How to Start Earning Money from your Blog in 6 Simple Steps!

IMG_1533Working out how you’re going to earn money blogging is a pretty obvious dilemma right? Of course not everyone is mad about making money from their blog, heck some people don’t even really care about the views, it’s more of a personal outlet for themselves…

But wouldn’t it be pretty cool to get paid for something you love doing? You bet that’s a heck yeah!

(If you want the 6 Steps now then keep scrolling down! If you want extra juicy info then keep reading! hehe)

Now how many of you guys are blogging your life away and you’re feeling a bit down because you put all his hard work into it and yet you’re nowhere closer to making you blog a side hustle never mind full time income? I’d say it’s a lot of bloggers out there. So you’re not alone, in fact only about 10% of bloggers make big money from blogging, 20% earn nothing and then there’s a 70% in-between stage of bloggers who earn a moderate amount of money. So where are you? The 20% who earn nothing from their blog? In the 70% but are still not earning at the level you’d like to be?

Well blogging isn’t easy, that’s no surprise! But there’s a reason why only a small percent actually make it big time from blogging. The bottom line is, if you want to make money from your blog, your blog has to have purpose, a meaning, some sort of solution for your readers.  Many blogs simply don’t have this, remember a blog doesn’t make money, a business does! So are you ready to switch your blog into a business? 

So How do I Earn Money?

One of the easiest ways to start earning from your blog is quite frankly selling something! A lot of blogs may get around $10 a month from ads or affiliate links and that’s fine but wouldn’t it be a lot simpler if you had your own product to promote? Even if only one person bought  your product it in a month, that could be a $10 profit depending on how much it’s priced. Ads and Affiliate links are difficult to earn money from especially at the start of blogging that’s why many get frustrated. Remember though this doesn’t mean your blog isn’t good or the quality of your content is great, it’s just that people simply aren’t clicking links or ads on your site.

When you’re new to blogging it’s hard to gain an audience (am I right or am I right?) and what normally puts people off are adverts and affiliate links. Yes they can be done in a clever way on your site so they don’t look like clutter many blogs do this successfully, but for me it’s not worth the effort, I’d rather give my readers an easy experience on my blog so they want to keep coming back! On the money side of things its difficult too, you have to rely a lot on heavy traffic to increase the chances of someone clicking on any ads or links, and as a newbie blogger, heavy traffic is something that you probably don’t have yet (if you do, share your secret!)

Soooo Creating your own Online Product might not sound so bad now? Does it?

Yes it does mean you’d be putting a lot of work in at the start but you’d still be getting paid for that product months down the line, so don’t freak out, it’s not scary! And in a moment I’m going to give you a run down on a the potential steps you can take to get you ready to sell your first online product! I’m yet to  come across a simple guideline of what to do and when and how to do it without an overload of information about business funnels, SEO and a get rich quick promise. No I’m not saying this will make you rich in a matter of weeks, it could but it’s unlikely, business takes time especially a good business!

So here is simplified list of steps you could take to begin creating a professional looking blog/website, creating your first online product and making your first sale! There are a ton of other things you can research online about how to create an automated blog funnel etc, but I find this scares away people from beginning to create their first product online. Nobody expects you to know everything at the start! You WILL learn as you go along but for now here are:


6 Steps to Start Earning Money from your Blog! 

1.Perfect your Website!

For even just a couple of months, forget about making money and simply increase the standard of your blog. It’d be a dream to start earning money without having to spend any but your website is the tool you use to gain trust with your viewers and potential customers/clients.Here’s three things I would spend money on once I know I’m going to be selling an online product:

  • Make sure you own your Domain Name and your site is Self Hosted. Very important for having Google and other company’s to take your website seriously.
  • Paying for a high quality theme or getting a website designer to perfect the interface of your site and the design can save you a lot of time too! Sometimes DIY isn’t the way to go, hence why people have jobs in these areas.
  • Establishing a high quality Brand is also very important! You can learn more about Branding Here! It’s so important to be consistent on your blog because that’s another way you build trust with your potential customers!

These are a few things I would definitely spend money on before I would even think about trying to sell anything on my site, what’s the point if no one trusts me as a blogger or believes in the product that I’m selling, it would inevitably be a waste of time. However once you Do start earning money recycle that money back into your blog and you’ll see even bigger results! 

2. Content!

Focus on gaining enough content so you can blog maybe once a week or every two weeks and the rest of your time you can spend creating your online product. I.e. Cut back on the amount of posts you’re publishing and instead save up some pre-written posts so you can use those while you focus on creating your online product to sell! Having content that is good quality and consistent builds trust, so even when you’re busy creating your product you can still be publishing your blog posts on time and to a high standard! (Don’t let the standard of your blog drop!)

3. Create a freebie!

A lot of people skip past this, however your readers are greedy! I don’t mean to sound bad but they want something from your blog, they won’t stick around unless there is something in it for them, so give them that! Creating a high quality freebie that make people go ‘What?? They’re giving this away for free?!’ Is exactly what you want! The higher quality the freebie the more your reader and potential client will trust you and be more likely to buy from you, considering they love love love the freebie you just gave them! Getting an email in exchange for a freebie is a big deal so if you can incorporate that into your freebie then you’re on to a winner! A super special email subscriber is an even more likely client one day!

4. Create your Online Product!

Here’s a link to a list of over 20 potential online products you could sell online! Remember to:

  1. Make it high quality! Make your readers and buyers want to come back for more!
  2. Make it something you are knowledgeable about!
  3. Make it a Solution for your ideal reader (people love products that will help them do something more efficiently or solve a problem)
  4. Price it right! Charge what you feel the actual value of your product is. Selling for less in hope for more sales can work at the start especially if it’s your first product but don’t undersell yourself either, if you’re creating a high quality product then people will pay for that! don’t worry about sounding too pushy or annoying, limit yourself to a certain amount of promotional posts a day but ultimately if you know your product is going to help someone then there’s no shame!

5. Create blog posts and subscriber emails that promote your product!

Now it’s time to get people hyped for your product! Send you special subscribers (who signed up because of your awesome freebie!) emails letting them know you have an exciting product you can’t wait to share with them! Give your readers a teaser of what they can expect from your product in a blog post or a short email course! Get creative! You can even host a giveaway for your new product and get your readers to share for a chance to win it!

6. SELL! YAY!

Release your product and promote it! Don’t be afraid to promote your product if you know it is high quality and works! You’re sharing something that can actually help people so there is no shame in that! Try to get feedback from customers/clients and put this feedback into practice when you go and create your next product!

You can Save this Image to your Device or you can Pin it to one of your Pinterest boards at the end of this post to remind you of these 6 Steps!

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So when can you start?

The beauty of creating your own online product is that you can start at any time. If you’re knowledgeable about something or even willing to get knowledgeable about something then with a lot of hard work you can create your own product and start selling whenever you like! Don’t think this is limited to creating products about something blogging related, if you are a DIY Arts and Craft Blogger you can create an online video course to teach people how to do crafty things (because you have established yourself as a pro and people want to learn from you!). If you specialise in Travel you could create a detailed info product about the must see attractions in Thailand or wherever it is you’ve visited. The Key is creating something that is better than the information people can try to go and find for free. If you can create a product that is super easy to understand, helpful and contains everything they need in one lovely bundle then you’ve created something amazing which you can promote as better than free information they could take ages finding somewhere else!

Even more encouraging is that you don’t need a whole load of page views or followers to do this. All you need is a good quality product that anyone who visits you page could potentially buy from you. Whether you have 10 views a month or 10,000 makes no difference, more page views basically means more of a chance that someone will buy from you. Don’t set your goal too high at the start, it does take practice to perfect your product and promote it well, consistency is key so don’t give up!

During the 6 steps it’s pretty inevitable that you’ll get an Increase in views to your blog and at least a good few new subscribers. Why? Well if you have properly branded your site then it will look pretty professional and because you’ve created a high quality freebie you’ll immediately get interest! Heck when I see ‘Free Templates!’ I’m already on the site..because who doesn’t want a freebie?

Side note: Don’t slack on promoting your blog throughout the process. How will people see all the hard work you’re putting into your blog if you’re not sharing it with anyone? Posting on Facebook for example “check out my blog here at exampleblog.com” doesn’t interest me. Try a post more like “Hi guys I’m soo excited to share with you my new post to help you learn all about *example* plus I’m giving away a free *example* linked in my blog to help you *example* Hope you guys enjoy it!” In one short sentence I can see what your blog will help me achieve, a freebie to get me interested and a reason why I’d even want the freebie! I love seeing bloggers put effort into their Facebook posts and even tweets because it shows me they care! A blogger who cares and is genuinely excited to share their post with me as a potential reader makes me 10x more likely to go onto their page! So promote you post with that in mind and you can’t go wrong!

If you’re still apprehensive…

If you’re still nervous about making an investment before you start making money then why not create a whole load of prewritten content to publish, your freebie, your actual product and even come up with promotional ideas for your blog. Once you have all of that finished you can then simply invest into your self hosted website, your branding, and then focus purely on promoting whilst your product and next months worth of content is already created! This means in a short amount of time after investing you’re more certain of a faster return!

So tell me, How do you plan to start earning from your blog? What kind of Online Product are you thinking about creating? What’s the hardest part about creating a product like this? Let me know in the comments! Also Interested in more information like this and a whole load of FREE Stock Images for your blog? Well you can sign up here!

Check out some other Posts you might be interested in:

Stock Images: Why you should and How you can make your own! Plus FREE Stock Image Bundle! 

5 Blogging Mistakes YOU could be making!

5 Blogging Tips for Beginners

 

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Stock Images: Why you should and How you can make your own! Plus FREE Stock Image Bundle! 

create your own stock images free stock bundleSo how many of you guys are sitting looking at your Blog thinking ‘I want better images!‘ or ‘I’m tired of using stock images that aren’t really what I want‘ Well I’ve been there and only now am I on my way to improving the images on my Blog. I knew straight off that I wanted good quality photos for my site, but searching through stock images just wasn’t my thing, and I didn’t really want to pay for something that I felt to be honest I could do myself if I put my mind to it. So last week I gave creating my own stock images a go after being inspired by a post by Wonderlass. (Here’s a link to that post!) I realised with a little bit of effort I could try creating my own images!

So you may ask, ‘Why?‘ ‘Why should I bother trying to create my own photos for my blog?

Well number one, Blogs with ‘Meh’ kind of photos turn me off. That’s the bottom line for me. Do you find yourself drawn to Blogs with beautifully styled photos? Well that’s no coincidence but just because you’re a new blogger or are awful with cameras doesn’t mean you can’t have your own well styled images. Especially if you’re wanting to use Pinterest as a serious platform for promoting your Blog then you better listen up because the only way you’re going to get off to a good start on Pinterest is by having Beautiful Pins that people want to Re-pin over and over again!

So, lets talk a little about Branding. Your brand is basically you, it’s your Online Image, it’s how people recognise you as a regular and consistent blogger. Branding your Blog not only gives you  a very professional look but if you’re working on making your blogging side hustle a career then having a strong brand presence is very important. It shows your readers and potential customers that you’re the real dealio.

Here’s a post that really helped me understand the importance of branding for your Blog: The Strong Brand Mini Course, this is another post by Wonderlass (a Blog I’m clearly obsessed with). I suggest giving it a read over because you can’t really begin to create your own images for your Blog if you don’t know the overall look you’re going for. If you want more information on branding then take a look at Boss Lady Blogger’s post on What to include in your Brands Style Guide! it gives you a great breakdown on what’s important in creating a brand for yourself.

OKAY! So now that you’ve gotten an idea of what kind of style you want for your fabulous Blog now you can begin getting ready to take your first set of images. Now for my images I decided I loved the Flat Lay look and because a lot of my posts are about blogging itself then my go to styling was cute stationary and my Ipad. However I knew that wasn’t enough, so I went to my bestfriend (aka Pinterest) and started creating a board of Flat Lay style inspiration! Want to check out my inspiration? Here’s a link to my Flat Lay Styling Board on Pinterest. YAY!

So here’s where things get technical. I fully believe that literally anyone can make their own Blog images, why? Because well I did it, and I’m not in any way a photographer or an eagle eye photo styler. For my first try though I’m pretty happy with the results although I know for next time how I’d like to improve and make them better! So stay tuned for even more stock photo give-aways!

Okay so the Set up is literally Two pieces of Foam Board (cheap as anything), some coloured card (also cheap as anything) for different background colours, Natural lighting (totally free), and even better news for you blogging newbies and camera shy peeps my humble Iphone (which I already own and I’m sure most of you guys do too!)

Here’s an example of the original photo and the photo after some editing:

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So the before image was taken in natural light and I was using a second foam board to reflect light onto my set up to lessen the shadows (this only helped moderately). To get it to look like the image on the right here are the steps I took:

  • Increased overall brightness (because the image is Dull dull dull…ew)
  • Increased contrast (this part dramatically improves the stark white background look)
  • Lightened the shadows (as the reflector board didn’t reduce the shadows enough)
  • Increased Saturation to make the most of the bright colours! I love a good POP of colour!
  • Also check out that adorable Bunny Illustration, it’s by my friend Bethany who does amazing artwork that’s perfect for in your home or giving as a super cute gift! Here’s a link to her facebook!

The moral of all this is that if you take a photo and immediately disregard it as terrible because it’s not the way you imagine it, wait. Play around with it, edit it even just a little bit and all of a sudden it could become your favourite image of like All Time, okay maybe not but hey it means you have another stock image under your belt for a rainy day!

Now what you do with your new set of fab stock images is all down to you, personally I love the transparent overlay look with writing on top. If you’re wondering what photo editor I use its Picsart, nothing fancy, so it’s great for new bloggers who want a way to make their images more professional looking without having to fork out loads on a DSLR camera or an expensive photo editing programme. It just goes to show how far an iPhone can take you!

So here they are! YOUR FREE STOCK IMAGES YAY!

What photo tricks to you have? How do you get the shot you want? Let me know in the comments and if you have any questions I’m here to answer them!

Want any more Blogging tips and tricks? Try 5 Blogging Mistakes YOU could be making! or 5 Blogging tips for beginners!

 

5 Blogging Mistakes YOU could be making!


Some people think that once you start a blog you instantly gain viewers, comments, likes and loyal followers but we Bloggers know that that’s simply not the case. A lot of hard work goes into the background of blogging…and I mean A LOT of hard work. Blogging is a whole new skill with a whole new language you need to learn. Monetisation? Networking? No follow links? SEO? The list goes on…literally for like ever. It can be hard enough to get to grips with the basics never mind advanced blogging strategies. So I thought why not share some common mistakes I see made on a daily basis, to make the difficult a little less difficult. Here’s just a couple of mistakes you could be making as a blogger, don’t worry though if you’re doing these things because they are easily fixed and if you don’t view them as a problem in the first place then continue on blissfully, these are simply things I’ve noticed along the way! 

  1. Content, content, content, content. Is there a such a thing as too much content? Well, in short Yes. Blog posts require a lot of time and as a new blogger you may be excited to get all your thoughts out there and start posting nearly every other day! Now in a way it’s great to be full of ideas and have content flying out of your fingertips but speed and quantity doesn’t necessarily mean quality. For every blog post you create there should be a certain amount of work that’s gone on behind the scenes such as high resolution Photos that fit in perfectly to the post and also a fair amount of publicising your content. If you are creating a lot of content, save it, and try spreading out your posts. Now you can use the extra time to focus on making sure you are reaching the right kind of people and creating high quality posts that make readers want to come back for more! 
  2. Sharing but NOT Caring. Do you find yourself pasting links to your site on Facebook, Twitter, other random blog sites? Do you get much of a return? Probably not. Miraculous page views would be amazing but skipping on publicising your post properly wont get you any closer to that dream. To build genuine interest try finding other bloggers who could benifit from your blog, ask similar bloggers for feedback on your site to make continual improvements. When posting to Facebook or any social media platform actually make the effort to tell people WHY they should go to your site. If you don’t even sound excited about your own post, why should anyone else be? You really have to be your own No.1 Fan! 
  3. Me, me me. Blogging is important to every single blogger, if it wasn’t there would be no posts to read! What strategy do you use to promote yourself and your brand? We all want a bit of the limelight but that doesn’t mean we can force our blogs onto others by aggressively sharing links online as much as you can. This could work, but isn’t it exhausting? For me helping fellow bloggers is the best way to promote yourself. Try leaving a comment on someone else’s post and give them positive feedback. It’s a win win, you get the benefit of the feel good factor because you’ve been nice and helped out a fellow newbie blogger and on the other hand they’re probably 10times more likely to visit your site and could even leave you a comment. (This works much better than posting ‘like for like’ or ‘comment for comment’ which could temporarily boost your traffic but in the long run you don’t gain much reward for all the effort you’ve gone through to go like back a whole load of blogs).
  4. No Niche Syndrome. It’s true that in the blogosphere you can blog about pretty much anything you want, like anything, from your neighbours cat keeping you up at night to a painful ingrown toenail. As great as it is that we can all be so open with each other on the internet is that really what you want your blog to be about? This isn’t for everyone because not everyone’s sole purpose is to make a full time living out of blogging but for those who do, if you want to make meaningful blogs that are fresh and useful then that’s exactly what they have to be: Fresh and Useful. Fresh as in no one wants to see the same ole content repeated over and over again and Useful as in what can I as a reader actually gain from reading your posts? Find your Niche! Who are you writing your blog for? What solutions are you giving people? What ways are you providing something that no one else is? These are all questions you should be asking yourself before you hit ‘publish’, heck before you even start writing the title of your next article!
  5. Stay active! Don’t you just love it when someone spends time writing you an encouraging comment? Well why not thank them and you could even give their page a look over! We’re all in this together and receiving positivity isn’t near as rewarding as giving it out first hand. Keep up to date with your posts and make sure to respond to comments/questions, no matter how small! Being nice doesn’t cost a dime and everyone loves a giver. 

For more tips for Beginners click here! 5 Blogging Tips For Beginners!

So what ideas can you put into practice? What other tips have you got for new bloggers? What obstacles have you had to overcome to get where you’re at today? Share in the comments below 🙂

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5 Blogging tips for beginners

Blogging and going nowhere sucks, right? Of course it does! You put in all this hard work and still you aren’t getting noticed. Well maybe it’s time to change the strategy a bit. Here’s just a few tips on blogging from what I’ve learnt so far.

  1. Are you Blogging for money? Let’s get this one out of the way, YES there are Bloggers out there who make a full time income Blogging. Did this happen because they began their Blog purely to make money? 99% of the time: No. Those Bloggers who are able to share their $12,000 income report more than likely began years ago, built up followers along the way and THEN began to focus on the money making side of things. Another point to note is that most Bloggers making money from Blogging do so because they create products or provide services that can help other bloggers or help those people in their target audience. Providing these kind of products is what makes most of the money, not from getting paid from adverts, which only really works if you have a HUGE audience! Most bloggers actually care about what they are selling online, its not a ‘Get Rich Quick’ Scheme, a lot of time and effort goes into blogging, as I’m sure you’re aware of. Do you post because you want to make money? or because you’re passionate about something and have meaningful and relevant content to discuss? Hopefully it’s the latter, but if you’re finding it tough to think of posts that will actually make your blog more relevant then try thinking about your audience. What lessons are you trying to teach people? What have YOU got that can help others? What lessons have you learnt in your life that you can share with others? If your primary goal is to help others in some way then that’s where success starts. 
  2. Believe in your talent. Of course a lot of us feel like we need the approval of others to feel like we are successful. To a degree yes that’s correct, your success as a blogger is if people actually read your posts. But don’t just think of it as numbers, if 10 people view a post, heck that’s an actual 10 people who you’ve reached out to! If you’ve reached 1,000 or even 10,000 just remember those are all individuals who appreciated your blog and your hard work. You don’t need confirmation to be able to write about your life lessons or the tips and tricks you’ve picked up along the way. If you keep a blog personal then you’re always going to be able to offer fresh useful content.
  3. Great content doesn’t equal great stats. I know, what’s the point with all the hard work then? Well don’t get discouraged just yet. If you’re pouring your heart and soul into the most beautifully crafted blog posts and yet once again you’ve have next to no shares, comments, heck even views… don’t panic, that doesn’t mean your blog sucks. Great content + Great Promoting = Great Stats. I’ve read before that your blog post should take 30% of the time and the other 70% should be promoting it. My schedule is only one post a week, meaning I have the rest of the week to create my new blog post and promote the previous one, meaning that a lot more promoting and networking happens than actual blog post creating. Go crazy, try Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter etc. There’s loads of social media sites to share your blog to and make the most of it! If you are doing reviews (and it’s a positive one) send it to the people who you’re reviewing. Everybody loves free advertising, they could share your review so they get a boost in sales while you could get a good boost in your post! Don’t get too overwhelmed by trying to share your post everywhere, it’s a lot of hard work, trust me I know! But you’ll get the hang of when and where to post and soon enough it’ll be like second nature. If you’ve found a platform that particularly works for you then dig deep! Master it as best you can and only use other social media sites as a side project. Focussing your effort on one platform can yield a lot more results than being pulled in 12 different social media directions trying to keep a half hearted presence on all of them all the time.
  4. Good images are a must. Everything is about aesthetics these days. If something looks good, it must be good. Why write a spectacular post and then have no pictures to draw the eye in, or why upload a grainy image that is as aesthetically pleasing as a radiator? People love to see things that appeal to them. If you haven’t got a great camera and are trying to use your phone for the most part of your images then all hope is not lost. A good picture needs to be in focus, good lighting and obviously good subject matter (what you’re actually taking a picture of). So if you’re using your phone camera then at least wait until the lighting is good (natural light, please) and be sure to focus the image properly. After that, it’s hard to go wrong. Want more tips on creating your own professional blog images (cheaply)? Then click here! Plus receive a whole bunch of Free Stock Images created by yours truly!
  5. Be true to yourself. So if you start hitting it big and companies want you to promote their products for money. What do you do? Jump at every opportunity? But what if it’s a product you don’t like or doesn’t even work very well? Obviously we all need money but is it worth possibly losing the respect of some of your followers because you blindly support a product that you have no faith in? People get tired of sponsored posts that are bottom line desperate. If you do get offers to promote a brand or product make sure it’s one you can honestly stand behind and support. Stay true to yourself and your values and stay in line with what fits in with the brand you’ve built up for yourself. Your brand is essentially your online presence, Don’t damage it!

So there you are 5 Top Tips for Blogging Beginners! But What if you can’t think of anything to blog about? Help is at hand! Yes, there are loads and loads of blogs out there so it can be hard to keep your posts new and exciting, but now there are even blog posts about what to blog about! If you’re stuck for ideas, here’s two links to some great blogs with very helpful prompts to get your blogging on a roll! A girl obsessed- 50 Blog Ideas + Prompts and The College Prepster- 50 Ideas for Blog Posts.

Now this is only 5 blogging tips, and of course there are countless more! Just keep doing what your doing, every blog success story is different, so go and make yours!

Let me know some of your blogging tips in the comments below! You can also check out 5 Blogging Mistakes you could be making!

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