What would it be like if after you paid your rent or mortgage, after you filled the ref with food and the cabinets with grocery items, after you paid the bills, there´s still $2000 extra for you to decide what to do with it?
What would you do with the money?
What would it be like if you can get up on weekdays without an alarm clock, you need not chase the time hurrying to dress up and not afraid to be late?
What would it be like if you can go to work because you love going to work and not because you need that monthly salary which makes ends met?
What would it be like if you don´t have a boss, you work from home or wherever you want, doing what you love?
I asked myself these questions five years ago. During that time, I had no idea that they could be possible.
I was an overworked teacher for eight years trading my time, my intellect, my ego and even my self-respect all for the name of a high-paying job. I didn´t have time for myself, and for several occasions I was required by my bosses to sacrifice my values or my spiritual beliefs for my job.
Because I was dissatisfied at work, I toyed with the idea of making money from the internet.
I wrote poems, short stories and essays in the evening after work and submitted them to online competitions. But I never won any competition. I never made money from all my efforts.
Then I stumbled on BlogSpot free blogging platform. I created a VERY rookie fashion blog sharing my personal style. Ironically, when I did that, I was not thinking of making money. It was purely a hobby. It was a means for me to share to my readers what I learned as I improved my style.
But shortly thereafter, advertisers started contacting me offering me products to review, asking me to write sponsored posts for them or to display their banners on my sidebar. Money came knocking on my door. Two years of part-time blogging and I understood the endless possibilities of making money from a blog.
It took both hard work and guts to make the decision to retire from teaching and become a full-time blogger. With prayer and with faith, I plunged into fashion blogging full-time.
It´s been three years now since I changed career, this journey has been full of adventure. But NOT once did I regret my decision.
If you consider learning how to blog and make money from the internet, here are my six important tips for you:
1. What are you most passionate about?
I may have been a teacher but there was one thing that I am most passionate about – writing. Then there was also something that I always loved to do – dressing up. These two were perfect recipes for fashion/style blogging.
Ask yourself, what is it that lights you up? It could be a hobby, it could be an interest, or it could be a place that you´ve always wanted to visit.
Or probably, it could be your specialty done and delivered beyond your office cubicle.
Write down on a piece of paper all the things that you love to do, including the ones that are only in your wildest dreams, write them down. Sky´s the limit.
Then scale them. In a perfect world, what would you rather do? If you´re able to identify that, it´s the topic that you should write about.
This step is hugely important because in order to stay long in blogging, you need to talk about something that´s closest to your heart, something that you´ll never get tired discussing, something that you´ll never get bored learning. If you love what you do, you´ll never work an hour. It´s all play!
2. Commit to blog on the side
Now that you know what your blog is about, it´s time to plan your weekly calendar. How much free time can you squeeze in your schedule? Life is busy, I know. But you got to make that time and stick to it.
Is it two hours before bed time every weekday? An hour every morning before work? Or ten hours every weekend? You have to set your blogging schedule and honor it.
You will need to make some sacrifices such as trading your time to watch TV for blogging, trading an hour more sleep or cutting a bit your social life.
I´ve done that for two years and the result was worthwhile.
3. Build your blog
There are two things you can do in building your blog, each has its pros and cons.
- Go for a free blogging platform.
Some popular free blogging platforms are BlogSpot, WordPress.com, Typepad and Tumblr, just to name a few. The good thing about building your first blog on a free platform is that, IT`S EASY. You simply sign up for an account and bang, your blog is up. It´s a great way to familiarize yourself with html, blog design and blog editor without being too techy and without spending a dime.
The downside? You don´t have full control of your blog. You don´t own it. You can´t design your blog the way you want it, you´re limited within the available templates of the platform you chose.
Once you decide to go pro, you´re stock in that platform. You either lift up your entire blog with you as you move to your Pro self-hosted site, which is both exhausting and limited (you can´t take the comments with you), or you abandon it and start from scratch.
I went for the second option. I abandoned my pr4 with strong traffic free blog to build up this Pro site.
Should you decide to go for a free blogging platform, I recommend BlogSpot. In that platform you´re allowed to monetize your blog, you can upload affiliate banners on your sidebar, which isn´t the case in WordPress.com.
- Opt for a self-hosted wordpress.org site
If you build a house, would you rather build a wooden hut on sand knowing that it will protect you for one or two years, or would you rather build a concrete house on a solid ground?
If you prefer to go concrete from the very beginning, then this route is for you. It requires more time and commitment, even a little capital, but you know that you´re starting your site solidly. Hint: it´s not as difficult as it sounds.
4. Register a domain name
GoDaddy is a popular domain registrar, but there are many other registrars out there. I use Dynadot.
Your domain should be at most three words and at most 20 characters, no hyphen, no number, and it should be a .com. Drop the www, it´s already obsolete.
My domain is https://creativefashionglee.com. When you see it, you quickly know that my site is about fashion and style. Put that in mind in choosing your domain.
5. Hire a webhost
GoDaddy is also a webhosting company. I use Hostgator. Your webhost is responsible in making your domain come to life.
Think of it this way, your domain is your SIM card. But you can´t call or send text messages with SIM card alone. You need a data connection provider or a load credit in order to do that, pretty much like how your webhost works.
6. Launch your blog
Now that you have everything in place, it´s time to launch your blog. There´ll be excitement, a bit of fear, but more of adventure.
Never let fear overcome you though. Remember, there are plenty of people available to help you launch your blog. Your webhost is available 24 hours for support in case you need help in building your site. Ask them every tech question you got, or google it. All the information you need about building a blog is already out there. Thanks Google!
Take a Action!
Building a blog is like building a relationship with your love. There´s plenty of novelty in the beginning, you adjust, you get to know more about each other as you spend more time together, and you become more in love as you grow together.
There´s nothing more satisfying than seeing your blog grow as you water it with love every time you work on it. And we haven´t even talked about the income yet!
Watch out for my next post, for the FIRST TIME I am revealing my secrets on how I make money from the internet.
You can apply these secrets whether you plan to bring in additional income to your day job through blogging, or you dream to retire from your job to build a lifestyle business.
If you have questions on how to start a blog, write them in the comment box below and I´ll be happy to answer them.