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How to Start a Blog {That Actually Makes Money}

blogging anniversary first yearWhen thinking about how to start a blog, one can easily become overwhelmed. There’s a TON of information out there on the world wide web, and many tutorials skip over the basics of starting a blog and use terminology that not everyone quite understands. That’s why I’ve created this guide for you! It’s a step by step action plan so you can start writing your first blog post in 30 minutes or less! There are a few things to consider before you can even start a blog. What are you going to write about? Who is going to be your host? In my opinion, self-hosted is the ONLY way to go. I know you’re wondering “What’s the difference between hosted and self-hosted?”. I’ll explain why soon. What will your domain name be? But First… Who Should Start a Blog? In my opinion, in this digital age, literally, every single capable person should start a blog.  Millennial women should start a blog. If you’re a woman between the ages of 25 and 36, you’ve got a lot of life experience under your belt. It’s time you started sharing your gifts with the world. What better place than through an online platform?! Realtors®, Insurance Agents, and all local business owners who sell or provide a service should start a blog. The days of radio ads, television ads, billboards, and park benches are long gone and have been replaced by mobile devices. Think about it. When you’re stopped at a red light (hopefully in the passenger seat and not driving), you’re probably not looking at the billboards. You’re checking your social media accounts or searching online for something. Print advertising is obsolete! If you aren’t looking at the billboards and park benches, no one else is either. It’s time to step up your online presence and create a website or blog, with hyperlocal, hyperspecific content created for your target clientele. If you can rank on page one of Google for certain keywords in your city, in your preferred subdivision, etc you’ll be so far ahead of the competition it’ll be unreal! Stay at Home Moms should start a blog. I was always a working Mom. I was actually a better Mom when I got a bit of a break from my kids. It’s just the truth. But when my husband’s career changed, causing much more travel out of state, it was up to me to be more present and involved with the kids. It was time for me to leave my corporate career in banking and real estate and stay at home with the kids. As exciting as you’d think it would be to quit your job and stay at home full-time, I was not feeling very fulfilled. So I learned how to start a blog and when I first started, I made some mistakes. I fumbled through it. But the truth is, WordPress is very user-friendly and almost anything can be fixed if you make a mistake. Writing gave me an outlet…a way for me to connect with the outside world as a stay at home Mom. In some ways, I’d say blogging saved me from the loneliness of motherhood as a stay at home Mom in a new area where I had little to no friends. We had just relocated to Illinois, and we were starting over. Blogging can be therapeutic! Super Fans should start a blog. My husband is a huge fan of this show called Dragon Ball Z, a Japanese anime television series that’s been around for several years. Every week he tunes in to new episodes and watches Dragon Ball Super. It’s the nerdiest thing on the planet. But DBZ fans are #fansforlife. The same goes for Star Wars, Supernatural, The Walking Dead, This is Us…you name it. There is a community built around many of these shows and movie series’. If you have extensive knowledge and/or have seen every single episode and want to write about it and build a following, you should start a blog! There are blogs tailored to superfans that make well over six figures of income every year where authors enjoy talking about a tv show or movie that they love and would talk about every single day whether or not they were being paid for it. Kids should start a blog. I can’t stress enough the value of getting your kids started blogging today! If they can learn how to start a blog, they can work on their writing skills and be so far ahead of their classmates in terms of language arts and communication. And they can make money doing it! Imagine having an outlet other than social media…where your kids can write about their struggles in school with bullies. A place where they can share their knowledge of a certain subject. A place where they can create and start making money to help so they can help buy their first car or even pay cash for college! Have you ever heard of Ryan ToysReview? Ryan is six years old. Ryan ToysReview YouTube channel grossed over 11 million dollars last year. 11 MILLION FREAKING DOLLARS. Let that sink in for a minute. A six-year-old is a self-made millionaire….by creating videos that review his favorite toys. How to Start a Blog That Actually Makes Money Step 1: Decide what you’re going to blog about. What is the one thing that you could talk about every single day of your life? What’s the one thing your friends and family get tired of hearing you talk about? What is your passion? THAT is what you should blog about. For me, it was personal finance, marketing, and business. I could talk about each of these subjects every single day: the journey to pay off debt, save money, and create a life we’re always dreamed about. I never grow tired of talking about professional and personal development. So when I finally figured that out, it wasn’t a struggle for me to come up with blog post ideas. Step 2: Choose your Platform. I highly recommend starting a self-hosted WordPress.org blog. It’s what I use, and well, my website is fast, responsive, beautiful, and versatile. The alternative is to create a WordPress.com blog, but these types of hosted blogs are just so limited in terms of income potential and, to be honest, they’re kind of ugly. I’ll link to the theme I used to create this beautiful website at the end of the tutorial at the bottom of the page. It’s called Glam from Restored 316. This tutorial will teach you how to start a self-hosted WordPress blog. Related: January 2019 Blogging Income Report Step 3: Choose your Host. You’ve just downloaded WordPress to your computer, but now you need server space to hold all of your content. WordPress alone won’t publish your blog posts without a hosting provider. There is a small fee that must be paid to the hosting provider to set up your account, store all of your files, and provide support for your website or blog. So choosing a good host is vital! I’ve chosen some pretty terrible hosting providers before that chose to outsource their customer service, and I couldn’t even communicate with customer service. Don’t do that! Save yourself a headache and go with my preferred hosting provider Bluehost. Click Here to >>> Go to Bluehost


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