How to Take Your Blog to the Next Level

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You’ve scoured the net for blog tips, and you’ve been spending lots of time improving your blog, but the money still isn’t rolling in. Why not? There are many factors to consider, but I’m hoping these tips will help you get on the right track to making money with your blog this year!

1. Vlog. Step outside of your comfort zone and start vlogging. Even if it’s just once a week, even if it’s just a few minutes long, get in front of the camera and get comfortable with it. Monetize your videos on Youtube and you can easily double your current income! ¬†Create a MomTV.com account and get even more views by tapping into that audience as well.

2. Sponsored posts. Sponsored posts are a great way to make money and get more traffic. If you do an amazing job, the brand might share your post! Can you imagine a brand sharing your post to millions of their customers?!

Tip: Make sure you’re creative with your sponsored posts. Even brands don’t like to read boring articles! So, make it fun and engaging for everyone, and you’ll be on your way to making more money because other brands will want to work with you, too!

3. Think outside the box. If you usually vlog, try writing an article. If you usually write articles, try vlogging. Tutorials do well. Even if you aren’t used to writing “how to” posts, you can throw one together – trust me! Break it down into as few steps as possible, and use lots of photos! Even something simple like “how to teach your child to tie their shoes” can get you thousands of pins on Pinterest! Pins equal traffic.

4. Increase your traffic. If you haven’t yet, study up on how to increase your blog traffic.

— Add your most popular posts to your sidebar. This will lower your bounce rate and increase pageviews. A lower bounce rate and good pageviews are good for many reasons – plus, it looks great on your media kit (which means brands pay you more to work with them).

— Focus on content. If you are just writing stuff nobody wants to read, no amount of promotion in the world is going to help you increase your blog traffic.

— Utilize social media to the fullest. Don’t just focus on Facebook. Include StumbleUpon, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

— Create an email signature with your link. I send out dozens of emails each day. If even half of the recipients click on my email signature, that’s another handful of pageviews every single day.

— Include a bonus in your email newsletter! If you encourage your readers to share your newsletter, and offer them a free printable (or ebook, or whatever) in exchange, it’s going to get shared like crazy!

5. Interact with your readers. The most important piece of advice I can give you is to actually care, and interact with your audience! Don’t be fake – be real with them. If you’re having a bad day, feel free to talk about it. Chances are, some of them are having a bad day as well. Even if they’re not, they’ve had a bad day before and they will most likely tell you about it!

An interactive audience is worth gold to sponsors. When you connect with brands for sponsored posts, be sure to mention how engaged your audience is. Show them screenshots of your posts, high number of likes, and posts that get lots of comments.

What’s your best tip for increasing your blog traffic and income? Leave it in the comments!

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