What I Learned From Starting a Blog & Being an Entrepreneur

by Dagmar Bleasdale on April 27, 2015

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Many of you have probably wondered about having your own blog or starting a small Internet business or shop.

Maybe you already write a blog and are playing with the idea of starting another one?

When I started my blog Dagmar’s Home (then called Dagmar’s momsense) in 2009, I knew that I didn’t want this to be just a hobby.

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I envisioned, I dared to dream, that this blog would grow popular enough so I could make money with it.

I think it takes that kind of thinking to make it as an entrepreneur. And after years of long hours and dedication, I am now making a nice living with my blog.

If you are interested in starting your own blog or website and hope to make money with it, I want to share with you what I did when I started.

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Can you guess what I did first when I started my blog? No, not blogging.

Instead, I did a lot of research and learned that most people who start a free blog on Blogger or WordPress.com eventually end up moving it to WordPress.org.

I wanted to avoid that and invested in buying my own domain and used WordPress.org and a self-hosting service from the start. This saved me a lot of headaches, plus Blogger and WordPress.com limit your ability to make money with ads.

The goal is to make money from ads on your blog or website, so starting with being limited to make money would make no sense. You need to invest in a professional setup if you want your blog to be successful.

That doesn’t mean you have to pay a web designer — I’ve designer Dagmar’s Home by myself since the beginning — but it does mean getting good web hosting.

I’ve used several hosting companies over the years, but today I want to highlight HostGator.

If you decide they are for you, I have a special 30% off promotion for you — an amazing deal!

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  • HostGator makes it easy to get your own domain if you need one.
  • 24/7 live support via chat, phone, and email. That’s really important because problems with your site always seem to happen at the worst time and reliable support is crucial.
  • One-click WordPress installs – no downloading and uploading of files. This is a lifesaver if your are a newbie.
  • One-click-and-start, easy website builder. Unless you are a webcoder, this makes building a site super simple.
  • Design services. Want help with designing your site? Their pros will do it for you.
  • Marketing services (SEO and PPC). Want to generate traffic? Their experts can help.

HostGator is offering all of my amazing readers 30% OFF all new hosting packages along with a FREE website transfer.

You can sign up for that special offer through a unique page they made for me.

I hope this comes in handy if you are thinking of moving your web hosting or of starting a new site. If you are, I’m so excited for you. It’s a lot of work, but so much fun!

Do you have any blogging questions for me? Just leave me a comment and I’d be happy to answer them!

{I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.}

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Jessy @ The Life Jolie May 8, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Great info, thank you for sharing. I’ll definitely keep this in mind for if I decide to switch hosts. I love your work space, by the way- it’s so pretty!


Dagmar Bleasdale May 8, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Thanks, Jessy! I’m thinking of switching to them, their service sounds amazing.


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