Making money from a blog
I’ve left this one to the end. Put aside any thoughts that you can make a lot of money from your blog. This is a popular selling point from blogging marketers to get you to buy their products.
The chances are you are not going to make any significant money from your blog, unless you have a huge amount of monthly traffic, at least in the tens of thousands. Nonetheless, you can still make a little money on the side.
If you are interested, here are some of the options for making money:
If you sign up to the Adsense program, Google will places ads in your text. If a person clicks on an add, you can get paid a few pennies If you have hundreds of thousands of clicks a month, this may add up to something.
However if you only have a little traffic, these few pennies may not be worth it because all those ads can make your website look a bit spammy. Also some ads really are not mobile friendly.
You may have had the moment, when you’re looking at someone’s website and suddenly a pop-up ad comes on the screen. Then for some reason, you can’t find that ‘X’ to remove it because it is hidden behind the edge of the screen, so you cannot proceed. You then have no choice but to leave that website and never return again.
You don’t want that to happen to your website.
Use Pop-ups strategically and un-obtrusively
Pop-ups can be a useful tool for getting people to sign up to your mailing list. You can also place them on specific pages, e.g. places where you are reviewing a product and then set them so they only pop-up when you scroll down a certain distance – e.g. 70% of a page.
Definitely don’t use them when someone comes to your website for the very first time. It’s kind of like attending a party, and the guy who opens the doors to let you in, suddenly starts trying to sell you a timeshare in Malaga.
“But, I just got here…” you say.
Too many pop-ups and ads can obstruct your message. If you are getting lots of traffic, it may be worth it for the extra income, but if you install it and can only make a few pennies from it, then you have to ask if it is really worth it. Could you earn more money by advertising your own products in the space instead?
This method is where top bloggers mostly make money. By promoting or advertising a specific product, they will get a percentage of the sale (typically 10-20%). In some cases, the blogger will tell you it is an affiliate link. Other times not.
If you practice a certain type of therapy that requires the use of a specific product and you have a good amount of traffic, you can always contact the advertising section of the company that sells the product and offer to place an affiliate link or promote their product in your website for a percentage.
Some companies have this process already set up and can issue you with a unique affiliate code so they can track your referrals.
Basically a code can be a simple URL (website address), which contains a number that refers to you. You then place that URL on your website and if anyone clicks on it and then proceeds to buy the product within a certain time-period (weeks or months), you will get a payment for it. If you have hundreds of thousands of clicks a month, that can add up.
There are various affiliate programs that you can sign up for. It all depends who you are happy to promote. For example, if you have used WordPress.org to build your website, than you could consider promoting a hosting company like Bluehost, which pays out around $60-70 dollars if you give them a direct referral.
If you have used WordPress.com, than you could become an affiliate seller for Automattic, the company behind it. They pay out approximately 20% of a sale if someone signs up for their Premium or Business Plan within a certain time period of clicking on your affiliate link.
If you are looking at increasing the potential for your website to generate some money, then affiliate marketing is an area worth looking into.
Selling your own products
This is by far the best way to make profit from your website and effectively turn it into a second business. There are certain restrictions on what you can sell, such as various EU regulations on selling your own home-made creams and lotions. Also as Amazon has a large part of the selling community, it does stifle small businesses from selling your own products.
On the other hand, if you have designed your own intellectual property – eBooks, or DVD’s (e.g. tai chi lessons), then you can use your blog and website as a platform to advertise and sell it.
You can also use your blog to promote online courses, which may be focused on treating specific problems. Remember that a blog is designed to bring visitors deeper into your website and target them with a call to action.
So if your call to action is also to sell your own tai chi DVD, then you will want to promote this objective by linking to your product page or advertising it in your side-menu or widgets.
Creating your own eBook is a worthy and highly satisfying endeavour. However, it does require a lot of work and the reward is probably not the best value in terms of monetary gain for time spent. However, the sense of accomplishment is well worth it.
The process of creating your own eBook is quite lengthy. You not only have to plan, structure and write your book. Then you must turn it into an eBook and then promote it.
I do have experience of this as you are reading an example of it and I am considering releasing an in-depth guide sometime in the future. so check out my website or sign up to my mailing list for updates on:
Traffic first, then monetise
When you are starting your blog, it is very tempting to try to monetise it immediately and put AdSense on it. Hold off on this.
The returns are not worth it, and it can make your site look spammy. Instead focus on building fresh, original and useful content. Focus on building relationships with your visitors and on building up traffic.
The exception to this is with selling your own products. Selling your own stuff is original and also helps to promote your business and your own personal brand.
And if in the future, you get a large amount of traffic, then do consider installing the ads and the affiliate marketing to see how they perform.
- There are various methods to monetise your blog. For example, AdSense, Affiliate marketing and selling your own products or eBooks.
- Be reasonable in your expectations. You shouldn’t expect huge amounts of money unless you have hundreds of thousands of visitors a month. At best, most people will earn a little pocket-money.
- Be considerate in how you use pop-ups ads. They can be intrusive and annoying if used incorrectly.
- Too many ads, especially early on before you have built up content or traffic, can make your website look spammy.
- Consider building traffic up first, before monetising.
- If you do monetise, then don’t hold back or go half-heartedly. Commit yourself fully to it.
In this eBook, we have looked at several different ways to write and promote a blog for a Complementary Therapy Business. I have not gone too deeply into any of these points, but I hope it is informative enough for you to get some useful pointers and get started.
Ultimately, the blog is a personal expression of you and your brand. It should also be something you enjoy doing and sharing with people. If it becomes like work, then you can lose the enthusiasm of doing it and give up too soon.
Likewise, just like embarking on an exercise practice or new habit change, it does require a certain amount of motivation to do it regularly. Creating a plan early on will really help you make it a success.
If you go into the process of creating a blog with expectations that it will become quickly popular, you will be disappointed. It can take months, even years for a blog to gain a following.
Whilst there are some shortcuts, by using ads, if you want it to succeed, you have to continue to work away at it without expectation of reward. You need some faith.
Eventually, you will attract some traffic and connect with people around the world. This in itself should be reward enough, because for as long as your message can reach one single person and give them value, then you have helped changed someone’s life.
And if you can do it to one person, than you can do it to another, and another, and another. So forget about the traffic and the money and just keep going for your own satisfaction.
Ultimately, the blog, is a form of expression and it can help you to learn about yourself, your attitudes and your business. Creativity always helps us realise new things. When I was writing this eBook, it helped clarify lots of things for me, such as the weaknesses of my previous websites as well as my expectations for my new website and blog.
There is always going to be more to learn on any topic, but I hope that this guide is a good starting point for learning How to Blog for a Complementary Therapy Business. I hope it helps you on your journey.
I hope you have enjoyed this book.
This book is a companion to my other eBook: ‘How to Set up a Complementary Therapy Business on a Budget’. This is available as a free PDF if you sign up to my website or can be purchased as a Kindle version through Amazon US, UK and other countries (free to Kindle-unlimited subscribers).
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Just to add, this eBook is a work in progress and compliments my own personal experience of blogging. As I learn more things, I may decide to update this eBook in the future. If I make any changes, I will announce it through my blog.
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