How To Start a Blog

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Have you been thinking of starting your own blog? Are you lost when it comes to where to start? Don’t worry, I was too. Because of this, I have decided to create a guide to show people how to start a blog.

Step 1

First things first, you need to decide why you want to start your blog. Is this going to be a hobby? Are you planning to use your blog as a side hustle to your full time job? Or maybe you plan to blog full time. Yes, the last one is completely possible and feasible.

Step 2

Secondly, you will want to consider what your blog will be about. This is called your blog’s niche. I suggest grabbing a piece of paper and a pen and begin jotting down ideas.

To help you come up with ideas, ask yourself the following questions:

1. What am I good at?

2. What type of problems do my friends come to me with?

3. What am I passionate about?

Write down as many ideas as you can think of. You can narrow them down as you go.

An example of blogging niches are beauty, mommy/parenting, lifestyle, gardening, healthy living, frugality, and my list could go on and on. You can blog about literally anything your heart desires.

Step 3

Once you have established what your niche will be, you will need to begin thinking of ideas of what your blog’s name will be. I have found that many people simply use their names. Others use something related to their niche.

Step 4

Once you have decided on your blog’s name, you can now begin looking into Web hosting. Many people who are just beginning to blog opt to choose a free web host, such as Blogger or Weebly. These sites are great for people who want to blog as a hobby. For those of you that plan or hope to make money from your blog, you will want to choose a self hosted blog.

With a self hosted blog, you will purchase a hosting plan (your websites space on the world wide web) as well as a domain name. I purchased my hosting plan through Bluehost. For only $3.95 per month, you will receive web hosting and free domain registration (usually $15 alone). You will also receieve $150 in offers that will make your site stand out to search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo! as well as provide necessary protection for your website.

The best part is that Bluehost offers a 30 day money back guarantee. If you decide you no longer wish to have your website, you will receieve a full refund!

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Step 5

Upon purchasing your Web hosting plan, you will be asked to register your domain name. This is your websites address. There are some things to remember when registering your domain name:

1. Keep it short, sweet and to the point. No one likes to type in a lengthy address into the search bar.

2. Make it memorable. Make sure your domain name is easy to remember.

3. Try not to complicate things. Do not add numbers and letters together, as well as try not to use duplicates of numbers or letters

Before you click submit, you should do some searching online to be sure there isn’t a be site out there with the domain name you have selected.

Step 6

It may take a short period for your payment to be processed. While this is happening, you can download the WordPress.org app. WordPress is how you will access your blog.

Once your blog has been set up through WordPress, you are now able to select a theme. This is the appearance of your blog. You are able to select one of the free themes, or you can purchase a theme through Wordpres. There are also a few websites that offer free WordPress themes.

Step 7

Once you have selected your theme, you are now able to access your blog! You can add pages, create blog posts, add images, anything you can think of!

If you have any questions regarding this process, feel free to contact me via my Contact Us page.

Happy Blogging!

Ultimate Side Hustle Guide

If you are anything like me, you have spent hours upon hours on Pinterest searching for ways to make money from home. I read blog after blog, article after article trying to find the perfect fit for me. Unfortunately, quitting my day job isn’t exactly an option, so I typed “ways to make money without quitting your day job”. One of the first pins that popped up was regarding Side Hustles, or things you can do on the *side* to make extra money. Thus why it is called a side hustle.

I found there were an unlimited number of ways a person can go about making money on the side of their day jobs, and I will list a few that I personally have tried or I know are legitimate.

*Disclaimer: Please note that none of these things will make you rich overnight. Each of these will take time and effort to make money, but will provide you with extra money*

1. Blogging

Of course, a blog post about blogging as a side hustle. I know, I know. I have done plenty of research regarding making money on blogs, and it is totally possible. I have read many income reports from other bloggers that can make six figures from blogging full time, or even blogging part time making as much as they do at their full time jobs. Keep your eyes peeled for a post that goes into further detail about making money blogging.

2. Reselling

Selling things on eBay, Amazon, and Craigslist can be a very lucrative way to make money as a side hustle. I have a family friend that supplements her income since being retired by simply selling things on eBay. She researches products that are high in demand, and purchases them for low prices, thus making profit in the difference she sells the product for compared to the price she bought it for.

3. Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars

Both of these sites offer money for certain tasks you complete on their app. Download the app, and you can begin earning for watching videos, searching the web, answering surveys, as well as trying out apps. Inbox dollars even offers you $5 for signing up.

4. Driving with Uber and Lyft

If you live in an urban area or big city, you could possibly drive with Uber or Lyft to make some extra cash. You sign up under either company (make sure to read the stipulations for your car and insurance) and receive notifications when someone in your area needs a ride. You can work as little or as much as you want, making your income potential unlimited!

5. Pet Sitting

This is actually one of my favorite side hustles as I love animals, and this is pretty self exclamatory just watching other people’s pets for them while they are at work or on vacation. The best thing is you can set your own rate, either by hour or by day.

6. Babysitting

Much along the lines of pet sitting, instead of watching pets, you are watching kids. You set your hourly rate and babysit children while parents are at work. You can either work at their home or yours.  This can also be a great for stay at home moms that already have children at home. Care.com can help you find families in your area looking for babysitting services.

7. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing means being hired as a subcontractor to write for a company or individual. This could mean writing blog posts, resume writing, and writing content for websites. The best sites to find freelance are Freelancer, Gigwalk, and Fiverr.

These are just a few side hustle ideas that you can do in addition to your day job. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask, as well if you have any further ideas to add to this post, let me know!

Happy Money Making!

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