Lets talk Blogging!
Making money from home! Before even thinking about writing this post. I actually joked on one of my recent Fitness post saying “Okay lets talk finances” So to Clarify, we really ARE going to be discussing Blogging and Making money from home!!
I am a Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist.
My post normally consist of helping people with their Weight Loss, Fitness, and Nutrition. My goal is to help people feel better about themselves and gain confidence, My ultimate goal is to help people live a healthier lifestyle.
So I’m kind of looking at this in the same way, I want to help people, a Mom like myself or just anyone wanting to make money from their blog.
I am a mother to 2 pretty amaiznng humans, Getting really personal , Its actually kind of hard to write this, knowing people will read it, But I lost my mother to brain Cancer when I turned 16 years old, after that, our whole family just fell apart. With that being said, truth be told, I have Very bad attatchment issues with my children. My oldest is in kindgeraten, he has around 3 in a half month left of school , and I STILL catch myself getting teary eyed when I drop him off with a pile of anxiety.
With that being said, I have always been a mom who worked from home, It is SO Important to me that I am able to Contribute.(Bills, Extra Expenses, Disney Vacations, Vehicle down Payments) I started off being a health coach with Herbalife, then I moved on to another supplement company after that. I started to realize that Working with theses companies limited what I wanted to do. I wanted to help people, but in MY way and on my own. I wanted to make my own rules really.
I started a Free Site with WordPress.com.
I researched and researched… and researched information on what I needed to do in order to do what I love to do(Help with Fitness/Nutrition /Weight Loss Goals) but also make Money while doing so at home.
Guess what I did after all that research? I gave up. I got overwhelmed, I looked at other peoples websites and I just didn’t feel like I had a chance, I didn’t think my .wordpress.com blog even compared to their website. So… I went back to my old way, and signed up with another supplement Company, I was back in the same boat, I spent around 1000$ just to come to realized, I kind of got screwed over, But, I wont share that disappointing story.
What Did I Do?
I tried my blog again. I researched some more and I made a commitment, I promised myself to make it like my fitness Journey.
1.You aren’t going to make progress overnight.
2.You have to Continue to research what to do.
3.You have to plan. Fail to Prepare? Prepare to fail!
4.You have to have patience.
5. You actually have to TRY.
So instead of a workout schedule, I made a Website schedule.
To Avoid feeling overwhelmed, I set each day to work on 1 thing.
Example: Mondays Workout= Legs
Mondays Website : Work on images in Canva.
I Left WordPress.Com
I made the decision I wanted to steer away from my Free WordPress.Com Site because
- My Plugins were limited.
- Customization and themes are also limited/Design my site HOW I want
- I want to eventually upload Workout Videos
- I wanted to OWN my Site/Have all rights.
- Get rid of Ad on my site that I didn’t want plus they had ZERO to do with my post
- I want to get Rid of the .wordpress.com at the end of my site. (More Professional Looking)
- No Monetization Freedom (Not Share BUT Keep 100% of what I earn from my site )
To Sum it up, I just wanted more Freedom. With my Website being a BIG part in my business, I wanted to get rid of the .WordPress.com and be capable of monetizing it.
My option would be to upgrade to Business for 299 a year and have some more advanced features,(still not EVERYTHING) Or Join Bluehost like I had found in my Research. They Had a plan that was 24 months for around $118.
Sooo your telling me1 year for basically $300 or 2 years for $118 for them to host my FREE WordPress.org website that would ACTUALLY BE MINE , and I had way more freedom and Options!
The Answer is obvious right?
So I DID IT
I took the Leap and Signed up with Bluehost!
I had my fiancé sitting next to me , I tend to OVER THINK and get very overwhelmed with certain decisions, so I planned on making him help me , but I signed up and BOOM I was done, I went to Bluehost.com and it did everything! No Lie. It was Maybe 5-8 minutes . I turned to my fiancé and said “That’s it?” I was ready for battle, getting Advil ready, Expecting a headache, but It was super easy to transfer what I needed from my old site! I did end up having to change my domain a bit From PositivelyMore.wordpress.com to LivePostivelyMore. On the Bright side, I was free of the .wordpress.com
The people at Bluehost were amazing, They have a Online Chat, and the Person that helped me was very detailed and helpful with anything I asked, So don’t be afraid to use that and bug them if needed.
Update with my Bluehost site|
There are so many darn option I am STILL playing around with ALL the options, I’m no pro at it, not one bit, but I’m learning .I feel like having your own website is a Continuous journey of Learning. Most likely My site will be completely different if you hit refresh right now lol.
- I made 3 affiliate sales within the first 2 weeks
- Traffic and Affiliate Sales are Slowly but surely rising each Week.
3 sales within the first week may not be a lot to some, but coming from a free WordPress, making 0 sales with what links I was able to post is a BIG deal! As another few weeks pass Progress is being made and goals are being Met!
Hopefully I am able to help someone steer clear of the path I started on!
If you decide to start a blog and go with Bluehost
- Remember to make a Weekly schedule like I mentioned above
- Make a promise to yourself to not give up, It is VERY much Possible to make money from a blog
- Success wont happen overnight
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More importantly, Note, that I would never share anything I haven’t had personal experience with nor have tried myself!