If you want to make real, life-changing money from your blog, you have to start thinking like a CEO – developing systems to scale your blog like a startup, not a hobby.
If you genuinely want to scale your blog like a startup, you need to remove writing almost entirely from the process.
For a brand new blog, all that you need is your first five blog posts, a one-page opt-in “freebie,” an email platform and list, and a consulting page.
Remember, you’re a business owner, not just a blogger.
Your blog must have a service that fills a need in the market from day one.
The early focus of your new blog isn’t to write a bunch of blog posts that no one will find. Instead, focus on having just five high-quality pillar posts, a consulting page, and a dialed-in sales funnel. Your sales outreach will do the rest.
It’s one of the easiest and most natural ways to monetize your blog. Most beginning bloggers start with affiliate marketing and using the Amazon Associates program is one of the best places to start.
Adsense is basically dead and I’ve never run into a blogger on WordPress that made more than few dollars from it.