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10 Proven Ways to Master the Business of Blogging

Master The Business Of BloggingYou are about to learn 10 Proven Ways to Master the Business of Blogging from some top experts.

I’ve talked about specific things you must do to get on track with running a successful blogging business.

But once you’re all set up, you have to implement specific strategies to become a master blogger.

So let me turn things over to some of the top experts.

Pay careful attention, and I’m sure you’ll be well on the way to turning your blog into the business you’ve dreamed of.

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Being A Pro Blogger

So, one of the reasons I’m turning to some blogging experts here, is that you should see what other pro bloggers are doing.

Master the Business of BloggingRead the full articleThis Is What You Need To Know If You Want To Become A Pro Blogger!
(by Freddy G. Cabrera, Internet Marketing Blog 101)

Now, Freddy is not talking about just hearing some ideas from other bloggers, although that’s important.

He’s also talking about deconstructing their business model.

In other words, see how they have built up their blogs into successful businesses.

Then pull that business model apart into it’s smaller pieces.

What strategies and techniques are master bloggers using?

Then, start implementing some of those things into your own business, giving it your own unique twist.

See what’s working for the masters, then make those things work for you.

Blogging is Not Just Writing

Understand, blogging is not just about writing.

It’s so much more.

It’s really about running an online business, using blogging as your hub platform.

Master The Business Of Blogging

Master The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of BloggingRead the full article… You’re a Good Writer But Not a Good Blogger (by Neil Patel)

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Productivity

The first thing you need to master in blogging, is to be highly productive.

Too many bloggers keep themselves busy, but don’t really do the productive things necessary to build and grow their business.

Remember, master blogging requires productivity, not just being busy.

That’s why so many busy bloggers are underachievers.

But here’s something that might be just what you need.

Master The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of BloggingRead the full article… 3 Simple Ways To Get Into Flow and Be More Productive (by Joe Fier, Evergreen Profits)

Making Money Blogging

Ok, so the point to running a blogging business has got to be profit, right?

Remember, we’re talking about a “business” here.

I’ve never heard of any business that didn’t operate in order to make money.

In fact, that’s the purpose of most “non-profits” too… only they call it “fund raising.”

Anyway, before we get into all the things you can do to build your blogging business, let’s get it straight from the get-go.

There is a way to start make money blogging that really is fool-proof and evergreen.

And it’s not about any special tactics or technology.

Master The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of BloggingRead the full article… 3 Strategies For Making Money Through Your Blog
(by Ryan Biddulph, Blogging From Paradise)

Great Content

Okay, let’s get into some nitty gritty.

In order to have a blogging business, you need content, right?

“Content” is what you use to attract readers and blog visitors.

It doesn’t make money for you, directly.

But it gives you something to hold an audience… an audience that may ultimately become your paying customers and clients.

I think of blogging in this way.

Your content… blog posts, images, videos and such… are like a television show.

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It’s the stuff people come to your blog for.

To learn something, to connect with you or, like the television show… to be entertained.

And it’s your job to create great, helpful and/or entertaining content so people will hang around long enough to “watch the commercials.”

So, let’s get down to creating great content since it really is the backbone of your blog.

Now, every blogger has faced the “blank page syndrome”… just staring at a blank page, knowing you have to write something, but just not knowing where to begin.

Is that you?

Ever?

Be honest, now 🙂

So anyway, for those times, here’s some help for you ==>

Master The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of Blogging Read the full article… Content Idea Generation: Super Easy 5 Step BRAVO Method (by Heidi Cohen)

Repurpose Your Content

Now, besides generating wholly new content, you can also repurpose some of your previously published content.

It gives you great content “snippets” to use for microblogging, in addition to traditional blogging.

And trust me on this… you can generate massive results from microblogging.

Or you can just generate something entirely new, with a variety of repurposed versions of it.

This is a great way to get your main ideas out to your audience through a variety of content forms.

Master The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of BloggingHow much does Ana believe in recontenting and repurposing”? ==>

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Master The Business Of BloggingRead the full article… Content Repurposing: Getting the Most Bang for Your Content Buck
(by Ana Hoffman, Traffic Generation Cafe)

Promote

It’s a great thing to have content and repurposed content “everywhere.”

But creating it is one thing, promoting it so it actually appears “everywhere” is another.

That is a critical piece in the puzzle of running your blogging business.

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So, you’ve done a superb job of creating some wonderful, powerful content.

I’m impressed 🙂

But you want to get your blog noticed everywhere, right?

So, now it’s time to promote it hard to make your blog, and your personal brand known and trusted.

And, of course, to increase the amount of traffic that will follow you over to your blog… your primary content hub.

Now… how do you go about the task of promoting it?

Miroslav Chodak suggests you start here ==>

Master The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of BloggingNot the easiest thing in the world to figure out, I know.

Easier said than done, as they say.

And really, that’s just the beginning…

Master The Business Of Blogging Read the full article… How to Increase Website Traffic – A Guide For Beginners
(by Miroslav Chodak, at Jeff Bullas .com)

So this is a challenge.

But you can do it.

No doubt.

Because now you know that these are the things you’ll need to do… to master the business of blogging.

Get Free Traffic

Driving traffic to your blog is certainly the linchpin in running a profitable blog.

Without traffic, your blogging business just won’t float.

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But don’t get caught up in the trap of thinking you have to spend a lot of money to make this happen.

In fact, paid advertising usually results in far inferior quality of traffic.

So let’s forget the Facebook ads and all the rest of the paid methods for the moment.

Let’s start by seeing what kind of traffic flow you can generate through free means.

In his article on this topic, Anil Agarwal goes through a long list of free ways to get that traffic flowing your way.

Here’s a list of the free methods he details ==>

Master The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of Blogging Read the full article… How to Promote Your Blog for Free to Explode Your Traffic In 2018: A Newbie Guide
(by Anil Agarwal, Bloggers Passion)

Blogger Outreach

One of the fastest ways to start getting the traffic flowing your way is through a strategy called blogger outreach.

It’s really a blogger-specific form of “influencer marketing.”

It looks like this ==>

Master The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of BloggingSounds great, right?

But which influencers in your niche should you start reaching out to?

Master The Business Of BloggingOkay, so that gets you started.

Now if you want to learn a lot more about how to implement a winning blogger outreach strategy, read more from Brian Dean xxxxxx.

Here’s what you stand to gain ==>

Master The Business Of BloggingRead the full article… Blogger Outreach: How to Get Influencers to Promote Your Content for Free
(by Brian Dean, Smart Blogger)

What About Blog Conversion?

Well, this takes us back to the beginning of this article, doesn’t it?

You’ll never master the business of blogging until you start getting strong blog site conversions.

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If that language is a bit strange to you, it just means that when people visit your blog, they need to buy stuff… or hire you… or become your client.

It means that you need to take advantage of those times when your lead shows interest in what you blog about.

In other words, your blog has to be able to “convert” them from “reader” to

  • “subscriber”
  • “buyer”
  • “client”

This is where your profit base will begin to shape up.

But if it’s not, then you should look to Zac Johnson for some help ==>

Master The Business Of Blogging

Master The Business Of BloggingMaster The Business Of BloggingRead the full article… 5 Possible Reasons Your Website Isn’t Converting (by Zac Johnson)

Now, Zac is an expert in getting blog conversions, so do make sure to read his article if you’re having trouble at this stage of the game.

10 Proven Ways to Master the Business of Blogging

So now that you’ve been give some Proven Ways to Master the Business of Blogging, it’s your turn to step up to the plate.

Consider how even one of the things you’ve just read about can help improve your blogging business.

Or even turn it around altogether.

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And take a moment to connect with me about your blog.

What is your biggest challenge right now, in going from “running a blogging business” to “mastering your blogging business?”

Which of the 10 Proven Ways to Master the Business of Blogging speak loudest to this challenge?

And don’t forget… share this article on your social sites so others can be part of the conversation, too 🙂

-Donna

 

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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24 Responses to 10 Proven Ways to Master the Business of Blogging

  1. Vishwajeet Kumar
    Twitter:
    March 30, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

    Hello Donna,

    These are some of the well-known persons in blogging universe and have vast knowledge and experience of blogging. I personally know some of them like Ryan, Anil, Freddy etc. All of them are very friendly and helps me a lot. You know blogging is all about helping others by providing quality posts, promote and share others on social networks or through our blog etc. Thanks for bringing up these great personalities under one roof.

    Have a Great Day 🙂
    Vishwajeet
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  2. Moss Clement
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    March 31, 2018 at 4:12 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Is there a better way to provide quality to your readers and make them keep coming back for more? I don’t think so. You did a great job putting these remarkable Insights from pro-bloggers together in one space for the benefits of your readers.

    I took special note of Neil Patel’s words where he said, “All bloggers are writers, but not all writers are bloggers.” Is he right about that, certainly he is!

    There’s more involved in being a writer as specified in the article. And if you do not have those, you are NOT a blogger.

    I also love the concept that Freddy highlighted – to copy or learn what pro-bloggers in your niche are doing and implement same strategy in your blogging business. That is sure success because they already know how to play the game, copying them is a win win strategy that must be implemented.

    All other tips are amazingly great.

    Thank you Donna for this great piece of content.

  3. Susan Velez
    Twitter:
    March 31, 2018 at 8:42 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Love it and you’re right, no one is going to work this hard for free. We all started our blogs because we want to build a profitable business. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with profiting as long as we provide value.

    I love it how you say that blogging is much more than content. You can’t expect to just write amazing content and expect people to find you.

    When your blog is brand new you have to get out there and work hard to get your content in front of people. It does take a lot of hard work, but once you get a strategy down of what actually works and what doesn’t.

    You’ll know where it’s actually worth spending your time and focus on. Once you master those promotional techniques then you can slowly start adding some more.

    The thing that threw me off when I started my blog was that I was trying to be everywhere too fast. I’ve found that adding more traffic methods slowly works best for me.

    This gives me time to master one traffic method before I move on to the other. As long as you’re consistent with your efforts and are doing the things that help you grow, you will see growth.

    Thanks for taking the time to share these amazing tips with us. It’s great to learn from other bloggers who are doing it right.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan
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  4. Enstine Muki
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    April 1, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    If people treat blogging as a business, they are going to treat it like they do treat other businesses.

    Some folks think it’s enough to setup a WordPress blog with premium theme, running on the best hosting provider. It’s far from just owning a blog. This is just part of the game. Of course, you need these “foundational” factors to be on a good start.

    Then content is king. There must be a kingdom right? That’s an active community through an ever growing flow of targeted readers.

    Of course these are all key points to help anyone see good results from blogging. I read all of these blogs you mentioned. Beside being sources of awesome contents, the bloggers behind them are savvy. Love them, really.

    I hope you are having a wonderful Easter week my friend.

    Enstine
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  5. Ryan Biddulph
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    April 2, 2018 at 12:30 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for the shout out and wow I love Ana’s commitment; shaving the brand logo into your hair….pretty ALL IN I’d say and she is clear on her brand.

    I’ve T-shirts of BFP and spread out my help thru many channels online. Re-purposing helps you build a viral online presence, versus trying to knock it out of the park with a viral blog post, swinging and missing virtually every time. You get it, Ana gets it and all folks who built that solid foundation gets it. Be generous and help folks in many different areas. You will appear to be omni-present and success will be yours.

    Ryan
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 4, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      I love the way Ana shaved her hair. I did the same thing when I met David. I shaved his name on my multi colored hair. (hey it was the 90’s punk days lol)
      When it comes to re-purposing, it has to be a house hold name in our circles.

      Indeed, always be generous and help others…success is born from that.

      -Donna
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  6. Glenn Shepherd
    Twitter:
    April 2, 2018 at 6:13 am #

    Hi Donna!

    This is a great post that’s full, and I mean FULL of fantastic, valuable, actionable content. It’s overflowing with golden nuggets that anyone who’s wanting to get started with blogging or is struggling to get momentum should take careful note of.

    I think one of the biggest problems that a lot of people have is not grasping the concept of 1) what a blog is (or should be), 2) how it should be used and 3) what else is involved. Even some of the big marketers clearly seem to completely miss the point and their understanding is totally upside down.

    I saw an ad recently (on Instagram, i think) and it started out by listing pain points that people wanting to make money online might have experienced, ie the different things they may have tried and not found to work for them. One of them was playing with Google, upon which the ad gave the example of SEO and blogging. I sat there shaking my head. If anyone thinks that blogging is all about pleasing Google and getting yourself ranked then they are way off the mark. Not that this isn’t something that can be done, of course, nor does it mean that you should ignore SEO and Google. But a good blogger will know how to leverage their blog without overly worrying about that stuff.

    That leads nicely to one of my favourite quotes from your post, which is Ryan Biddulph’s. He hits the nail firmly and squarely on the head when he talks about not focusing on yourself. Now, this seems completely counter-intuitive to most people, I know. I’ve had this conversation with many an aspiring blogger and many can’t get their head around it, so much so that they carry on obsessing over the SEO route and then can’t work out why they’re getting zero results, even though their content is good and they’re posting every day. That one, simple shift in their mindset to take their focus away from themselves and onto others is what can take their blog from a ghost town to them building an engaging tribe.

    Of course, there are so many things that a successful blogger needs to bear in mind and take action upon, but Ryan’s advice here can cause a paradigm shift in a person’s results. I’ve seen it happen first-hand with people I have coached. I always emphasise the importance of taking their focus away from themselves and onto giving to others and those who follow this are the ones who find success. Whereas the ones I find who are struggling are the ones who don’t follow that advice.

    Above all, the key to a successful blog is exactly as the title of your posts says – it’s a business, just as Neil Patel mentions. And just like any business you have to understand what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, how it works, have a strategy and work at it consistently.

    Yes, if you want your blog to be successful then you have to approach it, not only with realistic expectations based on a proven strategy, but with a work-oriented mindset. It requires work and consistency.

    Thanks for putting together this awesome resource, Donna. I hope you’re keeping well and that you had a great weekend! 🙂

    »Glenn«
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 4, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

      Hi Glenn,

      Indeed, who the heck wants to please the Google God? I have noting against SEO, but getting all caught up in it is crazy. Yes, a good blogger knows how to spread the world to the right people. Now I’ve been on the first page of Google a few times and what did it get me? Maybe recognition to some folks but it didn’t turn into cash.

      Right on point here when you mention one single shift in mindset can take focus away from the blogger and onto others. Ryan’s advice here is imperative because it ca make a huge shift.

      Yes, indeed, blogging is a business. If we understand that, there is no limit in how it will grow. We also have to approach our blogs as a work-oriented mindset.

      -Donna
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  7. Emenike Emmanuel
    Twitter:
    April 3, 2018 at 1:36 am #

    Awesome one, Donna.

    I love Neil Patel position on this. It’s true, blogging is different from writing. It’s easier to write than it’s to blog. That’s why most good writers still struggle to make money from this.

    Thank you so much for sharing. I will pay more attention soon to repurposing content.

    Emenike
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  8. Gaurav Kumar
    Twitter:
    April 3, 2018 at 2:18 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Blogging is business of being social and being more productive. Becoming an a list blogger is the key to become more productive. Branding also helps you to boost the blogging in no time. A simple tip work for every business that brand make more money.

    People love to follow brands. Writing high quality content and blogger outreach always pays well.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  9. Darleen Prangue
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    April 3, 2018 at 5:54 am #

    Thanks for sharing please tell more how to increase traffic on blog briefly
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      April 9, 2018 at 8:30 am #

      Hi Darleen,

      The very best way to increase traffic to your blog is to visit other bloggers, leave a comment that consists of one to two paragraphs and share it on social media. Also you can join a Facebook group of bloggers that reciprocate with you. The more you help other bloggers the more they will stand behind you. It does require patience and persistence, but this is the short version lol.

      -Donna
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  10. Cori Ramos
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    April 4, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Once again you have laid it all out here and the advice from these top bloggers – who are all awesome by the way – is icing on the cake!

    I agree with what Freddy says. Why wouldn’t we want to follow the same model as other successful bloggers. It certainly takes the stress out of trying to figure out what works.

    I’ll have to read his post to find out more because I like the idea of taking that model and breaking it down into smaller pieces to fit our goals. 🙂

    I’ve never heard of the brainwave app but after reading Joe’s snippet about it, I’m interested in learning more about it.

    Wow, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve had “blank page syndrome” lol. Heidi’s article is another I’ll be reading today. Actually I’ll have this post up for a while because all these articles sound too good to pass up. 🙂

    And how awesome is Ana, she set the bar for branding. I love her buzz cut! That is a clever idea!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to put this post together. I’m looking forward to reading their full article!

    Hope you’re having a great week!

    Cori
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      April 9, 2018 at 8:40 am #

      Hi Cori,

      I’m so glad to know you liked this post and enjoyed the folks I mentioned here. These are articles that inspired me and I just had to share them with my readers.

      Oh that “blank page syndrome” it happens to all of us but Heidi’s article is awesome for this.

      Of course I just had to put in Ana’s buzz cut. I had done that myself once and it caught my eye. Of course her article for branding is one not to be missed.

      -Donna
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  11. Lisa P Sicard
    Twitter:
    April 7, 2018 at 6:21 am #

    Hi Donna, great advice here. I love the part about bloggers are not all great writers. I never considered myself a writer. I’ve been in advertising for many years and that is a big part of blogging. Getting our messages out there, networking, marketing, getting to know others, influencing others, and much more.
    I will have to try out your brainwave app out. That looks really cool and insightful.
    You have mentioned many wonderful bloggers here who are great examples of those that have mastered the business of blogging. It really is a business and that’s what sets them apart from the others.
    Thanks for this post Donna and have a wonderful weekend. I hope the snow has all melted up there. We had a few inches yesterday but it quickly melted, go figure for April!

  12. Donna Merrill
    Twitter:
    April 9, 2018 at 11:27 am #

    Hi Lisa,

    I was so impressed by these folks that I just had to put this together for my readers.

    Enjoy your week and hope we have seen the last of the snow.

    -Donna
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  13. Faruk April 12, 2018 at 1:22 am #

    Hey “Donna Merrill”
    Thank you for these tips.. very good advice for any blogger!!. Thanks a lot, sharing master the business of blogging information. I really enjoyed your blog article!!
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  14. Ashish Kumar
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    April 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

    hey Donna,

    Blogging is a very competitive place to start. There are thousands of other similar bloggers like you. You have to be better and more appealing. I like the techniques of Brian ( Backlinko ) he always advised to write such in-depth and detailed article on a particular topic that a person doesn’t have to go anywhere

    You can build backlinks, increase your domain authority and also be top of your game. Also following the footsteps of your idols are also very smart idea.

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