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How To Start A Blog In 2020 And Create Passive Income
Are you wanting to learn how to start a blog with the intention of making money, but have no idea where to start? You have come to the right place! In this article, you will learn how to start a blog on WordPress from scratch, plus find the answers to the most common questions new bloggers need to know before they get started.
I have been working online from home for the past decade and blogging full-time for the past 8 years. I have been through lots of changes and tribulations, and have learned so much. Despite the bumps along the way, I stuck it out and continued to strive to keep learning and moving forward. I am happy to report I make an honest, full-time income working from home in just a few hours a day.
About 13 years ago, as a single parent to two small children, working 2 crappy jobs just to make ends meet, I knew something needed to change. I started researching how to make money online from home, took the plunge and created my first blog. Having long since outgrown my very first blog, I now focus my attention on Glitter N’ Spice (this blog), Raising Tween And Teen Girls (a second blog), and my Etsy shops, Glitter Shack Designs, Lil’ Rainbow Babies, and Queen Bee Papier.
Blogging changed my life and that is the main reason I want to share everything I have learned, to help others start living the life they dream of too!
Blogging has allowed me the freedom to do what I love and stay at home with my kids, the two people who are the center of my universe. Oh, and my puppies. They love having a 24/7 stay-at-home-mommy too!
I am so excited to get started and share with you how I make money blogging about what I love. I am presuming you are here because you want to learn how to start a blog and earn money blogging from home too!
It is absolutely possible to make money online from home with a blog!
Whether you are wanting to make money from home for a little extra spending cash, to contribute to the bills, start a vacation fund, or quit your job, it is absolutely possible to make money from home on a computer, blogging about a topic you are passionate about.
Anyone can start a blog!
All you need is a computer, basic computer skills, an internet connection, a topic to blog about, and a willingness to learn and work hard.
Blogging is not a quick get rich scheme. It takes hard work and dedication to succeed.
I am not here to sell you a shiny gold nugget or make you promises of getting rich. I am here to tell you that if set your mind to it and make a commitment to blogging, it is absolutely possible to make a living blogging from home.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
How To Start A Blog And The Newbie Mistakes To Avoid
A common mistake many new bloggers make is setting up their blog on blogging platforms with free hosting. Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress.com are just a few examples to steer clear of.
The problem with free hosting blog platforms is you don’t own your own space on the internet, instead, it is more like you are renting a spot. Continuing with this analogy, a landlord is not going to rent you a house for free, and in turn, allow you to profit from sub-leasing it out or run a business from within.
The drawbacks of using free hosting blog platforms are:
- you don’t own your blog.
- you don’t own your URL (web address).
- your site can’t handle a large number of visitors with free shared hosting and may go offline or slow down if another site on the same platform experiences a surge in traffic.
- you are very limited in how you can monetize your site, if at all.
- they can kick you out anytime they see fit and even go so far as to prevent you from removing your content before you are given the boot. That is no good!
Even if you choose a free hosting platform that allows some monetization, most display ad networks, affiliate companies, and sponsorship networks will not partner with bloggers hosted on these sites.
If you want to earn money blogging, you need to use a blogging platform that is self-hosted.
The most popular and easiest to use self-hosting platform is WordPress.org (not to be confused with their free hosting counterpart WordPress.com).
WordPress.org is 100% free and is what I am using for this blog. Although the platform is free, you will need to host your files on a server using a web hosting provider such as SiteGround (like I use).
WordPress is the only blogging platform I recommend, so the rest of the information provided in this post only pertains to starting a blog on WordPress. I am not familiar with other self-hosted platforms, so I won’t be talking about them here.
Yeah, I know it can be scary to invest money into a project when you are not sure if you will be successful at it, especially when there are thousands of abandoned blogs that never made a penny.
That is what I am here for. To cheer you on and help you along the way. I promise, if you put the time and effort into learning everything you can about blogging, you will make money!
One of the reasons blogs fail to make money is because people treat it as a quick, get rich scheme rather than as a job.
Blogging for a living is awesome, but it is still a job!
If you want to be a lawyer, you go to law school. If you want to be a chef, you go to culinary school. If you want a paycheck, you go to work and do your job to the best of your ability.
Blogging is not any different than any other job or career. It takes time, a commitment to learning, investing in the right tools, and hard work to grow a successful money making blog.
Ok, So How Much Does It Cost To Start A Blog?
Starting a blog does cost a little money upfront. Purchasing a domain address and web hosting is mandatory and is an annual expense for maintaining a blog.
The good news is that it costs very little to self-host a blog. You can get started today for the cost of a domain name ($16 a year) and as little as $4 per month for hosting on SiteGround which amounts to less than $65 per year.
It costs less than $65 for a domain name and 1 year of SiteGround hosting to host a WordPress blog, which is just over $5 month.
Raise your hand, how many of you spend $5 a month at your local coffee shop or fast-food restaurant? I bet there are lots of you who spend that each and every day. How many of you are willing to give up one coffee or takeout meal a month for the opportunity to change your life?
Is $65 something you can manage? If so, keep reading to learn how to make money from home on a budget, blogging about stuff that makes you excited. If you take the time to learn the ins and outs of blogging, you should easily be able to make that back in your first couple of months of blogging.
In addition to a domain name and hosting, you will need a responsive (mobile-friendly) WordPress theme, which is the style and layout of your site as it appears to your reader. There are 100’s of free themes to choose from on WordPress, or you can start with a premium theme from the beginning if you know what you are looking for.
I am using the Genesis Framework and a premium theme from StudioPress on this blog. The Genesis Framework is a foundation that WordPress is built upon. I use the Genesis Framework because it is SEO optimized right out of the box, has its own set of plugins, has awesome customer support, and you can have a beautiful, live site within 15-30 minutes after inputting your settings.
Genesis works with child themes, much like skins. Child themes are great for beginners because it allows you to customize your site without having to learn how to code or get too technical.
Customizing the aesthetics and layout of free themes is limited, though they are perfectly fine for starting out until you have a better idea of what you need in a theme.
Any further expenses you incur is up to you and your needs.
There are many free blogging tools and resources that are okay for just starting out, but as your blog grows, you will find your blogs needs change, and you will need to invest in premium tools to continue growth.
If you have the finances for starting out with one premium tool, I recommend purchasing a keyword tool or a blogging course, or both.
These will enable you to write posts that are going to get found in the search engines which is the first step in making money blogging, and secondly, converting your traffic into sales.
Expenses are not always bad.
Blogging has very little overhead costs, so come tax time, every little blog expense you can claim as a deductible is welcome. Blogging courses, blogging tools, web hosting, advertising costs, etc are tax-deductible.
I am not an accountant or lawyer, so please check with your financial adviser to determine which expenses can be claimed in your country of residence.
So, who’s still with me? Are you ready to learn how to start a blog and start living the life you deserve?
How To Start A Blog In 4 Easy Steps
STEP 1: CHOOSE A TOPIC OR NICHE
The single most important step to starting a lifestyle blog is choosing your niche, the topic you would like to write about. To make money blogging, you need people interested in reading about what you have to say.
The most successful niches provide value to the reader and offer solutions to a problem.
What am I good at? What do I know that can help others? What are my interests and hobbies?
Start by identifying your interests and passions. Which of these niches can you see yourself writing lots of content about? Which of these niches would add value to the reader? Is there a need for information on your niche?
Starting a lifestyle blog, you want to pick a narrow, focused topic within a fairly broad niche that fulfills a need, yet is one you can write lots of solution-driven information about. Whatever the niche you choose, writing quality content that people want to read and are searching for is key.
READERS = PAGE VIEWS = MONEY
NO READERS = NO PAGE VIEWS = NO MONEY
Once you have thought of a few topics you are knowledgeable about, the next step is determining if people are looking for information on those topics, and how much competition there is within those niches.
Are people actively seeking information on my topics? Is there a need or demand for my knowledge?
I recommend investing in a keyword tool (I use Jaaxy) to research your niche and come up with a list of keywords to base your content on.
You will be hard-pressed to find a blogger with a successful money-making blog that does not use a keyword tool. Without a keyword tool, you really are just fumbling around the dark.
Choosing to use or not use a keyword tool can mean the difference between earning coffee change and paying the mortgage.
What Is A Keyword Tool And Why Is It Important?
A keyword tool will tell you the exact phrases people are typing into their browser search bars, how many searches are being made each month, and how many websites are ranking for those phrases (your competition).
The above is a screenshot of a sample search I did in Jaaxy. What do all those numbers mean?
When using a keyword research tool, you want to look for long-tail keywords (short keywords are highly competitive and hard to rank for) that are actively being searched each month, has a low QSR score preferably less than 100 (competition) and a high SEO score (how likely you are to rank).
Can I monetize my niche? What kinds of money-making opportunities exist in my niche?
Next, you need to determine if you can monetize your niche. If you want to make money blogging, you need a way to monetize your site.
Different ways to monetize your site could include:
- affiliate marketing
- offer a service
- selling your own products (physical or digital)
- sponsored posts for brands
- display advertising
Are there products you can recommend? Do you have a service you could provide or teach others? Are there brands you would be interested in working with? The best money making blogs provide a solution to a problem.
There are many affiliate companies that will work with new bloggers. Amazon and ShareASale are two of the more popular ones. You can also put Google Adsense ads (display ads) on your blog at the beginning.
STEP 2: CHOOSE A BLOG NAME
Now that you have a list of topics or ideas you could potentially blog about, it is time to start thinking about a blog name. This will also be your domain name, the web address that people type into their browser to find you.
It is a good idea to keep your blog name fairly broad, but relevant to your niche. Pick a name that allows you to start blogging with a narrow focus but still allows you to expand as you grow.
An example is a health and fitness website. At first, you may only be interested in blogging about fitness meal planning and recipes, but then decide to expand into blogging about workout routines, staying fit during pregnancy or fitness clothing. In this case, you would want to choose a general name that is related to fitness and health, but not too specific.
It is best to keep your blog name limited to 2-3 words. One word is ideal, but it is near impossible to purchase one word domain names unless you use a made-up word totally unique to you.
Some bloggers choose to use their names (like me), and that is totally okay too.
Write up a handful of names and possible variations. It can be challenging coming up with something that is unique and descriptive that is not already taken.
STEP 3: SET UP WEB HOSTING
With all the different web hosting companies available, choosing a web hosting provider that is a right fit for you can be overwhelming. It is important to not just choose anyone because there are a lot of sub-par web hosts out there.
One of the biggest newbie mistakes I made was choosing a web host that was not reliable, and I almost quit blogging because of the frustrations I was having with my previous web host.
After doing much research and listening to other bloggers’ recommendations, I decided to take the plunge and migrate my site over to SiteGround web hosting, and I couldn’t be happier.
Choose a web hosting provider crafted for superior experience!
My recommendation for beginner bloggers is to host their website with SiteGround. They have excellent customer service and provide outstanding website performance.
Why Choose SiteGround Web Hosting?
- They have outstanding 24/7 tech support and customer service. You can contact them any time of the day via phone or chat support and they are instantly available to help you with any questions you may have or to help with any technical issues you may have. No wait time!!
- They have very affordable with plans starting at $3.95 month, perfect for beginners just starting out. Their web hosting plans grow with your blog. It is effortless to upgrade and downgrade as needed.
- They offer free Cloudflare CDN which caches your content across their global network, bringing it closer to visitors from every region.
- They do automatic updates on your WordPress and plugins so your website is always up-to-date.
- They offer free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates with each account, so your website is secure and has the prefix https which is the new standard.
- They offer SuperCacher (GrowBig and up plans) which makes your website super fast and all-around a better user experience for your reader. Your blog will be able to handle any size traffic spike, and you can rest easy knowing if you have a post go viral, your web host can handle it.
- Includes free website migration (GrowBig and up plans) which is great for people who already have a website on a different web host and want to move over. SiteGround will move the files over for you and make sure your site is up and running and error free.
- Their uptime is 99.99% meaning you will never have to worry about your site going down and being inaccessible. Ever!
- They have a wealth of easy to understand tutorials and webinars that cover every topic regarding your web hosting account and self-hosting.
- They offer a 30-day money-back guarantee for their shared hosting plans, so you can try it risk-free.
How To Set Up SiteGround Web Hosting & Install WordPress
1. Choose A Web Hosting Plan
To get started, you will need to choose a web hosting plan. SiteGround offers 3 plans to choose from.
The Startup Plan: This plan allows you to host one website up to 10,000 unique visitors a month. Includes 10GB storage, unlimited email accounts, a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, free CDN, and 24/7 phone or chat support. This web hosting plan is perfect for beginner bloggers or small websites.
The GrowBig Plan: This plan allows you to host multiple websites of up to 25,000 unique visitors a month. Includes 20 GB storage, unlimited email accounts, free CDN, and a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate. It also includes extra premium features including SuperCacher, daily website backups up to 30 copies, 1-click system restore, 24/7 priority phone or chat support, and free website migration (if you already have a website on a different host). This web hosting plan is perfect for those who want to set up multiple websites or receive more than 10,000 visitors a month.
The GoGeek Plan: This plan allows you to host multiple websites or e-commerce stores up to 100,000 unique visitors a month. Includes all the premium features of the previous 2 plans plus 30GB of storage, 1-click WordPress Staging (allows you to clone your website to make changes without them being live until you are ready for them to be) and PCI compliance (provides an extra layer of security for accepting credit card payments online). This web hosting plan is perfect for high traffic websites, online shops, or websites with lots of resources.
I recommend starting with the GrowBig Plan. It is important to note if you start with the least expensive StartUp option and you need to upgrade, regular prices will apply on the upgrade.
It is my personal experience that you will outgrow the StartUp plan quickly, probably within your first 2 to 3 months of blogging. It doesn’t take long to start getting 10,000 monthly visitors to your website if you are writing SEO optimized blog posts.
If you are on a tight budget and just need to get up and running, the StartUp plan is a great place to start.
The GrowBig and GoGeek plans come with additional premium features including SuperCacher which makes your website super fast with minimal load times, providing a better user experience for your readers. Page speed is a very important ranking factor with Google. The faster the better!
There is nothing worse than opening a web page only to have it spin and spin and spin, taking forever to load. Or being disappointed trying to visit a website only for it be offline because they can’t handle too many visitors at once. With SiteGround’s GrowBig and GoGeek web hosting plans, you will never have to worry about that!
In addition to SuperCacher, the GrowBig and GoGeek plans offer priority 24/7 customer support, meaning your support tickets are handled with priority over StartUp customers, regardless of the time or day of the week. Now that is what I call service!!
The 60% off special introductory price is applied to your first invoice only. Upgrades and renewals will be billed at regular prices.
The best value for your money is signing up for the StartUp or GrowBig web hosting plans with a 3-year term. That is a whopping 36 months at 60% off!
I personally subscribe to the GoGeek web hosting plan and I am very happy with the performance of my website. I never worry about my site going offline or being too slow.
If you plan on hosting multiple high traffic websites or plan on selling your own products or services, the GoGeek plan offers the best performance. The GoGeek web hosting plan offers all the features of the first two plans, plus additional premium features including 1-click WP staging and PCI compliance (a must if you add a shopping cart and take payments from customers).
2. Search For A Domain Name
This where you will take the list of blog names you came up with above and search for an available domain name. You will probably have to enter quite a few to find one that isn’t already taken.
I highly recommend you choose a .com extension because it is the most recognized and easiest for people to remember. If you come up with a really unique brand name or use your personal name, you may want to secure the .ca and .net extensions too.
5 Things To Avoid In A Domain Name
- Trademarked or Copyrighted Names: Basically anything that is a brand that holds trademarks and copyrights such as Disney, Little Mermaid, Star Wars, Cuisinart, etc. There are lots of lesser-known brands and small businesses, so it is best to do your due diligence and search a trademark database to make sure it is not already accounted for.
- Hyphens: Avoid hyphenating words. It is too hard to remember and leaves room for error when someone is typing it into their browser. Most likely, the non-hyphenated domain name is owned by someone else, so they will benefit from the misspellings of your domain name.
- Numbers: Numbers are hard to remember, and are often misspelled. Was that 8Siblings.com or EightSiblings.com?
- Non-Important Words: These could include “the”, “a”, “an”, “and”, and “but” to just name a few. These words are not relevant or memorable, and make remembering your name difficult. Plus, they add unnecessary length to your domain name.
- Abbreviated Words: Abbreviating words or using weird word variations is not recommended. Again they are hard for the reader to remember and leave lots of room for error when they are typing your URL into their browser.
Now that you have a domain name, you are ready to move to the next step.
3. Enter Your Personal & Billing Information
The first 3 boxes are pretty self-explanatory. Enter your personal and payment information and proceed to the next step. SiteGround accepts MasterCard, Visa, and American Express credit cards as a payment method.
This is where you will select your plan and length of the term, plus any additional services you may want. The first line is the plan you chose at the beginning. If you changed your mind, you can click on the little arrow beside the plan to change it.
The second line is the server location where your files and database will be stored. Select the location that is nearest to you. For example, if you are in the USA or Canada, select Chicago(USA).
Next, choose the length of plan you would like. The longer the term, the more money you will save with the 60% off the special introductory price.
Lastly, select any extra services you want. Keep the boxed ticked for domain registration unless you already have a domain. The other services are completely optional.
If you would like to keep your name and address private in the WHOIS domain registry, you can add domain privacy.
I use a free security plugin which does a great job keeping my site secure, so I personally don’t subscribe to SG Site Scanner, but that is totally up to you.
Agree to the terms, submit your payment, and move on to the next step. This is where you will install WordPress, the foundation of your blog, but don’t worry, it is super easy and you don’t need to be a technical wizard.
STEP 4: INSTALL WORDPRESS & THEME
How To Install WordPress On SiteGround
Check your email for your SiteGround login credentials. Navigate to the SiteGround homepage and click the login button in the upper right-hand corner. Enter your details and sign in.
Next, click on the My Accounts tab. This shows all your web hosting information. Click the red Go To CPanel button. A screen will pop up. Leave the box ticked and click Proceed. This takes you to your control panel.
Under the heading AutoInstallers, select WordPress. This will open the WordPress installation screen.
Click Install Now. This will take you to the setup page.
The first thing to do is choose your web protocol which is how your URL is displayed in web browsers. You can choose whether or not to add the www prefix to the beginning of your domain name.
The standard preference is without because it makes your domain address shorter and easier to remember.
From the dropdown menu, select the https version of your preference. Http is being phased out and all websites are being required to migrate to https.
Next, select your domain from the second dropdown menu. Leave the next field (In Directory) blank.
Pretty easy so far, eh? Next, you will enter your site details. Enter your blog name and a short description.
Leave the Enable Multisite(WPMU) unchecked.
Next, set up your admin account details. Change the default username name and auto-generated password. Replace the username with a super unique username and create a hard password. This is very important to prevent hackers from accessing your site. Believe me, they will try!
Enter an email address to use with your blog.
Choose your language.
Next, check the Limit Login Attempts (Loginizer) under Setup Plugins. This installs a plugin that automatically blocks ISP addresses if they attempt too many incorrect logins. This helps to prevent brute force attacks by hackers from accessing your site.
Most themes come with recommended form builder plugins, so I would leave Contact Form By WpForms-Lite unchecked.
Leave None selected under Choose A Theme. You will be able to choose a free theme or install a purchased premium theme after you finish installing WordPress.
Under the Advanced Options tab, leave everything as is.
Woo hoo! WordPress is installing. It may take a few minutes, so hang tight. Once it has completed, a “Congratulations, the software was installed correctly” message will appear and SiteGround will send you a confirmation email.
To login to your WordPress dashboard, enter the following URL into your browser. Replace ‘yoursite’ with your domain name.
Enter your username and password and sign in. Bookmark the login page for easy access!
Your blog is live and is ready for you to start posting!
There is still lots of behind the scenes stuff to get your blog ready to be found in the search engines and on social media platforms, plus how to get your blog ready for monetization.
Some things you will need to do to get your blog ready to make money are:
- Customize your theme including setting up permalinks, header, footer, and home page.
- Optimize your blog for SEO.
- Setup security and automatic backups.
- Install plugins.
- Set up your categories and tags.
- Setup Google Search Console.
- Install Google Analytics.
- Write an about me page.
- Set up a contact page.
- Create social media accounts.
- Keyword research.
- Know when to use open in the same window or open in a new window.
- Understand when to use follow and nofollow links.
- Create content.
- Create social media images.
- Sign up for some affiliate programs, ad networks, influencer communities, or create your own product or service.<
- Create an email newsletter.
- Create a freebie (optional).
- Plus more…
It may look like a lot, but tackling one task at a time gets it done in no time at all. Once your blog is set up and optimized, you can focus on creating content and sharing it with the world.
You can search Youtube, Pinterest, and Google for tons of free information to get you started, or you can invest in a blogging course to kickstart your blog and start making money as soon as possible.
Over the next couple of months, I plan on creating posts to help you tackle these tasks because I really want you to succeed. You, my friend, are the very reason I started this blog!
ARE YOU REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT WANTING TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE FROM HOME BLOGGING?
If you are still reading this, then I assume you are truly serious about wanting to make money online from home blogging and are ready to get down to the nitty-gritty of how to get started.
The best and fastest way to learn how to blog and earn money is to learn from others who are succeeding and who enjoy teaching others how to do the same.
Blogging courses will teach you everything you need to know from choosing a money-making niche, customizing your WordPress blog, choosing the best WordPress plugins to use, setting up analytics, researching keywords, how to create content that converts into sales, creating an email list, setting up social media accounts, how to create eye-catching images for your website and social media, the best affiliate programs to sign up for, and so much more.
I regularly purchase blogging courses and they are the best investment I have made in my business to date. I have learned so much, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. There are tons of ways to make money online from home and every blogger has their own unique strategy for what works for them.
BEST BLOGGING COURSES FOR BEGINNERS
What Is The Best Affiliate Marketing Course For Beginners?
If you are wanting to learn how to make money from home on a computer in affiliate marketing, I recommend starting with the Pajama Affiliates Blogging & Affiliate Marketing Courses.
The Pajama Affiliates courses offer the best affiliate marketing courses for beginners and intermediate bloggers. They teach you everything you need to know about niche blogging and affiliate marketing including:
- finding a niche that makes money and is emotionally fulfilling
- setting up your WordPress blog
- best SEO practices
- how to drive traffic to your site
- how to find the best keywords
- how to convert traffic into sales
- how to find high paying affiliates
- and so much more…<
The Pajama Affiliates ladies know what they are talking about, and they are super friendly and helpful. They also have a free Facebook community you can join to ask for help with any of the courses.
They have made hundreds of thousands of dollars in affiliate revenue and are continuously increasing their income. They have recently expanded to publishing journals and workbooks on Amazon specific to their blog niches, and they teach that too!
If you are ready to make money online from home in your pajamas like these ladies, keep reading to learn more about the Pajama Affiliates Courses.
Pajama Affiliates Blogging Life Class $49
What is your WHY? Do you know?
Blogging Life Class is for those wanting to dive deep into finding a niche that is both emotionally fulfilling and provides a residual income. This is a great course to start with if you have no idea what to blog about, or if you are wanting your blog to have a meaningful purpose.
Why Do You Want To Blog?
Sure, the money to pays the bills is nice, but beyond providing the basic necessities, why do you want to blog?
If it is just because it sounds like an easy paycheck, the novelty will wear off and you will burn out if you don’t enjoy what you are doing, leaving you unfulfilled and most likely not earning your income potential.
The best money making niches are the ones who allow you to show up in the world as your most authentic self and offers a platform for delivering valuable, quality content based on your personal knowledge and experience while enriching the lives of others.
The Blogging Life Class is about finding your people and building your tribe. It’s about showing up in the world and making a difference.
Pajama Affiliates Blogging & Affiliate Marketing Bundle $199.00
The Pajama Affiliates Blogging & Affiliate Marketing Bundle is the best blogging and affiliate marketing course for beginners. This comprehensive bundle of 6 courses is a great value for your money and includes everything you need to know to set up your blog and start making money with affiliate marketing.
- Blogging and Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners ($97 value)
- How To Find Your Niche ($19.00 value)
- Keyword and SEO for Beginners ($77.00 value)
- Advanced Keyword Upgrade ($29.00 value)
- How To Write A Blog Post That Converts Sales ($57.00 value)
- How To Target An Audience ($57.00 value)
Once you have the basics of blogging and affiliate marketing down, Pajama Affiliates has even more courses and mentoring services to take your blogs to the next level.
What Is Best Blogging Course For Starting A Food Blog?
Food Bloggers Pro $297.00 per year (or $29.00/month)
If you are thinking of starting a food blog, I highly recommend you join Food Bloggers Pro. This course is structured as a recurring membership with access to over 350 video lessons (with new lessons being added each month) and a community of 3000+ other food bloggers from around the world helping each other grow.
Food Bloggers Pro is recommended for beginner and intermediate bloggers and includes everything you need to know to set up a food blog from scratch and start making money.
Here are a few examples of what is included in the Food Bloggers Pro membership:
- everything you need to know to setup up a WordPress blog
- search engine optimization
- how to take beautiful food photos
- Photoshop tutorials and tips
- how to create viral food videos
- exclusive discounts to premium blogging tools and services
- how to set up giveaways
- how to create e-books and earn money
- how to monetize your website
- membership to an exclusive community of food bloggers
- and so much more…
Enrollment for Food Bloggers Pro is currently closed, but you can join the next enrollment period by joining their waitlist. You will be notified when the next enrollment period opens. By joining the waitlist, you are under no obligation to enroll when they open.
In the meantime, sign up for these 3 FREE Food Blogger Pro mini-lessons while you wait:
–> 7 Essential Tools You Need to Shoot Your Own Recipe Videos
–> 10 Mistakes that Bloggers Make
–> The #1 Thing 30 Top Food bloggers Are Focusing On In The Coming Year
The second most important step to start a blog on the right foot is by using the right blogging tools. There are a few basic blogging tools every blogger should have in their toolbox. At a minimum, you need a keyword research tool, an email list builder, and a photo editing tool. A scheduling tool is nice to have, but not necessary.
THE BEST BLOGGING TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS
Jaaxy Keyword Tool – $49 month
I’ve tried my share of keyword tools, but the Jaaxy Keyword Tool is my favorite, and the easiest to use. A keyword tool is one of the most expensive blogging tools every blogger should have in their toolbox, but it is also one of the most valuable. Learning to use a keyword tool effectively is key to maximizing your blog’s income potential.
One of the bonuses of Jaaxy is they have a referral program. For every new sign up you refer to Jaaxy, you earn $20 per month for every month they are subscribed. Referring just 3 signups is enough to pay for your subscription.
Try Jaaxy before you buy! Your first 30 searches are free!
MailChimp – Free up to 2000 subscribers
Building an email list is the most powerful and effective way to attract and engage with your readers, keeping them coming back to your blog time after time.
The best email list builder for beginners is MailChimp. Unlike most email list builders, it is free to start. With MailChimp, you can send out email blasts up to 2000 email subscribers before you have to choose a paid plan to continue.
This is great for new bloggers because you don’t have to put up any money until you start to get a steady following. Whether it takes you 30 days or 300 days to get your blog up and generating traffic, MailChimp will never charge you for using their service until you reach 2000 subscribers.
MailChimp is easy to use, can be customized to your blog style, has lots of free WordPress integrations to make signing up easy, and has tons of tutorials for beginners to advanced users.
One of the most effective ways to capture email addresses is to offer your readers something for free that is of tremendous value to them. This is called an opt-in or freebie.
What do you have to offer that could be super helpful to your readers in exchange for their email address?
Canva Photo Editor – Free
A photo editor for creating images and graphic designs is a must for including in your blogging toolbox. Canva is a favorite among bloggers and it is free to use.
We are bombarded daily with content and messages in all areas of our life which is why it is extremely important for bloggers to create compelling images that stand out from the pack and get you noticed.
Just take a moment to think of all the ways content and messages are being delivered to you every day. What makes you open an article and read it? Is it the catchy title or is it the photo that captures your attention? Both are equally important!
People are visual creatures. Did you know 90% of what our brain processes is visual? That visual messages are assimilated by the brain 600,000 times faster than written text?
Creating blog posts with attractive and bright images is essential to getting your content seen, and this couldn’t be truer than with social media.
It can’t be any easier to create amazing blog images than it is with Canva, an online photo editing, and graphic design tool just for bloggers and businesses. Create beautiful images using Canva’s thousands of layouts or create your own graphics from scratch. They have hundreds of free photos and fonts to choose from or buy premium ones for just $1 each.
Tailwind Scheduler – $15 month or $119 annually
It can take Google and other search engines upwards of 6 months before they start noticing your blog and sending traffic your way. One way to kickstart your blog is to use Pinterest. Pinterest is the best social media platform for driving traffic to your site instantly. Pinterest is like the holy grail to bloggers!
What is Pinterest you ask? Pinterest is a social platform for sharing images that acts as a visual search engine. To gain the most benefit from Pinterest, you need to be active, consistently pinning every single day.
To save time and ensure that I remain active on Pinterest even when life gets in the way, I use Tailwind, a Pinterest approved scheduling tool. One of the great things about Tailwind is that it smartly schedules out your pins during the most optimal times when people are most active and likely to see your pin.
Tailwind also has another awesome feature called Tribes. Tailwind tribes are groups of people who share each other’s content. Why is this awesome? Because you have a whole team of bloggers sharing your content on Pinterest, potentially reaching millions of viewers.
Oh, and did I mention they are an official scheduling tool for Instagram too? Yep, you can master two of the top social media platforms using just one tool.
Tailwind is a paid service, though they do have a free trial to try before you commit. The free trial is not time-based, rather it lets you schedule and publish up to 100 Pinterest Pins and/or 30 Instagram Posts before you have to upgrade. The free trial also includes 5 Tribes to join and 30 Pins to submit to those Tribes.
Want to know what all these premium blogging tools and services have in common?
They have referral programs that reward you for using and recommending their tools and services. Who better to recommend their products than the very people who are using them!
The really cool thing about making residual income online from blogging is that it begins to branch out into multiple streams of income as you continue to build affiliate relationships and find different ways of monetizing your website.
Teaching people how to make money online from home is a profitable niche, and many bloggers make a living just from recommending the blogging tools and resources they use.
THAT’S IT, FOLKS!
That is the basics of how to start a blog and make money online from home blogging!
I hope you found this post helpful and informative. I can’t wait to see what kinds of blogs you create and hear your success stories about how blogging has improved your financial situation or changed your life for the better.
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