It has been confirmed that making money online as a blogger is possible. A lot of people do it. I do it also so I want to write from my experience. Recently, I wrote this article on how to create a blog that will generate increasing income.
Last week, I published another article on “5 monetization options for blog owners”. Now, the problem I have noticed is that most people gamble with the idea of making money blogging. They want to be able to do everything but that ends up taking them no where.
One foolproof money making blogging activity!
I strongly believe in creating Multiple Streams of Income (MSI) but there is some ambiguity when it comes to having different revenue sources.
Lots of people think it’s about doing everything at once. That’s exactly where the problem is. MSI doesn’t mean trying to catch up things here are there. It has to do with building and stabilizing one income source before stepping to another. It comes over time as you steadily build dependable income sources.
Now, your blog is just a tool. You can misuse it and sway into the false belief that money can’t come out of it. Yes. Many have tried and failed. A few on the other hand are succeeding, paying their bills, going on luxurious vacations, buying attractive items, etc… and they are bloggers.
There are many ways to make real money as a blogger. I wrote about 15 ways bloggers make money so you can check that out. But don’t think you are going to start with everything on the list. It doesn’t work that way 😉
Blogging in itself won’t generate any income until you identify and carry out those money making activities. How many of these activities you will need on your blog is a matter of strategy and time.
But here is something I think you can focus on and see results in the months or years ahead. If you study the income reports of most bloggers, you’ll find out a huge part of their income comes from this same income generating activity.
Affiliate Marketing for bloggers
You might have read a lot of stuffs about affiliate marketing but I want to underline here that it works. And it really works.
Many of my blog readers have read my book on Affiliate Marketing for bloggers. Needless to mention here that they are excited about their investment. If you are one of them, I want you to read these few more lines.
Affiliate marketing is not just about publishing affiliate banners on your blog or linking to products on your affiliate links. Some of these things worked some years back but you have to know that a lot has changed since then.
The most lucrative affiliate marketing strategy for bloggers is product reviews. You may never have a single banner on your blog but writing reviews is strong enough to capacitate your blog and make it a real income earner.
Here are a few points to note while doing an affiliate product review:
- Make sure the product you are reviewing is targeted to your audience.
- Have an experience with the product before promoting it through a review.
- Share your experiences and results in the review.
- Teach your readers how to achieve the same results as you.
- Each time there is major update, do another blog post about it.
Some more tips for more results
There are lots of things you can do on your blog with affiliate product reviews. These few points I want to share here have generated tremendous results for me (And they still work today);
- Invite product author on your blog for an interview – This is an excellent idea to allow the product developer help you sell his product to your audience.
- Go for recurring income – The most lucrative affiliate products to promote are those that pay you month after month. Generally, these are subscription platforms where members are billed regularly. And each time they get billed, you get paid your commissions.
- Negotiate special deals for your readers – If you’ve never done this before, jump on it right now. Most affiliate marketing platforms today allow product owners generate unique discount codes for their affiliates. What this means is that you can ask the product owner to generate a unique coupon code for your readers. That will give them a certain amount off should they use your code to make the purchase. It’s a crazy way to help your readers save while putting some commissions into your wallet.
Be among the first to do a review
If you can watch out for new product lunch and be among the first to write about it, chances are quite high to make sales. For the most part, you are going to quickly grab a place on Google first page for a nice keyword.
This is something I have do with a reasonable degree of success. My friend Donna Merrill took note of this and mentioned me in here blog post here.
Once you be at the forefront promoting any new product, you get your tracking cookies in the browsers of many visitors. Given that many people often read different reviews and click different affiliate links before making a buying decision, you will always end up being the one to get the commission. The simple reason is that your link was clicked first.
When I moved my blog to Traffic Planet Hosting, I did a review post about it. That of course has generated some sales that will pay the next hosting bills.
But here is the catch…
Traffic Planet Hosting has changed its name. Once the announcement of the name change dropped, I had to do a quick review post of the new name. As a matter of fact, I did and publish this WPX Hosting Review post that’s nicely placed on Google page one.
The idea is to be among the first to talk about it. Get your links clicked first and make the commissions.
- I’m recommending affiliate marketing as the one fail proof way for bloggers to make money.
- And I’m encouraging you to do affiliate product reviews for steady earnings from your blog.
You can mix this up with creating digital products and scale up your earnings. Ryan Biddulph of Bloggingfromparadise has a huge experience in this and he can help.
Finally, my friend Joy Healey has published an excellent post on how to have better Affiliate Marketing skills. It’s a good read.
Drop a comment and let me know what you think. Please share this post on social media if you like it.
1 Freeing but Sobering New Blogger Realization
This gig takes work.
This gig takes time.
This gig takes being generous.
This gig takes mindset work.
As I promote my eBook:
I think through a common blogging error. This error is so common that it cripples most bloggers. New bloggers especially. What is the mistake?
New bloggers believe blogging is easy, comfortable, and requires a little work, AND you will quickly and easily make money through blogging. New bloggers expect to make money, like if they worked a job.
Have you sobered up yet as a new blogger? I woke up big-time many years ago. I learn blogging requires study, work and not getting paid for months. Imagine that? You blog and help people everyday for months of your life and see not a penny in earnings. Most human beings panic and quit. Most struggle with this idea. We are all conditioned to expect a pay day after work. Most of us have been employees. Work everyday for 8 hours. Get a paycheck on Thursday. Logical. It makes sense. But blogging is different. Work everyday, sometimes seven days weekly, generously. You may not see a payday for 5 months. But you proceed. This is the wake-up call. Quite sobering. Most bloggers did not visualize blogging going like this. But there is a freeing element that leads to stunning blogging success over the long haul.
Ah yes, the freeing part. Letting go outcomes literally lifts an energetic weight from your mind. How does it feel to do something with zero expectations? Awesome! The work becomes the reward. Everything else like traffic, profits, and other forms of success feel like an extra. Or maybe like a bonus. Or like icing on the cake. Or like a cherry on top. This feels really good. Expectation can be a heavy burden. But if you blog for the fun and love of blogging, you position yourself to be stunningly successful over the long-term.
Every seven figure earner I know worked generously for free for many months or even years of their lives before making millions of dollars through blogging. You have to. Working for free improves your skills and exposure. Skilled bloggers with massive exposure who open multiple streams of income make a lot of money. Simple process. But highly uncomfortable.
See the journey through. Be generous. Sober up, and embrace this freeing concept of blogging. Give freely. Receive easily. Let go expectations. Make the work, the reward. Embracing this lesson as a new blogger puts you well ahead of the herd. Plus you will avoid so many struggles too.
I had to learn this lesson the hard way over very many years. Plus I saw some success, then sprinted back to my old, struggling, failed ways of thinking based on outcomes, for years. Now I just help people generously and release expectations. Serving people feels good. I’ve sobered up enough. Now I am largely free from expectations, I just help people all day long. As my presence and skills expand, success finds me. But only because I freed myself from outcomes and focused on the process.
Be generous. Surround yourself with pro bloggers as a newbie. Learn from these established bloggers. Follow their example. Be generous. Be genuine. Expect little or nothing. Have fun helping people and your blogging star will shine brightly.
What Is a Blogging Tribe?
Much talk has been bandied about blogging tribes over the years. People like myself say you need a tribe to succeed. This is true. But you may be confused. What is a blogging tribe?
Today we will break down the definition to help you understand what goes into building a large, loyal, loving blogging tribe.
So….. What is a blogging tribe? Basically, a blogging tribe is a group of loyal, loving readers who follow your blog posts, read your blog posts, promote your blog posts, and grow your business. Tribemates are friends and fans who read your blog and spread your word. Tribemates also hire you and buy your stuff. Simple definition, right guys?
Tribes can be fans. Tribes can be friends. Doesn’t matter. The main point to keep in mind is that growing a tribe requires persistent, generous effort every single day on your part. Tribes do not grow organically unless you help people for free. Please impress that idea on your mind. You grow your tribe. Then as you grow your tribe, your tribe grows itself, as you tend to your tribe.
Help People for Free
I comment genuinely on blogs to add value to posts and to make friends. Friends I find through this strategy join my tribe. I publish a genuine, generous comment on a blog. My fellow bloggers appreciate the comment and comment on my blog. Said blogger tends to share my post on social media. Sometimes, the blogger mentions me on their blog. In other cases, a blogger asked me to guest post on their blog. My tribe just grew by one member. But I also became a member of their tribe by supporting their blog.
If you want to build a tribe, become a member of other blogger’s tribes. Promote other bloggers. Comment on other blogs. Give whatever you want. Doesn’t that formula just makes sense?
Help people for free. Make friends. Attract your blogging tribe by embodying the concept of being generous.
Be persistent. Being generous for one day or even one week will not cut it. You need to be generous every day for months to slowly, steadily and organically grow your blogging tribe. Grow on people by being helpful. Publish valuable content to give tribemates a reason to follow you.
Stay on Topic
Stay on topic. People love specialists. Generalists? Not so much. Every time you change topics you confuse tribe members who expect you to cover a single topic. Avoid doing this. Cover one topic every post to slowly and steadily grow your blogging tribe.
Invest in a Resource
Buy my tribe building ebook to have a resource handy. Invest money in a system that helps you grow your traffic and profits freely thru tribe-building. I wrote the ebook to cut through any confusion often seen on Triberr. Bloggers join and wonder how in the heck the site works? I lay out 13 practical, simple tips to follow to drive by traffic through the network and to grow your blogging tribe through Triberr.
Tribe-Building Takes Time
Building a tribe takes time, patience, persistence and generous effort. Do not rush things. Do not force things. Allow your tribe to go organically over time. People will follow your blog if you stay on topic, solve their problems and spend a good deal of time off site building friendships. Large, loyal, loving tribes do not grow overnight. See the journey through to build your own loyal, loving tribe and to accelerate your blogging success.
Engage Tribe Mates
Engage tribemates regularly to strengthen bonds. This was one of my mistakes during struggling years. I ignored people who loved what I did and those people disappeared. Lesson learned. Now I answer my tribemate’s questions regularly via email and social media. I thank people who buy my eBooks and courses. I also promote these rocking bloggers if they happen to be skilled bloggers, to strengthen our bond. Keep going back to where you are loved. This is the easiest way to grow loyalty, to strengthen bonds and to grow your tribe.
Should You Use AdSense on Your Blog?
I admit it. I have waffled on this topic a few times. Back in the day I used to call it Ad Cents. But going forward I do see benefits in adding Google AdSense as a low ticket income stream on your blog. Even for newbies. I know, I know. This seems surprising to you.
Think abundance guys. Why not add a few cents here and there to boost your income stream? Please don’t use AdSense as your prime means of income as a new blogger or if you are struggling as a blogging veteran. Cents do not make up a full-time income, as your sole income stream. But if you create courses, coach, and add Google AdSense as an income stream for driving a few bucks each month in the beginning, you are well on your way to seeing steady profits are the channel.
The key is to think detachment. New bloggers in many developing nations see Google AdSense as the Holy Grail of monetizing. Why? Mostly, because it seems easy to make money through a channel involving no creation or human interaction on your part. Think about it. All you do is post the ad and create content. Money should flow to you easily, right? The ultimate wake up call is experiencing one, two, or three cent AdSense months. Then you realize big earnings flow through blogs with a huge amount of targeted, hyper-focused traffic. This is why you need to detach from Google AdSense as your prime income stream. Big bucks flow through the channel after years of generous, patient, persistent effort on your part.
Take the Cents with AdSense
As a newbie, pennies will flow through your AdSense profits for your first few months. In most cases. But take the cents because cents add up to dollars. Dollars add up to hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars add up to thousands of dollars. Think like an abundant blogger. Keep adding small ticket and big ticket income streams to boost your overall blogging income.
Everything Adds Up
I wrote a post recently discussing why wealthy bloggers take the time and effort to add affiliate links even if they earn pennies on the link. Between their ever-expanding presence and abundance mindset, the pennies add up to thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars over the long haul. Think this way with AdSense. Everything adds up. Again, just don’t make Google AdSense your prime income stream because as the pennies add up you’re better off earning more money through channels like coaching, consulting, freelancing, writing and selling eBooks or creating and publishing courses.
Ultimately, successful blogging is creating and connecting generously. Never believe that an income stream makes money. Income streams are passive, completely subject to your command, and pretty much worthless on their own. An income stream cannot do anything, including make money. You make the money with your generous effort. Practice writing, create helpful content and build meaningful connections with top blogger generously every single day over the course of years. No matter the income streams you open, your blogging profits will increase over time if you stick to the fundamentals.
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