How I made $130.74 at the gym.

What is the one BIG thing that keeps me from going to the gym? Motivation. I want to be in VS Angel shape, but I also want to sprawl all over my couch, eat Trader Joe’s pretzels and scroll through my Pinterest feed. 

Now, if only someone would have told me that I could go to the gym, get in shape AND make passive income all at once! You bet you’d see me pumping those cute neoprene dumbbells!

It’s True!

…and it’s NOT a tricky scam!

I discovered this in a sort of round-about way. Originally, I was looking for ways to make a little extra cash for my wedding and found all these great sites!

After implementing my new slew of websites and apps, I quickly noticed one thing they all had in common:

I kept using them at the gym! I made money while working out!

Some of these Apps are fitness based and the others just require a bit of reading and multi-tasking. (I love to multi-task at the gym! Listening to music isn’t enough to make 30 minutes on the stair master feel less like hell…) These apps and websites are the perfect, money-making distraction.

So here it is. Here’s how I made $130.74 at the gym. 

{Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. However, all opinions and advice are 100% my own. In order to stay truly transparent and honest, I only recommend services that I use, love and believe will benefit others.}

1. Survey Junkie – $113.26 earned

(Free to sign up!) 

Okay, I don’t like to play favorites, but this one is definitely my favorite! Mainly, because I cashed out $113.26 after about two months. 

>>> Try it –> HERE

Side note: At first, I was skeptic of this site (and basically every survey site). I am definitely a hard person to convince when it comes to online services. It was the first “earn money through surveys” site I signed up for, and I’m so glad I joined! I did my research prior to ensure that it was not a scam.

Once you join, you will get to choose from a page of surveys. Each survey will earn you around $0.30-$3.00 if you qualify. Don’t worry, I’ve qualified for most and I consider myself an Average American. When I do not qualify they give me three points (three cents) for trying! (Hey, it all adds up!) Once you’ve earned $10.00, you can cash out via PayPal.

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The best part? I literally took these surveys on my iPhone while getting my cardio in via stair master. A good 30 minutes averaged me around $3.00-$5.00. I averaged around $60 a month if I did 4-5 days of cardio.

 So, if you want to earn a good chunk of passive income that requires very little work, than SurveyJunkie.com is your thannng, girl! (or boy.)

2. Achievement App – $5.76 earned 

(Free to sign up!) 

>>> Try it –> HERE & receive $2.50 in bonus points for signing up!

This is definitely an app that I wish I had years ago! Gah! The extra money I would have had… the jeans I could have fit into by now…  Basically, Achievement is an App that will reward you for being healthy!

You literally just have to walk around and you will earn points, which will be redeemed as money. …but wait, There’s more! Really, there’s more.

The App can synch up to your fitbit, Myfitness Pal and other health tracking platforms to give you even MORE points for logging your food, water intake, weight, measurements and exercise. 

(Fitbits will log more steps into the app than your phone. Amazon always has great prices on new and refurbished fitbits! –>Fitbit

So far, I have earned a total of 5,716 points ($5.71) since joining in May 2017. That may not sound like much during that amount of time, but more than half of that time was spent WITHOUT using the MyFitnessPal sync. 

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MyFitness Pal was the game changer! Once I synced, I earned way more points on a daily basis. 

So basically, if you eat food, drink water and walk then this App is for you!

3. MyFitnessPal App 

(Free to sign up! Premium version available.)

>>> Try it –> HERE

You’re right, they don’t pay their users, but I just HAVE to give some credit to MyFitnessPal for the money I earned with the Achievemint app. 

Both Apps are like peanut butter & jelly. They just belong together. You will earn more than double the points with MyFitnessPal!

If you have never used MyFitnessPal, it is basically a diet & fitness tracker. All I do is scan/log my meals and it keeps track of all the Macros and nutrients for me. I even enter in the specific workouts I do and it shows how many calories I’ve burned. Even if you aren’t using Achievemint, it is just a great tool to use in your fitness regime!

4. SwagBucks – $6.43 earned

(Free to sign up!)

>>> Try it –> HERE  Earn $5.00 worth of points just by signing up with my link!

Swagbucks is the ultimate online money making destination. Unlike a few reward sites that I’ve looked into, Swagbucks is not out to scam you. (I recommend doing your research before joining any “money making” platform.)


You can earn “SwagBucks” through using their search engine, shopping online, watching videos and taking surveys.  Points are then redeemed into your favorite gift cards or even PayPal cash.

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I signed up earlier this summer and so far I have earned $6.43! They have tons of way to earn “swagbucks”, but I mainly use their search engine.

It’s perfect for in-between sets at the gym, when I search the web via phone anyways. I do a lot of wedding planning this way! Yup. They pay me to search for different bouquet ideas.

5.  Paid ViewPoint – $5.29 earned

(Free to sign up!)

>>> Try it –> HERE

Another highly rated, legitimate Survey site I recently discovered was Paid ViewPoint! PaidViewPoint pays you in gift cards AND PayPal cash. Since I am using this passive income for my wedding, I really love when these type of sites offer PayPal options! (as much as I would love me some Sephora giftcards…)

I find that these surveys are very short and they add up quick! Likewise, the more you use Paid ViewPoint the more you will earn per survey. They call this your “TraitScore”. I love that they reward their loyal users!

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So far, I have only made $5.29 within a few months and my TraitScore is still pretty low. To be fair, I haven’t used this platform as much as I really should, given how quick the surveys are!

Goal: take more Paid View Point surveys on the stair master, raise my TraitScore, lose 5 lbs.

Not a bad way to earn some extra money, huh?

Honestly, you don’t even need to go to the gym to earn this money on the side… (shhh don’t tell anyone I told you that…) I mean, you could accomplish all of this on your couch… while eating Trader Joe’s pretzels.

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Looking for more ways to earn passive income? Start a blog! See how I set up my blog for profitable success –> HERE

How to use (1) & (2) Make Money Blog

How to Start a Profitable Blog in 2017

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Blogging is one of the simplest yet most rewarding platforms to earn profit from! How much fun would it be to be paid to write about something that YOU are 100% passionate about?!

We all have that one thing in life that has forever inspired us.  Maybe it is fashion, music, baking tarts or watching sports? You name it!

So… Have we devoted our whole lives to that one thing for it to just become a weekend hobby? 

It’s such a shame that very little people will ever get to do exactly what they love to do for a living. Especially, when the best work is achieved when we are actually interested in the work we do.

Maybe “living the dream” has always been just a dream until you starting hearing about bloggers working full-time for themselves. Or, maybe you started a blog and realized that this could easily become something more!

Well, it is completely possible for anyone!

If you feel inspired, I am going to show you 5 basic steps to set your blog up for money-making success!

Step 1: Decide on your Niche

What is that one thing that you could talk for hours about?

What are YOU constantly pinning on Pinterest?

Whatever those topics may be, they might just be the perfect niche for you!

Maybe you are vegan and love dessert?! Create a place where your people can find great recipes! Are you really good with finances and other “adulting” things? I know I am always pinning ways to save money every month!

Really, the sky’s the limit when it comes to niches. I mean, it’s 2017… there is a blog for everything! Choose what makes you, YOU. 🙂

Step 2: Choose a Platform & Host for Your Blog

{Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. However, all opinions and advice are 100% my own. In order to stay truly transparent and honest, I only recommend services that I use, love and believe will benefit others.}

I originally created my blog with the free version of wordpress.com. Unfortunately, this free version does not allow any monetization or ways to earn money. It was perfect for me at the time, but I knew that I really wanted to invest in my blog!

(If you want to just dip your toes in the blogging water before investing, check out how I made my blog for free –> here).

I thought about upgrading, but wordpress.com wanted about $8 -$25 a month! Yikes! (You will need the $25 plan to access useful plugins and SEO tools for monetization and making any profit.)

And then I found bluehost. ::angel ahhs::

Bluehost let me create a self-hosted, WordPress blog for $3.95 a month! I mean, that’s literally cheaper than a Starbucks latte… 

I even have access to the hundreds of plugins and SEO tools that WordPress.com wanted $25 a month for…  What?!  hint: go with bluehost.

The best part was that I didn’t even have to start my blog from scratch. I literally just imported my wordpress.com site and was good to go!

Why did I choose bluehost over other hosts?                    

 3 Simple reasons:

  1. They offered me a free domain name! Similar hosting platforms wanted $14.95 to create a domain. “Free” just sounded way more courteous.
  2. They have no limit on views per month. Similar hosting platforms limit you to a certain number of viewers per month. If you reach over that amount you will have to upgrade to a more expensive plan. Ouch.
  3. 30 day full refund! I decided to at least try it. I felt so comforted knowing that I could get money back if I didn’t like it. Literally, there was nothing to lose!

     

 

 

How to Sign up for Your Host:

Since I use Blue Host, I will use their set up as my example. This is to show you how easy it is to sign up for a host.

Go to bluehost.com

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Click on the Green button, “get started now”

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I chose Basic, but I wish I went with plus for the extra features! Honestly, the price I paid for bluehost was made back in blogging profit within the first few months blogging.

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Choose Your FREE Domain Name. If you are unsure of what to choose, they will let you decide later!

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After Filling out your information, payment and billing address you will create your password and then you have your website! I use WordPress with bluehost, but there are other platforms as well.

Give bluehost a try—> HERE!   

If you end up not liking it, you get your money back!

Step 3: Create Content that SERVES others

Take on the perspective of a blog reader.

What do you search for on google?

What Pinterest pins do you save and actually click on?

Chances are you are clicking on articles that give advice, inspiration or show you how to do something. It’s no coincidence that some recipe blogs are making six figures every. single. month. What?!

Challenge: Create 5 posts that “teach” your future readers how to do something within your niche(s).

i.e, “How to Start a Blog”, “10 Recipes for Weight loss”,”5 outfits for Fall”…

Step 4: Monetize Your Blog

Now for the real money maker. Literally.

***Update: I did make a profit via affiliate links & ads after my first month of blogging! Check out how I did it —> HERE

Obviously things don’t typically happen overnight with monetization, but with your constant effort and love for what you write about, you will notice growth!

In the meantime, there are dozens of ways to profit from your blog!

Here are the top three ways:

  • Affiliate links. They are everywhere and you don’t even know it!

    Check out the Affiliate & Ad companies that accepted me as a new blogger! –> HERE

Think of your favorite fashion blogger on Instagram. In her stories, she is showing you her new, favorite pair of jeans she got at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. She was even sweet enough to give you the link to the exact pair, so that you, too, could rock those  high rise, distressed skinny jeans… affiliate links, folks… affiliate links.

It’s not that she is only in it for the money, but she is really just spreading her love for fashion whilst making a bit of profit. It’s harmless! Psh, I ain’t mad. Don’t be afraid of affiliate links! 

Make sure you give your readers a bit of a heads up when you are using affiliate links Mainly, because it is required. However, it’s also just good blogger moral to always stay honest and transparent to your audience.

  • Ads. They are everywhere and yup, you definitely notice.

    Ads are a quick and easy way to monetize your blog. However sprinkle them lightly around your blog!

    Nothing is more annoying than reading an article and having to keep clicking the x on every pop up ad. Especially when you accidentally click on the ad… which might even be the point. Clever. 

    That happened me earlier today! To be honest, after the second attempt I just closed out of the website and never looked back. Be classy with your ads!

    Tip: Amazon Associates & Google Adsense are easily the top ad companies. I prefer Amazon Associates since, well, they are Amazon! You can pretty much include any product within your posts!

    • Your own products. …because you are a boss lady! …or man!

    This may as well be blogging gold. I have heard of bloggers making six figures by selling eBooks, eCourses, stationary… you name it!

    Personally, I have yet to venture into this endeavor. It is definitely a goal! However, with the time it takes me to ensure perfection within my FREE blog posts, I can only imagine the time I will need to make sure I have a quality product for sale.

    Step 5: Send Traffic to you Blog

    Finally Step 5! Whew! While this step may be the least complicated, it is probably the most crucial and frustrating of the bunch!

    It’s 2017, there are literally millions of blogs out there! How will yours stand out?       How will you send readers to your blog? It’s a little daunting, huh?!

    Fortunately, there is a tool out there great enough to send hundreds of thousands of readers your way! Pinterest. 

    If I were you, I wouldn’t focus too much (or at all) on making the first page of Google. Let’s be real, a “google” is 10 to the 100th power, and that’s probably how many websites you are in competition with…

    Stick with Pinterest at first!

    Best Pinterest tip: If you are short on followers, join as many group boards within your niche(s) as you can! This enables you to pin your own content and have it all reach the thousands of followers on those boards. Always make sure that your pins are, indeed, pin-worthy 🙂

There we have it! 5 steps towards setting up your blog for money-making success! No need to wait until your blog “grows”. Why not set yourself up for success right away?

As I stated earlier, nothing is completely achieved overnight. With the right tools and your 100% passion, you WILL make it!

I hope this post was helpful in any way possible! If you felt inspired, please Pin it to spread the love!

Best wishes to you! Once you start a blog, let me know below! I would love to become one of your biggest blog fans♥

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