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How To Really Make Money Blogging: 12 Strategies Insiders Use To Make $124,074/Month [Infographic]

In What You Need To Know About Small Business on May 20, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Blogging isn’t always easy, and it doesn’t always make you money.

I started my blog and didn’t make a dime from it for the first two years, but I didn’t quit. I kept it at.

Despite the grueling full time hours and the constant workload, many bloggers come to find that they never see an actual return on their investments. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that it takes a lot more than great ideas and writing talent to become a profitable blogger.

According to a 2012 survey of 1,000 bloggers by Blogging.com, only 17% were able to sustain their lifestyles with their blogs. Additionally, 81% of bloggers have never made so much as $100.

Then there’s that top 2%. That 2% who spend less than 2 hours a day on their blogs, but still make more in a month than most people make in an entire year.

They are the proof of concept. They are what all bloggers strive to become.

As much as I would love to say that these numbers have shifted dramatically in the last 4 years and that gap has been bridged so that blogging is now a profitable business venture for everyone, that’s simply not the case.

Here’s what it boils down to: if you are serious about turning your blog into a full time job that can actually support your family, you need to think of your blog as a business.

Great content is important, but it’s no more important than generating traffic and building a loyal audience base of return readers. Blogging, as much as we want to believe that it is about creativity, is about numbers.

Writing may be your passion, but blogging is a business. Making a successful living off of it can be done, and it can be done relatively easily if you keep that in mind.

That envied top 2% are the proof. We have grabbed 4 top bloggers in various niches and dissected their various monetization strategies so that you can copy them and start turning over a profit, too.

Check out our infographic to get helpful, step-by-step instructions on how to monetize your blog like the best of them.

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About the Author

AndreAndreww Wise is a serial entrepreneur whose sites generate $1+ million in revenue and receive 2.6+ million uniques per year. On his blog, Wise Startup Blog, he shares actionable advice on how you can build massive, passive income streams, designed for the complete newbie. Follow him on Twitter @WiseStartupBlog.

Andrew created a free checklist that lists the top ways $100k bloggers are making money and how you can sign up for them. Here’s a link where you can download the PDF

Digital Marketing In 2016: 4 Tips For Entrepreneurs

In What You Need To Know About Small Business on May 19, 2016 at 6:08 am

According to a recent Google study, people are spending more time online than watching television and consuming all other media combined.  An average person spends around 5 hours and 40 minutes online every day and no more than 4 hours and 15 minutes watching TV. Even though you probably already know that online advertising is the fastest growing medium (by far), you should also keep in mind that the medium is evolving every day. Nobody expects that you stay in touch with everything in the digital world, but it is foolish to think that you do not need to know anything. Therefore, if you want to stay relevant in 2016, here are a few tips about digital marketing.

  1. SEO Is Not Going Nowhere

Every year, there are many publications that loudly declare, “SEO is dead”; well the truth is that SEO is not dead – it is simply evolving. In fact, in a 2015 Econsultancy poll, almost 80% of US agencies said that Search Engine Optimization provides excellent Return On Investment. While the algorithm updates may shakeup the industry, there are SEO consultants and agencies that can help you navigate and interpret the new changes. In addition, you should try to find a distinctive domain name with perhaps a different TLD. While .com domains are still dominant, a different TLD will make your company stand out. Therefore, you should try and find an alternative, like domain.me, choose a unique domain name and improve your SEO efforts.

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  1. Mobile Strategy Is a Must

Two years ago, mobile finally surpassed desktop searches, and ever since then, having a mobile-friendly website became necessary. If you do not optimize your website for mobile, your whole business might be in jeopardy. According to the Mobile Playbook, more than 55% of consumers will not recommend a business with a badly designed mobile website and we all know that bad word-of-mouth can kill your business instantly. More than 60% of people in the United States own a smartphone; the market is big and if you want to stay ahead of the curve, you must have a responsively designed mobile website.

  1. Great Content Equals Great Rewards

To put it simply – content brings visitors to your site. Infographics, “how-to” blog posts, GIFs and even memes can drive more traffic and spark the interest in your services or products. Of course, you need to outline your content strategy carefully before you start creating content or hiring writers, graphic designers, etc. According to a 2015 CMI study, while almost 90% of marketers use content marketing as a part of their overall marketing strategy, less than a third of them (32%) have a well-documented and defined strategy.

  1. Implementing Conversion Rate Optimization

Right away, you should know that CRO is not free; in fact, it can be pretty costly. However, if you want to engage your visitors and ultimately complete more conversions, you need to hire a professional agency to optimize your website. If you have an eCommerce site, CRO is even more important; with cart abandonment rates at around 75% (according to Listrak statistics); it would unwise not to optimize your cart pages for conversions.

Conclusion

Digital marketing and branding is equally important as product development, because everything your costumers experience is the product. This year, with the predicted growth of 12.9%, Internet will become the largest medium for advertising, according to Media Post. In most cases, an average customer will find out about your product or service online, long before experiencing it first-hand. Therefore, if you choose to ignore digital marketing altogether, you will only cause problems for your company and product.

John J. Stone is a business consultant and editor at Bizzmarkblog. He is a devout believer in the notion that form should always follow function and that developing the ability to think outside of the box is a prerequisite of being a successful entrepreneur.

Maintaining Business Fleets

In What You Need To Know About Small Business on May 17, 2016 at 10:04 am

A couple of weeks ago I took my car in to have the tires checked (I thought I saw a bolt in one of the tires…a horrible discovery, but it turned out to be nothing…WHEW!), and the very talkative customer service/sales guy asked me if my company has a fleet of cars for our employees. We don’t. But, it did get me to thinking about car fleets for business and the required maintenance (and costs) of maintaining them.

Businesses that have car fleets for their employees need to keep up on the regular maintenance so that employees aren’t left stranded, or the company isn’t paying a huge bill for a problem that could have been detected early on, or even prevented.

Regular Checkups

Just like with our personal cars, regular vehicle checkups are essential to detecting and preventing serious issues. Every brand has its own recommendations as to when to get the oil changed. This will also be determined by the year of the vehicle. Usually, during these regular checkups, the service company will check all fluids, tire tread and pressure (most time rotating the tires as well), filters, and change the oil.

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Interval Checkups

The interval checkups will be more expensive, so purchasing a maintenance plan would be very beneficial. The interval checkups will be more frequent in the beginning if the vehicles are being purchased new, and then spread out a bit further. The interval checkups will generally consist of flushing the transmission, changing all filters, changing all fluids, and completing a full inspection of the vehicle.

Battery and Electrical Maintenance

Just like in our personal vehicles, fleet vehicles can potentially encounter battery and electrical issues. Requesting diagnostics during the interval checkups, if they don’t already offer that service, would be beneficial to ensure that nothing goes wrong. If you do end up needing to get some electrical work done, be sure that these items are handled by certified technicians so that you don’t end up with more work in the end. Batteries can also be expensive to replace, so be sure to go with a good brand that will last a long time.

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Make Your Employees Responsible

Have a specific log that your employees are required to fill out when checking out a vehicle, or turn in weekly if employees have specific vehicles assigned to them. Information that should be included on this log includes: mileage, any noticed issues (i.e. electrical, the way it drives, interior issues/spills, windshield/windows, etc.), gas levels (if the company is filling up the vehicles), and anything else that you deem necessary to track. Be sure to have someone in your office who is responsible for reviewing these forms on a consistent basis to determine if and when each vehicle needs attention, and of course tracking all maintenance for each vehicle.

Follow these steps and you should be able to stay ahead of any major mechanical issues to help save your company a considerable amount of money.