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How To Explode Your Blog's Revenue In 5 Simple Steps

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So, you want to grow your small hobby blog into a business blog? Well, today we are going to talk about the five simple steps you can take to make sure you get the most out of your blog and potentially explode your blog's revenue. Bloggers make money through ads, affiliate links, and sponsorships but, if you want to take your income to the next level you'll want to start creating your own products! 

Email list

First and foremost you will want to create an email list.Why? Because that is going to be the easiest and quickest way you will communicate with your readers. Once you start getting subscribers you will want to talk to your readers by sending frequent emails and start growing trust.

There are many email providers out there and you want to look at your budget and try to chose what's best for you! But, I really recommend ConvertKit because it was made by a blogger for bloggers so it's a service that really understands all of your needs. It is so easy to use and only costs $29/month. If you have just started out you may think that $29/month is a bit much but trust me when it comes to growing your email list you are going to want to invest in it because I know it will pay off in the end!

Just think about Twitter or Instagram crashing, how are you going to connect with your audience? You want to make sure you have a good email provider to send your readers updates without worrying about another website crashing. 

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Create a product

Start creating your product. This can be an e-course, e-book, workbook, video series, etc... Whatever you create though you will want to share your best content. If you have a passion about something then I recommend you spend some time and try to turn it into something you can sell to your readers. Don't just throw something together and try to sell it because you won't get the results you're looking for! You need to really sit down and think about what it is you want to sell and how you can turn that into either an online product or a tangible product. 

Self Promo ALERT!!! : If you're looking to grow your Social Media presence and also grow your blog then you'll want to check out The Blogger's Social Media Workbook. I share tips and tricks on how you can grow your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope accounts! I also share how you can take your Pinterest account to the next level and start growing that awesome blog of yours! 

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Promote

Promote your product to your social media platform of choice. I personally enjoy using Twitter because I can share it with my followers and also promote it on 'retweet' pages getting more eyes on my tweet, therefore, more traffic to my product(s). Choose a couple of platforms and promote, promote, promote!

You can purchase ads but, I suggest self-promoting for a while and if you absolutely need too then move on to paid ads. Focus on promoting on your social media platform(s) of choice and also on your blog! Write blog posts and incorporate your product into your blog.

Share it on Pinterest

Share the heck out of it on Pinterest. Share it on your own profile and also on group boards. This doesn't mean spam Pinterest Group Boards with your product but seriously share it as much as you possibly can. Make sure to use keywords and titles that stand out! Oh, and don't forget about the images you will want to create images that pop! 

Don't be afraid to ask your audience to share your product

Don't be afraid to ask your buyers or audience that share your product to their friends and family. Maybe offer them an affiliate link or a freebie and make sure to thank them if they do so! You can send them emails asking them to share or ask them on social media. Whatever route you choose you need to make sure to be professional and to thank them for sharing your product(s).  

 

 

Well, I hope you're brainstorming right now and are thinking of how you can start making money with your blog today! 

Thanks for stopping by XO VIDI!

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How To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing (Even Without A Blog)

When we think of affiliate marketing we automatically assume that we need a blog to have affiliate links but that's not true at all. You can become an affiliate and share your links on most social media platforms. 

 

How affiliate marketing works

Once you have found a good company to become an affiliate with you will need to sign up for their affiliate program. You will then get a unique tracking link AKA affiliate link which you will then promote the affiliate link on the internet, wether it be your blog, pinterest or any social media site you would like. Finally, you will get a commission off of clicks or buys. 

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Affiliate links on blogs

When using affiliate marketing on blogs you direct the reader to another site where they can view/purchase the product. Sometimes you can get paid per click and/or by the reader purchasing the product.  Examples of affiliate links I have shared on my blog are: ThriveMarket. 

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Affiliate marketing without a blog  

I use shopstyle collective and they allow me to pin products on Pinterest without having to share it on my blog. All I do is share the product and when someone clicks on it I get a small commission but when someone buys the product I get a small percentage of the sale. There are many companies out there that offer affiliate links but since shopstyle offers fashion and beauty (main topics on my blog) I tend to stick with them. Amazon is another great company to become an affiliate with because they offer almost everything! 

 

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Referral links

I like to think of referral links as affiliate links because you're offering your input on something and when someone uses your referral link you get paid for it.  For example, Ebates is a company that offers referral links. 

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All of these are great ways to make money even while you sleep! Or even when you're traveling!! How great is that?! All you have to do is do a bit of research and find the companies you would like to work with and start promoting those links! 

Thanks for stopping by! Xo, Vidi

10 Ways To Make Money Online Today

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I wanted to share a list on ways to make money online fast! There's obviously a million other ways but these are the top 10 that have generated some extra income for me.

 

Sell on Facebook

There are many Facebook 'groups' that allow you to sell your stuff. Some have more rules than others but it's all fairly simple to use. Just upload a picture of your item, add the price and description, and wait for a buyer. There are local groups but also long distance, so just keep in mind on your pricing and shipping(if needed) prices.

 

Ebay

I don't think I need to tell you how to sell on Ebay haha! It has been around for years! But, I feel like it gets easier to sell as time goes by  because there are SO many people on Ebay from around the world who are ready to buy.

 

ibotta

This is an app that allows you to scan your products and receipts in order to get money back. Obviously, for this one you have to buy something to make money back but if you're already buying groceries why not get a bit of extra cash back?

 

Start an online boutique or Etsy shop

To start either you will need to have money and product first. But, the potential to make extra cash is infinite. I use storenvy for my online boutique. It's easy to use and they will occasionally run promotions for sellers to get your products seen by potential buyers. Etsy is also easy to use but they prefer you make your own product or sell vintage items. With Etsy you get charged a small amount per item.

 

Ebates

This is another 'you need to buy something first to get cash back' way to make extra cash. It is legit and I have been using Ebates for years and years! All you have to do is go to the website (or app) and click on the store you would like to shop at. You can get anywhere from 2%-8% cash back at many online retailers. So, if you love to shop online then this is the solution for you! :)

 

BookScouter

This is probably one of the coolest ways to make extra cash. It's not the easiest but it is worth it if you attend a lot of garage sales/thrift stores. BookScouter is an app that allows you to scan books and sell them through the app. That's it! Scan and sell! You can easily head on over to a garage sale or thrift store, pick up a book, scan it, see how much it's worth, and the sell it. It can't get much easier than that!

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Blogging

I recently picked up blogging again but, when I had my previous blog up and running I made about $40 a month. Now, thats not very much I know but I honestly did not invest much time into it. So, I made $40 a month on a blog that I spent maybe 5 hours a week on imagine how much can be made on a blog that you put your mind to?

 

YouTube

Probably one of the easiest ways to make cash these days. Not the quickest way but certainly easy because all you have to do is upload a video, share it, and hope to get views. It's crazy how much money can be made on YouTube you just have to get the courage to upload videos online (and maybe learn a thing or two on editing videos).

 

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Affiliate Links

I think affiliate links are becoming more and more popular. And just FYI you don't have to be a blogger/YouTuber to get affiliate links. My favorite affiliate website is shopstyle collective. That's what I use 99% of the time. You can use the links on your blogs or even share them on Pinterest. You get paid per click so all you have to do is share the link and get some clicks! Of course, you make more money when people actually buy the product.

 

Shutterstock/Society6

If you have artwork, photographs, or video footage that you'd love to turn into prints(or various items) and sell then here is your answer on how to do just that. All you have to do is upload your work and they do the rest. You set your prices. I wrote a blog post on why I love society6 check it out here.

 

Let me know how you make money in the comments! :)

Thanks for stopping by! XO, Vidi

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