Transport #1, #2 and #3 clawed at me like a group of starving Grizzly bears savaging a salmon.
I’d just landed in Bali. My arms were tired.
Anyway, the 3 non-amigos were transport (aka taxi) drivers hellbent on getting a fare.
One grabbed my luggage and nearly walked off before I wrestled my suitcase back.
These are the type of guys who struggle to make $10 a month through driving taxis in Bali. The competitive crowd. The scarcity crowd. The fearful crowd.
But Bali Joe, our Bali taxi driver of choice, commands a fleet of polite, prompt, pleasant drivers. The guy is a playa. He runs his own little company, with a growing workforce.
Old BJ makes so much scratch that he advertises through Google. We found him and his service on Page 1 for a “Bali taxi” search.
What lesson does this teach you? (Other than the fact that you should dress up like the Michelin Tire Man when leaving the main airport in Bali to wade through the terrifying taxi pool.)
Income streams don’t make you money. Your energy around money determines if you allow money in or keep it out….of your wallet.
It’s not the income stream. Nor your actions. Your energy determines if you profit online. Or if you go to the cyber poor house.
If you are being love, you do things from a place of love. And fun. Meaning, you’ll make some great coin with *any* income stream.
But if you are being fear, you do things from a place of fear. And scarcity. Meaning, you’ll make little or no money with *any* income stream. Including those below.
Keep that in mind as you dive into these 10 blogging income stream ideas.
1: Online Courses
I have created online courses through Selz and Teachable.
Kelli and I co-created an online course through SendOwl.
Courses are rich, comprehensive, helpful teaching tools which are effectively structured and formatted for optimal student learning.
Or in Ryan speak, people learn this crap SO much more easily through an online course.
As for creating a course, dive in. Learn your craft. Then, turn right around and teach the lessons you have learned through an online course.
2: eBooks for Amazon Kindle
I have written and self-published 124 eBooks on Amazon Kindle.
One hundred and twenty four. Not an interstate highway in Chattanooga (please Google that, you’ll get it).
Think of writing eBooks for Kindle more like writing a pillar style post and less like writing the next “War and Peace”.
6,000 to 7,000 words. 30 – 45 minute read category on Amazon.
Visit KDP Select and get going.
- 5 Steps to Write and Format an eBook for Amazon Kindle
- How to Create and Publish a Successful eBook (eBook)
3: eBooks for Selz
I published my 2 flag ship eBooks on Selz:
I chose to publish these meatier eBooks on Selz for a little under 10 bucks and to add a more frequent income stream. Amazon pays monthly commissions. Selz pays weekly commissions.
Consider adding a Selz eBook or 2 to diversify your online income streams.
4: Audio Books for Audible, iTunes and Amazon
Once you have your eBooks in PDF form just head on over to acx.com to convert those suckers into audio books.
Work with a producer by uploading a sample of the eBook for these folks to audition with. Pick the match. Sell your audio books on iTunes, Amazon and Audible. Receive commissions on a monthly basis.
Little effort goes into this one. And more folks are choosing to use their potatoes rather than their peepers these days for consuming content. Yeah, their ears versus their eyes.
5: Blog Coaching
I coach. Bloggers. Because I enjoy helping bloggers.
I offer live coaching. Or consulting through a report.
Set an hourly rate. Or a rate to create a report.
Consider coaching if you enjoy teaching the art of blogging. It is an art.
I am one part Jackson Pollack, 1 part Andy Warhol and 1 part Joker, blogging-wise. Metaphorically, blogging-wise, I’ll spill a Campbell’s soup can’s contents on a canvas (Pollack), then will lick the can (Warhol), then will slit someone’s throat with the can lid and call it art (Joker).
That’s how my creative process proceeds. Art-wise. Metaphorically, of course. Stop protecting your throat.
We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.
6: Freelance Writing
I do the freelance writing bit. Sometimes I get paid to guest post. Other times I ghost write. Only when I want to scare people though.
Set your rates. Write 500 to 1000 words daily for practice. The more you write the clearer you get on your writing skills. And on your rates.
7: Sponsored Posts
After building up your content library – aka, publishing a rich collection of helpful posts – some businesses or individuals may want to place sponsored posts on your site.
Set your rate. Accept. Or, reject, if the post is not a match for your audience.
Keep in Mind
- Virtually all businesses or individuals will want to get a DoFollow link for the post, but Google wants you to make all sponsored post links NoFollow…..if you have little or no Google traffic, go with DoFollow but if you have substantial Google traffic only place sponsored posts if the advertiser is cool with getting a NoFollow link
- Per FTC regulations (for my fellow US bloggers) you must disclose that you’re publishing a sponsored post…preferably, in humorous fashion
If the advertisement aligns with your blogging brand, feel free to get paid for placing ads on your blog.
Advertisers tend to stalk/hunt/track you down via email after you gain some exposure online. Accept matches. Release on non-matches.
Banner sidebar ads can fit seamlessly into your blog design. I have not placed an ad yet on BFP because none of the offers aligned with my brand. If I find a match, I shall place it.
9: Affiliate Marketing
I have done a wee bit of affiliate marketing on BFP.
Promote somebody else’s product. Or service. Get a cut.
Use the product. Or service. Or get 100% clear on the product or service even if you have not used it. I prefer to use it before I review it, though. Easier to offer an authentic, genuine review and easier to sell……too.
10: Paid Tweets
I have made some scratch through paid tweets, from $46 to $75 per tweet. Not a bad rate for 1 second’s worth of work. Of course, I had over 40,000 followers when I saw my first paid tweet opportunity. And I engaged my following too, @replying every day for at least 10 to 20 minutes.
Tweet on topic. Engage regularly. Da Twitter Scrilla follows value-tweeting, engaging Tweeters.
Different ad networks offer different rates and opportunities.
A few ideas for you: get paid to tweet.
Do you work these income streams?
What streams can you add to this list?
The help is above guys. Look through the resources aka links up top and consume what feels helpful to you.