You don’t have to be a blogger to learn how to make money blogging.  Let’s just clear that up right from the start!

Do I consider myself to be a blogger?  Not really, but I guess that I am.  I’ve dabbled here and there in blogging and making money with blogging, but never gave it a full effort. I assumed that I needed to focus on my products and services and providing value with my blog posts/articles and all that jazz.  I’m not sure why I thought that was a separate thing, because it is not.

Focusing on all of that was correct.  I realized that what I was doing WAS considered blogging, but I was missing a few key components in order to fully optimize my efforts.  I wasn’t maximizing my ability to provide value and hence monetize.  I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for a blogging course.  After much comparison and investigation, I chose Create and Go’s Six-Figure Blogging Course.  I am not willy-nilly about spending money on courses.  I do my due diligence.

I sure picked the right one.  OOO….MMMM…GGGG….  WOW!  I literally had *most* of the components already in place but was missing the glue that brought it all together.  It made so much sense.  And I could now see the difference between my “blog” and the other ones that were on fire making money.

You see, your business doesn’t have to BE the blog.  But a blog (with Pinterest, of course) can skyrocket your business visibility and ability to make money.  I’ve always said that you don’t *need* a website or a blog in order to rock Pinterest, but you *should* have one in order to maximize your earning and reach potential.

Ways to make money with a blog

Affiliate Marketing

This is a favored way to make money with blogging.  I used affiliate marketing long before I knew that is what it was called!  Affiliate marketing is basically promoting a product and then getting a commission when it is purchased.  It is at no additional cost to the customer which makes it great.

There ARE people who abuse this and simply promote products solely for the commission.   Boo.  Let’s just forget them for the moment.

I look into being an affiliate for products and services that I LOVE.  So much so that I want to share them with everyone.  And if they happen to offer affiliate opportunities, then I will apply.

Here are the products/services that I am an affiliate for and how I promote it:

1) Perfect Keto – I follow the Keto Diet due to health reasons.  Perfect Keto has amazing products that I use daily.   I can use affiliate links if I want, or I just give people my coupon code for 20% off (RUNNINGKETO).

2) Amazon – For Amazon, I use affiliate links.  If there are products that I buy that I happen to be talking about, then I will hyperlink my affiliate link so others can purchase it if they want.  The nice thing about Amazon affiliates is that even if they don’t buy your product, if they buy anything you will get a percentage.  I forget how long the cookie is valid for, though. Amazon pays a tiny percentage of the sale compared to others, but it can still work for you as passive income.

3) Milo Tree – I LOVE Milo Tree!  It is a pop up that directs people to your social media and is very efficient at connecting you with people who are already interested in you (well, duh, they are on your site)!  For the monthly fee I pay and when accounting all the follows it gets me, it averages out to be less than 5 cents per lead.  Crazy efficient.

4) Six-Figure Blogging Course – This course was so instrumental at teaching me all the pieces that I was missing in order to truly monetize the blog side but also how to fill the gaps on the other end (eBooks, eCourses, Opt-ins, etc..).  LOVED IT!  It is the only course I’m an affiliate for!

So, you can see that I don’t go crazy with affiliate marketing and I’m rather exclusive with who I partner with.  I don’t want to promote something that I do not love so it is only a small handful!

Products & Services

Here is where your blog/website acts as a front end to your products and services.  For example, many of my blogs on this site are meant to educate and nurture my audience of entrepreneurs and bloggers who want to learn how to monetize with Pinterest.  I teach the Pinterest side and I bring in other topics to make a well-rounded offering for the blog.

Learn How to Make Money Blogging

Let’s Dive into the Six-Figure Blogger Course

I have spent the last 2 weeks since taking this course restructuring (it is not live yet, but will be soon) my entire infrastructure for both my businesses.  Not only did I learn about blogging, but I also learned way more about digital product creation, opt-ins, etc…  I decided not to go BACK and redo all my old blogs for both my businesses, but I now have the winning formula going forward for each new blog post.

I highly recommend this Six-Figure Blogging Course.  There are many out there and after comparing price, reputation, modules/lessons – this one is the one on top and is quite a bit less expensive than others out there.  Go figure.

Here is a sneak peek into the course:

Module 1 Resources

Module 2 Introduction

Module 3 Strategies, Objectives, and Expectations

Module 4 Current News and Updates

Module 5 The Six-Figure Blog Framework

Module 6 Affiliate Marketing

Module 7 Creating Digital Products and Services

Module 8 Creating an eBook from scratch

Module 9 Creating an eCourse from scratch

Module 10 How to SELL: High-Converting Sales Pages

Module 11 Getting Visitors to Your Sales Page

Module 12 Email Marketing Mastery

Module 13 Post-Purchase

Module 14 Implementing Six-Figure Strategies Into Your Business

Module 15-18 BONUSES and extras

Why should I take this course?

If you are interested in blogging as the front end of your business, then this course is a MUST.  What sets it apart is that it doesn’t only focus on blogging and your typical affiliate marketing.  That is mostly common knowledge at this point.  Although I did learn a few more affiliate marketing tips that I didn’t already know.  But this is only a small piece of their course.

It is like with my Pinterest for Business Course, I don’t just focus on the Pinterest piece.  If I did only focus on the Pinterest piece, then I’d end up helping you get all these new people to your website or social media and then what?  Without the proper infrastructure (opt-ins, capturing emails, etc..) they would just bounce and you’d STILL have nothing to show for it.

So just like MY course, the Six -Figure Blogging course goes way beyond blogging and affiliate marketing and dives deep into creating eBooks, eCourses, email marketing, etc…  You might be thinking, “I run a clothing business, why do I need to know about creating an eBook?”  Well – what if you were to write a style guide?  Could you use that as an opt-in to 1) get email addresses and 2) get people pumped about your product?  You sure could!  That is the point here.  It isn’t just about your product or services, but about how to MARKET your business using tools that are proven.

A business isn’t just about sales.  A clothing business isn’t just about selling leggings.  Do you think if you provided articles, blogs, eBooks, guides, videos, and other freebies (or entry-level priced items) that your customer will feel like you provide VALUE above and beyond the clothing business lower down on their social media scroll?  YOU BET!  A business is a business.  A business is not just sales.

Blogging will be something I am really going to start dive deep into with my business to maximize the value and content I provide but also to maximize my business potential!