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I’ll be honest I had no clue what I was doing when I started a blog. However, after two years, it seems like I’ve got at least a clue. I created this page to help you get started. Blogging is a great hobby or it could even be a side hustle or a full-time gig. I hope you can use this page as a resource for how to start a blog.

How to Start a Blog

How to Start a WordPress Blog with BlueHost – step by step instructions on setting up your own self-hosted blog. Monetizing a Blog – What I Do and Don’t Do – If you do want to monetize your blog there are tons of ways you can do it, it’s up to you what will work best for your site. How to Start a Blog: List Building – Having a list is a great way to start building a community. My Favorite WordPress Plugins – Find out what plugins I use to keep my site running smoothly VIDEO: How to Blog – Behind the Scenes Look at Both My Sites

Why Blog

Find Out What Made These Bloggers Share Thier Stories Part. 1. – Everyone starts blogging for a different reason. I reached out to other personal finance bloggers to see why they decided to start blogging. To Blog or Not To Blog – Helping you to decide if blogging is right for you. Why Blog? It Can Change Your Life – In a continuation of my blogger series, I asked other personal finance bloggers the biggest impact that blogging has had on their life.

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Blog tools & resources I recommend

Convertkit (for email marketing) I started with MailChimp, quickly left, went to Aweber, and finally settled on Convertkit. I love how easy it is to use. It makes confirming opt-ins and delivering content upgrades (like worksheets) a snap. I use the WordPress plugin and then just choose what form I want on each post and page. One thing that makes Convertkit stand out from other email marketing services is that they don't count subscribers twice. Most other email marketing tools count subscribers on each form, so if a subscriber subscribed to more than one form, they are counted more than once. 

Making sense of affiliate marketing (for monetizing your blog) Michelle is an affiliate marketing maven. She regularly makes over $50k a month from affiliate marketing. I bought her course at the end of Nov. 2016 and mid-December 2016 while I'm still working to implement everything I've learned, I've already seen an increase in my affiliate marketing income. She really knows what she is talking about and the Facebook community that accompanies the course is a terrific resource. Learn more about Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

Tailwind (for automating pinterest) Tailwind had been a game changer for me, I went from 10,000 impressions on Pinterest to over 100,000 impressions and have seen traffic to my site grow as well as email subscribers. The ease of use to schedule pins and track analytics has been awesome. Learn more about Tailwind.

SmarterQueue (for automating other social media) SmarterQueue is a lower cost alternative to meet Edgar, SmarterQueue does pretty much the same thing but it costs about $20/mo for up to 4 social media accounts. They have a free 14 day trial but if you use my referral link you get a 30 day free trial.

Thrive Themes Membership (for theme, opt-ins, and tons of other stuff)I got the Thrive Themes Membership when I decided to redesign LDMW and it’s been fantastic. It replaces Leadpages which was costing me over $400 a year. It also produced a much cleaner design with so many great tools I’m still working to implement and get the most out of everything. Just to note, Thrive Themes only works on WordPress.org sites. But if you have a WordPress site I highly recommend using Thrive Theme, I love it and have become a bit obsessed with everything it can do.

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