Let me tell you the story of how Martha became a full-time blogger and then I will give blogging tips for beginners to make money online.
Martha was a history major who became a blogger and managed to build a full-time income source through her blog.
She accomplished this in 12-months while a pandemic was causing havoc around the globe.
And honestly, the idea of running a blog full-time was not apparent to Martha.
One day, while she mindlessly scrolled through the internet, she discovered something that grabbed her attention.
It was an article about a blogger making a ridiculous amount of money (something like $25,000) in one month.
College students spend a lot of time thinking and planning about what life outside of college will look like.
Martha was overwhelmed with the thought of finding a reliable source of income as soon as she graduated.
So she decided to give blogging a shot to see if she could make a full-time living from her laptop and maybe travel the world.
She purchased a few training courses about Blogging, and thank god that she did!
I’m going to give you the 4-steps she followed to become a 6-figure a year blogger and live life on her terms.
Martha’s whole life transformed for the better just because she dared to take action and stop dreaming, but start doing.
This is why you should try something new in your life to control your financial future without too much overthinking.
Otherwise, you won’t do it at all and will miss many great opportunities.
Even if Martha’s story doesn’t align with yours, tell me if at least one of these sounds somewhat familiar to you:
1. You’re frustrated with your 9-5 job (feeling trapped)?
2. Maybe you’re drowning in debts and bills?
3. Perhaps you’re not able to do what you want because of financial limitations?
4. Are you tired of waking up to an alarm clock?
5. You’re not able to travel, and you live just for the weekends?
6. You have a constant burn in your belly to make more money while doing something meaningful?
I have avoided all of these issues because I chose to build a passive income online.
The pandemic did not hurt my bank account at all.
I have not sat for a single interview in years, hoping that someone would offer me a job.
My life took a different turn when I made a life-changing decision (just like you might today).
I know it all sounds fascinating and remarkable, but can you really make something out of this “blogging” thing?
Can you truly earn a full-time income from simply blogging a few times each week?
Well, I do, and so do hundreds of thousands of others who live the blogger lifestyle of freedom.
Blogging is an evergreen career that will never become obsolete and will always make you money no matter how much technology changes the world.
The days of spending $75,000 on college tuition only to get a $40,000/year job can be replaced with a career in Blogging.
You can start a small-scale side-hustle with zero to minimum upfront investment and scale that to a huge income figure in 6 to 12 months.
The next time the world is gripped by some pandemic that forces traditional jobs to vanish, you and your family will have protected income through Blogging.
Martha’s blog made over $9,400 last December, so how about that?
Let’s Discuss 4 Myths That Might Stop You From Starting a Blog
1. You Think That You Need to Have a Strong English Writing Background to Make it as a Blogger.
This is absolutely not true.
The majority of people who will read your blog are not PhD graduates in English literature.
These people are regular folks, just like you and me, who seldom catch or care about grammar errors because we make them ourselves.
So use your original voice to create blog posts.
People admire relatability, honesty, and realness, not overly educated writings
2. You Might Think That Starting a Blog is Expensive.
If you believe that $6.95/month for web hosting is expensive, then yes, it is pretty expensive.
If you can manage to skip 1-2 Starbuck lattes a month, you’ll be able to afford to start a blogging career.
3. You Think That Blogging Requires Serious Technical Knowledge to Be Successful.
This is also false.
Blogging is a money-making career that has evolved with technology.
It does not require that you have any technical knowledge to start and run a blog successfully.
4. You believe that Growing a Blog Takes Years
Blogging indeed is more of a get-rich slowly business, but only to some extent.
Yes, a brand new blog takes time to grow.
You won’t make $100K your first month.
Blogging creates a sustainable income source for the long haul.
You already know that essential things take time to build.
Growing a blog will take a year or two, but your growth becomes exponential once you’ve reached a certain threshold.
For example, it took Martha a year to get to 20k monthly page views.
But, the climb from 20k to 100k page views happened two months later, and so did a solid income of $10k a month.
So yeah, you can say that it takes time, but the growth after that makes it worth the effort.
You might be wondering how to get started as a blogger so that you can quit your job and travel the world.
Let me give you the steps to get started.
1: Choose a Blog Topic and a Blog Name.
The first thing you need to do to get started is to choose a niche (a comfortable topic to write about) and a catchy blog name.
For example, my blog revolves around “Entrepreneurship” to live a blissful life.
So my blog is named Life Bliss Journal.
You have to choose one niche for your blog.
If you’re passionate about health, go for a health-related blog.
If your passion is photography, start a photography blog.
If you’re interested in cooking and recipes, start a cooking blog.
If you want to build a blog around your personal life, do that.
As long as you can create content consistently on that topic, you can start a blog around anything you desire.
This is what’s so wonderful about Blogging.
You can share anything you like, and this sharing with the world can make you money.
You will have to think of a name for your blog and use that name for your domain name.
Try to think of a name that reflects the topic or niche of the blog.
If your blog will be about health, you can name it SarahLovesHealth.com.
It is entirely up to you.
You can also name your blog using your full name, FirstNameLastName.com.
You can check if the domain name you’re thinking of is available or not.
If the domain is available, buy it immediately because that name could be taken tomorrow.
Suppose the name you want is not available.
In that case, you can try different names and word combinations so that your domain name is unique and available for registration.
Now that you have a domain name, you need to get that domain hosted.
“Hosting” is like a house on the internet where your blog will hold its files or pages, which get displayed to visitors.
And the “Domain” (e.g., domainname.com) will be its address.
2: Buying Hosting for Your Blog is simple.
First, go to SiteGround.com and select ‘Managed WordPress Hosting.’
Select their Startup package for the lowest price Webhosting plan.
Follow the instructions to set up your hosting service.
It might take 1-2 hours to get confirmation that your services are set up and ready for use.
3. Choose a Blog Theme for your website.
After you have the hosting set up, the next thing you need to do is to apply a theme to your blog.
There are dozens of free themes you can find under the Appearance→Themes section in your blog dashboard.
If you wish to have a more premium, professional, and customizable theme, my #1 recommendation is the GeneratePress theme.
GeneratePress is lightweight, cheap, and very beginner-friendly.
After applying your preferred theme, all you have to do is launch your blog.
4. Start Creating Awesome Content to start making money.
Now that you have your blog set up, start writing your thoughts, views, and express yourself on topics you find interesting.
Share your thoughts with the world, and yes, make money along the way.
Your blog post should be at least 1,500 words if you want visitors and Google to take your content seriously.
Let’s go over 4 common concerns regarding starting a blog.
1. How do bloggers get paid?
There are literally dozens of ways you can monetize your website.
You can use the Google Adsense program to display ads across your site to make money.
This is the most common way to monetize your blog.
Once your blog has reached a certain traffic threshold, you can easily apply to premium Ad networks, such as Mediavine and Adthrive, and they’ll handle the rest.
Once you install the special code from the ad networks onto your website, all you have to do is sit back, write new blog posts, and get paid every month.
It’s really that simple.
You can earn $1000 to $5000 a month from ads alone if you have enough page views from visitors to your blog.
Affiliate marketing is another way to earn money from Blogging.
When you recommend specific products, services, and courses created by other individuals and businesses, you can get paid a 20% to 75% commission.
You promote these products via banners on your blog.
You get a percentage of the sale generated through you, known as an “Affiliate commission.”
You can join affiliate networks for free that align with your niche, and you can promote their products on your website.
Some popular affiliate networks are Amazon Associates Program, Clickbank, and MaxBounty.
Sponsored posts can also generate money.
Once you’ve assembled a decent audience through your blog, various brands will reach out to you and pay you to feature their products on your website.
The amount of money you can earn ranges from $1000 per post up to five-figure for multi-article deals.
You’ll need to create content regarding the product or service that highlights the features and advantages.
2. You might be wondering if you can start a blogging career for free.
There are ways to start your blog with no money out of your pocket.
What I have shown you so far requires money for monthly hosting.
If you want control of the content on your blog, it is best to pay for hosting.
Websites like Blogger.com offer free blogs to their users, but these platforms will never be entirely yours.
Blogs posted on Blogger.com are owned by the company, and they can remove your content at any time if they wish.
And if you use a site like Wix, they offer free hosting if you can stomach a website name like myblog.wixsite.com.
You cannot remove the “wixsite” piece out of the name unless you pay a monthly fee.
If you pay a mere $7 a month for a paid hosted service (like the one I’ve mentioned earlier), the blog will be entirely yours.
The content will be yours and whatever you do with your blog is entirely up to you.
You’ll be the sole owner of everything.
So to sum this whole thing up, yes, you can start a blog for free, but it’s best to pay for hosting.
Your blog will be a valuable, money-making asset that you want complete control over.
3. What should you blog about?
One great thing about Blogging is that you can literally write about anything you want.
Not many people will find and read your blog posts in the beginning.
This is why you should experiment with different topic angles and analysis what works best.
4. How much does it cost to start a blog?
Starting a blog is one of the small-scale businesses that does not require a considerable upfront investment.
You can set up and launch your blog for less than $7/month.
The only downside is that you may have to buy at least 12 months’ worth of hosting to get this low price.
When you use WordPress as your blog’s content management platform, you get lots of free themes and plugins from WordPress.
You won’t need to buy anything extra unless you want premium themes and tools.
Let me say a few words to close out this make-money-online method.
Blogging can truly change your life.
When you control your money, you control your future.
When you can work from home or from some land under a tree, life becomes a lot more fun.
How many people do you know that can honestly say, “I love what I do for a living “?
Not the majority I would bet, even if they make 6-figures a year at a traditional job.
Wherever your interest lies, whether it be cooking or paragliding or basketball or skateboarding or anything, you can start a blog around that topic.
You can make a full-time living doing what excites you the most.
I would suggest that you give it a try for at least 12-months.