Are You Ignoring One Rule for Making Money Blogging?

Let’s cut to the chase: We all want making money blogging from our blogs.

Of course! 😉

During consulting sessions with bloggers it’s one of the first items we discuss. Everyone has seen the success stories, and we’d all love to be the next blogging superstar and making money blogging. But how?

When my clients ask how they can make money, I pause the conversation there and change directions. The conversation goes something like this.

Me: “So you’d like to earn money blogging?”

Client: “Yes, but I don’t know how.”

Me: “If you want to earn money for your efforts, you have to provide people with something, right?”

Client: “Yeah, sure.”

Me: “So I ask you, what do you provide to your readers that is so valuable?”

The conversation usually stops dead here. 😀

I suggest that the client takes a day or two to ponder that question. Sometimes they come back with a solid idea, and we can build from there. Other times, though, they come back stumped. They’ll ask, “What do readers find valuable?” There’s a good answer to that, and it constitutes my one rule for making money from a blog.

You have to teach them something.

If you’re just re-blogging the news, or blogging your opinion on current events, you’re not teaching the reader much of anything. There’s an old saying about how everyone has opinions and how they all stink. That applies to bloggers, though you wouldn’t know it by the number of opinion-based blogs out there.

To stand out in the blogging world today, you have to be remarkable. That’s sad for opinion bloggers, because opinions are not remarkable. If you want an opinion on any subject, from the latest political news to the hot new gadget release, you can find it on any number of websites. Dozens of writers race to post updates to blogs, hoping that if they post first that readers will find them. But it’s just a shell game. There is no winner when blogging opinions.

If you ignore that rat race and focus on how you can become valuable to readers, then you might be onto something. And you might find not just one way, but many ways to make money from your blog. When you teach people something new, all sorts of opportunities start appearing.

Of course, after I tell clients about teaching through blogging, they always have a follow-up question: How can I teach people with my blog?. Here is my three-part answer.

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How Can I teach people with blog & make money?

OK, So How can I teach people with my blog and start making money blogging? Here is my three-part answer.

1. Start with something you know

With the internet as your guide, you can learn about almost anything. Even if you’ve never known a thing about home improvement projects, you can learn plenty from instructional texts and videos on the web. But if you want to teach readers how to do something, chances are you’ll need a bit more knowledge. They’re looking for something deep and real, and your understanding based on other home improvement blogs won’t cut it.

Start by blogging about one of your passions. If you know a lot about using the internet to save money when shopping, then start a blog about that. You might not know everything there is to know, but you sure know something. You can start blogging with that knowledge. Of course, that won’t always be enough. You have to be always learning, which brings me to Part 2.

2. Dig deep, then deeper

Picking a familiar topic will help at first, but eventually you’ll have to learn even more about your subject. Why? Because if you don’t you’ll run out of material. Using the above example, if you don’t learn more about saving money online, you’ll never be able to keep up and teach your readers something new. You’ll eventually have taught them everything you know, and from there what can you do?

This goes especially for high-tech subjects. I have a buddy who installs video surveillance equipment for businesses and residences. Take a look at that link and look at all the stuff listed just on the very first page. If he didn’t keep up with those products, he’d never be able to keep up. The same goes for you and your blog. Learn it all, and then learn more.

3. Connect with readers

This goes for any blog, but it bears repeating in this instance. So many bloggers I know neglect to respond to their comments and emails*. If you’re

connect with readers

ignoring those, then how are you getting a feel for what your readers like and don’t like? It’s through these reader connections that we can help our blogs go. Unsurprisingly, this holds true even more so for blogs that teach.

* I submitted a guest post a few months ago and forgot to reply to the comments. Ammar was not happy, and I don’t blame him. Every blogger needs to respond to comments, or else why blog in the first place?

When you connect with readers you can find out your weak points. Maybe you explain certain points in an unclear way. Maybe you use too many words to describe something that needs only a few words. Whatever the reasons, your readers are able and willing to point them out. If you learn from them, as they learn from you, you’ll see enormous growth.

Read : 12 Tips For Writing Engaging Content For Readers

Why teaching works?

So many blog posts I read start with theories but never explain them. We’re just supposed to believe that this works, because the author said so. So before wrapping up, I’d just like to outline how you can make more money with a teaching blog than almost any other type of blog.

  1. Advertisers like teaching blogs. When you teach people things, they often need to buy resources that they don’t already own. That’s a perfect opportunity for an advertiser to step in. Display ads from ad networks typically don’t pay much, but on blogs with a teaching angle you can earn a higher CPM.
  2. Articles that teach people something spread on social media. If I read an article and learn something from it, you can bet I’ll share it to Twitter and Facebook. If I learned something, then maybe others in my social graph will learn something. And if they learn something, they might pass it on to their social graph. If you want to create content that spreads, try teaching people something. It’s the best form of blogging.
  3. Affiliate sales rule. Teaching blogs are tailor-made for affiliate marketing opportunities. You’ll have to be up-front about it, but it can be a big money-maker on a teaching blog. If you link people to the tools and resources they need, they’ll be more apt to buy from you. That means an opportunity to make even more money blogging.

Starting a blog that teaches, like a DIY blog, is never easy. But if you put in the time and effort you’ll find it more rewarding than any other kind of blog. You’ll be helping people do things, and you’ll be rewarded with a modest income. If you play your cards right, maybe even a high income. :)

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12 Things to Do Before Applying for Google Adsense

applying for adsenseI know you want to make some good money with Google AdSense right? 😉

But it’s not easy to get into AdSense program now-a-days. You have to follow few things before applying for AdSense.

You must be thinking that…

How to apply for AdSense

How to qualify for AdSense

Am I eligible to apply for AdSense

What are Google AdSense Requirements

Why Google AdSense rejected my applicaton

This post is going to answer all your questions. It’s going be a bit long so grab a cup of coffee.. 😉
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Customized and Stylized Subscription Widget

ABT widget sidebarMany of this blog readers asked me which plugin/code I’m using in sidebar for Stylized Subscription Widget. So today I decide to share this with you! because It’s almost more than 2 months. I’ve not shared any Stylized Subscription for Widget Blogger and WordPress Widget.

Coming back to topic this widget simple uses HTML and CSS. It’ll keep your sidebar clean! 😉 It contains FeedBurner Form, Twitter Follow Button, Facebook and Google buttons.

To see demo copy code below and place it in our HTML Editor.

Adding Customized and Stylized Subscription Widget

You just need to place a code to your blog widget Follow following steps to add Customized and Stylized Subscription Widget to WordPress and Blogger both!

Adding Subscription Widget To Blogger

  1. Go to Dashboard > Design > Page Elements.
  2. Click Add A Gadget. In window, select HTML/Javascript .
  3. Copy the code below and paste it inside the box.
  4. Save the gadget. Drag the gadget and reposition it under Blog Posts gadget.
  5. Click Save button.

Adding Subscription Widget To WordPress

  1. Go to Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > Available Widgets.
  2. Drag Text widget into a sidebar.
  3. Paste in the code.
  4. Save.

Code for Stylized Subscription Widget

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background-color: #f9f9f9; box-shadow: 0 0 3px #b0b0b0;
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width: 270px;

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border: 1px solid #ccdaed;  padding:11px; margin-bottom: -4px;}

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#subscribe-box .email-box .txt,#subscribe-box .email-box .txt:focus{

border: 1px solid #d2d2d2;

color: #a19999; font-size: 12px;

border-radius: 5px;
-moz-border-radius: 5px;
-webkit-border-radius: 5px;

height:21px;

padding: 6px 28px 8px; width: 93px;

}

		#subscribe-box .email-box .btn,#subscribe-box .email-box .btn:focus{ float:right;

margin-top: 0px;

background: #30a146; 	background: linear-gradient(top, #30a146 0%, #249334 100%);  background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #30a146 0%, #249334 100%);   background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%, #30a146), color-stop(100%, #249334));  background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #30a146 0%, #249334 100%);   text-shadow: 1px 1px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .4);  font-weight:bold;    font-family: "Droid Sans","Lucida Grande",Tahoma,sans-serif; 

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    border:1px solid #248334 ;
    color:white;
    text-shadow:#d08d00 1px 1px 0;
    padding:8.5px 10px;
    margin-left:3px;
    font-weight:bold;
    font-size:12.2px;
    cursor:pointer;
    border-image: initial;} 

			#subscribe-box .email-box .btn:hover{

opacity: .8;
    border-radius:3px;
    -moz-border-radius:3px;
    -webkit-border-radius:3px;
    border:1px solid #248334  ;
    color:#FFFFFF;
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Customization!

Due to some issue. I can’t highlight changes you’ve to make in above code. Hope you won’t mind 😉 . Now look for bold letter above and replace it with your Username, IDs like;

  • Replace latestbloggingtips4u with your feedburner Feed URL.
  • Replace allbloggingtips with your facebook Page URL.
  • Replace allbloggingtips with your twitter url.
  • Replace allbloggingtips with your blog URL.
  • And at least replace https://plus.google.com/103280517588083500359 with your Google+ Profile Link.

Credits!

This widget is first shared on AllBloggingTips. Readers are requested to link back if you’re going to share this widget on their blog!

That’s all. I hope you’ll like this widget. Let me know if I missed anything or you face any issue!

Happy Blogging 😀

12 Tips For Writing Engaging Content For Readers

Are you not getting any readership?

Why?

Because your content is not engaging!

In this post I’ll tell you 12 Tips For Writing Engaging Content For Readers. So read from top to toe! 😉

12 Tips For Writing Engaging Content For Readers

After reading your posts, your audience should feel like hanging around to ask questions, agree, disagree and see what else you’ve got to say. After all, we’re talking potential long term relationships here. Try these 12 Tips For Writing Engaging Content For Readers and you’re halfway towards bagging that customer.

Tips For Writing Engaging Content For Readers!

1. Pose Engaging Questions

At the end of a post, pose a brain-stimulating question. Make them ponder, make them wonder and churn those grey cells to figure out what you want. The idea is to put your site and business fully into your reader’s head so that they come back for more. One of the best ways to achieve this is by stimulating their thought process.

2. Put Out An Ethical Conundrum

Do you feel celebrities are doing good by adopting children from poor African countries? Should those children be taken away from their families just because they can have a better quality of life in the US? That’s an ethical conundrum right there. Put something like that out there in your post and motivate your readers to comment and argue amongst themselves.

3. Get Them To Offer Tips To Solve Something

It could be a problem that you’re facing, or something your customer is facing. It doesn’t matter. Write a post about it and open the door to your readers to contribute 5 unique tips each to combat the issue. In fact, make it a contest; publicly credit the reader with the best tips on your blog so that everyone can see.

4. Open The Door To Sharing

Share a personal problem you’ve experienced in a post and explain how you handled it. Then ask your readers to share how they would handle a similar situation. If you can get them to submit their thoughts in about 400 words or so, that’s a blog post you can use. With just one move, you manage to engage your readers plus get blog posts out of it.

Read : Top 10 Best Social Sharing Plugins For WordPress

5. Share Half A Story And Ask For Projected Outcomes

This is a spin-off from the old college game of spin the tale. Write a post detailing a problematic business or personal situation without detailing the final outcome. Ask your readers to contribute ideas for possible outcomes.  You can suggest some ideas from your side to motivate them along.

6. Start With An Engaging Opener

Your post opening should engage the reader from the word go. Remember, your readers can get all kinds of facts online. They don’t want another fact-spewing post. They want something that’ll ignite their curiosity, motivate their thought process and get them engaged. Make your opener funny, insightful, poky, witty and outrageous if need be.

 7. Make The Content Graphically Vivid

Paint a picture with your words, and draw people into the scene you’re painting. You don’t need to have Pulitzer-worthy authoring skills to do this. Just write in your speaking voice, as though you’re chatting up to your mates at the bar. Throw some adjectives and invectives in (watch out – no profanity!). Throw in some cultural flavor that reflects your background.

Read :  Short Length Post Vs Length Posts – What’s Best?

8. Use The Active Voice

Long, droning passive voice sentences are okay for legal docs and long procedural guides. When it comes to your blog post, keep the voice active. Your reader must be able to relate to the information you’re presenting in a live sense. The purpose will be totally defeated if your blog reads like old prose.

9. Use The First And Second Grammatical Person

It’s your blog; you’re talking to your readers – what’s with the third person? No more ‘they’ and ‘them’ and stuff. Write directly to your audience using first and second person only. This makes your reader feel closer to you and creates a virtual bond of familiarity.

10. Be Direct

Use active verbs instead of inactive verbs to deliver a direct, immediate and energetic impact. Instead of, “I was thinking how to address your issue”, write, “I am thinking about how to address your issue”. The difference is the directness of the tone and also the direct action mode.

11. Play With Words

There are many ways of writing what you want to say and it’s in your hands. For example, instead of saying, “I cannot put up with their holier than thou attitude anymore”, say “If I put up with their holier-than-thou attitude anymore, I’ll just call me a cow and be done with it”. I am sure you can come up with something funnier and more engaging.

12. Provide A Conclusion

Let’s face it; no one has tons of time to read every line of every post. Encapsulate the essence of your article in a short conclusion to help out these busy people. Your conclusion should ideally tie up your points together and provide a short glimpse of what the article is all about.

Read : 4 Reasons Your Blog Will Never Grow!

Over To you!

I hope you’ll like these 12 Tips For Writing Engaging Content For Readers. Have I missed any? Do let me know in comments!

Happy Blogging. 😀

Dean works as content developer for ecommerce conversion optimization company Invesp. Invesp helps businesses in optimizing landing page templates and improving the experience of website visitors.