Blogging For Dummies — How To Start A Blog Even If You’re A Dummy

This post is called blogging for dummies for a reason. It’s not because you’re a dummy. It’s because even dummies can start a blog and earn passive income if they know what to do!

If you’ve ever thought about starting a blog, now is a great time to take action and just do it.

Blogging has opened so many doors for me not only in earning money but also learning new skills that have helped me land jobs, find freelance work, and meet a whole new community of people I would never have met if I didn’t have a blog.

A little background about me: It was nearly one year ago that I started this blog that you’re reading. It began after my wife and I paid off $50,000 of student loan debt in just 11 months by living in a camper.

We learned a lot through that process and wanted to share what we learned. So we started a blog!

It’s been a wildly fun ride!

Because of our blog we were able to be discovered by big media outlets like Forbes, U.S. News, Yahoo Finance, SF Gate, and a ton of other personal finance bloggers.

Our blog has also allowed me (Zack) to launch a successful marketing side hustle to earn extra money on the side and has even landed me a new full-time gig at a technology company. Whoa!

I’m not saying this to brag.

What I’m saying is this: blogging is a wonderful way to build something yourself. It’s low cost. It’s fairly easy. And I have a guide to show you how to get started today if you’re ready?

Blogging For Dummies 101

You may think you have to learn a lot of complex coding and website skills to start and run a website yourself. However…

What if I told you that starting a blog is WAY easier and it looks more like this? Would you be more inclined to start?

While this takes time to earn passive income, blogging is great because you can create systems that make you money while you sleep.

Making money while you sleep is how rich people get richer. Systems are the true key to wealth.

The world is caught in trading time for money.

Don’t do that. Try to refocus on trading value for money instead.

Learning how to start a blog can help you do that.

I know bloggers that make anywhere from $1K a month to $100k a month.

No, that’s not a typo. Many of these people are my friends as we are in the same niche.

I still remember the first $120 check I got in the mail from my passive blog income.

I was like, “Oh wow! I made money and don’t even know how or where it happened!”

From now on I call this “sleepy” money because I make it while I sleep.

As time goes on, tracking where and how you make money on your blog becomes easier.

But, getting your first check from passive income kicks ass, even if you don’t know how you made it :)

How To Start Your Blog on Wordpress With Bluehost

Step 1: Sign Up For Hosting

Click here to head over to Bluehost and get your blog hosting taken care of.

Choose your package. Sign up for the 36-month deal if you want the best deal.

Bluehost is one of the best hosting services out there. The hosting also is only $3.95/mo.

Bluehost makes it easy to build your site, install Wordpress with 1-click and much more.

Step 2: Get A Blog/Website Theme

Choosing a theme you like is the fun part.

There are thousands to choose from but I recommend using Genesis.

A lot of bloggers work with this theme and it works great + it’s easy to edit!

Step 3: Choose Your Topic & Start Blogging

Once you have to host and a theme set up, you can start blogging!

Do you want to blog about food? Money? Travel? Find some popular bloggers in what you’re interested in a make a list of the top 10 topics you want to write about in the first six months and then start writing!

Be careful not to write too much like other bloggers. Remember, your blog is YOURS and people will read it because of YOUR unique perspective.

How To Get Paid Blogging

Option 1: Find Affiliate Partnerships

What is affiliate marketing? Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other peoples or company’s products.

If you find a product you that aligns with your business, brand, goals and promote it to others [your audience] you can earn a portion of the profit for each sale that you make.

Option 2: Display Advertising

Display ads are a great way for other brands or businesses to get exposure on your blog and you can sell the space.

Display ads may be good for other small businesses or companies that want to have their product or service in front of the maximum eyes possible.

Ad cost is typically a recurring monthly fee that will vary depending on where the ads are placed on the site and how many visitors you get each month.

Option 3: Accept Partnerships

Sponsored content is also a great way for your brand or product to gain new attention. Sponsors typically pay between $250 — $1,000 per post, depending on the content and how old your blog is.

Blogging For Dummies — How To Build A Blog Worth Reading

  1. Get your name out there and start writing content that YOU love.
  2. Don’t give up too soon. Blogging for dummies take some time ;)
  3. Collaborate with other bloggers. Reach out and ask them if you can write a quality post on their website.
  4. Find answers to questions commonly asked and write about them on your site.
  5. Most of all, be persistent. Don’t. Give. Up.

Want More Strategies For Blogging & Making $$?

I’m launching a brand new course on the exact steps on what you need to do to build your blog.

The course will cover everything from the steps I’ve taken to grow my blog, come up with focus, what to write about, and how to make money (sleepy money that is).

You’ll get one email per day on the steps to take to successfully set up your blog for success. Don’t worry. We’ll show you everything.

Join my free blogging boot camp, head to The Founders Academy to sign up before registration fills up. I’ll only be selecting around 100–150 spots.

Originally published at Your Money Your Freedom.