How To Blog And Make Money – The Quickest Way For Newbies

Years ago, I took to Google in search of information that would tell me how to blog and make money.  Then I spent the next couple of years losing money and wasting time.

There is something gross about people who make money online – they spend more than 75% of the post on themselves and the last 25% on the information you were looking for.

If you want to know more about me, then you can check About Shonna.

If there is anything else you need to know it’s that I would never spend a day off pulling together anything that isn’t valuable to everybody.  In other words, I want my content to be as valuable to everyone else as it is to me or else I freaking suck!!!

Getting right into the meat of the subject, you want to know how to blog and make money.  Unless you are ready to read 4000 – 5000 words, which most people aren’t, I am going to talk about Wealthy Affiliate.

I Will Not Tell You How To Blog

… sorry not sorry, even though I know that is what you thought you were about to read.

But hear me out when I say, it would be dumb of me and through experience I know it would be of no real value to you if I sat here and told you how to blog.

First of all, telling someone how to blog and make money is going to take over 5,000 words.  It’s huge.  You have to start at building the blog and getting everything set up behind the scenes, like securing a domain, submitting site maps, and designing your pages and layouts.

Then you have to talk about content, on-page SEO, and aesthetics.  Then you have to talk about engagement and how to drive it.

Also, everything has to be told and done in the proper order.  Why teach someone about content and an internal link strategy if they do not know how to create a website that will showcase the blog?

So you see?  I would actually be doing you an injustice if I told you how to blog.  Besides, when it comes to building a blog, the most effective way to learn is if someone shows you instead of tells you.  Or even better, with a combination of showing and telling you can’t go wrong.

But, I have an even better reason why I would never tell anyone how to blog.

Because Wealthy Affiliate has me beat.  There is no way I could tell or show someone how to blog and make money as efficiently as they do.  Teaching people how to build a profitable blog is their specialty.

How To Blog And Make Money With Wealthy Affiliate

I spend a lot of time talking about Wealthy Affiliate offline.  Whenever I am describing Wealthy Affiliate, I always say, “Imagine if you had to pay to use FaceBook.  That is what it’s like, except everyone on the network is in some stage of building an online business.  Everyone is literally doing the same exact thing and everyone is there for the same exact reason.”

No one that belongs to Wealthy Affiliate is there to hang out for fun.  Instead, they are on Wealthy Affiliate to learn how to run a successful online business and as a result of that it’s fun.

Now, you might wonder or maybe you are saying, “Wait.  An online business?  I just want to know how to blog and make money.  I don’t want to run a business.”

Believe it or not, to a degree a blog is an online business, made so by a website.

A website is the actual online business and the most effective ones feature a blog.

For that reason, Wealthy Affiliate takes you step-by-step through the process of building a website that includes a blog.  Then they show you step-by-step how to blog and then they show you how to make money by teaching you step-by-step how to drive traffic, which in my opinion is the most profitable training ever.

Why?  Because if you read, “How To Make Money Online,” you already know you cannot make anything if you do not know how to drive traffic.

There are 2 ways to blog and make money with Wealthy Affiliate.  You are either going to pick a product and build a blog site around it or you are going to promote Wealthy Affiliate.

What Do I Mean By ‘The Quickest Way’

If I do not clear this up, I will not be able to live with myself.  When I say the quickest way, the last thing I want you to do is confuse it with ‘quick.’  There is nothing quick about making money from a blog.

Wait … there is, but not when you are just starting out. 

If you cannot give yourself 6 months to a year to establish yourself at more than 2 hours a day at least 5 days a week, then learning how to blog and make money may not be something you want to get into.

What makes Wealthy Affiliate the quickest way is that there are no mistakes for you to make.  For goodness sake, I just got to watch a man build a website step by step in a Case Study.  You think I am playing?

I’m not playing – See for yourself.

Literally, if you are too thirsty to go through training, there are 2 case studies available.  Each Case Study is a really cool man building a site in your face before your very eyes.

Like, what mistake could anyone make? 

When I first started learning how to blog and make money, I did not belong to Wealthy Affiliate.  I cringe at the amount of time and money I wasted over the years.

When I got to Wealthy Affiliate, I already had a few sites under my belt.  However, they were horrible sites.  Hard to navigate, I didn’t understand SEO, nor did I know anything about driving traffic.  I sucked at Social Media and my blogs were horrible.

Aye!!!  You think I am kidding?  Look at this ugly blog – my first blog ever and compare it to what you see now.

There are no calls to action, there are no Search Engine Optimization techniques, aesthetically it looks horrible and people don’t read big blocks of texts like that … there is no linking strategy … it’s horrible.  It looks like the blog of someone who had no clue what they were doing.

That blog is the culmination of all the researching I did learning how to blog and make money.  Proof that a lot of sites that swear they are going to tell you something, often times tell you nothing.

Here Is What You Need To Know If You Are Trying To Learn How To Blog And Make Money

You cannot do it alone.

You can teach yourself everything you need to know from Google, but if you are anything like me when I first started, execution looks crazy.  First of all, in order to be effective, you will have to become an expert in Web Design, Seo, and content generation at the very least, but even after that, will you be efficient?

Nope … not without trial and error which is where you waste a lot of time and money when you are teaching yourself how to do something as sophisticated as making money from a blog.

For example, you may learn 3 things but it may take you a couple of tries before you learn which order the 3 things need to be done in for maximum effect.

Let’s say you learn everything in the right order, do you know how to pick a niche or narrow a niche down?  Do you know how to become an expert in a niche in a matter of days?

What do you know about PPC or Google Adsense?  Hey!  How do you find the affiliate programs that people do not know about?  What about branding?  How does that play into it all?  Do you know how to use a keyword tool?  Oh and …

I always say – Entrepreneurs need the support of other entrepreneurs and you won’t even begin to understand the value of this statement without ever belonging to a platform full of them.

On my profile you will see that we are a family of people who support one another.  (Here is a link to my Wealthy Affiliate profile.)

How Much Does Wealthy Affiliate Cost?

Wealthy Affiliate costs $50 a month.  Now let’s go for a spin.

Rarely ever do I concern myself with the price of anything.  But costs are a whole different ballpark.

What is $50 in my personal life?  I have a cigarette habit and I love buying cans of Pepsi from the bodega.  I do not take my lunch into work and I am a coffee snob, paying up to $4.80 for a 12oz of gourmet coffee up to 3 times a week.

We are talking about 30 days of that.

My cigarette habit alone could pay for Wealthy Affiliate for the year.  My addiction to Pepsi is about to run me into the poor house with this new soda tax we have here in Philadelphia.

When I think about where $50s go in my life, I realize I can cut back a bit.  I don’t need all that sugar anyway. 

What Do You Get When You Join Wealthy Affiliate?

… I spend $50 a month for Wealthy Affiliate, but I could have stayed a free member forever.  I almost forgot to mention that.

This will tell you everything you get and there is never a pressure to become a Premium Member.  As a matter of fact, as a free member, you get access to the first parts of 2 courses and 2 free websites.  With enough determination, you don’t need any more than that for real for real.

The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth

Aaight … so back to the cost of it all.  How about not learning how to blog and make money costs more than the $50?  But not learning how to blog and make money for free is even worse.

Listen, to me here!  You ever click on a video that was going to show you how to make an insane amount of money in no time but before the person gets to what the video was supposed to be about you have to take a tour of the mansion while he tells you you can build the same wealth for yourself?

While Wealthy Affiliate is not that, the potential is the same.  There is a reason a stereotype exists online that internet marketers love Lambos.  That is because if you learn how to blog and make money, there is no cap to the amount of money you can make.

You can have 20 websites making $10 a day and if you noticed, as a Premium Member of Wealthy Affiliate, you can host up to 50 sites.  You can build 50 sites that make $5 a day and that is $250 a day.

The fact is building a successful blog takes time and determination which you bring and Wealthy Affiliate brings everything else.  Once you put in the time you will be that much closer to experiencing life changing income.

Conclusion + A Special Bonus

Don’t let anyone tell you how to blog and make money.  There are sites and programs that specialize in it.  Especially if you can join for free to see what it is about before you make a purchase.

Anyone attempting to do so must be silly.  I mean, I do not mind reinventing the wheel, but if I do, it better be better than the best.  There is no way I could tell you how to blog the way Wealthy Affiliate can.

Even though Wealthy Affiliate is free to join and the Premium Package sells itself, I always feel compelled to offer an additional bonus for people who decide to go Premium within 6 days.

Sign up for free and you will receive instructions on how to claim a bonus video that took me to the next level!!!

About The Special Bonus:

I do not think this is something that I should have to say, but promise me if you sign up, at the very least you will complete your profile.

Members of Wealthy Affiliate are conditioned to not take incomplete profiles seriously.  The last thing you want to do is start out selling yourself short.  The day I completed my profile, I got close to 20 new followers and a bunch of well wishes.

That is something I would like for you to experience … not because it will help you but because it feels good. 

Once you have signed up, I will leave you a personal message on your wall telling you your next steps and a few other things you are going to want to know along with how to get your bonus from me.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.  I would love to hear your thoughts or any apprehensions you may have.

You are super awesome for reading!!!






8 thoughts on “How To Blog And Make Money – The Quickest Way For Newbies”

  1. My first reaction is the title with the five letter “B” word may be offensive to some, perhaps it could be altered. Quite a lengthy explanation about joining Wealthy Affiliate. Are you making it look like an advert or collaborating about your own experience on joining?

    1. Hi Andrew. Thank you for your feedback about the five letter word. You know, my site really isn’t for everybody and I love it like that. Is that okay with you?

      And when it comes to learning how to blog and make money, a lengthy explanation is fitting when the opportunity costs money. And again, if it is too lengthy anyone who is looking to learn how to blog and make money is going to not read it. They are going to find another resource. That isn’t hard at all. I am surprised you bothered to comment.

      Especially if you didn’t read. I think that is a bit ignorant to ask me about the content when I made it clear I am talking about my experience. You should have stopped your comment at the feedback about the ‘B’ word and it would have been great.

      I can’t thank you for reading, but I most certainly can thank you for taking a look.

  2. Great article on blogging and making money. I’ve wondered upon your website and was interested in hearing what others were talking about blogging. You are 100% right about this. You can’t just explain how to blog and make money in one article. Nor any article for that matter, but with proper training (Videos are awesome) you can truly make a great living through blogging.

    I’ve also been trained through WA and recommend it to anybody. I still use their services to this day and likely forever, lol. So far I have 2 websites they taught me how to build, one for example is:
    All the best to you!

    1. Hey Damien!!! What an awesome comment and testimony. Your site by the way looks great. I have a few more up my sleeve working for me as well, like, For Black Beauty. See, I didn’t know about the power of niche sites or how to break into building them. That was definitely a game changer for me. Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope to see you around.

  3. I love your honest take on this! I’m a happy member of Wealthy Affiliate and I can absolutely attest to this. I appreciate all the support and I wouldn’t have been able to do this on my own. I’m so fortunate to skip the years of getting nowhere and I’m getting straight into results.

    1. Hi Kate!!!
      Thank you for your testimony. I have to admit, the community is what took me to the next level. I knew a lot of stuff before I joined, but nothing was in the right order so that was a help as well … However, the level of support I have received from other members, including the actual owners, has been priceless.

      Most people can agree. Also, your comment is an example of how happy we are to support and vouch for one another. I love that about Wealthy Affiliate. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to read and comment.

      See you on the inside.

  4. Hey! I love your unique spin on Wealthy Affiliate. I’m also a member there and think it’s completely worth the membership fee. Keep in mind that people can pay the “yearly” price and that lowers it down quite a bit. You do a great job of contextualizing $50/month…and just how easily we can spend that on stupid stuff that doesn’t do us any favors. Or that we would even hesitate to spend money on something that could teach us new skills but dump it down the drain for food and booze 🙂 Thanks for the perspective.

    1. So, I am someone who never has any money. Let me tell it, I don’t have anything extra, but I swear my coffee habit is very close to $50 every 2 weeks and on a week when I am feeling fancy, puh-lease … It could easily reach $65. That said, I had to ask myself, do I want to have an insane amount of money next year or continue on as a coffee snob and that is all I’ll ever be. Realizing the cost of something more than knowing the price has been very valuable to me and has put me in a better position to make smarter moves financially.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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