One of the biggest challenges for any blogger is making efficient use of your time. It doesn’t matter if you are blogging part-time or full-time, there will always be more things to do than time available. Learning how to make the best use of your time is critical if you want to maximize the results of your blog.
Recently I reached out to a number of successful bloggers to get their feedback and advice in regards to tools and resources that they use to improve efficiency. You’ll find an interesting variety in the responses of these bloggers. Some of the same tools are mentioned several times, some are only mentioned once. Some of the bloggers use several different tools for efficiency, and others use very few, if any.
Regardless of what topics you cover at your blog, a never-ending challenge is finding topics that will interest your readers, encourage them to share it with others, and convert first-time visitors into subscribers and repeat visitors. There are a number of different ways you can go about brainstorming blog post ideas, and a few months ago I covered this topic in 13 Easy Ways to Come Up with Blog Post Ideas. One of my suggestions in that post is to use Ubersuggest, a free tool that can help you to generate a lot of post ideas quickly. Ubersuggest is a really simply tool, but it can be quite useful to get ideas that are based on phrases people are actually using in their searches.
I recently came across a tool that takes the idea of search suggest to a new level, and I wanted to cover it in a blog post because I think it could be a very valuable tool for many bloggers. If you’re not familiar with search suggestion tools here is a quick rundown of how they work. When you are doing a Google search Google will make suggestions based on the words/letters that you have entered and what other users are searching for.
A few weeks ago I published a group interview with 26 different bloggers talking about their favorite methods for monetizing a blog. Many of those blogging experts mentioned affiliate marketing as one of their favorite ways to make money from a blog, and so I thought it would be helpful to write a detailed article about why and how bloggers can make money through affiliate programs. If you’re looking to make more from your own blog one of the best possibilities is to increase the amount you are making as an affiliate.
There are a lot of different ways to go about making money online (which is part of the reason why it can be so overwhelming if you are just getting started), and membership websites are a favorite of many online marketers. With a membership site you’ll offer some sort of content, products, or services exclusively to people who have paid to get access to your site, and it will also involve a recurring payment in order for the membership to stay active. There are a lot of reasons to like the membership model, which we’ll get into in just a moment, but I think it’s important to take a balanced look at the subject because there are also some significant challenges to having success with a membership site.
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?
The thought of selling your own digital products can seem a little intimidating if you have never done it before, but if you want to maximize the income from your websites and blogs it is one of your best options.
Selling digital products offers a number of advantages over other monetization methods. It can be done in any niche or industry, provides almost unlimited income potential, can help to brand yourself as an expert in your field, and it can even be done with little to no existing audience.
When it comes to digital products e-books are often the first thing that comes to mind for many people. While e-books are a great option, they are just the tip of the iceberg. Your product could be another type of info product, such as a video course. Many industries will also have other options as well, like stock photos, stock graphics and icons, website templates and WordPress themes, WordPress plugins, and music downloads.
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?
Regardless of what type of website you have and what industry it is in, growing a responsive mailing list should be a top priority. Email lists can be used to stay in close contact with your most loyal followers and customers, increase traffic to your site, promote and sell your own products, promote affiliate products, and much more.
With all of the search algorthim changes Google has made over the past few years, and all of the sites that have lost loads of traffic as a result, an email list should be your first line of defense. Reducing your dependency on Google for traffic is an important step towards increased security for your traffic and income.
So you know that you need to grow your mailing list, but getting subscribers can be a challenge. Your typical visitor sees countless optin forms and offers each day, so in order to get people’s attention and encourage new sign ups you will need to make growing your list a major focus.
For WordPress users there are a number of plugins that exist specifically for the purpose of helping you to build your list quickly. In this post I’ll highlight 15 of the most noteworthy plugins of this kind. Some of them are free, but the majority must be purchased. Purchasing a plugin to grow your list faster can actually be a very wise investment if you put it to good use, as a larger list can allow you to very quickly recover those costs.