What Is a Blog and How Does It Work To Make Money in 2020 | From a Full-Time Blogger Making $25k/mo

What Is a Blog and How Does It Work To Make Money in 2020 | From a Full-Time Blogger Making $25k/mo

Hey! Вon’t believe what others are saying
blogging is not dead! actually there is no better time to start blogging than
today because we’re living in a digital paced world where do you go to check
reviews before you buy anything even if it’s sold in an offline store you first
go to Google and search for reviews don’t you and where do you find the best
whole organization tips and who gives you all the recipes for your Sunday
family dinners I bet it’s not your grandma
I bet it’s some blogger who never met you and who has a fantastic collection
of healthy recipes everyone is learning and purchasing things online nowadays
that’s why it’s such a great time to start a blog hi I’m Alice tasia
and you can find my blog at anastasia blogger.com that’s actually a pretty
nice domain name for a blogger isn’t it I’ll tell you secret I only chose it
because when I started my blog I have no clue what I was going to write about I
was lost in choosing the niche so I figured I’m
going to just put my name on the blog domain and eventually it worked out well
for me as now Anastasia blogger Descamps sounds like a solid brand name and on
this channel I share my tips for starting a blog in online business for
driving traffic from Pinterest and for making money online if that’s what you
want to learn about then subscribe to my channel and hit the bell button so you
get notified about my new videos so we’re all consumers of online content
and it’s not the future it is the reality you might be here right now
because you want to start a blog or you already have one but you want to learn
how to make money out of it and I’m probably a good person to talk about
blogging and making money because I am in this game for about three years now
and my blogging income has grown to about twenty or twenty five thousand
dollars in monthly income so I know what I’m talking about when I say that you
can make a very good income blogging and I actually made another video with a
detailed income report for the month where
I made $25,000 with my blog so I’ll give you a link to that video in the top
right corner and in the description below this video but before you start a
blog I want to talk about the basics what is a blog actually have to start it
and finally how you will make money from it
what is it blog and what are the benefits of running a blog a blog is
considered to be an online journal but technically it can be also considered an
informational website it’s good for people who want to make money by sharing
information and also for business owners who want to promote products or services
online the content of a blog typically includes texts photos videos animated
gifs illustrations and for graphics and more and I would say there are two main
types of blocks the first one is blocks created by
people who call themselves bloggers and the idea is usually to make money on it
with advertising work by selling affiliate products and you share
information people read your posts and companies show their ads and you’re
getting paid for it this model is great for beginners but
don’t get me wrong it’s not only for beginners a lot of huge online brands
started technically as blogs probably you know names like BuzzFeed TechCrunch
the penny holder and these are all very big publishers making now probably over
a million dollars a month with advertising and with sponsored content
on their sites but they all had their humble beginnings as blogs and the
second big type of blocks is created by companies or maybe people who already
have a business and they want to use a blog to connect with their audience
better it serves as a platform where you can put all the information about you or
about your business and vlogging is the perfect platform if you want to build a
strong community and build trust with your audience with consistent blogging
and with constant production of high-quality posts and information your
business will look more credible and people will start going to your blog for
advice for reading about your products recommendations and more and another
benefit of blogging for business especially
if you’re a product focused business is that you can share more detailed
instructions and how to’s for your products let’s say you have a fashion
brand you can make blog posts with texts and photos about different ways on how
you can style a particular piece of clothing and if you are a beauty or a
skincare brand you can share a detailed procedure on how you can apply and use
your products in a nutshell you can build awareness and credibility
for your business or personal brand through blogging and if you ask me what
kind of blog is Anastasia blogger.com honestly it started as the first type of
blogs I was mostly relying on advertising income and on affiliate
offers on my blog in the first year and a half but over time I started adding
some digital products and most of them are printable ebooks and meal plans but
I also built my signature digital course that helps others learn how they can
drive free organic traffic from Pinterest platform
it’s called Pinterest SEO traffic secrets and this course and the way I
started using my blog posts to establish connection with my audience around the
topic of Pinterest marketing all of this moved my blog more towards the second
type so I treated more like a business so when blog is used for growing your
business it becomes the second type of blog and
what do you need to start a blog you could start a blog on a free blogging
platform like blogger or WordPress dot-com
but I honestly do not recommend doing this because you have a very long and
untrustworthy address of your site if you do so it will look like on the
wordpress.com it will look something like my favorite recipes dot
wordpress.com and if you have your own domain name it could make it easier to
memorize it because it will be shorter it will be simply my favorite recipes
com and the second reason I do not recommend using these free blogging
hosting platforms is because you will be limited in lots of ways you won’t be
able to use all the monetization options you might want to and your website will
not be seen by search engines as a serious candidate
for ranking your pages high in search results and last but not least since
your website is hosted on a free platform this platform can be shut down
any day and all the work will be lost there because your content was published
on their platform so it’s technically doesn’t even belong to you what do you
need to do instead well you intend to make money with your
blog down to you so why don’t you change your mindset from trying to do
everything for free – thinking of it as of an investment into your business if
you had to start a business in an offline world in most cases you would
need to invest something before you make your first money right luckily with
blogging you don’t have to invest that much you can start a self-hosted website
meaning it will be your own domain and the hosting will be an independent paid
hosting for about the price of a cup of coffee a month I recommend everyone the
most affordable hosting provider that I started with as a beginner blogger it
can cost you from two ninety five dollars a month if you use my affiliate
link with a special pricing that Bluehost offers to my subscribers by the
way I cannot guarantee that the special pricing will be available forever so you
might want to go in the description below this video and find the link to
this offer while it’s still available and before we move on to the next part
of this video I just wanted to let you know that if you actually get got
inspired by this video and you decided to start your blog but you’re not sure
how to actually monetize it and what are the steps of creating a blog or a
website I have a free starter course 7-day free email course that includes
also some videos and you can sign up for this course on the home page of my site
and also I’ll give you a link in the top right corner and in the description
below this video and I also would like to talk about the essential parts of a
blog it’s very important to understand the parts of your blog so you don’t have
any issues whenever you need to customize your theme or change something
in the code of your blog so I will talk about some fundamental parts of the blog
that every blogger should know about to deliver a seamless
user experience but I want to note here that you can add or remove some parts of
the blog that even from those fundamental parts that I will mention
because it will all depend on your personal preferences and also on the
goals that you have with your blog just keep in mind whenever you decide to
remove some of the blog elements you want to make sure that you’re aware of
all the pros and cons of doing this so the first element is basically the your
home page it’s what we’re looking at at my side now the home page is where your
visitors will go if they want to have a quick overview of what your blog is
about and what kind of content you’re creating the home page should be
visually attractive and user friendly or else your visitors will quickly leave it
and they will not understand how to navigate through your site and your home
page should also clearly reflect what your blog or what your business is about
that’s why as you can see on my home page I talked here about my free courses
my paid courses about all them I also give links to the blog posts related to
either Pinterest marketing tips or just in general blogging tips and I also give
links to some of the future both the best posts that I believe are the most
important on my site and other pages that you can show on your site the
important ones need to have links to them from the home page I used the top
menu for this so the important pages are the most common ones are about page and
on this page you can give and more in-depth introduction about you or about
your business you can add some history of your business you can talk about your
vision why you started your website what your blog is about and anything else
that you find really important to show to your users to explain your story and
the next type of pages is called category pages in this case I’m giving
you I’m giving a link to the blogging category on my site because I find it
the most important for me to show it to my audience this specific category
of blog posts and so inside this category all the posts that I ever
created related to blogging or to Pinterest tips listed on this category
and I think that it is essential to add at least one category to your homepage
menu the one that you think is the most important for your audience because it
will help your readers to find related content to relate it to what they’re
interested in and furthermore by adding categories you’re helping your older
posts like the ones that are on the page 7 for example be seen and they will not
be buried by hundreds of new posts because users can navigate route through
this category a lot of blogs also have a special page called contact page and on
this page you will put your contact form you can also add your email address or
office address and if you have a physical address you know or maybe your
office hours so your visitors can easily reach out to you in my case I prefer to
keep the email address right here on my about page but if you want to have a
special page that has even a special form where users can instead of giving
them the email address you could just give them a form right on that page you
could use that option as well and then you could have a page called shop I also
give a link to it in my home page top menu and this only applies to you if
you’re selling your own products it is important to let your visitors know what
they can easily find and buy through your website so when you’re adding this
shop page you can conveniently showcase all kinds of products that you sell on
your side and you can redirect your visitors even to an e-commerce site if
you’re also hosting your ecommerce store on a separate platform a separate domain
you could also use a page from your from your blog you could link to a shop this
way and then another type of pages you could have on your site is either work
with me that’s how I called it it could be called courses that could be called
services and this is somewhat similar to shop
though to the shop page if you’re selling online courses or maybe you’re
offering some online services it is best to let your audience know that
immediately right in your homepage in the top menu so they know that they can
browse through your site and find a selection of your services and of course
an essential part of any blog site is blog posts a blog post can be either a
text article it can include images or infographics or can even include some
some of your videos that you published it maybe even outside of your blog
platform might be on YouTube but you can also include them in your blog post and
it is important to know that the more regular you update or publish your your
new blog posts the better it is because it will make your visitors keep coming
back to your website and of course the content of your posts must be related to
your brand obviously so if you are a fashion blog it wouldn’t be ideal to
suddenly make a post about cars or technology right so no one will find you
credible that way and you should only post about things in which you have
expertise and you’re comfortable and confident talking about and another very
important part of any blog website is blog comments that can be found within
your blog posts at the at the end at the bottom part of them and it will actually
depend on you if you want to turn them on or if you want to keep them off but I
just want you to know that the comments section is one of the top places in your
blog wherein you can build a community and you can engage with your readers so
I do suggest turning them on and you can always have if you have worried about
spam you can have a spam filter on your site especially there on WordPress there
are so many plugins to do this you can also manually approve all the incoming
comments so you can filter them out and just add the ones that have no any
spanner links in them and another essential part of any blog as I believe
it should be an opt-in form an opt-in form is your subscription form for your
email newsletter this can either be in a form of a pop-up
that shows up on top of your content it can be a widget like this one inside the
content of your blog post it can be even in a form of a simple banner like this
that gives you a link to another page where users can opt-in to sign up for
your list I recommend collecting subscribers to
your newsletter the very moment when you start your blog even if you don’t send
any newsletters yet because you don’t want to miss out on people who might
just be your potential customers so once you decide to send send out your first
newsletter you will already have some significant amount of subscribers into
your list and then of course every site should have a footer you will see at the
bottom of your blog post page it can can usually be the same for the home page
and for other pages and usually it includes either the links to some
important pages like contact page about page privacy policy disclosure pages and
also it may include some links to your social media profiles so the audience
can continue following you outside of your blog so how do you actually make
money from your blog I have another video on my channel that covers in
detail all the monetization strategies that you can use for your blog including
display ads affiliate marketing selling your own products and services and using
sponsorships and partnerships and as a beginner you will probably need to start
with display ads and affiliate marketing since you don’t have your own products
to sell yet and the fastest way of driving traffic in many niches I’m not
saying that in all the niches but in many niches its Pinterest organic
traffic and I have lots of videos on this channel that will help you start a
Pinterest account and drive traffic to your site and if you really want to
start with a step-by-step guide a blueprint and conquer Pinterest platform
within months then check out my signature program called Pinterest SEO
traffic secrets and I’ll give you a link to it in the info icon and also in the
description below this video now I don’t like repeating myself a lot so I
would say if you want to learn more about
duration strategies for a blog then check that video that I mentioned it
will be in the description below this video as well and I have to tell you
that if you want to create a successful blog that will bring you first side
income and then probably it can even replace your full-time job you need to
be strategic and think very well about the niche of your blog and the ways that
you will actually make money with it if you are starting a blog just to write
about your travel experiences and you hope that random information about the
cities you visit it will make you rich and famous then usually this is not
going to happen you can’t write about things that happen in your daily life
and hope that people will just follow you for your story
this kind of blogging is really in the past and I don’t think it was ever much
profitable to be honest so to make a profitable blog you need to offer users
answers and solutions for their problems and in my next video I will cover the
most profitable niches that are great for starting a blog or a website this
year so if you want to learn more you need to subscribe and hit the bell
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below this video and have a great one I will see you in the next videos

11 thoughts on “What Is a Blog and How Does It Work To Make Money in 2020 | From a Full-Time Blogger Making $25k/mo

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  2. Hi, Anastasia

    I'm a big fan of yours
    I want to ask you a question. I have an e-commerce website, and part of the traffic comes from Pinterest.

    A month ago I started a blog for my store as a source of content marketing.
    I was confused as to whether to register a new Pinterest account or still use the existing one.
    I hope to get your reply.
    Thank you very much!

  3. you have about 60 videos on pinterest marketing am I correct to assume this is your FULL knowledge base on pinterest marketing? If I go threw and apply everything you have mentioned I in theory should have a solid pinterest account? and no need to buy your course?

  4. Dear Ana
    Thank u after watching some of your valuable videos I start to click LIKE before watching your new video because I trust it 🙂
    Nothing will change if u don't have time just to look to my store if it's ok from ur point of view or there's something i miss.
    Want start marketing but work never end!!!

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