Do you want to start a blog in 2019? A blog is a great way to share your story while building a sustainable business for you and your family. Most people do not realize you can actually make blogging into a living – but it really is a thing that thousands of families are pursuing every day.
Some of my favorite full-time bloggers (meaning they no longer work for anyone else) are Kim Anderson of Thrifty Little Mom, Jennifer Marx of Jennifer Maker, and Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less. These three women have been such a source of inspiration for me over the past year as I have built my blogging business.
When I first started my blog in 2018 I wasn’t sure where to start. Searching Pinterest will result in thousands of free articles but it is difficult to sift through all of this information to actually implement in your own blogging journey. This is why I want to share these 10 free blogging resources with you.
These free blogging resources will help you get your blog off on the right foot and help guide you as you navigate this wonderful world of blogging.
10 Free Blogging Resources for the New Blogger
The Blogging Assessment will help you decide if blogging is right for you. Honestly, blogging is not for everyone and that is okay. This assessment will help you make that decision.
If you have an idea for a blog but aren’t sure if you’ll be able to monetize it (the answer is probably yes!) I have a blog post sharing five niches that will make money.
Read: Blog Niche – 5 Niches That Will Make Money
If you are brand new to blogging you may not know what a self-hosted blog is. A self-hosted blog means you pay a company to host your blog on their server. You own the rights to everything on your website and the content that you publish.
A website on a platform like Squarespace and Blogger is a bit different because you are using someone else’s platform to publish your content. You don’t own everything and your blog can be shut down at any time.
One of the first things you will want to do is buy a domain name for your blog. I recommend using Namecheckr to ensure you can secure both the domain name (you want the .com if possible) as well as all of the social media.
Once you know what domain you want to purchase I highly recommend Hover to buy your domain. Hover has amazing customer service and will help you with any questions you may have.
While this e-book will share one particular hosting service with you, I want you to know there are other options available.
My hosting service of choice is actually Siteground. Siteground is user-friendly and has a one-click install for WordPress (the self-hosted platform you will be using to create content).
You’ll still be able to follow the directions in this e-book even if you use Siteground.
Creating a cohesive brand for your blog is very important. You want your colors, fonts, imagery etc to all coordinate to help tell your brand story. This guide will help you get started with your business branding.
Now that you have your blog set up with WordPress it is time to figure out your blog structure. This e-book will help you decide what categories you should have on your blog and how your content is going to be laid out. This structure will ensure that all of your content is related and flows correctly.
Have you ever wondered what the roadmap to blogging success looks like? Maybe you know you can make a full-time income (because you can!) but aren’t exactly sure how to get there. This e-book will give you the roadmap you need to go from a new blogger to successful business owner.
Plugins will help you run your blog smoothly and will give you different functions your website may not otherwise have. There are thousands of plugins available but knowing what other bloggers suggest will help you navigate your plugin choices.
You’ve written amazing content but you aren’t exactly sure what to do with it now. There is search engine optimization, Pinterest, and social media. What exactly are you supposed to do now? This ebook will walk you through promoting your blog posts to help your traffic grow.
Writing guest posts is a great way to gain traction in the blogging world. Your name will be introduced by an established blogger and it will help boost your rankings with Google. If you have thought about writing a guest post, this ebook will help you get started!
When you start promoting your blog posts you have the potential to go viral. This means your blog post will gain traction quickly and you’ll see an influx of new readers on your site. There are steps you want to take to ensure you are getting the most out of this viral post to help your website grow.
Are you ready to boost your blog income? Blogging is a long term game when it comes to actually make money. If a blogger tells you-you will be making thousands of dollars the first month, run! It just isn’t true. It will take time to gain traction with content, promote affiliates, make advertising revenue or even sell your own products. It’s definitely not an overnight success.
This ebook will give you 7 different monetization strategies that will help you boost your income
I am actually doing number 6 right now to boost my blog income! 😉
take your blog from an idea to a thriving business
Finding a blogger you trust and respect is key when you are first starting out. All of these free blogging resources I shared with you today are from Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less and Elite Blog Academy. These free resources will help you set up an establish a blog that has the potential to become a sustainable business.
If you put in the effort and follow through with your dreams you can be successful. Blogging isn’t always easy but knowing that your message is impacting thousands of people helps push you through those hard days.
Most people quit blogging before they really gain any traction. These free blogging resources will help get you off on the right foot and help guide you through the challenges a newer blogger faces.
Are you ready to get your blogging business off the ground?