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?
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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