Start a Blog

If you had asked me a few years ago if I would be writing a blog I would have thought you were crazy.

 

I have never been a writer.  I talk an obscene amount but I would say much of it isn’t exactly worth sharing or designed to make a difference as more just fill the silence.  Charming I know. 🙂

 

But after stumbling on some seriously hilarious blog posts and then seeing Start Your Own Blog pins everywhere on Pinterest I was intrigued.

 

I had already been at home for 14 years.  I was pretty much homebound since my grandmother needed someone with her all the time.  She mostly was doing her own thing around the house so I had plenty of time.  I saw this as a huge opportunity to do something new for myself and maybe make some money.

 

Since I figured there was nothing to lose.  I jumped in within days.  And when I say jumped, I mean it.  I knew nothing about ANY. OF. IT.  A whole new set of terminology.  Coding, blogging, design, they all have their own language.

 

Since then, I won’t lie, there’s been yelling, crying and frustration along with the joys of my first comments and my first subscribers.   I still get excited every time someone subscribes.   The emails people have sent me have made it all worth it and I would do it again.

 

There are experts out there on everything from starting a blog, making the most from Pinterest traffic, writing great posts, creating and engaging with an email list and more.

 

Even after all this time, I am none of those.

 

I still consider myself a newbie.     However, I know more than I did a few years ago.  Every day I learn new ideas, trends, and improvements for my blog and my writing.

The amount of pins out there on the subject of blogging is crazy!   As trends change, so does the blogging world.  There is information that is free that is AMAZING and info you pay for that is meh.  How in the F do you sort it all out.

 

I can’t give you all the answers, but I can tell you the tools I use.

 

If writing for an audience scares the crap out of you, Click Here this post might help.

 

Still want to start one?

 

These are the tools I use to run my blog.  Before I get into that let me explain how people are making money from their blogs.

 

I am by no means an expert at this.  There are many ways to do this.  Different ways work for different types of blogs.  Writing sponsored posts for brands, advertising with companies that pay per click. affiliate marketing, creating and selling your own products and more.

 

Right now, the only way I am doing this is through affiliate marketing.  Affiliate marketing is when a blog incorporates links to products on their blog.

It may be with pictures or written in text and underlined like below.  The person clicks a link, heads to a site and purchases a product.

The blog receives a commission based on the purchase at no additional cost to the buyer.  Different affiliates have different policies and payout structures.  Some are so awesome they offer pictures, ads and even scripts to help you.

The ones on this page are affiliate programs I currently work with.

 

This post contains affiliate links that help me support this blog.  Click here to see my full disclosure policy.

 

Siteground  

 

The web hosting service that provides the technology and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet.

 

I just recently switched my hosting to Siteground.  Several times per year they run awesome sales for 70% off sign-ups.  If you already have a website, they will transfer everything over fast and free.

Superior customer service, site speed, and site downtimes have never happened to me since I switched.

 

Signing up with Siteground makes it all so easy.  For plans starting at only $9.95 per month, you can get yourself up and running quickly.  It even includes a FREE domain name (your website name) and an email address to match your website.  

 

Web Hosting

Once you get set up, installing Worpress.org (the software used to create a website and blog), can be done right through your Siteground account.

 

Click here to get started with Siteground.

 

Mailerlite  

MailerLite Email Marketing for Small Business

FREE email marketing service.  For connecting with people who want your wisdom as soon as you hit publish.  Grow your blog, engage with your fans. Click here to learn more.

 

Tailwind

Scheduling and analytic tool for Instagram and Pinterest.  Using this tool I have over 50 pins a day scheduled automatically in case I don’t have the time to pin or you know since I’m not up at 1 am when a lot of my followers are on.

 

Click here to sign up for a FREE trial month of Tailwind.

 

Canva

FREE graphic design software for creating images for your blog, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Click here to start designing.  (I don’t get a commission from Canva, but I use it and love it)  

Pajama Affiliates

 

Want to monetize your blog?   These courses teach you everything you need to know to make affiliate marketing work for you. 

Learn from Robin and Lesley through an amazing series of video modules.  From newbie to advanced there’s something for everyone.  Click here to learn about the Blogging and Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners.

Since I had already had some blogging and affiliate marketing experience, I personally took the Affiliate Marketing Business Bundle (which consisted of three courses) and in addition took the Amazon Associates Masterclass.

 

The Dating Divas

 

This fabulous site has awesome products for marriage building and family bonding.  As a referral partner, you can earn 20-50% on products purchased through your links.

They also provide files with links that can be used to upload pins directly to Facebook and Pinterest as well as graphics to use like the one below, to use on your blog and pre-written text that can be used and personalized to craft emails and blog posts.

Here’s one….

 

The Dating Divas Store - products to strengthen your marriage!

Ultimate Bundles

 

This affiliate marketing company has product bundles they put together several times per year.  Every year is a bit different although some come back due to popularity.

The bundles feature hundreds of carefully selected products produced by bloggers at crazy discounts.  Example, the one coming soon that contains over $3600 worth of e-books, e-courses, workbooks, and more all for only $29.95!

They put out about 8-10 bundles each year, offered for a limited time.   In the past, I have seen homemaking bundles, parenting bundles, blogger bundles and health bundles.   Like this one below good until May 31, 2018, only $47 for 37 products.

 

They give you all the tools and resources to promote them to your readers.  From links and graphics, like the one above to fully written emails that you can customize to your audience as well as the timeline for pitching the bundles.  A complete turnkey approach to succeed.  All this with a 40% payout.

Amazon Affiliates

 

Everyone is familiar with Amazon.  While they don’t boast the best payout structure, no one can deny that most everyone uses them.  Links to graphics for your site and your articles are done with ease.

So if people link from your blog to Amazon you can let Amazon do what it does best, SELL.  People don’t even have to buy what you’re talking about for you to make money.  They simply have to buy.  This is explained in great detail with videos in The Pajama Affiliates courses I mentioned above.

 

AWIN 

An affiliate marketing company that offers links to partnerships with the world’s best-known brands through their websites, blogs and content.  Click here to benefit your blog.

 

 If you want to talk about bloggers to look towards to start you off right…shoot me an email at laurie@pardonmemycrownslipped.com and I’d love to talk to you about it 😉

This post contains affiliate links that help me support this blog.   Click here to see my full disclosure policy.