Starting a blog can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. It really is like starting a new career. For me, it was a big learning curve to overcome. I worked on websites before, knew a little coding and felt pretty confident in my ability to start a blog. Boy was I wrong!
I was soooo excited about starting a blog that I just did it. I created a WordPress blog because I had an idea about what my blog was going to be about and THEN I began reading about other blogs and educating myself. I did it all backward! The end result was wasted time and $$ money. So, please read this thoroughly. You won’t make the same mistakes I made.
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So, you’ve come up with a great name for your blog, what you are going to write about, and who’s your audience? How are you going to market your blog? How are you going to make money on your blog? What are no-follow links and why are they important? Why do I need to customize my WordPress theme? What plugin can I use to help me with affiliate marketing?
The list of questions can go on and on. I know what you’re saying, sometimes it’s best to just learn as you go. This is true! But when starting a blog a strong foundation of knowledge will help in growth and monetization.
Why is Strong Foundation Important?
A strong foundation is the framework for a blog. Think about it as a blueprint for your house. You wouldn’t build a house without plans and plans need to be studied and have the right amount of knowledge behind them. The language/terminology is different when reading a blueprint.
I spent a considerable amount of money taking online courses or reading e-books by top bloggers on how they started a blog, increased traffic on pinterest or made money on affiliate marketing. I wanted to learn their valuable tips and tricks.
After much money, time and effort were spent on researching great educational tools on blogging, I wish I had known of the following resources FIRST!
The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit!
What is the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit? It’s only the ultimate bundle of courses, e-books and masterclasses combined for bloggers.
The 2017 toolkit offered:
-Profitable Blogging for Beginners: The 4 Week Online Class from Tanya Peterson
-The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging: Everything You Need to Know to Start a Profitable Blog from Sarah Brooks
-How to Master Google Analytics from Beginning: A Beginner’s Guide to Customizing Google Analytics for Your Blog from Dawn Aldridge
and much, much more.
Instead spending $100 at one site and then $100 at another site, I could have just purchased this toolkit for only $97 dollars and saved myself time and money.
But alas, the toolkit only comes out once a year for a 2-Day flash sale and I missed it!!!!
Don’t be like me and miss out on the next toolkit. Sign-up here to receive notifications on flash sales.
Ruth Soukup is a well-known and very profitable blogger. She has sold blogs for profit, written well published books on blogging and runs the Elite Blogging Academy, which is like IVY League School for bloggers. Get into the blogging academy and your guaranteed success on your blog.
Just like the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit, the Elite Blogging Academy is only open for enrollment during certain times of the year. It also costs mucho deniro.
If your budget is tight like mine, you can also read Ruth’s book How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul. I’m reading it on my iPhone via Kindle (free) and I highly recommend it.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I had a learning curve to overcome when I started my blog. A majority of my learning curve was WordPress, CCS and SEO terminology. Nataly Llanes created BLOG.CAB.U.LARY, which is an extensive (220 pgs.) of terminology for setting up your blog on WordPress and what you need to do for SEO, Google Analyticsand Google Sitemap. It’s a must-read for all beginning bloggers and easy on the budget at $34.00.
- Michelle Schroeder-Gardner – Making Sense of Cents Affiliate Marketing Guide
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is an example of a blogger who is living the dream. Her blog, Making Sense of Cents, easily nets 50K+ a month. Right now, Michelle and her husband are traveling the globe on a boat. It’s utterly romantic and I live vicariously through her Instagram pics. But I digress.
I took Michelle’s course, Making Sense of Cents Affiliate Marketing Guide and it’s amazing the tips and tricks she gives. She really does have affiliate marketing down to an art and it shows via her monthly income reports. If your planning to monetize your blog, take the Affiliate Marketing Course and get started in earning money.
I hope these resources above will be helpful to you and know that you’re building a strong foundation for your blog. Don’t compare yourself to the established bloggers or other new bloggers. You are working at your pace to get your blog up and running by building a strong foundation.