If you want to work from home and make money blogging, then you need to have the correct tools, resources, and information to guide your way. With an awesome amount of information on the web – it’s often confusing figuring it all out.
Listed below are some of the resources that I use, recommend, or that I’ve found helpful on my blogging journey. These tools will not only help get you started — they’ll make the process easier so you can start making money faster.
But first, grab my Blogging e-book, it will teach you how to write great content, get tons of traffic to your blog, and most importantly, how to make money from it!
The foundation of your blog is your blogging platform, hosting provider, domain name, and theme. Below, each component is broken down into easy to understand terms and service providers.
A blogging platform is the software service that you use to publish your content onto the internet in the form of a blog. A blog platform is a particular form of a content management system (CMS).
There are many different blogging platforms to choose between (WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace, Typepad, Drupal, and Joomla), but I highly recommend WordPress. It’s ideal for beginners as it’s easy to use and modify.
It has tons of functionality, and it’s free to use — all you have to do is purchase your hosting and domain name. WordPress.org is what I use for this blog.
Over the years, I’ve had a lot of people ask me about Blogger, Google’s blogging platform. I’ve heard it’s easy to use, but because it’s a free blogging platform your monetization methods are limited, and you don’t own it.
I also know a lot of bloggers who started out on Blogger but then had to make the switch to WordPress later on. So, do yourself a favor and use the self-hosted version of WordPress from the beginning, you’ll save yourself from headaches down the road.
Domain and Hosting
Once you’ve decided on a blogging platform, you’ll need to purchase your domain name and hosting service. Your domain name is your blog’s internet address, such as www.a2cart.com.
Next, you’ll need to decide on a hosting provider. When choosing a hosting company you’ll want to make sure that you get one that’s reliable, cost effective, and that has excellent customer service. Over the years, I’ve had to switch hosting companies three times — which is never any fun.
Work From Home – Blog Design
Make your blog fit for all devices like mobile, laptop, desktop and etc., It should be responsive design.
After you have your blog set up, you’ll want to install these must-have plugins for added functionality. All of these are free for the basic usage.
Yoast (SEO plugin)
WordFence (Security and anti-virus plugin)
Askimet (SPAM plugin)
Google Analytics for WordPress (Traffic data)
Social Warfare (Social sharing buttons)
Getting Blog Traffic:
To make money from your blog, you’ll need to get readers to your blog. While there are tons of different ways to generate traffic, I suggest starting with these three main components.
From the very first day you launch your blog – you want to make sure that you’re building an email list. Search engine and social media algorithms are constantly changing, which means your traffic can go up and it can down without any warning. But with an email list, it is something that you own, and that can always be used to reach your audience.
As a new blogger, I understand you’re working with a small startup budget, so there’s nothing wrong with using a starter platform like Constant Contact or SendInBlue. The point is, just be sure you’re using some sort of email marketing platform to connect with your audience.
2. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
The majority of my traffic comes from Google, and this is because certain keywords and phrases on my site have ranked well with the search engines. Search engine traffic is free, and you’ll want to take advantage of it. SEO can be very technical and it’s constantly changing, so to get familiarized with SEO here are some useful articles on the basics.
One word of caution about SEO. There are some companies that will say they can guarantee first-page placement within Google’s search engine results, and often they use blackhat techniques. You want to stay away from these companies. No one can guarantee first-page placement within search results, SEO takes times and it comes from creating high-quality content that your readers love. There is no SEO quick fix!
3. Social Media
My second largest source of traffic is from social media, specifically Pinterest and Facebook. Depending on what your blog’s niche is you’ll want to choose a few social networking platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.) to promote your content on.
For tips on how to maximize your facebook audience to your blog, check out these resources:
One of the biggest parts of getting traffic is writing awesome content. To make sure your content is excellent you’ll need to edit your posts for punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Now you can do this manually, but I’ve found that even when I go back and proofread two, three, even four times — I often miss types.
Of course, you can hire an editor to proof your content, but that can get expensive. A more affordable option is to use an editing software or program. I’ve tried a few different platforms out and by far my favorite is, Grammarly. It’s easy to use and catches errors that word processing programs miss. It also tightens up your copy — so you’re using an active voice.
There are so many ways to make money from your blog, from direct ad sales and ad networks, to affiliate marketing and product sales – so make sure to check out these must-read articles.
Ways to Make Money Blogging
How Bloggers Can Make Money with Affiliate Marketing
Hope you found this blogging roadmap helpful. Good luck on your blogging journey!