A Little Monday Motivation- 3 of my Favorite Methods to Create an income (or Increase it!)

Happy Monday!

Happy St Patricks Day!!

I used to hate Mondays, but now I look forward to them because I get to outline my work for the week, and I also get to check out the progress I am making on my blog. 

Last week was a good week for me. A lot happened, my blog got a lot more traffic, and I went into a little bit of detail in my previous blog post: A Month of No Blogging, This is What Happens.

In this post, I explain how affiliates helped me last month, and what I liked about them. 

3 of my personal favorite methods to create income from my blog (or increase it!)

In another previous post: How to create a profitable blog, I explained how to create income from your blog. 

But there are so many ways that this can be achieved. 

At times we may get disappointed because we are not seeing the progress or numbers in either our traffic or our income. So, how can we get some motivation during hard times?

There are 3 methods that I LOVE to use when I want to either grow my income or create another source of income. So, here they are!

1. Working Affiliates Within my Blog Posts.

As a blogger, I KNOW my income is 90% reflective of the traffic to my blog. Basically, if no one visits my blog, I cant create an income. 

I use a variety of affiliates in my blog. As you are able to tell, I also like to blog about them A LOT. What I have noticed since I started blogging for a living, is that people really like to work with an affiliate when they know its popular enough. 

So, I like to take advantage of this and mention the things that I am interested in, through my blog.

Linking affiliates within my blog posts is not only SMART, its also a time saver!

Linking affiliates within my blog posts is smart for a number of reasons. For one, the more I post a link to my posts, the more likely it is that people will purchase the product I am recommending. 

Whenever I mention a product or a service, I make sure I recommend it because I like the product, and I know its worth the mention.

Amazon affiliates has an AMAZING tool, the search box, that lets people search through their site using this widget. I love and use it on every blog I have, therefore, increasing the number of sales. 

If you are using an affiliate make sure that you let people know how its helped you, and why its so popular.

This brings me to number 2.

2. Showing popular products within my posts. 

Whether you are using an already popular affiliate or a new affiliate, your chances of making a profit from that affiliate go up, when your readers know they are not alone in purchasing a product or service from the affiliate link you are offering, or joining a site from your links. 

I like to have links of popular products within my blog posts because honestly, its simpler than searching for the most liked product on any site, or affiliate website. 

Many websites that offer affiliates often show you the most popular or hottest product for the week, or the month. Use that! 

There is nothing better, than having the most popular links given to you already, without having to do any of the work!

3. Finally, Making the posts RELEVANT to the products.

If you really want to increase your income, or create an income from your blog during your first month of blogging, you have to work at it. 

One of the most important things to remember about working with affiliates is that they are constantly changing. 

In order to create a successful profitable blog, your affiliates have to be relevant to your blog. 

As you can see, I try to show as many links to products I use on a daily basis, and help me in my business. Whenever I mention them in blog posts, and attach a link, I try to keep my posts as relevant as possible to the product and make sure I mention them several times through out my post. 

This not only helps my reader understand why the product is so important, but chances are that the person will make more than one purchase from my blog as well. 

Bonus- Less is more.

Here is a bonus MOTIVATION tip for you!

If you are having trouble increasing your income even after you have experimented, tried different blogging styles and done your research, then simply BLOG ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW.

Too many times, I come across many bloggers who have their blogs covered with ads, and affiliate links, but do not really mention them on their posts.

The majority of the time, when it comes to blogging, LESS IS MORE. What does that mean?

You don’t necessarily need to have advertisements all over your blog, for your readers to find your affiliate links. Try to keep all of your links together in one place, to help your readers find your resources. 

My blog has several new pages including A RESOURCE page, where my readers can find all of the affiliates that I run on my blog, and a link where they can sign up to the website if they choose to. 

My resource page has helped me increase my income about 35% in the past 6 months. 

I have all of my affiliates neatly listed- or as much as they can be- through out the page, and It shows my readers the easiest way to sign up through the links. 

I hope this helps you increase your traffic and earnings!

Stay tuned for more tips later this week! 

New Google+ Page Means More Traffic!

Hello All!

Happy Monday! And February is HERE!!

This year is going by waay too fast!

Ok, a little update about this blog.. I officially changed my Google+ page. You can now find a link to this blog and many others on my new Google+ page. It took me a while to get it together, because I have been working on 3 NEW projects, not to mention a NEW idea for a book..

I will let you know about one of my new ideas as soon as I’ve got more information for you..

In general, this year (a whole months worth) has been pretty amazing. I have been able to accomplish one goal, and slowly coming close to accomplishing my second goal, and its ONLY February! So, I am pretty excited. 

Check out my list of Goals I want to accomplish this year! 

One of the things that I wanted to work on is establishing a presence online for my blogs. 

Every blogger knows that when you have more than one blog, things can get a little confusing, if not complicated. 

After doing much research, I have come to realize just how unbelievably important it is to properly set up a Google+ page for your blog or website, ESPECIALLY if you do what I do, and that is- Create an income straight from your blog. 

This weekend, I updated all of my social networks, and I linked this blog (my main blog) to all of my websites and work. So, people no longer have to search for, and Google my name. Now, its automatic. 

Needless to say, my traffic is now out of control. 

By the way- Thank you so much for stopping by!! I appreciate you!

Your Google+ Profile and Page

It is UNBELIEVABLY easy to create or update your Google+ profile. This is a GOLDMINE for traffic, especially if you want to increase your sales. 

One of the first things that I did was update my Current work as this Blog, and other blogs that I am also contributing to. This has not only been a key to my traffic, but it has also increased my traffic to my other blogs. 

My Bio and tagline is also different. Many people leave this blank, but I wanted people to know a little bit more about me. 

My picture is staying the same for now, but I am currently working on taking more pictures and picking out at least one new one for both my blog and social networks. 

The results from your hard work. 

Like I mentioned before, setting up my Google+ page for my blog has given me more traffic. Why? Because I put all my business information directly on my page, helping my work get searched more and indexed faster. 

The one thing I have learned about getting more traffic to my blog is “the more traffic my blog gets, the faster I get Indexed”. Its simple, but it takes a lot of time and strategy. 

Google+ is not only convenient, but its also quite necessary, especially if you want to take your business seriously. 

If you are a freelance writer, or trying to be, updating your Google+ page can help you get indexed in search engines faster, and get attention faster.

If you offer a service, or services, Updating your Google+ profile can also help you display your business and create a path for prospects to contact you. 

A tip when you update your Profile!

While there are several things that you can do to create a better looking profile, these are some of the things that have helped me improve my traffic and Google ranking.

  1. update your About info and Tagline– let people know who you are, and if you dont have a tagline, put up one of your favorite quotes. It doesnt always have to be about work.
  2. Update your “contribute to” section. This is generally a blog or website that you write for, e.i your blog. But if you contribute to writing websites, or are a guest blogger, put it on there. This gives you more control of where you want to send your readers to. 
  3. Mention your Blog or website on your “About me” section. I mentioned this section in number 1, but there is another thing that you can do. Link your blog or website to this section of your Google+ profile. The very first thing that people read about is your About me section. Make it easier to send your audience to your work, and link your blog to this section. Talk about a time SAVER!
  4. Finally! Update your work. If now you have several new blogs, or you are focused on more than one business, then update your work. You can update the amount of links, and the type of links you have shared, and “Liked” on your Google+ profile. Simply go to the main page of your profile and click on “1’s”. This takes you directly to all of your links. You can update as you wish from there. 
I hope this helps you in some way. Let me know how it worked for you!

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