9 Online Jobs the Pay Well

9 Online Jobs the Pay Well

The nine-to-five office grind isn’t for everyone. Some people are more productive when they’re at home. Luckily, the internet has a way of providing new opportunities for almost everyone, especially SAHMs.

If you are looking for ways to earn extra income without sacrificing your time with the kids, here are online jobs you can get into:

Freelance Writer

If you have a way with words, freelance writing is a viable option that you should consider. A lot of industries are in need of writers especially when the products, services, or topics involved are niche.  There is a wide variety of subjects to be covered such as travel, sports, fitness, housekeeping, and more. The write-ups needed usually come in the form of blog posts, journalistic articles, and online lists. Starting out, you can expect around $15 per post, but with more experience and better connections, you can make a lot more.

Blogger

Blogs that generate a lot of traffic can be turned into a profitable side business. If your blog shares the same interest and direction with a company, they may be willing to pay you to run ads that link to their site. For example, if you have a home cooking blog, companies selling kitchenware may ask you to connect with them (or the other way around). Pay is usually based on how much people click on the ads via your blog and it ranges from $10 to $50 for every 1,000 hits.

Virtual Assistant

A lot of people are in need of other’s help to stay organized. You can monetize on that by becoming a virtual assistant. From reading and responding to emails, scheduling meetings, managing websites, and more, it is a position that requires you to do just a little bit of everything. Rates usually start out at $10 per hour and can get to up to $30 if you are more experienced.

Graphic Designer

As technology develops so does the need for companies to go digital. Businesses and professionals are always looking to establish a web presence, and if they already have one, they are may be looking to update it. If you are adept at creating custom graphics, then designing online can be a lucrative source of income with a rate that averages about $45 per hour.

ESL Teacher

Your proficiency in English can be used as a means of income. Teaching and tutoring English as a second language is sought after in countries with locals trying to learn it such as South Korea or the UAE. Rates are about $25 per hour and can go north of that. It also might open doors for you to travel across the world.

Online Seller

A lot of people have things lying around their home that they want to get rid of, but they are too busy to do so. You can actually reach out to them and do it yourself. With various sites at your disposal, you can sell anything from appliances to mint condition toys, or you can create your own site for selling used clothes. As a seller, you can take a percentage off the total sales or have a “per-item” fee that varies depending on the value of the item being sold.

App Developer

With smart phones developing more and more, apps play a bigger part in our daily lives. Developing one is another way of making money. There are some hobbies and niche areas where apps have no presence in yet, and acting on it can yield a profitable reward.  

Google Paid Ad Specialist

The world of paid internet marketing is as lucrative as it is huge. If you are familiar with your way around Google’s Ads, you can make extra money managing a company’s campaign. The better you are at optimizing ads, the more you will start bringing in more clients.

Social Media Manager

There are companies that look for individuals adept at maintaining a social media presence. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, these platforms help with a company’s or professional’s internet exposure. Some are too busy to build their brands online, and they are in need of people who can do so.

I hope you enjoyed and got a few ideas from 9 Online Jobs that Pay Well!

Get Your Coins Masterclass – Enroll Now for 50% Off

Get Your Coins Masterclass – Enroll Now for 50% Off

If you are struggling to make ends meet you don’t need to cut expenses and try to save more. That’s just the God-honest truth! You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip but you can use your cooking, cleaning, writing, computer, fashion, photography skills to make extra money!

You can use those coins to pay your bills, update your car, clothes, kids’ clothes and shoes, and so much more.

But what if you don’t know how to get started? Would you pay someone to show you how to do it step by step?

✨You could get the help from someone like me who has done it many times before or you can struggle to do it in your own.

✨You could go the DIY route and spend months researching, testing, searching for the right tools, begging family and friends to help or buy from you.

✨You could hire a coach and pay $500-2500 for one on one guidance. If you had that kind of money lying around you wouldn’t need this course.

But you do need this course to help you decide what Side Hustle to choose and how to get started.

🏦You need help setting up the business.

💰You need to stop feeling financially helpless and start feeling financially hopeful.

💸You need financial empowerment and economic stability.

🎢You can take the long free route or you can take the short expensive route.

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If you can watch a video, write notes based on video instructions, and read a step-by-step guide you can get started in the next 14-30 days, maybe even less time.

All it take is a willingness to get started. The best news is it less than a week’s worth of Starbucks ☕️ and less than the latest pair of sneakers 👟for your kid.

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Here’s how I started my first side hustle

I’ve had a side hustle or two since I was 10 years old. I baked and sold pound cakes for $10 each. Back then that was a lot of money for a kid but it was fun. Not only did I learn how to bake and sell cakes but I also learned how to count my money as well as keep a balance sheet to see how much I was making, spending, and keeping for profit.

Since then I’ve had a few other side hustles and side businesses. I’m a born entrepreneur and I love it. It’s not just about the money but about using my skill and talents to do things I love to do for money. Plus I get to help a lot of people in the process.

Do you want to start a side hustle? Have you been thinking about it but are not sure how to start?

You are not a kid, but you may be inexperienced when it comes to choosing and starting a side hustle. You may feel excited or nervous. You may know exactly what you want to do or be clueless. It’s okay. This is why I create this masterclass.. I’m here to help you push through the fear and come up with the best idea for you.

When you sign up for the Get Your Coins: Side Hustle Masterclass I’ll guide you through the process of creating a side gig that will generate an extra $250-$1000 per month. You can pay a car note, extracurricular activity fees, vacation fund, and so much more with the extra money.

Sign up now to get access to the videos, worksheets, and motivation to get your creative juices flowing. After you sign up you can head over to the Side Hustle Challenge Facebook group where we will share our ideas, ask questions, set goals, and celebrate each other’s success.

What will you create during the masterclass?

The objectives for the Get Your Coins: Side Hustle Masterclass include:

Module 1 – Get clear on vision and set the goal

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Manifest $10k by Cassie Parks Video Interview

Manifest $10k by Cassie Parks Video Interview

I had a fun interview with Cassie Parks, author of the new book, Manifest $10,000 recently. She shared a few tips with me about how to manifest $10k that I know you can use and take action on. It will surprise you how easy it is to attract more money in your life. Watch the interview and her her tips.

I was excited to do this interview because a couple of years ago I manifested $9,000 into my life. I promise you, it won’t come in the way you typically think, but that’s the beauty of it all. Money doesn’t have to be a struggle if you can learn how to release the old way of thinking.

I also want to mention that Cassie has a program you can join to help you manifest $10k. It is only $1 to join then you simply donate 10% of what you manifest. How awesome is that! There is no excuse for you is there?

Connect with her at CassieParks.com or at Manifest10k.com. You can buy a copy of her book at Amazon.com or enter the Manifest $10k Book Giveaway to win one of three copies of the book!

 

 

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3 Reasons to Finally Sell Your Diamond Engagement Ring

3 Reasons to Finally Sell Your Diamond Engagement Ring

After my divorce, I was left with a few decisions to make. What to do with our shared possessions? Should I stay in the city or move back home? Should I keep my married name or go back to my maiden name?  Should I sell my engagement ring?

I decided to let him have everything he brought into the marriage. It was easier that way because I didn’t want any reminders of him. I decided to move back home. I went back to my maiden name (fortunately my kids weren’t his so that was not an issue); and I decided now it was the right time to Sell my ring.

I know that for some people it is hard to let go of that beautiful diamond ring. It has sentimental value. It may even be the biggest asset you own that you didn’t have to split, but what is it really worth? You may be even considering passing it down to your daughter or niece, but then again, they might just want their own. I have three simple reasons for you to let it go already!

3 Reasons to Finally Sell Your Diamond Engagement Ring

1. You will never wear your diamond engagement ring again without thinking about the end of your marriage.

The months and years leading up to the end of the relationship is never good. Admit it. So the sentimental value of the ring gets lost in the urge to possibly choke your ex to death because of the misery you feel. Sell the ring.

2. Can you honestly say your daughter or niece would really want to wear your old engagement ring?

They might think it’s cursed because it didn’t work for you so they can’t really think it would work for them. Sell the ring…

3. The value of your diamond engagement ring, sell it before it depreciates that much more!  

Think of the ways you can spend the money… emergency fund, kid’s college fund, vacation, down payment on a house or car. The ring is yours and the money can be put to good use. Sell. The. Ring!!!

My Experience Selling My Engagement Ring

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My experience with selling my ring was quick. I didn’t ask, I just took it to a pawn shop I saw many times before and told them to make me an offer. I didn’t even really haggle because I needed the money, so I basically accepted their first offer. Because the ring wasn’t too terribly expensive, I was happy to get something at all.

Now that I’m older (and wiser) and have better intel, I know that I probably could have gotten a lot more. With new services popping up all the time I could have learned more about it and held out for a much higher price. My state of mind at the time was to just get it over with. I wanted no reminders of that time in my life.

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Sell Engagement Rings to Highest Bidder?

But what if I had a service that would give me the trending market value, a real grading report and help me sell it to the highest bidder?

What if I could mail the ring into a service that handles these types of sales at no cost to me? What if I could have gotten more money than the pawn shop gave me for the ring?

Back then there was no online service like that, but I just found out about one called Worthy that values based on the market trends and auctions wedding rings to the highest bidder. I’m so jealous that divorced women can do that now. Lucky ladies!

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Worthy works with women every day and offers a stress-free experience for divorced women who want to sell their diamond engagement ring online for the highest possible price.

The process is easy and there is a team of expert professionals who help and assist you every step of the way and answer your questions and explain the differences between Total Carat Weight and Carat Weight.  

The ultimate goal is to get the best value and the most money from selling an engagement ring after divorce.

If I had this kind of service 10 years ago selling my engagement ring would have been such a wonderful process. I would have gotten so much more money that would have helped with my move, been put to an emergency fund, or went toward making the first Christmas without my Ex both beautiful and unforgettable.

Even though it wasn’t available for me, you can take full advantage of it. You just follow the steps on the Worthy.com website. You basically send in your ring at no cost after getting a market range of its value. The gem experts assess the value of the stone (they have to remove it from the ring with your permission). After they evaluate it they ask you what is the lowest price you will accept and then they put it up for auction. They do not get paid until your ring is sold. The fees range from 5% to 20% depending on the sale price of the ring. It’s that easy! Why wasn’t this service available 10 years ago.

Do you have an engagement or wedding ring set locked away? Are you ready to get rid of it but get the most money from the sale? Are you ready to move on with your life? Check out the site, submit your ring, and start your life over again on your terms.

13 Powerful Money Lessons Every Single Mom Must Learn

13 Powerful Money Lessons Every Single Mom Must Learn

Introduction

This little guide is an introduction to the 13 money lessons that will bring you peace, prosperity, and a brand new outlook on money. I have learned these lessons my life as a single mom. Being financially responsible for my children basically forced me to learn these lessons because I did not want to be a welfare mom statistic.

The tips in this booklet range from ways to control your financial life to a plethora of savings strategies for your big and small dreams.

Managing money as a single mom (or anyone) can be challenging when the income source is deficient. The secrets discussed here will show you how to use what you have, heal from your disappointments, and learn how to magnetize more money.

Let’s dive in!

1. Controlled Spending = More Freedom

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To turbo charge your financial life begin by developing a spending plan to avoid overspending. If the word budget conjures up feelings of restriction and lack; call it a spending plan.

Understand that when you develop a spending plan you feel more in control and it’s easier to stop overspending.

The first thing to do is think about and list everything you need, and then assign a dollar amount to each item.

Review your past spending trends to get an accurate look of how much you spend for bills, food, clothing, car/ transportation, and entertainment.

Review your bank account online for a ready source for seeing where your money goes.

2. Give a Kid a Dime He’s Happy for a Day Teach Him About a Dollar He’s Set for Life (Kids & Money)

Teach your kids how to create and maintain a budget. Because the older they get the more money they will want.

Kids should know how the money is spent so that they can be more sensitive to money limitations.

When kids know approximately how much money is coming in and how much has to go out to maintain a life they will be more sensitive to your role as provider.

Knowledge about financial obligations might encourage kids to find ways to earn money on their own.

3. Hedge off Disaster or Head to Vacation (Rainy Day Funds)

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Have a savings plan to prepare for emergencies? It is hard to predict when an emergency will happen that requires a large chunk of cash.

Putting away money for a rainy day is very empowering (I’m speaking to myself here).

If you have money saved, that is specifically for these times, your stress level will go way down.

A stash of cash can relieve feelings of desperation and resorting to uncharacteristic behaviors.

Most financial gurus recommend that you have $1k-3k in savings. If you can manage to save at least $500 that is better than nothing.

Open up a separate account for your rainy day fund. Use your tax refund, raises, or other windfalls of cash to fund this account.

4. Get Smart About Child Support

parentsarguesmGet child support payments direct deposited if possible. There is nothing worse than waiting for a check to arrive in the mail from your ex.

If you are getting support through the state, you should have the direct deposit option.

If you have an agreement with your ex, insist on having the funds automatically transferred to your account. The money will be taken out automatically so you won’t have to worry about getting the funds on time.

If you are not getting child support, please find a way to get it. For more information, read the e-book, Stop Whining and Start Winning Child Support.

5. Keep More of Your Money in Banking Transactions

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Join a Credit Union to avoid outrageous bank fees.  Your money will earn interest over time.

If you are eligible to join, you can easily become a member by completing a membership application, depositing and maintaining the minimum par value of a share (generally ranging from $5 to $25), and paying a one-time membership fee if the credit union charges such a fee.

As a member, you will have the right to vote at the credit union’s annual membership meeting for the credit union’s board of directors and its other officials.  All of the officials are comprised of members, like yourself, from its field of membership. (MyCreditUnion.gov)

Banks are notorious for nickel and diming people to death. There is a fee for everything from checks to account balances below a certain amount. A credit union may be available through your employer, your state, or your school. Find a credit union near you.

An alternative is an insurance-run financial institution like USAA or PenFed. These types of banks

6. Knowledge is Power for Purchases (Research, Research)

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Research products or services online for quality and price before purchasing. Before you go out and buy a product or hire someone to do a job for you please, please check online.

When you research prices and quality of service you can same much time, effort and possible frustration.

Places to go online are Google, Amazon.com, ePinions, Znet.com, Cnet.com, Consumer Reports, and a few others.

Get the inside scoop on the quality of a product and can get a good idea about how much it will cost. You can never go wrong with good research.

7. The Art of Making Extra Money from Your Expertise

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You can find a way to make extra money from your skills and talents. I talk about this on my blog and now I am talking about it again.

Have multiple streams of income; it is almost a sin if you don’t.

Your extra income doesn’t have to be consistent at first but enough to give you extra money for the special thing you want to do or have.

Do something you are passionate about or just be able to see what people need/want and fill it.

Check out Rich Single Momma for side hustle ideas.

Take a class on starting a business through the local Chamber of Commerce or SCORE. You don’t have to have an MBA to run a business but you can take a class.

8. Master Your Mindset About Money as You Think So Your Will Money Be

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Change your thinking about money. For many people, especially single moms, money has many negative connotations. You don’t have it, there is not enough of it, and you don’t know where the next batch is coming from. We have a tendency to think that it is out of reach so we struggle with it.

Money is simply a tool to get the things we need and want. Of course not having it and thinking about your lack will not make it come to you any faster.

When you change your thinking about money, see its true purpose, and realize it’s abundance, you will have more of it.

Remember that there is more money available for you. Whenever I have to pay a bill, write a check, or spend money I keep that thought in mind. I will have more, not because I am doing anything special but because I just know that it will come again.

Let the money go to receive more. Think of it as a Money Cycle. Sometimes we get so caught up in holding on to money with such tight fists that we fail to realize that, “a closed hand cannot receive more”.

9. Creative Ways to Get Anything You Want with Little to No Money

When you look around the world it seems like everything requires money, but I want to share a little secret with you. It doesn’t.

There are ways to get anything you want out of life with little to no money. All it takes a bit of outside the box thinking and a little creativity. Read on to find out how to get more out of life with less money.

Discover other ways to get what you really want (money may not be the bottom line). With money constantly on the brain we forget that it is not what we really want.

The true needs are:

  • A roof over our heads
  • food to eat
  • clothes to wear
  • a problem solved

If you can look past money and see the true need or want, it’s easier to release the tension and negative thoughts about money and your situation.

Open your creative eyes and you find ways to get what you need without being burdened by the “not enough money” syndrome. 

Bartering with Family/Friends

Barter with others including moms, small businesses, your health providers, etc.

Bartering was the first form of exchanging goods for services.

The basic idea is to give something to get something. You may have something that others need or want. It may be a product, service, or personal item.

Others may have what you want so you come to an agreement to exchange things or time instead of money.

The barter system is a temporary way to get what you need when money is flowing in slower than you want.

Join a Barter Club13 powerful money lessons single moms should learn

There are bartering clubs all over the world. I belong to a club called TradeBank, and organized bartering club. I get what I need from members of the club using trade dollars. The value of a trade dollar is just like a real dollar.

You earn trade dollars by performing a service or delivering a product. Your trade account grows and give you more trade power. You can get medical, dental, contractor, retail, and other services. The Tradebank network is currently in cities across the US.

Here is a list of other barter clubs:

Join or Organize a Swap Meet/ Trade/ Exchange Group

Look for local swap meets with a regular schedule. You can connect with other women who have clothes, shoes, kids’ items, baby equipment, etc. that they want to swap with you. If you do not find one in your area you can start your own with ladies in your neighborhood, church, or community center. You can find out about swap meets on Facebook, Craigslist, and other community newspaper or classified ad sites.

Check out Freecycle Groups

People are always giving away free stuff in these groups. They’d rather give away stuff they don’t need to people who can really use it and appreciate it. There are hundreds around the country so you should be able to find one in your area. I’ve seen (and given away) furniture, equipment, clothing, and so much more. Here is the Freecycle link to check it out and find one in your city.

10. Truth About Being Need-y vs. Want-y

Learn to separate your wants and needs

Sometimes it is hard to separate our needs from our wants. Air, water, food, and shelter are really the only things we need to survive. Okay we need clothes too, but the basics are few. The rest of the stuff is optional.

Plan your purchases

  • When you see that you need (or want) a new thing it is very important to plan the purchase.
  • Write down what you need/want, do the research, save the money, and then make the purchase.
  • Make the wanted item a reward for doing certain challenging tasks that you may be procrastinating about.

11. The Giving and Gratitude Cycle is Huge for Prosperity

Your attitude about money plays a big role in how prosperous you become (and remain).

There is a saying, “the more you give, the more you get”. I’d like to add my own twist to it; “the attitude of your giving determines the altitude of your getting”.

The more grateful or thankful about the money in your life the more you will get. The more grateful for the things you have in your life the more you have. The more grateful for the people who help you the more people want to help you.

The same goes with the way you give. Give more (with gratitude) and you get more.

The interesting thing is you will rarely receive from the same place you gave. In other words, you will most likely not get anything from the homeless man on the street or the person you give a bag of clothes. You will get from a completely different source and often you will get back double what you gave.

Here are a few ways to practice giving with gratitude to increase your prosperity:

  • Pay your bills with a grateful heart. The services you receive in exchange for your money are essential for living.
  • Be grateful because you have the benefit of using the services provided by the city, phone company, car finance company, and on and on.
  • Allow the changed perspective to change your attitude about paying bills. You could be in a homeless shelter, unemployed, or living with your parents
  • Lights, water, a car, gasoline, food, and many other necessary services are reasons to be grateful. Paying the bills is a blessing so pay with a happy heart!

12. Get Obsessive-Compulsive About Saving

Get creative with your savings techniques. Piggy bank, change jar, online interest bearing account, PayPal, or mattresses. All of these items and location are places to save your money.

Where Will You Save?

It really isn’t about where you save it but how you save it. Here are a few ideas to get your saving juices flowing:

  • Savings can come out in addition to tithe or other charitable donations.
  • Savings may come out before taxes on the payroll into a 401K account.
  • Still others save all their loose change and deposit it when it overflows the container they are using.

The key to the savings method you decide to use, is to be consistent.

Saving $5 or $10 per pay period or per month is better than saving nothing at all.

Keeping it safe from your prying hands may be a challenge but when you commit to saving, and you have a purpose behind it, you will leave it alone.

The Big Savings “Why”

Decide why you are saving your money, find a picture to keep prominently on your bathroom mirror, and start saving.

Tape a picture to the fridge, go to online and look at the features, and plan how you are going to use item you want.

Save or invest your windfall (tax returns, student loan refunds, stimulus checks, monetary gifts).

Windfall Savings Method

The tax season is prime time for a money windfall especially for single moms. The child tax credit and earned income credit is the reason we get a fat tax refund.

Commit to saving at least half of your refund. Use the other half to pay down debt or may annual purchases such as car registration, insurance, or other yearly expense.

Save all, some, most of your tax refund for your rainy day fund, vacation fund, or the kids need braces fund.

When you get that stimulus check put that in the pot too, along with your student loan refund, and that birthday gift money.

If you play the lottery, put your winnings in there too! 😉

13. Embrace True Independence and Make Awesome Financial Decisions

Too often we are focused on the loneliness of single motherhood so we can’t see the blessing it is to be independent. If you can see past the negative you will discover that your independence is a ticket to an amazing financial life. Change your mindset so you can change your life. Here are seven perspective shifts you can make to embrace your financial independence:

  • Relish the thought of not having to answer to anyone for your financial decisions. As a single mom you have such autonomy.
  • Every purchase you make for the benefit of you and your kids is worry free.
  • To save or spend; get in debt or get out of debt is all up to you.
  • There is no one to question you or blame you if there is no money in the bank and you don’t have to fight with anyone about balancing the checkbook or taking money out without letting you know.
  • Money is one of the major reasons for divorce so there is something to be said about separate accounts and a house account.
  • Resolve any money issue you have and get settled before embarking on a new relationship.
  • Just promise me that you will check out his financial history and habits first before committing to a long-term relationship or marriage with him.

Now that you know these 13 powerful money lessons, pass them on to your kids so they will have the best financial start in life. You are their best teacher not because of what you say but because of what you do.

Which of these lessons will you apply to your life first?

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How to Start and Setup a Profitable Niche Blog for Under $100

How to Start and Setup a Profitable Niche Blog for Under $100

Welcome to my quick blog setup guide

We are living in a time when anyone can become an entrepreneur and make money on the web. Blogging is one of many ways to do this and is one of the easiest ways to bring in some mad money. I get asked all the time, “What is a blog and how do I start one?” The next question is, “how can I make money just writing about my life on a website?”

The most important question is, “what will I talk or write about?” For single moms the topics are endless. You can talk about your struggles and triumphs. You can discuss your finances like Emma Johnson does over at Wealthy Single Mommy. If you have a pet project or pets you can blog about them. If you have goals that you are trying to reach blog, about it. If it’s about your quest to buy a house, a car, or start or finish college, write about that. If you are recovering from an abusive relationship, blog about your journey or, if you just got engaged blog about the wedding plans.

It’s best that your topic stays pretty focused so that your readers know what to expect and so that potential sponsors can target its advertising on your site. Focusing the content of your site also helps you in creating new posts and makes you something of an expert in your subject matter. Planning your content around a focal point gives you a lot of ideas to work with and expand on. It also cuts down on confusion and writer’s block.

Adding different elements to your blog to make it interactive is essential for getting people to come back. So is updating your blog regularly (at least once a week).

After you have written a few entries on your blog you will want the world to know about it. There are several ways to accomplish this goal.

  • Submit your blog to blog directories, more specifically directories that fall within your topic range.
  • Promote your post on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media channels.
  • Add metadata to your blog template (it’s not hard) so that the search engines can find it.
  • Speaking of search engines, be sure to add tags to your post each time and use keywords within your post that people normally search.

There is a lot more to blogging but with these basics, you can have one up and running in no time. 

If you have been contemplating starting a blog or website your timing couldn’t be better. Blogs are a perfect way to share your passion with the world and make money too.

But how do you start a blog?

That is one of the biggest questions I get when I tell people that I’ve been blogging for years. Here is how to set your blog/ website up in four steps:

Blog Setup Step 1 – Decide on Your Niche or Focus

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The first step is to decide what you want to share with the world. Is it a hobby, your experience as a single mom, specialty cooking, your profession, or how much you love travel, dogs, or playing darts.

A blog can be about anything you want it to be about. With that being said you also want to decide if your topic is something other people want to read about or are researching.

Even though you have a blog, it is not guaranteed that if you build it they will come. Your topic does need to have some appeal so people will visit. Those visitors can turn into clients or customers.

Click here to start the blog setup process

Blog Setup Step 2 – Get a Domain Name

Blog setup guide

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Now that you know what you are going to blog about the next step is to get it set up. You will need a place for your blog to live.

You can create a blog pretty easily on a free site like blogger or WordPress.com and be up and running, but you will have a few limitations.

If you plan to make money I recommend setting up your blog so you own it outright. It is like you own the property instead of having to pay to play.

The first thing you need is a domain name. With a Blogger or WordPress.com site, your blog name will be something like yourblogname.blogspot.com or yourblogname.wordpress.com. Very different from yourblogname.com.

Go for originality and get your own domain name. I love GoDaddy.com because they always have special and discounts. You can get a domain name for $.99 sometimes. When it’s time to renew you will have to pay full price but $.99 for a year is a great way to see how you like your blog and the entire process.

Blog Setup Step 3 – Get Website Hosting

The next thing you need is a place for your blog to live. It’s called a hosting site.

Most websites and blogs live on a hosted server. I won’t go into all the technical details but that is how it is unless you have your own private server which can get expensive. So get your hosting through a reputable company.

This blog, RichSingleMomma.com, has been hosted on Hostgator.com for the last seven years or so. I haven’t had any issues with them and they have always helped me when I needed them.

Why can’t I use a free blogging service? Why set up a blog on your own server?

You could set up a free blog on Blogger.com or WordPress.com and it could look very nice. But you would be at the mercy of someone else’s whims. If they don’t like what you put on your blog they could shut you down and you’d lose all your hard work in an instant.

In the case of WordPress.com, you are not allowed to place ads or products to make money on your site. You cannot put Adsense or any other money generating ad networks on your blog.

With your own WordPress blog that is hosted on your server, you own everything and never have to worry about being shut down or limiting your money generating activities.

Here are the steps to set up your Hostgator website hosting service:

Choose Your Domain Name

If you have a domain name already you can skip this part

Choose your plan

I recommend you choose the 36-month plan to get the most bang for your buck. You can add unlimited domains to your plan.

Enter a username and pin code to access your new account

Enter your billing information

Choose optional add-on services

You can add them now or later. You might find them useful especially if you are concerned with hacking, monitoring, or want email service from Google. Your account comes with email capability so you don’t really need this part.

Enter a coupon code (if applicable)

If you find a coupon code online you can enter it here. It can help reduce the cost of your hosting. Check RetailMeNot.com or CouponCabin.com to see if they have a code.

Review Your Order

You can see here that a 36-month plan can be less than $100! That is an amazing bargain for online real estate. Yes you are now the proud owner of prime internet real estate. Congratulations!

Read the fine print

Your hosting price is an introductory price. The renewal price may be a bit higher, but by that time you will have an extremely profitable niche blog! 😉 Click to accept the terms and then you are ready to check out.

 

Check Out

Click the check out button to make your purchase. You will receive an email with your account information and login details.

Click here to start your profitable niche blog set up

Blog Setup Step 4 – Install WordPress (for free)

Once you have your hosting company, the next step is connecting your domain name to the hosting company.

You might be wondering why you can’t get them all in one place. You actually can, but I don’t recommend it. As a best practice, keep your domain name and hosting separate. You maintain more control over everything.

Now you are ready to point your domain name to your hosting. Go to the email you got from Hostgator and copy the Nameserver information to notepad. You will need that information to update the Nameserver.

You can watch the video below to see how to connect your domain name to Hostgator.

 

Now that you have your domain name and hosting connected it’s time for the fun part.

You will now install WordPress for your blog. It all happens in the back office of your hosting service.

Here is a video that shows you have to install WordPress.

 

Now that it’s installed you can begin to blog when you log into your blog’s admin area. Ready? Set. Go!

Blog Setup Action Steps:

  • Get your domain name
  • Get your blog hosting
  • Set up WordPress
  • Start Blogging

Blog Set Up Step 5 – Make Money

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Now that you have your blog set up it’s time to think about how to make money from it. Here are three ways you can start making money from you blog:

1.Review and Recommend Products

When you build an audience you can begin reviewing and recommending products. Set up an Amazon Associates account and then link the products you recommend and get paid a commission when people click on the item.

2. Sell Products

If you are creative you can sell your own products. It can be t-shirts, crafts, jewelry, or something else. Set up a Gumroad or Shopify seller account to sell your goods or services.

3. Sell services

Depending on your blog theme you may be able to sell consulting services. You might offer virtual assistant, social media management, or coaching services.

It’s completely up to you to decide what will work for you.

Does this feel overwhelming? If so, you should check out my Free WordPress Setup offer. I will set up your blog for you on an easy to use template. Click Here to request this service now.

Are you ready to start a blog? What will you blog about? How will you make money from it? I’d love to know so do me a favor and leave a comment below.