When it comes to succeeding at blogging, there is so much information out there, telling you what works and what doesn’t. It can simply be a so overwhelming for new bloggers that you get nowhere.
Switching from one idea to another can be a real game stopper.
I highly recommend that you find one or two bloggers that are doing something similar to what you would like to do. Perhaps they blog in the niche that you are interested in. Perhaps they started with nothing and built up slowly. Perhaps they were in a dead end job, and worked at blogging until they could either do it full time or part time while exploring other career aspirations.
Either way, it definitely helps to have a cyberspace mentor even if it is someone you simply follow remotely.
I have found that following a blogger who is making mega amounts every month, can be rather daunting.
Instead I like to focus on the type of blogger we can all identify with; someone who started from scratch and built up slowly, someone who has been able to take their blog to a workable, decent side income. This would be the type of blogger who is still learning the art of successful blogging and is happy to share their entrepreneurial journey.
So, here are some pretty impressive blogging results from bloggers we can truly admire and benefit from the advice that they provide.
My Blogger Recommendations
I’m sure you will gain a lot of invaluable information from Lisa Irby, creator of 2createawebsite.com . Lisa writes in a very easy-to-follow style and includes videos and podcasts to help you on your way.
Yaro provides a wealth on information on his blog, entrepreneurs-journey.com. This includes books, courses and podcasts, not to mention all of the invaluable content in his posts. I find the podcasts featuring his successful students especially motivating.
Another resource worth checking out is Lisa Koivu’s blog, Oh, She Blogs. This is one such blogger you can easily follow and gain inspiration from.
It is obvious that Lisa enjoys writing so blogging would definitely provide a creative outlet for her.
Early on in her blogging career, Lisa discovered affiliate marketing. If you are just starting out, then this is definitely a method of monetisation that you should look at.
Monetising a Blog
There are numerous ways that you can go about monetising your blog. Some of course are better than others but you need to find the method that suits you best.
Here are just a few ideas to go with:
Many successful bloggers monetise their site with affiliate links.
By adding affiliate links to your content you can generate a commission when someone clicks on one of these links and then makes a purchase via the vendor’s site. If you have already been blogging for a while then you can easily add links to your existing content without making any changes to the content itself.
Blogging, successful blogging, takes a lot of dedication and of course hard work.
Forget the overnight blogging fortune stories. We have to be realistic. There is a lot of work to be done, even more than your would imagine in the beginning.
The Affilorama Portal provides excellent step-by-step guidelines that can give you a running start when it comes to affiliate marketing.
If you hope to make a reasonable side income, if not a full time income, then you need to approach this like any other job. Now of course, there is a high probability that time is a possible limiting factor in your case. You are probably already working a job from 9 to 5 or worse. So in the beginning you probably can’t enjoy the luxury of getting up, having breakfast and walking to your desk for a day of cyber work.
However, you can look for time leaks. These are moments in your day, when nothing else is demanding your time and you can snatch a few moments to work on your blog. I used to be frustrated with the lack of available hours. So via the use of a spreadsheet, I started recording the snatched moments of time that allowed me to write or improve my blogs. I was surprised how much these moments added up to over the course of the week. This in turn gave me the required impetus to continue stealing free moments for myself or rather my blog.
Writing an eBook to Sell on Your Site
This is definitely a way to go. It is also a good idea to offer a free report or a free mini eBook as an incentive to sign up to your email list.
Amazon Affiliate Program
I can highly recommend this program. With a huge online store such as Amazon, you will find that your readers will tend to browse once they are on the Amazon site. They already trust this shopping experience. Instead of a one-off sale, it is possible to generate multiple sales from one reader’s click.
If you decide to sign up as an Amazon Associate (affiliate) then a tool can definitely make all the difference with respect to how long it takes you to put affiliate links on your site. For this, I am m ore than happy to recommend the tool that I use all the time: The Easy Azon Plugin
Also, when you are first starting out, I think the Amazon Recommendation Ads (Native Shopping Ads) are an excellent way to generate some income from your content without needing to write a length product review.
Writing Kindle Books to Promote on Your Blog
For a guide on how to write Kindle books, it is hard to go past Steve Scott; you can see one of his books earlier in this post.
Kindle books can also bring people back to your blog once they become impressed by your authorship.
Selling T-Shirts and Gifts via Your Blog
If you have a creative bent or an eye for good photography, you can showcase, and sell, your own artworks on tees and gifts by signing up with a Print On Demand (POD) company.
You can see how it is done with one of these POD companies here.
Monthly Blogging Income Reports
Reading income reports, of successful online entrepreneurs, is a good way to find a like-minded blogger to be inspired by.
Here is a handy list to get you started. Blogger Monthly Income Reports.
If you are just starting out, I think it is easier to follow a blogger who has also just started out recently but is making progress. If you already have some income per month, let’s say $300, then scan the list for someone who has brought their income up to just above yours and see what you can learn from their blog.
When you find someone you would like to emulate, go through all of their posts that you find useful. Or, click on a relevant category in their blog and make your way through the posts they have published on that particular topic.
Let’s know the bloggers you have found very informative to follow. Who has been instrumental in helping you get started in your online entrepreneurial pursuits.