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.
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.
You may be familiar with Pauline Cabrera from her popular blog TwelveSkip. At TwelveSkip Pauline covers a variety of topics related to blogging, online business, and web design. She’s also a very active social media user with over 50,000 combined followers on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
TwelveSkip is one of my favorite blogs because of the helpful and practical content, and because it has a great, unique design that really stands out. I asked Pauline if she would be willing to answer a few questions for ProfitBlitz readers and she graciously agreed.
One of the most critical elements to having a successful website is reliable web hosting. Hosting isn’t the most glamorous topic, but if your website is down or very slow it won’t be producing the results that you need. Over the past 7 or 8 years I have used 10 different companies for various websites, and I know how frustrating it can be when there are issues with your site’s hosting.