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:

Start Your Own . . . → Read More: 10 Things You Need to Do to Set Your Blog Up for Success

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.

Let . . . → Read More: 100+ Ways to Make Money on the Side

My December 2016 Blog Income Report

December 2016 Blog Earnings

I started this blog over six years ago, and it’s been a great money maker from the very beginning. I’ve had a ton fun writing for all my readers while getting paid for it, and now I feel like it’s time to teach others how to do it as well!

I’ve always been told that one of the best ways to teach is with real-world experiences. So I figured, “Why not show my readers how this blog earns money? That way, they could figure out how to earn money with their blogs as well!”

Oct 2016 Income: $293.04 Nov 2016 Income: $589.24

For all of you that are interested in starting a blog of your own, check out this awesome step-by-step resource I put together to help newbies get started: “How to Start a WordPress Blog For Just $24“.

My December 2016 Blog Income Report

Just like in November, . . . → Read More: My December 2016 Blog Income Report

6 Reasons to Start a Blog in 2017

Start a Blog in 2017

It’s time to stop making excuses. You know that you’ve wanted to start a blog for years, but you’ve continued to tell yourself the following lies:

I’m too busy It costs too much money Nobody’s going to read my stuff I can’t build a webpage – I can barely log into my email!

Lies, lies – every one of them! In fact, let me quickly dispel them one at a time here:

I’m Too Busy

How many hours of TV do you watch per day on average? 2-3 hours? Cut your cable and subscribe to Netflix for $10 (if you MUST watch something). There, not only did I just free up 20 hours of your life each week, I saved you $100 a month.

It Costs Too Much Money

Starting a website costs just $23.88 for your entire first year. That’s less than $2.00 per month. I’m pretty sure you . . . → Read More: 6 Reasons to Start a Blog in 2017

10 Top Paying Blog Topics for Your New WordPress Blog

More and more of you are starting your own blogs these days. That’s AWESOME!! Congrats! For those of you who are still on the fence about taking the plunge (well, for just $24 I’m not sure I’d call this a plunge, but hey, it’s a commitment right?), this might just give you a push in the right direction.

Top Paying Blog Topics For Your New Blog

If you’ve been contemplating a new blog start-up, then I bet you’ve been thinking about your passion. After all, you can’t just automatically be successful at something you care nothing about.

For instance, I don’t know anything about physical therapy, and I really don’t care to learn about it either. Sure, the blog topic might pay amazingly well, but if I don’t have a passion for it, what are the odds that I’ll create a successful blog that makes thousands of dollars a month?

. . . → Read More: 10 Top Paying Blog Topics for Your New WordPress Blog

How Side Hustles Allowed Me to Quit the Rat Race

How Side Hustles Allowed Me to Quit the Rat Race

I’m sure that you’ve had the thought. On the drive in to work on a cold Monday morning after scraping ice off your windshield, you dream about quitting your job and doing something else. Something that allows you more freedom to live life as you want to.

This is a guest post written by Jon from Money Smart Guides, a personal finance blog that helps readers build wealth and invest for their future.

I was in your shoes. Back in 2010 I was as low as you could go. I hated my job. In fact, I don’t even think the word hate describes just how much I disliked my job. I used up all of my paid vacation and wished I could buy more. I even considered taking unpaid days off. Being miserable for the rest of my life was not an option I wanted to pursue.

It was at . . . → Read More: How Side Hustles Allowed Me to Quit the Rat Race

2 Simple Steps to Make Your Blog Look Awesome (and actually make some money!)

Make Your Blog Looks Awesome

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a detailed post about starting a website for only $24 through iPage. A few of you took me up on this offer. You learned how to:

come up with a kick-butt domain name, sign up through iPage to make your page live, and get started with WordPress for free so you could turn your site into a thing of beauty.

And that’s where I left a few of you hanging…. oops. My bad.

But now it’s time to take the next step! It’s time to make your blog look awesome so people will want to keep coming back (and in turn, make you some money)!

If you didn’t yet start your site, but you always intended to, it’s not too late! Use these step-by-step instructions and click the banner below, and you’ll have your site started in 15 minutes or less. Then, come . . . → Read More: 2 Simple Steps to Make Your Blog Look Awesome (and actually make some money!)

How to Start a WordPress Blog on iPage For $24 – Life And My Finances

How to Start a Blog on iPage

I used to write blog posts that said, “Want to make money? Then start a blog!”….not very helpful. I’d constantly get questions like:

“How do I go about choosing a site name?” “What web host should I choose?” “How do I actually set up the site?”

Heck, sometimes I’d even get questions about whether they should start a free blog vs. paying for hosting (FYI, if you’re serious about making money with your blog, I strongly suggest paying for hosting)!

Instead of continuing to field these questions one by one, I finally decided to write this complete step by step guide to start a WordPress blog on iPage. Right here, right now.

How to Start a WordPress Blog on iPage

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I started this website through iPage back in 2010 and have consistently earned $10,000+ a year because of it (some years close to $30,000!!). . . . → Read More: How to Start a WordPress Blog on iPage For $24 – Life And My Finances

How to Make Extra Money As a Freelance Writer

make extra money as a freelance writer

I’ve been blogging since 2006, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I discovered a growing market for people who want to make extra money as a freelance writer.

My background is in banking and financial coaching. The more I blogged about personal finance (including my own debt-free story), the more I realized it resonated with people.

The same thing happened when I became a mom three years ago and started blogging about parenting and diapers and sleep deprivation. That clicked with moms.

If you have an area or two in which you have a great deal of insight or experience, you have a command of the English language, and you’re willing to put in some hard work, you could make extra money as a freelance writer.

Since transitioning from a hobby blogger to a freelancer, I’ve been featured on The Huffington Post, The Penny Hoarder, Rockstar Finance, The Dollar Stretcher, . . . → Read More: How to Make Extra Money As a Freelance Writer

How to Bootstrap Your Business Without Going Broke

make more money

Since we’re in the process of finishing off the first quarter of 2016, many businesses are currently looking over financials.

My team and I are also in this process and I can’t help but get a bit nostalgic. I started with absolutely no money and found a way to use my business’ own revenue to reinvest and grow it into what is today. I’ve also managed to do this without getting myself into debt. It hasn’t always been easy and I’ve definitely made mistakes, but it’s all been worth it.

Bootstrap Your Business Without Going Broke

I’m not the only one who has taken the bootstrapping route. Many small business owners – particularly if they are running online businesses with low overhead – are also taking this route. Since it’s not easy (or even sometimes necessary) to acquire investors and debt is a four letter word, bootstrapping is the way . . . → Read More: How to Bootstrap Your Business Without Going Broke