No, You Absolutely Cannot Blog for a Living

Many people ask me, can I blog for a living? Almost every single time my answer is, “absolutely not!” The only way you can blog for a living is if you can eat, breathe and sleep blogging, Google, social media and the Internet in general. Unless you can devote well over 60 hours a week to building a blog or website I would say that you better stick to your day job. There is nothing wrong with creating a little bit of side income through blogging but do not expect it to be your full source of income. But Jesse, how do you do it?

Blogging for a Living Takes Time

Lets get something straight very early in this content. I have been actively researching and digesting all the updates to the Google algorithm for over five years. If you don’t understand the terms crawled, indexed, cached, QDF, linked, queries or sitemaps you have a lot to learn. If you aren’t well versed in analytics, adsense (other advertising options), affiliate marketing, or webmaster tools you have even more to learn. This takes a lot of time and effort. In fact, it takes several months just to start the process of understanding how to create amazing contant and track it.

I would imagine it takes well over 400 hours just to grasp some of the basic concepts of blogging and that doesn’t even begin to include how social media has changed SEO forever. If you want to spend a couple of hours a day on a blog you simply cannot resort on blogging as your sole form of revenue. In fact, some of the more influential bloggers I know are happy to make $10 or $20 a day. These are individuals who get 1000s of daily visitors and they have been doing it for years.

Can a Blog Make Money on Day 1?

No. Absolutely not. Unless you already have an Internet presence elsewhere there is no way you can make money on Day 1. You might set up Google Adsense and get lucky with a few clicks that make a few bucks but there is no way you can create sustainable income from day 1. That said, if you know many in the business and you have built strong relationships you stand a much better chance to make money early in your blogging career.

I will be the first to admit, I will not link to your content unless it is simply amazing. Until you have build some authority and you have knowledge of a specific subject you are not going to create quality content. The ultimate goal with blogging is to build authority and much of that comes through link building. You cannot start a sports blog on Saturday and expect to see Sports Illustrated and ESPN link to you by Monday. In fact, you cannot even expect that in the first year!

How Long Does it Take to Make Money on a Blog?

If you are willing to live, breath, eat and sleep on the Internet you will likely be able to start making some money by the second month of a blog. By some money we are talking about $50 to $100. This is greatly dependent on your form of revenue. Blogs make money in different ways whether it be through affiliate marketing, advertising, email lists or membership sites. No matter how you generate income on your website you cannot expect to be making thousands by month #2.

If you want to create sustainable income through your blog I would suggest preparing for a six month journey; at least! This is why I titled this article, “No, You Absolutely Cannot Blog for a Living!” Most people do not have six months to create a stream of revenue. There are many extenuating circumstances that make this impossible. If you have any responsibilities at home such as children or a significant other they deserve your time. If you have bills to pay that deserves your money. I could go on and on.

Conclusion

Unless you have six months to devote 60 hours a week to blogging and social media I would not plan on creating a website that is going to make a substantial amount of money. If you have this time, feel free to contact me and we will talk about a content creation strategy. If you are unwilling to write multiple articles a day or create multiple YouTube videos you are going to have a very difficult time building authority. Keep this in mind before starting your online adventure.…

Home Depot July 4th Sales and Deals

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One of the most popular holiday shopping weekends in the summer is the weekend of July 4th. In 2013, Independence Day will fall on a Thursday which means many hard working Americans will take a four day weekend. Some will travel to the beach or mountains while others look for the most popular holiday sales and deals. Some will seek out Home Depot July 4th sales and deals in 2013 in hopes of getting low prices on a new lawn mower, appliance or some outdoor patio furniture. Before making a final purchase decision remember to check out the competition.

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Home Depot July 4th Sales and Deals 2013

When looking for the absolute lowest prices of the summer it is hard to argue that July 4th offers some great opportunities. Whether you are buying a washer & dryer, paint, a brand new push mower or lawn and garden items there will be markdowns throughout the United States. Remember that Lowes July 4th sales will be impressive but shoppers should also consider Home Depot, Sears and WalMart. By checking out the competition most potential shoppers will be able to better gauge how much they are going to spend during the holiday weekend.

Appliances are a very high priced purchase. This big ticket item type is usually only purchased once every few years. With that being the case, it is smart to research and see if there are any sales available. During holiday events retailers like Best Buy, HHGregg, Costco, Lowes and Sears offer mark downs for major kitchen and laundry appliances. Remember that not every retailer will carry the same brands. The Kenmore appliance line is exclusive to Sears and KMart. There are a few other brands that you may only be able to find at your local appliance store.

There are thousands of local appliance stores throughout the United States. By using Google Maps or a search directory you can find just how close these stores are. It never hurts to give them a call and see if they will be offering some type of major July 4th sales event. You may find that they are willing to throw in some incentives if you are willing to finance through them as well. Always check the interest rate on the financing before moving forward with a purchase.

RYOBI® ONE+™ 18-VOLT LITHIUM-ION 2 PC. COMBO KIT

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$99

CHAMBERLAIN® GARAGE POWER STATION

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$129

RYOBI® ONE+™ 18-VOLT NICD CORDLESS 10″ STRING TRIMMER & EDGER

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$59.88

RIDGID® 14-GALLON WET/DRY VACUUM KIT

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$99

HOMELITE® 2700 PSI GAS PRESSURE WASHER

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$299

JOHN DEERE® D110 42″ RIDING MOWER

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$1699

TORO® 22″ HIGH WHEEL SELF-PROPELLED RECYCLER® MOWER

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$299

HONDA® 21″ SELF-PROPELLED 3-IN-1 MOWER

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$399

YARD MACHINES® 20″ MOWER

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$149

YARD MACHINES® 21” HIGH-WHEEL READY-START MOWER

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$199

CLEANFORCE® 1800 PSI ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASHER

SKU # 834881

$169

DEWALT® 3000 PSI COMMERCIAL-GRADE GAS PRESSURE WASHER

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$599

RYOBI® 2-CYCLE GAS 17″ CURVED SHAFT TRIMMER

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$99

ECHO® 2-CYCLE GAS 17″ STRAIGHT SHAFT PROFESSIONAL TRIMMER

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RYOBI® 24-VOLT LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS 13″ TRIMMER

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RYOBI® 40-VOLT LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS 13″ TRIMMER

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$149

RYOBI® ONE+™ HYBRID 18-VOLT LITHIUM-ION CORDLESS & ELECTRIC 12″ STRING TRIMMER/EDGER

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ECHO® 2-CYCLE GAS PROFESSIONAL BLOWER

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RYOBI® 2-CYCLE GAS BACKPACK BLOWER

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HOMELITE® 2-CYCLE GAS 16″ CHAIN SAW

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Remember that these are the prices for the major Father’s Day sale that will go on in June 2013. These prices will likely be similar to the prices that are available during the July 4th 2013 sale that will take place at the end of June and beginning of July. If you have a specific item you are looking for please feel free to comment below and I will be more than happy to help you find some very low prices from Home Depot or one of their competitors.

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Shopping on July 4th Weekend in 2013

When going shopping on any holiday weekend it is a good idea to come up with a strategy. Check out the parking situations at the local shopping malls and outlet malls. This will allow you to better understand if you need to car pool or not. It might even be worth it to take the bus or train to some of these shopping locations. If you do not plan ahead you could be driving around for hours looking for a place to park. This is not a good way to start a shopping experience.

You may also want to consider looking at some of the online sales and deals that will be taking place. There are a ton of great websites that offer hourly sales during major holiday events. Think about this before heading out and fighting the crowd. It is now the case that some of these online retailers are willing to offer free shipping as well. If you can get free or low cost shipping there is no reason to fight the mayhem that will be going on at shopping malls and retail locations throughout the United States.…