Making money is one of the main reasons many bloggers blog but the sad reality is that many of these hard working bloggers end up being so broke whereas there is much money to be made online.
I have been blogging for over 6 years and the biggest reason I see many bloggers failing is the fact that they have just no skills. It’s not enough to create a beautiful blog and host it on a powerful server. There is more to that.
In today’s blogging industry, things have become more tightened. You need to really stand out to make a difference in the market. Almost everyone is doing the same thing to make money and if you have to be tagged with success, you must go extra miles.
We’ve read a lot about Affiliate Marketing, Direct and contextual advertising, Sponsored posts, etc. Some don’t believe these methods still work because they’ve tried out to their bones with no results. Here are a few tips to help you do something extra and earn an income.
7 Skills to develop and make money as bloggers
1 – Develop your writing skills
This is obvious!
If you are a blogger who doesn’t work on your writing skills, you should expect nothing in the present market.
Initially, we succeeded writing articles of 300 to 500 words. Today the whole game has changed. We now talk about going in-depth. Ranking in those early days with your short article in Google was a day’s job. In today’s content world, you’d be lucky to be indexed with shallow content.
Think about keyword stuffing. That worked powerfully well in the past. And it was easy to sprinkle your keywords around and rank well. Today it’s a different language. If you don’t understand and speak semantic web, you’ll be completely relegated.
You need to constantly develop your writing skills to go near success in today’s Internet business. If you are found to be a good writer, it would be easy to quickly pick writing jobs and be paid a good income.
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2 – WordPress Development skills
WordPress is the most used Content Management System today. It powers over 30% of the websites on the Internet. This says a lot if your thinking cap is on.
Though WordPress development requires some extra amount of work, it’s worth investing in it. There are many areas in the WP development business you can develop your skills in and stand out in the job market:
- WordPress theme development
- WordPress plugin development
- WordPress Security
- WordPress learning courses
- WordPress Hosting
- WordPress Installation and Setup
This skill actually generate extra income for me. Having deeply developed the my WordPress knowledge, I offer the service to my readers and get paid per site installed and setup.
3 – SEO skills
There is a huge demand for SEO experts today for SEO jobs beginning from creating SEO friendly content to link building, Auditing and ranking for simple and complex keywords.
Many SEO professionals I have worked with are bloggers. If you give yourself a bit of time and take the challenge, you’ll soon be offering SEO services and getting paid for.
4 – Graphics design
It does not require any serious thinking and meditation to understand that the virtual world is largely graphics. From content marketing to social media marketing, it’s hugely graphics.
The demand for logos, Facebook cover images, Twitter, Pinterest Pins, eCovers, eBoxes, Infographics, etc is on the rise. There is a massive market for these design elements, making it easy for any blogger to make extra money by developing these design skills.
5 – Blogging Coach
You may be an expert blogger. But coaching others into success is a skill that has to be developed. The good news is that there is high demand for blogging coaches today.
People think about starting their own blogs but the fear of the unknown keeps them procrastinating. What they need is the services of a coach to guide their steps and help them avoid making silly and costly mistakes. If you’ve been blogging for a couple of years, this is something you could jump in so easily.
6 – Social media marketing Coach
I used to be one of those who think social media marketing is easy. Posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram is easy right?
I hear you!
But listen you need to go deep and you’ll find out that special skills are needed to succeed in this industry. Fortunately, there are professional training materials and the market for the skills is on an increasing demand. If you invest in this area, you will soon be picking extra jobs and making extra money.
7 – Translation jobs
I know of many bloggers who speak and understand one other business language. That’s a huge money making opportunity.
If your main language is English and you can read and understand French or another International language, the translation job is knocking at your door.
It only takes you to develop those skills and start translating for income. Add this to your money making channels and watch as more income locates your wallet.
Where to find demand and market these skills
The first place to start marketing your extra skills in your blog. Your readers are in need of your services. Tell them about it and serve them better.
Another place to market your skills as a blogger is job boards. There are many of these job boards out there, some developed uniquely for bloggers like you.
The most common job board is Problogger where you have hundreds of blogging jobs posted per month. Additionally, you may want to visit efaah job board for bloggers and freelancers. Don’t forget BloggingPro, one of the places to sell your skills.
So I have just given you some basic ideas to add another money making method to your arsenal as a blogger. You just need to overcome the fear and pick a method that’s closer to what you know best.
Invest in it and develop the skills. You may just be very knowledgeable in some of these points. What you needed was just this little push. Go ahead and implement it.
Every Blogger Walks a Different Path
Neil Patel walks a different path than I. I walk a different blogging path than you. Just like no two snowflakes are alike, no two bloggers walk the same exact path. We take different routes. Different journeys require different strategies, detours, tactics and strategies. Neil walked an SEO-rich path. I do not. I chose a prolific, SEO-free path. No one mimics a fellow blogger perfectly because no two humans have the same experience. We succeed by differentiating. Never believe you need to walk the same path as some blogging pro to succeed. Of course, doing so proves fruitless because no two bloggers walk the same blogging journey. Never try to do the impossible. Stop believing you need to do the same things top bloggers do to succeed like top bloggers. I broke many traditional blogging rules to circle the globe as a pro blogger. Of course I created a blogging course, eBooks and audio books. Content? Check. Connections? Check. I honored fundamentals to succeed but never tried mimicking the same journey as any top blogger.
Walk your blogging path. Take your blogging journey. Your blogging path separates you from the herd. My travel stories and blogging lessons make me different from any blogger. Ditto for you. We all have different experiences to call upon for becoming a successful blogger. Respect your uniqueness. Find your blogging flow. I do not enjoy doing SEO to drive Google traffic. Why would I force a blogging journey trough some strategy I disliked working? I should just work a job if I did something for money versus working for passion. Of course, I never took a path like Neil Patel because I do not enjoy SEO-optimizing posts. I succeeded through another strategy. Never believe you need to walk the same path as pros to become successful as pros. New bloggers swing and miss daily by believing success is writing 4,000 word, SEO-optimized posts dominating competitive keywords on Google. Are you nuts? Neil Patel dominates competitive keywords on Google after 10,000 plus hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. You have 5 or 10 hours or maybe 100 hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. Relax. Slow down. Calm down. You have another 10,000 hours of blogging work to do before being skilled, creative and connected enough to dominate page 1 of Google for 1 – let alone 20 – competitive keywords.
But you may dislike SEO all together. Take a different blogging path. Find tactics resonant with you. Perhaps building bonds with bloggers and creating helpful content feels fun to you. Take that route. But know your path differs from any blogging path because we each fly solo and learn different lessons for specific parts of our blogging journey. No two bloggers walk in the same blogging shoes. No two bloggers walk the same blogging path. Two bloggers may walk similar blogging journeys. Bloggers sometimes walk similar blogging paths. But nobody walks identical paths because bloggers have different experiences to learn from during our blogging journey.
Respect your path. Honor your progression. Accept how you blog in the perfect place, at the perfect time, now. Do not resist your blogging path. Everything brought you here to this point now. Accepting your present state of blogging growth reduces resistance to future growth. Surrender serves as a powerful concept. Be completely at peace with your blogging growth now. Hug your progress. Walk your blogging path. Of course, note wins. Celebrate success. Avoid comparing yourself to bloggers. Bloggers experience different situations to benefit from different circumstances. We all have different lessons to learn on our respective blogging journeys. Honor this truth. Cultivate peace of mind. Position yourself to succeed. Walk your one-of-a-kind blogging path to experience your greatest success.
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Hobbies Change for Habits to Change
Over a decade ago, I woke up, watched TV, grabbed breakfast, hit the gym for bodybuilding and returned home to watch a DVD movie. At 2:30 PM I prepared for work. I drove to my security guard job. By 10:30 PM on most nights I drove home. Evening movie. Sleep. Rinse, wash and repeat the following day. I worked a security guard job. My hobbies consisted of lifting weights and watching TV. But my hobbies and habits changed the moment I became a blogger. Morning breakfast vanished. I stopped going to the time-consuming gym. Watching movies every day? Fat chance. My bodybuilding workout and movie hobbies had to change for me to begin the habits of meditating, doing yoga and expanding my awareness daily. Hobbies change before habits change.
New bloggers often struggle because newbies cling to old, worn out, failing hobbies like:
- watching TV for hours nightly
- mindlessly cruising the internet for hours nightly
- mindlessly gossiping on the phone or with family for hours nightly
These low-energy hobbies need to change pronto for you to develop fun, freeing, higher energy habits like meditating, doing yoga, blogging generously and engaging in some form of exercise. Picture those 4 hours you waste on watching TV each evening. How do you find time to engage in different habits? Change your hobbies. Out goes TV, or, TV just consumes 45 minutes per evening. Enter 20 minutes of meditating. Release some hobbies. Fill the time with different, empowering, freeing, sometimes uncomfortable habits. Imagine watching the idiot box for 3 hours nightly. 3 hours pass. Nothing profitable, productive or empowered happens watching the television. But for you to be a pro blogger you need to spend those 3 hours meditating for perhaps 10 minutes and blogging for the remaining 2 hours and 50 minutes. Change your hobbies to create space for changing habits. Changing habits accelerates, colors and influences hobby changes too. My hobbies went from watching TV to circling the globe on meditating more deeply, doing more yoga and spending more time in serious introspection. Life became more uncomfortable but far more fun and freeing as my hobbies and habits changed. I preferred to wander around Ubud, Bali versus watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. My hobbies changed for the better. I respect how we all travel different paths but if your hobbies and habits never changed, you are either enlightened, and never needed to change your meditating and yoga habits, or you have been making fear-driven, comfortable, confining choices wasting your life.
I have yet to see a genuinely happy, peaceful, powerful, prospering person who watches more than 2-3 hours of TV every single night. People call TV the idiot box because television makes you an idiot. Mindless, bland, non-stimulating TV watching does nothing for your growth, happiness, fulfillment, peace of mind and overall abundance. Empowered bloggers cannot spend 5 seconds on idle, mindless, dingbat-style activities. Stop spending hours watching TV each evening. Start spending hours blogging and working on your abundance mindset. Buy a blogging eBook. Surround yourself with pro bloggers. Learn from these pros. Mimic their ways. Gain inspiration from their example. Fill time not with garbage but with goal-achieving, fun, freeing and sometimes scary blogging actions. First, the hobbies change. Gone goes watching TV, gossiping and wasting time on low energy actions. Habits change with the hobby vacuum being void. Begin meditating. Start doing yoga. Awareness-expanding activities unearth fears, nudge you toward love, amplify your generosity and accelerate your blogging success.
Contact Page: Yes or No?
Should you post a contact page on your blog?
In most cases, yes. In few cases, no. Let’s dive in.
For almost all bloggers, posting a contact page on your blog allows readers to contact you quickly and easily. Before traffic and business grows you need to connect with readers fast. Seamlessly connecting with you allows readers to grow your blogging traffic and profits. Picture a potential client with questions about your services. How quickly can the person ask questions and get answers to make an informed decision? Publish a clear, easy to see and easier to use contact page to give clients an easy way to get their questions answered. Clear clients who vibe with your services hire you. Making money online becomes easier if people connect with you quickly via contact pages.
But in a few cases, not posting a contact page actually grows your business. Incredibly busy bloggers with huge, engaged readerships need to cut down on spam and other non-relevant emails. Removing your contact page instantly cuts down on spammy submissions. Publish a contact page and you waste precious time sifting through emails littered with spam, unsolicited pitches and other time sucks. Even if you have not made millions yet, removing your contact page may be a springboard to greater success. Devote time and energy spent sifting through emails to guest posting, genuine blog commenting and promoting fellow bloggers on your blog. Leverage. Spend time intelligently. Reach bigger, targeted audiences by releasing time-wasting activities. Removing contact pages works for incredibly busy bloggers slowly being overrun by spam submissions sent via contact pages. Spend this saved time growing your blogging business through leveraging.
Trust Your Intuition
Intuitively, my gut told me to remove my contact page months ago. I became busier but noted a high ratio of spam submissions through the page. Lazy, non-targeting, struggling entrepreneurs mindlessly click on contact pages and send generic emails, wasting my time and their time. Removing my contact page instantly lowered these spammy submissions by 70% to 80%. Most people who email me now seem to be serious entrepreneurs. These people want to work for me. Gone are lazy bloggers and outreach specialists who wish not to do the legwork of finding my email addy on my About page. I want people to work a little bit to contact me. Of course, working a little bit proves individuals genuinely want to connect with you to discuss business, to ask questions or to simply connect. Build posture. Do you want lazy, mindless people to contact you? Or do you prefer serious, genuine people to contact you?
Ultimately, trust your intuition. I suggest most bloggers to publish contact pages because the majority wants to be easily reachable for increasing your blogging presence. But being busier after building your blogging business makes you think twice about allowing people to connect with you easily.
I wanted to add how even though I publish no contact page, people reach me easily via Twitter and Facebook. I respond to DMs on Twitter, I scan @replies and also respond to Messages on Facebook, including my Message Requests.
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