I’ve been blogging for more than 5 years, but I do it more as a hobby than business. After I got that business mindset, I started this blog on December 2010. What comes to me at that time is I want to make a blog about 7 topics, I will write one post for each topic every day. Sounds good right?
It suppose to be that good, but it wasn’t.
I never really think about how to manage and monetize this blog the right way. I trapped on the AdSense mentality. Blogging means write as many post with many more keywords in it as possible combined with SEO tactics to game Google. So there will be more traffic which means more clicks on the ads.
It didn’t and will never cover my expenses, time and money to run this blog. Because AdSense is not really that measurable. You can’t make calculation about your income from it. Fail to plan means plan to fail.
Affiliate Marketing Saves Me
Last month this blog is down due to some configuration error, and my hosting provider don’t even have any ideas about how to fix it. I can’t blog for two weeks. That feels bad, like a singer who lose his voice, writer with no pen and paper, homeless.
I stumbled to amazon affiliate program during that homeless time. Then I see that affiliate marketing is a very better way to make money online than AdSense. So I try to find other product which is have more relation to this blog and my passion, that is blogging, WordPress, and lately Affiliate Marketing itself.
Affiliate Marketer should be able to persuade their reader, I need a copywriting skill to support it. I must write better than before. Luckily, I already get more prepared because I read many great blogs and resources where I can improve my copywriting skill.
I want to share it here, great resources to improve copywriting skill. Some of them are free, but you can take the paid service mentioned here if you want.
5 Resources to Improve Your Blogging and Copywriting Skill
1. Reading Blogs
Blogging is getting famous, new bloggers come up everyday to give unlimited resources to learn almost every things you need to know about. I read good blogs teaching me about blogging for money, how to Become a Writing and Marketing Machine, Best Advice About Blogging and some other blogs like quicksprout and jeffgoins.
Almost every day I visit those blog, I get used to the way they write and feels like my writing is infected. The post on those blogs easy to understand and driving more attention to me as the reader.
2. Go trough Blogging Roundup Articles
Reading blog post in a daily basics is somehow difficult things to do consistently. The content itself not always focused on one topic like serial, that will help you master one thing before taking another lesson. But some blogs out there already do great things for making some roundup.
3. Subscribe to Blogging Copywriting Material Series
Some blogs like Copyblogger (again 😆 ) will also give you this kind of material, but only for anyone registered member. Feel free to subscribe to Internet Marketing for Smart people to learn the marketing side.
4. Guest Posting
All you do on the previous number is reading, now is your turn to move up your ass 🙂
Posting your article to someone else blog or site is one another way to get you write better. It will force you to make your post better because you hold the responsibility to make the reader of the site you are writing for satisfied. Especially when the site have more readership than yours, its thrilling.
My first guest post on Colorlabs Project, the post is a bit boring and I can’t be proud of it. But what I got from it is useful, I know that I need to plan my post for the next month right NOW, I know that I need to learn copywriting more.
5. Register for Paid Blogging Course
This is the paid program you will really need to know, I promise you will never disappointed to follow Blog Topics: The Master Class by Chris Brogan. Here is what you’ll get;
- 16 weeks of action-packed writing advice, hacks, lessons, and homework.
- 4 video tutorials featuring Chris Brogan.
- 2 live interactive sessions with Chris Brogan and your classmates (across a few time zones to accommodate people).
- 2 opportunities for blog or writing critiques from Chris.
- Plenty of promotion and sharing of the work you’re most proud of and ready to share.
- Nearly unlimited email access during your course.
You can pay $149.25 four times or pay at $497.00 by subscribing to Chris’ HBW newsletter, otherwise pay for $597.00 without subscribing.
Don’t think too long, just register to Blog Topics: The Master Class. NOW!!