Make Money with Your Blog
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great – Mark Twain
I started my first blog in 2008. I think.
That was a long time ago, and I’m getting older, so pardon me if I don’t remember the exact year.
I started off blogging on a free Blogger platform, inspired by different internet marketing gurus.
I just read the first article I ever wrote. (No, I’m not going to post it). I made grammatical errors, the picture was terrible, and the blog design was terrible.
But I kept on learning, kept on reading, kept on listening to podcasts.
I work part-time on my blogs, but I think of them as long term sustainable businesses, so I’ve seen a steady increase in traffic, conversion, and income.
You, too, can make money with your blog.
Learn From My Mistakes
But before you do, please learn from some of my mistakes.
Fall seven times, stand up eight – Japanese Proverb
Expecting A Lot for a Little
I let myself get roped into some systems that promised to do all the hard work for me while I used their cookie cutter system. I won’t name the names of those systems; in fact, I don’t even know if they’re in existence today.
But I expected to earn big bucks! I probably earned some bucks for the “gurus,” but not a lot for myself. On the other hand, I did learn a lot about the ins and outs of online marketing through their systems. Maybe their “courses” were the price of admission.
Spreading Myself Too Thin
I bought into this shiny object, then that shiny object. Then I’d read about this course. And that course.
On the one hand, probably everyone needs to go through this phase. But after a while, it’s time to settle down and focus. Choose one trusted system/teacher and stick with it!
What I Wish I Had Known
Have a Plan
I wish I’d known who I could trust in those days. Internet marketing was still somewhat new, and I was so excited that I didn’t slow down long enough to think!
It’s part of the maturing process, I suppose, but I had to learn the hard way that a good business plan is essential.
I’m also not an affiliate for Jason and Jay from Internet Business Mastery, but I trust them, too. All three of these places are where I’d start if I was beginning from scratch.
Work For Free
You might think I’m crazy. But Pat Flynn has done many things for free. He’s put together a Clickable Map resource for web designers; he’s shown you how to write an eBook, and he recently came up with a free module on how to start your own podcast.
Cliff Ravenscraft, the man behind the Podcast Answer Man, executed hundreds, maybe even thousands of hours before he started monetizing his blog and his podcasts.
If you work on your blog with the attitude that you’ll work to create true value for your readers, you’ll eventually reap what you sow.
Build A Business
You are building a business. You’re not throwing up a few blog posts. You’re not starting a hobby.
Larry Brauner, a mathematical and marketing mentor of sorts, showed me the analogy of the marathon as a way to treat my business.
Work slow, work steady, have a plan, and do something every day. That’s the way to build a profitable internet business.
Think about traffic, product creation, conversion, and upselling.
Which of these aspects need the most work on your blog? Perhaps you can spend one quarter on each of those aspects to improve your online business.
Learn How to Make Small Cash First
Unless you have a very strong business plan, plan on keeping your day job until you’re ready to transition to building your own business full-time.
Mark Mason from Late Night Internet Marketing is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build their online businesses and make money one night at a time….after the day job is over for the day.
Having listened to many of his podcast episodes, I trust his recommendation of taking the Micro Site Profits course. I’m not an affiliate for this course, but I trust Mark, and I trust Jeremy and Jason, owners of Internet Business Mastery, who designed this course.
Once You’re Earning “Small” Cash on a Consistent Basis, Start Building An Authority Site Business
This type of site and blog is one in which you’ll be in the business for the long haul. It will take longer to start, longer to maintain, and possibly longer to profit from. But your profits, in the long term, will be greater.
I recommend, based on people I respect, Jeremy and Jason’s Internet Business Mastery Academy (not an affiliate link). If you take this course, you’ll learn a step by step approach to building a long-term, profitable business online.
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