So here’s a little bit about myself and my goals to grow as a lifestyle entrepreneur.
I’m 30-something years old. I’m not a 1% income earner; however, through researching some of the best blogging sites, learning to work smart, work hard on projects that help me with maximizing the benefits I attain from the work I put in toward improving online presence for my internet businesses, I know that being close to a 1% income earner will come into fruition within the next 3 years.
After dedicating the first three-years to consistency, content and the computer, as a lifestyle entrepreneur (meaning you are in business to enjoy life because if you start blogging online your internet business will enable you to travel and do just about whatever you want. This provides you with freedom if you’re tired of working 9 to 5 every day), on an average month earnings of roughly $2,244.50 in income is typical (after all business expenses and paying contractors, before taxes.) These earnings should add up to about 26k a year after the first three years of consistent blogging and learning from boat loads of mistakes, once you transition into that 4th or 5th year you’ll likely be close to the 1-percenters, that’s if you’ve done it right. So now you probably want to know, what’s doing it right?
I worked on content when friends were partying, watched videos and trainings when political debates were on TV, and remember countless times when I have asked my kiddos to “give mommy just two hours tops” as they urge me to get off of the computer to come play with them. Did I feel guilty? Yes. Did I do the right thing? I think so. My rationale was that if I put in the hard work up front, then I would be able to play with them anytime, take them to outings, vacations and play dates whenever I wanted without being restricted to only the weekends because of working a demanding 9 to 5 job.
A Bit About My Story
In the beginning stages of building my online business I even challenged everything that I was told about making money the traditional way and what it meant to be financially secure and to have financial freedom. This meant that a lot of people didn’t want to hear my views about retirement accounts and how I had maxed mine out to get started. Even losing about $10,000 in three months from a loan I had taken out to get my business off the ground. I guess being an introvert helped me out there. (Smile) The thing that kept me focused what the fact that I knew other bloggers were making it and I knew that I had a fair shot at being successful even if I wasn’t the best, blogging sites were everywhere and I figured it wasn’t rocket science, you know?
Although I’m not considered to be one of the online internet business gurus and I’m not even making six-figures (money is not that important… My family is. My relationship with God is. And also having a lifestyle where I can spend more time with my children, leave stress from work at the door and have fun with those closest to me is!)—Again I’m not balling out of control with my revenue from online business yet, but I am definitely on the path of becoming a higher-income earner based on my projections. I am sharing this with you to help you to instill in your brain that if you start blogging online, success doesn’t come easy and it certainly doesn’t happen without tons of bad moves, frustrations and not-so-successful teachable moments. But you can do it! You just have to ask yourself how bad do you want it?
As many of you know I am the mother of two young boys, have been in a relationship of domestic violence in the past, and more student loan debt than you could imagine, but I don’t waste time on complaining. Why? Because it’s simply not productive. I’d rather work harder on my internet business toward improving online presence, to learn how to generate additional streams of income, spend time with my children and loved ones or enjoy life.
Is Making Money Online Truly Possible?
I say all of that to say that while there are tons of naysayers about blogging or the legitimate ways to make money online, at the same token there are tons of folks like you and me who choose not to point fingers and just go for what we want! Think about it, yeah you probably went to school for four or more years thinking that you would get a high-paying corporate job, pay off all of your student loans and live the American dream, only to find out that those high-paying corporate jobs don’t want to hire, don’t want to train you and don’t have the money to pay you what you’re worth, because you’re dispensable. It’s sad to say, but in reality that’s not how the world works and that’s not how to guarantee consistency and increase in your paycheck or income. If you are looking to make money online blogging, it pretty much boils down to this:
- Find a mentor, watch tons of videos and read a heck of a lot of eBooks about starting a blog for beginners. It surprises me how few people never take up the offer to reach out to email an online entrepreneur that they are following or that they look to for guidance via blog posts, pod casts or YouTube videos. Maybe beginner bloggers are afraid that their email will be sorted to the SPAM folder or never opened? Who knows. Needless to say, anytime I see an open invitation to get help on a topic I’m trying to learn, I pounce on it without hesitation. It’s just like in sales, what’s the worst that will happen?
- Learn as much as you can about WordPress themes, professional blogging platforms like blogger and keyword tools to maximize the words you’ve written in your blog posts. These will all be extremely beneficial as you start blogging online on a consistent basis. Remember, if you are new to this, you must give yourself at least a 24-month learning curve, but once it all begins to “click” it will be all the more easier for you to build and sustain the momentum you’ve created over the seemingly grueling years.
- Make sure that you are writing content in a subject area that you are interested in or passionate about. The content on your blog should be focused on one main topic. This is your niche. Some people want to blog or vlog about how to apply makeup, while you may prefer to blog about telecommuting careers or traveling. Whatever the topic, make sure that in the beginning you write at least twice a week. To help me remember, I try to use days that I have specific events happening like Wednesday and Sunday because these are the days I go to church, or Tuesday and Thursday because these are the days that my boys go to chess club and soccer practice. Catch my drift?
If you need help in figuring out what niche to start your blog on, feel free to shoot me an email at Nerissa@20minutesofmetime.com. I’d love to help you out and offer any suggestions where I can.
- Once you have your niche, write your first 10 articles related to that topic. Make sure they are interesting and helpful and come from your heart. Treat them like your baby and don’t sound like a robot. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A GREAT WRITER OR AN ENGLISH MAJOR TO WRITE A DECENT ARTICLE. Don’t beat up on yourself. If you do that, you’re sure to delay your success as an online entrepreneur. Here’s a crazy post I had written about getting my first WordPress New User Registration… Maybe this has happened to you?
Google some questions that are related to your niche or write about questions you’ve once had. The way I see it, if you had a question about it at some point, you better believe that someone else is actually googling the same question, you know?
Even if you haven’t found affordable web hosting for small business or a domain name for that matter, that’s cool. Just start writing your first 10 articles in MS Word or OpenOffice for starters. After you’ve done that you can tweak them by adding in keywords later down the line.
- Remember you can start your blog for little to nothing. I usually help people through my Free Website Builder if they are beginners and are just looking to get their feet wet. I typically guide them through a one on one meeting using the Join.me application. DOMAIN NAME: Whatever domain name you choose, it should be relatively simple to remember. I’ve experimented with nearly two dozen domain names over the past 4 years, and let me be the first to tell you, “the simpler the better.” I remember once reading an article about small business marketing and it informed the readers to try to make the name something that people will always remember. It could be a name that rhymes, has an even number in the name or is catchy.
Also, as you grow in your learning, make sure as you take the steps branding your business, you also brand your name and have a website with yourfirstnameyourlastname.com. Why not? It’s all about improving online presence and at some point (even though that may not be now), the blog-o-sphere or the visitors to your sight will remember your name, so make it easy for them to find you.
- Keep your article posts between 600-1400 words in length. No more! If you’re like me, if it’s too much information I quickly lose interest and will click away to something else that catches my attention. Can you guess how many words is in this post? Did I stick with my word count recommendations? Let me know in the comments section. (Smile)
- Learn about products to market, learn about affiliate marketing, learn about selling your own art creations, and learn about how to promote other people’s stuff. This is how every blogger makes money. It’s this way across the board. This is why it is so very important to have a mentor you can trust and who is there to answer your questions when you have them. This also helps with holding you accountable for the effort you are putting in. If you are going solo, then chances are, it’ll be easier for you to take a couple of days off or a couple of weeks off—which only hurts your blog and your potential for success. Trust me, I know all about this first hand.
- Look at it this way, in starting an online internet business you must start now, you must have sharable content that people can relate to and want to share and you must be consistent in building your content (meaning your blog posts.)
Now what? Here’s how I got started with my primary affiliate marketing tool…
There you have it. That’s how to make money online as a lifestyle entrepreneur. Some people choose to go the route of making money with an Amazon Affiliate website where they redirect to links of products sold on Amazon and promote other products. But that’s a decision you have to make for yourself, because what works for some, don’t work for others.
In case you’re wondering about the pic on the left of this screen that says “Uncover the Secrets to Making Money Online”, this is the very same button I clicked on when I got started and made my first sale with online marketing. Here’s my in depth Wealthy Affiliate Review to check out as you weigh your options for real, legit ways to make money online. But remember, it does take effort on your part.
Hope this helps,
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