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Blogging tips for beginners
Welcome! So you’re new to blogging, or you’re thinking about starting a blog? Let’s discuss some blogging tips for beginners you won’t find anywhere else.
This article is going to contain some hard truths you might not find elsewhere.
Below we will be unpacking the best blogging tips for beginners.
Count the costs
Have you read the income reports? How I make over 10k a month blogging? How I make six figures a year with my blog and you can too? Yeah so did I.
Sounds fabulous right? Making a substantial income from the tips of your fingers and your bum planted anywhere from Starbucks to your couch. Of course, you read the allure of bloggers traveling the world with their computer and making this income.
I’m about to get real if you’re counting the costs of beginning a blog
Have you ever noticed the startup blog articles all contain similar types of information. They almost all say how it takes minutes to start a blog and little startup cost.
Yeah right! LIES.
The truth is it takes HOURS to start a blog. It takes even more HOURS to get it going.
The truth is it takes MONEY to start a blog. It takes even more MONEY to keep it going.
What if the profits don’t start rolling in? What if the burnout happens first? Did you know that the majority of so-called bloggers quit in the first few months of blogging, because they didn’t count the cost.
It’s not their fault. No one told them the truth.
False Promises for beginning bloggers
Let’s rewind a decade or two. Remember the promises of network marketing and MLM, multi-level-marketing, companies. The ones who jumped on the bandwagon first had all to rave about.
How did they make their money? Getting more new people to sign up with false promises of making an income. Because, let’s face it. Are you really going to use 20 containers of weight loss shake or 100 bottles of essential oils?
BLOGGING IS ESSENTIALLY THE MILLENNIAL MLM SCAM.
I’m not saying this as a matter of fact. There are thousands of honest, hard-working bloggers out there. They are genuinely making a decent living and adding value to the internet land, with the utmost integrity and honesty.
It is completely possible to make blogging your career and provide value to the world.
However, if you have started looking into blogging, you may have noticed a few things. What do the food blogger, lifestyle blogger, mommy blogger, and budget blogger all have in common?
They all have articles on starting up a blog. These articles will be filled with affiliate links. Some may truly be filled with products that they do in fact endorse and would/have pay for themselves.
Others, however, may just be making a dollar.
How Do Bloggers make money?
There are essentially a few different ways bloggers make money:
- Affiliate Marketing
- Product Sales
- Selling courses
- Services offered
- Freelance Work
What is affiliate marketing? Affiliate marketing is when person A recommends to person B a certain product, course, or subscription. Person A then receives a small/large commission off of that sale at no cost to Person B.
Seems like a win-win for everyone right? Why would Person A recommend something they didn’t love or endorse? Most people wouldn’t.
However, it’s counting the cost. If you think back to MLM’s, many of those products and companies ended going under because the cost was just too high, and economics had its way.
If I were to predict, which I could be totally wrong, I think the same is going to happen in the blogging realm as more people enter. The way those top bloggers are making their huge amounts is:
- Through the sale of their own Courses
- Affiliate links to other courses
What is a blogging course?
A course that teaches, or educates the person on how to blog. Simple enough. We all know education costs A LOT of money. How many people are belly up in student loan debt?
How many people went to college in hopes of landing a good job after college all to end up with a job that didn’t require an education?
Not everyone is going to become a CEO, doctor, or lawyer. And that’s ok.
I about fell on the floor after I launched my blog and started to look into further educating. I was already at $360 startup costs. This didn’t include the monthly subscriptions of $35/month.
Ok not that bad. But, when you’re dead broke every dollar matters. $100 seems like sooo much money. You realize you need a course.
WHY BLOGGING COURSES?
Because there are so many elements that go into running a blog. What are those elements you may ask?
- Writing good content
- Digital Arts
- Web Design
- Understanding all the terminology
- Continual Research
- Social Media Analytics
- Driving Traffic
- Product Creation
- Ebook Creation
- Figuring out how to send all this stuff
- The list could literally keep going
- Do you know what META means?
- What about RSS?
- How do you set up email lists and landing pages?
- Wait, what’s a landing page?
- I just spent 8 hours on one post, now I have to market it, and no one may buy anything or come to the post?
- Research that just never ends
- Can I finally stop looking at my screen?
WRITING IS THE EASY PART
So naturally, as a new blogger, you need education to learn these aspects unless you already have been trained in them or have an understanding.
Yes, there is A LOT of free information out there, however many bloggers who’ve mastered it, make courses to sell to the new ones. Like, the personal trainer that used to be overweight. They figured it out and want to see others get healthy/wealthy too.
Not bad right? Well, how much are these courses really?
The top blogging courses sell at around $1000! Yes, that is correct. I seriously was like, hold the front door, I’m finding a different exit strategy.
You then start to think that other courses for $200 or less are a great deal. Think about it, if that blogger who opens her course only once a year, to make you the buyer feel extra special, only sells to 100 people, that’s $100,000.
100 people out of the billions searching the web is really not an unattainable number. However, is it really at a foundational level a way to make an honest living?
The reality is out of that 100, maybe only 20 will actually go on to make back that money invested? And that is an extremely optimistic number.
Why? Because the average person realistically won’t stick it through it with what blogging takes.
Just like, in MLMs, the average person eventually stops their subscription to whatever product they were sold into.
Best Blogging tips for beginners
So to start to wrap it up, I hope if you’re thinking about starting a blog, you’re counting the costs. I personally have already bought 2 courses. The first one I bought was written by a marketing master.
Total regret. At least it was only $18. Its’ description and content did not match up. But what should I have suspected? We live in consumerism. We breathe it and live it. It’s not the first time $20 didn’t go that far.
The next course I bought, I would recommend. It taught a couple of things I didn’t know. However, I do think with the changing times, all of that information is being given away for free. It was $100. I think to be honest it was really only worth $50.
I am planning on purchasing another course for $100. So that’s $220 into courses. Not bad if I’m genuinely putting into practice and seeing results.
Total cost of blogging thus far, around $600.
Count the cost beginner blogger
I diligently researched blogging for well over a year before I finally launched my blog. Honestly, I didn’t really want to, but God pushed me into it for growth reasons. I am blessed to be a wife first and have the financial support from my husband.
However, there would have been a time when we were so broke, that $600 would have majorly disrupted our lives. Do not fall for the blogs out there that tell you hosting is only $3.95/month and themes are free.
Are there free WordPress themes? Absolutely, but it’s like building a house. Why buy the cheapest materials when it’s going to fail long term. If you are really serious about creating a blog for the long haul, treat blogging like a genuine business.
There will be startup costs. It will majorly suck the first couple of months especially if you’re a homeschooling homemaker homesteading mom.
Recommendations for Beginning bloggers
DO NOT HOST with Bluehost. Everyone tells you to, but lookup the horror stories. They have an incredible affiliate program so no wonder everyone’s pushing them. I praise God He led me to the right sites/services.
I personally LOVE and used Restored316 for my theme. They have great tutorials and they have ALWAYS responded to my questions. I use Siteground for hosting and with their live chat have always been able to eventually figure everything out.
Tailwind has been giving information on Pinterest away for free through their emails so you could find a lot of the same stuff by signing up them. However, I still haven’t really seen the success that most people talk about with Tailwind.
Should you start a blog
Only you can decide that. I wanted to offer some non-traditional blogging tips for beginners in this article, because I wish I would have found one like it when I was researching.
There’s a lot of partial truths out there. Which in essence are not really truth. If you happen to have any further questions please feel free to comment below or email me personally.