So you want to start a blog – and one that makes money. That’s great! I know many women who have quit their full time jobs because of the amount of money they are making from blogging!
So…how do you do it? What are the exact steps one must take to actually get a blog up and running and make money from it? Well, today I am going to go over those steps. I have made them super easy for you, too.
By the time you finish reading this blog, if following these steps thoroughly, you will have a finished, completely monetization-ready blog! So, here we go.
This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you choose to purchase through links I provide (at no extra cost to you).
8 Simple Steps to Starting a Money-Making Blog
1.) First things first. Sign up with WordPress.
WordPress is one of the most popular tools for setting up a website (mainly blogs). I absolutely love WordPress. It is super easy to use and has so many thousands of themes to choose from that you really can’t go wrong. Plus, WordPress is free! So, go sign up now so that you can get your blog ready to go for hosting, which is next.
2.) Self-Host through Bluehost.
If you want to make money blogging, you must make sure that you are self-hosted. Self-hosting is when you pay a webhost company such as Bluehost, or others to host your WordPress.org website on the Internet so that it can be viewed online. This means that you own your website, and allows you unlimited capabilities as to what you want to do with it (aka monetization).
Bluehost is my self-hosting company and I am so completely satisfied with them. I have never had an issue, my blog runs fast, and I never run into errors or anything of that nature. They do all the hard work when it comes to computer-type-stuff so I don’t have to!
Go get set up with Bluehost today. You don’t want to move onto Step 3 until you have.
3.) Take a Blogging Course Like Blogging Blastoff 2.0.
If there is one thing (besides number 1 and 2, which are mandatory), that you do before you launch your blog to the world, make sure that you sign up to take a blogging course.
My favorite is the Blogging Blastoff 2.0 Course. This course goes through everything – how to set up your blog in terms of style and aesthetics, how to get sponsorships (including a list of sponsorship companies you can start with today), how to use Pinterest and your email list to drive web traffic and make money, etc. It’s the end-all-be-all of the blogging course world!
3b.) Take a Pinterest Course like Ell’s Pinterest Course.
In the realm of blogging courses, I should also mention Ell’s Pinterest Course. While BBO 2.0 discusses Pinterest and how to make it work for your blog, Ell’s Pinterest Course dives in way further and outlines step-by-step exactly how to set up your Pinterest account and make and pin pins so that you are driving the most traffic possible to your blog. Did you know that Pinterest is the #1 way to drive traffic to your blog? It sure is! About 80% of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest alone. So please, do yourself a favor and sign up for Ell’s Course today!
So, go sign up for your courses now and then move to Step 4.
While you may be thinking “but I don’t even have subscribers yet!” don’t worry – you will. And because of that, you will need an email list.
You want to set up your email service as soon as you start your blog so that you can go ahead and begin incorporating features like email landing pages, email marketing, and more into your blog posts for max monetization (this will all make sense once you take the Blogging Blastoff Course).
I use MailerLite and absolutely love them. They make it so easy to generate emails whether to one person or hundreds of people, and whether manual or automated. They really help me keep in touch and build a relationship with my readers, which is crucial for monetization.
So, head on over to MailerLite and sign up now so you can move on to Step 5.
5.) Set Up Your Social Media Platforms.
- Set up your blog on WordPress?
- Become self-hosted through Bluehost?
- Taken the Blogging Blastoff 2.0 Course?
- Taken Ell’s Pinterest Course?
- Set up your email list through MailerLite?
If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, then congrats! Your blog is ready for content!
So, you can start writing your blog posts now – or you can take it a step further and ensure you will start making money by getting your name out there. How do you do that? Easy. Make sure you are on social media.
I recommend, first and foremost, a Pinterest Business Account. Pinterest, like previously mentioned, is the number way I (and most bloggers who make money) drive traffic. Ell’s Pinterest Course & the Blogging Blastoff 2.0 Course go into much more detail on this, but head over to Pinterest now to set up your Business Account and sign up for Ell’s Course so you are ready when the time comes.
The more places you are, the more chance of people finding you. I have driven most of my traffic with Pinterest but in second place to Pinterest is Facebook! I have a blog post that goes over how exactly to use and drive business through Facebook if you are interested.
So, go make your social media accounts now and then head to Step 6.
6.) Set Up a Planner for Your Blog & Business
Even when you are brand new, you want to make sure you are keeping track of everything within your blogging and social media business. Trust me! This is important.
You have to remain organized in the blogging & social media business. Have to. It’s easy to get sidetracked when working online – so easy!
That is why I developed the Social Media & Blog Organizer & Planner (SMBOP for short). This planner is everything for a blogger or someone in the social media business!
The SMBOP Planner contains pages for just about anything you can imagine for keeping your business organized, including:
- monthly goals broken down by social media platform
- monthly stats broken down by platform
- monthly plans
- weekly plans broken down by platform
- a content planner for larger projects like blogs or YouTube videos
- topic & date scheduler
- to do list & task list
- collab tracker
- works in progress tracker
- expense tracker
- monthly recurring fees tracker
- income tracker
- brainstorm pages
- and more!
Head over to check out multiple 5-star reviews from businesswomen who have bought & used the planner and absolutely love it (just like I know you will!)
I also have some free planners and planning pages in my FREE Resource Library (a social media planner as well as a minimalist women’s planner, and multiple to-do lists). You can access these and others now just by heading here!
6b.) Use Tailwind to Schedule and Organize your Pinterest Pins
I also use Tailwind to schedule my Pinterest pins. This has been a lifesaver and has helped drive me tens of thousands of views on my blog (not to mention millions of views on Pinterest).
Tailwind is awesome because you can use its inner computer to determine what the best times are to pin & have it set those times up for you – all you do is determine which pins you want it to pin! It’s so easy and really has been a game changer in terms of driving traffic to my Pinterest account and blog.
Update: Tailwind now works with Instagram! You can schedule your Instagram posts in advance through Tailwind & let them determine the best times to post! How awesome is that?
Now, head to Step 7.
7.) Make Your Money, Honey!
Ok – I bet you are most excited about this part! “How do I make money from all of this?” you ask! Well, I am going to tell you the short of it here. I have a whole blog post dedicated to addressing this question and going over how to actually monetize your blog in 4 easy steps.
It’s not just one thing – it’s a combination of things. But for starters, let’s talk about doing what you can do right now to make money.
There are so many ways to get paid blogging – from reaching out to companies you love to applying via various websites to being discovered on social media to developing a product your customers truly love and need. The possibilities are endless.
The Blogging Blastoff 2.0 Course has an entire section on this (places to go to apply for sponsorships today) and to be honest, this was the most valuable part of the course for me. It really helped me make money fast with blogging.
But, I want to give you a couple sites to start with – until you take the course which lists hundreds of sites you can go to right away to start applying.
The first site is called “ShareASale” and they are a great place to start with affiliate marketing.
I also love Muse. They are wonderful for getting legitimate sponsorships. Email me at email@example.com to get a special link for them.
Now onto the final step, Step 8.
There are so many resources out there about blogging and how to start a blog and the websites you should bookmark, etc.
So, make sure you bookmark this site and refer back to it frequently as I do update it a lot.
That’s all! You have completely set up your blog and are open for business (or at least, ready whenever you are ready to launch)!
Please let me know in the comments what your blog URL is so that I can follow you & subscribe to your email list!
If you want more blogging and social media business resources, check out my posts on:
- Easy Ways to Grow Your Blog during Downtime
- 7 Reasons Why You Need an Email List
- How to Actually Make Money Blogging in 4 Easy Steps
- 5 Steps to Quickly Grow Your Email List
Thanks for reading, friends, and as always – take care.
Resources to Start and/or Maintain Your Blogging & Social Media Business:
- This Blog Post (the blog post you should read before starting your blog)
- WordPress (where I design and post my blog – aka my website site)
- Start a Blogging Business 5-Day Crash Course (course I took prior to the BBO course to launch my blog)
- Blogging Blastoff 2.0 (THE BEST course you can take prior to or right after launching your blog)
- Bluehost (my self-host platform)
- ShareASale (a great affiliate marketplace in which to get started)
- MailerLite (my email service)
- Canva (the graphic design site I use)
- Adobe (another graphic design program I use)
- Yoast (the SEO service I use)
- Ell’s Pinterest Course (must-do course for driving blog traffic through Pinterest – the number one way to drive blog traffic)
- Tailwind (how I automate my Pinterest pins)
- Tube Buddy (SEO for YouTube)
- Tailwind Tribes (I pay extra to be able to pin more)
- USM Premium (the best Social Media Plugin for your blog)