My journey starting this website The Coupon Boutique started off rough. Three months after launching this website my now ex husband and I decided to separate and I was a stay at home mom with a child with special needs. It was rough. Luckily I was able to get my old position back with Alpine Access (now called Sykes) and started working full time from home. I did my research in my spare time on how to build my website in the crazy world of blogging.
It took me almost 2 years to finally learn how to build a profitable website (after expenses). Blogging is something that I still love doing, and luckily it pays my bills now. I’m not here to sugarcoat things. I made a very small amount when I first started out, but luckily I didn’t give up and it grew from there. Today I am going to share with you what I learned and save you 2 years of your life. If you are serious about starting a blog (website) and want to share your passion and earn a living from it, I encourage you to continue to read.
Do you want to blog for money? Or are you looking for a fun outlet?
When I decided to launch my website I didn’t have the intentions on making this a full time job. I wanted to help people save money and needed a platform to share my findings. Ask any professional blogger and they all say the same thing. People don’t start websites to make money. One reason is you have to build a following and gain their trust. You also have to add value to their lives and that takes time. Blogging isn’t an easy way of making money. But I can honestly say that once you have a strong following and loyal followers it can be very profitable in the long run. I have to be very honest and say that I don’t for one minute regret starting The Coupon Boutique and have zero desire to work for someone again, I love being my own boss and having a flexible work schedule to be with my children!
So let’s get into the juicy stuff! Let’s build your website! This process can take 15 minutes of your time! I recommend that you build your website with WordPress (self hosted) and not Blogger. Although Blogger is free, you will face several challenges. If you website becomes popular Google may mark you as spam and shut your website down (seen it happen) or if you later decide to move to self hosting you have to move your entire website which is a pain in the butt. It is also much harder to monetize a Blogger website because some advertisers prefer a self hosted platform.