We spend the majority of our days running around getting things done. So, when you try to throw building a blogging business into the mix it's important to get used to the idea of swallowing your pride and learning how to ask for help.
There are two questions that I know many people ask before they start a blog: (1) 'Can I really make money blogging?' and (2) 'How much does it cost to start a blog?' Today I am going to break down for you the cost of blogging when you are just starting out.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret of mine—I don't always like sitting down to write. Does that surprise you? A lot of people get the impression that bloggers just love sitting down and pouring over their keyboards with words just spilling out of their fingers. Don't get me wrong, there are times when it feels like that. There are times when I can't seem to get the words out fast enough. But, then there are plenty of days when I sit down and just can't seem to force myself to start writing. Can you relate?
If you have been asking yourself questions like "What do I write about?", "What blog post ideas will my readers connect with?", or simply "Where do I start?" don't worry. I have you covered. I'm going to share 6 theme ideas that readers love. These are general ideas which will allow you to easily tailor them to your category or niche. You can just choose one to use on your first, or next, blog post and get started.
Yes, you read that right. Today's topic is meal planning. Yes, I know it has nothing to do with blogging. And, yes, blogging is important. And, while you may have thought blogging was all I was going to talk about for this series, we have one thing that makes us different than many other bloggers. We have children! There are these little humans depend on us to give them love, attention, clean clothes, and the food that they need.
Starting a blog is overwhelming. There is no way around it. There is a lot to do. It's hard to know where your time should be spent and it's really easy to feel completely lost. But, it doesn't have to be that way. The reason so many people find themselves in this position is that they are starting off all wrong.
Are you struggling to make blogging a daily habit? Do you feel overwhelmed with a never-ending to do list? I know the feeling! Like many of you, I’m busy, juggling a full-time job, my blog/Etsy shop, and my personal life.
You know those times in life where you just get in a funk? You know you have things that need to be done to grow your blogging business but you just aren't motivated. That last thing you "feel" like doing is sitting down to work on your blog. Have you been there before? You're not alone!
It's time to grab your pen and paper or open your favorite note-taking app and let's get to work. I want to talk to you today about why it's so important to know the purpose of your blog.
If you have researched building a blogging business before you might have heard something similar regarding marketing topics and knowing your audience. But, that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about living with purpose and bringing that fire into your blogging business.
Running a blogging business is not easy. It doesn't matter what your situation is, it's going to be a challenge. However, when you’re a mom and you add little ones into the mix it adds a new piece to the puzzle. They depend on you for everything which makes it more difficult to find the time to complete your blogging business tasks. You can't just set aside your "mom" tasks in order to run your business. Those little humans are counting on you and you need to make sure they have the time, attention, love, and snuggles that they need!
That's why the first of the mom hacks is to help you learn how to boost your productivity by changing your mindset. Let's get started.
Having a blogging business is amazing! Right? You get to share information about something you are passionate about, help others, work from just about anywhere, and have control over your schedule. But, there is one small drawback that many bloggers experience—it can be lonely.
If you're like me, you started blogging because you enjoy writing. You have a message you want to communicate, something you are passionate about that you want to share with the world and you enjoy writing about. Thus, your blog was born. However, it doesn't take long to realize there is a lot more to having a blogging business than simply writing, like finding stock photos to create graphics with.
If you’re new to the idea of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), it’s very important do a quick study on the subject as it can potentially help your readers find your blog posts. Search Engine Optimization is about using certain keywords within your content so that Google and other search engines can identify what your blog posts and pages are about.
Building a profitable blog is exciting, and when the first bit of money comes in it's such a relief feeling like all the hard work that you have been doing is about to pay off. But, it doesn't take long to realize that it's irregular income that is hard to predict and maintain.
I love answering the questions that my readers and viewers have. And there is one question that is asked more than any other. It's simply highly sought-after information by bloggers. Here it is—"How do I use the Google Keyword Planner?"
If you usually follow along with me, you know that I don't typically share my income and expense reports. My husband and I are fairly private people and it's just not information I like to share on a regular basis. But this particular blog post is for a very special occasion. It's my 3-year blogiversary!
In celebration, I asked you what video you wanted to see next and you chose— my income report! And, I totally get it. When I was starting out in my blogging journey I was interested in seeing those numbers too. It was motivating to see what was possible in the blogging world along with seeing how to make money blogging.
There is one thing that tends to appeal to all bloggers that are trying to grow a blogging business—the idea of making passive income. I mean who wouldn't want to make money from their blog even though they are at the park playing with their kids? I know I like that option.
But, this is also one of the things that frustrate bloggers the most. It's not easy to figure out how to earn money online.
Do you feel like everywhere you turn you are hearing about the importance of email list building? Many bloggers know that they need to have an email list, and may even try, but they can't seem to get subscribers.
Any working mom knows that it can be tough to balance the requirements of work with the regular household duties, like cleaning. That's why I invented a process that I call the "Blogging Mom Cleaning Method!" It's a simple and quick cleaning routine that any mom can benefit from.
Today I have a battle of the platforms for you. One of the questions that I see on a regular basis from my readers looks something like this: "I'm ready to get started blogging, but don't know where to start to set up my site. What's better WordPress.org or Squarespace?"
I'm a tough cookie when it comes to getting free stuff as a blogger in exchange for a review. Ask any company or individual who's ever sent me an email. It's very hard (read: impossible) to convince me to promote your stuff to my audience if I don't think they'll benefit from it in some way.
But when this subscription box for female entrepreneurs sent me an email in March, it was a no brainer- you guys were going to love it!
If there's one place that I see a lot of women get stuck when building a blogging business, it's none other than SELLING. And, I totally get it. The idea of selling products on your blog just seems to irk some people.
Have you ever wondered how all these women claim to be making money with a professional blog? Maybe you have your own personal blog but haven't quite figured out how to be a pro blogger, or maybe you desperately want to have a blogging business but don't know where to start. I've been in your shoes before.
Hey guys! Today I want to talk about working in different spaces within your home when you’re trying to be a professional blogger and beat procrastination at the same time—not an easy thing when you have children running around! #WAHMLIFE
Normally when companies ask me if I want to do an unboxing or product review for free, I say no. I'm tough on myself and make sure I say thank, but no thanks to anything I don't believe will fit in my niche or will help you guys in some way. This is why I'm thrilled about this particular company...
When most people are starting out in the blogging world, they don't usually have a ton of money to invest in it. I know I didn't! And to be quite frank, I feel like a lot of us are not even sure that blogging is something we want to do forever.
We feel like we want to test it out and see if it's a good fit for the long term. And when that's the case, we're not interested in throwing hundreds and hundreds of dollars towards it. So I'm here to tell you that you can absolutely work with the bare minimum (when you're starting out) without blowing up your expenses!
Finding a blog niche is one of the things that a lot of my students get overwhelmed with. They know they have to choose the perfect niche. They want to choose the perfect niche. They just have a really hard time doing it! So I have a nifty tip for you...
Even bloggers and vloggers need to know what to pack when traveling! I've got a simple travel checklist if you need to do a little work on the go. Here are my blogger and vlogger (since I do both) travel essentials!
Have you ever wondered, “How much money do bloggers make?” Well, I have such a special blogging income and expenses report to share this month!
My business hit a huge milestone in August 2017 with over $7,800 in monthly revenue and to celebrate, I’m sharing details about my “make money blogging” journey. I'll be talking about what I did right, what I did wrong, and what this means for the future of AllisonLindstrom.com!
Today I’m sharing a special vlog! As many of you know, I live in a suburb of Houston and so many of our communities have been devastated by the cruel effects of Hurricane Harvey. AdThrive is an ad company I work with and they reached out to me, hoping to find a way we could coordinate a plan to help the victims of the massive flooding seen in Houston. This is what happened…