Every couple days, I get an email from a reader, a high school friend or a random family member asking me how I got started blogging or asking me for blog resources to improve their site. They see my blog as a rather abrupt left turn in my life. Before I started Dopes on the Road, I had a rather successful career as an LGBT activist and community educator. My degrees are in Methods of Social Research and Policy. I made all the “right” choices and did everything I was “supposed to do” to set my life up for the easy street. When they learned that I ditched financial security and took off to travel Asia…. well most people were a bit surprised.
They’re also usually surprised to see how successful I’ve been in my new profession. I never know how to react to that… like…. thanks?
They ask questions about how I learned to navigate the world of blogging and the politics of working with DMOs and tourism boards.
Honestly, I always feel a little stupid when I answer their questions honestly because the truth is, I just Googled it.
I owe all my success to the Google search engine.
I got really good at internet research back in my undergraduate days. I had a professor who used to hide a 6-inch statue of Socrates somewhere in Yates County, New York. He would send us clues online and we had to find it. The winning team got 15 points on their average and bragging rights for the rest of their lives. (I won twice. BOOM.)
The game taught me all the internet research skills I could ever need. PLUS research skills of the old school variety. He had me doing tombstone rubbings at midnight for a clue. He also had me in the library going over photos for the 1800s to find the name of a guy named Jonathan who died in 1894. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY GUYS NAMED JONATHAN DIED IN 1894?? a lot. a huge number in fact.
I ended up being able to recycle these skills into my life as an LGBT activist. I became self taught and learned more than my fair share about gender studies, social justice and political activism. In fact, I’ve never taken a class on any of these topics. Same goes for blogging. I learned through internet research, reading and listening to those around me who have infinite more wisdom on the topics I’m interested in.
I never realized these were skills until my girlfriend’s dad said to me one day, “how do you know how to book a flight?”
I kinda just looked at him stunned and said “I Googled it.”
He thought I was being a smart ass, but really that’s it. So with my superb Googling skills, I set out to find all the blog resources necessary to start a successful money making blog. I asked the experts around me, Googled my heart out and made a list of blog resources you could need.
Since I got my start on the free advice of people who know more than I do, I thought I’d pass on that same wisdom to you, to pay it forward. Below you will find all the categories you need to start your own blog.
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Apps & Tools for Bloggers
- How to Create Epic Digital Downloads with Apple Pages by ByRegina
- How to Launch an Ebook in 3 Weeks by Just a Girl and Her Blog
- The Guide for Creating an Epic Info Product by ByRegina
- The Ultimate Guide to Creating, Selling and Marketing your Own EBook and Digital Products. by Femtrepreneur
- Why You Should Give Away Free Content If You Want to Sell Digital Products. by The Nectar Collective
Growing Your Audience
- How to Get Published on the Huffington Post by Journalist on the Run
- 54 Quickie Tips to Massively Growing Your Blog Traffic by Lisa Cash Hanson
- How to Get People to Read Your Blog by Liz Marie Blog
- 5 Ways to Grow Your Audience by Love Create Celebrate
- Building a Framework by Just a Girl and Her Blog
HTML, CSS & Coding
Make Great Content
- How to Make Money Blogging by Fulltime Nomads
- 10 Non Icky Ways to Make Money Blogging by ByRegina
- 80+ Media Companies and Networks for Bloggers By A Spectacled Owl
- How to Create a Stellar Media Kit by Peppercorn Creative
- My Top Affiliate Marketing Tips by Amy Lynn Andrews
- How to Write a Blog Business Plan By ByRegina
- 5 Ways Your Blog Shows Brands You’re Right For the Job By Blog Clarity
- 7 Questions to Find Your Niche or Personal Brand by Make Room For Greatness
- Making Money with Micro- Niche Sites by The Zen Capitalist
- How to Find Your Perfect Niche by The Take Action WAHM
- How to Define Your Target Audience by Autumn Leaves Blog
- Why Finding Your Niche is Key to Your Success by Heidi Maranell
Social Media Strategy
- How I got 10,000 social media followers in my first year of blogging by A Globe Well Traveled
- How to be a Pinterest Pro by A Globe Well Traveled
- How to Get Over 1000 Facebook Fans for Your Blog by Girl vs Globe
- Hashtags to Promote Your Blog on Instagram by The Blog Market
- How to Create a Winning Social Media Strategy by Rebekah Radice
- Blogging for Beginners; Organization by Lez Backpack
- Daily, Weekly + Monthly Business Tasks For Bloggers By ByRegina
- 10 Effective Ways to Add One Hour to Your Day by Mother’s Niche
- Top iPhone Apps for Time Management by Pretty Presets
- 10 Tips for Getting More Done Every Single Day by Living Well Spending Less