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5 Ways to Make Money with a Coupon Blog

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If you’ve ever shopped for anything online, there is a good chance you’ve used a coupon code. Finding coupons online is great because it’s so easy and literally only takes a few seconds of your time to save 20% or even more. What’s even better is that there is a whole world of coupon sites out there to help you find the best ones available.

As long as brands and businesses need new customers, there is going to be a never ending supply of coupon codes. For this reason and many more, coupon blogs have been popping up all over the place. Not only are these sites providing value to their audience, they are also cashing in like crazy in the process.

In this article, we are going to highlight seven ways you can start making money with a coupon site or blog of your own. If you don’t know how to get started with a coupon site, click here to view my startup guide.

How to Make Money with a Coupon Blog of Your Own

Like any type of WordPress driven site, starting a coupon blog is easy — but getting traffic, building your audience and making money with your content isn’t as easy. There are many big players in the coupon space that are spending millions of dollars monthly to rank at the top of the search results and coming out with new promotions daily. The good news is that there is still plenty of room and opportunity for you to compete. One of the best ways to do this is to get your site live, then building out a mailing list and focusing on your social reach.

People absolutely love online coupons, free stuff and sale promotions. Give your audience what they are looking for and you will see a nice amount of shared and viral traffic coming back to your site. Once you are ready to start monetizing your site and content, be sure to try any or all of these methods listed below.

Google Adsense

Simply the easiest way to make money online with a website. Join Google Adsense, copy their ad code, then place it on your site. As a site owner, you will then earn a commission on every click you send to the ads that appear from Google. The reason why Google Adsense is great for coupon sites is because they have thousands of high-quality and relevant coupon ads — this also means you will also likely see a higher click-through rate and earnings as well.

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Affiliate Marketing

Many affiliate programs will offer coupon codes and exclusive promotions to their partners. Instead of simply getting paid for someone to click on your ads from Google, you could be earning a percentage of each sale that you send to a business. A good example of this would be if you had a niche specific site and linked up with an advertiser who could provide custom coupon codes. The benefit here is that the advertiser can usually provide you with a unique coupon code, so they can track sales and provide you with a referral fee. This is something we do with A Small Orange, as they are our recommend hosting solution.

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Build a Community Around Your Site

This is something the largest and most effective coupon sites on the internet are doing. Whether it’s a social aspect, a forum or a custom built community, having an area of your site where others can engage with each other and post their own coupons is key. Not only is this great for engagement, it also adds to the overall content and value on your site. During Black Friday and year-end holiday shopping, these forum areas blow up with traffic because everyone is discussing the latest deals and coupons.

You can see an example of this in place on sites like www.frugaa.com. Not only are they offering a community experience, they are also offering rewards for those who share content and coupons as well — all while increasing traffic and engagement on the site.

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Connect with Coupon Providers

Most coupon sites don’t scour the internet for all of the latest coupons. Instead, they usually partner up with a feed provider or join networks like Coupons.com, which then allows then to display a wide range of coupons to their audience. These sites then earn commissions on clicks, leads and sales depending on the referrals. Join partner programs for the top coupon sites and you’ll greatly expand your reach, while making more money in the process.

Some of the top programs out there for coupons sites are Coupons.com, RedPlum and SmartSource.

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Start a Mailing List for Daily Coupons

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but many sites still don’t have this in place. Once someone comes to your site and grabs a coupon, they probably won’t come back. However, new coupon codes are going live on your site daily. By having your audience join your mailing list, you could have daily or weekly mailings sent out with the latest coupon codes being added to your site. This is one of the most effective ways to increase traffic and earnings month over month, and can also be done by simply adding a mailing list popup to your site.

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The Money is in the Coupons!

No matter what type of coupon website or blog you are going to create, there is plenty of money to be made. Make sure to focus the majority of your efforts on the promotion of your site and content once it goes live. Use social media, hashtags, long tail keywords and viral marketing to get in the face of your audience who is already looking for coupon codes!

Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

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I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

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Ship. Publish.

Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.

Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.

I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.

I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.

All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.

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Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations

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Ouch.

Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.

Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.

Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.

If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.

Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.

Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.

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