This post is not that type of post you often read about a thousand and one ways of making money from your blog. In today’s post, I want to tell you what you’ve never heard before so, read this post till the end because, you will thank me later. This is a post I’ve wanted to write ever since but, it was my exams which just ended that delayed it.
Many times, we’ve often read on the internet about different ways of making money from your blog and after reading such posts, we often comment, praising the author on his good job but, how many of us normally put what we learnt from those posts into practice?
Top Blogging Coach is one year and few months now and since I started blogging, I’ve been learning and trying to discover the exact reason why I’m here and now, it’s about time we all answer that question…..
Why are you here in the first place?
Are you here to make money or to spend money?
Are you blogging as a business or as a hobby?
This is the same questions I asked myself over and over again and I think I’ve gotten the answer. You know, I’m here to help other people with what i know but, on the other hand, i also want to make money on the process because if not, I might be helping people and one day, my hosting will expire and I might not have the money to renew it.
Now, what do you think those people I’m helping will think? They will say that I’ve also ran away like others and, they might be right you know because on a closer look, that’s exactly what I did. Therefore, I don’t know for you but, I’m no longer going to blog as a hobby, I’ve decided to blog as a business.
If things continue this way, I might fall to the blogging trap of writing for a lifetime with nothing else in return but praises in the comment thread. This will just be like a very educated man with P.H.D but, has no money to show for it.
The only thing he will be good at is in blowing grammar here and there and soon, people will nickname him… Mr. English. Now, is that the type of life you want to live?
Why Are You Not Making Money From Your Blog Yet?
I’ve come to realize something. I noticed this few weeks ago when I published the post where I asked you people your own opinion if the number of comments a blog gets equate to Traffic. Some of the comments I got on that post really got me thinking especially this one from Chadrack….
You see, one of the main reasons why you are not making money from your blog all these while is simply because you’re not driving the type of traffic that will make you that money, period.
Since I started blogging, my only source of traffic has been blog commenting until recently. This is where you come to my blog and comment and, I will now rush to your blog and comment too as a pay back at the end, you will be seeing lots of comments on my posts without clicks. And I’m sure; this has also been the same road most of us have been walking on. Now, can you see the reason why you’re not making money yet?
It’s because, majority of your visitors are also bloggers and you know what? They will not click on those adsense banners and links on your blog because, they are already familiar with it. They will not also click on your affiliate links because; most of them are also using that product too.
The most essential way to get such traffic that will make you money is via the Search Engines. Think about it, when someone comes to Google, he is certainly looking for something and, if he performed his search and landed on your blog then, chances are that he will surely click on those links because, he don’t know what they are and, he believes that it might be an answer to what he’s looking for.
Therefore, just like my friend said, my decision now is to rather drive the type of traffic that will come in looking for something worthwhile on the blog and when they come, they would take the time to click on an adsense link or an affiliate link than the type of traffic who comes because such a person is expecting me to pay back the visit to her blog. And, if you’re not ready yet to take your own decision then, please kindly stop reading further because, this post is not meant for you, it’s meant for the action takers who want to start making money from their blogs now.
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However, I don’t mean that I will stop commenting on your blogs, no. What I meant is this. I already know most of the blogs out there that always wow me with their contents and, most of you also writes interesting posts and, when I encounter such, I must read and comment but, I will no longer comment on your blog simply because you commented on mine. I will come and comment because, I love what you shared.
How do You Now Plan to Start Making Money From Your Blog?
Like you’ve read on many blogs out there, there are so many ways to making money from your blog, you just have to make your own plans and then, work seriously towards it.
The ones I listed below are my favorites…..
#1.Building Keyword Focused Niche Sites: This is the business model I’ve been eyeing for a long time now and, I’ve really learnt a lot about it from those that has done it before as listed below..
- Pat Flynn: SmartPassiveIncome.com
- Spencer Haw: SmartPassiveIncome.com
- Tung Tran: NichePursuits.com
#2.Selling my own Products: This has always been the best way to make money online and, nothing can be compared to it. Once you have your own products out there, and if the product is a top notch and you’ve already created that trust with your audience then, you are wonderfully made. People that has done it…..
- Steve Scott: CloudLivingJourney.com
- Corbett Barr: ThinkTraffic.com
#3. Affiliate Marketing: This is also another good way you can also be are making money from your blog as a lot of the people are doing. In this case, building trust with your audience is also of utmost importance just like when it comes to creating and selling your own products because, people no longer buy from those they don’t know and trust.
- John Chow:SteveScottsite.com
- Pat Flynn: johnchow.com
#4.Building a Bigger Authority Sites: This is also a very viable way of making money from your blog. In this case, you build a very big resourceful type of site whereby you will be seen as an authority on that niche. You will be seen as a go to person on anything related to that particular field. The only difference between this and the first one is that, the first one is usually smaller type of sites. Examples of those that are already doing it successfully are…..
- Jon Haver: smartpassiveincome.com
- Steve Scott: Authoritywebsiteincome.com
These are the 4 major ways I know of that you can be making money from your blog like others are doing. All you need to do is, simply pick one from among them and start gathering informations as much as you can about it in order to know if it’s something you can do.
The one I’ve decided to follow now is the first one (Building Keyword Focused Niche Sites). From my 2013 goals, I made mention of creating niche sites and having my own products in the market. I think it’s time I stop lazing about and start working hard so as to achieve those goals.
I don’t know about you but, that is my own decision. I can’t keep writing alone for ever, I need to start making a change for myself now and, the earlier you do same, the better for you. Unless you have another plan.
I also want to use this opportunity to tell you that Pat Flynn is launching another niche site project which he called SteveScottsite.com And, I’m joining him on this one so, anyone of you who is interested can also join the duel as its ongoing now.
In my next post, I will fully reveal to you everything you need to know about building niche sites and my plans. I will also be showing you people everything I’m doing. We can call it a Case Study. So, be sure to always visit my site or, subscribe to my email list or feed so that you will always be informed on what is going on.
I think this post is already longer than I expected so, I beg to stop here, let’s all get to work at once. If you really want to start making money from your blog now then, you need to stop what you are doing at the moment and start doing something else…. Remember…
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get a different result.
So, what is your own plan? How do you plan to achieve it? What have you learnt from this post? Please be sure to let us know on the comment thread and please, don’t forget to share this post with your friends.
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