How You Can Build a Blog to Help Pay Your Bills!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you about how you can build a blog to make extra income.  When I first got into monetizing my blog, I was doing it for the purpose of trying to make enough money to pay some of our monthly bills and to have some extra spending money.  A friend of mine was making enough money each month to pay her grocery bill and had money left over.  When I learned what she was doing, I was determined to do the same thing!  And guess what?  I was successful!   We have a large family with 9 people in it.  Life is not cheap for us!  I was so excited to learn that you could make money from being online and writing about the things you’re passionate about.   (You can read more of my blogging story here, if you missed it.)


Blogging for Groceries


I remember when I first started my website, I was shocked at how much knowledge you need to have in order to monetize a blog.  It can be downright overwhelming!!  Thankfully, I had a dear friend who was willing to take me by the hand and help me with my questions and decisions along the way.  She was great at challenging me to take action and she answered so many of my questions.  It took me a while to figure out where to go when I didn’t want to bother her, but I finally figured out many places that I could go in order to increase my knowledge.  I crave blogging knowledge.  I’m constantly reading or listening to podcasts all about the subject.


Because I’m always being asked how to make money blogging and there was enough interest from the readers on my site, I’ve decided to proceed with making a 3 month class about how to build and monetize your own website.  If you have ever considered building an income by starting a blog or website, this is the class for you!!  In the class, you will learn so many things!


Blogging for Grocery Money Ecourse


You Will Learn:

  • How to get started building a website in the best way possible, eliminating mistakes and growing as quickly as possible.  (These are the tips that I wish someone had taught me!)
  • How to choose a profitable niche for you.
  • How to know what you should be writing about.
  • How to know the best way to name your blog so that search engines will find it.
  • How to install WordPress on your own hosting account.    
  • How to get your first 500 subscribers.  
  • How to get sponsors to pay you to tell your readers about their products.
  • Where to get sponsors from.
  • How to make money (in detail!)
  • How to build traffic and grow your audience and pageviews.
  • How to track your traffic so you know what’s doing well and what’s not.
  • How often to post.
  • How to promote your blog.
  • How to reach your target audience.  
  • How to stay on track and keep focused.  
  • How to build an editorial calendar so that you always know what you should be writing.  
  • How much money you can expect to make at certain blogging stages. 
  • How to know if your interests are too broad for your blog. 
  • How to build a social media following and know how often to post on these platforms.
  • Where to get pictures.
  • How to skip the amateur picture phase and make your blog post pictures look amazing.
  • And More!



Who Should Take this Course?

  • Anyone who is interested in building an income that you can run from anywhere.
  • Students –  (I plan to use this as a homeschool course for my teenage daughter to learn how to make money from blogging.  She desires to be an entrepreneur and I want to dump what is currently residing in my brain into hers, so this is one way that I’ll be able to do that!).
  • Stay at Home Moms –  If you would love to supplement your income, but you don’t want to have to put kids in day care or maybe you’re homeschooling them and have them with you all day, then this is a perfect opportunity for you.  You can write about the things you love and learn how to make money doing it!
  • Working Parents – I know you’re busy, because you’ve been at work all day, but…maybe you don’t like your job?  Maybe you’d prefer to be a stay at home mom, but just can’t afford it.  Start building a blog in your spare time, so eventually you CAN afford to stay home.  Maybe you’re a dad who would like a career change.  You can do this!


If you are looking for a get rich quick answer though, don’t buy this course!  While you can make money within the first several months, it won’t be a lot.  I literally remember making 1 cent a day on my Adsense ads and being excited that at least something was adding up.  It wasn’t much, but it meant the ball was starting to roll.  And believe me, it does start to roll.  I went from making pennies, to dollars to hundreds of dollars each month.  As long as you do the things I teach you, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were making $1,000 to $2,000 within 2 years.  Can I promise that?  No.  It all depends on how hard you work, what your topic is that you’re writing about and how fast you’re able to build your audience.  Every single blogger is different.  We all have different stories.


Generally, you have to take the time to build your audience before you can expect to see significant income.  For me, it was a good 2 years before I made a steady, predictable income.  This was in part because I did not listen to people when they told me what I needed to be doing. It was also partly because I had to build the traffic.  It takes time to compile enough blog posts that Google will use to send traffic your way.  It takes time to build  your subscribers up.  Once you do it though, it’ll be like a snowball rolling down a hill.  It will slowly pick up momentum and you will realize that you have many more possibilities.


How Will the Class Work?

Each week, you will receive 1-2 video lessons covering the topics mentioned above.  You will receive access to the videos in a members only area on my site that will be password protected.  Each week, I will give you an assignment to complete.  You will also be added to a secret Facebook group, where you can feel free to ask questions as we go, making sure that your experience is an individualized one where you can get answers from someone who has been there.


What Will I Need?

  • Domain & Hosting.  You should plan to purchase your own domain name and hosting for your website.  The hosting can be as much as $9.99 per month depending on the company you decide to go with, and would be considered your first business expense.  I can walk you through how to set this up in one of our first class videos.  While you can use a free hosting site, like Blogger, you will have better success monetizing your site and getting Google traffic to it if you have a self-hosted website.  (I started on a free server and had to move over soon after I started…and immediately saw a big difference).
  • A computer with internet access – You need to be able to type easily and watch videos from an internet connection.
  • General computer confidence.  If computers completely overwhelm you, you may need to hire someone to set up your blog.  While I intend to walk you through how to buy a domain name and hosting and also how to install WordPress, I will not be your technical gal to figure out anything that went wrong.  If you’re OK with figuring it out as you go, then you should be golden.  There can be problems along the way, and it will be your responsibility to figure it out.  If I can answer questions about those problems, I’ll be happy to, but I will not be able to log into your website to help you troubleshoot.


Sign up for Class Here:


To join this amazing class of blogging entrepreneurs, it will cost you $37 per month for 3 months OR a one time payment of $97.  Let me tell you, this is a steal!  Others are charging anywhere from $300 to $1000 for a course similar to this.  I will likely be raising the price in the future, so if you are thinking about doing this, be sure to get in before the price goes up!

Pay Once – and Save $14!  Sign up for the one time payment below:

One Time – $97!!


Or you can pay once a month for 3 months, at $37 per month!

$37 Per Month for 3 Months!

If you sign up, you will be added to the Facebook group by September 8, 2015, when the first video will also be posted.  The class will last a total of 3 months and will end on December 8, 2015.  You will cotinue to have access to the Facebook group until the end of December 2015 to ask any additional questions you may have.  Because you may need them for a while to refer back to, I will continue to provide access to the videos forever.  If I decide to take them down due to inactivity or changes on my own website, you will be notified by the provided email, so that you can download them to your own computer.  If you still have questions, feel free to email me at



Where does Blogging Income Come From?

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.


Many of you were intrigued by my post yesterday, where I shared about making enough to cover your monthly groceries (and then some), by running and growing a blog like this one.    One thing that I didn’t really make clear was where this money comes from.  It all depends on your goals and your vision of your blog.  Here’s some ways that the money comes in (and no, you don’t have to ask for money all the time!).


Blogging Incom


The money you earn blogging can come from many different avenues.  Here’s several that are pretty common among bloggers:

1.  Sidebar and Header Ads – You can use Google Adsense or many other ad networks that pay a cost per thousand (CPM) and/or a cost per click (CPC) basis.  The money you earn from this increases as the traffic to your blog increases.

2.  Sell your own digital products – I was hesitant to do this in the beginning, but after being told that it is a great way to add an income stream to my business and having several readers request it, I finally caved and turned my weekly Crockpot Freezer Meals menus into printables that were available for purchase.  It was the best thing that I could’ve done!  While that income fluctuates depending on the season, it has definitely been a stream of income that I don’t want to go away!

3.  Sponsored Posts – Companies want their products in front of consumers.  They are turning to bloggers more and more to share what they love about these company’s products.  You can solicit your own sponsored posts or sign up with a company to do this for you.  Either way, the  more traffic your blog sees, the better the sponsored post will pay.

4.  Social Media Management/Virtual Assistant Work – Some bloggers use their blog as a platform to gain other employment avenues online.  They may get hired to run social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram) for a company or to do other odd jobs that other bloggers need done.  Bloggers who are making money are happy to hire experienced virtual assistants to help them keep on top of the tasks that they have at hand.

5.  Affiliate income – When you link to another store (like Amazon) or another blogger’s product, you can make a percentage of income off of that person’s purchase.  Sometimes it can literally be pennies, but other times, it can be $20 or more a pop.  It all depends on the product you’re linking to and what exactly they’re buying.  You can get creative on sharing about these products by sharing how you use them and how they help your family.  It doesn’t have to be a weird salesy pitch, but just a natural event of sharing why you use the product and what you like about it in a natural story sort of way.

6.  Facebook/Twitter Parties – You can work together with a company to promote them and charge them for it.  You put together a party that showcases the business and all they have to offer.  You charge them whatever you feel it’s worth.

7.  Product Reviews – This falls closely to the Sponsored post, but I gave it it’s own category because sometimes, you don’t get paid to do a product review.  Generally, you should always request to be paid for a sponsored post, but in some cases, you do a free review of the product in exchange for the product.  This would be counted as income on your taxes and should only be done if it will save you a lot of money or if it’s something you would blog about anyway, regardless if they gave it to you or not.

8.  Sell Physical Products – Some people use blogging to sell physical products from.  They may be a distributor for a direct sales company or they may make their own products and/or have their own products manufactured to sell.  I have recently tackled this venue.  I am slowly beginning to develop my own kitchen line of products, marketed under the name, “The Sidetracked Kitchen”.  Here’s a sneak peak at my first product:


3 Pc Flexi-Pour Measuring Cup Set with LidsI’ll tell you more about this product soon, but it was produced to be sold on Amazon as well as my blog.


9.  Become an Author – Many, many bloggers have developed such an audience through the years that they are able to get a book deal from it.  This is definitely on my bucket list of things to accomplish, but I am not in any hurry.  I have 7 kids and I homeschool, so I don’t have as much time to focus on this as I will in the future.  I just mention it because it has become a reality for many, many bloggers, and depending on the work you’re willing to put in, could become your reality as well.


Currently the majority of my income comes from ads, sponsored posts and digital product sales.


Yesterday, I put some feelers out to see if any of you were interested in a monthly subscription service to teach you how to start and grow a blog so that you, too can earn an income from it.  I began by just trying to earn enough to buy our groceries and it’s steadily grown into more than that.  Blogging is one of the topics I’m asked about the most (It’s a passion that I love!) and I would love the opportunity to teach this fun skill to you.  Depending on the amount of interest we have, I will begin a beta class to teach subscribers how to grow their blog into something that can help them pay the bills as well.  If you think you’d like to be a part of this, do me a favor and fill out this form to let me know.  If you already did this yesterday, you don’t need to do it again.

Multi-age Playrooms: How to Set Up a Space Everyone Will Love


If you have more than one child, you will know that toys seem to multiply at an alarming rate. The family playroom quickly turns from your kids’ playtime haven into a chaotic hovel, mismatched toys strewn about with no sense of order or organization. Baby toys and chemistry sets sit alongside each other and you know something has to change. If this situation is currently happening in your house, know that there is hope. Here are a few tips to help you create a playroom children of all ages will love.


Designate zones

As with any good playroom, it’s a smart move to have designated areas for different kinds of play. For multi-age playrooms, creating a space for each child will help everyone easily find their own toys and feel like they have their own room. If you need to, use room dividers or cleverly placed storage to physically separate the room into different areas. Otherwise, keep arts and crafts materials in one corner, dressing up and other imaginative play toys in another, and puzzles, board games, and building toys stored neatly in boxes and shelves. An organized playroom is much more functional and low maintenance than one with piles and piles of random toys.


This clean, organized playroom has dedicated spaces for imaginative play, arts and crafts, and plenty of storage!


Playroom 1

via Modernize

Space to relax

Just because your playroom is full of toys and stimulating projects, this doesn’t mean your children won’t need somewhere to relax and sit, too. Find a functional piece of furniture or two that all your kids will enjoy, or have smaller versions for younger members of the family. Bean bags, oversized cushions, and comfortable sofas or armchairs work perfectly for all ages. Combine this relaxation space with your story/quiet corner if you like, but make sure it remains accessible for everyone.

You can just imagine your kids curling up with a good book in the comfortable, inviting window seat and bean bag chair in this playroom.


via Modernize


Rotate toys

Regardless of age, all children go through phases with toys. Most of us have far too many toys for keep track of, and if we parents think there are too many, our kids will also struggle to play with all of the toys lying around. Once you’ve organized the playroom, take out any broken, unused, or unwanted toys and discard or donate appropriately. If you’re still left with too many toys to store, take a few out for a month or two and rotate them back in when you sense your kids are bored with the ones they’ve been using. This will encourage your children to enjoy the toys they have available (and will also help immensely at cleanup time).


There are few toys on display in this playroom, so they are more likely to be enjoyed often.


Yellow Kids Room

via Modernize



Keep it safe

If you have toddlers or babies using your playroom, make sure any small or potentially dangerous toys are kept out of their reach. Consider storing older kids’ craft and building materials on higher shelves or closed away in bins, and make sure big brothers and sisters know not to leave their Legos lying on the floor. Speaking of storage, make sure any heavy storage units are secure and bolted to the walls if needed, because we all know that every toddler becomes a climber at some stage. Encourage daily tidying with a schedule or regular routine and you are less likely to have any accidents.


This playroom uses clever box shelves and counter space to store delicate and smaller items.



via Modernize


Once you’ve reorganized your playroom to suit everyone, your kids will be ready to get playing. Now comes the really hard part: sharing!


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Kaitlin Krull is a writer and mom of two girls living the expat life in the UK. Her writing is featured on and a number of home decor sites around the web. She can also be found blogging from time to time on her personal blog, A Vicar’s Wife.