Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is one of those topics that most bloggers cringe at.
It can oftentimes feel like this huge burden with algorithm changes to keep up with and such a complicated sounding traffic strategy.
However, it doesn't need to be like this.
There are things that anybody with a website can do to see quick results from SEO that can help them get free monthly long term traffic.
And this helps to create that mysterious passive income that online business owners seem to crave!
Debbie Gartner from The Flooring Girl joins the Make Time Online podcast to explain exactly what you can do to quickly up your SEO game.
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We chat about:
There really was so much to take in from this podcast.
To get ALL of the wisdom and value you will have to listen to the chat. But here are some of the key tools & tricks mentioned by Debbie in the podcast...
On page SEO tips:
Off page SEO tips:
Other tips or tools:
As you can see Debbie has a lot of wisdom when it comes to SEO.
She even has 2 books to help beginners or anyone looking to up their SEO game:
If you want to learn more about SEO I would highly recommend taking her free SEO course and checking out this wealth of knowledge here.
*Note these are not affiliate links, just helpful tips from someone who clearly knows what she's talking about!*
So if you want to get in touch with Debbie I would recommend taking her free SEO course here (and then you'll be able to email her).
These are my 5 key takeaways from this chat:
But I'd love to know what were yours?
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Imagine if you could fast forward 5 years from now…
You’ve created this blog that makes over $1 million a year and you’re travelling the world on a sailboat.
You have systems in place so that you can step back from your blog when you want to. And your work is helping millions of people.
Now imagine you could travel back in time to today. You could give yourself the advice that you needed to make this happen and sidestep a load of silly mistakes you made on the way.
Well, time travel isn’t possible (yet!)
But speaking to Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is. She started her award-winning blog Making Sense of Cents in 2011 and has gone on to earn over a million dollars per year for the last few years in a row.
And she is about to walk you through some of the things she would do differently if she had to start over today.
In this chat we talk about:
There are so many amazing takeaways and useful tips from this chat with Michelle.
To take everything in you really have to listen to the full podcast above.
But there were a few things that she mentioned that had really helped her or what she would do sooner if she started again.
Here are some of the tips and tools that Michelle recommends:
Note- these are recommendations from Michelle (the blogger who makes over 1 million dollars a year) none of these are affiliate links as I have not personally taken these courses (yet!)
Popular related content:
If you want to get in contact with Michelle then check out Making Sense of Cents and you can find her social media accounts in the top right corner.
So here are the 5 key takeaways that I took from this chat with Michelle:
But I’d love to hear from you…
Did you pick up on anything different or did Michelle say something that really hit home for you?
Have you ever wondered how some people seem to have all the time in the world and accomplish so much?
It can often feel like you’re just working harder and harder but not seeing the rewards. If anything you’re putting more time in and receiving the same money in return.
But it’s possible to completely change this by shifting your mindset to focus on one thing…
What is your effective hourly rate (EHR)?
Kelan from The Savvy Couple has completely changed his life through blogging since 2016. His wife, Brittany, and himself have created a 6 figure business with no prior experience in blogging, marketing or selling.
Another completely normal couple who have done extraordinary things to help others manage their money and time way better.
In this podcast with Kelan Kline from The Savvy Couple, we chat about:
There was a lot mentioned in the podcast but here are some of the key ones…
None of the others are affiliate links as I have not personally tried them. But Kelan certainly knows what he’s talking about!
Find out all of Kelan’s best blogging resources here to see what else The Savvy Couple recommends.
Related popular content:
You can check out Brittany and Kelan’s work on their website The Savvy Couple.
Also, connect in their super active and helpful Facebook groups: Blogging with purpose or their personal finance group The Savvy Couple (Family. Finance. Freedom). They really do go above and beyond in here!
Kelan and Brittany also share exactly what they have done to become 6 figure bloggers. If you have a blog then check out their course, Blogger’s Secrets:
There is a lot of detail in this course with exact tips on how to help your blog make money. I particularly liked the information and advice on email marketing and sponsorships!
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Do you ever feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do?
Sometimes it can just feel like you’re chasing your tail to keep up with everything. And oftentimes protecting your blog moves to the back burner on the growing list of things to do.
But using blogging legal pages shouldn’t be one of these things.
If you ever get caught in legal trouble in the future these will be the most important pages on your blog. And here’s the truth:
You NEVER know when you may face legal issues.
It may never happen…
It could happen in a few years…
Or it could happen tomorrow (yes even if you don’t earn a penny from your blog!)
The good news is that by using templates these pages can actually be very simple to create.
In this podcast with Amira Law we chat about:
If you’re like me this is probably the main question on your mind right now.
Why do something if it doesn’t need to be done, right?
There are many little reasons why you actually need blogging legal pages. But the main 3 that gave me a kick up the bum to sort this out were…
So many beginner bloggers believe it is optional to have legal pages on their blog. Or if you have some generic policy you’d be fine.
I was one of them!
There are different organisations around the world that are responsible for protecting the rights of consumers, such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the United States.
If you breach these consumer rights you could face a hefty lawsuit such as these previous ones.
If you are providing any advice or collecting any information (i.e. email addresses in the comment section at the bottom of each post) then you could be liable to these lawsuits.
Simple legal pages on your website can protect your blog legally!
You may be thinking…
Eh, I haven’t really got much stuff that people could steal yet, so this one doesn’t matter.
But the fact is, your hard work and efforts on your blog could be copied by someone else with no consequence. It can completely damage your website’s authority and credibility if someone else copies your work.
Having the appropriate legal pages on your website means you can take the appropriate action to remove copy-cats content.
This is called a Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and you can go straight to their hosting provider to remove their content.
If you can show you have the correct legal page on your website to do this (the Terms and Conditions) it can be relatively painless and easy instead of needing to go through any court or use external legal help.
This is another area that you may think…
Ah, I probably won’t get sued so I should be alright.
Amira actually explains the reason why she got into law. It was because this is exactly what happened to her Dad when he was only 1 year into his business.
It completely crippled the company and his ambitions.
All of this could have been prevented if he had one piece of paper laying out the expectations with the correct legal wording on it.
But that would have cost him around $150 and he didn’t see the point at the time!
The point is, you never know when someone is going to sue you.
And you may feel it’s completely unjust.
But luckily for you, you can put the correct measures in place before this happens to make sure you are not liable to unfair claims.
In the podcast, Amira talks us through some of the common mistakes bloggers make when trying to make sure their blog os legally protected.
But she also explains how every blog needs to have 3 pages:
Getting these documents in place will help to make sure you are protected from most legal complications in the future.
Many bloggers don’t even know this.
And many bloggers try to do it themselves!
*Cough, cough… I was one of them*
If you want to have the peace of mind that your blog is protected…
Seriously ask yourself if you will you know the technical jargon needed to make sure you are protecting yourself?
Amira even mentions a story about one of her clients in her day job as a lawyer…
Her client was being sued by one of their freelance workers. They had personally put together a contract with their freelancer at the start.
But because key terminology was missing from the document, there is nothing a lawyer or anyone could do to help.
By spending around $100 in advance on a piece of paper her client could have saved thousands of dollars and all of the time and hassle of the lawsuit.
Now, I can almost hear your mind wondering…
If you do not have any legal protection on your website then Amira recommends starting with the big three:
Once you have these set-up, your blog will be legally protected for the most common legal issues bloggers run into (being sued or having someone else steal your work).
But how do you actually do this?
You can probably guess this is not the most cost-effective method.
The good news about this method is you know you would have exactly the right wording and documents to protect your blog moving forward.
But, you would have to pay their hourly rate and as Amira explains in the podcast, this could be around $350 an hour. You would likely end up spending $700+ per legal document the lawyer writes for you.
Yes, you can find free legal templates online.
Here’s a couple of places you can try:
But here’s the truth… you have no idea if these templates apply to your blog and cover all the bases.
You will also need to spend a long time making them appropriate for your blog and checking them to see if they seem right.
But even then, you will likely be guessing (unless you are a lawyer!)
Amira has run a legal audit for a friend before who used these free templates. She found there were so many holes in them that leave them liable to legal action.
As Amira is a blogger and a lawyer, she understands the language that needs to be included in these legal documents.
There is one simple reason that most bloggers use this option…
You get the benefit of professionally written documents by a lawyer for a fraction of the price of hiring them.
If you’re like me, you probably know that you could use a free template and adjust it to make it suit your blog.
But the truth is, you will have no idea whether you have covered all bases or even used the correct terminology to get you out of trouble. In the end, I accepted the law is just not an area to take a risk on!
Amira actually offers the 3 blogging legal templates in a bundle including:
I have personally used this bundle and I had it set up and published on my website with 20 minutes of work… most of that time was just reading the templates!
The best thing for me is that you can use these templates for any of your blogs.
So if you have multiple blogs these templates are pure gold! It saves so much time and covers all bases for blogs in different niches!
If you need anything additionally after, such as a freelancer contract or coaching agreement, then you can check out her legal store on her website.
If you want to reach out to Amira to you can contact her in two main ways:
Now, I know it seems like there’s a lot of information in this podcast with Amira.
And there is no escaping the fact that it’s the law to have certain legal pages on your blog.
However, you don’t need to panic or get worked up if you haven’t set things up correctly so far. There are just 3 legal pages you need to protect your blog:
These 3 documents come with a 40% discount if you purchase them in Amira’s legal bundle here.
It honestly takes 20 minutes to update the templates to suit your blog and then you never need to think about it again! Plus if you have any other blog or want to create one in the future you can use these templates for them.
If you think you may know someone else who would benefit from this, be sure to pin this page to share the information!
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So you spend all this time researching and creating the most amazing blog post.
1 week later you check your Google Analytics and you see this…
Where is all of this traffic everyone raves about?
Is there any point in writing this stuff if nobody is reading it?
But getting a lot of traffic to your blog doesn’t have to be this hard. There are some ways that are better at driving traffic than others. And one of them happens to be using Pinterest for bloggers.
This post will show you exactly how to use Pinterest for blogging to traffic to your website on tap.
There are 3 main sections:
Feel free to click the play button above which helps to explain this article…
This is part of the Pinterest podcast series:
Did you know Pinterest is pretty different from most forms of social media?
It sounds strange but hopefully, this will help explain why:
Basically… most social media platforms try to keep you on their own platform (if you’re like me you’ve probably seen 3 hours disappear scrolling down Insta!)
However, Pinterest works differently.
The sole purpose of Pinterest is to help users find the content they are looking for and send them off to the best place (aka your blog!)
There’s even a “search bar” at the top of Pinterest for people to look for something…
Funny enough, this is actually very similar to Google and you may know a thing or two about the beauty of getting ranked using SEO.
But… Google can be a tough beast to crack and can take months or sometimes years to rank for certain keywords.
And this is where Pinterest for bloggers comes into its own…
Pinterest does not care how old your blog is or how many people link to it. All it wants to do is send its users to the content that they are looking for!
So now it’s your job to make sure you are providing the “pins” and content people are looking for on Pinterest.
So now you understand how Pinterest works a bit more.
But who is using Pinterest and why?
This may not seem relevant but it can impact a lot of decisions for your blog when you understand this a bit more.
Pinterest is still mainly used by women (around 80%) but 40% of new sign-ups are men.
As you can see in the infographic above most users are older than 25 and 50% of Pinterest users have children.
This means there are 4 categories that do very well on Pinterest:
If you have a blog that relates to any of these categories, it can really help to get more traffic from Pinterest.
Now I can almost hear your mind saying… “but I have a personal finance blog, that’s not possible”.
Well, amigo, there is no such thing as “not possible”! You could potentially write about:
Do you see how…
Last awesome tip…
Pinterest users LOVE “how to” posts and “listicles” (see examples above).
So shall we find out how to use Pinterest for blogging?
Step one is to make sure your Pinterest profile is set up in the best way to help you get your pins seen.
There are 4 sub-steps to getting this done…
If the goal is to get traffic from Pinterest to your blog, then this is a crucial step.
It’s far better to use a Pinterest business account vs personal account.
There are a few reasons for this:
It’s pretty straight forward to get this stage done but here are a couple of links that can help…
Step one for using Pinterest for bloggers is done!
So you may think this step is pretty straight forward.
But many people get this step wrong when using Pinterest for blogging!
First of all, many people suggest you use a picture of your face to help people relate to you as a person. Personally, I don’t think you need to worry too much about this, but the profile picture is important!
As Pinterest is still mainly used by women it’s a good idea to use a happy picture of yourself if you’re a woman, or a couples picture if you’re a man.
There are plenty of accounts that do great by using a logo. The important thing is that the picture is clear and easy to see on a mobile device.
Here are two examples of accounts I have…
You should also make sure your name includes some keywords that relate to your blog too!
Sneaky tip- type into the search bar and use the autosuggestion to find what people are already searching for!
Now we’re really going to learn how to use Pinterest for business!
These next two steps can seem quite boring, but they are mighty important!
Make sure your bio includes some keywords that relate to your blog.
But avoid “keyword stuffing” (listing keywords).
Make sure you use full sentences to add in your keywords naturally.
You can also use a freebie offer in here, but it’s certainly not necessary as your profile is not the main place that people will look at. They just want to see your pretty pins!
Remember the sneaky tip- type into the search bar and use the autosuggestion to find what people are already searching for to find keywords to use!
That sneaky tip already mentioned comes in super handy here.
You want at least 10-15 boards relating to your content.
Obviously the more niche your website, the better it will do at ranking for certain keywords in the long run. But that’s a whole other decision for you when you choose your niche originally.
Once you have those boards set up, your aim is to get 50 good quality pins into these boards.
How do you find good quality pins?
Well, knowing a few “leaders” in your niche will certainly help.
You can find out about who some of these may be in this blog income report study that looks into 57 blogs in 7 different niches.
Here is your second sneaky tip…
These probably matter more than anything else you will learn on this page on how to use Pinterest for blogging.
They are crucial for your Pinterest SEO, which we will get onto later.
Just remember to make sure you are not “keyword stuffing” by listing a load of keywords. Write in full sentences and naturally place them in…
If you have already tried using Pinterest marketing before, then I would bet my bottom dollar this is where you are going wrong.
Because it’s what I was doing wrong when I wasn’t seeing any traffic from Pinterest!
Simply put, if people do not stop and look at your pins, you won’t get any saves or anybody clicking on your pins.
That means no Pinterest traffic!
If you have ever used Pinterest before you probably know that some pins catch your eye.
Some pins stand out and make you want to find out more.
For example, if you type in “Pinterest for bloggers” on Pinterest, these are the results that come up…
You can see there is a clear design and colour scheme that people are using for this keyword. The idea is to make something that stands out from the crowd…
But some stand out in a bad way that makes you scroll right on past.
The difference is that the pins that stand out and make you want to click are “Pinterest pretty”.
Typically that means the pins will have the following elements:
These are just generic Pinterest tips, but you will have to play around and use trial and error to figure out what works best.
If you’re like me, you would like to know the easiest design tips to make the biggest positive impact on your pins.
Here are 5 killer tips, from a professional graphic designer, that will make your pins go from zero to hero quickly:
The good news is you don’t need to be a professional graphic designer to understand the basics and make great pins.
Using the example above it’s possible to make this pin “pop” and stand out even more in a “graphic design beautiful” way…
Typically this is where a lot of bloggers go wrong (myself included when I started using Pinterest!)
If your pins are not pretty enough or don’t stand out, you will never make people click on your pins…
You can learn more detail about the best graphic design tips here.
There are so many tools that exist to help you design your pins.
I know people that use PicMonkey, PowerPoint, Snappa or Photoshop.
However, if you are new to graphic design the only tool you need is:
It’s free, easy to use and you can create templates to save so much time.
Here is Kristin (the professional graphic designer on a previous podcast) to walk you through how you can use Canva to create pins…
There are different ways you can actually get your pins for your blog post on Pinterest.
You probably already know a few ways but there may be a sneaky time-saving way that you could learn here:
You can learn more about these ways in how to create a pin for Pinterest.
But here is a quick video to show you the amazing Tailwind Chrome extension method that can help you pin hundreds of pins in a few minutes.
It’s a massive time saver!
If you really want to increase your traffic from Pinterest, then Tailwind can really help to automate and be more deliberate with your pinning strategy.
So this leads on nicely to…
So you’re probably starting to wonder how you can get traffic to your blog from Pinterest.
This is often the part that most people get hung up on and think…
“Maybe there’s some secret strategy that I’m not using?
And this person says they only pin manually and they get loads of traffic!
Ah, maybe I need to use Tailwind Tribes way more!!”
However, there is a reason why your pinning strategy is part 3…
It’s probably the least important!
If your account is not set up correctly, or you are not designing beautiful pins, then nothing you do in this section will help.
Now, re-read that last sentence.
Did you know there are 2 ways that people find content on Pinterest?
This is the most important “strategy” that you can use on Pinterest. Using Pinterest SEO means you can go from having a few people clicking on your pins to having tens of thousands of Pageviews every month.
The idea is very similar to Google SEO.
Your pins can “rank” near the top of a certain keyword search on Pinterest. Just like this…
Every time you pin something to Pinterest you can use “keywords” to help people find your content.
Here are the main places you need to make sure you have your keywords:
Pinterest’s algorithms are becoming smarter all the time.
Just help them understand what your pin is about like this…
If you can make it clear to Pinterest what your pin is about and make them Pinterest pretty, then Pinterest will eventually reward you by placing your pins near the top of the search results.
And that means traffic every month… for free!
This is one of the most common questions.
The simple answer is as much as possible without spamming the same pins to the same boards.
The answer you are probably looking for is at least 15 pins a day.
Because Pinterest loves content!
More specifically, Pinterest loves NEW content.
If you are not putting pins out there with a new Pinterest account, you will find it hard to get anyone to see your pins.
It’s especially important to pin good quality pins and content that is not your own at the beginning. Find the leaders in your niche and check out their accounts as a good place to start.
Rather than getting hung up on how many times to pin focus on only pinning great pins to relevant boards. If you only have 3 yoga boards then only pin a yoga pin to those boards.
Less is sometimes more!
Note I have spoken to some people who only pin a few times a day and still get traffic. But these accounts are much more established and have loads of pins “out there” already.
This is actually a pretty important one.
You can use data to help decide the best times to pin to Pinterest.
It’s so much better to pin at times that people are actually on Pinterest. Typically that means do not pin during American working hours!
The most active time on Pinterest is from 8-11 pm in the USA, due to the most popular demographics of the users on Pinterest.
There are tools that you can use to find out when your audience is most engaged with your own pins.
This leads on nicely to…
There’s really only one tool to recommend as a Pinterest scheduler any more:
Here are a few reasons why using Tailwind is so beneficial:
There are too many benefits of using Tailwind to get into them all right now. All you need to know is that if you’d rather not spend all of your time on Pinterest and grow your traffic, Tailwind will help you do that.
It really isn’t better either way!
There has long been this debate but it has been proven that there really is no difference.
Some people swear by manual pinning.
Others don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t use a scheduler.
Here are the main differences though:
If you do manually pin, you will most likely need to create a spreadsheet with what pins you want to pin to what boards and tick it off as you go.
It is possible and some people love to have control of exactly what is being pinned and when.
However, I’ve personally tried it and it becomes super time consuming and confusing (especially when you live in another time zone!)
When you have numerous pins for each blog post it can become tricky to stay on top of it.
Using Tailwind means you can set up exactly what you want to be pinned at the exact time. The best thing is, you can be asleep or on a flight and your pins still go out at the best times.
But not how they once did.
If you read anything about Pinterest from before 2019, chances are you would have heard the advice…
Get on as many group boards as possible and pin to them like crazy.
The truth is… this can actually hurt your account now.
However, if you have a brand new account and you want to reach more people quickly, then good group boards are crucial.
Here are a few tips to find these great group boards:
Find out more about this in the 5 Pinterest hacks.
Once you find them, it’s worth trying to actually reach out to the person who owns these boards. Check out their website, comment, share and message them to see if you can help them in any way.
If you connect with them personally it’s much easier and more effective to join their boards eventually.
Is this as easy to do?
Is it worth it?
It depends on how seriously you take your blog!
Check out the short video below to check if you are on good group boards or if they may be harming your account…
So there you have it.
Everything you need to know on how to use Pinterest for blogging to drive traffic to your website for free!
If you’ve just skipped to the end to find the main points summarised, I won’t disappoint you:
You can spend years down some rabbit hole looking for the perfect pinning tactic.
But if you focus on these 3 steps you will get more traffic to your blog than most people could dream of.
Be sure to pin this page so you can come back to it any time…
You probably know that it’s possible to use Pinterest to get blog traffic.
But did you know it’s actually possible to make money just by using Pinterest?
By learning some of the basic principles of Pinterest it’s possible to provide a service that so many bloggers are looking for…
Helping them get more traffic!
That’s exactly what 22-year-old Brie has managed to do to quit her full-time job and use Pinterest to work from home.
In this podcast we chat about:
This is part of the Pinterest podcast series:
There are some key aspects of using Pinterest for bloggers that are covered in this podcast.
There is so much value packed into one chat from lessons learned from hundreds of dollars worth of Pinterest courses.
Popular related content:
You can find all of the contact information for Brie at beyondaprettyblog.com
You can see her pin portfolio so you can get a feel for the exact service she could also provide you if you are looking to outsource your Pinterest marketing.
Here are some examples of her “beyond pretty” pins!
Be sure to check out the ultimate guide to using Pinterest for bloggers to find out how you can skyrocket your blog traffic.
Struggling to get any real traffic from Pinterest?
Most bloggers know that Pinterest can be a great source of free traffic. But it can often feel like you are putting in a lot of time and effort and not seeing results.
Did you know that your Pin design is the main factor in someone clicking on your pin?
And you don’t need to be a graphic designer to create amazing pins. Just by following some basic design principles you can create some viral pins quickly.
This podcast with Kristin Rappaport from Applecart Lane will show you exactly how to create a pin for Pinterest that people will actually stop, save and click.
If you’re like me you’ve probably spent hours designing pins only to find that nobody is clicking on them.
You’re left feeling like…
So you go down the rabbit hole of thinking…
“Maybe my pinning strategy is wrong.
Or maybe I need to use Tailwind Tribes more.
No… I need a manual pinning strategy! That will fix it!!“
Well here’s the brutal truth:
Your pin design is probably terrible!
When you don’t create “Pinterest pretty” pins, people won’t even stop to look at them.
Simply put… your graphic design matters if you want to get traffic from Pinterest or make your blog look professional.
But you don’t need to hire a professional or become a full-time graphic designer to make this happen. There are some simple tips you can learn right now to improve your Pinterest game quickly!
So you’re probably still thinking…
“But I don’t have an eye for design.”
It doesn’t matter!
By learning the simple design principles below, it’s possible to quickly improve your design skills to create pins that grab everyone’s attention.
There are some basic Pin design rules that you need to know.
This is just Pinterest best practice and will help you get those “Pinterest pretty” designs:
Now that’s covered let’s get to the juicy part…
Proximity is basically the spatial relationship between the different elements in your design i.e.
All you need to know is that elements that belong together, stay together (I mean… should be close to each other.)
And other elements should clearly be separated.
The below image shows a poor design on the left and a great design on the right!
Pretty simple right?
This is pretty obvious when you know it.
You won’t be able to ignore this ever again!
You can align your text to the left, middle, right or justified as below…
This is the same with vertical alignment.
The aim here is to keep each element of your design the same.
You can have a call to action aligned to the right, whilst your heading is aligned to the left. But it looks weird if you have part of you heading aligned to the left and part of it centred (I know I’m guilty of that in the past!… Thanks Kristin!)
If you’re like me, you love time-saving tips.
The best thing about this is it will help you look more professional… and save time!
Again, this is pretty simple.
Choose a few fonts, colours and styles that you use regularly across your pins, logos and brand.
Here’s the best tips:
Now write them down in your notepad or somewhere you have access to regularly.
I use Evernote (it’s free).
Possibly the most important design concept.
This is the way to make the biggest difference VERY quickly.
You can use contrast by changing:
This is really only skimming the surface as there are so many variations you can use. Even within one pin!
The aim is to draw your viewer’s attention to a particular element and make certain words “pop” off the page.
My personal favourite new design principle!
There should always be a “hierarchy” of the order you want your viewers to see elements on your designs.
In a pin that order may be:
Check out the two pins below…
The one on the right draws your eyes to the words “harvest peas” first. The image of peas confirms your eyes read it right! Then you can see the CTA has a free checklist.
So you may want your viewers to see your CTA before your subheading.
Or maybe the image should be the first thing they see.
Your hierarchy is super important in conveying the message you want. And the majority of people do not even consider this when designing pins.
You now know more than most blogger pin designers!
This is exactly how to create a pin for Pinterest on a budget.
You have to use Canva.
It’s free, has amazingly easy to use tools and saves so much time.
With that said, here’s Kristin to walk you through how to use Canva…
But Kristin also added in an amazing value bomb in the podcast…
This is amazing!
Here’s what you need to do…
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to create pins for Pinterest quickly
Use Google Analytics to see what posts are performing the best recently (or the best posts ever).
Top tip… choose one category if you have multiple categories you blog about
Use Canva to create 5 templates that you can use for your best posts.
The image needs to match all 5 posts, which is why it’s important to. choose one category!
Pay attention to the hierarchy each time. You may want certain words to pop out or add in different CTA’s.
To be fair… Kristin did say you may need to spend a bit more time designing your 5 templates.
But this is certainly possible and a great little hack that I will personally be using… a lot!
One of the main messages throughout the chat was to…
This is one of the most common mistakes when new bloggers are learning how to create a pin on Pinterest…
Most people try to add in fancy little design elements to make it look like they are a pro designer (I’m holding my hands up right now… typing with your nose is hard FYI!)
Just make your pins and all your designs simple.
Don’t add in crazy shadow effects or colour gradients.
Keep it simple = save more time + make your pins look more professional.
There were some other little gems thrown in by Kristin too…
Here are some super helpful (free) graphic design tools you can use:
All of this awesome value, but you may still be wondering…
Now you know how to create a pin for Pinterest, how do you actually post it to Pinterest?
There are numerous ways and even if you already know one or two ways to do it, there may be another sneaky time-saving way that you aren’t aware of…
Simply install the Pinterest extension.
Whenever you are on any website you can click the Pin button and you get to choose any image that is on the website.
Remember to add your description for the pin using keywords.
So if you upload your pin to your blog, you can easily pin from there.
There are loads of social share plugins out there and everyone will tell you theirs is the best.
I use Social Warfare as it doesn’t affect the website speed and I love the features (even in the free version!)
Simply click the extension that looks like this and pin it. You can even try the one on this page now 😉
This method will again need you to upload your pin to your blog post.
This is the third way of saving a pin from a website.
Personally, I don’t know why anyone would ever choose this option as it seems silly.
But maybe you want to just stay on the Pinterest platform and you know the exact URL you are looking for?
Anyway here’s what to do…
You can do this without needing to upload your pin onto your blog.
This is great for designing multiple pins for one blog post. It means you don’t need to add a load of pins to one post, which does 2 things:
This is another way you can add additional pins that are not on your blog post.
Note it’s a good idea to make more than one pin per blog post. Read more about why in 5 Pinterest hacks for more blog traffic.
Then you simply:
This is very similar to the Pinterest extension.
The two big differences are:
Here’s a great little hack to help you pin 100+ pins in a couple of minutes…
If you don’t have Tailwind you can see how much of time-saver it is! (that’s an affiliate link that will give you 100 pins for free to try it out and 1 month free if you upgrade!)
Check out Kristin’s website Applecart Lane.
She has a 30-minute free course that walks you through these design steps in much more detail.
I’ve genuinely paid over $40 for similar “courses” before (I won’t name & shame them!) and learnt a fraction of the actionable tips that Kristin provides here.
The training is complete with over the shoulder videos and it includes:
It’s epic and I doubt it will stay free for long.
Go to her website now to find out how to get it, before it’s taken down!
So there you go… exactly how to create a pin for Pinterest and make it look amazing!
These “show notes” have ended up becoming a full-on blog post in itself because there really was so much to take away from this chat.
Graphic design isn’t just for people with an “eye for it”.
Anyone can learn these simple design techniques and use them to get way more traffic from Pinterest.
You probably know that some bloggers drive some crazy traffic to their website every month.
However, many people suspect this traffic is not sustainable. Pinterest can be fickle and viral spikes make consistent traffic hard to find. But this isn’t the case for everyone!
In this Anastasia Blogger podcast, you will find out that by using Pinterest marketing SEO techniques it is, in fact, possible to generate this traffic every month.
We chat about:
Anastasia’s first job, in 2007, was as an editor working for an online magazine.
Her role included studying SEO (Search engine optimisation) for Google and social media platforms i.e. Facebook.
Therefore, she learnt a lot about the theory of online marketing, without even knowing it.
She worked for some different:
But it wasn’t until she moved to Portugal in 2017 that she ever considered moving from an…
She saw that her clients were making money as they were willing to invest a lot in SEO and social media marketing.
This led her to have the feeling…
“If a business can make money online, why can’t a blogger?”
Portugal is quite a poor country (but stunning!) and the job opportunities were terrible for her.
So in 2017, Anastasia started her blog as a side hustle.
After a year of slow growth, she found that her payment from one advertising network was about the same amount as she was getting from the day job!
Now, I can almost hear your mind saying… so how does she make money?
Ad networks are vital for Pinterest because they help to monetise traffic.
You literally don’t need to sell anything or do anything else other than get people to look at your website and put ads on there.
There are really 2 main ad networks that bloggers need to try and get on to receive decent money:
Mediavine requires 25,000 sessions per month
It pays around $20 per thousand visitors.
170,000 monthly pageviews made around $1,500 in one month.
Note a session is how many times users engage with your website.
Page views is how many pages are viewed
For example, one person visits your website = one session
They look on 4 different pages in that go = 4 page views
RPM = Revenue per 1,000 impressions
RPM can be the highest during the last quarter of the year because many ad networks have an annual budget.
So, they need to spend it all to get the same budget or more the following year.
AdThrive has a higher minimum requirement than MediaVine at 100,000 page views per month.
Both companies are great as they have excellent customer & publisher support. If you’d like to learn more then check out The 5 Best Ad Networks for Bloggers.
Anastasia tried both and found that Mediavine paid her slightly more each month compared to AdThrive.
I can almost hear your mind saying…
How did Anastasia achieve so many pageviews each month as a new blogger?
That’s a great question and the main focus of this podcast.
There is one answer to this…
So Anastasia only started using Pinterest after a few months of blogging.
She noticed some bigger bloggers income reports showed they received 80%+ from Pinterest marketing alone.
She already knew it takes some time (1 year+) for Google to recognise your site.
However, Pinterest doesn’t care about the sites domain authority.
She didn’t see traffic immediately, but once she worked out the platform, her traffic started snowballing.
So will Pinterest still be able to bring you traffic in 2020 and beyond?
Pinterest is still improving its algorithm to fight spam.
There have been some recent major cleanups that ended up blocking lots of accounts including some legit accounts.
Anastasia explains how to avoid this in the video below. As someone who got caught up in the blocked accounts, take it from me that it can be VERY annoying if it happens!
Pinterest became a public company in mid-2018.
This means they are pushing harder for advertising on the platform.
Therefore, people are worried about the reach of organic pins.
Anastasia agrees it may be a transitional time that takes a couple of years to settle down, but it’s unlikely there will be drastic changes overnight.
Pinterest still needs to earn the trust of advertisers.
Hence, it will certainly take some time before organic traffic will take a hit.
Pinterest won’t reduce organic traffic completely because:
Google went into the direction of monopolising search results with ads, maps, snippets from the website in the search results so people won’t have to click on the website to find the information.
So what does this mean for you as a blogger?
There are 2 techniques, which have changed.
They still help to expand your reach (particularly for new accounts).
Mid-2018 Pinterest announced that group boards were not created for the way that “content creators” were using them.
Boards were not for the promotion of pins but for collaborations of smaller groups of bloggers.
Therefore they drastically reduced the distribution of spammy group boards.
These boards were hurting the accounts of those who were creating them and also the accounts that were saving pins to them.
Be very selective and only spend 10% of your time applying to them.
Pinterest didn’t like it when people manually repined their own pins to other boards.
The most important thing to be aware of is this:
Pinterest doesn’t want duplicate pins on the same board more than once every 3 months.
If you use the mobile app you get the warning saying you have already saved the pin to a certain board. If you get this message…
DO NOT REPIN IT TO THIS BOARD!
If you don’t get the warning sign then it should be OK.
Note this warning sign doesn’t come up if you are using a laptop.
If you’re like me, you know it’s important to understand how something works before diving in.
Well here are some little gems from the Anastasia Blogger podcast…
Pinterest is really two things:
Because of the two functions of Pinterest, it’s possible to get traffic spikes from viral traffic as well as getting traffic from SEO.
However, after 6 months or so there is a certain level of Pinterest traffic you will receive without viral spikes in traffic.
It’s important to understand the psychology of people using Pinterest too to get the most out of it…
People use Pinterest for inspiration, not always the exact answer.
That is slightly different from Google.
Therefore, Pinterest has much shorter keywords (75% are only 1-3 words)
Google tends to have longer keywords as people look for a specific answer to a question.
Here are some important facts to be aware of too:
It’s also important to realise that people typically have 2 modes when using Pinterest:
Therefore, if a user searched for something a day ago and you create a pin the day after, they may find your pin in their activity feed when browsing.
So how can you make the most from using Pinterest?
There are some things you can do to massively help get more traffic from SEO on Pinterest.
Always optimise relevant keywords in the following places:
Check out Anastasia’s video to see more detail about how to use SEO on Pinterest…
As you can see there is so much you can learn from Anastasia on Pinterest SEO.
The short answer is 3 months.
But that will only work if you are consistent.
Pinterest needs at least 10 pins every day minimum for your account to be seen as active.
Plus, when you start you will need to save popular pins from other people.
Of course, you can get some traffic in any niche.
But they are not all equal.
Here are some niches that you will get more traffic on Pinterest:
80% of users are women looking for inspiration for everyday life.
Here are some niches that don’t do as well (but do get some traffic):
It’s also pointless for a local restaurant or car repairing company to get traffic from Pinterest!
People will always use Google for that.
If Anastasia could go back to the day that she moved to Portugal, here is what she would tell herself:
Here are the best ways to get in contact with Anastasia or to check out more of her work…
YouTube (leave a comment on any video to get a response)
Anastasia clearly has so much knowledge about SEO.
When you combine that with what she has since learnt about Pinterest you have someone that is ahead of many people in generating traffic from Pinterest.
Yes, there are changes to Pinterest.
But it’s certainly still possible to get organic (free) traffic from Pinterest in 2020 and beyond.
Keep changing for the better
P.S. What was your favourite takeaway from this podcast? Are there any questions you have about Pinterest SEO?
Drop a comment below!
What would being able to make $1,000 a month online mean to you?
Maybe it would help you:
Being able to make $1,000+ a month online can have a huge impact on your life. But most people believe it’s just a pipe dream that only people with “special skills” can achieve.
In fact, it’s much more achievable than you may think.
This article will show you 25 proven ways that real people use to make $1,000+ a month online.
They are just normal people like you and me, and they have all been on the Make Time Online podcast at some stage to share how they do it.
Feel free to play the podcast below to hear more about their stories and then skim your way through the article or read every word to see if you get any inspiration!
Just so you know, most of them had no idea how to do this about 5 years ago (some even much more recent!)
You probably saw the title to this article and immediately imagined…
In reality, this simply won’t happen any time soon. All of these methods of making money online took these people time and effort to learn.
However, none of these people are born geniuses or lucky because they were “rich and famous”.
As it turns out, almost anyone can make money online.
We’re just not taught about this in school.
If you can read and write it’s actually possible to make any amount of money online if you learn from the right source and put enough time into it. As you continue to read this article on ways to make $1,000 a month online, you will see exactly how.
You probably know there are loads of benefits to making money online.
Here are some of them:
The benefits are endless especially if you make money online in a way that can scale and is passive income.
Now, I can almost hear your mind asking…
Yes and no.
Yes in the sense that you can literally sign up to online paid survey sites right now. By clicking that link you can get paid bonuses just for signing up and then earn more money by filling out some surveys.
They are all completely free to join too (if a survey site is not free to join it’s likely a scam!)
However, if you are looking to make passive income online it will take longer than some people will tell you.
Are the skills hard or difficult to do?
Does it take time to learn the skills you need and set things up to make it passive income?
The definition of passive income can change depending on who you ask.
The definition of passive income online here is:
Put the work in once and get paid over and over again for it. It also requires a little effort to maintain it.
The best example I can give for it is…
If someone tells you it’s possible to make passive income by clicking a button and watching the money roll in… it’s a scam.
If they say you can just do the work once and you’ll make money from it forever… they are lying.
It is possible to make passive income online, but it’s important to be aware of what this means in reality.
Therefore, this post explaining ways to make $1,000+ a month online is different to many others that you will find…
There are so many ways to make money online but they are not all equal.
The rest of this article will show you numerous ways that everyday people are making $1,000+ month.
But it will also provide a ranking for 5 different areas so that you can quickly see what approach suits you.
Each rating is a score of 1-5 with 1 being the lowest or easiest and 5 being the hardest or highest.
The difficulty rating just means how difficult it would be for you to start making some good money from the make money idea.
It takes into account the time you would need to put in and the skill level required.
A score of 1 means you could start making money very quickly and easily.
A score of 5 means it would likely take you some time to make money from the idea as you would need to learn some more skills on the way.
This is the rating that may put you off.
However, none of the skills needed in this article is rocket science.
Every real example you will see from someone making money in that way has learnt the skill either by themself (aka Google or YouTube) or finding a mentor or low-cost course.
They have simply invested in themselves.
A score of 5 means you need to have some very specific skills to make money from the idea. But often this means there is more opportunity as fewer people will attempt this.
This is pretty obvious.
A score of 1 means you need no money to start. A score of 5 means you will definitely need money to try this idea.
*A score of 2 means you need very little money but some people may argue you don’t need any money to start!
Again another straight forward one.
A score of 1 means you are unlikely to make much money from this. A score of 5 means the income potential is unlimited (seriously… I mean unlimited).
We’ve already discussed the definition of passive income.
So if the score is 1 it means you will have to continue to trade your time for money to make money from the opportunity.
A score of 5 means it’s possible for you to put in very minimal effort and time to keep making money.
*Some ideas are possible to “systemise” or hire other people (aka freelancers) to make it more hands-off.
As stated earlier in this article, every single one of these ideas has been implemented and spoken about on the Make Time Online podcast.
No one is an astronaut or super genius.
They are all completely normal people who have figured out to do this by themselves.
The make $1,000+ a month online opportunities are split into different sections to allow you to check out the ones you are interested in.
These are online business ideas that you can start from home.
Some of them may seem similar but there is actually quite a big difference between some of these ideas.
Just knowing what business you are actually trying to build can be the difference between success and failure.
Yes, a money-making blog is a business!
The term “blog” still seems to have this negative connotation to it (like the word “vegan”!)
People typically imagine some young lady who writes about what she had for dinner yesterday and how she’s feeling.
Whereas, in fact, a blog is basically any website that you have ever looked at.
A blog is simply a website that someone (or some people) writes articles (or posts) on.
It’s become one of the most common ways for people to make money online as there is no real limit to what you can earn from a blog…
And anyone can start one!
Hearing about these blogs was what opened my eyes to money-making opportunities online.
Listen in to my chat with Alex Nerney from Create and Go. Lauren and Alex built their health & fitness blog to over $100,000 revenue in their first year and now teach others how to do it (& Avocadu still makes over $20k every month!… oh, and they make over $1 million every year)
If you want to know more about blogging, check out this article which explains EXACTLY how to make $1,000+ a month online from a blog quickly.
This is actually how I started making money online.
The concept is pretty simple.
You connect people to a product that they are already looking for.
If someone clicks your link and buys the product, you will get paid a commission.
And commissions range from anything between 4%-90% (I actually promote a course that is super cheap & great and it pays me 80% commission!)
There are heaps of ways to use affiliate marketing, but the best way to scale a passive income is also by using a website (aka blog).
Check out my chat with Ben & Jeff from Dollarsrpout who were making $240k/ month when I spoke to them in May 2019 (they only made their first dollar online 3 years before this!)… yes they learnt this all themselves!
Plus, find out why I quit my full-time job after 1 year with my #1 recommendation,
This is a very interesting make money online idea and one that you are taught about in my #1 recommendation.
SEO stands for search engine optimisation.
It basically means trying to get your website ranked on Google’s first page for certain keywords.
A keyword is a word or phrase that someone types into Google.
And some keywords get searched for a lot more than others, for example:
“Gardening tools” gets more searches than “gardening in winter”.
The idea behind it is to choose a very specific niche to write about i.e. gardening tools.
You then would write specific articles (like this one you’re reading about how to make $1,000 a month online).
“Best Gardening Tools For Weeding”
“How to Use a Garden Hoe”
By ranking on the first page of Google you will consistently get “traffic” to your website every month. You do not need to pay any money or advertise your website to get this traffic… people visit your website every month… for free!
You can monetise this site with affiliate links or by placing display ads on the website.
Check out my chat with Ian Pribyl from the Free Internet Marketing Project.
It is genuinely all the information you need to start this business for free (apart from the hosting and domain name ~$85 a year)
Many people will use Pinterest as a way to promote (aka market) their blog.
However, there are actually some people that set up their blog specifically for Pinterest.
Are you wondering what the hecky mo I mean?
Well, Pinterest is still mainly used by women with a median age of 40.
So if you are pinning about quad bikes do you think you’ll get heaps of traffic from there? Of course not! You may be able to get some traffic, but nowhere near as much as other niches.
So if you create a blog focussing on any or all of these topics, you are going to be reaching a much larger audience.
It doesn’t end there either.
So some people deliberately set up their blog to focus on creating articles on one of the 4 big topics above and only write “how-to” or list post articles.
This means they end up getting a lot of traffic… quickly!
Once this happens…
All the blogs need to do is place some high-quality ads on there and wallah… they make $1,000+ a month online very quickly (a few months).
Here’s the kicker about Pinterest compared to Google (or SEO)…
Pinterest doesn’t care how old your website is or how many people link to it. All they care about is if people save and click on your pins.
The other great thing is that Pinterest has its own “SEO traffic” too because…
At the top of Pinterest, there is a search bar that people type “keywords” to find something they are looking for.
Note that pins that rank in the top 60 get eyes on them every single month! Google is really only the top 10 or so.
Check out my chat with Paul Scrivens from Dare to Conquer. He has created dozens of these types of websites and explains exactly how.
I’d actually never heard of this one before I spoke to this guest on the podcast.
The idea behind this one is that you use a website that already gets some traffic each month. It could from Google or other social media channels, that doesn’t matter too much.
Once you have a website generating 10,000+ page-views a month other people are more willing to “guest post” or “contribute” on your website as it helps them gain exposure.
This way you can keep producing content and generating traffic to your website without writing anything yourself.
The issue here is that you will need a network of “bloggers” looking to get exposure to their own blogs willing to write for you. If you are brand new to blogging this may not be the best idea.
But then again you can network with other bloggers quickly in Facebook groups and slowly add the contributors over time.
Check out my chat with Elna Cain from Twins Mommy. She now manages 9 websites and had no idea what a blog was in 2013!
This is the way that bloggers tend to go from making a few thousand dollars a month to making 5 or even 6 figures a month.
Yeah seriously, there are plenty of “normal people” making 6 figures a month from their online business.
Just think about this…
Imagine you make 50% affiliate commission from a $25 e-book about how to use Pinterest. So you make $12.50 each time someone buys the course through your affiliate link.
Let’s say you were making a consistent 100 sales a month due to getting traffic to a certain article about how to use Pinterest for bloggers.
Now, if you create your own (better) online Pinterest course, you could charge $65 and keep all the profits.
Your income jumps to $6,500 a month instead of $1,250!
Now imagine that you create a course or product that you can sell for $500+… or create multiple courses…
However, it doesn’t mean you have to create a huge or really expensive course to start making money in this way.
You may know how to knit a jumper and there may be other people who would love to learn that.
If you could create a short e-book or an online course on a platform like teachable then you could make money from selling that course.
It certainly helps if you have a blog (aka website) to help promote the course but some people use social media platforms to promote it for free.
A great tip is to build an audience either with an email list, on social media or on your blog. Once you have an audience you can ask them what their struggles are and create a course that suits them. This way you won’t spend ages creating a course that nobody wants!
Check out my chat with Pete McPherson from Do You Even Blog to hear how he’s made over $10,000 in one month from selling his own blogging courses (he made that with his website in under 2 years).
Some people are really just not interested in writing or creating a blog.
I get it!
I used to be one of them.
It seemed like too much effort for too little reward…
That was until I truly understood the value of a blog to help get free traffic from Google or social media channels.
However, the good news is that it’s possible to create income from affiliate marketing without owning a blog.
There are free methods that you can do this using social media channels. But that requires a lot of elbow grease from you. You will typically need to manually message people and the conversion rates are pretty poor with this method because of the lack of trust!
So this leads onto the paid ads method.
You can pay for ads on Google, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram and almost any platform that exists now.
If you can make more money from affiliate commissions than it costs you to place an advert on one of these platforms, then you can imagine how quickly you can grow this!
There are real people out there who use this method to generate an insane amount of money online every month like clockwork.
But it is easier said than done.
These ads are becoming super competitive and if your ad doesn’t grab attention and make people want to find out more, then you can burn through money like there’s no tomorrow!
Many of the guests mentioned already have used this technique to promote their website which generally has affiliate links on there. There will be some guests in the new year who particularly focus on this business model though.
So as you can tell I also have a podcast (there is a podcast at the top of the page for this article in case you missed it).
However, my podcast was never designed to make money. I, personally, just wanted to share what I was learning about making money online and have some really cool chats with people that are living life on their own terms.
But it’s also possible to make money from a podcast. Even if you think you’re a nobody!
Podcasts can have paid sponsors in exchange for you mentioning them during your podcast.
It’s possible to find a small business or a “solopreneur” (possibly a blog owner) who wants to get their brand out there. People are willing to pay $100+ per episode, so if you make 2 episodes a week it’s easily possible to make $1,000 a month online.
People like John Lee Dumas get paid tens of thousands of dollars a month from his podcast.
However, when you are just starting you can offer small businesses something like:
This is amazing exposure for small businesses and many are willing to pay you good money for it!
Check out my podcast with Tej from Tej Talks. He started his podcast because he wanted to learn more about investing in property and explains exactly how his podcast can make money.
You can get your free checklist for what you need to start a podcast in the benefits of having a podcast show notes.
Multi-Level-Marketing or Network Marketing is a type of business where “consultants” (also known as influencers/ recruiters etc.) get paid commission for selling a companies products.
This is a similar way as affiliate marketing but there is one difference…
They also get paid for recruiting more members to the program.
Sometimes this will be a direct commission for recruiting members, and usually, they will get commissions from sales their “downline” make.
This means they could be doing anything they want and their team could be making all the sales.
In reality, it doesn’t always work like that.
There are many stats that show the vast majority of people don’t make good money from MLM programs i.e. 99% of MLM recruits lose money.
But equally, there are people who take it very seriously and live an amazing lifestyle and enjoy the perks of the business.
Some MLM companies still focus on outdated and poorly scaled techniques such as “home parties” where a recruit may invite people over to show off the products and explain the business opportunity.
But the most successful consultants will always leverage the power of the internet to work 24/7/365. It may be on social media or building their own website.
If you are considering starting an MLM company see if you can find one which ticks these boxes:
Also, be aware that some MLM companies are just pyramid schemes in disguise. They may offer a “product or service” but really the ONLY way you will get paid decent money is by recruiting more members into the MLM program.
Check out this 5-minute video to see how to avoid a pyramid scheme…
Barry Nelson has 3 successful businesses. One of them is a network marketing business. On the podcast, he explains how he manages his time between work and family and how his life has changed since starting this business… believe it or not he has more freedom now!
Nearly all of the business opportunities above also include selling things online.
The majority of them are digital products that could be their own product or someone else’s, but every make-money opportunity involves selling something.
This section covers the opportunities for selling physical products online.
This has become a super popular way to make money online in recent years.
First of all, let’s define a common misunderstanding of the difference between dropshipping and Amazon FBA (Fulfilment by Amazon):
Here are the basic steps to getting a dropshipping business up and running:
Whilst it is actually possible to start dropshipping without any monetary investment (you can use sites like eBay for your supplier’s products), the most success happens when you own your own store and send customers to it.
However, dropshipping can’t rely on SEO or long term free traffic methods because you won’t be writing articles using keywords like you will on a blog (aka website).
Therefore, you will also need a budget to invest in Facebook or Google ads to send potential customers to your store.
Similarly to the Affiliate Marketing with ads business model, the potential is unlimited and you can make a lot of money very quickly.
If you can create an ad that generates more profit compared to how much the ad costs then your income is unlimited.
However, that is easier said than done and you are likely to lose a fair bit of money early on if you’re brand new to creating ads. Some people give up before they find a successful campaign whilst others are aware of the risk and manage to break through to become profitable.
Check out my chat with Jeremy Ong from Hustlr. He explains how he started making $60k/ month from dropshipping vape cigarettes… he used to work 14 hour days making $600 a month in his day job.
This one’s a great one!
Something that I have again personally done in the past and it’s great to make a bit of pocket money from some random junk you have in the house.
However, there are actually more business savvy methods you can take with this one:
I won’t go into dropshipping model again but it’s possible to buy things from suppliers for wholesale value and sell them at retail value with this method.
The same principle applies for “flea market flipping”.
The idea is that you buy things (or find things) for cheap or even free.
Then you can put them on eBay and make a healthy profit.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying…
One man’s junk is another mans treasure
It’s possible to find amazing deals all over the place if you train your mind to find them. Here are some ideas:
It’s possible to get a great contact who comes across stuff left behind all over the place. It’s often a huge problem for them to dispose of it, so that leaves you with an opportunity to pick up things for free or dirt cheap and sell them on.
You may think it’s hard to sell certain items but when you put it on a worldwide stage such as eBay, you will be surprised.
One of my personal favourite chats on the podcast was with Rob Stephenson from Flea Market Flippers. He explains how they are flipping a chair they found in the trash to make over $300k and buy a rental property in one year.
His energy is amazing!
No matter where you live in the world, chances are… people buy and sell cars there all the time!
Just Google “buy a car” and you will find numerous websites that you can buy and sell cars where you live.
The idea is again pretty simple:
You can even add a step in the middle if you know a thing or two about cars i.e. fix the car up or make it better.
It doesn’t have to be cars though!
“Van Life” has become all the rage!
People are realising they can live for a fraction of the price in a van and have the freedom and time to travel wherever they like. This isn’t even grown-up students just out of college. It includes “mid-life crisis’s” and newly pensioners!
If you can learn how to convert vans into a campervan, you can earn some serious money from this.
You can even target specialised vehicles such as VW campervans, which hold their value really well.
Certain cars do hold their value well so it’s even possible to buy a car for yourself and sell it a couple of years later to make a profit (effectively giving you a free car!) Typically, Japanese models that are about 3-5 years old tend to do well for this.
By using these tips it’s possible to make $1,000+ a month online by selling a couple of used cars per month… or fixing up one van every 3 months or so!
The first time I mention him (but not the last). Grant Sabatier from Millenial Money explains how he went from $2 to over $1 million in 5 years, whilst working a normal job. Flipping VW campervans on the side was one of his extra income streams.
Some people just don’t want to create an “online business”.
Maybe you just want to make an extra $1,000 a month online by working for someone else. It may be that you don’t want the stress of having to build something yourself or continue to grow it (aka water the plant) over time.
If that is you, then chances are one of these online jobs from home may be perfect for you.
There are normal people all around the world that generate an income every month with one of these jobs.
This is possibly the easiest and quickest way for anyone to start to make $1,000 a month online.
Did you know there are tens of thousands of people who are looking for someone to help manage some smaller tasks for them every day?
These tasks may include (but are not limited to):
It is becoming increasingly popular for “solopreneurs” to build a business (an entrepreneur who builds a business by themself… often online) online these days.
oftentimes eventually they need help!
If this sounds like something you’re interested in doing then here are a few…
Without a doubt, the best way to land one of these gigs is to get to know the person first.
Re-read that last sentence.
You can do that by following these steps:
But whatever you do don’t become a stalker, like…
When you use those 4 steps you are much more likely to work with clients that you want to… and you’re much more likely to get paid the amount you deserve!
You may need to try it out with your first gig and be a bit more flexible but it’s a great way to start making money online.
Check out my chat with Drew DuBoff, a 21-year-old college student who made $25,000 in 6 months working 10 hours a week. He actually did VA work from Alex Nerney (the guy who made $100k in year 1), another Make Time Online guest mentioned in #1.
This is similar to Virtual Assitant work.
But it typically involves providing some sort of specific work for your client i.e. Pinterest account management, writing blog posts, proofreading blog posts, researching blog posts, editing podcasts etc.
The 4 steps in the VA section apply again here.
The thing you likely have to offer compared to cheaper VA’s or freelancers from sites such as onlinejobs.ph is your English skills and your ability to connect with the clients.
Just speaking from personal experience, I am much more likely to hire someone who I already know.
If it’s a toss-up between a random profile on the internet or a real person I’ve messaged before I know who I will choose.
There are 5 different ways you can get paid as a freelancer:
They all work for different people but the ideal one is if you can land a retainer fee for ongoing work.
Whichever rate you (or your client) choose, try to make sure you are aiming for around $25+ an hour still.
For example, if it takes you 3 hours to write a 1,000-word article and the client wants to pay you by the amount of word you write. You know you can accept that project if they pay:
$75 divided by 1,000 = $0.08 per word (that would be $80 for 3 hours work!)
The more skilled you get the more money you can demand (once you gain the confidence, you will no longer ask!)
Numerous guests have done some form of freelance work, including Pete McPherson and Elna Cain. But Ryan Biddulph managed to island-hop and retire early thanks to smart blogging and freelance work.
Top tip- you can get paid quickly from Elna Cain’s viral blog if you’re a Mommy blogger!… Plus, I’m always on the lookout for writers #justsaying
Put your hand up if you know someone that owns a business.
Keep your hand up if you think they would like more customers that are already interested in what their business offers.
If you’re like me you have both hands in the air right now (it makes it really hard to type!)
These businesses would LOVE to pay someone to send targeted clients and customers their way.
The big word there is targeted.
If you run an advert on Facebook and Google and get 100,000 die-hard American football fans to click on a ballet workshop, how many do you think will purchase the workshop?
roughly exactly diddly squat!
But what if you sent 100 parents of ballet enthusiasts who have signed posters of Misty Copeland in their bedroom? I have no idea who Misty is either… I just Googled famous ballet dancers!
Yeah… the company would make a lot of sales!
Here’s the truth:
Google, Facebook, Instagram and all online algorithms are becoming so smart that they send targetted ads to people who are looking for them.
Seriously, just think about the types of ads you see on YouTube or Facebook. Are you kind of interested in them?
Of course you are!
If you can learn how to create ads on these platforms that get clicked by targeted audiences then a lot of people would love to pay you for this skill.
The second mention of Grant Sabatier, who shall be known as the king of side hustles forever! He used Google ads to start making money as a side hustle and learnt about them for free on YouTube.
So a white paper is kind of a cross between a magazine article and a corporate brochure.
It is supposed to help readers solve a problem, understand an issue or make a decision. Here’s an example.
Basically, it should educate and sell.
This is why clients are willing to pay $3,000+ for a 6-14 page white paper.
Just like any skill in life the more you practice writing these the quicker you will become.
Chances are you have been to school.
If you are lucky enough to have done so, you have probably been taught the exact skills needed for writing white papers:
Typically you will find the best opportunities from business-to-business companies.
These companies will often have complicated offerings and they want to convince another business to buy their product or service.
This is an area where you may find it hard to get into if you don’t have experience in a particular industry. They can be complex and will often only want to hire people who have a good understanding of it.
Once you have done one or two it’s much easier to show other businesses what you can do… ideally with their results (everyone likes results… aka how much money you will make them)
Another top Sabatier tip- try to find clients in the same industry so you build on your knowledge after each white paper
Mention number 3 for Grant Sabatier! This guy had some crazy work ethic
for 5 years! and still does!
*Disclaimer- You will not be able to make $1,000 a month online from this method!*
Maybe the title should be 24 ways to make $1,000+ a month online and one way to make a few hundred dollars (but it just doesn’t have the same ring to it).
Yet some people will try to claim you can earn 4 figures a month from surveys. But they will almost definitely be about to scam you or are just lying!
It is possible to earn $200+ a month online from survey sites though.
It’s not easy to make a lot of money from them but here are the…
Companies are happy to pay people for their opinions as it helps them to make sure their ideas are suitable for the market.
All you have to do is sign up to legitimate survey sites and offer your honest opinions.
Many of the Make Time Online podcast guests admit to doing a bit of this to earn some pocket money in the early days. Check out 15 legit survey sites that pay you money if you’d like to earn $45 in the next few minutes (that’s just from signing up to them!)
This one is technically not online (obviously).
However, it is possible to find opportunities online or through certain apps, such as Rover.
You are probably thinking… is it even possible to make $1,000 a month from this side hustle?
Would you believe me if one guy made over 6 figures a year from this side hustle?
He obviously created a system to outsource it and make it more like a business but it just shows what is possible from seemingly simple money-making opportunities.
Grant Sabatier’s friend was still working in a full-time job when he did this too!
You would be amazed at how many people would love to walk dogs and get paid and there is a growing trend for people to own a dog.
Grant Sabatier actually even did this as a side hustle himself! Technically it’s not online but you can use websites like indeed.com to find the gigs almost anywhere.
So these side hustles require you to have a bit more knowledge into certain technical aspects.
It doesn’t mean you need to be able to code really hard stuff.
And these skills you need can certainly be learnt quickly and cheaply (or even free thanks to YouTube!)
Did you know that website URL’s are kind of like a piece of property or real estate?
You can buy websites that are already making money and carry on taking income.
Kind of like buying then renting out a house.
Or you can buy a website to add value by fixing it up and selling it for a profit (as you can do with a house too).
Once you buy a website you can also improve its value by “fixing it up” or making it better.
This may sound complicated but these are all skills you can learn and there are loads of tools you can use.
For example, aHrefs has the industry’s most accurate backlink checker, which can help you see what backlinks any website gets…
And as with everything you will only get better at picking these bargain domains over time.
Grant Sabatier admits this was his most profitable side hustle. You can also use Flippa.com to buy and sell domain names.
If you have never done this, it may seem very hard to do.
However, it has never been easier to build your own website. In fact, I can build mine from scratch in 30 seconds thanks to the tools from my #1 recommendation.
I don’t know how to code and I had no idea how to design a website before the one you are reading right now.
Using WordPress means that you can use plugins to make the design and speed of the website very good very quickly.
There are thousands of website themes that you can use, either free or paid versions. This means you can make your website stand out just by uploading a different theme, without needing to know how to code.
By using those 3 simple steps Grant Sabatier managed to make $50,000 in 4 days from his second client that he built a website for!
Another side hustle for Grant Sabatier… that’s number 6 for him! Check out my number 1 recommendation to see an example of someone selling a website for $40k.
It’s possible to use online marketing and the internet to promote or make money in other businesses.
There have been numerous guests on Make Time Online that have utilised these opportunities.
You may have your own physical business already.
It’s easily possible to additionally make $1,000+ a month online by utilising a website and online marketing skills.
Seriously, just imagine you have a plumbing business in San Francisco…
How much more business could you get if you were to rank on page one of Google for “San Francisco Plumbers”?
If you have a niche business in an area that is not competitive, it may be much easier than you think to rank for keywords that can help your business (check out #3 for more info on SEO)
Also, it’s possible to get a lot more attention to your business just by using social media content.
Getting people to engage and interact is one of the best ways to grow your business. All social media channels can help you to do that.
Riaz Shah explains how he used his online marketing knowledge to promote his events company and now generate over $20k a month.
This is quite a hard one to measure.
It also closely links to the previous make money idea.
But, it’s possible to use the internet to create a personal brand that can help you in any business or area of life you move into.
A personal brand means you are much more likely to connect with your audience and build trust over time. This means if you come to sell anything in the future or are looking to raise capital, you will already have people from around the world that know and trust you.
The key to building this brand is to be completely yourself and honest at all times.
People can tell when someone is being fake or trying too hard to be someone they are not.
If you don’t know something or are trying to learn something then let your audience “follow your journey” rather than claiming to be an expert already.
Or you can even be a “research assistant” for them!
Tej’s second mention but he explains how it’s possible to use online marketing, social media and a podcast to build a personal brand from the comfort of your own home.
Some people think that you can only invest when you have money in the bank to do so.
But this way of thinking is exactly why some people never have any month at the end of the money.
It’s possible to find investment opportunities online for anyone’s budget and with a bit of creativity.
It’s also possible to make $1,000+ a month online using these investments.
Just by planning for these opportunities, it helps to set a budget as you know exactly what that money is going towards.
The hidden in plain sight secret of the rich…
If you’re looking for truly passive income this is the one for you.
Obviously you need to have the monies to invest in the first place but by using “the 4% rule” it’s possible to retire early and be inflation-proof!
The reason this works is that index funds will return a conservative 7% interest per year over the long term.
So if you were to take 4% out of your “pot” at the end of the year, you still are leaving the “pot” to grow by 3%+ each year (which should cover inflation).
If you’re like me you’re probably thinking, well how am I supposed to get a pot of $1 million?
Erm… hello… have you not been reading this article?!!
I’m not saying it’s easy but guess what… it has been done (no prizes for guessing which podcast guest did it!)
I’m not going to go into detail here about why index funds beat any other form of investment in the stock market over the long run (the podcast series below does that for you)
This is the exact strategy Grant Sabatier used to retire early. You can check out the 3 part podcast series on index funds (roughly 20 min an episode):
Scheduling these 3 episodes for when you next drive to work or go to the gym could change your whole financial future for the better.
So property can be more hands-on than paper assets, such as index funds.
But it does mean you have more control if you have the right knowledge.
If you buy a property with positive cash flow (the rental income makes more money than it costs each month) then you are “property bubble proof”.
Hence, if the market crashes, you can hold your property and continue to rent it out for a profit.
Over time the value of property continues to rise (for the same reason index funds do… the current fiat currency financial system).
You may be wondering how.
Well, Facebook for one is full of property groups.
Even if you don’t have the money to invest but want to get involved you can start trying to find “property deals” on and sell them on.
Again, if you have good personal branding online this will really help to find potential investors that would love to buy that deal from you.
This is, in fact, how I have managed to turn a 3-bed terraced house into an 8 bedroom HMO in the UK, whilst living in Qatar. I connected with many property investors and developers until we found a deal that suited us.
If it wasn’t for social media this wouldn’t have been possible.
This one is riskier than other methods of investing.
But the rewards can be much larger.
These opportunities can also be presented from people building a personal brand online. If you know the person and trust them, you’re much more likely to invest in them.
There are startup companies starting all the time and they often need investment to get them off the ground.
Before investing in a startup make sure you do your research and don’t just jump in because someone is your friend!
It’s possible to invest in startups on crowdfunding platforms or if you know someone starting a business.
The last one so it’s only fair we finish with Grant Sabatier’s 8th mention in this list of ways to make $1,000+ a month online.
So there you have it!
25 legit ways that “normal” people make $1,000 a month online.
Feel free to check out the podcast show notes at the bottom of any opportunity that interests you. Each one will have more tips and advice on what to do to get started for that money-making idea.
Here’s the brutal truth though…
None of this is taught in schools.
And nobody is going to help you or your family learn this.
So if you think this could help someone you know please do share this in any way you can.
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You probably know that blogging can be a great way to make money online.
Some people think there is only one way to do it. In fact, it has been proven by real people that it’s possible to make money from blogging using different strategies.
This podcast with Elna Cain will show you 5 different ways you can make money online using blogging.
Listen in to hear us chat about:
Elna started trying to make money online when her twins were super young.
She didn’t want to go back to work and miss out spending time with them.
Even getting a part-time job would have eaten up most of her income from childcare, gas money etc.
Does this sound familiar to you?
So she spent time learning about making money online whilst the kids were napping.
Freelance writing interested her and after putting in some time and effort she got some opportunities to write for money.
Elna has an amazingly diverse experience of making money online.
In the podcast, she actually talks about 5 different strategies to make money online using blogging, that she has personally used.
This was her first gig!
It was the obvious way to make money online.
Write something for someone willing to pay for it.
But how did she actually find her first opportunity?
Here are some of the things she did to get her name “out there”:
This is how she got her first payment:
She connected with a project on wheels.com from Pro bloggers job board site.
She didn’t know anything about “cars”!
But she did know that she could research a lot of the content needed i.e. gas prices etc.
So what else does she have up her sleeve?
The idea on this website is to create viral content and get it shared lots on Pinterest.
This pretty much means:
So how do you know what people are searching for?
Simply search popular content on Pinterest.
Here are some viral ideas as examples in the parenting niche:
Note you can use any niche that does well on Pinterest and look out for the most viral pins.
You can even help new bloggers that want to make money quickly with a site like this.
If you’re like me, you’re about to learn something new…
Have a website that other people contribute to it.
The principle is simple…
Get traffic to the website then other people are happy to write on it for free to promote themselves or another website.
AKA no writing required by you!
This is such a simple, yet really effective strategy to make money online blogging.
This strategy is what I call the “traditional” way to blog.
You write content to be found in search engines so you get monthly traffic without doing any other promotion.
There is a good way to do this and a not so good way.
Here are Elna’s tips:
This one has been covered quite a few times on the podcast.
It’s really the number one way that bloggers tend to go from turning their hobby into a 6 figure (or more) business.
You probably already noticed this.
But, many of the strategies Elna mentioned involved…
First of all, it’s important to realise Pinterest can be fickle.
Traffic can come and go due to viral spikes.
Pinterest is still the quickest way to get a lot of traffic to your blog.
Many of Elna’s websites have used Pinterest to get traffic quickly.
Her top tip for getting traffic quickly:
This will help you hone in on the right type of audience & followers.
The amount of followers you have is not super important, but the right audience is very important. If they don’t engage on your account then your pins will never be shared.
Elna explains that if you have things set up well you can see traffic within 30 to 60 days.
This will only work if you use Tailwind and also get onto good group boards early.
However, group boards are not what they once were.
Saying that, if you only get into good group boards they can really help especially at the beginning.
In fact, pinning to poor group boards can really hurt your Pinterest account.
Here is a great way to check and see if a group board is worth pinning to.
It’s recommended to use Pinterest at the start for many niches, then branch out with other platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and SEO.
A really important point that Elna makes is that your first blog may not be a success.
But that’s OK.
Use your first blog as a chance to test things out. Try YouTube or different social media platforms if you want to.
You can always start a new one with the skills you learn.
Another great tip is to find ways to delegate and outsource things as soon as possible.
This leads nicely onto…
Even if you cannot afford to pay someone to help out, you can easily use some of these tools to help:
So, the final golden nuggets from this Elna Cain podcast is…
Here is what she would tell herself if she could go back in time to when her twins were born…
It really is amazing how far she has come in the last few years.
Plus, she’s so modest and down to earth!
If you’d like to get in contact with Elna here are the best places to find her:
There are also links under each strategy to see a real example of what it looks like.
Here are my top 5 takeaways from this chat:
Keep changing for the better,
P.S. What was your main takeaway from this chat? Was there anything you learnt or something you’d like to know more about?
Drop a comment below!