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Over the life cycle of your blog income streams change. Eg. at @digitalps Yr 1-2 was largely AdSense and Amazon Affiliate #BlogChat
<< you can see from that last chart that some income streams are seasonal #BlogChat
And over time different income streams will rise and fall. Here are mine charted over a year #BlogChat
For example - here is the breakdown of income streams on my own blogs at @DigitalPS and @ProBlogger #BlogChat
You don’t just have to have a single income stream for your blog. Many streams flowing into one river could be the best way #BlogChat
Each blog will be suited to different income streams depending upon topic, life stage, readership numbers etc #BlogChat
You can see that money map up large at Full size at #BlogChat
There are MANY potential income streams for a blog. Here’s a mindmap I did of just some of them #BlogChat
The last area I want to talk about today is monetization which is build upon great content, finding readers and community #BlogChat
My #1 tip for building community on a blog is: “Be the community you want to have.” You need to model it! #BlogChat
I wrote a post a few years back on building community on a blog that is still relevant today #BlogChat
The deeper the reader engagement and relationship with readers you have the easier it is to grow and monetise your blog #BlogChat
Which leads me on to talking about building community and deepening reader engagement on your blog #BlogChat
Lastly on growing readership: look after the readers you have. Serve them & they’ll help you grow your blog through word of mouth #BlogChat
Anything you can do to make your blog ‘sticky’ will help grow your readership #BlogChat
When I started @DigitalPS I thought RSS would be the #1 way people subscribe. Turns out I was very wrong #BlogChat
A ‘hook’ to subscribe to your blog could be social media, RSS feeds but for us on @DigitalPS I find email is most effective #BlogChat
Another important thing to consider with growing a readership is finding a relevant ‘hook’ or way to subscribe for your readers #BlogChat
To find readers ask: ‘where are my readers gathering and how do I join them there?’ #BlogChat
The main way to find readers for your blog is to ‘get off your blog’. #BlogChat
btw - I have no affiliation with @BuzzSumo (but wish I had shares in it :-) #BlogChat
Getting insight from @BuzzSumo allows you to see the kinds of content that is likely to be shared that you could experiment with #BlogChat
Secondly @BuzzSumo lets you see the most shared content on any domain (yours or other blogs) #BlogChat
For starters @BuzzSumo lets you see the more shared content by keyword #BlogChat
A great tool to use to help analyse what people are sharing in your niche is @BuzzSumo. It’s free and powerful! #BlogChat
Creating ‘shareable content’ is 1 thing to consider creating. Each niche has types of content people love to share #BlogChat
But if I had to break ‘finding readers’ down into a few points - here are 6! #BlogChat
Finding Readers is a HUGE topic - I recorded an hour long webinar on the topic here #BlogChat
‘finding readers’ is the next area to work on. Great content is a start but a ‘build it and they will come’ mentality won’t work #BlogChat
So much content on the web today is ‘FLUFF’. This presents us with a real opportunity to stand apart! #BlogChat
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