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Blogging For Beginners

I wanted to write this post to improve my writing skills as well as give you some valuable information if you are looking to become a blogger.

I personally love blogging on the days when I can muster up something to say.  The other days are a challenge.  With me wanting to break into freelancing and earn some extra money writing, the challenge is to overcome the lack of ideas and write with the spirit of something to say.

Blogging For Beginners

My advice to you is to blog under your name.  Picking your domain name is easy when it’s your own name.  This leaves you in complete control of what you write about.

If you want to blog about your work then you can do it.  If you want to blog about your family, you can do it.  If you want to blog about blogging, then your own name is the perfect domain for you to do it.

The trick is to not blog about problems, but solutions.

I have been having some trouble earning money online, so my solution has been to work DoorDash.  The last time I went out I only worked it for 2 hours but I made over $30.  I can work my blog for 2 hours and earn nothing, but with DoorDash I make as much money driving as I do working my part time job.

I have read that a nun said she doesn’t know God’s will, but she does know what his will is not.  She said if she pushes a pea up a hill with her nose and the pea keeps rolling back down the hill, then that is not God’s will.

With DoorDash, the pea goes uphill.

With the lottery, the pea rolls back down the hill.

With my job, the pea goes uphill.

With blogging and freelancing, the jury is still out.

Just start, and then keep trying

Blogging can be fun.

There’s more to it than just the money.

I’ve been at it for over 2 years now, and I’ve got to be still doing it for reasons other than the money.

I’ve only made $11.

But I am going to keep trying and maybe one day I’ll be able to make $1,000 a month from my blog, and/or freelance writing.

I enjoy writing, and I AM a writer, so it’s only natural for me to write.

Be a writer

For the sake of loving your art, do it for more than just the money.

Maybe if it’s God’s will for you to earn your money from writing it will happen, but you can still be a writer even if you are not paid to do so.

My advice to you if you want to be a writer is to read lots of books.

You can read whatever you want!

This is not school work.

You get to choose.

I just finished “The Art Of Healing” by Bernie Siegel.

It was a very inspiring read.

In the end of the book it talked about uncovering your path in life by taking one step at a time.  You could apply that to blogging as well.

You can take a day off

You shouldn’t be working so much you are killing yourself.

With blogging, your blog will be there for you to write tomorrow.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t blog with a sense of urgency.

You should.

But if you can’t come up with anything to say on Monday, then you can always try again on Tuesday.

If you aren’t feeling well, you don’t have to blog.

You can work from home

A big perk for me about blogging is that you can do it from the comfort of your home.

There is no commute.

No boss.  You are the boss.

Blogging is a safe, easy way to express yourself to the world

Say whatever you have to say.

Blogging is all what you make it.  So make it fun and rewarding!

 

Writing In The Name Of Working From Home

I have a number of ideas on how I can work from home.

One of them is writing this blog.

Another is freelance writing.

I could always take surveys.

Either way I wanted to write something on my blog today.  I am working on writing my blog everyday.

One of the ways I could make money from my blog is to get enough traffic where I get clicks on my Google Adsense ads.

This is going to take a lot of work, although I have nothing but time.

My kids have their first day of school today.  My daughter is now in the 1st grade, and my son is now in preschool.  My wife is at work today as a 3rd grade teacher.

So I’m at home by myself.

No distractions.

The only thing holding me back is myself.

I am going to push forward.

One affirmation I like to think of as I write is “my words are charged with prospering power.”

I feel like it has got to only be a matter of time before I am making a respectable amount of income working from home.

My wife has her doubts about my ability to earn money on my own from home.

She doesn’t think the $11 I’ve made off my blog is anything worthwhile.

I need to up my Adsense income so she will respect my ability to earn money from my blog.

The only way I can think of to do that is simply to plant seeds everyday.

By planting seeds I mean writing blog posts.

I’ve tried social media and got no reception.

My people don’t care about my blog.

I am in the process of ranking on Google, so I won’t need social media to generate traffic.

That doesn’t mean I won’t still use it sometimes.  I just won’t use it as much to promote my content, because as I have found it doesn’t work.

As I have said in my last post I’ve done away with Convertkit.  One thing you can learn from my experience is that if you are going to do away with your email marketing platform, save your email subscribers.

I am going to get a free service and start collecting email addresses again.  With some services you can have up to 2,000 subscribers before you have to start paying.

That sounds good to me.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

For now I am just planting seeds and figuring out how I can take care of those seeds once they are in the ground.

You’ve got to figure there is more to growing a plant than just planting the seed.  There’s the exposure to the sun, and watering the soil.  I have to figure out how to water my soil.

Maybe social media is the way I can water.

Either way I have to try some different things because what I am doing right now isn’t enough.

$11 is not enough.

I have got to be on the edge of a breakthrough.

This is what writing in the name of working from home is about.

I have got to get more traffic.

More traffic equals more Adsense revenue, so I am in the process of improving my game.

I am more motivated than ever to produce a work from home income.  This leads me to writing harder.

It’s not just going to happen if I visualize it.  I’ve got to put the work in to make it happen.

Sooner or later it will happen, and I will be living my dream life.  I will have plenty of money, zero debt, and my family and I will be living in a bigger home.

That home is where I’ll be doing my work from.

It starts where I am now, in our little townhouse.

Writing in the name of working from home means writing for a paycheck.

People work for their paychecks.

Working from home is no different.

You work because you need to get paid.

The nice thing about working from home is that you enjoy it as well.

If you can stand to be by yourself all day.

For a socially awkward introvert like me, working from home is ideal.

I don’t have to be around other people if I don’t want to.

All I have to do is write, and have great grammar skills.

I am working for a paycheck, and I also enjoy what I do.

Writing in the name of working from home also means you need to get creative.

If $11 isn’t enough to impress your wife, you’ve got to get creative to up your numbers.

Try some new things, even if that new thing is to just write more.

When you are putting in the action, you may be surprised at your new results.  I certainly hope I am.

Maybe you need to try social media again.

Maybe you need to work on your SEO.

Brainstorm what you think you can do to up your income, and get to work on it immediately.

Writing in the name of working from home is not going to come easily.

Just face it, work isn’t easy and working from home isn’t going to be any easier.

It may be more enjoyable, but it’s not going to be easy.

Everything has it’s price.

You might find yourself overworking and being underpaid.

If that’s the case maybe it’s time to get into some books that might be able to help you wise up.

You’ve got to remember that if you are a writer, you’ve also got to be a reader.

I am in the process of working really hard on this work from home thing.  I know that it’s going to pay off because of my work ethic.  I have always been a hard worker, and my bosses have always liked me for that ethic.

It’s only a matter of time before you are living your dream life writing in the name of working from home.

Don’t give up.

Keep at it.

When things look bleak, get motivated again.  Rise up and spread your wings.

There is no problem you can’t overcome.

You have it in you to make a good income working from home.

 

What’s New With JesseCreel.com

Hey Folks,

I wanted to write this post to give you an update on what I’m doing.

I have recently cancelled my Convertkit subscription.

This means no more email marketing.

It’s a bummer but the cost of the list was much greater than the return.

I am going to try and write some posts and increase my traffic, and if I get to a point where I have a lot of traffic, then it will make sense to get another email marketing platform.

Until I have that traffic I am just going to write posts about whatever I see fit, to try and get more traffic.

I am going to keep Google Adsense on my site, because so far I’ve made $11.92 off it.  I definitely want to keep that going and see if I can produce a reasonable income from home with Adsense.

When I looked up work from home jobs I saw that blogging was one of them.  I’ve already been at this for over 2 years now, so I don’t see why I shouldn’t keep going with it.  It could be that it is only a matter of time before it takes off.

At least I can hope.

But it’s going to take more than hope.  It’s going to take smarts and lots of work.

I can’t afford to sit on the couch and hang out with friends.  I need to be blogging, because that’s my work from home effort.  I still have my job at Honeybaked Ham, but that’s beginning to become a real struggle to do, and I would much rather work from home.

The problem is the money isn’t coming fast enough from blogging.

I need to speed up the process and make $.26 a week $2,600 a week. LOL!

I am working my way through “Will It Fly” by Pat Flynn again and I am going to test my ideas about blogging about blogging to see if they are worth pursuing.

I’ll let you know how that goes.

Also, I want to start doing regular book reviews.

I feel like reading those books will make me smarter, and so will writing the reviews on them.  It’s really a no brainer for me at this point in my blogging journey.

My point is that I only have to earn $1,000 a month from this blog to replace the income at my job.  That’s only a little more than $33 a day.  That has got to be doable for a man like me.

Plus the way I figure it is, once I break thru and am able to make $33 a day off my blogging efforts, then it will be a lot easier to expand and earn even more.  That will be a great help to my family.

I am in the process of becoming a full time blogger who earns all his money working from home.

I am in the process of earning a sizeable income each month to help support my family.

I am doing the best I can do, but I want to do more.

You can expect more blog posts from me, writing often, and providing the most useful information that I can muster.

I am writing for income, yes, but I am also writing to be of service to the world.  To be a part of society and to be a contributing member of my family.

I refuse to be a deadbeat husband and father.

I am valuable and this blog will illustrate that.

Sure, I don’t have an email marketing platform anymore, but you don’t need one to collect Adsense income.  All you need is your blog and a lot of hard work.  My blog is paid for for over the next year so I have no financial concerns about keeping my blog up on the internet.  I am also going to keep checking Textbroker.com for work.  It’s a freelancing site and I’ve written 3 pieces for them so far.  Right now there is no 2 star work, but I am going to keep checking back as to improve my writing skills and bank a few extra dollars.

If you want to write as a freelancer and earn money from home check them out!

Textbroker.com

That’s all I have going on right now.  I’m going to push forward with my blog, despite the loss of my email marketing platform, and try to earn money for my family with Adsense.

I am going to try, and try and try, and try again.

Then I am going to try some more.

Like Thomas Edison when he was inventing the lightbulb, I am not going to stop until I’ve achieved what I have set out to do.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave a comment.

Affirmations For Zero Debt And A Bigger Home

Hey Folks,

Jesse Creel here and with this post I wanted to share with you some affirmations that I am going to use to promote the mindset of my desires fulfilled.  Maybe you can use some of them too if you are looking to clear debt and move your family into a suitable home.  I hope with these affirmations you find inspiration.  The following is to success.

  1. Thank you for the immediate and full repayment of my credit card bill.
  2. Thank you for making my way safe, secure, and prosperous.
  3. Thank you for providing my family and I with a home that is big enough for all of us.

That’s all I wanted to write for now.

I wish the best for you in your journey to getting whatever you want!

Tips For Starting A Blog

I hope this post inspires you start a blog of your own.

Hey folks,

In this post I wanted to share with you some tips if you’d like to start a blog of your own.  This post idea came to me from one of my subscribers, you know who you are, and thanks for bringing this idea to my attention.

Introduction

Blogging in no way should be done solely for the money.  If you do it for the money you’ll fail and quit.  If you do it for the enjoyment of blogging about your passions you very well may succeed.  I just want to make it clear that it’s going to take a long time to see any money at all, and if you want to get your bills paid, you are going to have to work a job too.

If you think you can work your job, and blog, then this post is for you.

Use Bluehost

For domain and hosting you’ll need a provider like Bluehost.  It’s not the only option but it’s the name I trust and it has not been the only provider I have used in the past.  I like Bluehost because you can knock out your hosting for 2 years with one payment, and the dashboard is very easy to use.

Not to mention that the live chat is super helpful and quick to answer all of your questions.

I moved JesseCreel.com from Godaddy to Bluehost all on my own, and they gave me the support I needed to make it as painless as possible.  It really wasn’t that hard.

I recommend Bluehost because you can get your domain and hosting all in the same package and it’s also recommended by the millionaire and household name Pat Flynn.  Bluehost is what he uses and it’s what I use as well, along with many other bloggers.

You don’t have to use Bluehost for your domain and hosting, but if you want a cheap rate, and a no fuss experience it’s the way to go.  Either way when you are starting your blog you’ll have to get your domain and hosting from somewhere.  Getting your blog up and running is where you need to start.  Buying domain and hosting is the first step.

A tip here is that you want to put careful consideration into what you want your domain name to be.  It can either be your name (as is the case with this blog) or it could be about what you intend to blog about.  I like blogging under my name because what I’m blogging about could change, but no matter what I write about it will always be from me, Jesse Creel.

So I figure I can’t go wrong with my name in my domain name.

No matter what you do, be sure to think long enough and be sure that the domain name you choose is something you are comfortable with.  Once you buy it, your stuck with it (unless you buy another one, but who wants to spend more just because they didn’t think things through?).

Think through what you want your domain name to be before you buy it.  You’ll be happy you did.

Use An Email Marketing Platform

What I’ve always been told is that the money is in the list.

In other words, people who have already had success always recommend you build an email list.  You need an email marketing platform to do that.

It costs a little dough every month, but once it’s up and running you can start collecting subscribers (or readers) and you can email them your posts.

This way you get exposure to your audience and you begin to build your tribe.

A tip for this is that once you have some people on your list you can start sending them promotions for what you are selling.  They might buy, they might not, but you will be actively trying to build a business this way.  The tip is to not overdo it with your promotions, shoot for 1 promotion for every 4 pieces of content you send to your subscribers.

In my humble opinion it’s better to try to build a business then to not try to build a business.  Success or not, you are doing all you can to earn a better life for yourself (not to mention help others make their lives better at the same time).

There is a saying that goes “try and fail, but never fail to try”.  I don’t think Yoda took into account failure when he said “do or do not, there is no try”.  If you fail, you tried and it didn’t work.  That doesn’t mean you can’t keep trying.  Maybe what Yoda meant was that if you try and fail for long enough, eventually you’ll succeed and you will have been “doing” it the entire time.  Just some thoughts from my own experience, with a spin from the world of George Lucas.

At any rate, when you have your domain and hosting, and an email marketing platform, you have what you need to try and build a business.

I personally use Convertkit and I love it.

Get Adsense Up On Your Site

The sooner you get Adsense up on your site the better.

Adsense is Google’s way of displaying their ads on your site.  When people click the ads you get paid.  In theory if you had enough traffic, you wouldn’t even need an email list to generate revenue.

Not that you don’t want to be collecting as many subscribers as you can.  Those folks are people who you can email any time and some of them will read what you wrote.  Not to mention those readers might click on your ads when you email them your latest post!

At any rate, Adsense is an easy way to start collecting revenue.  With a few clicks of the mouse and a little time (Google has to approve your website to be sure it meets it’s guidelines and is family friendly) you’ll have them displaying ads on your site that have the ability to pay you.

It’s exciting when your writing your next blog post and you know that if this is the one that ranks, you could create an income practically overnight.  That income would pay you for as long as your page ranks (but don’t get excited too much because Google is always changing things around and because your ranked today doesn’t mean it will be that way tomorrow).

Either way, Adsense is an easy way to get started generating your first few dollars, and when you have that breakthrough, you never can go back to having earned nothing off your blog.  You will always have that victory.

Conclusion

That about sums it up for what I think you should do when your starting your blog.  Of course that’s if your talking the endgame is to help people and make a good living off of it.

Get your domain and hosting.  Get your email marketing platform.  Get approved to have Adsense on your site.

The only thing left to do after you have done those things is to start blogging.  I believe that if you like Thomas Edison try enough times, you will eventually invent the light bulb (so to speak).  If you write enough blog posts, eventually some of them will rank and the resulting traffic will enable you to create a business that flourishes.

Here’s to your success,

Jesse Creel

P.S.  If you’d like to start a business blog, then visit my resources page.

The Argument For Building A Blogging Business

Building a blogging business isn’t easy and it takes a lot of time to even reach minimal results.

You’ve got to push thru to keep the motivation to blog regularly even when you are making a few dollars here and there.

I’m here to tell you that building a blogging business is worth the time, money, and effort even when you’re not making a lot of money off of it.

Some people may say that it’s not worth the time if your not making money from it.  I say that it’s well worth the time, money, and effort when your thinking in terms of personal development.

The sheer personal development involved in building a blogging business is worth the effort and will seep into other areas of your life that are providing you with an income right now, like your job.

When you are blogging and developing personally and professionally as blogging will lead you to do, you will by default apply those principles you’re learning not only to your blog but to your day job.  This will make you a better worker, you’ll please your bosses more, you’ll get affirmative words from your coworkers, and you might even get some raises.

The money may not come from your blog right off the bat, but you’ll be adding to your arsenal of personal and professional development tools that you can use to improve any area of your life.

The argument for building a blogging business is a strong one.  One that makes you develop over the long term, instead of seeking short gains that don’t last.  Not to mention the potential for earning more money.

My personal goal is to earn $100 a day with Adsense, and to sell blog hosting and an email marketing platform.  I don’t have definite goals for how many blogs I want to sell or how many email marketing platforms I want to sell.  I’m just looking for that breakthrough first sales for each of those products.  Adsense is already paying me, so I figure that I would run with what’s working and set the goal of a $100 day everyday and work towards that.

Let the Bluehost and Convertkit sales come in due time.

You see, I’ve been at this blogging thing for 2 years and 3 months.  My goal is by the time I’ve been doing it for 2 years and 7 months I’ll have a reoccurring monthly income from blogging.  That would mean by 2019 I’ve made it as a blogger.

I’ve got to be honest.  It’s a hard sell.

When it takes over 2 years just to earn a $10 people look at you like your crazy.  Honestly, I’m frustrated with my blogging income.  All this work and I have next to nothing to show for it.  This is the point where I say to myself, “Hallelujah”, because I know that a massive breakthrough is right around the corner.

That’s how I take frustration with my personal and professional development.

Frustration means that I am quickly approaching a massive breakthrough.

And I am extremely frustrated with my Adsense income, and my Bluehost and Convertkit sales.

The argument for building a blogging business is that although it’s going to take time, some money, and a lot of effort, if one sticks it out for the long haul their success is inevitable.

You can’t quit after two months and blame it on the blogging game.

You’ve got to be committed and blog for years and years and get your small results and then work on turning them into big results.

The argument for building a blogging business is that you are investing in YOURSELF!  When you buy a domain with your name in it, you are the person in control.  You are the resource.  You are the boss.  You are the leader.  You are the expert.

You just have to find out what you are really, really good at and blog about that.  It’s not going to come easily, but nothing good ever does.

The argument for building a blogging business is that you get to be your own boss and you can make your own hours.

Want to blog at 2am?  You can do it!  Want to spend time with your family and blog after your children go to bed?  You can do it!  There are no restrictions on when you can work when your working online, so you are free to work as much as you like.  The more work you can do the faster your business will evolve, so write like the wind and let the chips fall.

If you are really ambitious then write like a gale and let the windfall appear.

Not that writing your blog is the only thing you have to do.  You may also want to guest post to increase your traffic.

And do social media sharing.

And engage on forums.

And go to events.

Do all this AND go to work 5 days a week and you can be quietly proud that you are making a difference in the world, one action at a time.

If you’re bold you may want to tell people about it.

Telling people you know about your blog will help you evolve it, so it’s encouraged.  It’s not like your playing to win the lottery where everything has to be hush hush as not to impede your spiritual development with naysayers.   With blogging it can be and should be a public development.

Tell your boss, your coworkers, your family, and your friends about your blog and ask them to subscribe to your email list.  In my experience even when you only make $3 off your last post, they will take it as a positive event in your life and encourage you to build further.

That’s the argument for building a blogging business.  You can make it about your life and your life about it.

And you don’t have to spend any less time with your family to blog.

That’s the argument for building a blogging business.

The argument for building a blogging business is that it’s hard and therefore worth doing.  Plus when you’ve made a monthly income from it, you can sit back and enjoy!

That’s not to say you won’t still work it.

If you are ready to start your own blogging business, visit my resources page.

I’m glad you’re with me.

Building A Blogging Business Is Enjoyable

Where I want to blog from.

I’ve been in sales.  I can tell you that it’s hard work doing that, and I like building a blogging business a lot better than selling for someone else.

It’s enjoyable to be your own boss.

I’ll tell you exactly how I’m building my blogging business and I can tell you that it’s an enjoyable experience chasing down that dream.

First, I got the right products.

I had to get hosting, and at first I was using Godaddy.

Then I made the switch to Bluehost, and I like it a lot better.  It’s easier to use, and it has an awesome affiliate program.  The affiliate program is part of the reason I wanted to switch from Godaddy because Godaddy makes it really hard to resell their services to your readers.

With Bluehost, it’s a piece of cake, and they take care of you.  You are in good hands with Bluehost.

The next piece of the puzzle is Convertkit, because we as business bloggers need an email list.  As they say, “the money is in the list”, so you had better be building one if you are building a blogging business.  Convertkit also has a killer affiliate program, so you can make money selling their service as well.

So I have those to services for sale on this blog.  You can buy them if you want at my resources page, that is if you are ready for the challenge of building a business blog.  Rest assured though, building a business blog is enjoyable.

I personally love writing.  I especially love writing about blogging.  It’s fun for me to share my stories about my successes with blogging and build up a snowball effect with my income.  So far I’ve made about $10 blogging, and that’s just a start.  This post I believe will pull me in some additional ad revenue so it’s exciting as I write this.  I’m going to do more with my blog today and I am going to start guest posting to increase my traffic, get more subscribers, and cash in on more ad revenue.

So I have Bluehost and Convertkit that I’m actively selling on this blog (and I believe my first sales will come sometime very soon).  I also am already making money off Google Adsense.  They are sending me a pin via snail mail that I have to verify in order for them to pay me.  It’s a good sign though, because they wouldn’t have sent me the pin unless they thought that I was going to be making enough money for them to pay me.

You have to reach a threshold of $100 for Google to pay you.  I only have $90 to go before I get my first payout.  I’m a tenth of the way there, but something is better than nothing, and I’m slowly but SURELY making my way to that payout.

What’s even more exciting is that for each Bluehost sale you make you get $60, and for every Convertkit sale you get a monthly payment (every month) of $8 for each member.  If you can get good at selling Convertkit, you can set up a passive income that pays you even if you don’t do any work.

The possibilities for building a 6 or even 7 figure business are wide open with business blogging.  You may need more than 3 sources of income to reach those figures but opening up 3 channels of expression for you to earn money is a good way to start.  If you can get those up and paying you you can build on working other things also.  If you are like me having Adsense, Bluehost and Convertkit open to paying you then you’ll have enough to work on for now, until you get some sales under your belt.

I have sold things before.  Selling things on the internet has been a hard road for me, but I have had some success selling other things, like cars, credit card processing machines, and cell phones.  I also tried selling insurance but I don’t think my personal development was in a place that allowed me to do that.  I’m working on myself by reading, journaling, and blogging to bring my personal development to place where I will be able to successfully sell not just in person but also on the internet.

You could say that I’m hopeful.  I also have a lot of work going for me that I again, hope will pay off for me now and in the future.  I’m highly optimistic.  If you don’t have a blog yet and would like to start one, I encourage you to visit my resources page and click the link to Bluehost and get started today.

If you would like to start collecting email addresses then you can get Converkit from this blog and start building your empire through building your list.  Not that you can’t build an income from traffic and Adsense, but your email list is an asset that you have that will never go away (as long as you stay a customer with Convertkit).

Right now I have 438 email subscribers and I’m working on getting more.  I just recently started an ad up again with Google Ads and I’m hoping to continue to grow my email list.  If I can get 400 subscribers in a month, I know I can do that again if not get an even bigger result.

Building a blogging business is enjoyable, and it’s especially enjoyable when you are getting results.

Don’t bang your head against the wall, but move forward with the affirmation “my words are charged with prospering power”.  It won’t be effortless and it’s going to take a lot of time, but you can do it, especially with my help.

I won’t buy your blog for you, that’s up to you, but I will provide you with the inspiration you need to write your next blog post.  If I can make $10 off Adsense, then surely you can too.  It’s not hard, it just takes work and time.

Then again, the harder you work, the better off you will be.

Write like the wind.

Write your blog post after reading this.  Your next post is going to help you build your business.  The more blog posts you have the more practice you have thus the better business blogger you are.  You have to refine your craft and the best way to do that is the practice your craft.  Write your blog and email your list the post.

After you’ve made your first $10 I guarantee you’ll be happy you blogged.

And you’ll be hungry for more, as I am.

If you keep at it, it’s only a matter of time before you break through and start making sales everyday.  Once you can make one or two sales a day, then your business will be becoming healthier and you’ll be even happier that you blogged.

Once you’ve realized your dream and you make so much money from blogging that you can quit your job, then you’ll be living the life of your dreams and thanking the universe everyday that you live such a lifestyle of freedom.

That’s no reason not to start thanking the universe everyday now though, so give thanks for what you already have.  In this way of giving thanks you open yourself up to having more of what you want and soon you will be living a life that you love (if you don’t already love your life completely now).  There is something you can do right now to bring that closer to your life and that thing would be to write your blog post.

If you don’t yet have a blog, visit my resources page and pick one up.  You get everything you need with Bluehost to blog and it’s super easy to work with.

 

Book Review Of “Manifest Your Millions!” By Eddie Coronado

“The universal law will never work for you until it can work through you”

-Eddie Coronado

I bought this book because I had the ambition to win the lottery.

I wanted to know more about how people won the lottery.  Eddie Coronado satisfied that desire.

The beauty about this book is that although it illustrates his own success with winning the lottery using the law of attraction, the techniques can also be used for other things (in my case now with blogging also).

One of the things he says in the book is to not limit yourself to any one avenue of expression.  Your prosperity could come from any way the  universal law sees fit.  So you had better not pin your desires solely on the lottery, or blogging, or your job because that can block the flow of good into your life.

The money you desire could come from ways you don’t expect.  So one thing I learned from re-reading this book is to stay open to the money coming from any channel.  In this way the universe will have the easiest time getting you what you want.

The book highlights four ways you can shift you consciousness into providing you with more prosperity.  Affirmations, visualization, gratitude, and living in balance.  Coronado identifies living in balance as the most important part of the equation.

He also highlights the importance of visualization.

Affirmations

One thing I learned from this book about affirmations is that they shouldn’t feel like a lie when you say or write them.  Instead of “I am a professional blogger” you could say “I am in the process of becoming a professional blogger.”  In this way you are telling the truth and you can feel better about the affirmation (as if it’s not a lie).

Visualization

I learned from this book about visualization.  In “Manifest Your Millions!” Coronado says that you should incorporate different senses into your creative visualization.  Imagined seeing, imagined feeling, imagined hearing, and imagined touch.  Coronado says that the feeling is the most important part of your visualization as the universal law speaks in the language of feelings.

Gratitude

What I learned about the practice of gratitude from this book is that a good strategy for it would be to write 20 things down a day in your journal that you are grateful for.  I always say thanks for my food before I eat it (or as I’m eating it), and I often give thanks throughout the day.  Writing down 20 things just gives your gratitude a shot in the arm and I wasted no time in starting that as I was reading this book.  I immediately wrote down 20 things I was grateful for.

Living in Balance

The quote from the beginning of this post is from the chapter on living in balance.  I think what he means by living in balance is not doing things that make you feel bad.  If as he claims your future is in your feelings, then you want to do things that make you feel good.  This means not drinking or smoking excessively, going to work everyday, and making sure your family and friends are taken care of.  In this way the law of attraction can work thru you, and give you more of what you want.

Conclusion

This book is short and sweet and can be read in two sittings.  If you like the idea of like attracting like then it might be a good read for you.  Whether your goal is to win the lottery, or to become a professional blogger, the book is useful in attuning to increased prosperity.  Coronado says sometimes all it takes is a small shift in consciousness to open the floodgates of prosperity.  I know it’s been helpful for me.

Building Your Own Dream

Hello All,

I wanted to write this for you today to illustrate the difference between working a job and building a blogging business.

That difference is a simple but powerful one.

With a job you are working for someone else, helping to build their dreams.  When you have a business of your own (in my case this blog), you are building and working for yourself, building a dream of your own.

I have to be honest, I got the idea for this blog post from Pat Flynn’s podcast, AskPat2.0.  I only listened to a brief part of the podcast but in it, the person being interviewed explained that he didn’t want to build someone else’s dream.  He wanted to build his own.

I am with that person on this.

I want to build my own dream, not someone else’s.

Don’t get me wrong.  When we are building our blogging business from the ground up it’s going to take years to get it going.  So we are going to have to work jobs to support ourselves and our families until we get going with our blogs.

That said, if we want to build our own dreams, we are going to have to do that after we get off from our day jobs, on the nights and weekends.

It’s not always going to be easy to do, and sometimes we aren’t going to have any ideas at all.  There will be times when we write nothing.  We however, want that to be rare, and we want to be consistent in our content creation.  That’s how we are going to pick up steam and breath life into our businesses.

Here’s the deal though.

One thing you can learn from me is to never give up on your blog.  Sure, I’ve been doing it on and off for 2 years, but I have never completely quit and given up on blogging.  I have had days where I felt bad and wanted to delete my blog, save the money I was spending on Bluehost and Convertkit, and just work my job to pay the bills.

But I never gave in to that idea.  I knew that I was doing something good, I knew I was getting more email subscribers, and I knew that if I could make a few cents off of Adsense, I could earn more.

The main thing that kept me going was that it took me a very long time to get my email subscribers, and I didn’t want to give them up just because my blogging results looked very bleak.  Sure I may have not written a blog post that day, but I didn’t trash my blog.  I kept it, and the feeling I have today because of that simple action is simply wonderful.

Today I worked 4 hours at my job and made $44.  It was a typical day.  It was busy and I worked hard for that money.  It was a good day.

Just before writing this post the evening after working my job, I checked my Adsense account.  Today, after weeks of getting nothing, I earned $2.98.  That $2.98 was the sweetest money I made all day.  It wasn’t the most money I made all day, but it was the best money because it came as a result of working for myself.  It came as a result of building my own dream.

I know that where there is some, there surely must be more.

So as I write this I am uplifted and inspired.

Also, I can tell you exactly what I did that lead to that money.

Yesterday was Saturday, and on Saturday night I wrote the first post I had written in over a week.  I sent that post out to my 439 email subscribers using Convertkit.  I’m not exactly sure if that’s the reason I got clicks on my ads, but nevertheless I did get clicks on my ads and I earned almost $3 today.  I was surprised at this result, as I didn’t expect anything.  Especially after weeks of earning nothing, but low and behold, my blog paid me today.

This is a great thing because it’s a start.  I can build on this.  I can work my day job and pay my bills, and I can also work this blog and build my own dream.  With hard work and determination I think I can become a professional blogger.

That would mean I wouldn’t have to work for someone else anymore.

Isn’t that what we want as bloggers?  To be able to earn enough money so we didn’t have to work day jobs anymore?

When you are blogging with services like Bluehost and Convertkit YOU ARE building YOUR DREAM.  It takes a long haul, grinding with no monetary result for a long time to even earn a little money, but I can tell you from personal experience those first few dollars are incredibly sweet.  You earned them off of your own intellect and heart and you deserve to celebrate that victory like the business owner that you are.

The beauty of this is that it can all be done with nothing more than a blog, an email list, and your own heart and mind.  Furthering the beauty, when compared to opening a brick and mortar business, a blogging business is dirt cheap.

Because of the time involved in getting to your first few dollars, now is the best time to get started blogging and building your email list.  If you think you have it in you to invest years into blogging to build your own business and your own dream, waste no time.  Now is the time to get started.

Another beauty of building your dream of having your own blogging business is that it’s fun to blog (assuming you are writing about something that is fun for you).  In other words, you are following your bliss.  Sure it costs you a little money to keep it, but you can’t put a price on something that you really, really enjoy doing.  It’s priceless.

I blogged for a very long time without even making a cent because I enjoyed it and I was chasing my dream.  Now that I’m beginning to cash in, the light at the end of the tunnel is becoming larger and larger.

I admittedly am still nowhere near where I need to be to retire from my day job, but I have something I can build on and it’s because I never truly gave up on my blog.  Even when I thought it might be the time to do so.

So I encourage you to blog and not to give up when times get hard (because they will get hard).  Think of what you have done so far and how far you’ve come since you started, and press on and write your next (or first) blog post.

Let this post you’ve read right now be the thing you needed today to write your next blog post.

Go now and get started.

 

I would appreciate it if you would leave a comment about your dream.

Also, visit my resources page if you would like to get started blogging.

Thank You

The Journey To Becoming A Professional Blogger

My personal journey to becoming a professional blogger has been a lot of work and it’s taken a lot of time.  I’m still not there yet.

I have made a few dollars, but it’s a far cry from being able to retire from my job.

I just wanted to share with you some insights on what’s taken place for me and how you can learn from my own journey to help make yours a little easier.

I started blogging in May of 2016.

I didn’t know what to write about so I just wrote about overcoming personal problems.  Nothing stuck.  I got a lot of spam comments (though they were kind spam comments).

I tweeted all my posts and mostly got no feedback on twitter.  I tried Facebook and got no likes.

Maybe I just wasn’t being useful.

I don’t know why it hasn’t worked yet.

What I do know is that the path is unfolding as I take action.

I was listening to the Problogger podcast and in it Darren said that you shouldn’t slow down so much you don’t post anything at all.  He also said that when you’ve tried so much that you want to quit, that’s the time to try one more time.

So here I am writing this blog post.

I haven’t been posting much lately and I’m a bit ashamed that I haven’t felt like I’ve had anything useful to say.  I know that’s a lie.  I, like everyone else in the world, am valuable, and I have useful things I can share with my readers.  It just takes work and not being stupid (which I have to say we are not).

This whole time (since I started my blog) I’ve been working at Honeybaked Ham.  I love my job.  My boss is very good to me.  My job is supporting my blogging efforts (as of right now I am blogging mostly for free), and it’s a good experience going into work my job everyday.  Working at Honeybaked is a big part of my success right now, but I’m working towards being a blogging professional.  I am working towards an abundant blogging income.

I have some things in place that could pay me.

I have Google Adsense on this site, so if someone clicks one of the ads, I will get paid.

I also am selling Bluehost services, so if one of my readers wants to start a blog of their own, they can do so thru me, and I will get paid.

Also, I am selling Convertkit, the email list service provider.  If someone who has a blog wants to turn their blog into a business, then they can buy Convertkit from me and start building their list.  By building a list, you are collecting email addresses you can use to sell your products or services.

So far I haven’t made any Bluehost or Convertkit sales, but I have made $6.47 with Adsense.  That’s a long ways from my goal of $15,000 by the end of 2018, but something is better than nothing.

I did set a goal to earn $15,000 off my blog by the end of 2018.  That’s less than 4 months away and I may have set the bar too high (given my current results).  It seems like I might not even get remotely close to my goal.

I however am not deterred.

I believe in miracles, and I am a hard worker.  So I have those things on my side.  Plus I read a lot of books and journal everyday (on top of writing this blog) so I also have that going for me.

It’s a Saturday night and my idea of a good time is writing this blog.

I also have recently sobered up and now rarely drink alcohol so I am a lot more clear headed.  I think this will aide me in the achievement of my rather ambitious goal.

I don’t know how it’s going to happen other than to write the next blog post everyday.  I just know I’ve got to keep believing in myself, and take the next small step towards my goal.  I admittedly have to get back on track (as I am attempting to do with this post) and write this blog everyday.  On the Problogger podcast today I also heard that most bloggers give up after 2 months, while it takes a blogger 2-3 years to become successful.  I’m over 2 years in and I’m not giving up.

My journey to becoming a professional blogger has been a long hard road and I still haven’t seen really anything in terms of monetary results.  I do however enjoy blogging, so you could say that even though I’ve only made $6 it’s still been worth it.

Now in terms of email subscribers I’m doing okay there.  Right now with Convertkit, I have 439 subscribers.  Considering that I was stuck at 18 for almost 2 years, I have had tremendous growth over the period of a short month.  I did this by buying some small ads when Google Ads was Adwords.

I spent about $100 and I got over 400 subscribers.  I had a 12% conversion rate from views to subscribers.  Not too shabby.  I have recently backed off of buying ads and am taking a free marketing strategy more seriously, but that’s not to say I won’t buy another ad in the future.  I will say that each ad I run is going to be more evolved than the last, so I am optimistic about how I am going to do overall when I do decide to buy another ad.

For now though, I’m just working out how I can get subscribers, ad revenue, and sales from free marketing strategies.  I can tell you that the process of building a blogging business is long and hard but it’s still very exciting and fulfilling.

One thing I’ve learned from my journey to becoming a professional blogger is that you have to put service to your audience first (before profits).  It’s not going to help to bomb your list with one sales promotion after another without offering them lots of useful content in between.  I have read that for every sales pitch you give you should give 3 (maybe 4) free pieces of useful content.  If there is one thing you can learn from this post, it’s like Pat Flynn says “Serve First”.

So I wanted to drop a line to you to let you know how it’s going.  As they say it’s always darkest before dawn, so I’m not going to give up in the face of the challenges.  I am going to keep my eyes on the prize (being a professional blogger and all that comes with it).

I encourage you to leave a comment and let me know how your own journey to becoming a professional blogger is going.  I would love that.

Also, check out my resources page.

Thanks!