How to Create a Lucrative Blog

| November 15, 2010

The Freelancer TodayI love sharing great finds.  The latest find came to me in the form of a comment on the NJFM blog.

Kenneth Crawford stopped by my blog the other day and left a comment.  I checked out his blog, The Freelancer Today,  and was impressed. Not only did he list a few WordPress plugins that will make my blogging life easier, he has a cool tutorial on how to create a money making blog.

Ken’s step-by-step series  on how to create a money making blog is a must read for anyone looking to create one. What I especially like about his information is that he’s telling you in detail what he does (not what you should do).  In other words, he’s not standing up on a mountain talking down to you; he’s in the trenches with you.

No Gimmicks, No Products, No Bait and SwitchHard Work

The other thing I like about Ken’s method is that he uses old fashioned sweat equity to accomplish his goals.  He’s not using expensive tricks or monthly subscription programs to create a financially lucrative blog.  It’s a lot of work on the front end, but it is so worth it on the back end.

As a matter of fact, Ken has me thinking about giving his tutorial a try. I’ve created moderately successful blogs, but never anything like what Ken is promoting. Family obligations prevent me from starting another blog before the New Year, but I’m putting his tutorial on my January To Do list.

The next time a newbie asks “How do you set up a blog?”  I’ll use Ken’s blog as the answer.

You guys should check it out.

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Category: Blog, Earning Money, Niche Sites

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Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites.

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  1. John says:

    I don’t know how I came upon your site… Wow! I just started writing a blog this year. Thanks for the tips and introducing me to Ken.

  2. Crystal says:

    I know I’m a week or so late on the thank you, Felicia, but THANKS! I’m now following Ken’s blog and getting a lot out of it – I so appreciate you bringing The Freelancer Today to our attention.
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  3. Kenneth Crawford says:

    LilyRose,

    Amazon can be a hit and miss. What I like about Amazon though is if you are selling say a book on your site. Customer clicks on your affiliate book link and decides to “other shopping”, well instead of just making a commission on the one book, you make a commission on their entire purchase. This is why I tend to gear sites more towards consumer products like small appliances. Once you start though, you begin to figure out your own strategies like what works best for your schedule and knowledge base. It is a constant learning and evolving process. Above all, have fun when you’re doing it. 🙂

  4. LilyRose says:

    Felicia, thank you. Yes, I’m experimenting w/ affiliates too. I’ll share my findings. I keep hearing great things about Commission Junction & LinkShare.

    Ken, thank you. I am now a fan of your site and will read it to improve my blog after the holiday. I agree that Amazon can be lucrative, unfortunately, I haven’t had that luck with them.

  5. Kenneth Crawford says:

    Hi Julie,

    The best methods I have used has been article and forum marketing to be honest. List building is another essential, but not until you have a good reader base and you have built your brand a bit. To me, you have to be confident in what you are promoting as well which is why I steer away from Clickbank products. Most people that get into affiliate marketing in any way look for the quick buck. There are plenty of gurus that offer that and they are usually the only ones making any money. People purchase products on the recommendations of people they trust.

    Another thing is that although it is tempting to purchase this software and that program, there is no substitute for some hard work. First, the hard work costs you nothing but time and secondly, you realize the value of any software you might want to purchase and will quickly identify those that are just a waste of money.

    Build trust, build credibility. It’s the same whether you write for a living or build a new Amazon site each month. People turn to folks they know and trust. It’s all about the relationship you have with your market.

    One last thing about your blog, It is clean and crisp. I like the layout you have with your blogging links. Why do you have them? Do you use them? Are you happy with them? Write about them. Tell your readers why you like them or what any downside is to them. You have at minimum 6 separate blog posts. The ProBlogger workbook alone is several posts..lol. I like your posts as well and your give-away. That is good stuff.

  6. Ken,

    I am also a freelance writer slowly easing my way into internet marketing and affiliate marketing. I bookmarked your site. Felicia is an awesome source of information and is a genuine person! I am looking forward to learning more about affiliate marketing. I just began a new blog called InternetMarketingInspiration.com Maybe you can tell me what you think! I would also be curious on what methods you use to get started in affiliate marketing! Good to find you here! Thanks Felicia!
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  7. Kenneth Crawford says:

    Affiliate marketing is a lucrative addition to your freelance writing. Honestly I personally feel that freelance writers make the best marketers. I would recommend staying away from Clickbank products simply because the majority of it is not worth putting your good name on while the rest has saturated the market. I like marketing with a tangible product unless it is something I have created. Commission Junction, Share-A-Sale and Amazon Associates are good places for this. I have 14 small sites where I sell one Amazon product on each. Each one took approx one month to set up and get traffic. The keys I believe are good keywords, good writing, general SEO, and above all knowing the product. Either you should have or are using it yourself, or it is something that you would not mind telling your family and friends about. Writing copy for affiliate sales is still writing and your good name and integrity attach to your writing.

    I understand Felicia’s reluctancy because honestly there are a mess of “gurus” just collecting money. But sales, affiliate or otherwise, shouldn’t be selling…it’s all about sharing. 🙂

    • Felicia says:

      Ken, thanks for sharing your insight. It makes a lot of sense, and you’re right. I’ve spent time looking through Clickbank and didn’t find much at all that I would be willing to endorse.

      Amazon sounds like a safe bet because they have something for everyone. I’m intrigued and am really looking forward to exploring affiliate sales. Sharing information, great finds and products is so much easier to do than hard selling them.

      Ken, you might be sorry that you ever happened upon NJFM. You’re quickly becoming our affiliate marketing resource. 🙂

  8. LilyRose says:

    Great advice as usual, Felicia.

    A question: what do you think of affiliates? I’ve been experimenting with them and I’ve had no great luck. I believe I made one $40 payout after a few months, but that’s it. With my other affiliate, I’ve made $0.

    I’ve heard great things about Commission Junction and LinkShare. I’m curious to hear your advice …

    Thanks!

    (I’d love to hear Ken’s advice if he’s reading this as well)

    • Felicia says:

      LilyRose, I’m not an expert on working with affiliates (as you can see by the small amount they contribute to my income).

      I think once you understand it and get the hang of how affiliates work, it’s a great addition to article writing. I need to spend a little more time studying how to make a go of it. I’ve got to get over my preconceived notion that affiliate marketing is hard sales and annoying spam. I’m sure there is a right and wrong way to make it work.

      I’m putting affiliate marketing on my To Do list in 2011.

  9. Thanks for the great post! I think one of my favorite parts of being online and having an online presence is finding other great blogs and seeing the community and support that forms. Definitely looking forward to looking up on your recommendation.
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  10. Thanks for this — this is right what I need! 🙂
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  11. Deanna says:

    Thanks for the information, Felicia. I will go check it out right now. I love it when you take the time from your own writing to find these great sites for us! 🙂
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  12. Kenneth Crawford says:

    I was emailed this post Felicia, and all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart. To get a recommendation from you is an honor.