Blogging Away Debt: Can a Blog Really Help?

Debt fucking blows.

It’s one of those things that just stays on your mind and seems to ruin every single day. Your day can be going well and then something reminds you of your debt and then it’s like “well, shit, there goes that smile.”

Student loans, credit cards, car payments, rent, and that loan for your Russian dwarf hamster can really put you in a bind.

It’s cool if you can budget your way out of the mess but that never worked for me. I have expenses and I like to have a good time.

If I budgeted myself out of debt it would’ve meant that I didn’t do anything for about oh 7-10 years.

Nobody has time for that.

Life is meant to live so the only solution that I could think of was to MAKE MORE MONEY.

I’d been trying that for years with up and down success.

I figured I would get back into blogging because I was decent at it. At least I told myself I was decent at it.

Unfortunately, being decent at it didn’t mean I was making money with it.

I kept on looking at the other blogs that were making money and trying to figure out what they were doing differently than me.

One day I lost it.

I wouldn’t say it was a mental breakdown but I wasn’t in a good state.

I had to go for a walk and on this walk, for some odd reason, this whole blogging thing started to make sense.

I went back home, sat down, laid out my plan, and 3 months later I was making over $1,000 a month with my blog.

Then I created another blog and was making over $1,000 a month with that.

Then I create an ebook and was making over $1,000 a month with that.

Then I created a course.

Then a membership site.

Next thing you know I’m making 5 figures a month.

While it was a long process it seems like it happened in a blink.

So to answer your first question if a blog can help with getting rid of debt then I would say the answer is “yes”.

This should be followed up with “okay, how do you do it?”

Excellent question. I’m going to answer that right now.

How to Blog Your Way Out of Debt

First things first, what in the hell is a blog?

I’m going to blow your mind here. Please be ready.

Your blog is simply the marketing arm of your business.

That’s right. A blog itself isn’t anything so you shouldn’t think of blogging as a way to get out of debt.

Marketing is how you’re getting yourself out of debt.

If that makes your cringe then this might not be for you.

Blogging is marketing.

Because of this fact this also means that your blog is part of your business.

And that’s the secret.

You have to see this as a business so you treat it as a business. One of business’s main goals is to generate revenue.

You want to generate revenue to get out of debt.

It’s all making sense, right?

So the first thing you have to do is ask yourself if you’re ready to treat this blog like a business?

If you’re not then this isn’t for you.

You’ll try to make it happen and you’ll just spend the next 3 years wondering why it doesn’t work and then your friends and family will smile and possibly laugh because they told you it was a dumb idea.

If that isn’t you then let’s continue.

The next question you need to ask is what should you blog about?

But I’m not going to answer that yet because you need to quickly understand how blogs can make money. Once you understand that everything else will make sense.

How Blogs Make Money

I don’t want to go into extreme detail about how blogs (businesses) make money so expect this to be a quick rundown.

There are 3 main ways that a blog makes money:

  1. ads
  2. affiliate marketing
  3. products

When starting a blog most people go for ads because all this requires is getting traffic to your site and getting ads up. How do you get ads?

You join an ad network.

While you can join an ad network right when you start your blog, I’d suggest waiting until you can get into one of the premium networks like Mediavine or AdThrive.

Until that happens it’s best to keep your focus on growing your blog and getting everything right.

From ads you can graduate to affiliate marketing. You don’t have to stop with the ads. You just ad another revenue stream to your business.

Same goes with creating your own digital products.

Eventually, you ‘ll want a business that has multiple streams of revenue bringing in money.

Pretty fun.

If you’re interested in building up a blog and getting it up to $1,000 a month in 6 months then check out my course Blog Revenue Engines.

Okay, now with that out of the way we can go back to the question of what you should blog about.

How to Choose a Blog Topic

You might be hoping that I tell you to follow your passion.

Well, I have bad new for you.

That ain’t happening.

If the goal is to get out of debt as soon as possible you have to play it smart.

The more traffic you get, the more money you can make with ads. The more money you can make with ads then the faster you can get out of debt.

That’s why you would be wise to stick to popular niches that have a lot of people who can come across your site.

For example, beauty is a big topic. So maybe you have a blog on that.

You aren’t limited by your options as there are a number of niches that can help you create a high-traffic (100,000+ pageviews) blog.

The key is you need to know how to get that traffic and that’s where Pinterest comes into play.

Getting Traffic with Pinterest

The whole premise behind Blog Revenue Engines is that you create a blog where ads are the main revenue stream and you can build that blog up to over $1,000 a month in ad revenue.

The fastest way that I’ve found to make this happen is by using Pinterest as a tool for traffic generation.

And because you’re going to use Pinterest, you’ll want to choose topics that are popular on Pinterest.

The first site that I got to over 100,000 pageviews a month was Thrive/Strive and it was all thanks to Pinterest.

I wrote a lot about yoga and exercise which happen to be popular topics on Pinterest.

The next site that got over 100,000 pageviews was Miss Fit Living. It’s geared more towards women and health.

The next site after that was The Daily Nutrition.

After that it was Struggle.co.

I have blogs in other niches as well that aren’t at 100,000 pageviews yet, but still, bring in 100s of dollars a month from ad revenue all thanks to Pinterest.

If you can start by generating traffic with Pinterest, you’ll find that you don’t have to wait as long to bring in money with your blog.

That doesn’t mean it is easy, but for me it’s the best route when you want to take this approach and that’s why Blog Revenue Engines goes into detail about how I do all of this over and over and over again.

Blogging to Get Out of Debt

So as you can see blogging can help you get out of debt but it can’t help you get out of debt this month if you’re just starting.

It takes some work but if you stick with it and can be consistent with working on your business, your blog can be a great tool to help you breathe again with regards to your financial situation.

If you want to know more about blogging and what it entails, check out my free 13-day Blogging Bootcamp.