Posts tagged Making Money Online
Whatever your motivation for starting a blog, setting it up the right way will save you time and money in the long run….
If you are not convinced just how much running a blog will benefit you, or your business, you might want to check out some posts on blogging on my Empower Network blog . Making money online is easy with a good blog these days.
Let’s assume for now, that you have understood all the benefits and reasons for having a blog and you are about ready to set up your blog. By the end of this post you will feel you know enough to decide which direction is right for you and which will benefit you the most.
Your next step now is to decide where you are going to blog and this will depend on a number of things.
The first thing to decide is, what is the purpose of your blog?
Is it to promote something – that could be a product, service, business or you – or is it just for you to journal online? Are you looking to blog for money online or purely for fun?
Do you want other people to find your blog (through searches for example), or is it just for you and people you give a link to?
These are key questions and will determine what kind of functionality your blog needs to have. Is it ok for it to be a simple page online or do you want it to have things like links, widgets and interactive features? Do you want to be able to capture people’s details when they visit your site? Do you need search engines like Google and Youtube to show it to people looking for something related and therefore need what’s known as Site Engine Optimisation or SEO?
Next there are two vital questions you must answer and it will be difficult to do without both so you’re going to need one or the other to some degree.
- Are you willing to invest money in your blog?
- Do you have lots of time to spend on your blog?
If you don’t want to spend any money at all on your blog, you can set up a free one quite easily. Sites like WordPress and Blogger for example will let you do this. The benefit of this, is that it’s free, the drawbacks are that you’ll need to invest quite a lot of time on it in order to get it to work well and for it to get found by people. If you are writing a blog that’s just for you and a few people who you can give the address to, this is a great option for you though.
If you have lots of time to spend on your blog, you can go down the free or paid routes and you’ll have lots of choice. The time will be spent learning how to set it up and give it good functionality. Again WordPress can be a good option here as it has lots of free widgets and themes so you can customise your blog once you’ve learnt how. There is tonnes of information available, lots of it free and even some of the free stuff is good So time, patience and aptitude, but no cash, and you can still run a reasonably successful blog!
- Do you want to set up your own website or do you want a ready made system?
- Do you want to learn to do all the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff to get your blog in front of people or do you want a system that will do it all for you?
If you want to set up your own website, you’re back to the point before really and need to decide do you a) want to pay someone else to do it for you or b) do it yourself?
Remember to take into account hidden costs..
…like buying your domain name – that’s what your site will be called, for example, my book site is called The Self Help Bible and my domain name is www.theselfhelpbible.com. You can’t use a domain name that someone else owns and it will cost you an annual fee of about $10 for a standard .com website name. If it’s a highly sought after name, you could pay hundreds of dollars so you need to know what you’re doing! You’ll also need to pay someone to host the site for you. Again that’s not a huge cost, it can be around $10 per month.
Although this involves a cost, if you have the time to learn, it doesn’t need to be astronomical. WordPress again offers a blogging platform that has lots of free options and provided you know what you’re doing, you can create a fantastic self hosted WordPress blog. Other systems like Joomla offer a similar opportunity.
The last bit, relates to the really techy stuff and again you can go down the paid or free route and as before the free route will cost you in terms of time. A site which is not optimised (spot that techy term there ) will not get found by search engines and if you’re looking to make money blogging, you need to get found. There is no point whatsoever creating a blog that does not have good SEO because no-one will ever see it and if no-one see’s it, you will not make any money!
There are companies who specialise in SEO, but be prepared, they are pretty expensive and it’s not a one off cost. You’ll also want to think about social media, link building, advertising and marketing – all buyable services if you have lots of cash and learnable if you don’t.
This might all seem like a lot to think about, but really it all comes down to our two favourite currencies, time and money. If neither are an object then you’re laughing, as tends to be the case in life!
If however, now that you understand what’s involved in starting a blog, you’d like an easy solution that will cost a fraction of any comparable system, removing the costs for hosting, domain purchase, SEO and software; give you a ready made blogging platform that ranks very highly and gets millions of hits per day, a system for earning money even if you have nothing to promote (incidentally it pays 100% commission too!) and the power to get traffic to anywhere you choose to send it (eg to promote another website or business you might be involved in) then
Empower Network can give you that solution!
With fantastic training, you can learn as you go, without needing to know anything to start with. Complete internet newbies are finding success with this system and experienced marketers are finding even more!
All you need is the decision to start your blog today and something to write about.
At the end of June, I decided to try something new. Something that I’d heard a lot of buzz about on the internet and something people I know seem to be making a lot of money from!
Now if you’re anything like me, you might be a bit “Oh yeah! the latest, greatest thing” and I would completely understand that. I’ve been working online for over two years now, and believe you me, I’ve seen a lot of those! I’ve listened to lots of self styled gurus, who really are no better off than you and I and have a lot less scruples!
So, I thought I’d give it a go, optimistically because it looked good – actually – it looked great! and, nobody was claiming to be a guru AND, it didn’t require me to pretend to be anything I’m not.
So, if you’d like to know how to blog for money online, then read on! This is a summary of my first months results with the Empower Network. If you’ve already heard about it and just want to know more or to get right in, click here for the fast track!
Here’s what I’ve found….
Doing a blog daily is challenging and fun!
I’ve found myself thinking a lot about what to write about, which in turn has made me be even more vigilant for the positive things in life. I refuse to write negative blogs, I do my best to remove negativity from my life so I’m certainly not going to blog about it! I haven’t missed a day yet and that’s given me a sense of satisfaction too. Bonus no 1!
The people in Empower Networkers are nice!
I do my best to surround myself, even in a virtual sense, by great people so that’s an unexpected bonus – it’s not that I didn’t expect them to be other than great, just that I hadn’t figured it in my reasons for joining Empower Network.
I like audio learning
I never expected that either! I know my best learning mode and it’s not auditory so I didn’t expect to enjoy the recommended daily audio sessions. I listen at times that would otherwise be unproductive and I’ve picked up some good tips and felt really motivated after listening to them too. Another bonus.
I’ve had loads of traffic!
Compared to my Self Help Bible blog, which I’ve put a lot of work into and have been using for over a year, I’ve had 73% more visits to this new Empower Network blog over the same period. Might be something to do with their Alexa ranking which is in the top 500 worldwide lol!
It’s been doubly effective in that I’ve seen a 71% increase in traffic month on month to my original blog and the second best source of referrals to my Self Help Bible blog has been my Empower Network daily blog!
Great results for a mere $25 investment I think you’d have to agree.
Less is sometimes more.
I’ve spent hundreds of hours working on the look of my other sites. Honestly, hundreds even if you think it doesn’t look like it!. I started from scratch on them and the fact that I don’t have to do that on my Empower Network blog has meant I have been able to use all my work time productively this month. That’s a massive bonus there and a big learn as clearly you don’t need bells and whistles, just a good system!
The Empower Network is believable.
I’ve tried lots of things in the two years or so I’ve been working online and only one or two have paid off. I really think that Empower Network may be the game changer. I know I’ll only get out what I put in so I need to keep up the blogging, but the support and training here are the best I’ve seen so far……….. and there’s air of BS either! Not a single hint of ‘fake it till you make it’. No’gurus’, no ‘wide boys’ which is a huge relief after some of the muppets I’ve met online!
All in all, I’m delighted with my first month 1 in Empower Network. I’ll post an update again next month and compare month on month results. And if you want to know how to blog for money online, it seems Empower Network may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
I hope you found my first Empower Network review helpful, please like, share, comment and tweet if you did and if you’re curious, just click on one of the images to find out more right now!
I just wanted to share a great post I’ve read this morning about how you can get your blog on Kindle.
It was shared on Facebook by my FB friend Lilach Bullock, who is always sharing great info on how to do Internet Marketing with integrity, and written by another lady called Sarah Arrow.
If you have a blog, particularly a niche blog which is not as saturated as wider niches such as Internet Marketing, then this might be a great way to get your content out to a bigger audience.
Here’s the link to the article on how to Blog on Kindle!
Email marketing, or e-marketing, is one of the easiest and most efficient ways of marketing online, if it is done correctly. Effective email campaigns will attract your reader’s attention and with an eye catching subject line, sustain it, with interesting, well written text, leading them to follow your call to action. By using a few simple email marketing strategies and effective email management, you can save yourself time and effort and ensure that more of your emails will be opened, read and responded to.
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One of our goals for 2011, is to have a best selling ebook and we are in the process of writing one on self development now.
We are covering lots of areas, with an NLP (neuro linguistic programming) bias, because that’s our field of expertise. Some of the topics we are covering include:
- What your unconscious mind is and how it works for you
- How your mindset determines your perception, communication and results
- Where your beliefs, self esteem, values and attitudes come from
- What they do for you and how you change them if they are no longer helpful to you
- General personal development and mindset improvement techniques
To make sure its relevant for today and offers really great value, we were wondering, if there was any question that you could ask on that subject, what would it be?
We’d really appreciate your help with this, either by commenting here or in an email if you prefer (firstname.lastname@example.org) obviously any comments we receive will remain anonymous.
Once completed, the book will be available to buy and for you to sell and make some money from as an affiliate product in Clickbank.
Thanks in advance,
Amanda and Julian
As discussed on the Six Figure Mentors coffee call this morning, a great way to save yourself some valuable time for a small outlay, is to have a Pixelpipe account set for you.
This gives you 100 accounts where you can submit all the articles, videos and slideshows you create to from one place. Great for getting your stuff out there and driving some free traffic to your sites.
We did it through Fiverr.com, which if you haven’t seen before, is a site where you can get just about anything done for $5. It is quite amazing what people will do for $5!
We used a company called SEO5rr, through Fiverr.comyou and they set up a Pixelpipe account for $40. It’s $20 to have the 100 accounts opened and a further $20 if you want to them to put profile info and a picture etc. Here’s a link to one of their ‘gigs’ if you want to have a look. They also offer backlinks and other SEO things so check them out.
Imagine how long it would take you to log into 100 sites, create an account, upload a photo, add a bio etc then confirm it through an email link… We thought it was a very good value for $40 and they were very quick and efficient.
Last night we watched a webinar with Stuart Ross talking about the upcoming launch of the Six Figure Mentors 2.0. This has become the fastest growing on line business system and community that there is today.
Stuart and Daniel (Wagner) have been telling us for weeks that it was going to be big and great and jam packed full of value and whilst we didn’t disbelieve them, to be honest we’ve seen a few launches since we’ve been working online, and they all say that!
However, what we didn’t anticipate, was just how much there would be in the forthcoming system and we were blown away!
If you were to make a list of all the problems faced by online newbies, it would be a pretty big list and most of the issues encountered would be common to most people. Lack of technical know how, feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information available, feeling isolated and even ostracised, lack of direction and focus, not knowing where to start and in what order to do things, not knowing where to get help from etc etc etc and that was just our list!
The new SFM system is going to deal with all these issues and more besides! With ready made web pages that a complete beginner can personalise, an uncomplicated and comprehensive back office system with web hosting, support and autoresponders built in and all the training and guidance you’ll need, at whatever stage of your journey you’re at, I wish it had been available when we started!
The launch is imminent and access is only possible through a founding member, so register your interest with us today!
The Six Figure Mentors are an online community, set up to help like minded entrepreneurs build successful online businesses. They do this in a number of ways, each designed to minimise risk and investment and make the most of whatever time you have available to devote to your business.
Membership of the Six Figure Community is on a sponsorship basis, meaning you have to be invited by an existing founder member in order to join. This helps ensure that new members are guided through the system and given the support, which is critical in the early stages of any business.
Email is one of the most widely used mediums in communication today, both in the business and personal worlds. The best thing about it is that unlike letters or flyers, it can be a two way conversation that is easily built upon. Of course, if the recipient fails to open your message, then email is of no use whatsoever. So, what can you do to ensure that your message gets read? Well, luckily there are a number of things that you can easily do, to improve your chances.