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How I Make Money Blogging Challenger Group – 1 Year Update

I introduced you to the five How I Make Money Blogging challengers on July 11, 2012. These bloggers were letting me publicly document their progress as they follow the action plan in my new eBook, How I Make Money Blogging. Today we are taking a look at their progress over the last 12 months since several of you have been dying for an update. 🙂

How I Make Money Blogging Challengers

As I mentioned in the 6 month update, Weird About Money and Contented Momma didn’t make it to the one year mark, but I do have a Contented Momma update…congrats on the baby and the new virtual assistant position!  Motivated Madison decided to move on to a new project about 6 months in, Planet Mads (good luck!).  That means 2 of the 5 bloggers that started are still active with their sites from a year ago, which is exactly how blogging is in general.  🙂

The Budget Professional

The Budget Professional is owned and run by Wendy.

Stage of Blog before HIMMB: Wendy had also not started her blog yet. But she was super pumped to get started.

Beginning Stats / Current Stats:

  • Page Rank – 0 / 0
  • Moz Rank – 0 / 4.04
  • Domain Authority – 1 / 19
  • Page Authority – 1 / 32
  • External Links – 0 / 94
  • Total Links – 0 / 217


Well, let’s see …

Daughter given cancer diagnosis

Husband loses job of 13 years with no warning

Mother-in-law passes away very unexpectedly and very suddenly

Must suddenly take over all of FIL’s “stuff”

FIL diagnosed with cancer, surgery, radiation

2 months of bronchitis turns into pneumonia

Younger brother had massive heart attack

Any one of these could be picked as a once in a lifetime event, and based on how you handled the stress you’d either succeed or fail.  Unfortunately, all of these things (and a few more) happened to me within a 6 month period of time.  I should be blowing bubbles right now, blissfully unaware of my surroundings, instead of writing a coherent sentence!  🙂
All of the above really doesn’t matter when it comes to blogging.  You either write the posts, publish them, and create your blog, or you let lifetime events – or just plain old life – get in the way.  (Wasn’t it John Lennon that said, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans”?) is not where I wanted it to be a year later – but you won’t believe the ideas all those lifetime events gave me for upcoming posts!  Sticky notes are waiting to be translated into site content, and it’s time to get some monetization on the blog.  In another year, I’ll be reporting from the warm sand of a private beach while living the writers life!  🙂

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Crystal’s Comments: Holy hell.  That is a crap year.  Way to be positive though!!!  Good luck with every future endeavor and I can’t wait to see your new material!

Call Me What You Want, Even Cheap

Call Me What You Want Even Cheap is owned and run by Shondell.

Stage of Blog before HIMMB: Shondell started on Blogger in September 2011 and switched to WordPress April 23, 2012. She was already posting about 3 times a week, but she wanted to dig in and grow faster.

Beginning Stats / Current Stats:

  • Page Rank – 0 / 1
  • Moz Rank – 4.27 / 5.08
  • Domain Authority – 23 / 35
  • Page Authority – 33 / 43
  • External Links – 9 / 106
  • Total Links – 158 / 870


I can’t believe it has been a year since I started the BFS challenge. Crystal has been a huge help and inspired me to start my blog and branch off into other things online. I haven’t been as active on Call Me What You Want Even Cheap as I use to because I started freelancing, and realized that I was making more money providing content for businesses and blogs than I was from my site. So my focus has shifted to my writing business than my blog. I have been extremely fortunate that I am getting clients when just a few years ago I didn’t even know about blogging. I currently write for realtors, builders, contractors, many small businesses as well as personal finance blogs. I’ve been writing on Gail Vaz Oxlade’s site for a few months  as well. You can check out my articles here

I was also recently interviewed by Redbook Magazine for my debt payoff. I will be in their August issue. I was also interviewed on a local radio station in Toronto CFRB 1010 for my debt pay off as well.

Although I am only making a few hundred dollars on my site, I am still having a blast! I will continue to focus on my writing business and see where it takes me. If you are in need of a writer for your blog or your business site you can contact me at [email protected] for more details. I write web content, press releases, blog articles, and pretty much any other content. Connect with me for samples.


Crystal’s Comments: Wow, congrats on the writing business!!!  It was also great to meet you this year!!!

How Would You Do?

And because I am human, here’s another link to my eBook in case you would like to dive in too – How I Make Money Blogging.

Any advice for the challengers? Any questions?

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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7 thoughts on “How I Make Money Blogging Challenger Group – 1 Year Update

  1. Wow, has it really been a year?!

    Major props to Wendy. Her story would have wiped out 99.9% of all the other bloggers out there. Keep Moving Forward, Wendy!

    Keep up the great work, too, Shondell!

  2. I started a web site, but got side-tracked. I am thinking about starting a blog at my website too, but it will not be about budgeting. When I get bored either I or the younger daughter add to the content, but we seem to like graphics more than writing at the moment. We have loads of ideas not launched. But it has inspired us to do more in out actual lives, so I find value in keeping the site.
    I suppose I should challenge myself to really launch our website and a blog. See what we could do in 3 months, 6 months, or a year. Right now it is a VERY private website….we never even listed it with the free programs provided by our web hosting provider. Maybe its time to change that …

    @Wendy, TheBudgetProfessional, I have had years of pouring rain. Trying to incorporate this year of tumultuous tidings, changes and assaults on your family’s dreams and realities in writing will be well received. Take the post-its and do more with them than I have with mine, people will empathize and give support. People always surprise me with how supportive they can be when they have no personal ties. As the pain-plagued Nietzsche is often quoted, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger Good Luck and Best Wishes.
    @Shondell,[email protected], WTG! Sounds like you are on your way to a writing career and a successful blog, especially with the interviews to help get your blog and you some well earned recognition.

  3. @ Wendy – Wow Wendy, what a story. I had no idea! Stay strong girl, the best is yet to come.
    @ Crystal – It was great seeing you as well.
    @David & Retired – Thanks

  4. @Wendy – Wow Wendy, what a story. I had no idea! Stay strong girl, the best is yet to come.
    @Crystal – It was great seeing you as well.
    @David & Retired – Thanks

  5. It’s great to get an update. I consider myself an unofficial challenger as I started shortly after this by using the guidelines in your ebook. It took about 6 mos but I did make some money. It looks like I am set to make around $3K this year, which isn’t quit your job money but $3K more than I had! Best of all, we paid off all debt except for the mortgage. I hope to continue learning and getting better. Thanks for writing that book.

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