Another Avenue For Making Money With Your Blog

There is many a blogger who has gone online with hopeful dreams of one day being able to tell their boss to shove it because they can finally live off their blog’s income. While not many actually achieve this status many can claim that their blogging efforts does bring in a substantial income. I’ve tried many ways of using my blog to add to my general income and I always share anything that I have learned from those experiences with my readers. This post is yet another weapon in my money making arsenal.

They say that the one way you can make money on the net is for you to create a product and then sell it to your list. Well, I don’t have a product to sell and I can’t see myself creating one anytime soon, so I can’t go down that route. They also say that you can make money from selling other people’s product as an affiliate and while I am making some money doing that it’s not quite enough.

Then there are  those who say you can make money by selling a service online. :ponder_tb: That got me thinking as to what services I could possibly offer that others would be willing to pay for. Then it hit me! The thing that I do best online is blogging and it’s a well known fact that heaps of people are venturing into the blogging world every day, and perhaps some of them would consider hiring me to set up their blogs for them. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before and if someone hadn’t approached me to design a website for them I probably wouldn’t be writing this post now.

As it turns out they took my advice and let me set up a blog for them which went live a little over a week ago. They were so happy with their new Madonna Di Montevergine blog they even asked if I was willing to help them out, at a price, if they ever needed something more done to it. Naturally I said I would be happy to help them out. If you think I did a great job you can show your appreciation by giving it a +1. :thumbup_tb:

Hire Me Banner

Hire Me To Set Up Your Blog

Now, I could offer my services via sites such as Freelancer, and while it would certainly give me more exposure it didn’t quite fit the sales model I had in mind. You see, I wanted to offer my services for free! No, I’m not crazy and I can actually make money setting up a blog for someone as long they meet certain requirements, those being that they buy their web hosting and blog theme from my affiliates. Luckily for me the FlexSqueeze theme made it really easy to set up a Hire Me page, one that looks both professional and allows me to highlight all the advantages of allowing me to set up their blog.

Do you have a Hire Me page? If you haven’t and you have a particular skill that others could use then you should consider setting one up as you could be missing out on a considerable amount of income.

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Why Do People Unsubscribe From Your List

I’ve never really liked lists that much, in fact I have disliked them with a passion the reason being that almost every list I have ever joined did nothing but try to coerce me into buying a product that is supposed to make all my dreams come true. There is an old saying, ‘once bitten twice shy’ so you’ll only ever suck me in once. That being the case I have shied away from lists and had even vowed never to start one of my own.

I then wrote a post telling everyone why I, the person who has been shouting to the blogosphere how much he hates lists, decided to start one of his own. Since then my list hasn’t gown all that much, it now sits at a huge 35. It would have been 42 but I have had 7 people unsubscribe, which brings me to this post, why did they unsubscribe? As far as I know I haven’t done anything untoward to upset anyone. I know I sure as hell haven’t pushed any affiliate links down anyones throat. I only send out emails to notify my subscribers of when I’ve published a new post which is what I said I would do. I even show them some love by listing them on the My List page which for many is a one way link and you know how much Google loves them.

Monkey bidnessThe thing is that even though the feature is there no-one has taken the time to give me some feedback as to why they unsubscribed and without that information I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. Heck, I may not be doing anything wrong at all, it may be that they just decided they didn’t like my style of blogging anymore and I can understand that. People change and people move on, I get it.

Anyway, here is a copy of my last email;

Google+ Is In Town

G’day << Test First Name >>

Welcome to a new weekend and a new post. I am pretty excited about this one as I’ve just been introduced to Google+! That being the case my post is about my first impression of Google+.

If you haven’t had an invite yet email me with the email you want me to use to invite you and I’ll get right on it.

Thanks again for subscribing.

Until next time, look after yourself.

Peter

That’s pretty well what my emails are like. I keep them short and sweet because I know how busy everyone is and besides, the reason why people subscribed in the first place was so they could be notified every time I published a new post. Or at least that is what I thought?

So my loyal readers, I ask you, what possible reasons can people have for unsubscribing to my list? No poll for this post as I think that would be too limiting, just your opinion will do. :thumbup_tb:

I’ve done two posts concerning Google’s +1 button, namely Google+1 Showing Others Their Stamp Of Approval and Which Is Of More Value A Tweet Or Google’s +1? The funny thing was that a lot of people were comparing the +1 to FaceBooks like button and I thought it was so much more than that. It’s still my opinion that Google will factor people’s +1s into their search algorithm.

Google+ changes all that now that they’re live and FaceBook should be worried because unlike +1 Google+ is their direct competition. I’ve only joined Google+ today and already I’m loving it better than FaceBook. While there are similarities it’s features are so much better. So much so that I’ve heard FaceBook are so worried they are working on some major revamping just so they can remain in contention. So let’s look at some of the features:

  1. Circles: This is the best thing about Google+ and is one of the reasons it will leave FaceBook for dead. Once you’ve joined you can organise all the people you follow into ‘Circles’ As you can see I have one Circle just for my Blogger buddies. I’ve also got one for Family, Friends and Acquaintances. You can have as many circles as you want.
  2. Selective Streams: This is directly related to your Circles. When you post something in the stream you can select exactly who sees it. It can be made completely public or you can select a particular Circle or even several Circles giving you complete control of who sees your posts.
  3. Self Promotion: When adjusting your profile you can add as much of yourself as you like thereby selling yourself to whoever is viewing your profile. Make sure when you do this you do not forget adding links to those sites you wish to promote
  4. Google+ Hangouts: This is so cool that it probably has FaceBook and Skype quaking in there boots. Who knows, perhaps Skype sold to Microsoft because they knew this was coming. When youstart a hangout you can invite up to 10 people to have a video conference and it’s absolutely free. Completely unheard of in FaceBook and you have to pay to use this feature in Skype.
  5. Sparks: Is just like your news reader. Clicking this presents you a selection of categories of what’s hot now or you simply type in your search term to find what you’re interested in.
Creating your circle is as easy as dragging the photos of the people you know into the circle of your choice. If they’re not lucky enough to be a member yet you can invite them by clicking on the ‘Add a new person’ icon on the left while you’re in the Circle page. If it doesn’t recognise the name you just type in their email address. Nothing will happen though unless you complete one more step. Click on the Home icon which will take you to the ‘Stream’ page (FaceBooks newsfeed) where you will post something making sure you share it with your new invites. Google will then send them an email of your post complete with link for them to join.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m sure there is a lot more to learn but considering I’ve only just joined I reckon I’ve done pretty well. Heck I know more about Google+ than I do about FaceBook and that’s alone says a lot. If you haven’t joined yet do it now because this is one social media group you don’t want to miss out on.
Have you got anything interesting about Google+ that you want to share with everybody?
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