How to get paid blogging (As a side hustle!)
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Believe it or not, you don’t have to sell your soul to the devil to make money blogging and you can actually get paid.
Here is what is cool about blogging:
Somehow I managed to make $20 my third-month blogging and by the end of my first full year, I had made $5,300 blogging… even though I had no clue what I was doing for the first 12 months!
What started as a simple website on Wix about how my wife and I had over $300,000 in student loans (This is the 1st MLW blog post) led me to a completely new way of making money – the online entrepreneurial world.
As I ventured down this new road of making money blogging, I heard words like search engine optimization, digital marketing, automated social media, and user intent that at first, scared me.
I quickly became more immersed and that is when I realized that blogs just a form of marketing. In fact, before starting Money Life Wax I had no clue that people made money with blogs.
Maybe like you, I thought they just did it for fun (Like I said, I had a lot to learn).
One of the biggest things I had to learn was how to get paid blogging – AKA what are the best ways to make money with your blog.
How do most blogs work?
Most bloggers share a story, they market products they believe in from time to time, and they aim to do one thing – help others with their own personal situations.
The reason why I write about student loans and money is that my passion and goal with MLW is to help people with student loans pay off their debt.
My tag line, “Pay off student loans, make money and live a great life,” is why I pump out content on the regular about personal finance.
Truth be told, that is how most blogs work, they simply:
- Share a story
- Provide endless high-quality content
- Reach out to others in their niche
- Grow an audience
- Help their readers out with their lives
As a blog grows, most bloggers help readers with their needs while simultaneously using their blog as a marketing platform.
Blogs are a form of marketing.
When it comes to blogging there is a marketing component to running a succesful blog. Blogging is just content marketing.
There are quite a few ways to monetize (Make money) with a blog but here is how most get paid blogging:
- Ad placements with something like Mediavine
- Promoting products through affiliate marketing, such as Amazon
- Creating and selling custom products like “How to courses.”
- Paid sponsorships
- Offering freelance services
To date I have used #2, 4, and 5 to make money, with #5 being my go to.
So if you’re looking at how to possibly create a side hustle blogging, here are a few points to keep in mind!
Use Bluehost to start blogging with.
Bluehost is a website hosting company and honestly they are the best IMO.
The sheer fact that for about $150 you can start an online business just by creating a domain with a 3-year hosting package with Bluehost is sort of insane.
In the traditional business world, just the office chair you would need to start a business would cost more than $250. Money Life Wax is hosted through Bluehost in conjunction with WordPress. The two come together and are extremely easy to use.
You can use this exclusive link to get a hosting and domain package for just $3.95 a month.
Pick a niche
Don’t think you will be an overnight success blogging. Instead, pick a niche such as;
- Personal Finance
Then once you have your niche, develop your “Avatar.” This is the ideal reader you will be designing articles around.
For example, maybe your avatar is a 25-year-old millennial who likes working out and having fun, but wants to grow their wealth so you write often about investing and real estate!
It can be that simple to start.
Write some high-quality content
Next, you will want to write some really high-quality content.
That being said, we all have to start somewhere so be sure to just write and not become a perfectionist!
Before going live with your blog, make sure you have 5-10 posts ready to go so you’re not overwhelmed trying to write and run your new side hustle.
Keep in mind high quality is better than high quantity, my biggest early mistake!
Here are some simple blog post writing tips:
- Have a working title and SEO keyword focus (Just use KW Finder, a free plugin)
- Write your rough draft on Google Drive and have a 1,000-word goal
- Be sure to keep the intro under 175 words and let readers know what they will be reading
- Use H2 headings to break up paragraphs at least every 200 words
- Don’t use H1 headings within your blog post
- Just write and then edit!
- Break up chunky paragraphs like this (Notice Chunky on the left):