Have you ever ended up on a website or blog that was so disorganized you weren’t sure what it was actually about? I know I definitely have. If it isn’t clear what your blog is about, why would anyone consider your website a reliable source? They won’t.

In fact, 55% of people who visit your blog will spend less than 15 seconds on your website and then leave. That’s 55% of your visitors that won’t stick around to subscribe to your mailing list,

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You don’t need a huge audience to launch your first digital product.

When I launched my first digital product, I had less than 150 subscribers on my email list. Believe it or not, you can make some REAL profit without having a huge email list.

Commonly, however, people think that you need a huge audience to make lots of money with your blog. That’s definitely true of methods like Google Adsense, but you can actually generate real revenue with digital products–even without thousands and thousands of monthly visitors.

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Worksheets are a great way to offer bonus content to your readers at no extra cost. On Fierce Blogging, I have a library of free worksheets and content that I offer to all my email subscribers. It’s a great way to offer bonuses to my subscribers, as well as an incentive for people to join my email list in the first place.

You can also offer worksheets as a content upgrade in your blog posts.

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A welcome email series is the perfect way to greet your new subscribers.

If you didn’t already know, a welcome email series is a group of emails that are sent (in an order + timing specified by you) to new subscribers upon joining your email list.

For the longest time, I didn’t have any sort of welcome email set up on my blog. When I finally set one up, it has greatly reduced the unsubscribe rate and allowed me to introduce myself to my new VIP blog members.

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Again and again, one of the biggest concerns I hear from bloggers about launching their first digital product is this:

I can’t create a digital product because I don’t have the right tech! All the software programs are too expensive, and I can’t afford it right now.

I completely understand this. I’ve been there! When you look at all the pros, like Pat Flynn, bringing in 6-figures every single month,

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Have you ever wanted to start a side business through your blog?

I wanted to. Last October, I finally took the leap by starting an Etsy shop to sell bookish merchandise. It was one of my first experiences earning money from my blog (aside from “normal” monetization strategies, like affiliate links). At the time, I had been running my book blog for over 2 years, and I had grown a decent audience for it,

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Keep it cohesive, use sans-serif fonts of body text, employ brand strategy throughout your design, use 3-4 fonts, have a strategy, only use a sidebar if…

Blog design can be overwhelming. There are so many rules that you’re being told you have to follow and even reading a couple of posts about branding strategy and the “laws of design” can be enough to send your brain into overdrive.

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I’m a huge advocate for and believer in using self-hosted WordPress to run your blog. If you want to look professional and are ever hoping to earn money from your blog, then WordPress.org or Blogger just don’t cut it anymore.

Self-hosted WordPress (also known as WordPress.org) requires 3 main components to work:

  • WordPress. org (FREE)- This is the software that you install and download on your web host’s server.

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I've been running blogs online for the past 3 years and over the course of that time, I've read hundreds of article of blogging and how to run a blog. There's some really good advice out there...but there is also a lot of lousy tips and advice that just flat-out isn't true.

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I’ve been running blogs online for the past 3 years and over the course of that time, I’ve read hundreds of article of blogging and how to run a blog. There’s some really good advice out there…but there is also a lot of lousy tips and advice that just flat-out isn’t true.

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