I have been getting a LOT of questions lately about monetizing a blog and how to get started. So, I decided to create this starter kit post as a resource for those of you that are still trying to figure it all out. These are the tools that I have used personally. There are other options out there but I will only recommend those that I have tried myself and loved. Each resource listed will have a brief description next to it as well some commentary on how it has helped me turn my blog into an actual business. You can click each link for more details. Also, feel free to shoot me any questions in the comments section and I will be glad to answer. Good luck to you on your blogging business journey!
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MAILERLITE: Email Service– I started out using MailChimp but ultimately decided to switch to MailerLite and I am SO glad I made the switch. I manage my entire mailing list through MailerLite and it is super easy to use and my emails look very professional. It is free up to 1,000 subscribers so if you are building a fresh mailing list, you won’t have to pay anything until you hit that mark.
SHAREASALE: Affiliate Marketing- A good way to monetize your blog in the very beginning is by using affiliate links. I started out using ShareASale and I STILL use it! There are many other affiliate programs out there such as Amazon Associates, Target, etc.(I use all of these) but I have made the most money through ShareASale so far. So I highly recommend it.
SITEGROUND: Web Hosting- I started out using wordpress.com but when I decided to actually monetize my blog, I switched to self-hosted WordPress (wordpress.org) and purchased hosting with Siteground so I could have a little flexibility with my blog. Siteground has excellent customer service and was able to transfer my site and domain with basically no downtime. I always recommend Siteground to those looking for web hosting. They have been awesome for me personally.
TAILWIND: Pinterest and Instagram Scheduling- Using social media scheduling tools such as Tailwind have helped me to save so much time and energy. Pinterest is one of my biggest sources of referral traffic and thanks to Tailwind, I have been able to pin tons of other pins to my boards which is growing my following and even schedule my pins to post at the most effective times. Tailwind has helped me quite a bit in my blogging business.
THINKIFIC: Online Course Creator– Creating online courses has been a HUGE money maker and list builder for my blog. I highly recommend signing up for Thinkific and start creating online courses as soon as you can. Creating free courses are really good for building your email list and creating an audience that trusts you and your knowledge and recommendations. Creating paid courses can be an excellent way to bring in some extra money, and the best part about Thinkific is that there is no waiting period to access your funds once you make a sale!