How to Provide Services on Your Blog to Make Money

How to Provide Services on Your Blog to Make Money

Blogs are more than just for an online journal. Many people use them to make extra money or even a full-time income! They can be lifestyle blogs, coaching/training/teaching blogs, informative blogs, product blogs, entertainment blogs, or service blogs.

It is really only limited to your imagination as to what you want to use a blog for. The same goes for the service you want to provide on your blog if that is the option you choose to go.

There are so many different services you could offer to make money on your blog but let’s talk about a few of the main ones.

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1. Virtual Assistant

This one covers a wide range of needs that a blogger or any business with an online presence has. A virtual assistant is sort of like an online personal assistant. If you are looking for someone to just help you keep up on your emails you can hire a V.A. If you are looking for someone to help you write articles, respond to customers, fill orders, create pins, work on projects on your blog, you name it, there is a V.A. for it.

Many V.A.s just don’t want the whole responsibility of having their own blog and they would prefer to use their skills to work their own hours and help bloggers and business owners.

Or some do have their own blogs, but they just like to have a little extra work on the side of their own blogs.

That person may be in school full time, work full time, stay at home with the kids full time, or even blog full time and they are just looking for a little extra income on the side.

Whatever the case may be there are many wonderful V.A.s out there that are highly equipped to help however it’s needed!

So, if you have one area of blogging that you just love more than anything else, maybe you could offer your services as a V.A. for that specific thing.

Or maybe you love the idea of becoming a V.A. for someone else but you would rather have your own blog, then you could just blog about being a V.A. and teach others!

I read a great book (that I’m not affiliated with) that was full of everything you need to know about becoming a blogger. It was called Bootstrap V.A. and I got it off of Amazon Kindle.

It is a great read if becoming a V.A. is something you would like to do.

2. Graphic Designer

A graphic designer is someone that usually has an artistic side that designs any type of image or product. For instance, my brother-in-law is a very good graphic designer.

He doesn’t do it for a living only on the side for the vinyl and promotion business that he and my sister have.

He has designed several logos for our family and is very good at it! I don’t think it is something he would want to do every day but as a hobby it is perfect. I, however, I am not an artist like that at all.

It takes a special skill to not only have a vision of the finished product but to understand all of the computer programs and different software out there to design it.

Because there are so many people like me, it is a great way to make extra money online and with a blog by someone who is good at it.

To make that change from more of an amateur look to a professional look would take the work of a graphic designer.

So, if you have that special touch and can create amazing images and designs then offering your services as a graphic designer would be a great way to make money with your blog.

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3. Freelance Writer

A freelance writer is someone who gets paid to write. They can write blog posts, social media posts, books, ebooks, you name it. A popular name in the freelance blogging world is Elna Cain.

She is a freelance writer and has grown her business into multiple blogs. She talks all about freelance writing and how to use it to make money on a blog.

There are many companies you can sign up with to become a freelance writer and they will pay you to write! So, if that is more your strong suit and you would rather not worry about all the other details of blogging then that may be the way to go!

Here is Elna’s post on 20 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (As a Beginner)

4. Social Media Manager

A Social Media Manager is someone who is in charge of the social media profiles of a business or client. They ensure that the account stays active and is responding to comments.

If you are someone who loves to be on social media, then this could be a great opportunity for you!

Businesses are seeing the importance of having an online presence and not just a website. They are seeing that being active on Social Media is great free (mostly free) exposure!

However, not all business owners have the time to be on social media all day or they don’t understand how to use it correctly for their business to grow.

This is where someone who does know all of that would step in!

It’s not as easy as just scrolling Facebook all day though. You would have to prove growth for that account and show you are worth getting paid to help.

Then you can move on to managing several accounts!

One of the popular names in Social Media Managing is Liz Benny of Social Money Business.

She has made a business of not only becoming one of the first social media managers but then she has turned teaching others how to do it into a business as well!

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5. Coaching

This one is very broad and can be used for anything. You can coach, train, teach, or inform anyone on anything you want.

The service you would be providing is your time and knowledge.

You can provide an online coaching service for those that need help with their online business. You can provide an online teaching service where you teach a different language.

As you can imagine you can pretty much do anything in this category. 

The difference between providing a service and selling an online product in this instance would be that you would provide more of a 1 on 1 with your readers.

You could have an option for them to purchase a 30-minute phone call with you each week or maybe a video chat.

As for an online course where you would sell the product you created teaching them how to do “your expertise”.

So the difference between them is one is more of a live 1 on 1 session and the other is a pre-written or pre-recorded course or ebook.

Pros and Cons of each

Coaching Pros

  • You get that 1 on 1 with your client to help see them through the process.
  • You have control of how many students you take on and when you are available.
  • Start getting paid right away.
  • You get to show your passion and emotion more through that more personable experience.
  • You can charge more.

Coaching Cons

  • The biggest con would be you are limiting your income to only the clients you can take on.
  • It seems a little more stressful to take on a bunch of clients and have the pressure of making those calls daily or weekly.
  • It would be less streamlined than just recording once and selling repeatedly.
  • You’re put directly on the spot on calls.

Product Pros

  • It is more of a one and done type of deal. Write the book once or record the course once and then just maintenance work after that.
  • You are able to make a lot more sales since this doesn’t require your time daily.
  • You can offer an affiliate program for your products and sell more products through the help of others.
  • It is easy to go into your course and make an adjustment, unlike a live coaching call.

Product Cons

  • You wouldn’t make any sales until the product is finished.
  • It is harder to show your personality through an ebook or even videos than it is in a live coaching call.

If creating products is something you would like to learn more about then I highly suggest using Teachable! That is who I go through for all of my products I have created.

What Other Services Are There?

There really is no limit to a service you could provide and promote on your blog.

If there is a need for it, there are people out there willing to pay for it. You just have to think outside the box and think about what people struggle with that you could help with.

  • Do people need to make extra money and you know how?
  • Do people need to find more time in the day and you know how?
    • What would save time for a busy mom that works full-time with 3 kids?
    • What would save time for a busy businessman who works 24/7?
      • Do they need more organization?
      • Do they need a cleaning service?
      • Do they need to meal prep?
      • What problem can you solve?
    • How to pay off debt quickly
    • How to eat more healthy

Think of all the problems people face on a daily basis and find out how you can solve it with your service.

Once you come up with a problem that you can solve, narrow it down even more. Let’s say you want to help busy moms find more time. Then you narrow it down to you want to help them also eat more healthy and save time.

So now you want to help moms meal plan healthy meals. Can you narrow it even further and maybe provide a service that does all of the meal planning and prepping for them?

Your service could be that you provide already prepped healthy meals for big busy families delivered right to their door!

Boom! That busy mom doesn’t have to come up with meals her kids will like, she doesn’t have to look up all the ingredients, she doesn’t have to go to the store, she doesn’t have to come home and prep it all, she doesn’t have to do any of that hard work!

Her week is already planned, prepared, and taken care of! All she has to do is serve it! That just saved her a bunch of time and stress.

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Another Example

Here is an example of a way that I was able to come up with some extra money by providing a service.

I used to run a daycare, my mom ran one for 20 years, and I have worked in schools. So, I have plenty of experience with children. I had been working at the Church Preschool part way through the school year to help them out. They decided to close the 1-year old’s class which left me with the opportunity to either stay home or take a different position at the school.

After much discussion, my husband and I decided that I would stay home. But then that left us without my pay, so I had to find a way to make that up.

Right at that same time, our city school system announced they were changing the start time for the elementary schools to be later and the high schools to be earlier.

I believe this was a way to make sure that not everyone was on the road at the same time because our town has been booming and grounding very rapidly.

However, parents have to be at work by 8 or 8:30 and now the elementary schools didn’t start until 9.

This left a need for parents to find before care.

I had been trying to find a way to make extra money without taking on a full-time job and it hit me. What if I offered before and aftercare for just our neighborhood?

I looked up the child care laws and if I didn’t watch more than 2 at a time, I would be fine. Our neighborhood is all very close, so I threw the idea out there on our neighborhood Facebook Page and I had enough people respond that I was able to fill two spots in the morning and two in the evening.

I charged what the school before and aftercare charged, and I was able to not only help myself, but I helped all those parents struggling to find before and aftercare for their children.

This way all the kids get on and off the bus as if they normally would and the parents don’t have to go out of their way on their busy car ride to and from work to pick them up somewhere.

They just drop them off at my house on their way out of the neighborhood and then come straight to our neighborhood and pick them up on their way home!

So, I “work” 2 hours a day and make pretty much what I made working full time at the school.

I found a need and I solved a problem!

You just have to get creative and really think. Don’t think about the big problems either. Think about the little problems and niche down and become the middle man.

I realize that is not a virtual service that you could provide on your blog but I just wanted to help give you an example of how thinking outside of the box can help you find a solution to a problem!

What unique services do you provide or want to provide on your blog?

Thanks!

Vanessa

Is providing a service not your cup of tea?

Check out my post on making money with affiliate marketing!

Or to see more option on how you can make money with your blog check out this post on how to make money blogging!


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Can You Really Make Money with Affiliate Marketing on Your Blog?

Can You Really Make Money with Affiliate Marketing on Your Blog?

I’m sure you have heard all about affiliate marketing and how you can use it to make money on your blog. But does it work? Can you really make money with affiliate marketing on your blog?

The answer is yes.

I was able to make my first few affiliate sales with zero followers to my blog even! So, what exactly is affiliate marketing? Just so we are all on the same page, here is the Wikipedia definition:

Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.

Basically, it means that you can get paid for promoting things on your blog. Whether that is a company, a product or a brand. The most common is promoting a product and getting paid when a reader purchases that product.

Depending on each particular affiliate program is how and what you get compensated.

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Affiliate Marketing

If you are new to blogging, I am sure this is the one way to make money that you have heard the most about. It is a very simple concept yet when I explain it to anyone outside of the blogging world, they look at me like I’m crazy.

Affiliate marketing is essentially getting paid to advertise or sell for others. I recently found out that companies will even pay you for leads you send to them not just purchases made.

Here is how you can use affiliate marketing on your blog to make money.

Let’s say that your blog is about puppy training. You love to write about how to care and train your puppy.

While writing a blog post about the best products to use for puppy training you will most likely be suggesting the products that you use and trust. Now let’s say that your readers want to purchase that product because they trust your opinion.

If you were an affiliate for that product, your reader could click on a link that would take them to that product for them to purchase it.

This is a win-win for everyone involved.

  1. Your reader was able to solve their problem and get the product that you recommended to help them train their puppy.
  2. If they used your affiliate link to click through and purchase that product it will tell the company, you sent that customer and the company (depending on their affiliate program) will compensate you for sending them a paying customer.
  3. Then, of course, the company wins by receiving a new customer with little effort on their part.

How does it work?

When you sign up to be an affiliate for a company, they will give you a special link that attaches a “cookie” to the reader that clicks through the link. It depends on the affiliate program on how long that cookie will last.

  • For example, I believe Amazon’s cookie only last 24 hours. However, I am apart of affiliate programs where the cookie lasts 365 days! This cookie tells the company who sent that customer and it is a way to track where the customers are coming from and who to compensate for referring them.
  • So, if someone clicks on your link and has a cookie that only lasts 24 hours that means that if in the next 24 hours they make a purchase, you get credit for it. Unfortunately, if they put that item in their cart and purchase it later after the cookie expires, you don’t.

You can get paid for the leads you bring a company, the sign-ups you bring, or the sales you bring to the company. Again, it all depends on each particular affiliate program.

You can get paid either by a certain percentage or a flat dollar amount.

  • For example, I am an affiliate for many courses through Teachable and most of them will pay you 40% per sale. However, I am also an affiliate for SiteGround, and they pay a certain dollar amount per sale. It also grows depending on the number of sales I get per month!

Each program pays out differently, so you have to check those details when you sign up.

All of the affiliate programs I am a part of will pay me even if the customer that linked on my link purchases a different product.

  • For example, if I have an Amazon link on my blog to a book and a reader clicks through but doesn’t purchase that book but instead purchases something else in the correct time frame then I will receive compensation for that purchase.

As I said before if they click on your link but don’t purchase your product until later when the cookie has expired you don’t get compensated. However, if they click through your link and purchase everything they have been holding in their cart then you get paid for all of that! 

So yes, sometimes you may miss out on a sale because of the cookie expiring but you also have to opportunity to make more if they purchase more, which we all know too well can happen on Amazon!

  • Another example is if a reader clicks on one of my links to one of the courses that I recommend such as Michelle course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing that cookie lasts 365 days so any other purchases they make during that 365-day time frame, I get compensated for as well.

There are some stipulations such as they would have to be on the same device they used to click the original link but that is still pretty cool! If that reader that clicked through my link decided later to purchase another product from Michelle, I would get compensated for that!

Pros and Cons of Affiliate Marketing

Pros

Cons

  • You don’t get paid as much as you would for creating your own products.
  • You have to remember to always disclose in each post and should put a disclosure page on your blog.
  • There are different rules you have to follow for each affiliate programs.
  • You have to check your links often to make sure they still work just in case.
  • You have to be accepted into each affiliate program and avoid getting kicked out.

How do I find and sign up with affiliate programs?

If there is a certain company that you know you want to work with then you can go to their website and scroll to the very bottom and look for a link that says Affiliate or Affiliate Program.

If they don’t have a link, then you can try to contact them and ask if they offer an affiliate program. Some of the bigger companies use affiliate networks.

These networks host affiliate programs for multiple companies. This just saves that company from having to deal with it themselves. They just have that affiliate network take care of it for them. Some of these networks include Commission JunctionShareASaleand Rakuten(Link Share).

You can go to those websites and join the network and have access to join hundreds of name brand companies.

If you don’t know a company but you just are interested in a product, then you can google that product + affiliate and it will list all the companies that have that product and offer an affiliate program.

Another obvious one to join is of course Amazon!

There are literally thousands if not millions of affiliate programs out there. The most popular one is probably Amazon. It covers such a wide range of products that you can pretty much find any product you want on there to add to your blog.

Amazon doesn’t pay out a large amount per sale and as I said the cookie doesn’t last long either. They also have strict rules on disclosure and making sure you aren’t hiding or concealing anything from your readers.

Make sure to read through all of the terms and conditions before signing up.

Amazon, like other affiliate programs, only gives you a certain amount of time to make a sale before they kick you out of the program. Don’t worry though you are able to try again to rejoin and make a sale.

Also, know that not all programs will accept you and you can be kicked out.

Side note: In Michelle’s course she brings in an expert to give you tips and advice on how to ensure you are always accepted into affiliate programs and what to avoid to make sure you don’t get kicked out.

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Amazon

  • Amazon is a great program to start with for affiliate marketing. They don’t pay a huge amount per sale but they have so many different products that you can add a lot of links to your blog.
  • They do have rules that others don’t usually so you want to pay attention to that. One major one is where you are allowed to put the links.
  • They let you put the links of Facebook but you can’t use them on all Social Media platforms and they are adjusting the rules all the time so you need to just check the current rules before posting a link.
  • They also don’t let you cloak your link, which means to change it to something different.
    • What that means is if your Amazon affiliate link for a product is https://amzn.to/2GWDo2c but you don’t want your readers to see that, there are plugins you can use to change the link to be prettier. Such as https://momblogfromhome.com/ringlight.
    • BUT REMEMBER AMAZON DOESN’T LET YOU DO THAT.
There are three different options to add affiliate links to your blog from Amazon.

Here is an example of what an Amazon affiliate link may look like with the text and image option.

You can choose if you want the link to only be text so you can add it to any phrase on your blog such as this! This is different than cloaking your link. By changing the link from the Amazon link to a link with your URL it looks like it’s your product and misleads your readers.

Adding it to a phrase in your blog post about that product is not the same thing. Your readers know that by clicking on that link they will be taken to where the product is sold.

Lastly, you can just have it be the image itself with no text like this one below.

Either way that ring light is awesome and I love mine!

Here are some more tips on Affiliate Marketing!

  • You have to disclose you are using affiliate links with each blog post and a with a page on your blog.
  • Affiliate links she be no follow links.
  • Pretty Links is the plugin used to make your affiliate links (other than Amazons) look cleaner and prettier.
  • Remember to only share links to products you truly recommend!
  • Don’t spam your posts with links.
  • Don’t write blog posts to only promote products (too salesy!)
  • Here is how I got traffic to my new blog.
  • You can add affiliate links to Pinterest! As of right now, you can add affiliate links to Pinterest. That has changed a couple times in the past so make sure you double check at the time of reading this but as of right now you can make pins on Pinterest with your affiliate links!

Conclusion

Affiliate Marketing is definitely a great way to make money with your blog. Even if it is new you can easily start earning money on your blog!

Pinterest is a blogger’s best friend and especially a new blogger who hasn’t established SEO and doesn’t have traffic organically coming in.

I really do highly recommend Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing if it is something you are serious about doing!

I took the course and learned SO much and I did a review on the course that you can check out as well to learn a little bit more about what’s in the course because it is packed with amazing information!

Michelle makes over $50,000 per month with affiliate marketing so she definitely knows her stuff!

I hope this helped answer any questions you had about making money with affiliate marketing.

Have you made any money with affiliate marketing? I would love to hear!

Vanessa

 

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The Number One Course for Success with Affiliate Marketing

The Number One Course for Success with Affiliate Marketing

One of the most popular ways to make money from blogging is with affiliate marketing. I remember when I first learned about affiliate marketing about ten years ago.

The concept made sense but there was just so much to blogging that it all became very overwhelming and confusing.

Now, I have had to relearn about affiliate marketing and the newest ways to use it to make money with blogging. It is interesting to relearn it all.

As I go through and read more about it I laugh thinking that I knew all of this so long ago but I just didn’t quite know how to get traffic to my blog or how to implement these strategies.

Fast forward to now and Pinterest is a blogger’s best friend and secret weapon. Only it is no secret at all but yet so many bloggers don’t realize it’s full potential. More on all that later.

For now, I want to talk to you more about affiliate marketing and what I have recently learned and relearned!

 

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I finally caved and took Michelle’s affiliate marketing course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. She is very successful with affiliate marketing and attributes $50,000 of her $100,000+ monthly blog income to affiliate marketing.

Yes, I will say that again, she makes $100,000+ on her blog PER MONTH and $50,000+ of that is from affiliate marketing.

I was nervous at first to take that step and make that commitment to buy her course. I was nervous that it would all be review and that I wouldn’t learn anything new or what I would learn wouldn’t be worth the price of the course.

I’ll go ahead and stop right there and let you know that I learned a bunch and the course is well worth the price tag!

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Let’s quickly answer this question before we get too much further so everyone knows exactly what affiliate marketing is.

My definition: Getting a commission for selling someone else’s product.

That is my quick definition, in a nutshell, to help you grasp what we are talking about. Here is Google’s definition: a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.

One of the things that I learned in Michelle’s course is that some companies will pay you for leads and not necessarily sales.

I did not know that. I thought it was only for sales! She said that some companies will pay you for signups/leads you send them. That’s pretty cool!

How to be successful with Affiliate Marketing.

There are two main things that you need to have to be successful with affiliate marketing and that is affiliate links and traffic.

The more links you have and the more exposure you can get to those links the better!

However, it isn’t quite that simple.

There are many factors that go into having success with affiliate marketing. So many in fact that I didn’t realize it until taking Michelle’s course.

You see I am a professional learner. I love to take courses, learn all the details and then wonder why it doesn’t work. It’s because I didn’t work.

I don’t mind working hard but I do mind getting uncomfortable and most of the time you have to get uncomfortable to be successful.

That is why I love blogging so much. You don’t have to stand in front of a bunch of people and give a speech. That is unless you want to. You can speak through the words you type and don’t have to make videos or do lives unless you want.

If you have big goals and dreams and want to be in front of the camera that is wonderful! That isn’t me though. I don’t like the spotlight on me or even shinning next to me.

So, being the professional learner that I am, I have researched and learned almost all there is to blog years ago and I tried my hand at it but I didn’t have any luck. I got discouraged and quit.

I will admit that I have done that with other things as well.

But my heart has always been drawn back to blogging. This time though I pushed through and now I am trucking right along!

I tell you all of this to let you know that I have researched, read, and watched so many trainings all about blogging and how to make money blogging it is crazy!

So again, I worry when I do purchase a course that I may have already learned all I can and it would all be an overview.

However, Michelle is a legend in the affiliate marketing world so I figured she would have the best of the best knowledge and I was right!

What is in the course?

This thing is jam-packed with amazing content and I can tell you I learned so much and barely anything was an overview for me.

I feel like after taking the course, the steps I felt like I needed to take next on my blog were justified and many more steps added.

I wasn’t sure how many affiliate links to add to a blog post, where to put the links, where to advertise the post and links, or where not to advertise the links.

I had my theory but to have an expert verify it made me feel much better in my decision.

Here is an outline of what all is offered in Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing:

  • Access to a private Facebook Group
  • Explanation of Affiliate Marketing and how it works
  • Workbooks and worksheets throughout the whole course
  • How to find and apply for affiliate programs
  • Advice from a special guest that shares how to ensure you are accepted into affiliate programs
  • How to properly and legally disclose your affiliate links on all platforms
  • How to get your readers to convert
  • Deep linking and click through rate
  • Strategies and ways to promote your affiliate links
  • How to keep your strategy going strong
  • Things NOT TO DO
  • Special guest that shares how to ensure you are accepted into affiliate programs
  • Special guest talks about Pinterest and how to drive traffic to your blog
  • Special guest talks about Facebook Ads
  • Special guest talks about editing.
  • How to become an affiliate for her course

That is a quick run through of everything in the course but it truly is packed full of amazing content and information that will leave you feeling like you have everything you need to be successful with affiliate marketing.

Why you should do affiliate marketing

You might be thinking “Well, that all sounds great but I don’t think affiliate marketing is for me.” Affiliate Marketing is more than just making up a silly blog post around a product and trying to sell it to your readers.

If you have a blog then you know that your true passion is sharing your word, your knowledge, your advice, and anything you can to help your readers.

That’s why we blog. We want to help share our experiences and knowledge with the world, with our readers, and with our friends!

Yes, it is a bonus if we make money.

Or that may be your only goal is to make money. If it is then it’s going to be harder for you. If your goal is to find what’s best for your readers and help them then you are much more likely to make money from your blog.

But if you are looking out for what is best for your readers, you are going to have some sort of product that has helped you that you want to share with your readers. It is just natural.

Like this post for example! Am I an affiliate for this course? Yes. But that is because I found extreme value in this course and I wanted to share it with you!

I left this course with an action plan and a plan of attack.

It showed me new ways (from an expert) that are proven to work. Some of these ways I had thought of but completely forgot about. Others were brand new ideas that I hadn’t ever heard or thought of!

So, just like when you go to the movies and you thoroughly enjoyed a movie, you are going to share that with your friends. You are going to tell others to go see it.

This way when you are sharing what you love with your readers on your blog you are also providing a way to make an income for yourself.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if that happened all the time in the real world when you told your friends and family about something you loved!

Is this course right for you?

If you are looking to implement affiliate marketing on your blog then yes, this course is definitely for you. If you already implement affiliate marketing but you are struggling to make any money then yes, this course is for you.

If you haven’t started a blog but you want to and you plan to do affiliate marketing on your blog then yes, I would still say this course is for you!

I truly feel that this is valuable information to learn from the beginning of your blogging career.

Starting a blog is simple but does require time and effort. It isn’t easy but again it isn’t hard either. There are plenty of guides out there to help you start a blog.

I offer a free 30-Day Challenge Workbook to Start a Blog that can help you walk through the steps to get going!

It doesn’t have to take 30-Days but it is broken down into daily tasks to make it not so overwhelming. If you are like me and you like to dive in then you can just keep pushing forward and get it going in less time!

Again, I think this course would be great knowledge from the very beginning so you can start implementing her tips on writing, editing, and linking your blog posts from the very beginning!

Then once you have your posts full of valuable content and affiliate links you can watch the video in the course from the owners of Create and Go (that have 3-4 million monthly views on Pinterest!) and she will teach you how to be successful on Pinterest to get traffic to those links!

This is how I got over 7,000 page views to my new blog using Pinterest!

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Overview

To conclude, I think it is pretty clear that I strongly recommend Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

I took the course with already plenty of knowledge of affiliate marketing and came out blown away at the value of the course.

It is packed full of amazing information that you have to have to succeed with affiliate marketing. Plus, I couldn’t believe all the bonuses and extra content provided by so many other experts!

I learned more about Pinterest and tips to help me gain more traffic, I learned amazing insights into Facebook Ads, the best tips to ensure I am accepted into any affiliate program, and then the best tips to make sure my blog posts are edited correctly!

Great course, great value, I highly recommend it!

Have you taken Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing?

What did you think of it?

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

Black Friday 2018 Sales for Bloggers!

Black Friday 2018 Sales for Bloggers!

It is that time of the year again and I love it! This is the time where you can grab some really awesome goodies for an amazing price! I’m not just talking about kitchen appliances here, I am talking about blogging tools! Here are some of the goodies that I have found so far for Black Friday 2018 Sales for Bloggers!

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Why shop Black Friday Sales?

Let’s point out the obvious reasons these sales are so amazing.

First, you get to shop from your couch. That is a top priority for me! I love sales but I am not about to go throw punches to get a flat screen TV for half off. Not my cup of tea. I will however gladly spend my money while cozied up on the couch in my slippers! No black eyes needed!

Second, this is a chance for me to grab up some products that I might not normally have been able to get. I am a sucker for a great course that walks me through how to do things instead of wasting days trying to find the answer for myself. I could spend all that time looking and still not get the answer. So if spending a little bit of money that saves me time and stress then I am all for it.

However, that doesn’t mean I have endless funds to put towards said courses. That’s where these awesome sales come into play! Like the Genius Blogger’s Tool Guide that comes out every October. You literally get thousands of dollars worth of courses for less than a hundred bucks! That is something I grab every year. It comes out right around my birthday so that is my birthday present to myself.

Now that Black Friday is here it is another chance for me to snatch up a good deal on a course I might not normally be able to get!

On to the sales!

Let’s talk about the teasers first.

Here are some emails I have been getting from some of the places that will be offering a Black Friday sales but have not yet announced what that sale is…

Teachable

Teachable is a platform where you can offer your online courses through. I have my feature plans, free Pinterest Image course, and soon be to eBook First Time Blogger through Teachable. So you can use it for more than just online courses but that is the main purpose.

They sent out an email teasing all the Black Friday sales that they will be having. So far it sounds like major discounts and lots of bonuses! So if you have ever thought about doing your own course or eBook now is the time to jump on it!

Elegant Themes

Elegant Themes is the company behind the famous Divi Theme. I use the Divi theme and it is amazing! I didn’t like how on all other themes you had to go back and forth from your back office to your live view to see what your changes looked like. With Divi, you can see it all live and it builds each page right in front of you! It has saved me so much time and headache. Plus, probably my favorite part of it is all the premade layouts you can choose from. This makes it super easy to just pick the layout you like and customize it to your style and brand!

They have sent out that they are offering 6 exclusive layouts and once the sale is over, these layouts will never be available again!

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How cool is there landing page though am I right?! That is awesome! I am positive those layouts will be awesome as well!

They are also offering some fun in between now and Black Friday and that is a chance to win a free iMac Pro!

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Convertkit

Convertkit is an email marketing provider. I use them as well for my email marketing. I have loved them so far. They make everything very user-friendly and it is made by bloggers for bloggers!

They are offering a Cyber Monday sale. The sale is that for current Convertkit customers who switch to any annual plan on Monday they will get the next 12 months of Convertkit for the price of 9 months.

It doesn’t say in the email what new customers would get but I assume it’s the same thing if you decided to sign up on Monday.

Name Cheap

Name Cheap is a domain name provider. This is where I purchased my domain name and after using other companies in the past I do prefer NameCheap. Just like their name, they were cheaper and they didn’t try and upsell me 100 different things at check out. If you haven’t purchased your domain name or if you are planning to purchase another this may be the time to do it!

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SiteGround

SiteGround is a hosting company and is the hosting that I use for my blog. They are offering up to 75% off! It is important to have hosting for your blog so for something like this that is a necessity this is a great deal! Their sale will be running until Cyber Monday.

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Here are the ones already announced!

Me!

Yep, Mom Blog From Home is having a sale as well! I am offering 40% OFF of my Feature Plans! Mom Bloggers can be featured on my blog for free but if you want to enjoy some extra added perks like access to a private Facebook Group, a shout out on my email list, your own time to go Live in my Facebook Group, and more, then those will cost you a small fee. Right now, however, you can get those perks for 40% OFF!

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I am calling it a Thanksgiving Sale because it is already live right now and it goes until the end of the month! I didn’t want to stress and only offer it for a couple of days. I wanted everyone to have an opportunity to get it for 40% off so I just set it for the rest of the month! Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is a look at what each plan offers.

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TO JUMP ON THIS DEAL FOR 40% OFF JUST GO RIGHT HERE —-> THANKSGIVING SALE! and scroll to the bottom to get the coupon code!

Moms Make Cents

McKinzie at Moms Make Cents is offering up to 50% off of some of her products! I have taken her Pinterest course and it was full of great information!

Mom Blogging Mentor Ebook – $9

  • Over 40% off!

Mom Blogging Mentor Course + Ebook Bundle – $37

  • Lowest Price Ever
  • 587 students enrolled

Pin to Profits: Affiliate Marketing – $37

  • Lowest price ever!
  • 600 + students enrolled

Pin to Profits: Bundle – $142.50

  • 50% off!!!
  • Lowest Price Ever
  • Includes FIVE courses
  • Tons of bonuses
  • *best value

To receive these awesome prices you have to have a special code. But don’t you worry I have that code! However, she has asked that it not be released until Black Friday. I will be releasing that code for everyone first thing Friday morning on my Facebook Page. Make sure to like my page and click the star to make sure my post pops up first on your feed!

Start a Mom Blog

Suzi is offering a 40% discount on all of her products! This is huge! I am so excited about this! I think I have purchased all of her products already so I am not excited for me but for everyone else! I love Suzi and all that she has to offer so this is an amazing deal that you can’t go wrong on!

Her sale goes through Cyber Monday so you have time to pick and choose which course you want because there are so many good ones!

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Amazon

Unless you live under a rock, you know about Amazon and the amazing sales that are on there. You can get pretty much anything! And of course, you can get it shipped to your front door in just a couple days! I looked through some of the sales and these are the ones that caught my eye as a blogger.

Neewer Ring Light Kit

I have a small ring light and it is definitely not the best. It will, however, work for now but I would love to get a bigger and better one. So this light caught my eye for sure! It looks like you can change the color of the light and it is portable too. Something to look into if you don’t already have a ring light for your videos!

Lavalier Lapel Microphone

Along with a ring light, I would really like to get a professional microphone. This is of course not a professional microphone but on a budget, it might do! Right now when I do videos it has to be very quiet and I have to really focus on talking loudly and not mumble. I have so much to work on to be better at videos! I am not comfortable in front of the camera and I don’t feel like I am a natural so it isn’t a department I am willing to spend a lot of money on. So that all said, I think this would be something I would get to just be better than nothing while I am working on getting better! We are all beginners right?! We have to start somewhere.

Dual Tip Brush Marker Pens

“All I want for Christmas……is office supplies!”

I am a huge sucker for office supplies. I don’t know why but I love them all so much! I love having multiple notebooks, pens, fancy paper, sticky notes, whiteboard, you name it! So these, of course, caught my eye! How cool are those!

Dotted Grid Notebook/Journal

I recently caved and got a bullet journal. I kept seeing everyone talk about them and after many failed attempts at trying to find just the right planner to make my life run perfectly smooth I finally tried out the bullet journal. I got one because it never failed that I wouldn’t like how the planner was laid out. I tried so many different versions and I want to be that person who has their life all organized and planned out but it never seems to work.

I know it is “the planner” (me) not the actual planner (the book). But I will say that I do enjoy the bullet journal much more than a planner.

Every time I would get a planner I would fill out the normal information but then that’s about as fas as it got and I didn’t feel like I was using it like I wanted to. With the bullet journal, I can use it like a planner, journal, notebook, and a catch-all.

If I think of anything I put it in that journal. I write out the week and my goals instead of the whole thing being prefilled in with the calendar I can choose if I want that page to be a calendar, a blog post, my menu for the week, etc! That seems to work much better for me!

Not Black Friday but I just love them

These are not included in the Black Friday sales, as of right now anyway, but I use these and absolutely love them! They are pens that erase! I don’t like pencils because of the noise. I know that sounds weird but it is like nails on a chalkboard but it’s lead on paper. It gives me goosebumps!

So I use these pens so I can still erase all my mess ups! They really do work great and you don’t see where you erased and also the eraser never goes away! I have erased so many things and it’s still there! Unlike a pencil eraser!

PILOT FriXion Color Sticks Erasable Gel Pens

 

Roundup

Okay, so there you have it! All kinds of sales going on and I’m sure there will be many more announced on Friday as well!

Have you heard of any awesome Black Friday sales you want to share?

Happy Blogging!

Vanessa

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Why Deleting Over 100 Email Subscribers Helped My List

Why Deleting Over 100 Email Subscribers Helped My List

That is such a scary thought, isn’t it? Deleting people off your email list. Why would you possibly want to do that? You worked so hard for those subscribers!

I am going to tell you why. Because it actually helps your list!

I checked my cold subscribers and I had 150 on my list. That is 150 people that don’t open my emails. That is 150 people that make my numbers go way down on clicks and open rates. That is 150 people that if they have a Gmail account it shows Google that people aren’t opening my emails.

That is 150 people that I could be getting charged extra for being on my list that doesn’t even open my emails. Most email providers will charge you based on the number of subscribers.

If you have so many that you fall into a different category that costs more but yet some of those folks are cold and don’t even open your emails then you are paying for them for nothing!

Those are all things that I learn in Suzi’s List by Number Course. Things that I wasn’t fully aware of and made me go into action on deleting those cold subscribers.

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deleting cold subscribers improves your email list
deleting cold subscribers improves your email list

The Course

First, let me tell you a little bit about this course because I really think you will like!

Suzi has so many awesome courses and it’s no secret from me. I talk about it all the time. This one is the latest that I have tried out and I wanted to share with you just how awesome this one is! She is getting ready to up the price so you may want to check here to see if it’s still at its original price.

If it isn’t then don’t worry because a) she always is running a sale! b) whatever it is priced at is worth it! She never let’s down.

Convertkit and Mailerlite

She walks you through how to use both of these email marketing companies. She, and of course I do too, use Converkit. Her husband uses Mailerlite so he walks you through how to use it.

There are SO MANY modules full of awesome detail on how to use these two companies.

She includes:

  • Email templates
  • Resources
  • A breakdown comparison of the two companies
  • Ideas to grow your email list
  • How to make freebies
  • How to make money while growing your email list
  • Additional help and Bonus Material – How to set up your professional email address and how to create easy to remember and professional links fast

Then for both companies, they go through:

  • Importing and Uploading subscribers
  • Building Landing Pages
  • High-converting pop-up forms
  • How to create Opt-ins
  • Email campaigning
  • Automations and email sequences
  • Send broadcasts
  • Ideas to grow your list
  • Funnels

I was very happy with this course! Suzi is great about holding your hand and giving you a birds-eye view as she walks you through step by step in her videos. I think you will really like it! You can check it out here with my referral link – List by Number!

Now on to deleting my cold subscribers!

How I deleted them

Now, let me tell you how I went about deleting them. I will walk you through how to find them in Convertkit and what I did before just completely deleting them. I wanted to give them a chance before I just wiped them out. Because truth be told I haven’t been the best with keeping in touch with my subscribers. I wasn’t doing a very good job keeping them warm.

My blogging journey isn’t different than everyone else’s. I don’t have a huge overnight success story and that is because I struggled to be consistent. I am just being completely honest here! I have always been fascinated with the idea of having a blog and there are many blogs out there that will help teach you to blog…but none of them clicked with me.

I either had to read a hundred blog posts to figure it out or pay a lot of money for it all to still be over my head.

I did find a blogger who has been amazing at leaving no stone unturned in helping explain how to start and grow your blog. That inspired me to also help moms out there learn how to start a blog too!

The Course That Helped Me the Most

The course I took that changed it all was Suzi’s Blog by Number Course. It helped me so much! That is the reason I actually have a blog finally after years on the sidelines.

After I started my blog in the summer of 2017, I officially launched it in September of 2017. Then the holidays hit, two birthdays, and a trip to Disney later it was already January of 2018. I hadn’t worked very much on my blog. Then in January I buckled down and started working on it again and implemented this Tailwind and Pinterest strategy and I was blown away with the results!

I had gained over 7,000 page views in 30 days! WOW!

I also gained a bunched of subscribers too! Then in February my daughter and I both got very sick with the flu for 10 days. After what felt like death, we were finally healed and a local church I used to work at needed a lead teacher immediately due to the first one being in a bad accident. A little girl I used to watch (a very good friend’s little one) was in that class and Kayla asked me if I could help out.

I thought sure I could use the extra money and I need to help out my little Riley girl too! Well, that meant I had to put my blog on the back burner.

I was the lead teacher for 13 one-year-olds and when I got home I was so tired and still had all my mommy duties to do. All you working momma’s, you are amazing!!

Gaining Traction Again

I tried to pick my blog back up after school got out but it was hard gaining that traction again. Once school started in August and my daughter was back in school full time that has made it much easier to find time to work on my blog.

I do help out some of the moms in the neighborhood put their kids on and off the bus and throughout the day as well. But I have drawn a line in the sand and said no this is a priority.

I love working on my blog, I love helping other moms find the answers they are looking for, so my blog is being moved back up to the top of the priority list.

It is easy as moms to put ourselves last. It is our instincts to take care of everyone else first. However, if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

If you want to be the best mom and wife you can be then you have to move yourself up on your priority list!

That all being said. My number of subscribers is not huge. It is a little embarrassing actually. To think about how long my blog has been launched. But hey, things happen, life happens, and it’s my fault.

So I am starting fresh. Cleaning out those that don’t open my emails anymore and moving forward!

Email one

I sent everyone an email letting them all know that I was deleting 150 subscribers. I sent this email out to my list so they could see what I was doing as well as give them a chance to become warm subscribers again.

You can see the email I wrote right here.

I explained why I was going to be cleaning out my list and how they could stay on my list as well as how they could unsubscribe if they didn’t want to stay on my list.

This way if they did open the email because curiosity got to them (which now made them a warm subscriber again) but they truly didn’t want to continue to receive my emails they could just unsubscribe.

By doing that I was able to keep 24 subscribers! That is pretty good I think! So now my cold subscribers’ number was 126.

Since they were cold I honestly did not expect any of them to open my email at all so that made me very happy seeing that! I didn’t just send that email to the cold folks though.

Like I said I sent it to most of my list (except folks in a sequence, I didn’t want to bother them) so this showed all my readers what I was up to as a learning experience for them as well as me!

Second Email

A few days later I sent out another email confirming that they would, in fact, be deleted. I did this for a couple of reasons.

  • To give them one last chance
  • Because maybe they missed the first email
  • To give me one last chance

I just don’t want to go deleting people willy-nilly so I wanted to make sure! Again I sent this email out to everyone again. So those that didn’t open the first one had another chance to open this one. Those that were already warm throughout this all saw what I was doing and that I was following through, and then to give myself one last chance to win them back!

You can see the second email I wrote right here.

I felt like this email would also catch some interest from my subscriber’s because if they saw the first email that said I am deleting 150 subscriber’s but didn’t open it they may be interested when I say that I now was only deleting 120 subscribers! Well, 126 to be exact.

That may have caught their attention and think wow I wonder how she did that? Or I wonder what is going on? Or maybe they missed the first one and now needed to read the second one.

Need a walkthrough?

This is how you can find your cold subscriber’s within Convertkit.

First, log into your Convertkit account and go over to the top left corner and click on subscribers.

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Then click on the filter button that looks like a funnel.

Convertkit - cold subscriber's

 

Use the drop-down menu to select that you want to filter all your subscribers to only view the cold subscribers.

 

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Hit Add Filter and then bam! There is your cold subscriber number!

 

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Final Number

Here it is almost a week after sending the first email and the number is now 121! I was able to retain 29 subscribers! It might not be a huge number but hey I worked hard for those folks I want to keep them!

I haven’t decided exactly when I will rip the band-aid off and delete them. I will probably wait until the end of the week. Then I will most likely create a cold subscriber’s email sequence similar to what I did this time and once a month go through and clean out the cold ones.

This will seem like a much smaller loss and still keep my list growing and filling up with folks that want to hear from me! I don’t want to bother the ones that don’t. We all sign up for freebies and then get annoyed with all the emails that follow so I don’t blame anyone!

Have you ever checked out your cold subscriber’s? How many did you have and did you delete them?

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

 

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Hiding Images in Your Blog Post Can Get it More Views

Hiding Images in Your Blog Post Can Get it More Views

Have you ever heard of hiding images within your blog post?

This is just one of the many reasons it is so important to follow fellow bloggers! You learn so many cool little tips and tricks.

I love that moment when you learn something new…like “Oh! That’s how you do that!”…or “That’s why you do that!”. It is so amazing all the ins and outs of blogging and how we can always keep learning and growing from each other!

So one thing that I have learned is how to hide images in your blog post. You may be wondering why that is even important and I’m going to share that with you as well!

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First, I will tell you that I learned this little trick from Suzi at startamomblog.com. If you haven’t heard of her yet then be prepared to be amazed. She is a rock star in the making. When I first started following her she was sort of popular but in the year and a half that I have been following she has blown up!

If you haven’t checked her out that is a must but for now on with the images!

How to create a blog image

Here is a free course I created to show you how to make images. That is step one if you don’t know how to make them yet. I show you how you can use several different programs to make one image as well as one image into multiple different images for your blog posts!

 

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We all have our own styles and likes and dislikes. Everyone is different so having different images helps you reach more pinners and potential readers of your blog!

After you have created several different images for your blog post you want to then add them to your post.

You don’t want all of them to show or that would be too overwhelming and it would clutter up your blog post. So this is where you will hide 3 out of the 4 images in your blog post. By hiding them this allows a reader that is reading your post to choose which image they want to pin to Pinterest without showing all of the images all of the time.

Here is what the post will look like.

As you can see there is only one image showing in the blog post.

And then here is what it will look like when they click on the Pinterest icon to save your post.

Now there are several images for them to choose from! Isn’t that amazing! They can choose which image they like best! That particular post doesn’t have 4 different images so I will add more later on to it. But you can see there are a couple to choose from.

That image is with Monarch plugin through Elegant Themes. If you use the SumoMe plugin then it may look more like this.

Again this post also needs to have a few more images added to it.

But I have recently been playing around with which plugin I like best. I like the SumoMe option to choose from the images better. I like how all the available images to be pinned show up across the street and in full view. However, I like the way the Monarch buttons look on my blog. I will have to keep playing around and see which one works best!

It is important to have multiple images for each blog post so when you pin your blog post on Pinterest you can create several different pins. Again everyone has their own tastes and by using several images you can reach more pinners. If one style of pin that you share is a fun and crazy font but then another image you is more streamlined, then you are reaching two very different styles on pinners.

By creating more than one pin per blog post this also gives you the opportunity to play around with the pin description as well and see what works best.

So how do you hide them?

Here is the special secret code.

Actually, I don’t know if it’s special or secret but this is what Suzi gave me to be able to hide images in my blog post.

<div style=”display:none;”>  IMAGE CODE HERE  </div>

After you insert all of your images into your post you will then click the Text tab in the upper righthand corner of your post within WordPress. It should give you the options of either visual or text. Click on text.

Now it is showing your blog post in HTML text.

Find your image codes and replace them with the code above. The easiest way I have found to do this quickly and to not get confused is the following. (because if you are like me I don’t know anything about codes)

I use my notes app for everything but you can use a Word document, a sticky note on your computer, or whatever is easiest for you.

I paste the code there. Then I copy my image code from the Text Tab in my blog post within WordPress. Then I paste it into the code in my notes app. At that point I now have the image code within the code Suzi gave me to hide the image. I copy the whole thing and replace the image code in my blog post with the new code hiding image code.

I repeat that for all three of the images I want to hide.

Here is a quick video to better explain that!

https://www.useloom.com/share/adece600341c49a892315e8da6b3c4bb

Now you have 4 images in your blog post but when you view the post it only shows one. So again when someone wants to pin your post it gives them more options to choose from! It also gives you more options to choose from when you pin your new blog post to Pinterest!

Did you already know how to do this?

Do you have any other cool tricks you would like to share? I would love to hear them!

Vanessa

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