The world needs more writers. You may have heard that there are too many bloggers out there or something along those lines. That couldn’t be farther from the truth in my opinion though. You have your own unique story that is different from anyone else’s and you might be surprised by how many people are interested in reading what you have to say. I started this blog as a way to talk about money because no one I know really likes to talk about it. I’ve met several people with like interests since beginning to write online and that alone has made it worth it.
Writing is just another form of thinking really. You have to think on a deeper level to write something with value though. It may take some time to get the hang of it, but after you’ve been writing a while, it gets easier and the thoughts become more fluid. That’s why I think blogging is a great hobby for anyone to pickup. By spending more time thinking about whatever it is you write about, you start to develop a more structured view on things and your thought process becomes more robust. You’ll also learn new things from blogging because you’ll have a reason to do deep research on the things you write about.
When I started typing out my thoughts, I noticed a really good feeling as a side effect. I guess there’s just something about getting ideas out of your head and into the world that gives a sense of accomplishment. Depending on what your career goals are, you can also use blogging as a way to boost your resume and share it with potential employers to show you have passion for whatever it is you write about. Within only a few months of blogging, I got an opportunity to be paid $50 to write a single post. If I didn’t have a blog to begin with, I wouldn’t have had anything to show the company I wrote for and wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity.
There’s money in blogging
I haven’t personally made much money from my blog so I won’t lie to you and say I have. There are literally thousands of people out there making a full time income from blogging though. Some even make over $1 million dollars a year doing it! It takes a lot of hard work and years of dedication to get there but you could do it if you have the drive. Even if you can just make an extra $10,000 a year from blogging, that’s a nice chunk of change and if you’re writing about something you love, you won’t necessarily care if you get paid to do it or not. You probably shouldn’t start a blog if you’re only in it for the money though. You’re going to start out making nothing and spend who knows how many hours learning about starting a website. You need to write about something you truly have a passion for because that’s what will keep you going in the long run.
My main mission for this blog is to help as many people as I possibly can to become financially independent. Every word I type has the mission of helping people with their money behind it. That’s what motivates me to take the time to write all the posts and learn how to do things on the website. If I never make a single cent from doing this, but I help one person on their journey to financial independence, then all the hours I put into it will be worth it.
How to start your own blog
Step 1: The first thing to decide is if you want to own a website or just write blog posts. If you just like to write and don’t care about the possibility of creating a business out of your website, then you can always create a free account on blogger.com, WordPress or Medium. You’ll just need to follow some prompts and be up and writing posts in 5 minutes or so.
If you actually want to own your own website with a unique domain name, then you’re going to need a self-hosted site. With a self-hosted website, you’ll be able to monetize your blog with advertising and affiliate links. You’ll also be able to support high amounts of traffic that you wouldn’t be able to with a free account. Speaking of traffic, you’ll get more of it by having a self-hosted site because google will rank your website higher in the search rankings. Paying for a self-hosted website is just better in the long because you can do so many more things than you could with a free site.
I’m going to be covering how to setup a self-hosted website in this post and take you through the steps I took to create Millionaire Dojo. The hosting service I use is Bluehost so that’s the hosting service I’ll be showing you how to use. There are other hosting services out there, but Bluehost is probably the most popular and I’ve had no complaint with them so far.
Step 2: The next thing, and probably the toughest part of the whole process is to choose a domain name. You should try to make your name as creative as possible and try to keep it at two words. If you need to go over two words then it isn’t a huge deal if it’s a name that’s catchy and easy to type. millionairedojo.com just kind of came to me and I was lucky that it wasn’t already taken! Once you’ve got an idea for a domain name, go to Bluehost.com and click get started now.
Step 3: Select a plan. The basic plan is what I’m currently on and is what I suggest when you’re just starting out. You can always upgrade at any point if you chose to in the future. Right now, it looks like it about $4 a month. So, for the price of one coffee a month, you get your own website that could potentially become worth millions.
Step 4: Once you select your plan, you’ll be taken to the page to enter your domain name. If you already have a domain name, you can use it if you like. If you don’t already have a domain name, now is the moment of truth to see if the name you want is available. I’d suggest using .com as the domain because that’s the most popular and you’ll rank better in search terms. For this tutorial, I used trashpandapicker.com.
Step 5: Enter your account details and choose any package extras. The only Package extra I would recommend is the domain privacy protection. This will hide your name and address when people search the whois information of the domain. Once you’ve filled everything out on this page, you’re all set! You will have to create a username and password to login to the WordPress side of the sight which is where you will do everything on your blog.
You’ve just created your own website. There are a million things that you can do now but here is a list of 10 things to do after creating your WordPress website. And that’s all there is to it! you are now able to write your blog posts and share them with the world. I hope you found this page helpful!
If you’re ready to get started telling your story, start a blog now!
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