- Chapter 1 — Getting Started
- Chapter 2 — Installing WordPress
- Chapter 3 — Publishing Your First Article
- Chapter 4 — Making Your Articles Pretty
- Chapter 5 — Igniting Your Articles
- Chapter 6 — Optimizing Your Article
- Chapter 7 — Social Media
- Chapter 8 — Enhancing Your Blog with Plugins
- Chapter 9 — Monetize Your Blog: Google Adsense
- Chapter 10 — Monetize Your Blog: Text Link Ads
- Chapter 11 — Monetize Your Blog: Kontera
- Chapter 12 — Stick to the Formula [reading now]
When a scientist comes up with the perfect mixture of chemicals, for, say, a formula to increase the growth of tomatoes in extreme temperatures, and it works summer after summer, is there any reason to change the formula by starting from scratch? Of course, there’s a time and place for innovation and starting with a clean slate, but if this book has taught you anything, I hope that you now see that there really isn’t much mystery around making money online.
The Formula is Already in Place
Over the years, through the shared experimentation of thousands of bloggers, as a community, we’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t. And those in the know, how benefitted from this knowledge. There’s no reason to reinvent what already works.
Passion. Everything starts here. You need to be able to write effectively and with conviction. Just passion alone will take you more than halfway there. But it’s not enough.
You still need a strategy, which includes properly tagging and categorizing your articles, then coming up with very interesting and out-of-the-box titles that immediately grab the reader’s attention. The title is just as important, if not more important, than the actual content—it’s the entryway into your world online.
Marketing is huge. You can write the best stuff in the world but if nobody reads it, does it really matter? The goal here is to reach $100 bucks a month, and without having a steady flow of readers, it’ll be impossible to get there. Facebook, Stumbleupon, and Twitter should be used as connectors, to link your content with your friends, then their friends, then the friends of your friends, etc… This is what “going viral” is all about. You need to learn how to set the conditions for your blog to spread like a real virus.
Persistence. You’ve committed to blogging for at least one full year of posting weekly articles, right? Most blogs won’t make a dime within the first few months, but it’s so important to ignore that and continue to pump out content—quality content! You have to be stubborn. You have to have endurance. You have to be committed to carry on no matter what.
Technology. You’ve got this covered already with WordPress. This is your Content Management System (CMS) and it’s all you need in place to reach your goal. However, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t stay up-to-date with new plugins, marketing strategies, the recent social networking sites, and tools across the Internet. The Internet was designed with change and speed in mind. Those that are able to stay in-tune with the latest development of the Web, will surpass the $100 a month mark and can go on to earning a living from the Internet, if they so choose to.
Gather Information. Don’t sleep on what’s going on within your industry and passion. Study other blogs that are similar to yours. Do they have ads on their site? What sort of topics are they discussing? Do they have guest bloggers? How long has their site been up? What sort of categories and tags are they using? How are they using “bold” and “header” tags within their articles. With this sort of information, you can tweak, adjust, and improve your own writing. You can learn new ways to monetize your blog. And, more than anything, you’ll get inspiration to write new material.
These are the ingredients to creating a successful blog. And if you follow them faithfully, you cannot fail. I promise you that. Treat this book as a map and if you stay on the course that I laid out for you, you’ll reach your destination of $100 a month within a year. Believe in yourself and destroy any limiting beliefs that you may currently have. Don’t get hung up on “being creative” or “innovative” too much. The most important ingredient is your persistence.
I’ve made working with the Internet my full-time business. It’s my passion. I’ve had more failures than successes, but without my stubbornness and persistence to “actually start making some money” from my writings and love for the Internet, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. I would have long quit after my first few failures.
But after many years of blogging, I’ve found the formula that works. The impetus for this book. The pieces to the puzzle that will bring ANYONE to the $100 a month mark if they stick to it. The foundation is the easy part. The formula is there, now just jump into it and make it happen!
Share Your Success Stores
It’s been a pleasure to write this book and I’m very interested in your journey to meeting your $100 a month mark. Please write me at david[at]mindpetals[dot]com with updates of your blogging adventure. I’d wish you good look, but you’re not going to need it. Just follow the formula and write valuable content every week, and you’ll get there.
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