Had an interesting email from a friend regarding how to make money online by either blogging or internet marketing … I asked if I could repost it here, which they agreed if their name was changed, so below is the email snippet that matters for the sake of this post … with certain words edited and mine in (italics) …
Good to see you in town the other week, still looking rough intcha…lol (me : THANKS mate!) ;o)
Anyway you know I asked you about ya blog I seen on facebook and how I could go about having one for my ***** (passion niche, which I don’t care to share and ruin for them), and maybe start selling ***** to earn some extra money?
You remember I told you about that ***** (contact) who says I can have ***** at a better price, like a mates rates? Well they got a website too which they can sell ***** from, so what should I do? Won’t that stop me, I mean why bother doing a blog or whatever if they already have a website to sell from? How the hell am I supposed to make money doing that? What about Internet marketing, is that different than blogs or what?
Now, my mate knows I will help him, and he also knows I am gonna tell it as it is on here like I did in the email, so he never took (with email) or will take offence at anything here. ;o)
So, my message to them : GET YOUR ARSE IN GEAR and GET ON WITH IT! :o) Use what I shared with you in that email and GO for it … you have a GREAT chance of making headway with it, won’t happen overnight but it will happen if you act on it and stick to it, like I said in the email, give it some wellie in effort for the first few months… Plus you know where I am ;o)
Back to the post …
Quite a loaded up question wouldn’t you say, I bet there are plenty of people who have thought similar things, I did once too… ;o)
Let’s just answer the basics on that shall we, the first positive answer is you picked a passion, a niche you KNOW you can get somewhere with because it does interest you, whether it’s a profitable niche is a different matter, for this person it IS a profitable one, from what I can see it looks pretty decent too.
(may work with him on that to benefit him more as well as me learn a thing or two extra). ;o)
The second thing, you know it sells because you know someone already selling **** and you have the benefit of a chance to work with him in the sense of a good price for **** which helps you both.
The fact they have a website is actually a good thing because you can then just monetise the leads you give them, rather than do the actual selling and delivering of **** and all the other details.
So, the best thing is to ask your “contact” for a unique commission (mate rate) for leads to their website.
You could then just concentrate on building the blog as a good value resource with interesting information, a warm up or pre-sell style that readers will appreciate, having a link to your contacts site from which you benefit from if they click (what affiliates is all about).
Or use your own unique domain link as a redirect so you can track how many clicks etc.
Then start writing for more than your blog, meaning articles with a link to your blog on them to post to the directories, this is done for good ONE WAY backlinks and will produce traffic over time too.
Internet marketing is not a tool as such like a blog is, it’s marketing online, in many forms, using many tactics to get results, in a way it’s a mindset to approach what you do, whether it’s using a blog, website, email, social networking etc.
My friend here will need to learn aspects of internet marketing of course, but thankfully they will be a blogger first!
So it can lead to asking, do you blog and then learn internet marketing to monetise the blog?
OR learn internet marketing and have a blog as part of your internet marketing arsenal?
May seem strange but I feel the best bloggers were just bloggers who then got into internet marketing to learn how to monetise and maximise their blog, they already had success blogging just not making the money from the blogging effort put in. They were in effect not doing it for the money, but then realised it was a good way to earn a living, rightly so.
The internet marketers who chose to start blogging usually have a different agenda from the start so they never quite get the results in the sense of readership. The relationship between readers and the blog and blogger is different.
So, how to go about it?
I think that you have to have in mind a monetisation plan, even if it won’t bear fruit for 6 months, the action put in over them 6 months may well make a big difference to the monetisation ability of the blog 6 months on.
Internet marketing gives you a wide range of areas to utilise, look at the big sites like amazon, ebay, etc, they all utilise internet marketing even if indirectly, its a part of the whole and can’t be ignored.
So what can you take away from this post?
- Start with your passion or interest, if you have a few do them all to see which is best and most likely to work for you.
- Check there is a possibility of getting readers, buyers etc, no competition in a niche can mean no-one is in it, for a good reason most likely!
- Monetisation usually comes last, but factor it in with all you do for the long term plan, done right things you do now should earn in a years time, two years time, etc.
- Do more than you need, write extra articles etc.
- Just DO IT. :o)