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A search of ‘blog income’ on Pinterest yields hundreds of blog income reports with earnings as high as $100,000/month. Yes, you read that correctly… one blogger, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner earns over $100,000 per month and after enrolling in her course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, I’m now revealing the secrets that will empower you to accomplish the goal of earning more money in your blogging business. Please understand that earning a massive amount of income from your blog is not magic. You will not go from $0 to $100,000 overnight, but if you’re willing to implement the action steps revealed in these secrets, your blog income will steadily increase from month to month and before you know it, you’ll be earning the big bucks!
SECRET #1: You Must Work WITH Other Bloggers
Blogging is not a competition. Let me say that again… Blogging is NOT a Competition! Rather than being a competition, successful bloggers understand that this is a collaborative business and that to earn massive income, you are required to work with other bloggers.
I guarantee that once you begin working with other bloggers, your income will increase tremendously. After extensively researching the practices of some of the biggest bloggers in the industry, what I found is that they don’t earn the big bucks by doing it alone. Even though it may seem like they are working in isolation, the biggest bloggers always work with other bloggers who promote their products, which allows them to earn affiliate income from doing so. If you look at the blog income report from any blogger that’s earning over $10,000/per month, what you’ll find is that a large portion of that income comes from affiliate programs. Let’s take one of my favorite bloggers, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner from Making Sense of Cents. She earns over $100,000/month from her blogging business. As a matter of fact, her latest income report from March 2017 showed that she earned $130,856 in ONE MONTH! That’s not only unbelievable, but it’s a goal that I have for my own blog and one that you should have too!
After enrolling in Michelle’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, I realized that a large portion of her earnings derives from promoting products created by other bloggers. In her March 2017 blog income report, over $20,000 was earned in one month from miscellaneous affiliates, which she explains is a course offered by another blogger. By teaming up with other bloggers and helping them increase their blog income, she’s able to do the same.
With this concept in mind, the Black Bloggers Network (BBN) was established (Click Here to Join our FREE Facebook Group). In the BBN community we are serious about working with other bloggers by promoting the affiliate products of our members. Not only will we promote our members products through the Monday Motivator Newsletter, but we have an entire shop where BBN Members can list their products. Every product listed in the BBN Shop includes a short description and if our readers want to learn more, the link takes them directly to your website or sales page. In the Member’s Only Section of the BBN Website, there’s a page dedicated to BBN Member’s Affiliate Programs. Here you can read a description of the affiliate programs that our members are offering and join the ones that you are interested in. If you are interested in teaming up with other bloggers and promoting each others products, I highly recommend that you join Black Bloggers Network today. Membership is FREE and ALL ARE WELCOME!
SECRET #2: Almost Every Product/Company has an Affiliate Program
Prior to entering the blogging world, I never realized that almost every product or company has an affiliate program. When I would perform a Google search for a product that I was interested in, I had absolutely no idea that as I clicked on links or ads included in an article such as ‘5 Investments Never to Make as a New Blogger’ that someone was earning money from my purchase.
Examining Michelle’s March 2017 Blog Income Report reveals that she made over $45,000 in one month from Bluehost. It wasn’t until I enrolled in Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing that I learned how to join affiliate programs and embed affiliate links into my blog posts. As I began implementing the practices that I learned from the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course, my blog income began to increase far beyond what I was earning by simply placing ads and banners on my blog website.
If you have products that you use constantly, then I highly recommend that you sign up to become an affiliate and promote the product through your blog. If you’re unsure where to begin, I suggest that you join Flex Offers. Flex offers is an affiliate network that accepts all bloggers, even brand new ones with no traffic and includes over ten thousand products that you can earn money from. By joining Flex Offers, you will be able to earn money promoting products from popular brands such as, T-Mobile, Bodybuilding.com, Fred Meyers Jewelry, Orbitz, Nordstrom, Samsung, Nike and Medifast, just to name a few. After you are accepted into the Flex Offers Network, you are automatically eligible to participate in their Flex-Rev Share Program. Flex-Rev Share allows you to exponentially grow your income by earning a commission of up to 50% of the earnings of your direct referrals.
Learn more about affiliate marketing and affiliate programs that you can join by enrolling in the FREE Blogging Money Makers email course. Upon enrollment, you will immediately receive a Quick Start Guide and for the next 5 days, you will learn about 15 affiliate programs that accept all bloggers. Some of these programs pay up to a 70% commission. You can also access over 80 affiliate programs for every niche by enrolling in the course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Michelle has made it simple for you to find affiliate programs that align to your specific niche.
SECRET #3: Products Increase Profits
As a blogger you spend time every week creating content that your readers find useful and interesting. Over time, as you’ve learned more and more about your specific niche, you’ve probably gained expertise in a specific area. Think about it for a few minutes and answer the question:
What’s your area of expertise?
Your area of expertise is important because it’s where you have the potential to earn the most money in your blogging business. Participating in affiliate programs will yield you more profit in your blogging business, but the #1 source for earning money is through the creation of your own products, such as online courses. Now you may be thinking that you don’t have the skills or knowledge to create an online course, but believe me, you do. If you can create posts every week, then you can easily turn that same information into an online course with Teachable. Michelle’s March 2017 Blog Income Report shows that she earned over $30,000 in one month from her course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing which was created using Teachable. The Teachable platform provides everything that you need to create an online course in your area of expertise. You can add lectures, PowerPoints, videos and downloadable worksheets. Their FREE 7 Step Webinar provides a detailed overview of everything that you can do on their platform and it offers great bonuses at the end so if creating an online course is something that you’re thinking about doing, I highly recommend registering for the free webinar.
If you’re a new blogger or haven’t created enough content to establish a full course, then another product that you can create is an ebook. Lena Gotts created a fantastic ebook describing the 17 Strategies that she used to Increase her Blogs Page Views from 17K to 350 K per month. Sales from the ebook that she created in her area of expertise have increased her blog income to over $10,000 per month.
SECRET #4: Establishing Your Own Affiliate Program Explodes Your Blog Income
A product that doesn’t sell yields no profit. To ensure that your product has high sales, you must establish your own affiliate program and team up with other bloggers to promote your product. Empowering others to earn additional income through your affiliate program results in the explosion of your own blog income.
In order to establish an affiliate program, I highly recommend that you purchase the WP Affiliate plugin for only $49. WP Affiliate gives you the power to set up an affiliate program for any product that you create or sale in your blog store. You control the amount that affiliates get paid and can use PayPal’s mass payment system to do one click payouts every month. You can also use this program to set up a two tier structure like the one used in the Black Bloggers Network Affiliate Program. In addition to the recurring 40% commission that Elite Members earn, our program is set up so that they also receive 10% commission from the income that their direct referrals earn every month. If you so choose, you can set up your affiliate program in the exact same way using the WP Affiliate Plugin.
SECRET #5: Passive Income Isn’t Passive At All
Affiliate marketing, creating your own product and establishing an affiliate program are all methods of creating passive income streams. In other words, you promote the product by including a link in one of your blog posts and as long as your website is live, you have the potential to continue earning money from that link through the years. Many bloggers make the mistake of believing that they can just insert links throughout their blog and that their income will increase, but this is not the case.
To earn the highest profit from your blog, you must not sit back and be passive. Instead, you have to PROMOTE, PROMOTE and PROMOTE SOME MORE your affiliate products. You must continuously share information with your readers and other bloggers.
Even though it is not mandatory to have a large email subscriber list to start earning more money in your blogging business, the fact remains that the more readers that you have, the greater your earning potential. When potential readers visit your website, your ultimate goal is to provide an enjoyable experience that convinces them to join your tribe. The tools offered by GetResponse help you accomplish Action Step #5. With GetResponse, you can set up campaigns that enable you to send automatic emails that include free resources that your readers will love (like Affiliate Programs for All which provides 15 affiliate programs to join).
An industry secret that will help you further engage your tribe is to develop an email course that provides actionable items that add value to their lives. To be successful, your free email course should encourage your tribe to do something that benefits their lives.
By implementing the action steps included in this post, you are guaranteed to increase your blogging income. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to join Black Bloggers Network. Membership is FREE and all are welcome. We’d love to have you!
If you have some secrets that helped you to grow your blog income, please share them with our readers in the comments section. We promise not to tell. LOL!