O great, not another one of these make money online blogging type of blog posts. (Is what you are thinking right now). Yes, I am bringing up this topic once again. There are many blogs online that talk the talk but how do you know if they really make any money from their blog? I’m not talking about the well-known bloggers in this world who have put out products such as problogger.net, shoemoney.com and johnchow.com. I’m talking about brand new bloggers who create a blog and right away saying they make a living from blogging. Prove it to me because your blog is “new” and you have to credibilty.
Let’s be serious, If I visit a new blog that has about 10 posts on it and not even ranked on page 1 or 2 in google for its main keywords, I won’t believe to much of what I’m reading till I get to know the owner a little more and see how well he maintains his blog in providing valuable information to his readership. Creating a blog and thinking you could make big money by writing a review, slapping up an affiliate link is a bloggers dream but it won’t happen over night.
I’m subscribed to a lot of well-known bloggers blogs but I don’t always fall into their sales funnel and purchase everything they link to. Since they have built up a huge email and subscriber list over the years and their high quality content they tend to write, usually most of their subscribers will buy anything they link to without doing their own investigation. Some blog owners create an ebook to give away for like $1 on their blog with “tools to earn money blogging” but when you get the ebook, it’s the same old crap you could have read for free and you might have clicked on some affiliate links in that ebook to give the blog owner more money for not providing new and unique tips. This one secret to how some blogger’s make easy money, they get you to sign up for their list, buy an ebook with information they copied elsewhere and even make more money through the affiliate links they have in the ebook. Sneaky tactic but it work’s.
My advice is don’t try to hard in earning money from your blog, just get the content up on your blog and build up a subscriber list through good content and answering all blog comment’s. Slowly test out revenue methods without taking too much attention away from the content that they are there to read for in the first place. Sometimes adsense works well but you need to have a ton of unique traffic to make a large amount of money. You could sell banner ad spots in your side bar, under blog post or in top header for a reasonable rate anyone can afford. You could once and awhile buy a product, use it and write a quality review as you have first hand knowledge of the product and could present a good case for your subscribers to either buy it or stay away from it. Sometimes talking negative about a product would get someone to buy it to see if it works for them even though you had bad experience with it.
Don’t always use the same old money making ways you read about on high traffic blog’s. Test out your own method’s. In fact, you can make a blog into a membership site and have teaser blog posts in which you post 1 paragraph and only registered members (paying ones) can read the rest of the content in that category. Depending on the type of blog you create, this could be a real money maker. You could even just have no ads on your blog but join aweber and slap up an opt-in form on your blog. Provide good content and build up your email list. Then send this list some tips related to the niche your blog is in but sneak in a recommendation for other products using your affiliate link. If you are good and running email campaigns and have a big list, you could make a lot of money off 1 message you send to your list. No need to have ads on your blog if your list converts a few times a month. Remember to not sound like a salesman in all the email’s, your subscribers might think you built the list to spam them with affiliate link’s. Mix things up each week with tips (no affiliate links) and real life stuff then squeeze in a promotional offer once and awhile.
I’m not an expert in making money online but trying to get myself and perhaps yourself to think outside the box when it comes to making money off your blog. What works for someone, may never work for you but a strange idea in your head could be the one method that does work but you are too afraid to test out that theory.
Part of being a blogger is experimenting and not be afraid to do things differently. Sometimes this is how you build up a readership because it would be hard to guess what your blog will do next. Leave your readers eager to visit your blog the next day or wait for that next email to arrive. Get the creative juice’s flowing for pete’s sake.