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I never set out to be a blogger. Actually, I didn't even know “Blogger” was a career path, I thought it was a hobby like gardening or paper-mâché. I started a blog called Born Free Northern Virginia when I was hugely pregnant and slapped up a post when I had time (not very often), and called myself a blogger. I put a lot of time and energy into it (when I had them) and while I loved doing it, I couldn't for the life of me understand how other bloggers were posting every day and taking such amazing photos.
I had NO IDEA that people got paid to blog.
When I found out, it blew my mind. Hold the phone, I can get paid to surf Pinterest and help people get their finances under control while I stay at home with my kids? Yes, please. Where do I sign up?
I had some reservations though. Surely, I would have to promote some sleazy company and “sell out”, right? Not even close! Kind of the opposite actually.
Once I made the decision to do this “right”, I didn't waste any time. I dedicated a year to turning my blog into a business. I started a brand new blog, transferred my old content over to a self hosted WordPress site and got busy.
I'm 9 months in and have grown from making $18/month to $2,089/month (and I'm set to be way over that this month!).
I don't want to give the impression this was easy though. It was anything but easy. I wanted to throw my computer out the window almost every week while I got bogged down in things I didn't understand. (One wouldn't exactly call me tech savvy).
It took hard work, perseverance and a whole bunch of “try and see” to figure out what worked and what didn't. But it was so worth it! While I still have a long way to go, I can finally say that I understand blogging and how to make a living from this.
I can't figure out for the life of me why everyone doesn't do this though. I suspect it has to do with the fact that they get bogged down in the same details that I didn't understand.
Which really isn't fair. Because if you can just push past that and hang in there, you could have your own business that costs you nothing but time to start.
So I created a blogger guide of the things that I used during these 9 months that worked for me. Everything from graphic design, plug ins, hosting service, ad networks, you name it. In fact, I included every single product, training, plug in, and company that I could think of. I let you know how I used them and I only gave you the things that worked (the list of things that didn't work was much, much longer!).
I also stuck a pageviews and income guide in there so you can see how my income grew according to my pageviews.
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Why am I doing this?
Because having blogger friends that grow with me (and even surpass me), benefits everyone. Blogs aren't really competing against each other. If you're a Coca Cola drinker, you probably aren't a fan of Pepsi. But if you read The Busy Budgeter, you likely also read The Budget Mama, Thrifty Little Mom, and Debt Free Divas. It's cool, we encourage that!
What if you aren't a personal finance blogger?
I won't hold it against you. In all seriousness though, the resources would apply to any niche. It won't matter at all.
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