This post is the beginning of a series to posts teach women: How To Make Money Blogging With No Technical Skills. There is a saying “Those who can’t…teach” Well I know NOTHING about technology and have very little money. Social media is a marketing tool that everyone uses and most people know very little about. For those of you who are reading this post, my hopes is that you are ready to take your life to the next level. That extra income generated from on-line blogging can help you achieve your dreams and create a better place to live on the world wide web.
Work From the Heart
Enjoying the process will make everyday more magical. This is much easier said than done. One may love the idea of doing something as a hobby and the meaning of the work. When it becomes a job, work has to be done and that includes times when motivation is running low. Being busy, avoiding, or making excuses will not get you much further than the next couple sentences. Turning off the TV was my first step learning how to create a blog.Take advantage of that twenty minutes of “alone time” everyday; it goes a long way. Tedious tasks is where the work is at. For me, learning how to unzip a file was a big accomplishment. Hard work will win you the prize. Start off with a subject that is truly inspiring and this give motivation on days when you seem to have less passion.
Education comes in many forms: work, school, social media, books, and personal experience. The end result is people educating each other on current cultural trends for that time period. Learning from your own mistakes costs more money and time than learning from the mistakes of others. This is why information is always changing and cultures are constantly evolving. Social Media is a great form of education: Pinterest, Facebook, Google and YouTube are free ways to look at what others are doing. When you find yourself board with a subject. Pick a new one. There is plenty to learn in the world of social media marketing. Find the best education at the lowest cost to reduce overhead and debt. One can start an on-line blogging business without having a degree and educate themselves. That being said, the formal classroom setting offers a type of face-to-face interaction that can seminars reasonably priced classes can offer. This also helps you find your identity to the subject and maybe yourself. I found guidance with Matt in The 30 Day Blog Challenge. Which I strongly recommend to anyone who is serious about starting a blog. He provided me with an easy web platform, help motivate me to take my writing serious and personally responded to questions I had.
Picking a Web Host
If you do not know what SEO stands for than this is VERY important. Free blogging websites will often place ads on your work. Which is essentially like working for free. You want to make money off your own work. This will require a web host that allows for this. Web designers could be not be hired on my budget. I will have to rely my micromanaging skills, education and web hosting company for help. Ipage.com has been very easy to use. This is a web design company that got me started on WordPress, a domain name, offers web design templates and instructional videos from the 30 Day Blog Challenge. The total upfront costs has been $35 for a year. WordPress is essentially the Gmail of Web Blogging. Many major companies use it. If you can teach yourself how to use this program (which is pretty easy) then you will be teaching yourself how to eat. Marketing starts here.
Brain Storming Content
I spent months working on web posts, images, learning web design and simply experiencing life before launching this website. Quality content will keep consumers returning to your webpage. That is one great thing about blogging: DOING WHAT YOU LOVE AND SHARING IT WITH OTHERS! Get creative with it! This is the fun part. It is also where I am at in the process. Blog about a product you cannot live without, make a “Top 10 List” to give great advice about how to achieve something or simply write about your life experience. Blogs are intimate and evolving. Which makes it a valuable marketing tool. Companies are now starting to rely on professional bloggers to help advertise their products and services. Find something you love to do and share how to do it with others in less than a thousand words 🙂
Truth time, this is a completely new experience for me. At worst, this is a series on how to fail at making money with a blog. Which would make it the best resource on how to make money with on-line blogging. My goal to help myself and women like me who want to travel, stay-at-home with their kiddos or have more financial freedom. In the end, at least I know how to unzip a file now.