Making Money Online: Very Hard

by Tim M on November 17, 2009

Making money from blogging.

Making money from blogging about making money from blogging.

Good luck with that, unless you’re John Chow or Darren Rowse. That horse, my friend, has bolted (I don’t even try, not from blogging anyway – see all those affiliate links on the right? I assume income from those will be miniscule). Well perhaps not entirely. But find a niche and work hard. It will take time. And effort. Then more time.

Now before you say “it’s wrong to make money from blogging!” (or money fullstop), read this. That’s a rubbish comment.

But before you get too dissuaded, consider:

“The master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction
between his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his
work and his play, his education and his recreation.

He hardly knows which.

He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he
is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working
or playing.

To himself, he is always doing both.”

–Michael Scott Karpovich

Anyway, below is a long list of stuff that will be helpful. Make sure you have a passion, are clear about the passion (nothing wrong with polarising people, gets them off the fence!) and have an execution strategy.

And as for me, here’s my strategy for deriving an income online and unchaining myself from corporate suffocation.

  1. tdftips.com and Cycling Through France guide: created first ebook – 76 pages, professionally produced – about cycling in France, following the Tour de France and L’Etape du Tour. So far have made more than half the cost of the ebook production back.

    The tdftips.com site continually has content added to it, and my subsequent visits will allow me to create more region specific guides.

    The revenue model is information product, and when eyeballs on page numbers increase, advertising.

  2. wherespresso.com – this site exists solely to solve a problem most of us experience when we’re in an unfamiliar place and hunting for good coffee – “Where the HELL is good coffee?!”.

    I’ve personally invested a few thousand in this so far, but the response is good, and it’s starting to stick.

    The revenue model is software based as well as advertising.

  3. cyclingmelbourne.com – this is a new one for me, and to be honest I am not sure how it’ll go yet. Like I said in this post, I tend to shoot first and ask questions later. This tends to allow me to execute, see if something works, then withdraw if it doesn’t.

    Again, advertising will be the revenue model. To be perfectly honest though, I only really started it with a view to helping people get fit by starting to cycle.

Here are some really helpful links, read em all! If you’re keen on this, DEFINITELY buy the 31 Days to a Better Blog by Darren Rowse. You will not regret it.

Problogger.net stuff (as you can see, Darren knows his stuff)
Make Money Blogging
10 tips for blogging your way to small business success/
How to create compelling content by inspiring action/
12 tips to snap readers out of passivity with calls to action
21 ways to make your blog or website sticky
Create a sneeze page and propel readers deep within your blog
10 techniques to get more comments on your blog
Write a review post
Ask your readers questions 10 reasons why it works and 12 tips on how to do it effectively/
Call your readers to action/

Problogger.net Amazon Tips
The power of getting readers in the door at amazon
Add a buy now button to your affiliate links and increase conversions
10 more Amazon Associate program lessons I learned on my way to six figure earnings/
9 last tips on making money from the Amazon Affiliates program
Amazon Associates tips/

General Good Gear
24 things to do when launching a blog
Making Your Own Products (the economy in doing so)
10 reasons you should never get a job
Make Money with Free
Oscar the Grouch (this one made me laugh as it reminded me of me)

Why read your blog
No money blogging
Build member site
Blogging Sins
The get started now guide to becoming self employed/
Why its nice to be nice
What Mitch Hedberg Can Teach You About Making Money Online
Introducing a ridiculously simple guide to turning your online business from tech headache to profit center
Seth – Ads are the New Tips Jar
Make it Easy Make it Obvious

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