Are you having a terrible time trying to make money with your blog?
Your pain may feel overwhelming if you’re trying to pay your bills through your blogging efforts while making pennies each month.
Before your savings dwindle to dangerously low levels understand that you can ease your pain and dissolve your suffering by following a few basic fundamentals.
Imagine the joy of building a freeing, inspired lifestyle through your blog?
Make Money Blogging
I’ve circled the globe for the past 5 years and want to share a few profitable blogging tips to help you break your financial chains.
A1: Address Your Money Limiting Beliefs
Money responds to your money beliefs.
If you follow each tip below religiously but ignore any limiting beliefs you hold in regards to money you will scare off money, whether through your blog or through offline channels.
Face, embrace and release screwy money beliefs like:
- Having an intense fear that you will lose all of your money
- Believing that you compete with other bloggers for money
- Feeling that money is a finite, limited energy
Meditate daily to become aware of your money limiting beliefs.
Consider using EFT to uncover, embrace and release your low energy feelings around money.
Meditating and doing EFT helped me uncover and release a few wicked money limiting beliefs I needed to clear before I could boost my blogging income.
Do the inner work to clear out money-repelling energies so you can allow in the profitable ideas, influential bloggers and prospering circumstances to boost your blogging income.
1: Discover Why
Why are you blogging?
Tie the reason to something fun and freeing to increase your blogging profits.
When you blog predominantly for fun, the joy of pursuing your fun is the reward.
If you devote most of your energies to having fun and helping your readers you will detach from blogging money outcomes.
In essence, when you’re not super concerned with *getting* the *giving* (creating valuable posts, promoting blogging leaders, etc) becomes easier.
The “givers” of the blogging world become the richest bloggers on earth.
I advise my readers and clients to choose a fun, freeing blogging driver.
If you love to talk about basketball create a basketball-themed blog.
Or if you love pets maybe you can start a pet-themed blog.
Following your passion purifies your blogging driver and inspires you to persist through the peaks and valleys every blogger experiences.
2: See Your Ideal Reader in Mind
Visualize your ideal reader in mind.
For my blog, I see an individual who wants smart blogging tips.
If I see my perfect reader in mind my perfect reader can see me. Meaning, my ideal reader can find me through my blog, through guest posting, through blog commenting and through the social media channels I work daily.
See your ideal reader in mind to better address their needs.
By addressing their needs in great detail you will be able to create eBooks, courses and services which loyal readers will readily buy into, boosting your blogging income.
3: Address Pain Points
Address your reader’s pain points to run a profitable blog.
Observe your last 10 purchases. Why did you buy what you bought? You likely addressed a pain point to end some form of suffering.
My last purchase consisted of lunch for me and my wife here in Istanbul, Turkey. My pain point was hunger. I had fasted for 16 hours prior.
I spent the whopping total of 17 Turkish Lira – about $5.77 USD – to experience the relief of eating a nutritious, satiating, wholesome lunch.
List your reader’s pain points to better solve their problems.
A personal development blogger may spot these reader pain points:
- Problems with your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend
- Money issues (not having enough, working too hard just to make end’s meet)
- Relationship problems with parents and/or relatives
Build every one of your blog posts, products and eBooks on these specific pain points.
Gain the trust of your audience by easing their pain. People will gladly subscribe to your list and pay for anything you have to offer which dissolves their specific pain.
4: Align Your Blog
Align your blog top down to speak a loud, clear message to your audience.
Every element on your blog should align fully with your core message.
From your domain name, to blog name, to tag line to posts, pages, ads and opt in forms, every single item should relate to your brand.
Lining up every element on your blog maximizes your income earning potential because you won’t confuse your audience.
They will see you as an expert in one niche and will gladly hire you or buy your products.
5: Publish In-Depth Resources
Publish in-depth, thorough resources to share value with your audience.
Money responds well to massive value.
If you Google any competitive search term you’ll see helpful, comprehensive resources on page 1.
Write 1,000 to 3,000 word posts to boost your profits.
Pull back on posting frequency to ensure you’re publishing resources.
Jon Morrow and his team at Smart Blogger publish some of the most in-depth, helpful content in the blogging tips niche.
Study the posts on his blog to figure out how to build a profitable, successful blog.
6: Optimize Posts for SEO
Optimize posts for SEO to:
- Rank well on search engines
- Target your traffic
- Boost your earnings
Spend time to learn about the in’s and out’s of SEO.
Use the Yoast plug in to create optimized, readable posts.
Target your readers to speak to 1 specific person who needs your blogging products and services.
Moz is a tremendous resource for tightening up your SEO game. From free tools, a helpful blog and robust premium products you will better understand SEO by reading Moz regularly.
7: Profit through Passions
Open your blogging income streams based on your passions.
Do you enjoy mugging for the camera? Consider creating video courses.
If you like writing, self-publish eBooks to Amazon or establish a freelance writing business.
I love writing so I established a freelance writing business and also wrote and self-published 126 eBooks on Amazon. Each income stream has helped me craft a freeing, fun life of travel.
Make the joy of practicing your skills your ultimate reward. Then, you will detach more from money outcomes so you can devote virtually all of your energies to creating a fantastic product or service that leads to increased blogging profits.
8: Build an Email List
Grow your email list.
If readers can easily access your posts expect:
- More traffic
- Increased social shares
- More blogging income
Building your email list is the most simple way to make it easy for people to read your posts.
Don’t believe the lie that the money is in the list. The money is in the relationships you build with list subscribers.
Share valuable, problem-solving content through emails to gain the trust of your audience. Feel free to promote your products or services to your email list if you regularly over deliver on the content creating front.
9: Add Income Streams Every 3 to 6 Months
Learn one income stream inside-out over 3 months.
After diving fully into an income stream for 3 to 6 months add another stream.
Continue adding streams to increase blogging earnings.
I regularly add and study blogging profit streams to boost my overall online income.
To date I’ve profited through:
- Blog coaching
- Freelance writing
- eBook sales
- Audiobook sales
- Paperback sales
- Sponsored posts
- Affiliate marketing
- Advertising revenue
- Paid links
Some income streams require minimum research. You can learn all about how to place sponsored posts in a few days but it’ll take you months to understand how to run a profitable blog coaching business.
10: Learn from the Masters
Study successful bloggers. Read their blogs. Follow their advice.
Prosper by following the leader.
Patiently learn from the best bloggers to boost your blogging profits.
Darren’s built a community of over 300,000 bloggers and Zac has earned millions of dollars online.
Follow these pros to learn how to effectively monetize your blog over the long haul.
Do you follow these monetizing tips?
Are you struggling to make money with your blog?
Successful Blogging: EXPERIENCE and Learn
Do you know how people tell you to live and learn? Not the best advice. EXPERIENCE life and observe your lessons. THEN learn. Successful blogging is observing, learning then moving forward with those lessons firmly impressed on your mind. All that sweet blogging money only appears if you experience blogging by diving in, and blogging every single day for hours daily. After, you need to observe your experience. What did you learn? Take those lessons with you to succeed online. Living is useless unless you learn from experiences. EXPERIENCING blogging and learning from experiences separates successful bloggers from everybody else.
Let me explain…..
Me and my wife house sit in Brooklyn for 3 weeks now. The homeowners have a car. I need to move the car to find a new parking spot once weekly as alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect due to weekly street cleaning. The owners simply told me it’d be easy to find a spot early in the afternoon. Cool. But their advice did nothing to prepare me for the EXPERIENCE of actually trying to start the car, and find a new parking spot. I never used a key-less car before. I had no idea you need to press on the brake while pushing the start button because I had no experience doing so, and the owners did not give me instructions to do this. I know you place a key into ignition and turn it because that is my experience for 30 years as a driver. Anyway, 45 minutes later, I figured how to start the car. But wait! I had a new experience to…..experience. I had lessons to learn. Because after exiting the parking spot, I drove side streets for another 50 minutes before finding a spot. Frustrated and agitated, I learned a valuable lesson *from* my experience; change parking spots from one street side to another immediately after the street sweeper comes through. Cool.
But I had another lesson to learn. Traffic cops give tickets if you park on the alternate side before 1 PM; even if the street cleaner plowed through. Being burned by yesterday, I drove around for 90 minutes today to ensure I’d have an entire city block of open parking to choose from. OK; I also illegally parked on that open block for about 45 of those minutes. Why? Yesterday’s agitating experience told me it’s wiser and less time consuming to circle for 90 minutes to guarantee I get easy parking. Wait! I learned another lesson based on today’s experience. Never leave your parking spot at 11:30 AM when street cleaners move thru because you’ve 90 minutes to kill before legally parking on the alternate side. I asked a traffic cop. He offered the answer. More experience. Next week, I hop in the car only if the alternate side seems to fill up fast but based on prior experience, this only happens at about 12:50 PM, 10 minutes before the expiry time.
Blessed experience wins again. Life-wise. Blogging-wise. Seize it. Capitalize on it. Succeed. Blogging is no spectator sport.
1 Blogging Lesson I Learned from Parking a Car in NYC
Alternate side of the street parking day here in NYC. This means you need to move your car to the other side of the street for street cleaning. Cool. I heard it on the radio many times. First time I had to experience it in person, though. We house sit for a couple in Brooklyn. This couple owns a car. Cool. But the car did not start for a good hour because I did not know one steps on brakes while pressing key-less start buttons. Oh well. But after that, I drove around for 45 minutes looking for a new spot on the other side of the road because you get a nice ticket otherwise. No spots availed themselves for 45 minutes. I spoke to my wife. She told me cars need be parked 15 feet from fire hydrants. I was 5 feet away. Shoot. On returning to the car, a bus moved in front of me. I slid in to a parking spot. Phew. Relief.
What lesson did I learn? No matter how calm you THINK you are, agitation arises in you. Unless you’re enlightened. Alas I am not. I am a regular guy. Calm? Yep. But I routinely find events feeling uncomfortable to navigate. Sometimes, aka rarely, I experience events triggering deeper fears. Today was one such event. I did not flip out, scream, panic or throw a tantrum. I did however feel super agitated about needing to spend almost 2 hours driving around NYC and trying to start a key-less car because 2 hours are precious to me. I hate wasting time. Inefficient actions disgust me. BUT perfect place, perfect time. I needed this experience to trigger fears for feeling, hugging and clearing, to make me even more calm. No matter how much growth and success you experience, leveling up introduces you to new fears. Deeper fears. More unpleasant fears.
With deeper fears comes greater responsibility and even more success. I suspect if I do become a billionaire blogger how I’ll keep nudging into unpleasant-feeling fears along the way. But inspiring millions and making billions? Worth it. I am humble enough to know my calm demeanor a good 95% of the time may-does evolve into agitation some 5% of the time. Maybe less. Progress has been attained. Because I have not genuinely screamed at someone in about 1 year and I have been agitated like today about 5 times over the past year. I am calm most of the time. Agitation arises rarely because I am human and apt to be afraid of stuff. Sue me, LOL.
Be with fears as you grow. Energies arise. Anger. Terror. Horror at the future. Blanket disgust. Never resist these energies. I stumble across non-enlightened folks who hold self to enlightened standards. No way guys. Never be surprised at your getting angry or upset because only enlightened souls and repressed people never anger or feel agitated. Burying fear stifles your growth. Hugging fear accelerates your growth. You know I hug my fears. NYC parking agitation still subsiding now.
5 Greatest Landing Page Optimization Tools For Your Blog
Landing pages can steal people’s attention. And if you play your cards right, these pages hold the ticket to attracting more customers.
However, let’s be clear:
Landing pages are double-edged swords. While they can help you, they can also harm you — unless you’ve optimized them accordingly.
So if you know your landing page needs work, why not get around it?
Well, there are plenty reasons for this, and there are also many landing page plugins that can help to further critique your LPs as well.
As you go through this article, you’ll find five landing page optimization tools for your blog. With them, you can revamp your landing page then have it increase conversions and your blog’s income.
Optimizing landing pages is not possible if you haven’t built them yet. So to construct great landing pages, the tool for you is Unbounce.
And Effin Amazing, a Florida-based agency that specializes in analytics and growth, will tell you all about the tool’s power.
When one of its clients, Chupa Mobile, asked for help generating new leads, Effin Amazing used Unbounce. The team’s idea for its client involved a lead nurturing strategy and a content calendar. That and Effin Amazing wanted to get it done as quickly as possible.
True, it was a rather ambitious plan. However, it was realistic. And get this:
The marketing agency reached its goal. Chupa Mobile was satisfied with its landing page. It also began generating dozens of new leads. Plus, it also walked away with a 44% increase in conversions.
Electronic Arts is a successful media company that knows that Crazy Egg lets you set up an A/B test in minutes. It also knows that the tool features Visitor Insights and Heatmaps. Both of which provide information about user behavior on landing pages. So before launching SimCity 5 in 2013, it set up an A/B testing process to maximize revenue.
For the control version of its landing page, it merely focuses on promoting the simulation game. While on the other version, the company offers a 20% discount.
Here’s the control version of its landing page:
Here’s the variation:
After a while, the media company discovered that its landing page’s variation was a hit. Compared to the version that brings an incentive into the table, the landing page design without a 20% discount performed 43.4% better.
If you combine Google Analytics and Google Adwords, a powerful tool is in your hands. You can use it to track landing page performance to haul in leads even after they exit your site.
To demonstrate the power of Analytics, let’s explore Marketo’s conversion increase that happened after using the tool.
So here’s the story:
As a go-to company for many B2B and B2C folks when it comes to marketing and automation, Marketo’s goal is to help its clients improve conversions. And to reach that goal, the plan was to use Analytics and real-time personalization.
So it took its clients’ website data such as industry vertical and top products. Then it merged all of it with the user behavior data it got from Google Analytics.
Because of what the analytics tool reveals, Marketo provided audiences with relevant data. From what it gathered, it also created topnotch remarketing campaigns. The fruits of the marketing company’s labor? A 10x conversion rate improvement for its clients!
Thrive Architect is a WordPress page builder. And if you’re searching for a tool that can help you create visually impressive, high-converting landing pages, it’s the tool you need.
Take it from Louise Hendon. She is a solopreneur who uses Thrive Architect to whip up topnotch landing pages for Nourishing Brands. That’s why, over the years, she succeeded in building a sizeable six-figure business.
An upside is this:
Thrive Architect features a drag-and-drop interface that lets you build your page quickly. If you want detailed instructions on how to use the page builder, this article from ProfitBlitz will come to your rescue.
Did you know that Refinery29, a globally recognized brand for smart, creative women, uses Pingdom? And because the tool provides insights about how to increase page loading speed, the brand welcomes 36 million monthly visits.
So if your landing page loads slowly, Pingdom can help you. The tool works by taking your site out for a spin and pointing you to the root of the problem.
The excellent news is Pingdom is free and easy-to-use. All you must do is paste your site’s URL where the tool specifies, and you’re good to go.
To see it work in action, let’s check the page loading speed of a random site. For this, let’s go with Goliath National Bank’s website. So let’s paste its URL on the appropriate field and click START TEST.
After the tool is done with the analysis, scroll down the same page to see the results.
And if you scroll down some more, you’ll find suggestions on how to improve page performance. If you want a detailed explanation on how to improve page performance, expand the suggestion.
Put yourself in a potential customer’s shoes and think of a landing page as a gateway to something unknown. Now, if someone herded you toward this gateway, would you want to see what’s on the other side of the fence if the entry point is dreary?
Chances are, you won’t. By the looks of it, choosing to pursue the dark path won’t lead to anywhere promising.
Remember, creating landing pages and creating landing pages that convert are two different things. So as you build your landing pages, make sure to implement nothing but the best landing page optimization practices.
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