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Blogging for Money

How to really make money bloggingBy Holly Reisem Hanna

If you want to make money blogging then you need to have the right tools, resources, and information to guide your way.

With an overwhelming amount of information on the web – it’s often confusing figuring it all out. Listed below are some of the resources that I either use, recommend, or that I’ve found helpful on my own blogging journey.

These tools will not only help get you started, but they’ll make the process easier so that you can get to the next level faster.

First make sure to grab my FREE Blogging e-book, it will teach you how to write great content, get tons of traffic to your blog and most importantly, make money from it!

Blogging Platform:

WordPress is what I use for my blogging platform, it’s easy to use and has tons of functionality. A lot of people ask me about Blogger, Google’s blogging platform, and I’ve heard it’s super to easy to use. But I also know a lot people who have started out on Blogger, but then had to make the switch to WordPress later on. Do yourself a favor and use WordPress from the start, you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.

Hosting:

When choosing a hosting company you’ll want to make sure that you get one that’s reliable, cost effective, and that has great customer service. Right now I’m using Liquid Web, they have a variety of hosting plans, which makes it easy to upgrade your service as your site grows. If I wasn’t using them, I would would probably use Synthesis, as it was created with WordPress users in mind.

Blog Design:

When I launched my blog, I had a graphic designer create a custom design for me. And while I love my design, it was very expensive! If I had to do it all over again, I would use a template from either Thesis or StudioPress. Not only are these themes affordable, but they look great and they’re easy to modify.

Blog Traffic:

To get traffic to your blog you’ll want to utilize social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram,  and Google Plus. Seem overwhelming? To help manage all of these social media platforms, I use HootSuite. I’ve tried other applications, but this one has the most functionality and it is the easiest to use. You can schedule updates and manage all of your accounts in one place, and best of all it’s FREE!

The one network that you can’t manage from HootSuite is Pinterest, but that’s okay, it’s actually more fun to be on Pinterest. For tips on how to use Pinterest make sure to check out these articles.

To create highly pinnable images for your blog posts, I highly recommend PicMonkey. It’s super easy to use and it gives you professional looking images in a flash. Basic service is FREE and the Royale Membership has tons of extra effects, fonts, overlays, and textures. For stock images I use StockFresh, not only do they have high quality photos, but they are very affordable.

Email Marketing:

From the first day you launch your blog – you need to make sure that you’re building an email list. SEO rules and social media platforms are constantly changing. But with an email list it is something that you own and that can always be used to reach your audience. Personally, I use Constant Contact – I love them! They have lots of professional looking templates to choose from, it’s super easy to use, and they have added features like auto-responders. They even offer a FREE 60 trial – so you can test them out without any obligation.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO):

The majority of my traffic comes from Google, and this is because certain keywords on my site have ranked well with the search engines. Search engine traffic is free and you’ll definitely want to take advantage of it. To get familiarized I highly recommend Holly Klaassen’s e-book, 50 SEO Secrets for Mom Entrepreneurs. It’s packed with 50 easy to understand tips for how to increase traffic to your blog.

Blog Training:

Blog Monetization:

There are so many ways to earn money from your blog, from direct ad sales and ad networks, to affiliate marketing and digital earning – so make sure to check out these must read articles!

Bookkeeping:

As a career blogger you’ll need to keep meticulous records of your income and expenses. The first year I started out, I made the mistake of keeping all of these transactions in a spread sheet which made tax time a nightmare. Since then I’ve been using Outright, which has simplified the whole process because it automatically updates your transactions from your PayPal and/or checking account. The online platform is super easy to use and I highly recommend it for all monetized bloggers.

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