Blogging to Make Money

Even though the economy is running extremely rough right now, we are still lucky because the internet has opened up so many new income generating possibilities. The sad thing is that so many people are unfamiliar with the various ways of making money online and many people, who simply don’t know any better, will dismiss internet income opportunities as scams. While it’s true there are scams online, and off, it’s also true that you can make real money online and one of the best ways for a beginner to make money online is starting to blog for money.

A blog is simply an online journal, the name comes from the words weblog, blog. You can start a blog for free and learning how to set up your blog is very easy to do even if you don’t know anything about computers or websites. Most people will learn all they need to know in a few hours. You can pick various themes and there are several things you can add to your blog that will help you monetize it.

The first thing you need to decide is what the theme of your blog be. It could simply be something that you are interested in and know a lot about such as a hobby, or if you really want to make a lot of money, you could learn the secrets to picking an extremely profitable niche market and start your blog around that niche. This will enable you to get more leverage out of your blog and make more money.

When it comes to earning money from your blog you have several choices, the two main options are with affiliate marketing and Google Adsense. Affiliate marketing is a business model where you sign up to become an affiliate, for free, for a certain product or service, advertise that product or service on your blog, and when someone buys that product or service from the unique URL of your site (which will have your unique affiliate id embedded in it) you will earn a commission.

Google Adsense is a process where you allow Google to place ads on your blog, ads that are related to the topic of your blog when someone clicks on one of the ads you will earn a commission. With adsense, the amount you make per click can vary dramatically based on the popularity (and thus the number of money advertisers are willing to spend to place the ad) of a certain topic. The more popular the niche you’re in, the more advertisers will spend on the ads and the more you’ll make when someone clicks on those ads.

Don’t let the ignorance of others scare you off learning how to blog for money. Sure, it’s true that there are a lot of scams online, just like there are anywhere else if you’re not careful, but the reality is that if you’re willing to invest some time to learn some simple skills you can turn your hobby into an income… maybe even a full time income.

3 New iPhone Updates that Give Us A Glimpse of the Future

Apple knows about the future.

Apple has had a track record of accurate predictions. Inventing the iPhone and growing into a 1trillion dollar company isn’t something that happens by chance.

The recent OS update gives an indication of what’s in store for us.

1. Facebook tracking pixel is blocked on Safari

On Apple’s new update, Social media tracking pixels have been blocked on Apple’s Safari browser, making it much harder for Facebook to advertise and re-target you. What platforms are coming next?

2. iPhone Time limits and screen time alerts

In the latest iPhone release, iOS 12, Apple released a feature that tracks how much time you spend on your phone and what apps you use. You can set restrictions, daily time limits, and app usage.

So who do you think will be most impacted? most? Think about the two biggest time sucks on your iPhone: Facebook and Instagram. Finally, we’ll all have a greater awareness of the time wasted and more control of the present moment.

3. “Dark mode” Mac’s new OS

In “Mojave”, Mac’s latest OS, Apple is trying to make it easier for you to focus on tasks. With the introduction of “Dark Mode”, which darkens the system and puts a focus on your content.

What’s the big learning from these updates, and where does Apple think the future is headed?

Apple recognizes that the world is oversaturated by disruptive information and we are seeking more FOCUS!

There will be more emphasis on quality content experiences that enable focus, utility, and value.

They are guiding their users away from distraction and towards self-control.

I believe that over the next 10 years new technologies will emerge to provide us more controlled, safe and focused experiences. Brands will be racing to “protect” their Users from infiltration and over saturation of irrelevant content and technology.

Why?

Because in this rapidly changing, technologically advanced global world we live in, its become more about what you ignore rather than what you pay attention to.

Building an Opt-In Email List

One of the most important things you can do to improve the success of your online marketing efforts is to take the time to build an opt-in email list. When customers come to your website you can encourage them to sign up to your email list by offering them an incentive. Once they’ve signed up to your list you can communicate with them as often as you want. You have two options when it comes to communicating with them, an email series and blast emails.

An email series is simply a number of emails, you determine how many, that have already been written and loaded into an autoresponder and that will be sent out over a period of time, automatically. For example, if you have created a series of emails that consists of 10 emails and you schedule them to go out daily, every person who signs up to your email or newsletter will immediately get the first email and they will then receive one email a day for nine more days. The emails will continue to go out in the order you set them up in. That way everyone will receive your emails whether they’ve been signed up for a long time or whether they’ve just signed up.

When you do a blast you will send out the same email to everyone on your list at the same time. Everyone will receive the same message whether they’ve been signed up to your list for years or days. This type of email message is particularly effective if you have some new product or service you want to let your customers know about, or if you’re having a sale. This is a great way to offer your customers a coupon for an upcoming sale.

Remember though, no email will be effective if it isn’t read. For that reason make sure to follow these tips to get the most out of all of your email campaigns:

  1. Carefully consider who your target audience is and what they want. If you’re not sure you can ask them. Send out an email and ask them to let you know what questions they have or what products they may be interested in.
  2. Make sure you use a title that will pique their curiosity. No matter how well written an email is, it won’t do you any good if your customers don’t read it. Make the headline something compelling.
  3. Make your message short and to the point. While you will want to ‘sell’ your customers a little bit if your message drags on and on you will most likely lose them. Just highlight the most important things: what’s in it for them. They will make up their own mind from that point on.

By keeping these tips in mind you can dramatically improve your results from all of your email marketing efforts whether you use a series of emails or blast emails or both. Just give your customers what they want and they’ll reward you for it by purchasing your products or services. Everyone wins!

What’s The Best Blog Software?

If you are interested in starting your own blog one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the best blog software. You have several choices, many of them are free, but before you choose just the right type of software you have to decide what you are going to use your blog for. That really will make a big difference in choosing the right software for your needs.

For example, if you are just blogging about your life and you have no real interest in making money from your blog than virtually any free software will do, such as WordPress or Blogger. At this stage, the most important thing for you to consider is the ease of use. You can use each type of blog for a while just to see which one you feel the most comfortable with.

If, on the other hand, you are using your blog to make money either as an affiliate marketer or with the use of Adsense, you will need to be a little more careful. The actual software can still be the same, for instance, many internet marketers prefer the WordPress platforms. The difference is that you won’t want a free WordPress site. Instead, you will want to buy your own domain name, so you own it, and have your blog hosted on another site such as Hostgator.com or HostMonster.com. That way your blog is your own personal piece of online real estate, you own it and you can control what you put on your site and what you do with it.

Going with the free version for a business blog is a very risky proposition Any of the free blogging sites have their own terms of service (TOS), which are always changing, if they find your blog to not be compliant with their TOS, the can delete your blog. Now think of what that would mean if you were making money with a particular blog and you’ve spent time building up traffic to that blog and one day it was just gone! Yikes.

Another thing to take into consideration when looking for the best software are the types of plugins available. Plugins are small software programs that you can literally ‘plugin’ to your blog by just a few clicks of the mouse, anyone can use them, and there are probably ten’s of thousands of them available for every imaginable need, and most are free. If this concept seems weird to you, just think of them like apps for a smartphone, it’s a similar concept. Some types of blogs will have a lot more plugins than others, so this could help you make up your mind which is best for you.

It’s always nice to have options, and when it comes to finding the best blog software you have quite a few. Just keep your overall goals in mind when trying to decide which is best for you. For the most part, if you are just a ‘personal blogger’ and not really in it to make money, the free versions are just fine for you and your needs.

Moving on to Advanced Internet Marketing

Once you have mastered the basics of marketing on the internet and are seeing results, you need to move onto advanced internet marketing. Even if you aren’t ready to actually implement advanced marketing, knowing about it in advance can help you prepare for jumping into it when the time is right.

Why Worry About Advanced Internet Marketing?

Many people learn the basics of internet marketing and then stop. They figure they are doing well right where they are, so there is no reason to move forward. Why mess with a good thing?

There are plenty of reasons why you need to know as much about internet marketing as you can. You may be doing very well on your website right now, but you need to be constantly growing your marketing and adapting to the changing demands of your potential customers if you are going to stay ahead. This is where advanced internet marketing comes into the picture.

In regular marketing, the store across town is your competition. You may only have to worry about staying ahead of a few other businesses in your area. But online, stores all over the world are your competition. You potentially have to worry about hundreds of other businesses trying to steal away your customers. Since the world seems to be growing more impersonal, and customer loyalty is hard to come by anymore, this can represent a big problem to be overcome.

So What Do You Do?

The first thing you should do before focusing on advanced internet marketing is to give yourself a refresher course on any internet marketing strategies you already use. Use updated materials and sources to see if any new strategies have become available. This is a great start because you can put these to work for you without having to learn entire new methods.

Then turn to books, magazines on internet marketing, and well-established websites that are recommended. See what is next in line for you to tackle in your marketing campaign.

There are plenty of options available, so you should be able to sift through them to find one that you are not only comfortable using, but is also relevant to your business. Certain advanced internet marketing methods work better for some businesses than others, so only you can decide which direction you wish to take your marketing efforts.

Don’t Rush, but Move Forward

You don’t have to go racing into new marketing right away if you are doing well at the moment. You can use the opportunity to just learn all you can about the methods you are going to implement next. But you do need to always be learning something and preparing for the next stage of your website and business. This keeps progress and growth from catching you off guard.

If your current internet marketing efforts are based around the same tried and true tactics that seem to be working well, consider adding video marketing or perhaps even social networking to your overall marketing.

It may not be obvious right now, but you are doing yourself a big favor by learning about advanced internet marketing. Even if you just research it in your spare time, you will begin to formulate ideas and plans for the future of your business. This sort of preparedness and forward thinking will keep you going strong in the market for many years to come.

What is Google Adsense and How Can I Use it to Make Money?

It doesn’t matter what type of blog you have or want to have, you can blog about virtually anything under the Sun and still have the potential to make money. How? Easy, just start Adsense blogging. Don’t let the term scare you off, it’s really quite easy. All you have to do is sign up for Google’s Adsense program, for free, and they will place ads directly on your site for products and services related to your site. When someone clicks on one of the ads on your site you will get paid.

Now I want to make sure that you have realistic expectations. The amount of money you can earn will vary dramatically based on the topic of your blog. If your blog is about something that is hugely popular and there are a lot of people who are going to pay money to buy ads for that topic, you’ll make more with every click. On the other hand, if your blog is about something a little more obscure each click will earn you considerably less.

No matter how popular the topic of your site is or how much Google will pay you for each click, you will need a lot of traffic if you want to make a lot of money. Please don’t expect to put some ads on your blog and retire from your full-time job. In most cases that simply won’t happen. What can, and often does, happen is that you’ll make some extra money every single month just by doing what you’re already doing… blogging.

If you want to increase your earning potential there are a few things you can do to optimize your Adsense revenue:

1. Get more traffic. There are a lot of ways you can do that and the processes can be as simple and free or as advanced and technical as you like, it really depends on whether you are online to make a living or just online to have some fun and make some extra cash is just a bonus. For the most part, more traffic to your site equals more money from Adsense.

2. Leverage your money making potential by setting up many blogs. If you have 10 blogs and each of them is making just $10 a month that comes out to $100 a month. That’s $90 more a month that you would have made with just one blog. True, you won’t get rich on it but again, it’s more money in your pocket for doing what you are already doing… not bad. Now, don’t let the idea of having multiple blogs scare you off, there are easy ways you can automate the system to make it very easy to build your own ‘blog empire’. If you want to make a full-time income online, that’s one of the best ways to go.

Adsense blogging is a simple and easy way for anyone to make a little extra cash online. Just by going to Google and signing up for AdSense you can make money on your blog. And for those of you that want to make a full time living online, there are many ways you can leverage the power of your ads to really ramp up your earning potential. The bottom line is that it’s really all up to you and what you want to accomplish with your blog.

5 Things to Think About Before Spending Money on Internet Marketing

There are so many internet marketing products available today, from methods and systems to teach people how to make money to scripts and software that help speed up the process.

However, just like with any other information product, not everything is as good as the sales page may make it out to be. Or, in some cases, it just isn’t a good fit with the person buying it. If you have decided to invest in internet marketing products then try and keep the following tips in mind.

1. Who is the author?

Before you buy, try and dig a little deeper to find out who the author of the book, system or method is. This is not as important with scripts and software, but with information, products itís good to know who you are buying from.

Unfortunately, the internet has allowed many to make money without actually having any knowledge of what they are writing about and this doesnít bode well for anyone buying a new money making system.

2. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

If internet marketing products promise you that you can make $5,000 in the next 50 minutes, you would likely not believe it. Then why would you believe an internet marketing product that says you can make $10,000 in a month, even if the time span is longer?

Remember that internet marketing is essentially a business and a business can take quite a bit of time before it becomes profitable, so be patient.

3. Don’t give in to your emotions.

Sometimes you want to believe in something so much that you overlook the cold, hard facts that are screaming at you that it is impossible for all these internet marketing products to deliver on their promises.

Yet, here you are putting your PayPal information in again to buy the latest shiny toy, even though you probably have a hard drive full of products you have never read.

4. Take action.

This is one of the biggest problems in internet marketing today. People buy so many systems but never implement even one. They keep on looking for the Holy Grail without actually putting in the work to see whether or not they already have it in their grasp.

They jump from product to product, with no clear goal in sight hoping they will find that one product where they can push a button and their PayPal will receive money automatically. Unfortunately, it doesnít work like that and you still need to put some work in. All the internet marketing products out there combined will not make you money if you do not put the work in.

5. Give it time.

Just like with a diet, internet marketing products and the systems they offer need a little time. By their very nature, search engines take time before they rank a site and you are tempted to scrap a system within 24 hours of trying it because it doesnít work.

Remember that you need to give anything a chance for at least 30 days to really judge how effective it is. If after thirty days you have not seen any progress, then, by all means, switch to a different system.

Digital Nomad Festival 2018 – DNX – What’s it really like?

A highlight of the Digital Nomad Festival, DNX in Lisbon, September 2018.

It was truly inspiring weekend surrounded by like-minded digital professionals from all walks of life and corners of the world. Everyone united in the spirit of community, travel, friendship and most importantly, freedom.

A fine example of thriving in the 4th industrial revolution. Check it out.

Why is internet marketing so important?

Many people wonder why internet marketing is such an important thing. In today’s world, you have to be sure that you are getting your name and business in front of people. If you aren’t doing this online, you arenít even coming close to your potential.

Internet Marketing Basics

You need to know some of the basics of internet marketing before you can just jump right into it. Getting some books on the subject or consulting with a professional is always a good idea. You need to understand the benefits you can gain if you want to understand why internet marketing can be so effective for boosting the bottom line for any business enterprise.

Learn Where You Can

There are a great many books and magazines on the subject that you can delve into. Set aside time to do this on a weekly if not daily basis. If you are planning on making a living online, then the more time you devote to studying it, the more likely you are to succeed in your pursuit.

If you want more in-depth learning on the subject, you may be able to find some courses that will help you. Colleges often host classes on why internet marketing is an important aspect of a business. These may be found through the college, or through a local small business association.

One of the very best places to learn about internet marketing is from someone who works with it every day. If you know anyone in the marketing industry, or can make contacts somehow, do so.

If you can gain knowledge from someone who has hands-on experience, you may be able to avoid many of the pitfalls that some people face when they are just starting out in marketing. Talk to them whenever you can, and ask them questions regarding why internet marketing is so effective for them and how you might translate those tactics to your own business.

Look at the Competition

Take some time to study your competitionís marketing campaigns. Try to find the marketing of as many businesses that are similar to yours as you can. This will give you a good idea of how they are using online marketing.

Some people wonder why the internet marketing of the competition is important, but the answer to this is simple. If they are getting a lot of business and growing, they must be doing something right. If they are failing, you may be able to get some ideas on what not to do.

As you can see, there are many different ways in which you can learn a lot about internet marketing. Once you know something about it, you will be able to start applying it to your website and your business. Before too long, you should start seeing increased traffic and sales. Then you may just find yourself happily ahead of the competition.

It is easy to see why internet marketing should be taken very seriously. If you want to survive in the online community, you have to be able to prove your mettle. Without internet marketing, you will be lost among the thousands of other businesses out there. So find some good resources and get to learning.

8 Fatal Mistakes in your Digital Marketing

How much money does your business spend on ads? Are you getting the ROI you’re looking for? According to Econsultancy, for every $92 spent acquiring customers, only $1 is spent converting them.

Before spending more money on digital advertising, check out my list of 8 Fatal Mistakes in your digital marketing.

1. No Strategy

You think that throwing money at more ads will do the trick. If you don’t have a strategic goal for what you want to achieve and a plan for how you’re going to get there, you risk wasting all or most of your money.

You should have SMART objectives and evaluate the analytics before, during and after the campaign to extract actionable insights to inform your iterative strategy.

2. Doing what you’ve always been doing and expecting a different result

Many people credit this quote to Einstein.

Sadly, I still see this disease spread across corporate marketing teams. The marketplace is changing SO fast, User behaviors, technology, and practices are changing rapidly so last year’s way of working is already out of date.

If it’s not working, why continue working in this way?

Change it up, roll with the punches, morph your organizational structure, roles, activities, and strategies to be lean, mean and fluid.

Trust me, your competitors are doing this right now.

3. You don’t have a powerful online value proposition

Is your offer clearly defined? Is it tailored to your customer segment? How are you differentiating yourself from other brands, products, platforms, services or offers?

Developing a content strategy that communicates your competitive edge is key as “Content” is ultimately what you will attract your audiences through different channels like social, email marketing, your blog, and search.

Having a consistent message through these channels will help increase your domain authority. You can’t just randomly post on social media and expect to achieve your marketing goals.

The sales funnel is now non-linear, multi-channel and Users expect quality, consistent content that reflects their stage in the buyer journey. All of these activities are brought together through a strategy (see point 1).

4. You have not made an investment in data, analytics, and intelligence.

You think you know, but in reality, you don’t know what you don’t know.

It’s not about being data-driven, it’s about being data informed. If you don’t know what your Users are doing, and the why, when and where it’s like throwing darts with a blindfold on.

I see it all the time, it’s like big corporations have money to burn, although they are burning it on advertising (disruptive and effective) instead of intelligence.

Leaders – hire the people and technology to “data-inform” your marketing organizations. Support them with process and structure to nurture this practice as it will inform all facets of your marketing activities and long-term viability.

5. You believe in “Best Practice”

This is a good one. There are still loads of people out there who believe in “best practice” for digital marketing 🙂

I’m sorry to disappoint, but “best practice” doesn’t exist. It might have existed in the 3rd industrial revolution where people worked on “single purpose” machines like a typewriter and there was a “best” way of using it.

In digital, every campaign, website, a tactic is unique for every product or brand. Just because it works on Amazon doesn’t mean it will work with you. Just because your competitor is doing it doesn’t mean you should do it.

You are unique, just like your Users and your products. You have to find the best way to communicate with them, develop meaningful efficient relationships in the process. You do that by immersing yourself in the data. (see point 4).

6. Your copywriting is weak and ineffective

You’re spending money on ads, but you don’t hire a copywriter or dedicate adequate focus on copywriting.

Headlines should explain the benefit of your offer. It should be clear, easy to understand and avoid cliches and business jargon.

An image should be emotive and make Users want to clock.

Writing should be clear, concise, specific and use power verbs that appeal to human emotions.

CTAs should push people to find out more and learn about your business. Give Users a reason to choose you.

7. Conversion Rate Optimization as standard practice

Conversion Rate Optimization is a systematic way of finding opportunities for growth and developing data-driven ideas for how to build on those opportunities.

Who is leading this in your organization? If you’re not taking this seriously, you won’t be winning.

The questions asked in CRO are:

What problem so we need to solve?
What do our Users need, what are they looking for?
Why? How do they choose?
How is it what we offer is clearly defined and different?
Where is our website leaking money?
What are they doing or not doing on our website?

8. You’re not agile enough to catch up or stay ahead

Look around you. There are businesses (including your competitors) who are launching effective digital marketing. But what are they really doing and how?

Amazon, Tesco, Airbnb, Zappos, Google – they are dynamic companies who invest in tracking and testing.

The marketing campaign is dead, my friends. It has been replaced with rapid-fire experimentation, with specialist teams, technology and structure in place to support it. The companies who are taking this seriously are winning. How about you?