How to Make Money with a Blog

How to Make Money with a BlogWriting this blog has been incredibly cathartic. I’d be full of shit, however, if I said that was the only reason I started this blog.

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to create non-location based passive income for myself. (Which will eventually support my off-grid self-sustaining homestead life.)

After only three weeks, it’s already working!

Here is how I’ve done it!

I got set up with Bluehost. With this sweet deal, I got:

  • A Free Domain
  • 1-Click WordPress Install
  • 24/7 Support
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

The setup with the 1-click WordPress install was super easy!

Once the blog was ready, it was time to monetize.

I got set up with an Amazon affiliate account.

Getting approved and set up with an Amazon affiliate account was basically instant.

Everyone shops on (and most importantly – trusts) Amazon.

Their affiliate program is mind-blowingly awesome. You can earn a commission on almost anything someone buys from Amazon within 24-hours of clicking on your affiliate link – even if it isn’t the product you linked!

This has the potential to be a massive money-maker given the way people shop on Amazon!

I applied for a Google AdSense account.

Google took about three weeks for me to get approved but this is an awesome one for passive income.

You earn money on ad views even if no one even clicks on the ads (though you earn even more if they do).

The ads are targeted to the visitor so they are more likely to be clicked on and make you more money.

That’s it!

There are many other options for monetizing blogs, but this is what I’m sticking with for now. Now all I really need to do is continue to write blog posts that will live on the internet forever and generate income from affiliate links and ad revenue. Easy!

I can’t believe how easily and quickly this has become profitable. Why didn’t I do this years ago?!

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The Loftiest Goal

I have yet another goal to add to my list for this year and beyond that I hesitated to even write down because of my fear of failure.

I have a fifteen-month lease on my apartment that begins in just under one month.

After that, I am never signing a lease again.

I gave some serious thought to van life. The idea of traveling sounds amazing. The idea of not having a safe home base sounds terrifying. The ongoing gas and vehicle maintenance/repair costs are also not very appealing.

I decided the best plan for me is to buy a few acres and build an off-grid self-sustaining homestead. Land is pretty cheap in the middle of nowhere, which is exactly where I want to be.

I need to be totally debt free to make this happen. I also need to have some form of non-location based passive income.

So, in the next 16 months, I am going to pay off my credit card and car, trade my car in for a truck and buy a cheap RV and cheap land to put it on.

Goals should scare the shit out of you, right? Writing this goal down is terrifying because now I am held accountable for it. I know it’s lofty, but I’m done wasting my life being anything but free and happy.

2018 Goals

2018 is going to be a new chapter for me.

Fuck that, 2018 is going to be a whole new book.

Here is what I plan to accomplish in 2018:

  1. Move into my own apartment

    My move in date is January 28th. Exactly four weeks from today.

  2. Pay off my credit card

    This is getting paid off, and I am never racking up credit card debt ever again.

  3. Pay off my car

    A paid off car will be my 29th birthday present to myself.

  4. Finalize my divorce

    No more of this bullshit rollercoaster ride. I am finalizing this once and for all.

  5. Get a tattoo of Fawkes on my right arm

    The symbolism of this is incredibly important to me for celebrating my divorce. In Greek mythology, phoenixes are reborn from the ashes of their own destruction. In the Harry Potter world, Fawkes has healing powers and super strength.

What are your goals for 2018?

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

minimalismdocumentaryAt the recommendation of a good friend, I watched Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things today.

This could not have come at a more perfect time as I was stressing about what I ‘need’ to buy for my new apartment.

The documentary taught me to ask myself one simple question before making a purchase.

How will this add value to my life?

If it doesn’t add value to my life, I’m not buying it.