I get this question quite often. How can I get started blogging? Or can you help me? So I’ve created a page to answer that question.
First, let me explain. I have been blogging since late 2010 but really didn’t get started doing it on a regular basis until July 2011. Even with all that experience and practice under my belt, plus a degree in business management (my main degree is ORM, with minors in psychology and Bible studies), I still would not say I’m an expert by any means.
I’m mainly self-taught by experience and lots of trial and error. And really, to God be the glory because it has only been Him who has brought me to where I am… and kept me here. This has been totally God led; His purpose for my life. And He keeps reminding me of that fact, year after year. I’ve told him I’d just get a “normal job” like everyone else. But even when I’ve tried that route, He’s closed those doors every single time.
Also, I’m not afraid to seek help from other experts in blogging for business, marketing, and copywriting. There are tons out there, you just have to look (I have a couple suggestions below). That’s how I’ve made it work over the last few years and how I would suggest others do it as well.
Side note: This page contains affiliate links. I receive a very small percentage of any sale if you purchase from a link. This is how I keep this website going. CLICK to learn more.
How to get started blogging.
Back seven years ago, Google’s platform Blogger was popular. Several years after I started there I moved to self-hosting on WordPress.org which takes your blog from a hobby to a business.
For that, I had to hire a hosting company that also did the work to transfer everything over. I’m currently with New Blog Host who takes care of all of my maintenance and keeps me on the World Wide Web, 24/7/365. And he’s very low-priced at only $35/year.
Before you sign up for those services, you need to purchase your domain name. I suggest NameCheap… for a frugal way to get started.
Then your website needs a theme – both a framework and a theme. I prefer Genesis Framework from Studio Press (the behind the scenes structure). And I currently use Restored 316 Designs for my theme (what you see on my blog). They have lots of beautiful choices, that are easy to install, and great customer service if you need help or run into a problem.
Next, you need a service to collect emails. They are the most important thing for a growing business. I use and love MailChimp to send out all of my emails. They are affordable and very easy to use. Great for beginners and even experts.
When I run into technical blog problems, with coding or my design, I hire the wonderful Gretchen Louise to fix the behind the scenes coding. She’s the best in my opinion! Tell her I sent you!
Lastly, I use the free photo sharing websites (in the public domain) and in the beginning, I used PicMonkey (a no longer
free service) to help me create graphics for my website. I’ve recently moved to using Canva for Work (a paid service but they have a free service) to help me keep everything “on brand.”
Also, check out Crystal Paine’s Blog Start-Up 101 Course. She gives some great advice and walks you through the entire process.
How to make money blogging.
As you can see from above, it cost money to get started in the blogging business. But you have to spend money to make money. Any multi-level marketing company (shakes, patches, supplements, oils, etc.) expects you to pay (invest) to get started. Blogging is the same in some ways. Think of it as an investment that you need to work hard at, sowing many seeds, to see it grow and flourish.
You often have to invest lots of your time and some of your money (you can do things frugally like I shared above) before you see any income.
Income through blogging often comes in from many different sources. No one income source allows a full-time blogger the freedom to quit looking for other income sources. Sometimes certain sources can dry up as none are guaranteed income like a full-time job.
At first, it’s definitely a small trickle here and there from any source.
Here are some ways to bring in a few cents to a few dollars every day.
- Ads on your website (Google Adsense, Beacon Ads, etc.)
- Selling ad space on your website (to companies directing instead of using a service for ads)
- Affiliate links from other companies (links to resources to help your reader) – like shared above
- Products or services in an online store (the craft or expertise you sell)
- Writing books (eBooks for your store or other online retailers – like Amazon or Smashwords)
- Freelancing as an expert on other websites or blogs
- Sponsored posts (a company pays you to write a post)
There are other ways, but these are sources I’ve used in the past or still use today.
Also, learning about marketing was the foundation to the success I’ve recently seen through my blog. I worked with blogging coach, The Blog Maven (A.K.A. Jeni Elliott), and took her BlogSmarter program. That really kickstarted my success from my blog business.
I learned how to establish a business model, began branding myself, and marketing my business for those who need help in healing after divorce. It’s a ministry that also needs business management and marketing.
Also, here are some books with great advice:
- ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
- How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul
The last piece of advice that will really help you to grow (all businesses need to be growing)… find your “area of expertise” and just keep sowing the seeds. It takes time. But it’s worth it!
I really hope this was helpful for you!!
Although I do offer coaching and mentoring services, please understand this does not include blogging. I only mentor Christian women through their divorce healing. That’s where I’m an expert. So I’ll leave the blogging advice to those experts I’ve mentioned above.
God bless your journey,
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