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Blogging for Money

Make Money BloggingBy Holly Reisem Hanna

If you want to make money blogging then you need to have the right tools, resources, and products 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 get your started, but they’ll help take your blog to the next level so that you can make money from it.

First make sure that you grab my FREE Blogging e-book here, it will teach you how to create 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, I’ve heard it’s super to easy to use – but I also know many people that started out on Blogger and ultimately had to make the switch to WordPress.

Hosting:

When choosing a hosting company you’ll want to make sure that you get one that’s reliable. I personally use October Skies, Susan the owner of the company, not only provides my hosting, but she’s also my web programmer.

If I wasn’t using October Skies, I would use Ovaleye, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past. Jenn and Kathy are fantastic – super friendly, helpful and responsive, highly recommend doing business with them for your hosting needs.

Blog Traffic:

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

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 if FREE and 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 can always use 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 it out.

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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