The five biggest mistakes a blogger make are easy to spot if you actually make money blogging. I was surprised to find out that most bloggers do not get paid. I know shocking considering how hard it actually is.I decided to help people make money blogging by writing about how to make money blogging. I know people think you just write something and boom your email box fills with offers and money. The truth is it doesn’t you have to fill your email box through intelligence, hard work, and strategies. I would also like to add that 75% of the blogs I visit daily are full of crap. I wrote it crap. That means offers, giveaways, and spam. Do you have real content on your site? Are you speaking to your readers? If I came to your site today on the first page of your site is there evergreen content. If the answer is no then you need to write some. You can’t make money blogging if you do not have a point a view a purpose and something interesting to share. That means if you aren’t grabbing the attention of readers than you aren’t going to attract income.
How do you increase your income in 30 days? You need to get real about what you are doing and hold yourself accountable. Do you have measurable goals?
Okay so you want to blog… You need
You need to get LifeLock if your going to be online all the time. You never know people are crazy.. This is totally worth the money.
You need a domain name I suggest Go Daddy for your basic hosting options and your domain. You need to find a name with both the .com and the .net. If you’re just starting and the .com name is not available, keep brainstorming. If a logical spelling isn’t available, keep searching. Don’t expect your readers to remember that you’re only a .net or to remember your clever (in your own mind) misspellings. They won’t, and they’ll wind up at a different site.
When your site gets bigger I suggest liquid web hosting I have knocked down 8 hosts with madamedeals.com. I have a 99.8% rate of up time. The .02% was caused by adding a plug in that crashed my site.. Yes, I did it
For smaller sites, you can use a host such as
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You need a real email service. Email marketing is effective and you need to start right from the start. Think Feedburner is enough? On average, it takes potential readers at least seven emails before they listen to your message. When you’re only sending your feeds to their inbox, you’re not giving them anything fresh, there’s no incentive for them to open your email right away. I would say you need Mad Mimi. It is who I use for all my businesses and their customer services, services offered, and cost per use is awesome. It is also easy to set up and use. I have to admit I am not at all tech savvy and this is EASY! This is a Beginners Blogging Tip that I wish I would have taken. Email is an amazing way to build a loyal following.
You need a web design. I suggest using self-hosted WordPress right off the bat. I would not start on blogger and move over it is a pain in the neck and it will cost you money to have someone move you unless you are tech savvy. You can have a wordpress design done for less than $200. If you need someone email me at [email protected] subject designer I will point you to the person I use.
You have everything you need. Now you need to focus on what to write. I would get out a calendar and make a plan. I would try to think of a topic that you can write several articles about. Then I would put them in a calendar. I use google calendar but I am buying this one so I can have it available at all times.
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Are you on Pinterest? I love it! If you would like to follow madame deals here is my page. http://pinterest.com/madamedeals/ <—–
Here is a great idea
Use a scrapbooking paper as a backdrop. You can easily hang it behind a table with double stick tape. Like I did to make these cool center pieces with some of my necklaces and a bracelet and a shell. I love pinterest if you aren’t on it this is a great Ask a Blogger post on why you should use Pinterest.
Here is the image when you zoom in. I think this is a great tip for getting your projects noticed on pinterest.
HOT off the presses feed burner is ending soon… if your subscribers are gone here is how you can find them. Use this awesome guide by Mom dot.com. Then the next step is to put them in a paid service so you will actually own all your emails. I use mad mimi and I LOVE it. I can tell who opens my emails. I can alter them quickly. Do you want to see what I am talking about you can try Mad Mimi for FREE. This is where you sign up for Mad Mimi
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Here is the truth I get paid to blog. I have to get paid because having a site is expensive. I have blogger rates. It takes a ton of time. I estimate this site takes about 150 + man hours a week. Yes, I have a staff. I have to pay them. How do I do it? I charge money. I can’t pay them and my bills with face cream, coupons for a free frozen meals, toys for my children, mouthwash, and more.
How do you get paid. The first way to get paid is figure out what to charge. Then you need to actually prepare a media kit. I had mine done by Dawn you can find her at [email protected] You can check it out of media kit Madame-Deals-Media-Kit-2.
This is how you get paid. You get paid by selling your sidebars to sponsors. This is the equation I use for Blogger Rates. I take my top producing 320×250 ad and that is the rate someone receives if they want 320×250 worth of space on my site. If they want a button size ad 125×125 on my site I charge them 1/4 of the 320×250 ad size. If they want a banner I charge the same rate as a 320×250. I sometimes give discounts if they pay for multiple months. I also tell people if they pay each month on time I will not change their rate as my site grows. You can charge more for above the fold (the fold is what you see before you scroll down). I offer several other options. I charge less if they pay in advance and buy 6 months or more in ad space. I also complete the deal by offering a post or shout out on social media for the customers that advertise on my site. You should NEVER change your price just add more value to your offer. If you change your prices then you lose credibility. I only change my price and give discounts for prepaying and for multiple month purchases. I only do this because it saves me time.Continue reading
It is conference season and I am sure we are all looking for sponsors. I am looking for a Sponsor for Madame Deals. I think I am looking for a sponsor. You see I haven’t decided. I feel like taking a sponsor is like getting married. The internet has the ability to connect you to a company for a lifetime. I feel like I am not just a “blog” but a brand. I need to be careful who I connect my brand with.
When someone contacts me to sponsor me which has happened several times. The first thing I do is google the company. I look up past events they have done. I research their product. I then evaluate the person that I am speaking with I search them on google and I search them on Linkedin. I am so careful about who I am “dating.”You know while you are dating someone you need to get to know them. You need to decide if the way they run their business is a good fit for yours.
I make sure the product fits with my brand. Is it something I would use? Is it something my readers or fellow bloggers would be interested in? Do I have a the need to form a relationship with this company? Did i have a relationship with them in the past? If so what had been my experience in the past. If not who can I contact to find out what their experience has been. I mean if you were on a blind date you would find out about the person.
The next thing I look at is what is the offer? I have been offered a couple of sponsorships that would cost me money to take them. What the advertiser wanted was above and beyond what I was willing to do. I have a valuable resource in my brand and site and I do not need to make a quick buck that will cost me in the long run. I will not post about you over a year and give you advertising space because it doesn’t add up for me. I instead suggest options that are in line with my current fees.
It sounds awesome when someone wants to write you a check for $1,000 or $2,000 but what do they want in return? What will it cost you in time and resources. I had someone offer me $500 and they wanted ad space. The ad space they wanted earns me more than that a month so why would I go to a conference and talk about them while losing money? I had another brand offer to sponsor me but I just didn’t believe in their product. I knew I would not do a good job for them so I turned down the opportunity. I only accept positions that I know I will do well. I want to be known as someone who does things 100% or not at all.
You have to have a plan at the conference. What is that you want to do? What is it you are willing to do for a sponsor? What is your time worth? What is the connection between your brand and theirs worth for the long term. If you take short term cash because someone gives it to you and you sell services or ad space in exchange for the sponsorship are you hurting yourself in the long term? If you want to go to conference create a budget and set aside money so you do not have to jump on an opportunity just because you do not have an option.
Will I take a sponsor? The answer is simple if a company I want to work approaches me or I approach them and it makes dollars not cents than yes. If not then If it doesn’t than I will take the write off and spend the event building my brand by promoting myself exclusively. If you take a sponsor it is like taking a spouse so RESEARCH them because you will forever be associated with their company and them.
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