10 Smart Ways To Grow A Money Making Blog

  • Published on : Dec 4 2012

Is your blog making you money?

I don’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 “good” success takes huge amounts of time to come alive. I’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, you’ll discover the 10 smart ways to put your blog on steroid. You’d start seeing money and gaining traction at the same time. It’s worked for me and I don’t intend hoarding my success tips. Shall we dive in baby?

  1. Don’t be addicted to social media

Yes, social media networks actually changed the way we market our products and services online. It doesn’t make sense if you’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 you’ve to tweet or share a post or some valuable link, ensure that it’s towards the growth of your blog.

Chatting with friends, fans and following them tail-to-tail can’t grow your blog monetarily. To make money online, you must manage, organize, network and write epic content for your readers.  When it’s time to research keywords or attend a conference that can enhance your blogging career, don’t tweet, share, bookmark, comment or do all sorts.

  1. 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. I’m talking about your target audience – not everyone out there. Your blog can’t be a resource for everyone. It’s the quickest way to fail.

If you’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 don’t know how. You’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 they’re not in my world. Those are yours and if you can engage and offer “value,” your blog would generate more income.

  1. Create a sizzling community

Do you bore the hell out of your readers? If so, you can’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 isn’t conducive for hanging out, it’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 – but don’t retaliate with sour or unpleasant words. Recognize that a blog isn’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 you’ve to tell jokes all the time to bring smiles to readers’ face, do it. When you write a product review, do it lively. Not like someone who “MUST” earn commission.

  1. Get product ideas from readers

Talking about monetizing your blog, isn’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?

Isn’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. Don’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 “buy now” button. After 7 days of blasting uncontrollable emails, he got over 30 replies. Guess what?

His readers weren’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.

  1. Start a blog consulting service

It wouldn’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? They’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; don’t you think you’ve a role to play in making sure that readers get the best advice?

If you can start selling your time, you’d earn consistent income – before launching your e-book or any digital product.

  1. Send qualified readers to a landing page

What a terrible mistake that businesspeople who don’t know the real meaning of running a profitable business make. The sole intent of starting a blog isn’t to make money and disappear. No, no, on! It’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 – because your target reader must check it every morning and maybe 10 times before 5.00pm like I normally do. Checking emails consistently isn’t a recommendation for bloggers, but it’s to your own advantage when your ideal prospects are the culprits. Don’t you think so?

  1. Mind your email business

There is a mindset of blogging that can almost guarantee success. It’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 – sell, second.

  1. 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 you’re still skeptical about offering value to another person’s blog, my advice to you is simple – 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. Don’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 I’m saying – it does work.

  1. Give off failure, learn copywriting

One of the dilapidating reasons why bloggers don’t make money online is because they’ve accepted failure.

They don’t want to learn new skills to enhance their career. As a matter of fact, they’re hinged to the old skills that everyone and their dog can do in the dark. How pathetic?

It’s time to give off failure; copywriting can change your life. You’ll begin to command your worth and earn a living online. It doesn’t matter whether you’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.

  1. 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.

Don’t waste all your efforts trying to reinvent the wheel. Just launch out your touch light into the deep, and you’d discover amazing ideas for blog posts, product creation and how to monetize creatively. To leverage simply means to stand on someone’s shoulder for a better view.

I’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.

Blogging takeaway

It’s been a great year, and I’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 that’s what truly counts in this age. Leave a comment below – see you ahead!

This guest post was written by Michael Chibuzor of contentmarketingup.com.
Zac Johnson
My name is Zac Johnson and I have been an online entrepreneur for the past 18 years and blogger since 2007. This is my personal blog and I welcome you to the site. In full disclosure, it is safe to assume that I am benefiting financially or otherwise from everything you click on, read, or look at while on my website.
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