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Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

Now that your blog is up and running, you may be wondering how you can make money on your blog, right from the beginning!  If you haven’t already read the first post in my How to Create a Blog series, you can visit the link below!  Once you finish that step, you can move on to Step 2, Affiliate Marketing for Beginners!

How to Start a Blog

Step 1:  Set up your Blog, website, and hosting

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What is Affiliate Marketing?

If you’re sitting here today scratching your head about how to make money with your blog, I assure you that you are not alone!  I wrote my blog for over 2 years before I decided to start monetizing it.  There are a few ways to do that (more blog posts to come on that!) but this article is going to focus on one of the easiest and fastest ways to start making money with your blog.  That is affiliate marketing!

Affiliate marketing are programs where you as a blogger or influencer partner with brands to recommend their product or services.  You get paid a commission based on the company’s compensation structure.  It could be based per click or per sale and varies depending on each company.

Starting in Affiliate Marketing

Becoming an Amazon affiliate is one of the quickest ways to get started in affiliate marketing.  Everyone loves Amazon right?  Anytime you recommend a product through your Amazon affiliate link, Amazon pays you for each purchase made in that Amazon visit.  So it doesn’t have to just be the item you are recommending!  If someone adds other items to their cart, you get a commission on that too.

You can sign up to be an Amazon affiliate by visiting this link.

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What Programs to Choose

I highly recommend that you only engage in affiliate relationships that are products that you personally use or have used.  They should be products that you love and would share even if you weren’t receiving a commission.

Here are the affiliate programs I am a part of:

Amazon – Who doesn’t love prime???
Stitch Fix – a clothing subscription service that sends you specially curated pieces based on your style and budget
Convertkit – my email marketing provider that helps me to organize my mailing list, create landing pages, and stay connected to my readers via email.
Bluehost – I host my website with Bluehost.
ShareaSale – Shareasale is a platform that houses a number of affiliate programs to become involved with.  I’m an affiliate with Flirty Aprons, Gymboree, NatureBox, Mixbook and Faithbox through Shareasale.  You can choose a variety of options. However, I suggest only having an affiliate relationship with companies and brands that you would personally use yourself.

Your goal at this point in your blog should not be to expect income.  When you start focusing too much on the numbers, it becomes easy to lose sight of why you started your blog in the first place.  I recommend thinking about your niche customer and how they can benefit from the affiliate programs you are a part of.  You can make good money with affiliate marketing, but you want to stay true to who you are trying to serve!

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How to Start a Blog | Step by Step Blogging for Beginners

How to Start a Blog

Step by Step Blogging for Beginners

When I first started my blog I did so to share my love of health & fitness with others.  What I didn’t realize is that blogging is an incredible way to share ideas and connect with the world, and make an income.  I was clueless on how to start a blog so hopefully this article will help you!

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The tools and tips discussed in this article will help you to start a blog in a short period of time.  You will be able to connect with others who share similar interests and work to create an income doing something you love!

Here are my top tips for how to start a blog!

Step 1:  Pick what you want to blog about

This is called your niche market, or your ideal client.  A lot of people choose to blog about something they are passionate about.  This will help you to be able to authentically write posts and later on partner with companies and brands that you feel are a good fit for your target audience.

Some examples of blogging niches are:  lifestyle, food, wellness, fashion, beauty, parenting, etc.

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Step 2:  Set up your domain name

You can easily set up your domain name using Bluehost!  I chose Bluehost because it was very cost-effective.  Also, I’ve used Bluehost since I started my blog over 2 years ago and they’ve made it super simple and cost-effective.  Before you get started with Bluehost you will want to decide on what you want your domain name to be!  I chose Momma Fit Lyndsey because my blog is about healthy lifestyles for mommas!  You can make your domain name anything available and related to your brand or niche!

How to use Bluehost to set up your domain name

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  2. Select your plan!  You can absolutely start with the basic plan and update later if you need additional features.  how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  3. Select your domain!  This is the fun part.  This is the first step in creating your brand and thinking about what you want to blog about and the type of readers you want to engage with.  Make sure you select “.com”how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
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  5. Select your package!  Click the dropdown menu to choose your account plan.  Don’t worry about the added security items or search engine jumpstart.  The only thing that is really necessary is the domain Whois Privacy.  how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blog
  6. Add in your billing info!how to start a blog for beginners by Pittsburgh blogger Lyndsey of www.mommafitlyndsey.com // how to start a blog for free // how to make money with a blog // blogging for beginners // wordpress // step by step how to start a blogOn the next page you will be asked if you want any add-ons.  Skip them for now.

At this point you’ll get your confirmation email from Bluehost.

Step 3:  Connect Bluehost to WordPress

Go to your newly created Bluehost account and log-in using the information sent to you in the email.  Click “Control Panel Login” and enter your log-in info.

Next, go to “website builders” and click the Install WordPress icon.

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Click the green “start” button.

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Leave your domain in the field and click “check domain”

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Last step!  Click Install Now

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Step 4:  Design your Blog!

This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is!  There are a ton of free templates available on WordPress, OR you can search Etsy for “wordpress blog templates.

BONUS TIP!

You can get started in affiliate marketing right away.  This is a great way to get started making money with your blog.  Bluehost offers an awesome affiliate program for their customers.

There you have it!!! Your blog is ready for you to write your first post!  Have you started your blog yet?  What are some of your favorite templates or plug-ins you’ve found?

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