Make Money Blogging through Funnels

Make Money Blogging
Generate Income Blogging

 How to Make Money Blogging

Thinking of starting a blog or already have one? You found this blog post, so you are probably on a mission to figure out how you can make money blogging. First, look at the three examples I’ve listed below of other bloggers who have made money through funnel marketing.

How Others Make a Living Blogging

Darren Rowse says in his article, From Hobby to Profession, that he has slowly built his blogging into an income source. Did you get that? Slowly. He didn’t become a success overnight.

When Darren started blogging, he worked three jobs and blogged on the side. In 2005 he expected to “generate a six-figure income”. According to his article, How to Make $30,000 a year Blogging,  written in 2015, he has made $50,000 AUD in a year.

Bill Belew makes a living blogging. He pays his mortgage through money that he makes from blogging. Bill, who encouraged me to start my own blogging meetup, became successful by blogging consistently.

When I met Bill Belew, I was working full time and blogging on the side. He assured me that it’s possible to blog daily in addition to working a day job. Bill advised what he had practiced himself. As a professor, he worked and kept up with blogging.

Carol Tice blogs about making a living writing. She shows how she made $5,000 a month by blogging.  Carol is popular for her “practical help to hungry writers” and Freelance Writers Den. The fee for joining the Writers Den is $25 per month, and there are approximately 1,200 members.

Map Out a Blog Funnel

Successful bloggers use blog funnels. Study the blogs of Darren Rowse, Bill Belew, and Carol Tice, and observe the funnels they have used. Darren offers multiple resources such as his book, Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, social media, multiple blogs, and speaking, to name a few.

Funnels that Bill Belew has used include blogging at billbelew.com, writing for examiner.com, speaking internationally and publishing the book, How Wilby Got 20 Million (to read his blogs). Bill operates a forum that you can join at forum.billbelew.com.

Carol Tice, who also has a forum, is a business writer and has published multiple articles and e-books and the book, The Pocket Small Business Owners Guide to Starting Your Business on a Shoestring, to help freelance writers. Her writing has been featured in the annual Writer’s Market book.

Read the article The Blog Sales Funnel at entrepreneurs-journey.com to learn how you can make funnel marketing work for your blog. The website offers a downloadable Blog Profits Blueprint that is a great tool for bloggers.

Funnel Ideas

What are a few funnel ideas that you can use as a beginning or intermediate blogger?  Listed below are six funnels that I have made money with:

  • Teach blog workshops
  • Teach a blogging course at a writer’s retreat
  • Write a monthly blogging column in an online newsletter
  • Coach beginner bloggers
  • Set up blogs for individuals (or businesses)
  • Write articles

Map out your funnel plan. Add your own ideas to any of these listed above or ones suggested by professional bloggers.

See how other successful bloggers have profited through blogging, and learn from them. Watch free webinars, and sign up for courses or modules that are often offered online (if you can and are able to afford them). A blogger who is struggling to make ends meet may choose to stick with free options at first.

Your email can become terribly crowded when you start signing up for free newsletters and offers to help you learn more about blogging. Choose wisely, or you’ll experience major overload.

What funnel marketing ideas have worked for your blog? Like to share? I welcome your comments on blogging strategies that have worked for you.

Thanksgiving Lessons on Blogging

Today is the beginning of Thanksgiving week, a busy season that leaves little time for blogging. Sometimes, life’s twists and turns suddenly put responsibilities and demands of daily living on hold. That is what my world has been like this holiday month. I have not blogged this month at all until last night.

The traditional idea is to gather with extended family the next few days, eat turkey and dressing, giblet gravy, yams, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. This year, my family gathered early because 15 days ago, my precious dad passed away.

I called him Daddy. He was blessed to live ’til 90. A typical response I have occasionally faced is the question of how old my dad was, “Oh, well, he lived a long life.” That seems to make it all better somehow – or does it? Sure, it is true that he lived a long life. It’s just that in grief, the heart is overwhelmed.

Yes, he lived a long life, and I’m thankful. The fact that he lived ’til 90, however, does not make this transition easy. What has helped is being with family and friends, another reason I feel thankful.

There was absolutely no chance and no thought of writing a blog post during my dad’s hospital stay and the week of his death. I couldn’t even think what to say. Numbness set in. Something happened, however. I thought, “It’s Thanksgiving and time to blog about my thankfulness for a father who was exceptional and do what he would say to do.

This is what he would say: Get a move on. Never, never, never give up. Smile. Be on time.

So here goes. What do you do when life hits you hard? You push your way through the impossible until you discover the possible. That goes for blogging and publishing. You accomplish whatever you can. If you don’t know how to do something, go for what you do know and eventually, a door will open.

I’ve been a blogger since 2008, the year my mother died. Within a year, I suffered much loss. My mother-in-law died ten months before my mother. That was the time the lesson of letting go began, a lesson that lasted for years. I would think I had learned it, then another loss would take place.

In March 2015 I went to my dad’s 90th birthday celebrations. As the plane was preparing to land, I turned to look out of the window, looked back, and felt dizzy. That was the beginning of my vertigo experience, three months that changed my life. I went on short-term disability, couldn’t drive, and depended on caring friends who took me to medical tests and doctors’ visits. When a specialist requested that I have about two more weeks off work, I was laid off. Then there was a waiting period while I was set up on unemployment. It was a trying time.

None of this year’s experiences made sense to me at the time, but I put my trust in Jesus and knew there had to be a purpose for what I was going through.

On November 7, 2015, I realized that had I not been laid off, I wouldn’t have been able to take off work to sit with my dad while he was in the hospital. I’m very thankful for those few days with him.

When I worked full time, finding time to blog was extremely difficult. My commute to work one way was one hour, and the drive home had begun to take even longer. I normally blogged on the weekends because during the week, I would fall asleep if I sat down to write a blog post.

One thing I was determined to do was to keep blogging. I didn’t have all the answers on how to make money blogging (still don’t), but I never gave up and won’t now.

A blogging mentor advised me to start a blogging group through Meetup.com. The group, Meetup.com/High-Desert-Blogging was created. Like-minded individuals joined at coffee shops to learn how to start a blog.

I’ve learned several things along my blog journey. Five of those lessons are my gift to you today:

  1. Bloggers should network face to face and online with other bloggers. You learn from others’ experiences what works and what doesn’t.
  2. Signing up for every amazing blog class on how to be a successful blogger can make you go broke. If you’re not careful, you’ll spend a fortune on learning how to blog. Choose wisely, and complete all of the modules offered in what you pay for.
  3. Blog networks are good to join or to start yourself. They help to build up traffic to your blog as well as to the bloggers who write on the network.
  4. You should take regular breaks from sitting at the computer. Make yourself get up and get active. Get some sunshine, and exercise.
  5. You never know all there is to know, and there will always be something you’ve learned that you can teach others.

I got a move on last night and blogged. I refuse to give up. Today I have barely made it on time for Sunday’s blog post, but I’m doing it and smiling as I get ready to click on “Publish”.

What it Takes to Be a Successful Blogger

 

Blogging still works – when you work it. Like anything in life that you want to accomplish, it requires effort for success to happen.

If you’ve started a blog, congratulations! Enjoy it, post consistently, and try out ways to make it become successful. When it hits a lull, don’t give up. Connect with other bloggers, learn strategies others have used to make their sites’ successful.

Consider the word success for a moment. What does that mean for your blog? Publishing a post once daily or weekly? Monetizing your blog? Seeing your blog traffic increase? All of these take time and effort, but you can make them happen if you follow a few important steps.

Commitment

Many people have good intentions of making a blog successful. Life events happen, and the blog gets nowhere. I know. I’ve been there. Recently, my WiFi service and cell reception changed. Then my computer started doing strange things. This went on for over a month. Without a working computer and WiFi, blogging doesn’t work. It was frustrating. Yes, I understand that things will interfere. Commitment, however, means you stick to the goals that you set and find a way to accomplish them.

Routine

First, it helps to have a routine, daily and weekly. Get up early every morning about the same time, drink coffee, eat a light breakfast, and spend a few minutes in prayer or studying the Bible. That’s one way, doing whatever helps you to start your day off with a positive mind. Meditate on good things. My mother-in-law used to tell me she liked to start her day off early in the cool of the day with her gratefuls. Be grateful for what you have. Find joy in the little things and with family.

Discipline

Write down your plan. I learned years ago that to accomplish a goal, I had to write it down. I attended a Franklin seminar and learned about organizing goals into A’s, B’s, and C’s. If you don’t write it, you forget it.

MyFitnessPal is an app I use for keeping up with my daily calories. Sometimes I forget to record what I eat. Guess what happens. That day the calories shoot up way high. Seriously, I think I can gain five pounds in one day. The app is a great way for disciplining myself. So it is with blogging. I have five blogs. If I plan my strategy of how to blog consistently on them, I’ll make it happen. When I don’t write the plan down, something will come up and I’ll forget to blog. After my time of computer problems and no WiFi, I was determined to discipline myself and work the plan I have in place for all five blogs. It’s doable but only if I follow my plan.

You can learn from the best of bloggers and apply their advice, but you must stay committed if you want to have success with your own blog. If you’re not committed, you’ll become inconsistent and discouraged. Interruptions will happen. The more that you have interferences, publishing posts will eventually end up on the bottom of your priorities.

Remember your purpose, your why, for having a blog. If it’s important to you, you have a reason to stay committed.

Routine will help keep you from overload. Without a routine, it’s easy to slack off from writing when tight schedules are a hindrance. Include these necessities in your routine:

  1. Sleep
  2. Healthy Eating
  3. Exercise
  4. Relaxation
  5. Sunshine

When you deprive yourself of those five needs, you’ll feel frustrated. Network with other bloggers, and read inspirational material like the iBlog magazine to stay positive and learn.

Go back to your plan from time to time and make changes when you need to. If one thing isn’t working, scratch it off the list, and replace it with something else you’ve learned from another blogger.

Be careful about comparing your blog so much to everyone else’s. Learn from others, but keep in mind that every blogger had a beginning. It took each one time to reach success. You’ll get there, too, so enjoy creating your blog as you fulfill your purpose.

 

Maintaining Blogs

Multiple Blogs
Managing Multiple Blogging Interests

Maintaining Blogs

Finding the time to blog takes planning. Maintaining one blog is one thing. Maintaining multiple blogs is another. If you are thinking of creating more than one blog, plan carefully before you launch them.

I’m a blogger who loves to blog about different topics and help beginning bloggers. When I began blogging, I was working a full-time day job and posting on the blogs whenever I had the time in the evenings and on weekends. Consistent blogging is important in managing blogs.

During the time I began blogging and was working a day job, my husband and I invested in a fixer-upper that needed major fixing up. That wasn’t all. I also was writing a book. Combining these multiple projects, I eventually became overwhelmed. In spite of adding more projects, the book was published and I finally learned how to blog.

Taking on too much

When you take on too much, even if it’s what you like or enjoy, you have to let something go eventually. I stopped blogging on two of my free hosted blogs in order to focus on a self-hosted blog that could eventually bring me extra income.You can only post on one blog at a time unless you duplicate, and that’s not a good thing for SEO (search engine optimization for those of you who are not into blogging).

As a blogger, I have become enthused about an idea, read an inspiring blog about blogging and discovered several more steps required to produce a successful blog, remembered that I still have to finish that blogging course I signed up for and saved but haven’t finished yet, and on and on and on.

At some point, you have to stop and think about your plan and order your steps to accomplish it. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself following the newest how-to-make-money-blogging ad (or whatever ad that offers what you need) that pops up on your Facebook page, daring you to check it out.

Do What Works Best for You

Listen to what works for others, but go at your own pace. Signing up for blogging courses, for instance, can be a good thing but may not be the best decision as far as timing goes. Can you afford it? Do you have the extra time it takes to complete the course? Do what works best for you or else you will become overwhelmed to the point that you won’t accomplish anything. You’ll become bogged down with unfinished projects and be too frustrated to complete them.

Find a way to get your projects organized. See my “Prioritize and Organize Your Clutter” blog post that  explains the ABC way of organizing. Prioritizing your tasks will help you to accomplish your dreams and goals.

One Blog or Multiple Blogs

You have to determine which is best for you, one blog or multiple blogs. If you have a day job, I wouldn’t recommend having multiple blogs. Maintain one blog at first. Then, if you feel like you have the time and want to blog about a different niche, go for it.

One option is to set up a website and have a blog on that website. If your niche covers similar topics, combine them into the same blog but on separate pages. This will help you to minimize your blogging time and prevent you from becoming too overwhelmed.

Bloggers with many diverse interests (mine include food, blogging, and gardening), or irons in the fire as writer Rusty LaGrange defines her blog, often find themselves needing to condense those interests. Rusty has condensed Old West topics into one blog, Old West Statecoach & Trading Post.

Are you a blogger with diverse interests? What has worked best for you? One blog or multiple blogs? Share your blogging experiences in the comment section below.

 

Overcome Writer’s Block: Encourage Yourself to Write

Prevent Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is unnecessary, but it happens. It’s a condition that sends a writer into the oblivion of being unaware of the senses.

If you’re suffering from writer’s block, there is a way out. But you have to take the first step. The way you do it is to encourage yourself.

Starting a blog
Begin writing by taking baby steps.

How to encourage yourself to write

Here are six steps to encourage yourself to fulfill your writing dreams and goals:

  1. Read books about authors and other writers. See what they did to make their writing dreams come to pass. Discover what measures they took to accomplish their publishing goals. A good book to find inspiring writers’ stories is Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul.
  2. Write daily, even if it’s a paragraph. Buy a notebook to write down ideas that come to you. This will help you get past feelings of writer’s block. Write each idea at the top of a page. When you can’t think of what to write about, flip through the idea pages until you find something that inspires you, that you have learned about, or that reminds you of an interesting thought. Write it down.
  3. Encourage other writers. Publish inspiring words, stories, and experiences on your blog. When you encourage others, you will feel encouraged.
  4. Pursue writing excellence. Join a writers group, critique group, or blogging group.
  5. Start a blog if you haven’t already. Look for blogs by authors with a similar genre to yours. You can even blog a book by writing the chapters in your blog. Nina Amir’s “How to Blog a Book” will show you how.
  6. Comment on the writers’ blogs that you follow. When you consistently comment on your favorite blogs, those bloggers will often reciprocate. Receiving a positive remark from a reader will make a blogger’s day.

How to become inspired to write

If you are looking for books to inspire you to blog and write, take a look at this blog’s Books page. Now, are you ready for some inspiration, something that will nudge you back into writing? Try these ideas out:

  • Always keep a notebook and pen with you.
  • Visit a vintage shop and write the thoughts down that come to you as you stroll down the aisles of nostalgia.
  • Take a nature walk. Listen to the sounds. Write about it.
  • Sit on a bench in a garden. Observe. Notice what you see, hear, feel, smell – and, yes, taste if there happens to be a fruit tree nearby.

Thank you for visiting!

“But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (I Samuel 30:6, KJV).

 

 

How to Insert a Link in WordPress

Starting a blog
Beginning Blogger

How to Insert a Link in a WordPress Blog Post

Inserting links in a blog post sometimes gets frustrating to bloggers. I assured the last blogger who was having linking problems that I would write a blog post with instructions on how to insert a link in WordPress.

You see the three words in the last paragraph – “insert a link”? There is a blog post on HighDesertBlogging.com about high traffic linking. I went to the URL of that blog post, highlighted it, hit right click and copy then came back to this post and highlighted “insert a link” then clicked on the “Insert/edit link” icon. Next a window popped up where I pasted the URL. Often, there is already an “http” in the window, so I always delete it when pasting the URL.

Next in the pop-up window is a place with a box and this phrase, “Open link in a new window/tab”. I checked the box then clicked on “Add Link” at the bottom of the pop-up page which brought me back to this post I’m currently working on.

Pretty easy, right? There are also some shortcuts that Authormedia.com offers in a helpful cheat sheet that I recommend. Try them. You may like using these keyboard shortcuts. They are good to know and might make linking less complicated for you.

Happy Linking!

 

 

 

Dig In and Learn Social Media Marketing

Angela McCoy Horn
Angela Horn,
Finding Inspiration

When was the last time you watched a webinar on social media marketing? I watched one last night, and it was a good one. So good that I was hoping that by the end of it, it would be offered at a very doable price.

Entrepreneurs who see the need for applying marketing strategies to their blogs seek information explaining how to do so. Like what happens to me, they scan their email messages and discover a webinar promotion. Clicking on it, they read the details and sign up right away. Logging onto the site ten minutes early, ready with their pre-printed guidelines (a thoughtful offer of the webinar speaker) with blanks to fill in, the eager-to-learn entrepreneurs wait.  The experienced speaker greets the online audience with phenomenal social media marketing nuggets learned from YEARS of trial-and-error plans of action, programs and designs that work.

By the time the small business owners get to the end of the awesome FREE online presentation, finally they are encouraged to hurry and sign up for the fabulous deal. Worth hundreds, even thousands, of dollars, the product or service offered is so amazing that surely no entrepreneur can pass up.

Truthfully, such webinars actually do, usually, contain an hour or so worth of good information. However, it’s packed into a small time frame that requires the attendees to be good at speedwriting or shorthand.

The problem with online social media marketing training worth hundreds or thousands of dollars? Only a select group of entrepreneurs can afford it, and it’s good that they have reached that level. On the other hand, many who would like to enroll in the program or sign up for the service can’t because lack of money puts them into a not-a-good-fit category.

Look at all of that information, those strategies and never-before revealed marketing tips and tricks that were studied for years. That means years of learning what works and what doesn’t. Years of research that saves time for others who need to use social media marketing and can afford the hundreds or thousands of dollars. It’s discouraging, though, for the ones who have limited funds.

So what’s the blogger and business owner to do when great social media marketing training is available but at a high price? Do what the social media expert did. Dig in and learn it yourself. You can do it. It might take you awhile like it did the expert to learn on your own. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Learn as you go. Do what you can.

The webinar I attended this week was loaded with very good material – even if it did seem overwhelming because there was so much to write. In spite of the fact that it was not doable for my budget, I still gleaned from the content presented.

I like what Joel Osteen said in one of his messages. Learn to encourage yourself. The more you grow, the less dependent you become on the approval of other people. God wants to see what you’re made of. This is the time to dig your heels in. Keep believing. Keep moving forward. Don’t fight against everything that’s hard.

Making money by blogging can be a challenge. Learning what works takes time and effort. New bloggers, don’t despair. Continue blogging and publishing good content. Hard? Yes, it certainly can be. But it’s doable.

 

Step Out of the Box and Learn to Blog

Starting a blog
Beginning Blogger

Reach your dreams by stepping out of the box and putting your feet forward. The doors will then open, and you’ll walk through.

That’s what happened to me. Bob Isbill, former president of High Desert Branch California Writers Club, asked me to chauffeur a blogger who was scheduled to speak at our club. I agreed.

The day I met Bill Belew, my blogging box became uncomfortable. Bill, the blogger who pays his mortgage by blogging, challenged me. I had joined his blogging meetup group, but it was too far for me to attend. Bill said, “Start your own.”

“Start my own?” How would I do that if I didn’t even know what I was doing?

I realized that I must learn by doing. The concept was familiar to me. I’m a Christian and a preacher’s daughter. Though my dad was a great preacher (also a lively one), I learned more about the Bible when I began teaching Bible studies.

The meetup.com/High-Desert-Bloggers group was formed, and I started to learn about blogging. I met with like-minded individuals who also wanted to learn about blogging.

Eventually, I offered group workshops and individual blog coaching. Continuing to grow my personal blogs and helping others to grow theirs, I found that teaching new and intermediate bloggers was fulfilling. I could understand their frustrations of setting up a blog, trying to make sense of WordPress and learning the sections of the dashboard.

Since Bill Belew nudged me to start my own meetup.com group, I’ve become involved with teaching blogging at writing salons, a fun way writers get together to boost their writing skills.

Recently, I’ve stepped further away from my former box of blogging comfort and started a newsletter blog corner. It’s a way that I can share what I’ve learned on my journey of learning to blog. These doors would not have happened, however, had I not been willing to step out of the box and put my feet forward.

Finding Inspiration to Blog and Write

Angela McCoy Horn
Angela Horn,
Finding Inspiration

I love to go vintage shopping. There is a little cottage vintage shop I go to that is quite amazing. You walk into the gate down a short sidewalk, turn to the left and wind around and around through sort of a vintage village. Sometimes I go just to find inspiration to blog about. It always works. Taking pictures of vintage, flowers in a vintage setting, the vintage oddities – all of it inspires me.

What is your brand of blogging? Do you blog about information, fashion, comedy, social media? What do you do to inspire, to motivate, through your blog posts?

Vintage is only one of my interests. My grandbabies inspire me. Ask a grandmother about her grandchildren and see if she doesn’t tell you a cute story or show you a picture. Yep! That’s what we do, and it’s so fun.

You don’t have to look far to find something interesting to blog about. It helps to network with other bloggers, too. Every time my meetup group of bloggers get together, I am motivated. Look on the internet for blogging groups that meet in your community. If there aren’t any, start one. Don’t know how? You can do it. Take it one step at a time. They may be baby steps, but babies learn and grow.

Beginning Blogging
Start blogging with baby steps – and don’t quit!

What inspired you today? Share it.

 

About Me

 

Angela Horn Blogger
Angela M. Horn

Read to be inspired. Then inspire. Blog it. Write it.

Welcome to my blog! It’s about inspiring others through blogging, writing, sharing what has worked for me in blogging and writing and any inspiration for the day.

This is a new blog. I have other blogs but decided to start one primarily on blogging, writing, and the things that inspire.

Helping you to start your own blog, overcome the obstacles, and find out what works best for your brand are important to me.

Whether you blog part-time or full-time, all bloggers need inspiration and to be motivated by other bloggers.

Look around you wherever you go. The inspiration is there. Blog it.

Go inspire someone today!

Blog with what inspires you!