How I Started My Blog and How You Can Start One Too.

*This post contains affiliate links. That means, if you click on the links and purchase something, I’ll get a percentage of the sale. No worries, it’s at no extra cost to you! Yes, this is one of those posts about starting a blog. And yes, I am going to write it anyway. But that is mostly because I have had a lot of messages in my inbox about how to, so I figured I could refer them to this from now on instead of a long drawn out message. Forgive me now? Cool. Let’s begin. First, you need to figure out how serious this blog will be. I don’t care what anyone says. Taking care of a self hosted blog is so time consuming. Yes, you get all the perks of completely personalizing your own site. And yeah, you get to fully own your own site. But in case no one told you; IT IS A LOT OF WORK. I have redone my site four or five times and have sunk a lot of money into this bad boy that I am not proud of. So if you aren’t prepared to fully take care of a self hosted website, WordPress.com (peep the bolded .com, not the .org site) Blogger, Tumblr etc. would be way more your speed. You can still have a little customization and make it your own. When I first started out, I had a wordpress.com blog that I loved dearly, but I needed to grow. So if you think you are going to be pretty serious about this, continue on reading! So you’ve decided that you want the thrill of owning a self hosted blog You are going to first need hosting and a domain name. Lucky for you, you can get them both at the same place. I use BlueHost for my website hosting and also purchased my domain name through them. They give really great deals for when you are first starting out which allowed me to start on this journey with very little starter costs. And right now they are apparently having a birthday sale, so you can get hosting for as little as $2.65 a month! (That’s through 7/18/2017, so hurry!) I have had only a few kinks with them, but 99% of the time, my site runs really smooth. And its super easy to set up! You just click on this link and follow through to…

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Brand Marketing Tips

Here’s The run down on brand marketing *This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you love the product and wish to purchase it, I get a percentage of the profit at no extra cost to you! It’s extremely hard to do without knowing what you’re doing. However, it is one of the most important aspects of running a site. In order for you to stand out and attract the attention of potential clients, you need to create a brand and learn how to market it to your chosen niche effectively. Today I am bringing to you a course that will teach you how to do just that. It’s called The Marketing Plan Blueprint, and it opens Aug. 3rd Hosted by Miriam Vializ-Briggs, it is a five module comprehensive course to help you make a marketing plan that will take your business to the next level. Why would you need that you wonder? Simple. Being a blogger I understand how difficult it can be to think positively when it seems like you’re stuck. You make great content every day but nothing has gone viral. You are still getting the same amount of views, and the only people who seem to genuinely care is your family. There’s nothing wrong with that, but let’s be real, your family can’t buy your products forever. I mean, they could, but you probably wouldn’t make as much money. I want to reach more people. One of the biggest reasons why I started a blog was to reach out to people and connect. I want to touch as many lives as I can and help people overcome their toughest hurdles. I just can’t do that without an effective marketing plan. This is where they come in. They have all kinds of knowledge about marketing and how to get noticed by the audience you are trying to reach out to. According to their website, you will walk away with; “A complete marketing plan to move your business forward. A flexible mindset and a “clouds and dirt” philosophy towards scaling your business up. The skills to replicate this plan for all of your future businesses. A strong sense of purpose and clear vision about your mission and action planning systems.” Who wouldn’t want any of that? So, are you ready? I know I am beyond ready to expand my reach and touch more lives. Are you? If so, check out…

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A New Blogger’s Dream Come True

*This post contains affiliate links which means if you follow through with the link provided I get a cut in whatever goodies you purchase. No worries though, that is at no extra cost to you. Happy reading! When I first started blogging I went straight to Pinterest. I had no idea what to do or how I was going to do it. All I knew was that I wanted to blog and that Pinterest held a lot of answers. I was right! Pinterest not only got me to my starting point, but it even got me all the way to the point I am at now. Which is one month into my blogging journey. I can honestly say without the help of Pinterest getting me to all those other blogs I probably would’ve quit within my first week. The only thing those bloggers didn’t really touch on was about making your site look amazing.. I am going to be 100% honest with you, how your blog looks is one of the most important aspects of your site. Your theme and accompanying details tell a lot about the type of site you run, how much attention you pay towards your site, and how much you care about your site. Don’t get me wrong, content is king, but how your site looks and how easy it is to get around it has a huge impact as well. When I go on other veteran blogger’s sites I see that the majority of them are clean cut, easy to navigate, and tell a lot about the person who is running it. So I figured that was exactly what I needed but I had no idea where to get it! Until I stumbled upon Creative Market. I immediately fell in love. I was looking for a clean design for my blog and it delivered hundreds of them to me. I have bought three since discovering them, and I have even received one for free. Yes, you read that right. I got a fully responsive premium theme for free. It’s part of their weekly goodies they hand out for free! You can get free fonts, themes, add ons, you name it! If it is offered on their site, you have a chance to obtain it in one of these weekly free giveaways. Back to the themes. They are perfect for any type of site. Since they have such a huge…

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