For me creating an online shopping store is part of my making money online plan. I’ve tried for some time now using Amazon and promoting some products as an affiliate but that hasn’t worked out all that well. While I have made some money on Amazon their commission rates are pretty pitiful to say the least. As for promoting products as an affiliate, well keeping track and the constant updating of affiliate links is, as I’m sure you will all agree, pretty damn tiresome.
That’s why I’ve decided to give AliExpress a go! Like eBay, these guys have a huge range of products and most of them are at discounted prices. Truthfully I’ve never heard of AliExpress before. They only came to my attention when I came along the Xpress Stores Pro plugin.
OK, before going any further you need to join the AliExpress Portal as an affiliate before you even consider creating an online shopping store. Once you’ve done that you can buy your Xpress Stores Pro plugin. At the moment it’s selling for a very low $47 but they say that price is limited. It comes with a 30 day money back guarantee but the truth is you can’t judge this type of plugin in only 30 days. Why? Because generally it will take you way longer than that to direct traffic after creating an online shopping store.
I’m hoping to cut that time back by attaching my online stores to existing sites. So far I’ve created 4 online stores!
You’ll notice when checking Wassup Top Shopping that I’m displaying 24 products per page. I do this so that my store is the same height as my sidebar. You’ll also notice the categories in the sidebar. What you may not notice first off is that all my stores run on the FlexSqueeze2 theme. This is even though the plugin creators recommended getting a so called ‘shopping’ theme. FlexSqueeze2 is so versatile that it beats any of those shopping themes hands down! The video shows just how versatile the theme is.
I know there will be a lot of you reading this who will not buy the Xpress Stores Pro plugin and that is a shame. I’ve always said the main reason so many people fail to run a successful online business is because they don’t invest any money in it. Perhaps it’s because they’ve never heard the saying “You have to spend money to make money“.
Your online business is like any business and if your serious you need to invest some money in it. The beauty about having an online business is that it’s so much cheaper than your average bricks and mortar business, My firs business cost me $80 thousand. My second cost over $600 thousand.
Last year, what with hosting, advertising and equipment purchases (plugins, software, etc) I spent over $2000 but I made over $5000 a profit of $3000. I know it doesn’t sound like much but that’s still 150% increase on my investment. It’s taken awhile to get there but I’m on the right track and I know that I will increase my profit as time goes on. I’m hoping that the small investment of $47 on the Xpress Stores Pro plugin will increase my profits.
The question is how much are you willing to invest on your online business.
How many times have you come across a blog that promised to show you how to make money blogging? Quite a few times I bet! How many of them have actually shown you how to make money online? Not all that many, right? The honest truth about blogging for money is a lot of the bloggers out there spouting about how much money they’re making from their blogs are probably exaggerating a little. Some are exaggerating a hell of a lot! They see this as a necessary evil because of their need for building their brand.
I’ve been blogging for 10 years now and while I’m making some money online it’s nowhere near enough for me to tell my boss to shove his job up his arse.
So, read on as I reveal the truth about Blogging For Money.
The question is, can you handle the truth about blogging for money? I say this because the honest to goodness, non refutable, truth about blogging for money is that it’s not easy. In fact it’s bloody hard. That’s why so many people give up.
You sure as hell can’t just start up a blog, do a whole lot of posts with affiliate links in them and then sit back waiting for the money to roll in.
I written before how blog commenting on other blogs can bring you traffic. The trouble is that type of traffic is next to useless. Why? Because that’s not the sort of traffic that generates an income. The one good thing about leaving great informative comments on blogs is that it helps to build your personal brand. People will get to see you around the place and in time get to trust you. The problem is, these are not the people who will normally buy from you. That is unless those blogs are all related to your niche blog. Then you have more of a chance of generating an income.
Quick Word About A List
They say that the money is in the list. They’re probably right. I used to have a list but just couldn’t bring myself to spam my subscribers. I no longer have a list.
Traffic Is Key To Making Money
The one truth about blogging for money is you need a shit load of traffic. Not just any traffic either. You need targeted traffic. That means the traffic you’re aiming for has to be related to your blogs subject matter. Failing to do that means you’re just writing to the wrong crowd. Whatever traffic you get is a total waste because you haven’t got anything that will interest them. Sort of like a shopfront having huge signs advertising the latest LCD TV’s only to find all they have are ironing boards!
The problem is you need a huge amount traffic to make it worthwhile. I’m getting about 3000 a month on my Online Sports Betting Site. Unfortunately that’s nowhere near enough. I reckon I would need at least 100 times that amount to get things to tick over. I can’t see that happening unless some big shot notices it and then brings it to the attention of his mates. Can’t see that happening anytime soon.
Promoting The Right Affiliate Is Important
Like most bloggers trying to make money online I don’t have a product to sell, That means I’m limited to promoting other peoples products as an affiliate. The problem with that is that sales are few and far between.
That was when I decided to become a lottery affiliate and started to promote them on my lottery sites, Buy Online Lottery Tickets and Get Online Lottery Tickets. The main difference is that every time I signup someone they become my customer for life. Every time they buy a ticket I get my commission from the sale. You’ll find a list of the Lottery Affiliates I represent here.
Once I got those off the ground I decided to start my EZeSportsBetting site to see if I could repeat the process. This post lists some of the sites I represent as an affiliate.
It’s a slow process but I take comfort in the knowledge that every time someone signs up I’m building my customer base.
My Blogging For Money Tip
I only wish that I had started promoting these sites right at the beginning. Had I done so I would be in a much better position today. My blogging for money tip to you is to pick a niche that you are comfortable with, One that you know a lot about. This is important because you will need to do regular updates if you expect the search engines to send you traffic. Also having that knowledge will show people you know what you’re talking about which in turn will build confidence. Confidence that will in turn lead to sales.
Just remember blogging for money will not happen overnight!
Before I tell you why multiple web hosts is a good idea I would like to remind everybody that today is the deadline for ensuring that your blog / website is mobile friendly. I’ve written two posts about this the first showed how I believed FlexSqueeze2 was better than other mobile friendly blogs. The second post showed how I easily made my websites mobile friendly using FlexSqueeze2. Both posts had videos showing how I performed these tasks.
Having Multiple Web Hosts Good For SEO
Some of you may not know this but I use more than one web host to host my blogs and websites. I do this for the following reasons.
Multiple Domains can put too much stress on your server. Although most web hosts advertise that you can have as many domains as you want with your hosting package this is not entirely true. Especially if those domains host blogs. Have you ever had your host take your blog offline because you were using too much of their resources? Imagine if you had several blogs all with the one host?
Multiple domains on multiple web hosts is better for your SEO. I originally thought linking between my blogs while hosting with one web host was a good thing. Apparently not because Google knows you own all those blogs and so does not give those links as much value as links coming from external hosting accounts.
Having multiple web hosts is also a sound investment. It’s so much better than having all your eggs in one basket. This is because having your host go down takes all your sites with it.
It’s of the utmost importance that Google sees your site as being ‘Mobile Friendly’ before April 21st. Here is what Google has to say.
Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.
Knowing how important it is was the main reason for finally converting my Load Of Bullshit blog to FlexSqueeze2, as I wrote about in this post. I’ve produced a video that shows exactly how FlexSqueeze2 makes my blogs so mobile friendly. But before I do that I thought I would compare my BS blog with three other blogs. You can test your site using Google’s Mobile Friendly Test.
How Mobile Friendly Is Problogger
According to Google Darren Rowse’s blog is mobile friendly. The image on the left is how Google sees it using their test site. the one on the right is how I saw it using my iPhone, They say you’ve only got a limited amount of time to catch your readers attention. That’s why your heading and the first paragraph is so important. Darren’s blog theme (Genesis) only shows the post heading. Being who he is people will probably click on the heading to read further but I’m not sure that is the same for the rest of us.
Also I found the pop-up, which you can see at the bottom of the image, most annoying.
Mobile Friendly Adrienne Smith
Adrienne’s blog shows up well in both images. Once again though all we see is the posts headings. Adrienne who uses Thesis has a plugin that makes her blog mobile friendly. It was Adrienne’s post on 3 ways to learn what WordPress Theme is being used that divulged the info on what theme was being used.
Mobile Friendly John Chow
While in the process of researching this post I got the inspiration for one of my Load Of Bullshit post. The post is called MOBE, Scam or Not. MOBE is something that Chow is promoting but as far as my research on it goes it has the stink of scam all over it.
As for Chows blog it is mobile friendly but all you see is a whole lot of adverts. You need to scroll down before you get any content. Don’t know how many people will scroll down to see what he has to offer.
Mobile Friendly Load Of BS
Finally we have my Load of Bullshit blog. As you can see using FlexSqueeze2 the mobile friendly version is actually a scaled down version of the actual blog. The theme strips the sidebars and puts them below the post. The headers look different because they were taken on different days, as you can probably tell by the blog posts.
That video will show you how easy it is to make my blogs not only mobile friendly, but to look just like the original. All I had to do was to make a header with the Logo Creator, upload it to my site and fill in the required field. For those of you who are interested I went for a header that was 460 pixels wide.
You may have noticed that I didn’t link to Darren Rowse or John Chow. The reason for that is because I don’t link to A Listers.
If you have any questions just leave a comment. I’ll try my best to answer it for you. How friendly is your blog?
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