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Monetization

This is the Fastest Way to Earn Money with a Blog Guaranteed!

Despite what you heard sponsored posts & banner ads are NOT the way to riches on your blog!

The Fastest Way to Earn Money with a Blog is…

Ladies (and gents!) I’m here to let you in on a secret that a lot of us pro bloggers know but don’t talk about…it’s about the quickest way to turning a profit with your blog. Now because I freaking heart every single one of you so damn much and y’all are my tribe…I’m going to let you in on this hot little topic!

Selling a product is the quickest way to earn money from your blog Click To Tweet

It’s true! Selling a product is the fastest way to earn an income from your blog. Why? Because you don’t need tons of traffic to earn money like you do with banner ads. You don’t need a huge following on social media like you do with sponsored posts. All you need is an idea and a checked in audience.

So I know what you are thinking…“But Chrystie, I can’t sell anything? I’m not an expert.”

My response to you..is cut the shit, yes you are! You know how to do something that someone else doesn’t know how to…and you can capitalize on it. If Mariah Coz can make six figures selling a course on how to live out of an RV…you can do this!

Don’t believe me?

Here are just a few of my favorite examples of bloggers making a killer selling info products. (Go ahead and read them…I wait here while y’all get inspired!)

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Ok, now that I’ve got you convinced that you must sell a product, I’m going to give you a step-by-step formula on how to develop that product and sell it to your audience. First off, we need to figure out what you are going to sell…but before we can do that, we need to know what your audience wants…what their pain points are…and how you can bring them value.

How to figure out which product to sell:

I want you to set up a simple survey either using Google Forms, Google Consumer Survey or Survey.io and ask your audience two simple questions:

  • What are you struggling with the most when it comes to <your niche>.
  • If I were to create a product to make your life easier, do you want to be notified? Leave your email below.

THAT’S IT! How simple is that? Ok, so let’s back up and let me give you an example of how this works: Let’s say you are a food blogger, you could ask the question this way, “What are you struggling the most when it comes to cooking meals for your family” or “What are you struggling the most when it comes to gluten-free cooking?” You’ll want to ask this question to get at your customer’s pain points. See what kind of help they need. Sure you could take a few guesses of your own, but nothing compares to actual responses from your audience.

The second question is an ingenious way to get their emails for your launch date. Once you have settled in on a product and it’s ready to launch, you’ll want to reach out to those who opted in to be notified with a special discount.

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Kinds of products you can sell to supplement blog income:

Writing an eBook:

Pros to writing an ebook:

  • You may be able to repurpose content on your blog.
  • It’s fairly easy to publish an ebook & sell it on Amazon.
  • You’ll get additional exposure to your blog from your ebook listing on Amazon

Cons to writing an ebook:

  • The price point is fairly low
  • You’ll have to sell many ebooks to make a full time income

Creating a digital course

Pros to creating an e-course:

  • Price point is usually on the higher end ($97-$999+)
  • Give your audience a blueprint to learn from you

Cons to creating an e-coure:

  • Creating a digital course can be time consuming
  • There may be a technical learning curve for you

One-on-One Consulting

Pros to doing one-on-one consulting:

  • You get to work with and impact your audience on an individual basis
  • Price point is pretty good at $50-$200 per hour

Cons to doing one-on-one consulting:

  • You are trading hours for dollars (no passive income)
  • You are limited in the amount of clients you can take on due to time constraints

Private Mastermind Group

Pros to doing a Mastermind Group:

  • Create a community around your niche
  • Work on developing only a few really valuable pieces of content for the group

Cons to doing a Mastermind Group:

  • Managing a large group can be time consuming
  • You will feel the need to respond to or answer everyone’s questions
  • Limited in the amount of members due to time constraints

Now that you’ve given some thought to creating a product to sell on your blog, I want to show you how to develop and create a product that people will actually buy! Check back next week when I continue this series with the follow-up blog post, “How to Create an Info Product People will Buy“.

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Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 24 comments

  1. Alicia

    I love this! I have an e-book now that I use to get subscribers. But, to have one that is paid! That makes me feel like it has to be so much more in depth, well researched, and worthy! Now I just need to come up with some ideas!

  2. Stacy

    Great info as usual Chyrstie! I’d love to do an e-book eventually!

  3. Desirae

    This is such a great post Chyrstie! If I wasn’t selling a physical product, I would totally use one of these ideas.. Perhaps I will in the future.

    • Chrystie

      You could always sell an ebook on how to take the best pictures :)

  4. Willow

    I am actually researching the best ways to make an ebook because I have a couple in mind. I am really excited to take the plunge!

  5. Leah

    Wow! This definitely gives me something to think about for the blog! Thanks for the great advice!

    • Chrystie

      Yes Leah! Definitely something to think about for your blog. I love your blog BTW :)

  6. Jenny

    Love this! You always have really great advice.

    xoxo, Jenny

  7. Danielle Greco

    Great post. Interesting… I love reading things like this. I’m so glad I found your blog, it seems to have amazing blogger tips. I’m gonna keep reading :)
    Danielle | AccordingtoD.com

  8. Annie

    I’m very excited for this series! I’ve thought about doing something like this but have never had the nerve to do it! Or even just doing something to help build my email list!

  9. lauren

    You seriously have the best advice… I have learned so much since finding your blog (s) 😉

  10. Lauren

    This is something that I am really interested in learning about and I’m looking forward to your follow up post. Your blog is seriously the most helpful blog EVER! Thank you!!!

    http://www.myplotofsunshine.com

  11. Denay DeGuzman

    This is great advice for all bloggers! I really need to get myself in gear and get started writing an ebook. Thanks for the motivational nudge! :-)

  12. Tamara

    You always give such spot on advice. So much to think about now.

  13. Sharon

    Couldn’t agree more! I just took off all the ads on my site and I am ready to sell my books. Currently writing one. Great advice. Cheers!

  14. Michelle Thevenot, blogger at MT Bottles

    I’ve just started writing my first ebook which I intend to sell through Amazon. I was so relieved to see that listed here as a highly suggested source for monetization. It’s a bit overwhelming because I doubt myself at every turn through creating it. “Do I deserve to even offer this to others? Is it good enough? I’m not a certified personal trainer – how will people believe that I can write a fitness book?” I’ve settled on accepting that if others think it’s interesting or valuable enough to them, they’ll buy it. I’m hopeful this will start making an income from my blog since I’ve yet to see a penny’s profit. An e-course sounds like something I might entertain in the future too! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Emmanuel

    Hello Madam Chrystie,

    Making money online is the dream of every blogger but how to go about it is what has many of us in limbo. Obviously I guess I need to now concentrate on creating a product and follow the footsteps of those who are already making it big.

    Thanks for the resource.

  16. Suzanne @ my kind of sweet

    My blogging guru strikes again! Thank you for sharing another one of your pearls 😉

    http://mykindofsweet.com

  17. Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds

    This is great advice, thank you I will definitely keep this in mind for the future :-)

  18. Scrivs

    Hi Chrystie,

    Some great advice here, but I’m going to have to disagree. While I think selling your own products is the best way to make money from your blog I think the quickest way is by offering your own services.

    Why?

    You don’t have to worry about getting things setup and you can start selling them on day 1. You can offer VA services much faster than you could write an ebook no matter how short it is.

    However, as I said, I do think in the long run the focus should be on your own products because those scale way better than services. A human can only do so much.

    Thanks for sharing your tips!

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