Are you looking to start making money with your blog?
Do you wish you could get to that first dollar of revenue but feel like it won't happen?
In this post, I will walk you through a process to help that money to start flowing.
I can remember it like it was yesterday. I started my blog in August of 2008.
In September of that year, I made $3000. It was an AMAZING experience.
No longer was it only an idea. It was a reality. I could do this.
How did I do it?
First off – this is NOT typical. The reason I was able to make that amount of money so fast was because I already had an audience.
I had spent the previous 8 months working my behind off to build up my reputation in a forum.
When I started my blog, the audience came quickly because of the work I had done beforehand.
It was an audience of people who were looking to make money using Freebie Websites.
I was teaching them how to do it and I figured out a problem they needed solving.
Most of them were sticking in the forums all day trying to get people. But they didn't have a site of their own.
My solution was simple – I would set up a site for them (from a template I made).
All they had to do was use my affiliate link to sign up for hosting. Each of those transactions made me $100.
And in my first month of promoting that offer, I got 30 people to say yes.
Why did this work so well? Here are Five reasons:
All in all, it was a successful first campaign.
In this world of online business, there are so many scams out there. I've lost money on scams before and it ain't pretty.
Getting to your first dollar is important because it:
Your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to get to that first dollar quickly.
To make your first dollar with your blog, you will need three things:
In trying to decide on a specific audience, answer the following three questions:
Answering these three questions will help you in the next step. If you haven't narrowed down your niche and target audience yet, listen to this episode.
Once you've identified your audience, you should have an idea of what problems they face.
For this activity, choose the most pressing problem to move forward on.
Ask yourself this question – Which problem are they most likely to spend money to solve?
Beyond that I want you to think about problems where the barrier to entry (of the solution) is low.
Now that you've identified a specific problem, it's time to find a solution.
Since you're still new to this, start with an affiliate product. These are products where you refer people using a special link (affiliate link). If someone decides to buy, you get a commission.
Here are a few reasons why I recommend starting with an affiliate product:
This will be great practice for all the amazing things you will do in the future.
IMPORTANT: It's very important for you to choose a compelling product. Here's what I mean by compelling:
Affiliate marketing has come a long way. There are many companies that offer affiliate programs. Here's where I would recommend for you to look.
This is the best option for finding great options for products/services to promote. What have you used and gotten value from in the past?
When searching, it's great to try something that offers a decent commission. But it is not necessary.
If you don't know if a particular product has an affiliate program, here are two things you can do:
I generally find that by doing these three things I can find the affiliate program. Or, I find out that there isn't any.
Amazon is a great place to look for products to promote because they sell everything (almost).
The affiliate commissions are pretty low (between 1 and 10% depending on the product sold).
But you make a commission on anything that person buys within 24 hours of clicking on your link.
So if you recommended that diaper and they buy a couch, you will be happy.
Another great option is that they pay a flat bounty for audiobook sign-ups. You can recommend a book, refer someone to get 2 FREE books and make $5 for each signup.
There are other affiliate networks that you can check out that list all kinds of products. Here are a few:
Whatever you decide to promote, I recommend you try it out first. NEVER recommend something you haven't used yourself.
Once you decided on an affiliate product/service to promote, it's time to create content.
Create a detailed review of this product. In doing so, I recommend you share your story.
How did you stumble onto the product/service? How did/do you use it? What were the benefits you experienced?
Then switch to focusing on them – what specific problem will it help them solve?
Your goal here is to give as much detail as possible to help them make an educated decision.
I also recommend including lots of pictures and even video (if you want to be ambitious).
Here are a few more tips to help you be successful:
This is something you should spend some time on. You want to have an element of curiosity in there. But you also want to show that it's a solution to a specific problem.
Here are some example titles that would work well:
Spend some time to get this right. It will pay off in the future.
When someone shares your post on social media, this is the image that will show up.
Select this image carefully. Remember – it's NOT about the product. It's about the transformation.
It's a good idea to use curiosity in the image. Pay attention to the images you click on. What do they have in common? How can you use those elements in the images you choose?
Now that you have your awesome article written, it's time to get the word out there. Here are a few steps you can take.
It doesn't matter how large or small your list is, use it. Send out an email letting them know about this amazing solution.
Don't tell them all about it in the email. Instead, let them know they can find out about it in your latest blog post. Then link to that post.
Social media can be powerful for helping you get the word out there. Here are some things you can do:
This can be annoying. But if you do it right, it actually provides value.
Do you know people who would find value in the product/service? Send them a PERSONAL message. Let them know why you thought of them.
Note: this should NOT be a template email. It should be personal.
Also, feel free to ask them to share it with others who might be interested.
Here are a few other things you might want to try:
If you take the steps outlined here, you are on your way to your first dollar.
Once you make that first dollar, I want you to go all out and celebrate that win.
Do a happy dance (or whatever celebration looks like to you). Don't let that moment pass you by. It's the first of many.
And now I turn it over to you. Once you've decided what product/service you will promote, let me know in the comments.
And if you need feedback, feel free to ask.