Just like in day-to-day meetings with clients and customers, making the first impression with your website online is extremely important. Websites are your online ambassador and they’re available 24/7; even when your store is closed, potential clients and customers can still visit your site and if they don’t like what they see, you could be… Read More »
One of the easiest ways to get started in making money online is by selling other people’s products. There is no capital or product research required on your part. And sometimes, the commissions are very generous. The first thing you need to do is decide on which market you would like to target. You may… Read More »
It was a little over 15 months ago that I started my plans for my first personal finance blog. I had been reading more and more personal finance blogs in the months leading up to the decision and I finally made the leap. It was certainly a leap of faith. Spending over $100 without any guarantee of building anything successful was a huge step for a person who was barely making ends meet. That $100 was more than my wife and I spent eating out in an entire month, so that says something about how much spare money we had to throw around.
For those of you who don’t know or haven’t already seen my reflection piece on the social interactions at FinCon or only know me from my primary blog (20’s Finances), I attended the Financial Blogger Conference in Denver this past weekend. The weekend forced me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to meet a lot of great people like JD. But the weekend wasn’t just all fun and games.
Many people assume that the most experienced professional is going to provide the best advice for new beginners, but is that really the case? While the experienced professional has exactly that – experience – is that all it takes to relay useful information to readers or novices in that field? Despite popular belief that this is how information is passed on, I like to think that it takes more than experience to provide helpful information. In fact, they may be the least qualified person to teach others to do that which they know like the back of their hand.
People’s experiences with ebooks differ completely. Some people know all too well what they are, some appreciate the value that they add and others don’t. On the other end of the spectrum, some people have never even heard of an ebook. I was talking with a friend the other day and he stopped me… Read More »
Do you want to know how to increase I have been blogging for practically one year. In this period of time, I have built up one site that is now a PR 4, several with PR 3’s, and some of my newest sites already have PR 2 (which isn’t that hard to achieve). While I have been around long enough to know that pagerank doesn’t mean that much in the long run, I do know that it counts for something. At the very least, getting a high pagerank (4 or more) is an affirmation of all of your hardwork that you have been put in. Many of you might be wondering how to increase your pagerank, so I thought I would give you some of my thoughts on why some sites get a higher pagerank than others. I should point out that this is all speculation and there is never any way to know what goes on behind the scenes at Google.
If you are interested in making money from a blog, you are in luck. Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff recently released a ebook called How I Make Money Blogging. I was lucky enough to be able to read the book and I have to say that it is one of the best resources for beginnings that I am aware of. If you are thinking about starting a blog in order to make money, you should consider buying this book.
When I now tell people that I hope to be a full-time blogger, there are always minutes in the conversation where I have to bridge the gap of confusion. It usually starts out with, “You mean, you can make money with a blog?” Yes, you can make money blogging…blah, blah, blah. After I try to give a summary of what took me months to learn about monetizing a blog, the next logical question for anyone curious is, “How did you get started? What made you make your own blog?”
A blog can be one of the most lucrative ways to earn online. It’s seemingly simple, fun to do, and can even turn you into an instant celebrity. The only problem is, how can you get your blog to stand out and be seen with all of the stiff competition out there? There are many ways to promote a blog, but one of the best ways to do it is by guest blogging. Although this method probably isn’t as popular as making use of social media, there are a number of benefits waiting for those who are willing to take the time to make a guest post.
I have a dream to make a decent income off of blogging. There, I said it. When I tell people this in person, most look at me in a strange way, thinking that I have lost my way. Some think that I just want to be lazy. Others are just curious how one might go about making money from a blog. One of the most common reactions is one that looks down upon blogging. While my friends are excited to see the success that I have already made, most don’t understand why I can see blogging as a serious and respectable business model.
As many of my faithful readers know, I love me a good challenge. PB at Economically humble sent me an invite to his 9 week summer challenge. Since he participated in my beginning blogger challenge, I assume he knows I have a hard time turning down a challenge. He must have known I would not… Read More »
As time continues, and I keep working on building up my online portfolio of blogs, I can’t help but wonder if it is all worth it. Blogging full-time sounds great on so many levels, but is it all it’s cracked up to be? My wife and I recently went on vacation for a week to celebrate our 3rd anniversary and I had to work hard before and after to make sure everything was in order for our time away. It definitely got me thinking.
Want to know what I have been up to behind the scenes of my blogs? It has been a while since I have given an update on all of the things that I have been up to. Many of you are curious everything that I am working on and for various reasons, I have chosen to keep some things a secret. This post is an attempt at a compromise – where I share my change in strategy as I blog to make some money. Instead of distracting from the primary purpose of 20’s Finances, I choose to update you all about the behind-the-scenes stuff on this blog. This also works well because I recently made changes to this site as well.
Have you heard the phrase that quality is much more important than quantity? While I have had my doubts over the past 10 months, I have come full-circle to realize the truth of this statement. This is true not only in most areas of life, but particularly in blogging. I haven’t always focused on quality as much as I should have, but I have learned my lesson now.
Have you ever had a hobby that has changed your life? Maybe you’ve found true happiness or enjoyment in your time, but I would venture to guess that it’s not everyday that a hobby can completely alter your life. Despite some recent challenges, blogging has slowly change my life in more ways than none. Today, I thought I would take some time to reflect on what has happened in the past nine months and how I see it going forward.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why it is that you blog? If you follow my blog, you are well aware of the challenges that I faced with advertisers. Between that and other events in the blogosphere, I was forced to ask myself whether I would keep blogging if the sources of income were to evaporate. In other words, I asked myself why I was blogging.
Today I have the pleasure of highlighting the results from the Beginner Blogger Challenge. There was a lot of great input from lots of experienced bloggers. I am happy to showcase just some of advice for new bloggers below. But, before I get to the good stuff, I felt it appropriate to give you some highlights – or things I learned from this Challenge.
As I have started to build up a portfolio of online websites, I have become more familiar with Bluehost, my current web host for most of my sites. When I first started blogging, I chose Bluehost because of its reputation. I knew that many bloggers preferred Bluehost because of it’s reliability. While I can say I did my research, I was really taking a shot in the dark. After all, you never really know something until you have experienced it first hand. I was pleasantly surprised and want to l want to let you know why you should consider Bluehost too.
As I have been trying to narrow in on my specific strategy to making a living from my online efforts, I keep coming up with this notion that bigger is not always better. On Monday, I mentioned that I keep building and buying more blogs. It was an addict’s first confession. I have bought into the belief that if I start a lot of projects now and continue to build them up over time, eventually my online income will take off like never before – and that’s saying a lot considering my most recent income report. Yet, even as I build up my online portfolio of blogs or empire (as many call it), I have a strong conviction that many are over-doing it. Here’s what I mean…
Over the past few months, I have found myself making the plunge in starting and buying more blogs that I ever would have thought imaginable. My wife tells me it is an addiction (and that’s probably true), but in reality, it is all part of my master plan to retire early. I am currently working at a job that is a decent job for right now. I am finishing up my Master’s degree and due to my sudden fascination with earning a living from blogging, I have decided to switch paths on my career. In order to achieve my crazy goal, I know I have to build up passive income. This is where more blogs come into play. To be quite honest, I think there is something to say for focusing all of your efforts on one blog and building it’s traffic up before starting on a second blog. I often wonder if I am not spending enough time writing and building up my first site, but alas, this isn’t my approach.
Have you ever dreamed of being able to work your job from anywhere? Not being tied down to a 9-to-5 job that requires you in the office your entire career? I think a lot of people have and it’s only natural. Life gets boring when it’s the same thing over and over and over. Over the past 7 months, I have slowly begun to realize the possibilities of using my blog income to accomplish this feat. As I have talked about my early retirement plan and transitioning to working 3 days a week to maintain my income from my online ventures, I have realized I could achieve location independence. In other words, I could work from where ever I wanted.
I often talk about the ideal business model. This is mostly due to the fact that I plan to make my living from income that I can turn into passive income instead of working the 9-to-5 my whole life. I know it sounds crazy to many, but it seems like it would offer me a lot of benefits and will be hard to turn down. As a result of being motivated, I know that I have to keep my expenses low in order to maximize my return. As I have talked about, one of the benefits of blogging is the low overhead costs. This allows for a smaller risk and more net income.
It was about 8 months ago that my eyes were opened up to the possibilities of earning income online. I never thought people who blogged could make a profession out of it. I decided to venture out and start my own blog back in August of 2011. It wasn’t this blog (this one was my 2nd blog), but I realized that it was possible for me to earn some decent money with my blog. I started dreaming big and decided to shoot for the stars by declaring my goal to “retire” by the age of 27. I hope to have enough passive income in 2.5 years that I can not have to worry about getting another day job.
A few months ago I wrote a post about the benefits of owning blogs vs. staff writing. In the post, I came to the conclusion that my strategy is going to be owning multiple blogs. I do staff write for one site, but I am starting to think it isn’t worth my time. The truth is that when you start earning hundreds and then thousands of dollars from a single blog each month, the extra $40 for about 3 hours of work (to write 2 staff posts) hardly seems worth it. Over the past 3-4 months, I have been writing for my two blogs (as well as others I have been developing).
Have you been blogging for some time now? Are there things that you wish others had told you earlier? Do you feel like you have a lot to “give back” to new bloggers, but you just don’t know how? Well, this challenge may be for you. In a way, it’s for the beginner bloggers. The… Read More »
If you want passive income, one of the best choices is real estate. I have already suggested that real estate is passive investment. Buying properties to rent out provides a secure, long-term investment. If purchased for the right amount of money, you can even have a positive cash flow from the beginning. Buying real estate is in my early retirement plan for many of the same reasons stated here. However, I have started to think about how online real estate, or websites, offer investors a better option in many ways. Here’s why buying a website can be a better option than a physical property.
If you have been following me for any length of time, you should know by now that I always have a large queue of posts for my sites. This is the only way that I can be successful at blogging. Many of you wonder how I do it – I wonder how you don’t do… Read More »
Have you ever wondered how to buy a blog? Many of you, like I was, are skeptical of buying a blog for various reasons. Maybe you are thinking that you can create a profitable blog on your own or that you aren’t trusting enough to send money to a complete stranger. Perhaps there are other reasons that have kept you from even considering buying a blog. If I had to guess, the number one reason why you would probably avoid buying a blog is because you haven’t considered the benefits of buying a blog. I recently purchased my first blog (after establishing several others) and I want to lay out the benefits of buying a blog and why you should consider it too.
There are many ways different types of investments. On this blog, I mainly focus on passive investments because that is a huge part of my plan to retire early. (Essentially by building up passive investments and focusing on cash flow, I will be able to retire within the next 2 and a half years.) Yet,… Read More »
Have you ever wondered about the best strategy to owning multiple blogs? Maybe you have create a successful blog, but have not been able to go beyond that one blog? While I have yet to prove that my strategy is going to pay off, I am really confident that it will show some results soon.… Read More »
Have you ever heard the term, ‘passive investment’ and wondered what it exactly meant? If you look around the internet, this is a popular subject. I tend to take a more liberal approach to defining passive investments (as I think that a blog CAN be a passive investment) than many of my personal finance blogger peers. So what is the definition of a passive investment and why do I think a blog can qualify?
If you are looking for extra money but are already stressed for time, you may be looking to generate passive income. Generating passive income allows provides you the benefit of bringing in money without forcing you to work extra. Passive income essentially means that you bring in the bucks while you sleep. It can can be quite appealing, but it’s not always easy to generate income that doesn’t require work. So how does one generate passive income?
I often talk about my attempt to build passive income streams. I think that part of what makes Passive Income to Retire so unique is that I share how I am working to build up these passive income streams. What exactly am I doing to build passive income? Building Passive Income with Blogging If you… Read More »
Are you living a life that people only dream about? If you have been following this blog for some time, you know that I want to retire in 2-3 years without having to sacrifice my income. I don’t want to have to cut back my style of life, but I don’t need to expand it… Read More »
If you are wanting to make money by blogging, there are two ways that you can go about it. You can either start your own blog or offer some sort of freelance service. Both are viable options to earn money, but which one is the best? This was one of the questions that I was… Read More »
When you are deciding what is the most important aspect of your blog, what is most important to you? Many people will become too narrowly focused on improving the little things, but I take a different approach. I am sure you have heard it over and over again, but content is king. When it comes… Read More »
When most people start earning a decent side income from their online ventures, they quit their day job and focus entirely on building their empire. I want to explore this idea, asking if is best to keep you day job or get rid of it. As I start to build up my side business (and businesses in the future), I have started to ask myself this very question. I want to suggest a radically new answer to this question.
Many people speculate as to what it takes for a business to be successful. This is hard to nail down in generalities, yet people try. People write books about the 7 steps to be a successful X or 3 ways to achieve your goals. The possibilities for these types of books or post topics are… Read More »
Did you know that people make money with their blogs? If someone were to tell me six months ago that people made money by blogging ago, I would laughed in their face. However, with experiencing it myself, I know first hand that you can make money by blogging. It isn’t easy, but it is possible.… Read More »
If you have been following Passive Income to Retire, you must know by now that I am hoping to create enough passive income to retire in 2-3 years. By the time I turn 27, I hope to be retired. This takes a lot of work and planning. People typically work 40 years before they retire… Read More »
I am switching gears in my life. I am officially shooting for the stars. I have been toying with my future plans for some time now. As most young people do, I thought I had my life’s plan figured out. I am young, but that doesn’t stop me from planning for my future. In fact, that is what this blog is all about. It is about so many things, but particularly the possibilities that are available to us all if we give it everything we have.