I make $1,200 + every month just by blogging. Pretty cool I think. I started this blog not with the intention to make money as my primary goal but more to educate others about making money online, working from home, successfully running an online store, excelling in social media and related topics. Making extra money each month is certainly a nice side effect of that!
I use a bunch of cool tools to help me make four figures monthly from the blog. Some paid, some free. I’m going to show you all 15 tools I use to make me extra money.
Ready. Set. GO!
Sumome is a super arsenal suite of awesome content tools.
Their tools are awesome sauce. I use Heat Maps, List Builder, Welcome Mat, Scroll Box, and a few others. It’s $25/month and you get 10 or so tools available at your fingertips. YOU pick which ones you want to use. With the addition of SumoMe, I’ve grown my list by thousands in the 6 months the blog has been alive (3,500+ to be exact). A must have if you’re serious about your website.
I took advantage of SocialQuant’s free trial to grow my Twitter following by 1,000%! 80-something to 800-something followers. For real! I love how personal the team is. I had someone reach out and make some recommendations that helped skyrocket my growth even further. Really amazing for Twitter!
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I use Alexa to check my ranking and also spy on my competitors, hehe. You can use the site for free and get limited information about your global and country rank, keywords, backlinks, and more. A paid subscription offers much more information. You can also check out their free trial to test drive any of their plans. Here’s a screenshot on my stats from October 2016.
Tip: If you go for the trial, check out the Pro plan. It offers the most features and a host of awesome stats to help you analyze your site.
I use Quora for free traffic. Yes, free traffic. I’ve written on Quora a bunch. I use it by answering questions and inserting my latest post url in my signature. That’s it! Doing so me gets around 10,000-20,000 or so eyeballs on my answers (and my signature) monthly. Not bad.
The only newsletter management service I will ever use! Newsletters are one of those things that you might ansy about. You know what I mean. You know it’s important but you’re apprehensive to start because you don’t know how to do it, you think it’ll take too much time or will be too complicated, you think it can’t be THAT important. Did I miss anything?
Well, you are totally wrong! The money is in the list, as the saying goes. I’ve interviewed many successful bloggers and businessowners and they all say the same thing, the money is in the list. One super blogger I recently worked with said all he does and send an email blast and gets a bucket load of sales every single time like clockwork. Can you imagine?
Ok, back to ConvertKit. They make it really easy. You can segment your list (which means group signups by category like blogging, ecommerce, etc.), send drip sequences (like if you create a free email course, it’ll go out automatically on set days based on how you set it up), broadcasts whenever you want, and so much more. Check out their free trial, you won’t be disappointed.
My new secret weapon. JVZoo is a affiliate network that has a TON of products in many niches: internet marketing, health and fitness, etc. You select a product you might wanna promote, look at the salespage and if it looks like a good fit for you, apply to promote the offer. That’s it! These offers are some of the highest converting on the web. These products are so addictive! Check it out here and you’ll see what I mean. What I love is that many of the offers are very affordable, usually under $20 with upgrade options at higher price points. You can make a LOT OF MONEY with JVZoo. Join here to become an affiliate!
An example above, from Lee Cole Online.
This course is what started it all! It laid a foundation for earning money through affiliate marketing. I go back to it from time to time to review which is something I only do with my my favorite courses. It’s $197 and worth every single penny! It comes with some amazing bonuses including a Facebook Mastermind group, traffic generation tips and much more!
Tailwind helped me go from zero to 5,800 followers in under 7 months. I set my queue on Mondays for the entire week and I pin 100-200 times daily (on autopilot with Tailwind). It’s really cool. The dashboard is very organized and they provide analytics information too! For $10-$15/month, it’s an investment that will pay for itself in a month! Pinterest makes me money every single month, thanks to the help of Tailwind.
If you are a course creator then Teachable is for you! Easily set up your course in a snap and start selling to your audience. Affordable plans including a free plan!
SendOwl is another great tool for selling products and services. I use it for my ebooks and services I sell like my Pinterest Makeover package I offered a few months back. It first came to my attention a few months back. I purchased a few ebooks and every single one was hosted with SendOwl. The pricing plans are super affordable, starting at $9 per month. You can’t beat it and it’s so easy to upload your product or service to the site. A total must!
Excellent place to store your photos and files. I used the free version for as long as I could before I upgraded to the cheapest paid plan which is around $10 per month. Dropbox goes anywhere you have an internet connection. Access it through an app, your tablet, cell phone, etc. It’s awesome.
#13.) Pocket Casts
Ok, so am I the only one that indulges in podcasts? I actually just got into them a few months ago. I spend a good bit of time in the car daily as I take my little one to Pre-K and behavior therapy during the school week. I brave through the traffic and long drives with podcasts. It makes driving so much more enjoyable.
I used to get on my phone, look up podcasts and use the phone browser to navigate to episodes then play. Thumbs down! Unfortnately my vehicle doesn’t have bluetooth for music so I had to resort to this route to listen to podcasts until I discovered…
Pocket Casts! This awesome free app in the Google Playstore lets me browse tons and tons of podcasts, save them to Favorites and play right from the app. Easy! Life is so much sweeter now.
I use this little gem to make videos. Videos are so awesome for blogging guys. I eventually want to get on YouTube. Screencastomatic will help me get there. It’s free with affordable upgrade options. It’s very newbie friendly. You will LOVE it!
#15.) Ultimate Bundles
An example from one of the bundle sales. Bundles are AMAZING. You get a bundle of products and services for a super cheap price. Something like $3,000-ish worth products for $97. Crazy! They have sales every month or every couple of months. You usually know they are coming because your inbox gets flooded with offers from bloggers who promote. It’s really awesome though and affiliates get a good commission, around 40% of the sale as well as two-tier commissions for referring others.
There you have it! 15 tools that help earn me $1,200+ every month from blogging. What are your goldmine tools?
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