How to Create a Profitable Blog

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Making money online

Most people would like to create at least a little revenue from their blog. Whether it’s just a small amount to cover hosting bills or it’s a large amount to enable you to quit your day job, we all want to see some return on our investment.

The first step to making money from your blog is to get some visitors or “traffic”.

Once you have traffic flowing to your website, you need to monetize that traffic. The best way to monetize traffic bar none is to recommend them a product. It doesn’t matter whether or not it is your own product, it could be a product you are an affiliate for. The most important thing is that the product is of a high quality standard and you will make some money by recommending.

Now you need to funnel your traffic into buying your product. The way I like to do this is to create a page that follows the following format.

Note: I will be using a weight-loss product as an example.

Attention Grabbing Headline

Your first goal when someone visits your web page is to grab their attention, if you fail this step you’ve more than likely lost that person forever. If you need help with your headlines Copyblogger has a full section dedicated to exactly that.

Example: “From Geek to Freak – How I Gained 20 of Muscle”

Understanding

Once you have the users attention then you have to emphasis with them and let them know that they’re not the only one with their problem.

Example: You could tell a story of how you, or an associate was overweight for five years and was frequently bullied.

The Offering

By now you should have established an initial connection with the reader, it’s time

to let them know that there is a solution to their problem.

Example: “That’s when I found out about John and his ‘six pack abs course’ and more importantly I discovered losing weight is possible.”

What it Will Do

At this point the reader is aware that there is a product on the market, but they still don’t know exactly how this will benefit them. In this part you need to explain (in as much detail as possible) how they will benefit from this product.

Example: “Through the use of a revolutionary new system John will guide you from your current state to one where you can be happy with your body. Finally you will be able to go to the beach without feeling ashamed.”

What the reader needs to do

Lastly, and possibly most importantly is your “call to action”. This is where you tell the reader exactly what they need to do. Whether it be opt-in to a newsletter, sign up for an account, buy a product. It doesn’t matter, the key point is to make it clear what you want the reader to do and give them a reason why.

Example: “Are you ready to lose weight today just like me? Buy John’s ‘six pack abs course’ by clicking here.”

Bonus Point: Create a sense of urgency.

Creating a sense of urgency is a great way to boost sales by encouraging people to stop procrastinating. A simple way of creating urgency is to add something to the offer but limiting it to a specific time period. Here’s an example, building on the example above.

Example: “Are you ready to lose weight today just like me? Buy John’s ‘six pack abs course’ by clicking here.

PS. Join TODAY and receive a FREE one hour consultation with me. ”

As you can see the is a rock solid model for creating pages that generate money. The real test now is to see whether your past attempts feature all these elements.

Comments


  1. Twitter:
    Great entry, Danny. Affiliate marketing is perhaps one of the greatest ways to monetize a site. This is because you could earn up to $30 for a single product sale and hit as much as $10,000 a month if you’ve got traffic.

    This is a great method of taking affiliate marketing further..,I am sure newbies would be eternally grateful!

    Always,
    Terungwa
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  2. Twitter:
    I still haven’t try online selling on my blogs, neither product selling or affiliate selling but this is excellent guidelines and good info to now before you plan to start selling online.
    Thanks.
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  3. Twitter:
    Great post. Affiliate marketing is one of the best way to earn from a blog. I am very new to affiliate marketing . Surely your guide will help me to make my blog more profitable. Thanks for the share.
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  4. Twitter:
    Ever since I have started blogging, I have been reading a lot about how to grow your blog and stuff – and I am glad I read this one too. Thanks for the valuable info. I agree a blogger should follow these guidelines, especially the first one – to give a catchy headline.
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  5. Excelent tips…

    Titles and descriptions are really very important to get attention of a visitor. we must create controversial titles to get more clicks on our blogs. it’s really helpful to increase CTR (click through rate)

    thanks for sharing…


  6. Twitter:
    Those are some great tips. The most difficult part is getting enough traffic so that your blog can really make good money. I recommend that everyone starts collecting emails as soon as their blog goes online. This way, once your blog does grow big enough to start selling things, it will be much easier to get people to come back and check it out.
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  7. Twitter:
    Hi Danny,
    Great artical indeed.Understanding and what reader want is very important,to make profitable blog. thank you for sharing.
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  8. Twitter:
    I think best way to create profitable blog by using paid traffic.
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  9. Twitter:
    You tried but there are easier and more profitable ways of monetizing a blog or website. This article only talks about monetizing a site by product recommendation. Some of the best methods of monetizing a blog is by selling af spaces, through affiliate, using advertising networks like like Google AdSense and many more.
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  10. I believe amazon associate program is still one of the best ways to monetize your website. Just find a product niche that you are interested in. Then find products that are new in the market and the write their product reviews with your touch and tone.
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  11. Twitter:
    Hi Danny,
    You have mentioned some good points for bloggers who owns a product or sells affiliate products.
    Affiliate promoters can make more money by diversifying their income sources.
    They can utilize Adsense or Adsense alternatives.
    Shoukot recently posted..Top High Paying & Reliable Adsense AlternativesMy Profile

  12. Abrar Mohi says:

    That’s a great piece of advice for blogging. Actually most of the bloggers want to make profit besides his career. And I think your described qualities are must for them. Profit from blogging depends on the abilities and strategies of the bloggers.

    Thanks a lot for your writing. I have learn some new topics from it. All the best for your future works.


  13. Twitter:
    If your in blogging to make money maybe you should try something else :) in my opinion it is very difficult to make money from a blog.. affiliate programs can work best if the products relate to your blog.
    I make a little through affiliates but nothing i would class as good income.
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  14. Twitter:
    Interesting fact on how to create a successful blog! If you have traffic coming to your website, it is time to have a sales page. Thank you for your tips.
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  15. Twitter:
    Most people fail to make money online blogging because they don’t know blogging is a long process in the way of building that passive income with not that much work. Pretty sad but that’s the truth isn’t?
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  16. Twitter:
    Hello Danny,
    I would like to tell you about the blogging to make heavy profits. The blog readers are always looking for some juicy information that will be the answer for their questions. Yes, that’s right the main part of the blogging is the articles that increases the interest of the reader to visit the blog. The second part is the design of blog, the design must be very creative as much as eye-catching. Many visitors also focus on the design of the websites or blog. So it is necessary that the design must be creative. The part is online marketing, powerful marketing will destine to the successful promotion of the blog and after following these tips any blogger can provide its different kind of services through blogging and it may cause heavy profits.

  17. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing your opinion. I think all one need is:
    Niche, audience research
    Content planning
    Blog promotion
    Visitors engament.
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  18. Twitter:
    Affiliate marketing and paid articles are one of the best way to earn from a blog.
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  19. Twitter:
    Great advice man, that’s the plan for my own website but prefer to promote my own products instead of someone elses.
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  20. Twitter:
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing these important tips with us. Attention grabbing headlines are very important part of any successful blog as it helps in attracting readers. This post really gonna help all the newbies.
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  21. Twitter:
    Darren Rowse told the secret of his money making strategies and he told that he only promotes products that he has used and if he wants to promote products then he buys it and use it and then if the product is good then he promote it. It helps him to write a real product review.
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  22. While Adsense is a great monetization option, there are other equally great (and sometimes better) options out there. Personally, selling ad space directly and earning affiliate commisions have been my greatest monetization methods to date.
    But adsense is best but its not reliable
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  23. Twitter:
    Hello Karl,

    To add to your opinion, writing can be a challenge at first, especially when you make it a daily routine. However, if you overcome that initial laziness and actually do post daily, you’ll be amazed how well a writer/blogger you will become in the shortest possible while.

    Always,
    Terungwa
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  24. Twitter:
    Hello Nardulus,

    While Adsense is a great monetization option, there are other equally great (and sometimes better) options out there. Personally, selling ad space directly and earning affiliate commisions have been my greatest monetization methods to date.

    Have you tried these?

    Always,
    Terungwa
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  25. Twitter:
    Hello Wuiyl, running a general purpose or news site is the best thing when it comes to monetization via affiliate offers. You see, you are attracting diverse traffic (supposedly) and almost every offer would have someone who is ready to pick it up.

    The only caveat here is that you’ve got to have really impressive traffic to make any reasonable amount out of this method. In such a manner, for every thousand visitors you have, you are guaranteed that at least, one will pick on your affiliate offer.

    Being an affiliate for diverse products is also a great idea when you decide to monetize in this manner.

    Always,
    Terungwa
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  26. Twitter:
    You will surely make more than that if you drive more traffic to your blog are are persistent…nothing beats having a very big heart in the business of blogging and content marketing generally.

    Always,
    Terungwa
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  27. Twitter:
    Hi Altinkum,

    We all don’t get success in first attempt.
    Use different method to drive traffic in your blog and keep trying and don’t lose your hope.

    I am sure you’ll find a way.

    Best of Luck :)
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  28. Twitter:
    I’ll suggest you to try some other method (like – link sale in your old post via VigLink, Paid post via PostJoint, banner Ads etc) to Monetizing your blog.
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