You see such a heavy emphasis on how to make money blogging if you’re broke but few bloggers focus on the “broke” part.
To cure a disease you need to find the root cause of the malady.
Yet you may banging your pretty little head against the wall because after following the advice of well-meaning, successful bloggers, you’re still flat broke and your blog makes enough money to buy a bottle cap each month.
Goodness knows I’ve been there with you. I first intended to convert my blog into an ATM machine. Years later it still wasn’t offering withdrawals.
I eventually learned that when you’re flat broke you have a money problem that must be solved from the inside out.
How to Make Money Blogging
Accepting the truth of the prior line will change your life immediately. You’ll follow all the good, practical advice offered by profit-earning, successful, well known bloggers, leading to fabulous results over the long haul.
Follow these 5 tips to make money blogging. Even if you’re dead broke.
In addition to each of the five tips below, also be sure to check out these latest stats and figures from MyWorkFromHomeMoney’s make money blogging report.
Figure Out Why (and Make it Fun….and Freeing)
If you’re low on cash you have an energy problem. Stop resisting money. Start falling in love with blogging about a passionate topic.
During my “Broke Joke” years I blogged primarily to make money. When the money did not arrive after 1 day, or 1 week, or 1 month, I flipped out. I tried harder to make money through my blog and struggled even worse.
I moved away from a fun, freeing, passionate driver toward a strained, serious, desperate driver. This created an endless cycle of misery and financial heartbreak.
I referred to this as the meal ticket approach to blogging when covering common blogging mistakes recently. Blogging to just make enough cash to eat, today, sends off a desperate, strained, money-blocking vibe.
Blog your passion. Make having fun your predominant driver. What can you talk about all day long? Blog about it. The blogging fun becomes the reward so you won’t be as needy or desperate to make that sweet cash. This step alone will ease money-related anxieties.
Now it’s time to dive into some unpleasant but harsh realities connected to your broke-ness. Few bloggers take this step but the brave minority leapfrogs their money issues quickly.
Address Your Money Issues Immediately
Being broke has nothing to do with blogging. Nor does it have anything to do with your job. Being broke has nothing to do with the economy. Having no dough only has to do with some past trauma, anxiety, worry or panic you cling to related to money or something even beyond money, like the loss of a loved one.
If you skip this step and try to “practical tip” your way out of your money problem you tend to ignore sound, proven blogging advice. Meaning you’ll be blind to good blogging advice.
Look down at the following tips. Unless you address how you *really* feel about money you will ignore tips 3, 4 and 5. Not only that, you will move in the opposite direction. Manipulating people. Trying to do it on your own. Trying to build your blog on free, shared hosting platforms.
I know. I’ve made these mistakes repeatedly over my 8 year blogging career. But I turned things around by addressing my limiting beliefs and fears concerning money. Most of the lower energies were rooted in my childhood.
Spend time in quiet. Observe your earlier years on planet earth. How did your parents view money? Did they see money as scarce? Did they work themselves to the bone just to barely make ends meet? Write down the low energy, painful feelings you experience when dwelling on your money history. Feel the deep, dark emotions. Then, after a good cry, or maybe an intense burst of anger, take a deep breath and burn the piece of paper over the sink as a cathartic cleanse.
Burn the paper to release these money blocks/lower energies for good.
Regularly revisit your resistance to money based on your financial past to clear out the head trash. Tune into smart blogging advice by releasing the money lies that parents, siblings and the general public at large freely offered to you.
This may not seem like something you’d read on a blogging tips themed blog but following this advice has led to miraculous breakthroughs in my blogging life.
Focus Your Energies on Helping Not Manipulating
Broke bloggers often try to manipulate people to give them money, using trickery, dishonesty and other desperate approaches to force money from confused souls. The end result: either more financial struggles, a loss of reputation, legal troubles or all three.
Helpers get paid. If you have little cash to your name tap into the invaluable currency known as “help.”
Readers buy your products or hire you based on how freely you help them with their problems. Whether you have money or not means nothing to someone you inspired to crush a devastating problem or to live a stunning dream.
People hired me to coach them when I only had $25 in my checking account.
People hired me to coach them when I was making $3000 a month through freelance writing alone.
The individual could give a crap less whether I was a boxcar hobo or living in Fiji. I helped them. They hired me. Or they bought my eBooks or blogging audio course.
Check out a recent engagement from my Facebook Wall:
I simply asked a question and replied with in depth answers to each question. No agenda other than helping my buddies and getting ideas for future blog posts to help them. This keeps Sumit, Ravi, David and Lorraine tuned in to my updates and it also fosters our growing friendships.
How much does this marketing approach cost you? Zero. Zilch. Nada.
Help people by answering their questions through email. Ditto on Facebook. Ditto on Twitter. Be thorough. Be generous. Show off your knowledge. Your temporary broke-ness is usually indicative of holding back your help.
Blogger newbies should dive head first into learning, studying, implementing and tracking to become helpful to their readers. Consider using the 5 Hour Rule followed by billionaire icons like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Oprah to increase your skill set and helpfulness each week.
How to Help
- publish blog posts
- publish videos
- share podcasts
- offer advice through email or social media, answering questions thoroughly to
Help. Attract money by becoming a trusted, helpful resource in your niche. Here are some of the best working tips to make money with a blog from Zac Johnson.
Make Friends to Go from Broke to Booming Blogger
Bloggers regularly state that I seem to know everybody online. Admittedly, I knew a few less folks than “everybody” but I am a connected blogger.
I’ve been blessed to appear on Richard Branson’s Virgin blog, Forbes and Neil Patel Dot Com. I even spoke about blogging at prestigious NYU. All because I made a bunch of friends. I promoted fellow bloggers, commented on their blogs and linked to their blogs via my blog posts. A healthy handful of these bloggers became my friends. Said buddies promoted me, endorsed me, expanded my reach quickly and their generosity allowed me to reach more targeted folks and to make more money through my blog.
As a rule, broke bloggers believe in publishing a blog masquerading as a cyber diary. If you build it, they won’t come. If you build it and make friends, readers will arrive by the boatload.
Make friends by promoting fellow bloggers on social media sites. Shout them out. Link to their latest posts on your blog. Refer your blogging buddies to other bloggers who may be able to help them.
Be generous. Become popular. Watch your blogging reach grow like a weed on steroids. Observe how steadily your blogging income grows.
Tor Refsland of Time Management Chef is a fabulous example of a connected guy who’s made influential friends in really high places. He’s grabbing the “make friends” advice and taking it to the extreme. In a good way.
He has been featured on 158 blogs in 14 months. Amazing.
Invest the Few Bucks You Have in a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog
I saved the best for last.
If you don’t have $10 to $30 to invest in a self-hosted WordPress blog per month stop what you’re doing right now. Go get a job. Build your savings. Then, invest in a domain and hosting.
Famous people like Seth Godin can get away with using a free blogging platform because he’s already gained the trust of his audience.
He could send out blog post updates by carrier pigeon and his loyal readers/minions would wait beside their windows for the latest Godin jewels of wisdom, delivered with a nasty little pigeon deposit or two.
Whip out your credit card. Buy a domain and hosting. Stand out from the crowd. Tailor your blog just how you want it. Own your cyber real estate. Maximize your branding and earning potential.
Set aside $120 to $360 of your money each year for a domain and hosting and say to yourself:
“Even though I am struggling financially, by investing this money I will position myself to earn thousands of dollars, then $10,000, then $100,000 and more over the next 5 to 10 years.”
Dwell on that statement before you even dream of attempting to make money blogging through a free, shared hosting solution.
Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income screams “branded blog.” No blog looks like Pat’s blog.
It’s impossible to achieve this branded, one of a kind look unless you pay for a self-hosted, WordPress blog.
If you can’t afford a few hundred dollars each year to devote toward a domain and hosting you will have an extremely difficult time making money with your blog.
Take it from a guy who’s been down to his latest 4 pennies and who’s also traveled the world as a full time blogger over the past 5 years. Each of these tips works darn well if you’re trying to make coin as a bootstrapped blogger.
Are you struggling to make money blogging because you’re broke?
Do you follow any one of these tips?
What is your biggest blogging struggle as far as trying to monetize your blog?
Advertising Revenue: Yes or No?
Are you a new blogger ready to hop on the Adsense train?
Pump your breaks a few times. Slow down and think this through.
Advertising revenue can prove to be a lucrative income stream for bloggers over the long term. Build a large, loyal following. Be generous. Be patient. Success will be yours, as will Adsense ad clicks and increased blogging revenue. New bloggers have a different Adsense experience though. I see excited newbies ready to cash their first Adsense check on receiving approval. 6 months later, after making $.02 per month, the enthusiasm dies and the blogger removes Adsense from their blog. Why? Bloggers learn a harsh lesson about advertising revenue: you need a huge, loyal following to generate significant income through advertising channels.
Most new bloggers get 5, 10 or 50 people to visit their blog daily. Imagine if 20 people visit your blog daily. How many of those 20 people click on your Adsense ad, or any ad? 99.99% of the time, none. Tomorrow sees 14 blog visitors. None click your ads. After 1 month, 240 people visit your blog. 2 people click your ad. This sounds about right. At the end of the month, you made $0.04 USD. Of course this is common because you are a new blogger with little traffic. Low traffic blogs generate low profit ad revenue.
Do you know who makes hundreds to thousands of dollars in Adsense revenue monthly? Bloggers who blog effectively and generously for 2-3-5 or more years generate this type of sweet income. Advertising revenue takes SERIOUS work! Maybe 1% of bloggers – or less – put in the work that drives the thousands of people daily to blogs which nets a steady, solid Adsense income. But most new bloggers mistakenly believe their 30 visitor a day blog will yield $100 to $500 per month or more. Never gonna happen guys. Sorry to burst your bubble.
Advertising Revenue: Yes or No?
I share profitable income streams in my eBook:
Buy it to explore different ways and means of profiting, to beef up your multiple streams of income.
Newbie bloggers should never open ad revenue streams because they do not have a large, loyal, targeted readership needed to generate substantial ad revenue. Write and self-publish an eBook. Toss that widget on your sidebar, replacing the ad widget. Brand yourself. Make more money.
Experienced bloggers with large, loyal tribes should consider ad revenue if the ads:
- feel like a match for the blog and brand
- are highly targeted for your readership
- add value for your readers
Think targeting. Sites like the Huffington Post can post any ad and completely disregard relevance because millions upon millions of humans visiting the blog monthly have millions and millions of interests. When advertisers pay a million dollars for a short Super Bowl ad they understand not every one of the 1 billion people watching the Super Bowl is highly interested in their ad, but many folks out of the billion plus people will be interested, and net advertiser revenue, through the commercial.
For you, even if your tribe is large and loyal, you likely do not attract millions of blog visitors monthly. Target advertisements to ensure most if not all of your readers seem highly interested in the ad. Even if a small percentage clicks through you will generates steadily increasing ad revenue by this approach because you intelligently match your ad with your reader.
As a new blogger go with non-ad income streams. Experienced veterans can lay out ads but make sure your ads align with your readers.
The Ultimate Checklist To Grow Your Blog in 2019
Perhaps you’re here because you’ve had a blog for a long time now, but you feel like it’s just not growing as you hoped it would. The good news, however, is that you aren’t alone. Even blogs that you think are “famous” may have also gone through this same challenge. Fortunately, there are many tricks you can apply to help your blog reach its fullest potential. These are doable, and with a little help from experts, you’re sure to achieve the growth you’ve been dreaming of.
Here’s a checklist you can follow:
- Venture Into Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective strategies in digital marketing, which you can also apply on your blogs. Affiliate marketing refers to the act of partnering with companies and businesses that are looking for bloggers who are willing to try out and promote their products and services. In the beginning, you might not be able to reach more prominent brands and companies, but if you keep going, affiliate marketing can also be very effective in helping your blog grow in terms of audience reach. The more you network with affiliates, the more traffic comes to your site.To provide you more insights on digital and affiliate marketing, read through this digital marketing checklist.
- Link With Other Bloggers
In the blogging industry, success isn’t so much about competing with each other. In fact, there’s a lot you can achieve by simply linking with other bloggers as well. This means that, from time to time, you create posts that allow you to connect with others in the industry, or you create collaboration posts with other bloggers. That way, you’re both doing each other a favor by expanding each other’s blogs to the current networks that you both have, much like exchanging gifts.
Here are other ways for you to also link or engage with other bloggers:
- Comment on the posts of other bloggers
- Mention other bloggers in your posts
- Engage in the social media pages of other bloggers
- Create Detailed Content
Especially if you’re writing about solutions to common problems of your viewers, be very detailed about it. Readers want to have answers as soon as they visit your website. Without clear, actionable content, you’re not only going to lose one reader, but you’re going to lose others as well.
Some of the best strategies you can employ to ensure detailed content are the following:
- If you’re talking about technical or serious matters, include statistics and case studies
- Stay away from broad statements that are going to leave your readers guessing
- Whenever you can, include actionable and real data. (e.g. Climate change is expected to hit a _____ mark by 2020. To combat this, one of the things you can do is…)
While the optimum length of every blog post should still be around 500 to 2,000 words, this doesn’t mean that you cannot put in detail. Never write and post anything haphazardly. Be sure to do your fair share in researching beforehand.
- Enable Social Media Sharing
If you’re a blogger, you’d know it’s inevitable to also have social media accounts. If you can, go for the three major social media pages, such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The more active you are on social media, the more effective you become as well. Keep in mind the following techniques in terms of social media posting:
- Keep a fixed schedule of when you usually post new content. This will make it easier for your visitors to expect new posts. Through this, you can also build anticipation among your readers.
- As you schedule your content posting, also factor in the usual available time of your target market. For instance, if your blog is about parenting, you might want to post at night, when all mommy duties have been done for the day, and they can check their social media.
- Refrain from posting every hour. Keep your posts within a healthy interval so that your followers won’t become bored or even annoyed. At least every other day is enough to keep your followers excited.
What you can do is post an update on each social media account when you also have a new blog. Link your blog post to your social media post so you can draw traffic to your website. With social media, it’s also easier for your followers to share and spread the word about your content. By simply clicking the share button, they’re able to post this on their social media sites as well.
When you strive to make your blog perform better, it shouldn’t end only with the growth per se. You also have a more significant task to fulfill, which is to apply the necessary strategies that are going to motivate your readers to keep coming back. These above-mentioned tips can help you achieve these two goals. Now you can be on your way towards running your blog to its fullest potential.
7 Reasons Nobody is Reading Your Blog
Blogging is tough work. It’s not backbreaking labor like ditch digging, but it can be mentally and emotionally exhausting.
It may consume hours, days, weeks, and months of dedication before you see results. Even with a solid commitment of time and creative energy, results aren’t guaranteed. It’s not just about coming out with new content, it’s more about coming out with content that is of real value, will rank in Google, and that people are actually going to read and share.
Millions of blogs are humming along on the Internet, but only a fraction could be termed successful. If you have a blog and it has no significant readership to speak of, there are a few possible explanations.
1 – You Write About Things People Don’t Care About
“It’s easy when you first start blogging to act like your blog is an online journal. While your blog should be personalized, it should be focused on your reader,” copywriter Michael Leonard explains.
“People, for the most part, only care about themselves. As a content creator, it’s your responsibility to give the reader what they want.”
If you’re only writing about yourself, people will eventually tune out. The best thing you can do is to switch your focus to topics your audience is passionate about. Not sure what that might be? Go ahead and ask your existing readers for their input on topic selection.
2 – You Lack a Consistent Voice
Consistency is a huge facet of blogging success. People need to feel they’re encountering the same voice, style, and personality one post to the next. If there’s too much variety in style and content, you’ll fail to resonate with readers and eventually they’re apt to wander elsewhere.
3 – You Have No Social Media Presence
Blogging and social media go hand in hand these days. If you don’t have a social media presence, you’re missing out on the opportunity to expand your blog readership (and vice versa).
Instead of trying to be on every social media platform that exists, spend your time focusing on one or two platforms (such as Instagram or Facebook). By pouring all your energy into building up audiences on these channels, you’ll be much more likely to see a positive impact on your blog.
4 – You’ve Never Done SEO
SEO might be a bit technical for your taste, but it’s still essential. Without an SEO strategy, you won’t be able to capitalize on organic search traffic.
This will leave you 100 percent reliant on paid and/or social traffic … and that will damage your results and lower your chance of building a flourishing audience.
5 – You’ve Never Invested in Link Building
In order to satisfy Google’s algorithm and prove you have an authoritative website that’s worth turning up in the search rankings, you have to demonstrate that you’re a trusted source for content. One of the ways to do this is by developing a link-building strategy.
Link building is the process of acquiring backlinks from other authoritative websites to your own. Though you can do this manually, it’s far more efficient and cost-effective to hire a white-label link-building service like SEO.co.
This approach frees you to focus on the content side, without neglecting the optimization facet of the equation.
6 – You’re All Words and No Visuals
All words and no visuals is a recipe for supreme boredom. If you aren’t careful, it’ll destroy your audience and leave you with an echo chamber of a blog.
As tough as it may be to swallow, accept the fact that people will likely read only an average of 20 percent of the content on your page. In other words, the average person will ignore 80 percent of your blog content.
Much of this depends on the limited nature of the human attention span. The quickest way to get past this is to incorporate some visuals to provide some relief and boost engagement.
“Visual elements jump off the page,” Quick Sprout explains. “If someone is scanning through your blog post, they’ll likely stop at the images. They’ll skim the first few lines before and after the picture to digest your points of emphasis.”
You don’t have to change your entire blogging strategy, but it’s wise to give some attention to visuals. An occasional infographic or video will go a long way with your audience.
7 – You Don’t Post Enough
You don’t have to post a blog piece every day to be successful. But if you’re uploading only one every few weeks, you’re forfeiting your opportunity to engage an audience.
As a general rule, you should post at least three times a week. This means you’ll have to generate something once every two days (with an occasional lapse of an extra day or two). At that rate, you’re most apt to stay at the front of your readers’ minds without overwhelming them.
Develop Your Blogging Strategy
Publishing a random blog post here and another casual commentary there isn’t going to get you the results you desire … no matter how good the content might be. You need a defined strategy that delivers high value to a specific group of readers in a manner that’s consistent with your brand personality and objectives.
One would hope this article has opened your eyes to what that can look like moving forward.
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