Is your blog making you money?
I donâ€™t know about you, but I want to make money online to support my lovely family, pay bills and Enrich My World. Of course, I quite understand that â€œgoodâ€ success takes huge amounts of time to come alive. Iâ€™m ready to wait. Would you like to join me?
To grow a profitable blog, you need to think differently, act differently, write differently and monetize like someone who really cares about YOUR OWN WORLD.
In this post, youâ€™ll discover the 10 smart ways to put your blog on steroid. Youâ€™d start seeing money and gaining traction at the same time. Itâ€™s worked for me and I donâ€™t intend hoarding my success tips. Shall we dive in baby?
Donâ€™t be addicted to social media
Yes, social media networks actually changed the way we market our products and services online. It doesnâ€™t make sense if youâ€™re still hiding in your own shell. But be very careful not to misuse social media and neglect the core aspects of running a blog.
If you want your blog to make more money, you must minimize your presence on those networks. Even if youâ€™ve to tweet or share a post or some valuable link, ensure that itâ€™s towards the growth of your blog.
Chatting with friends, fans and following them tail-to-tail canâ€™t grow your blog monetarily. To make money online, you must manage, organize, network and write epic content for your readers. Â When itâ€™s time to research keywords or attend a conference that can enhance your blogging career, donâ€™t tweet, share, bookmark, comment or do all sorts.
Identify your own world
Taking the right steps for your blog can make a great difference and bring in more money. First, you need to identify your own world. Iâ€™m talking about your target audience â€“ not everyone out there. Your blog canâ€™t be a resource for everyone. Itâ€™s the quickest way to fail.
If youâ€™re an SEO blogger, you should realize that thousands of people need help in this niche. People are confused about on-page and off-page optimizations. They want to pick the right keywords but donâ€™t know how. Youâ€™ve a great ground to cover.
No matter your niche, find the right audience and begin to spoon-feed them the right content. There are blog readers I can never meet because theyâ€™re not in my world. Those are yours and if you can engage and offer â€œvalue,â€ your blog would generate more income.
Create a sizzling community
Do you bore the hell out of your readers? If so, you canâ€™t expect to sell your product to them or recommend an affiliate offer. No matter the immense efforts you put into writing a persuasive sales letter, if your blog isnâ€™t conducive for hanging out, itâ€™s a waste of time.
Henceforth, dedicate huge amounts of time in making people happy. Sure, a lot of people would leave comments just to spite you â€“ but donâ€™t retaliate with sour or unpleasant words. Recognize that a blog isnâ€™t complete without the contribution of others.
Just like social media networks, a blog is first and foremost a discussion board. You need to make yours lively. If youâ€™ve to tell jokes all the time to bring smiles to readersâ€™ face, do it. When you write a product review, do it lively. Not like someone who â€œMUSTâ€ earn commission.
Get product ideas from readers
Talking about monetizing your blog, isnâ€™t that the only way you can see the real cash?
But you know the problem? Most people who started their blogs have not identified their own world, let alone know the problems that bug their minds. You can go ahead and create a digital product, but is that a guarantee for success?
Isnâ€™t it better you get ideas from readers? They can be a great source of inspiration and rolodex of idea for your next digital product. Donâ€™t trust your own intuit at all times. Let those who matter in your community give you a helping hand.
A friend of mine launched his first e-book. He emailed it to his 2780+ email subscribers and ardent readers and no one clicked the â€œbuy nowâ€ button. After 7 days of blasting uncontrollable emails, he got over 30 replies. Guess what?
His readers werenâ€™t looking to buy another B.S. ebook, they simply want a paid membership site where they can learn step by step. Passive income is 100% better than one-off income that could come from e-book sales. Start listening to your readers today.
Start a blog consulting service
It wouldnâ€™t hurt selling a part of your time to help readers. People who complain that blogging is difficult when it comes to money making are lying. You know why? Theyâ€™ve neglected the core aspects of human relation.
Human wants are insatiable. Before you write and launch your digital product, start by building a great name for yourself. Become a teacher or a consultant. Are you so busy to ignore beginners who needs to set up their own internet space?
Are you so busy to help people understand how social media works? What about search engine optimization; donâ€™t you think youâ€™ve a role to play in making sure that readers get the best advice?
If you can start selling your time, youâ€™d earn consistent income â€“ before launching your e-book or any digital product.
Send qualified readers to a landing page
What a terrible mistake that businesspeople who donâ€™t know the real meaning of running a profitable business make. The sole intent of starting a blog isnâ€™t to make money and disappear. No, no, on! Itâ€™s for relationship building.
The rule of thumb is to send qualified readers to your landing page. Capture their email address first. Follow up with exclusive email letters and get your brand and unique selling proposition taped in their forebrain.
Social media is a great distraction. The inbox is a lot better â€“ because your target reader must check it every morning and maybe 10 times before 5.00pm like I normally do. Checking emails consistently isnâ€™t a recommendation for bloggers, but itâ€™s to your own advantage when your ideal prospects are the culprits. Donâ€™t you think so?
Mind your email business
There is a mindset of blogging that can almost guarantee success. Itâ€™s the email marketing mindset. Let it rule your heart.
You need thousands of people to join your email list and communicate with you. Marketing to potential customers via email is the best thing a blogger can do.
Without a list, the pursuit of traffic continues in your life. And we know that getting targeted traffic is hectic and we often shy away from it. Rather than wasting time bringing new people to your blog and losing them, start giving them what they want.
In other words, immerse yourself into list building. Make it your #1 priority. When you post a thread at forums, add your landing or squeeze page URL to the signature section. When you guest post, collect leads first â€“ sell, second.
Saturate authority blogs with value
To reach your ideal readers; those who can buy your product and give you ideas for a new product, start guest blogging. Maybe youâ€™re still skeptical about offering value to another personâ€™s blog, my advice to you is simple â€“ stop thinking and start doing.
Find authority blogs in your niche and offer value, in terms of guest article. And more than that – find blogs that are not on your wish list, and start bridging your topic with theirs. Donâ€™t wish you had thousands of readers, go for it.
Guest posting was and is my best marketing strategy. It works if you do it the right way like obeying the guest post guidelines, writing a clickable headline, optimizing for search engines and submitting at A-list blogs.
If you get committed to guest posting, your blog would grow beyond what you can imagine. I know what Iâ€™m saying â€“ it does work.
Give off failure, learn copywriting
One of the dilapidating reasons why bloggers donâ€™t make money online is because theyâ€™ve accepted failure.
They donâ€™t want to learn new skills to enhance their career. As a matter of fact, theyâ€™re hinged to the old skills that everyone and their dog can do in the dark. How pathetic?
Itâ€™s time to give off failure; copywriting can change your life. Youâ€™ll begin to command your worth and earn a living online. It doesnâ€™t matter whether youâ€™re a freelance writer like me, a web designer, an author or a consultant, copywriting cuts across those facets.
Copywriting can help you write persuasively, design persuasively, network like a pro and leverage your way to the top. Your blog posts would take new shape and get readers engaged, without their knowledge. Give off failure today, learn copywriting and smile to the bank.
Leverage like never before
Did you realize that nothing is entirely new online? In the blogosphere, every article idea has already been covered. The only difference is the angle we approach it from.
Even if you want to write about brochures, print cards, business cards, B2C marketing, multi level marketing, an expert had already researched & written about it. Your duty as a savvy blogger is to leverage.
Donâ€™t waste all your efforts trying to reinvent the wheel. Just launch out your touch light into the deep, and youâ€™d discover amazing ideas for blog posts, product creation and how to monetize creatively. To leverage simply means to stand on someoneâ€™s shoulder for a better view.
Iâ€™ve used leverage a lot to get my guest post published at A-list blogs. As a freelance writer, leverage increased my worth by 209%.
For more insights on leverage and how to build a profitable online business, see how I applied it to brochure printing store where you can find color brochure printing.
Itâ€™s been a great year, and Iâ€™m sure you have good reasons to stick to your blog until the kind of success you desire comes.
As we step into a new year, challenge yourself to provide more value because thatâ€™s what truly counts in this age. Leave a comment below – see you ahead!
Meet the Entrepreneurs and Experts of Affiliate Summit West 17
Thousands of internet marketers, entrepreneurs, content creators and brands will ascend upon Las Vegas this weekend for Affiliate Summit West 2017. Not only has Affiliate Summit become one of the largest affiliate and internet marketing conferences in the world today, it’s also one I’ve been closely associated with ever since the beginning. From it’s first conference in a small room in New York City with just a couple hundred people to now having more than 5,000+ attendees and conferences twice per year, it’s always been great to attend as both an attendee and speaker.
At the same time, it would be a huge mistake to discount Affiliate Summit as just another networking of marketing conference. The relationships, businesses and life experiences that are a result of the event is second to none — which I why I always recommend everyone to attend, no matter their current level of expertise.
By the way… if you are attending, don’t miss the awesome “How to Become a Millionaire Blogger” panel with myself, John Chow, John Rampton, and Syed Balkhi. It’s almost always standing room only, and rated as one of the highest attended and most valued sessions of Affiliate Summit.
Over the years I’ve literally met thousands of people through the conference and built many powerful relationships and business opportunities as well. With each new year, new speakers, entrepreneurs, and bloggers will take the next step in becoming financially independent, starting a side business or simply changing the world in some way or another.
To help you not only get inspired for this year’s Affiliate Summit West conference but also get inspired with just a glimpse of the talent at this event, I wanted to highlight some of my previous podcast guests, who will also be speaking at #ASW17. Enjoy, and I hope to see you there!
Inspiring Stories and Marketing Tips from Affiliate Summit Speakers
Below you will find a list of speakers currently on the agenda for ASW 17. However, through my podcast I’ve interviewed more than 80 different industry experts… many of which who will be also attending the event in one way or another. Be sure to check out the full list of interviews here.
Shawn Collins the co-founder of Affiliate Summit, which has become the largest affiliate marketing conference in the world today.
I’ve been good friends with Shawn for a while now and we’ve both been able to experience the affiliate marketing industry completely transition and develop over the past 15+ years. We were both in attendance at the Affiliate Force cruise, which was one of the first attempts at an affiliate marketing conference, but knew it could be done better. At that point Shawn and Missy decided they could do it better and the rest is history!
John Chow is one of the most well-known and successful bloggers in the world. If you’ve ever Google’d “how to make money online” or “how to make money blogging”, you’ve probably come across his name and site several times.
The amazing thing about John Chow was that he was never supposed to make money with his blog in the first place. What was originally just going to be a blog on his personal life and what he ate for lunch, soon became a “money making case study”. As John learned new and exciting ways to monetize his blog content and audience, the money just kept rolling in.
Jump forward several years later and his blog is now generating over six-figures per month, and most of it recurring and automated through his amazing sales funnel system — all of which John talks about in this episode.
Rachel Honoway is the CEO of For Me To Coupon. However it’s not her current position that we are focusing on, instead it’s the great journey that’s led her to where she is today.
The start of Rachel’s journey in the world of online marketing is nearly 20 years in the making. Rachel’s first job was at an internet marketing company called Kowabunga, where she first came in as an intern. As the company continued to grow in size, so did Rachel’s daily tasks and her job title. The company was soon acquired and Rachel was then managing more of the company than ever before. Once leaving Kowabunga, Rachel had a wide range of opportunities over the years before ending up at For Me To Coupon, where she is the CEO today — which is all discussed in this latest episode.
Syed Balkhi is not only a master at WordPress, but he is also an awesome entrepreneur.
Since an early age Syed has always had a passion for business and building success. This could be seen from the early years of his life when he was just a kid in Pakistan and selling greeting cards. Then later in life while in high school, Syed started developing sites of his own while quickly discovering what the internet had to offer.
Today Syed runs some of the most powerful and heavily trafficked sites in the world… and yes, they are all powered with WordPress!
Stephan Spencer is an SEO expert. He’s also the author of Google Power Search and co-author of The Art of SEO… so it’s safe to say he knows his stuff when it comes to SEO and ranking sites in the search results.
How sites rank in the search results can go all the way back to before 2000, which is when Stephan and his NetConcepts company started getting heavy into SEO services. The thing about SEO is that it’s always changing, so to be one of the best SEO experts in the industry, Stephan is continually at the forefront of the industry and connecting with some of the most successful experts, businesses, and brands in the world.
Geno Prussakov is an affiliate marketing expert, author, and international speaker.
In the world of the internet, being an expert is key. Geno has mastered the art of affiliate marketing and affiliate program management and through this expertise has been able to grow his personal brand and business at the same time. As the author of many best-selling books on affiliate marketing, and also haven spoke at 50+ different conferences on such topics, Geno is the voice many people turn to when looking for answers to their affiliate marketing questions.
Having trained thousands of marketing professionals through his various books and online blog, Geno also went on to create Affiliate Management Days, which is a conference solely focused on the art of successful affiliate program management.
Oliver Roup is the founder and CEO of VigLink, a company that helps content creators make money through the use of affiliate marketing, while not having to deal with all the complexities of individual tracking, manually creating links and joining multiple programs.
Before getting active in the online marketing space, Oliver had accumulated quite an exciting resume of previous work with Space X, Microsoft, Paul Allen and many others. However, what might be Oliver’s most exciting experience to date was taking his business at Viglink from an idea to the flourishing business it is today.
For Oliver, this isn’t something that would happen overnight. Instead, it was a long journey of meeting with investors and VCs, trying to convince them that his idea was worth their time and investment. After many failed attempts, Oliver finally found an investor that was interested and things started to move fast!
Years later and over $20 million dollars in funding to date, the company continues to grow and scale in size while also helping sites of all sizes make money with their content while also connecting them with some of the largest brands and advertisers in the world.
Russell Brunson is an entrepreneur and the founder of DotComSecrets and ClickFunnels.
While finishing up his last year in College, Russell wanted to figure out a way to make enough money so he could continue with his passion for wrestling and to take care of himself and his girlfriend. After dabbling in the online marketing space and going through various failed projects, Russell discovered that one of the most successful ways to make money online was through the use of ebooks, guides and selling information. While messing around with some friends, Russell wanted to create a potato gun and went to the internet to find out how to create one. Once he found that there was nothing out there, he quickly threw one together and made a little course of his own on how to do the same.
Jump forward several years and today you will find Russell Brunson with all of his attention focused on ClickFunnels, a WYSIWYG editor and seamless way to create high converting landing pages and sales funnels. Not only has ClickFunnels become a huge success, it’s also taught Russell how to grow and scale a company, while also learning how to remove distractions and only focusing on what matters most.
John Rampton is an online entrepreneur who has become a master at pay per click marketing, but even more importantly — making connections and networking with the right people.
I first met John Rampton several years back when he came up to me and asked for an interview while at Affiliate Summit. Since then we just seemed to click and started working on various projects together. In addition to being the Managing Editor of Search Engine Journal, John’s writing can also be found on Forbes, HuffingtonPost, Entrepreneur and many other top media outlets and news sources.
One of the major reasons for John’s success in the world of online marketing can be attributed to his outgoing attitude, willingness to help others and talking with just about everyone he meets. Each of these are all required skills for making it in the world of business and forming new partnerships. With all of this in mind, it only made sense for him to leave his home state of Utah and make the big move to Silicon Valley, CA — the central economic focal point for everything internet!
Thomas Smale is the co-founder of FE International, a company that was founded in 2010 that focuses on website brokering for mid-market online businesses.
Back in 2009-2010 Thomas wanted to get involved in the world of online marketing, but with little technical experience, his options were limited. It was then that he fell upon the concept of buying and selling websites for himself. With only a few hundred dollars at a time, Thomas began buying and flipping websites and getting quite good at it in the process. As his reputation and experience in this space started to grow, so did requests from other individuals asking for his support in selling their own websites — thus, a new business venture begins!
Today Thomas is the co-founder of FE International, which has offices in two different countries and 11 team members — all with the focus on website brokering and mastering the art of buying and selling websites.
See you at Affiliate Summit West!
10 Strategies to Take Your Facebook Marketing to the Next Level
How should brands that rely on Facebook marketing shift strategy in light of Facebook’s latest newsfeed update (which makes brand pages more dependent on users sharing posts with friends)?
Facebook, with over 1.7 billion users, is a powerful marketing platform for any business. It allows you to reach consumers on a platform that they are already using every day.
But when users told Facebook that they wanted to see more stories from friends and less promotional content, Facebook implemented a news feed update that gave them just that. So what does that mean for your marketing efforts?
Businesses now need to work harder to ensure that their content is shareable rather than promotional. We asked ten entrepreneurs from YEC to share their best tips to ensure that your content still makes it on the news feed.
1. Be the Supplier for News Breakers
Step back and think about the sharing behavior of your own friends. They always want to be the first to share content that others have not already seen. Be fast and be first to break new stories relevant to your audience. Your Facebook page fans are more likely to share exclusive and engaging content to their own personal audiences if they feel it’s fresh and new.
2. Stop Selling and Start Engaging
Unless you want to pay Facebook to promote your content, you need to push more content that your audience is likely to share. The more shares and likes you drive, the more reach you get with your content. With Facebook’s recent change, the key is to stop using Facebook to sell and instead use it to educate, entertain and engage your audience.
3. Pay Facebook
Facebook is a public company. Any updates to its newsfeed algorithm are meant to help the company maximize its return to shareholders. My advice? Play the game. Pay Facebook its advertising dollars to ensure your content gets discovered. The cost to create content (designers, copywriters, etc.) is usually more than advertising. Budget a little extra for Facebook ads to produce your best content ROI.
4. Embed Interactivity
Reduce the number of links that you post on your page and focus on embedding content – articles and videos – into Facebook instead. Since Facebook users prefer to stay on Facebook, giving them content without sending them away will help to guarantee they actually share your content, which will then place you in front of other audiences. Share stories that are informative, not promotional.
5. Focus on Proven Tactics That Yield More Shares
Tactics like video content and helpful advice are some of the most commonly shared type of posts, so businesses should redirect their content strategy toward these tactics if they haven’t done so already.
6. Diversify Your Marketing Strategies
It is not a good idea to be solely dependent on just one marketing platform. In this fast-paced world, change is inevitable when it comes to marketing via various social media platforms. Diversify your marketing strategies across numerous platforms because safety comes in numbers. If changes on one platform don’t suit your business, move your marketing money to another.
– Engelo Rumora, List’n Sell Realty
7. Make Ad Campaigns Pop
With social media platforms now “competing for screen time,” companies need to make their advertising campaigns funny or memorable. We always remember those funny Super Bowl commercials, share them and talk about them. Making an emotional connection through storytelling will make potential customers remember your brand and create more buzz.
8. Network and Be Personal
You need to connect with friends and family on a personal level. Then you can market your services, just like you would in real life. You would not consistently blast your friends and family with announcements of your services, so don’t do it on Facebook either. However, a well-placed announcement for something interesting or important can be effective.
9. Make Content Sharable, Then Pay
If you have the right approach, this shouldn’t be a problem. You’re already creating shareable content targeted to the right audience. But even if your content is popular, you’ll have to pay to promote posts to a wider audience. Find out which posts generate the most engagement and pay to promote them. For brands, Facebook isn’t the free ride to huge audiences that it used to be.
10. Provide Value
Facebook is a game changer for any business that can master it. By providing value to the users that share your posts, it will give them an incentive to do so more often. For example, if you have an e-commerce business, offer a coupon code to anyone who shares your post. If you’re providing a service, give the users access to an exclusive blog post for sharing.
The answers above are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.
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