Archive for Profit

How a Product Funnel
Makes Blogging Profitable

Product-FunnelBuilding a product funnel on your blog is key to making all your hard work profitable.

As I explained in my previous post, a great product funnel provides your readers with an opportunity to get to know you, like you and trust you. You make compelling offers to your readers that they can receive from free to fee:

  • Some information for free, immediate download, no strings
  • Some information for an email address, which will prove you can be trusted to deliver good stuff and not abuse their email
  • Some valuable information worth paying for, even if it’s only a few dollars
  • Excellent products and services that deliver much more than expected, worth the price.

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Build a Product Funnel on Your Blog:
Make Your Content Marketing Profitable

FunnelAre you building a product funnel on your blog?

In my recent blog posts, I’ve been talking about ways to earn money blogging using two different methods:

  1. Sell products directly through your blog (or website)
  2. Sell products or services because of your blog, or indirectly

These are two key elements of a product funnel – a key internet marketing strategy that will help ensure that you are not leaving money on the table or missing opportunities to solidify the relationships your hard-earned content marketing efforts are creating. Read More→

How to Make Money Blogging

Do you know how to make money blogging? Let me ask you this: Are you earning money because of your blog?  If so, your blog is a means of indirect sales.

As I talked about in my last post, there are two different methods you can earn money blogging:

  1. Directly
  2. Indirectly

How to Make Money Indirectly from a Business Blog

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How to Make Money Blogging:
Yes – You Can Still Make Money Blogging!

Profitable BlogCan you still make money blogging? Or is it too late to get in to the game? As I shared in my last post, the blogging has rapidly changed, but it’s not too late to start a blog, or turn your existing blog in to a source of income.

The first step is to identify your blog goals – you’ll want to keep these in mind as you consider the ways you can earn money directly with a blog.

There are two primary methods:

  1. Directly
  2. Indirectly

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A Brief History of Business Blogging
(And How to Make It Profitable)

Business-BloggingHow do you make money from business blogging? This is a question I was recently asked by a friend. It seems like a straightforward question, but the answer is complex.

Most blogs aren’t profitable, but people devote a great deal of time and energy to them. There must be a good reason, no? You need to understand how to use business blogging to suit your business goals.

Things have changed in the blogging stratosphere, rapidly. Let’s review how it all started, because it’s revealing.

According to NYMag, the first business blog was created in 1994, Do you remember Altavista, Webcrawler or AskJeeves? In case you don’t, that’s how early adapters searched the internet.  And then Yahoo launched in 1994 and utilized man-made descriptions with each URL. This was a game changer for many. Here are a few key dates that led up to business blogging: Read More→

Business Blogging: 4 Ways to Have Fun and Profits

(Vacation time, so here’s another guest post, this one by Susan Long,  freelance marketing consultant.)

If you’re writing your blog for more than just fun, you’ve probably thought about how you can make some money from it. There’s plenty of ways you can make cash from your writing, and you might not have thought of some of them before.

1) Putting ads on your blog

This is the most obvious way to make money blogging. You can sign up for Google Ads and Adbrite, which are two of the most well-known. The best thing about Google Ads and Adbrite is that you don’t have to have lots of readers to put their ads on your site. If you’re just starting out blogging one of these is the best way to start. You can also sell links in your articles with companies like or Text Link Ads.

Once you’ve got more readers – say maybe once you’re getting a thousand hits a week – you can think about approaching bigger ad networks like Chitika and putting more “mainstream” ads on your blog.

And if you have a specialist or local blog, remember you can approach relevant businesses directly and ask them to advertise. For instance if you write a blog about soccer in your country, you could ask sports stores in your city if they want to advertise

2) Putting ads in your RSS feed

If you use Feedburner to optimise your RSS feed (and if you aren’t, why not?), you can easily put ads in the RSS feed of your blog, so people who read your blog through RSS will see ads.

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Content Marketing for Online Profits: the eBook Is Ready

Medium-222x210content-profitsV2withmouse Have you read Content Marketing for Online Profits yet? I quietly introduced it on this blog last week, and haven't made any big announcements yet. 

Here's what's in it: 

=> What is a Content Marketing strategy?
=> What is a Content Marketing information product funnel?
=> How does content lead to sales?
=> What are the psychological triggers than turn readers into buyers?

I'm still working to get the bugs out of it, but there don't seem to be many. Here's what one reader said:

"Wow! It's obvious to me how much work you put into this ebook. I am certain that I will learn something new every single time I review the 'pages'. I am also very impressed with the delivery through KnowledgeGenie –looks like a very valuable tool to get that e-book written and delivered professionally and with pizzazz!

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5 Things You Need to Know When You Blog
for Content Marketing Results

Question-mark-key-i How does content marketing with a blog turn into profits?

How do you turn readers into customers who buy or hire you?

How does participating in social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn get results in terms of new clients?

It's one thing to come up with fresh blog content that educates and entertains readers. It's another thing to sustain that energy that it takes to frequently post on your blog… especially if you're not seeing the money right away.

Stay on track with conversion goals by asking and answering these 5 questions each time you blog…

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Beware Boredom, the Road to Mediocrity Lies Ahead

My-tv By now you may have given up on setting New Year's resolutions… too many disappointed attempts at losing weight, or working out, or making big bucks… Broken promises to yourself can turn you off to goal setting, that's for sure.

Enough talk about woulda, coulda, shoulda, who cares? Don't worry, be happy! That's my advice.

And yet I can't help but take a peek at what worked last year, what didn't work, and make plans to more of the former and less of the latter. As it turns out, I had an excellent year, both financially, and in finding passionate fun in my work.

It's too easy to get caught up in work that pays the bills. I'm not saying you should only do what's fun…If you're not paying attention to where the passion lies, however, you may be on a fast track to mediocrity, boredom, and burnout.

In my opinion, we get bored when we have to do repetitive non-creative tasks that don't challenge us to think. But we can also get bored when we disengage from tasks because we don't like them, they're too hard, we aren't good at them… or we aren't seeing good results.

This is dangerous because if you're just blogging because you need to stick to a schedule, then you aren't blogging with a passionate message to deliver. You won't get good results. How could you?

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What Is a Content Marketing Information Funnel?

Pipeline-2 Are you building a content marketing information funnel? If not, you're leaving money on the table. Not only that, you're missing an opportunity to solidify the relationships your hard-earned content marketing efforts are creating.

It's odd that Wikipedia doesn't have a page written about this key internet marketing strategy. There's a page for purchasing funnel and one for sales funnel. And there are over 3 million results on Google for product funnel. Okay, don't go there now, here's what you need to know:

Content marketing works because you take a reader through the steps of getting to know you, like you, and trust you. This is the KLT factor. Here's how it works:

  1. Your blog should have cornerstone content pieces to communicate your core values and passion and business mission. These are stand-alone pages to highlight your core information.
  2. Your blog (or website) should have a well-crafted bio or About page, which tells your back story, who you are, and why you care.
  3. Your blog or website should have client stories, case studies and testimonials everywhere to tell your clients' experiences with working with you, your products and services.
  4. And next, you need continual, clear calls to action, so that readers can take the next steps.

Next Steps

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