The last week or so we’ve been talking a lot about making money from your blog and all the various issues that can arise.
One aspect of this topic is the idea of putting ads on your blog.
Is it a good idea? Well, sometimes.
And sometimes it is a really, really bad idea.
In today’s post I’m going to talk a little bit about the decision to stick adverts on your blog and whether or not it’s the right fit for your website.
I try to avoid writing about money directly here on Blog Tyrant (I prefer to focus on growth and engagement strategies) but lately a lot of people have been asking me how to “pay the bills” when your blog is brand new.
And in last week’s giveaway it really dawned on me how many people are now turning to blogs and the Internet in general to make a bit of extra cash when times are hard.
It might be a single parent looking to supplement a part time job, or a new graduate who can’t find work in a depressed economy.
So, I decided to write a detailed and realistic post about the topic in the hope that it genuinely helps someone out there who is just getting started in this blogging industry of ours.
Let’s jump in!
Your blog’s homepage is actually not the first place that most visitors land. Generally speaking they’ll hit an individual post and then navigate back to the front. When they do that you have a unique opportunity to convert them to a subscriber or a customer.
Blogs and websites are getting more and more beautiful.
Traffic analytics and split testing tools are making it easier and easier to see what works.
So, what are the web’s best blogs doing on their homepages? What design, marketing and functionality elements are working best to convert new visitors into email subscribers or long term readers?
Let’s take a look.
Did you start your blog because you wanted to make more sales?
You could be a local fencing company that wants to boost sales in a specific location, or a writer who is looking to get more attention to her new book on Amazon.
Blogs still sell things.
In this post I’m going to write about how you can get more sales using a blog. We’re just going to look at some very simple and effective strategies that work no matter the industry.
The more time I spend working from home in my online business, the less convinced I am about the age-old mantra that it’s hard work that makes you successful.
That doesn’t mean that hard work isn’t integral.
But I actually think there is something even more important that a lot of people don’t really talk about. Every day I get emails from bloggers who work their fingers to the bone but still aren’t seeing results.
So what is going on?
Here’s a few thoughts.
NOTE: This post contains ranting that may be upsetting to some viewers.
Figuring out how to work from home in a realistic, sustainable and profitable way has been one of my main goals since I was at university.
And it hasn’t always been easy.
There’s been times when money has been short, stress has been high, and the prospect of going to a “real” job would keep me up at night.
These days, however, I feel more confident with my setup and have been happily working from home for quite a few years.
And I know a lot of other people want that too.
I’ve put together this guide on how to work from home to give you all the main tips that I’ve picked up over the years. It’s my hope that something here will help someone out there make a transition from a stressful job to one that they love.
Let’s dive in!
NOTE: This article will be coming from the angle of blogs and online businesses because that is where my experience lies. I am NOT selling anything and there are no affiliate links in this post. I just want to share some realistic tips!
Promoting affiliate products is still one of the most effective ways to make money from your blog.
If you choose a trusted affiliate program that you know and love, and then promote it properly, you’ll find that you can create a long-term (pretty) stable source of income.
But a lot of bloggers are still too afraid to give them a go.
I don’t really like talking about money on Blog Tyrant (there’s enough blogs doing that and talking about money always makes me feel uncomfortable), but today I want to show you a few solid ways to make a bit more using affiliates.
Hope it helps!
“Take more risks,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said.
I’ve been around business people all my life. And the one thing you notice is that the successful ones take risks.
But not everyone is built for risk taking.
Personally, I hate risks.
I just want to sit in my local cafe and write blog posts and not do anything that could be even remotely stressful.
So why do I end up taking risks anyway?
And has it had a big impact on my business?
Although I prefer to write about blogging experiments and conversion strategies, I can’t deny that a lot of the readers of this site want to know how to build a profitable blog.
And one of the bigger concerns is whether or not their blog will ever be profitable enough to support a spouse, kids, bills, etc. I know a lot of stay at home moms who run blogs think about this because I receive the emails.
Not everyone wants to make money from their blog, but if you do then you would have inevitably thought about whether you’ll ever earn enough to make the whole thing worth while.
Let’s take a look at a few issues about building a profitable blog.
Me and my buddy walking a rainy path in the highlands of Scotland.
When I was 16 I sold an eBook for $65 to a lovely man from Holland.
Actually, it was less e-Book and more real-book; I printed it out with a nice hardcover and literally posted it to the other side of the world.
As clumsy as that transaction was (I made him send me the money via Western Union) I am only now realizing something vital about that day.
And I’d like to share it with you.
Hopefully someone out there reads it and doesn’t end up wasting all the years that I have.
WARNING: Self-involved stories and lame nostalgia ahead. Proceed with caution!