Out of all the emails I get from my readers the one question that comes up the most is a variation of the following; “Sire, everywhere I go I read that if I want to make money on my blog I really need a product of my own to promote. The problem is I don’t have one and so I really need some advice as to what products I actually can promote.”
Naturally, all the emails were different but that quote portrays the general gist of the emails. Its safe to say that this problem is one that many bloggers struggle with and it is in fact one that I struggled with for a few years myself. The obvious reason is that bloggers, like myself, don’t have our own product to promote and probably never will have. That being the case we join sites like Commission Junction, Clickbank and the like to promote their products by placing links in our post or somewhere else on our blogs. They may get the occasional click but rarely generate a sale and the main reason for this is because there’s usually no relation between the product and what we’re writing about. Even when there is there’s nothing to substantiate our reference to the product unless we’ve shown in some way that we’re actually using the product in question.
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The Right Product Will Create Sales
Even though I was making quite a bit of money from doing paid posts it wasn’t until I actually started to invest in my blog that they started to produce income on a more regular basis. How does one invest in their blog? That is a very good question and the answer will be revealed as you continue to read this post. Before I get into the crux of this blog post I need to point out that what follows, for blatantly obvious reasons, will not work on those free bogging platforms such as Blogger and WordPress.com.
Products To promote On Your Blog
- Promote Your Web Host: This is a product that many blog owners
forget to promote and one that can bring in a fair bit of income. While you can place a link within your sidebar, as I have done, that says ‘Proudly Sponsored On BlueHost‘, the best way to promote your web host is to write several posts telling your readers what makes your web host so special and why it would be in their best interest to host their blog or website with them.
- Buy A Professional Theme: I would have to say that my biggest earner to date would have to be FlexSqueeze. It could easily have been Thesis as that was the first theme I purchased but it fell so far short of the mark and I wasn’t about to promote something I was unhappy with.
Promoting something simply for the reason of recouping your investment is probably the biggest mistake someone could make. I’ve actually written several posts telling others what makes FlexSqueeze such a great theme and I will continue to do so as every new posts brings in more sales. As each new post has it’s own individual SEO they bring in their own potential new customer base.
- Plugins That Make You Money: I’ve always been an advocate of
Promoting Your Plugins To Increase Your Revenue Stream
free plugins but it wasn’t until I started investing in my blog by actually purchasing and promoting those plugins that I’ve found invaluable to my blogging career, that I found a new avenue for making money. The plugin that has been the most profitable would have to be Andy’s CommentLuv Premium and a couple of others include Andy’s IM Graphics plugin and WP Zon Builder. Another great plugin I use which brings in a regular income is OIOpubliasher because it makes it so easy to advertise on my blogs.
The images you see in this post were only possible because of Andy’s IM Graphics plugin. One of the many things it can do is to allow you to input blank graphics as a background and then fill it with the text of your choice. As you can probably tell that would have a lot of potential for the internet marketer.
As I write this post there are other plugins I’ve purchased that I’m hoping will help me along the blogging for money road. I plan to write a post on them once I’ve completed the testing phase.
Now it’s over to you. What products have you chosen to promote on your blogs?
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