When I was first divorced, I was left without enough money to pay all of our bills in the same month. I was a stay at home mom, with no job outside the house, and no clue what I was supposed to do to make a living after ‘the split’. I was completely at the mercy of my ex with regard to financial matters, and I hated it. I knew that the only way for me to ‘get out from under’ was to start my own business, but I didn’t have the money at the time to do that. This is how I started my first business with no money.
Back in 2004, blogging was just starting to be ‘a thing’, and I had some stuff in my head that I needed to get out, so by total fluke, my first ‘official’ business was a blog, and I used a platform called Blogger to do it, because it was ridiculously easy to use. I was a complete neophyte, and it only took me a few hours to figure out how to use it.
Back then, if you wanted to make money blogging (which was virtually unheard of), you couldn’t use a platform like Blogger to do it, because putting advertising on your blogger blog was strictly prohibited. Not only was it prohibited, it was also impossible.
Making money with my little blog wasn’t something that I’d considered at that time, until the damned thing actually started getting traffic. That’s when I turned to another blogging vehicle that was a bit more complicated, but would allow me to monetize my writing.
At the time, I had no idea how I was supposed to do that, but Google is one of my best friends, so I quickly figured out how to go about adding ads to my content. Adsense is one of the best ways to ad monetization to my blog. But if you’re at all familiar with Adsense, you know that in order to make any kind of real money with it, you need a TON of traffic, and getting that traffic back then took some work, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult to do as it is now.
With no job outside the house, and no clue what I was supposed to do to make a living after ‘the split’. I was completely at the mercy of my ex with regard to financial matters, and I hated it. I knew that the only way for me to ‘get out from under’ was to start my own business, but I didn’t have the money at the time to do that. This is how I started my first business with no money.
My first business was, unbeknownst to me, my blog.
Starting a blog is probably THE best, and least expensive way to make money online. All you have to spend money on when you’re starting a blog, is your blog name (domain name) and your blog hosting, which you can get for varying amounts.
You’ll probably read (if you haven’t already), that setting up a blog can be done in something ridiculous like 10 minutes, but that’s pure trash, and it’s part of the reason that so many bloggers throw up their hands and quit out of frustration.
Starting and running a blog can be lucrative, that’s absolutely true. But it’s also a lot of work. It’s not something that can be done in 10 or 20 minutes. Even if building blogs is something that you’ve done dozens of times before, every blog is different, sometimes requiring some coding, graphics and obviously, content, building a successful blog takes time, but if you can make it work, it’s worth every second.
I started my first blog on Blogger, which requires absolutely no financial investment. Then when the blog started gaining significant traffic, I simply migrated it to a WordPress platform. WordPress makes it relatively simple to do the migration, and on WordPress, it’s easy to implement monetization vehicles.
Starting a blog is THE BEST way to begin building something that can make money for you. It doesn’t happen overnight, but with some tenacity and hard work, you can definitely make it happen for you.
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