How To Start A Blog (& Make Money)

How To Start A Blog

How To Start A Blog (& Make Money)

Grant Sabatier

Founder of Millennial Money. Dubbed "The Millennial Millionaire" by CNBC, Grant went from $2.26 to over $1 million in 5 years, reaching financial independence at age 30. He's passionate about helping others build wealth and is addicted to Personal Capital.

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Starting a blog might be the perfect side hustle – you can do it on your own time, build multiple passive income streams, meet new people, and unlock tons of new opportunities.

I have made over $30,000 directly as a result of launching the Millennial Money blog in a little over 6 months (I’ll show you how below!).

I’ve also made a ton of new friends and been invited to partner on many new projects that I am excited about. Here’s how starting a blog has helped me build a richer bank account and a richer life.

Why do you want to blog?

There are many reasonsMake Money Blogging to start a blog, but before you start yours I recommend you take out a piece of paper, or your phone, and write down why you want to start a blog.

It can be anything. Maybe you want to build a profitable blog, build a brand, or connect with likeminded people.

Write down your goals. Save this and look back on it when blogging gets tough. Because blogging consistently can be tough (but it does get easier over time!).

 

How To Start a Blog in 10 Minutes

 

Starting a blog is easy. Here are the 5 steps to launch your blog in less than 10 minutes and for less than $6/month. You can literally launch a blog in less than 10 total clicks at hosts like Bluehost! Yup, 10 minutes, 10 clicks, $6/month.

It’s also super easy to get started at because Bluehost automatically walk you through every step of the process from buying the domain to set up your website – in 10 clicks or less! So if you can’t wait to get started click the banner on the right side of this page, or you can read below to learn more about how I make money blogging.

1. Find Your Domain Name

This will not only be your URL, but it will also be your brand! So it’s super important that you come up with a name that you love.

Make it memorable, not too long, and use keywords related to your niche). Make a list of 10-20 potential names for your blog, since some domains might already be taken. The great thing about Bluehost is that you can get unlimited domains, whereas most hosts charge you $15+ for each domain.

I strongly recommend that you keep your domain shorter than 20 letters – it’s statistically shown that domains that have 20 letters or less get more traffic because they are easier to type in and remember. An more traffic means more money!

A typical formula that I use when coming up with domain names is [fun word + word related to your niche .com] or [memorable phrase about your topic]. Some of the great domain name examples based on these two formats are moneyboss or budgetsaresexy.

START SEARCHING FOR YOUR DOMAINS NAMES BELOW.

 

2. Set-up Website Hosting (it’s super easy! only 1 click!)

Once you find a domain you like, then buy your domain, set-up your hosting, and install WordPress (the best content management system for bloggers). This will all take you less than 5 minutes.

Bluehost

On Bluehost you can select the cheapest plan option and then always upgrade later if you need more bandwidth. But you can start with the basic package and get up and running quickly. After you select you package now you are going to search from your domains. Take out the list you made of potential domain names and start searching. Always buy a .com domain  – even if you have to search for a new name, the .com will always been more recognizable that some of the other new domain extensions (for example don’t buy a .space domain!)

Pick a Domain Name

3. Set-up WordPress

After you secure your domain there will be 1 button you need to push to get your blog launched. Yes once button and it will look like this. Click it and follow the simple steps.

Install WordPress

4. Design

Your blog design really matters and a better looking blogs will generate more traffic and make more money over time. Search for a super beautiful looking theme at Themeforest (the best theme marketplace). While there are many free WordPress themes, I strongly recommend buying a premium theme when you start your blog (since changing themes later can be really hard). Look for 1 click set-up themes. Buy and and then download the files.

Themeforest

 

5. Upload New Theme:

In WordPress, click on Appearance, then Themes and upload your new theme.

Upload WordPress Theme

6. Now write your First Post! Congratulations you’re a blogger.

First WordPress Post

How To Make Money Blogging

Alright, now that you’ve launched your blog, let’s talk about how you can start making money blogging. Blogging can be a great side hustle and some bloggers make a lot of money. So can you, but you’re really going to have to hustle. Like really hustle.

First, you can’t expect to much money from your blog for at least the first 6 months. During the first 6 months you will need to spend most of your time writing posts, commenting on other blogs, and connecting with other bloggers (through guest posting and other networking). In order to make money you need traffic and building traffic takes time.

Don’t Build a Blog, Build a Money Making PlatformHow To Start A Blog

A lot of new bloggers think they will quickly make money on advertisements and affiliate links (promoting products that pay you a commission), but you need a lot of high quality traffic to make money with both advertisements and affiliates links.

The fastest way to make money with your blog is to stop thinking about it as a blog, and start thinking about it as a platform. I view Millennial Money as my own platform. You should view your blog as a platform too. When you build a platform the possibilities for making money with it expand significantly.

Millennial Money allows me to share my personal journey building my net worth from $2.26 to over $1 million in 5 years and wealth building strategies, but it also allows me to build my network, and open new doors to consulting and partnership opportunities.

BUT – because of the network I have built and an audience that companies are trying to reach (Millennials interested in personal finance), I am able to make money using the Millennial Money platform in a bunch of ways. And I am coming up with new money making ideas for this platform everyday.

 

How I Make Money Blogging

 

I currently make money on Millennial Money advertising ($1,200/month), through affiliate commissions ($1,500+/month), participating in Twitter chats ($250-$750 each, reviewing products I test and like ($1,000+), as well as consulting opportunities ($500+ per engagement).

I also reject a lot of money making opportunities to protect the brand. Just recently one Student Loan company reached out and offered me $2,000 to write an article about their new “student loan forgiveness scholarship,” which I declined after researching it. I also reject a lot of guest post requests from content marketing companies offering $500+ to place an article on Millennial Money. One piece of advice: don’t sell out and post crappy content. Your readers can tell and it kills your credibility.Making Paper

Since starting the Millennial Money blog I have also rejected a $45,000 offer to purchase the domain, landed one large consulting project from a company interested in strategies to target Millennials, and others directly from bloggers who want to grow blog traffic using SEO.

When you view your blog as your platform, the opportunities for making money go well beyond advertising and affiliate revenue. Then as you continue to build a bigger audience and more recognizable brand the money making opportunities will continue to expand.

How Blogging Will Make Your Life Richer

Blogging has changed my life. In fact, the daily discipline of blogging has had profound impacts in many areas of my life, but especially on my financial life. In order to write quality blog posts you not only need to share your personal experience, but you also need to do your research.

I learn a ton reading about others financial strategies, which has helped me make small profitable tweaks to my own.

If you want to build wealth and achieve financial independence, the fastest way to do it is build daily habits that maximize your earning, saving, and investing gains. Very few people hit it rich, but I truly believe that anyone can become rich through consistent saving and investing habits.

Many studies have shown that you are more likely to accomplish your financial and other life goals if you are held accountable. Starting a blog and connecting with a community is an incredibly effective way to build accountability and build new habits. Both will make your life richer.

Let me know when you launch you write your first post and I’ll share it on Twitter!

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Grant Sabatier
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Founder of Millennial Money. Dubbed "The Millennial Millionaire" by CNBC, Grant went from $2.26 to over $1 million in 5 years, reaching financial independence at age 30. He's passionate about helping others build wealth and is addicted to Personal Capital.

29 Comments
  • Buy, Hold Long
    Posted at 13:01h, 01 January Reply

    That’s fantastic. Good on you for blogging and making it a possible career. That is my end goal, I wish to have this happen to me, one could only hope! I am still new to the game, I am trying to learn and posts like this help me on my way. Appreciate it.

    • Grant @MillennialMoney
      Posted at 16:45h, 02 January Reply

      I’m glad you found it valuable. Best of luck!

  • Cameron Curran
    Posted at 14:57h, 08 January Reply

    Wow! What a post, Grant. I truly wish I would’ve came across this prior to making “Refined & Defined: The gentleman’s guide” blog, But this gave me priceless insight. Thank you so much, and I sincerely look forward to reading more of your posts. The knowledge is invaluable.

    • Grant @MillennialMoney
      Posted at 21:15h, 09 January Reply

      Thanks Cameron. Appreciate the positive feedback. I look forward to following your blog as well.

  • Dan D Castle
    Posted at 20:29h, 20 February Reply

    I appreciate your approach to help others , I`m starting a blog. thanks.

    • Grant @MillennialMoney
      Posted at 18:07h, 22 February Reply

      Nice. Good luck with your blog! Share it with me when it launches.

  • Pradeep Sharma
    Posted at 05:00h, 21 February Reply

    Thanks for sharing your personal views on blogging as well as on finance (making, saving and investing – MSI)

    • Grant @MillennialMoney
      Posted at 18:12h, 22 February Reply

      For sure Pradeep. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Harrison Noe
    Posted at 10:49h, 01 March Reply

    Hey! I loved this so much thay I started a blog: Quickly Capable. It is about taking on ridiculously large learning projects in an unrealistically short amount of time, my fist challenge is to see if I can gain fluency with Spanish in a month. I don’t expect every challenge to be a success, but that is part of the fun. Thanks!

    • Grant @MillennialMoney
      Posted at 11:40h, 01 March Reply

      Thanks Harrison. Keep me posted! Good luck.

  • vijayender tarun
    Posted at 11:08h, 13 March Reply

    what are your thoughts for Blogs about health and fitness, I want to Blog but know nothing about finance.
    I want to write about health and daily day to day life philosophy (for e.g. motivation and success).

    • Grant @MillennialMoney
      Posted at 11:43h, 13 March Reply

      You can blog about anything. It doesn’t have to be finance! The only way to be successful with a blog is blogging about a topic you love, because it is a lot of work. Those sound like great topics!

  • Lee
    Posted at 10:16h, 17 March Reply

    Great blog! I’m new to blogging so I really appreciate your info. I have so much to learn…..I definitely will follow you.

    • Grant @MillennialMoney
      Posted at 11:24h, 17 March Reply

      Thanks Lee. Blogging is tough at the beginning, but gets a lot more fun as you find a rhythm, start building traffic, and start making money 🙂 I am most surprised by how natural writing has become – I actually started to crave time to write, which I didn’t expect. Now I love it.

  • Mich
    Posted at 12:52h, 10 April Reply

    This post, along with just about every other one of yours has been extremely helpful and inspiring. I plan on starting a blog in the near future and I’m trying to pin down exactly what I want my content to be about. I’m very interested in personal finance and wealth building, however I am not sure I am knowledgeable enough on the subject to start writing posts about it. I will continue to read your posts and hopefully find the right direction to take it. Thanks for the insights.

    • Grant @MillennialMoney
      Posted at 14:43h, 10 April Reply

      Thanks Mich. I appreciate the kinds words. You don’t have to blog about money – just find a topic that inspires you most that you can keep writing about. That’s the key – it will only be successful if you find a topic you love.

  • Lara Pumphrey
    Posted at 21:05h, 13 April Reply

    I love your website! I can relate to a lot of your posts. I also have a passion for personal finance too! I just started my blog last week. It has been quite the learning curve. This post helps a lot. Thanks for writing honest, down-to-earth stuff..

    • Grant @MillennialMoney
      Posted at 11:38h, 15 April Reply

      For sure. Thanks for reading Lara. Just checked out your blog – it looks great. I can’t wait to follow your journey.

  • Grace
    Posted at 08:25h, 08 May Reply

    Thanks for the great post! I’m a new blogger too and posts like this are super encouraging. This is one to bookmark for sure!

    • Grant @MillennialMoney
      Posted at 09:26h, 08 May Reply

      Thanks Grace

  • Pat @richestmaninlondon
    Posted at 09:53h, 02 July Reply

    great post thanks a lot. I have launched my blog on the back of reading this.

    please check it out and tweet it if possible.

    much love

  • anny
    Posted at 15:19h, 10 July Reply

    Your post is inspiring and educative… Love it

    • Grant Sabatier
      Posted at 13:59h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks Anny.

  • Kristopher
    Posted at 03:21h, 28 July Reply

    awesome post ! Thank you for sharing

  • Success 365
    Posted at 11:51h, 26 August Reply

    I’ve been blogging for a while and in my opinion what you said about ‘don’t build a blog, build a platform’ is spot on.

    I’m 100% into creating your own products, building a funnel and making your money that way.

    You’re correct when you said that making money from ads and affiliate links requires a lot of traffic. I had a news site. OMG that thing needed loads of traffic to make even a few hundred bucks. I sold it.

    Nice article.

    • Grant Sabatier
      Posted at 11:35h, 31 August Reply

      Thanks!

  • Zachary
    Posted at 19:11h, 04 October Reply

    Thank you for this! Reading this post helped inspire me to start my own blog which I just recently started posting to! Thanks for all that you do!

  • Millennial in Medicine
    Posted at 13:09h, 15 October Reply

    This was the best step-by-step guide I’ve seen to starting and monetizing a blog, It inspired me to start working on mine months ago and thanks to you I was able to launch last week! Thank you. Looking forward to following more great content.

  • Aparna @ Elementum Money
    Posted at 20:17h, 15 November Reply

    Hey Grant, Had been meaning to check out Millennial Money for long and am glad I finally did. I especially like your point about blogging keeping you accountable in your financial journey. I am personally experiencing this in my blogging journey at Elementum Money where I am also looking to maintain a discipline of 3 posts a week. This post made for a great read. Thanks.

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