069R Choose FI How to start a blog

069R | How to Start a Blog

How Michelle chooses her own lifestyle, the benefits of having your own blog and how to start one.

Not a good time for a podcast? Check out the article, How To Start A Blog here.

What you’ll hear on today’s show:

  • Review of Monday’s episode
  • How Michelle lives her lifestyle by choice
  • Why it’s a great idea to start a blog
  • The key when creating content
  • Why now is the best time to get started
  • How affiliate marketing works
  • The 4 things you need to start your blog
  • The total cost of starting up
  • Why it takes years to be successful
  • How building this skill set opens doors
  • iTunes and book giveaway

Links from the show:

Paid Courses mentioned in the show

Others That we didn't Mention on the show

  • Snappa– This is what we use to create all the featured images on the site. It's free to use for up to 5 downloads per month and $10 per month for unlimited. Incredible value
  • ColorPick EyeDropper Chrome extension | Allows you to find the exact color that is being used and replicate it
  • What Font  Chrome Extension | Allows you to find the exact font that is being used and replicate it


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17 thoughts on “069R | How to Start a Blog”

  1. I am a bit concerned. I started my personal finance blog http://www.mothermoney.org . After listening to this Podcast I am discouraged because I feel I will not have success with my domain name. The .com option wasn’t available. I’ve had it for maybe one month now but have already started to build my brand and I am very connected with “Mother Money” because there is a deep meaning behind it. Would you guys suggest changing my domain name and changing my FB, IG and other accounts?

    • Hi Anna, I did this with my website for my real estate business and looking back I don’t see the value. I think if people are going to be putting in highly private info then yes but if not, I wouldn’t do it.

  2. Good content gents. I’m hoping to start my first website in the next month and the info was really useful. Please note that the link to Siteground is incorrect.

    You mentioned offering some kind of freebie or value add for those that sign up to email. What is the risk of someone signing up to be a subscriber, getting the freebie and then unsubscribing once they have the freebie? Does this tend to be a high or low percentage of subscribers?

    Thanks and keep up the great content
    Nick (New Zealand)

  3. Any references regarding where you can find a list of companies that offer affiliate marketing programs? It seems the Google search is riddled with links that don’t appear to come from reliable sources.

  4. Great podcast filled with good information on starting a blog.
    I would like to see a future episode outlining the next steps after a new blog is up and running.

  5. I’m a bit confused on how to get started as easily as you mentioned in the podcast. I followed all of your recommendations to a T. Went to Godaddy and registered a domain, went to BigScoots and signed up for their hosting service at $7.95/month, now I’m trying to set up the site with wordpress. However now that I am on wordpress they seem to want to charge for aspects of creating my site that I already paid for with Godaddy and BigScoots? Also BigScoots now offers a “wordpress optimized” plans for considerably more per month? So should I create the site directly through BigScoots or WordPress. If I use wordpress how can I use my domain name already paid for with Godaddy and not pay wordpress again for the same service? Thanks so much guys


    • There were several questions nested here. but let’s start with what to do.
      Big scoots has amazing customer support. seriously the best I have ever encountered in my life. so they will happily coordinate this for you through email or phone. incredibly fast response times.

      You have a domain name –> ie awesomeWebsite.com
      message bigscoots and ask them to host that domain and install wordpress
      you shouldn’t need to pay for any other services at this point.

      Big scoots will message you when it’s done and give you the login address for your site

      once you login with the assigned username and password you are ready to get started and write your first post.

      WordPress comes with a default theme/color font/ style etc and you can customize that or pay for a premium theme but on day 1 that is largely optional

      hope that helps


  6. Have been binging your episodes since April and finally got to this one. It inspired me to create a blog, mostly for a creative outlet and the ability to share my real-time experiences paying back massive loans as a physician about to exit training, but potentially as a minor passive revenue stream in the future.

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the great tips. I’m based in VA as well so hopefully our paths will cross at some point!

  7. Hi! I’ve been listening to your episodes now for a few months and have immersed myself in FI and now I’m eager to blog my journey. I appreciate the email you sent “ChooseFI Essential Listening”, that’s how I found this episode. It was great info trying to figure out where to start with a blog. I already had my domain name, platform and I have a few posts, but haven’t published. I’ve been stuck on what to do next since I have absolutely no experience in building a website. This was all great info, so thanks and I defiantly would enjoy more podcasts like this even though they are all great. Again, I really appreciate all ya’ll bring to the FI community and I’m so grateful I have discovered this journey to FI for me an my family.

  8. Thanks so much for this very detailed info about your personal experiences with these providers. I have been inspired by the information you have shared and your excellent podcasts. I am also grateful to you for highlighting Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s blog and story.
    I am a nurse who is approaching retirement and I am already FI and I continue to work at my healthcare job. I have been inspired by your podcasts to find and tell the stories of local shift workers who are finding their way to Financial Independence. i hope to meet you both someday. Thanks for actionable tips and the inspiration!

  9. Hello Jon and Brad. I finally listened to your “how to build a blog” podcast 69R. Getting the website through GoDaddy.com is a bit redundant since you can get it through BlueHost or siteground. So now I have to wait 60 days to move my website from GoDaddy to SiteGround. Anyway, please keep an eye out for http://www.strugglebuslife.com – a website/blog/positive reinforcement page for all people whose parents abandoned them and they genuinely want to get ahead in life!!!
    Thank you so much for changing my life. –

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