How to Take Your Keys Back - One Concrete Method Post 2 of 3

So. Last post (link) I shared one way to take the keys back to your life and live life on your own terms. This post I'm sharing a TON of content to help you step by step in creating and monetizing your blog.

Disclaimer: I haven't used this model myself. Yet I know it's legit, and I know the content I'm sharing will get you to where you need to be if you follow it. How? Magic. And knowledge in how online business works. That too.

Keys back from whom? I hear you ask.

No not the monster under your bed. Or your mom, or your landlord.

To take the keys back from the idea that you're not in charge of your own life, particularly in the idea that you need a job to get money.

Or that you need to save up or wait for retirement to travel the world.

Or that you need to slave away to get money, not able to do what you love.

Nah. I'm here to tell you that you can definitely do what you love, be location independent and make money in the process.

Last post I shared 7 steps to create a blog and monetize it using Amazon.to links (another link in case you missed it)

You may want a journal to continue. Taking notes on paper, and having the ability to take notes anywhere and everywhere is super useful. Here's one that fits in your pocket. I loved mine of the same model. It fit in my pocket so well, after I bought it at a store in Latvia. I lost it here in Austin when it fell out of my pocket on the bus, but until then it got some solid use and love:

So take your note medium, your mind and start thinking...

So you know you want to build a blog. What is it going to be about?

Luckily I've created a PDF to help you with that. You can find it here (link) with a video below explaining how to use it.

 

Okay... How do you create it?

Simple. These website builders are perfect for you:

Squarespace (link)

  • I built this website on Squarespace

  • Pros:

    • Solid design

    • Some customizability

    • Integrated Podcasting tools

    • Integrated ecommerce

    • Easy interface to use so you focus on content

    • Seamless mobile site creation

    • Blogging app on your phone

  • Cons:

    • Not as customizable as others

    • You have to drive traffic to it yourself

    • No plugins

Wordpress.com (I do not endorse wordpress.org, as it takes your mind off the content and your audience and puts it on unnecessary problems and compatibility issues)

  • I used to use Wordpress.com (and .org, but never use this. Seriously)

  • Pros:

    • Integration into Wordpress. They provide traffic and visibility

    • One of the best blogging platforms with the best tools

    • Helpful customer support

    • Seamless mobile site creation

    • Blogging app on your phone

    • Integrated Podcasting

    • Integrated ecommerce

    • Free options

  • Cons:

    • Spam comments are somewhat common

    • No plugins on free accounts

    • Little customizability on Wordpress.com

Medium.com - this comes with an added benefit of inherent monetization. The more people "clap" on your articles, the more money you make.

  • I have a Medium account I use from time to time.

  • Pros:

    • Has an app

    • You get paid for "claps"

    • Medium brings you traffic

    • You can join group publications and be invited to submit to larger productions

    • No thought needed, you're part of a larger site so no need to build your own (Medium is for Blogging kinda like Youtube is for Videos)

    • Great for a second platform

  • Cons:

    • No customization

    • No control over how Medium promotes your content (there is an unlisted option but then you have to push traffic to it yourself)

    • A lot of competition, you have to fight for attention

Cool.

Now watch some Youtube videos to learn how to make your website and start blogging. Here are some:

Squarespace:

  • This video shares how to pick a theme and create a site.

  • She seems quite knowledgeable and shares some solid information and advice. I didn't watch through her whole videos, but what I skimmed through showed that she knows what she's talking about.

  • And this one by the same author sharing her tips and tricks she learned about blogging. I skimmed through it and I like what she has to say.

 

Wordpress.com

  • This guy is a bit monotone, but he knows what he's talking about and he can get you set up in no time

Medium

  • This video is ONLY 4 MINUTES! By far the quickest way to get started. Even if you create a site, Medium.com is a perfect place to start.

 

And there you have it! Be consistent. Your readers love that. Be there with them for their morning coffee. Or the serene moment before they plug in their phone and turn off their light. Or their lunch BLT and coffee.

Next post I'll share how to evangelize and build a relationship with  your audience. Stay tuned!

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