How to Make Money Blogging


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Have you ever wondered if it is really possible to make a full time living from a blog? When I first started blogging, I made a ton of mistakes and learned some very hard lessons along the way, and I swore that if I ever figured it out, I would help everyone I could! Don't miss this helpful post to find out exactly how to get started with blogging in just five easy steps!


I don’t usually write about the business side of blogging here at Living Well Spending Less. My main focus and passion is helping my readers discover simple ways to live better, spend less, and have more time for the things that matter most.  

That said, as someone who earns a full-time income through blogging, the topic of how to start a blog and how to make money blogging is something I get asked about all the time! The truth is that I am incredibly passionate about helping other bloggers—or those who aspire to be—gain the knowledge to do the same. Don’t get me wrong, blogging is by no means “easy money”, but it is very possible to earn a full-time living writing about what you love and care about.

I know because I’ve done it.

When I first started blogging, I made a ton of mistakes and learned some very hard lessons along the way. I often wished that there had been someone with experience to hold my hand and share all their secrets. I swore that if I ever figured it out, I would help everyone I could.

Finally, in 2013, I wrote a book called How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) that shared in detail the essentials of creating amazing content, growing blog traffic, as well as a number of monetization strategies. That book has gone on to help tens of thousands of bloggers (or those who aspire to be) get started.

From there I began working individually with bloggers through private consulting. I loved helping and encouraging people one-on-one, and the results were pretty dramatic, but I also found that there simply wasn’t enough time in my already busy schedule to keep up with the demand. But I hated having to say no!

Thus, Elite Blog Academy® was born–an in-depth blogging course to help bloggers, step-by-step, exactly how to refine their message, grow their audience, monetize their platform, and build their business. In other words, it is everything I wish someone would have taught me when I first started blogging!

Sign up for this free eBook to learn more about making money from your blog.Because my time is limited, and because my main focus is on and the audience I serve here, Elite Blog Academy® only opens for registration once a year, once in the spring. If you would like to join our waiting list, you can do so by clicking the button below, and when you do, you’ll also get instant access to my latest free eBook,7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight.”


    That said, if you are just starting out and interested in learning how to make money blogging, here are five simple steps to follow that will get you started on the right track: This simple checklist will help you make money from your blog.

1. Set up a self-hosted blog on Wordpress

Elite Blog Academy is meant to be a hands-on course, which means in order to benefit you will need to have a real live blog to work with, not just an idea for one. If you haven’t already, you will need to set up your self-hosted blog on WordPress. This is pretty easy to do, especially when you use the detailed step-by-step tutorial found HERE. Furthermore, if your blog is currently hosted on Blogger or, I would strongly recommend that you make the transition to being self-hosted on WordPress, and do it sooner rather than later.

2. Set up your social media accounts.

Once you have set up your blog, you will also want to set up some basic accounts on social media to correspond with your website, including a Facebook page, a Twitter profile, and a Pinterest Business Account.  Depending on your niche, you may also want to set up accounts for Google+Instagram, and LinkedIn.

3. Install a few basic plugins

The best feature of WordPress is that there are an almost infinite number of plugins available to install that can help you do almost anything on your blog, from fighting spam to building your email list to keeping track of your analytics and helping you easily add advertising or affiliate links. Here are a few that I recommend:

    • Akismet or Antispam Bee – An anti-spam plugin is probably the very first plugin you will want to install, as spam comments will begin to show up almost immediately.
    • Bottom of Every Post – This plugin does one thing, and that thing is to add some content to the end of each of your posts.
    • WP Supercache – A caching plugin that helps your site load faster.
    • Yoast SEO – Yoast WordPress SEO is the most complete SEO plugin available for WordPress. It offers everything you need to optimize your site.

4. Get comfortable with blogging

Once you’ve set up your blog, it is important to get comfortable with the process of blogging. Don’t worry about creating the perfect blog design just yet, but instead work on writing blog posts and creating content for your site. Try to figure out what you feel comfortable writing about, how often you would like to write, as well as whether you think the topic you picked is a good one. I would strongly consider reading one or more of the following books:

    • How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul-jam packed full of practical tips, HTBFP is the very best place to start once you’ve got your blog set up. It will walk you through the process of creating content, building traffic, and then learning how to monetize.
    • WordPress to Goa great resource to help you get more comfortable with the WordPress platform.

5. Set aside time

Once you’ve got your blog set up, you will need to set aside time to work on it! Give yourself at least 5-10 hours per week to work on writing blog posts and creating content. Don’t worry at first about getting readers–just worry about finding your voice, discovering exactly what you most want to write about, and about making sure your content rocks. And then, once you are ready, Elite Blog Academy® can show you, step-by-step, exactly how to refine your message, grow your audience, monetize your platform, and build your business. It is possible to make a full-time living through blogging. I know, because I’ve done it, and over the past couple of years I’ve taught thousands of other bloggers how to do it too. Just check out a few of their success stories:

I began blogging about Christian living in 2010. I knew that I had great content but did not know how to gain traction, or what to focus on and when. I needed a plan — a step-by-step process I could implement — from someone who knew what to do. I enrolled in EBA in 2014 and doing so was a game-changer for me! The course presents assignments in an effective format and Ruth mentored me through the process, even providing other invaluable content. In about 10 months, my monthly page views increased from 10,000 to 150,000 and I received daily emails from people who were impacted by my message, which is my ultimate goal for blogging in the first place. I do not have ads or do sponsored posts, which means I rely on affiliate programs and my own products to monetize my site. Through EBA, I was inspired to launch my first online course, and not only earned $3,900 but also gained confidence that I will be successful going forward.-Arabah Joy 

I began my blog as a journal about being a mom, recording milestones, describing outings, and most importantly, sharing parenting lessons. My message gained momentum and resonated with other parents in similar situations. My readers wrote to me, saying that my posts helped them handle their own parenting conflicts and find answers to their problems. Real life friends came to with questions, as well. Before EBA I was putting a lot of effort into my blog but seeing minimal growth, so it seemed safer to consider blogging a hobby. But then I learned that you have to invest in something if you want it to grow. Investing in EBA was the best money I ever spent on my blog. EBA presents all the information in one place — information that one would normally have to collect from several sources. The course also provides an effective timeline and an accountability piece. While completing the course, I set goals and worked hard to achieve each one. I believe you have to do so to stand out in the blogging world. Although I still love blogging as a hobby and use it as my creative outlet, I’m so much more committed to the blog and treat it more as a business. Now, all the effort I’ve put in has paid off. I went from having 29,000-30,000 in monthly traffic to 150,000-175,000 in just 7 months! It took me 5 YEARS to reach 29,000. Also, after my first 5 years of blogging, I was earning just $20 a month. After 7 months at EBA, I’m earning $1,500 and aspire to increase that even more. –Nina Garcia 

I took part of Elite Blog Academy® in September of 2014, with a blog that was run on the blogger platform. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was determined. I followed every single step of the EBA program exactly as written. It took me 9 months to complete the class as I had a baby and ran a home day care at the same time. I worked on the blog in the evenings, while steadily growing my income and page views significantly every month. Exactly one year after starting EBA, I was blogging full time and made $5,000 in one month alone. I’ve even spoken at a popular blogging conference this year! Now, just 14 months after signing up for the program, I’m at $6,500 per month in income. Having taken many expensive online classes related to blogging, I’m able to tell you that EBA is the best! Ruth lays out step-by-step exactly what you need to do so that when you’ve completed the class, you understand how to make a living from your blog. –Rosemarie Groner

I help moms raise their families and stay sane. My posts tackle parenting problems as well as provide easy meals, delicious treats and a little style and beauty is thrown in the mix. As a parent located in Phoenix, AZ, I could not find a blog that had the level of detail I wanted about attractions in the area such as where to park, best ways to maximize time while there, what to see and what to avoid. So, I started the blog I needed and to provide a resource for other parents in the area. I initially enrolled in EBA to learn how to get my message out to even more people. Through EBA I learned how to market my posts on Pinterest and write better material. Now all of my focus goes into content and photos, because that’s what motivates reader to return. Pinterest has now become my new bestie! I also learned that you reach your goals when you have a plan. EBA assisted me with creating my business plan and my first product has now launched! My page views have tripled so my ad revenue has increased and I’m being contacted more often by outside PR companies. All of this is a direct reflection of my content. I will be eternally grateful to EBA and anticipate growing even more in the future! –JoAnn Crohn

I started EBA within a few months of beginning to blog because I wanted to start off on the right foot. Now that I’ve completed the course, I have a plan to follow — step-by-step — instead of aimlessly wandering and I have obtained the confidence needed to keep moving forward. I know how to grow my audience, build a brand, market myself, create products, start earning money, and fulfill my business goals. I have the additional bonus of being able to revisit the steps any time I need to. Since I have started applying what I’ve learned, I have enough page views to support applying to ad networks and I’ve created a book that is being sold on Amazon. I have two other products in the works as well. EBA is just such an awesome program, and I am so grateful to Ruth for her transparency, willingness to mentor and to teach other bloggers. It is such a great mission and the program is done right! –Jennifer Roskamp

Use this free eBook to earn an income from your blog. Blogging is not for everyone, but it might just be right for you. Why not get started today and find out? Or, at the very least, download my free ebook, “7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight” to discover  whether this path is one you need to consider. Get it now, simply by clicking the button below.




Have you ever wondered if it is really possible to make a full time living from a blog? When I first started blogging, I made a ton of mistakes and learned some very hard lessons along the way, and I swore that if I ever figured it out, I would help everyone I could! Don't miss this helpful post to find out exactly how to get started with blogging in just five easy steps!


  1. April 4 at 10:52AM

    Hi! Thanks so much for sharing my experience with your readers. 🙂 I’m so thankful for the focus that EBA has given me in blogging. Thank you for all of the hard work you and your team have done to put this course together. Have a wonderful Easter, Ruth! 🙂

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 4 at 12:48PM

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience Jennie! I’m so happy to hear that EBA has been such a positive experience for you! Your numbers are super impressive–way to go!

  2. April 4 at 02:17PM

    Can’t wait for the next class to start!

  3. April 4 at 05:10PM

    Hi Ruth,

    Thank you for sharing, I cannot wait for the next class either.
    I have a question as well. Plugin “Bottom of Every Post” is no updated during the last 2 years, and it is therefore not compatible with my WP. Any other recommendations for it?


    • Ruth Soukup
      April 4 at 05:17PM

      That’s a great question Reelika–I will do some research and see if I can find anything comparable! 🙂

  4. April 4 at 06:15PM

    Hi Ruth,

    Is it possible to take the mini-course without taking EBA? While I would completely love to take the full course, it’s just not in the works financially right now. I have read and love your book and am working on implementing various strategies found in it. Thanks for all of the help that you give to new bloggers!

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 6 at 01:44PM

      Hi Sarah,

      When you sign up to be notified that doors have opened, you’ll also receive our FREE mini eBook, “10 Steps to Take When Your Blog Post Goes Viral,” as well as be registered for our FREE mini course, which begins April 7th. Regardless of whether you decide EBA is right for you, the three powerful presentations included in this mini course are jam-packed with practical tips that you can implement right away. I hope you enjoy it and will take part in EBA the next time! 🙂

  5. April 4 at 08:01PM

    Thanks, you’re a great source of information for beginner bloggers like me! Looking forward to reading some of your books and checking out the EBA! Another great post.

  6. Samantha
    April 5 at 12:29AM

    I am currently working with a website/blog that is not WP. Will EBA still be beneficial for me or are a lot of the assignments/activities WP focused?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 6 at 01:40PM

      Hi Samantha,

      Most of the course will be applicable no matter what blogging platform you use. 🙂

  7. April 5 at 08:04PM

    I can’t wait to start this! Thank you!

  8. April 7 at 10:50AM

    Thanks for featuring my review! EBA has seriously been the best course. My pageviews are now at 5 times what they were before I started and I have made the money I spent on EBA back many times in the past six months. So grateful that you made this course! 🙂

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 8 at 08:24AM

      That’s awesome Alexa! I’m so happy to hear that EBA has been a good investment for your blog! Thank you so much for your hard work!

  9. April 8 at 08:17AM

    Thanks Ruth! I just finished your book, and found it to be one of the most helpful I have ever read! I am working through the action plans currently. I am expecting my first child in 1 month, and would love to find a way to generate income from home, from something I love doing! I will be completing the EBA asap!

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 8 at 08:25AM

      Congratulations Cassie! I hope to see you in EBA soon! 🙂

  10. April 9 at 11:28AM

    looking forward to learning!

  11. April 11 at 09:18PM

    Hi Ruth! I would love to be added to the EBA waiting list, but the sign in form at the bottom of the post is not working. Is the pre-sign up already closed?

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 21 at 08:38AM

      Yes, the doors are now open! 🙂

  12. April 12 at 08:47PM

    I’d love to sign up for the email reminder, but am having trouble getting to accept it. After I fill out the form, it won’t progress from this screen. Any ideas?

  13. Crystal
    April 16 at 12:07PM

    Hey Ruth! I just had to tell you somehow I was emailed about this EBA program and looked into your site and learned your heart for inspiring bloggers and at each encouragement I have almost started crying. I have wanted to start a blog for a year, but I have four girls, three are homeschooled and I’m having trouble making that first big step. I keep telling myself I need to do it, but then talk myself out of it. Thank you for the encouragement. It is our hope my husband too can quit the job he hates and he can homeschool the kids! Looks like you’re into a minimalist lifestyle, which we are looking to begin as well. I am a major overspender :/. Thanks again, I’m excited!! -Crystal

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 21 at 08:38AM

      Yay! Excited to have you on board Crystal! 🙂

  14. April 16 at 11:31PM

    I couldn’t find the plugin called “MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate” when I searched for plugins. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 21 at 08:37AM

      I would just skip it for now! 🙂

  15. April 17 at 08:08AM

    What do you do if someone on twitter already has a twitter handle with your website name?

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 21 at 09:52AM

      You can try to purchase it, or you can try to work around it–use something similar, or perhaps your own name rather than your blog name.

  16. Emily Rider
    May 11 at 12:09PM

    I would love to start a blog. It looks like this is the time better now than never:)!!

  17. May 17 at 10:35PM

    Dear Ruth:
    Just tonight I heard about your EBA course via FB. In one of your replies to a comment on that post you indicated the first day of registration will be 4/14 for the 2016 course. Because I intend to join, I need to know: is that 4/14/2015 or 4/14/2016 for the first day of registration? I hoping to get in on the promo for the first day, otherwise I may have to wait.

    Thank you for your promptness is replying, as 4/14/2015 is tomorrow. ;p
    Respectfully yours,
    – Brin

  18. May 22 at 06:37AM

    Wonderful post I think that making money with a blog is very possible but to reach that point first you have to build a blog which is useful to your readers and when your blog becomes popular than automatically with little effort you can make good amount of money by affiliate marketing

  19. July 24 at 03:17PM

    Hello! I am working on scheduling my posts for future dates/times so they can automatically post and I don’t have to manually do it. Do you have any suggestions for when to schedule these? Is there a best time or day of the week?

  20. August 3 at 11:25AM

    I recently started blogging. I set up my blog on Blogger via Google. What would be the benefit of moving my blog to Word Press? Or is it the same thing? I’m a little confused.

  21. January 21 at 01:32AM

    Thanks for your great article. Cool and will help many bloggers to Make Money Online by blogging.

  22. Toni patterson
    January 28 at 03:22PM

    I was trying to purchase the special priced bundle that is valued @ $49 but my screen went blank.

  23. Randi
    February 10 at 06:09PM

    I’m really confused with the very first step.. where to start up the blog. I want to be able to make money from it someday.. I read go with, not because .com will not let you make money.

  24. April 3 at 03:41PM

    Question: What do your books and courses cost? Thank you.

  25. December 13 at 06:09AM

    I’m so happy to have WordPress from beginning. This looks hard but with your guide much easier. Good article that a lot of blogger will appreciate! Time to make your comment area perfectly working always and I can comment you even easier and often

  26. Lola Rosenhamer
    December 15 at 12:36PM

    I ordered your special 5 books for $7.00. I was not able to immediately download the books. Would you resend the books.

    Thank you,

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 15 at 05:28PM

      Hi Lola,

      I just sent you an email.

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  29. October 29 at 04:11PM

    EBA is the best! I am working my way through. I actually started my blog and then the course helped me to realize that my topic just wasn’t wise. Started over from scratch, and it’s been a great move!

  30. December 9 at 08:53AM

    Hi Ruth,
    I found your post very inspiring and found the success stories particularly useful to me. I just started blogging myself and after a few months I realized how hard is to get traffic. Your books and EBA are tempting.
    Thanks for giving me some realistic idea of what to expect.

  31. January 19 at 08:55AM

    This is a great guide for getting started, but to be honest getting started is the easy part when it comes to blogging… keeping your blog regularly updated is where it gets difficult! It can be hard to think of things to write about, and to motivate yourself to write about them.

    If you’re planning to start a blog, you’d better be prepared to put in the work!

  32. January 19 at 08:56PM

    Thank you so much for this post! I would love to start EBA… trying tow ork up the courage to invest!

  33. January 23 at 09:31AM

    Love this post! I started blogging as a hobby and have been so thankful to be able to grow it as a business over the years and all of these are great tips!

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