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“Can you really make money blogging?” or “How can you make money blogging?” Those are the two questions I get asked oh so often. The answer is YES you can, and there are many different ways you can make a full time income blogging. I will say, that it does take time and a fair amount of work on your part. This isn’t something that you can start doing and instantly be making $10,000 a month. But, before you go and think that it’s impossible to make money blogging; know that I am here to tell you it’s not! And the investment to start a blog is less than $4 a month!

Where do you start?

First and foremost the best thing you can do when starting a blog, is connect with other bloggers. By doing this you can learn from them, they can learn from you and you can really start to build some awesome online business relationships. {these will help you grow your blog/business}  Next, you need to focus on creating some killer content. What is your niche going to be? Your brand?

How do you find other bloggers? How can you figure out your band? Click HERE to learn more about that!

Gain your readers trust. 

I NEVER recommend anything I don’t already use and love myself. You want your readers to trust you and if you are just sending them to some crappy site so you can make money off an affiliate link, you will quickly lose your following. If you recommend awesome sites and great quality products, your readers will always come back for more.

How can you make money blogging?

Montenize your blog. You can use google Adsense and place ads in specific spots within your blog, you can sell a product, or you can do affiliate marketing. The very first dollar I made on my blog was through Amazon Affiliates. See, before I blogged about Pinterest and Social Media Marketing strategies, I blogged about every day products I would use. Kids toys, clothing, household items. And I made pretty good money just by doing that! Writing about what I loved and how I used those products in every day life.

So if you are just starting out or don’t really know where to start you can check out my eBook Pinterest Ninja, it will help you establish your brand and your look and even help you figure out your niche! Then you can use all the strategies within the book and market your blog on Pinterest. Pinterest drives me 90% of my traffic and SALES!

And last but not least! 

You will need  a host and a domain! I am in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM tech savvy. So when I started out I needed to use a platform that was very user friendly! SiteGroud is AMAZING! Not only are they a super fast host, but they have AMAZING customer service and the best website security around! With your basic plan you get all the features listed:

  • Free Site Transfer
  • Free Website Builder
  • 24/7 Support
  • SSD Storage
  • Free App Installs
  • 30 Days Money Back
  • Free Email Accounts
  • Free Daily Backup
  • Unlimited Traffic
  • Free Cloudflare CDN
  • Free SSLs & HTTP/2
  • Unlimited MySQL DB
  • cPanel & SSH
  • Domain name for life

You get a free website builder and you can choose from a WordPress site or Joomla. I use WordPress since it’s super easy and user friendly. And thats all for $3.95 a month! Click HERE to learn more about SiteGround!

And know that if I can make money blogging (a full time stay-at-home Mom, with two kids under 6 and a husband who is a Pilot in the Navy) you can too!

Xo Megan