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    1. Jessica

      July 3rd, 2016 at 5:59 am

      I thought you had mentioned how blogging can make a person money.,.but didn’t see how in what you wrote. Just curious as to how blogging can make a person money? I have no idea how it all works. Thanks

    2. Stefanie

      July 3rd, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Hey Jessica, I’ve written another post on how I make money off my blog here – http://stefanieoconnell.com/made-money/

    3. Niki

      August 10th, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Love this post! It’s so helpful! I just started blogging and completely agree with all you said.
      thatkenyanwanderer.wordpress.com

    4. Stefanie

      August 10th, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Niki! I’m thinking of writing a follow up. Now that you’ve started blogging, what are the things you feel you’re struggling with most?

    5. Tuqa

      August 19th, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you for this post .. I want to start a blog badly but have no idea what kind of niche to write about .. I’m just lost
      I’m into healthy and clean food and green homes

    6. Stefanie

      August 19th, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Remember, it’s about identifying who you want to help and what you want to help them with? What do you find people ask you about most? What advice to people specifically seek you out for? What’s their biggest need? Always a good place to start.

    7. Deborah

      September 1st, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Thx. Great info. It will get me started.

    8. Stefanie

      September 1st, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Good luck Deborah!

    9. Marva | SunSparkleShine

      October 6th, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Hi Stefanie, thanks for these really helpful tips. I’m in the process of refining my pillar content and sub-categories so that I can stay true to my goal: helping busy women shine for Christ.
      I’m pinning this on my Blogging Tips group board to help others as well.

    10. Stefanie

      October 25th, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you for sharing Marva – getting clear on pillar content and categories is a game changer. Hope it’s going well!

    11. Keshna Donia

      October 10th, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Stephanie,
      I am curious to know more about the blog structure. Your post was very helpful and while I am getting closer to fully defining my niche, I am curious to know more about the blog structure and subcategories. Any follow-up? I am a visual person so that would help greatly.

    12. Stefanie

      October 25th, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Keshna,

      I’m in the process of restructuring my blog so I’ll use myself as an example.

      My mission is to empower millennials to build lives and careers on their own terms using personal finance as a top tool. I’ve niched down my audience to millennial women, primarily in big cities, primarily single.

      I’m creating four different content categories based on that mission and that audience:

      1. millennial money (this will cover money 101 – anything to help my audience manage the money they have to better serve their goals)
      2. making more money (helping my audience make more so they have more flexibility in pursuing their dream lives/careers)
      3. love and money (navigating the emotional aspects of money and money in relationships to support financial health regardless of circumstances)
      4. lifestyle (learning to afford whatever the “ideal lifestyle” looks like for each of my readers)

      All of my content will fall into one of those four categories and each of those categories serves the primary mission and my audience.

      I hope that example is helpful.

    13. Judy Chase

      December 22nd, 2016 at 3:45 am

      Thanks so much for your technical explanations. I’m not so educated on such terms so very helpful. I’ve been writing on a free set-up but it really doesn’t have the pzazz I want it too. I’m writing about being a senior (72), a widow (10 yr) and single. All those are a culture shock. From my point of view. I felt at the onset people in my bracket need to know how to maneuver such a life as this, none of it chosen, but ever so doable. grammscottage.blogspot.com gramms cottage – a seniors point of view. Thanks again…very encouraging and thought provoking.

    14. Stefanie

      December 22nd, 2016 at 3:46 am

      Thanks for sharing your point of view Judy. I’ll have to check out your site!

    15. Jenn Aucoin

      January 1st, 2017 at 3:27 am

      Loved the post! I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a couple of years now but can’t seem to find just the right name. I know it will come to me in God’s timing when he knows I’m ready. I want to start one based on my faith, everyday life, my struggles, marriage, mommy hood, etc… I have Fibromyalgia Syndrome and newly diagnosed ADD (along with other ailments but those are the main ones) and have 4 kids. I am growing in my faith daily and I know I was given this life because God knows I’m strong enough to live it and to show others that this mountain can be moved. I feel like I’m rambling now. First time to comment on someone’s blog. Anyway, thank you for the post!

    16. Stefanie

      January 2nd, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks for commenting Jenn. Sounds like you have a lot of great insights to share. My recommendation would be to really think about your mission and how you want to use your experience to help others. It’s best to be very specific to start.

    17. Jamie

      April 25th, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      This blog post is super helpful – thank you! As an actress (I know you feel me on this one), the random survival jobs absolutely kill me. I’m trying to make money doing something I actually love and enjoy, and want to start doing it on my terms. I feel like it’s too late and that I’ve kind of missed the train, but I’m definitely going to give it my best shot. Now to go binge-read your other posts…

      x Jamie

    18. Stefanie

      April 27th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Never too late Jamie. Time and consistent effort go a long way. I highly recommend reading the scale your income series if you want to start a biz on your own terms, starting with …. http://stefanieoconnell.com/how-to-make-your-first-extra-100-a-month/

    19. Mark Smith

      June 8th, 2017 at 12:36 am

      Stephanie! That post there has just changed my life! I’ve been thinking of starting a blog for a year and studying the “what’s and how to ‘s” for half a year. Other blogs have been good but you’re spot on, I speak your lingo. Your thought process and organisation is sublime- I know because my questions while reading through, you answered next paragraph. It’s been a long time since I’ve read such prose and answer-the-question stuff. Thanks for showing it’s possible, and for the tips!
      Mark

    20. Stefanie

      February 8th, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      So glad you found it helpful Mark!

    21. Carmen

      December 8th, 2017 at 2:08 am

      Thank you for sharing!

    22. Jenny A.

      February 7th, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      I’m not sure exactly how I stumbled across your blog post but I am so happy that I did! Thank you for sharing with us! Like many others, I have also contemplated on blogging but don’t have a niche. It would be primarily a creative outlet for me but it would be amazing if extra income is generated if I ever get to that point with blogging! — As far as niche’s go, I know you said in another comment to really think about the mission and audience but how do I know if it’s something people want to read? Do you suggest researching other blogs in the area that I’m interested in blogging about?

      Thank you again!

    23. Stefanie

      February 8th, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Researching other blogs is always valuable, but so is any kind of content. For example, what kinds of articles do you see people most liking and sharing in your social feeds? What are they excited about? what are they sharing? What kinds of questions are they asking? Look at magazines like Glamour and Cosmopolitan, see how they’re answering questions and serving an audience. Then figure out what audience you think you could provide value to and consider what their biggest questions are and how they most like to get their information.

    24. Jenny A.

      February 12th, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you so much for your quick reply 🙂 I will dig in a little bit deeper and take your advice. Take care!

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