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I recently did something I’ve never done before: Whipped out my credit card in the middle of a packed club and punched my digits into an order form to purchase a WordPress plugin. It’s a plugin that has totally transformed how I look at publishing information online and something I expect to use for many years to come.
It has nothing to do with writing, however. Instead, it’s designed to help make your podcast easier to digest for your audience, and easier to grow for you. Here’s the kicker: It’s only available for 72 hours, or when 300 licenses are sold. Whichever comes first.
It has been a long time since I published a data-centric blog post, even though they’re often my favourite to write and tend to get the best response. Today I’m going to share with you some of the biggest earning blogs (and a few non-blogs) on the web that don’t rely on affiliate links or selling products. Instead, they make a good portion of their income – and in some cases all of their income – through good ol’ advertising.
One site is pulling in over $10,000 per month with only two posts per week, while others are hammering out 50 articles per week and making a livable income as well. Of course, there are blogs making much more money than this – Digital Photography School, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, etc – but there isn’t much inspiration when you think of how many people are actually working on those sites. Instead I’ve decided to focus on this with just a few people behind them (and often just one) to show you what is possible online.
A few years ago I wouldn’t have written a blog post about affiliate marketing. It all seemed too dirty. But that’s changing now thanks to a few animal updates from Google.
These days it’s all about trust and authority – you need your readers to see your blog as an authority and you need Google to trust your SEO strategy. That means it’s harder than ever to succeed but it also means that the people willing to work away at it for months and years are doing very well.
In this post I’m going to show you:
New York Times best-selling authors Chris Brogan and Julien Smith recently launched their latest book, The Impact Equation, and kindly mentioned me as someone who has built up a large following of passionate (and attractive) readers. They also compared me to Seth Godin, showing how people who write totally different types of content can still grow a respectable audience in the same niche.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Seth. Though his posts are usually very short, more often than not they contain ideas you can apply to your business immediately. In this post I’m going one step further by taking Seth’s short, motivating style and opening up my Evernote account for you all to see.
June was the first time in the history of this site where the blog gained over 1,000 subscribers in a month. To be specific, the final increase count was just over 1,300. Even though I’m posting as infrequently as I ever have, traffic levels are at their highest, and the blog is converting visitors into subscribers better than ever before.
I’m not saying this to brag, but to show that the changes I’ve slowly been implementing are having a big effect here, and I want to share them with you all today. If you haven’t been getting the results from blogging that you were hoping for, or you just want to fine-tune things a little, then this post is for you.
Utilising the power of the keyphrases that people use online has enabled me to make a full-time income since February 2009. I’ve spent the last two and a half years of my life doing nothing but using my own tactics, coupled with powerful resources, to analyse industries in order to get more website traffic. And, in-turn, make more money. This is known by many as Keyword Research.
It is this keyword research that has allowed me to get 981,000 unique organic search visitors to a 3 month old website, grow blogs faster than I ever thought was possible and – more than anything – allowed me to be free from a boss and the 9-5 grind.
Thanks to one of my favourite tactics for increasing the number of leads I generate with my sites, it’s very possible to double the amount of visitors you convert into subscribers – with just 10 minutes of work – today. The process also makes the challenge of attracting new customers far easier to conquer.
It’s one of the most effective tactics used to grow internet empires yet there’s a good chance you’re not even using it. People who have been in the internet marketing world for a while now will know what I’m referring to, but for everyone else, allow me to introduce you to Split-Testing. The basis for another in-depth tutorial and exclusive ViperChill case study.
Let me begin this post by saying that for the first time ever, ViperChill has crept under the 10,000 Alexa mark (!). The number doesn’t really mean that much, but it is nice for a site owner to see. What’s even more surprising is that I didn’t write a blog post for weeks. I guess my Cloud Blogging strategy has merit *wink*.
Today I’m going to reveal exactly what I’ve discovered about making money with blogs over the last four years. Your fellow blogger does not want you to see this because these simple tactics are guaranteed to help you make more money from blogging, and (possibly) reduce the potential income they can make themselves.