How To Guarantee That You’ll Make Money Your First Month Blogging

How To Guarantee That You’ll Make Money Your First Month Blogging

Are you thinking about starting a blog but haven’t yet because you’re scared you won’t make any money?

I know you’re scared, because I was, too.

But, by using proven blogging strategies and sticking to a consistent blogging schedule, I am certain that you will make money your first-month blogging.

See, for my very first blogging “income report,” I’m gonna go over how I made money my first-month blogging and the steps you need to follow to ensure you’ll be making money from your blog from the get-go, too.

If you’re wondering why I put income report in quotes, it is because this income report is gonna be a little different than the ones you’re used to.

You’ll see…

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You see, I don’t believe in disclosing your income on the internet.

In my opinion, the amount of money you earn should be kept between you and the only other people that share your income.

So, how on earth am I gonna give you a kick-ass income report from my first-month blogging without telling you exactly how much money I made?  Well, I’m gonna use percentages.

Let me explain a little more into why I will be doing income reports like this.

As I said, your income doesn’t belong on the internet, and frankly, I kind of think it is a tacky (for lack of a better word) way to get traffic + sell products.  (I mean, you’re preying on people’s biggest insecurity – their income.)

And, most importantly, the crucial information that anybody is trying to provide through an income report (i.e., how to make money blogging) can be done without sharing your actual income.

So, today, I’ll be

1.  providing you with the 7 steps you need to follow to set up your blog for optimal conversion and,

2.  showing you how I made money my first-month blogging.

The most important information you can take away from this post is how to set up your blog from the beginning to convert – not my blogging income – so, give it a solid chance.

Let’s dive into the goods.


As I said, before we get into the income report, I  gotta spill all the juicy info I have on setting up a blog to make money during its first month.  (AKA, the main reason you came to this post, right?)

Here are the seven-steps I’ll be walking you through:

1.  Starting A Blog (the basics) (the loooong deets on this can be found here)

2.  Creating A Memorable Brand

3.  Designing Your Website According To Your Brand

4.  Monetizing Your Website (Through Affiliate Marketing)

5.  Content Creation (SO KEY)

6.  Engaging In Email Marketing (something you really can’t afford to sleep on)

7.  Promotion On Pinterest

Before you launch your blog to the world and begin your first-month blogging journey, you’ll need to have these seven steps completed to guarantee that you will make money your first-month blogging.

Step One:  Start Your Blog

 The technical side of setting up a blog seems like tough work, so I’m gonna make it simple for you.

Just follow these 5 straightforward steps to have your website up and running in under an hour:

1.  Register your domain name with GoDaddy (use code GET30OFF for 30% off at checkout)

2.  Sign-up for WordPress Hosting with TMDHosting (No, not Bluehost…trust me.  Read why here.) (use code GREEN for 5% off at checkout)

3.  Put in a ticket with TMDHosting to have WordPress installed on your website for you, for FREE

4.  Install the Divi Theme on your WordPress site (the best ZERO HTML required theme on the internet)

5.  Install my recommended list of plugins on your WordPress site

Once you’ve completed these 5 easy steps, your website will be up and running and will be ready to be transformed into a memorable brand, which we’ll dive into next.

If you need a more in-depth explanation of how to start a blog, check out our post, How To Start A Money Making Blog, Today!

Step Two:  Create A Memorable Brand

Before you launch your blog to the world, you need to create a memorable brand that allows you to stand out among the hundreds of other bloggers out there.

To create a strong + memorable brand, you’ll need to choose a niche and decide what message you want to send.  In other words, what you are going to teach people?  And, do you want to seem edgy and daring or sophisticated and elegant, etc.?

The answers to those questions will launch you towards creating a recognizable brand using these 3 key things:

1.  Brand Colors

2.  Brand Fonts

3.  Brand Style

For example, on Who Says What our brand colors are blue, yellow, and pink.  We use two custom fonts – one bold and one handwritten.  And finally, our pages + posts have the same style with recurring dividers and designs that bring a bright + fun style to our blog.

You will also draw inspiration from your brand to create logos, blog graphics, and Pinterest pins.

Your brand is essential to your blogging success because it allows people to recognize your content instantly through brand recognition.

So, it is critical that you decide on your blog’s brand before launching to avoid a time-consuming re-brand late into your blogging game.  (Take it from me…this is NOT fun.)

(Pro tip – somebody is more likely to buy something from you if they recognize you as a reliable + trust-worthy brand)

Once you’ve decided on your brand colors, fonts, and style, you can begin designing your dream website with Divi’s 100% drag + drop theme.

Step Three:  Design Your Dream Website (Staying True To Your Brand) With Divi

If you followed the steps listed above on how to start a blog, you should already have Divi installed on your website.

However, if you skipped that step, I’ll walk you through the process of installing the Divi theme on your WordPress site, now.


1.  Purchase the Divi Theme here

2.  Download the Divi Theme + save it to your desktop

2.  Login to your WordPress dashboard (

3.  Go to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme > Select File

4.  Select the Divi Theme file from your desktop > Upload

Then, the Divi Theme will be running on your WordPress site and you’ll be able to use their drag + drop system to design your website.

I recommend the Divi Theme over any other WordPress Theme (including the Genesis Framework) because of it’s easy to use drag and drop system.  The Divi Theme is 100% customizable with ZERO need to know ANY HTML.  (Seriously, it is the only thing that saved me from quitting the blogging game before I even entered the blogging game, lol.)

Before launching your blog, have these main pages designed and in-place:

If you don’t have experience designing websites, I offer 3 packages on Fiverr to meet your web designing needs.  I can have your website designed and ready for launch in as little as 3 days!

Step Four:  Monetize Your Website

After you’ve successfully designed your website, it’s time to monetize your website.  Cuz, let me tell ya, you aren’t gonna make any money by simply writing + publishing blog posts.

There are many ways to monetize your blog, including:

  • Affiliate Marketing (keep reading for a list of top-paying affiliate programs you need to join)
  • Product Development
  • Ads (wait till you reach 25k pageviews per month + sign up with Mediavine)
  • Offering Services

However, for your first-month blogging, I highly recommend sticking to one form of monetization – namely, affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is the quickest and easiest way to make money your first-month blogging because you are simply selling somebody else’s product.

Here is a list of the top 5 high-paying affiliate programs you should join and promote:

Do not limit yourself to this list of affiliates, though, because there are hundreds of programs out there relating to a wide range of interests and niches.  For example, if you are in the finance world of blogging, you might look into affiliate programs for personal loans and credit cards.

So, find products that you are passionate about and want to recommend to your audience and then join their affiliate program to promote their product in return for a commission.

Now, let’s talk about how to sell an affiliate product to your audience through targeted content creation.

Step Five:  Content Creation

Once you’ve joined the affiliate program of multiple products and/or services, it is time to promote said products + services through targeted content creation.

In terms of your first-month blogging, let’s focus on two areas of content creation for your affiliate programs:

1.  Write lots and lots…and lots of blog posts recommending your favorite [affiliate] products

2.  Create a resources page on your website that lists every tool you use to run your business + link your affiliates

Writing blog posts and creating a resources page for your readers is a great foundation for your blog to build upon.  It is also a kickass way to ensure that you’ll be making money your first-month blogging.

(Affiliate marketing accounted for 48% of the income I made during my first-month blogging using these two strategies)


To tackle content creation area number one, here are 5 types of blog posts that you should write for every affiliate program you belong to, to increase your conversions:

1.  How To/Tutorial (How To Start A Money-Making Blog With TMDHosting)

2.  Lists (The Top 5 WordPress Hosts To Start Your Blog With)

3.  Reviews (TMDHosting Review:  Why You Shouldn’t Host With Bluehost Just Cuz The Big Bloggers Tell You To)

4.  Recommendation (5 Essential Tools You Need To Launch Your Blog)

5.  Interview (How To Get 32X Faster Website Speeds:  A Behind-The-Scenes Chat With TMDHosting)

Within each blog post, you can link to your affiliate program or product in several ways, including:

  • naturally within text (“before launching your blog, you’ll have to purchase web hosting“)
  • through use of buttons
  • with banners

The affiliate program that you belong to should provide you with marketing resources, which usually include banners, coupon codes, etc.

Aim to have 30-50 blog posts written engaging your affiliate links before launching your blog and then continue to publish new content multiple times a week. (Although having 30-50 blog posts published before you launch your blog is not a requirement, it will increase the likelihood that you’ll get substantial traffic in the first month of blogging, which will, in turn, increase your income during your first-month blogging.)


The second way to earn money through affiliate marketing during your first-month blogging is through the use of a free resources page.

A resources page is an awesome, all-inclusive way to share with your readers what things you think are essential to achieving their goals.

For example, on my resources page, I let my readers know about all my FREE goodies, like checklists, printables, planners, and eCourses.

I also list every crucial resource I use to run my blog + earn a living from it.

Then, once you’ve created an inviting landing page for all your favorite resources, you can add it to the menu of your website + create pins to promote it.

This is an easy way to create a stream of passive income on your blog because once your landing page is created, it will essentially work for you in the background, without you having to put more time into it.

Step Six:  Email Marketing

Did you know that over 50% of bloggers report that email marketing is their most effective revenue channel?

Email marketing is essential to making money your first month blogging and is why you should start collecting email addresses as soon as you launch your blog.

To easily get started with email marketing, signup with MailChimp, here.

Once you’ve created an account with MailChimp, you can create lists and email campaigns using their easy-to-use drag + drop system.

Then, to get people to sign up for your lists, you need to offer your readers something in exchange for their email address, such as a free printable or a mini eCourse.

You can create clean + inviting opt-in forms for your freebies using the Bloom plugin, which is included with your purchase of Divi.

After you have readers subscribing to your email lists, you can create sales funnels to pitch paid affiliate products and your products + services.  An email sales funnel should include these critical six emails:

1.  Welcome Email

2.  A quick email providing useful information  (3 Quick Steps To Stop Living Paycheck To Paycheck)

3.  An email that provides a solution to a problem  (How To Get Out Of Debt When You’re Broke)

4.  An email that addresses an objection (Why You’re Wrong About Not Needing A Financial Planner)

5.  An email that provides proof that what you are selling works (How My Financial Planner Changed My Life)

6.  Sales Pitch

*Bonus*  Useful emails to include after your sales pitch – FAQ, Q&A with product user, Video Tutorial showing how to use product, a live training opt-in for the product, sale ending countdown email(s)

So to review, to use email marketing to make money your first month blogging, you want to:

Don’t miss out on the endless opportunities you create for selling to your audience through email marketing by collecting emails from the initial launch of your blog.


Step Seven:  Pinterest Marketing

A crucial part of making money your first month blogging is getting people to your blog.

So, to get the most traffic with the least amount of effort, use Pinterest and Tailwind to drive traffic to your blog.

I only used Pinterest and Tailwind to drive traffic to my blog in September and had over 5,000 page views during my first month blogging full-time.

The best part?  Getting traffic to your blog with Pinterest + Tailwind is super simple.  Just follow these steps:

1.  Sign up for a business account with Pinterest

2.  Enable rich pins

3.  Create an SEO filled bio

4.  Create multiple boards relevant to your blogging niche using keywords in the title + description of the board

5.  Design eye-catching pins using Canva (aim for 3-4 pins per posts/freebie/product)

6.  Join group boards to contribute to using PinGroupie

7.  Automate your pinning with the Tailwind App (SO KEY – Tailwind increased my pageviews by 64% in my 2nd-month blogging)

The most important thing to remember when you’re using Pinterest and Tailwind is the importance of KEYWORDS.

You can easily find keywords related to your niche by using the search bar on Pinterest.  Simply search a topic like “budgeting” and you will be shown tons of other keywords related to your search.  These are the keywords that you want to include in your board and pin descriptions to increase your chances of being found.

As I mentioned, Pinterest and Tailwind are the only two things that I used to bring traffic to my blog during my first month, directly resulting in the income I made.

With over 5,000 pageviews from Pinterest, I was able to convert my blog posts about affiliate products into sales, accounting for 48% of my income during my first-month blogging.  Those same 5,000 pageviews are also what landed me the other 52% of my income through the selling of digital products on my blog.

Speaking of blogging income, let’s jump over to those stats.


During my first month blogging, my income came from two sources:

1.  Affiliate Marketing – 48%

2.  Product Sales – 52%

As you can see, more of my income came from my product sales during month number one, so you might be wondering why I only recommended affiliate marketing to you for your first month blogging.

Well, personally, I feel as though I could have made many more affiliate sales if I focused more on that during my first month blogging, instead of spending the time to develop new products.

Affiliate marketing is a great place to spend a lot of time on in the beginning because it is a killer source of passive income.

See, once you write the posts, create the freebies, and create sales funnels, your affiliate marketing will run on autopilot – earning you money while you sleep.

Then, you can jump into product development without worrying if your product is going to sell because you’ve gained knowledge into what products your audience wants through your affiliate marketing.


As I mentioned, 48% of my income during my first-month blogging came from affiliate products.

Before launching my blog, I joined the following 5 affiliate programs and promoted them on my site:

1.  TMDHosting:  94%

2.  Elegant Themes (The Divi Theme)

3.  Tailwind (through ShareASale)

4.  Amazon Associates:  6%

5.  The Day Designer

Unfortunately, I only made money through two of these affiliate programs, but, hey, better than nothing right?

And, now, I know which products my audience is more interested in and which affiliate posts might need more work to engage readers to buy something.

Next month, I plan to join more affiliate programs that are more directly related to my niche of budgeting to increase profits.


The only product that was for sale on my blog during my first month is our Budget Boss Financial Planner.

Thus, it made up 100% of the 52% of income from product sales during my first month blogging.

Selling products related to your niche that your audience loves is a killer way to substantially increase your income from blogging.

This is because you are 100% in control of product development, marketing, and pricing.

I plan to create more products in the future but am content with affiliate marketing for the time being.


My goal for my second month blogging full-time is to double my revenues.

I plan to do this solely through affiliate marketing because I believe that it will give me the most bang for my buck.

During October, I will:

  • join niche-related affiliate programs
  • publish new content 2-3 times per week related to my affiliate programs
  • nurture my email list

Check back here next month to see if I doubled my income in my second month blogging!

Correct me if I am wrong, but I just gave you every juicy detail on how to set your blog up to make money and I didn’t need to divulge my private income…hmmmm!

Anyway, by branding my blog, creating kickass content, and engaging in affiliate marketing, I was able to guarantee that I made money during my first month blogging.

If you follow these seven steps, you can see a return on your blogging investment, too.

Grab your FREE checklist to start your money making blog, below!

Got a blog?  Drop a link in the comments so we can all share the love.

Happy blogging,

xx Michelle

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The Surprising Thing You Should Do If You Dread Work On Monday’s


wish I didn’t have to wake up early 5 times a week.

wish I didn’t have to spend 8+ hours a day driving to work, working, and driving home from work.

wish I could spend my time working on my passion, not working for somebody else.

Do these statements ring true for you?  If so, it’s time to make a change.  You don’t have to continue living life through the motions, yearning for the weekend or when you can finally retire.

Nope, with a little smart budgeting, you can decrease the amount of time you spend at work and spend more time living.


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So, we’ve established that for one reason or another, you don’t like going to work.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  From working in a few different offices over the last 5 years, I’ve noticed that more people than not spend most of their day at work complaining about being at work.

Like, how many times have you heard one coworker say good morning to another for them to respond with the classic “it’d be better if I wasn’t here.”

Or, for the people who don’t feel passionate about their line of work, how many of you don’t pursue your passion because it doesn’t pay well?

If you’re tired of complaining about working and ready to change a thing or two, I’ve got two solutions for you:

1. Budget smart so you can

a.) work less at your current job, or

b.) afford a lower paying job involving your passion

2. Quit working altogether

Before we get into the solutions to your woes, though, lets figure out why exactly you dislike going to work so much.

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I mean, I get it, going to work 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year blows.

Like, who thought it was a good idea to work more than you don’t?  And why are we still going along with this bullshit notion today?

I’m your biggest advocate for working less so you can live more, so lets first establish the root of your working misery.

For example,

  • is your boss a jerk?
  • do you have crappy hours?
  • are you not passionate about what you do?

Knowing why you dislike your job will help you decide which solution is best for you, starting with solution numero uno.

Budgeting smart so you can work less.
Say it with me:  If you spend less you need to earn less.

If you want to work less, you need to figure out a way to not need your job as much.  Because at the end of the day, you’re going to work to afford your things, right?  So, if you had less things to pay for, you’d get to work less.

It’s really as simple as that.  As you decrease your spending, you can decrease your hours.

For example, I used to work 40 hours a week because I had to to afford my bills.  Then, I cut my costs and bam, I was at 28 hours a week.  And then, I was eventually able to quit my job altogether (but more on that in a few).

Once you decrease your monthly expenses, you have two options:

1. decrease your hours at work

2. find a lower paying job surrounding your passion

With a lowered financial responsibility, money is no longer a factor in your decision for employment, opening up many more doors than before.

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If you dislike your current job because you have a shitty boss, becoming your own boss might be the solution you need.

I became my own boss recently, and guys, it rocks.

Nobody tells me when to wake up, what to wear, or when I can call in sick.  I don’t have to ask permission to leave early for an appointment or for approval off from work when I want to travel.

It’s the life I’ve always dreamed of.

And, don’t worry, you can have it too.

You just gotta start your own business.  (Ha, I can see you rolling your eyes as if it’s sooooooo easy to just start your own money-making business from scratch.)

You’re right, it’s not going to be easy.  But, it is going to be fun, relatively quick (as compared to other start-ups), and affordable.  How?

You’re gonna start a blog!  And become a total blog boss.  Seriously.  Blogging is the answer to all your problems and I’m here to teach you how to launch a money-making blog in as little as a week.

Launch your bad-ass blog in as little as a week.  Quit your 9-5 in as little as 6 months.  SHUT UP.  Are you ready? (say this next part in your best Spongebob voice)
Working is not the purpose of life, right?

So, it’s time to work less and live more.  Explore more.  Read more.  Create more.

If you’re serious about working less, don’t forget to sign up for our FREE 6-day Budget Boss eSeries To Working Less.

You’ll learn all the things you need to know to minimize your costs and maximize your time.

So whata you waiting for?

Are you going with solution 1 or 2?  Maybe a little of both?  Let us know in the comments!
Best of luck,
xx Michelle
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How To Quit Your Job And Work From Home Full-Time In 6 Months Or Less

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How To Quit Your Job And Work From Home Full-Time In 6 Months Or Less

So, Matt and I did a thing recently….

We both quit our full-time jobs to work for ourselves, at home.

It was probably one of the most nerve-wracking and then instantly satisfying experiences of our lives. So, how’d we do it?

And how can you do it, too?

(Trust me, quitting your 9-5 feels AHMAZING…incredible….exhilarating…awesome.)

It’s a two step process to quit your 9-5 and both can begin happening, today.


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Having the ability to quit your 9-5 (and essentially your steady and reliable flow of income) is a two step process.

Step 1:  Smart Budgeting

Step 2:  Starting A Blog

First, you’ll want to budget your money and decrease your monthly expenses so they are as low as possible. Then, you can start a blog to pay for your lowered cost of living. (Or simply work less hours at your job.)

When we accomplished step one, we were able to drastically lower the amount of hours we spent at work each week.  If you’re interested in learning how to work less, join our FREE mini email series to learn how to budget smart and work less!

Then, because we were working less, starting a blog was easier and ultimately led to us quitting our jobs to rely solely on this blog for income.  If you’re interested in starts a blog, grab our 10-step checklist, here!

Wanna know the best part? You can start budgeting your money and setting up your blog as soon as you finish reading this post.

Ready to quit your 9-5, ASAP?

Step One: Smart Budgeting
The first step in the process towards quitting your day job is to budget smart so your money is working for you, not against you.

To begin budgeting smart you’ll need to:

1. Understand your monthly income and expenses

2. Decrease your monthly expenses by as much as possible

Having an accurate idea of how much money you earn and spend each month with give you great insight into how much you need to (or don’t need to) work to pay for your bills.

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To budget smart, you have to understand your finances.

Such as, how much money do you make each month and how much money do you spend each month?

Take the time to calculate how much money you earn each month and how much money you spend each month.

Once you have an understanding of your monthly flow of income and expenses, you’ll be able to monitor your spending and decrease your expenses over time.



After you’ve calculated your monthly income and monthly expenses, you’re able to start actively decreasing how much money you spend each month.

If you haven’t already, make a list of all your monthly bills and of how much you spend on things like groceries and gas.

Then, go through your list and make a plan to decrease or get rid of each expense.

Want 30+ ideas on how to decrease your monthly expenses?  Sign up for our FREE 4-day Budget Boss eSeries To Working Less, here!

You’ll be able to quit your 9-5 far sooner if you have less monthly expenses to pay for rather than more….ya feel?


Debt can be huge contributor to your monthly expenses + can be even harder to pay off if you don’t have a ton of extra income.

With interest rates at an all-time high, people are finding it difficult to pay off their credit card debt in a reasonable amount of time.

So, instead of continuing to make minimum payments on your credit cards while wracking up thousands in interest, consider consolidating your debt into a personal loan.

Personal loans for debt consolidation are awesome because you will:

  • save mad cash
  • cut down your payback time
  • increase your credit score (usually; everybody is different)

When I consolidated my debt with, I saved over $3,000, paid back my debt in 2 years instead of 5, and increased my credit score by over 50 points. is an easy + 100% online loan company who can approve your application and fund your loan in as little as 1 business day.

This is something I highly recommend doing if you are serious about slashing your expenses so you can afford your best life.


Step Two:  Start A Blog
Starting a blog is awesome for so many reasons, including:

  • writing about and promoting something that you love every single day
  • creating your own work schedule
  • taking vacation time and sick time whenever you need to
  • never changing out of your pajamas if you don’t want to
  • having the ability to express yourself creatively every single day
  • getting to be apart of a great community

I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get my point. Blogging is AWESOME. I recommend starting a blog as your avenue to self-employment instead of another traditional business for two reasons:

1.  It is inexpensive to start a blog

2.  There are little to no overhead costs

Now, there are many articles on the internet that will tell you that you can start a blog for free. And, while they aren’t lying, they forget to mention that you cannot start a PROFITABLE blog for free.

In other words, if you want to earn a living from your blog, you can’t create that said blog for free.

But, as I mentioned, the start-up costs to launch a blog are pretty cheap in comparison to the amount of money you could end up earning from your blog.

So, with that being said, I’d love to guide you through how to start a money-making blog for as cheap as possible, cuz, I feel you….spending money sucks.

But, putting your hard-earned cash towards creating your own blog is worth every dime.  Trust.  I mean, some bloggers make over $100,000 per month sooooooooo….

Alright, alright…Lets get into the 10-step process!

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1: Your Domain Name
Before you can launch your blog, you’ll need a domain name.

Your domain name will be the name of your blog, such as

Choosing a domain name for your blog seems like a huge decision, and it is, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself.  You could spend an endless amount of time trying to come up with the perfect name for your blog and still be contemplating ideas six months from now.

So, what I suggest is to make a list of 5-10 domain names that you like.

Maybe you name your blog something that relates to what you’ll be blogging about.  Or maybe you’re launching a lifestyle blog so your own name as the domain name could be perfect.

Once you’ve made your list, you’ll want to visit GoDaddy for two reasons:

1.  To see if your domain name is available

2. To register your domain name once you’ve chosen an available one that you like

Your domain name will run you about $5-$10 per year. Like I said, so worth it!

Register your domain name with GoDaddy for less than $10/month by clicking here.
2: WordPress Hosting For Your Blog
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Remember how I said you can’t start a profitable blog for free?  Purchasing web hosting for your WordPress blog is the main reason for this.

See, if you want to earn money from your blog you need ways to monetize your site.  And to monetize your blog, you need to use instead of the free version of WordPress –  And, finally, in order to use, you need web hosting to become a self-hosted WordPress blog.

Web hosting is super important to the success of your blog because they will be managing all the technical aspects of your website, like site speed and up-time.

So, now that you understand why you need web hosting and what the heck it is, lets talk about how to get it for cheap.

I use TMDHosting for my blog and they have never, ever failed me.

TMDHosting’s prices are affordable and their customer and technical support teams are out of this world.

I highly, highly recommend TMDHosting for your blog because as you start this new blogging journey, I am willing to bet that you’ll run into an issue here or there.

And when you run into a technical issue with your blog, you want a team that has your back – and TMDHosting will always have your back, 24/7/365.

You can purchase WordPress hosting from TMDHosting for as low as $2.95 per month. See, super affordable, right?!

Score WordPress hosting for your blog for as low as $2.95/month with TMDHosting by clicking here.
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3: Installing WordPress On Your Blog
Remember how I said TMDHosting is awesome?  Well, you’re about to find out why.

Installing WordPress on your new self-hosted blog is super simple – because TMDHosting will do it for you.

All you have to do to have WordPress installed on your blog is:

1. Login to your user area with TMDHosting by clicking here

2. Put in a ticket with their technical support team asking them to install WordPress for you

Yep, it is THAT simple.

They will get back to you within the hour to update you on the status of your ticket and will have WordPress installed for you by the end of the day.

Yep, you could be designing your dream website in as little as a day when you have TMDHosting as your host.

Oh, and this part is free.  Double score.

4: Designing Your Blog & Creating Your Brand
Designing your website is super fun.  It might even be my favorite part of blogging.

But, before you start designing your website, I suggest creating a brand for your blogging business by creating:

  • Logo(s)
  • 1-3 brand colors
  • 1-2 brand fonts
  • A “slogan” that quickly describes the purpose of your blog that you can insert across social media sites

Creating a strong brand for your blog is super important because it will help you stand out from the crowd, allowing people to recognize your content instantly.

Here is an example of the branding on our website (designed with the Divi Theme):

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Trust me when I say that there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of other blogs on the internet.  So, how are you gonna stand out?   WITH YOUR KICK-ASS UNIQUE BRAND!

Once you’ve created a solid and unique brand for your business, it’s time to start designing your blogs website by purchasing and installing a WordPress theme.

You can get free WordPress themes, however, I do not recommend them because hundreds of other people are also using them and they don’t give you much – if any – control over the branding of your website.

To have complete design control over your blog, I suggest using the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes.

The Divi Theme is a drag-and-drop system that gives you 100% control over the look of your website and is super user friendly (requiring zero HTML).

The Divi Theme will cost you $89 per year or $249 for lifetime access.  Keep in mind, that when purchasing the Divi Theme you are purchasing a subscription to Elegant Themes so you’ll have access to additional WordPress tools like an email marketing plugin and a social sharing plugin that are great for growing your blog.

To learn more about the Divi Theme and start designing your blog, click here.
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5: Adding Plugins To Your WordPress Blog
When I was talking about purchasing a subscription to Elegant Themes earlier, I mentioned gaining access to additional WordPress tools, such as plugins. But, what the heck is a plugin?!

Well, WordPress plugins allow you to further customize your website.  Or they can help you with things like site speed and SEO (search engine optimization).

It is best to not add too many plugins to your blog, though, because they can interfere with your theme or slow down your website.

Below is a list of all the plugins we use and love on our blog and what they are used for.

And, psssst, they’re all free!

Once you’ve designed your blog with the Divi theme and installed all of your plugins, you’ll be ready to start publishing blog posts and promoting your blog.

And, don’t forget…all the plugins I’ve mentioned are FREE.

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6: Growing Your Email List
So, you’ve launched your blog and began publishing blog posts regularly – Go you!  This is an awesome accomplishment!

But, how do you turn those blog posts into income? Great question and we’ll get into the specifics of earning a living from your blog in a few.

But, first,  you’re gonna wanna sign up for email marketing with MailChimp (for FREE) to start collecting and growing your email list ASAP.

MailChimp is very user-friendly and makes creating automated email campaigns simple.  They also have awesome resources for creating opt-in landing pages and signup boxes.

Growing your email list from the get-go is hella important because your email list will become your most reliable source of income once you start teaming up with affiliate programs and creating products.

So, how do you grow your email list?

1. OFFER FREEBIES to go along with your blog posts.  These could be:

– Planner Printables

– Worksheets/Workbooks

– Guides

– Checklists

– Templates

– Mini Email Series

2. Create email sales funnels (learn more about this, here)

Then, once you’ve created freebies that will entice people to sign up for your email list, you’ll need to place opt-in boxes on your blog where people can enter their email in exchange for your freebie.

An opt-in box looks like the one below and can be generated directly through MailChimp (see how, here), or through your Bloom plugin by Elegant Themes (learn how, here).

Make sure it is EASY for people to sign up for your email list because, like I mentioned, your email list will become invaluable for generating income from your blog.

Now, you’re ready to start promoting your blog and gathering emails, buds!

Get started with MailChimp (for FREE up to 1,500 subscribers) by clicking here.
7 // 8: Making Money From Your Blog
Finally!  We’ve made it to the part you’ve all been waiting for – how to make some money from your blog so you can quit your job!

There are a lot of ways to earn an income from your blog, the four major streams of income coming from:

1. Ads

2. Affiliate Marketing

3. Physical Products

4. Digital Products

Firstly, ads.

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I do not recommend starting with ads on your blog as your main source of income.  In order to make a significant income from ads, you need hundreds of thousands of pageviews per day….not worth your time.

The other three avenues to make money don’t require nearly as much traffic as ads would, so these are the ones I recommend putting your energy towards.

So, next, affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is your fastest route to earning a living on your blog and the avenue I recommend you start with first.

Affiliate marketing is when you promote a product on your site and for every person who purchases something through your link, you get a portion of the sale.

You’ll want to find a few affiliate programs that are relevant to your blog and promote, promote, promote! 

Write blog posts about these products and offer freebies to gather emails.  Then, create eye-catching pins for Pinterest to lead people to sign up for your email sales funnel, further pitching them your affiliate.

To learn more about affiliate marketing, click here.

The final two ways to make money from your blog are pretty self explanatory – create physical or digital products and promote them the same way you would an affiliate program.

Products you could create to sell on your blog include:

  • eBooks
  • eCourses
  • Apps
  • Planners
  • Merch

Get creative with what you have to sell on your blog!  The world is your oyster!

Don’t forget to continue publishing new blog posts weekly because this content will be the fastest way to grow your email list and sell your stuff.

9: Promoting Your Blog
In order to make money from your blog (from affiliate links and products), you need consistent traffic to your blog. You can get consistent traffic to your blog by using a combination of two tools:

1. Pinterest

2. Tailwind

I’m sure you know what Pinterest is – an awesome place to find new ideas and outfit inspo. But, maybe what you didn’t know is that Pinterest is actually a search engine and not a social media site.

Because Pinterest is a search engine, you need to make sure your blogs Pinterest profile is search engine optimized by:

  • Using a branded profile photo
  • Writing a keyword rich profile description
  • Creating 10-20 boards with keyword rich descriptions
  • Creating branded board covers (with Canva)
  • Pinning relevant content to your boards

Here is an example of our SEO’d Pinterest profile:

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After SEO’ing your Pinterest profile, you’ll want to get added to some Pinterest group boards by visiting PinGroupie and following these steps:

1. Search a keyword that relates to your blog

2. Visit Pinterest profiles from your search result

3. Follow the instructions in the group board bio to be added to the board (this usually consists of emailing or DM’ing the group board owner or it will state that the board is no longer accepting new contributors)

Don’t worry if you email 50 group boards and only get added to 5.  This is normal.  Just keep swimming.

Once you’ve been added to a few group boards (the more the better, so never stop applying), you’re ready to start automating your pinning with Tailwind.

You can get started with Tailwind for FREE by clicking here.

Here is a quick overview of how to begin automating your Pinterest pinning with Tailwind (and drive traffic to your blog). If you want a more in-depth explanation, visit this post on how we increased our traffic by 64% in 30 days.

First, after signing up for Tailwind, go to “publisher” –> “board lists.”  This is where you can group together similar boards to schedule pins to them quicker. (See below)

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Next, click here to install your Tailwind browser extension to easily pin content from Pinterest to your Tailwind schedule.

To start scheduling your pins and other relevant pins to your Tailwind schedule, login to Pinterest and click on your browser extension button that you just installed (looks like a blue feather). 

Then, click on all the pins you want to schedule. Finally, choose which boards you want each of those pins to be pinned to and click “schedule all.’

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Finally, while in Tailwind, go to “publisher” –> “scheduled pins” to see an overview of all the pins you have scheduled.  Don’t forget to hit “shuffle queue” and you’ll be good to go until your queue runs out.  At that point, just repeat the process.

Tailwind is great because it drives traffic to your site by strategically pinning your pins at optimized times for your viewers.

To lean more about using Tailwind to drive traffic to your blog, click here.

Using Pinterest and Tailwind to promote your blog will only cost you $15 per month (once your FREE trial runs out) and is worth every penny.

Tailwind is the quickest and cheapest way to drive traffic to your blog without spending hours manually pinning or paying hundreds of dollars for ads to promote your blog on Facebook and Instagram.

Once your blog is set up and operating regularly, you’ll want to monitor your site through targeted analytics to ensure that what you are doing is working.

Get started with a free trial of Tailwind by clicking here!
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10: Monitor Your Progress
Once you’ve launched your blog, it is important to monitor its progress through targeted analytics.

This way, you can make sure that the content you are producing is working for your goal of earning an income.

I monitor my blogs progress with Google Analytics. Google Analytics makes it super simple to see what posts/pages are getting the most traffic, where that traffic is coming from, and how long users are staying on your site.

This is all super valuable information because you can begin targeting your content towards what people are interested in the most. You can also get an idea of what type of products people would be interested in buying from your site.

Another way to monitor your blogs progress is through MailChimps and Pinterests stats.

Now, without further ado….the moment you’ve all been waiting for….it’s time to QUIT YOUR JOB!

Step Three: Quit Your 9-5 And Become A Blog Boss
Woo!  We made it!  It is finally time time to quit your job!

After budgeting your money and cutting costs you launched a dope-ass blog to start earning an income.

Now, it’s time to continue pumping out content till your blog generates enough income for you to quit your job.

It took me and Matt 3 months of working on our blog full-time (we launched 2 years ago but hadn’t put in the time until now) to have the ability to quit our jobs.

Quitting our jobs was the best thing we ever did for our family because now we get to devote our time to the things we actually enjoy – instead of going through the motions that having a full-time job often entails.

Trust me, you won’t regret this decision to change your life for the better.

Cheers to making this awesome life choice!  And happy budgeting and blogging, friend!
Till next time!
xx Michelle
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