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7 Ways to Turn Your Blog Into a Money Making Machine



7 Ways to Turn Your Blog Into a Money Making Machine

Editor’s Note: UPDATED as of October 19, 2016 for relevance and accuracy.



If turning your blog into a money making machine sounds like a dream come true, you are not alone.

Everyday, people all over the world create new blogs and websites, hoping to turn their hobbies and interests into profitable income streams. Some of the bloggers do incredibly well. They become well-known in their community and earn enough money to quit their 9-5 jobs.

But, this isn’t always the case.

Despite their best efforts, some bloggers just can’t get their blogs to make a profit.

So, how do you increase the earning potential of your blog?

There are so many different ways to make money from it. These include advertising, affiliate links, ebook sales, sponsored posts, subscriptions, and more. For every possible way to earn an income with your blog, there is someone out there who has had great success – and many others who have not.

Unfortunately, there is NO right or best way to monetize your blog. What works for others may or may not work for you.

Successful bloggers do have something in common: they take the time to get to know their options. Then, they choose the best way that works best with their audience.

If you are willing to do the work, you can turn your blog into a successful business. Here are some ways you can use to maximize the earning potential of your website.


Turning Your Blog into a Money Making Machine

#1 Use Ad Networks like Adsense

Most bloggers start making money with their blog by using an ad network like Google Adsense. This method of monetization is dependent on how much traffic you’re getting and what are the CPM rates.

Once you get your account approved by Adsense, you can simply insert the code in your website and Adsense will do the rest. It works well with most blogging platforms.

Here is a great article on where to place ads on your website.

For this to work, focus on:

  • Optimizing your page for SEO so that you can benefit from the organic traffic.
  • Creating high-quality content that gets shared on social media.
  • Reaching out to influencers and try and get them to link to your articles or share it on social media.

If you’re just starting out as a blogger, you may find it difficult to get the Adsense account approved (mine was rejected twice). While you work on getting it approved, you can also try other ad networks such as Infolinks or Chitika.

You can also use more than one ad network. Just make sure you don’t violate any AdSense policies (if using with Adsense). Also, avoid aggressive tactics like pop-ups and full-page ads that can turn off website visitors.


#2 Sell Ad Space Directly to Advertisers

Once your blog is consistently bringing in traffic and you’ve built a decent sized mailing list, you can start selling advertising space directly to your advertisers.

Put together blog details, such as daily, monthly, and yearly traffic, as well as details about your target audience. Then reach out to the advertisers in your industry.

You can also use platforms such as Buy Sell Ads to find advertisers. This way of turning your blog into a money making machine ensures that you’re showing relevant ads to your audience.


#3 Add Affiliate Links to Your Posts to Earn Residual Income

When you start out as a blogger, you may not want to invest time and money in developing your own product.

Using affiliate links to generate income is a good way to get you going and build your audience at the same time. Many companies and programs, like Amazon Affiliates, offer a percentage from every sale resulting from one of your affiliate links.

You can also reach out and enroll in the affiliate programs of the influencers in your industry. That will help you generate income and build a relationship at the same time.

You can insert affiliate links in reviews, product roundups, guides, and tutorials. Just make sure to let your readers know that you get a portion of the sales, but that all opinions and recommendations are your own.

Also, it is highly effective to show your audience exactly how the product works. For example: if you are using an affiliate for a software, create a video and show your readers how it works. Or create additional bonus that will help the readers when they purchase the software from your link.


#4 Write Sponsored Posts for Advertisers and Affiliates

Sponsored posts are a bit like affiliate links – except that the company actually pays you for the post and would want to review it before it goes live.

There are many websites that help bloggers find advertisers for their sponsored posts. These include PayPerPostSponsored Reviews, and more.

As with affiliate links, you’ll want to make sure your readers know that you’re getting paid for the post. If you’re upfront about it and only write about products you would use yourself, your readers won’t mind the occasional sponsored post.


#5 Create and Sell Your Own Product

While there’s nothing wrong with advertising the products of others, you are likely to turn your blog into  money making machine by selling your own products. For most bloggers, this means creating a virtual product, like an ebook, audio book, webinar, video course, or an email course.

You can combine content from your blog posts with new information to create helpful guides that your readers will be more than happy to pay for. If you create tools for your own use like templates and apps, you can easily sell those, too.


#6 Offer Your Services

This is the fastest way to get started and you don’t need a huge audience for this.

If you’re an expert in your field or have a great deal of experience, your blog readers might be willing to pay for special access to personal services, such as coaching.

For example: if you are a copywriting expert, you can offer to help people create sales letters, email sequences, posts, press releases, etc.

Facebook can be your best friend in such cases. Hang out in groups where people talk about online businesses. Sooner or later, you’ll find someone who needs help in your area of expertise. Also, try and make yourself visible by participating in the discussion and offering some advice for free. That builds credibility and would help you in getting clients.


#7 Invite Your Readers to Support You with Patreon

If you want to make all of your content available to everyone, but also want to turn your blog into a money making machine, try Patreon. Invite your readers to support your site by making individual or monthly donations.

Sponsorship programs are growing in popularity as they allow bloggers and other content creators to earn money without costing individual sponsors more than a few dollars at a time. This works really well for creators of entertainment based content, like videos, art, comics, and music.

It can also allow bloggers to keep their blog ad-free, resulting in a better experience for their followers and readers.


All these monetization techniques discussed above have worked for someone or the other. You’ll need to try and experiment with some or all of these to see what best suits you.

When you find something that works, stick with it and start looking for the next opportunity. Turning your blog into a money making machine isn’t always easy – but if you’re patient, persistent, and do your research, you can make a nice secondary income.

If you’re lucky, you might even be able to quit your 9-to-5 job.

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Can You Receive A Compliment Without It Getting To Your Head?



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Receiving compliments gracefully isn’t as easy as it should be for some people. How about you: are YOU ready for someone to give you a pat on the back? To be pushed to doing more? To have someone give you a supporting hand? To be picked up when you fall down?

Sure, we may think that’s what we want. But is it what we need to develop, to grow, and to get better?

If someone complimented you on every little improvement you made while learning a new skill, would you not start to feel a bit marginalized? That perhaps they didn’t really think you could do it? What about when you do something that seems pretty easy and everyone made it into a big deal?


Receiving Compliments When You Are Not Ready For It

Why You Are Not Receiving Compliments

Developing new skills is never free of trouble. We all know the level of foundation that must be built to get from being a novice, before reaching greatness. In the learning process, we all know when we are in that frustrating stage of not being quite as good – but we know what we have to do to get there.

It’s in these moments that receiving compliments on your every action could minimize your efforts. That’s because if they truly knew you, people would be holding out for when you make that big, defining leap. 

As we overcome hurdles in our learning and development, friends, family members, and colleagues will know when the time is right to provide encouragement. They know that when that moment comes, those words will have the right amount of impact on you.

Think back to when you were growing up, playing some elaborate game. Perhaps you spent hours creating this game: building a fort, putting together things that the rest of your characters in the play could use. You pushed through despite the trials and problems.

It would have served absolutely no purpose for someone to congratulate you on every step (and misstep) along the way.  You would have lost your flow as you worked through the problem, constantly being interrupted – all while you were still trying to figure it out and understand where you needed to go.

Why You Are Not Receiving Compliments


When Receiving Compliments Makes You Content with Present Achievements

You might never have finished if someone patted you on the back early in that moment, content in the knowledge that you “thought up” the idea and that was enough. If everyone was saying you did great simply for thinking up something new, would it have compelled you to stop?

Maybe. Perhaps you would have stopped with that compliment.

As a parent, you learn when to encourage your children. Usually, it’s not when they show up, and not when they do what kids around them are able to do as well. It’s when they push themselves to do more. When they pick themselves up and still lose, when they try something new for the first time, fall over and fail, not sure if they should do it again.

Those are the moments when kids should be receiving compliments – NOT when they have done the same thing over and over again, or when they didn’t try their best but won anyways.

Kids know this. They can feel it when people give false compliments or encouragement because they did something they’ve always done. But when it is something meaningful, something they have worked hard for, they know the encouragement will be there to help them.

Why You Are Not Receiving Compliments

The reason you might not be receiving compliments or encouragement when you want to is because you haven’t earned them or don’t deserve them yet.

Maybe your coaches, leaders, parents, or other people who support you know you are not ready for it. Perhaps they need to see you making that next big leap in your growth and development.

Those compliments might not come today, tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. But look at those around you – the great people you have chosen to surround yourself with – and you’ll see that they are waiting to give you that push. They are waiting for you to make it happen.

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3 Ways to Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart




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I truly believe that dreams must extend beyond wishes of self-improvement; that its goal should be to contribute to the world around you.

The heart is a fickle thing. Imagine how many amazing things wouldn’t have been accomplished if great minds simply stopped when they “didn’t feel like it”.

It’s human nature. I’m sure that during the course of over 300 bank rejections, Walt Disney had days when he felt like giving up. But he didn’t. He kept going. Why? It was because his dream went far beyond himself.

Here’s how YOU can keep going – even if it feels like your dreams are falling apart.


3 Ways to Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart

1.) Remember The “Why”

Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart

Often times, I find that dreams extend far beyond the simple purpose of making one happy. For example, being a songwriter in and of itself does not make me feel happy and fulfilled. Imagine if my life’s work was to write songs that no one would ever hear. That doesn’t elicit any feelings of happiness or fulfillment (at least to me).

Seeing and hearing the healing effects that come from the songs I create for others to hear? Now you’re talking. Healing and helping others is the part of my dream that keeps it alive. It gives me purpose in this world that goes far beyond myself and my skills.

I’m reminded of the character Ebenezer Scrooge from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Scrooge’s goal in life was to have money – and lots of it. He set aside love and relationships for that dream. The result of this life goal was a lonely, cold, bitter old man.

I won’t ruin the whole story for the very few of you that may not have heard it. In the end, Scrooge discovered that what brought him fulfillment and happiness were community and generosity.

So what is the “why” to your dream? How is your dream going to affect those around you? Get beyond yourself. As many have said, YOU are your biggest obstacle to success.


2.) Take Off The Rose-Colored Glasses

Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart

You know what I’m talking about. The “I’m going to make it big” and “I’m going to famous/rich/etc.” I hate to take a pointy realistic needle to your big ideas, but I’m doing it out of love. Here it is:

Your dream isn’t going to look exactly how you pictured it.

Take a minute to take that one in. Still here? Yes. Alive? Yes. Not Bleeding? No? Hurt a bit?

It’s OK. I know. I’ve been there. Dreams are vulnerable. We spend countless hours imagining what it would be like and how we will get there. But the truth is, in my experience, they have never turned out exactly how I have imagined. Why? We live in a world of people and circumstances that we can’t control.

Here is where the “why” comes in. The beautiful thing is that your works are a direct result of your heart’s intention…and what you put out into the world never comes back void. Here’s an example:

As a singer-songwriter, the common idea of making it big for my line of work is to have a hit song or perform in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden (I’m more inclined towards Red Rock Amphitheatre, but you get the picture).

Let’s say that I work and strive tirelessly to do everything I need to do to reach that goal. I release a song, I tour around the US, develop a large following, get on the radio, etc. Along the way, I hear stories of how this song has impacted the people who have heard it. Stories describing how it brought healing, encouragement, and hope.

To go further, what if I never even make it that far? What if circumstances happen and I can’t tour? What if everything “falls apart”? What if I end up playing at open mics for the rest of my life? What if it doesn’t happen in the next year? Two years?

Does that change the fact that my song helped heal and open the heart of a broken and depressed Vietnam Vet? Or how it helped encourage an author to keep going and writing? Or how my song started a conversation on how to look past the labels overshadowing soldiers and their families?

It’s all about your perspective of success, my friend. To me, because my “why” and my heart’s intention are to help people, those stories above are my version of success. It’s what keeps me going. If I get to Madison Square Garden (or Red Rocks), well that’s just icing on top of the cake.

Keep going on your dream. Make a plan, and in the words of .38 Special, “Hold on loosely, but don’t let go.” Roll with the punches and understand that even greater things can come when things don’t go according to your plan.


3.) Make Your Dream Your Job

Keep Going When Your Dream Falls Apart

No, I don’t mean quit your job and have no income while you work on your dream. That’s an entirely different article (and completely up to you). I’m talking about treating your dream like it is your job.

For example, if you completely failed at a presentation at work, would you just quit and not go the next day? No! You have a livelihood and an expectation to show up. So why quit on your dream at the first sign of failure?

Treat your dream like your job. Make a plan, show up every day, and understand that it may take a while to see any results. I know many songwriters who wrote hundreds of songs before they wrote a hit. However, they never would have reached it if they didn’t take that first step, made a commitment, and wrote 100 songs first.

Dreams don’t just happen. They take work. So go get started!

My best advice under this theme is check out the book “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. It is by far the best resource I have discovered in my journey of living out my dream.

Here’s the deal. With every goal that I have set and achieved, I never sat at the end and thought to myself, “man, look at what I did”. Believe it or not, I was more overwhelmed with the thoughts of the journey that I had to take to get there – the good and the bad.

I would admire and laugh at the unexpected things that came. I would smile and enjoy the character it built, the person that I became in the process. In the end, the best thing about dreams and goals isn’t their achievement, but the journey that you take to get there.

Never forget that the dream in your heart was put there for a reason. You were made to make an impact on this world.

Enjoy the journey and never, ever give up. Keep going.

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