Making Money

  • 5 Courses You Need to Make Money Blogging

    Is it your dream to make money blogging?

    As a blogger, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number of courses out there that offer to help you make money.

    It seems as though there are courses available on every single little part of blogging and online entrepreneurship. Some of them claim to be able to make you six figures in a matter of months. Others claim to make you a pro at marketing overnight. Some are free and others cost $1,000+.

    So, how do you know which courses are for you? How do you justify spending money on some courses when others are free? Are you learning from “the best” in that area?

    I’ll start off by saying that nothing is “free”. I know I sound cynical but it’s true. Almost every free course out there is part of a sales funnel to entice you into buying a premium product or service. There’s nothing wrong with that at all (it’s something most bloggers and business owners do) but it is worth bearing in mind.

    The best way to ascertain whether a course is right “good” and worth the money is to ask people who have already taken the course. For every course that I have purchased (outside of the Ultimate Bundles packages), I have carried out research and asked for feedback from other people. Either in Facebook Groups, on Twitter, or just people I know who have completed the course.

    There are a few courses that I have invested in over the years that have really helped me reach the next step in my blogging journey and allowed me to transition into being self-employed. So I decided that I would write a post with the best 5 courses to help you earn money from your blog. It is these five courses that I would thoroughly recommend to others, especially if you’re trying to monetise your blog.

    5 Courses You Need to Make Money Blogging

    **This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. For my full disclaimer, please click here**


    Blogging Babe to Business Boss – Flourishing Freelancer

    5 Courses You Need to Make Money Blogging

    Overview of the Course

    This course was always going to feature first on this list!

    Blogging Babe to Business Boss covers everything a blogger needs to set up their site, grow their traffic, build a tribe and make money. From choosing a profitable niche at the outset to growing an email list and monetizing your blog, this course gives you a step-by-step guide to building your online empire from the ground.

    With this course, you’ll be fully equipped to start your own blog from scratch and generate income through multiple revenue streams. All from the comfort of your own home, doing something you love.

    Each lesson has actionable steps and tasks for you to follow plus, you get access to an exclusive Facebook Group offering additional support.

    What’s Included

    The curriculum for this course is huge!

    There are 10 modules with over 60 lessons. The 10 modules cover the following areas of creating a profitable blog:

    1. Building the Foundations
    2. Creating Your Brand
    3. How to Get Your Blog Up and Running
    4. WordPress Basics and Designing Your Blog
    5. Creating Quality Content
    6. SEO
    7. Your Social Media Presence
    8. Increasing Your Blog Traffic
    9. Building an Email List
    10. Monetising Your Blog

    Price – $97


    From Zero to Superhero Affiliate Marketing Bundle – The She Approach

    5 Courses You Need to Make Money Blogging

    Overview of the Course

    Whether you’re brand new to affiliate marketing or you just need a boost, this course covers the perfect strategy for making money through affiliate marketing.

    From teaching you basic strategies to helping you make affiliate sales in your sleep (literally!), this training bundle is an invaluable resource for bloggers wanting to grow their income. The Zero to Superhero affiliate marketing bundle us a collection of resources and tutorials that you can use to create an amazing affiliate marketing strategy that really works! Since taking this course, affiliate marketing has become my number one source of income from Flourishing Freelancer.

    One of the things that I love the most about this bundle is the case studies; they really show you how to put the information into practice and highlight the kind of results you can achieve with an excellent affiliate marketing strategy in place.

    What’s Included

    • “The She Approach to Making Your First Affiliate Sale” – eBook
    • The Affiliate Programs Masterlist
    • A library of short video tutorials
    • Affiliate marketing case studies
    • Private Facebook Community

    Price – $57 


    Ready, Set, Blog for Traffic – Twins Mommy

    5 Courses You Need to Make Money Blogging

    Overview of the Course

    I love Elna Cain from Twins Mommy and have always had her blog bookmarked for her latest tips. So, when I saw that she had a course, I knew that it would be amazing. And I wasn’t wrong. This course came at the right time for me. I’d read a lot of posts online about how to boost my traffic and, after implementing those strategies I had seen an increase in my daily pageviews. What I also noticed was that my bounce rate was insanely high and hardly any of my viewers were converting into subscribers, let alone customers!

    One of the biggest lessons that I took from this course was the fact that I didn’t just need “traffic”, I needed the right kinds of traffic. I found that I was wasting time promoting myself in the wrong places and driving the wrong kinds of traffic to my site. Once I realised this mistake and started driving the right kind of traffic – the kind that engages and buys – I saw a huge difference in the amount of income I was making.

    What’s Included

    • Three Modules – 15+ video lessons, 5+ text-based lessons
    • Video tech training
    • 204+ Pinterest Group Boards in 17 niches
    • Ready-to-use templates and swipe copy
    • Guest blogging guide

    Price – $45


    Uncork Your Dork Membership

    5 Courses You Need to Make Money Blogging

    Overview of the Course

    Okay, so technically speaking, this isn’t a course, it’s a membership site BUT it had to go on this list.

    The membership area is jam-packed full of useful training. The content is split into three phases:

    • Your Foundation
    • Grow and Grind
    • Show Me The Money

    I’ll put my hands up and say that I’m actually still working my way through the content BUT it’s been invaluable so far.

    What’s Included

    • 25 full traffic training courses with videos and downloads
    • Monthly live events
    • Replays of all past live events and webinars
    • Replays of UCYD summits
    • A library of workbooks, worksheets and eBooks not found on the blog

    Price – $39 per month


    Pageviews from Pinterest – Blog Beautifully

     

    5 Courses You Need to Make Money Blogging

    Overview of the Course

    This 7-step system from Krista Dickson is the reason that my Pinterest account generates over 300,000 impressions each month!

    5 Courses You Need to Make Money Blogging

    Not only have the impressions, views and repins on Pinterest itself improved but so has my blog traffic. In fact, the pageviews I received as a direct result from Pinterest has tripled!

    The course is split out into 8 super-easy-to-follow modules. As well as how to grow your traffic from Pinterest, this course also includes advanced strategies that help you to grow your email list, create sales funnels and make affiliate sales, all with Pinterest!

    What’s Included

    • 8 step-by-step modules
    • Ebooks, video tutorials and checklists
    • Bonus workbook on discovering your blog’s profitable niche
    • Bonus branding eBook
    • 3,000 free pins on BoardBooster
    • Bonus video tutorial on BoardBooster tribes

    Price – $197


    Making the Most of Blogging Courses

    So now that you know which courses I recommend taking, here are my top tips for making the most of them:

    • Don’t enrol in too many courses at the same time – you want to be able to dedicate time to learning which you can’t do if you’re enroled in hundreds of courses at the same time! It’s also easy to become overwhelmed if you have lots of courses waiting to be started.
    • Even if you’re enroled in a couple of courses at the same time, make sure you only work on one at a time to allow yourself to fully absorb the information.
    • Make time to study – block out dedicated study time so that you can fully focus on learning as much as possible from the course. Make sure that your study time is free from any distractions.
    • Find your own learning style – we all learn in different ways. Some people take handwritten notes, others like to type notes. Some people don’t do notes at all! Do whatever works best for you.
    • Take time to implement the strategies you learn – one thing you need to remember is that no matter how good the courses are, you won’t see any results unless you put the work in.

     


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  • 15 Reasons Why Your Blog Isn’t Making Money (and How to Change it)

    Are you sitting there wondering why your blog isn’t making money yet?

    I hear ya!

    You’d heard stories of people making money from their blog. You’d seen photos all over social media of bloggers getting to travel the world with their laptops being their only source of income.

    So you started a blog.

    You wrote posts and Tweeted about them.

    A few people visited your blog so you read some blog posts about monetising your site and implemented the strategies you read. But no money arrived. No one bought products through your affiliate links. No one is hammering down your door offering to pay you for posts. Your ads are making pennies.

    Sound familiar?

    Well, don’t worry my friend. It’s not just “bad luck, there are probably some pretty straightforward reasons why your blog isn’t making money. In this post, we’ll take a look at those reasons and then talk about how to fix them so that you can start making some money!

    Why Your Blog Isn't Making Money

    **This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. For my full disclaimer, please click here**


    1. You Aren’t Getting Enough Traffic

    This is one of the biggest reasons why people don’t make money from their blogs.

    Sure, you don’t need thousands of pageviews per day before you see any cash BUT you certainly aren’t going to make any money with zero pageviews.

    So, the first step in monetising your blog should be to work on generating high-quality, relevant content that your audience love. This will help boost your traffic as your draw in new readers and your current readers turn into loyal followers who come back again and again.

    You also need to remember that not all traffic is created equal. And, if you want to make money, you need to have the right traffic.

    What do I mean by the “right” traffic?

    I mean your target audience. People who are interested in your content and, ultimately one day, will be interested in buying your products or services. You’re likely to get the “wrong” kind of traffic from places like Facebook Group promo threads – people who click through to your blogs solely to complete the thread when they actually have no interest in your content. It’s okay that this happens from time to time but try to join Facebook Groups where your target audience hang out and make sure that those groups aren’t the only place that your traffic is coming from.

    Why Your Blog Isn't Making Money

     

    2. You’re Not Promoting Yourself

    So, you’ve got the great content. And you know you need traffic. One of the best ways to boost your traffic is through self-promotion.

    Self-promotion doesn’t just apply to your regular blog content either. It applies to whatever it is that you’re trying to sell. No one will buy your eBook if they don’t know that it exists or what it’s about.

    Make the most of social media to promote your regular blog content, your freebies and your paid products and services. Find relevant posts in Facebook Groups where people are asking questions that your products and services answer. Post direct links to your sales pages on Twitter, Pinterest and your Facebook Page.

    You’ve worked your butt off, so be proud of what you have to offer! Get out there and share it with the world.

    Related Post → 50 Easy Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts for Free

     

    3. You Don’t Have an Email List

    One of the best ways to promote your products and services is to your email list.

    I wish I had started building my email list from day one.

    Almost all of the sales I make come from promoting my products and services to my email list.

    Your readers join your email list because they like what you have to say and want to hear more from you.

    It’s all about pitching it right. You don’t just want to go in there and ask them to buy right off the bat! It’s about using your email service provider to build a sequence that gives value to your readers FOR FREE and builds up to the sales pitch. You need to convince your readers to buy from you.

    And, if you set it all up right, it will run on autopilot.

    Want to know more about making money from your email list? Check out this post by the awesome Melyssa Griffin: 6 Strategic Ways to Actually Make Money with Your Email List 

    Why Your Blog Isn't Making Money

    4. You’re Not Willing to Invest in Your Blog

    You need to spend money to make money.

    This is a tough hurdle to overcome. Especially if you’re a new blogger who doesn’t have much money to splash around on your site. But there are a number of things you should invest in if you really want to make money from your site:

    Self-Hosted Site and Custom Domain Name

    Not only will these make you look more professional (and therefore people will be more likely to buy from you) but you will have more control over your site and a wider choice of money-making opportunities at your fingertips. For example, you cannot have ads on your site if you use WordPress.com.

    A Sales Platform

    Depending on what you are selling, you should invest in a trustworthy platform.

    For my courses, I use Teachable and, for eBooks I use SendOwl. Both of which are easy to use for both me and my readers but they are also trusted sites which makes it easier for people to spend on. No one wants to hand their credit card details over on some dodgy looking site!

    If it’s safe and easy to buy from you, more people are likely to commit.

    An Email Marketing Service Provider

    I’ve just mentioned the importance of having an email list and how this might be one of the reasons why your blog isn’t making money. So it probably comes as no surprise that this is one of the things I recommend investing in!

    There are a few providers out there who offer cheap or free packages for those with smaller lists but at some point, you will need to pay a monthly fee for the service.

    Courses Relevant to Your Niche and Money-Making Strategy

    One of the key turning points in making money from my site was learning what to do from a pro. After spending months on end scouring the internet trying to figure out how to make money from my blog, I finally bit the bullet and invested in a paid course.

    I wish I had done it sooner! It made such a huge difference to have all of the information I needed in one place, broken down into easy-to-follow actionable steps. Also, knowing that I had paid for the information encouraged me to work through every lesson and really absorb and use the knowledge being shared with me.

    For more information on what to invest in and how to set your blog up to be profitable from day one, enrol in Blogging Babe to Business Boss today.

    5. You Don’t Have a Sales Funnel

    This one really applies to those of you who are planning to make money by selling your own products.

    Put simply, your readers need a reason to buy from you. They need convincing that a) you know your stuff and b) you will provide them with useful information that they can actually use.

    Asking them to buy from you the second they “meet” you online isn’t going to get you many sales. And this is a mistake I see a lot. People won’t buy from someone they don’t know, especially if the price tag is high.

    This is where sales funnels come into play. For those of you who don’t know what a sales funnel is, it’s a process where you lead your readers through to the point of buying.

    Learn how to build the perfect sales funnel with Screw the 9-5 here: How to Create a Sales Funnel (2018 UPDATE) 

     

    Why your Blog Isn't Making Money

    6. You’ve Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

    Whilst it might seem like a good idea to put 100% of your efforts into one income stream, that’s not strictly true when it comes to blogging.

    There are lots and lots of different ways to make money from your blog and, if you want to make money, you should consider having multiple income streams.

    Why?

    Because different people like different things. And that applies to your audience too.

    Whilst some of your readers might go crazy for a course that you’ve created yourself, others might prefer to click on your affiliate link to an eBook written by someone else. Some of your readers might click on ads in your sidebar, whereas others won’t even notice that they’re there. Whilst 1:1 coaching will appeal to some of your readers, there are others who couldn’t think of anything worse and would much prefer reading your blog posts (which could be sponsored).

    You see how you can have multiple income streams here whilst still being true to your blog AND giving your audience what they want?

    The great thing is that you can have some passive income streams which require little to no work after setting them up e.g. once you’ve written your eBook, all you need to do is promote it. Then you can focus your time on other income streams that require ongoing work such as coaching or offering social media management services.

     

    7. You’re Trying to do Too Much

    Okay, so I just said that you should have multiple income streams. But you need to be careful to not do too much.

    Yes, your income streams should be diverse. No, you shouldn’t try and offer everything possible!

    As I mentioned above, you should ideally have a mixture of passive income and non-passive income. If you’re trying to offer too much, you risk a couple of things. Firstly, what you deliver may not be the best quality you are capable of delivering because you’re just so busy. Secondly, you risk burning yourself out and becoming exhausted. This may mean that you get nothing done at all!

    Lastly, if you’re trying to do everything, you’re going to find it harder to establish yourself as the go-to expert in your area. For example, if your target audience is beginner bloggers and you create info products for them (eBooks and courses), focus on that and establish yourself as an authority. People will know that’s what you do and, when beginner bloggers are looking for help, they’ll know to come to you (and buy from you).

    If, on the other hand, you create courses for beginner bloggers AND you write sponsored posts about the latest beauty trends AND you have ads on your site for travel agents AND you have a YouTube Channel dedicated to crafts and DIY, people won’t see you as an expert in any of those areas. As such, they are less likely to trust you enough to buy from you.

    8. You’re Just Like Everyone Else!

    Sorry!

    There are millions of bloggers out there. And there’s no doubt that there will be other bloggers out there who are offering the same products and services as you. One of the reasons why your blog isn’t making money is that your target audience simply have too much choice that all looks similar and they chose someone else who looked slightly different. Someone who stood out.

    So, you need to make yourself stand out.

    One of the easiest ways to make yourself stand out is by showing your personality. At the end of the day, everything online has been done before. Your personality is yours and no one can take that away from you or copy it.

    There are various ways to show your personality from your brand to the way to communicate and interact with your audience. Write in our own style and incorporate your own experiences into things too.

    Try to offer your audience something different too. Seen lots of ebooks on a certain topic? Why not offer a video course with a downloadable workbook too? Make sure you research your main competition out there and offer your audience something different and exciting.

     

    9. You Are Afraid of Asking People to Buy

    This is a biggie and it’s something I see a lot when people tell me that their blog’s not making any money.

    They’ve created amazing products or offer outstanding services but they aren’t actually asking people to buy.

    I get it though, it can be really tough trying to sell yourself.

    It feels cringey to say “I made this awesome thing, please buy it!”

    And, whilst a direct ask like will work sometimes, it’s not the only way that you can ask people to buy from you.

    What this point is about is using Calls to Action (CTAs) wherever you can. Your CTAs need to be clear. You need to tell your readers exactly what you want them to do. For example, it might be “Download your free workbook here” to get them to sign up to your email list (and we know that email lists are great for selling) or it might be “Click here to learn more about the eBook” which then takes your readers to your sales page.

    For more information about the importance of CTAs, check out number 5 in this great list by Beck Mollenkamp: 5 Reasons Your Website is Not Converting Visitors into Customers.

    There will also be the right time to directly ask your readers to buy from you. For example, when  they’ve made their way all the way through your sales funnel to final stage: the sell.

    Why Your Blog Isn't Making Money

     

    10. You Want to Learn from the Wrong People

    Do you know how many times I see this in Facebook Groups:

    “I’m not making any money from my blog, does anyone have any tips/strategies. I DON’T want to hear from people who have a blog about blogging – that isn’t the type of blog I want to have.”

    The difficulty here is that bloggers who don’t teach others to blog, well…they don’t teach others how to blog. It’s really that simple. If they’re busy working on a travel blog, they’re writing about travel, not how to make money from blogging.

    The reason you get responses to your questions from people who blog about blogging is because that is their area of expertise. They know what they’re talking about and that’s why they’re responding to your questions. It’s their job.

    And you should probably listen to them too. You know why? Because they have experience and are making money from their blog! They’re trying to share that information with you and, the strategies they are sharing most likely apply to bloggers in every niche.

    Take Flourishing Freelancer, for example. I just published a post about how to make money from affiliate marketing using Pinterest. You can apply the strategy I shared in that post to almost any niche, all you need to do is find an affiliate programme in your niche.

     

    11. There’s No Social Proof

    Before I book a hotel, I make sure I read all of the reviews to see what other people thought. I trust a guest’s review more than the description that has been written by the hotel themselves.

    The same applies to selling your products and services.

    Including testimonials on your sales pages lets your potential customers and clients know what to expect and have a little more faith in what you are providing.

    Whilst the internet opens up a world of possibilities, it also opens up a world of potential scams. And that’s a huge reason why people don’t hit “purchase”. What if the course only covers the basics? What if the t-shirt quality isn’t great? These are the kinds of questions people ask themselves before deciding to buy.

    So, let your clients/customers know who’s already bought your product or service and what they thought of it. Let the testimonials answer those questions for you.

    For other tips on launching your course the right way, check out this amazing post from Zoe Linda: How to Validate and Pre-Sell Your First Digital Product.

    Why Your Blog Isn't Making Money

     

    12. You Don’t Have a Strategy

    So, you know who your audience is and what they’re looking for. You’ve got a great content strategy and you provide your audience with high-quality content consistently but your blog still isn’t making money.

    Your blog doesn’t just need a content strategy, it needs a monetisation strategy. Basically, your blog needs a business plan.

    You need to think about the income streams you want to focus on, how and when you’re going to start working on those streams, and how you’re going to scale up those streams in the future.

    Part of this strategy will include other things I’ve mentioned in this post such as marketing your products and services and how your blog content will tie in with everything.

     

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    13. You’re Not Listening to Your Audience

    When you first started your blog, you will have defined your target audience. And everything you create on your blog should be geared towards that target audience.

    The same applies to the products and services you are offering.

    If your blog isn’t making money, it might be time to reconsider what you are trying to make money from. Are the affiliate products that you are marketing relevant to your readers? Is your new course solving your audience’s biggest problems? Are those ads for things that your audience NEEDS?

    The first thing you need to do is research what it is that your audience want and need.

    There are lots of different ways to know what your audience are looking for, here are some of my favourites:

    • Look at what questions are being asked in Facebook Groups and on Twitter
    • Check your stats to see which posts are already performing well
    • Visit other sites in your niche to see which posts are doing well on their site
    • Search for keywords using tools like Google Keyword Planner.

    So, find out what your audience want and need and then provide it!

     

    14. You Don’t Put in the Work

    This one is a tough one BUT, making money on your blog doesn’t come easy.

    When I first started blogging, I was working full-time too. I spent every spare minute I had on my blog. Lunch breaks, evenings, weekends. My entire life revolved around my blog. Not only was it time-consuming but it was difficult too.

    Sure, I loved working on my blog but there have been times when it was stressful and I felt defeated.

    You know what? It was SO worth all of that hard work.

    Another thing that new bloggers seem to misunderstand is the amount of time it takes. I had to put that hard work in for just over a year before I was able to quit my job. Blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

    Even “passive income” streams need a significant amount of work upfront. But money doesn’t grow on trees, right?

    However, if you do put the work in, it is possible to make money from your blog.

    Why Your Blog Isn't Making Money

    15. You Don’t Hold on to Existing Customers and Clients

    Whilst this might not be relevant to you right now if you’ve not made a single dollar yet, it’s super important when it comes to making money from your blog generally.

    Once you have a client or customer you want to make sure that they keep coming back and buying from you again and again.

    There are two key elements to this:

    • Delivery
    • Communication

    Delivery

    It should come as no surprise to you that the best way to ensure that customers and clients come back again, is to deliver on what you promised at the start.

    If you give your readers, customers and clients exactly what you promised (and more), they are more likely to buy from you again. Not only this, but they are also likely to recommend you to other people too.

    Communication

    This is something so simple but is often forgotten by bloggers – communicate with people after they have purchased.

    It’s easier to sell to happy customers than it is to complete strangers.

    But it’s more than just that. It’s great customer service to check in on your customers and see how things are going. You can use this to improve your products and services and to gain testimonials for your sales page (see above)

     


    Ready to See Real Results?

    Luckily for you, there’s a straightforward process that you can follow:

    1. Create amazing content (I’d recommend creating a content calendar to help)
    2. Create a monetisation strategy (aka business plan)
    3. Find out what your audience want and need
    4. Offer your readers something for free and turn them into subscribers
    5. Nurture your subscribers (offer them more free stuff that is valuable and relevant)
    6. Create your paid products/services, find affiliate programmes and ads etc. that build upon your freebies
    7. Sell!

     

    Does That Still Feel a Long Way Off?

    What if I told you, you could:

    • Drive traffic to your blog from day one
    • Build an email list of people hungry for our content and products/services
    • Grow your online community and make meaningful connections
    • Make money doing what you love, right from the start
    • Turn your hobby into a business and quit your 9-5?

    I have just what you need!

    Blogging Babe to Business Boss covers everything from starting a blog from zero to gaining traffic, building a community, growing an email list and making money from your blog.

  • 8 Ways to Make Money in Minutes

    Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to make money in minutes?

    Well, it is possible! They might not be huge amounts but it all adds up, right?

    As Christmas approaches, many of us bloggers and freelancers will be feeling a little concerned about money in January. Scrap that. EVERYONE feels the money pressure in January!

    This week, we have a guest post from freelance writer, Lucy Wyndham. Without further ado, I give you Lucy’s 8 ways to make money in minutes:

    8 Ways to Make Money in Minutes

    **This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. For my full disclaimer, please click here**

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    Even the busiest freelancers have five minutes or so during the day when they don’t know what to do. Perhaps you’re waiting for a client to get in touch or just for the coffee machine to finish doing its magic. Either way, those small chunks of time can start earning you a little extra money.

    Flourishing Freelancer has previously covered six ways to make money at home, but here are five more that can help you make money in literally a matter of minutes.

    1. Taking surveys

    Companies and other researchers are desperate to hear what the public thinks, and many are willing to pay you for the information. Money-making sites pay visitors to take online surveys, and many companies like MyPoints and Inbox Dollars have given away millions to people able to spare a few minutes to answer a few questions. It’s a great way to share your opinions and earn a little extra money at the same time

    Join Swagbucks!

    2. Selling on eBay

    It’s a cliche but it’s true – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. As such, why not spend those spare moments looking around the house for a few things to put up for sale on eBay? Not only will it make your house just that little bit tidier, but it could mean money in the bank in the time it takes you to take a quick picture and write a description.

     

    3. Sell your pictures

    Of course, if you don’t have anything around the house to sell, you could always just take some photos of things and sell those instead. It might sound like a bad joke, but the idea is a deadly serious one. Here’s the thing: Every day, there are thousands of people writing thousands of blogs, news articles and landing pages for websites. Every one of those literary masterpieces needs to be accompanied by a picture or two. You might not have wondered till now where all those images come from, but the truth is they are from people just like you, armed only with a smartphone. Foap is a platform for selling photos to anyone who needs them. They are a set price, and the proceeds are split equally between you and Foap.

     

    4. Make Bucks from Books

    Be honest with yourself. Are you really ever going to read that fancy hardback edition of ‘War and Peace’ or that book about a hobby you haven’t done in years? If the answer is no (and you know it is), there are sites that make it super easy to sell books in bulk. On various book-selling platforms, all you have to do is put the ISBN numbers in and it will give you a price. Just package those paperbacks and the money’s on its way to you.

     

    5. Embrace (Artificial) Intelligence

    Being a big website requires you to spend time on lots of little time-consuming tasks, and many sites are willing to pay people at home to do these small jobs. Join a site like Amazon Mechanical Turk and sign up for jobs that include data entry, proofreading and research. You’ll be surprised at just how lucrative it can be.

     

    6. Sell Your Skills

    Imagine eBay, but instead of selling your belongings, you are selling your skills. That’s the idea behind Fiverr and similar sites. Spend a few minutes creating an ad for a skill you can offer someone (writing, editing, social media, whatever), and reach thousands of more customers.

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    7. Walk for money

    Of course, you might want to spend those spare moments taking a leisurely walk, and who could blame you for that?

    It doesn’t mean you have to stop earning, though. Virtual currencies are becoming the new big thing in world economics thanks to the rise of Bitcoin, and the latest one to appear is the Walking Dollar (WD). You can mine these simply by walking, all you need is to download the Bitwalking app and you are up and – well, walking. You’ll need to walk a long way to get rich – around about five miles is enough to generate one WD. But seriously, what is the downside?

    8. Gamble on your fitness

    Maybe you prefer to spend your time at the gym than out walking? No problem, you can earn money through keeping fit that way, too. Pact is an intriguing concept whereby you essentially gamble on your own ability to meet your fitness goals. Commit to a particular regime, and if you hit your targets, you get a payout from the prize pot.

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    And there you have it, 8 ways to make money in minutes!

    I’d love to say a massive thank you to Lucy for contributing to the Flourishing Freelancer blog. If you are interested in submitting a guest post or being featured in the blogging bosses series, check out the guidelines here.

  • How to Offer Coaching Services on Your Blog

    My favourite (and one of the easiest) ways I make money on FF is to offer coaching services for new bloggers.

    There are lots of ways to make money online and a whole tonne of different ways to monetize your blog. But, a lot of them take a lot of upfront work and it can take a while for you to see any income from them.

    The beauty of coaching is that almost anyone can offer coaching services on their blog and, it doesn’t take long to see the money coming in.

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    In this post, I’ll be telling you the exact steps you need to take to offer coaching services on your blog. But, to get things started, I want to tell you why coaching services are possible for almost any blogger and why they are such a good method of making money online.

    Why coaching?

    Making the decision to offer coaching services on my blog was easy…once I’d considered it.

    For the longest time, I thought that coaching was way out of my league. I thought that it would be really difficult to get started and that no one would be interested in my services. interested in my services. So I never gave it any thought – I left it to the pros!

    Then, when I quit my day job and I had more time, I decided it was time to offer some new services. And that’s when I started to look into coaching in more detail.

    It quickly became apparent that coaching was an “easy” way to make money online. I say “easy” in inverted commas because, as with any service you offer, it takes hard work and dedication. The process of being able to offer coaching services online is, however, fairly straightforward. As is finding clients if you choose the right coaching services for you and your audience.

    The initial set up takes very little work and, once your services are listed online, you don’t need to do a huge amount other than raise awareness and promote yourself. And then, of course, the actual coaching bit itself!

    And the best part? Almost anyone can do it.




    I Don’t know enough/how to coach

    The more I read, the more I realised that I could do this coaching thing! You see, the thing is, I was already coaching to a certain extent.

    One definition of coaching is:

    “to give (someone) professional advice on how to attain their goals.”

    Every blog post and every newsletter I was sending was teaching people something. I was giving advice on how bloggers and entrepreneurs could attain their goals.

    So, if you’re already teaching people things, whether it’s how to make healthy meals quickly, or how to do make-up for special occasions, you could be a coach (I’ll talk about this more later).

    But, we all know that coaching services are traditionally more focused than blog posts and newsletters. All you have to do is take your knowledge and expertise, package it up and tailor it to the specific needs and goals of your clients.

    I describe my coaching process to my clients like this:

    chat -> plan -> implement & accountability -> review -> re-plan

    One of the main reasons that people turn to coaches is for the planning and the accountability parts of the system – they need the extra help to get their strategy in place and encouragement to stay on track and keep moving forward.

    So, if you have the information and knowledge to share with people and you can keep them on track/accountable, then you can be a coach!

    But I don’t know what to coach!

    The great thing about coaching is that people want coaches for all kinds of things.

    You can coach pretty much anything you want to.

    But, if you already have a blog, chances are, you already know what you’re going to coach! As I’ve mentioned, you’re probably already coaching to a certain extent by sharing your knowledge and expertise with your audience.

    If you’re a lifestyle blogger, you might consider offering to coach “lifestyle” topics such as self-development, work-life balance, productivity etc.

    If you’re a freelancer you might consider offering coaching services on topics such as novel writing or how to become a freelance writer.

    By choosing to offer coaching services based on your blog’s niche, you also already have your clients. If people are coming to you looking for advice on starting a blog, they are the perfect clients for your coaching services for new bloggers!

    So, not only do you already have your topic chosen but you also already have your clients right there.




    How do I start a coaching service?

    As I’ve already mentioned, anyone with a blog or site can offer coaching services. Not only that, but it’s really easy to get set up AND you don’t need to spend any money getting started.

    So, here’s how to get your very own coaching service up and running.

    1. Have a strong starting point

    Vague right?

    What I mean by this is having a blog or site jam-packed full of high-quality, useful information. Before you offer coaching services you need to gain the trust of your audience as an expert.

    Your blog readers are your potential clients. So, before you pitch your services to them, wow them with your knowledge and ability to teach.

    It’s also a great idea to focus your posts on the topics that you want to cover in your coaching service. For example, a lot of my content is focused on showing new bloggers the ropes.

    If you’re just starting out, why not check out my post on how to consistently create valuable content for your blog?

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    2. Create your packages and a services page

    The only way that your readers will know that you now offer coaching services is if you tell them.

    In my personal opinions, I think you should give an outline of what your services entail, along with a price (even if it’s just a guide price). Nothing annoys me more than reading about something really interesting and then having to request a price or sign-up to a newsletter just to get information. In fact, 9.5 times out of 10, I’ll just leave the page and look elsewhere.

    From a coach’s perspective too, it allows your readers to make an early decision as to whether your services are right for them without having to contact you. If they’re looking for different services, or you’re out of their price range, they can assess that themselves before contacting you. This will avoid a whole load of emails coming through to you saying “I see you offer coaching services, do you offer x, y, and z?” Of course, there are some people who will ask anyway!

    Your services page doesn’t have to be anything fancy as long as it includes the basic information that your potential clients will need. This might include:

    • Why they need a coach/why having a coach is a great idea
    • What you coach/what you offer
    • An outline of the process
    • The cost of your coaching services

    You don’t want your sales page to be too complex or include too much information. After all, it is essentially a sales page and people just want to know what is on offer, how it will help them and how much it will cost them.

    If you feel your services page is getting too long, you can separate it out into two pages like I have. The first page The first page explains everything outlined above with the exception of prices. The second page gives more details of what each package includes, along with the cost.

    3. Design a way for potential clients to reach out to you

    To keep things simple, you don’t want to be inundated with random inquiry emails. They may get lost in your inbox and, they may lead to long and drawn out exchanges.

    There will be certain information that you wish to obtain from your potential clients before you start working them so, why not get this information from them at an early stage?

    The easiest way to do this is to create a form for them to complete when they first get in touch with you. If your site uses WordPress then it’s really simple to create a form using WPForms. Here’s what the form for my coaching service looks like:

    As you can see, it provides me with the information I need to conduct an initial call with a potential client and discuss the next steps with them.

    The complete forms come straight through to my email inbox with the subject line “Coaching Inquiry Completed Form”. This means that I can identify them in my inbox immediately and respond quickly.




    4. Have a process in place

    Once I’ve received an initial inquiry form, I generally follow this 5 step process:

    1. Book an initial chat – this is to gain more information from my client to establish what help they need and to ensure that my coaching services are right for them.
    2. Confirm their package – based on our discussion I make sure that they have chosen the right package and send them the terms of service and payment.
    3. Work on a plan/strategy – at this point I have the initial inquiry form and my notes from our initial chat to draw up a plan for my client.
    4. 1:1 coaching session – during this 30 minute all I work through the plan/strategy with my client to ensure that it covers everything they need and that they are comfortable with how to follow the plan.
    5. Ongoing support – I then offer continued support to my clients as they implement and work through the plan/strategy we have agreed upon at #4.
    6. Review and re-plan – this is an optional extra on all of my packages. If my clients are happy to take the plan/strategy and run with it on their own, then that is fine with me! But, it can be extremely useful to track and assess progress. And then to re-evaluate the plan/strategy in light of progress being made.

    5. Promote your services!

    This is probably the most tricky part of the whole getting set up process.

    So, you have your packages and essential information laid out in a beautiful services/sales page BUT how do you get people to that page in the first place?

    There are a number of different ways, all of which apply to any sort of sales page or landing page.

    Firstly, let the people on your email list know. Build up anticipation by mentioning something new and exciting coming to your site. Then, once your services page is up and running, let them know. You might even want to consider offering those special people on your email list a discount on their first session or even an opportunity for a free session.

    Next, make sure that you’ve added updates to all of your social media schedules. Promote your services in the same way that you promote any of your other content on your social media accounts. Add a pinned Tweet, share pins to group boards (those that allow it!) and share it on your Facebook Page and Group. Don’t forget to keep promoting it, one Tweet isn’t going to cut it!

    Another great way to spread the word is to signpost your readers to your services page from other parts of your site. Add a link in your sidebar, add links into posts that relate directly to your coaching services or, write a post about them (like this one).

    You could also start a referral circle. I know a lot of bloggers and coaches do this. Find some other awesome coaches that you know and trust who offer different services to you. When you see people in Facebook Groups in search of help that you don’t personally offer, you recommend your friend and vice versa. We all know it’s impossible to be online and networking all day every day so why not share the workload?!

    So, what’s holding you back?

    Now that you know how to offer coaching services on your blog, what’s stopping you?

    If there’s anything else you want to know, let me know in the comments below.

    If you’re feeling inspired to start coaching, why not share your new services in the Flourishing Freelancer Facebook Community Group?

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  • 5 Tips for Starting a Profitable Blog

    Starting a blog is exciting but what about starting a profitable blog? Where do you even begin? What steps do you need to take to make money?

    Don’t panic I’ve been there!  When I started my first blog it was purely a hobby. But I started this blog in a way that I could make money off it from day one. I did loads of research before I began and there’s just so much information out there that I was completely overwhelmed by it all. I ended up switching my laptop off for a while and putting off the launch of my blog because I didn’t know where to start. But I eventually got round to taking some email courses and reading lots of really helpful articles and here I am now!

    Here are some of my blogging tips for beginners.

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    1. Choose Your Niche

    Okay, I’ll start off with something that every single blogging advice post will tell you – you need to choose a niche for your blog. Whilst this isn’t essential if you’re just blogging as a hobby, you’ll need a niche if you want to make money. You will need to narrow down your niche in order to build a solid, loyal following.

    If you’re planning to make money through selling products, whether online or physical, your potential customers will need to trust in your expertise. Think of it this way. Would you buy a blogging course off someone who can’t run a blog? No. Choose your niche based on your knowledge and experiences that you can turn into great blog posts.

    2. Create Great Content

    Seems like an obvious one but in order to make money off your blog you need to have something that someone will pay for. Draw from your experience and knowledge to write informative posts about your chosen niche. To be able to make money, you need to have visitors to your site so people need to have a reason to visit your blog – make that reason great content.

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    3. Build Relationships and Engage with Your Audience

    Whether you plan to make money through affiliate links, ads or selling products your readers will need to trust you as an expert in your niche. The best way to establish this, other than by creating great content, is to build relationships with your readers. In order to build those relationships, you should be engaging with your audience outside of your actual blog posts. What do I mean by this? I mean connecting with people on Twitter, in Facebook Groups, replying to comments on your blog and commenting on other blogs.

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    4. Think of Your Blog as Business, not a Hobby

    If you want to make money off your blog, you need to start thinking of it as a business and lose the hobby blogger mindset. As with any business, you’ll need to set yourself specific goals, targets and deadlines. If you want to build a profitable blog then you need to have a business blogger mindset.

    One of my top tips for treating your blog like a business is to plan and schedule to ensure that you stay on target. You can read about how to stay on track and to motivate yourself when you’re your own boss here.

    5. Income Strategy

    There’s very little point in saying “I want to make money from my blog” and then just hoping for the best. Most people don’t make money from blogging directly. Your blog is just a platform and you’ll probably use a combination of income streams. The biggest and most popular streams of blogging income are advertising, affiliate marketing, digital products, physical products and services.

    In order to have a successful, profitable blog, you will need to plan out which income streams you want to use and create a strategy on how to implement those streams.

    Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing posts on different income methods so keep your eyes peeled for those.

    Making money from your blog is hard work and it’s best left to happen organically. But, if you follow the above 5 tips from the start, you’ll be well on your way.

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