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HOW IT ALL STARTED
In May I read “How This 27-Year-Old Made $1 Million Last Year” on Forbes.com. It was about Michelle, who makes a living as a blogger. She works from anywhere in the country, sets her own schedule and make more in a year that my small group of friends combined. Naturally her story peaked my interest. It was just enough to lead down the many rabbit trails on the internet.
Due to changes at work, I found myself with a good amount of free time that needed to be filled by something other than talking to my co-workers and scrolling through Facebook. This is when I did most of my research.
The goal is to launch a blog, with potential to earn extra income, by November 1st. To increase my chances of accomplishing this goal, I am using the Self Journal (watch the 4 min video) by Best Self. The Self Journal is a 13-week journal that focus on break long term goals into actionable tasks to foster progress. I plan to stay at my full time job, so this is being done on a part-time basis.
WEEK 1 & 2: Determine Strategy
There was so much information about blogging I didn’t know where to start, so I had to make some decision before I gave up completely. This is when I stumbled across Chasing Foxes, who referred me to The Busy Budgeter, who referred me to Ruth Soukup’s book “How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul”.
- Set up Pinterest business page, created boards and started pinning regularly. The purpose of this is to have see what is out there and create a Pinterest page that isn’t bare at the time of launch. There are things that can’t be finalized until the “official blog” is up and running.
- Define blog structure: Name, tagline, topics and subcategories.
- Brainstormed list of 100 post ideas
- Pinned on Pinterest for 10 mins per day.
- Brainstormed affiliate programs that may be a good fit and conducted initial research.
- Growing my Facebook friend list. It’s amazing how many people will accept your friend request. I do not know if this will be the least bit beneficial, but its worth a try. These people are placed in a special group, so they don’t see the same information that my close friends and family see. (more on this later)
WEEK 3 & 4
- Finish Book
- Buy domain & web-hosting service
- Buy & complete course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course
- Setup website framework and connections to other apps/services
- Conduct 30 day writing challenge (approach similar to National Novel Writing Month)
- Create content calendar
- Move drafts from content to complete and schedule posts
- Apply anything else I learn between now and then.
What are your plans to build your blog? Do you have blogger you love to read for blogging advice?