Here are the 3 steps that make $1,000 a month in passive income from your blog, in the next 30 days or less.
It took me 3 years of guesswork, confusion and frustration before I really started to figure out how to make passive income from my blog, it was a counter-culture blog that I poured my heart and soul into. Every waking hour was spent building that site, day after day, for years.
And now almost 20 years later, if I had to start all over again from scratch this is the exact strategy that I would use.
But fair warning; while this strategy is simple and anyone can do it, it is going to take some effort.
So this will work, if you work.
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Make $1,000 A Month Blogging
Now I’m going to use one of my student’s websites as an example, and explain how he can turn his blog into a full time passive income. So do apply this strategy to your own blog.
This is how to make an extra $1,000 a month from your blog in the next 30 days or less, even if you’re brand new to blogging.
You need traffic; traffic equals money.
So the more traffic you get, the more money you make. But your focus should really be on the quality of traffic over the quantity. It’s not about volume.
What I really mean by that; having 50 people who take action is much more profitable for you than 500 who don’t. So it’s not really about how much traffic you get.
It’s all about what that traffic does.
The traffic intent, the quality of traffic.
The 3 steps that you need to take to make a $1,000 a month from your blog:
- Build an audience
- Create blog content
- Monetize the audience
Let’s break it down into more detail.
Building an audience is difficult when you’re starting from scratch, so you need to borrow someone else’s because you don’t have your own yet.
Then you need to provide relevant blog content; first to open the door to borrowing someone else’s audience so they can see that you’re knowledgable. And also you need relevant content to provide to your new audience.
And then you monetize that audience through a sales funnel. Sounds simple, right?
But how do you borrow other people’s audiences? What do I really mean by that?
How To Build An Audience
- List 30 – 100 bloggers / influencers
- Follow them on social media
- Engage with them
- Study their blogs / topics
- Pitch a contribution
Building an audience from scratch isn’t easy. It’s easier to tap into existing audiences and borrow theirs.
To do that you need to make a list of at least 30 other blogs in your niche, and at least 30 influencers or people that you would like to work with. I say minimum of 30, but you can go right up to 100.
The more you have, the better results you’re going to get.
So spend the time on this and make that list, but also include their social media profiles. You will need to follow them on social media.
And most importantly, you engage with them. You should interact with their posts, like their stuff, retweet them, start conversations. Do everything you can to get on their radar and yeah.
Yep, this takes a lot of work, but nothing worth having ever comes easy.
Also study their websites, take note of the topics that are performing well and think about the topics they like to cover.
Have a look at what type of content is getting high engagement on their blogs, and find the patterns among everyone on your list.
And then we can go ahead and pitch contributions because now it the time to open the door.
So we’ve done our homework.
We’ve got on their radar. They know who we are. So they are going to be more receptive to the pitch.
Blog Content Ideas
- Original research
- Data / statistics
- Case studies
- Before and after
But before pitch, you have to publish at least two authoritative pieces of content on your own blog. This is how to get blog content ideas that will prove you should be seen as an authoritative figure in your niche.
Also see this list of 34 blog post ideas.
But listen, we’re not talking about publishing blog content a free blogging platform. So forget about using Blogger, WordPress.com or Wix.
You need to publish your own content under a domain name that you own. This will help you to present yourself as an authority figure in your niche.
And then you demonstrate that through creating relevant content.
For best results, write at least 2000 words of original content. Not spun or curated content.
Sure, you can hire someone else to do it for you, but I encourage you to do it yourself to demonstrate you knowledge.
Now, to really stand out in your niche you could conduct original research. This is content that nobody else has so it’s unique to you.
So we can do some digging around to uncover new information. Now, if you are the only person who has that piece of content, that puts you in a unique position and increases your value in your marketplace. And that is going to open doors for you.
Or your piece of original content could even be a story.
You can share your own story because nobody else has your experiences, your insights or your journey.
So if you’re stuck for blog content ideas, you can just dive into your own journey and find something about it that’s going to resonate with your audience.
Your struggle should match their struggle. Your success is going to mirror their aspirations.
You can also use data from other sources, you could run a poll on Facebook or Reddit. Ask some questions, use the answers as data. And that is content that nobody else is going to have.
You can also use case studies. So if you’ve worked with someone in your niche and you’ve helped them to achieve results, share those results.
Results don’t have to be massive results. Even just moving that dial just a little bit in the right direction is immensely valuable to most people.
Or turn it into case study. Case studies inspire people.
So do before and after journeys. So you can look at someone’s journey, before they achieved results and talk about their situation. Focus on the struggle they faced, how they overcame it and the wins they achieves as a result.
This will inspire your audience to follow in their footsteps.
So once you have your original content ready, you can now approach bloggers and influencers. Now you have a really good reason to contact them because you have something that nobody else has.
And you can offer it to them in the form of a guest post, or by appearing on their podcast.
How To Monetize Your Blog
So now you have a solid reason to contact and pitch to other bloggers and influencers, the final step is to monetize your blog.
- Choose products to sell
- Low ticket items (up to $50)
- Mid ticket items (up to $500)
- High ticket items (up to $10,000)
- Use a tripwire offer
- Build a value ladder
- Automate your emails
- Close on a call
The monetization of your blog is probably the most important aspect of your business. So to help you to make more money, I want you to choose 2 or 3 relevant products to sell.
I suggest selling digital products because people can get immediate access to them. You can often get a higher return on the work that you put in, because they’re usually more expensive than physical products like books.
Choose products that have different price points. I’m going to map it all out for you in a second so you can see exactly how it works, but it all starts with having a low ticket items.
Choose a product that costs less than $50. Low ticket items usually sell from around $7 up to $50. Now, these can be products that you make or they can be affiliate offers. It doesn’t matter.
Next choose a mid ticket product.
Mid ticket products sell from $50 up to $500. And this is where you’re really going to make your money.
If you want to go further, you can even choose a high ticket item, which usually sell from $500 up to around $10,000 per sale, and sometimes they can go beyond that if you’re a very well-known name in your industry.
But how do you find these high ticket items? Well, if someone is selling a $500 item then chances are they’re also selling coaching or an event or services.
If you’re promoting their offers, just approach them and ask if they have a high ticket item.
And a lot of marketers do you have these high ticket items for sale because they want to make the most amount of money that they can. And they know that just selling a $7 ebook isn’t going to make them rich.
But we can use the low ticket item as a tripwire offer.
Now, a tripwire is when we offer a very low ticket item as a front-end impulse purchase.
And what happens after the purchase? They enjoy the feeling of buying and get in the buying mood. So a tripwire will trigger that feeling.
It also acts as a liquidator, if you’re running ads so you now know how much you can spend to acquire a customer. But the point is to use these low ticket items to just get them through the door, and get them warmed up a little bit. And then you pitched the mid ticket item.
I’ll explain how to do that properly, because we need a value ladder. The value ladder will pitch the mid or high ticket items.
We can and use an email follow-up sequence for both mid and high ticket offers.
But high ticket items cost several thousands of dollars, and you might need to make a phone call to close those kind of products.
$1,000 A Month Blog Passive Income Funnel
We send traffic to the opt-in form. This can be from your content, ads, or social media.
When a lead subscribes to your email list, they are presented with a tripwire offer. If they choose to purchase it, they are presented with a second offer. This could be a mid ticket item.
If they refuse the offer, they can be presented with a downsell offer, which is a cheaper alternative. You can rinse and repeat this as many times as you like, until you run out of offers and the customer lands on the final thank you page where they can obtain their purchases.
Email Sequence Template
What if your lead doesn’t purchase? Here is an email sequence template you can use to re-engage and convert your them into a customer. I’m going to show you how to really maximize your revenue.
You should be able to automate this process in your autoresponder or Email Service Provider.
Day 1 email: Confirmation
This asks them to confirm their subscription to your email list, and contains a link to a thank you page.
After they receive the confirmation email on the first day, we wait one day before contacting them again.
Day 2 email: How-to
On day two we send them a high value email. This is typically something educational that helps them to get a quick win, fast results or allows them to see the potential in solving part of their problem.
This email does not link to a sales page, instead it links to a content page like an article or a video. But that piece of content does link to a sales page.
Now we’re using the value + offer formula, that is a proven way to get sales.
Day 3 email: Countdown
From day three onwards, we begin to inject some urgency into the emails.
You’re going to notice that your conversions increase. For example, you might say there’s a special offer ending in three days time. So we start a countdown.
Here, you’re helping people to feel excited.
It feels like there’s an event that’s coming to an end, and they have to take action soon.
Day 4 email: Ends tomorrow
On the day four, the email continues to build on the urgency and excitement we started on day three.
Only now, we make it explicitly clear that time is running out, that they only have one more day left to get the special offer.
Day 5 email: Last chance
On day five, we can do two things to really tip things in our favour.
In addition to using urgency, and giving them a final warning that time is running out and they are abut to miss out on an amazing deal, we can also stack bonuses.
Bonus stacking is a powerful motivator at this stage, so we’re hitting them on two fronts; a special discount and exclusive bonuses.
This can create an irritable urge to buy.
Now all you have to do is fuel this passive income funnel with traffic, and your blog should easily make $1,000 a month.
But how do you get traffic? I’ll show you how I got 30,000 website visitors a day for free, when you go to profitcopilot.com/traffic and get that free course.