4 Ways to Monetize Your Blog Intelligently (Smart Advice for Travel Bloggers or Anybody Wanting to Blog from Paradise)
Author: Ryan Biddulph | September 10th, 2014 |
blogging tips , blogging from paradise, how to monetize your blog, travel bloggers
I wrapped up my blog coaching services page.
Click it kiddies.
What do you think?
I finally published the page. After offering my services and receiving requests to offer my coaching services, I figured that it’s time to publish a page.
People wish to pay me to offer a helpful service which can cut their learning curve by years. Folks have paid me to review their blogs. May as well put up the page.
Hey, that’s an easy way for me to monetize Blogging from Paradise.
The thing is – and I’ll delve into the topic later – too many travel bloggers and heck, bloggers from any niche, struggle to generate blogging income because they wait around for money to flow through 2 channels.
You probably know what direction I’m heading in.
For travel bloggers it seems that landing advertising or sponsored posts is the Holy Grail of monetizing manna. Everybody wants to land an ad from a top paying, branded powerhouse.
Who would turn down a rich paying sponsored post from a world renowned brand? Not many travel bloggers I know of.
Here’s the problem; until you become famous, or kinda famous, nobody or brand with deep pockets will want to advertise on your website. Not enough incentive there. If someone does want to advertise on your website the dollar amount will likely be $100, or $200, or maybe $300 for a month.
Many of these individuals don’t have much of an ad budget so it’s a one shot/one month deal.
As far as sponsored posts, they are likely NOT happening for you until you build a well-known, branded, in-demand blog.
So for the next 3 months, if you land one ad, which nets you $200, and no sponsored posts, you’ll have monetized your blog to the tune of $200 in 3 months.
Not good. Not even in places like India, or Chiang Mai, Thailand, where the cost of living is ridiculously low.
Blogging from Paradise the eBook
I wrote Blogging from Paradise: How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging, after speaking to a few travel blogger buddies who were struggling to generate income through their blogs. Some travel bloggers – like my man Wandering Earl (click to visit his inspired blog) – are on the blogging ball, big time, but others are having a tough time finding traction.
The general travel blogger tendency is to sell ad space or to accept sponsored posts but until you really bust your ass to create epic, sensational content, and until you follow a hyper effective, aggressive blogger outreach campaign, nobody will pay you any significant amount of money for the privilege of posting on your blog.
You gotta have a name first. You gotta make your blogging bones, and make your blogging rep, before you can rake in that serious ad and sponsored post money.
Which is exactly why I suggest the following monetizing channels.
If you noted the number to be a bit small – usually I double digit my post titles – I generate income these each of these blogging channels on Blogging from Paradise.
I’m sticking to what I know, and to what has helped me retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.
I know how many travel bloggers are depressed to journey home, just to make money to fund their trips. That’s why I wrote the eBook. That’s why I started this blog. That’s why I’ve been traveling the world for the past 40 months as a pro blogger.
I wanted to be a guinea pig, to explain what works, what doesn’t, and how my experience can help you make money through blogging so I can help you engineer a freeing lifestyle.
I write content for folks. Folks – aka my clients – use the content for whatever purpose they deem worthy. Some folks use the content for guest posts, others, for blog posts.
In one of my most enjoyable, and totally fulfilling, projects so far, I helped a prominent digital marketer release a highly successful eBook.
I feel great each time he builds his brand or generates another eBook sale because I played a part in creating the words on the pages.
Travel bloggers, once you learn how to write, through practicing daily, charge a fee for your writing services. Monetize your blog. Don’t wait around for ad or sponsored post revenue. Until you becoming a BBD – Blogging Big Dawg – those are both passive, unreliable income streams.
Develop an active income stream by offering your writing services.
My clients are busy professionals who work 9-5 jobs or online business professionals who need volume orders fulfilled. I provide the service. I prosper.
I’ve been writing for years. Why not offer my ghostwriting services to busy bloggers, or to folks who would much rather pay someone to boost their blog traffic and income for them?
FYI; a ghostwriter can also be called a freelance writer. I use the ghostie term because my clients pay me to keep quiet, and to get the credit. I’ve no problem with that. It pays da billz in paradise.
OK, we’re working with one eBook now. Blogging from Paradise – the first one, as many more are in the works…..more on that soon – has been a nice success for me.
I received backing from a guy who offers business advice to brands like Coca Cola, Disney and Google, as well as advising luminaries like Richard Branson and Tony Robbins. He’s also a NY Times Best Selling Author.
As you can imagine this hasn’t hurt my sales.
Travel bloggers, write an eBook. A branded, inspired, eBook, detailing your travel experiences, please. If you help folks solve some problem, like how to travel on a budget around Chiang Mai, Thailand (visit Chris and Angela’s travel blog, it’s brilliant) – and as a guy who’s lived there for 9 months, I KNOW that’s a big problem for many folks – you’ll generate income through your blog on the eBook side of things.
Blogging tips type bloggers, or heck, any blogger, you have a gazillion topics from your niche to cover through your eBook. Pick a title that resonates with you, inject your personal experience into your book, and start writing.
Start writing today. Hit 500 or 1,000 words a day. Sell it at 15,000 or 20,000 words. We don’t need to read the next War and Peace, and we don’t need someone to stretch out their eBook to some imaginary word count, to make their eBook “worth the price.”
My first eBook is roughly 15,000 words long. It was endorsed by a NY Times Best Selling Author (Chris Brogan), a millionaire mentor blogging genius (Yaro Starak), a marketing wizard who’s worked with brands like Apple (Matthew Capella) and a slew of authority, inspired bloggers who are high profile leaders in their niches.
I made a huge promise via my title and delivered on the promise in 15 K words.
Start writing guys and keep writing. Churn out those eBooks and charge your worth. No, not what everybody else is charging. What you should charge, based on your expert opinion, your year’s worth of experience, the endorsements you receive (through your aggressive blogger outreach strategy) and based on your intuitive nudges above all else.
- Write 500 to 1000 words each day to finish your eBook in under a month
- Have a professional proof reader or an eagle-eyed, obsessed reader, spot errors and typos in your work
- Format the book for Kindle (check out Amazon’s helpful primer here)
- Sell it on multiple platforms
I sell my eBook on Amazon.
Oh yeah, another tip: promote the living stuffing out of the eBook by engaging in an aggressive blogger outreach campaign.
Promote the hell out of other pro bloggers, spreading the word for them, featuring them in posts, and helping them out, and many pro bloggers will do the same for you.
Monetize your blog like a pro. Churn out an ebook or 2, sell, and brand your blog and yourself in the process.
Blog Coaching Services
My page is live.
I now *officially* offer blog coaching services.
In a nutshell, a blog coach helps you make your blogging dreams come true.
These experienced pros can spot the mistakes you have no clue you’re making in seconds. Or they can point out all of the errors/mistakes/screw ups that your ego has put in that dreaded “blind spot” zone.
For me, a former blind spot error it was my terrible blog design. I knew I was screwing up but didn’t want to see it. If I sought out the professional services of a blogging coach I’d likely have hatched Blogging from Paradise a few years ago.
Oh well. Here I am, happy and grateful to own my blog, and to have written my eBook, in lovely Savusavu, Fiji.
Travel bloggers, to make money blogging you’ll need to learn what works and what doesn’t work on the:
- Branding front
- Traffic generating front
- Design front
- Monetizing front
Once you learn those lessons offer your blog coaching services. Many other bloggers are dying to know how to grow a successful blog.
Folks want to live their dreams. Help them to do so.
Affiliate marketing bloggers, blogging tips bloggers, SEO bloggers, and any blogger on earth, can offer this income stream, to monetize intelligently.
After enjoying the heck out of writing reviews and helping clients I went live with my page today, to make it official.
This one may take a bit of time because before you can offer an opinion of what works, you’ll need to have success with your blog and you’ll also need to see hundreds and thousands of blogs, observing what works, and what doesn’t.
No worries though. If you’re here, you may as well learn a skill, succeed, and help others succeed by offering a valued service.
Of course, contact me if you want to discuss rates, for my blog coaching or for my ghostwriting services.
I’m an affiliate for Hootsuite Pro (read my review). You should be an affiliate too, if you use the product, feel passionate about it and just know that it would improve the lives of your readership.
Affiliate marketing requires you to use a product. Understand how it works. If you dig it, sell the product as an affiliate to folks who’d dig it too.
I’m the Blogging from Paradise guy. I need to save time more than most bloggers on earth because I’m usually traveling somewhere every 1 to 3 months or so.
Kelli and I chatted about our trip to Bali in about 6 weeks. We’ll fly from Labasa to Nadi, Fiji, we’ll spend 1 day on the big island, then we’ll fly from Nadi to Sydney the next day.
We’ll spend the day in Sydney, then off to Bali the following afternoon at 5 PM. We’ll land in Bali late, then we’ll drive for a few hours from the airport to Ubud.
If Hootsite Pro ain’t saving me 2 to 3 hour’s worth of time – and it has, and continues to do so – I’d be doomed during these types of travel episodes.
Travel bloggers, blogging tips bloggers, all bloggers: become an affiliate. Monetize your blog from an effective space.
Each monetizing channel MUST be in full alignment with your brand and your blog. I’ll only make money by offering you an inspired service, product or eBook that I know will change your life as it’s changed mine.
I’d never do something to “make money” on this blog. I do things to inspire you, and of course, since I’m a pro blogger with 5 years worth of experience, and since I continue to give away eBooks’ worth of free information on this blog, each week, I accept money as an exchange for my professional services.
OK, now that that’s out of the way, know this: the chief monetizing factor on your blog is your content.
Here’s how it works: somebody will visit my blog. They may say to self “Sh*t , that guy can write!” Then they click on my ghostwriting page, and hire me because we’re a match….or they may chat with me, to see if we’re a match.
Or they buy my eBook because my content inspired them.
Ditto on blog coaching. My first client read my eBook and was so inspired by my story, my skills, and heck, my blog, that they wanted to pay me, to review their blog.
(If you want to read a travel blogger who really has it together on the content creation and branding front, visit my friend Rambling Mandie’s blog)
Yep, they dug my coaching services, and a business idea/monetizing stream was born.
Create really good, problem solving, inspired content, and your eBooks become much easier to buy. Clients will seek you out and folks will buy your affiliate products because they trust you.
You gave away GOBS of top flight content for free, so now folks want to pay you, for your services and skills.
Which means, get to learning and honing those skills right now, my blogging buddies!
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