Blogging basics
I’ll try to boil this down to the essentials. There
are whole books written on this subject, so I won’t
to try to cover everything here. But for a quick,
bottom-line version keep reading.
What is a blog?
A blog is short for Web log. Basically, it’s just a
website that has entries listed in reverse
chronological order. The original idea behind it
was to be an online journal or diary that was
updated daily (or as frequently as the writer
During the past decade many software companies
have created programs and blogging platforms to
make the process VERY EASY. As the blog writer,
depending on which platform you use, you can
just type your entry, press submit, and it shows up
on your blog for the world to see. Most bloggers
don’t know any programming languages and are
not “techies,” and these companies know that.
Starting a blog is one of the easiest ways out there
to start a website. If you haven’t started one yet,
why not try it? It can be very quick to set up and is
sometimes completely free.

Is it easy to start a blog?
It’s very easy. Even if there are steps along the way
that are confusing, there are plenty of resources to
get the help you need. There are more than 20
million blogs in existence, so starting a blog can’t
be that difficult.
How much does it cost to blog?
There are many services that allow you to start a
blog for free. If you’re just trying out this whole
blogging thing, try using one of the free services to
get a basic feel for blogging and get your feet wet.
Once you decide you want to stick with it and that
you want to make money with your blog, you may
want to move up to a self-hosted blog. Anyone
who is really trying to make money with a blog
will probably find more success with a self-hosted
blog. Getting a self-hosted blog probably isn’t free
but still can be VERY inexpensive. You need to
pay for nothing more than a domain name (about
$10/yr) and webhosting (as cheap as a few bucks
a month).



Note from the Author
The purpose of this book is to show you how to
make money with a blog. I suspect most people
won’t stick with it long enough to make a full-time
income, but even making an extra few hundred
dollars a month isn’t too bad either.
This book is fairly short. I am a very to-the-point
type of guy, and I much prefer the meat and
potatoes over a bunch of fluff. So, rather than fill
this book with fluff, I’m keeping it very concise
and full of helpful information for new to
intermediate bloggers.
If you’re around the blogging world, even a bit,
you’ll quickly realize there are a lot of bloggers
who make money by talking about how to make
money online. Rather than just talking about it, I
chose to see if I could actually make a full-time
living before ever wrote about it at all.
That’s not to say there isn’t plenty to learn from
unproven bloggers, but I felt more comfortable
proving to myself I could do it before teaching
others. Now that I’ve found it’s actually a legit way
to earn some money, I decided to pour into this
book as much as I could about blogging.
If you find the book helpful, or if you see ways  can improve the book, or even if you hate it and want a refund, please let me know. I greatly
appreciate your feedback, and it will help me
continue to tweak and improve the book – so
thank you in advance!
If you enjoy this book, for a limited time I am
hosting a free 60-minute online workshop where I
share the 3 biggest secrets that helped me turn my
blog into a full-time living.
I will only be hosting these workshops for a
limited time, so if you are interested be sure to
pop over to get registered.

Four steps to get
started blogging in 10
First things first, if you haven’t started your blog
yet, head over to this link and get my free 14-Point
Blog Startup Checklist here:
Trust me, you will be glad you did.
And you can follow these steps below, but this is
just a quick Cliffs Notes version. (For more detail
finish reading the book!) These recommendations
are the things I would do if I had to do it all over
again today.
1. Find a domain name
● Go to and find a domain
name that’s available (blue ones are open,
red ones are taken, and green ones are
pricey) but don’t purchase it yet.
● If possible, aim for a domain name that
has at least some of the keywords you want
people to find in the search engines.

Get a domain name and web
hosting package
● There are thousands of webhosts out there,
but is my favorite for
reasons we’ll cover later. Head over to and select either the
“Hatchling” or “Baby” plan.
● Then make sure you register the domain
you found in the first step.
● Next enter “EFFICIENT30” as a promo
code and it will knock 30 percent off for