How to Monetize Your Blog in 12 Steps

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  August 30, 2016 blogging tips 🕑 8 minutes read

 

how to monetize your blog

 

You are probably a bit confused about how to monetize your blog.

 

Since 81% of bloggers never make more than $100 during their online careers the mass anxiety, panic, and general distress associated with blog monetizing makes this a popular topic.

 

Most bloggers totally miss the monetizing boat because they fail to see making money through your blog is an inside-out game.

 

How to Monetize Your Blog

 

All the proven, practical, successful tips on earth can’t help a blogger with limiting, low energy beliefs concerning money.

 

If you do the inner clearing you can leave your financial pain behind and you’ll also:

 

  • Boost your online profits steadily over time (versus the peaks and valleys you may be experiencing now)
  • Tap into powerful passive income channels
  • Grow a rabidly loyal community who promotes you, easing your workload dramatically so you can have a life away from your online gig (being a world traveler really love this one)

 

Before we proceed I wanted to share 2 exciting developments on Blogging From Paradise.

 

#1 – I offer you a premium blogging audio course with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging (plus a bonus audio course 10 Blogging Questions Answered by an Island Hopping Pro Blogger) so I’ve changed the price to $249 based on awesome feedback from current students, the immense value jam-packed into the course, my experience (plus some real entertainment value in my delivery) and yep, through good old prayer and a strong intuitive nudge.

 

When I thought about the amount of value inherent in the course and the life you can live by following the very fundamentals I teach in the course (which I follow religiously) it was a no brainer.

 

Do take this course if you are having a terrible time making progress with your blog.  You can buy the course here.

 

#2 – Comments are now open on Blogging From Paradise. Scroll down and go to town!

 

OK…back to the post…

 

Are you ready to release your blogging financial struggles?

 

Let’s deal with the root cause of your agony.

 

A1: Address Your Money Limiting Beliefs

 

No matter how much you want to make money with your blog you will ignore the following 11 tips – or self-sabotage after using them – if you ignore this step.

 

List your money limiting beliefs on a piece of paper by engaging in EFT tapping and other self help techniques.

 

Burn the piece of paper over a sink or bathtub.

 

Free yourself of these limiting beliefs.

 

Allow money to flow into your experience.

 

I prefer:

 

  • Meditation
  • EFT tapping
  • touching /handling money, to see how I *really feel* about that chedda

 

…..to uncover my limiting beliefs about money.

 

Face, embrace and release these energies.

 

This may involve feeling terror, panic, anger, anxiety or jealous emotions.

 

Pack a pillow (for punching) and tissues (for crying) while doing this work.

 

It may get a little hairy but the relief you’ll feel after is amazing.

 

A2: Write 1,000 Words Daily (or More)

 

I once heard a crass but truth-telling, PT Barnum like promoter tell me:

 

“You can’t shine poop.”

 

He stressed how you can’t effectively market a poor product.

 

In your case that means you can’t market your blog powerfully and earn a full time income if you’re a poor writer.

 

You may follow each of these tips religiously but unless you write well you will struggle to monetize your blog.

 

Hone the #1 skill in your blog monetizing arsenal.

 

Open a Word document. Write 1,000 words daily in private. Practice to profit.

 

If you deliver crisply-written, emotion-inducing blog posts you can rank on page 1 of google for competitive keywords.

 

Grow your services businesses. Sell more eBooks. Sell more products. Nail down more guest posting opportunities.

 

Write.

 

1: Blog Your Fun

 

Blog your fun.

 

Blog your passion.

 

Blogging predominantly to have fun largely detaches you from money outcomes.

 

If you aren’t worried about making money with your blog:

 

  • Profitable ideas will make a beeline for your mind
  • Successful bloggers will partner with you through features, guest posts, etc
  • You’ll generously offer helpful information through your blog and social media platforms
  • You’ll have fun working your blog, making “fun” your reward, which helps you practice your blogging skills (from a joyous, high energy, pleasant space)

 

Acting on profitable ideas, partnering with pros, being generous and practicing your writing all lead to greater blogging profits.

 

2: List Reader Pain Points

 

Profits reside in pain points.

 

List your reader’s pain points to monetize your blog intelligently.

 

Ask your readers what they’re struggling with to build your pain point list.

 

Build your pain point list through polling or by asking your readers on Twitter, Facebook, G Plus and LinkedIn about their problems.

 

3: Build Every Blog Post Around Reader Pain Points

 

Build every single blog post around topics from your pain point list.

 

Every one.

 

If you specifically solve your reader’s problems through each post you betcha readers will buy your products or hire you.

 

Even better; these same readers will endorse you and promote you to their like-minded friends, many of whom suffer through similar pain points.

 

Can you say, “Community Growing 101”?

 

4: Guest Post

 

Leverage your presence through the power of guest posting.

 

Connect with large, targeted audiences.

 

Guest post on popular, authority blogs from your niche.

 

Stick to readerships who dig your blog theme. Target.

 

Google “blogging guest posts” and sift through the results to find authority sites for posting opportunities.

 

I prefer to make friends with top bloggers in my niche by commenting on their blogs and by promoting them.

 

Then I receive the invitation or reach out and land the guest gig 9 out of 10 times.

 

5: Comment on Authority Blogs

 

Comment on authority blogs to build friendships with influential bloggers, to expand your presence, and to drive targeted traffic to your blog.

 

Blog commenting is lower profile guest posting in action if you do it right.

 

Address your fellow blogger by name.  

 

Create a thorough, helpful, 3 to 4 paragraph comment discussing the blog post.

 

Thank your fellow blogger. Sign off with your name.

 

If you’re struggling to learn the basics of successful blog commenting

 

Buy How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting

 

6: Open Income Streams Based on Your Passion

 

Monetize your passions.

 

Do you like writing? Self publish eBooks. Create a freelance writing business.

 

If you love teaching establish a blog consulting business.

 

Monetize your blog by falling in love with working your income streams.

 

This detaches you – largely – from money outcomes so you can devote virtually all of your creative energies to honing your skills and to helping your clients and customers.

 

Monetizing Channels

 

  • Self-publish eBooks on Amazon KDP Select
  • Self-publish audiobooks on Audible
  • Build a freelance writing business 
  • Create a blog consulting/coaching business
  • Accept sponsored posts
  • Engage in affiliate marketing
  • Create a blogging audio course
  • Plus there are 101 other ideas for monetizing (Google the topic how to monetize your blog….ok there’s more than 101)

 

Here’s the problem: 81% of bloggers online never make more than $100 during their entire online careers because they scan to find this tip and ignore every other one.

 

This is like handing the keys of a Lamborghini to a toddler.

 

The toddler has no clue in hell how to tap into the raw, savage power of the Lambo and you will have no clue in hell how to make money with these income streams unless you follow all 12 steps religiously.

 

Focus heavily on steps 1-2 then take your time with each succeeding step on this list.

 

7: Add 1 Income Stream every 3-6 Months

 

After adding your first income stream simply learn that channel inside-out, follow pros from that niche and then add 1 income stream every 3 to 6 months.

 

Establish multiple streams of income to diversify your blogging cash flow.

 

Receiving money through 2 or 3 or 5 or 10 income channels boosts your blogging profits in the near term and long term.

 

Just make sure to learn the more in-depth streams – consulting/freelancing/eBook self-publishing – over a 3 month or longer stretch to work the stream right.

 

8: Build an Email List

 

Build an email list to make it easy for your readers to:

 

  • Read your blog posts
  • Share your blog posts
  • Buy your products
  • Hire you for your services

 

Email marketing is the most powerful, convenient medium for building a profitable blog.

 

Virtually everybody checks their emails once, twice or 15 times daily. Or more frequently. Meaning you will get an increasing number of guaranteed, engaged views on your blog and business sites if you build an email list.

 

Entice your readers with a free giveaway.

 

The money ain’t in the list.

 

The money is in the ease with which subscribers can get your blog posts and click on your blog post and products or services pages.

 

Easy + Convenient = Bigger Blogging Profits.

 

Email Updates = Easy + Convenient (for your readers).

 

9: Align Your Blog

 

Align your blog with your domain name.

 

Your blog domain name, title, tagline, brand logo, posts, pages, sidebar widgets, footer and all elements in between should align fully to inspire your audience to know and trust you as a go-to blogger in 1 niche.

 

Do 1 thing really well. Align all elements on your blog with doing that 1 thing.

 

10: Stay on Topic

 

Publish blog posts fully aligned with your blogging message/topic.

 

Program readers to identify you with helping them in 1 specific area.

 

Gain expert status in that area.

 

Maximize your blogging profits.

 

If you do want to work in outlying/off topic elements simply weave these topics into your posts sporadically.

 

That’s how I do it with my zany travel stories at Blogging From Paradise.

 

But make sure 90% to 100% of your content aligns fully with your topic to gain trust, to establish your authority and to boost your blogging profits.

 

Monetizing your blog doesn’t need to be a nightmare.

 

Use these tips to steadily build a full time earning blog.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:55 pm

      PS…comments are open on all blog posts since the re-design, back to the 11 aspiring tips eBook on Amazon blog post….go wild guys.

  1. Adid Khan says:
    at 8:38 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    I appreciate your writing skills. Two things you said are real gems.
    Firstly, Burn the piece of paper over a sink or bathtub. I agree. Money comes right after attitude. I too prefer meditation.
    Second, you suggested to write 2000 words daily. I too recommend this to all newbie bloggers. It will enhance your content quality. After all you cannot market sh*t.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:31 am

      Hi Adid,

      Meditating is a fab tool for going within to root out the nasty little – or big – money energies that are false, or lies.

      Writing 2K daily turns you from newbie into veteran. I suggest any blogger with money problems to write like the dickens, as a starting point.

      Ryan

  2. Gary Harvey says:
    at 4:50 am

    How right you are about massaging the reader’s pain points.

    I remember learning a similar key from Jon Morrow. He recommends we try to connect with the fears and frustrations that keep our readers awake until 2AM.

    Good point, connect with their pain – whether that’s the emotional pain of rejection, or the financial pain of not having enough money coming in. Or any other pain.

    Gary

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:29 am

      Hi Gary,

      I made a huge shift in this department recently. Night-day deal, really.

      Jon is dead on because if you can connect with your reader’s pain points they will go to you to ease the pain; they know you know how they feel. The power of empathy at work here.

      Thanks for reading and commenting Gary.

      Ryan

  3. Donna Merrill says:
    at 11:54 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Great advice my friend and I gotta say glad these comments are open once again so we can all jump in the conversation.

    I find that being all over the place helps. Now it doesn’t mean to spend all day on social sites…that can be done by having a good system we can set up for ourselves with our own time management. But be present. Flaunt your blog like a Flamingo Dancer.

    Have fun with it…hey we only are here on the planet once so why worry about the money. When we know what we are doing and it is from the heart, money follows.

    -Donna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:41 pm

      Hi Donna,

      The last piece of gold is something you’ve shared quite a bit, and for good reason: you live it. You embody following a heart felt path and the money really does follow along the right channels.

      I’ve been following that advice quite o’ bit myself, courtesy of….you 😉

      Ryan

  4. Sherman Smith says:
    at 8:23 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    These 10 tips says it all. I really like the first one you mentioned. You can tell who’s having fun with their blog versus that’s that are just winging it to make money. The fun tends to pass on to the readers and give them a reason to keep coming back, subscribing and even purchase.

    Also #3 is a must. Your audience is looking for answers and they want to connect with blogs that actually empathize with them. There’s not better when people actually know what you’re going through and point it out. Why not do this for your blog.

    Great share Ryan! Have a good one!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:29 am

      Hi Sherman.

      I know, right? Some posts and blogs feel heavy, like a burden to read. Tough experience to buy into because we blog to free ourselves, to feel good and to have fun.

      I have really mucked this one up for many, I mean most, of my blogging career. Until a few months ago really. I shared pain points here and there but now I’m all about them, so readers can connect with the struggles and hence, with me.

      Sweet comment and great recent post Sherman.

      Thanks much 😉

      Ryan

  5. Arun Godwin says:
    at 2:03 am

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful information. I’m going to purchase some books based on suggestion from your library.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:10 am

      Hi Arun,

      Thank you for reading, and do enjoy the eBooks 😉

      Ryan

      PS….if you liked the eBooks you bought please leave a review, OK?

  6. Amar kumar says:
    at 3:40 am

    Hey Ryan,

    Willing to read your excellent post,

    Generally i also prefer to Meditation it is really very beneficial for physically as well as mentally. Yes writing of 1000 words daily is very beneficial to enhance our blogging level, it common but effective way become a successful blogger. A good blogger has must characteristic to help needy person with its informative post or by social media platform.

    Comment on authority blogs is really best way to monetize our blog, commenting on authority blogs may offer to develop good relationship with influential bloggers and helpful to gain additional traffic to our websites. Guest post is also great way to drive traffic and it is proven it has ability to maximize productivity level. These 12 steps are really helpful to monetize our blog.

    Eventually, thanks for sharing your informative worthy post.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:10 am

      Hi Amar,

      I am such a fan of commenting – the right way, as you did it above 😉 – because I saw stupid success doing it. But the success flowed from bonds built with successful bloggers.

      Example: when I released my first eBook eons ago, Adrienne Smith promoted it on her blog. Sales had stalled before her gracious post, then I generated 20 quick sales from her post no doubt,because many buyers were her devout readers. So neat.

      Thanks for the comment brother.

      Ryan

  7. Umesh Singh says:
    at 8:39 am

    Hi Rayn,

    Amazing post! Practicing writing is important for those who are serious about blogging. It’s true many bloggers never knows how to monetize their blog because the lack of proper coaching.

    You book are amazing. I have personally read that and I would suggest everyone to read that who are willing to make handsome money from online.

    Majority of bloggers make the silly mistakes they don’t build email lists.

    Thanks for sharing.

    – Umesh Singh

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:05 am

      Hi Umesh,

      That writing tip is huge, huge. Because when you can write you will make a nice income online.

      It’s the #1 tool in our monetizing arsenal. And I prove you need not be a sensational writer to do OK online 😉

      Thanks for the eBook shout out brother 😉

      Ryan

  8. Laura Bronner says:
    at 5:45 pm

    This post has caught my attention at the exact right moment. Thank you so much for sharing your insights and ideas, I’m feeling truly motivated for the first time in weeks.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:19 am

      Hi Lauren,

      Awesome news. So happy to create a little spark. Now you’re fanning the flames. Super!

      Thanks for commenting.

      Ryan

  9. Startups Kenya says:
    at 8:34 am

    This is quite comprehensive.

    As much as I have already started monetizing my blog, I would say my biggest challenge is writing 1000 words everyday. I am still working on twice a week as I work my way up.

    Thank you for this.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:05 pm

      Hi SK,

      Yep, that’s a biggie 😉 Keep writing daily and you will form the habit of writing. Like brushing your teeth or having breakfast, the habit momentum will inspire you to do it every day. Thanks for commenting!

      Ryan

  10. Mady says:
    at 5:08 pm

    Which companies do you prefer for Asian traffic if you have any idea. As I’m from Asia and my Traffic is 80% from Asia, so I’m Finding best Alternative to Google Adsense for Asian Traffic. Tried several but not that good income .

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:30 pm

      Hi Mady,

      It is not the company; it’s some money block you cling to 😉 Tough as hell to embrace the idea but it’s not the channel/ad company/income stream. 1 idea: focus almost all of your energy on creating helpful content and building bonds with influential bloggers in your niche. Moving into these actions can help you dissolve money mental blocks.

      Then you can research ad opportunities that align 100% with your niche. When you get a perfect match between your blog topic and ad topics, and you are creating super helpful content and become friends with top folks from your niche, money tends to flow in through ads and other income streams too.

      Ryan

  11. Ryan Biddulph says:
    at 7:49 pm

    Hi Sunil,

    If you’re enjoying the ride ya got it buddy. That energetic space is where monetizing magic happens. That is where the sweetness flows in. Keep that vibe. You’re well on your way 🙂

    Ryan

  12. Roop Karma says:
    at 1:56 am

    I want to Monetize my Health and Beauty tips Blogspot Blog with some ad network. I m currently using adsense but its not paying much somedays and somedays paying good .. so anyother soultuion to that ?
    sorry for my Bad English

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:44 pm

      Hi Roop,

      Definitely move from Blogger to WordPress.org immediately if you want to make money through Ad revenue or through any monetizing channel. Buy your domain and hosting to make an impact on your audience. Owning your blog – and domain – helps you build a professional brand which helps you prosper through ad streams.

      But honestly, I’d move away from trying to make money through ad revenue (usually this requires a high volume of highly targeted traffic) and focus on stronger income streams. Write an eBook and convert it into an audio book, covering help and beauty tips. Just self-publish the eBook on kdpselect.com and the audiobook on acx.com and you’ll be good to go.

      Happy Prospering 🙂

      Ryan

  13. Umar M Lawal says:
    at 2:02 pm

    Thank You boss for the insightful value laden article, I will.benefit immensely from this one as an amateur blogger.
    Umar M Lawal.

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