How to Start a Blog and Make Money Series: Post 1

Learn How to Blog and Make Money

I am going to start this series to help you learn how to start up a blog and make money! This will be a series of posts, as one long post will be way to much. I will split it up so it is easier! So, take the journey with me and stay tuned for each post with more information on how to start blogging!

I am going to focus on creating a self-hosted blog, you can use other outlets for blogging but this is what I do, so I know it and have found success with it. A self-hosted WordPress blog does require a small investment, most bloggers use WordPress, it is the most popular route. is by far the #1 platform for building successful blogs! I started on Blogger and ended up moving to WordPress later on, and that was a horrible pain and I paid money to get it done!

Decide on Name and a URL for Your Site

How to Start a Blog and Make Money

First off you need to decide what your blog is going to be name, and then what the URL will be. Tip here is pick a name that is easy to say and remember, and not to long. I didn’t do that with this blog, I should have but didn’t know this tip. So come up with a fun name that is simple and easy. The url will be the name you decide:

Create a Name

Google your name idea to ensure their are no other sites with the same name. If no site comes up, then your site name is available. If it comes back with a link to a site, you have to think up another name! You can’t copy off of anyone, no two sites can have the same name. Make sure your name is easy to spell and say! If you can’t spell it very easy, people could have a hard time finding your site. Like I said earlier I missed that memo when I created my site!

You need to also think what you will be writing on. Will it be about your love for animals, parenting, how to create crafts, and so on. Make your name fit what you will mostly be writing about. They recommend that you pick just a few areas to write on or even just one. It helps people know exactly what they are coming to your site to read!

Just make sure your name and what you will write on will pair nicely. You don’t want your name to be Paradise Destinations and talk about how you parent your children. Make sure it flows nicely.

Domain and Hosting

Once you have a domain name picked out you will need to buy it. You can go through Name Cheap, Go Daddy, etc to buy your domain names. I have mine through Name Cheap.

Next is hosting, Bluehost is a good one! Over 800,000 would use Bluehost for their hosting! If you want to make money on your blog you have to pay for hosting. Creating a free blog and making money is against policy, so buying  a hosting package is the way to go. Bluehost has tutorials on how to set it up, which is really nice!!!


Designing Your Website

Now, if you are tech savvy you might be able to do this yourself! You can search out YouTube videos that can share how to create a header and such! They will have a better chance for you to understand than me typing it all out, you can actually see the steps to take!

For software I love using PicMonkey to create things. You can edit pictures or create blank canvases and add text and graphics! PicMonkey also has tutorials on how to use their software if you struggle with it at all! They offer a free and paid service. The paid service does give you a little bit more options, and I use paid, it looks more professional! BUT Free is good to if you can’t afford it.

You will want a header, which is like what you see at the top that says ChicnSavvy Review’s.


Stay tuned for the next post, this will be good for now to get you started! It will take some planning and time on your part to find what you really want!

Next Posts will be writing posts successfully and monetizing your site! 

Monetize Your Blog By Referring Bloggers up to $10 each time!

moneyIf you are looking for new ways to monetize your blog then here are a few options that you can earn money for referring bloggers to join affiliate offers from a certain company!

These Companies are on ShareASale – so if you are not signed up with them, it wouldn’t hurt. Just click on any of the links below to join each program, and it will direct you to a page to sign in or sign up for FREE!

What does Promotional Posts Mean: From time to time you will get emails and say if you share this special deal you will get a flat rate fee (say $5 for doing a post or sharing a post on Facebook). It is very easy to do, and easy money!

To start off here is a really awesome one! Sign up for the WP Engine affiliate program and receive a minimum of $150 per referral!

 Cents of Style and get a $3.00 bonus for each referral.
Layla Grace  $10 for each blogger you refer. Plus they offer monthly payments for promotional posts.
Blurb $10 for each blogger you refer. Plus they offer monthly payments for promotional posts. I have made quite a bit threw them.
ModCloth $10 for each blogger you refer. Plus they offer monthly payments for promotional posts.
Shoe Dazzle $10 for each blogger you refer. Plus they offer monthly payments for promotional posts.
 Stuffed Animals $1 for each blogger you refer


Also of course with all of these companies you will make money with each item you sell through your special affiliate link, when you blog about their offers. They have tons of companies on there that allow you to refer bloggers for pay, these are just a few. I thought it would be fun to share these with anyone looking to make more money.



Sverve – Easy Way to Make Money Blogging


From time to time I share ways to make money blogging and get connected with brands. Well, recently I came across a new site to me, and I wanted to share with you guys in case you haven’t heard of it.

Sverve – is a great place to join in on, and you can get endorsed by peers, and connect with brands. It is Free to Sign up, and I became a member a few weeks back. They have different offers available where you can apply to possibly work with brands and companies.

It is nice because you can choose which offers you want to apply for, that you feel qualified. Then if they are interested they will contact you, and you can build a partnership with them.



I think the site is pretty easy to navigate, and haven’t had any problems so far. They make it pretty easy once you are accepted into the site.

Once you are a member you can view the current campaigns up for grabs. If you feel that you are fit and qualify you can reach out to them through an email from the site. If they choose you, they will notify you, and then it will show up in your Campaign area, with the next steps to needed to start the campaign.

Only takes a few seconds to sign up and I was approved within the day! I am excited to see where this leads and hopefully new offers will take place and I can maybe make some money through them. I have done 2 offers so far, so I am optimistic!

Are you a member already to Sverve? If so I would love to hear your thoughts about the site, since I am still kind of new to it.