I thought about being a blogger for years. It only seemed like a natural choice for me. I have always loved writing, I hate taking orders from other people, and doing independent work is where I shine. When I told my friends, hardly any of them were surprised. I took to blogging like a fish to water, and I am in love with my little corner of the internet.
1. “Blogger” is an umbrella term
I truly believe that anyone wanting to do virtually anything on the internet can benefit by having a blog. In the beginning I imagined I would be a blogger and make most of my money from affiliate marketing and I still do have that as an income source but honestly, a blog is a good idea for any business idea!
Now about a year later, I make most of my money with coaching. I would call myself a coach over calling myself a blogger, but I definitley do still blog because its a great way to give free content and make money with a variety of income streams. In my beginners blogger course Broke Bloggers Be Gone, where I teach beginner bloggers I break down all the ways you can make money with a blog because I feel like there is a shortage of easy, step by step guides. Right now you can snag the course for $10. Yes, you read that right, for less than weekly Starbucks I give you the cheatsheet on how to make money blogging your first 30 days or within 30 days of taking the course. You can check it out HERE for a limited time only!
So when you become a “blogger” it could mean a lot of different things. You can make money with affiliates, digital courses, offering services, or even selling physical products, either way, starting a blog is a great idea to help you boost exposure and give free content.
2. Loving What You Do Helps
The most successful bloggers I know LOVE what they’re doing and what they’re writing about. A lot of blogging gurus will tell you that new bloggers you need to niche super down to make any money, but the truth is you need to do what you’re actually passionate about. If you don’t have a message, a story, a desire to help others, it’s hard to stick it out in the beginning.
Most jobs you clock in and you clock out, but being a blogger isn’t like that. We work from home, so we never really leave work which means you have to create your own work-life balance as a new blogger. Blogging definitely has the perk of being a job where your income really is only limited by you, but if you actually love what your writing about, things are so much easier.
My point is, if you want to start a blog about food but you think that since there already so many food blogs that you shouldn’t even bother and you don’t know how you’d make money anyway, start the food blog. Go after the dream that actually lights you up instead of blogging about something that “makes money” because it all makes money. It works when you work it and put in the energy.
3. The Biggest Struggle Is Your Mind
It’s hard to put yourself out there when you’re not used to it. It’s hard to write content when you feel unsure of yourself, and it’s hard to do it day after day and wonder if any of it is even working. But honestly, the hardest part was the self-doubt. I wondered am I good enough? Can I really do this? Am I being crazy by even trying? So if you can get passed that, the rest is easy.
When I was first starting a lot of advice I got ended up not being very helpful. One of the biggest time wasters for new bloggers is the tiny stuff that doesn’t matter at all like your blog theme or which hosting you choose. That’s why I created my course for beginner bloggers to make money online. In it I go over exactly what I did, step by step, the first 30 days to make money. It’s easy, repeatable, and it will help you succeed so much faster, faster than you thought possible.
You can check it out HERE for only $10 for a limited time only! I want anyone that wants to make money blogging to be able to do so which is why it is so affordable for a limited time only.
Bottom line, you need to build faith in yourself. You build faith in yourself by setting goals and actually following through. You’re not crazy. You can do this even if you never had done anything like it before I promise.
4. You Have To Spend Money To Make Money
You don’t need thousands of dollars to start a blog. That being said, you will need to spend some money. Sure, you can start a blog for free. However, you can’t make money on a blog that is free. The bare minimum you can spend is on self-hosting. If you use a service that is free like WordPress.org, you can’t monetize your work because you don’t own your content. I explain this in my “How to Start A Blog” post.
Overall, all my purchases have been worth it. I didn’t expect to spend as much as I did as a new blogger, but I am determined to provide the best content for you guys. I also treated my blog like a business from day one. So I went into this knowing it would cost me some upfront. Think of it like any other job. For some positions, you need to invest in a new laptop, a uniform, or new equipment. Blogging is a real job. So be prepared to spend some money.
Money is a renewable resource always. Just because you spend money does not mean you will not make that money back so don’t be afraid to invest in to you and your business, it is so worth it on the other side.
5. You’re The Boss And That’s A
wesome And Terrifying
There is no one that is going to breathe down your neck and tell you what you need to do when you’re a new blogger. This is one of my favorite things about being a blogger. However, it’s pretty scary too. As much as we may crave independence, you might not realize how much you never had to worry about at a normal 9-5. When you work for yourself, every decision is up to you. You decide how your brand looks, works, and provides for your audience. I would never give up this freedom but it’s a lot to take in at first.
I wasn’t used to making every single decision. There’s a lot you don’t know how to do at first so the fact that no one is there to help you is scary. I found myself looking at every article I could get my eyes on and it took a while to piece it all together, which is what inspired me to create my own course for beginners. It is only $10 right now so it can be a no-brainer for you! Almost everyone can afford to spend $10 on their business and the stuff inside will speed up your blogging process by so much. Inside I cover things like:
- Affiliate marketing: how to make sales on repeat, which affiliates pay the most and accept beginners, and how to write blog posts that sell your affiliates effortlessly.
- Selling digital products: I teach you how to make money selling your own products if you wish and how to do it the affordable way with a ton of free resources.
- How to get traffic and continuously increase traffic with social media and Pinterest. I even give you my easy to follow along Pin strategy.
The course is in the PDF format so you can easily download on any device and even print it out. You can check it out HERE
Overall, I want to be the one responsible for my wins. Which also means, I will be responsible for my losses. Making mistakes is apart of the process, so even this should be embraced as apart of the job at first. Freedom is a beautiful thing, and it is my number one goal, so I wouldn’t change a thing.
These are my top 5 things I wish someone had told me when I started blogging. I hope you learned something and are even more fired up to build your brand and start changing
I believe in you, you can do this!