Most blogging is self-indulgent blather. But a few smart Internet marketers are making thousands of dollars with their blogs. You can, too!
Writing a blog is no big deal.
Anyone can do it.
And I do mean anyone — from grandmas and garage mechanics to poets and particle physicists.
People write blogs about nearly any darn thing — from collecting teacups to telling the ongoing story of their lives (which is usually of little interest to anyone but themselves).
However, there’s a small group of bloggers who aren’t blogging for vanity … or their health.
They have quietly figured out how to turn blogging from a pleasant but time-sapping hobby to a profit-making venture:
- John Chow started his blog in 2005 and watched it grow from making zero to more than $40,000 per month in just 2 short years.
- Yaro Starak, an Australian entrepreneur, generates $5,000 a month in income writing about entrepreneurship and Internet business on his blog a few times a week.
- Eric Nakagawa has a blog where readers can submit cute pictures of animals with captions. He has more than half a million page views per day and earns $5,600 per month — at least.
- BoingBoing.net gets 2.6 million unique visitors per month and generates revenues of over a million dollars a year.
- Jason Kottle has a quarter of a million unique visitors generating $5,300 a month in income.
But most of them have kept quiet about it. Until now.
Blogging for bucks
In our new program, Blogging for Bucks, Fred Gleeck and I share with you proven, utterly pragmatic methods you can use to quickly and easily launch your blog and turn it into a money-making venture … starting in as little as 90 days!
In this audio home study program, you will discover:
- Why so many people are building their main web site using blogging platforms.
- Ideal frequency for posting to your blog.
- Is it ever a good idea to have more than one blog?
- Choosing the right domain name — .com or .net.
- Should you set up a completely separate site for your blog … or put your blog within an existing web site?
- How to write compelling blog post titles.
- What are the benefits of blogging? Why should you do it?
- “Featured Articles” on your blog — and how to use them to generate more sales.
- Why you should have Firefox Browsers installed on your computer … and add the plug-in SEO Quake.
- Which blogging platform should you be using and why?
- Blogging with audio and video posts.
- Should you allow people to place comments on your blog? What are the pluses and minuses of doing it?
- Linking from other blogs to yours and vice versa … an easy way to get more traffic.
- Encouraging discussion on your blog via comments.
- Dressing up your blog with graphics — does it pay?
- How to use keywords for writing post titles.
- When writing your blog posts, don’t OVER-DO the keyword count.
- How to find and use great content for your blog.
- Reasons to read and post to other people’s blogs.
- How to make sure your blog readers don’t think of you as an arrogant S.O.B.
- Simple but important steps to improve your blog-writing skills.
- How and why to create a persona for your blog.
- What kind of information should you share on your blog — personal, professional, or both?
- Consistency: the key to blogging success.
- If back-links are so important, are back-linking services worth paying for?
- What about Machine generated back-links? Are they a good idea? Why or why not?
- Using illustrations and photos on your blog.
- Making special offers to your blog readers.
- Different blog formats and how to choose the one that’s right for you.
- As the blog author it is crucial to decide: What ONE thing you want people to do at your blog site?
- Why content must be new, interesting and compelling for visitors to return.
- Internal linking: Should you be linking various posts to other places on your blog or web site?
- Making it easy for people to follow you on social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
- How an RSS feed on your blog can help you bypass email/spam folders and filters.
- Writing the tag line for your blog site.
- How to monetize your blog: Products, donations, consulting, writing gigs, speaking, ads, affiliate programs.
- Running Google Ad sense on your blog vs. your own ads.
- What colors should you use on your blog? Are there a lot of colors that look good together?
- How to use the “Featured Product list” to increase online sales.
- Using graphics next to feature articles.
- How should you use Testimonials on your site? Should you be doing audio/video testimonials?
- Is it a good idea to have a search tool on your blog site? Should you use the Google Site Search Tool?
- What about the various Tabs on your blog? What should they be? Can you have too many?
- Where to place the Disclaimer on your blog.
- Tips for writing killer posts.
- Using Google Analytics on site to track data. Plus: how to analyze your competition.
- Benefits of using Google Alerts in blogging.
- The most common blogging perils and pitfalls to avoid.
- And so much more….
Am I a hypocrite?
Years ago, I wrote some columns for a trade journal and then a book expressing the opinion that blogging as a marketing medium was overhyped. Have I changed my mind?
I think that back then I was dead-on accurate: people played with blogs and got all excited about them, but nobody was making any real money doing them.
The reason I changed my mind about blogging … and now recognize it as a useful marketing medium … is that blogging itself has evolved: over the years a bunch of bright people (not me) have figured out how to use blogging, once nothing more than a pleasant pastime or hobby, into a serious marketing tool.
Now with our home study program Blogging for Bucks you can duplicate their success — and make money from your blogging like they do.
My readers say it best!
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- Do your subscribers think your e-mails are junk? Page 23.
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- Writing copy in the internet age … page 2.
- The 3 most important things I’ve learning about writing e-mail marketing copy … page 37.
- Must a freelance writer have a web site … and what should be on yours? Page 11.
- 5 ways to capture the e-mail addresses of landing page visitors … page 46.
- How to write subject lines that get your e-mail opened and read … page 35.
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About Bob Bly
Bob Bly is a full-time freelance copywriter specializing in direct marketing. He earns more than $700,000 a year from his writing, and became a self-made multi-millionaire while still in his 30s.
A copywriter for more than a quarter of a century, Bob has written promotions for over 100 clients including Phillips, Agora, KCI, 21st Century, Weiss Research, EBI Medical Systems, Sony, IBM, AT&T, Grumman, Crain Communications, McGraw-Hill, Intuit, and AlliedSignal.
Bob is the author of more than 70 books including The Copywriter’s Handbook (The Copywriter’s Handbook), Internet Direct Mail (NTC Business Books). He has published more than 100 articles in such publications as Subscription Marketing, Direct, Business Marketing, Writer’s Digest, and Amtrak Express.
Bob’s writing awards include a Gold Echo from the Direct Marketing Association, an IMMY from the Information Industry Association, two Southstar Awards, an American Corporate Identity Award of Excellence, and the Standard of Excellence award from the Web Marketing Association. He also taught writing at New York University.
Bob has appeared as a guest on dozens of TV and radio shows including The Advertising Show, Bernard Meltzer, CNBC, and CBS Hard Copy. He has been featured in major media ranging from the LA Times and Nation’s Business to the New York Post and the National Enquirer. He was a featured speaker at the 2006 annual conference of the National Speakers Association.
About Fred Gleeck
Known as the “King of Content,” Fred Gleeck is widely recognized as a highly ethical, no-hype marketer of information products. Many consider Fred to be one of the best (if not the best) teacher of “how to make money selling information products online.”
Fred has created more than 300 audio learning programs, e-books, software packages, and other information products, all of which are marketed online. He is the author of 15 books including Selling Products from the Platform and Marketing and Promoting Seminars and Workshops.
With more than 20 years experience as a speaker and seminar promoter, Fred has spoken at dozens of seminars and bootcamps — both his own as well as other people’s events — to thousands of attendees. He regularly presents at both the Learning Annex and the National Speakers Association.
What they say about Bob Bly’s copy and counsel
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—Aaron Griffith, The Griffith
Bob, again thanks for the great copy. You consistently help us reach customers with compelling, actionable content, when others just can’t!”
—William McElleney, IBM
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—John A. Fallone, IT Group International
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—Dennis Rosenberg, VP Marketing, VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc.
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—Don Libey, Libey Incorporated
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—Craig Simpson, Ken Roberts Company
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—Paul Szymanski, Harvard Business School Publishing
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