How To Start a Blog That Makes a Difference and Makes Money

So you want to start a blog from scratch, or maybe you already have a blog and want to make sure that you’re not missing anything. Either way, I think I can help you out but before I do that I want to give you my credentials. You shouldn’t take my advice just to take it. If you feel that I’m someone worth listening to, I invite you to read this article. If not, I want you to feel comfortable leaving. Don’t waste your time reading things that don’t matter.

My Resume As A Blogger

After running more traditional websites for a few years, I started my first blog (CourtneyTuttle.com) in February, 2007 and my second (TheKeywordAcademy.com) with my business partner (Mark) in November, 2008. We worked really hard on those two blogs and helped a lot of people to learn about online business. Everything we’ve done with our blogs is a long story but here are the highlights:

  • The majority of the time we have had those two blogs (after about a one year start-up period of course), we have been able to produce at least $30,000 per month.
  • In our all-time best month, we produced more than $50,000 in net revenue.
  • Many of our students have gone on to create online businesses that produce over $10,000 per month. Some of them have done this through blogging and some of them have started other types of online businesses that are very similar to blogging.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I should tell you that we don’t blog often on those two sites anymore. We used them to get a lot of initial traction and were able to semi-retire from blogging on them and kind of coast off of their residual traffic, but that’s a different story altogether.

How To Start A Blog That Makes A Difference And Makes Money

‘Makes a difference’ and ‘make money’ are very much connected, especially if you want to make a lot of money for the long term.

I have tried and succeeded at making a lot of money with blogs that didn’t really make much of a difference in the world, but I was never able to get that success to last.

One blog I started (it was a blog about loans and finance) got a lot of valuable traffic, but honestly didn’t provide that ‘matters’ factor. The site brought in a lot of revenue for a while and I was still able to make $60,673.41 lifetime via Adsense with the blog:

Inevitably, that blog failed. As you can see, it’s still sitting there collecting dust. No one uses it, shares it, or links to it and it no longer gets a significant amount of traffic. Reviving it isn’t worth my time and I would just delete it if it wasn’t an important teaching tool.

Over the years I have seen some of my blogs succeed and some of them ultimately fail. I can tell you with ultimate conviction that the blogs that continue to succeed continuously are the ones that matter. That’s an indisputable fact. I believe 100% that there’s only one way to really make money continuously with low risk through blogging and that’s by making a blog that makes a difference for people. Intimidating yet crucial.

I want to highlight a few blog posts from blogs that I believe achieve are ‘making a real difference’ and they may not be exactly what you would expect.

Example 1 from AllThingsThrifty.com

My sister Brooke, founder of AllThingsThrifty.com, is a phenomenally successful blogger who has long since passed me in traffic in fact in the last 30 days her site has had a whopping 215,677 unique visitors.

Take a look at this blog post of hers: How To Make Upholstered Headboards (I know, not the topic you would expect me to highlight right?). Here’s what I want to highlight: this post not only teaches people how to make upholstered headboards, it shows the actual making of an upholstered headboard. I picked this example but in all honesty, her site is full of useful posts like this one.

Example 2 from Whole9Life.com

This example comes from Dallas and Melissa Hartwig of Whole9Life.com, two people who I would very much like to meet. They have an exceptional business and hugely successful blog that undoubtedly leads to a lot of sales of their books and programs.

The post I want you to take a look at is found here: Clean Mass Gain: A Case Study. This blog post is awesome because it’s a real life case study, performed by Dallas himself. He decided to eat clean foods while lifting heavy weights in an attempt to gain lean muscle. The blog post links to a .pdf file where he records his results and offers advice. Pure awesomeness.

Most people blogging would just publish what they think needs to happen to gain clean body mass.

Example 3 from FourHourWorkWeek.com

This example comes to us from Tim Ferriss of FourHourWorkWeek.com. He consistently takes this concept to the extreme and honestly, people love him for it.

The post I want to highlight is called ‘How To Lose 20 Pounds Of Fat In 30 Days, Without Doing Any Exercise‘. In the post, Tim outlines the diet he personally used to lose 25 pounds of fat in six weeks. He lived it first and published it second. People LOVED it. They also loved the follow-up book full of Tim’s experiments with the human body: The Four Hour Body.

This post would have had minimal effect if Tim hadn’t gone through the process of losing 25 pounds of fat himself. It would have just been a theory and people don’t respond to theories.

None of these examples shares some mystical philosophy or uses an outer-worldly writing ability (although both can write extremely well). They just believe in helping people and are willing to go the extra mile to do it. And, they do it continually.

Learn how to do that, and you can develop a blog that matters and makes a difference, in any niche you choose, regardless of the competition.

How Much Do Good Bloggers Make?

At this point, it isn’t that difficult to provide proof that people make a lot of money blogging. I have plenty of people in my personal network who make either full-time incomes or a lot more than the average full-time income through blogging. There are also plenty of bloggers who provide income reports. Here are some blogs that I talked about in my last income report round-up, along with how much they’re making through their blogs. These figures are all for one month:

  • Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome.com: $47,848.18 in October, 2012
  • Jeff and Mandy Rose from Dollars and Roses: $12,092.08 in September, 2012
  • Matt Wolfe from Business and Blogs: $9,315.56 in September, 2012
  • Steve Pavlina from StevePavlina.com: over $40,000 per month (he’s not on the report because he doesn’t report income anymore)

The list could go on. My sister makes a full time income. Her friend Beckie makes a full-time income. I make a full-time income.

Getting Started

If I had to start my online career over today, I would still start a blog. Period. In my opinion it’s by far the best way for a beginner to get started.

There are a lot of different platforms that you can use to start blogging. The most popular are Blogger, WordPress.com, and WordPress.org. There are definitely benefits to all but there’s really no comparison if you want to start a blog that really stands out. WordPress.org is the way to go. Feel free to research this on your own, you’ll come to the same conclusion.

Reasons to choose WordPress.org:

  • You end up with your own domain name (mysite.com instead of mysite.blogspot.com or mysite.wordpress.com).
  • You will have full control of every aspect of your site.
  • You can add an ecommerce store, forum, membership site or any other bit of functionality you want to add to your site. I know a few blogs who could benefit in a huge way by adding a forum but can’t because they’re on Blogger.
  • Many web hosting companies make it ridiculously easy to get started. The hosting company I recommend is Bluehost (aff). You can have your blog up and running in literally 3 minutes.

After you have it installed, it’s really easy to use for beginners and allows you to do pretty much whatever you want later on down the road.

Not convinced? Good because in all honesty, I’ve probably made it all sound too easy. Having your own business of any type requires a lot of work and I want to be completely up front about that. You have to put in time and energy. I’m guessing that some of you are willing to do the work and just need to learn the expertise. That, I can help you with.

The Process Of Creating Blog Posts That Actually Make A Difference

Nothing is more important than creating blog posts that are interesting and useful and there’s an art to creating them. I’ll be honest and admit that there was a time when I feared this aspect of blogging. I had a hard time wrapping my brain around what posts would be useful and what posts wouldn’t be.

The first step is in being willing to invest a massive amount of time into a single blog post. I asked Brooke from AllThingsThrifty.com how long it took her to create her ‘How To Make Upholstered Headboards‘ post. She told me that between making the headboards, taking the pictures, and creating the post, it took about seven hours. Pat Flynn has said that his incredible ‘How To Start A Podcast‘ post took over 30 hours of work to complete.

On the other end of the spectrum, people try to get by writing posts like this:

Go to Home Depot and buy some MDF. Cut the MDF into the shape of the headboard. Get some fabric that you want to use for the headboard. Buy those little circle things. Buy some foam. Cut the foam and the fabric to match the shape of the headboard but make it a little bigger. Put the foam on the MDF, cover with fabric, and staple the back. Use the circle things to give the upholstered look. Use Google if you don’t know how.

You would have to be out of your mind to not see which style of post is going to be more effective in the long run. You can’t be afraid to be fully committed, even if it takes hours or even 100 hours to write a blog post.

I’ve found that there are almost always multiple ways to execute any blog post idea that I come up with. In other words, there are completely different levels of quality I can execute with. I want to give you a few examples of how this can work because this is the most important skill you can learn as a blogger.

Example 1

Let’s say for example purposes that you decide to be a fitness blogger and want to write a blog post about ‘How To Lose 10 Pounds’. There are many methods that you could use to execute this idea. The first is the most commonly used:

Go to Google, get some ideas, and write the blog post.

Hopefully you can see that this post won’t be interesting, at all. Want to know what is interesting? Actually going through the struggle of losing 10 pounds yourself and if you are really committed to creating an awesome post, that’s exactly what you’ll do. Or, if you don’t have 10 pounds to lose, you’ll find someone who’s willing to go through that experience for you.

By going through that experience, you will automatically add about a million layers to the story. You will live the difficulty of it. I personally am really into fitness and would read real stories of people losing weight all day. If I land on a page that’s just giving out generic advice and/or theories, I’m out.

Example 2

Let’s say you’re a personal finance blogger and you want to write a blog post about ‘Saving Extra Money’. This time I’m going to skip the bad option because I think you get the idea.

The better option is to do it in your own life! Go a month trying to figure out every method you possibly can for saving extra money. Again, living it will add a million layers to the story. Obsess over it, study what other people say about it. Most importantly, make a difference in your own life. If you do that, it will make a difference for other people.

Post about the things that made the biggest difference. And, post about things that didn’t really matter. Saving $0.09 by buying a candy bar at Walmart instead of a gas station isn’t significant. But, you can also talk about how you tried to save money in X or Y area, and weren’t able to make a significant difference. That adds a ton to the post.

Example 3

Let’s say you have a blog about dirt bikes and want to create a solid post about the Yamaha YZ450F. If you’re really committed, you’ll get your hands on one!

Generic details from Google aren’t interesting. A user’s experience is super interesting.

If I had a dirt bike blog I would be finding friends to go ride with and I would be trying out their bikes. Or, I would be renting bikes. One way or another, I would get my hands on a YZ450F so I could write a post based on my experience, complete with pictures and/or video of the bike. If I had a video, I would put it on YouTube so people could find it there and follow it back to my blog.

As an alternative, find someone who has the bike and ask them to create a post for you!

People respond like crazy to this kind of content. It resonates when they find it because you are actually living the experience and that’s what people want to see! If you are willing to live the experience, your blog will matter and it will make money. If you’re into generic details, things will be much harder.

Amazingly, very few people blog about things they are actually experiencing. Since that’s the case, they don’t resonate. In my opinion there is a huge opening in the market for people who are committed to blogging at this level.

Marketing Your Blog

Contrary to what a lot of gurus say, having an incredible blog that matters doesn’t really guarantee anything. No one can share or link to your posts if they don’t find them in the first place. A significant portion of your time should be spent marketing your blog. These are the big areas where I see a lot of opportunity for bringing visitors to your site:

Making Friends Who Have Blogs

I still haven’t seen a significant blog that was able to get established without making friends in the industry. When I started my first blog, this was super intimidating to me. I’m very shy by nature and was really hesitant to start reaching out. I also didn’t know where to start and to be honest, I started in all the wrong places.

The flaw in my initial approach was that I thought that I had to connect with the industry ‘big dogs’ to make a difference. That never happened. What did happen was that I made some friends who were also starting out. They needed me just as much as I needed them. We all helped each other to grow and that’s how you do it – you find people at your level and make friends with them.

Guest Blogging

Getting guest posts onto other blogs is a great way to bring traffic to your site and can have a solid effect on the number of search visitors you’re able to get from Google and Bing. When I started CourtneyTuttle.com, guest blogging made a huge difference in making the initial push towards getting my group of regular readers. I was able to guest post on some of the biggest sites out there including JohnChow.com and Problogger.net.

I’ve done a lot of guest posting the hard way – by contacting site owners and pitching guest post ideas. It works and at the same time, it’s a hassle. I would highly recommend learning how to do it.

There are also two pretty good sized communities of site owners that accept guest posts:

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO is way too big of a topic to take on within this lesson. But, it can be a very significant method for bringing in a lot of traffic if it’s done right. I’ve used SEO to create long term streams of traffic that are still going strong today. But, I’ve also used it to create traffic to web properties that couldn’t stand on their own and in those instances, that traffic eventually died out.

I highly recommend using SEO as an ongoing strategy as long as your site is liked by the individuals who visit it. If that’s the case, SEO work will be a huge asset that will continually generate traffic to your blog, probably forever.

YouTube

YouTube is currently the #2 search engine in the world, after Google. Because of that, it has become a great marketing channel for blogs. Chances are high that if people are searching for something on Google, they are also searching for it on YouTube.

In many of your blog posts, there will be opportunities to create useful videos. These videos can be found on YouTube itself and can push traffic back to your blog.

Pinterest

In the last 30 days, my sister’s site has received 69,830 visits from Pinterest. I am completely blown away by how big of a marketing channel Pinterest can be. It’s a huge opportunity, especially if you blog about topics that appeal visually to women.

Podcasting

I’ve started to listen to podcasts a lot in the last year. Before that, I honestly had no idea that so many people were into it. Because of the podcasts I’ve found in iTunes, I’ve found an entirely new group of blogs that I didn’t know about before.

Pat Flynn (who makes $45,000+ every month) has reported that 20% of the people that follow his site found him through iTunes. Incredible.

Facebook/Twitter/Google+

These are all areas where you can expand your reach outside of your own blog. I’ve seen friends make a pretty significant push when starting a new blog via their Facebook and Twitter accounts. On top of that, social sharing is a huge opportunity if you have your content dialed in. You have to make it easy to share on your site and you have to have shareable content.

How Long Until I Start Getting Traffic?

This totally depends on you! If you start guest blogging on other blogs and sharing your work on Facebook, you will start getting traffic right then! The more you do, the more traffic you’ll see.

As far as traffic from search engines, it will take you at least a few months. As your site continues to grow, so will your traffic from search engines.

How Long Until I Make Money?

This is the most asked question I get by far! It will take at least a few months after your blog gets set up. Of course, the more direct marketing you do (Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth, commenting on other blogs, guest posting), the more accelerated this process will be.

Sometimes people are learning this business, and they ask if they should quit their jobs. No, you should NOT quit your job. You don’t quit your job while you’re learning a brand new business. Learn the business, establish profitability, and then quit your job!

Yes, you can make a very significant income doing this. However, not everyone is going to make money. To tell you the honest truth, you have to be pretty smart and wicked persistent.

A majority of you will want to quit at times. Many of the biggest bloggers out there have reported that there was a time when they wanted to quit. You do the work and often don’t see the results for months. Many people can’t handle that but there’s a lot of upside if you’re willing to pay the price.

The #1 secret to blogging success is keeping yourself in the ‘value providing’ mindset. The easiest way to make a dollar is by providing more than a dollar’s worth of value. Keep it up for a few years and you can deliver value to a LOT of people and that’s what good bloggers are able to do. Do that and the compensation will be there!

If you think you have what it takes, get started today. Don’t wait to take action!

Comments 220

  1. Hi Court, thanks for writing this marvelous article. Now I have a clear picture of what to do.
    However, I still have a doubt here. I am hosting my blog at wordpress.com with my own domain pianologist.com.
    Realizing that I am going to monetize it sooner or later, I would want to transfer to own hosting at ANhosting.com. Shall I use the same domain pianologist.com right away? or wait until I keep everything running and setup at says pianologist.net, only then merge the .com blog to my .net blog and use .com afterthat?

    Would appreciate it if you would give some opinion on this matter.
    Thanks!

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    Hi KCLau!
    Welcome to the site and you have asked a very good question. I would use the same domain right away! Google already knows about pianologist.com, and that’s reason enough to stick with that one. If you used seperate domains for a while and then merged them, Google would penalize you for having the same content in two places. It would be much better to keep it all on the .com!

  3. I truly appreciate you taking the time to write this article. It was extremely insightful and helpful for me. I have recently shifted the direction of my blog to a more tech service and software content focus instead of the usual blogging about my life and I’m trying to attain some traffic from such an audience. Thank you and yes I read the whole thing and I’m reading 3 other articles of yours that you linked to in this post!

  4. Wow.. such a long one. I wonder how long did it take you to write it – coz to me it’s a very very long article on how to start blogging. Wish I found something like it before.

    Keep up the good work Court.

  5. Courtney, I just wanted to thank you for writing that. I am just getting into the blogging game myself and am looking for good information to get started. I actually found your site through a blog carnival – so I am going to have to give that a try. Thanks!!

  6. This is excellent. Over the past few days I’ve been trying to learn the ins and outs of blogging for profit, and this is by far the best article that I’ve read so far. Will be looking at more of your site soon.

  7. Hi Courtney,
    I continue to be amazed at the quality of the advice that you offer. I have praised you on other posts but a new area that I would like to add is: I appreciate you recommending specific plug ins like the sociable plug in which I will be offering.

    I added a link to your site on my actual website under the web design link area instead of the blog since it is wedding oriented and talking about seo/blogging seemed incongruous.

    Do you know where I can get a detailed overview of how word press is laid out? ie.. how the various parts like index point to other pages like header,footer,posts,comments,etc and how to go in and edit each one to achieve various results?

    I am afraid to try to change my blog because I do’nt have an understanding of what I am changing and am afraid I might not be able to recover if I made a change that messed things up.

    I am moderately technical and after two years have a fairly good understanding of html but I don’nt understand anything about php or sql.

    Thanks

    Ray

  8. I have had a blog up and running now for about a year. At first, I was very casual about promoting it and adding content. Sometimes weeks would go by between each post. But, in the last few months I have increased my postings in an effort to help my local clients with common problems, and to give out good information and tips and tricks for Mac users.

    Recently, I signed up with Google Analytics to start looking closer at my site’s statistics. I highly recommend Google Analytics. It has an impressive array of analysis tools.

    My question is this: How many page views a day do you need to reach before monetizing a blog becomes makes sense? I am now reaching approximately 2000 PVs a day.

    Thanks.

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    Sherri! Thanks for your kind words. 🙂 I just hope that what I write helps people to get better at this. I’m working on a new article about blog monetization, watch for it in the next week or so!

  10. Courtney,

    This article was very helpful. I’ve done most of the things you mentioned, still I am getting frustrated. The $$$ is not what I would like. I have 2 blogs. One is So Sioux Me, a blog to inspire mothers to empower their daughters at http://www.traceesioux.blogspot.com and http://www.blogfabulous.com to empower women. I would greatly appreciate it if you could check them out and shoot me an email with recommendations. I’ve been trying to “attract” a blog mentor who can help me with my quest to empower through blogging. Thanks so much!

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    Thanks for your concern! Since my archive pages only show excerpts they aren’t the cause of having pages in the supplemental index. My site’s age and lack of back-links are the main reason that I have pages in there.

    You won’t find a new site in the world that doesn’t have a good percentage of its pages in the supplemental index. The pages move out over time as the site acquires more back-links and continues to grow in size!

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      Paula, you are the one that rocks!! That was straight up a freaking awesome idea to compile a list of bloggers salaries, and I’m glad you found me!

      I just hope that I was able to help you in some way with this article.

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  13. Courtney, stumbled upon (literally)this page today and I am so glad I did. What a wonderful, informative article. As someone who is taking their very first steps into the blogosphere I found quite a few of your points, well, enlightening to say the least! I did read the article the WHOLE way through, by the way and also followed a couple of the links from it. Great stuff and well done!

  14. Thank you I found you blog to be most interesting and informative. I have been thinking about my own blog for some time and I think you gave me just the inspiration I needed. Thanks again.

  15. I have worked with only static HTML sites; one for my art (the above link), and one for a business that I had to give up.

    Blogs and WP are new to me, but I have been researching for many months to “get it right” before I begin.

    I just want to say thanks for creating such a basic but in-depth article. I really appreciate it. Also, your suggestion links to other articles on the subject have really helped.

    Cheers 🙂
    John

  16. I enjoyed your article of instructions very much. I am just getting started and I would like to know if three people can do one blog, all located in different parts of the country. My sisters and I want to start a blog givng our varied viewpoint on different subjects. We are sisters alike, but very much different in points of view due to age and experiences so we would like to do this together. What do you think? Rita

  17. I just want to say this is one of the bet blogs around. I have just started a ew blog on making money and I am trying to replicate this one. Why is this site not ranked under ‘make money online’ ? If it had have been it would have saved me alot of time readig rubbish! I am pretty new to this game, I started my blog around 3 weeks ago and am already seeing search engine traffic. Do you do any sort of mentoring? I’m 110% determined to succeed at this and need all the help I can get! Either way the site is an excellent resource!

  18. Hi Courtney. Thanks for all of the great directions and hints. With your help, in one night, I’ve initialized and am beginning to customize my site. However, I’ve somehow deleted the ‘logon’ tab on my home page and now I can’t get on as an admin to continue changing things. Any words of advice? Thanks.

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    2. Hi Kirsten,

      If your site is WordPress, type your site URL in your browser, then put a forward slash at the end of that, then type wp-login.php after that forward slash (no spaces in any of that of course). That will take you to your login page, then you can fix that problem.

      If you have another CMS system, like Joomla or whatever, you can do the same thing, but you should go to your file directory for that system to see what the login file is called , then add that in the same way as above.

      Good luck,
      John

  19. Thank you Courtney for your helpful article! I am a hired writer for a celebrity gossip site and my fiance writes for a political site, but we would like to start our own blog. He’s not as familiar to blogging as I am, and it’s nice to see that the things I’ve been telling him we need to do are stated right here on this site in black and white! Thank you so much…and yes I made it all the way to the end of the article!

    Best,

    Jessica

  20. Thanks so much. I am brand new to blogging (6 weeks). I have been a very successful public speaker and trainer over the last 30 years in face to face, seminar type teaching however, this is a whole new medium for me and you have given me some great ideas. I will continue to follow your tips and advice. Thanks again. Rick

  21. Wow,
    I can’t believe all the work and thought that went into this post! Thanks for all the detail. I have an alternative health blog and I know I really need to add to it more and you have definitely encouraged me to do that. Keep up the good work!
    Diane

  22. Court, I just started my first blog. Thanks for the help. One quick question…Can i change my set admin name and email address after i have set it up? For example if i chose the admin name “Bob” and the email “BobSimmons@hotmail.com”, can i change that to something else that is less personal?

    Probably a real newbie question…

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  23. Hi Courtney…

    Not sure how I found your spot, but I bookmarked it several months ago. Decided then that yours was the article that I was going “live or die by the sword” with…Anyway, about 10 days ago, I “jumped” in. Much to learn and I really just want to write. But, there is homework. My site is up and running, but is not ready for “public” consumption as yet. My question…I am using Word Press as you’ve recommended and about a week ago, it began to tell me that my 2.3.3 version is “out of date.” Did I just happen to begin Word Press within “moments” of it upgrading? And can you tell me what I stand to lose by NOT upgrading? The process looks complicated and makes me a little nervous. Thanks so much for all your direction. It has been tremendously helpful.

    Nancy

  24. Lots of good tips here, but the article is too broad. For how basic and introductory it is, there are way too many lengthy steps. I think it would be better if it were broken up into 4 or 5 smaller, more easily digestible articles. That way, beginners could really dive in with a quick and easy 1st section, and progress to the later articles as they build up their blog. As is, there’s a bombardment of information, and it’s daunting.

  25. What a great article! I’m in the planning & research stages of starting a blog (and have been for months now, I’m trying to assimilate as much info as possible before jumping in) and this kind of information is exactly what I need. I have a question though: I had planned to set my blog up with TypePad for various reasons, but lately it seems that all the blogs I read on how to start a blog recommend WordPress. What is the main difference between the two, and what would ones reasons be for choosing one over the other?

  26. Great thoughts! I’ve read over several of your posts and gotta say that most of the stuff is timeless internet marketing stuff. It is evident by the amount of comments on some of the posts over a year after they were first written.

    I’ll be keeping tabs over here!

  27. Dear Courtney,

    Thank you for the valuable information you have provided for starting a blog. My wife and I have started a women’s online apparel business and we have been told that a webblog would be a great way to get exposure on the internet. We will follow your advice and read your other articles which contain information pertaining to what we are trying to do. Again, Thank you!

    Kind Regards,
    Lisa & Alex

  28. Wow! This post is not THAT long. If people really cannot finish this post then Court is right, they should not be anywhere near a blog, lol.

  29. Thanks for the information. I’m only in a few months in, and keeping the persistence is definitely the hard part, but I’m mega stubborn, so hopefully that helps 🙂

  30. Hi Courtney
    First of all thank you for writing this it was very informative.
    But I have a few questions.
    I registered a free blog at WordPress.com (officeorganization.wordpress.com) and I was wondering…
    1- if having wordpress in my URL is doing anything to the amount of traffic I get or where my blog shows up on search engines. Would it be better with a custom domain?
    2- should I change my hosting place from WordPress to prouddomains if I get a custom domain?
    3- is there a way to use adsense on a free blog hosted at wordpress.com?
    4- what do you think of the blog I have now (officeorganization.wordpress.com) is the writing thorough and well written or do I need to work on it? (Please be completely honest)
    5- do you think that I should expand to home organization and not just home office?
    Thank you so much!
    -Stephen

  31. Courtney,

    First of all thank you for putting together such concise information. It’s incredibly helpful. I’m now just waiting for prouddomains to approve my blog and then I’ll begin putting in content. I intended on directing people to other helpful sites from my blog by using “clickbank” and to generate income. What’s your opinion on this?

    Thank You!

  32. your post makes me more eager to go on blogging. I have just started my blog. Hope it will catch attention soon. I’ll be visiting your site more often. (“,)

  33. This is the most helpful article I’ve found anywhere – to the point & practical. I so appreciate it as I’m just getting started with the big idea! Thanks.

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  35. Hi,
    Just wanted to say thanks for the great article, I’ve found it to be very useful and interesting, along with others on your site. I’ve just started blogging and I’m extremely happy I’ve come across your site, very ivaluable information. I know you must be very busy, but if you have time could you please give me some feedback on my blog, I think there could be room for much improvement, but could do with a little professional honest advice.
    Thanks again.

  36. This is the first time I am reading your article Courtney, but I am constantly finding myself clicking on more of your articles. Great job on writing detailed articles and explanations. This article can be called website setup guide or manual … lol!!

  37. Courtney, I’m so glad I came across this article! I am new to the blog world and am still very much in the brainstorming phase–your article included the combination of practical advice, helpful mechanical basics, and sheer encouragement I needed. You have certainly earned your success and your top blog ranking. Thanks again from Boston.

  38. This is really a ‘novel’ on how to blogging for profit, and left nothing for me to write about it anymore 🙁
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    It’s been more than 1year but still get new comments. You’re great at this.

  39. Courtney,

    I posted a few weeks ago when I was first researching how to start a blog. I didn’t have a site then, but I do now, and your article has helped me quite a bit.

    One message that is great to drive home to “newbies” is that they shouldn’t be intimidated by the learning curve associated with building a blog. Often, people who have been blogging and setting up sites for awhile tend to make it sound like it’s simple and intuitive. I’ve found that it most certainly is not (at least for someone like me, far more accustomed to books and newspapers)!

    But it’s rewarding to stick with it and to keep getting help from great sites like yours. Eventually, all those strange terms–RSS, tags, web hosting, pings–do start to make sense.

    Thanks again,
    Nicole
    http://www.politicsource.com

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  41. You’re amazing! Most “internet marketing gurus” will put this into an ebook and sell it for $49,95. You’re giving away all these information for free!

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  43. If only I would’ve read this 5 months ago, it would’ve saved me a lot of time. 🙂 Some of the things mentioned here actually took me a while to figure them out and had to do a lot of trial and error.

  44. An excellent article, excellent website by the way. Very helpful to a newbie like myself. Since 1992 I’ve published Florida’s new age magazine, and I have lots of material on my site, but never thought it was possible to derive income from my webpages until last month. My eyes have been opened! Thanks again.
    Andrea de Michaelis

  45. Thanks to this article, I feel much more confident about starting a blog. Question, is it legal to take images from other sites and post it on your blog? How do people go about getting product shots on their blog?

  46. What a breath of fresh air. I fnally have a clear picture instead of fuzzy one.

    I can’t thank you enough for this article. I am excited to get started and I am hooked on your site.

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    Maryann

  47. Hi Courtney,

    I have been a visitor to your site many times, but for some reason, I only discovered this page today. :S Needless to say that I’m really enjoying a long read. I’m only 1/8th through it and I am confirming what I already know and adding to my existing knowledge. This page will be bookmarked so my biz partner and I can refer to it when we start our a blog campaign for adsense that he keeps begging me to do.

    I do have one quick question though and I maybe missing this as well since it took me this long to find this page, but why do you not update this site more often? It seems you believe daily content is best, but this site has random updates. Is it because it fills a different purpose?

    Thanks for all you have shared… time to go back to reading.

    Jodie

  48. One caveat: prouddomains has had a “glitch” that prevents 2 of my 3 wordpress blogs they host from loading at all. Additionally, it is impossible to access the admin for wordpress. This has been ongoing for several days, and will cost me $$$.

    Appreciate your vast knowledge, Courtney.

  49. Courtney, this is one of the most comprehensive single articles on blogging I have ever read. I already have my own blog, but I must confess I gleaned tons of advice today. Thanks very much for the information.

  50. Excellent Article! I am a TKA member. Courtney and Mark have given me my first paying online business. I’ve been posting on HubPages to get quick income started. Now I building my first Supersite. It’s now easy but it’s working!!! Thank you Court and Mark! You are my heroes!

  51. Court,

    I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your work, and especially this post. It was the inspiration for me to get serious about having my own blogs. A part of me didn’t even think I’d ever actually do it – now I have two blogs I love running, and am so excited to learn more, have more sites, and make money! Thank you so much for everything. You are doing this world a lot of good!

    Jasmine

  52. Couple of questions.
    I am following your instructions. I am on filezilla and trying to send plug in (seo) to my site. I double clicked wp content folder and paste the plug in there. I go to my site and click plugins and it’s not there. How do I get it there?

    Also how do I apply tags in my site.

    Also how do I “link” my site in others comments and such?

    I am new thanks for any help.

    Janet.

  53. Great post Court. There seems not to be any magic bullet to create a great monetize website but your tips are as close to an all in one solution as possible.

  54. Hi Court

    Nice article, I’d thought of trying to monetise a blog but was gonna run with Blogger. WordPress makes much more sense. Right now I’m off to think of a domain name and then start my new blog!!

    Steve

  55. Thanks! I came across this article at the perfect time…I just branched off and started a new blog today. You provided me with so many great resources! I’m adding your blog to my reader so I can follow your new posts (and catch up on old ones).
    Thanks again.
    PS-I keep running across your name as the guru to earning money online, so you’re obviously doing something(s) right!

  56. Wow! That was one of the biggest articles I’ve ever read — I find the hardest part of starting any blog is the unique content, followed by SEO. Work, work, work!

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  58. This has been a really useful blog post. I know that most people want to go the micro niche way: a couple of pages, massive adsense block and set and forget. Interesting to read from the perspective of someone who believes in the authority blog. Thanks

  59. Wow, even 3 years after you wrote your article, it is still highly relevant and one of the best free resources online to create a blog and the different steps. You could even have made an eBook with all the good material you have in this article. Good job!

  60. Wow this is a really thoroughly written article. You basically cover everything that needs to be covered.

    I know I’m late to the whole party, but I must thank you for writing this blog–learning so much browsing through these articles.

  61. Hi Court. I have been reading some your posts tonight, and found many of them very useful. I have just started a new blog about internet marketing that addresses the many ways people can make income online.

    I really enjoyed this post. It is very encouraging, especially the point you make about being persistent. Successful internet marketing does require an extreme amount of patience and dedication. And your hard work certainly does not pay off right away.

    Thanks again for starting this blog!

  62. hi..court
    great article great resource for starting blog…. you have mention very useful knowledge.. blog is a very useful for every marketers.. this help for promote our busniess and product….

  63. Would you recommend several blogs about a single topic or a single blog about many topics? I like writing about several subjects but don’t know which route to take. Any ideas?

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      Hey Carl!

      I would highly recommend sticking to one topic. If you want to blog about multiple topics, you should start more than one blog. I bet that one will kind of naturally take off more than others!

  64. Court,
    I am extremely impressed with your blog, and articles within it. Well written and very informative. I will be linking, if you don’t mind, to my blog, as I too, am into helping others with Internet Marketing. Your friend in Marketing. Ken Somerville.

  65. This is truly a great post.

    With all this free information I don’t know why people are not making money. I guess action is what’s lacking in most people’s lives. The strong desire of sitting around and doing nothing but only complaining about the Government’s inability to create jobs could also be another reason.

  66. I never realize that Google actually penalized for double content appearance. Now you are my best mentor since the day I start blogging months ago! Appreciate your hard work.

  67. Another great post, Court. Very useful. 2 of my sites are wordpress and one of them is quite a few months old. Still waiting to see some results. I must try very hard to post more frequently as I am aware that is one reason it is not getting the traffic.

  68. Wow! Courtney, this is very well written and very informative. I have been blogging for almost a month. I am starting to see my blog climb up in the search engines. It is definitely a task, but if you want to be successful you have to keep blogging daily. I don’t know how successful I will be, but I am not going to give up. Thanks for the blog carnival tip. I just entered one of my post on blog carnival. Thanks again for the information.

  69. I concur. I constantly hear people complain about their jobs and that they are not making any money. Then have the nerve to say “I want to start my own business” while watching TV all day and doing nothing about their current situation.

  70. I just want to say thanks for this article. I’m new to the blogging world and SEO and this article really got me interested more in trying to make money blogging. My blog is documentation of my learning process and I’ve linked here. Thanks!

  71. Wow!…. this is such a good article is pretty much all you need to start! i have just recently started my own blog and i wish i had found this first!

    Seriously guys if you dont have your first blog use this to help. Join me too as im just starting out on my blog adventure!

  72. “The absolute best way to promote your blog is by creating content that actually helps people”<—nice. yeah- if you help people, mouth-to-mouth will happen, naturally, and things will just take off (take on a life of its own). I've heard that, telling people to tweet your blog-post (rather than just having a twitter-button there) is awesome. "If you sincerely like this and/or think it could make a real differene for other people, share it!".

  73. I have just posted my first 5 posts on my blog. When I type in “fyimodularhomes” in Google, or under Google blogs, my website does not come up…. Can you please help me?

    I would appreciate it!

    Jules

  74. Awesome post on how to start a blog, it take a lot of time to read this post all, all of my blogs are installed with WordPress and it’s growing very well now : Keep sharing, Court

  75. Awesome post on how to start a blog, it take a lot of time to read this post all, all of my blogs are installed with WordPress and it’s growing very well now : Keep sharing, Court.

  76. Hi Court,
    Thanks for that.

    I would like to know: Did you start with a blog or is this your suggestion after having your own experience?

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  78. Court

    I am glad to see your sites are still up and functioning.. When I decided to get back into websites and blogger, yours is the first one I went to refresh myself on the basics!

    Good work my friend
    Scott

  79. Another great post, Court. Very useful. 2 of my sites are wordpress and one of them is quite a few months old. Still waiting to see some results. I must try very hard to post more frequently as I am aware that is one reason it is not getting the traffic.

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      Thanks ypermadi, I really appreciate it. Posting often helps for sure. I’ve seen the best results though when I really throw myself into creating much better posts. The posts that take the most time tend to produce the biggest results.

  80. new blogger here. yep it came to my mind to simply quit and simply continue my plan A. What you said is right. It is easier to quit than to continue and strive to be like A-lister bloggers. thanks for valuable insights since this helped me inspired to continue my blog even though results does not come out yet

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  82. Hi there 😉

    Your post encouraged me to start my own blog, and I agree with your statements that blog these days are lacking value.
    Week ago when I was looking for a way to start I followed a tutorial from one blog about “starting your own wordpress website”, I won’t mention the name of this blog here,
    So anyway’s, when I was following this tutorial, It said that I would only require at least 20$ to get me started with my blog, but as I were going step by step with instructions provided there, I realized it was just filled with affiliate links, and the initial “20$” turned to 250$.
    I was like “Man, people are just after money today. No one care about actual value”
    And I coudn’t afford hosting for my blog at the time, I found another way. And as my first post I decided to share it.
    If anyone will be in this kind of situation as I (19 year old student trying to launch his first ever website on the internet with just 20$ in his pocket), my blog is there to help him.
    Again, thanks for the influence 😉

  83. i have been offered an affiliate package from a friend and had been thinking about how i could earn some money from by way of a blog, yet i never actually believed that blogs DO earn good money so have put it off
    i think after reading this, i may take him up on the idea and see what can be done
    thanks for the great tips !

  84. Hi Court, thanks for the useful information. I’m thinking of starting a blog and am wondering how often do successful bloggers blog new posts? And do they blog only about one specific subject?

    Thank you for your time,

    Trina

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      Hey Trina! Yes, most of the time they blog about one specific subject, but there are definitely exceptions to that.

      Some bloggers do really well and only post a few times a month – others post like a hundred times per month. There are a lot of different ways to make it work!

  85. Hi Court,

    Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge, seems like a lot to take in and absorb. I have my blog up and running but was thinking about having a static website instead. WordPress gives you that option. Just not to sure, some people say that in the long run a website is better especially if it’s tutorial based content.

  86. wow, so good!
    Wish I had found you 24 hours ago – just started a blog, literally – the advice on value content is invaluable. I will keep that in mind. I am headed to a blog conference next month in Atlanta (cart before horse I know) hoping to learn a few tips and tricks from the pros but realized I should have a blog in place BEFORE I go.
    Love that I found your blog
    Thank you
    Wendy

  87. Hi Court, Review your blogging information you have provided a lot of great information. After reviewing and listening to you I decided to go with Bluehost. I am very compassionate about building a world wide blogging networking institute that will be a resource center for ex-offenders and their families. I created my blogging site tonight but I need help because I still have a lot of questions. I tried downloading the WordPress SEO like you demonstrated in your blog builders presentation but it was unsuccessful. I am also interested in the Google Adsense program. I am asking for your help and guidance with getting my blog set up properly so I start getting the search traffic (followers) that I know is out there. I have already started building a network and strategy to get the followers I just need a nice blog setup. Thanks and I will wait to hear from you.

  88. What an excellent piece of informative, all-inclusive article! Awesome help for potential beginner-bloggers like me. With support such as yours, I am certain I can do this. Count me as one of your subscribers:-)!
    Thank you, Court, for a job well done.

  89. I Love that you used the word Wicked in this article! I was in need of some motivation and that word brought me back to my roots. Thank you!!!

  90. Thanks for sharing your insights. I definitely need some advice. I’ve been at this for a year and a half and am definitely NOT doing the things I need to do to generate traffic, which shows in my numbers. Clueless about SEO, like completely clueless. So I will be downloading that book soon. 🙂 Thanks again!

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    1. So I enjoy doing crafts a lot. I make jewelry, knit, crochet and sew. However I can only do one thing for like three months and then I get tired of it, to where I can’t due it again for another three months. Even when I’m making stuff for people. It takes my long because I can’t continue it’s like I get bored all of a sudden. And I’ve tried to mix it up a bit and due jewelry for one week and then crocheting another, but once I start one craft I have no motivation to do another even when I have ideas what things I want to make.

  92. This was great!!! Very useful. I have people tell me all the time to start a blog but I just like Amy don’t know what exactly to write about. I know I love helping people, I like to inspire people and just make a change in someone live. I am starting a garden in my community, I started a farm in Red hook Brooklyn. I love gardening and saving the environment and issues that matter. But I don’t know how to incorporate that into a blog.

  93. Hi Court,

    Thank you for all of the information you have given me about blogging, everything makes such good sense. It is however, very intimidating for me. I have set up my blog, haven’t posted yet, but I think I need to do some more research before I am ready. Thanks again for all your help. JanK

  94. Hi Court,
    Thank you so much for all of this valuable information. I am writing a book about European Pastries and I want to teach people how to bake. A dear friend is editing it for me and she suggested that I start a blog. My writing is done, now I need to get to work on my blog,
    Ray Moderski

  95. Hi Courtney,
    I am a non web user and just introduced to it by a friend. I had much information I wanted to share with those who may want it, but didn’t know how. A thought has occurred to me to ask my friend his opinion. His assistance has led me to your article. Gracious, it is a wonderful staff! To me this is what I wanted for help me get started. It is a recipe for first time bloggers.

    As a first timer in business of blogging may I have your permission to bother you with queries of setting up a blog of my own?

    Casmiro

  96. Hello Court,
    Your article has been quite eye-opening to the wide world of blogging, which I have been considering entering into for quite some time. You talk about posting useful information, which I will strive to do, but what are your thoughts on creating a blog that has several forums, if you will, instead of just one main focus, such as fitness? For example, my passions/hobbies cover a wide spectrum; cooking, gardening, playing the piano, sewing, crafts, reading tons of books, etc., the list does go on. My husband calls me a hybrid, because I have so many different interests. I would like to create several links on my blog, such as: Recipes, Crafts, Movie Lines (that’s right, movie lines…my family and I obsessively quote them), Books, etc. Do you think this could eventually take off, or should I really try to hone in on one particular passion at a time, and add from there? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!

  97. Wow!
    Wowwwwwwww! What a great article and an easy ready. I now have the tools and the confidence to develop an awesome blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will write posts that are meaningful and expose my own experiences. I love what I am doing! Finally having a channel to express my gifts to the world. Thank you for making it SO easy to learn the trade! I hope I meet allot of new bloggers and friends to grow together.

    Again thank you!

  98. Thank you so much for making this process so easy. I am a Horticulturist by trade, friends of mine have been telling me I should start a blog. I am good with computers, but had no idea how to go about it. One article I read about blogging sent me to your step by step video. It was so simple, I spent most of my time picking the theme. I plan on adding ‘how to videos’ and powerpoint presentations. I still have to learn the lingo, but have been researching everything I can since about 8am this morning and it’s now 8pm. I better sign off soon before I loose my eyesight 😉

    I already sent word out via facebook, and I have a pinterest account, gardening is surely a visual appealing topic to most women and many men believe it or not (I work on a public golf course, so I can say this from personal experience)

    THANK you SO much!!!

  99. Just going through you your tutorials and inspired to start a blog, but apprehensive I have the necessary time and skill to make it work. Great advice though and appreciate your research and guidelines.

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  124. Hi Court,

    I have a business with a website and have outsourced several times to get things rolling. This year, I decided it is time for me to learn more about WP and blogging. I started with your WP for beginners and have gone through your step by step guidance. Woot Woot. I have the basics now.

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    I am impressed with the amount of valuable information you have given me at no charge at all. What a blessing! What a help! I will be a loyal fan. Thanks! DrPhyll

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