How to Make Money Blogging with Debbie Gartner
She learned all kinds of SEO skills and even wrote a few books on the topic of how to become a successful blogger.
If you’ve ever asked the questions “Can you make money blogging?” then you are in the right place. Debbie has proved that you can, in fact, make wads of it from blogging about something that might not seem like a money maker.
Many people say the riches are in the niches. Debbie has proven this theory.
Her books can help you learn how to make money blogging and her advice here is a great add on to her books.
**Dislosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you buy something from clicking on my link. I only recommend products, services or courses I have purchased myself that I believe in, or that the experts I have interviewed recommend. I occasionally recommend something I haven’t purchased if it is made by someone I have purchased another product from and received incredible value.
9 years (2.5 years monetizing)
My main blog is TheFlooringGirl.com where I blog about flooring, painting and home decor.
My new blog (which my friend and I just bought) is HealthySavvyAndWise.com where I share blogging tips.
**Debbie asked me not to share the stats for this blog because they just purchased it, so the results do not reflect her efforts. We both felt that it wouldn’t be appropriate until she’s worked on it for a while.
Flooring and painting. Love them both and they go together!
If it’s a new blog:
1) Pinterest and
That’s it! If it’s an established blog that does well, then
1) SEO and
That’s probably it, but if the question is about income then I’d add email and/or a product.
These are not major traffic drivers, but they can be highly profitable. In the beginning, they won’t be.
Just started 2 months ago, but already above 1,600. My largest driver is my FREE SEO course.
Not many. Google Analytics, Google Search Console (the most useful) and Tailwind
. I occasionally use other keyword finders, but none are critical.
Carly’s Pinteresting Strategies, PotPieGirl’s Niche Post Conversion, Carly’s Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers and a few others that I got via GBTK over the years.
I would have told myself that I COULD make money on my blog and that it would be substantial. If I knew this, I would have started monetizing much sooner. And, I’d be much further ahead in this part of the journey. (I’m super thankful though that I started learning SEO first and before anything else).
Harry Potter series (books and movies)…if that’s considered dorky. I view it as a mastery of creativity and success story, though. (I mean JK Rowling, not Harry Potter).
What Did I Learn About How to Make Money Blogging from Debbie Gartner?
Debbie is a very talented blogger. She’s been blogging for 9 years, so she definitely has her blogging skills down, but once she learned how to make money blogging, it changed her life!
My takeaways from Debbie are:
- Focus on SEO right from the get-go.
- Be patient and try to focus on one thing.
- Pinterest can be very powerful.
I’ve done a few of these interviews so far, and it’s starting to sound like there’s an echo in the room.
Every successful blogger has the exact same advice. Be patient, focus on SEO, leverage Pinterest. I couldn’t agree more. The first time I saw a spike in SEO traffic and a Pinterest Pin go viral, I was hooked.
If you want to earn extra money blogging, you will need some patience, but it is worth it.
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Bloggers tell all is a course that is recommended by Nicole Johnson, a very successful blogger, in her interview here.
Deposit photos is where I get all of my photos from. They have high quality images and when you purchase from them, you are purchasing the rights to use the images.
Make sure you read the disclosures to be sure you are using the images in a way that does not violate their terms. For instance, if you intend to sell their images on merch, be very careful you do not violate their terms.
ConvertKit is an incredible program that is very user-friendly. When I was learning, I went from not knowing the program at all to setting up an email sequence, sending out an email blast (they call them broadcasts), and setting up forms all in the first session.
It does have a monthly fee, but it is worth every penny. As a newbie blogger, you don't want to pay for a lot of extras and I know it can be tempting, but this is by far one of the best investments you will make.
Siteground is not just a service for me. They have been a sort of partner and IT helper. when I was a newbie blogger, I didn't know how to do anything. They have a chat function as a help resource that I used almost daily to figure out how to install certain things, or figure out the backend of WordPress.
They have saved me hundreds of dollars on services. You can set up your site, buy your domain, get privacy for your information connected to your domain, and get all kinds of help if you need it.
Tracy Lynn is so knowledgeable. She has created this awesome calendar for bloggers. When you are first starting out, it can feel like something I call "information soup."
You are bombarded with information and you have no idea where to start or what you should be focusing on. Tracy Lynn breaks it down into manageable steps.
What should you be doing and when. It is an incredibly valuable resource and it's a great price.
Tracy Lynn came up with this lead magnet ideas resource that can really help if you are trying to figure out how to get traffic for your blog.
This is a fantastic resource to have in your library to refer back to when you need to figure out what your next steps are.
If traffic is low, pull it out and see if you can find something that is a good fit. With that many (100+) in there, you are sure to find something.
Grayson Bell is the man you want to talk to when you have an issue with your tech. He knows his stuff and is incredibly quick. Every time I have sent an email, I get a response within minutes. I LOVE that kind of service. I know a few other bloggers that swear by him. He is professional, quick, and knows what he's doing.
This quick fix one service is exactly what it sounds like. Click through to read more about it.
Elna is the BEST!!! When I first started writing, I followed her blog because she has all kinds of free resources that are incredibly helpful. I took one of her courses and signed up for all of her groups. She never stops pumping out valuable content and her paid resources are packed FULL of valuable information!!
Grayson will do an evaluation of your blog for speed. Speed is a huge factor when getting people to stay on your site longer. Having a quicker site can lower your bounce rate and increase your dwell time. I've seen people get a traffic boost as soon as their site speed increases.
Site speed is not to be taken lightly, it is a huge factor for SEO. Grayson can help you get your site speed up in no time.
This inexpensive and quick tune-up is perfect for the beginner blogger.
You've spend hours and hours working on your blog and getting all the plugins, widgets, themes, builders, and more set up on your site. But now you've read that plugins can interfere with each other and you may have issues with security.
Send Grayson Bell a quick email and he will get you fixed up in no time. He responds quickly, is an expert, and will get your new blog up to snuff in for you so you can stop worrying.
Elna knows her stuff. I have not taken this class, but I highly recommend anything from Elna. She knows her stuff and grew her business while raising small children. She is an invaluable resource of information and very relateable.
Image on Pinterest are so important. These templates can help you crank out attractive and clickable Pins quickly. I have not purchased this service, but I know others who have and they are very happy with it.
Learning how to design in Canva is a crucial skill if you are going to make quality images for your blog. Unless you know photoshop, or another design program, you need something like Canva to make images.
This is a crash course on how to learn Canva and will help you make better quailty images for your blog.
How to Make Money Blogging with Debbie Gartner