5 MORE Reasons to Start a WordPress Blog

5 MORE Reasons to Start a WordPress Blog

 

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5 MORE Reasons to Start a WordPress Blog

In the last part of this post, I aimed to inspire you with some very good reasons why you might want to start a WordPress blog. In this part, I’m going to finish my list with five more reasons. By the end of reading this full list, I hope you’ll feel like you have to start building your own WordPress blog right away. And, if you do, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section of this post!

1 – WordPress makes search engine optimization easy

WordPress makes it easier for you to add a lot of content that’s relevant, both to what people are searching for and what Google wants to show people (which are kind of related to each other).

What happens when you add content and links to your site (both links to other content within your site and links to other people’s content outside your site) is that it give your site a good, solid structure that search engines appreciate. When you give them what they want, your site will look more relevant, and they’ll be much more likely to send you more traffic.

By doing this, it’s not like you’re trying to game the system or trick the search engines into thinking your site is better than it is. The fact is, WordPress lays everything out in a way that ensures your site really IS that good. It allows you to have blog post titles, links, categories, and tags that are all related to your site’s major content and build a strong foundation. All these things pull together to lead people to go deeper into and through your site. The longer people stay within your site and the more they click through to other blog posts or pages within your site, the more Google sees your site as being highly relevant and highly targeted, and the more likely they are to bring you more traffic.

2 – WordPress is open source (free)

One really good reason for you to use WordPress is the fact that most of what it has to offer is free. Yes, I can’t I believe I waited until number 7 to tell you this, but you probably already know it if you’ve heard of WordPress.

But if you’ve never heard of WordPress before, let me the first to tell you – you don’t have to buy anything, really.  Other website design software programs cost hundreds of dollars to get you up and running, especially if you hire someone to help you create your website. With WordPress, you can get yourself up and running in a pretty foolproof way at absolutely no cost to you. The only thing you pay for is hosting (if you don’t go with WordPress.com), and you would pay for that whether you used WordPress or another program. So, choose WordPress. You can’t go wrong. 

But let’s take a minute to look at what open source means. It means you get a program that a legitimate company has created. They’ve decided they don’t like the structure of selling software. What they want to do instead is offer it for free so that a large community of developers can work on the software and do what’s called crowd sourcing. They all work together in a big crowd of people – hundreds, maybe thousands; it depends on what the project is – and they build a great, collaborative project.

That’s what WordPress is. Not only is it free, but it’s of great value to its users. I know, “you get what you pay for.” I’ve said it myself a lot, and many times it is very true. But in this case, you’re getting a lot that you haven’t paid for, and that’s pretty cool!

3 – WordPress is easy to install; it just takes minutes!

In this reason, I’m going to tell you quite simply WordPress is really easy to install. You can get hosting from a company like BlueHost, or HostGator, or GoDaddy (that’s who I use, and I’ve never had a problem with them).

There are a lot of different hosting companies who offer one-click or two-click installs of WordPress right in your hosting control panel, so you don’t have to worry about transferring files or figuring out how to upload your website to your hosting company.

Basically, you do a one-click or two-click install of WordPress, and you’ve got a website in less than a minute. Seriously, that’s about how long it took me to set this site up. If you’re new to WordPress or self-hosted sites, it might take you a bit longer to read through your host’s training materials or online tutorials, but it still shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to get everything up and running.

And that website that you just set up in minutes can make you residual income for years to come. 

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4 – WordPress lets you schedule your blog posts

Now, if you created a website back in the old days, or if you had one created for you back in the old days, you know that you had to go to either your web developer or sit down, add your content, and then upload it when you wanted it to come out.

A great thing about WordPress (one of the things I love most about it) is that you can really plan ahead. You can plan and schedule and pre-schedule your posts to go out for a whole month in advance, if you want.

So, if you have your WordPress website set up as a content management system, you can basically have pre-scheduled posts or website pages that are being constantly added to your site. This is a great advantage to you, because the search engines love it when you have highly relevant content coming out on a regular basis. WordPress allows you to do that without having to constantly be visiting your website and uploading new content. You just set it all up once and forget about it. Then you can set your mind to other business-building tasks while your site is constantly being updated with fresh new content.  

5 – wordpress makes website usability navigation a snap!

So far, all these reasons why you want to start a WordPress blog have focused on YOU, the blogger.

But what’s the advantage for your blog readers if you use WordPress? Are there any?

YES!!

WordPress makes it super simple for your blog readers to navigate your site, and that means they’ll stick around longer and interact more.

It was very difficult to set up the old-school sites for navigation. You used to have to code everything in and think very long and hard about the best way to lay out your site so people can get around it.

WordPress takes out all the guess work! It has all kinds of super navigation abilities built right now. For instance, you see how my site has all those categories listed across the top? I set those up in just a few minutes with what WordPress offers. It’s so simple – and makes everything look so nice! Plus, you will find it easier to get to what you’re interested in by clicking up at the top and selecting something from those drop-down menus.   

You can also use widgets (like the ones I have the side) that show you the different categories the blog posts are in on the site, and you can even use these to monetize your site. Put ads for affiliate products you love and you think other people would love, and definitely put up some way for people to sign up to your email list or follow your blog so you can keep in touch with your readers.

Make it easy for your readers to get to the information they need and/or want, and they’ll appreciate you for that.

If you have a message that you want to get out into the world, you need to use WordPress to create your website. It will save you so much time and money, and it will make your life a whole lot easier!

5 Reasons to Start a WordPress Blog

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5 Reasons to Start a WordPress Blog

It should be no surprise that when I started this blog, I chose WordPress to host it. Well, I chose WordPress as my creation tool. I’m actually running a self-hosted site (which I’ll talk more about later). But WordPress is king when it comes to running any website efficiently and effectively. Maybe you’re not convinced (maybe you’re not even convinced you want to start a blog at all), and that’s why I wrote this post … to inspire you with some reasons to start a WordPress blog. Read on to find out more.

1 – Everything You Write Will Be Saved in “the Cloud”

If you’re anything like me, you like to write. You write a lot — anywhere and everywhere you can. I used to write everything down in spiral-bound notebooks. I’d fill up notebook after notebook after notebook … and that system worked until I had children. Then, suddenly, all my notebooks started disappearing, and I’d find them later filled with drawings and stories written in child scrawl (and sometimes my scribbled-down ideas would be written over or torn out).

The drawings and words were adorable, and it was very heartening to see that my children are so creative. But I wanted to use that paper! Now, with WordPress, the screen is my canvas. And I can generally keep my children away.  They don’t know how to log in to my blog dashboard… yet.

I’ve written things and saved them on computers too since I was a very young child (back when we had floppy disks that were actually floppy), but I soon found out how unreliable that was … Computers crash and burn, and sometimes you can’t restore the data that’s on them. I can’t tell you how many story ideas I’ve lost because I didn’t save them before my computer decided to die. You can solve the computer dying problem somewhat by emailing everything to yourself after you write it, but who remembers to do that all the time? I don’t.

When you create your posts in WordPress, you can write, edit, and save everything in “the cloud.” I’m still not exactly sure what the cloud is, but I know I like it a lot because it automatically backs everything up for me. Many people will tell you to write your blog posts in a Word document first, and then copy that into WordPress just in case WordPress crashes, but I’ve had more trouble with Word crashing and not restoring my documents than I have with WordPress, so I can’t see how that’s a very good idea. If you’re really afraid of something like happening, you can start out with Google Docs (which also saves to the cloud), but again I’ve had more trouble with lost documents on that platform than I have had with WordPress. I love WordPress’s automatic backups. I trust them 100%.

2 – You can Pick and Choose among numerous themes

Chances are, if you’re starting a blog you want people to read it. And the first thing people are going to notice when they come to your blog is how it looks. Your WordPress theme is what determines this. There are hundreds of available WordPress themes for websites, both free and paid. I’ve never felt the need to purchase a premium theme. The free WordPress themes look and work just fine, as far as I’m concerned. 

My current theme is the twenty-sixteen one. I love how clean and non-distracting it is. There’s plenty of white space, which is especially important for online reading. It kind of feels, to me, like you’re reading your favorite magazine. And that’s pretty cool!

3 – The Plugins Make your website awesome … and profitable

This is one of my most favorite things about a WordPress blog, and it’s the #1 reason why I totally recommend you start your own self-hosted site. I use GoDaddy, but a lot of people recommend SiteGround. I’ve heard some good things about Bluehost and A Small Orange as well. The main thing is: you want to host your own site. Yes, I know WordPress.com gives you “your own site” for free (Notice I put your own in quotes? There’s a reason for that!). I even went that route for my own site, mishaelaustinwitty.com. But I totally regretted that decision because I quickly learned who was really in control of my site. You got it: WordPress!

One of the main things missing from a free WordPress.com blog is that you don’t have access to all those awesome plugins (condensed, yet fully functional software programs). You do have access to some, but not all. And I wanted access to all of them, which is why I decided to self host when it came time to start this blog.

Plugins add some totally cool (and often useful) functionality. There are plugins for almost anything you can think of. You can add a contact form to your site. You can get plugins to make it look like it’s snowing on your website. And there are even plugins that can help your make money. For example, check out this great list of 15 Great WordPress Plugins to Help You Make Money Online.

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One of my favorite plugins is strictly aimed at improving SEO (search engine optimization) functionality. SEO is what helps search engines like Google (or Bing or Yahoo) find your site. And, believe me, you want them to find your site. If they don’t find it, nobody else will. Then you won’t get your message out to the world, and you certainly won’t make any money from it (which is really, after all, why a lot of people start a blog in the first place).

The All in One SEO Pack is the best way to optimize your site. It’s easy to use (even I was able to figure it out), and it’s totally free. I first discovered the All in One SEO Pack going through the training at Wealthy Affiliate I made sure I filled out all the plugin information for each of my blog posts, and I saw some major traffic improvements in no time (Google is now my #2 source of traffic (behind StumbleUpon). If you’re at all interested in making money with your site, you HAVE to have access to plugins. No way around it.

4 – you can have a blog and a website all rolled into one

Say you’ve got a product to sell, and you want to start your own website to sell it. WordPress is the best way to do that. Online stores are great, but blogs are even better. With a blog, you have more content that is updated on a more regular basis. Remember SEO? Search engines love updated content, and they love frequently updated content even more.

And with a self-hosted WordPress blog, you have complete control over both your online store and your blog. You don’t have to split the profits with anyone (like Etsy, who charges you an upfront listing fee AND takes a cut of every sale). You keep EVERYTHING you make, and you’re at the mercy of NO ONE. WooCommerce is a free plugin that can easily up you create your online store in minutes, and if you use Bluehost for your hosting, you can automatically integrate it into your site. This is especially awesome if you don’t have a lot of technical knowledge (or interest in the technical side of blogging).

5 – If you don’t want to do it yourself you can easily outsource

Speaking of not having the knowledge or interest to do some things for your blog…

One great thing about having a WordPress blog is that there are a lot of people who know a lot of things about WordPress, and they would be more than happy to help you figure things out (or do things for you – you just have to allow them to sign up as an admin) … for a price.

Note: If you’re willing to let someone else sign up as an admin on your site (I do not recommend this), it has to be someone you really, really trust. Preferably, this will be someone you know personally, outside of the online world.

But there are tons of blogging tasks that you can outsource without giving someone else access to your site, like:

 

  1. Create custom infographics to correspond with your blog post.
  2. Create content upgrades – Give some added value to each and every blog post.
  3. Design social media graphics – Images to share, share, share … and get more traffic to your blog
  4. User test your website or blog – Do you really know what your site visitors’ experience is like? A user test will tell you.
  5. Write blog posts/articles – Note: You will still have to upload these yourself, but it can save you a ton of time. Writing takes forever. I’ve been working on this post for DAYS.
  6. Design blog graphics – Blogs are visual, so you have to add pictures to enhance the user experience. Somebody has to come up with them, and finding the right image (like writing the best content) can take time.
  7. Create custom forms – Remember that contact form we talked about earlier? It’s got to come from somewhere.
  8. Create a favicon or logo – What’s a favicon? It’s a special image that can help add identity and branding to your site. And if you don’t know what it is, you might need someone to help you design one.
  9. Design printables or ebooks – This can fall under the category of content upgrades, or these can be freebies you offer to email list subscribers.
  10. Write email sequences – After you get email subscribers, you will need to send them something, which means more writing … and more time spent writing. Let someone else do the work for you.
  11. Design an ebook cover or landing page – you’ll need something to drive potential email subscribers to your freebie offer. That’s what a landing page does
  12. Do keyword research – This is a biggie, and a lot of people don’t know where to start. You can find someone else who knows their stuff and can help you pick just the right keywords to rank on Google and get more visitors to your site.
  13. Create a content marketing plan – Do you have a plan for your blog … or for what to do with the content after you create it? Don’t know where to start? Let someone else come up with the plan for you.
  14. SEO audit – How does your site measure up in terms of SEO? The right virtual assistant will be able to tell you.

Where can you find someone who can do all these things for you? You’re not likely to find one person who can do ALL these things, but you can find several people who can do one (or more) of them. If you hire a bunch of different people to do things for you, then you’re going to want to find the best price possible. And there’s no better place to find the best price on a bunch of helpful services than Fiverr.com.

blogging tasks you can outsource to fiverr

 

You can literally find someone there to do each of these things, starting at only $5!

So, this is the first half of reasons for why you want to choose WordPress for your blog, but they’re pretty good ones, huh? Just wait till you see what comes next!

Which of these reasons resonates with you most? Is there something I’m missing? Let me know in the comments.

Why Wellness Now – 2017 End of the Year Performance Review

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2017 is drawing to a close, and I’m starting to see a lot of people post “year in review” posts on their blogs. I like reading them because I find them interesting. After all, we’re all kind of on this blogging journey together. So, I thought it would be cool if I came up with my own “year in review” post. And this is it.

2017 was a big year for this blog, because it was the year this blog began. I actually started this in the middle of October 2017 because I wanted an online outlet for promoting the many direct sales businesses I’m a member of. However, this blog quickly became much more than that. Now it’s dedicated to all things health and wellness, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m making it more about helping others, rather than just helping myself. And that’s (I’ve found) one of the best ways to find true happiness in this life.

In the 10 or so weeks that this blog has been in existence, I’ve written 26 posts (including this one). Here’s a list of my 10 most popular ones:

5 Tips for Eating Clean

5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immune System

Stop Sabotaging Your Health!

Why I Joined Norwex

3 Must-Have Productivity Tools

Put a Little Mud (Mask) on Your Face

Increase Your Happiness by Reaching Out to Others

Must-Have Gifts for People Who Love Essential Oils

Seven Ways to Beat Anxiety Naturally

4 Reasons You Might Want to Stop Drinking Alcohol … At Least for a Little While

LESSONS LEARNED IN 2017

  1. Don’t ignore StumbleUpon if you want steady, targeted traffic. In addition to my discovery that I needed to make this blog less about me and my search for online income, something else big happened in 2017. I learned the power of StumbleUpon. I started really buckling down and using it the right way (stumbling 10 of other people’s posts for every one of my own), and I saw a crazy surge in traffic. In fact, it is now my #1 source of traffic. Lesson learned.

Here’s what my traffic stats looked like in 2017

  • October: 698 hits (367 unique)
  • November: 4173 (1004 unique)
  • December: 16,118 (5,798 unique)

Can you guess when I started upping my StumbleUpon strategy? Yeah, it was December.

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2. You can’t (and shouldn’t) go it alone. I never really wanted to blog alone. Part of the reason for starting a blog is so you can connect with other people, but when you connect with other bloggers and help them develop their blogs while they help you develop yours … that’s something like magic.

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I joined ViralContentBee and started dedicating at least part of my blogging time to promoting the blog posts of others. In return, the others on the site promote my blog posts. Social sharing is critical when it comes to getting people to see your blog, and social social sharing is a win-win for everyone involved.

I also joined a Facebook group for women bloggers (sorry, men!) that is really active and awesome. There are daily threads where you can post your blogs and/or social media accounts. You share other people’s, and they share yours. Again, it’s a win-win.

Finally, toward the end of this month I joined what is probably going to be the single biggest deal for my blog going into 2018, the Wealthy Affiliates community and training program. For just $49 a month ($19 for the first month), you get access to what is basically an affiliate marketing university. It’s awesome.

Oh, you also get unlimited access to the equally awesome Jaaxy keyword research tool. That totally makes it worth it to me. If you’ve never tried this keyword tool, you can try it out for free (up to 30 searches per month). But if you’re anything like me you’re going to want to opt in to the paid program because keyword searching becomes so addictive after a while.

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3. You can make money, but you can’t make millions overnight. No matter what anyone tells you or what you may want to believe, you cannot make millions of dollars overnight with a blog. At least, you can’t do it without getting your site penalized for black hat tactics. I decided a long time ago that that was not the way I wanted to blog, and I’m sticking to it.

My ultimate goal is to make $1000 per month with this blog, although I’d be over the moon thrilled if I got up to $5000 per month. I think I could quit my day job then. For now, my blog income is looking pretty pathetic.

I wrote one ebook, one paperback journal, and one freebie checklist (all of these can be attained for free by signing up to my email list. I posted the ebook and the journal for sale on Amazon, and I’ve made a little bit of money selling those. In fact, I’ve had more luck selling the books than I have gaining email subscribers by giving the books away. In the three months I’ve been blogging, I’ve gained two email subscribers (and lost one – when I sent a “Happy Thanksgiving” email, go figure!). So, now I have all of 24. Building my email list is something I’m going to focus more on in 2018, for sure.

Here’s a breakdown of my blog income for 2017 (don’t laugh; please don’t laugh! Everybody has to start somewhere, right?):

  • October: $0 – Yep, that’s right. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
  • November: $2 (ebook and journal sales)
  • December: $7.67 (ebook sales and Amazon affiliate sales)

As you can see, I am pretty far from reaching my goal, but my income is steadily increasing. And, as I plan to release my first Thinkific course some time during January 2018, I’m expecting my income to increase even more. I don’t think my goal is as far off as it seems, although I know I’ve still got a lot of work to do to get there.

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Blogging goals for 2018

  1. Learn how to increase email subscribers and do it.
  2. Finish Thinkific course and start promoting that through the blog (and the blog through the course).

2017 has been a year filled with blogging success for me. There have been a few setbacks and some disappointments, but overall I’m choosing to focus on all the progress I’ve made in these last few months of 2017.

What blogging successes and/or failures have you had in 2017? What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments!

3 Must-Have Productivity Tools

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In addition to running this blog, I work a full-time job at a daycare, and I have a couple of side work-at-home jobs as a freelance editor and a direct sales representative. Needless to say, I’m busy. Busy, busy, busy. But you probably are too. And maybe you’re looking for ways to increase your productivity (I know I always am).

How much do you think your workflow could improve if you could find a way to:

* Limit distractions in this distraction-filled world
* Stay focused on a single task at a time?

You’re well on your way to getting more done, but it’s not always easy to get there. But thanks to the amazing technology we have available to us today, there are a plenty of tools out there that can help.

Here are 3 of my favorite productivity tools that help me limit distractions and stay focused.

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#1: Rescue Time 

It’s important to get the distractions out of the way first, because even while technology brings us so many great productivity tools it also brings us tremendous distractions. RescueTime helps you track how you spend your time on your computer and/or your mobile devices, and it helps you identify where you’re spending (or, often, wasting) a lot of your time.

RescueTime will:

  • Alert you when you’re spending a certain amount of time on a specific activity
  • Allow you to block distracting websites during focus time
  • Keep track of what you accomplished throughout the day
  • Identify how much time you spend on a variety of activities, including email, meetings, etc.

And you can sign up for either the “lite” version, which is completely free, or the premium service to gain access to added features.

focus booster pomodoro app

#2: Focus Booster Pomodoro App

The Focus Booster app is based on the Pomodoro Technique, which is a long-standing productivity technique that uses a timer for focused work periods (usually 25 minutes), followed by a  3-5-minute break. After you complete 4 work periods, you get a 15-30-minute. The idea is you stay completely focused on the task at hand during the work period.

There are a lot of apps that can help you execute the Pomodoro Technique, but Focus Booster is one of the best. They have a free starter plan that allows you up to 20 sessions per month, or you can sign up for one of thei reasonable yearly fee plans and get unlimited sessions and extra features (after a free 30-day trial).

The app keeps a time sheet for you and produces a report that allows you to track your productivity and identify ways you can become even more productive.

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#3: Focus @ Will 

I love, love, love this program! It’s something very different from probably anything else you’ve ever tried, but it’s scientifically proven to increase your focus and productivity. And if you love music like I do, you’re going to be really excited about this.

Focus@Will uses human neuroscience and music to help you focus, limit distractions, get productive, and retain more information. All you do is answer a few questions, and the software will determine the right music to put your brain in a flow state that makes you super productive. And this really works! I know. I’ve tried it, and they totally nailed it for me!

There is a free 2-week trial, so you can see if it works for you. I really think it will, and you’ll never want to stop using it.

Try the tools on this list, and let me know what you think. And if you’ve got a productivity tool you love, let me know about it in the comments below. I’d love to gather up your answers and make a follow-up blog post featuring more great productivity tools!

How I Monetize This Blog … and You Can Too!

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How I Monetize This Blog …

and You Can Too!

I’m going to take a little break from talking about health and wellness topics to talk about something else: Blogging.

Recently, I was contacted by someone who asked a simple question: How do you monetize your blog? And I was about to respond to her privately when I realized that this was a great question to answer publicly. Someone else might want to know the same thing someday. And maybe there’s someone out there who’s thinking about starting a blog and trying to make money with it, but they don’t know where to start. This post might help them.

Is that person you? I hope you find this helpful!

Amazon Associates

Seven years ago, I began my blogging journey with a site called HubPages. At that time, I signed up as an Amazon affiliate, because HubPages and Amazon were partners. Since then, HubPages has started its own advertising program, so you make money whenever anyone visits your hubs (articles). It’s not a whole lot, but it adds up after a while, and the steady PayPal payments are nice.

I don’t make much money with Amazon using HubPages anymore, but the beauty of the Amazon Associates program is you can use it with your own sites, and this is where the bulk of my Amazon traffic and income comes from now.

Need more information about how to make money as an Amazon affiliate? Check out this book (and, yes, this is an affiliate link, but the beauty of me sharing it is you can sign up as an affiliate of this book and make money with it too!).

My Own Direct Sales Businesses

When I first began this blog, I wanted it to be a place where I could highlight some of my favorite products from the companies for which I’m a consultant (there are several – I’m kind of a direct sales junkie). So, from time to time I’ll post articles about, or link to products from:

Gold Canyon

Jewelscent

LinenWorld and More*

Norwex

NuSkin*

*Note: LinenWorld and NuSkin are ABSOLUTELY FREE to join, so if you’re looking for an inexpensive home business to start, you can’t go wrong with one of these. Being a direct sales consultant is kind of like being an affiliate. You earn commission for every sale you bring to the company. But you have a little more ownership of a Jewelscent business, for example, than you do your Amazon affiliate relationship. Obviously, in the latter case, Amazon is going to be the one calling the shots. All of them. All the time.

So, by linking to my direct sales sites, I’m monetizing this blog, in a way. Any sale I get from any link I post in this blog is going to be, quite literally, money in my pocket.

Skimlinks and Other

Affiliate Marketing Solutions

I was recently introduced to Skimlinks. As soon as I heard about it, I just had to sign up. Skimlinks gives you access to 18,000 merchants across 37 different affiliate networks (including Amazon, but if you’re already signed up as an Amazon Associate and have the toolbar, you can – and probably should – continue to use that). What does this mean for you? You don’t have to sign up for all those individual affiliate programs (either those that are merchant-specific, or the larger sites like Commission Junction, ShareASale, and Rakuten LinkShare).

The approval requirements for Skimlinks are pretty easy to meet. I think you have to have, like, 30 hits a day total … and you have to have mostly original, useful content. They really stress that in their business model, which is fine with me because I love writing about stuff. Content is no problem for me. I just got approved a few days ago, and I started this site less than two months ago, so Skimlinks is an excellent affiliate marketing platform for new websites. Plus, Skimlinks is really, really nice for bloggers because it automatically takes the links on your site that point to one of its partner brands and turns them into trackable affiliate links that make you money when anyone clicks on them. If you’re pressed for time, like I am, that “automatically” part sounds REALLY attractive!

I do still use Amazon (obviously, because it’s such a biggie it’s a no-brainer), ShareASale, and LinkShare. The latter two have some sites with products that are relevant to the scope of my blog that are not part of Skimlinks … yet, so it’s worth it to me to keep going with them. Note the key word, relevant, there. Relevance is so important when you’re talking about affiliate marketing. Don’t just copy and paste a bunch of links to products that have nothing to do with the scope of your site. It’s a major turnoff … and it’s called spam. Just not cool.

Email List, Books, and Online Courses

One of my latest books is a 30-day diet, exercise, emotion, and water tracking fitness journal. Click on the link to check it out, if you want, but don’t buy it. You can get the same book (PDF, minus the fancy cover) for free if you sign up for my email list (which is another tool I use to monetize the blog). Just scroll up to the top of this blog post and click on the book cover in the top right. That’ll take you to my email list sign-up form, and you’ll be able to download the journal immediately.

Now, please know that from time to time I’ll send you blog posts, reviews, etc. of products in the hopes that you might buy them if you sign up for my list. But I promise that I will not be pushy (I HATE pushy salespeople), and I promise to only promote products that I love and use myself, whether I’ve created them or not.

And, speaking of creating… I’m currently working on an online course that will (hopefully) be uploaded to Thinkific by the end of this month, just in time for the new year. It’s a ten-part course focused on improving health and losing weight by cutting sugar from your diet (better known as the sugar detox diet). UPDATE: The course release has been delayed slightly. Now I’m hoping to have it out by the end of January 2018, and I’m still hoping that more will follow.

More will come in the future. I’m hoping to release one course per month in 2018, and I don’t think that’s outside the realm of possibility.

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And That’s About It

Now you know what I’m currently doing to make money with my blog. In the future, I hope to add some blog advertisements and, possibly, some sponsored posts. I don’t quite have the traffic at this point. Some of the major players I’m looking at with this goal in mind require 10,000 hits per day, and I’ve got slightly over half of that, at this point. I’ll update this post in the future once I get up and running with those monetization tools.

At any rate, I hope I’ve given you a little sense of what’s possible in monetizing your blog. I’ve published 14 posts in a little over 6 weeks (so, just two blog posts a day, on average, and I’m well on my way to making this blog a major source of income for me and my family. I’m not there yet, but I can see it being a possibility in the not-too-distant future.

Any questions? Let me know in the comments below. I’ll do what I can to help!