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Start a Blog for a Chance to Win $500!!

I absolutely love entrepreneurship. I started making money when I was only 10 years old:

  • buying key chains in bulk and selling them with a mark-up,
  • mowing lawns,
  • building shoe racks…

…and then when I was a young adult fresh out of college, I started a blog.

This blog has been life-changing. I have impacted thousands of lives through simple blog messages and I have earned over $100,000 in the process as well. Isn’t that just crazy??!! The combination of the two (helping people and making money doing it), along with my love of personal finance, has made the years just fly by! In August, I’ll celebrate this blog’s 10 year anniversary!

I love blogging so much that I encourage almost everyone I meet to start one of their own. For all the reasons above (the fun, the impact, the potential earnings), I’m hosting this contest to give that extra push to everyone that has thought about starting a blog, but just hasn’t yet pulled the trigger on it.

So you know what? Now is your time!

No more excuses!

It’s time to start a blog today for your chance to win $500!

Start a Blog for a Chance to Win $500!!

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Here’s how the contest works:

  1. Start your new site through Bluehost (my affiliate link gets you a special discount of $2.95 per month!)
  2. Send me an email, letting me know you’ve signed up and are ready to start blogging (derek (at) lifeandmyfinances [dot] com) – use it for any questions you may have as well!
  3. Build your blog up over the course of the next 3 months. Whoever has the best blog at the end wins the $500. And you know what? I’ll even give you some PR by letting you write for my site and linking to your new page!

Pretty simple, right? Basically sign up, let me know, and then start blogging like you’ve always wanted to do!

How I’ll Decide the Winner

The best blog will be decided based on:

  • The look and feel of your blog
  • The number of subscribers to your site
  • Alexa ranking (basically a ranking based on visitors to your site)
  • The number of sites linking to your blog
  • And, your site speed

Again, simple simple!

And the best part is, I’ll be helping you all along the way!

I’ll be…

  • writing special posts that help you build up your blog
  • sending special emails for encouragement, updates on the leaders, and instructions to improve your blog
  • and answering all of your emails as well!!

No more excuses! Let’s get started!

Today’s the day – start building your blog for your chance to win $500! 

Here’s the special link to Bluehost (with more instructions here if you need them). I can’t wait for you to make this life-changing decision! You’re going to love it!!!

All sign-ups must happen by February 1st to qualify for the contest. The winner will be decided on May 1st and communicated soon after.

Grow Rich Money Start Your Own Blog


My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Who is the winner of the contest?

    • Oddly enough, there were NO ENTRIES! So no winners of the contest. Crazy…

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