Last updated on June 17th, 2018 at 10:03 am
Hello Welcome to My Blog Susan Velez
Does starting a new self-hosted blog make you feel like you don’t have what it takes to start a blog? Maybe you’re not techie enough.
After starting a blog, what do you do? How do you grow it and actually make money?
You know that you want to start a blog, but you don’t know how to begin. Believe me, I understand.
Why I Started This Blog
I started this blog because I know how hard it is to get started on a WordPress blog. My very first WordPress installation took me over 8 hours to install.
It was the ugliest site I’d ever seen. However, I was so proud of myself. Fast forward to today, I’ve been working with WordPress for over 8 years.
The basic techie stuff comes pretty easy to me. So I thought I’d share the basics with you so you can get learn how to start and manage your own blog.
You will get in-depth WordPress tutorials with pictures as well as video over the shoulder video walkthroughs. I will share tips on how to start your own blog so you can get yours started.
Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel where I share more tutorials that will help you start and grow your blog.
In my short year online, I have been featured on the websites below:
Beautiful Dawn Designs: Ultimate Guide to Blogging on WordPress for Beginners
Basic Blog Tips: How to Track Blog Growth With Google Analytics
Donna Merrill Tribe: How to Find Your Most Popular Pins on Pinterest
Ryan Biddulph: Here’s a mention that was made.
Mostly Blogging: 18 Easy Tips on How to Boost Pinterest Traffic
From Freelancer to Entrepreneur
I’ve been on the entrepreneurial journey for several years. Unfortunately, I’ve had to deal with my own struggles until I was able to find something that I truly enjoy doing.
I just had to write a book and publish it on Kindle. If you want to read about my journey, you can buy it here.
Who Is This Site For?
It’s for women (and men) who want to take control of their lives and create their own financial freedom. If you’ve been wanting to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with the world, but don’t know how to start.
I totally understand that the techie side of blogging doesn’t always come easy. That’s why you’ll find the basics of what you need to know to get started. I’ve compiled everything you need to know here.
Related articles for starting your blog:
- 7 of My Favorite WordPress Plugins and Why
- How to Start A Blog Step-by-Step With Pictures
- Advice for New Bloggers That Will Help You Keep Blogging
While my site isn’t the typical pink colors that most women blogs are. I’ve decided to share my WordPress knowledge with all the mompreneurs, lifestyle bloggers and other online women entrepreneurs who are ready to work hard and create the lifestyle they want.
I realize that most people don’t have the money to hire someone to start their blog. The great thing is that you don’t have to. Here are some tutorials that will help you get your WordPress blog setup so you can start writing amazing content.
If you don’t want to worry about dealing with the setup, I highly recommend contacting iMark Interactive marketing. They will help you get WordPress setup and you can even hire them to pay to manage your WordPress blog.
How This Blog Can Help You
I understand that there are so many blogging tutorials and information available online, it’s enough to make your head spin. What makes this blog different is I share what I am doing to grow my blog.
Every month, you’ll find my blog growth updates. I’ll take you inside of my Google Analytics and show you what I am doing to grow this blog.
Basically, you’ll get my personal journey and struggles that are real. I am out in the trenches growing my blog, not just giving you advice I’ve found online.
You’ll also get resources and other information that I believe will help you take your blog to the next level.
Like you, I don’t get to work on my blog full-time. I have my freelancing business and other obligations. So when I do work on my blog, I have to make my time count 🙂
My blog growth isn’t always pretty, but I can only share what I know and what I am doing to grow this blog. Feel free to join me on my journey.
If you don’t feel like what I am doing is going to help you grow, don’t use it. Either way, my goal is to help you start, grow and monetize your own blog.
Who’s Susan Velez
According to everyone I know, I’m stubborn. I keep pursuing the entrepreneurial dream even after all my failures.
I’m nearing my mid-forties and to tell you the truth, I have NOT saved enough for retirement. I spent all my savings pursuing the entrepreneurial dream.
Yeah, I know that’s crazy. My motto is you only live once, why do something that you hate?
That’s why I started this blog. I love blogging and since I don’t cook or have any other hobbies besides working out and WordPress, I figured why not share my WordPress knowledge with you.
Self-Taught WordPress Knowledge
I’ve taught myself everything I know about WordPress. I’ve managed to create a WordPress freelancing business through my knowledge and hard work.
I have been a WordPress freelancer for over 3 years. I currently manage and maintain over 22 WordPress websites, as well as setup and design websites for clients while working from home. (I’m NOT a designer or PHP developer by no means).
The great thing about starting a self-hosted WordPress blog is that you don’t need to spend a lot.
I have over 8 years of experience working with WordPress and I have a lot of knowledge to share with you.
I don’t claim to know everything, and I am NOT ashamed to tell you that I don’t know. The great thing is that you don’t have to know everything about WordPress to get started with it. That’s why you will only get the basics of managing your blog.
So use this WordPress blog as a learning platform, ask questions along the way…don’t be shy.
I am NOT a PHP developer or a website designer. If you’re looking for ways to build your own theme or plugins, you won’t find them here.
My goal is to help you grow and learn WordPress even if you have never used it before.
Many people have learned how to utilize the Internet and create the lifestyle of their dreams…isn’t it time we did that?
On a personal note, I am a regular person just like you. Hard work has been ingrained in me and it’s who I am. I guess you could say I acquired these traits in while I was in the military? (who knows)
I’m the only one in my family that has followed the entrepreneur route. Everyone says I am crazy and I should just get a regular 9-5 job to pay the bills.
I’ve had several ups and downs in life before I became a full-time WordPress freelancer.
Some of my closest friends would say that I am obsessive. When I start something, I seem to get tunnel vision and continue towards my goals. (I am not sure if that is a good thing)
When I’m not sitting in front of my Mac ( I switched to a Mac about a month ago) you can usually find me at the gym. Or outside running on the local track.
Running helps me clear my thoughts. I used to be a lot better at it when I was younger, but I still enjoy it. NOT that I’m that old 🙂
Not only that but when I sit in front of the computer for long periods of time, my neck and back start to hurt. Guess that’s one of the downsides of doing what I love.
Staying in shape is extremely important to me. I always pay attention to the food I eat and try to exercise every day.
My weakness is hamburgers and carrot cake.
Everything I’ve learned about WordPress, I’ve taught myself through trial and error. (just like growing this blog_)
I started with WordPress in 2005. Actually, I set up the site up for a friend. You can read about that experience here.
I haven’t had a typical 9-5 job in over 10 years. I have failed at a lot of online ventures. (why am I telling you this?)
Because I am being open and honest and don’t want you to think that I have made money online from the get-go. I have a few blogs online that make me some monthly residual income…but nothing that will help me retire comfortably.
At the time of this writing, this blog has made some money, but not enough to let me walk away from my freelancing business.
Let’s see, what else can I tell you? Oh, I have a 16-year-old pug. She’s old and deaf, but she still has the kick in her when it’s morning time and it’s time to eat. I think eating and sleeping are her favorite things to do.
I’m cold natured, I always seem to be cold. My favorite season is Summertime. Maybe it’s because I love wearing shorts and I don’t have to worry about being cold.
A Much Needed Vacation
It has been over 6 years since I’ve been on a real vacation. My partner and her parents spent 9 days in Disney World.
The time off was great, we really enjoyed it. The weather was great…so I thought why not share some pics with you.
Keeping blogging simple for the non-tech. Make money with your WordPress blog through affiliate marketing. Join me as I grow my blog to a full-time income and share my journey with you!
I will show you that anyone can learn how to use a self-hosted blog to start their own online business. All my tutorials are geared towards beginners and some advanced techniques.
As mentioned above, this will be more than just starting a blog, I will talk about everything it takes to turn your blog into a successful blog that actually makes money. (if that’s what you want.)
However, I make it extremely easy to follow along with video and step-by-step tutorials with pictures. So if you’ve been wanting to start a blog but don’t know how to get started, bookmark I will be adding more tutorials and videos that will help you start your own blog.
You can connect with me:
Google Plus: @SusanWPTutorials
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If you’re ready to start your blog, head here to get some free tutorials that will help you get started. Next, subscribe to my YouTube channel where every Wednesday, I upload a video that will help you learn how to start, grow and monetize your blog.
Don’t forget to reach out to me and let me know that you’re following me and I’ll be rooting for you 🙂
In fact, I’ll be your biggest cheerleader. Because I know what it’s like to want it so bad, that you’re willing to work your ass off just to reach your dreams.