If you’re struggling to make money from your blog, you might want to consider leveraging a service-based income model.
So, instead of waiting to build a popular blog and then monetizing it by displaying ads, you take things to the next level by identifying services you can offer to others as a freelancer or consultant, and by clearly showcasing this service(s) on your website.
This approach is much more effective, perhaps the fastest way to make real money blogging, and you don’t need boatload of traffic to get results if you use it.
Two great examples to the effectiveness of this approach:
- Through a blog designed to attract clients for my services business, I started getting clients barely a month after starting it and I was making 4 figures monthly with an average of 600 visitors monthly to the blog.
- This lady is making four figures monthly with less than 100 visitors to her blog monthly, by focusing on directing her traffic to her services business.
Do I need to say more?
If your aim is to get clients to your services business through your blog, it is very important to consider the 6 tips below:
Also, to allow you to better implement the suggestions in this article, I have prepared a checklist that you can use to audit your blog to ensure you are on the right track. I’ll be sharing the link to download it at the end of this article.
1. Be Specific
You’ve probably heard the blogging advice “choose a niche” before?
When your blog is aimed at powering your services business, this advice can’t be more invaluable!
Whether you’re offering freelancing services, consulting services or some other type of service, you want to position yourself as an expert in your field, as this will significantly increase your chances of success. The best way to do this, is by defining your niche and ensuring you only blog about a core group of inter-related topics.
There’s always the temptation to write about a lot of different topics so as to be able to cover a lot of ground, but that’s a fallacy many bloggers easily fall into.
You have a higher chance of success, both in terms of blog growth and revenue to your services business through your blog, by focusing on a small niche.
Also, it is important to make sure this niche is connected to the service you offer, and that it is a niche your potential clients are in.
2. Clearly Outline Your Services
The next step is to make sure details about services you offer are not in any way obscure on your blog.
A lot of service professionals make this mistake; they maintain a very good blog, but there’s no reference to the services they offer or the fact that they can be hired on their blog. Don’t make this mistake.
Create a hire me/services page outlining and detailing the various services you can offer, the benefits clients get by hiring you and various ways they can reach out to you.
Make sure this page isn’t obscure on your blog; feature it prominently in your blog navigation bar, and pay attention to point 6 in this article for a tip to further promote this page.
3. Have a Defined Content Schedule
A blog is rarely effective in achieving its goals – whether that goal is to generate traffic, get subscribers, get clients, or increase sales – if it isn’t properly updated.
Don’t expect your blog to be very effective in sending clients to your services business when you have just 2 – 4 articles on it. That won’t work.
For guaranteed long-term results, you need to define and stick to a content schedule.
For example, you can decide you want to be updating the blog once or twice a week, but make sure you have a schedule; don’t publish 5 articles this week and then ignore the blog for the next 3 months.
This is especially important if your blog is new; define a content schedule and stick to it.
4. Identify Key Articles You Need to Regularly Create
While you’d have to write a lot of articles on your blog to grow it, you need to realize that some types of articles are more effective than others in attracting clients.
It is very important to identify these key articles, and focus on creating more of them.
Sometimes, you will publish an article and then realize that the article is very effective in getting traffic to your blog and clients to contact you. It is important to do more of these types of articles.
I have found 3 different types of articles to be effective in getting traffic and clients, and I’ll recommend doing more of these types of articles:
- The resource article: This features a list of resources people can use right away after reading your article. They don’t need to go through any other step, do any special Google search; they can’t start using the resources in the article right away. This article featuring 110 websites that pay writers is a good example. This list of blogs accepting guest posts is another example of a resource article that has resulted in five figures in freelance income for me.
- The ultimate guide: This is aimed at being a definitive guide to something. The article basically focuses on a subject people want to learn about in your niche, and it covers it with as much details as necessary; including screenshots, visuals, relevant examples and links to other resources that complement the article. This post is an example of an ultimate guide on guest blogging.
- Case studies: This is aimed at demonstrating your expertise with a particular thing, and showing potential clients what your process involves for successfully achieving a particular task. Case studies might not end up being as popular as the other two examples above, but they have massive potential for sending clients your way. This post by Neil Patel is a very good example of a case study. This is another case study showing how I got 1,200 subscribers in 2 months, and it is quickly becoming the second most popular article on my blog in no time.
So, amongst other types of articles, try to give the above articles some attention as well; doing them on a regular basis will not only increase your traffic but will actually result in clients for your services business.
5. Ensure Your Articles Effectively Reference Your Services
After creating a services page outlining the services you can offer to potential clients, the next step is to make sure you give this page maximum exposure.
One of the best ways to consistently and effectively promote your services is by referencing it in majority of the articles on your blog.
There are two ways to do this:
- Subtly; by occasionally hinting at your services, or subtly mentioning your services, and linking to your services page inside the body of your article.
- Explicitly; by clearly including a call to action below your article telling people about the services you offer and asking them to reach out to you.
Here’s a screenshot of what explicitly referencing your services in an article looks like:
Both examples are good, and I recommend a healthy combination of both.
If you run a personal development blog and offer counseling services, for example, you can easily update an article giving people life improvement tips with a call to action below the article to use your counseling services; this is explicitly referencing your services.
If you’re a freelance writer talking about the need for quality content, and you subtly hint at hiring an expert writer to solve clients’ content needs, and you link to your services page while doing that, you’re using the subtle approach.
6. Have a Clear Outreach System
The final step, which is just as important as every other step listed approach is outreach.
Even if you have a blog that is a massive resource, you won’t achieve much through it unless people are aware of it.
There are two key ways to go about letting people know about your blogs and they are:
- Paying to advertise your blog
- Leveraging successful platforms to freely promote your blog
The first option is definitely not available for most people, and it is not really recommended unless you have a system designed to maximize every dollar spent.
I’ve found option 2, however, to be very effective. Look for other successful blogs and publications that have the audience you want, and look for a way to get them to refer their audience to you.
A great way to do this is by offering to write high quality articles for them, in exchange for a link back to your blog in your bio. This process is called guest blogging, and there are several amazing contributions by expert Blogging Tips writers on guest blogging that you can get started with.
The above are 6 really important tips you should consider when building a service-based blog business. What other tips have worked really well for you that you want to add?
How Do Blogging and Fitness Relate?
I spend 3 hours daily honing my mental and physical fitness.
In truth, you can and will succeed online following simple fundamentals from a generous, detached energy. No need to be fit to go full time blogging. But if you feel bad because your body feels bad and your mind fears losing it all, have you succeeded? I do not believe so.
I wrote an eBook sharing my daily regimen to explain what many of you readers want to know: how do I do it all? I am no blogging god. I am just human. But I write and connect quite a bit. People wish to know how I wrote 100 plus eBooks in addition to all the other stuff I do while circling the globe. Well, blogging and fitness are 2 peas in a pod for me. Both play a big role if you desiring leveling up and feeling good predominantly as you enjoy the ride.
Blogging and Fitness
Let’s say you wake up on a Monday morning as a full time employee who blogs part time. Feeling terrible and dreading work, why write and publish a post? Too busy. Do it later. Put off the post until tonight. But you feel too tired that night. Repeat this cycle for 3 months. 90 days passed. Still no blog post. Why? You filled your mind with fear and pain. Manifesting as blogging loss, backburnering the post for 3 months indicates fear in mind. Why fear? 100% of the time, fear dominates minds of people who spend zero time on mental fitness, never meditating or doing deep yin yoga or observing their thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, these same folks dominated by their own fears never commit seriously to being physically fit through exercising.
Feel good by caring for your mind and body. Vibe higher than fears crippling most bloggers. Imagine the above scenario with one difference: you devote 1-2 hours daily exercising and raising your energy via mindset training. Devote 30 minutes to power walking and 30 minutes to deep yin yoga. On waking that Monday morning, either a blog post idea finds you and you write the post, or after a few uncomfortable moments and feelings, the idea flows to you and you write the post.
I cannot explain this process logically because it flows 100% emotionally, feelings-wise. Visualize yourself in moments you feel really good. All seems possible. Ideas flow to you. Opportunities flow to you. Why? Feeling good magnetizes you to freeing, success-promoting ideas. Being fit mentally and physically is the easiest way to feel good most of the time. Plus in those moments you feel bad mentally and physically, you face, feel and release the bad feelings, quickly, because you feel mentally and physically fit, predominantly.
Being fit naturally alerts you to the success-promoting idea of gratitude. Gratitude builds blogging success because seeing every penny of income, every blog comment and all interest in your blogging courses feels awesome to you. Feeling awesome inspires you to blog for years generously. Blogging generously for years makes you successful.
Corey at the Good Oil Marketing retweeted my blogging course recently. I feel grateful he spread the word for me considering he is a successful, high level marketer. I feel these feelings and build on my success because I feel grateful. I feel grateful because I trained my mind and body to feel good, through being fit daily, in order to tune into appreciation easily.
Be a successful blogger by being mentally and physically fit.
Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals
After I released my flagship eBook – How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – I noticed something neat. My sales increased 12 fold the day I published a guest post for a highly successful blogger.
Seeing this spike clued me in to the quickest, easiest way to increase business: help people for free. Being generous improves skills, increases exposure and expands your business. Greater traffic and profits follow generous bloggers because helping people for free helps you be skilled and see, two qualities in every prospering blogger who reaps sweet blogging profits.
A large set of bloggers goes in another direction. Some ask for business referrals from trusted blogging buddies to drum up business. Feel free to take this route but know referral fishing is an ineffective way to drive profits because of two clear reasons:
- referral-seeking seems to be time-wasting
- referral-seeking rarely inspires trusted bloggers to take clear, business-building action, for you
I know 20 plus web developers. A few trusted blogging web developer buddies have reached out to me, seeking referrals. Two issues arise:
- the referral seeker has no idea if I know bloggers needing web development; non-targeted campaign
- I already know 20 plus developers, trusted buddies all, so I could never choose one to refer to someone if 20 seem qualified
Top Bloggers Become Ruthlessly Effective with their Time
Versus seeking referral business by asking blogging buddies if they know someone requiring your service, spend 20 minutes to write and publish a quality guest post for a blogger in your business niche. Instead of pitching 1 human, show off your web development skills for free, via a guest post, for 1,000 people. Do you see what I mean? Leverage. Do not ask for business. Serve for business. Although time needs pass and generosity needs inclusion in blogging business-building, helping for free is the quickest, simplest way to increase blogging business because you reach large, targeted audiences of clients with your attention and energy versus asking 1 person for business in non-targeted, ineffective fashion.
12 Times Daily Sales
I recall the day vividly, 5 years ago. I created and launched Blogging From Paradise. Before writing 100 plus eBooks, I wrote one. I did drive some sales through my blog but guest posting woke me up; why not leverage my presence and grow business by helping people for free, via different platforms? Eye-opener for me. Instead of asking, I gave. How easy? Giving freely is the easiest way to get freely. I observed a 12 times daily sales eBook increase for good reason that day: helping people generously through sites other than your blog is a simple way to grow your blogging business.
The simplest, direct, effective way to grow your business is to help people for free. Asking for referrals leads to a client or customer here and there, but full time bloggers are not in the “here and there” business as far as growing your venture. Pro bloggers drive steady profits through their blog by being generous on their blog and on other platforms.
Be helpful for free. Publish posts. Submit guest posts. Run a podcast. Broadcast live on Facebook. Help people for free to help people for pay. Versus untargeted referral-seeking, this is the effective way to grow your blogging business from a generous, genuine energy.
Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?
Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.
I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier. But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.
1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It
Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.
10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.
Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.
2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure
Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.
No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.
3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears
Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.
Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.
Time is a great blogging ally.
All you need flows to you over time.
Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.
Success is yours.
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