Hello and welcome back for the 7th and final lesson of this series. I am so proud of you for making it this far with me.
I hope that I have got you to where you wanted to be a little quicker than if you had had to figure all this out on your own, if so, my work is done and I am very happy. If not, tell me what I could do better to help you.
If you have missed lessons 1 – 6 you can catch up here:
So now you know pretty much all there is to know to get your blog off to a flying start. You know how to choose your niche, how to find their pain points, how to research keywords, how to use those keywords to get found on Google and how to promote your blog successfully online.
A massive well done to you! Give yourself a huge pat on the back from me 🙂
Just before we get started on lesson 7 and I teach you how to make money from your blog – I must tell you that this blog contains affiliate links which means that if you click on one of these links and make a purchase, I will be paid a small commission at no cost to you. It is one of the ways that I monetise my blog and it’s what I’m going to be teaching you to do today!
Okay, so let’s crack on with lesson 7 and the exciting prospect of monetising your blog. I am going to be sharing some ways that you can do this and I am also going to be introducing you to some people who can help you.
Method 1 Affiliate Marketing
Every lesson has pretty much started with my announcement that this blog contains affiliate links but what are these and why do I tell you I have them?
According to the definition from technopedia this is what and affiliate link is:
“An affiliate link is a specific URL that contains the affiliate’s ID or username. In affiliate programs, advertisers use affiliate links to record the traffic that is sent to the advertiser’s website. This action is all part of an affiliate program. Affiliate agreements commonly state that the affiliate is responsible for arranging its own affiliate link and making sure that it connects to the advertiser’s website.”
What happens when someone clicks on one of these links?
“When visitors to the affiliate’s site click on the advertisements and go to the advertiser’s site, the affiliate may receive a commission if that click leads to a sale.”
So what are the advantages of these links?
“The advantage of affiliate links is that they track sales and offer opportunity to those who are interested (affiliates) in selling another party’s products. ”
So why be an affiliate?
This is back to me now…. Being an affiliate means that you can sell products on your blog or website even if you don’t have any of your own.
Creating products, services, courses or content to sell online is both difficult and time consuming, and it means you have to monitor it and do all the customer service associated with it.
By being an affiliate you don’t have to worry about any of this. You just find someone’s product or service that you want to sell and join their affiliate programme (if they have one).
The seller takes care of all the transactions, aftersales and customer service once a sale is made; and they pay you a commission for sending the customer to them. A referral fee is another way of looking at it.
I have written a blog post dedicated to answering this question and you can read it here. What is Affiliate Marketing?
Where can you find affiliate programmes (yes that’s how we spell programme in the UK) to join?
There are literally hundreds of sellers offering affiliate opportunities. Here are just a few for you to go and have a look at:
- Amazon – needs no further introduction – just look for their associate programme at the footer of their website
- Shareasale – One of the largest affiliate networks with about 4,000 merchants listed currently
- Flexoffers – Similar to Shareasale but pays you faster
- CJ Affiliate (formerly commission junction) – the biggest platform for affiliate programmes and has a user-friendly interface which is great for beginners
You can also find your own. If you take a course that you would happily recommend to others, have a look to see if they offer an affiliate programme. Most do these days. Get your link and include it in your reviews and recommendations of the course.
If you buy something on Amazon that you rate or think others would benefit from just promote it on your blog using your affiliate (or associate as Amazon call it) link.
Why do I tell people I have links on my blog?
It is now a legal requirement that if you are promoting something on your blog or website that you have a financial link to or some other incentive then you must declare it.
You must also declare it in a way that people can understand. You cannot, for example, just add “may contain affiliate links” to your posts because a lot of people might not know what affiliate links are or what this means in terms of them clicking on them.
You must also check the terms and conditions of any programme that you join as an affiliate to make sure that you are complying with their particular requirements for disclosures. Amazon for example have very specific wording that you must include on your blog or website if you promote their products as an affiliate.
Method 2. Having Google or other adverts on your blog
You can sign up for Google Adsense and accept adverts that Google suggests on your blog.
This requires no real skill other than to know how to decide where on your blog you want them to appear and whether you will allow pop-ups etc. When someone sees an advert and clicks on it, you get paid a tiny commission -pennies literally.
A word of warning! This can detract your readers from your content and can also make your blog seem very spammy.
I for one hate it when I visit someone’s blog and am immediately bombarded with adverts and pop-ups, sometimes so much so that I can’t actually see the post, especially when I’m viewing it from my phone.
This means I click straight off the site which pretty much defeats the whole purpose of enticing me there in the first place.
It is also worth noting that to make any money this way you need to have thousands of people visiting your blog as they only pay pennies per click so you need a lot of clicks to make any decent money. Is the integrity of your blog worth this spammy attempt to capture a few dollars?
Mediavine is another way of adding adverts to your site and this is a much more professional and less spammy looking method. The drawback here though is that they require you to have at least 25K impressions to your blog a month before you qualify to join them.
If you like the sound of this method then keep building on your content so that you increase your followers and visitors and eventually you will meet the criteria to join them.
Method 3. Sell your own products or services
This is by far the most profitable way of monetising your blog because you get to keep 100% of what you make instead of just the 30 or 40 percent commission that you might get paid selling someone else’s.
Products are time consuming and difficult to create which means that you are not going to be able to monetise your blog from them straight away like you could if you sell someone else’s products.
It is usually something that you build up to once your blog is established, but you can do it the other way around.
If, for example, you have created a course ,, promoting it on your blog is a great way to sell it. This would also apply if you had written a book or created an e-book, created a webinar or had some other downloadable product ready and waiting to sell.
For most people though, they usually start to blog first and then think of something to create and sell.
In most other circumstances I would say that it is much harder to sell a service than a product because it is not tangible. A service has a “perceived” value whereas a product can be held, touched, smelled, tasted and therefore its value is easier to establish.
Online though, selling a service is easier than selling a product because you don’t have to create anything, other than the content you use to promote it. You can offer your coaching services online today and deliver it this evening to someone on the other side of the world.
A blog is a great way to introduce yourself to your waiting public and show them what you can do and what value you can provide for them.
Your blog is your shop window, if you will. It lets people have a taste of what they are going to be getting from you if they work with you. A “try before you buy” option which is always very powerful in sales.
Method 4. Email Marketing
This is the method that all the top online marketers use. You have probably been involved in it yourself at some point.
- You see something that takes your fancy online, usually something that’s offered for free.
- You fill in your email address to claim your desired freebie.
- You then get an email introducing the seller and what their freebie is about.
- You are then followed up with in a series of emails over the coming days, weeks or months which are aimed at building a relationship with you and turning you into a customer.
Check out any of the huge online marketers such as Ryan Deiss, Russel Brunsen or Stuart Ross. They all use email marketing as part of their sales strategy.
Again, if you want to learn a method well, learn it from the best.
I am now going to introduce you to Stuart Ross one of the most successful online marketers operating today. He has literally made millions from his online efforts, both in affiliate marketing and email marketing.
His key to success was learning about list building and how it can lead to a passive income that can be scaled to whatever size business you want, 5, 6 or even 7 figures.
Stuart taught me pretty much all I know about online marketing 5 years ago when I started out and now I have a whole new career that I love because of him.
He has a free book that will teach you the techniques of list building and attraction marketing that you can download here for free. It will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know about how to start building a list of subscribers who will become loyal customers that you can sell to time and time again.
How to get started as an affiliate marketer
I said at the beginning of this lesson that i was going to introduce you to some people who might be able to help you achieve your monetary goals. These people are some of the best in the business and who I am working with or alongside at the moment.
Here is the first person I would like to introduce you to. Her name is Michelle Schroder Gardener and she spends her days travelling in her RV with her husband and dog.
She uses her blog to make over $50,000 per month (yes you did read that correctly) from affiliate marketing and she has a course that teaches you to do it to. I took it a while ago and although I have been blogging and affiliate marketing for years, she still taught me a few new tricks.
It is easily taken in about a week so you don’t have to wait months to implement what you learn and start making money. It is also extremely affordable at just $197 (one-time) or 2 payments of$105/month.
I would strongly recommend that if you want to learn this method from the best that you take this course Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing
How to get started as an email marketer
Like anything else, there is a process to follow if you are going to be successful, and although this process isn’t rocket science, it is complicated if you are trying to figure it all out yourself.
Unlike affiliate marketing or Adsense or Mediavine advertising, there are a lot of moving parts.
You need to know how to create content that is going to attract subscribers in the first place. You then need to know what to do with those subscribers once you have them. You then need to learn how to follow up with them and then you need to learn how to create a sales funnel to lead them through.
Sounds like a lot of work doesn’t it? Well I have to be honest with you, it is a lo of work and you will probably spend the next 2 years trying to figure it all out and how to integrate it all.
You could work with someone who has already done it all and has cracked the code of making money online.
Whether you want to make a little extra money for your family or you want to become a millionaire this guy can show you how to do it.
He has online modules, video tutorials, live calls, a community that you can join with like-minded people, a whole array of tools to help you with whatever you need to get your blog or business making money and a whole team of people who work with him to help you become successful online.
What more can I say, oh yeah, you can get started for free here.
How to get started creating your own online course
Creating your first online course can be a daunting task. Where do you start, how do you create the modules, what if you want to drip it out over a period of time and how do you take payments for it?
These are all questions that I had when i created my first online course and I’m sure most other course creators ask them too.
For me, I wanted it to be as easy as possible – and for free if I could figure out a way of doing it that still looked professional
Lucky for you I did find an easy way to create an online course and more amazingly, I created it professionally for FREE
I found an amazing online tool that helps you to create professional looking, easy to follow, easy to create and easy to manage courses.
I have written a blog post on my business blog about it because I wanted to share it with as many people as possible so that they could start their online courses for free too. You can read it here.
And now, the end is near…
PHEW! we have finally come to the end of the lessons for new bloggers. I really hope you have enjoyed the series. If you have I would really appreciate it if you could help me to help others and share these lessons. I have included some social icons and would love it if you could share on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else you frequent.
That’s pretty much it from me – I’m sad, I hate goodbyes 🙁
If you would like to carry on the relationship why not work with me for a little while longer and I can help you get everything I have taught you working like clockwork.
Interested? Come and join me. Take me up on my “quick start mentoring package”. It’s a 4 month programme where you get access to a course that shows you how to set your blogging business up for success. You have live calls with me once a month and weekly Q & A sessions as well as a private Facebook group exclusively for people on this programme.
You can find out more about the package and what it offers here. “Quick Start Mentoring Package”
I’ve popped a few links to other related articles that might be of use to you below so feel free to check them out.
It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you and I really hope we get to meet again in the future.
Bye for now
Other related articles you might want to have a look at:
- Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing
- How To Make Money From A Blog
- Is it Really Possible To Make Money Blogging Even While You Sleep?
- Don’t Listen To Your Friends For Blogging Advice, And Here’s Why
- Create Amazing Content That gets Clicked & Viewed
- Free 7 day video series on how to start an online business – with Stuart Ross