Resources For Blogging & Online Business

You’ve probably noticed that the internet is a massive place packed full of information. Many of us spend countless hours looking through articles and browsing information that isn’t valuable to us. It can be difficult to find the best content out there when the volume is just so high.

The nature of the internet also makes it very difficult to focus. Distractions are abundant and it’s so easy to get lost in a trail of things that are completely unrelated to what we’re supposed to be doing. The average attention span is now literally less than a goldfish. A good way to combat this is to develop great browsing habits that stop you from getting distracted.

Whether you’re looking for online business ideas or for a way to get started with blogging, i’ve decided to compile a list of useful content I’ve come across recently.

There are websites that consistently stand out in terms of quality and actionable, valuable content that will really help you drive results in whatever you’re doing and I’ll be sharing some great resources with you today.

Looking To Start An Online Business?

There has truly never been a better time to start an internet business. The advancement of technology coupled with the sheer variety of opportunities available at the moment makes for a wonderful landscape that is packed full of business opportunity.

Some things to bear in mind before jumping into any business venture:

  • Make sure you can dedicate enough time to build it out into something that will make money for you. There’s no point spending two hours a week on something. Side businesses can be great but you still need to put the work in.
  • You head needs to be in the right place. If you’re coming from an “opportunity seeker” mindset, you’ll jump between different business opportunities and succeed at none of them. You need to pick something and stick with it until you get results. Stay laser focused and dedicated to your choice and be consistent with your work.
  • Don’t pick something you hate. This is quite an obvious one but I feel like I just need to put it out there! Everything in your business will be so much harder if you don’t enjoy working in it. Granted, you won’t be having the time of your life with any business venture (especially when you’re just starting out) but at least try to go for something you have a vested interest in.

Here are my best business idea resources:

Business Ideas With Low Investment (Bengu Marketing)

100 Business Ideas You Can Start Today (Entrepreneur Handbook)

25 Business Ideas You Can Launch Whilst Working Full-Time (Inc.com)

101 Small Business Ideas (The Balance)

50 Business Ideas You Can Start At University (SaveTheStudent)

Business Ideas For Women (Bengu Marketing)

Looking To Start Your Very Own Blog?

Blogging is seen as just a hobby for so many people when it can be so much more. Thousands of people all over the world use their blog to generate a passive income stream that allows them to live a life of freedom and flexibility.

Things to bear in mind before jumping into blogging:

  • Starting and ranking a website will take time. Creating content and hitting publish doesn’t mean people will automatically see it. Getting traffic to your site will be the hardest part of blogging.
  • Blogging is a long game. It’ll take a while for you to get good at writing (unless you’re already amazing) and be able to produce the quality of content that people want to share with their friends and family.
  • Blogging has a low barrier of entry but also a low percentage of people actually making money. Blogging is easy to get into but though to master. You have to be dedicated to the cause if you want to be in the top 10% of earners online.

Here are some amazing blogging resources for getting yourself started:

How To Make Money Blogging (Problogger)

How To Create a Blog In 20 Minutes (Start Blogging Online)

19 Things You Should Know Before You Start Blogging (Blog Tyrant)

The Ultimate Guide To Starting a Blog (Art Of Blog)

How To Monetise Your Blog (WikiHow)

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Hidden Strategies Of Successful Bloggers

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Blogging monetization is a multi layered strategy. You need to access the first layer to better understand and access the next layer.

When you have the audience and the basics of your blogging monetization set up you’ll want to make the most of what you have. That usually means monetizing your audience better. If you think of your audience as a person, let’s say for the sake of this example that your audience is your cousin Sarah and your brother Ken, they represent everything that your audience is.  You have a very successful blog about how to live a healthier life. Ken and Sarah really love your posts, they exercise the way you tell them to on your blog, they even eat what you tell them to and sleep when and how much you tell them to.

Now for just one moment consider the power you have on Ken and Sarah’s life, they really value you as a partner and are committed to doing what you propose.  In some way they are already giving you profit, due to the monetization technics that you already have in place on your website.

But Ken and Sarah go to the grocery store almost every day, they buy clothes almost every week, they go to the bookshop every month and probably once a year they travel to another country.

With affiliate marketing you can tap into these profit opportunities in Sarah and Ken’s life.

The Power Of Affiliate Marketing

When we are talking about affiliate marketing we need to understand that you can represent big brands or small brands through specific affiliate marketing programs or you can represent almost everything through a general affiliate program such as Amazon. Meaning that anytime Sarah and Ken buy healthy products on Amazon that where suggested by you, you get a share of that revenue. That is not limited only to food, books on self improvement, clothes, sporting gear that you recommend but also to an adventurous trip that you recommend for summer vacation.

Of course that trip cannot be recommended through Amazon, at least not yet. There are multiple sources finding affiliate programs to join to. You can use Clickbank, ShareaSale, Linkshare, to find some of the best affiliate programs but you are not limited to these platforms. Aside from Amazon you have iTunes program for example that gives you an opportunity to tap into a great market of digital products that are widely loved and recognized.

This is the hidden strategy used by the bloggers that make the most revenue from their websites. As an affiliate you can get huge commissions for great products that your audience already buys.

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Monetising Your Blog Through Email List Building

Email lists will be your most valuable asset in the long run when it comes to monetising your blog. It’s like having your prospects phone number and giving them a call, every 15 days. Actually, it’s better than that, with a good email list you’ll reach your target audience at the tap of a button.

How big should your Email list be?

As big as possible. You want to have as many contacts as possible in order to reach your audience easily with your new content and products. But don’t forget that having a list that is not targeted to your niche is fairly useless. The value of your email list is that they know who you are and they subscribed to hear more about you because they already like what you have to offer. So don’t try any black hat tactics. Buying email lists is a complete waste of time. These lists have been thrashed multiple times by people, avoid like the plague!

Most people don’t have huge email lists, other people are just starting their list and that’s okay. Start gathering some emails with a newsletter on your website. Email lists take time to build that’s why we wanted you to have this strategy to have things rolling faster!

Offer a Giveaway that really interests your audience. Something as simple as a ten page report on how to “insert something that you are teaching here” will do. Don’t forget how important it is to give valuable information, information that your audience can’t get anywhere else!

Just before your “Get it Now” button ask for their email address. You’ll see your list build up within days!

Now let’s get to what really matters.

What should you do with that email list?

Simple. Do what you already do.

Send them an email when you have that cool article coming out, they will be glad to hear from you. How does that turn into cash? Any visitor equals a money making opportunity if you have advertising on your blog.

Your focus should be to keep your audience coming back. As simple as that!

Now, every once in a while, you should use your mailing list to make a few extra bucks. Tell them about your new products or products you are endorsing.

In the long run, your email list, if treated with care can be your biggest source of revenue for your blog. It may not seem much when you are starting out but as your list grows so do the money making opportunities that are associated with them.

Don’t forget to treat your email list as a friend! Build that relationship by providing transformational value to your prospects! It will pay back in dividends in the future.

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Create Your Own Product?

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Something that only a select few bloggers think about when it comes to monetising their blog is creating their own product. And that’s okay, because there are other sources of revenue you can tap into. But if you want to tap into the real revenue-generating power, then you should consider creating your own product.

Most of us have a lot of expertise, we can be great cookers, great coaches, football players or understand children’s issues and struggles. But if you are a successful blogger you should definitely try to make more money from the public you have.

A successful blog is measured in traffic, not on how much money the blog is making. But if we are honest, money is always an important part of the equation.

To have a steady income you should focus your efforts in having multiple revenue streams, more than one or two ways of making money with your website. Being that if one of your monetization methods fails you one month, the other revenue streams will make you feel safe and give you financial stability.

Having your own product is the ultimate money making aspiration for any blogger, because your revenue per sale is huge in comparison to all other monetization opportunities.

How to create your product:

First avail your audience, those are your buyers so if you don’t get this first step right you might as well not do it at all.

Let’s imagine that you have a Daily Recipe Blog. You need to create a product that will give value to your fans. Make them love your product as much as they love your blog and you’ll be just fine!

Secondly, think of something you can do. If you can write, (and you do, after all you are a writer!) write a book. In this example it can obviously be a recipe book, something that you know a lot about. But if you have car themes blog for example be creative, you can always write tips to having your car at it’s best shape at all times.

Or then again, write the Secrets to the greatest cars in human history! You can have the title, but mostly just write about what you know and give value to your visitors!

Once your book is ready, revise it. Make sure it’s not filled with typos, and that you don’t repeat yourself too often. Your fan’s time is valuable, don’t waste it!

You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”… But then again, people do. So you should worry about that. Hire a graphic designer and demand their best work. It will be worth it.

Now that  you are ready to launch your product you need to define if it’s going to be a physical or digital product.

If you are starting out and testing the waters, just go with an e-book. It’s your cheapest option to test if your audience will love it. As soon as you see your product sales spiking, then turn your product into a physical book. Your bank account will thank you for it!

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Tips For Affiliate Marketing Mastery

There are so many different ways to market your business, but why waste your time with techniques that don’t really work on your blog? Affiliate marketing will get you the attention and sales that you want to see. If you’re a complete newbie to the world of affiliate marketing I would highly recommend reading this comprehensive post on Bengu Marketing.

In order to run a successful affiliate marketing business, you have to attract the right consumers to your website. Writing articles that are relevant to the product or products you are selling, is an efficient way to do this. For example, if you are promoting natural health remedies, post articles on your website about arthritis, the benefits of natural health remedies or how garlic can ease joint pain. This may seem obvious but you’d be surprised at the amount of blogs that post irrelevant information. Consumers looking for information that pertains to the products you are sponsoring are more likely to pull out their credit cards and increase your monthly sales.

Check the company’s reputation. Working with a company who has a bad reputation is pretty obviously a bad idea, but dig a little deeper to see how their underlying reputation looks. They may have undisclosed issues, like a lawsuit that hasn’t made the news yet. You don’t want to affiliate yourself with a company that will, in the end, damage your reputation as well.

Affiliate promoters should embrace new selling methods, such as text-message campaigns. This is still a relatively new service, but already there are thousands of affiliates using this text service to keep their customers informed and to promote new products and affiliate offers.

You should check often to see how well banners, text links and recommendations are doing. If you find that one is doing better than another, you should change your tactics so you can yield maximum profits and sales results. Checking these statistics quite often will increase your earning commissions.

Pre-sell the offers that you want your readers to buy. Just adding a link to a product is not going to make you much money. Explain why you love the product and why you are someone they should listen to. Include the benefits that you have received from the products.

When implementing affiliate marketing on your site, always inform your readers of your affiliations. Be up front about your relationship with the vendor; failure to disclose that you receive some degree of revenue from the advertisements can often make many customers feel as though you are trying to be dishonest or promote the vendor simply to make a quick buck.

An affiliate website’s success depends on the site’s ability to attracting visitors. Your ability to attract visitors depends on two simple factors. The content you create and your strategies for promoting that content. Your content should be so good that people can’t resist sharing and linking to it. This is called a “linkable asset”. Linkable asset are one of the best ways to rapidly grow your following. People love valuable content that is easy to read and full of actionable tips!

It is important to encourage visitors to stay on the site and convince prospective customers to visit the retailer’s site. It is a good practice to reward returning customers or the ones making larger purchases in the form of a sample product or gift.

Your affiliate website should complement the products your retailer offers through your links. Positive feedback, additional descriptions, personal recommendations encourage visitors to click on the merchant’s links and buy the products you promoted, which generates income and provides compensation for your work. Help your visitors to make the decision to buy your retailer’s products.

Make a content site with affiliate links, not an affiliate site with some content added as an afterthought. Web surfers are a smart bunch. They can generally tell when a site exists only to pitch a product or service. Choose a topic you are passionate about and write articles about it, then research affiliate products that dovetail naturally with the subject.

If you don’t have the techniques down to make money, let’s face it, you aren’t making any money! Don’t let random information about marketing fill your head, apply the information you have learned about affiliate marketing from this article, and get the attention and sales that you dreamed your business would have.

Useful resources if you want to find out more about affiliate marketing:

This article on high paying affiliate programs.

A definitive guide to becoming an affiliate, perfect if you want to learn affiliate marketing.

A fantastic list of online business ideas, many of which can be implemented in your blog.

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How To Make Money Blogging

Today I will be sharing another useful video that we came across on Youtube. It covers the basics of how to make money blogging.

There are many different ways to monetise your blog and its up to you to choose the most relevant method for your particular blog. The most popular method for blog monetisation is definitely affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing in a nutshell is the act of promoting a product/service of any kind and getting rewarded in the form of affiliate commissions for sending a customer to a website, who then goes on to make a purchase.

Done right, it can be incredibly lucrative.

Here’s the video…

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Beginners Guide To SEO

You will quickly see a link between search engine ranking, and your sales. Keep on reading to learn how optimizing your site for search engines will get your site a great page rank.

A basic grounding in the concepts behind search engine optimization will help you implement it effectively on your own site. Search engines use sophisticated computers to determine how your site compares to others with similar keywords. They do this using algorithms and formulas to determine your rank. Using SEO techniques effectively will make sure that when someone searches for content that you can deliver, they will find you. You will find that search engine optimization will build your customer base if you do it the right way.

After a search engine finds your site, it will rank it in one of several different ways. Keywords located in your article and title are one of the methods employed by search engines to rank your site. Sites that are most updated and visited are searched as well.

Garnering rank priority with search engines is a matter of time and design. You need to have the correct information on your site to give the web crawlers the information they want to increase your ranking. When you put keywords to use in the right way, you can focus attention on your site. You will be able to increase your business through search engine ranking increases when you are able to increase your niche impact overall. After you have mastered this technique, you are sure to see positive results.

Companies with significant marketing budgets are generally the only ones that can afford to purchase the featured or sponsored entries on many search engine result pages. Most websites do not have the financial resources to pay for these placements.

Links are a great way to optimize your website! It doesn’t always have to be about keywords. Links to other pages on your site is a great way to optimize. Another thing that you can do is to link to other websites, and ask them to do the same thing for you.

When you get the targeted visitors that you were seeking, you can take that as evidence that your techniques have succeeded. A small percentage of your total site visitors will be not from shoppers, but from random site clickers. People who hit your site randomly are less likely buy from you, since they weren’t looking for your services in the first place. Get more specific traffic and increased sales on your website. Proper use of keywords, in addition to well placed advertising on popular websites, are the best ways to get your potential customer base interested.

Your business requires a site. A high-quality website is downright vital if you intend to build your customer base online and make more sales. Try to use these tips to improve your site.

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How To Start A Profitable Blog In 2016

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Blogging is absolutely huge right now. The online industry is booming and is showing no signs of slowing down. Have you always dreamt of living a lifestyle where you can run a profitable business from your laptop? Imagine having the ability to be anywhere in the world and still being able to run your business, as long as you have a laptop and internet connection.

This may sound like a fantasy for some of you but thousands of people are already living this laptop lifestyle. It is something that is within reach of anyone willing to empower themselves with the relevant skills and mindsets.

Starting an online business from scratch with no prior knowledge can be very daunting. You may have certain assumptions about how difficult things might be or how long it’ll take to set yourself up online. The reality of the situation is that you can have a fully functioning, fully featured website up and running in under an hour.

You don’t need to spend a fortune hiring someone to build a website for you.

The tools and technology we have access to has made everything so much easier to do yourself. Being technical is no longer an issue in 2016.

WordPress is a fantastic platform that is super user-friendly and allows you to build a blog, literally within minutes. Its as easy as eating cake. Really!

The following video runs you through the whole process of starting your blog and running it as a business from scratch. It is a lengthy 2 hour video but it takes you from start to finish on how you can start a profitable online business from scratch.

We hope you enjoy it!

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