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Can You Really Make Money From Home by Blogging?

Can You Really Make Money From Home by Blogging?By Holly Reisem Hanna

My first experience with a blog was back in 2005. A friend of mine told me that I needed to check out this celebrity gossip blog called, Pink is the New Blog. After reading a few posts, I was hooked. Not only did I enjoy the daily gossip, but I loved the casual and personal nature of his writing. Reading this blog became my morning ritual and it soon got me thinking:

  • Is this his full-time job?
  • How is he making money from his blog?
  • How did land big time TV interviews?

Fast forward to 2007.

After the birth of my daughter, I quit my full-time job as an RN Clinical Research Coordinator and became a full-time stay at home mom. But after nine months of play-dates, mommy and me classes, and a dwindling bank account, I felt the urge to make some money and exercise my brain. I looked online for different work at home jobs, but the majority of my time was spent weeding through scams and sifting through websites to find all of the information that I was looking for. It was at this time that I decided to create my own a monetized blog.

Fast forward to 2009.

After 15 months of doing research, creating content, and having a designer create a custom theme for me — I was finally able to launch in March of 2009. It took me almost three months to get my first advertiser and from there it has continued to grow, and is now my full-time career. While I’m unable to disclose how much I earn, I can tell you how I’m making money blogging and that yes indeed, you can make REAL money blogging! (more…)

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How to Earn What You’re Worth as a Writer

How to Earn What You're Worth as a WriterBy Kimi Clark

People everywhere are wanting to find ways to work at home, and writing has become an attractive option and for good reason! Along with freelance writing for blogs and websites, there is also writing for magazines, newspapers (yes, we still have those!), and a huge array of writing services for businesses both large and small. You can even start a blog and write for yourself!

But just how do you decide what to charge? Unless you write purely for the love of it (which some people totally do, but while most writers do love it, they also want to get paid), you’ll have to decide at some point what you’re worth so you can be sure you’re getting what’s coming to you.

Here are some tips to help you decide what you’re worth.

1. Know Your Value

Know that you deserve honest pay for honest work. You wouldn’t expect anyone to mow your lawn, clean your house, or do your taxes for free, right? As a writer, you’re providing a service to blog owners, small businesses, and clients, and you should be respected enough to be paid for that service.

Beginning writers tend to undervalue themselves. Even without years of experience, education, clips, and testimonials, if you’re good at what you do and can do the job required, you should be paid accordingly. (more…)

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How One Niche Blogger Created a $300,000+ Offer

How One Niche Blogger Created a $300,000+ OfferBy Carol Tice

If you don’t have a lot of blog subscribers, it’s tough to earn well. I know; I’m one of those bloggers who put up an Amazon book cart on my blog the day I launched and earned $1.50 from it.

If you listen to your audience and deliver exactly what they need, though, you have the potential to earn big money, even if your list is small – and even if your audience is broke, like my audience of freelance writers.

Despite those hurdles, I launched a service that’s grown to generate more than $300,000 in income every year, starting when I had only 1,200 subscribers.

Freelance Writers Den is a monthly-membership community for freelance writers that launched in July 2011. By 2015, it had grown to 1,200 members who pay $25 a month, or roughly $360,000 a year in gross income.

The good news is, the steps I used to create this community are simple steps you can take with your own blog readers to figure out your best, most lucrative offer.

Let me take you step-by-step through the process.

Step 1: Identify a Need

As someone who blogs about freelance writing, I get a lot of emails. Many of them run something like this: (more…)

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Blogging Goals to Set This Year

By Angie NelsonBlogging Goals to Set This Year

Whether you’ve just launched a new blog and want to get off to a great start or you’re an established blogger looking to bring your platform to the next level, setting actionable goals will help you achieve your dreams. As you take inspiration from the following blogging goals and tweak them for your own blogging efforts, focus on creating clear, challenging yet attainable, actionable goals. For example, “I’m going to write guest posts for five new bloggers this year,” is a much better goal than “Reaching out to new bloggers.”

Increase your web traffic 100 percent.

Web traffic makes or breaks a blog. You can have the best content in your industry, but if no one is reading it, your efforts are fruitless. Increasing traffic 100 percent may seem overwhelming. However, you simply have to increase traffic 6 percent each month to reach a 100 percent increase by the end of the year. Measuring the monthly 6 percent will keep you on track and not get hung up on the looming 100 percent until you’re well on your way to reaching the goal. Focus on content marketing and search engine optimization to jump start your traffic generation efforts.

Publish long-form content.

If you haven’t attempted long form content at this point in your blogging career, make it a goal for this year.  The average content length for a web page that ranks in the top 10 Google search results for a given keyword has a minimum of 2,000 words. (more…)

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Earn Ridiculous Money While You Sleep

Earn Ridiculous Money While You SleepBy Dan Drew

Admit it. You don’t mind working hard, but you’re tired … tired of working in an office, tired of working for someone else, tired of working hard just to make ends meet, tired of no time, no money, no vacations, no fun, tired of … You’re just plain tired…

But, what if—you could be playing, traveling the world, doing anything — and money still hit you, and it hit you hard, and it hit you again and again … Yeah. You could take a beating like that.

The Pioneer Woman.

Ree Drummond started blogging in 2006. By 2009, she was getting 13 million visitors a month, and by 2011 — 23 million. Wow! And she has a Food Network Show to boot. What a great gal, and family. IInntteerreessttiinngg! Reality blogging at it’s best.

With traffic like that, you can swim in money. You can build houses with it. She has books and their spinoffs, TV shows, and you can see ads listed on her website. Who knows what other income streams she has going. With royalties like that, you could be sunning in the Bahamas, and the cash register rings, and rings, and rings.

Ree started writing about her life, family, dog, and ranch — the things she loved. And people liked what she shared. Then she got interested in photography and cooking and added that. And people liked that too. Actually, they loved it! And then the Food Network came calling. (more…)

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