114: How to Build and Monetize a Blog from the Ground Up

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I first met Melinda Fleming at an Affiliate Summit conference in Las Vegas in 2013. At that time, all she had was an idea — no website, no online business, and no social media presence.

She was working in Hollywood as a freelance writer and voice over talent, but could see the direction of the entertainment industry was toward hiring cheaper and cheaper alternatives. Should the trend continue, she’d be in a tough position.

So she threw herself headlong into the online world as a way to hopefully build another income stream.

Fast forward two years and she’s got a popular fashion blog at CuratedCool.com, and more than 20,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram. And while she didn’t disclose exact numbers, she agreed that the blog is now at the point where it supports her lifestyle and allows her to travel quite a bit.

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Learn:

  • How Melinda decided on her niche (and how she subsequently narrowed it down even further).
  • The extreme content publishing schedule that helped put CuratedCool on the map.
  • The turning point that accelerated the growth of the site.
  • How the site earns money.
  • Where she sees the next stage of revenue growth and opportunity coming from.
  • How Melinda has grown her social media presence, especially with Instagram.
  • Melinda’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.

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6 thoughts on “114: How to Build and Monetize a Blog from the Ground Up

  1. That is awesome to be able to travel and have a blog pay for it. I see you also worked with Derek at TheStore. So cool to see how many things you have going on. Inspirational for sure.

    • Hey Scott, glad you liked the podcast! It was my first. I never dealt with Derek at the Store.com, but with Mike. I appreciate your kind words :)

  2. Affiliate Marketing is profitable. The commission is usually 30% – 70% of the product or service price but it may take longer to see returns.

    You can see returns from Adsense right away but you lose your viewer everytime they click on the ad.

  3. I loved this episode. I’ve been listening to about two shows a day whether they pertain to my interest or not because I always find something that I can you use or it expands my thinking on how to stand out and to know that any idea is possible if you just put in the work. Really cool instagram page as well.

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