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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!
Mike has built a passive income online whilst working as a full-time PE teacher without any marketing or technical experience. Learn more about how he's done it here.
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