I started My List of Lists as a creative outlet and hobby to chronicle the fun things I found around the web. Now, less than 2 years later, it is providing a full-time income. I get to stay home with my babies, blog when I feel inspired, and pay off our debt as I do something I love. Win/win right?
Blogging is the perfect job. It’s a great way to be creative and work from home, while still contributing to the family household income. It has allowed me to pay off our cards, student loans and even buy a few new toys (camping trailer!) When I started My List of Lists, I truly had no intentions or even hopes of making much money at all. But I have been so blessed to be able to turn blogging from hobby into a livelihood for my family.
So, I wanted to share with you just how simple it is to start a blog of your own. Nothing would bring me more joy than to help someone else start a blog that could get them closer to their financial goals.
Step 1- Buy a Domain
First, you need to go to Bluehost and register your domain. What is a domain you ask? Basically you’re buying your URL address. My domain is www.mylistoflists.com, so you are purchasing your web address. I would HIGHLY recommend that you go to Bluehost because they are giving My List of Lists readers special pricing and A FREE DOMAIN if you use my link. I have had great experience with Bluehost. They have 24/7 technical support, and you’re never locked into a contract, which always gives me comfort.
When choosing your domain name be creative, but make sure it’s easy to say and spell, and stick with dot-com domains for branding purposes. Bluehost is really easy to set up and walks you through the process, step-by-step.
Step 2- Set Up Hosting
Next, you need to choose a hosting plan with Bluehost. Once you have registered your domain, you need to buy a hosting plan. Pretty please don’t do a free Blogger account. Blogger accounts are not free, because it will forever limit your ability to make money on your blog. If you ever want to make money on your blog (and I think you do!) you have to have a self-hosted website/blog.
**Bluehost is giving special pricing if you go through my link of only $3.49 a month! Most hosting plans are at least 5$ and up, so this is a really great rate.
Once you have chosen your plan, go to the hosting tab at the very top and choose “Website Builders.” Click on “Install WordPress”. WordPress is definitely the most common blogging platform and it is very user-friendly.
WordPress is very forgiving and you can learn a lot by just playing around with it. Follow the instructions through the installation process and you are set up and ready to go!
How easy was that!?
Step 3- Make it Yours
Next, you want to choose a theme or template. There are a lot of free themes you can choose from. And now it is time to write your first article! I learned so much about plugins, widgets, and how to work on WordPress just from the almighty Google. Every time I want to do something new on my blog, I ask Google. And I find a plugin or something to make it easier. Don’t be afraid to find answers on your own. You can solve almost any problem if you research it.
Step 4- Promote Your Blog
Making money on your blog is more than having a perfectly written blog. You need readers!
I would suggest starting with social media. It is the fastest way to get your content out there. Send it out to your family and friends first, and as they share your posts, you get more exposure. Be sure to include social share buttons on your posts, so your readers can share it.
Pinterest is one of the quickest ways to share your content with the world. Pin your stuff and share your great ideas with all of your followers. Share them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
If you have blogger friends with a lot of traffic or followers get them to promote your blog. Collaborate with others to draw in their followers also.
Create an email list..this allows you to update people when new information is on your blog, so have a place on there for them to enter their email and follow your awesome stuff!
Step 5- Make Money!
There are a lot of different ways to make money from your blog, so you’ll have to find what works best for you. Here are a few ways to make money from your blog:
- Google Adsense. It’s completely free, and every time someone clicks on an add…you get paid! Play around with placement, color scheme, etc.
- Sell private advertising to companies. Have an “advertise” tab on your menu and lay out pricing or have a media kit available to potential advertisers.
- Affiliate marketing- some companies offer a commission if someone clicks from your blog and buys something. There is a wide range of affiliate companies and networks.
- Offer your services- sell crafts, consultations, time, skills, talents
- Sell an E-book- This is a great recurring income. Once you create it, they can download it from your site and you make money from each one you sell.
- Offer freelance writing for other blogs- this not only makes money, but gives your blog more exposure along the way.
- Product reviews- Feel free to contact companies and offer to do product reviews for them, or you can do product reviews for any companies listed on this comprehensive list.
The beauty of blogging is that you are your own boss. You can work when you want to. You are doing something you love. You can choose your own hours.
Aaaand, you can make thousands of dollars each month on your own schedule.
**And please tell me in the comments about your new blog! I would love to read all of your wonderful ideas, too!**