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5 Great Tools for Starting a Money-Making Pet Blog

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For years I was working a mid-level retail job, while all I wanted was to be a stay at home dog mom! Eventually I became a social media specialist and learned the ways to make this happen.

Now I get to stay home with Roxy & Rico, work from my favorite cafe if I choose, and make money from home! You too can learn the skills to work from home and make money from your pet blog. Read more below!

Five Essential Tools For Creating a Pet Blog

Why WordPress + Siteground is Perfect for Money-Making Blogs

WordPress is truly the BEST way to create a money-making site. I had originally started my site with Weebly, which I loved as it was very easy to design my site. But when I started looking into affiliate marketing (more on that in a bit) I ran into issues with ads/links randomly disappearing.

I knew that was no way to create reliable income, so I quickly jumped ship and realized WordPress was the ideal way to optimize my content to both provide awesome value to my readers and to make money, honey!

Now, WordPress can be sort of confusing. There are two types of WordPress sites, and they’re different. WordPress.com is the first type, and offers a free plan, along with other options starting at $4 a month. While that seems like a great deal, it doesn’t come with a URL of your choosing. It would be www.yoursitename.wordpress.com. That looks clunky and unattractive, right?

In addition, WordPress.com highly limits your money-making ability, because you can’t use ads on your site. They have ads already loaded and you don’t see any of that return.

Plus, you don’t actually own your site, you’re essentially renting space from them. That means they can shut your site down for any reason, or no reason at all. Wouldn’t that be a horrific waste of your time and efforts?!

OH! Another downside is that you can’t use plugins! Think of plugins as being similar to apps that can be installed on your site to optimize site speed, performance, and search engine optimization, among many other things. 

This is HUGE to me, because while you don’t want to use too many plugins (try to keep it under 20), they have such great benefits!

So What DO I Want To Get Started With WordPress?

The option you want is WordPress.org. This doesn’t mean your site URL will end in a .org instead of a .com; you’ll get to select the ending you want, depending on availability. It just means that you’re selecting a 3rd party to host your site.

For hosting, I selected SiteGround as their up-time was the greatest, and their service was excellent. They make it very convenient to select your website URL and packages in one shot, they don’t charge for security certificates like many other hosts, AND their plans average out to less than $4 a month! Click the image below to check it out!

A Great Theme Is Vital 

One nice thing about WordPress is the amount of themes available to pick from. I use Divi from Elegant Themes, as I love the builder. It has a definite learning curve while getting started, but is so adaptable for however you want your site to look.

Elegant Themes offers tons of premade layout packs, training videos, and guides to use their themes to fit your site’s personality.

Social Warfare Pro Is PERFECT For Getting Social Shares

Social Warfare Pro has been a HUGE timesaver when it comes to social sharing! It’s so simple to upload the main image you want to be shared across social media to have it look the way you want! You can see how easy it is by sharing this post below!

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course

One day, I was just hanging out on Facebook when I saw a post about Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents. It was all about how she started a multi-million dollar blog and was regularly bringing in over 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH. I was floored, and totally inspired!

I signed up for her course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing pretty much immediately and was blown away by how much information the course contains.

This course has been instrumental in getting me started with making money! I honestly had NO idea how many opportunities there were to improve the quality of my posts by linking to the products we recommend and bring in some income to support the life Princess Roxy demands!

Michelle is an incredible inspiration and resource. In addition to the training, which is updated FOR FREE as new information is pulled together, the Facebook group is a bonus benefit!

With almost 4 thousand members, there’s always someone willing to help brainstorm affiliate ideas or help with feedback on posts.

Dare To Conquer Course

Learning all about affiliate marketing was hugely beneficial, but I’ll be honest,  it didn’t go very far until I worked on getting my site’s pageviews up. Dare To Conquer is a course all about Search Engine Optimization, Pinterest Strategies, Content Creation, and sooooo much more.

I’ve only been signed up for the course since February, and once I watched a some of the many videos, I went from having an average of 10 people on my site to hitting 100+ users in a single day! I’m still applying all the techniques and can’t wait to see my traffic continue to grow! 

There is a FREE 12-Day Blog Boot Camp to see if it’s a good fit for you. I highly recommend giving it a shot and getting a jump start on starting your money-making blog. Sign up here!

What’s your favorite blogging tool? Share below!

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15 Comments

  1. I have never used SiteGround, we use Rochen.com (and they are so nice to a non tech like me!) but they sound a good starting place. I can agree 100% that Social Warfare is a top plug in and we absolutely love it. I had to take it off for a couple of weeks recently and I missed it such a lot! Thanks to SW I have shared some astonishing figures on good posts!

    I have attended several courses and I believe I always learn something new and positive to enhance my current skillset. The encouragement and positivity the each one brings is worth the effort in attending. It is investing in my professional future.

    1. That’s exactly how I feel about courses too. The vast amount of information I receive from them has been wonderfully helpful!

  2. Very informative! I do some of those things already, but will be checking out especially the plugins you mentioned.

  3. Some good tips here for both beginner bloggers AND bloggers looking to take it to the next level! For me, WordPress is a must!

  4. I signed up for the Billion Dollar Blog Club! I some times get 100+ viewers a day, but it is not consistent, and I would like to change that! Thanks for sharing this! I use wordpress.org too and Elementor pro plugin mostly with a few others. I love it!

  5. Thanks for such a helpful post!! I agree I love nothing more than working on my own website, from home or anywhere in the world I happen to be. I learned a lot about affiliate marketing and making money online from a group I belong to called Wealthy Affiliate. They have been a huge help to me.

  6. I use social warfare too. I’m going to take a look at both of the courses you mentioned.

  7. Interesting tips. Hmm I have never heard of social warfare pro. I’ll have to look into that. Looks very helpful.Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love WordPress, it seems pretty intuitive. I’ll have to check out some of these other suggestions.

  9. Congratulations on all of your success! This guide seems really handy. I’m definitely going to follow your advice.

  10. I don’t use WordPress but I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. I’m hesitant to make a big change right now. These sound liked really interesting & helpful courses, thanks for sharing.

  11. Ah, affiliate marketing; still something I’m not ready for. Which is probably pretty dumb. But I really don’t want to “push” anything. I feel bad enough pushing my own book. Hopefully, I will be able to compensate for my efforts through sales of the book.

  12. I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years and a lot of this is still new to me. I’ve been on Blogger the entire time and so far it does what I need it to do. I thought about switching over to WordPress, but the thought scares me.

  13. Wonderful post! I’ve never heard of these tools before and can’t wait to look into them more.

  14. Lots of great info! I, too, have been blogging a long time and I ‘m over on Blogger. $100K/month? Now that’s inspiration! Thanks for sharing all the great info.

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