20+ Resources to Start a Money Making Blog 2020
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Research for Blog Content
1. Uber Suggest
Uber Suggest is a very useful tool that you can use to see what type of content is doing well on other websites. You likely have some blogs that you like If you are wanting to start a blog of your own. Simply put in the URL of these sites to see what content is most popular.
Youtube is another great way to see what type of content is doing well. This content is in video form but often it is easily adaptable into written format. Simply look up what you are interested in, and see what specific videos have done well.
Blog Post/Content Creation
If you are writing a lot of your own content, Grammarly will be your best friend. The free version will check for spelling and grammar. The advanced, paid version will edit for style and more complex editing. This extension will help to cut down your writing time so you can focus on producing the best content for your blog.
Keeping your blog fast is incredibly important. Reducing the image sizes used in your blog is one of the easiest ways to do so. Optimizilla takes your images files and reduces them for you to then upload to your site.
For every good blog post, there must be equally good visuals to go with it. You can use Unsplash to download free images Instead of spending extra time and money creating them on your own. It is extremely easy to use and there is a lot of content to choose from. They only ask that you give credit for the photo.
You can also use Unsplash for social media content and outreach. This leads us to the next category: blogging traffic.
Canva is the best free resource for creating graphics for your website. It also is a great place to design marketing content, social media posts, promotional content, and even logos.
Creating Blog Traffic
This is a good option if you have a large following on Facebook and would like to share your work with friends. You can also use Facebook groups to find other bloggers/ people interested in your topic and then post to those groups.
Pinterest is the most popular way to drive traffic via social media. This platform is especially good for lifestyle type blogs. You can convert your account into a business account quite easily. They also provide you with analytics which is super helpful. There are lots of posts about marketing on Pinterest you can check out.
Linkedin could be a good resource if you are blogging for your business, blogging about business/finance, or personal improvement. Linkedin allows you to post articles that link directly to your site without leaving the app.
Medium is becoming a very popular platform to push out written content. Through their partner program, writers are able to publish their work with no minimum requirements.
You can submit your posts to medium publications(blogs within the blog) and for every paid customer that reads, you can be paid. This is a great way to reach a wider audience as well as monetize your work.
11. Google Adsense
Adsense is Google’s advertising platform which allows you to place ads on your site. Although there are several platforms, most of them have minimum monthly views to be accepted. Adsense has no minimum so you can start making money right away.
12. Affiliate Programs
Affiliate programs allow you to place links in your content that give you a percentage if that link leads to a purchase. Many affiliate programs also have requirements to be accepted. A very popular, low requirement program is Amazon Affiliates.
If you are interested in selling your expertise via an online course, teachable will help you do it. Plus, the basic version is free to use! Of course, there are some premium features that are paid but the free version has all the essentials needed to launch a course.
PAID but Necessary Resources
14. Domain registrar
The hosting sites below offer domain registration services. However, if you would like to host your blog somewhere else you may need to register a domain name. Domain.com and GoDaddy are two very popular services where you can secure a domain for relatively cheap.
Hosting services will store all the information that makes up your blog. A very popular option for bloggers is BlueHost. They offer “shared” hosting which is the cheapest and best option to start. They will then be connected to a Content Management Service.
16. Content Management
This is the software you will be using to actually build and publish your website. The most popular for blogging is WordPress. You should be able to connect your domain to WordPress through your hosting service. You will want to use WordPress.com not WordPress.org. WordPress.org is free however, you will not be able to monetize this blog service.
17. Website Theme
While this may not be 100% necessary, it is highly, highly recommended that you purchase a professional-looking theme for your site. This will give you the needed credibility as well as save an enormous amount of time. We used ThemeForest to buy the theme but there many different places to get pre-built themes.
18. Legal Pages
If you want your website to look legit, you need to set up a business email. One of the easiest ways to do so is through Gsuite. However, check first with your hosting provider as they may have an offering for emails. With Gsuite you do have the advantage of linking other Google services as well.
PAID but not so Necessary Resources
Procreate is an extremely useful tool to design graphics for your blog. If you want to be more hands-on in creating your visual content, this is a great tool to start. It is also very affordable compared to other design/art applications. The main drawback is that it is only available on Apple devices.
To get your website started quicker, you may want to buy some courses. These will help you gain expertise much quicker and save a lot of headaches.
More Complex Topics to buy Courses On:
- WordPress Website Creation
- Affiliate Marketing
- Pinterest Marketing