Dear CeCe: How do I Start a Successful Blog?

Dear CeCe! I love your blog! I really want to start my own blog, but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any advice for starting successful blog? How to get noticed? How to get people to my site? HELP! -SD Hi SD! I’m flattered that you’d ask me for advice on blogging. In the grand scheme of things, I definitely consider myself a baby blogger, but I have learned a lot the past few years. I am passionate about blogging, I love it and it has become a huge part of my life which is something I didn’t expect. I’m going to answer some of the questions I get asked most often about blogging here and hopefully…

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Best Camera Equipment for Blogging & YouTube| How to Blog & Make Money Step 3

I am so excited for all of you that are following along with my “How to Blog and Make Money” series. I just got a note that made me so happy: Hey CeCe, I just wanted to take a minute to check back in and give you an update on what happened with my blog after reading your post(s). I upgraded from a blogspot blog to my own .com (Step 1), then I signed up for AdSense (Step 2)… and now the money is flowing! It’s AMAZING to me! I’m not doing anything different than what I’ve always done with my blog. I just post about my hobbies, crafts and money saving tips. I didn’t want one of those blogs that…

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How to Blog and Make Money | Step 2

I’m so excited for all of you who are following along on my how to blog and make money series! After working two jobs left me physically and emotionally worn down, I decided to quit my part time job and replace that income by monetizing my blog (you can read the full story in step one). My initial goal was to have my blog bring in $500/month after taxes, I’m happy to say that I hit my $500/month blog income goal. Fast forward a few years and I was shocked to see that my blog was actually bringing in more than my full time corporate salary. Making full time income from a blog probably sounds super overwhelming, so for now let’s stick…

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How to Blog and Make Money | Step 1

In 2009 times were tough for me. I was working full time, making decent money, but I STILL had trouble living in NYC and managing my bills (I’m looking at you Sallie Mae!). I was super stressed about about money, so I decided to take on a second job at a retail store. Yup, on nights and weekends I would work retail for extra cash. And it was Terrible I was getting into the office at 9am, leaving at 5:15 and checking into a second job until midnight, I’d get home around 1am and wake up a few hours later to get back to my day job. I felt tired, I looked tired and the extra money was helpful, but the toll it…

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BUILD YOUR INFLUENCER PLATFORM

You’ve been following your faves on social media and you’re inspired. Blogging, Podcasts, Youtube, Instagram you love it all! You’re ready to be bold and start doing the “influencer thing” yourself. Maybe you already have followers, maybe you don’t have zero followers, but you know what you want and you’re ready to level up. So… what now? You may be wondering… How do I grow my following? How do I find the confidence to put myself out there? How do I work with brands? How do I deal with negative comments? How do I make money as an influencer? Which social media platforms should I be on Do I have to quit my job to be successful? The Confident Influencer…

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Grow Your Side Hustle Income

Congratulations! You’ve unlocked the amazing world of having a side hustle. You’ve watched others build inspiring businesses and you want a piece of that for yourself. You have the drive, you don’t mind spending your off days working on your dream. Perhaps you’ve made a few coins with your side hustle, or maybe you’re ready for your side hustle to bring in some additional income, but you know you could be doing more. You have no problem getting started, but you need help to level up. You may be asking yourself… Where do I go from here? How can I level up? What are other people doing behind the scenes to grow their businesses? Do I have to quit my…

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LAUNCH YOUR IDEA INTO A BUSINESS

You’re inspired when you see people with a flourishing online business. You probably have a lovely life that feels safe and comfortable but something keeps tugging at you– the feeling that there’s something more you’re meant to do. You have an idea that you want to share with the world, but you have no idea where to start. You may be asking yourself… Would my idea even work as a business? Where do I begin? Do I have to quit my job to be successful? How do I get my idea out of my head and into the hands of the people who need it? How do I find the confidence to put myself out there? The Confident Business Launch…

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3 Major Adulting Mistakes I Made This Year

As I stood on the corner of 34th street and 7th avenue, I was in a full blown panic. I was too weak to stand on my own, so I leaned against the grimy wall outside New York Penn Station and waited for an ambulance to find me in the middle of Manhattan.

Just a few hours earlier, I was happily dancing at a friends wedding.

A few days before that I was filming my first national segment for the Today Show during New York Fashion Week.

I had no idea that while I was laser focused on supporting my friends and pursuing my passions, my body was quietly falling apart.

Which brings me to the most frustrating adulting mistake I’ve made this year….

Olay 28 Day Challenge Results

I’m at that interesting age where acne is still a thing, but I know wrinkles and aging are around the corner.

When it comes to my skincare, I have to address both.

Want to Quit Your Job? Read This First.

It was 8am on a crisp November Monday. I stepped off of the elevators on the 41st floor of my corporate office in Manhattan’s financial district. As I sat down at my desk, one task zoomed to the top of my to-do list– print my resignation letter and quit my job. I felt a healthy mix of sadness, anxiety and relief. I did things the right way, giving more than 30 days notice, offering to train my replacement. etc. My boss threw me an awesome goodbye party and then, boom four weeks later I was instantly self employed, my own boss, a creative entrepreneur. That was almost three years ago and I’ve been supporting myself on my own terms ever since. Do you…

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