Blogging is super easy isn’t it? You just write a bunch of stuff and click publish, right? Post some pretty pictures and make millions. That’s everyone’s idea of a blog. But the truth behind it is, it’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of late nights online while everyone in the house is sound asleep, and early mornings before they’re awake. But when you’re passionate about something it comes together no matter how long it takes. Also, no one talks about the start up costs! I wont scare you away on that last note, but *SPOILER ALERT* there are start up costs. But like any other business, you have to spend some money to make some money.
I had the desire to start a blog for years, and I mean YEARS. But the fear of it being hard and not knowing what to do always held me back. I finally decided to say “Fuck It, I can Do This” and dove right in! Everyday there’s something new to learn, something new to share, something new to like and of course something new to dislike. On this post I’m going to share with you the resources I used to get my feet off the ground. I’ll share some of my favorite people to follow, and also some of the courses I took that were worth every penny!
Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used and you can find my disclaimer here.
Starting Your Blog
Do your research. Lots and lots of research. I didn’t spend a ton of money and jump into a ton of courses at first because they were pretty and sounded fun. The first course I took, I searched for weeks on end. I looked for a course I’d be able to fully understand, and would walk me through step by step.
This course did exactly that! – Ell’s How To Start A Money Making Blog Step By Step. Ell’s course was so simple to follow, and took it step by step on how to start your blog. I had actually been in Ell’s Facebook Group BossGirlBloggers for about a year before starting my blog, so I was really happy connecting with her course after getting to see how she connected with others. She also has a Mastering Sales with Ell course that is BEYOND helpful. Ell is having a HUGE sale right now on her Mastering Sales course if you use PROMO CODE: ALMOSTFALL at checkout. It’s so worth it, and you can totally thank me later!
This is where you get to pick the pretty stuff. After getting your blog started you want to make sure it’s going to look appealing to your audience too. Creative Market has the best themes for you to comb through, and they’re all different price ranges because not most bloggers are ballin’ on a budget when first starting out! After picking your theme, and purchasing it you’ll receive step by step instructions on how to upload it into whichever host site you have. If you don’t need a theme, but just need some sweet ass fonts, graphics, templates or other artsy fartsy stuff still check out Creative Market. They haven’t let me done thus far.
While going through Ell’s course mentioned above, there were certain pages mentioned that were crucial to have when starting a blog. Like for instance a Legal page. Sounds scary right? What the hell is a Legal page and why do I need it? I thought the same damn thing. I actually read some horror stories on Pinterest about bloggers being sued for using google images (so don’t do that!) and I immediately researched all things legal. I came across Amir. Amir is a lawyer and blogger so she totally gets it. Let me just tell you her legal bundle is first and foremost affordable as hell, and SO easy to apply to your blog with her step by step directions. To make sure your blog is covered legally check out Amir’s Legal Bundle here, where you can also find privacy and disclosure policies you can purchase as well.
After setting up your blog, your menu and main pages look into affiliate marketing. Not that I’m off and making millions, but to me every dollar counts so starting small but starting right away was ideal for myself. I started with Amazon Associates and started posting right away, on my social media accounts and in blog posts. Amazon like any other program has rules and guidelines to follow, they have a deadline for you to meet when first starting as well but being partnered with Amazon has been great.
Another affiliate program I highly recommend is ShareASale . They have tons of merchants on their platform that you then can apply to be affiliate partners with. After being accepted to ShareASale, the first company on my list to apply to was of course SheIn. I shop there constantly, why not be part of their affiliate program and rave about the clothes I’m already buying and loving. NO BRAINER there.
There are tons of affiliate programs out there, research what you think works best for you. My advice on them, ask questions! Connect with myself or other bloggers on social media and ask questions to help you make the right choice for you.
There are so many ways to make Pinterest work for you, and I had no clue. I used to look at some of the bloggers I follow and ask myself “How the fuck do they get that many views and repins?” It’s all about strategy. Going back to finding a course you feel comfortable with I stuck with Ell and her Ell’s Pinterest Growth Course . Which again is beyond affordable and walks you through step by step. After taking the course, and implementing the strategies she uses watch your numbers sky rocket. It’s amazing. Being a mom, also working full time I hold myself accountable. I can’t always pin the exact amount of new pins Ell suggests but when I follow her steps and put in the work the outcome is seriously mind blowing.
A Few More Favorites
If you don’t have a Canva account, get your ass over to their site and sign up. It’s where you can create all images for all social platforms. There’s a free and a Pro option.
Get yourself a planner! I grabbed this one from Amazon, because really who doesn’t need reminders of the shit they need to get done. Write down when you want to publish blog posts and the topics. Jot down the courses you’re purchasing to take. Stay organized, it’ll help with the whirlwind of information when starting up.
Need some tips on editing pictures? Light and Airy Presets are my go to. They give you step by step on how to install and use. It doesn’t get any easier then how they offer it.
Blogging can be hectic, it can be stressful and you might feel like you’re failing time and time again but if you love it just keep moving forward. Take it one day at a time. Move at your own pace, don’t take the fun and joy out of it. After all, it is your blog and no one else’s. Lastly, find your people, the ones who will give advice when asked not just their referral code. As for me, my inbox is always open, my comment sections is always available and you can always find me on social media to chat! I hope if you’re stuck, these resources help you the same way they helped me! XO