I am looking for advice on how to start money making blogs. I have seen and heard about these blogs, but I haven't investigated enough to see how I can make a consistent income from having a blog. I know the basics about having a great niche on a unique topic that I would pound out articles on the subject. And hopefully they would be authentic and interesting articles that would keep people coming back to the site to read. I can do that, no problem.
I see that some blogs sell some type of service and/or product, such as an e-book that gives a How-To guide to something (financial independence, wedding planning, vacationing on the moon, etc). I could put something like that together over time. I just don't like the idea of selling advice to people that they can click around the internet and find for free. If I did have one great skill is sales and marketing abilities. I am clever at figuring out ways for a business to get sales going. I have helped numerous businesses get their sales plan going, but some didn't have the energy and fortitude to do the plan. Some businesses need to do direct cold calls to potential clients, and they just do not like to do cold calls.
The next step I see is to make a passive income by setting up Google Adsense, Pay Per Click and affliate income. I can see that there are some possibilities that someone would read an article on my blog, and then maybe click on one of the ads. I rarely do that when I'm surfing the internet. I notice Tynan.com doesn't have ads on this site from adsense, unless I'm just not aware they are here.
I guess there is the possibility that I set up links to other business sites that would pay me if someone clicked over to their site from mine. I would think the chances of that happening would greatly increase if I put their website into some of the articles, and mentioned for the reader to go check out product X on this website. I have met one guy in my area that has a website that has sales in the millions, and he only has one main product line and the rest of his site are other websites with those companies products. He has a team of SEO and Tech guys in his office that he pays them a lot. He told me he spends an enormous sum on website security. He has over 20 employees and his office is buzzing with activity.
I don't want any employees and little to no inventory. I also want to keep my expenses to a minimum.
I checked out the sites for sale at Flippa.com. I am not tech savvy enough to know what is a good deal and what is a scam.
I thought I could get some feedback here, and learn some more from some guys that are actually making money with their blogs. And, maybe someone wants to partner up and we try a few blogs together as a test run and see how it turns out. Anybody interested?
Adsense is almost impossible to earn anything real unless you have INSANE traffic, and they are real strict. (they kicked me out)
I am focusing on amazon associates, and selling e-books.
Blogging is a good hobby, and provides myself with a teeny amount of income.
By the way, my friend and I started a video production business and I'm struggling with making a sales plan. I've had a few leads but no success. If you could give me some advice I'd really appreciate it.
I apologize for not replying sooner. I had a lot of errands to run yesterday.
I can give you my ideas for how to increase your business with the production company. Can you tell me some basics. 1. What you offer for service 2. What location 3. Price you expect to receive for your service 4. Your competition 5. Your competition's price 6. What makes you different than your competitors.
I just don't like the idea of selling advice to people that they can click around the internet and find for free.
You can find a lot of information on the internet. On the other hand information alone doesn't help that much. If you can give advice that actually does change people's life that's valuable to them. There's nothing wrong with getting payed for providing people with value.
Yes, I agree providing value information for a price is good. Such as, being very educated or well versed on a particular subject matter offers a value to a customer. I buy books on particular subjects all the time.
I will say that some books I've bought advertised to be thoroughly enriching in a topic, and it didn't impress me. People claim to be experts on a subject because they personally think their an expert. I have seen "information How To guides" for things like how to run a successful restaurant, and the writer has never owned a successful restaurant. They may have worked at one and thought they knew the "secrets". The point is they over state their abilities, and I don't personally want to do that.
cool to hear you're interested in making money over the net. I think there are a lot of us (most here?) that are super interested in making location-independent money. But, as someone who has gone through the process of finding a niche, building a website, building links, and then not made any money, I would seriously considering learning a skill (tech? programming? potato farmer?) that would be guaranteed to make money, rather than try to build a blog strictly for the purpose of making money.
If you have a passion that you just can't help bare but to write about, by all means, start the next WineLibrary.TV/Zen Habits/Perez Hilton/etc.
If you don't though, I think building up a skill over 3-6 months is likely to be much more rewarding financially and spiritually than joining the group building bulk niche sites that (maybe/sometimes) make money.
Though Tynan has mentioned he's on a course for total(!) failure or crazy(!) success, he's being a little dramatic. Because he can now code in HTML/CSS and PHP, even if SETT disappears in a nuclear blast, he could almost immediately get a job in SF making great money.
Just something to think about. Tynan has a really good post about learning to program somewhere. Derek Sivers has a good post as well.
Ooooor maybe I'm jumping the gun here, and you do really want to write about something in particular. (What is it? That might be a better jumping off point for advice anyway.)
I appreciate the advice. I agree with you that it is better to have a skill that I can count on to make money. I have a few things going on to make an income. My blogging would be an experimental venture to see if things may materialize.
I did buy a website on Flippa.com. The name of the site is www.NormalDog.com This field will work good with my regular website www.ChiliDogTags.com I have a pretty good base of hundreds of repeat customers.
The way I look at things is from the view of the potential visitor. I ask myself what are their needs and wants and interests, more than what I want to blab about. The most important focus is the customer.
Just wanted to a take a minute and talk about this blog.
The recent trend of people making a living off of their blogs had a lot of appeal to me. I do more interesting stuff than anyone I know - why not write about it? I also enjoy writing and sharing my stories with other people. I have a lot of theories, do a lot of crazy experiments, and take a lot of... calculated risks.
My primary source of income was a business I started six years ago that was very successful, but came to a screeching halt. In a way I was glad, though... I was sick of doing it. I'm working on a lot of projects, frantically trying to see what will catch on next. I'm hoping it's this blog.
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