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Can I Make Money Blogging?
Are you a blogger who loves what you do but would love it even more if you could do it for a living? Well, I was! I started my blog back in 2009 on the Blogger platform as a hobby coupon blog. I loved blogging about coupons and saving money, and after blogging for a few years I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if I got paid to do this? After doing some research and finding that it was possible to make money with my blog I moved my blog from Blogger to a self-hosted blog on WordPress and started my journey to making money with my blog.
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Esavingsblog is not a blog about blogging, but since I do blog about personal finance and making extra money, I thought I would share how I make extra money blogging. I have many people ask me “can I make money blogging”? And the answer is yes. Is it easy? No. The one thing I can say is that blogging is an excellent way to make money if it’s something you are passionate about.
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One misconception a lot of bloggers have is that you have to plaster ads all over your blog and become a product pusher to make money with your blog but that is not true at all.
If you look around my blog you won’t see it plastered with ads; I have a few Adsense ads but nothing that would interfere with my reader’s experience. I value my readers and only want to serve them better. I make money by partnering with brands that I think my readers will love, through affiliate marketing and from an eBook which I am rewriting to relaunch soon. There are so many ways to earn money and you just have to find the right one for you and your blog.
So where do you start?
In my opinion, getting educated is my number one tip to make money blogging. The second is having a good support system. You can be like me and think you can learn everything on your own and take years to do so or learn from fellow bloggers who are making a full-time income with their blogs.
I remember the first few years of blogging I refused to buy any courses to help me blog better. I thought I could just find the information myself and learn on my own and I would be ok. Well if I could turn back time I would have looked for quality courses to help me blog better right away. I would have spent more time connecting with other bloggers and making connections.
You can take the hard and long road or connect with some wonderful teachers and learn from their experiences, remember it isn’t easy, but it is possible as long as you put in the work. This is actually a good thing because if it was easy everyone would be doing it and it would be harder for you to make money blogging.
What courses do you need to take?
After years of not taking any courses and trying to learn everything on my own, I started researching courses and joining blogging groups to find which courses were right for me. I was overwhelmed with the choices and started taking e-course after e-course only to find out some were a waste of money, and some were so good I wished I had found them years earlier.
With so many courses and books out there, how do you find the ones that are right for you? I look for courses and books that are written by bloggers who have a successful blog that is not just a “blog about blogging”. I also tend to like the courses that come with a private Facebook group so that I get that added support while I am learning. I have found some great ones that are super supportive and extremely helpful when I ask questions. The bloggers in these group are paid customers, so they tend to be more supportive and motivational because everyone there is trying to obtain the same goal and that is to make money blogging. Some of the free Facebook groups out there are great for sharing posts etc. but tend to be filled with thousands of bloggers and sometimes a bit of drama.
So what courses do I recommend? Depending on what stage of blogging you are in, here are four of the courses I took and can recommend based on value and support.
1.Building a Framework– Building a Framework was created by Abby Lawson of Just A Girl and Her Blog. Abby created this course to share with others how she turned her hobby blog into a 6 figure income! Her eBook includes 35 chapters of immediately actionable strategies and techniques to help you grow your following, work with brands, and make money from your blog. The Master Package includes the PDF eBook, Blog Binder, Course Outline, Private Facebook Group Access, 20 Step-by-Step Video Tutorials, and 15 Interviews with Expert Bloggers.
What I love about this course is that Abby shares so much! She isn’t holding back any “secrets.” She is so giving and includes so much in this course. I wish I had found it so much sooner! Her course is great for both beginners and current bloggers; I just started her course not too long ago, and I have been blogging since 2009, so it has something for every type of blogger.
If you want to check our her course and grab a sample chapter you can check it out here.
2. Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers-This course is for current bloggers who are looking to start monetizing their blog with affiliate marketing. I was using affiliate programs completely the wrong way until I found this course! Tasha, the blogger behind Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, designed this course to help bloggers take the confusion out of affiliate marketing.
I was already using affiliate networks when I took her course and realized all of the things I was doing wrong! Tasha is so sharing with her course as well, and that’s why I love this course. If you buy the advanced course you get access to a private Facebook group and Tasha is super active in the group and does Facebook Live often to answer questions people have on affiliate marketing and much more! I have learned so much from her course.
If you want to check out her eBook or her full course, you can do that here.
3. Working with Brands by Jenny Melrose– Do you know the one critical strategy behind the most successful influencers landing contracts to work with brands on sponsored content? Jenny Melrose has made it super easy to learn more about working with brands to increase your income. She has a free 4 part video series where she answers who to reach out to and what to say when you do. Plus, she’s talking about pricing.
4. Elite Blog Academy created by Ruth Soukup– This course is BY FAR the best course I have ever taken and it has changed the way I blog and for the better. I listed it last because it is expensive but so worth it. Elite Blog Academy only opens once a year but you can get on the waiting list here. But good news, Ruth offers a few freebies that I highly recommend and they are free so nothing to lose!
What classes are you taking? Have you tried any of the ones I mentioned? Leave a comment below.