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It has been confirmed that making money online as a blogger is possible. A lot of people do it. I do it also so I want to write from my experience. Recently, I wrote this article on how to create a blog that will generate increasing income.

Last week, I published another article on “5 monetization options for blog owners”. Now, the problem I have noticed is that most people gamble with the idea of making money blogging. They want to be able to do everything but that ends up taking them no where.

One foolproof money making blogging activity!

bloggers-make-moneyI strongly believe in creating Multiple Streams of Income (MSI) but there is some ambiguity when it comes to having different revenue sources.

Lots of people think it’s about doing everything at once. That’s exactly where the problem is. MSI doesn’t mean trying to catch up things here are there. It has to do with building and stabilizing one income source before stepping to another. It comes over time as you steadily build  dependable income sources.

Now, your blog is just a tool. You can misuse it and sway into the false belief that money can’t come out of it. Yes. Many have tried and failed. A few on the other hand are succeeding, paying their bills, going on luxurious vacations, buying attractive items, etc… and they are bloggers.

There are many ways to make real money as a blogger. I wrote about 15 ways bloggers make money so you can check that out. But don’t think you are going to start with everything on the list. It doesn’t work that way 😉

Blogging in itself won’t generate any income until you identify and carry out those money making activities. How many of these activities you will need on your blog is a matter of strategy and time.

But here is something I think you can focus on and see results in the months or years ahead. If you study the income reports of most bloggers, you’ll find out a huge part of their income comes from this same income generating activity.

Affiliate Marketing for bloggers

You might have read a lot of stuffs about affiliate marketing but I want to underline here that it works. And it really works.

Many of my blog readers have read my book on Affiliate Marketing for bloggers. Needless to mention here that they are excited about their investment. If you are one of them, I want you to read these few more lines.

Affiliate marketing is not just about publishing affiliate banners on your blog or linking to products on your affiliate links. Some of these things worked some years back but you have to know that a lot has changed since then.

The most lucrative affiliate marketing strategy for bloggers is product reviews. You may never have a single banner on your blog but writing reviews is strong enough to capacitate your blog and make it a real income earner.

Here are a few points to note while doing an affiliate product review:

  • Make sure the product you are reviewing is targeted to your audience.
  • Have an experience with the product before promoting it through a review.
  • Share your experiences and results in the review.
  • Teach your readers how to achieve the same results as you.
  • Each time there is major update, do another blog post about it.

Some more tips for more results

There are lots of things you can do on your blog with affiliate product reviews. These few points I want to share here have generated tremendous results for me (And they still work today);

  1. Invite product author on your blog for an interview – This is an excellent idea to allow the product developer help you sell his product to your audience.
  2. Go for recurring income – The most lucrative affiliate products to promote are those that pay you month after month. Generally, these are subscription platforms where members are billed regularly. And each time they get billed, you get paid your commissions.
  3. Negotiate special deals for your readers – If you’ve never done this before, jump on it right now. Most affiliate marketing platforms today allow product owners generate unique discount codes for their affiliates. What this means is that you can ask the product owner to generate a unique coupon code for your readers. That will give them a certain amount off should they use your code to make the purchase. It’s a crazy way to help your readers save while putting some commissions into your wallet.

Be among the first to do a review

If you can watch out for new product lunch and be among the first to write about it, chances are quite high to make sales. For the most part, you are going to quickly grab a place on Google first page for a nice keyword.

This is something I have do with a reasonable degree of success. My friend Donna Merrill took note of this and mentioned me in here blog post here.

Once you be at the forefront promoting any new product, you get your tracking cookies in the browsers of many visitors. Given that many people often read different reviews and click different affiliate links before making a buying decision, you will always end up being the one to get the commission. The simple reason is that your link was clicked first.

When I moved my blog to Traffic Planet Hosting, I did a review post about it. That of course has generated some sales that will pay the next hosting bills.

But here is the catch…

Traffic Planet Hosting has changed its name. Once the announcement of the name change dropped, I had to do a quick review post of the new name. As a matter of fact, I did and publish this WPX Hosting Review post that’s nicely placed on Google page one.

The idea is to be among the first to talk about it. Get your links clicked first  and make the commissions.

Conclusion

  • I’m recommending affiliate marketing as the one fail proof way for bloggers to make money.
  • And I’m encouraging you to do affiliate product reviews for steady earnings from your blog.

You can mix this up with creating digital products and scale up your earnings. Ryan Biddulph of Bloggingfromparadise has a huge experience in this and he can help.

Finally, my friend Joy Healey has published an excellent post on how to have better Affiliate Marketing skills. It’s a good read.

Drop a comment and let me know what you think. Please share this post on social media if you like it.

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How to View the Relationship Between Your Blog and Social Media

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Alonzo Pichardo says it best.

“Buy your own domain and hosting and make that your own main hub. Social media is a branch of the marketing tree. That’s all.”

He shared my video on Instagram. Video registered 3,926 views. Here it is:

Buy Your Domain and Hosting

I filmed the video because I spent 20 minutes clicking profile links of folks who Liked my updates. I found a few self-hosted WordPress blogs, read and commented on these blogs. Relationships established. But most Instagram users:

  • had no blog to speak of
  • linked to YouTube
  • linked to Facebook

For the heck of it, I spent a good 3 minutes looking for one user’s blog. I found an obituary (he was young and alive but shared a common name) and a collection of spammy “look up his information sites.” He claimed to be a blogger via his Instagram bio but he is no more a blogger than I am a werewolf.

Think about Alonzo’s advice; the blog is your main hub, or root, or base of your tree, and social media acts like branches. Offshoots, nothing more.

Big Mistake

Instagram owns Instagram. Instagram:

  • can kick that kid off of Instagram for 1 of a billion reasons, in a heartbeat
  • WILL change their algorithm, soon enough, forcing the kid to change his strategy, uprooting his online world
  • forces the kid to make his brand, Instagram’s brand

Not investing is a domain and hosting is about the biggest mistake you can make online because not owning your site hands your power, your decision making, your branding potential and your monetizing potential to someone else.

Social media is a branch. Spend most of your time daily working on your blog and networking with other bloggers who own their self-hosted, WordPress blogs. Unless they change their values or quit blogging, this is the most sound, intelligent approach to blogging.

Use social media for a little bit daily to:

  • tag bloggers you mention on your blog
  • help bloggers in groups related to your niche
  • share your blog posts
  • share other blogger’s blog posts

You are a blogger. Not an Instagrammer. You are a blogger. Not a Facebook-er. Spend most of your day on blogs. Not social media.

Marios Tofarides runs an authority blog on eBooks. Not in a billion years could he make his social media profiles look anything like his branded, self-hosted blog. Paula at Contented Traveler runs a first class travel blog. She could never re-create her blog’s branding, style and voice on social media. Sarah Arrow built a well known brand and thriving business by making her blog stand out, through creating, through connecting and through smart blog branding. Impossible to do this, through social media alone.

Pay Up to Play Up

I can mention your blog on Blogging From Paradise, a DA 47 blog read by many influencers.

I can mention your blog on Blogging Tips, a DA 48 blog read by many blogging influencers.

But I never link to free platform blogs because no influencer or experienced reader trusts information on free platforms. If you cannot invest $3 a month, you carry too much of a fear-lack-poverty conscious energy, that seasoned readers and top bloggers know to avoid.

I never link to a social media profile because….social media is not a blog!

Pay up to play up.

Invest in a domain and hosting. Move up in blogging circles. See social media as branches, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as secondary or even tertiary means for helping people. Spend most of your time on your self-hosted, WordPress blog and networking on other self-hosted, WordPress blogs.

 

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1 Failure Conscious Tendency That Makes Blogging Tougher

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Some bloggers cannot accept a good thing when they get it.

I have linked to tens of thousands of bloggers over my decade online. I love my friends. I take care of my friends.

99.999999% of bloggers are beyond grateful to get a backlink from an established, pro blogger like myself for many reasons:

  • Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 47; that’s some backlink juice!
  • Blogging Tips has an even higher DA; 48 I believe, meaning more backlink juice
  • you bond more deeply with me, and forming a deeper friendship allows me to open doors for you, via guest posts, more backlink mentions, interviews, prospering partnerships
  • greater blog traffic through exposure
  • greater blog profits through exposure
  • greater brand awareness through exposure, and also, your blog and brand aligns with Virgin, Forbes and Fox News, sites I have appeared on, creating greater trust

I could go on for 45 minutes. The list of benefits are endless. There are absolutely no downsides to being mentioned by me, on my blog or via guest post. Yet, some folks, because of their own fears, cannot accept these gifts freely and gratefully. Hey guys; I luv ya’s. This is not a rant, but a lesson in seeing good (versus fear/downside), expressing genuine gratitude and learning how to move up in blogging circles, by being fully grateful to receive the above gifts and by purging any fears or lack of gratitude you feel, when a world renowned blogger links to you.

Virtually all bloggers are grateful for receiving the above list of benefits. Donna Merrill is a blogging high roller and she responds to virtually all my tags and mentions. I would never expect her to do so because we are great friends, and she is so busy, but that is heart-filled blogging.

But a few bloggers clinging to deep fears have responded to my generous backlinks a few different ways:

  • some fear the linking structure is not neat and orderly
  • some fear they are not getting enough link juice via Google, and ask me to log into search console and make changes or whatever
  • some fear they are not getting enough links to a specific site or permalink, and ask me to edit the post, to change the link

All above motivators are fear, and fear is not real, so if you honor these fears and react-respond in the above fashion, you judge things or make a request from an illusory, untrue, false, totally not real energy of loss, lack, limitation.

That fear has 100% to do with you, and nothing to do with me. I will keep being generous with my blogging buddies, but I seek out loving buddies, not those weighed down a bit too heavy by fear, so fear-bloggers gotta go, along with their links, going forward.  Nothing personal, as I love and respect these folks. Just an energy thing.

We See the World as We See Ourselves

You see the world, you see other bloggers and you see their linking strategies as you see yourself.

If someone fears they won’t get enough traffic or clicks or Google juice through my linking strategy, that has nothing to do with the guy featured on billionaires’s blogs, and living his dream, circling the globe. That has to do 100% with you, your fear of loss, your fear of not enough, your trust issues, and other deep, fear based energies, begging to be unearthed and felt.

I am the mirror. You are the source. You are cause, and effect.

Picture break! Me during my trip to Fiji with my friend Olivia.

My dear friend Alonzo Pichardo sent me a Message months ago. He was deeply grateful I had linked to him 50 plus times on Blogging Tips alone. He is grateful! Does it surprise you that the guy runs a highly prospering business and leads a huge, loyal following?

David Boozer routinely sends me Messages sharing how grateful he is for my eBooks, courses, content and mentions, writing from the heart. More gratitude! Does it surprise you that one of his YouTube channels has registered millions of plays, alone?

Alonzo and David do not ask me to change links or put stuff into Google console or to change my linking style; they know a gift when they see it.

Vishwajeet Kumar feels incredibly grateful for each backlink I give to his helpful blogging resource, and expresses his gratitude on social media.

This is how you move higher in blogging circles, to see more success, versus moving lower, through fear-based lack of gratitude, and, losing link mentions.

Guys; see the blessing in a coveted backlink. Be grateful. See the good. Move up in the blog-0-sphere. Experience increased blogging success.

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Connect to Get Connected

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Do you want to know how I became a connected travel blogger?

I patiently read posts from a brilliant group run by Mapping Megan, published genuine comments and promoted my fellow bloggers.

That is it. I put in serious work. I also published helpful content on my blog, too.

Bloggers mistakenly believe in “getting connected”. Like being connected is a passive act, that just happens. By luck, or by lame pitches.

Do you want to get connected enough where you get featured on world famous blogs? Invest in my Teachable course. I teach you how to do it without pitching anybody.

I created the course after bloggers emailed me asking if I can feature them on Forbes, or asking how much it costs to get a link on Forbes. All these bloggers made the critical error of believing asking someone for a favor or feature – quite a passive, lazy, mindless act – is how you “get connected.” If this were true, 30,000,000 bloggers would be featured on Forbes, Forbes’ reputation sinks into the sewer and nobody would want to get featured on Forbes anymore.

Do you see how foolish and silly strategies like asking people to get featured on world famous blogs waste your time? Like me asking the NY Knicks for a try out, after I only had skills good enough to be a junior college basketball player. Foolish.

Passive Versus Active

Getting connected is passive. Not gonna work.

You EARN connections by connecting yourself to human beings, and you connect yourself by featuring skilled bloggers on your blog, by mentioning them and sharing their content on social media and by expecting nothing in return. I mention Paula Pins the Planet because she’s a first class travel blogger. I connect myself to her. Friendship forms. I connect myself to Rhonda Albom by linking to her on my blog and by tweeting her posts. As more and more friendships form, blossom and grow, my friends:

  • promote me
  • endorse me
  • help me
  • inspire me
  • buy my eBooks
  • hire me

People then say, “Hey, Ryan is a connected blogger! He knows everybody.” Fools believe me being connected just….happened. Passively. Lost folks believe I am lucky to be connected. The blogging brain dead believe I began blogging from a connected, influential space, when I knew more cats than bloggers 10 years ago, a lost blogging soul who did not know what a blog, was.

I spent 10 years of my life connecting myself to bloggers by promoting them without asking for anything in return. I help skilled bloggers because skilled bloggers provide you with helpful resources. Naturally, this level of generosity and calm, cool detachment helped me pop up on the radar screen of high profile brands. Kinda happens, when an army of influential blogging buddies endorses you, promotes you and vouches for you.

Connecting yourself to successful bloggers requires:

  • generosity
  • detachment
  • patience
  • persistence
  • authenticity

You pay a specific tuition for being connected; helping influencers without giving thought to your own needs. Then, over months, then years, you become incredibly connected, powerful and influential, based on your generosity and willingness to shine the spotlight on other bloggers, like Moss Clement.  Peep his generosity.  This is how to get connected. Be a tireless supporter of other bloggers, like how David Boozer and Alonzo Pichardo do it. These guys are generous! David promoted me more than I promoted me. That’s saying something. Then, Alonzo and a bunch of folks found me through David, and these blogging pros generously promoted me. I keep promoting them too, returning the generosity these folks have shown me.

Do you want to know my secret for being hyper connected?

Take care of your friends!

Think little of your own needs. Friends will help take care of you.

Connect yourself to people. Promote them. Expect nothing. Be super connected.

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