Welcome to our weekly column by Blogger Babes co-founder Ponn Sabra. Check back every Monday for the tips and tricks you need to take your blog to the next level!
Being a fashion blogger is no easy feat. You have to keep up with the hottest trends, present it all with beautiful imagery, and most of all, keep coming up with great blog content. And you want to make sure all that hard work pays off, right?
If you've been following me for the past three weeks, you probably already know my (abridged) four steps to passive income. In case you missed it, they are:
- Understanding what’s possible
- Assessing your options
- Planning your portfolio
- Planning and executing your passive income streams
Knowing where to go and how to find the best tools and support will greatly increase your confidence—and your results. Here are some of my and Heidi's favorite tools.
A huge part of keyword research comes from finding the tools that work for you. A tool that’s been an industry standard for ages is Wordtracker, with both free and paid versions. The free version is good, but it doesn’t have the power that the paid version has. Still, if you’re unsure about the paid version, check out their 7-day free trial. And you might just fall in love. 😉
The wordtracker tool also comes with additional tools such as Gtrends, SEO Blogger and Wordtracker Keyword Questions. The latter is especially useful–enter a keyword and see what questions people have been asking about it. Then you can write a post or solve a problem you know for sure people want help with!
Of course, if you don't like Wordtracker, you can opt for using the internet giant itself.
- Type any keyword into your Google search box—or better yet, type an open-ended, questioning phrase such as “how do you…”
- See what searches have been made recently.This can give you big clues as to what’s trending in your niche. Nifty, right? This works on pretty much any search engine–try it on Amazon and you'll know popular searches for ebooks, products, etc.
Speaking of which…
You might be surprised to see Amazon here, but ask yourself this: how often to you visit the site to make your purchases?
Now, there are two ways to generate passive income with Amazon (instead of spending it all there ;-)):
- Join Amazon Associates and review/recommend Amazon products while allowing them to place ads on your blog.
- Create your own product and put it in Amazon’s marketplace. You can sell pretty much anything on Amazon. Have a vintage jewelry collection you no longer use? Try selling those items on Amazon! 🙂
A couple of things to think about:
- You will need to supply your US tax number (those who live outside of the US will need to get one).
- If you opt to upload your own product such as a Kindle eBook, for example, Amazon withholds royalties.
With its affiliate program, Amazon Associates, commissions may seem incredibly small after some of the privately promoted marketing affiliate systems—but you have to remember that your target audience is already there, hunting through the correct category, by the thousands. Those who “click” with the Amazon Associates system report easily making between $1,000–3,000 per month from running as few as one single review blog.
The key is to keep your reviews in the same format (remember my post from last week?) and feature new reviews consistently and regularly.
4. Bluehost Web Hosting and Domain Registrar
As bloggers, one of the most basic things we need are good, stable, and affordable hosting. Bluehost will give you unlimited domains and enough disk space and bandwidth for all your needs. They have multiple plans, with dedicated WordPress hosting and security including 5 websites and one domain registration, or a simple account for one blog, starting at $3.49/month.
The reason I mention this as a “tool?” The Plus Plan and WordPress Plan will come in handy taking your passive income generation to the next level. You can use it to eventually create review blog/s instead of simply reviewing products on your existing one. That way, you can have multiple blogs with their own domains, and increase your income generation significantly.
These are just 4 out of 13 resources for passive income streams from my and Heidi’s third ekit in the Blogger Building Blocks Monthly series, Creating Passive Income Now. This starter kit also includes a passive income planner, step-by-step tutorial workbook, 3-week business planning and marketing calendar, and a getting-it-done checklist.
Have you tried any of my passive income tips this past month? How has it been going for you? At Blogger Babes, we love success stories, but we love any other kind of feedback, too!