading your article, I realized that it’s time to take a chance. Thank you for the inspiration

    • says

      Try the system that I outline in this post, Julia. Also, meet (online) as many bloggers in your niche as possible so they can help share your posts.

      Thanks for your comment!
      Sue

  45. says

    Hello mate,
    I have been looking for this article for a very long time. Finally, I have found your article and it helped me to build up my own blog. Honestly speaking this is the best post I have ever read about making money online. I recommend everyone to follow this procedure.
    Thanks for sharing this useful article.
    Keep up the good work.

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