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Choosing a topic to start your blog around can be challenging at best and absolutely nerve-wrecking at worst.
It's not always easy to come up with a topic that is at once both something you're passionate about and something that has money-making potential as well. I call this intersection between passion and money-making potential your blogging sweet-spot.
One of the easiest ways to hit your blogging sweet-spot is to start off with the proven money making niches and then see if you can find something you're passionate about within those niches.
There are certain blogging niches, or categories, that are proven money makers. Within these broad categories are dozens, even hundreds, of sub-topics that you can start a blog on.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a successful, profitable blog that doesn't fit into one of these sub-topics.
There are 12 broad niches that are proven money-makers:
There's a delicate balancing act required to write a sponsored post that delights readers and the big brands you're working with. You need to keep reader's engaged and happy on the one hand, and you need to keep the big brand you're working with happy on the other hand.
Here are 10 tips for writing sponsored review posts that keep everyone smiling and that add cash to your bank account at the same time.
1. Stay on the right side of the law by starting every review with a disclosure statement. It doesn't have to be anything complicated. Something as simple as "This review post has been sponsored by ABC Company, but any opinions expressed in the post are my own."
2. Weave your own personal experience with the product into a story. Story style reviews are far more appealing and enjoyable for your reader and will often get them engaging with you and commenting on your post. Brands love this sort of engagement, so it's a win-win for everyone.
You can mention how you...
Bloggers who make a great income from their blogs think differently from bloggers who are making very little (if anything at all) from their blogs.
Successful bloggers tend to think of themselves as entrepreneurs, whereas unsuccessful bloggers tend to regard their blog more as a hobby than a business.
If you're still stuck in the mindset of a hobby blogger, then you don't need to wait until you make any money from your blog in order to call yourself a professional blogger.
Looking at your blog as a business rather than a hobby changes everything.
Businesses are serious. You set aside time to work on your business, whereas a hobby is something you do in your spare time....if you're in the mood.
Businesses also make money whereas with hobbies, you're spending money.
And just like a real business, you have to do things that you may not feel like doing in that moment.
Writing may be the last thing you feel like doing, but because of the role you have assumed, the role...
If you want to work with brands and sponsored posts then your About page is super important.
Why? After all, what does your About page have to do with making money?
Well, when a brand is interested in working with you, the very first thing stop they make is your About Page. Consider your about page as the virtual form of a first impression.
Your About Page will determine if they want to work with you and also how much they are willing to pay.
So before you even think about submitting proposals to brands, you need to spruce up your About page so that it conveys the message you want it to convey.
Your About Page should be about you, but it should also be about so much more.
First and foremost, it should be a reflection of who you are as a unique individual, not a dry and stale biography.
It's also important to talk about what why you do what you do. Other than money, what is your primary motivation for blogging?
Brands want to work with bloggers who are...
Way back when I started blogging in early 2006, things in the blogosphere were very different from what they are today.
Making money from Adsense was all the rage and autoblog software (software that automatically created blogs and filled it with content "scraped" from the web was very popular.
That lasted for a short while until Google changed the algorithms and those blogs could no longer be found.
Fast forward to today....the emphasis is no longer on creating a crappy blog with equally crappy content and then plastering it with ads in the hope that someone will click on the ad and earn you a few cents a click.
The entire blogging game has changed and with it the focus on creating quality content that people want to read and they keep coming back for.
But there are still some myths about blogging, more especially about how to generate an income with your blog and I would like to dispel them here.
Myth #1: You Need To Have A Ton Of Traffic, Visitors & Page...
A sponsored post is a post that a blogger has received payment to publish (by the sponsor) and that has been written with the intent of promoting a particular product.
So, in other words, companies pay bloggers to write blog posts about their products. Many bloggers make quite a bit of money from sponsored posts on their blog.
Let's take a look at the pro's and con's of a sponsored post:
Pro's Of Sponsored Posts:
Con's Of Sponsored Posts
Are you blogging like crazy and following all the promotional tactics the guru's say you should and your blog still isn't going anywhere?
Before you decide to quit blogging all together, maybe you should take another look at your promotional tactics. Perhaps you're using outdated tactics that worked a few years ago, but no longer work today.
Sadly, these techniques are still being presented as being effective promotional tactics, even though they are no longer as effective as they once were and there are far better alternatives out there.
So let's take a look at what these outdated tactics are and what you should be doing instead.
There's no disputing that great content is very important, even essential for your blog to succeed. But if that's all you're relying on, thinking that "if you build it, they will come" you're going to be waiting a looong time.....like maybe forever!
I've always been a firm believer that you get what you pay for. For example, in my personal life, I would rather own less clothing and have each item of very high quality than to own a cupboard full of of cheap clothing. The same applies across all areas of life.
It's no different in the digital world. Sure, there are some amazing, free tools that you can use. But if you're serious about building your blog, then you've got to treat it like a business. Because that's what it is, or at least that's what it has the potential to become.
One of the free tools I'd definitely discourage you from using is a free WordPress.com blog. This is different from the WordPress.org blog that you install on your own domain and that you're hosting on your own site.
So let's just clarify the difference between the free WordPress.com vs self-hosted WordPress.
Self-hosted means purchasing web hosting from a webhost like HostGator. And of course, purchasing a domain name from a registrar...
Would you like to know how to write blog posts that turn readers into subscribers and subscribers into customers?
If you answered yes, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this detailed blog post, we’re going to take an in-depth look at why people read blogs, and what makes them share posts or take action on an invitation.
By the time you finish reading this post, you’ll have a much clearer idea of how to make your blog drive more potential clients to accept your offers and sign up to your list.
Before you put any strategies into action, it’s essential to understand why people read blogs, what they are looking for—and what makes them leave without reading further. This clear understanding is the absolute core ingredient for formulating your unique blogging strategy.
You’re most likely creating a blog to get more traffic. You want to sell more of your products or services, get more sponsorships and make more money
Successful blogs all have one...
Did you know that you can use proven psychological principles to write better headlines? Yes, you can. Here's how.
No 1: Use a Variety Of Different Types Of Headlines.
Don't overuse one type of headline. If people come to your blog and they see 3-4 How-To blog headlines in a row, they're likely to lose interest. Vary the style and length of your headlines to keep things interesting.
No 2: Pare Down To The Essentials
Part of writing a good headline (or writing anything else well for that matter) is to use the minimum number of words to get your message across. Less is more in the world of headlines. That's because shorter headlines tend to be more impactful than those that are too long and wordy.
No 3: Write In An Active Voice.
Try, as far as possible, to write in an active voice rather than in a passive voice. So instead of Writing Killer Headlines as your blog post title, make it How To Write Killer Headlines. Adding the How To in front of the headline changes it from passive voice to...
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