Building a successful blog involves a lot of different things like choosing the right topic, writing posts that get people’s attention, building traffic and subscribers, and converting that traffic. In order to make money with your blog you’ll need to have a plan, simply getting traffic is not enough.
I recently reached out to a large group of blogging experts to get their feedback on the topic of blog monetization, and in this post you get all of their valuable advice in one place. The question asked was:
What’s your favorite way to monetize a blog, and why?
In the world of blogging and internet marketing there are countless people who are trying to find ways to make money online. Some are looking to avoid a more traditional full-time job. Some need to replace lost income after being laid off. Some just want a flexible part-time income. Others want to be able to work from home to spend more time with their family.
Regardless of your reasons or motivations, one of the biggest challenges with making your first money online is knowing which path to choose or which strategy is best for your situation. Should you create several small niche sites and monetize with AdSense or affiliate programs? Should you build an authority blog? Should you start a membership website? Should you create and sell digital products? Should you offer some type of service?
Every blogger faces the challenge of constantly coming up with topics that will be of interest to readers. With most topics and subjects there is no shortage of possibilities for blog posts. In many cases once you get a few ideas everything will start flowing and you’ll find that you have way more possibilities than you could ever cover. At that point you just need to identify the best ones that are worthy of your attention.
In this article we’ll look at 13 different things you can do today if you are struggling with finding possible topics to cover in your blog posts.
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.
Over the past 7 years I’ve read A LOT of articles about blogging, social media, and internet marketing. Many of the blogs that I followed a few years ago have, in my opinion, gone down hill in terms of the content that they publish. However, one blog that I continue to enjoy is Blog Tyrant. If you’re not familiar with Blog Tyrant it is the blog or Ramsay Taplin, where he covers a variety of topics that can help you to build a better blog.
Blog Tyrant stands out to me because the content is not only high quality, but it’s also useful and original. Ramsay doesn’t post extremely frequently, usually a few posts per month, but he makes every post count. If you’re a regular reader of Blog Tyrant you know that the comments section of each post is very active, and Ramsay is highly responsive to readers that take the time to comment on his posts.
I recently reached out to Ramsay to see if he would be willing to do an interview because I know he has a wealth of knowledge that can be helpful to anyone looking to build a successful blog. I hope you find this interview to be helpful, and if you are not already following Blog Tyrant please take a moment and check it out.
If you’re like most bloggers you probably publish at least one new post per week on average. Maybe you publish a new post every day, or possibly even several posts per day.
Most bloggers focus on using new posts to attract traffic, readers, and subscribers. As a result, the posts in the archives get very little attention or interest from the blogger. With new content being published all the time, it doesn’t take very long for your blog’s archives to become loaded with older posts.
The typical blog post will draw traffic for a few days after it has been published, and then it will fade into the background and rarely be seen again. If you have quality content in your archives it is well worth a little bit of effort to make sure that those posts still have an impact for months, and possibly even years to come.
The archives of a blog can be a very valuable resource if used effectively. In this article we’ll take a look at some different things that you can do to get more life out of the posts in your archives, and several of these things can be done fairly easily and quickly.
One of the biggest challenges in internet marketing is knowing where to focus and how to use your available time, effort, and money for maximum impact. There are countless different ways that you can go about making money online or promoting your website or blog.
The problem is that there are so many possibilities and ideas that most people tend to bounce from one to the next before ever having success. In order to succeed you’ll need to focus long enough to put in the necessary effort and time for any approach to work.
What I love about detailed case studies is that you can see the steps taken by someone else, and what they were able to achieve with their approach. Staying focused in your own work can be a lot easier when you are basing your steps off of a plan laid out by someone else, when you can see that the plan worked for them.
In this post I’ve collected a wide variety of cases studies from different blogs that I think will be very interested and practical for you. Browse through the case studies listed here and I’m sure you’ll find something that you can put into practice to improve your own business or website.
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.
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.
Selling advertising space is one of the most notable blog monetization strategies, and many bloggers dream of being able to earn a living simply be selling banner ads on their blog.
Recently I wrote 9 Convincing Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Sell Ads on Your Blog, but as I mentioned in that article, there are some situations where it does make sense to sell ads. Most high-traffic blogs can make a decent income from selling ad space, so while it may not be the best monetization option for most bloggers, there are times when it can be an effective strategy.
A few years ago I made the vast majority of my income from selling banner ads on high-traffic blogs, and I learned a lot through the process of attracting advertisers and keeping the ad spots filled. In this article we’ll take a look at 10 steps to making money by selling ads. While there are other monetization methods that I now prefer, like product sales, these tips should prove to be very practical and helpful for bloggers who aspire to sell ads.