If you’re like me you probably come across a product or service just about every day that claims to be able to make you loads of money online in just a matter of days. While there are some success stories of people who have been able to make a lot of money quickly, reality is much different for the vast majority of people who attempt to make money online.
Building an online business for the long run is typically a more realistic approach, provides a more stable foundation for a business, and in the end is likely to wind up being more lucrative than a quick burst that makes some money and then dies off just as fast.
If you’re someone who is willing to put in the work that is required to build a real online business, rather than relying on gimmicks or tricks to make some fast cash, you need to make sure that you are taking a long-term approach.
When it comes to building a successful blog the most common piece of advice is to focus on the quality of your content. Content is obviously important, but from my experience, networking is equally important.
Both content and a network are essential for blogging success, and they are the top two factors that determine which bloggers are successful. With that in mind, building a strong network should be a priority for every blogger.
Having a strong network can help you with getting advice from successful people, getting more links to your site, increasing exposure through social media sharing, opening up new money-making opportunities, helping to promote your products, and so much more.
In this post we’ll take a look at 10 essential principles of networking, and action steps that you can put into practice starting today.
One of the essential elements to blogging success that I’m sure you’ve heard or read about countless times is the need to establish your reputation in your niche or industry, and to become recognized as an authority.
We all know that a strong reputation and authority can take your blog to another level, but how can you go about gaining authority?
Here are seven keys that you can focus on if you want to build authority within your industry or niche.
If you’re looking to make more money through your website or blog by selling products, there are a few basic options:
1. Find new customers and make more sales.
2. Increase your prices and make the same number of sales.
3. Increase the value of the customers that you already have.
When it comes to selling products online, finding ways to reach new customers and to make more sales is often the focus. While there is certainly nothing wrong with making more sales and getting more customers, increasing the value of your customers can be an equally effective method.
In this article we’ll take a look at 10 different things you can do to increase the value of your customers. The article is written from the perspective of a small business or individual entrepreneur who is selling digital products, but many of the principles can apply to businesses of all types and sizes.
Selling digital products is one of my favorite ways to make money, and it’s something that I recommend bloggers and website owners consider for their own monetization strategies. Over the past several years I’ve learned a number of lessons, some of them the hard way, and these lessons have helped me to make my own efforts with digital product sales more efficient and profitable. I wanted to share some of the most valuable lessons with those of you who are either just getting started or maybe only considering selling your own products. Hopefully this information can help you to avoid some common pitfalls and open up new ideas that can be applied with your own products.
For the past 5 years I’ve had the privilege of being able to work full-time from home on my own online businesses. Whenever the subject of what I do for a living comes up in conversation it always leads to a lot of questions. Over the years I’ve had a number of friends and family members ask about what it takes to earn a living working online, and I also get emails from people I come across online or from blog readers who have similar questions.
I thought it might be helpful to write about some of the things that I consider to be extremely influential in my career over the past 7 years (5 years full-time, 2 previous years part-time). The goal here is to shed some light on the things that have been the most critical for me, and I think much of this could be applied by others who are looking to pursue a similar path in their own career.
Do you set goals for your online business? Hopefully you do. But rather than focusing on things that you want to get (like 10,000 visitors or $10,000 of income) try focusing your goals on the actions that will help you get to that point.
Early on in my years as an online marketer I set goals like getting 100,000 visitors in a month or making $5,000 in a month. I’ll refer to them as “milestone” goals because they are focused on achieving a certain level or milestone. These goals didn’t really help me very much because I didn’t have a plan to reach the milestones. Sure, milestone goals can provide some motivation and can certainly help to feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach one of them, but it’s more effective to set goals of completing or achieving specific actions.
One of the changes that I’ve made in my business over the years is related to outsourcing work. When I first started managing my own websites and blogs I did everything myself. Over the years I began to outsource more and more of the work, and it’s helped to free up more of my time, and ultimately outsourcing work has helped to make my business more profitable.
Outsourcing can seem like a pretty intimidating topic if you’ve never tried it, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or scary. In this article I want to take a look at some tips that can help you to get started with outsourcing.