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10 Smart Ways To Grow A Money Making Blog

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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.

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Inbound vs Outbound Marketing: What’s the Difference for Brands in 2019?

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When it comes to marketing, every method is the same as long as it yields results, right? Actually, there’s a variety of ways to market and a difference depending on what techniques get used.

But what are the key differences between inbound vs outbound marketing? And is one better than the other when it comes to generating interest that converts to sales?

This ultimately all comes down to what you are trying to promote to an audience, how that market can take action, and also how you can measure your results as well.

As we all known, online advertising is much easier to set up and track, versus offline advertising. The good thing about ‘inbound’ and ‘outbound’ marketing methods, is that they can also be tracked in the same way.

Learn more about inbound vs outbound marketing, and see which techniques can bring the most success to your business.

Understanding Inbound Marketing

Inbound marketing techniques focus on giving customers (or potential customers) information and letting them decide how to execute a plan or suggestion. That means presenting consumers with information in the form of blog posts, social media and even a white paper or other free downloads that would inspire them to purchase something.

Inbound marketing ideas range from making use of your website to curating other viral content that folks take interest in. By combining your own ideas with that of other people, you’ll gain attention in what you have to offer.

It sometimes takes a while to build up viewers for this type of marketing. However, many people view this as working smarter, not harder, and believe that a focused effort on this type of marketing pays off in the long-term.

If you like the idea of appealing to folks but not doing a hard sell, inbound marketing is a form of promotion to consider for your business.

In the eyes of Google, it’s also important to make sure that your content not only delivers a message — but also that it’s one of the most in-depth and detailed articles out there. If you are going to focus your efforts on inbound marketing and writing content, put in the time and effort to make sure they each have at least 1,500+ words of content per article.

Know What Outbound Marketing Involves

In contrast to inbound marketing, outbound marketing involves traditional methods that have long been staples in the business world.

Some of these forms of marketing include:

  • Cold calling
  • Ads on TV, billboards etc
  • Focuses on the product

Many people gravitate toward this type of marketing simply because it’s what they’re used to. The idea of approaching customers and trying to make a sale with folks who might not necessarily express interest is not a concern for those who use outbound marketing techniques.

Outbound marketing has a place in today’s world of promotion. For example, it can prove useful for branding and making a company’s name known but isn’t always the best option when it comes to gaining long-term customers.

You can read more now about the differences between inbound marketing vs outbound marketing. Knowing how to apply marketing to your company’s needs makes a difference in how well it can work.

What Today’s Consumers Want

Many consumers today are wise when it comes to marketing and what someone’s selling. They fully expect to get upsold and asked to buy the most expensive option on the market.

With that in mind, it’s better to appeal to an individual’s intellect before anything else.

One of the best ways to do this (and encourage sales in the process) is through content creation. If your company doesn’t already have a blog and make use of search engine optimization with content, you’re missing out.

Blogging and SEO go hand-in-hand with attracting the right kinds of consumers who actively seek your products and want to purchase from you. Since more consumers are on social media now more than ever, posting and discussing information on there does wonders for increasing company growth.

Another factor to consider is how well cold calling works when most people don’t want to pick up their phones anymore. Many people screen calls with caller ID or even block unknown numbers from calling.

You’re likely to get ahead more using techniques that get your product and services in front of folks, but don’t force them to read more if they’re not interested. If you’re curious about how blogging can help your business, check out a previous post on this here.

The Key Differences Between Inbound vs Outbound Marketing

Now that we’ve discussed the two types of marketing, what are the key differences between the two?

In general, inbound marketing drives the customer to you. You can do this through written content on your blog or website, social media outreach, and even engaging folks on a forum or other public form of communication.

While you might not make a sale right away, you’re developing a relationship with folks interested in what you have to offer. That is considered more important when it comes to marketing than trying to make a quick one-time sale.

In contrast, outbound marketing generally means you go to the customer. You’ll do this by cold calling, going on the radio or making a TV commercial, and even engaging in print advertisements.

Many of your outbound marketing methods are old-fashioned and direct. The focus is on the product and what it does, rather than the individual and what they need. If you’re concerned about approaching people in a laid-back fashion, this isn’t the method you’d use.

Can You Do Both?

Now that you know the difference between the two marketing methods, you’re likely asking yourself, “is it possible to do both?” The answer is yes.

Use outbound marketing sparingly, and to help establish your company’s brand. This allows people to know what you’re about and to get your name out there.

When you want to cultivate meaningful connections and show how your products or services can change someone’s life, use inbound marketing. This allows people to learn more about your product and how you can help them succeed.

There’s no reason not to do both. It just depends on your company and how you’d like to reach people and have them remember you.

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Now that you know the differences between inbound vs outbound marketing, you can see how to apply them to your business for success. Choosing to blog or utilize social media instead of cold calling can help push your business to new heights as you reach a large number of people.

Does your company have a social media plan? If not, check out our blog post on the importance of social media marketing, and see how having one can grow your business even more.

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Developer To-Do List: The 8 Best Programming Languages to Learn in 2019

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What are the best programming languages you need to know in 2019?

People who are new to coding will find that there are a ton of programming languages to learn. Of course, you want to start with the easiest programming language.

However, at the same time, it’s important to realize that you don’t need to code in order to have a website or blog. WordPress has made the process of creating a site or making a blog extremely easy — with little-to-no coding or design skills ever required.

Surprisingly, there isn’t an easy answer to find the best programming language to learn. This article will break down all of the basic programming languages.

Which one is the easiest programming language? Read on to find out which programming language you should start with.

Best Programming Languages to Learn

In order to decide which programming languages to learn, you should have an idea as to why you want to learn to code.

Are you starting a new affiliate marketing business? Maybe you want to jump to a more lucrative career. Programmers often start at six-figures, making it one of the more lucrative jobs.

Some programming languages are great if you’re planning to create an app, while others are great for building a website. The best programming language to learn is the one that you can grasp easily and apply in your work right away.

1. Python

If you want to start with an easy and versatile programming language, start with Python. It is a very popular language and would be the best programming language to learn for almost any application.

Companies are migrating to Python to handle data management to building web applications.

2. JavaScript

The best programmers love and hate JavaScript. They love it because it allows you to be creative in creating websites. On the downside, it’s virtually impossible to solve bugs in your code when things aren’t working.

Overall, JavaScript is used to develop programs online, making it a widely used program.

3. Ruby on Rails

Developers love Ruby on Rails and many consider this the best programming language to learn. It’s used quite a bit in website development, and you’ll see it on the backend of sites like Air BnB and Hulu.

The reason why developers love it so much is because it’s intuitive and fun. Many people will tell you to learn this language first.

4. PHP

Facebook, WordPress, and Yahoo! Are run on PHP. If you’re looking to develop WordPress websites, PHP is the language to learn.

It’s not intimidating for people just starting out to code to learn PHP. If your dream is to make money through affiliate marketing sites, then this language would be a good one to learn.

5. C++

This is a programming language that’s been around forever. It’s been around for so long, it’s considered to be a language that’s obsolete.

While it is a legacy programming language, it’s still very useful. It’s alive and well in assisting engineers to solve complex mathematical equations in an instant.

It’s also used to develop games, and system software. As you can see, this programing language is alive and well.

6. C#

In the corporate world, you’ll see a lot of companies that use Microsoft’s .NET framework. Pronounced C-Sharp, this language is meant to make development easier to learn than other programming languages from Microsoft.

If you want to develop games, you’re definitely going to need to know both C++ and C#.

7. SQL

What does SQL stand for? Structured Query Language. What does that mean? It’s a language that’s used to extract, update, and delete information in databases.

While some people view SQL as an old and cumbersome way to communicate with databases, but it’s the best way there is.

You’ll see SQL used in WordPress sites and projects that contain large databases.

8. Swift

Swift is one of those programming languages that not many people know. If you plan on developing an app, you’ll want to be familiar with it. This is the programming language that’s used to drive iOS apps.

If you want to fast track your learning, this is a great language to know. Think of this way, there are millions of iOS devices out there, from phones to watches. This presents a great opportunity for you to get your business out to a larger audience or join a company that develops apps.

How to Learn to Code

You know which programming languages you want to learn. How should you go about learning? There are many options to learn to code. The most common ways to learn is to go to school for a degree, programming boot camps, and teaching yourself.

No matter where you start, you should read a few books about the history of computer programming. This will give you a background on the various programming languages and how they evolved. One such book is “The Art of Computer Programming,” which by many is a book that has shaped computer science.

There are also algorithms in there that are tied to Babylonian tablets from 3000 years ago.

If you want to learn Python, you can learn with a few good books and videos that are available online. There are also courses where you can learn Python and data science, which can help you take your skills to another level.

There are blogs, books, course, and more that you can use to learn just about any programming language. Most programmers are self-taught, and it is possible that you can do the same.

If you’re serious about learning to code, you’ll need to be disciplined about learning.

The best thing you can do is to set up a schedule to study your chosen programming language.

Start Your Programming Adventure

In 2019, you want to have the best opportunities in front of you. Whether you’re building a business or want to give your career a fresh boost, programming languages are great to know.

You can create customizations on your websites, build apps, or do anything your imagination wants.

Want to know more? Check out this article on building a million dollar website.

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7 Tips to Boost Email Subscribers and Grow Your List in 2019

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Did you spend most of this year struggling to figure out how to grow your email list? If you did, don’t worry you’re not alone. Many small businesses and new bloggers can’t quite discover the secret sauce that many other websites use to grow their email list from nothing into hundreds of thousands of subscribers.

But fear not, there are some easy to implement tips and tricks that will help you build an email list full of loyal fans who will hang on your every word, become brand ambassadors for your business, and buy your products or services again and again.

Get ready to ring in the new year with a ton of new subscribers, check out these seven tips to boost email subscribers in 2019.

1. Offer a Content Upgrade

Everyone loves getting a free gift, so use that to your advantage when growing your email list. Offering a freebie or content upgrade to your website visitors in exchange for their email address is one of the easiest ways to get more subscribers in 2019. People won’t hesitate to join your email list when you’re offering extra content that’s relevant to your niche.

You can use a free tool like Canva to easily create PDF guides, checklists, worksheets, calendars, templates, and more. One great tip is to turn your most popular existing blog post into a content upgrade. It will be less work for you to put together because you’re not coming up with new ideas from scratch and you know it will perform well.

2. Add an Opt-In at End of Articles

When a visitor has just finished reading one of your useful blog posts they’re fully engaged and in the mood to subscribe, so give them the opportunity to do so by adding an opt-in at the end of your articles. You already know they’re loving your content because they’re reading it, which makes it the perfect moment to turn them from reader to subscriber.

Like in the example below, you can let readers know that if they enjoyed the article they just read, they can get more of the same great content by signing up for your email list.

You can easily create a sleek looking opt-in that will grab the attention of users and convince them to sign up.

3. Create an Exit-Intent Popup.

Another amazing way to catch the attention of website visitors and encourage them to become subscribers is to use an exit-intent popup. Many people will come across a great article on your website, read it, and never return again. In fact, over 70 percent of people who leave your website will never return. So in order to convert abandoning site visitors into subscribers, you need to add an exit-intent popup to your site.

You can build a stunning exit-intent popup in minutes using a tool like OptinMonster. An exit-intent message works like this: When a user is on your site, the exit-intent technology tracks when they’re about to leave and then displays a targeted message to them at exactly the right time. So before you’ve lost a visitor forever, you can turn them into a subscriber.

4. Promote Your List on Social Media

You can’t expect to grow your email list if you don’t promote it. That’s why it’s important to promote your email list not just on your own website but on social media too. There are a number of ways to promote your email list on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn etc., including:

  • Sharing your blog posts on social media and include hashtags related to your niche
  • Adding a link to your profile bio
  • Pinning your email list opt-in to the top of your profile
  • Join Facebook groups relating to your niche
  • Make connections and interact with people in comment sections

Promoting your email list on social media will widen your reach; you’ll introduce your blog and your email list to online users who have never heard of or visited your website before.

5. Add a Contact Form to Your Site

If you’re a blogger you might think that having a contact form on your website isn’t necessary for you, but it is. Your website visitors need an easy way to contact you if they have any questions or if they just have something to say, plus you can use a contact form to grow your email list. You can create a contact form with a field for an email address that users are required to fill out before they can submit their message. So even visitors who ignored your email list opt-ins on your website will be able to be converted with a contact form.

Adding a contact form to your website isn’t difficult, it’s actually quite easy with a tool like WPForms. With their drag and drop builder you’ll be able to create a contact form in minutes that will capture all of the information you need. They also have some other cool features like a Form Abandonment Tool that will capture a users info even if they don’t submit the form. By adding a contact form to your site, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with your website visitors and turn them into email subscribers.

6. Display Testimonials

It’s natural for humans to want to be a part of something awesome. For instance, if you drive by a restaurant and see a line up down the street, you’ll want to eat there too. If that many people think it’s great, it probably is. You can create the same effect with your email list by displaying testimonials. Showing social proof is an effective way to grow your email list. People will take notice of all of the subscribers singing your praises and want to become a part of the club too.

So, ask some of your biggest fans to write a review or testimonial you can showcase on your website. You could also retweet users who are talking about you and sharing your content on social media. Seeing social proof helps users build trust with your brand and more trust means more email subscribers for you.

7. Redirect Commenters

The people who are commenting on your blog are the perfect people to encourage to become subscribers. If they’re commenting on your articles, you already know they’re interested in what you have to say and right after they’ve spent time sharing their thoughts with you is the most opportune time to convert them into email subscribers. So to get a boost in your email list, redirect users who are commenting on your blog.

A great tool for this is Yoast Comment Hacks. With this plugin, after a user has commented on your blog for the first time, they’ll be redirected to a “thank you” page that encourages them to sign up for your email list. An engaged user who’s commenting on your blog posts is one that will likely take you up on your offer and subscribe.

Over to You

With these actionable tips you’ll be able to take your email list from zero to hero in the new year. But don’t wait until 2019 to get the ball rolling. Start implementing these tips now so that by January 1st you won’t only be celebrating the New Year, but you’ll be celebrating the huge growth of your email list.

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