5 Misconceptions You Have About Starting a Blog (That Makes Money)

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You want to dive into blogging but just can’t pull the trigger.

But, the thought of working from home and being able to take care of your little one is a hard dream to shake off.

This is what you want to do, and from all the hours of pouring over Pinterest and reading blog post after blog post, you’re still not sure if you’re cut out for it.

I so get you, mama!

When my husband suggested I do something like be a virtual assistant, I honestly had no idea what he was talking about. Like, people make money doing that? Or actually, make money blogging? What?

Yeah, it took me a while to realize that it is possible to make money blogging.

But, there were a lot of wrong beliefs I held about blogging, and I think many of you might too.

These misconceptions cloud our judgment about pulling the trigger and taking action to create blogging goals and a plan.

But I want to tell you a secret:

Blogging does work!

I started Twins Mommy with the intention of connecting with other working at home moms. This soon turned to helping mom bloggers.

With all my experience marketing my freelance writing business and growing it, I started to offer help to other moms wanting to make money blogging.

This lead to creating two courses to help bloggers! Both have generated income for me in less than six months!

I also do affiliate marketing on this blog that’s almost a passive way to make money on this blog.

I plan to create more courses for Twins Mommy, but what I want to let you know is that in the beginning I never knew this would have been possible.

I saw other bloggers making big money on their blog or business and knew that could never be me.

I kept holding on to these misconceptions about starting a money-making blog.

If you still have these wrong beliefs, let’s dive into those and see how we can change that!

5 Wrong Beliefs You Have About Starting a Blog

1. You Need a Niche to Blog

Let me just say that you don’t need a niche blog to start blogging. The first 10 posts you publish won’t even be read so you can post whatever you want on whatever topic you enjoy.

While a niche is easier to monetize your blog, in the beginning, that’s something you shouldn’t focus on right away.

Focus on growing your audience and connecting with others, so you understand their problems.

From there you can tailor your products and affiliate products to solve their problems!

So, in the beginning, feel free to blog about a lot of topics and see which topic takes off. Maybe your post about what you need to know before bringing home baby became viral on Pinterest.

Then you know people coming to your blog want to know more about that topic!

So, I say let your niche come to you and don’t worry about having to have a niche right away. Start the blog already!

2. It’s Hard to Start a Blog

This is a bit misleading – it’s easy to START a blog, but a challenge to MAINTAIN and GROW your blog.

Blogging is a journey, and you’ll have a lot of ups and downs, and it’s up to you to keep yourself motivated and want to learn.

In the beginning, learning will be your top goal. The faster you learn how to use Pinterest or ConvertKit, the faster you’ll be at making your blog a success.

To keep your motivation up, I strongly suggest you join some Facebook group communities. My group, Mom to Mompreneur, is a very supportive group filled with moms that want to help you!!

Join us!

This is the place to ask for advice, lean on other moms and get the support you need when you’re feeling down!

Don’t do this alone!

3. It Takes A lot of Money to Start Blogging

You can start a blog for less than $100. It’s much cheaper to get your business up and running than when your parents were around.

From business cards to ad space in the newspaper to creating door hangers, businesses back in the day needed a huge initial investment.

But today? Not so much. You pay for your hosting, can grab a free theme, start your email list for free and there ya go!

Don’t let the initial cost turn you off on starting a blog. If you learn the right strategies to make money, then you’ll make up what you initially spent within that first year of blogging.

4. You Can’t Make Any Real Money Blogging

You CAN make money blogging!

I made my first $1k blogging within a few short months having a service!

On Twins Mommy, blogging generated $2k in one month!

It is possible mamas! But, at first, you’re learning so much that analysis paralysis occurs.

Everything is too much, and you can’t keep up.

I know what you mean. That’s why I say to wait to monetize your blog. Learn how to blog, learn how to do email marketing, learn how to use Pinterest and then learn how to monetize.

If you do this in stages, you won’t be so overwhelmed!

When deciding to monetize your blog, look at the legit ways to do this:

  • Offer a service – I offered freelance writing, but you can offer coaching, Pinterest management or VA services.
  • Affiliate marketing – most bloggers choose this route and make money doing it! This is when you promote a product and use a special link. When others click on that special link and purchase, you get a commission of that price.
  • Sponsored content – brands may reach out to you to promote their product on your blog or social media.
  • Create a product – this can be the most challenging to do as a new blogger, but the best strategy in the long run. Creating your own product – course, eBook, printables, etc.. – has the potential to earn more than other monetization strategies.

5. You Need to Post Everyday to See Any Traffic

This isn’t true at all.

However, you do need to post more frequently if you have a new blog with no content. If you want people to start coming to your blog early on, then create consistent and frequent content.

I suggest – if you can – post twice a week for a set time. I was able to do that for Twins Mommy for the first 6 months.

After that, life got hard, I landed more freelance writing clients and had to drop to 1x a week.

Do what you can.

If that means creating content BEFORE you launch, then do that.

If that means creating one post every other week, then do that.

Just be consistent.

Just Do It, Mamas!

Just like what Nike says – Just Do It! Don’t sit on the idea of wanting to start a blog.

Sign up today, get on WordPress and publish your first blog post! The faster you get your blog published, the faster Google can recognize your blog and get you ranked in the future!

So, now it’s your turn – tell me whether you just started a blog or want to start a blog. I want to hear from you if you originally had these misconceptions about blogging too!

Remember to pin me!