When I decided to grow my blog and start earning an income from it, I literally had $50 to spend. That typically won’t get you far in the blogging world.
I had to be very careful about how I spent my money, and I had to put in a lot of good old fashioned work. 😉
I’m so thankful for each of the resources listed below because they have helped me turn my initial $50 investment into a side income to help our family.
Below are the blogging resources that I used to take my hobby blog to an actual money making business!
Low Cost Blogging Resources:
How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul* by Ruth Soukop for $13.
I bought the book, and started implementing Ruth’s advice.
- I cleaned up my Pinterest boards, joined group boards, and created pictures for pinning in each post.
- I narrowed down the topics for my blog, and organized the them into specific categories.
- I started writing less about myself and made sure to answer a question in each post.
- I increased the length of my posts to 500-1,000 words.
My page views went from 100 a month to 10,000 a month in 3 months!
Building a Framework* by Abby Lawson was my big investment at $25.
This book is great for a beginner blogger. It even shows step-by-step pictures on how to set up a blog on WordPress. I learned some new strategies from this book, but I think the biggest help was the business side that Abby shared. After reading her book*, I realized that I needed to make several changes to my blog in order to adhere to the law!
GoDaddy Hosting and Domain Name ($12)
I transferred my blog from a Blogspot address to WordPress and was able to get this incredibly cheap hosting as a first time blog! I’m still with GoDaddy, and have enjoyed using them as a host.
By the way, I didn’t pay for my theme or blog design. I just used a free one. There are lots of options. It just takes some time to go through them and decide what will work for you.
Pinterest has brought a ton of traffic my way, and I believe it came because I started making pinnable images through Picmonkey*. There is a free version and a paid version (Royale)*. I used the free version and it worked just fine.
How to Double Your Traffic in 30 Days (Free!)
I hit a plateau of growth at about 10,000 page views a month and wanted to increase them as much as possible. That is when I discovered Addi Ganley’s tips for doubling my traffic in 30 Days.
I devoted a month to implementing her strategies and saw my pageviews go to over 30,000. So I actually, tripled my pageviews in 30 days!
This resource is no longer available, but Addi’s site is FULL of useful information for bloggers and I highly recommend her resources. Her free Affiliate Blueprint course is what helped me earn my first affiliate sale!
This was the first way I started monetizing. It trickled in at 1-2 dollars a month, but now I earn anywhere between $30-60 a month. It is incredibly easy to link to products that I am already talking about and earn a little income too. Just go the bottom of the main page* where it says “Make Money With Us” and click on “Become an Affiliate”.
I know ads are not for every blogger, but I love being able to write about anything I want and not having to be “salesy” in my posts in order to earn some side income. When I got my page views up, I decided to join Mediavine and cannot recommend them enough!
You do have to have a minimum of 25,000 monthly pageviews to use them, but it is well worth the work to get there.
I love that I am finally earning an income from my ads. I just sit back and earn money! Yes, it is that easy.
The third way that I started earning an income was through sponsored posts. I have only written 2 sponsored posts, both through IZEA.
IZEA* acts as the middle man between companies and bloggers which is really nice. It saves me time and allows me to find companies that I’m compatible with.
I just started using MailChimp for my email newsletter in December. I love it! After watching a few tutorials, I got the hang of it. I’m able to organize my email subscribers and even see how many email were opened, and how many people clicked on links in each email. It is free for the first 2,000 subscribers. I haven’t come close to maxing that out.
Other reasonably priced Resources:
Crystal Paine, a successful blogger who makes a full time income from blogging, has finally started a blogging university that is affordable! You get to choose only the courses that you need instead of spending hundreds of dollars on huge courses.
5 Days to a Successful Blog Launch* is just the first course offered and is FULL of everything you need to start a blog.
I took the course myself and even though I’ve been blogging for 2 years, I still learned valuable information. But I think the best part is this course is only $17! Super cheap.
I can’t wait for the other courses to become available. There are a few others I want to take as soon as possible!
Feel free to email me with any questions. I can’t promise that I’ll be able to answer them all, especially the techie stuff. But I’ll do what I can to help you out!