How To Monetize Your Blog

Okay, so you’ve got a thriving blog and have gone through the steps to earn a sizable readership. This is commendable – many blogs never move past a writer’s immediate friends and family. However, as much as you may love posting about your subject matter, keeping a large audience of readers happy with fresh content is no small task, and you may begin to feel like you simply don’t have time unless your blog would somehow start making money.

Generating revenue from your blog is not a mystical, secret skill that only a privileged few are blessed with the knowledge of. In fact, having a loyal group of readers who consistently enjoy the information you share is half the battle. If you are serious about turning your blog into a cash-generating machine, there are many possible routes you might take, the most popular of which are discussed below.


By Dan Martell http://www.flowtown.com/

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Okay, so you’ve got a thriving blog and have gone through the steps to earn a sizable readership. This is commendable – many blogs never move past a writer’s immediate friends and family. However, as much as you may love posting about your subject matter, keeping a large audience of readers happy with fresh content is no small task, and you may begin to feel like you simply don’t have time unless your blog would somehow start making money.

Generating revenue from your blog is not a mystical, secret skill that only a privileged few are blessed with the knowledge of. In fact, having a loyal group of readers who consistently enjoy the information you share is half the battle. If you are serious about turning your blog into a cash-generating machine, there are many possible routes you might take, the most popular of which are discussed below. Leer más “How To Monetize Your Blog”

The Lifestyle of an Internet Entrepreneur

Outsourcing parts of your business can be a great strategy, but one that needs careful management.

If your business chooses to outsource some of its activities, a part of your time or someone else’s will still be required to manage projects, and hire staff and/or freelancers to contribute to the business.

As a founder or co-founder of your web business, you have the important task of driving its strategic direction. You wouldn’t want your business to be completely run on auto pilot without any input from yourself.

This brings to question a related issue about what sort of lifestyle an entrepreneur has. Will you have a dreaded lifestyle that consists of working relentless long hours with little time for recreation? Or will you have a leisurely lifestyle that consists of working only a few hours a day?


Ask successful internet entrepreneurs what it takes to create a successful business online, and the majority will say that it takes a great deal of hard work and perseverance to succeed.

Earlier this year, I read Daniel Scocco’s post at Daily Blog Tips on the working methods of 12 top online entrepreneurs.

A successful online entrepreneur himself, Daniel interviewed twelve well known and successful online entrepreneurs to find out what their typical work week looked like, and what they enjoyed doing when not working.

The line up of successful online entrepreneurs included Darren Rowse, Aaron Wall, Neil Patel, Yaro Starak, Chris Garrett and Collis Ta’eed. The interviews revealed that the majority of these entrepreneurs worked over 60 hours a week, 7 days a week. One entrepreneur – Dan Schawbel – works a staggering 110 hours a week.

Being an internet entrepreneur is hard work, and Collis at Envato makes no bones about this in his course on building a blog business. Here’s a few relevant quotes from the eBook, “How to Build a Successful Blog Business”:

“So building a business out of blogging, like any business, involves investment both in time and money.”

“Like any business, it will take hard work, dedication, savvy, and a bit of luck.”

“There are bloggers making considerable amounts of money, and in fact two of the case studies in this book record how two blogs have worked their way into five and six-figures per month in revenue. However, like most things in life, it takes a lot of work.” Leer más “The Lifestyle of an Internet Entrepreneur”

The Roles of Attitude and Aptitude in Success

Aptitudes come hand in hand with your attitudes. Everyone is born with a basketful of aptitudes we usually call talents.

Aptitudes are our potential to learn skills which we develop and hone through time. We call it growing up. When you learn and begin to utilize your talents to take control of your environment, you begin weaving a particular set of aptitudes. What works, you continue using. What does not, you strive to change. However, aptitudes alone cannot take you all the way through the path to success. It is fully dependent on the very nature of the attitudes you have. This is mainly why your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.

Run your attitude with humility and you can achieve your highest goals and dreams, use pride and don’t hope to even see a glimpse of them.


Written by Dominique Brown |  //www.pickthebrain.com

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

Success is something that every individual strives to achieve.

Every single person in the world has their own goals and dreams. Young or old, male or female, black or white, rich or poor, all have the same drive and desire to live life in the best way they see possible. Trying to succeed is an integral human behavior that pays no heed to superficial and emotional factors. We are built to want something more, to improve ourselves, and to be a better person than who we were yesterday. How does one succeed in life? This is a common question that one asks countless times. The answer depends on how you view yourself. You know yourself more than anybody else. This means that you can have the most precise answer from within you; and no one else can come as close to the correct answer than you can. However, there is always something you can do to ensure that you do find the answer. Leer más “The Roles of Attitude and Aptitude in Success”

More Wives Head for Work

The effect of this gender shift in the job market isn’t simply economic. Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, has produced studies that show men now struggle to balance family and career more than women do—45 percent of men report such problems, vs. 39 percent of women. “Work isn’t working very well for men,” says Galinsky.

Angela Patterson, 44, knows the struggles all too well. When the single mother of two adult daughters met her husband three years ago, she was hoping to find economic security. Instead, he lost his job as a contractor, and Patterson ended up moving from North Carolina to New York to enroll at the Grace Institute, a nonprofit that prepares women for the workforce. The training helped her become an agent for New York Life. She’s living with her daughter in New York since her husband doesn’t want to come North. “Women are born and bred to be adaptable,” she says. “When you have kids and bills to pay, you make sacrifices.”

Few experts expect the women who were pushed by recession into the labor market to leave as the economy picks up. Eroded housing values, diminished retirement accounts, and the prospect of higher taxes and anemic wage growth for themselves and their husbands provide these reluctant workers powerful incentives to stay at their jobs.

Diana Gomez, for one, isn’t giving up her job in the dentist’s office, even though her husband was recalled to his job in a sheet metal factory four months ago. The double income they have now is enough to restore a minimal sense of security. “We can function as a whole family now,” says Gomez, who has two children. “We’re able to pay the bills. The pressure’s not all on me.”


By Diane Brady | http://www.businessweek.com

As men cope with unemployment, more wives head to work

Angela Patterson is working as an insurance agent in New York while her husband looks for construction jobs in North Carolina. Diana Gomez had been staying home to care for an ill daughter. When her husband lost his job, she became an administrative assistant in a dentist’s office. Michelle, a social worker and mother of three young children in Baltimore, who asked that her last name not be used, switched from part-time to full-time work when her husband was laid off last year. She kept to that schedule after he found work earlier this year—at two-thirds his former salary.

They are the reluctant breadwinners: Women who wanted to stay home until their income suddenly became critical to the well-being of their families. In some cases they are increasing their hours to keep the bills paid. Others are taking up employment for the first time as their husbands struggle to find work. With the anemic recovery keeping the job outlook uncertain, the accelerated gender shift is likely to stick, creating new challenges for U.S. families. Leer más “More Wives Head for Work”

OK, maybe not so urgent

National IT team for this pilot fish’s organization sends out an urgent security alert to forward to all local users — with a message attached.

“The message was a phishing spam,” says fish. “And a poorly disguised one at that, full of misspellings in its instructions to follow a link and fill in a form to reactivate e-mail.

“But the alert message contained the live link, and there was no way I was going to send this to my users. So I waited to see what developed.”

A few moments later, fish’s regional manager forwards the same message, with the same live link, and instructs everyone on the mailing list to warn their local users.


National IT team for this pilot fish’s organization sends out an urgent security alert to forward to all local users — with a message attached.

“The message was a phishing spam,” says fish. “And a poorly disguised one at that, full of misspellings in its instructions to follow a link and fill in a form to reactivate e-mail.

“But the alert message contained the live link, and there was no way I was going to send this to my users. So I waited to see what developed.”

A few moments later, fish’s regional manager forwards the same message, with the same live link, and instructs everyone on the mailing list to warn their local users. Leer más “OK, maybe not so urgent”

Facebook Unveils Recommended Subscriptions

What do you get when you combine the biggest collection of personal taste data in history with the world’s easiest method of subscribing to syndicated content? In theory, one of the most potent recommendation engines around. Facebook quietly made available to all its 500 million plus users a new feature today called the Page Browser and though everything about it is quite understated – it could prove to be a very big deal.

Users must navigate directly to the Page Browser, there doesn’t appear to be any link from the main interface. The page shows big icons for a list of pages Facebook thinks you might like; click on one and you’ll “Like” it. Of course Facebook has succeeded by making very potent interactions seem simple from the outside – and this new feature is more of the same.


By Marshall Kirkpatrick | //www.readwriteweb.com

fb150logoWhat do you get when you combine the biggest collection of personal taste data in history with the world’s easiest method of subscribing to syndicated content? In theory, one of the most potent recommendation engines around. Facebook quietly made available to all its 500 million plus users a new feature today called the Page Browser and though everything about it is quite understated – it could prove to be a very big deal.

Users must navigate directly to the Page Browser, there doesn’t appear to be any link from the main interface. The page shows big icons for a list of pages Facebook thinks you might like; click on one and you’ll “Like” it. Of course Facebook has succeeded by making very potent interactions seem simple from the outside – and this new feature is more of the same.

Leer más “Facebook Unveils Recommended Subscriptions”