Every day we read and hear about people saying they want to escape their stressful 9-to-5 jobs.
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We are further inspired by stories of people whose passive income ideas have helped them make it big.
As it turns out, generating passive income is not as easy as investing your money and waiting for it to come streaming back. The good news though is that earning passive income is 100% possible and achievable.
Here are a few ways to earn passive income from your blog:
1. Affiliate Commissions
Pat Flynn, famous for earning thousands of dollars per month through passive income alone, lists three major types of affiliate marketing.
Unattached Affiliate Marketing
- basic pay-per-click affiliate marketing
- you don’t need to be involved at all in the niche of the product you’re promoting
- your earn commissions from people who click and buy using your link, but you don’t have to have a direct connection to them
Related Affiliate Marketing
- you need to have some kind of online presence ( a blog, website, podcast, social media page, etc.)
- you don’t have to actually be using the products you promote
Involved Affiliate Marketing
- the most marketable type according to Flynn
- you use the product or service, believe in it and recommend it
- you don’t just put up a link or banner for the ad, you actually talk about the product within your content as part of your success strategy
- the attractiveness of the product come from your direct involvement and experience with it
Flynn warns that you have to be honest when promoting via involved affiliate marketing, especially if you already have a huge following. This is because people will be inclined to use the product or service as per your recommendation.
You’ll be your audience’s living proof that the product/service works. You will most likely be their go-to guy for questions related to the product. You’ll also be accountable to them in case the product or service you promoted doesn’t work as advertised.
It’s a bit risky, which accounts for the need to have experience-fueled faith in the product you are advertising. Done the right way, the income you can generate from this passive income activity can be exponential.
2. Drop shipping
Chances are, you’ll most likely have heard about this and may even already have an idea of how it works.
In fact, a lot of popular social media pages swear by its effectiveness as a passive income stream.
Aside from social media, drop-shipping is also one of the ways that you can use blogging to make passive income.
In a nutshell, drop-shipping is selling products even though you don’t actually have a business. You don’t make or manufacture the products, you don’t pack them. You just sell them.
Drop-shipping involves working with a wholesaler or distributor who offers this kind of service. Since it has been gaining a lot of popularity lately, it’s actually easy to find suppliers you can do business with.
Your responsibilities involve:
- Setting up your online store – you can put up your own website or use your blog. You can also turn your social media page (Facebook, Instagram, etc) into your instant online store.
- Doing social media and email marketing
- Promoting the products by writing about them on your blog
- contacting prospects and customers and promoting the advantages and benefits they can get from the product.
Once the buyer bites, the drop-shipper takes over. You’ll just have to send the orders to your suppliers (via email or an online form or spreadsheet, etc. depending on the distributor). Then you pay the wholesale price for the orders plus handling charges. The distributor will be the one responsible for getting the product to your buyers.
Some of its benefits are:
- not having to spend money buying products wholesale when you’re not even sure if your customers will patronize them. You’ll only pay if someone actually buys.
- not having to personally package and deliver or ship the products you sell
- not having to worry about where to store your goods
One reason why it’s an internationally popular choice for passive income is the minimal amount of risk and effort compared to putting up an actual business or producing your own products.
3. Selling Information products
Now is the perfect time to cash in on all those seminars and webinars you’ve attended, all those online courses and case studies you’ve taken and read, and any other valuable information and experiences you’ve collected over the years.
As mobile devices make it easier for people to take information on the go, there are many reasons why you should start selling eBooks on your blog.
To begin, here’s what you need to do:
- Choose your topic – it should be something related to your niche, preferably something you’ve had experience and success with.
- Create an attention-grabbing title – choose a title that’s guaranteed to pique the interest of your prospective readers
- Design your eBook – decide how your eBook should look like from inside out. It should have a professional-looking cover design. The outline and presentation of your content should both be readable and informative.
- Upload, Promote and Sell Your eBook – you can choose to do it from your blog or website and promote and sell it from there. You also have the option to upload it to eBay, Amazon, Google Books or any other online platform where you want it published.
4. Selling apps
Now you can work on those business app ideas you’ve been itching to put into reality. It may not immediately make you a millionaire, but technology and your ideas combined can get you a few thousand dollars a month via your app sales.
Sell them on your website or blog or put them up for sale on Google Play, Apple’s App Store or any other app download platform of your choice. It’s a passive income investment that could pay off well in the long run.
5. Selling banner ads
Multi award-winning business and internet blogger Matthew Woodward touts the benefits of Banner Advertising as a lucrative passive income opportunity.
As a blogger, you can generate revenues from banner ads by renting out an ad banner space on your blog to advertisers.
You decide where you want the banners located. You also have the handle on pricing and on how many ads will be in rotation on your ad space.
According to Woodward, when promoting your ad banner space to advertisers, here are what you need to include:
- Audience Interests – highlight your audience’s interests to build credibility and give the advertisers a clear idea regarding your general audience
- Live Traffic Stats – install analytics widgets or plugins that automatically update so advertisers can get a live view of your traffic stats.
- Advertising options – clearly define ad zones on your blog and how many other ads will be in rotation
- Frequently asked questions – answers to questions most commonly asked by potential advertisers
- Links to buy – make sure to put up “Click Here To Advertise” links generously around your page.
That there’s no such thing as passive income is a myth that has been debunked again and again by people who have legitimately earned a lot from such endeavors.
The confusion lies in the idea that passive income means you just work on something once and wait for the cash to flow on for the rest of your life.
Even passive income requires some kind of regular action on your part in order to make it sustainable. That’s why, especially at the start, you first need to balance your active and passive income streams.
And most of the time, passive income streams do not immediately make money fast enough to meet your expectations. It takes time, dedication and a little bit of faith.
Once you accept these as facts, it will be easier for you to put in the work required to start earning from your chosen passive income streams.
Be Careful Who You Ask for Blogging Advice
I retired to a life of travel through blogging.
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Do you want to travel the world through blogging?
My eBook lays out simple, step by step tips to follow for you to travel the world through blogging.
I know how to do it. I teach you how to do it. Easy. Simple. Smart, too; you ask a blogger who lives their dreams for blogging advice on how to live your dreams.
Imagine if you asked people from a blogging tips themed Facebook Group about how to travel the world through blogging? Who are these people? Do these bloggers know specifically how to retire to a life of travel through blogging? Have these bloggers written eBooks and created courses on the topic? Have they lived their dreams?
What ensures said bloggers offer good advice?
Do many of these bloggers offer terrible advice?
Are many of these bloggers experienced, skilled, knowledgeable bloggers, being tops in their niche, like me?
Most bloggers mean well. Some bloggers offer solid advice.
But many bloggers offer terrible advice to struggling new bloggers who follow terrible advice and all of them struggle horribly, following bad advice from bloggers who only know how to fail, versus knowing how to succeed.
Be careful who you trust.
How to Get the Best Blogging Advice on Earth
Follow the top blogging tips bloggers.
Hire them to coach you.
The best blogging advice on earth flows through premium blogging products and services created by the top bloggers on earth.
100% of the time, following this advice leads to success. Fool proof way to get only good advice because pros teach folks how to be pros.
The only reason why you’d get bad blogging advice is if you follow anybody other than the top blogging tips bloggers on earth.
Beware Free Advice Because it is Often Cheap
Free advice sites like Quora and Facebook Groups require no vetting.
Any blogger can offer terrible advice.
This was from my trip to Fiji.
Beware trusting advice from these spots; well-meaning bloggers often guarantee your struggles by offering failing, inexperienced, terrible advice.
Vet Bloggers Who Offer Advice
Gaurav Kumar offered excellent advice via a comment responding to my live Facebook Broadcast.
If you wanted to vet his advice, checking his Facebook profile and clicking on his eAskme blog link immediately proves he is a top blogger who offers sensational advice for succeeding.
Following blogs, investing in eBooks and hiring bloggers by scanning their blogs is the easiest way to:
- vet advice
- trust advice
- get awesome advice
- accelerate your blogging success
Research bloggers who offer advice on free forums. Some genuinely offer success-promoting advice through their blogs. Trust said bloggers.
If you click through to see no blog, or a blog hosted on a free platform, or thin, weak content, beware these red flags.
Follow advice only from top bloggers who put their advice in action and succeed from an abundant, generous, calm, confident vibe.
Go to the Top
Follow only the top blogging tips bloggers on earth to get the best blogging tips and to accelerate your blogging success.
Matthew Loomis at Build Your Own Blog offers success-promoting advice. Follow him. Hire him. Succeed.
Why spend hours asking for advice from folks who may or may not have any idea what they are talking about?
Go to the top.
Google popular search terms, vet guest posters on Blogging Tips, follow the best, get the best advice on earth, use the advice, succeed.
Blogging gets easier and easier when you only follow the top bloggers on earth and invest in their premium offerings because getting the best advice from the best bloggers positions you to be the best.
What Does Your Blog Need?
I wrote an eBook explaining what your blog needs:
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Success finds bloggers who cover all bases.
If you need nothing and feel your blog needs nothing, you succeed and live your wildest dreams.
Successful bloggers know adding the right elements to blogs and beginning blogs the right way accelerates your success. Plus it feels good to begin blogging intelligently.
What does your blog need?
1: Domain and Hosting
Invest in a domain and hosting.
Accelerate your blogging success.
Domain names make you stand out.
Observe how Pat Flynn invested in Smart Passive Income.
Of course you know immediately; the blogger covers smart passive income. Passive income seekers know the resource because Pat bought a domain name.
He also invested in hosting to ensure he owned his blog.
Take this step to control:
- income potential
- blog voice
Own your site. You need to own your blog to be in control of your blogging campaign.
2: Premium Theme
Invest money in a premium theme.
Stand out from the crowd.
Circulating money on a premium, eye-catching, clear theme emits a professional, impressive, powerful message.
This was from one of my many trips to Thailand.
Readers see you are a serious, successful or success-seeking, blogger. Of course you gain trust and grow your readership quickly by investing money in a premium theme.
Why do you need a premium theme? Would you trust a blogger who uses a cheap-looking, heavy, non-professional theme? If someone cannot afford to invest $60 in a premium theme you better not trust their advice, their insight and their sharing. Why? Serious, skilled bloggers never allow $60 to dictate their life’s direction and failing, struggling, unskilled bloggers make the foolish decision to not chase their dreams over $60.
Content drives blogs.
Your blog needs content to:
- prove you know your stuff
- spread your presence online
- inspire readers to follow you
- inspire readers to trust you
Visit Blogging From Paradise.
Look around for a few minutes. Read 3 of my recent posts. Do you see why content drives the blogging engine?
Imagine if you saw only 1 blog post. Every blogger begins somewhere but publishing helpful content from a generous, success-focused energy distances you from most bloggers in your niche.
Imagine seeing 1 to 5 blog posts on a blog. Good introduction no doubt.
Imagine seeing 50 to 100 blog posts on a blog. Massive impact.
Focus less on post numbers and more on being generous with time and talents. Content just shows off what you know.
As folks see you know your stuff thru your volume of helpful posts you begin to:
- increase traffic
- boost your blogging profits
- expand your presence
- increase brand awareness
- help more folks
- make a big impact in your niche
Content makes everything grow.
Publish content on the regular to become a successful blogger.
Focus on Your Dreams
Concentrate on your dreams from a relaxed, chill energy.
You need dreams to feel the calm, detached confidence of bloggers who invest in:
- a domain and hosting
- a premium theme
- creating helpful content
See your blogging wins now. You succeed now. Own it.
Feel good about your blogging career. You are rocking it out.
Succeed, being the blogger who covers all blogging needs.
Invest in a blogging course.
Your blog – and you – need a blogging blueprint to follow in order to succeed from a calm, confident, orderly, relaxed energy.
Blog like a success.
Learn from the best to become a successful blogger.
Courses just give you a structure for learning in the proper format.
Imagine sitting down in a classroom to learn disciplines from a professor.
You do the same thing through a blogging course.
How Can You Turn Criticism into Blogging Profits?
I wrote an entire eBook on lessons I learned from critics:
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As you see greater blogging success, you get criticized.
No blogger avoids criticism.
Learning how to convert nasty criticism into blogging profits helps you be a highly successful blogger.
Imagine someone tossing big rocks at you.
Fools step in front of the rocks, injuring themselves.
Idiots catch the rocks and throw said rocks back at folks, wasting precious time and energy on rock tossing morons.
Wise humans avoid the rocks, allowing the stones to reach terra firma, and build a castle from all the granite-type rocks tossed their way.
Highly successful, happy bloggers are like wise humans; building something meaningful and profitable from inevitable criticism, versus taking criticism personally (stepping in front of rocks) or fighting critics (throwing rocks back at rock throwers).
I wrote 2 eBooks on the topic.
In addition to the prior eBook I also wrote:
Observe the product page.
I profit through an:
- eBook version
- audio book version
- paperback version
- mass market paperback version
of the topic.
I make money through 4 income streams based on teaching folks how to profit through blogging criticism.
How can you convert criticism into coin?
Follow these tips.
Breathe Deeply and Relax
- fight criticism
- feel the sting of criticism
- feel embarrassed about being criticized
- fight critics
- go into a shell after being criticized
Breathe deep. Relax.
Feel energies and emotions in reaction to being criticized.
Release said energies.
Be calm, confident and poised.
Establish the proper energy for profiting through criticism.
Criticism is a projection of individual; we see ourselves in others.
100% of the time, critics speak 100% of themselves, not you, through their criticism.
Knowing this, you do not take criticism personally. Ditto for gaining clarity in all you do, blogging-wise.
I reacted with anger, annoyance, embarrassment and shame on reading my first few 1 star audio book reviews. Turns out, those fear-based feelings needed to be addressed and released for me to generate more income through audio books.
Increased profits flow to bloggers who feel clear on income channels.
Being criticized forces you to face, embrace and release fears concerning income channels, said clearing resulting in clarity and greater sales.
If you react negatively to criticism, the reaction suggests you have fears to feel and clear regarding the criticism. Clearing these negative energies allows more profits to flow through the income streams because fear strangles income while clarity increases income.
Convert Criticism into Tangible Products
Turn hate into create.
Convert criticism into tangible profits.
Note my 2 eBooks, my audio book and paperback.
Create an online course to help your readers process criticism.
Strike while the iron feels hot; create immediately after receiving criticism to allow your prolific ideas to flow.
Add a price tag.
See Problems and Profit in Projection
- blog posts
- guest posts
based on critical projections bandied about by critics.
Critics may or may not see errors in their ways.
This was from my 2 month trip to Oman.
I just stress how criticizing promotes their failure, strangles success and prolongs misery and suffering, based on my content.
If critics wake up and read, these folks become likely readers, fans, customers and clients, because if I solved their problems for free I can solve their problems for pay.
Profit through the Discipline of Detached Observation
Observing feelings from a detached, calm, confident energy versus reacting to feelings is a skill most millionaires cultivate.
What better way can you develop this skill than by reading and processing criticism without reacting to your emotions?
Wealthy bloggers observe knee jerk reactions in their being, feel energies, release, and proceed to profit. You see immense patience, persistence, poise and profiting. But the blogger just watches, feels and releases, versus reacting.
Move Up the Energetic Ladder into More Prospering, Higher Circles by Ignoring Critics
Critics vibe from a fear-based, lower, poverty conscious energy.
Ignore these folks to rocket higher in blogging circles, toward a loving, prosperity conscious, profitable energy.
I made blogging friends in high places by completely ignoring lower energy folks, some of whom criticized me and my blog.
Starve lower energies.
Make room for higher energies.
Profit, free yourself and see increasing blogging success.
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