Blogging Archives - Salvador Briggman

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How to Get Your First 100 YouTube Subscribers

Are you working to get more subscribers for your YouTube channel?

I put together a video sharing how I grew my side channel to its very first 100 subscribers.

These are strategies that you can copy and apply to your own YouTube channel. If you do, you’ll find your subscriber count starting to increase!

Remember, great things start small.

My other channel now has more than 3,000 subscribers, but it didn’t start out that way.

Just like with this channel, I was hustlin’ every day to get more subscribers. Eventually, I started to see a bit of a snowball effect.

Now, I can release videos and they’ll instantly get views. I’ve built out a tiny distribution network for my videos. You can do the same (if you watch this video)!

Let me ask you a question…

What are you trying to accomplish with online business?

What do you WANT?

I’d love it if you could reply and leave a comment on this YouTube video.

I’m coming out with some really cool content in the next few weeks, so if you haven’t already, take a second to subscribe to my channel.

You’ll instantly get notified when I come out with new videos. It’s an easy way to stay up to date.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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Blogging

How to Get Paid to Blog and Write Articles From Home

I used to think it was a pipe dream.

The idea of being able to publish a blog post and make money seemed… almost magical.

This was towards the end of 2012 when I was starting up very first professional blog, CrowdCrux.

It didn’t happen all at once, but gradually, I saw that I started to earn more and more money from my blog.

I was astounded.

Flash forward a year, and I nervously took the first steps towards becoming a full-time blogger. At first, it was scary, stressful, and nerve-wracking.

Eventually, after learning some key lessons, I came to understand how this whole blogging business works.

Now, I make good money writing articles online from home. I can work wherever I want, whenever I want.

It’s dope!

I want to show you how to do the exact same thing. In this article, I’m going to outline some of the ways that you can get paid to blog and write articles from home.

Before you know it, you’ll have more freedom than you ever thought possible.

You’ll finally be able to to enjoy going to work. And, best of all, you’ll have an “audience” that knows, likes, and trusts you.

1. Pinpoint Your “Specialty”

What are you good at!? Not all writing is made the same. You could be good at writing:

  • Informative blog posts
  • Entertaining articles
  • Breaking news articles
  • Persuasive sales letters
  • Killer advertisement copy

Before you go out there and offer your writing services to anyone, you gotta nail down what you’re good at. This will affect the type of job you go after.

Next, you need to figure out what you like writing about. This could include:

  • Travel Tips
  • Self-Improvement advice
  • Cool tech gadgets
  • Smart money management
  • Fitness hacks
  • and more.

We all tend to do better when we’re working at a job that we like. If you HATE the topic you’re writing about, you’re naturally gonna do a pretty crappy job.

Take a few minutes (right now) as you’re reading this article, and scratch down a few ideas that come to mind.

What type of writing do you enjoy doing? What do you want to write about?

2. Do You Want To Be Paid Hourly or Through Passive Income Streams?

If you want to be paid hourly or by the project, then writing articles for news websites, magazines, and blogs is going to be your best bet for making good money.

You can look into a website like UpWork, Freelancer, or Elance and check out some of the jobs that are currently available.

I think this is a GREAT route if you’re just starting out. It’s completely realistic to be able to do this full-time.

You just need to search out jobs, do the work, and search out more jobs. Simple!

However, I know that this type of work can get very draining. 

You’re trading your time for money. After every completed project, you can celebrate for a little bit, but then you gotta get back to the grind.

You gotta constantly search out new projects, so that you can continue to make money.

Even if you do get a few consistent clients, you’ll still have to deal with getting emails at all hours of the day and being available at the drop of a hat.

Annoying, right?

That’s why I recommend every freelancer to also build up their own blog, just like Kristi Hines of Kikolani.

Kristis’s blog Kikolani covers marketing tips and advice. You can see a screenshot of it below.

Along with writing this blog, she also does freelance writing for major publications, like American Express, Bigcommerce, Capital One, and more!

You can find a website screenshot for her freelance writing services below.

She uses her blog to:

  • Attract freelancing clients
  • Make advertising revenue
  • Make affiliate revenue (from her resources page)

Over time, it’s easy to see how anyone can build up their blog into a strong source of passive income to supplement their freelancing.

Then, rather than just trading TIME for MONEY, you’re also padding your income with multiple income streams.

You gotta think BIGGER. It’s not just about a short-term freelancing career.

Don’t you want more freedom and flexibility in your work life?

If you want to make good income, while maintaining your sanity, you’re gonna wanna read up on how to become a full-time blogger.

I know that it sounds… strange.

Like, how could you actually make income from JUST a blog?

You have to understand that you’re seeing a very “surface level view” when you come across a blog.

There is a ton that’s happening behind the scenes. In fact, there are a lot of secrets that professional bloggers probably won’t tell you when it comes to earnings five or six figures online.

I’ve shared them with YOU in this video.

3. How to Approach Freelancing Clients

Now… not everyone wants to become a full-time blogger.

Also, while you’re building up your income streams, you’re probably gonna have to do some freelancing work to pay the bills.

Approaching potential freelancing clients is intimidating, nerve-wracking, and sometimes, it can be downright frustrating.

Often times, you waste your all of your time and mental energy just pursuing jobs or answering questions.

The BEST and EASIEST way to get new freelancing clients is to create a “system” that you can use every time. Make sure you:

  • Have links to previous works
  • Collect and send testimonials
  • Have a bite-sized story to add personality
  • Show understanding of the job or task
  • Create a USP (Unique Selling Proposition) that makes you stand out
  • Have a source of jobs (websites, in-person events, Facebook groups)
  • Be positive!

Remember, never take rejection personally. Potential clients are never rejecting YOU. They are rejecting your “approach,” proposal, or how they perceive you.

For starters, you’ll need to join all of the major groups in the industry that you’re targeting. If you want to write articles about healthy living, go out there and join a bunch of groups on fitness.

Network, network, network!

You can find these groups on:

  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Online forums
  • LinkedIn
  • Meetup

Before you know it, you’ll find yourself having online interactions with REAL people. These are potential clients that you can end up doing jobs for in the future. Get their name, email, and if possible, phone number.

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Blogging

How to Start a Free WordPress Blog

With this article, I’m going to show you exactly how to start a blog on WordPress so that you can begin to get traffic, subscribers, and if you’d like, make money online.

WordPress is different from all of the other blog hosting providers out there because:

  1. It’s free
  2. It powers 28% of the internet
  3. There are 300+ free themes to chose from.

Simply put, it’s very easy to get started blogging with a WordPress website. It’s also how I started my very first blog, “The Thought Hole,” which was all about my thoughts, emotions, and life throughout high school.

This is NOT a WordPress.org tutorial. This is a WordPress.com tutorial.

If you’re wondering what the difference is… WordPress.org is the open source version of WordPress that you can install on a hosting provider, like Bluehost.

You can customize WordPress.org and install plugins. You can’t easily do this with WordPress.com, unless you’re on the business plan.

How to Start a Blog on WordPress.com

The first thing that you’re going to want to do is to create an account from the homepage and make sure that you set it up as a “blog.”

One you do that, you’ll be promoted to choose a “theme” for the website. The theme is what the user will see when they come to your website. It’s the basic design.

Depending on your choice, WordPress should have customized a design for you. Take a second to browse through them.

If you don’t see one you like, you can always “skip for now” and revisit this screen later.

After you pick the theme for your website, you’re gonna have to choose the domain name for your website.

The domain name simply refers to the URL that people will type in to come across your website. For example, the domain for my website is SalvadorBriggman.com.

You have to purchase this domain name. It’s a yearly fee of about $10 if you buy it separately. If you have one, you should click the link, “Already own a domain?”

Now… if you don’t yet have a domain name, you can choose one while you’re in this registration process. Personally, I recommend that you do.

However, if you don’t want to buy one just yet you can use a free subdomain for your website. It would look something like Salvador.Wordpress.com.

Once you set up your domain name, the next step is to choose the plan that you’d like to use with your WordPress account.

Premium is the post popular plan, as you can monetize your website with ads, have access to unlimited premium themes, and lots of other features.

I would seriously consider investing in one of these paid plans over the free plan.

But, if you’re just looking to see how WordPress works, just select “free.”

Finally, you’ll be promoted to enter your email, username, and a password of your choice.

Aaaaaand…. voila! You have your very own FREE wordpress website.

Customizing Your WordPress.com Website

There are a number of things that you can customize with your WordPress website, including:

  • The theme you chose
  • Social sharing
  • Domain names
  • Plugins (with business plan)
  • and More.

You can access these menu items from your “my site” tab or your overall dashboard as I’ve shown below. From the dashboard, you can quickly do things like make pages, write blog posts, manage your comments, or upload media.

You’ll be spending a lot of time here as you obsessively check your traffic stats (no joke).

My first year blogging, I would check my website visitor stats almost every day. It was so cool knowing that random people around the world were discovering my blog.

At the very bottom of the left tab of your dashboard, you’ll find a link that says “settings.” If you click that, you’ll bring up another menu like the one below.

This menu will allow you to customize your site title, tag line, and domain. You’ll also be able to set standard settings for things like your blog post writing, comments, and website traffic.

A lot of these items are the “nitty gritty” that will control how your website appears to the public. Make sure that you study each of these items carefully.

Unfortunately, if you’re on the free plan, there isn’t much you can do in terms of customization of the blog, aside from choosing a new theme.

With higher up pricing plans, you’ll gain greater customization ability. If you seriously want to become a professional blogger, you’re gonna have to invest in these.

Creating Website Pages

Publishing a page on your blog is as simple as hitting the “add” button from the main dashboard. You’ll come to a webpage that prompts you to enter the title and text for the page.

Each page can also have cool items like photos, videos, links, paragraphs, and more.

A WordPress page is different than a post.

Simply put, a page is static and typically is contained in the main navigation bar. Examples are your “about me,” “contact” or maybe your “subscribe” page.

The function of a page is to be a continual resource for your website visitors. It’s not just a one-off article.

A blogger writes new blog posts, not new blog pages. The posts will be the archive of articles that you collect on your blog.

On this page, you can also set other things like the featured image, social sharing options, attributes, and more.

Writing Your First Post

Publishing a post on your WordPress blog is also super easy. You just gotta hit the “add” button on the main dashboard.

The blog post webpage is very similar to the page webpage. You’ll need to enter the title of the article and the accompanying text. You also have access to the same attributes as the page, like a featured image.

Cool, huh?

See… it’s not so hard!

Slowly, you are getting a grasp of the technology behind a WordPress blog. It’s not rocket science!

In my opinion, the hardest part of blogging is not the technology component or the writing component.

Let’s be honest, you’re probably a GREAT writer (even if you don’t think you are).

When it comes to blogging, the difficult part is getting people to READ your articles.

You want your voice heard. You don’t want to just talk to an empty room.

When I started writing blog posts in high school, I was content to just share them with a few friends. I was mainly using the blog as an online journal. I was using it to reflect on my experiences.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had more of a desire to actually build an audience and influence others with my thoughts and ideas.

This led me to start my very first professional blog, CrowdCrux.com, which has been visited more than 3 million times.

Crazy, right?

The difficult part is:

  • Getting traffic to your blog
  • Getting readers to subscribe to your blog
  • Monetizing your website

Does that make sense?

How to Get Traffic, Subscribers, and Income

So, let’s address the big elephant in the room.

How do you actually get traffic? How do you get subscribers?

Most importantly, how can you make a bit of income from this blogging hobby?

If you REALLY want to… I can show you how to become a full-time blogger.

I’m talking about earning $30k (minimum) from your blog per year.

When I went full-time, I earned $30k, then $50k, and it only went up from there as I’ve continued to learn how this whole online business game works.

To show you exactly how to do all of this, I need to share a bit of a secret with you.

This is something that most bloggers don’t talk about…

I’ll reveal this to you and also, I ask you to join the waitlist for the next time that the Lifestyle Business Accelerator program opens up.

Learn about “the secret.”

LBA or the Lifestyle Business Accelerator is a part of Freedom Academy.

This system is designed to quickly take you from a beginner to a full-time blogger.

The strategies, tactics, and resources that I’ve shared will save you time, money, and headache. I’ll reveal proven ways to earn more passive income online WITHOUT having to invest a bunch of money in advertisements.

If you want to become a full-time blogger, then this is perfect for you!

You can check it out here. 

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17 Mistakes That Beginning Bloggers Must Avoid

I started my first professional blog in 2012. I had no idea what I was doing.

Literally. I was pretty clueless. I probably made every major mistake in the book.

The fact that you’ve searched out this article puts you head and shoulders above other bloggers out there.

You’re actually working to educate yourself and get better at your craft.

With this article, I’m going to reveal some of the extremely costly mistakes that beginning bloggers make – and how to avoid them!

Some of these mistakes will cost you time. Others can be financially expensive.

My overall goal is to accelerate your blogging career and help you become a full-time blogger SOONER.

I’ve put all of my proven, tested, and verified strategies to rapidly grow your blog into a program that I call, the Lifestyle Business Accelerator.

You can click here to sign up for the waitlist to join the accelerator.

Now… let’s get into it!

1. Failing to Build an Independent Email List

When most bloggers get started, they use the default WordPress subscription functionality to be able to accumulate subscribers and send out new posts to their readers.

You don’t want to do that.

Instead, you want to build your own mailing list, using software like Mailchimp.

Having your own mailing list gives you great flexibility so that you can notify your readers about announcements that go beyond “your newest article.”

In addition, you don’t necessarily want to send an email to your readers every single time you publish a new blog post. WordPress would do that for you automatically.

2. Writing About Too Many Topics

Myself included, I think that most writers suffer from having many different interests. There’s nothing wrong with having a lot of hobbies or interests.

However, if you make your blog your “personal journal” and write about every topic under the sun, you’ll end up confusing your readers.

You want to choose a specific niche or topic for your blog. Once you establish yourself as an expert or authority in that niche, you can then expand to others.

When someone subscribes to your blog they’re expecting a certain type of content from you.

If they get sent an article on some other random topic, they’ll be more likely to think… “What the heck?!” and end up unsubscribing.

3. Ignoring Monetization Strategies

A blog alone is not a business.

Certainly, it’s a great way to attract an audience. Free quality content is always a great way to attract an audience.

It’s up to you to figure out how to monetize that audience.

From day 1, you should be examining the different ways that you can make money from your blog. This could include:

  • Advertisements
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Digital Products
  • and more…

I reveal to you how I monetized my blog and how much money I make from my online activities in the Lifestyle Business Accelerator.

When you join the accelerator, you’ll discover how to make money from your blog.

4. Thinking You’ll Build It And They’ll Come

I’m going to admit something personal.

I have a big ego. Or, well, I used to.

I used to think that simply because I wrote down incredible thoughts or shared amazing information that people would just find it online.

If you spend 2 years writing a thought-provoking book, then the world should beat a path to your door, right?

Wrong!

You have to be willing to go where people are if you want to communicate your message with the world.

You have to consistently persuade readers of the value of your message, and why they should pay attention.

It should never be about YOU. It should always be about THEM and why your blog is relevant to their life.

5. Being Really, Really Cheap

Yeah… this was me too. But, I have an excuse! I was in college!

I started my first professional blog when I was a Junior in college at George Washington University.

I didn’t have very much money, so I was really cheap when it came to anything related to my blog.

Boy, oh boy, did I pay for that one.

You’re never going to buy something that’s cheap and get high quality.

Cheap = low quality.

If you want to see results online, you have to be willing to invest in your blog.

Bite the bullet and invest in $4/month blog hosting. You’ll thank me later.

When you host your own WordPress blog, you’ll have far greater control over your website. You’ll be able to install cool-looking themes and premium plugins to expand the functionality.

6. Forgetting About SEO (And What Goes Into It)

SEO stands for search engine optimization. Most professional bloggers see the bulk of their traffic from search engines.

This recurring stream of consistent traffic is what enables them to grow passive income streams and live the laptop lifestyle.

If you want to do the same thing, then you need to read up on SEO. I have a module on this in the Lifestyle Business Accelerator.

You’ll want to optimize your overall blog and each individual article that goes out to maximize the chance that it will rank well in Google for key terms.

7. Brushing Off a Writing Schedule

Blogging hobbyists will usually write when they feel like it. If they’re having a bad day, or don’t feel like writing, they won’t.

What separates the hobbyist from the professional is that the pro will write even when he is having a bad day.

He or she sticks to a writing schedule that they’ve established. This is what allows them to pump out content over time.

You have to treat it like a job. You gotta hold yourself accountable. You have to be willing to work regular hours in the early days.

8. Lack of Consistency

This mistake is a blog killer. I’ve seen it happen time and time again.

If you want to build up a base of loyal readers, then you need to be consistent with your content.

You need to regularly write and publish blog posts. I’m talking 1-3 per week.

In my early blogging days, I was actually writing one new post per day.

There are many reasons that you’ll want to produce content on a consistent basis. I’ll just cover two of them.

  1. It gives readers a reason to return. If they know that new content is coming out every week, they’ll be more likely to regularly check your blog for updates.
  2. It helps with SEO. The more you publish quality content on your blog, the faster you’ll become an authority in the eyes of Google.

I also believe that consistent publishing helps drive away laziness. A lot of people stop blogging because they lose momentum. They simply lack sustained interest.

9. Being Afraid to Put Personality Into Your Articles

Personality is what makes you stand out online.

It took me a while to learn this lesson.

For so long, I would write in very dry business-speak. That’s how I was taught to write by my english teachers.

This is WORST way to write blog posts.

By adding a bit a personality to your posts, you’ll make it easier for people to connect with you and be willing to buy your products or services.

No want wants to learn from a boring teacher who just rattles on and on about a subject.

We wanna learn from “cool” teachers who have interesting stories and use the same kinda vocab we do.

Here are a few ways to add more personality to your articles:

  • Tell personal stories to convey points.
  • Refer to the reader as “you.”
  • Write the same way you’d talk to someone.
  • Use popular idioms

10. Overlooking Website Design and Branding

The way that you dress at a networking event communicates information about who you are, what you do, and how seriously you’re taking the event.

Similarly, visitors vibe off your website’s design to get a feel for you and your business.

If you have a poorly designed website, it’s going to be difficult to get people to take you seriously. If you have a well-designed site, you’ll be able to command a premium price for your products.

This is one of the reasons that I recommend blogging with a WordPress website, so that you can easily install premium themes to make your site look gorgeous.

Once you set up the hosting for your blog at $4/month, the you can go about picking a great-looking theme that will communicate just how serious you are about your brand.

11. Never Using Email Marketing

What’s the easiest way that you can send a bunch of traffic to a new blog article at the same time?

You guessed it… email marketing!

Similar to your blogging schedule, you’ll want to send out emails fairly regularly to maintain a relationship with your readers.

I’m talking once a week or once every other week. Otherwise, people will simply forget who you are.

When you’re doing more of a product launch, you might be sending emails every single day.

12. Shying Away from Social Media

Arguably, social media is one of the biggest leaps forward since the advent of search engines.

Over time, a social media account can even take on a life of it’s own. There are many Instagram influencers that are making a living solely off of their social media account.

There’s no reason not to start a social media profile on the major accounts like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest.

You can use social media to reach thousands and thousands of fans that are interested in your niche.

13. Confusing “Sales Copywriting” With “Educational Information”

This is more of an advanced topic.

There is a difference between educating readers and selling a product.

In order to become a full-time blogger, you’re going to have to learn how to do both.

The term “copywriting” refers to the advertisement copy that’s used on a sales page to turn website visitors into customers.

Copywriting is a very different style than traditional informational writing.

You would use this style of writing to get your readers to click on a link, buy a product that you recommend, or check something out.

When you’re teaching, you don’t have to worry about copywriting. You’ll just write as you do normally.

I know this probably doesn’t make much sense right now, but it will in time.

14. Not Promoting Your Work (Constantly)

What I’m going to say flies in the face of many “experts” out there who warn about over-promotion.

I got where I am today is because I’m willing to aggressively promote my work. I don’t mind being the loudest one in the room.

Now… the reason I’m okay with doing that is because I’ve spent so much time making sure that my work is exceptional.

I would’t be able to talk with the same level of confidence or bravado if I thought I had a shitty product.

But, because I’ve invested the time in making a great blog post, I almost feel compelled to go out there and market it, because I know people would benefit from reading it.

Don’t be shy about promoting your work.

15. Being Too Anti-Social

Let’s get this out of the way. I’m a nerd.

Like a super nerd.

I’m also an introvert.

I don’t like being around people too much. I find it draining and overwhelming.

Even with my closest friends, there comes a point in time where I need a breather. Some quality time with a book, meditation, or TV will then recharge my energy.

If you’re like me, then you might struggle with being a bit anti-social.

That’s fine, but it’s going to affect the level of success you see with blogging.

The fastest way to up your blogging game is to network with other bloggers and gain access to their audience.

This could take the form of a guest blog post on their blog or a collaboration of some sort.

Eventually, you’ll find that the growth of your blog is limited. If you want to continue to expand, you’ll have to form relationships with other people in your industry.

16. Thinking You’ll Get “Quick Success”

Blogging success takes time. It took me about a year of serious blogging before I took the leap and went full-time.

During that year, I was writing a ton, figuring out ways to monetize my work, and networking with other people.

It really comes down to how hard you’re willing to work and the niche your blog is in.

Over time, I’ve built up a very healthy income from blogging, but it didn’t start that way. My beginnings were very, very humble.

I still remember the day I earned my first $2 from the Google Adsense program and took my girlfriend at the time out for a cup of coffee.

Great things start small.

17. Waiting For Someone to Teach You Everything

This career is different from every other career out there. School doesn’t prepare you for it.

You have to figure out everything on your own. You need to take the initiative.

Does that sounds hard?

Yeah… quite frankly, it sucks.

That’s the #1 reason that I put together the Lifestyle Business Accelerator.

The easiest way to think about is… once you enter this machine, you’ll be transformed into a full-time blogger.

I’m going to share with you the step-by-step process I used to go from 0 to more than 20,000 email subscribers.

I’ll reveal the exact strategies that I used to start, grow, and monetize my blog.

Lastly, I’ll introduce the passive income system that I set up and how you can do the same thing.

You’re going to save SO MUCH TIME with this course. No more figuring things out. You just have to copy and implement the techniques I’ll show you.

Sounds good!?

Join the waitlist right here.

Can’t wait to see you on the other side!

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Blogging

How to Start an Online Business from Home

You’ve stumbled into the right place!

I’m going to show you how to start a profitable online business. You can use this business to generate a healthy side income, or if you’d like, you can turn it into your full-time job.

Right now, we’re living through an online renaissance. Decades from now, we’re going to look back on this time period as that start of a dramatic shift in how we work, earn a living, and contribute to society.

I know I’m not the only one who’s seen it. If you’re reading this article, you have too.

Whether it’s blogging, podcasting, or ecommence, there are TONS of examples of beginners just like you who are absolutely killing it online.

This is first-generation wealth building. Many of these coaches, consultants, and entrepreneurs don’t have any kind of experience in business. Chances are, they went to college or post-grad for something completely different.

What’s more, they get started with very little money. I’m talking less than $2,000 to invest in the business.

Heck, there are even kids out there on YouTube earning six and seven-figure incomes.

With this post, I’m going to bring you up to speed on the easiest way to build a profitable online business from home.

There are MANY ways to make money online. You could start a Shopify store, sell on eBay, do drop shipping, try affiliate marketing, and much more.

Of all of the things I’ve tried, I’ve found that starting an online education business is the easiest and most profitable.

You can work from home, earn massive profit margins, and experience the rewards of knowing that you’re helping a community of students.

Also… it’s easy to get started. What do I mean by that?

1. Pick a topic that you can teach to others.

You’ve accumulated a lot of experience in life. You know things that other people don’t know.

Now a days, you can actually make money from that knowledge by teaching other people how to achieve the exact same results.

Every blogger, YouTuber, podcaster, and guru makes money from one thing: teaching!

They sell books, courses, events, and membership programs that are designed to bring students up to speed on a particular topic.

You can do the exact same thing. You just need to implement a proven plan that works!

Of course, you must also teach something that you’re knowledgeable about. However, by no means do you need to be an absolute expert.

You just need to be a few steps ahead of your students. In fact, if you’re still close to them in the “learning curve,” you’ll be able to educate them more easily. There wont he the “curse of knowledge” where you use unfamiliar jargon to explain topics.

Once you’ve picked the topic that you’re going to teach, it’s time to find your students.

2. Identify your “target market” or your ideal students

Once you’ve picked a topic that you can effectively teach to others, the next step in setting up an online business is finding your initial batch of students.

You’ll want to work your empathy muscles. Begin to put yourself in the shoes of others. Ask yourself:

  • Who would want to learn this information?
  • Why would they want to learn it?
  • How do people learn it already?
  • What are they willing to pay to learn it?
  • Where do they find out about information and resources?

Answering these questions will help when putting together a blueprint for you online business. You’ll gain more confidence as you slowly start to see all the little pieces to the puzzle come together.

You can have the best products in the world, but if you aren’t selling them to the right people, then you won’t make much money.

Just think what would happen if you tried to sell summer dresses to a roomful of guys. Maybe one or two would buy it for their girlfriend, but the rest would look at you with funny looks.

The same would be true if you tried to sell men’s boxers to a roomful of girls. You wouldn’t get many customers.

You need to sell your product to people who already are aware of a problem that the product solves.

If you want to sell a high-ticket relaxation or yoga program, you wouldn’t try to tell teenagers about it. They might like yoga, but they likely don’t have the disposable income for an expensive program.

This sounds basic, but you’d be surprised by how often this mistake is made by beginning business owners.

3. Build an audience that you can sell to

The formula for making money online is very, very simple.

Build an audience, find out what they’re looking to learn, and sell them products that help them along this path.

The hardest part is the BIG hurdle that causes most beginners to give up on this whole “online business thing” and go back to their boring day job, which they hate.

If you haven’t already guessed, it’s the first part. The hardest part is building an audience.

How can you actually build up an audience of raving online fans that will buy your products, recommend your services, and become lifelong customers?

I’m going to give you a little secret that’s responsible for ALL of my online business success.

Are you ready?

Three words.

Start a blog.

“But wait, do people still do that? Do they still blog?”

Of course!

Starting a blog was the best decision that I’ve ever made. You’re also reading THIS article on a blog that I started.

Starting a blog is the easiest way to attract an audience online. It’s the reason that every major online entrepreneur HAS a blog.

There are a ton of reasons that I could go into as to why a blog will put you above the competition, but this would end up being a really long post. Here are a few of them:

  • You’ll get traffic from Google. Blogs are great for drawing in search engine traffic. People are naturally looking to learn things when they go on Google, and Google is happy to recommend a helpful article.
  • You’ll build your email list. Once people realize you know what you’er talking about and that you have helpful content, they’ll want even more. They’ll subscribe to get more information from you.
  • You’ll set up the foundation for passive income. The majority of the passive income that I make online comes from blog articles that I’ve written in the past. They continue to receive traffic and I continue to make money.
  • You can re-purpose the content. My first ebooks were just a complication of my blog articles. People paid for the convince of an ebook format and the fact that I included some other bonuses.
  • When you build an asset, you increase your wealth. Why? Because you now have something that you can sell. People buy and sell blogs on websites like Flippa. You can sell your blog any time you want and cash in on the work you put into it.

If you do nothing else after reading this article, I urge you to start your very first blog.

You can use this resource to quickly set up your blog for $3.49 per month.

You’ll thank me later. It’s a crucial step in forming an online business.

4. Create products and programs (or sell others’)

After you have your niche and your audience, it’s time to sell them products that will solve pain points they experience in their life.

The goal is to help people. Invest your time into making a great experience for your customers, and you’ll be paid back tenfold with epic testimonials.

There are a lot of different types of info-style products that you can create, including:

  • Online courses
  • Membership websites
  • Premium ebooks
  • Books on Amazon
  • Online events
  • In-person events
  • Training & Coaching programs.

Over time, as you create more and more products, you’ll rake in even more revenue for your online business. You’ll build out multiple income streams and finally be earning a healthy income from home, helping people get results in their life.

Sounds epic, eh?

If you don’t want to get started putting together your own products and programs, you can also sell other people’s programs through affiliate marketing.

The concept behind affiliate marketing is simple. Whenever someone buys a product or uses a service that you recommend, you’ll get a commission for that sale.

The great thing is that you don’t have to worry about investing time making products or doing customer support.

Now… can you can see the value of building up an audience with blogging?

You can actually JUST make money with an audience. You don’t even need any products.

5. Re-Invest in Yourself, Tools, and Advertising

Lastly, once you do earn a bit of income online (and you will), be smart with it.

Don’t just go and blow it on restaurants, drinks, or nice fancy toys.

Instead, re-invest it back into the business. This is where the real growth will come from.

You should re-invest your profits according to this schedule:

1. Yourself. Seek out training programs, courses, and books that will help you succeed faster. I’ve read SO MANY books in my career. They’ve taught me different things including SEO, copywriting, podcasting, getting traffic, advertising, and more.

2. Tools. Tools will help you accomplish tasks more efficiently, increasing your overall output. Most of these will likely be software-related when you get started. As you grow, this could also include human resources, like a virtual assistant.

3. Advertising. Finally, as you begin to grow your business advertising will play an important role. This is more of an advanced subject, but it’s worth learning a bit about in the early stages. Unfortunately, it’s kind of like the stock market. You can make a lot of money when it’s done right. You can also lose a small fortune.

Now that you know the principles behind starting a biz from home, I gotta ask you… does this seem overwhelming?

I know it did for me.

It’s also scary when you look at all of the statistics online that show how the majority of new businesses fail within the first five years. Actually, a lot fail within the first year.

I want to make sure you are part of the “successful” tribe, so that you don’t waste time and money.

I want to save you from the anger, frustration, and sadness that comes with failure.

With the link below, you can join the waitlist for my upcoming comprehensive course on how to make money online with blogging.

Join the waitlist here.

I’ll show you EVERYTHING from how to get traffic to how to make money.

Before you know it, you’ll be able to work from anywhere, be it at home with your family or on a beach in Thailand.

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Top 10 Blogging Tools for Beginners

The right tools will make a BIG difference in the quality of your blog.

Not only will they help you become a professional blogger faster, but they’ll also help you earn more money (if you choose the right ones).

Tools are essential for every blogger because they help you do more with less.

Let’s be honest. You’re a one-person shop. You write the content, promote it, and work to grow your online community.

The name of the game is to remove yourself from the activities that waste your time and only spend your energy working on tasks that matter.

Each tool that I mention in this post will help you do that in a different way.

1. Keyword Tool

This is my favorite tool for coming up with article ideas.

You can plug in key words and see which articles people are currently searching for on major search engines like Google, YouTube, Bing, and more.

2. Leadpages Landing Page Builder

This is an invaluable tool for every blogger.

Landing pages are the #1 way to convert a passive website visitors into an actual customer that hands you money.

I have used them in my own business to generate thousands of leads and thousands of dollars in sales.

For example, you can use it to…

  • Give away a checklist
  • Offer a free guide or book
  • Set up a webinar registration

3. Optin Monster

Optin Monster is how I create popups for my blog that prompt a website visitor to enter their email address.

Installing this plugin on my website allowed me to significantly boost my email subscriber base.

You can also use it to set up A/B tests and gauge what types of messages resonate with your website visitors.

4. Canva

Canva is an absolute must. It will take your design skills from amateur and crappy to slick and professional.

There are TONS of ready-to-use templates that will make your marketing look stunning.

As an example, you can use Canva to make:

  • Social media headers
  • YouTube thumbnails
  • Blog post headers
  • Instagram posts, and more.

5. WordPress!

This might seem like a no-brainer to some of the seasoned bloggers in the audience, but a lot of beginners have never heard of WordPress before.

You need to start a WordPress blog. It’s 100% essential if you want to become a professional blogger.

The great thing about WordPress is that you’ll be able to install a ton of plugins and themes to expand the functionality of your website. You’ll also get lots of stats on your visitors.

I use WordPress on all of my major blogs.

6. Gumroad

While blogging is about writing, becoming a professional blogger is all about understanding how to monetize your blog. One way is with digital products.

Gumroad is an easy well to sell digital content, like an ebook, to your readers. You can also set up subscription-based products fairly easily.

7. Buffer

I use Buffer all of the time. As a blogger, I want to spend my time writing. I don’t want to spend it finding new things to share on social media EVERY SINGLE DAY.

That’s why a scheduling application like Buffer makes life much simpler.

You can pre-schedule all of your social media posts to go out day, weeks, or months ahead of time. This allows you to be more productive in the long run.

8. Pixabay

One of the major pains that I experience is trying to find copyright-free images. I need images to use in my blog posts, and if I just take them off of Google, I could get sued… actually I have in the past.

Pixabay is a great resources to find images that you can use in your blog posts and other marketing materials.

9. BuzzSumo

Ever wonder which posts go viral on social media? That’s where BuzzSumo comes in!

You can type in keywords and quickly find out which articles went viral, what their titles looked liked, how many social shares they’ve gotten.

The tool also lets you see influencers in particular niches. You can use this list to reach out to influencers and offer to write a guest blog post for them.

10. Google Analyics

Lastly, if you haven’t already, go and install Google Analytics on your website.

You’ll thank me later.

Not only does Google Analytics work in conjunction with many other products, but it also gives you in-depth stats on your website visitors.

This information goes further than the simple Jetpack stats that come with WordPress. You’ll need it if you want to ever go pro as a blogger.

The more detailed data you have on your visitors, the better. This will help you create better products and services for them.

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How to Create Passive Income With No Money

I literally had no money when I got into the online business world. I thought it would be SO COOL if I could even make $100 per month online to pay for things like:

  • Beer
  • Beer
  • Pizza
  • Ramen
  • Beer

Haha, you guessed it! I was in college.

But, it wasn’t just making $100 online. I wanted to earn passive income, like I read about in the bestselling book, Rich Dad Poor Dad.

I didn’t want to have to trade my time for money like everyone else I knew. I just wanted money to flow into my bank account with little to no effort.

At first, it seems like a myth, or worse, a scam. But, I’m happy to share with you that it’s actually true. You CAN earn passive income online even when you have no money to start with.

With this article, I’m going to show you HOW. No bullshit. Just straight golden information that you can use to earn passive income.

I’ve used many of these strategies myself to build up a lifestyle where I no longer have to work every day for a paycheck. It took me a few years, but I’m finally there.

The one thing I do need to share with you before we get started is a word of caution. Listen up!

As Tony Robbins says, we tend to follow through with things when we’re in the right emotional state. It’s easy to get all jazzed up about starting an online business on a Friday night, and then take no action for the rest of the weekend.

Laziness is the natural human state. If you actually want to transform your life, break out from the pack, and escape the rat race, you’re going to have to get very serious about learning as much as possible on this topic.

What’s more, you gotta take a ton of action. You gotta try things out. Not everything’s going to work out, but if you keep at it, you’ll get there.

1. Create Assets that Create Income

That’s a bit confusing. What are “assets” and how do they actually produce income?

I’ll give you a few examples of the assets that I’m referring to:

  • Blog Articles
  • Ebooks
  • YouTube Videos
  • Online Courses
  • Social Media Accounts
  • Website themes
  • WordPress Plugins
  • Software
  • Physical products
  • And more.

Since you don’t have any money, you’ll be using your time to create assets that create tiny or large streams of income.

To give you an example, in 2016, I self-published my very first book, which is available on Kindle, Paperback (CreateSpace), and Audible.

This book continues to earn me income every single month. I took the time to create it once and it continues to deposit royalties into my bank account!

The book that I wrote in 2016 is earning me passive income. I’m not working to sell individual books to readers. It’s all automated.

As another example, there are blog articles that I’ve written in 2012 that continue to earn me money in the form of advertising and affiliate income.

Every single YouTube video, blog post, and podcast is a mini-product with earning potential.

If you want to begin to earn passive income online, you need to begin investing your time in creating evergreen content that can be monetized and continue to earn you income years later.

2. Start Your Passive Income Home Base

Now that we’ve identified a few of the assets that you can use to earn passive income, I want you to narrow in on a “home base” that will be at the center of all of your activity.

Usually, this is going to be some kind of a website, but it could also be an Instagram account or YouTube channel.

If I were you, I’d start a blog and make this your home base. A blog becomes extremely valuable overtime as you continue to add content to your archives.

There are a few reasons for this.

  • You can monetize a blog in multiple ways
  • A blog gives you expert level credibility
  • You only need $4 per month to run one
  • It’s easy to re-purpose content. A few blog posts can turn into a book, a course, or even a talk.

In the next section, I’m going to be talking a little bit about SEO and automating your marketing. Search engines LOVE blogs about particular topics because they’re authoritative sources of content that are updated regularly.

This home base is where you’ll begin to initially earn passive income. As you start earning more and more money, you can branch out into other areas like real estate investing, ecommerce, and the stock market.

I’m going to hook you up with my own hosting company, which is great for hosting a WordPress blog.

You can use this link to check them out.

I’ve been with them since the beginning of my own online journey in 2012. I think you’ll love them!

3. Use automation to eliminate work

The key for earning massive amounts of passive income is to become the king of automation.

Let me explain.

We all put work into accomplishing tasks. Let’s say that you just created a brand new YouTube video. You put work into creating the video, and you’re broadcasting it regularly on social media.

It takes time for you to promote that YouTube video, right?

What if you could get FREE traffic on a continual basis without having to do ANYTHING.

Well friend, that’s exactly why you should learn the ins and outs of SEO. I have videos that I put out on my main channel that continue to earn me advertising income because they’re ranked well in the YouTube search engine.

Google uses algorithms to automatically determine which content they should show their users. You can reverse engineer this algorithm and make it work to your advantage.

This is why a kid who was 21 could grow a blog to over one million hits when he didn’t have any help driving traffic or getting subscribers.

I used the power of automation to drive far more traffic than I could myself to the blog.

3. Re-Invest Your Profits Right Away

It’s really tempting to just pocket any money that you make right away. Don’t do that.

Even if you’re only earning $100 in passive income per month, re-invest that money to create even more passive income. You’ll thank me later.

There are a lot of ways that you can re-invest the money. Here are a few:

  • Buy Facebook ads to drive traffic to your product
  • Hire a virtual assistant to automate the process even more.
  • Purchase software that will increase automation or profits. Example: Leadpages. Buffer. OptinMonster.

There are thousands, if not millions of entrepreneurs who have started out just where you are now. They had no money, or a very tight budget.

The only way that you grow your resources is to continue to re-invest in your business and keep working hard.

Your hard work will go into the creation of more assets that will earn you money. Your profits will be driven back into the business to fuel the development of new products and getting the word out about them.

How cool would it be to be able to spend $5,000 per month on Facebook ads. Think about how much extra revenue that would generate!

It would all be passive too, because you don’t need to be a big advertisement agency to run Facebook ads. It’s all self-serve.

4. Special Strategy: Learn Technical Skills

I probably wouldn’t have included this in my list a few years ago, but now a days there are lots of kids in college who know how to program.

Maybe you’re familiar with Ruby on Rails, PHP, Swift, Objective C, Java, or know how to make apps. This gives you a HUGE leg up on everyone else out there.

You can use these skills to code apps, games, or tools that you can sell in marketplaces like Themeforest. You can also sell them on your own website.

It’s extremely profitable to create a premium WordPress plugin that has rich functionality and does a specific job. The same can be said of apps for other platforms, like Shopify.

Even if you don’t know how to code, you can also earn passive income from other skills, like Photoshop, InDesign, and more. You can create logos, website layouts, and graphics that can be purchased in marketplaces online.

It’s tempting to simply trade your skills for money and work on coding or design projects, but try to create “assets” that can be bought without you being a part of the transaction.

Where to Go From Here?

Do you remember the movie, Batman Begins? I love it! Also, who can forget the Dark Knight?

What I loved about Batman Begins was how Bruce’s mentor trained him in the ways of martial arts and gave him a completely different mindset to fight crime.

At first, Bruce Wayne had lost his way. He was excited and set out on a path to fight crime. But, eventually he lost himself and didn’t feel the same sense of purpose. He was just fighting criminals with no real strategy.

When he finally connected with a mentor, he became Batman. He needed someone who was wiser and more capable to show him the way.

Online business is very similar. You’re going to struggle a lot. You’re probably going to end up buying books or products that are shitty. It’s going to take you a while to figure out how all of this works.

I want to save you from all that headache. I want to lead the way so that you can go out there and achieve your ambitions.

That’s my goal with this blog and all of the content that I put out. If you’d like to join me, you can subscribe to my email newsletter and connect!

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Sell or Be Sold

I think that it’s very easy to be seduced by the mindset of OTHER people who are confident about how they view the world, how the world works, and what is valuable in life.

For example, if you meet a friend who is really into having a good time and partying, you’re likely to become interested in similar activities. The strength of their convictions will naturally cause you to bend to their view of the world over time.

This could even take the form of viewing certain activities, like doing drugs, as “normal” because popular members of your friend group also do them.

Scary, huh?

Early in life, I think we naturally latch on to our parents as a leader figure. Their views bleed into our own. Their values influence our values. We come to believe that the entire world operates in a similar manner to the way our household operates.

Without having any real exposure to the real world, we have a high degree of uncertainty as to “how things are done” and what’s “normal.”

Monkey see, monkey do. 

It’s very easy to convince yourself that, of course, you’re not caught in this trap. That could very well be true, in certain areas of life.

I personally rejected the religious beliefs of my parents. I saw a different world than they did and wasn’t shy to admit that. However, as I’ve become more aware of my own behavior, I’ve come to realize that I’ve certainly adopted their beliefs, norms, and world views in other areas of my life.

This could be as simple as purchasing a particular type of cereal because you were always fed it when you were younger.

In larger ways, this could include your views regarding money, relationships, the opposite sex, your role in society, family life, and more.

It’s unsettling to think that many of our own choices are simply made on autopilot. They’re based on systems of thinking that were established when we were very young.

As smart and driven as you are, no one has the mental capacity or time to actually question every single belief that they have. It would be utterly exhausting.

This can have devastating consequences.

You see, there’s something that I think many of the rulers in ANY society don’t want their subjects to know. They are no smarter than you. They’re just better at convincing you that they are.

A leader lays down a series of rules that their follows abide by. There is an underlying belief that this leader is, in some way, smarter or wise than you. Either because of the access they have to information or their sense of judgement, you should buy into their vision because they know what’s best.

Depending on which time period you go back to in history, these rules can change drastically. They are quite fluid.

The one constant, however, is the ability for the ruling class to SELL or convince others of their world view.

If you believe that you are going to heaven based on your behavior on earth, then you’re going to behave differently on earth.

If you believe that it’s your job to wine and dine a girl and earn a lot of money before you are “worthy” of her, then your life and self-esteem are going to be defined by these beliefs.

If you believe that “high status” individuals like lawyers, doctors, and accountants are inherently more intelligent than you and should be looked up to, then your experience in life is going to be much different than others.

Sell or be sold.

The truth is that everyone is a follower in some aspect of their life. We can’t all be leaders all of the time.

Even if you’re a CEO of a small startup company, you might look up to thought leaders like Mark Cuban for insights on business.

The important thing is to choose those that you follow very carefully.

If you want to be a leader, have 100% conviction in your beliefs and world view, even if you’re unsure. That is only thing that will cause others to naturally follow, because they believe that you have access to something that they don’t.

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Review of How We Learn By Benedict Carey

I just finished reading the book, “How We Learn” by Benedict Carey.

This book has been on my radar for a while. Ever since I’ve become an online teacher of sorts, I’ve realized that my job isn’t only to share information. It’s also to make it EASY to learn that information.

As a teacher, I’m responsible for leading students towards a goal and helping them retain as much information as possible so that they can transform their life!

I had a few good takeaways from this book. I’ll share some of those below. To help myself (and you), I’ve also put together a few practical ways that you can apply these strategies to your own life.

If you wanna check out the book, I’ll link ya down below!

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

I’d love to hear what you thought of the book. Leave a comment down below.

My Major Takeaways

  • Testing and quizzes cause anxiety in our current school system. Instead, they should be used to aid comprehension, not as an evaluation tool.
  • You should take a test before you learn something to prime your brain. You’ll focus on the questions you got wrong as you learn the material.
  • Don’t just passively read or look over information when you’re studying for an exam. This leads to informational fluidity. It leads you to believe you know more than you do.
  • When you work harder to remember something, you strengthen the connection.
  • Take out a blank sheet of paper and write down everything you remember. Helps to strengthen the connections and shows you what you don’t know.
  • Studying with music and in different places can help memory.
  • Cues prompt and unlock memories.
  • Sleep helps with memory storage, both for physical motor skills and recall. Wake up later for better motor memory.
  • Recall and testing over time will strengthen memory vs. all at once .
  • Teaching something to someone helps you learn something.
  • Mixing up helps you discern differences. Also helps motor coordination rather than just trying one thing over and over again.
  • Airplane gauges -> what it means in a situation.

How to Apply These Techniques

There are a lot of techniques that are mentioned in the book. I think when I read psychology books, it’s very easy to get wrapped up in new discoveries or research. I have to remember to stay practical and think of how this information can apply to my own life.

When I’m trying to learn something new, I can do the following to aid with my overall learning speed.

  1. Teach about the topic I’m learning to help learn it better.
  2. Quiz myself throughout the process using a blank sheet of paper to see what I’m remembering and what I’m fuzzy on.
  3. Quizzing myself over time to keep the memory relevant.
  4. Setting up cues that I can use to help recall other memories.

There were tons more I learned from this book, so I’d go check it out!

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

I’ll probably be sharing more of my findings on my YouTube channel.

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Top 10 Blogging Income Streams

I’ve been blogging professionally since 2012 and I’m proud to say that I hit the grand daddy this year.

In one month, I earned $10k+ from blogging. Woah!

Of course, my income fluctuates from month to month. I don’t always earn that much. But it certainly shows you what’s possible if you stick with blogging for the longterm.

With this article, I want to give you an idea of some of the income streams out there that you can use to monetize your blog.

These are the strategies that many bloggers who are making far more income than me have used to create a healthy living doing what they love.

It’s important that you diversify your income stream in the longterm, because you never know what might happen. It helps prevent you from going out of business.

If you haven’t already, go and start a blog right now. You’ll thank me later for giving you this push. A blog can seriously transform your life. It can totally change the trajectory of your career.

To tell you the truth, I never actually thought I’d be able to make a living doing this. But, I underestimated how small steps towards your goal can add up over time.

Writing even one blog post a week can make a big difference! You can either grow your monthly income or stay at a job you hate!

1. Services, Consulting, and Coaching

In the early days, this is how most bloggers earn an income. They’ll offer consulting, coaching or business services to their readers.

You might think… why would ANYONE pay me money for my advice?

Good question! The main reason is that when you write a comprehensive article, you demonstrate your knowledge on a particular topic.

It shows people that you know what you’re talking about. It also gives them a chance to get to know you a little. This makes strangers more comfortable hiring you to help them with their business or life.

But, this shouldn’t surprise you. This is why many authors write books. They want those high-priced speaking and consulting gigs. They want to solidify themselves as an “expert” on a particular topic.

You can begin to earn income by using your blog a secret weapon for generating leads that will pay you for your time.

2. Banner Advertisements

It doesn’t seem like it, but banner advertisements actually still make money. I still generate a significant income stream from advertisements in the form of Google’s Adsense Program and BuySellAds.

The great thing about advertisements is that they’re passive income. You’re selling the attention of your blog visitors and readers to a 3rd party. Typically, this is a company that’s interested in reaching those readers.

While you probably won’t get rich from banner ads, they are an easy way to begin to generate some cash in the early stages.

I fondly remember earning my very first $2 from Adsense in 2012. I was able to take my girlfriend out to coffee – haha!

For me, Adsense was a great motivational tool. It proved to me that I could make money from blogging. I just had to generate more traffic.

Seeing my earning going up made me want to write EVEN MORE high quality articles and get them out there as fast as possible.

I had never experienced anything like it. Advertisers were actually paying to be shown on my blog. This wasn’t Monopoly money. This was cold hard cash.

3. Sponsored Content

Sponsored articles are another easy way to begin to earn some income as you’re getting started as a blogger. They’re an important income stream, just don’t oversaturate your readers.

With a sponsored article, a 3rd party company is basically saying that they want to reach your blog readers in a more engaged way than a banner advertisement.

They might have you write the article or they might provide their own article for you to publish on your blog. Not only will this give them access to your readership, but it also gives them a back link, which is powerful in the eyes of Google.

Technically, you should always “nofollow” your back links for sponsored posts, but not every blogger does that.

While you can earn healthy money by taking offers for sponsored content, don’t compromise your values!

Your relationship with your readers should always be your highest priority. Otherwise, they’re going to smell that you’re money-hungry and they won’t take your recommendations as seriously.

4. eBooks and Guides

Before I talk about eBooks, physical books, and guides, let me just say that it’s scary to ask people to actually pay money for something that you’ve created.

An easy way to begin to work up the courage to charge for a higher priced product, like a course, it to begin with eBooks.

When you host the ebook on your own website, you can charge anywhere from $10 – $30. You might even be able to charge more if the content is very sought after.

If you’re publishing the book on Amazon, you’ll probably be pricing the ebook at $2.99 and the physical book between $6 – $10. Amazon will then take a fee and distribute you royalties.

There are a lot of tools that you can use to deliver this ebook to website visitors, including:

Like with banner ads, you’re not going to make a tremendous amount from ebooks. However, it will prove to you that:

  1. Yes, you can sell a digital product online
  2. Yes, people will be happy they paid for it.

You’ll begin to gain more confidence knowing that you can actually sell products through your blog to your readers. It’s also pretty sweet that you’ll be generating a passive income stream.

Once you create the ebook or physical book, you don’t have to make another. You can just sell copies, and you don’t even have to be there for the transaction to take place, hence the passive income.

5. Affiliate Marketing And Selling Other People’s Products

Affiliate marketing is another important income stream for my blog business. It’s something that I started to get involved in after the first year or so of blogging.

The concept behind affiliate marketing is simple. Rather than creating your own digital or physical products, you can sell OTHER PEOPLE’s products.

You’ll then get a commission when you sell one of these products.

Now, in order to make decent money from affiliate marketing, you’re going to need an audience that you can broadcast these offers to either via email or linking to the products in your blog post. This is why most beginners don’t start here.

Aside from online courses, which I’ll get into later, affiliate marketing is the closest thing I’ve come to in terms of “magic money.”

You can have income distributed into your bank account without even doing anything. The other company takes care of all of the customer service. You just collect commission checks.

It’s pretty freaking sweet. It’s also 100% passive income.

I have blog posts that I’ve written years ago that still earn me income.

I recommend reading through my other article on affiliate marketing if you want a quick primer.

If you’re ready to hit the ground running, take a look into these affiliate programs:

These are broad affiliate programs where most people can find products to sell. There are also niche-specific affiliate programs. You can even hash out a deal with a company in your niche, as I have, to earn commission when you refer customers.

I know that the allure of money is enticing for a bootstrapped blogger, but again, don’t compromise your vales. You’ll regret it later. Don’t sell shitty products.

6. Online Courses

In the last several years, online courses have grown into a massive revenue stream for many bloggers out there. Personally, they’ve contributed a lot to the growth of my income.

Online courses go hand and hand with blogging. Most bloggers that I know are teachers. They’re educating a particular niche about a specific topic. They’re helping them answer questions and solve problems.

When you take this approach, ebooks, consulting, and online courses are a complete no brainer. They are more ways that a blogger can help educate and teach readers.

The reason that online courses are so powerful is that, like an ebook, you can create it once and sell it many times. This is the formula for ongoing passive income!

Simply put, online courses are scalable and what’s more, they command a high price point. While you have to sell 20 ebooks per month at the $20 price point to make $400, you only need to sell one or two courses.

With a high price point, you can also afford to advertise the course on social media networks like Facebook. This will bring in new students and allow you to advertise even more. Cool, eh?

I foresee online courses becoming a major source of income for myself and other bloggers in the next 5-10 years. It’s where the action is at!

There are many software tools that you can use to create an online course. For a complete step-by-step tutorial, check out this free guide. Also, here are a list of tools you can use:

7. Freelancing and Content Marketing

If you’re a good writer and you know how to get traffic to your articles, you possess a valuable skill that others would LOVE to make use of for their own business.

You can use your newly acquired skills and experience to land some great freelancing gigs. You could even offer to manage the content marketing of a larger business.

Keep in mind that when you’re freelancing for a company, you’re getting paid by the project by the hour. You’re not building your business directly, but you are creating an income stream that you can use to go full time as a blogger.

There are a bunch of websites that you can use to find freelancing gigs like:

8. Social Media and Advertising Packages

As you begin to grow your blog, you’ll come to find that your audience will spill over across multiple social networks and other channels, like an email subscriber list.

At this point in time, you should think of yourself as a small media company. Media companies don’t only make money from banger ads. They also sell advertising packages.

Your advertise package could take the form of:

  • Social media promotion
  • Banner ads
  • Email list blast
  • Sponsored content, etc.

Creating an advertising package will naturally allow you to command a higher rate. You’ll also give advertisers maximum exposure to your readership.

9. Live Events and Online Summits

Hosting live events are another great way to monetize the audience that you’ve built up. You can sell tickets to a conference or even an online summit where you’ll be going more in-depth into your subject matter.

Live training can command a very high price point and create some great social proof for your brand in the way of photos and videos. It will also give you the opportunity to form deeper one-on-once connections with your readers.

One of the big benefits of holding a live event or online summit is that you can also bring in other voices to teach your readers about a particular subject. You’ll be able to network with other experts in your community and grow your brand alongside theirs.

10. Mastermind Groups

Lastly, a growing income stream that I’ve noticed, particularly for big-name bloggers is the concept of ultra exclusive mastermind groups.

A mastermind group is designed to forward the business goals of the members also also form tight knit connections among the participants.

Premium mastermind groups typically will charge members to become a part of the group. A simple example of this is Lewis Howe’s Summit of Greatness.

Of course, in order to create this income stream, you’re going to need to have been blogging in your niche for a while. Usually members of the mastermind will be readers who have gotten results from your teachings and want to take it to the next level.

You’ll also need the connections with other high profile influencers to persuade readers of the value of joining your exclusive mastermind group. 

Where To Go From Here

These are a few different top common income streams for most professional bloggers. Naturally, the degree to which you emphasize certain ones, like online courses or advertisements, is going to vary from industry to industry.

Now that you’ve discovered the different sources of revenue for a professional blogger, it’s time to take action! Sign up for my email newsletter for more information on how you can go full time on your blog.

I’d also recommend checking out this article, where I go far more in-depth into how to create an online course.

Finally, if you still haven’t done it… set up your blog!!

There’s no excuse if you haven’t done this yet. It’s been proven that yes, anyone can make a living blogging. It’s not terribly difficult. It just takes time and consistent work.

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