Monetizing Your Blog

blog lead imageYou have a dream. You dream of turning your blog it into a money making business. However, it’s just not happening and you’re feeling lost. You have no clue how to monetize the blog that you’ve devoted so much time too. When it be great if you could write about the things that you love and make money at the same time? Isn’t that what all bloggers dream about? For most people, this idea remains just a dream and never becomes a reality because people just don’t know how to do it. However, there are people out there that are making money with her blogs, but they’re doing it strategically and in this blog post I’m going to share with you some tips on how to make money doing something you truly love. In this post I’m already assuming that you have some sort of blog going at the moment and at least a small fan base of readers.

So let’s get to it. Here are some of the top ways to make money with your blog.

Google AdSense

Google AdSense is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think about monetizing your blog, but it’s not necessarily the best way and you probably won’t make a lot of money. Essentially with Google AdSense you’re allowing google to place ads on your website. Most people that do this don’t make much money. In other words, this is not where the money is at! I just wanted to get this out-of-the-way before moving on to other ways of making money.

Consulting

One of the easiest ways to start making money via your blog is to start offering one on one consultations. I’m assuming the writing your blog on a topic of interest that you are an expert on. You would be surprised by how many people don’t have the same knowledge that you do and that would benefit from your personal consultation services. You can offer on your site the opportunity to speak with someone via Skype or via telephone with an hourly fee.

Affiliate links

With affiliate programs, you get paid when someone clicks on your link and buys a particular product. You can incorporate these naturally and your blog posts. If you think back to your previous blog posts, you might have mentioned a product or service that you recommend to other people. Why not check and see if that particular product or Service has an affiliate program and then incorporates the affiliate links into your blog posts, so that when someone clicks on that link to buy the product or service you receive a commission as a result. Jessica Harris of the blog Hemorrhoidherbalremedy.com writes about a rather interesting (and literally uncomfortable topic!)- hemorrhoids and their treatment. She often makes product recommendations and says this about affiliate marketing, “When I first thought about putting up affiliate links, I was afraid that others would take me less seriously and think I was just out for money, but then I realized that I am an authority when it comes to health-related topics such as hemorrhoids, so why the heck not!” She doesn’t regret her decision.

E-books

Nothing you’ve written a sizable number of blog posts wouldn’t it be great to also write an electronic book of all of your posts expanded upon. You’re an expert at what you’re writing about so why not make a book about it. Creating an e-book and selling it to your fan base is a great way to make money.

These are just a few ways to make money with your already kick butt blog. You can do it, so get to it!!

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WordPress Beginners Tips

wordpress beginnersIf you’re a WordPress newbie it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options and features. Unfortunately, it’s often much easier to choose the easier route and to just go quickly through the motions rather than taking some time out to think about it carefully and make the right long-term decisions. These beginners tips for WordPress users will help you make the right decisions right from the start and to gain a larger audience, as well as to avoid having to spend a lot of time changing or updating various aspects later on!

Keep A Clean Sidebar

Make sure your sidebar contains the most important things that you would like your audience to click on or view. If you have a sidebar that is full of different social media icons, Twitter and Facebook updates and photos, your readers won’t be able to find what they’re looking for, or to notice the most important parts of your page!

Make Your Permalinks Short and Sweet

Cleaning up your permalinks will make it easier for potential viewers to find your page on Google, Bing or Yahoo. There is a fine art to eliminating most of the unnecessary words in your permalinks without making them completely unintelligible to your audience. So, for example, let’s  say you have a site about cognitive supplements, instead of making your url say vitaminsforthebrains.com/the-seven-most-important-tips-for-memory-beginners, you may be better off using something like vitaminsforthebrains.com/wordpress-beginners-memory-tips.

High Impact Titles

You want to make sure that your title is picked up by search engines, but you also want to make sure they are interesting enough to grab your audience’s attention! Your titles should say exactly what your posts are about, but must also be unique and interesting enough to stand out from other similar posts or sites online.

Add Visual Content

Humans are largely visual creatures. Studies have estimated that over 90% of the information transmitted to the Visual Contentbrain is visual! Because of this, the WordPress theme you choose, as well as the quality and quantity of images that you choose to display on your site is of utmost importance. Images can also be useful for SEO purposes because the title tag for your images is used in search engines!

Informative Footers

Don’t make the mistake of ignoring your footer, because many of your readers will definitely not ignore it! Many readers scroll down to the footer on a site to get a quick summary of it and to find other useful information (contact details, etc.). Adding a short biography or “About us” section in your footer will help your audience get an instant feel for your site and what it is that you’re offering them!

Schedule Your Posts

Most bloggers on WordPress have a blog schedule; this ensures that their readers know when to check for new posts, and saves them time constantly checking for updates. If you’re planning on posting a blog once a week for example, but you think you may not always be free to upload the post, use WordPress’s “Schedule For” feature that allows you to schedule a date and time for your post to be released, instead of publishing it immediately. This way you can follow a strict blogging schedule even when you’re busy!

Track Your Progress

Keeping track of your progress is an essential part of developing a successful site. Tracking your visitors with the help of Google Analytics or Jetpack stats can give you clear evidence for what works on your site and what doesn’t. If you tried something new one week and it resulted in a significant number of viewers, then you know exactly what it was that you did to get a specific result!

Use the above tips to get your blog or website off to a great start and to make sure your audience always has a pleasant experience at your site!

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