There are so many bloggers that quit 9-5 jobs because they have made a good and large income from their blog..
Here a few of my favourite bloggers that share their income report.
Not convince yet?
These are just a few on blogging income report that I compile. To read more and be more inspired, check out Dale from Bloggingherway.com
To be honest, their income report inspired me to start my own profitable blog as well.
I researched a lot before I start one. And here is the compilation of what I learnt from all of those blogger.
I basically took one weekend off to read all the articles from those income report back and put together a comprehensive guide here for you.
I also created a magical bloggers checklist if you want to start a blog or just started a blog. You can download it here by entering your email down below.
First thing first,why you should start a blog?
1. Express your passion and interest
Well, if you are a writer at heart, you can express your passion, emotion and skills through writing. Most of bloggers are writers. Except me. I remember back in 2010 , I start a blog to share stories of my life and also express my emotion. I only can write speedily when I was happy or mad. But for me to create a guide or to share tutorials, it could takes months even years or it will simply never happened. I blog for fun before this. Having said that blogging was once a joy for me because of it community and it was once became my online diaries.
2. Start A Profitable Online Business
Now in 2021, I choose to start blogging back and it is not for teenage diaries. This time I choose to start a blog with purpose, mainly for my business. I saw a lot of potential with a blog where it could lead to 9 streams of income..
?9 streams of income by starting a blog?
When you are starting a blog..you basically are starting a digital online business
- You can sell your own information or guide
- You can sell your own courses
- You can start your coaching programme
- If you choose not to build your product, you can sell other people products and earn a great commission through affiliate program
- You earn income from own display ads
- You earn income from an advertising company
- You earn income through sponsored post
- Start your own digital E-commerce business
- Become Virtual Assistant
Be it your own products or other people products ,blogging is the FIRST MAJOR step (note that I say major) to create a profitable online business .
Apart from that, blogging also is a great way to establish your authority and it could be a platform that you can showcase your skills and your business.
3. Low Start Up Cost
Most of the business model especially physical products business required a huge cost to start. While blogging has a low start up cost, where you only need to pay for domain+host, website themes and tools (I explained a little detailed down here), it can be quite expensive when you start expanding your reach and you want to use fancy-frenzie tools.
When I first starting up my blog, I only use all the free tools that available. That’s include free theme ,free images, free editing software, free Pinterest scheduler, free email service provider, free opt in software, free FOMO plugins.
But when you need to upload more photos, you need more blog capacity by upgrade hosting capacity . and when you need more beautiful photos, you need to upgrade that one too! I also have compiled all the free tools that I use and either I upgraded to paid version or not inside ‘Upgrade me or not’ cheatsheet.
Nevertheless, it is still the cheapest way to start your own business and empire. If you start it right, you can become successful in short time and only spend on the right things that matters. Check out this blogpost for my entire blogging cost where I have divided into lifetime and monthly/yearly.
I wish someone told me earlier what is the estimated total cost to spend so I can expect and choose what not to spend so I didn’t splurge too much on unnessary things.
To be honest and I am being transparent here because I just want to give the best and right information for you.
I have built this website (anysnadhilah.com) for 2 years now but I have zero content on it because I was confused, overwhelmed and I think didn’t I have the clarity on what I have to do to start my business.
My mindset was all wrong and I was thinking to launch a course and thinking about FB ads all the time to launch my course and position myself as a course creator. In fact, I have not even own a single course and never launch it too. For me, launching a course is scary and you have to give a lot of commitment to it in terms of capital and money to invest.
This scary and anxiety feeling holds me back. I try to fight it every single day but it failed.
Unlike Blogging give so much freedom and so much low commitment in terms of costs and it is actually less scary, seriously. It may takes money but it going to be worth it and. it doesn’t take too much money to invest..
I believe in in – Start small. Grow Big.
On one evening, the thoughts of what if I’ve started blogging 2 years back on this blog, today must have be totally different.
HOW CAN YOU START A PROFESSIONAL BLOG IN LESS THAN 7 DAYS
This is the step-by-step guide on how you can start your own profitable blog and this is my highly recommended roadmap to start a succesful blog.
If I were a new blogger,I would definitely use this roadmap that I will show you below because this is a timesaving strategy.
DAY 1 CREATE YOUR OWN WORDPRESS.ORG ACCOUNT
Solely because it is a self hosted platform and it is whole lot easier and cheaper to start with. There is a lot of information is out there about wordpress.org and you have so much freedom to customise your blog using WordPress.org.
Although if you are using other platforms, it will allow you do the same thing but the WordPress.org price is much cheaper in terms of buying domain name and hosting for 1-2 years straight.
I have created a comprehensive guide on how you can set up your WordPress blog. You can read it here > WordPress for Dummies< .
Basically I explained simple step by step process that you need to take setup WordPress blog. There is also endless of video tutorials that you can follow to set up your blog if you need more details on that one..
Did I mention that, WordPress.org is free ?
and you can install it right away here..>Wordpress<
Then sign up for domain name and hosting here. >Bluhost<
DAY 2 BUY A DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING
Yes , it is compulsory after you download the WordPress software, you need to purchase hosting and domain name . Here is a simple analogy, if you want to build a house ,you need to buy a land first & register your address, then build the house.
Land = Hosting
Address = Domain name
House = WordPress
Here is my ugly drawing to emulate the analogy
At first, buying a domain name and hosting is my biggest limitation before because I am not a serious blogger back then and I am contemplating to spend multiple of dollars for a thing that does not guarantee to give me anything in return.
But what I did was, I researched on domain & hosting platform that I know I can afford of. Thankfully, I found one.
Now I have two hosting provider that I recommed.
- Bluehost ($2.95/mo* or $59.40/year ($4.95 for 12 months) or $106.20 ($2.95 for 36 months))
- NetKl ($30/year – especially those from Malaysia)
Netkl is a Malaysian based company and it works wonder for my blog. Their customer support also very good and very fast. If you are Asian, I 1000% recommend you to subscribe this hosting)
$30 for 1 year of domain and hosting is such a bargain. Read more about NetKL. >here<
Other hosting company that I suggest is Bluehost.Why? Because they are trustworthy and easy to use. Not only that , their customer support is also ah-mazing!
Customer service for a hosting provider is super duper vital. I couldn’t stress this enough. Please take my word because any down time of your website, you need to contact them immediately. When I have any queries, I usually get a lightning responses from NetKl and Bluehost.
How do you buy domain name and hosting ?
> First, go to Bluehost.com here <
After click the link, you’ll see the homepage of Bluehost
⚡️Now, go to the top-left corner and click “WordPress”, then “WordPress Hosting“. You’ll be able to see this after click on that.
⚡️Click on “Choose Plan” that will take you to the list of the paid WordPress plans.
⚡️Click on “Basic“, which cover all the basic things you will need at this moment as a beginner.
⚡️Now ,you need to choose your domain name A.K.A your blog address. Simply type any name that you think will suit your blog for long term .
⚡️Lastly, fill up your details and choose your term plan. The minimum you can choose is for 1 year and it goes up to 3 years.
⚡️Scroll down and uncheck every box except the “Domain Privacy+Protection“, and provide your credit card details for the payment.
Congratulations! You have successfully buy a land,address and home to your brand new blog! I cannot wait to see your success.
But wait, you can immediately write a post but I suggest you to buy a theme to your blog first A.K.A buy the furnitures for your new home. Hooray!
DAY 3 BUY A THEME TO INSTANTLY GRAVITATE TOWARDS PROFESSIONAL BLOGGER
This is the best part for me because I am addicted to beautiful WordPress theme that give a new breath of life the blog. Choosing a right theme for your blog is fundamental to look professional and trustworthy.
I even designed my own theme and I would love for other people to use it because it going to be super useful for you to elevate your blog and branding. My theme for bloggers is a 3 page installation and it is designed for conversion .
> Grab my Aesthetic Blogger’s theme here<
Here is my signature wordpress theme for business. It is made from Elementor so it is just drag and drop theme, you will have a beautiful theme and branding within just seconds. This theme is perfect for service based business either you are a course creator, coaches virtual assistant, social media managers or freelancers. This is it!
My theme business have tremendous support and I responded to every questions about the theme to ensure you’ll have the best experience. Kindly shoot me an email if you purchased my theme and have a questions about it..
I also have a lot of crush with other themes that I have encountered online and here is my suggestions.
Top 5 Recommended Theme for Female Bloggers
- FemaleCEO theme (of course I have to mine on the first place)
- HelloYou Design ( Urgh their templates are amazing! I even bought use their template as my main theme )
- Bluchic theme ( Their theme is neat and sleek!)
- Little theme shop ( I adore their blogging theme so much. Still. Considering to purchase em )
- Themes from Etsy ( Etsy has variety of blogger’s theme that are really affordable for blogger. Simply search wordpress theme and you will find one or more that you definitely like)
DAY 4 CREATE A CONTENT THAT SELLS
Now the most difficult part especially for me because I am a not knowledge-rich kind of person and I am the laziest girl on the planet.
Regarding the content itself, even though I know how to do something, I struggled with how to explain it to others and try to make them understand what I’m trying to convey.
That is because I have limited vocabulary in English because obviously English is not my first language.
But you know content is KING and you got to deliver content if you are serious about blogging. Even though I have limited English writing and speaking skills, the powerful tips when comes to blogging are topic ideas brainstorming, and content planning (which I am good at).
Spend 15 minute of your time writing what you love, thought, and willing to share. Even though, if you are working as corporate job, you can take 15 minutes of your lunch break and start writing on notion… It might take 1-2 weeks to complete a good and viral blogpost but you have to believe ‘ IT IS FREAKING WORTH IT’
It’s really important that you do not stumble upon blogging block. This was what most bloggers concurred with or struggle with. While starting a blog is actually an easy thing to do, but RUN a blog takes a lot of effort. Fret not girl, coz I got you covered!
You will now learn my best tips on how to plan your blog content and how to brainstorm ideas for your blog.
1. USE AN APP TO MANAGE YOUR IDEAS.
The apps that I love and suggest is using Notion.
Notion is a life changing app for you to use to plan anything in your life and that includes your personal life , study life ,business life and even blog Iife. I use a lot of apps before like Onenote, Goodnotes, Trello. I also have tried Evernote, Asana, Google Keep but I love Notion the most.
Notion helps me to list down my ideas and also manage them at the same time and you have a lot of freedom using Notion.
The best part is notion is FREE , and you didn’t have to pay a monthly subscription to it if you just use it for personal use. There is also a lot of free templates inside Notion and you can start planning what you desired on the spot.
Of course, I’m not saying that I stop using all of the apps I that I mentioned before but a lot of the time, I prefer using Notions compared to other apps,obviously, I use different apps for different purposes but I think for planning purposes Notion is the perfect one.
WHAT IS NOTION BEST FEATURES ?
If I were to summarize their best features is that, you can create a
- Kanban board (just like trello) ,
- Toggle features
- Calendar and a lot more inside one single apps.
Notion is ALL-IN-ONE WORKSPACE -> ONE TOOL FOR YOUR WHOLE TEAM. WRITE, PLAN, AND GET ORGANIZED.
Select an apps that have fast syncing time. As a Pro blogger you work using laptop but you want to be able to edit the articles using your phone as well.
DAY 5 CREATE PINTEREST GRAPHIC
Creating a blog is useless if you have no traffics at all and no connections ;( .
What is the purpose of the blog if you have no readers at all.
So, one of the easiest ways to start marketing your blog and start promoting it using Pinterest. Create your Pinterest account today and covert it to business account for analytic features. The key secret here is to constantly add a new photo which is called as “Pins” to drive traffic to your website.
How to create a Pinterest graphics?
Use Canva.com !
If you are totally new to Pinterest, I highly recommend for you to learn it through Youtube which is free or if you are really serious and you have the money to spend, you should sign up to a Pinterest course as well.
Pinterest Courses that I recommend
Here are a few Pinterest courses that I think will help you because they are legit and trusted. I believe they will deliver great tips and values through their experiences and expertise.
- Pinterest Avalanche
- Pintraction by Alessandra Caprice
- Pinning Strategy by IncomingSuccess
- Pinterest Ebook by AnnaSheApproach
If you need proof of their techniques are proven, you can just look at their Pinterest account where you will see they have generated hundreds thousands and millions of views every month.
DAY 6 AUTOMATE YOUR PINTEREST ACCOUNT
Holly Molly , who doesnt love automation right ! This is key!
Use Tailwind to schedule and automate your pinterest account. Remember to create a few posts and a few pins first before you subscribe to Tailwind Plan. Get familiar using Tailwind trials which is free up to 100 pins.
Here are few videos to watch on how to schedule your tailwind account.
Most of these videos were short and they only have a chunk of informations so you have to sort the puzzle by yourself.
If you want an easier ways to fast track your learning process , you can definitely check out Pinterest course out there that will teach you proven Tailwind strategies to skyrocket your blog traffics.
These are the basic strategies that you need to master to start a succesful blog.
Succesful blog = content + readers
Now, I understand that at the end of the day, we want to generate income with all these investment that we have made. I understand that we have a lifestyle that we desire, family to take care of and debt to settle (wether student loan / car loan/ house loan)
So how can you turn your blog to money making machine?
Here are some ways on how you can make money by blogging.. You may find it in Day 7 which talks about affiliate and Day 8 which talks about your own minimum viable products.
DAY 7 MAKE MONEY THROUGH AFFILIATE PROGRAM
DAY 8 MAKE MONEY THROUGH MV PRODUCTS
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I hope you gain a lot of valuable lesson on how to start a blog in 2021. Easy peasy, right ?
Like i said before , the hardest part is not to start a blog but to run a blog. You need to constant have a new idea of what to write and you need to actually write. If you love writing , you love sharing, this path is for you . It may takes time but it going to work.
If you are serious about making money, start right now not tomorrow not later because procrastination is the thief of time.
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If I can rewind my time back, I would tell to my 23 years old me to start a blog now even though you dont know what to write and what to share.
Just start sharing, make it as a habit and drive traffic to the blog using Pinterest. Yes, it is time consuming but it going to be worth it.
2 years forward , you might have a few hundred or thousand of readers by now.
Sadly , I didn’t do that because I let anxiety and excuses get through me. Don’t follow my old path. But practice what I have mentioned in this guide.I have learnt a lot until I able to put together this guide..
2021 tell me to stop doubting myself and start blogging seriously after seeing all income reports from all the bloggers. They are my true motivation. Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel..
What is your motivations? Comment down below..
Thank you so much for reading 😉