How do I start a blog? (and why would I?)

Do you have something to say? Soemthing you want or even need other people to know? Start a blog!

People are making tons of money writing blogs!

I know, if you’re new to this you have so many questions. But let me answer an important one. Can you earn money by writing a blog? No matter who you are, where you are, what your computer skills, no matter what your writing skills…

Yes you can!

You are going to start a blog today and paste a link to it in the comments of this post for everyone to see. Sound like a plan? OK great let’s talk about it.

Once you spend some time breaking this down into steps it is so simple. There are four basic things to keep in mind and focus on when blogging for money. I call them the four C’s. They are –

  1.  CONTENT – Show the reader something they might value.
  2. CONSISTENT – Publish new content every day. This is key for growth.
  3. CAPTIVATE – Spend time finding readers and connecting to them.
  4. CASH IN – monetize your blog and find bigger revenue streams.

OK those are enough high level ideas for a moment. Some people can get overwhelmed at the idea of owning their own website so just relax. One little step at a time, ok? Please be sure to bookmark this blog and subscribe to it so you don’t lose this info. It can change your life like it did for me.

I want to step back and tell you why I am sharing this with you. I am an affiliate with many companies and make a good income from affiliate links which you will find sprinkled through this website.

Let me share my personal journey that led me to blog for money. My ‘why’

In the spring of 2014 I found myself without a job. One day while looking online and searching high and low for a new job, probably banging my head against the wall in frustration, I came across a survey site. They promised I could make some money from home answering questions so I signed up. I had no idea this was a life changing moment for me and it was the beginning of something huge.

Little did I know at the time that I would become hooked on making money from home on the internet. After that first survey where I earned $1, I started signing up for all the survey sites I could find and learning how to do this cool new thing I had found. Within a month I was making $100 a month doing this, just filling out surveys. I wanted more. I devoted more time to it, started setting goals and the next month I made $200. I did this for awhile and found my earnings had topped out at around $200 a month. Now that is great if you want to earn some extra cash in your spare time (I still take surveys!) and I love connecting people to them in this blog. But I had a family to feed and needed more. What to do next?

Many of these survey sites had referral programs, meaning that you agree to become an affiliate for the site and get people to register to fill out surveys for money. The site compensates you for this and it is free to do. They sometimes give you some coaching on how to do this and it can be a great thing for the member and the site. By the next month I was making an additional $100 or so by promoting survey sites. I did this for two months and wanted more. I kept learning.

I needed somewhere to promote my survey sites so I started a blog in August. It was a free blog on wordpress.com and they allow you to post your affiliate links. Things were going well and I had found a job but I wanted more. I posted to the blog, and shared the posts in Facebook groups where people were looking to make money from home. Through trial and error I learned how to get my offers out there to more and more people. Here is the link to my first blog post from August of 2014.

https://igetpaidforonlinesurveys.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/you-should-be-making-money-from-all-of-these-sites/

As you can see I took all the affiliate links I was using and listed them in one post. As of today, this post has been viewed over 11,000 times and I have earned hundreds of dollars from it. My very first post! This was the beginning of my blogging story.

So now you know my ‘why’. I had a family to support and got creative in a tough time to help make ends meet. In the meantime I had gotten a new job but continued to publish and earn money online. I discovered and joined a great affiliate network that fall and

by November of 2014 I had my first $1000 month from blogging.

So in the span of eight months I had gone from making my first dollar online to having a blog, belonging to affiliate networks, purchasing marketing tools and software and I had never heard of these things the previous year.

Within your first year you can make a solid part time income from blogging. I am proof of this and before that year I never would have thought this was possible. My story will be different from yours but yours could be even better. Ok you have waited long enough.

Here are the details of how to start your first blog.

This is really simple, do not be intimidated. Take it one step at a time, you can come back and keep working on it in your spare time. Before you know it your blog is going to be up and running and it is going to look great. Go to wordpress. Register and fill out your profile. Then go to this page called ‘get started’. The reason there are millions of blogs on wordpress is that they are so so good at making it easy. They will guide you through the steps to create your new site. Step by step. Take your time. Explore and look around the site. Use the help tab generously.

I could link a video here of all these steps but seriously wordpress is so good at what they do that I cannot deliver better training on the nuts and bolts of getting your blog started than they have available to you for free. For more detailed info on all aspects of blogging, SEO, how to use social media and more you should bookmark and subscribe to this blog.

Now that you have started your blog, I invite you to link it in the comments. Also follow the blogs you see linked. We will all grow together! Let’s see where your passion is going to take you! Good luck and thank you for taking the time to read this post. Come back to see us soon!

Link your blog in the comments!


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