10 Things You Need to Do to Set Your Blog Up for Success

set your blog up for success

If you’ve been on this site for more than 5 minutes, you already know that I’m a gargantuan (which is much bigger than huge by the way) fan of starting your own blog.

I started this blog in 2010 and I’ve earned more than $100,000 because of it – heck, Penny Hoarder even featured me in a post about it! It’s been a fun ride to say the least, but now my mission is not just to keep earning money online, but to teach you how to do it too!

In order to get you started with a bang (meaning…getting you some visitors and pretty soon, some MONEY!), I’ve committed to writing one post every couple of weeks to help you grow your blog bigger than you ever thought possible.

In case you missed some of the prior posts, here’s a list of what I’ve written already:

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100+ Ways to Make Money on the Side

Make Money on the Side

Is your salary lower than you’d like? Are you dissatisfied with your job? Have you ever wondered how you could make money on the side?

I had these same exact thoughts 6 years ago and that’s exactly the reason I started my blog. This single decision bumped my side income up to $10,000+ a year and it also improved my day job salary because I was proving my interest and skill in finance. If you’ve thought about blogging on the side, I would highly recommend it. In fact, here’s a step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to set up your blog for less than $24!

100+ Ways to Make Money on the Side

If you’d rather stab your eyes out than start a blog, then I’d suggest looking to these five other fantastic sources. All combined, there’s more than 100 ways to make money on the side here.

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How to Monetize Your Entire Life

How to Monetize Your Entire Life

At this stage in my career, it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve found a way to monetize my entire life. That is to say, I can make money just by being myself.

This post has been written by Amanda Abella, an amazing writer and speaker in personal finance.

The ability to monetize your entire life is no longer a pipe dream thanks to social media. How many “celebrities” are out there simply because they learned how to monetize their names on social media? The Kardashians make millions and YouTube is full of “celebrities” who make money with content about their lives.

While it personally took me a while, I’ve learned how to make money with content from my life as well. Here are some tips on how to monetize your entire life.

Create a personal brand

The first step in learning how to monetize your entire life is to . . . → Read More: How to Monetize Your Entire Life

How to Save Up $1,000 in Just 4 Weeks (Without Working a Second Job)

How to Save Up $1,000

Are you sick of never having any money? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a comma in your bank statement one of these days? Even if you’re living paycheck to paycheck right now, I can teach you how to save up $1,000 in just four weeks. No lie. If you’re reading this post and you desperately want to see your account jump to one thousand dollars, then read on my friend.

How to Save Up $1,000 in Just 4 Weeks

This is step one in Dave Ramsey’s 7-step plan to becoming wealthy – saving up a $1,000 baby emergency fund. For many, it can be the most difficult step since there’s never any money left at the end of the month.

Many of my personal finance friends give the advice, “Get a second job and put that money in the bank.” Well you know what? Sometimes life just isn’t that . . . → Read More: How to Save Up $1,000 in Just 4 Weeks (Without Working a Second Job)

10 Habits of the Rich You Need to Start…NOW!

Do you want to be rich? Duh…Don’t we all? If you had the choice between earning $25,000 a year or $150,000, which would you choose? I think all of us would choose the later, hands down every time. The real question is, how do we get there? How do we become rich?

The answer is quite simple actually. I mean think about it. If you wanted to be an amazing athlete…let’s say, a basketball player. What would you do? Play basketball once a month and hope for the best?….No (this is, by the way, is how people in our culture try to attain wealth – by doing nothing and assuming they’ll get everything they don’t really deserve). Instead, you’d probably learn everything you could about the greatest basketball players of our time from every resource possible. And then do exactly what they did to get to where they are, and . . . → Read More: 10 Habits of the Rich You Need to Start…NOW!

3 Major Investment Lessons I Learned In My 20’s

On my 20th birthday, I opened my first mutual fund. As a part-time night teller earning $8.25 per hour, I was so proud of myself. Things didn’t go quite as I’d planned them, however. Throughout the next decade, I learned many investment lessons from my own choices and actions – as well as others’.

I wish I could say all of the lessons were positive. But, mistakes are excellent teachers, too. Doggone it.

So, here are some things I learned. You may agree or disagree with this list. It’s likely your own list would look different. That’s alright. Once you’ve read through my list, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

3 Major Investment Lessons I Learned In My 20’s

First of all, should investing even be on your radar when you’re in your 20’s?

ABSOLUTELY. I may not have handled it perfectly, but I plan . . . → Read More: 3 Major Investment Lessons I Learned In My 20’s

How to Feel Financially Empowered on a Small Income

feel financially empowered on a small income

Do you think it’s possible to truly feel financially empowered while you’re living on a small income? Does more money equal more power over your own life? I would argue that it’s never that cut and dry. The breakthrough in my financial story wasn’t the day I doubled my income. It was the first big shift in my mindset.

Broke Vs. Poor

“Being broke is a temporary situation. Being poor is a state of mind.” – Mike Todd

When my husband and I agreed to transition from a dual-income to a single-income family shortly before our second child was born, we lived on $36,000 for the next year. Sure we were glowing with adoration for our newest bundle, we were out of debt, we had an emergency fund, and we were glad to have one parent at home full-time with the children, but living each month on $1,600 . . . → Read More: How to Feel Financially Empowered on a Small Income

How to Always Find Ways to Make More Money

make more money

This post has been written by Amanda Abella – a fabulous writer, speaker, and financial coach!

I was recently out with friends and I mentioned how I spent my holiday weekend messing around with Pinterest in an effort to get more traffic to my blog and therefore increase my chances of making affiliate sales.

“Don’t you ever take a break?” one of them asked. The answer is that I do take breaks. Lots of them, actually. However, I’ve made it a habit to always be on the lookout for ways to make more money.

How to Always Find Ways to Make More Money

It’s not necessarily because I want to amass millions (though that would be cool), but because I actually enjoy learning about and implementing different ways to make more money. Additionally, entrepreneurship has taught me that you can always make more money if you’re up for it.

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Start Side Hustling, Even If You Don’t Know How

side hustling

If you follow and read personal finance blogs, chances are you know about side hustling. For those who don’t know, having a side hustle can help you bring in extra income, pursue a passion, and even get out of debt. But how do you side hustle when you don’t know where to start?

Get A Part Time Job

One of the easiest ways to start side hustling is to get a part time job. There are so many companies that are willing to be flexible and let you work as little as you want. Now, you can get a job with a company like McDonald’s, or you may want to work towards a dream and get a job in an industry that you see yourself in.

This can be anything from getting a job at a clothing store (if you are interested in fashion merchandising) to a coffee . . . → Read More: Start Side Hustling, Even If You Don’t Know How

5 Radical Ways to Get Out of Debt Faster

how to get out of debt faster

You have more power than you realize when it comes to paying off debt. Much of the time it is the “wants” we don’t like giving up in order to get out of debt faster (not always, but in my experience, more often than I’d admit). Creature comforts like cool air conditioning all summer long are much harder to give up than buying a generic brand of cereal versus something name brand.

But it’s time to get radical. Think about this question: What’s in it for me? The faster you pay off your debt, the less money you’ll pay in interest this year, the sooner you’ll free up the money going toward monthly payments, and the more disciplined and less stressed you’ll be with your wealth in the years to come.

We may not be the generation that grew up walking three miles to school in snow up hill both . . . → Read More: 5 Radical Ways to Get Out of Debt Faster