When it comes to making money online there are a lot of different opportunities and approaches that you can take. Some of the most popular options like AdSense, affiliate programs, and direct ad sales are popular in part because they are not that difficult to set up. Of course, you need a website with some traffic or a mailing list, but setting up these monetization methods is relatively quick and easy.
While there is plenty of opportunity to earn money with these methods, and they are all methods that I use in my own business, selling your own products brings some benefits that you simply cannot get from these other methods.
When it comes to choosing a niche or industry for a blog you may have heard or read that you should find a topic with low competition so it’s easier to establish your blog as a leading authority. While this can work well for niche blogs where your goal is mainly to attract search engine traffic and make money from AdSense clicks or affiliate products, it often doesn’t work as well for active authority blogs.
My preference is to blog in very popular, crowded niches instead. Yes, it’s challenging to stand out and requires some effort and patience to achieve success, but you don’t need to dominate the niche in order to make money.
In a large, popular niche it’s possible to have a very profitable blog simply by being a somewhat small player. You will, of course, need to be able to attract an audience, but you don’t need to compete with the leading blogs that get millions of visitors each month. In a popular niche you can have a successful, but not dominant, blog that is well monetized and make a healthy profit.
There are a number of specific advantages to blogging in a crowded niche, and here are some of the most important ones.
Getting your blog noticed is no easy task. One of the most common pieces of advice given to bloggers and by bloggers is to publish “quality content”. But what if you’re publishing quality content and no one is seeing it? Your content needs exposure in order to be effective.
There a lot of different approaches that you can take to get exposure for your blog. Regardless of which approach you take, whenever you do get a new visitor to your blog you’ll need to make a very strong impression in order for that visit to really matter. If the visitor arrives, skims a blog post, leaves the blog and never returns, the impact of the visit was minimal.
This is where “epic content” comes into play. Publishing epic content can benefit your blog in many very specific ways, and several of them work together to allow you to get your blog noticed and to build an audience.
One of the biggest challenges for bloggers is to provide visitors with a memorable experience that will lead them back to the blog at some point in time. In order to do this you’ll need to have a blog that stands out from all of the others in your niche. You’ll need a way to separate yourself from other blogs and show visitors that you’re worth remembering.
If you want to make your blog stand out from the others, here are 7 different things you can do.
Attracting links is something that every website owner and blogger knows is critical, but most of us don’t really enjoy many of the tasks that are commonly associated with link building. There are a lot of different approaches to link building, so you just need to find some methods that work well for you and your site/blog.
In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the topic, and you’ll find 101 different ways that you can go about attracting links from other sites and blogs. Inbound links are often prioritized for SEO purposes, but there is much more value to links that just improving your search engine rankings.
If you’re launching a company for the first time, or you’ve been trading for a few months now, there’s a good chance you haven’t given much thought to an exit strategy. The chances are you’re too busy planning a successful future to worry about what happens when it all comes to an end.
One of the best ways to make money online is to sell digital products from your own website or blog. Other monetization methods like affiliate marketing present great opportunities as well, but selling your own products has several advantages like giving you full control, helping to establish your reputation and authority, and allowing you to build an email list of buyers who may keep buying from you in the future.
There are a lot of potential challenges that can arise when you want to sell your own products, and the e-commerce setup winds up overwhelming many bloggers and website owners. About 4 or 5 years ago I was looking for the best way to start selling my own products and I wound up going through several different options because everything was just too complicated. Eventually I tried E-Junkie and I was thrilled that I could get a digital product up and for sale in just a matter of minutes.
I used E-Junkie for a few years and overall I had a good experience (I still use E-Junkie on one of my sites) but there were several things that I didn’t like. Most significantly, the user interface is very outdated, not user-friendly, and hasn’t been re-designed in years.
These days my favorite option for easily selling digital products is SendOwl. There are a lot of reasons to love SendOwl, and I’ll get into those in a moment. I know many bloggers and website owners are in need of an easy way to sell their own products, so I wanted to share my experience with SendOwl because I know it can help a lot of you that are reading. I also wanted to mention a few things about SendOwl that I think could be improved.