The Bittersweet Truth about Making Money Blogging

There are two kinds of bloggers: those who use blogging as a creative outlet, and those who’ve read that you can make money by blogging and want a piece of the cake.

When you decided to become a blogger, you probably started by trying to learn everything you could about becoming a blogger and undoubtedly came across this word: “monetize.”

And maybe after reading a few articles (or maybe some interviews with the bloggers who are earning tens of thousands of dollars a month) you thought that you could do this “monetize” thing as well.

After all, it’s about using some affiliate links and selling your first e-course or e-book to your avid fans. And no one buys anything from you. NO ONE.

It’s easy to lose heart and quit. It’s also easy to half-ass everything (from content creation to networking) because you’re not earning enough to become a full-time professional blogger.

And this is when most blogs find themselves in hell, which is the definitive defeat that echoes with every new blog post that is published.

So… can you make money blogging?

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The Best Way to Get More Blog Subscribers

This is the question I get asked the most.

Despite writing on this topic a couple of times, and basically dissecting every tip and tactic I know for converting site visitors into regular readers, people seem to think there’s some big secret.

No one wants to believe that there’s no magical secret. They’d rather fantasize about some forbidden technique that drives subscriber attraction. If I’d just share the magical words that make the difference, they’d immediately put those words to use.

OK, I give up. I’ll tell you the real secret. Continue reading “The Best Way to Get More Blog Subscribers”

Don’t Blog. Write!

I know what you’re thinking.

But I am just a blogger.

First of all, I suggest you give up on the “just.” You’re not just a blogger. You’re the blogger. A blogger. But never just.

Secondly, there’s a bit of writer in you, even though – out of fear – you try to deny it. I know this because you’re reading this post, so you must be a writer. I also know that you are afraid of thinking of yourself as one.

Well… what if I were to tell you that there’s this one thing you need to change, and then you’ll be proud to call yourself a writer?

Would you believe me?

One small thing, that’s all it takes. And then you’ll be a writer for the rest of your life.

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Want More Readers? Three Simple Questions for Blogging Success in 2019

When it comes to blogging, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “Can you still stand out in this crowded blogging world and get readers?”

Short answer: yes.

Long answer: let me explain.

It really doesn’t matter what platform you’re talking about, it doesn’t matter how things have changed in the last couple of years.

However, you have to be willing to:

  • Commit MORE time, energy, and resources than others before you.
  • You have to take a more professional approach, as the side-effect of a lot of competition is people becoming ultra-competitive about being the best.
  • Be consistent for at least one year.

However, even if you do all the above, success is far from guaranteed.

See, gaining readers is not just about writing great content. It’s not about following a set of rules.

You see, great blogging is a lot closer to an art than it is a craft. People often compliment their favorite bloggers by saying that they’re “talented.”

Of course, talent is a matter of investing time, energy, and even money into developing the skills required to succeed. Simple, but not easy.

Also, one of the side-effects of this over-crowded blogging world is that nowadays there are so many tools at your disposal, so many guides and tutorials, so much raw data to analyse.

If you want to build an online following, the amount of resources you have at your fingertips is endless.

So, if you’re thinking about taking your blogging to a new level this year, here are a few simple questions to ask yourself. Continue reading “Want More Readers? Three Simple Questions for Blogging Success in 2019”

10 Rules to Help You Punch Those Damn Keys

The blank page tends to scare people into a state of inactivity. The possibilities are endless, the desire to create perfection so intense that it is easier to do anything else.

Perfectionism and procrastination have an awful lot in common, and the truth is that most bloggers waste an insane amount of time thinking about writing. Weeks go by like this, and then they start wishing they have written when they had the chance, but now… they’ll just write a short post apologizing to their readers for not posting anything.

And then the cycle resumes.

The essential part of writing is to punch those damn keys. Don’t think, just write. You’ll be able to rewrite, one, twice, as many times as it’s necessary.

Today you focus on writing like a lunatic.

Today, you’re going to punch those damn keys…

And the best way to do that is to follow a few simple rules. Ten, in fact … Continue reading “10 Rules to Help You Punch Those Damn Keys”

How to Connect With Your Readers

Did you know that 99% of all those who start a blog quit within the first few months? And, out of that 1%, most never get to reach more than a hundred folks?

And, yes, they all consistently create content that adds value, which means they’re good, really good.

So? What’s missing?

Well… the truth is that you also have to set up an audience that will follow and engage with your content regularly, people who engage with your content when you publish something new, and keep coming back for more.

In fact, these loyal/target audience will advertise your blog both online and offline.

The tricky part, of course, is building such an audience.

If you spend the next few minutes reading this blog post, you’ll discover 5 simple trick to connect with your readers and turn them into avid and loyal fans. Continue reading “How to Connect With Your Readers”

How to Find Your Blogging Muse

A blank page.

There’s nothing more terrifying for a writer. Not an actual blank page, of course, but a Word Document with no words on it, that mysterious absence of words that is amplified by us staring at the white screen of death for so long that we feel our brains exploding.

You think and think and think, but nothing is happening, no matter how hard you try.

It makes you feel… powerless. Frustrated. Angry. Sad. Bitter. Sure, it’s your mind, your thoughts, your words, but there’s a bit of magic to writing, like Tinkerbell sprinkling lost boys with pixie dust and enabling them to fly.

No amount of happy thoughts will help you fly without the pixie dust. You need that extra bit of magic, that spark that makes your words take flight.

Where does that magic come from?

Well, from your blogging muse, of course. Continue reading “How to Find Your Blogging Muse”

It’s not YOU, it’s THEM

It hurts when a post you worked and worked on doesn’t get any comments. It’s heartbreaking when no one shares your content, when you can’t help but feel like your words aren’t worth someone else’s time.

And you start to ask yourself, “How do I get more people to read my blog? How do you I earn a bit of income from my writing?”

Sometimes you ask yourself why, sometimes it’s how, depending on the despair and resentment you’re feeling.

Want to know the truth?

You’re asking the wrong questions. Continue reading “It’s not YOU, it’s THEM”

[Blogging Mindset] A Balancing Act

The first rule of writing anything worth reading?

Write what you want.

Write what you know.

Write about stuff that sets your soul on fire.

No matter how you word it, the truth is that one should write about the stuff they’re passionate about.

But…

There are at least a dozen articles on this blog alone that urge you to always think of the reader, and what such person might want to read from you.

So, what is one supposed to do?

Read on to find out. Continue reading “[Blogging Mindset] A Balancing Act”

Being Famous on Social Media

I already know what you’re thinking.

But what about all the influencers advertising all sorts of products on Instagram? What about the impact? The sales of their own products?

It’s almost a rule of the universe that as long as you’re being true to yourself, fame, fortune, and the latest Apple products will all be yours.

But the truth is not that easy. Not everyone who has a vlog and an over-the-top personality gets to win big. Not every guy who workouts six times a week gets to sell his programs or have his own brand of supplements.

For every Jackson Pollock, there were thousands of folks who were doing the same thing, yet never earned quite enough to make a living.

If only I could get noticed. If only I could get someone to read my stuff.

Yes, and I hope you do get thousands and thousands of folks who eagerly await for each new post, but… Continue reading “Being Famous on Social Media”