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Selecting a Premier Lean-To from Tuff Shed

Selecting a Premier Lean-To from Tuff Shed

I have just spent hours calculating the best price on storage. I’m sure you want to know, too. We plan to build a large storage building work shop behind the house, but we have to wait for the city to finish some work they are […]

Bright Red Island Kitchen

Bright Red Island Kitchen

This great kitchen is in a house that is for sale on the Shetland Island of Unst. When you think of living on an island, you probably think of tropical beaches. That’s not the Shetland Islands. I started following the Shetland News on Facebook when […]

Thompson Ridge Log Cabin Kit from Log Cabins for Less

Thompson Ridge Log Cabin Kit from Log Cabins for Less

Did you know you can buy log cabin kits on eBay? That’s where I found Log Cabins for Less. They are out of Greeneville, Tennessee, near where we have some land we would love to sell you. Interested in buying some land from us? www.design42.com/land/ […]

$13,000 Log Cabin Kit from Bachman Log Homes

$13,000 Log Cabin Kit from Bachman Log Homes

Bachman Log Homes sells this 18′ x 24′ Wyoming Log Cabin Kit starting at just $13,000. It has 432 square feet downstairs with a 216 square foot loft, for a total of 648 square feet of living space. The kit is made with full-round Swedish […]

Planting Native Azaleas

Planting Native Azaleas

When I went to Ireland, I fell in love with the rhododendron and azalea. So we decided on mountain laurel, rhododendron and azalea for all around the new house. We went bought native azalea from Richard and Susan Mucci at Mountain Mist Nursery. My husband […]

Nine Kinds of Native Azalea

Nine Kinds of Native Azalea

We decided on mountain laurel, rhododendron and azalea for all around the new house. My husband went to school with Richard Mucci. His wife raises native azalea. Cliff told me to take a look at the website: www.mountainmist-nursery.com and pick something out. About Native Azaleas […]

Landmark Panelized Kit Homes

Landmark Panelized Kit Homes

Someone that talked about building on the land we have for sale told me about Landmark Panelized Kit Homes. Our house was not built with panels, but I have watched houses in our neighborhood go up really fast this way. You can order a kit […]

Finish-It-Yourself Tiny House Shell

Finish-It-Yourself Tiny House Shell

This Tiny House Shell just showed up in my Facebook Marketplace feed. It is in Candler, NC 8’x20′ Tiny House (inside needs to finished) $27,000 The Tiny Project tiny house is ideal for a single person or couple who work from home, or simply want […]

Step-by-Step Container Home Conversion by Casa Cubed

Step-by-Step Container Home Conversion by Casa Cubed

Casa Cubed builds container houses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They post photos on their Facebook page as they build. Building a Container Home Outside They start by cutting the openings for french doors and windows. The exterior walls are clad in cedar. Cedar is […]

Casa Cubed Shipping Container Homes

Casa Cubed Shipping Container Homes

A new Container house showed up in my Facebook feed this morning. They are made by Casa Cubed. I looked them up. This is their website: casacubed.com This is their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CasaCubedLLC They are a family owned and operated company. Andres and Maria Guillama, […]


Small House - Big Life

Want to be a Blogger?

Want to be a Blogger?

I am frequently asked how to be a blogger. The answer really depends on what you want out of it.

I’ve been writing for years. I’ve only monetized blogging about a year ago and I am surprised how much money my blogs are generating.

Why do you want to blog?

There are a lot of reasons to blog. I enjoy writing. You can blog to share your writing and to demonstrate your skill if you want to get copy writing or ghost writing jobs.

A blog attracts traffic to an existing website.

Most people tell me their first reason is to make money. Yes, you can make money blogging.

Express Yourself

Blogging can be a great creative outlet. Blog to share your photos or writing while maintaining some control over everything else that shows on the page.

Showcase Your Writing

If you would like to be a professional writer, a blog showcases your abilities. You can create articles and posts demonstrating the different styles and “voices” you can write in.

If professional writing is your goal, you need to carefully proofread everything you write before you publish.

Learn WordPress

I first started blogging to learn WordPress. I had been a web designer for years, but could see that WordPress could be a good fit for some clients. WordPress wasn’t as easy to use as it is now, so I need to know how to provide a lot of help. I also wanted to be able to show examples of simple sites clients could do themselves.

I took a few things I had written back in school and turned them into small blogs. Each small blog demonstrated a different theme and different plugins.

My first small blogs: Hilton Head Island, Ireland: a Different Visit, Caving

Earn Income

Yes, you can make money blogging.

If this is your goal, think about who might want to advertise on your blog. Look at other blogs that talk about the same topics you are thinking about blogging about. Who advertises on their sites? Start a list. See what they are selling. Who would buy those products?

Once you have a good guess of your potential advertisers target audience, write for them. The audience your site attracts makes a big difference in how much money your site earns. A click on my site about Caving earns a few pennies. A click on My design42: Lighting and Design or Project Small House earns much more. These sites are reaching the site visitors advertisers will pay more for.

Attract More Traffic to an Existing Web Site or Store

Add a blog to any site to increase traffic.
If this is your goal, stay on target. You don’t just want to attract traffic. You want to attract customers.

Blog about the products you sell. Add photos and details that aren’t available anywhere else.

Choose a product for each post. Think of everything someone might want to know about it. Perhaps show how it goes with another product.

Think like a customer. What would you search for? What would you want to know. Write the posts your customers wants to find.

How Do I Start?

Start writing.  If you are already writing, look at everything you’ve written. Would any of it work as a blog?

If you don’t already write, start creating a few posts and articles in Word. This will give you an idea whether blogging is going to be something you enjoy and will give you the posts and pages you need to start your blog.

How Much Does It Cost?

It doesn’t have to cost much at all to get started as a Blogger. You can have a Blog on DreamHost for as little as $2.59 a month. They install WordPress for you and even register your Domain Name for free!

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How Long Does It Take?

Writing each Post doesn’t have to take long at all. WordPress has an app that works on your phone. You can take a photo and create a post out of it really quickly. I save them as Drafts, then take some more time with them later.

You can write a bunch of Posts, then schedule when you want them to publish.

How Long Does It Take To Make Money?

I don’t know. Some of my Blogs make money right away. Others sit around, then take off. One Blog only had 4 pages. I wasn’t all that interested in the subject after my initial enthusiasm. Then someone Pinned a photo from it on Pinterest. The pin was re-pinned and re-pinned and the little 4-page site has earned a little over $6.00 a month for the last few months. No, that’s not much. But, it’s four pages that I wrote over two years ago. It adds up.

Blogging isn’t free money. It takes time to write something that is worth reading. It takes time for Google to find you. But a good Post or Page continues to get traffic. Little by little it adds up.

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