How I Made $80,000+ My Second Year Blogging Full-Time

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In 2018, I more than doubled my business income, graduated from college, and created my first digital product.

This was also the first year I spent a lot of time focusing on personal development, which meant a lot of growth in the way I solve problems, time management, set goals, and so much more, which is crucial for growing a profitable business.

Blogging isn’t easy and I essentially worked for free for a long time, but I took it seriously and treated it like a business and now Im a full-time blogger.

Here are the strategies I used to help grow my blog into a profitable business. 

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#1 Creating a product

At the end of 2018, I created a product with my sister called Making Sense of Sponsored Posts.

Over 600 students have taken my course so far and have landed major brand sponsorships, charged 3x what they’d usually charge, and worked with brands multiple times.

The process of creating a product was intimidating and overwhelming and not nearly as easy as I thought it’d be.

Creating and selling products requires advanced marketing tactics, and I didn’t have a sense of direction or where to start, which is why I enrolled in Six Figure Blogger.

Six Figure Blogger gave me the foundation and formula to form, gather research, product creation, high-converting sales pages, and most importantly, how to send thousands of people to my sales page.

I could’ve created a digital product without Six Figure Blogger, but it would’ve been a flop because I would’ve skipped so many important marketing tactics, such as sales centered content and email trust funnels. 

Six-Figure Blogger is for the blogger who is ready to create digital products to take their business to the next level. This course is not for a new blogger who doesn’t have a blog set up yet. 

This course made me go from overwhelmed and stressed to a sound strategy and peace. If you know anyone who has created a product, set up sales and email funnels, and set up sales pages, they will tell you its HARD.

Maybe one of the hardest things about blogging. You get frustrated easily and want to quit. With Six-Figure Blogger, you get a step-by-step plan to create a digital product and sell it. 

If you’re a blogger who is ready to create a product to sell on your blog, you need to take this course.

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#2 Changing my mindset

My mindset was holding me back in my business. 

At the beginning of 2018, I felt stuck and lacked confidence, and my time management, and goal settings skills were nonexistent.

Over time, I learned how to create effective time management skills, boost my productivity, and set goals and complete them promptly. 

I did this by doing something I never thought I’d do, which is enroll in a personal development course. 

Design Your Dream Life Academy was truly life-changing for me, no matter how “woo woo” that sounds.

There are over 95 lessons which cover 11 topics, so I dedicated a lot of the fall season to complete the course.

“Six months from now, you can be in a completely different place mentally, financially, and spiritually.” 

When I heard Natalie say that, I believed it and knew that I needed to take action and take this course.

Not only did I enroll in the course, but I went through all of the lessons, did the required actions necessary, and drastically improved my quality of life.

#3 Quality content + resourceful

When I first started my blog, it was all about creating content, even if the content had nothing to do with health and finance.

Some posts were only 100 words!

This year I focused on creating quality content that was geared around the purpose of my readers.

I used to write for myself, but now I write to help others.

Now, I provide so much more value and resources to my readers and always make sure to overdeliver.

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#4 Focusing on Google SEO

Google SEO is the best way to increase your traffic because you can target an audience who is actively looking for the products and services you’re an affiliate for.

And before you waste your time scouring the internet for free, outdated information on SEO, I recommend checking out Easy On-Page SEO for Beginners. Included is a 12-step template to write articles, 9 steps to do after you hit publish, and other valuable info. This is written by a blogger who gest 350,000 page views per month with 60% of the traffic coming from Google. The guide is only $37 (at the time of writing) and is easily worth quadruple the cost.  

It is VERY important that you are diversifying your traffic and not relying on Pinterest. Do. Not. Rely. On. 1. Traffic. Source. 

To show you how important Google SEO is, just 1 year ago only 25% of my traffic was coming from Google. Now it’s 50%. This is amazing because this traffic is targeted, unlike Pinterest and Facebook. My affiliate income has also been rapidly increasing and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the targeted traffic from Google. 

#5 Completing courses

If you’re a blogger and reading this, you can probably relate.

I owe a lot of my growth in my business to courses because I was able to learn things so quickly.

…however, there have been many times where I’d get a course and not even finish it.

2018 was the year of finally completing these courses.

Not only did I go through every lesson, but I did the necessary action and did the work.

I didn’t just read the course; I’d go through each lesson, do the action, and see the results.

I think a lot of bloggers get courses, *maybe* complete them, but most people do not do the action and work the course says to do.

Do you have a blogging course that you’ve gone through and honestly did all of the actions and work?

#6 Affiliate marketing

Improving my affiliate marketing income has been a huge goal of mine.

To increase my income, I did a few things, including:

  • being as resourceful as possible and including affiliate links where helpful
  • built more trust with my readers
  • increased conversions with several strategies
  • focused on affiliate programs that have free trials
  • did the actions and strategies in Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a comprehensive course that teaches you anything and everything you need to know about affiliate marketing.

There’s even a private Facebook group which acts as a mastermind for bloggers.

Anytime I have a blogging question, I ask it in this group and get several quality answers.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money for both new and experienced bloggers, but it takes skill and strategies to do it right. 

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  1. Holly

    Great work! I hear you on the courses! That is my focus right now. I may or may not have purchased a course two years ago (gulp) and have yet to complete it! I just made a plan last week on how I am going to complete it and am working through my plan. After that I want to tackle some smaller courses I have purchased or received as freebies – along with several ebooks.

    1. Alexis

      That’s awesome!

  2. Dave Starr

    Very inspiring article, Alexis. I’ve been a fan ever since Michelle first introduced you a long time back.

    Now that you have college out of the way I am really sure 2019 is going to be a great year for you. (just out of curiosity, what did you earn your degree in)?

    Get busy on your next paid course product because indeed, that’s where the money really is.

    All the best in 2019

    1. Alexis

      Thank you! I earned my degree in Psychology. I originally went for Disability Studies to work in the developmental disability field but changed my decision.

  3. Congrats on the growth Alexis! I’ve never taken a course on mindset, but I think that is really interesting. I know for a lot of people that is one of the biggest challenges.

    1. Alexis

      Thank you so much!

  4. Tara Giles

    I purchased Michelle’s course “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” and deffinitely second your recommendation to anyone who is looking to get started with passive income! I learned so much from this course, and made over $800 in my first 60 days of focused affiliate marketing. I also have purchased your course “Making Sense of Sponsored Posts”. I am excited to sit down and get started with it!

    My goal for 2019 – Grow my new blog ( http://www.photographybusinessmarketing.com ) to a full-time income! I just launched in July, so I have confidence that with hard work and determination, I’ll get there by December!

    All the best as you work towards your new goals Alexis!!

    1. Alexis

      That’s incredible! Love hearing the results you’re getting already! 🙂

      Also, your blog looks so beautiful and professional!

  5. Kristin Hanes

    Wonderful, Alexis!! I bought Making Sense of Sponsored Posts. I’m also really interested in 6-figure blogger, so I’ve saved your affiliate link for that. Great job blogging!!

    1. Alexis

      Awesome! Six Figure Blogger is soooo amazing!1

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