If you have ever thought about starting a blog in your ‘spare time’ to provide more money for yourself and your family then I want to be the first one to tell you that this goal is not only possible but easily achievable with a little hard work and commitment.
No, it won’t be overnight.
No, it won’t always be easy.
But, you can do it. I know that you can do it because I did it myself.
Do you want to learn how I took this blog from $0 to almost $1000 per month in less than a year?
(Over $1500 and 90,000 page views per month in July 2020)
All of this income came from ads on the blog and basic Amazon affiliate links by the way, not me selling a course on blogging or anything like that. Also, 98% of this traffic came straight from Google search (not social media) so if you are social media savvy then you could easily add more traffic from those places.
This means the income is PASSIVE!
I’ll tell you exactly how I did it and I’m not going to hide behind any fancy ‘blogging guru’ talk that you will find in some places.
In fact, you really just need two things to get started.
How to start a blog the RIGHT way
I want to start out by saying again that it is still 100% possible to start a blog in 2020, work on it part-time, and eventually use it to replace you or your partner’s full-time income.
I also want to start off by telling you that I’ve tried to start a blog that made money twice in the past and I failed.
Fortunately, I never gave up on the dream of becoming a blogger and quitting my day job and, eventually, I found something that absolutely solved all of the problems that I had with blogging in the past.
How did I do it?
I’ll give you the EXTREMELY short version now and then explain it in more detail afterward.
The single, number one, biggest thing that I did was sign up for the Project 24 course from Jim and Ricky at Income School.
I could honestly send you off to Income School and probably call it a day here. It was that instrumental in my success. Project 24, along with a cheap hosting plan from Bluehost was literally all I needed to invest in to get my blog started.
Because Project 24 is not just a simple eBook or video course. Project 24 is a year-long membership to a COLLECTION of courses that cover everything you need to know to get started and they are updated constantly as well as a huge community of like-minded bloggers that are just getting started – like you!
The reason it is called Project ’24’ is because the course is meant to take you from $0 to a full-time income ($4,000 per month) within 24 months.
Jim and Ricky, the owners of Income School, are truly standup guys that you can trust. They do not promise overnight success, but they do promise a sustainable path to full-time income for those that put in the work and want to achieve it.
Trust me, I’ve fallen for more than one sales pitch that promised results that seemed too good to be true (and they were).
Their approach to blogging is not a fluffy sales pitch. It is a real, tested (by thousands of people) strategy that will allow you to take all of the guesswork out of starting a blog, getting traffic, and making money.
By the way, many people end up achieving $4,000 per month even faster than 24 months – some are much faster! I’m personally in month 15 of the course and I’m way ahead of schedule in terms of both page views and income. By month 24 I fully expect to surpass $4,000 per month and rely on this blog to support my family of six.
By joining the course you will have access to:
- A 60 step blogging course that takes you from setting up hosting and domains all the way to putting out your first 30 blog articles.
- A 60 step YouTube course that provides a specific strategy to launch a successful channel with very little time commitment.
- Picking profitable niches
- Snippet optimization (don’t worry it’s easier than it sounds – even if you don’t know what a snippet is!)
- Keyword and search analysis
- Improving your writing
- Creating your own info products
- Monetizing with ads, affiliates, and lead generation
But perhaps the most important part of the Project 24 course is that you have access to a large and ACTIVE community forum where other people just like you are asking questions and discussing blog-related topics.
Hands down, this community has been a huge part of my success because any time I struggled or wanted to give up I saw someone posting all about how much their blog had grown and how much money they were making now.
By joining the course, you will also get a free, fast, and powerful theme that is pre-configured and ready to go. You can focus 100% on creating great content and getting viewers to your page!
Who should start a blog?
The great thing about starting a blog is that it makes sense for almost everyone.
Because the Project 24 method teaches you to select a niche topic to focus your blog around. By picking a niche, you can really hone in on your audience, create content that actually ranks on Google, and ensure that all of your efforts are moving things in the right direction.
Plus, you don’t need to be technical AT ALL to get started.
- Have a hobby you are passionate about? Parasailing, basket weaving, smoking meat, sewing, etc.
- Have a lot of experience in some field? Welding, carpentry, event planning, personal finance, etc.
- Feel called to inform others about an important topic? Parenting, safety, education, etc.
Any of these areas are prime topics for a blog!
Even if you don’t think you ‘have something to say’ or don’t feel as though you are an ‘expert’ on a particular topic – it doesn’t matter. If there is a topic that you are interested in or have some personal experience with then you can create a blog around it.
For instance, I have four kids. Since an incredible amount of my time revolves around caring for my kiddos, creating a blog about babies and parenting topics was a natural fit for me. I asked Google every question there is about kids early on and by this point, I also have a ton of experience to share with others as well.
The other great thing about starting a blog is that you can do it while you are working a full-time job or working as a stay at home parent. Whether you are able to put 1 hour each week or 40, you will be able to make progress with the Project 24 method and you will see results in the long-term.
In my case, I’ve always been the primary breadwinner for my family as my wife and I made the choice when our first children were born for her to stay at home to care for them. It’s a decision that we both felt was very important at the time and the last 10 years have really reaffirmed that decision many times.
When I started this blog, I was working 50 hours per week with a hectic schedule in the restaurant business. By putting in extra time early in the morning (and sometimes late at night!) I was able to earn my first $1 from this blog after only three months.
Does that sound like a silly thing to brag about?
Here is my earned income each month from that point onwards:
- July 2019 – $1.32
- August 2019 – $32.85
- September 2019 – $82.32
- October 2019 – $121.97
- November 2019 – $262.44
- December 2019 – $437.36
- January 2020 – $482.29
- February 2020 – $732.65
- March 2020 – $913.18
- April 2020 – $635.71
- May 2020 – $973.74
- June 2020 – $1,347.79 – I quit my ‘real’ job here and transitioned into contract and blogging work full-time!
- July 2020 – $1,573.20
- April 2021 – $10,000 per month goal!
See that trend?
Throughout this whole time, I was never able to put more than about 10 hours per week into my blog. If you were able to focus on it more fully, your results could be even better than mine!
Plus, all of this income is from ads placed on the site and affiliate links spread throughout the content. I don’t rely on social media or any fancy tricks to get my traffic, so it my pageviews are very stable overall and will grow over time as long as I’m producing content.
In fact, I ended up basically taking the entire month of March 2019 off because of my full-time job and family obligations and still managed to grow my income in May because of the content I had created in the past that continued to build traffic.
If I wanted to take a week or two off, I would continue to make money which is an absolutely AMAZING feeling.
Isn’t Project 24 a little expensive?
If you have already checked out Project 24 then you’ve probably noticed that this is not a cheap course at $499 for a year-long membership.
While $499 is a lot of money, it is my opinion that they should be charging MORE for this course.
They could charge double or triple this price and I would still believe wholeheartedly that it is well worth the cost and I would purchase it again. In fact, when I first joined the program I couldn’t believe how much value they were giving away inside the community.
You see, the price of the course doesn’t just cover what’s included today, it covers everything that they add throughout the year!
Since I’ve been a member they have completely overhauled their core courses, added new courses, produce a weekly podcast, provided interviews with successful members of the community, and still manage to stay active in the forums answering questions and providing encouragement.
Plus, if you take a look at the numbers above, you’ll see that I was able to pay for my membership within 8 months of purchasing the course. If you add up all of my income, I could purchase the course 14 more times.
If you want to start a blog in 2020 then you need to join Project 24.