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Make Money Blogging: What’s Stopping You?

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Make Money Blogging: What's Stopping You?

Almost every blogger thinks that making money from their blog would be nice – even if it isn’t an enormous amount of money.

Have you monetized your blog? Does it work for you?

It didn’t work for me, not for a long time.

I think I made about $150 in my first year of affiliate marketing. And when I set up an online store selling my own low-end digital products, I never made a single sale!

Now I’ve got to grips with it all, though, there are several reliable income streams coming in to my bank account from my new blog.

I know what stopped me from making money with my first blog. Do you know what’s stopping you? Here are some of the most common obstacles on the road to blogging income…

Income Block #1: You’re not really trying

Make Money Blogging: What's Stopping You?If you don’t make an effort to apply monetization effectively, don’t expect to see huge rewards. The principle may be one of passive income, but to get this type of project off the ground you have to be active. Very active, and well informed.

That unimpressive $150 year when I first dabbled in affiliate marketing looked something like this: once a month or so, I went and looked at the products I could market. I chose one or two, mentioned them on my blog, and shared a link on Facebook. I added a couple of sidebar ads and one in my blog footer. That was it.

Most of the time, nobody bought anything. Around Valentine’s Day and Christmas, I made a few affiliate sales. In all, I made $150 for one hour’s work a month over 12 months.

That’s $12.50 per hour. Not great, but not a total loss. I hope you’re earning more money from your blog than I did at first!

Whatever methods of monetization you explore, take the time to learn about best practice before you begin. It’ll save you a lot of wasted effort, and you may even decide (like I did) that your blog’s readership isn’t big enough right now to make affiliate marketing worthwhile.

There are other ways to make money from your blog, like selling a product or service of your own. But you might run smack into the second big roadblock to blogging income…

Income Block #2: You don’t know who you’re blogging for

It’s this simple: if you don’t know who you’re talking to, then you don’t really know what to say. You can make small talk in your blog posts, like a polite stranger at a bus stop, but you can’t forge a deeper connection until you get to know your audience.

If you’re blogging for yourself, then there’s little point trying to monetize unless you have an audience of thousands who think just like you.

If you’re blogging for readers outside of your own family and friends, then you need to understand them as deeply as you understand your family and friends. Maybe even deeper. Otherwise, how will you know what to offer them?

Take some time to learn what you can about your blog’s demographic, and find out more about how your readers think and feel. With that background information in mind, put together a description of your ideal reader, who’s happy to spend money on something you sell. This is who you’re talking to every time you blog or share a link.

Income Block #3: You won’t spend money to make money

Make Money Blogging: What's Stopping You?I thought I knew enough about writing to be a good blogger. I was wrong.

I thought I’d learned enough from reading free resources on the topic to go it alone. I was wrong.

I thought the more I could do myself for free, the better. I was so wrong!

As soon as I started to view my blogging business as something worth investing in, my “luck” changed. Even before I’d spent any money, the decision that I had a business to build changed my perspective, and I found new opportunities opening up in front of me.

After paying more than $10,000 for training, mentoring and memberships in one year, I was equipped with expert insights I had never appreciated before. I knew what to do and how to do it. And of course, I had ten thousand good reasons to make that investment worth every dollar!

You probably don’t want to spend as much as I did. But believe me, you do want to spend money on some wisely chosen help to make your blogging business every bit the success you deserve.

Look at the experts in your blogging field. Do they offer a relevant course, one-to-one consulting, or a membership site where you can connect with them and with new peers? If it’s affordable for you, then it could be worth giving it a try. Just one hour with an insightful, experienced mentor can make a HUGE difference to your income!

To avoid getting stung by spammy infomarketers, get independent recommendations from friends and acquaintances if you can. If that isn’t possible, check out any testimonials or endorsements and see if you can confirm that they come from real people.

When you’ve found the right place to get advice and support for your growing business, you’ll notice the difference that expert input makes!

It’s all down to you: make an effort, know your audience, and invest in your business if you want to earn more from your blog.

Now, you tell me: what else is stopping you from making money blogging?

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Sophie Lizard is a successful freelance blogger on a mission to help bloggers increase their income by blogging for hire. Grab a free copy of her freelance blogger's cheat sheet, The Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs: 45 Blogs That Will Pay You $50 or More, and take a look at the free "How to Make A Living Blogging" Expert Interview Sessions!

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Beware Who You Trust for Advice

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Sometimes I ask questions on Quora.

I asked a question recently about shadow boxing while walking and if this practice burns calories.

Peep 2 answers.

 

I was a personal trainer and fitness nut for 20 years. I know shadow boxing does in fact burn calories and help you get more ripped because since doing it every single day during my walks, my arms are becoming as defined as ropes. True; shadow-boxing does not increase muscle mass. But the individual gave me a false, untrue answer because he fears what he looks like and cares about the opinions of others. He is not shadow boxing while walking or jogging because it is not effective; he fears people will look at him and believe he is a fruit loop, whatever that means.

Yikes.

Exhibit B.

 

This individual actually offers honest, truthful advice; shadow-boxing while walking burns more calories. If he ended it there, the advice would have been helpful. But he also fears criticism, aka, what people think about him, so his fears advise me not to do the extra calorie burning thing, because I would look like a Rocky wannabe jerk.

Yikes.

Two well-meaning guys who offer poor fitness advice because each guy deeply fears what people think about them. If I was not a fitness pro I’d have believed their inaccurate advice and would have cheated myself out of calorie burning. All because of the illusion of fear and its hold over most of humanity.

Blogging Advice

Before you trust blogging advice, check the source. Does the blogger:

  • radiate happiness?
  • radiate compassion?
  • exude success?
  • inspire you to succeed?
  • uplift bloggers?

If so, awesome. Trust the advice because you know the person offers advice from love, harmony and truth.

But if someone adds a fear-based element to the advice – like the fitness guys above who fear what people think about them and allowed their fears to become a projection on me – you know it’s bad advice because fear is not real, an illusion, and stepping into illusion moves you away from truth.

The Truth

If you burn more calories, you burn more fat and get ripped. This is truth. Shadow boxing while walking made me super ripped so the truth shines through. But if I stopped shadow-boxing while walking because I feared what people thought about me or what they’d say about me, I would step into the illusion of fear, away from truth, and would not be as ripped and cut as I am now.

Imagine if I listened to those 2 fear-fitness guys last month when I returned home? I’d look a lot more like Olive Oil and less like Bruce Lee.

Be careful about who you trust for blogging advice guys. Most people mean well – like the fitness dudes – but project their deep fears onto you and offer poor, or downright terrible, blogging advice. I have compassion for afraid bloggers but I won’t listen to their illusory advice.

One Such Example

Many top bloggers feel terror at losing email subscribers so offer advice based on the fear. Meanwhile, guys like me who have no such fear offer advice to help you bond deeply with your most rabid fans through email, exponentially increasing your success. Loss is impossible in a Universe of abundance.

Who do you think inspires you to live your dreams?

The blogger offering advice from the illusion of fear, pulling you away from truth, into smoke, mirrors, and appearances, not really there?

Or the blogger offering advice from truth and abundance.

Follow heart-centered bloggers.

Live your dreams.

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Do You Establish Work at Home Boundaries?

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Some people love attention.

I know a few who do their best to grab my attention. Phone calls, emails, cryptic Facebook Messages.

I ignore everything and every one outside of what I do in the moment since I set up work at home boundaries. I close the door and go into my office. No way I stop working for anything or anyone who starves for my attention. The house could burn down and I would scoot out at the last minute because work time is work time and I do nothing else save work during work time.

If you do not respect your time, people will not respect your time. If you give people your time whenever they want your time, for:

  • favors
  • gossip
  • small talk
  • chats
  • general BS

people will gladly ask for favors, engage in gossip, engage in small talk, chat you up and BS for hours, because you chose not to establish work at home boundaries.

100% of the time, if people appear to be using you or eating up your precious time, it is your fault. People treat you how you choose to treat yourself.

How a Happy and Successful Blogger Sets Up Work at Home Boundaries

Easy; I close the door, walk into the office and get to work. I do not leave the office until I complete my work. My phone? I turn it off. I check email rarely. I only check Messenger 2-3 times daily for 5 minutes at a clip.

I set up definite, clear, work at home boundaries to respect my time. People reflect my time-respecting back to me. Easy peasy.

If someone tries to grab my attention through Messenger, or the land line, or through email, or at the door, I completely ignore attempts made to grab my attention and time. Boundaries folks; you need to be clear and firm on your work at home boundaries to ensure everybody else respects your boundaries.

You Are Walking into a Word Office

Would a friend, family member or casual neighbor barge into your 9-5 job office asking for a favor? Would said folks barge into your 9-5 job office to spread the latest gossip? Nope. Then why allow said folks to barge into your work at home office to do similar things? Nope. Put up boundaries. Door closes. Enter office. You are busy. You are working. Even my 3 year old niece understands when Uncle Ryan goes to work in the home office. Everybody else can easily grasp this concept.

What About Impatient or Desperate Online Folks?

I completely ignore impatient, fear-filled, desperate folks who demand I answer Messenger or email requests in 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or in 24 hours. I respect my time and completely ignore people who do not respect my time.

I built my blogging business almost completely on a passive income model so nothing I do online is time sensitive. I have answered most questions 1,000 to 10,000 times through my courses, eBooks, blog posts and videos. It is up to these awesome but unclear folks to find and use the answers I created, to improve their lives.

I am generous daily, publishing a blog post and/or video. Plus I published about 800 posts on Blogging Tips, and over 2,000 posts on Blogging From Paradise. It is on the impatient folks screaming for my attention to follow my blog posts, guest posts, videos, eBooks and courses because I answered their questions many times.

People treat you exactly how you teach them to treat you. I have posture so I set up work at home boundaries for offline and online folks.

Respect your time and work schedule and other folks will do the same.

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Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?

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Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.

The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.

Birds of a feather flock together.

You have heard that one, right?

I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:

  • grow
  • thrive
  • face your fears
  • serve humanity
  • be a bright light for people to follow
  • live your deepest, wildest dreams

Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.

Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.

Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.

Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.

Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.

Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.

Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.

Who Do You Hang With?

Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.

For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.

Surround yourself only with bloggers who:

  • have posture
  • have authority
  • charge top dollar
  • profit freely
  • prosper freely
  • exude confidence
  • have a highly developed prosperity consciousness

You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.

But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.

Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.

Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.

Nothing personal.

Just your blogging success at stake.

 

 

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