2016 brought some, well.. some interesting things, I feel it was a tough year for a lot of people. And while my heart and hope go out to many people around the world, I’m over here trying to make the best of what I have in my daily life. In 2016 I started this blog with all kinds of hopes and dreams for it. Initially, I wanted it to be a life and style blog, then it was this..then it was that. After months of reinvention and about 1000 ah-ha moments, I landed on this sweet little spot that I call Digital Career Girl dot com.
This is where I take my years of digital marketing expertise, mix it with some lifestyle shots and put it out in the world to help fellow bloggers and blogger wannabes achieve their blogger lifestyle.
As a creative person by nature, a blog was an obvious outlet for me. Tweaking it to make into a revenue stream and the vehicle to my desired lifestyle…mmm not so natural. But blogging has been a true godsend. Beyond the desire to make a good living and the ability to move up in my career, the thing I desired most was an independent location situation. It wasn’t until I was working a 9 to 5 job as a Digital Marketing Manager that I realized what I DIDN’T want. What I don’t want is being told where to be, by what time. 9 to 5 is for the birds as far as I’m concerned, and if you feel that way too, stick around, because I’ve found some golden nuggets along the way to where I am now, I want nothing more than to share them with the people that have found me.
Wanna be a blogger?
Awesome! I will say… it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, if you’re a blogger looking to monetize, then you’re gonna need to work work work work work. But I will also say, that anyone can do it AND it’s amazing to what one can achieve with a little hard work.
For me, I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur, I guess I got caught up in the normalcy of society.. that the fact that I have bills to pay, but everything happens for a reason and I couldn’t be more grateful for I’ve ended up thus far. If you have a job you dislike, have a talent/skill, or you want to live to your fullest potential, travel the world with a laptop in hand, I highly recommend becoming a blogger.
What to Expect
Don’t quit your day job.. just yet. Let your salaried job be your angel investor to the expenses you’re going to encounter. There won’t be too many, but you gonna need about 100 bucks…maybe less. Also, it takes time to gain an audience, build trust, and a reputation. While you’re doing all that, keeping the income coming is a really good idea..that is if you like to eat food and have a roof over your head.
Also, this is by no means a get rich quick deal! Have patience, take the time to learn and do things the right way. Everybody craves authenticity if you don’t provide that you’re screwed and people will see right through it.
Get comfortable telling the people you know about your blog. Doing this has helped me grow my blog in the beginning stages. Share your posts on Facebook, link your blog to your Instagram and carry some business cards. Guarantee you will be surprised at one time or another of the interest you friends and family have. Not to mention the word of mouth that is always valuable.
Get comfortable telling people you don’t know about your blog. Even though I still hold a full-time position when people ask what I do, I tell them I run my own digital marketing blog. It may not be my number one income source at the moment, but I put it out there for two main reasons. One, it’s a good conversation started. Usually, people are intrigued or don’t know what I’m talking about. Either way, it often opens up into plenty of questions giving me the chance to educate them.This helps grow my network in an area that I want to grow it in. Secondly, I’m a firm believer in the energy of the Universe. Basically, I put out the vibes, confidence, and desire to only work on my blog so I will receive that energy back. My purpose of this is not to lie about it, but to bring it closer to me..ya know what I mean?
How to get started
So first and foremost, you’re gonna need to choose a vertical. Mine is digital marketing for bloggers. Yours might be landscape photography, watercolor painting, how to invest in the stock market. Whatever you choose will be your niche, it will be the topic you talk all about…so you better like it! Next, choose a domain name. Mine is digitalcareergirl.com, it may not the most obvious domain name, but it gives onlookers an idea of what my blog is about. I suggest doing something like that. Check your domain availability below:
Next, you’ll need a hosting provider, I love Bluehost, they have always been good to me with excellent customer service and fair pricing (ONLY $3.95/mo). I’ve put together a very simple guide if you’d like step by step instructions. Don’t worry! I’ve included pictures arrows and everything, it’s super easy and straight forward..even if it’s your first time!
After that is when the real fun starts. Choosing the design of your blog. I chose Olsen template from Theme Forest, but there are so many to choose from. Try a simple google search for “WordPress themes” if you wanted to find more. Some people may say you need a developer or a website designer..and sure you could totally go that route. For me, I took a personal interest in web design and learned some basic skills. If you’re like me and want to dive in more, I recommend SkillCrush. Anyway..during the web design process you might get a little hung up. Everyone does! My best advice is to make it look presentable and professional enough to hit publish. I guarantee you are going to go back 100 times to change colors, fonts and whatever else you can rearrange. I do it too. So don’t let this step hold you up too long! Blogging is an ongoing process with many opportunities to revamps and redo. Web design is the first step in which most people linger around, don’t let it happen to you.. seriously move on and come back to it later.
And that’s pretty much it
You’re all set. You now have your very own space to call your own, publish content and build a community. It may take you a few months to monetize, but once you get this point, you’re on your way! If you want to get the run down on all the systems and sources I’ve used to get me this far, enter your info below to get my New Blogger Checklist, it’s everything you need to get you started. Print that out along side step by step guide and you’re golden.