Earn Big Bucks by Searching w/ Swagbucks – MMO Series

Earn Big Bucks by Searching w/ Swagbucks

I like big bucks and I cannot lie, you other brotha… Okay, okay, I’ll stop. Anyway, I found us yet another resource to earn some quick money online. Isn’t that what we are all looking for? This site is called Swagbucks. Now, before you write it off thinking “I’ve heard you can’t make anything with that,” hear me out. It’s worthwhile, I promise.

 

Here’s today’s post for our Make Money Online Series.

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If this is your first time viewing our Make Money Online Series, please read this section.
-if not, feel free to skip ahead!-

The Make Money Online Series is a compilation of blog posts and guest posts discussing how it is possible to make extra cash online. When I first started my journey to pay off my debt fast and become debt free, I searched every possible nook and cranny to find options to earn extra money – in fact, I’m still looking! I scavenged the internet searching for options and signing up for everything that I possibly could.

Of course, this led to a bunch of spam and horrible programs that lie and do not actually help to make money online at all. SO, I’ve developed this series to help debunk those programs so that those of you who are in need of some extra cash, whether it’s because you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, want to pay off your debt fast, or want to find a way to support your family as a stay at home mom, won’t struggle to find tried and true methods to earn money online.

We’ll cover topics ranging from freelancing to blogging to direct sales to micro jobs, etc. and posts will be made every other day – so keep checking back for more or sign up for our weekly newsletter! For a compilation of all topics that have already been posted, click here (HERE).

If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, or a topic you would like to guest post on, let us know in the comments below! Thank you!

Earn Big Bucks by Searching w/ Swagbucks

Swagbucks initially caught my eye a few months ago when I was searching for some legitimate side hustles to earn some extra cash. Of course, around that time, I was signing up for every big “get rich quick” scheme in the books and was filling my emails full of spam quicker than I could put a lid on it.

When I signed up for Swagbucks, I got their email along with ten or twenty other spam companies. I pressed the “check all” box and did a bulk delete.

Done.

Email Cleared.

A couple of weeks ago I came across it again on one of my favorite bloggers sites and thought “maybe this is worth a shot.”

So, here’s where we have come since then.

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How to Earn Big Swagbucks

The first question I always hear about Swagbucks is “why does it have to take so long to earn money?” Followed by a groan of “it’s not worth the time…” And while I agree on some level, I also realize that free money is free money and I’m more than willing to snatch that up – even if other people aren’t.

Now, if you think about Swagbucks as a survey company where you can go and take a bunch of surveys and get paid, it’s not worth your time. Let me reiterate that: taking surveys on Swagbucks is a humongous waste of time.

Thankfully, though, that’s not the only way you can get a few bucks here and there.

The other thing to remember is that Swagbucks is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes patience. They’re paying you so that they can survey you for market research. They aren’t paying you to get you out of debt (though that’s probably why you’re doing it). They could care less about your hourly wage because they know you’ll do it anyway.

That’s why you need to be prepared to be patient in your earnings with Swagbucks. If you do it right, it can be worth all the time in the world.

1.) Sign Up for an Account:

Use this link to sign up and join my team! If for some reason that doesn’t work as a clickable link, use the following and paste it into your browser: http://www.swagbucks.com/p/register?rb=17826248

Now, this is an affiliate link which means that I get a little bit of a bonus when you sign up. This doesn’t change anything on your end, but it helps me to reach my debt free goals and to pay for this blog which you are reading. You also should get a bonus for signing up, so that’s a plus!

2.) Take the Welcome Survey and Set Up Your Profile

Spend a few minutes setting up your profile, going through the tutorial, and taking the Welcome Survey. This should get you a few points right off the bat and help you to get closer to a cash out!

3.) Download the Browser Extension and App

I use Google Chrome, so I won’t speak for other browsers, but as for the Chrome version, the browser extension is an awesome addition. I also set Swagbucks as my primary search engine which means that I get points when I search for stuff that I normally would have searched Google for. Can we say win-win?

Now, there’s also an App you can download and that can help if you use your phone for a lot of your internet usage or searching. The more points, the more money!

4.) Make Some Big Bucks!

Finally, it’s time to make some BIG BUCKS and it’s definitely possible, though be sure you’re patient. I know a friend who makes $50 a day on Swagbucks with some of these simple tips, but make sure you set your goals lower to start and work up to that.

Remember, surveys aren’t worth your time. But what is? Well, first of all, make sure that you’re using Swagbucks for all of your searches. You’ll rack up a decent amount from simple searches in your every day life that don’t add any time to your day (that you wouldn’t normally spend).

My favorite tip, though, is to have videos playing in the background of your working environment or on your phone. You see, with Swagbucks, you can get paid to watch videos. Though, they are kind of boring… Anyway, you don’t actually have to pay attention to get paid (how brilliant is that?)

So, turn them on and then go about your day – checking every once in a while to ensure they’re still playing. You’ll rack up a ton of points and soon be cashing out with some big bucks!

Thank you for sticking around for our Make Money Online Series post.

If you have topics you would like to contribute or would like us to cover on how making extra cash is possible during our Make Money Online Series, please let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: Some of DIY Jahn posts contain affiliate links. While I do earn money through companies and bonuses for referring people, all of my opinions on the company are 100% honest and my own. Also, please note that recipes, fitness tips, and financial tips are not given by a professional. To understand what this all means for you, click here.

Start a Side Hustle TODAY to be Debt Free Later

Start a Side Hustle TODAY to be Debt Free Later

“Are you feeling stuck under the weight of mountains of debt? So was I.” Until I made the decision to start a side hustle. Believe me, this choice changed my life, and it can change yours, too. My blogging career has only begun, but it has already helped me exponentially on my journey to become debt free. Blogging isn’t the only side hustle you can get though – I have a ton of ideas that will help you use skills you already have to make some extra money.

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I’m going to share with you all about how you can start a side hustle and begin earning some extra cash to get you out of debt – or to simply save some money. Before we start, though, I want to tell you about someone I met. I had the opportunity to get in touch with an incredible blogger named Tessa, who writes over at Bella Creative.

Tessa asked if I wanted to share my message about the decision to start a side hustle with a larger audience and as we know, I’m all about helping others to get out of debt. I jumped on the idea and was able to get a blog post ready to be posted to her site. The blog post is (SURPRISE) called: Start a Side Hustle Today to be Debt Free Later

But I couldn’t very well leave you all out of the loop. So, today I’m sharing my guest post with you so that you can have the opportunity to learn from it as well! I hope that it benefits you in your journey and I would love, love, LOVE it if you would be willing to visit Bella Creative and share the love by commenting.

You can find the post by clicking HERE or by using this link: http://www.bellacreative.co/blog/start-a-side-hustle-to-be-debt-free

Don’t forget! If you want to learn some awesome new ways that YOU can make money online, visit our Make Money Online series by clicking HERE. Side hustles don’t have to be impossible to find, I’ve centralized them to make your life easier! I’ve also checked to make sure they’re all legitimate so that YOU don’t have to.

Thanks for reading, guys!!

Side Hustle Ideas You Haven’t Thought of Yet – NSC Series

Side Hustle Ideas You Haven’t Thought of Yet

Everyone knows that in order to pay down debt, you need to use the simple system: spend less than you make. However, at what point is that not enough? If you cut your spending as far as it will go, it’s time to branch out and find ways to make some extra cash. Need some side hustle ideas to spring you along? You’ve come to the right place!

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If you are new to our NSC Series, start here!
-If not, you can skip this section-

As some of you may know, we are in the midst of our first ever No Spend Challenge (NSC) which started January 1.

The short story is that my wife and I racked up a ton of debt (read how HERE) and want to pay it off as quickly as possible so that we can live our dream lives (read about our goals HERE). This challenge will help us learn about living frugal, saving money, and paying off our debt faster.

Visit our post, Frugal Living at its Finest: the No Spend Challenge, to view why we are doing the challenge, what the challenge entails, and the rules.

The hardest thing about budgeting and frugal living is doing it alone and that’s why we want to invite you all to join us on our NSC. Sign up below to opt-in to our email community, filled with exclusive tips and tricks for saving money to survive living frugal during your NSC month.

Follow our rules or make your own! Join for one week or the entire month! We know that not everyone is in the same situation we are in. Stick with the No Spend Challenge for as much or as little as you are able in your situation and don’t be afraid to hop on after the starting date (it’s never too late to join in on the fun!).

We’ll be taking the challenge right alongside you – with daily blog posts, encouragements, and exclusive email information and communication: this will be the single, greatest choice you make to jump start the New Year.


Side Hustle Ideas You Haven’t Thought of Yet

As my wife and I are working to pay down our debt, we’re realizing just how many ideas we have to make some extra funds. Today, we’re sharing our side hustle ideas with you in hopes that it will help you reach the ultimate goal: debt freedom. Enjoy!

Look Around Your Town!

The best place to start when it comes to side hustle ideas is to look in your own backyard. There are always people in need of some extra help and willing to pay. Here are some of our favorite ideas, but remember there are a ton more in your area. Check the local newspapers, classified websites, craigslist, and even your town’s Facebook group.

Helping a Local Caterer

My wife and I help a local caterer for bigger events. Since she is self-run, she can’t afford to hire a full-time staff. When she needs a few extra hands for serving, cooking, preparing, etc. she calls us up! Usually this is a 5-7 hour job and pays $100 per event (for each of us, so $200 for our family). We live in a smaller area so we only get called about once per month for events, but in bigger cities there is probably a higher need!

Applying for a Part-Time Job

There are plenty of businesses in need of an extra hand here and there. Small town businesses may need someone to shovel the snow or open the shop once per week, but don’t discount franchises. Working 10 hours per week at McDonald’s or Subway may seem like the worst thing that could happen, but when you get an extra couple hundred bucks at the end of the month and get to taste the sweet taste of debt freedom sooner, you’ll be glad you did it! Remember, you aren’t “too good” for anything. Just because you have a fancy degree or have been in the workforce for 20-30 years does not mean you can’t lower yourself to work a minimum wage job. If you have debt, you need the money. And if you need the money, you’ll need to do the work.

Smaller Tasks

Many people are looking for help with one day tasks such as moving, mowing the lawn, fixing a radio, a ride to work, etc. Watch for these side hustle ideas to be posted on local webpages and pick them up. It’s a great way to get a few extra bucks here and there to throw at your debt!

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Baby sitting, house sitting, pet sitting: they all have an important thing in common – they’re a great way to make some extra cash! Love kids? Play with them for a few hours a week! Love pets and nature? Take pets on walks, feed them, and get some good cuddle time in!

Make Money Online

We created an entire section of our blog for this exact purpose: making money online. Whether you need it to pay down debt, start up your savings, or for that vacation you are looking to take, here are a ton of side hustle ideas to get you started!

Buying Things Online

Yes, you read that right. One of our side hustle ideas is buying things online. By using programs such as Ebates and Ibotta, you can get cash back on any purchases. Plus, you make money when you refer people to use the site – it’s a win-win!

Playing With Your Phone

Okay, now we’re just getting crazy, right? No, really! YOU can earn money easily by playing with your phone. Swipe it on and earn points. Check out Fronto! It’s not a super fast way to make money, but I earned over $10 in one money – and it didn’t take any extra time at all. It’s like FREE money!

Selling Your Skills

Do you have any skills you can market? Perhaps you’re great at drawing caricatures, designing logos, or being a voice-over. Maybe you’re an amazing knitter, can take photos like a pro, or even write stories. In any case, you should check out Fiverr – a great place to sell your skills to the world!

If you don’t know about that, perhaps you prefer writing or administrative duties. Are you an awesome writer? Freelance Writing may be the perfect job for you! Prefer the administrative job? How about becoming a Virtual Assistant? These are awesome side hustle ideas that can earn a significant extra income!

Become a Direct Sales Rep

Before you get all high-and-mighty, remember that people DO actually earn extra money by becoming direct sales representatives and YOU CAN, TOO! Try starting out with awesome places such as: Advocare, Beachbody, It Works, and Younique.

Start a Blog

My absolute favorite of the side hustle ideas is to start a blog. Why? Because it’s something I’m passionate about. If you’re interested in starting a blog (about anything), check out our super easy-to-follow tutorial to setting up a blog and beginning to monetize it. You can make money blogging, if you put in the time and commit to doing it right.

Here’s the tutorial: CLICK HERE

Here’s how to monetize: CLICK HERE

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Side Hustle Ideas

Here’s a quick little overview of the side hustle ideas we talked about in this post. For more ideas, visit our Make Money Online page today – click HERE!

  • Make money in your local area by finding a part-time job, pet/house/baby sitting, helping with simple tasks, or finding a local business-owner in need of assistance
  • Make money online through direct sales, buying items online, playing with your phone, and more!
  • Start a blog and replace your full-time job with your passion!

We only have a few days left of our No Spend Challenge, so here goes our quote for Day 29 by Nelson Mandela.

“It always seems impossible until it is done.”

What is your biggest accomplishment for the month of January?

Leave your response in the comments below!


Disclaimer: Some of DIY Jahn posts contain affiliate links. Also, please not that recipes, fitness tips, and financial tips are not given by a professional. To understand what this all means for you, click here

It Works to Make Money Online – MMO Series

It Works to Make Money Online

Good morning, my lovely readers! Today we have a guest poster for our Make Money Online series by the name of Jacelyn Scott. She is going to teach us all about how she makes money online – it works! Enjoy reading and don’t forget to support her in the comments.


Hi!  My name is Jacelyn.  I am a 32 year old mother of the sweetest and most beautiful little girl, a professional makeup artist and an avid crafter.  I absolutely love being outdoors and enjoying all that nature has to offer.  I feel like that is where I feel the most comfortable.  I love to go biking, hiking, canoeing, snowboarding and camping.

I want to share a story of a low point in my life.  I had recently returned to work as my maternity leave had ended.  I decided to go back only part-time in order to still be able to spend most of the week with my daughter. Less than two months later I had started developing daily headaches.  I tried to brush them off as my eyes just trying to get used to being in front of a computer screen all day long again, but they progressively got worse.  Three eye doctor appointments later I was diagnosed with a detached retina and had to go immediately for emergency surgery.  A week later and another emergency surgery.  I was recovering, unable to work at my desk job, and uncertain of what my recovery would look like. 

Would I regain sight back in my eye?

Would I still be able to do the things I love?

While waiting for my third surgery I was laid off due to a shortage of work.

How was I going to help my husband provide for our daughter?
Our bills?
Mortgage?

We were stressed!  My friend suggested that I join her team.  I had heard of it, but wasn’t very familiar with it.  She explained that it was a way for me to earn some money at home while I wait and recover from my upcoming surgery.  I was intrigued.  She told me about this ‘crazy wrap thing’, and showed me pictures of her own and other peoples’ results.  I was amazed!   I had been working and active in the skincare and beauty industry for the past 10 years and had never seen anything like it before!  I joined instantly.

Here’s today’s post for our Make Money Online Series.

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If this is your first time viewing our Make Money Online Series, please read this section.
-if not, feel free to skip ahead!-

The Make Money Online Series is a compilation of blog posts and guest posts discussing how it is possible to make extra cash online. When I first started my journey to pay off my debt fast and become debt free, I searched every possible nook and cranny to find options to earn extra money – in fact, I’m still looking! I scavenged the internet searching for options and signing up for everything that I possibly could.

Of course, this led to a bunch of spam and horrible programs that lie and do not actually help to make money online at all. SO, I’ve developed this series to help debunk those programs so that those of you who are in need of some extra cash, whether it’s because you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, want to pay off your debt fast, or want to find a way to support your family as a stay at home mom, won’t struggle to find tried and true methods to earn money online.

We’ll cover topics ranging from freelancing to blogging to direct sales to micro jobs, etc. and posts will be made every other day – so keep checking back for more or sign up for our weekly newsletter! For a compilation of all topics that have already been posted, click here (HERE).

If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, or a topic you would like to guest post on, let us know in the comments below! Thank you!


 

It Works to Make Money Online

So, what team did I join that helped me so much? What team was I invited to and joined instantly? It’s a company called It Works.

What really attracted me to join It Works, other than the amazing products, was that it gave me the opportunity to work on-line from home and earn some money at my own pace, while being able to still be at home with my daughter.  As my recovery progressed, I gained some vision back and was able to get back to my normal lifestyle.  I am now able to work, and be available to my clients and teammates from virtually anywhere at any time.  I can work from my computer, or my phone.  I can be grocery shopping and be able to answer a potential clients questions.  I can be at the park with my daughter and still be able to put an order in.  The convenience factor is through the roof!

I get to decide when I work.  I don`t have to drag my butt out of bed early in the morning to go to a boring job that I can`t stand, just to be stuck there all day, come home, make dinner, spend 30 minutes of quality time with my daughter, go to bed, and start all over again the next day.  I get to meet new people on-line, wherever I am, build lasting friendships while helping people, and be available to my daughter all day long.

I essentially get paid to use awesome products while sharing my own and other peoples’ amazing results on Facebook and Instagram.  I get to be me, not who someone else tells me I have to be.  I can now help my husband with paying for our bills, mortgage, groceries, have savings, and providing for our daughter.

Another great thing about It Works is that the products actually work!  We have over 30 wellness and body contouring products.  Everything from facial cleansers, masks and creams, to body contouring wraps, stretch mark cream, and defining gels, to fat fighters, vitamins, essential oils, energy drinks, weight management, meal replacements and more.  The results are so amazing that the products practically sell themselves!

It Works is a great company for anyone who is looking to earn some extra money on-line, and from the convenience of their own home.  You can work as much or as little as you want.  You can use this as your main source of income, or for some extra savings like vacations, to help pay off your house faster, afford birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, anything you want!

You definitely get out of this what you put into it: It Works

If you are interested in joining, I would be thrilled to help you get started. Get in touch with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Email here:

Facebook: Wrap It Up with Jacelyn
Instagram: wrap_with_jacelyn
Email: happy_jay@hotmail.com

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Set up is easy: you can begin running your own business from home in as little as 2 weeks.  There is an investment cost for your business builder kit which will include everything you need to get going, along with some product that you can sell instantly which will cover your starting costs. Are you worth an investment? I think you are.

You’ll also receive one month free access to your website, which gives you access to ItWorks! Training Academy, allows you to place your orders, and track your team’s growth, as well as tools to help you develop your business.  The moment that you are signed up you are part of a team where you can get support, all questions answered, get together for monthly or quarterly meetings in your area, join conference calls to share ideas and  get motivated,  and do online training at any time.

How many other on-line companies can offer you that?


Thank you for sticking around for our Make Money Online Series and thank you again to Jacelyn for writing this fabulous post! A new post will be coming out soon – don’t forget to check back in!

If you have topics you would like to contribute or would like us to cover on how making extra cash is possible during our Make Money Online Series, please let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!


Disclaimer: Some of DIY Jahn posts contain affiliate links. While I do earn money and bonuses for referring people, all of my opinions on the company are 100% honest. Also, please note that recipes, fitness tips, and financial tips are not given by a professional. To understand what this all means for you, click here.

How to Monetize Your Blog and Quit Your Day Job

How to Monetize Your Blog and Quit Your Day Job

 I’m going to let you all in on a secret: I can tell you exactly how to monetize your blog so that you can earn a full-time income. That’s a pretty audacious claim, right? Well, I’ll admit that’s it’s not as easy as it may sound and it definitely won’t happen all at once. However, if you work hard it is certainly possible and I’ll give you proof, too!

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Now, let’s be realistic for a moment. I want you to have the right expectations for your blogging before you start, but don’t let this discourage you. I’m going to tell you how to monetize your blog for real.

Have I quit my day job? No. Why? Well, first of all, I have almost $200,000 in debt that my wife and I are working to pay off as soon as we can. Second, I love my day job and it gives me a chance to make a difference in the lives of kids, teens, and young adults – which is important to me. Finally, I’m still on my way to making a full-time income from blogging (remember how I said it’s not going to happen all at once?).

Let’s think about this – I’m telling you that I can teach you how to monetize your blog and earn enough income that you can quit your day job. Yet I haven’t done this myself. Seems odd, right? But the thing is: my goal is not to make a full time income at the moment. My goal is to help you, my dear readers, earn money, save money, pay off your debt, reach your goals, and live your lives to the fullest.

If that’s my goal – why would I lie to you about how to monetize your blog? I would never do that! Instead, I will work my tail off to ensure that you can get everything you hope for out of your life.

So, I said that I could offer you proof that it is possible to earn enough income blogging that you could quit your day job, right? You’re probably wondering what this proof could possibly be – I’m telling you how to monetize your blog and most of these strategies I am just learning myself!

Well, here’s the thing: I’ve been learning from the masters. I’ve been reading, researching, and spending countless hours working to build my knowledge of blogging to share with you. My goal is to save you time so that you can begin working on your blog now and leave the research to me.

The thing with blogging is that time is key. You can spend three weeks researching how to monetize your blog or you can spend ten minutes reading this post and the rest of the three weeks implementing your monetization strategies. Which one do you think will help you to earn the most income?


 

Awesome People Who Earn Six-Figure Salaries Blogging

Let’s look at some examples of bloggers who have accomplished a full-time, six-figure income just by implementing these strategies for monetizing their blog. I’ll add their links so you can check them out, but don’t forget to come back to learn what these strategies are. 


Sarah Titus

My favorite blogger of all time, Sarah Titus, is one of these awesome people and the first that I want to share with you. Sarah made a commitment that she would earn money online within one year of her divorce. She followed through and ended the year making over $10,000 a MONTH.


Just a Girl and Her Blog

Another phenomenal example of a blogger earning a significant amount of income monthly with her blog. Last month (November, 2015) she earned a net profit of over $21,000!


Moms Make Money

This blog shows the ultimate transformation of blogger income. She records each month her earnings and how it has evolved over the years. When she started out, her income was $45.11 a month and has now grown to over $18,000 a month.

These are just three of my favorite bloggers and their monthly incomes, but they are just a small selection of the MANY bloggers who have earned a full-time income from blogging.


You may be wondering why I chose female bloggers for this list – and to that I want to share with you a little about target markets. You see, there are plenty of male bloggers who also earn a significant income blogging. In fact, many earn more than female bloggers. However, because my target audience is focused on females, I chose to showcase female bloggers.

That’s not to say that men don’t read my blog (and I certainly hope they do!), but the majority of my audience just happens to be women.

Target audiences are definitely something to keep in mind when blogging – an important piece of any business really. They consist of the people you hope will pay you, their influencers, and your own personal supporters. Now, I won’t go into detail on this today, but watch my upcoming blogs for a detailed post on how to determine your target market, build your brand, and create the ultimate-blog (I’ll be doing a How to Blog Right Series in February, for all you awesome followers, it’ll follow the No Spend Challenge).

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How to Monetize Your Blog & Quit Your Day Job

 Now here’s the information you have all been waiting for: I will show you how to monetize your blog. There are many different ways to do this, but I’m going to share only the best of the best with you. Remember how I told you that I would do all the research so that you could learn from me? I hope that this information helps you to build a blog to be proud of; a blog that can earn you a full-time income so that you can quit your day job and live your life to the fullest.

No matter what, I promise to be transparent with you as we delve into this journey together. Each month, I post debt repayment updates to my blog and in them are income reports for DIY Jahn. If you ever want to know how much I am earning from these sources, visit those updates!

However, keep in mind that my income is low at the moment because I am only two months in – and it will take your income a little bit to grow too. As long as you keep working hard, utilizing the tips I share with you below, and writing passionately – you have the opportunity to earn a full-time income and quit your day job. It’s up to you to make it happen.

See, it’s like this. Let’s say that you are in need of a house. I can spend hours researching the best ways to build houses, write them all down for you, hand you all the pieces you need, and give you the tools. And that’s what I’m doing for you right now. But unless you take the time to read the instructions and use the tools and materials to build the house, you will still be homeless.

The same goes for blogging. I have spent hours researching these tips for you, writing out a guide, handing you all the materials and tools, but unless you sit down and begin your journey – working hard toward your goal – you will never get there. Again, I’ll tell you, it’s up to you to make it happen, but I’ll give you everything you need to get there.

I will teach you an overview of how to monetize your blog here, by giving an overview of each of these five areas. Now, during my How to Blog Right Series (starting in February), I’ll give you an in-depth tutorial on how to complete each and every step for the greatest success – so stay tuned!

Here they are, what you’ve all been waiting for, here are the top five ways to monetize your blog:

  • Build a Money-Making Blog from the Start

One of the first things you must do before you begin blogging or learning how to monetize your blog is to build a blog that can be monetized from the start. I have a detailed tutorial that you can view here (HERE) about how to complete this process.

A high quality blog, built to earn a full-time income, is always a self-hosted blog and I recommend using Bluehost for any of your self-hosting needs (I’ve heard some horror stories about other domain hosting networks, but I’ll go into more detail on this later).


I can tell you more about what all that means for you and your blog on my post: How to Make Money Blogging (read it here).

  • Affiliate Marketing Programs

As for my blog (and many of the blogs that I have researched) affiliate marketing is the number one source of revenue in the blogging industry. In fact, many bloggers earn thousands monthly simply by creating affiliate and referral sales.

What does affiliate marketing mean? Well, it basically means that you are leading potential buyers to a direct sales website. For example, I utilize Amazon Affiliate Partnership (you can join too, click here) and that means that I advertise some Amazon products on my blog. Sometimes I write reviews or tutorials on these products, sometimes I just include a link to my favorite products or books, and sometimes I include a search advertisement for Amazon itself. These look like this:

When somebody clicks on those links and makes a purchase from Amazon, I earn a small income as a reward for leading customers to their site. Now, these links do not make the products cost any more than normal – so don’t worry there. You aren’t raising prices for your audience, simply leading them to products that you already love.

The key here is that you always keep them in mind and only lead them to products that you truly believe are worth the cost.

  • Creating Products

Have you ever dreamt of writing a book and being published by a world-famous author? What about writing an in-depth how-to guide on a topic you’re passionate about? Or a course to teach others about this topic? Or perhaps you really love sewing and are passionate about quilts?

If you said yes to any of the questions above (or you simply have a passion you are willing to work with) then creating a product can be a great avenue for monetizing your blog. You probably believe that you aren’t capable of creating anything worth selling, but I’m here to tell you that with hard work and a proper commitment: anyone can create a worthy product.

What types of products do bloggers create and sell? Well, anything really! The most common product for bloggers to sell are e-books, which are easily created online. These books can range from short tutorials, to in-depth how-to guides, to long fiction novels.

Second, bloggers create courses for other people to take. These can also be about anything, but need to be something that you are passionate and knowledgeable (or can become knowledgeable) about. Online courses are done within a combination of videos, audio, chat, emails, and assignments.

While these are the two main areas of products that bloggers create, there are many more to be found. Some bloggers create physical products – such as crafts that they have created (like the quilting question above, homemade jewelry, or pieces of artwork), planners and physical books, and more!

A more in-depth coverage of this topic is coming in February, but to start you thinking about product development consider this: what are you most passionate about? Now, how can you use that passion to develop a product that helps others?

  • Advertising

If advertising were a high school student, they would probably be voted “least likely to succeed” because so many people look down on it. However, it should not be taken off the table. I have read about hundreds of bloggers who have used advertising to build their business, begin earning thousands every month, and create a blog that people know and love.

So, why do people look down on advertising so often? The answer is pretty simple. Many bloggers don’t do their research and simply begin placing advertisements everywhere in their site. They sign up for every advertisement company in the books, place them all of their web pages, and wait for the revenue to start pouring in, but that’s not how it works.

When I write my How to Blog Right Series in February, I’ll go into detail about how to keep your audience happy while utilizing advertisements for income. Until then, though, keep these pointers in mind.

First: make sure that your blog does not run slower due to an overload over advertisements. Studies show that people will spend less than three seconds looking at your page before clicking away. If it doesn’t load during that time, you’ll likely never see those readers again.

Second: avoid pop-up advertisements at all costs. There is not one thing readers hate more than having to click away a thousand pop-up ads in order to read the article they were hoping to read.

Third: never forget who your target audience is. If you are looking, like me, to advertise to people who are hoping to save money, earn money, and live life to the fullest: you wouldn’t advertise for an expensive loan company. Choose your advertisements wisely so as to maintain the trust of your readers (like I do for you)!

There’s a lot more to be said about advertising, so stay tuned for our How to Blog Right Series.

  • Sponsored Posts

 Finally, we have sponsored posts to cover. What are sponsored posts, you ask? Well, a sponsored post is when a company hires you to write a review or post about their product or service. Many times you will be offered products or cash as payment for these writings.

When a company is looking for a sponsored post, they will email you regarding the situation if they think you are a good fit. Now, don’t let this scare you away – if you haven’t heard from any companies, you can also email them. I’ll tell you how during our How to Blog Right Series in February. I’ll even give you sample emails that I have sent!

Now, once the email is receive and the request is made, you tell them your price. You can choose whether you charge an amount or simply a product. When you are first starting out, writing sponsored posts in exchange for products is the way to go, but as your blog grows, you can begin charging more per post.

Much like advertising, sponsored posts require careful selection. Choose products that you believe fit with the niche of your blog and that your target market will appreciate.

For example, as a lifestyle blog focused on saving money, earning money, and living life to the fullest, I wouldn’t complete a sponsored post for an expensive fashion magazine. I would, however, do a sponsored post on an affordable kitchen appliance that would help my readers save money in the long term.

When writing these posts, you need to be 100% honest. If I accepted the sponsored post for the affordable kitchen appliance, received the product, and hated it – I wouldn’t write that I thought it was amazing just to receive the payment for the post. I would tell my audience exactly what I thought.

Why? Because you guys are more important to me than any money in the world. I want you to know that you can trust me and that I will always be transparent with you. And the same should be true for your blogs – your target audience should always be in your mind.


You will notice that I didn’t include freelancing in this list. While I do believe that there is great income to be made freelancing, and that it can certainly help to add this to your blogging business, I think that this is a different area of blogging. When learning how to monetize your blog, start with the steps listed above and move to freelancing or becoming a virtual assistant if you feel called to do so later.

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On that really long novel-of-a-post, I will leave you with one final thought. You have learned a lot about how to monetize your blog during this post. You’ll learn even more when we begin our How to Blog Right Series in February. Until then, keep this in mind:

No matter how you choose to monetize your blog, always remember to write passionately, speak honestly, and live life fully. The rest will fall into place.

Thank you, as always, for reading! I hope you enjoyed the post for the day. Now, I have a question for you all – please leave responses in the comments below!

What questions do you have about blogging that we can address in our How to Blog Right Series this February?

Disclaimer: Some of DIY Jahn posts contain affiliate links. While I do earn money through Fronto, Ibotta, and other companies, and bonuses for referring people, all of my opinions on the company are 100% honest and my own. Also, please note that recipes, fitness tips, and financial tips are not given by a professional. To understand what this all means for you, click here.

How to Save Money On Groceries – MMO Series

How to Save Money on Groceries with One Simple Trick 

I haven’t met a single person, in my entire life, who did not want to learn how to save money on groceries. Why? Because food is so expensive and yet an essential aspect of our lives. We cannot simply stop eating to save money (or lose weight, unfortunately), but there is a great site I can show you to help you save money this year.

Last week, my wife and I decided to do our regular shopping. We have a pretty strict budget – for those of you who don’t know, we are working to aggressively pay off our debts – we are even going to participate in a No Spend Challenge soon. So, we took our money to the grocery store to see what we could buy with our two week allowance of $200.

Now, $200 is a decent chunk of money. Especially when you consider the fact that we are only feeding my wife, myself, and our dog. However, this $200 is not only for groceries. This also includes dog food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, gas for our car, and fun money for gifts, fast food, clothes, books, or anything else we may want / need. So, we get this $200 every two weeks and we need to make it last because it’s not very much.

 

However, I’m not sure if you have noticed, but prices at the grocery store have risen astronomically. We did our best to stock up for the coming two weeks (and the month ahead of us for the No Spend Challenge), but we had to be cautious not to spend all of our money in one place as we still need gas to get to work and food for our puppy.

That’s when we found this great site that offers cash back on most of our grocery purchases!

Here’s today’s post for our Make Money Online Series.

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If this is your first time viewing our Make Money Online Series, please read this section.
-if not, feel free to skip ahead!-

The Make Money Online Series is a compilation of blog posts and guest posts discussing how it is possible to make extra cash online. When I first started my journey to pay off my debt fast and become debt free, I searched every possible nook and cranny to find options to earn extra money – in fact, I’m still looking! I scavenged the internet searching for options and signing up for everything that I possibly could.

Of course, this led to a bunch of spam and horrible programs that lie and do not actually help to make money online at all. SO, I’ve developed this series to help debunk those programs so that those of you who are in need of some extra cash, whether it’s because you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, want to pay off your debt fast, or want to find a way to support your family as a stay at home mom, won’t struggle to find tried and true methods to earn money online.

We’ll cover topics ranging from freelancing to blogging to direct sales to micro jobs, etc. and posts will be made every other day – so keep checking back for more or sign up for our weekly newsletter! For a compilation of all topics that have already been posted, click here (HERE).

If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, or a topic you would like to guest post on, let us know in the comments below! Thank you!


 

How to Save Money on Groceries

We told you all about how you can save money on cleaning supplies and hygiene products by using ePantry, but today we are going to tell you about how you can get cash back on your groceries by using this one simple trick. And actually, you don’t even need a computer for this one – all you need is a smart phone and you’re in business.

So, what is this magical app that gives you free money for shopping? It’s called Ibotta and it’s really a very simple concept. What happens is the app pays you for purchasing items by giving you a rebate on those items.

The app is linked with over 150 stores (most of the popular ones are on there, like Walmart, Hyvee, etc.). When you’re ready to go shopping, you unlock items you’ll be purchasing, scan your receipt when you’re done, and Ibotta pays you cold, hard cash. Simple.

You can even link your loyalty cards to your Ibotta account for even more savings – or use Ibotta to shop online!

So, you’ve figured out how to save money on groceries, but that’s not the only way to earn money with Ibotta. You can also earn by building your team – meaning you earn money when you friends go shopping too. How great is that?

Now, if you think it’s all just a scam, check out the numbers. So far, Ibotta users have earned over $46,777,000 and it continues to rise! Their slogan is: “real people earning real cash.”

 

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How to save money on groceries

It’s pretty hard to turn down a company that has paid people millions of dollars to do their regular shopping, isn’t it? Not to mention that turning them down means turning down free money, which is not something I’m able to do, that’s for sure.

So, here’s how you can get started using Ibotta and earn extra money for grocery shopping today!

  1. Sign Up for an Account:
    Use this link to sign up and join my team! You can do this right on your computer or from your smartphone.Remember, if you use my referral link you’ll be put on my team which means extra earnings for you (and me). In fact, if you sign up using my link, you’ll get a FREE $5 credited to your account – just for signing up!

    Link: https://ibotta.com/r/hneegcu
    If you cannot find my link, use this referral code to join my team: HNEEGCU

  1. Download the App:
    You’ll want to download the app after you sign up. Don’t worry – it’s available for both iOS and Android. While you can manage your account via your computer, the only way to submit receipts is via the app.
  1. Unlock Rebates:
    Before you go shopping, don’t forget to unlock your rebates. To do this, you complete a simple task (never takes more than a second or two) and then your rebate will be waiting.
  1. Go Shopping:
    Remember that to use the rebates, you need to purchase the items that you selected at qualifying stores. Don’t worry, this information is easy to find on the app. – Simply select the store you are going for and unlock the products you plan to buy. Then shop away – that’s how to save money on groceries EASY!
  1. Scan Your Receipt:
    Once you’re done shopping, make sure you get a copy of your receipt – don’t let the cashier throw it away. Scan it with your phone into the app. It’s as easy as that.
  1. Get Paid:
    Once your receipt is scanned, you will be paid within 24-48 of receiving it. Don’t be fooled – you are paid cash, not in store credits. You can be paid through Paypal or Venmo – or you can use the cash to purchase gift cards to places such as iTunes, Starbucks, and more!

That’s it. That’s all there is. I would have to say that Ibotta is one of the simplest ways to earn money that I have come across yet (and as you know, I have been looking into a lot of new ways). If you are looking at how to save money on groceries, Ibotta is certainly the place for you. If you are looking for how to earn a small side income, Ibotta is still for you.


 

 

Thank you for sticking around for our Make Money Online Series. A new post will be coming out soon – don’t forget to check back in!

If you have topics you would like to contribute or would like us to cover on how making extra cash is possible during our Make Money Online Series, please let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!


Disclaimer: Some of DIY Jahn posts contain affiliate links. While I do earn money through Fronto, Ibotta, and other companies, and bonuses for referring people, all of my opinions on the company are 100% honest and my own. Also, please note that recipes, fitness tips, and financial tips are not given by a professional. To understand what this all means for you, click here.

Earn Extra Money From Home – MMO Series

Earn Extra Money From Home

Today we have a guest poster for our Make Money Online Series. Woohoo! Her name is Amanda Northern and she presents herself as an online entrepreneur. I’ll tell you all a little more about her after she tells us how to earn extra money from home!


Three years ago I was a broke college student working two jobs, seven days per week and only to bring home a little more than $14,000 per year. Here in Atlanta, Georgia that was barely enough to survive. Desperate to make more money without having to get a third job, I ventured online to try and earn extra money from home. I was immediately caught up in internet scams, review sites that left viruses on my computer, and false leads.

One day I stumbled on a blog reviewing this site called, Hire My Mom. It was a job board that was geared towards stay-at-home moms who had professional experience and wanted to help internet entrepreneurs manage their businesses.  I applied right away. After 3 weeks of applying to a couple of jobs, I landed my very first paying virtual assistance gig.

I haven’t looked back since.

Here’s today’s post for our Make Money Online Series.

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If this is your first time viewing our Make Money Online Series, please read this section.
-if not, feel free to skip ahead!-

The Make Money Online Series is a compilation of blog posts and guest posts discussing how it is possible to make extra cash online. When I first started my journey to pay off my debt fast and become debt free, I searched every possible nook and cranny to find options to earn extra money – in fact, I’m still looking! I scavenged the internet searching for options and signing up for everything that I possibly could.

Of course, this led to a bunch of spam and horrible programs that lie and do not actually help to make money online at all. SO, I’ve developed this series to help debunk those programs so that those of you who are in need of some extra cash, whether it’s because you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, want to pay off your debt fast, or want to find a way to support your family as a stay at home mom, won’t struggle to find tried and true methods to earn money online.

We’ll cover topics ranging from freelancing to blogging to direct sales to micro jobs, etc. and posts will be made every other day – so keep checking back for more or sign up for our weekly newsletter! For a compilation of all topics that have already been posted, click here (HERE).

If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, or a topic you would like to guest post on, let us know in the comments below! Thank you!


Earn Extra Money From Home

Why Being a Virtual Assistant Is
the Perfect Side Hustle

If you’re wondering what a virtual assistant is, it’s basically a personal/administrative assistant that does all of their work online. That’s really the only difference! Online entrepreneurs have a different set of needs than a business owner with a physical store-front. For example, a virtual business owner needs the following tasks completed:

  • Internet research.
  • Social media management.
  • Blogging or copywriting.
  • Management of other virtual team members.
  • Bookkeeping.
  • Someone to manage their virtual events (telesummits, webinars).
  • Customer service.
  • Lead generation (cold emailing prospects).
  • Email management.
  • Technical/Website services.
  • SEO optimization.

Basically anything related to running an online business is what will be required of you as a virtual assistant. If you have any amount of professional experience in an office setting, being a virtual assistant may be the right side hustle for you. Many people can become intimidated with working with someone virtually instead of face-to-face. However the same skill set is needed to work virtually as to work in person.

When working with a virtual boss, you have to communicate, communicate, and communicate some more! Always specify exactly what your client needs, and have regular meetings via Skype, email, text, or by phone to ensure you complete a job well.

The best part about being a virtual assistant is that you can literally work anywhere that has an internet connection, there’s no micromanagement (business owners are way too busy for that!), and you get paid a lot more per hour. Basically, it’s the perfect way to earn extra money from home!

Mind that you do have to pay your own taxes since you’re an independent contractor when you’re a virtual assistant. As a person who has extensive administrative assistant experience, it’s a lot more than what you get working for a regular 9-5 gig!


Just How Much Can I Make Being A Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant’s wage can vary greatly from $5 per hour all the way to $50 per hour or more. As you can imagine, the higher the wage, the more specialized the knowledge. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to a virtual assistant’s pay schedule.

It’s a quick way to earn extra money online, but it all depends on your skill set, what you think your time is worth, and what the client is willing to pay. Being in the virtual assistant game for a few years, here’s what I see other type of virtual assistants charge.

  • General Virtual Assistant – This type of assistant does basic administrative tasks that anyone can pick up and are one of the easiest virtual assistant jobs to start off with. Tasks include data entry, email management, internet research, and managing a calendar. Pay: $10-$15 per hour.
  • Technical Virtual Assistant – A technical virtual assistant is knowledgeable with the tools that most internet entrepreneurs need and use. Tools include WordPress (very in-demand skill), email auto-responders, graphic design tools, and others. Pay: $50 – $75 per hour.
  • Virtual Event Assistant – A virtual event assistant is one that specializes in organizing and running telesummits, webinars, and any other live virtual training. A telesummits is a live event where multiple experts speak on the web to an audience of listeners. This is a very specialized type of assistant and usually requires training. Pay: $50 per hour.
  • Social media assistant – A social media assistant is one that manages a client’s social media sites. This can include creating posts and scheduling posts using social media management websites, running promotional challenges for your client, engaging people on social media sites, and coming up with strategies on how to grow engagement on your client’s social media sites. Pay: $20-$35 per hour.

As you can see, there are so many types of virtual assistants that it can be hard to come up with a single price to charge. How much you’re paid depends on how in-demand your skillset is, much like the regular job market.

Another alternative to charging per hour is charging per month or per project. I like to charge in this format because I suck at keeping track of hours and I’m really good at underestimating the time it takes me to do pretty much anything. And the last thing I want to do is to have to go back and ask a client to pay more than I originally told them it would cost. Plus getting paid per month or per project makes my income much more predictable.

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So, Where Can I Find Clients As A Virtual Assistant?

You can find virtual assistant gigs to help you earn extra money from home just about anywhere you can find regular administrative jobs.

That being said, here are a few of my favorite places to look for virtual assistant openings:

  • Indeed
  • Flexjobs
  • Fiverr
  • Craigslist

And I saved the best one for last…Hire My Mom! As you recall, my very first virtual assistant client was found on Hire My Mom. It is the only job board where I’ve consistently found virtual assistant jobs from people who weren’t looking to pay people $5-$10 per hour!

These leads are legitimate, and the competition for the jobs is not high leading to a higher chance that you’ll get a job. It is a paid job board (just $10 per month), but I’ve literally made thousands of dollars just from this site and 99% of all my virtual assistant jobs come just from Hire My Mom. I earn extra money from home each month with this awesome website.

If you want to get started as a virtual assistant right away and possibly make money this month, sign up for Hire My Mom and apply for every job you feel remotely qualified for. I promise you if you take my advice, you’ll be interviewing for positions within weeks!

If you want to learn more about how to create a viable business that makes you money in as little as a week, check out my free ebook!


Thank you for sharing this super informative post on how to earn extra money from home with us, Amanda! I’m so glad we could partner in this way.

For readers who want more information about Amanda, here’s a blurb about her:

Amanda Northern is the creator of The Proassists, a VA firm that specializes in website design, copywriting, and administrative duties. She’s also the creator of bloggingfreedom.org, a freelance blog and consultancy dedicated to teaching everyday people how to build their own awesome internet business.

Reach out to her on Twitter @bloggingfreedom.

Thank you all for reading! I truly hope that you enjoyed our guest posters article today and will share your joy (and support our friend, Amanda), by leaving some love in the comments! Remember, I personally reply to every comment I receive.

How to Make Money Blogging – MMO Series

How to Make Money Blogging

When I first started DIY Jahn, I had no idea how to make money blogging. It was a foreign concept to me (and that was only a couple of months ago), but I knew that I had to try. As many of  you know, my wife and I are doing everything in our power to pay off our student debts as quickly as we possibly can.

Related Post: Paying off debt & saving money

For me, this meant picking up some side jobs including (but not limited to), starting my blog. What you may not know is that even though it has only been a little under two months, I believe that starting this blog was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I originally started DIY Jahn to be centered around the steps of the book, Adulting, which I love and I still will be posting these tips moving forward. However, as DIY Jahn moves forward and grows, the goals and content seem to be taking a mind of their own. The blog has really fallen into its niche and I now focus my posts on helping you all to save money, make money online, and pay off debt. I’ve started my Make Money Online Series, posted on saving money, and even will be hosting a No Spend Challenge starting January 1 – which I am super excited about.

Related Post: Frugal Living at its Finest: The No Spend Challenge

But I thought to myself: what if I could do exactly what I want to do all the time? What if I could spend my time doing what I love? And blogging was the answer for me. How would you like a Monday where you can sleep in, roll out of bed, and start doing exactly what you love for the rest of the day? It’s hardly work when you enjoy it!

So, you are probably wondering why I think blogging has been one of the greatest decisions that I have ever made, right? Here’s the thing, as I mentioned in my post on making money through freelance writing (here), I have a deep-set passion for writing. I spend hours simply thinking of things that I can write about – even before I started blogging I would do this. I absolutely adore writing.

Not only that, but I work hard to make a difference in peoples’ lives. My full-time job as a Camp Program Director allows me to truly change peoples’ lives for the better, but my passion doesn’t end there. I love helping people to find peace and live life to the fullest. Finally, I really enjoy budgeting and accounting (though, honestly, I’m not sure why). My wife lets me take charge of the finances simply because I actually like doing them. However, it can be really hard because of our financial struggles: due mainly to student loans.

Blogging gives me the ability to harness each and every one of my passions and share them with the world. I get to write daily (which I love), work on my finances and paying off my debts (which I’m excited about), and inspire others: all at the same time. Writing DIY Jahn posts has taught me patience, kindness, and love through the engagement of my readers. It’s also shown me ways in which I can truly live life to the fullest on a frugal budget (my mission).

In only two months I have been welcomed into multiple blogging communities, made some great new friends, been featured in a magazine (HERE), inspired people to make a change with their finances and their lives, and learned more about myself. It’s helped me to build my confidence, to understand management better, and it’s even helped my back account which leads us back to the purpose of this article.

Here’s today’s post for our Make Money Online Series.

how to make money blogging

If this is your first time viewing our Make Money Online Series, please read this section.
-if not, feel free to skip ahead!-

The Make Money Online Series is a compilation of blog posts and guest posts discussing how it is possible to make extra cash online. When I first started my journey to pay off my debt fast and become debt free, I searched every possible nook and cranny to find options to earn extra money – in fact, I’m still looking! I scavenged the internet searching for options and signing up for everything that I possibly could.

Of course, this led to a bunch of spam and horrible programs that lie and do not actually help to make money online at all. SO, I’ve developed this series to help debunk those programs so that those of you who are in need of some extra cash, whether it’s because you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, want to pay off your debt fast, or want to find a way to support your family as a stay at home mom, won’t struggle to find tried and true methods to earn money online.

We’ll cover topics ranging from freelancing to blogging to direct sales to micro jobs, etc. and posts will be made every other day – so keep checking back for more or sign up for our weekly newsletter! For a compilation of all topics that have already been posted, click here (HERE).

If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, or a topic you would like to guest post on, let us know in the comments below! Thank you!


How to Make Money Blogging

The first question you probably have is: Is it actually possible to earn anything by blogging?

The simple answer: Yes. The longer answer: Yes, but it takes a lot of hard work. Learning how to make money blogging is not a quick-fix, get-rich-quick scheme. Blogging is a job that, if done right, can be very lucrative.

The next question, I’m guessing, is: Have you made any money by blogging?

The answer: I am still working on learning how to make money blogging, but yes, I have made money. Yes, I continue to make money. And yes, I continue to work the business and fully expect it to grow exponentially as DIY Jahn grows.

As of right now, my blogging has not earned enough to pay all my bills and make me a millionaire – and I don’t expect that it will ever get me that far – but it has earned enough to put some extra toward our debt and that’s what matters to me right now. I hope that in the future this income will surpass the income of my full-time job – and with hard work, I think it will.




Make the choice now to Do What You LOVE.

Try not to let these tips discourage you from blogging. Blogging is hard, but it is totally manageable and you will love it once you begin, but there are some things that you should definitely keep in mind when you are learning how to make money blogging. If you are ready to commit to blogging, make the choice to do what you love: it will be life-changing.

Here is a list of what I believe are the most important pieces to building a money-making blog.

  • First of all, think about a niche or a field. Is there something that you are passionate about? What is it? Spend some time writing out what you would like to see happen with blogging.
  • Be prepared to commit your time to writing, marketing, and developing your blog if you really want to learn how to make money blogging. Blogging is a large time commitment, but you can start small – take an hour a day while the kids are napping and focus on blogging.
  • Be patient. Don’t expect your blog to take off overnight. The old saying goes “if you build it, they will come,” but unfortunately, that is not quite true for blogging. It should go something more like “If you build it, keep it up, write quality content, and market it appropriately, they will come.”
  • If you are in it just for the money, take a step back. Blogging should be something you enjoy and that changes you – the money should be considered an added perk. Believe me, if you enjoy writing and you love what you do, the money will come. Remember the whole be patient thing we just talked about?
  • Treat your blog like a business. I see a lot of people who want to learn how to make money blogging, but they don’t spend time treating their blog like a business. If you want to run a business, you have to think like a business. This means following through on commitments: if you say you will post daily, don’t do it for a week and then quit – POST DAILY. If you say you’ll send a newsletter once a week: do it. If you want people to visit your site, market to them.
  • Don’t be afraid to invest in your blog. There will be some startup costs for running a blog. While many people may tell you that these costs are unnecessary, it’s important that you realize that they are. If you aren’t investing in your business, you won’t get anything out of it. With that being said, don’t go crazy purchasing high end and unnecessary items, but follow the steps below to invest in a quality website that will help your business grow as you learn how to make money blogging.
  • The most important thing to remember when learning how to make money blogging is this: If you aren’t passionate about what you are writing about, your business will never grow.

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How to Build a Money-Making Blog

Blogging can be a life-changing experience: it gives you the opportunity to spend your time doing what you love. However, in order to accomplish your blogging dreams, you need to learn exactly how to make money blogging. I won’t be able to tell you everything you need to know, but I can get you started on the right foot by explaining how you can build a money-making blog: TODAY.

Brainstorm Your Business Plan

Building a business plans is one of the first things you should do when you decide to start a money-making blog. Make sure to write all of your business plan down so that you can refer to it regularly. Spend some time brainstorming and come up with the following:

  • What is your passion? This refers to what you hope to spend your time writing about.
  • Who is your Target Market? These are the specific people that would be interested in your topic. Your target market should include the people you hope will read your blog (the people who will be interested in your topic), the people who influence those people (big-name people, celebrities, other bloggers, etc.), and your personal supporters (mom, dad, aunt, uncle, friends, etc.).
  • What are your goals for your blog? This includes what you hope your blog will become in the future: how many readers you will have, how much money you hope to make, where you hope it will take you, etc.

When you have answers to these bigger questions, you can start thinking about logistical questions. In your blogging business plan, include answers to the following questions as well.

  • What is your blog’s name? Be sure to choose something catchy and easy to remember. This will be your brand.
  • What do you want your blog’s domain name to be? Similar to your blog’s name is important, but try not to make it too long or hard to spell. Simplicity is key.
  • How often will you post content to your blog? Decide now how many blog posts you hope to publish a week. Create a plan – buy a planner, be ready to commit to your readers and post when you say you will. Consistency is of the utmost importance when building an online business.
  • How will you market your blog? Start thinking about how you will market your blog posts to help your blog grow. This includes sending out email newsletters, marketing via social media networks, utilizing your warm market (people you already know) and getting to know your cold marketing (the rest of the world).

Don’t worry too much about the content-posting and marketing portion quite yet. You should have an idea of what you want to do, but it doesn’t have to be set in stone until a little later. I’ll be posting more about how to market your blog for the most success so keep watching!


Sign-up for a Self-Hosted website through Bluehost:

The most important thing to do when starting a blog is to sign-up for a self-hosted website. Many people believe that when they are starting a blog they should test it out first through a free platform (such as Blogger or WordPress.com). While this may work for some, if you hope to learn how to make money blogging, this technique will not get you very far. Free platforms create a difficult arena for you to monetize your blog. Instead, sign-up for a self-hosted blog through Bluehost to start making money right away.

A couple of questions you probably have:

  • What does it mean to be self-hosted? Being self-hosted means that you own your blogs domain. For example, if I were to sign up for a freeplatform, my blog’s URL would be: myblog.wordpress.com – Whereas if I sign-up for a self-hosted website on Bluehost, my URL becomes myblog.com – does that make sense?Not only does the URL change, but you also have complete control of your website once you have switched to self-hosted. When you are on a free platform, the owner of the website (not you) gets to choose which ads are displayed on your webpage. When you invest in your business, you become the sole-owner and therefore choose what ads are displayed – rather than someone else choosing for you.
  • Why should I spend money on my blog? Yes, hosting through Bluehost does cost money. However, I think it is important that you refer to this as an investment, rather than an expense. You are investing in your business. Are you worth more than $4 a month? Bluehost is an inexpensive platform that offers web hosting for only $3.95 a month – you are worth that investment.I once read a story of a woman who was excited to begin blogging so she signed up for a blog through a free platform. She spent hours learning how to make money blogging and creating content for her blog. For years she blogged on this platform to no avail. When she finally invested in Bluehost self-hosting, she began earning an income within only a couple weeks.By choosing to invest in your business, you will open the doors to possibilities for making money through your blog. For this almost-insignificant cost you ensure that your blog is entirely your own – it belongs to only you – meaning that you can monetize, design, and utilize it however you wish. Investing in your business by signing-up for a self-hosted site through Bluehost is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for your blog.
  • Why should I go with BluehostBluehost offers quality web-hosting with great customer service. While I am an affiliate for them, I only allow them to advertise on my site because I 100% believe that they are the single best web-hosting company out there. I am excited to use them and have had no problems at all with their service.Not to mention, I have talked to hundreds of other bloggers who utilize Bluehost for their web-hosting services and have loved it. While problems rarely occur on their platform, when they do the customer service is phenomenal. When you work with Bluehost for your self-hosting needs, you know that you are receiving the best service around.
  • What does it cost? Perhaps the greatest thing about Bluehost is that the cost is so small. You can start a blog for only $3.95 a month – barely anything! Now, there is a small catch: in order to get the best pricing for your blog, you’ll need to pay for 36 months from the start.The pricing works like this: Pay for 12 months in advance = $5.95 / Month, Pay for 24 months in advance = $4.95 / Month, Pay for 36 months in advance = $3.95 / MonthI know what you’re thinking. Why would you pay for 3 years in advance? Right? Here’s the thing even at 36 months you’re paying less than $150 total (excluding optional add-ons). But for one year of $5.95, you’re paying half of what you would pay for 3 years! That means that throughout the course of the year, you’re losing 6 months worth of web-hosting that you could have otherwise had. Basically how it works is this: you’re paying for two terms and your third term is free if you pay it all at once. If you pay it separately, you’ll be paying an extra $70+ over the course of 3 years. It’s not a ton, but it’s enough to make it now worth it.Not to mention the fact that when you begin your blog: you must commit to doing at least 3 years of blogging. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your blog will take time to grow and if you quit after only one year, you’ll be quitting right before things start to get good.

    Remember: you are worth the investment.

Signing Up for Bluehost Self-Hosting – 4 Simple Steps

  1. Follow this link and sign up for a 36 year term at $3.95: www.bluehost.com/track/diyjahn/MMO
  2. Choose your domain name
  3. Download WordPress (Bluehost will walk you through the process)
  4. Choose your sign-on information and you’re ready to go!

Once your money making blog is set up, it’s time to start learning how to make money blogging. You have the platform, the business plan, and the content – now it is time to go and do. Spend time designing your website, implementing a theme, developing content, taking pictures, and marketing like crazy! I’ll be posting more about how to make money blogging soon – until then, stay in touch!


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Freelance Writing: a passion and an income – MMO Series

Freelance Writing Online

Freelance writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was just a little one, my parents attempted to bring me to a day care. Being the nervous and anxious child that I was, I cried the entire time I was there. My mother has told me time and time again of how she saw me looking out the window crying as she left. When she saw me, she couldn’t leave. After that, she began working as a freelance writer so that she could stay home with me.

As I grew up, I remember her freelance clients (mostly resumes and grants) coming and going from our home. I loved that I was able to stay at home during the summers and not attend camps and day cares like my friends did. We all got used to people coming in and out of our house and knew that when they were in the office, we weren’t to disturb or interrupt them (though I can’t say we always listened).

Yet as we came about the twenty-first century, the freelance writing industry has certainly changed. No longer do people need to visit an office, call, or fax about writing inquiries. Instead, we can hop online and find a freelance writer in less than a minute from anywhere around the world.

Related: Paying off debt & saving money

I followed in my mothers footsteps, so-to-speak, and do some freelance writing online on the side. See, when my wife and I decided to make paying off our debt our number one goal, we realized that we needed to make some sacrificing and really skimp on our money. We cut down expenses like crazy, formed our cash budget, and have been living off of as little as we can.

Related: Frugal living at its finest: the No Spend Challenge

However, we also realized that simply saving money was not enough. With almost $200,000 in debt (read about how we racked up so much debt HERE), we knew we had to go even further if we wanted to pay off our debt as soon as possible. So, we began finding ways to make money online. Thus came  the series you are reading about right now!

Here’s today’s post for our Make Money Online Series.

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If this is your first time viewing our Make Money Online Series, please read this section.
-if not, feel free to skip ahead!-

The Make Money Online Series is a compilation of blog posts and guest posts discussing how it is possible to make extra cash online. When I first started my journey to pay off my debt fast and become debt free, I searched every possible nook and cranny to find options to earn extra money – in fact, I’m still looking! I scavenged the internet searching for options and signing up for everything that I possibly could.

Of course, this led to a bunch of spam and horrible programs that lie and do not actually help to make money online at all. SO, I’ve developed this series to help debunk those programs so that those of you who are in need of some extra cash, whether it’s because you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, want to pay off your debt fast, or want to find a way to support your family as a stay at home mom, won’t struggle to find tried and true methods to earn money online.

We’ll cover topics ranging from freelancing to blogging to direct sales to micro jobs, etc. and posts will be made every other day – so keep checking back for more or sign up for our weekly newsletter! For a compilation of all topics that have already been posted, click here (HERE).

If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, or a topic you would like to guest post on, let us know in the comments below! Thank you!


Freelance Writing: a passion & an income

Freelance writing can be a great way to earn a little extra money on the side – especially if you enjoy writing. When I was young, I would spend hours writing ‘books’ and stories: I loved it. As I grew up, the love of fiction stories never ended and I began to add poetry into the mix. At the start of college, I was positive I wanted to be a music teacher – orchestral specifically. However, as the years moved forward I fell back to my true passion once again: writing.

In fact, I even loved writing research papers (as silly as that may sound). I would put them off purposefully until the last minute just to challenge myself and see how quickly I could write them. I would brag about how I once researched and wrote a 26 page paper in less than eight hours while still coming in top three for highest grade in the class. I would even beg my friends to let me edit their research papers simply because I loved doing it. I was a weird student.

Anyway, when my wife and I realized that we needed some extra funds to help us to reach our goal of paying off almost $200,000 in debt aggressively, I decided it was the perfect time to put my skills to work. I set out looking for any freelance jobs I could get and began writing furiously for many differing companies. Through my freelance writing, I managed to pull in a good chunk of money. In fact, due to my writing and our side job here in town, we will not have to spend any money on Christmas gifts this holiday season!

So far, in the last 10 weeks, I have pulled in a couple hundred dollars freelance writing. I work roughly two hours a day at it (or less, depending on the day) and take weekends off. It’s been a great gig for us and it has helped us to keep our budget tight and pay off our debt quicker.

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How to get started freelance writing

Where to look:

  • Some great places to look for freelance writing jobs available now are:
    • ProBlogger
    • UpWork / Odesk
    • Craigslist
    • Ask your friends and family to spread that word that you are offering your freelance services, you never know what may turn up.
    • Or ask the companies yourself! Send a query letter to a company that you believe may be in need of a freelance writer.

What to expect:

  • Freelance writing jobs range from product reviews to article submissions and everything in-between. While I can’t necessarily explain exactly what to expect, I can tell you a little bit:
    • Don’t be afraid to accept a job that is a little out of your comfort zone if you are ready to put in the work and learn how to do it right.
    • Don’t expect to make a ton right away. In order to get to the high paying jobs, you have to accept the shit jobs first – similar to most career paths.
    • Be ready to work hard to get the job. You may send 50 queries before you get a few jobs, but that’s okay! Your hard work will eventually show through.

What to avoid:

  • Content mills. If I can impart any wisdom on you at all through this blog post it would be this: do not sign up to work for a content mill. A content mill is a company that focuses on producing high quantities of content for businesses. Most of this content is low-quality. A good rule of thumb is this: if they are offering 1-3 cents per word, don’t do it. Take this advice from someone who has been there – it is not worth your time. Content mills force freelance writers to create high loads of content for very little money – often asking for a 500 word article, with research, for only $5-8 (sometimes less!). Stay away from content mills.

Do you have to be an expert to make money freelance writing?

  • Does your writing have to be perfect? No & no, you can do freelance writing without any experience. As you continue down the path, you will gain experience and earn more money. It’s as simple as that. If you have a basic knowledge of writing papers and articles, you’re set to go!

Types of freelance writing gigs:

  • Articles
  • Ghost Writing Novels
  • Content Writing
  • Blogging
  • News Updates
  • Niche Specific Writing (Sports, Cosmetic, Food, Finance, Wedding, etc.)
  • Copywriting
  • Curriculum Writing
  • Research Editing
  • And More!

As with all positions, freelance writers need to be ready to work hard and consistently improve themselves in order to make any money or gain skills. If you are interested in becoming a freelance writer, I encourage you to go for it! It’s a wonderful way to earn an extra income while following your passion for writing. 


 

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Thank you for reading!


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Money saving tips to fill your pantry – MMO Series

Money saving tips to help fill your pantry!

Before I talk about the money saving tips to help you fill your pantry in this post, I want to tell you all of a story. Here goes: I visited a friend’s house recently and as I entered, I regretted my decision. The floors were lined with cat poop and puke, dirt clung to the walls in chunks, and cobwebs surrounded the ceilings, light fixtures, windows, and anything on the walls. I took a breath in and gasped at the horrid smell that met my nostrils. Could people really live this way?

I walked in further and noticed their three year old daughter playing on the ground, sitting near a crusty lump of what I could only assume was old food. She crawled over to another toy and stuck her hand into her mouth to suck on her cat-hair covered thumb.

Like many millennials, I struggle with what it means to truly be an adult. It’s hard to adult in this day and age – I feel like I need more training or 20 more years or maybe just another ten minutes of sleep.

Similar post: Adulting tips – Click HERE

Despite my lack of Adulting training, I knew from the depths of my soul that this was not how adults were supposed to live. I vowed at that moment to never allow my house to become that dirty.

However, that meant a need to purchase more cleaning supplies than normal and as we all know, I am working on paying down my debt as aggressively as possible.

Similar post: Paying off debt & Saving money – Click HERE

I’ve looked at countless money saving tips throughout my frugal living – how to earn extra money online, how to save money on veggies, how to live frugally in your every day life, etc. That’s what brings me to the money saving tips of this post.

Here’s today’s post for our Make Money Online Series.

money saving tips

If this is your first time viewing our Make Money Online Series, please read this section.
-if not, feel free to skip ahead!-

The Make Money Online Series is a compilation of blog posts and guest posts discussing how it is possible to make extra cash online. When I first started my journey to pay off my debt fast and become debt free, I searched every possible nook and cranny to find options to earn extra money – in fact, I’m still looking! I scavenged the internet searching for options and signing up for everything that I possibly could.

Of course, this led to a bunch of spam and horrible programs that lie and do not actually help to make money online at all. SO, I’ve developed this series to help debunk those programs so that those of you who are in need of some extra cash, whether it’s because you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, want to pay off your debt fast, or want to find a way to support your family as a stay at home mom, won’t struggle to find tried and true methods to earn money online.

We’ll cover topics ranging from freelancing to blogging to direct sales to micro jobs, etc. and posts will be made every other day – so keep checking back for more or sign up for our weekly newsletter! For a compilation of all topics that have already been posted, click here (HERE).

If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, or a topic you would like to guest post on, let us know in the comments below! Thank you!


 

Money Saving Tips to Fill Your Pantry

Today’s money saving tips are brought to your from ePantry. Now, I know what you are thinking: can you actually make money online with ePantry? And the answer – I’m sure you don’t want to hear it – is no. You can’t technically make money online with ePantry. However, you can earn money that translates into store credits which can be used to make purchases you would have made anyway – and isn’t that the same thing?

The way ePantry works is simple. You sign up for an account: HERE, you pick what you are interested in buying, and you make a purchase. Now, there are a couple of things you should know.

First of all, ePantry is all about creating products that are safe for your family and for the environment. I think this is by far the greatest thing about ePantry. The products work really well (we’ve tried a few of them and have our favorites, which I’ll gladly share if you’re interested), they smell fresh and clean, they sanitize where we need sanitation, but they aren’t dangerous for pets or kids (which is really important to my wife and I).

Not only are they safe for our family, but they’re safer for the world. For each shipment ePantry sends out, they save 25 square feet of rain forest because, as they state, “we believe in homes. Your home, where we send natural products, and our collective home that we all share.” The goal is to help keep our earth healthy for as long as we can.

With each shipment, ePantry sends tips to help improve your life and your world. Some of these tips include:

Take your own mug to the coffee shop – some shops will even give you a discount for bringing your own cup.

Shake and fold! Drying your hands with paper towels? Shake your hands and fold the towel – and you will be dry in only one sheet.

Bike, use public transit, carpool to work, drive slower, keep your tires inflated. One-third of all traffic is commuters!

Turn off the water while your brush! An oldie, but a goodie – and we can each keep nearly 2,000 gallons of water from going down the drain each year.

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Second, you can get a lot of FREE things from ePantry – if you know where to look! Most times, you get free things just by signing up for ePantry itself!

You can also earn free things by inviting your friends. For every friend who signs up, you get a $10 credit to your account which = free things to help fill your pantry!

AND for the first ten people you invite via an email address, you get a free pack of toilet paper – regardless of whether they even open the email! I would say those are some awesome money saving tips, but you already know that. How could you not?

I’m sure you’re wondering what products are offered, right? Well, there is a whole array of great products for you to choose from from baby supplies to cleaning supplies, laundry supplies to face and hair products, paper supplies to oral care, ePantry has it all! Don’t let this list stop you from checking them out – there’s so much to choose from, I can’t put them all on one page. Visit their website to see what they have to offer by clicking HERE now!

For more information: Click ePantry HERE

I know what you’re thinking: there has to be a catch. And I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I said that there wasn’t. The truth is, for your first order, you are required to spend at least $20. You get your products, you aren’t paying more for them, and you aren’t forced to buy anything you don’t want, but you do have to spend $20 before you can start earning money on ePantry. I sincerely hope that you do not let this little purchase stand in your way of filling your pantry for free for years to come. It’s only a one-time purchase and after that – get ready to have free things piling into your pantry. Of course, if you have concerns, just let me know!

Oh, before I forget, another great thing about ePantry is their ability to build orders. You can choose to have orders shipped monthly if you don’t want to have to keep coming back, but don’t worry, you can cancel any time you want – no charge.

Whether you are looking to save the world or save some money, ePantry is the way to go.


Thank you for sticking around for our Make Money Online Series. A new post will be coming out soon – don’t forget to check back in!

If you have topics you would like to contribute or would like us to cover on how making extra cash is possible during our Make Money Online Series, please let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!


Disclaimer: Some of DIY Jahn posts contain affiliate links. While I do earn money through Fronto and bonuses for referring people, all of my opinions on the company are 100% honest. Also, please not that recipes, fitness tips, and financial tips are not given by a professional. To understand what this all means for you, click here.