How do I set up a blog?

You can set up a blog in just a few minute.  There’s a lot to learn to make money blogging, but if I can do it, you can do it.  Below is a little of my story.  I’ve included instructions on how you can start your blog below in just a few minutes AND under $100!

Before I had (my three) kids my husband and I had decided that I would stay home with them.  We didn’t live near any family and just figured that made the most sense.  Fast forward 10 years and my youngest was in her last year of preschool.  Now that my kids were all going to be in school what was I going to do?  I knew I needed to earn some money for our family to help pay for college, sports, and vacations.  I had no idea what I was going to do that gave me flexibility to still be home when my kids were home.  My husband and I had brainstormed and were running pretty low on ideas.

My neighbor has a great blog and makes  A LOT of money blogging.  In fact, her husband quit his job and they live off her blogging income!  Isn’t that exciting to hear?   After brainstorming with her and my husband Keeping Life Sane, LLC was born.  If I could earn a little money to contribute to the family, but still be there to pick my kids up from school, help with homework, and get them to all their sporting events, then I should give it a try.

Keeping Life Sane went live on March 8,  2015.  By March 31, I had earned $112.03!  I was shocked and excited.  I kept plugging away and in July 2015 I made over $3000!

 In my first 5 months of blogging I made over $6600!!

It’s a lot of hard work, sometimes early morning and late nights, but this is so much better than heading to an office.  I can volunteer at school and go to the grocery store without any kids in tow!  I LOVE being my own boss.

You may be wondering, "How do I set up a blog?". Here's a simple guide to walk you through setting up your blog and start making some money.

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How do I set up a blog?

The very first step is to find a host. A host is a company that saves your blog to their server and I use Siteground.com  If you have any questions, they include a phone number or live chat to help walk you through any problems you may encounter (I have used both).  You can start a blog for free, but if you are wanting to make money from your website, you’ll need to pay.  I’ve had a couple of hosts and Siteground is BY FAR the best!

Here are the plans that Siteground offers.

Next you’ll choose your service and register your domain.

Check out the details and press the PAY NOW button to get started.  I pay for domain privacy because I don’t want people to know anything about me.  I’ve never used my kid’s names, husband’s name, or even our last name anywhere on my blog.  I’ve also never given a city, just a general area.  I also may for SG site scanner because I’ve know many bloggers that have been hacked with bad stuff so I get an email that they’ve scanned my site and it’s always been clean.

I’d say $119.15 to start your own business is a pretty good price.

Now what?

Now that you’ve decided you want to blog you may be saying to yourself, “Now what?”  I felt so overwhelmed when I began, but I read Blogging on the Side by Becky Mansfield and Paula Rollo.  It was a great place to start, got me motivated and gave me the encouragement I needed!  There were so many things I didn’t even know about. You can download it today and start making your blog great!

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Another book I found really helpful, that I just purchased this year, is the Blog Traffic E-Book by Lena Gott.  It contained useful information that I had never heard before and now I’m implementing many of the strategies I learned.  I wish I had know a lot of the information when I had started blogging.

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I’ll keep adding resources that I find that I recommend as I come across them.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I can help get you going!