Making money through blogging has 99% to do with giving and maybe 1% to do with getting.
I offer a blogging audio course. Just for you. My beloved readers. My loyal minions. My rabid fans. My dear friends.
Here’s the course:
I have rarely mentioned the second audio course. Which is as meaty and juicy as the 11 fundamentals part of the audio course. But I’m mentioning it today.
I dissected 10 common questions I get – I do not have legs or Lebron James like leaping ability; I do travel a bunch, using planes to hop islands – as part of the course and today I wanted to flesh out the #1 question I get:
“How Do You Make Money Blogging?”
By the way, if you have struggled with your blog, or if you have succeeded and want to bring your blogging game to the next level, you can buy the audio course here.
Ok, let’s dive in…..
Tip A1: Work on Your Money Mental Blocks
Of course, if you love my blogging style you would love my blogging course.
But when some of you look at the $100 price tag a number of thoughts and feelings may arise in your mind:
- this is too expensive
- I need to save up for it, for years.
- I cannot afford it
- it’s not for me
All of those thoughts/feelings are called “fears”, and if you feel fearful of running out of money, 99% of the time you will struggle horribly to make money with your blog.
Why would money flow into your life if you are afraid of money? Or if you fear spending it? Or if all you are being screams lack?
The first step to make money blogging: work on your money mental blocks. Remember; it’s just money. An energy. A means of exchange. No big deal.
Sit with fears you cling to regarding spending money, earning money, hoarding money, receiving money and all that good stuff. Place a $10 bill in your hand. Does it feel like you’re holding a bundle of fire ants pissed off that you killed 10 of their ferocious relatives? Or do you feel nervous handling money, or terrified when you spend money? How does it feel when bills arrive?
All the other tips I share are close to worthless until you dive into this tip.
Get comfortable handling money by facing, embracing and releasing fears you have around money. When you clear the fears – largely – you will blog with love, for fun, and you will learn blogging and help others generously and monetize your passions, and you’ll also detach largely from blogging for money, which allows in the blogging money.
1: Making Money Has 99% to Do with Giving and 1% to Do with Getting
Notice how top earners generally seem 100% focused on giving? This crowd gets it: giving freely precedes receiving easily.
If you want to know how to make money blogging move your attention from getting to giving.
Ask: “What I can learn and how can I help people to make money blogging?”
That’s a good starting point.
Make your blogging day all about service. The getting becomes easier if you are all about helping people without looking for anything in return (save helping folks through your products and services).
Prospering bloggers find themselves lost in service. Versus trying to squeeze money through all interactions with human beings or through all blog content you intend to help people through all you do. Giving leads to getting. Giving shifts your intent from trying to get money to helping fellow people.
I approve folk’s friend requests sometimes on Facebook even if we had no prior contact. Within 1-2 Direct Messages, some of these folks attempt to manipulate me into giving them money to grow their business. 99% of their mind focuses on getting and 1% on giving. Naturally, every one of these folks struggle to make money online.
Give freely. Cut the strings of expectation. Receive easily. Follow bloggers like Mudassir Ahmed. He focuses on rendering service. As he keeps giving his receiving increases; what a joy to see.
2: Be a Student of Blogging
Before I could teach, I had to learn.
7 years ago I taught folks – through my blog – how to pick papaya from the tree when I lived in Fiji. This papaya-picking clown could only teach the deets of procuring pretty and plump papaya (I am talking papaya here) after I became a student of the process. I learned. I practiced. I became skilled. I taught.
Be a student of blogging.
Immerse yourself in learning about:
- your niche
- your mind
Learn from pros like Lisa Sicard. She is open to learning and equally open to teaching what she learned quite quickly through her blog. Lisa shares cutting-edge, timely content because she is a sponge to learning. Adopt a similar attitude to become a prospering blogger.
3: Learn How to Build a Successful Blogging Foundation from 1-3 Successful Bloggers
Pick 1-3 successful bloggers from your niche, or pick at least 1 thriving blogging tips blogger.
Subscribe to their email list. Read their posts. Take notes. Study those notes. Put tip #2 into action.
Don’t just follow their free posts though. The real money and dreams and goals achieved and intents manifested and joy and fulfillment lies in the premium courses and services offered, that you buy and use.
If you feel confused, frustrated and angry about not knowing what’s wrong with your blog, instead of spending years beating yourself up, struggling, failing, blaming, and flopping like a fish on the concrete, hire a professional blogging coach to reveal your mistakes to you. So you make money through your blog weeks or months from now, versus never making money with your blog.
Follow pros. Pros know what you don’t know, and that knowing often contains the profits you seek.
Premium content published by professional bloggers yields the most powerful guidance you can receive in the online world.
Pay up to play up. Investing money in premium products and coaching moves you higher in blogging circles. Professionals in all endeavors invest in coaching from fellow pros. I recall basketball great Michael Jordan paying for and receiving coaching from famed strength and conditioning coach Tim Grover. MJ came back stronger, more powerful and more durable each year because he invested in coaching from pros to reach peak physical shape. His income through basketball salary plus endorsements increased as he became stronger, more powerful and more skilled.
Lebron James invest 7 figures annually in his recovery, fitness and nutrition. Paying for specialized advice allowed him to become one of the most successful and wealthiest athletes of all time.
4: Practice Writing
Write 1000 words daily in a Word document. Trash the document. Detach some from your writing. Develop clarity and confidence in your writing voice.
Practice in private. Shine on the stage. Prosper through your blog.
If you can write, you lay the foundation for a successful blog monetizing campaign.
Skilled writers profit financially. Every pro blogger spent years honing their writing skills to become:
writers. Clear, confident, posturing writers tend to attract increased blogging income through a variety of online channels.
Writing is far and away the chief skill to develop if you want to profit through blogging. Bloggers who can write well land ad revenue, sponsored post revenue and product sales because skilled writers command credibility. Readers trust confident writers who blog. Practice writing daily to become a confident blogger.
Hassaan Khan became a highly skilled writer by persistently practicing his writing. He writes similar to a native English speaker by committing fully to mastering his writing craft.
5: Create Helpful Content
Create helpful content.
Teachers get paid.
Seriously; if you create helpful blog posts, videos, podcasts and guest posts, folks will dig the freemium, and buy into the premium.
How it works: you teach someone how to do something through your free content. People dig your style. People buy your eBooks or purchase your course or click your ads because they dig your style.
Practicing your writing lays the foundation for creating helpful content.
Solve 1 problem for your specific reader. Pick 1 niche. Stick to it. Stay on topic.
Post once every 1-2 weeks so you don’t fall off the radar. Write 1000 word or longer posts. Be helpful. Offer value. Become valuable.
Listen closely to reader problems for a steady stream of blog post ideas. Bloggers often complain about having nothing to blog about because bloggers do not ask readers about their:
Readers give you an endless flow of blog post ideas but you need to pay close attention to their struggles to mine blog post ideas.
- blog comments
- comments on Facebook and Twitter
- Messages or DMs
to spot reader problems. Solve their problems through your in-depth, helpful blog posts.
Stay on topic. Stick to one blogging niche. Develop your expertise. Build your authority. The world loves specialists.
6: Build Connections
Promote other bloggers through social media and through your blog.
Comment on other blogger’s blogs, publishing 1-3 paragraph, personalized, helpful comments.
Friendships will develop. Your blogging buddies will:
- promote you
- endorse you
- hire you
- buy your stuff
- interview you
- feature you
….all of which lead to blogging profits.
Networking is a gateway activity for prospering online. Befriending fellow bloggers through your genuine generosity lays the foundation for a profitable blogging campaign. Friends organically prosper you slowly, steadily and gradually but not because they owe you but because they trust you.
Shehraj Singh builds connections skillfully through Twitter and other mediums. He helps fellow bloggers, offers candid feedback and expresses genuine gratitude. His influence and worldly success expands as his connections increase.
7: Monetize Your Passions
This tip is the least important factor in you monetizing your blog.
But all the cash is made through prior tips. Monetizing simply gives you channels through which to receive money, said money having been manifested through your energy (tip A1, folks, tip A1), and through the creating, sharing, helping and promoting others.
Monetize channels you enjoy working. Do you dig writing? Write and self-publish eBooks. Dig blogging? Become a blogging coach. Learn the streams from skilled bloggers. But realize the streams themselves are not too important – almost all bloggers screw up and believe the streams make the money, which is like believing a hammer can drive a nail into a wall on its own – and that the prior steps matter most.
Some income stream ideas:
- affiliate marketing
- advertising on your blog
- accepting sponsored posts
- blog coaching
- freelance writing
- creating online courses
- writing and self-publishing eBooks
- self-publishing audio books
- self-publishing paperbacks
What tips can you add to this list?
How are you making money through your blog?