What are creative ways to monetize an advice / self-help blog with good traffic?

Some creative constraints: - I'm looking at a male audience 18-45 years of age - No spam advertising (What is the best kind of advertising/affiliates that are actually relevant to an audience?) - No info-products or online courses - No bootcamps or live in-person gigs What other avenues are there to bring in revenue once you have good traffic? We get between 10,000 and 40,000 visitors per month


Two things that immediately come to mind would be use of webinars, that allow for audience participation, covering a specific topic of interest to your audience for either a small attendance fee or as part of a premium subscription. I would lean more towards the premium subscription for the recurring income.

The second would be to make regular book and audio resource recommendations from Amazon, providing your Amazon affiliate link to pick up the resource.

Answered 10 years ago

I'm also advising you to do paid webinar (or even a series of webinars as an online workshop).

Answered 10 years ago

Great work on your blog! There are a few ideas that come to mind when thinking about how to monetize your advice driven blog.
-The first idea is to be a consultant individually for those visitors who might want to engage with you privately.
-The second idea is to offer premium membership to your users for most specific advice driven conversation. Websites attract visitors with free content and then they realize that they can get added benefits by paying a membership fee.
-The third, similar to a paid membership, private forums can be created to cater to your audience. Members can pay an annual/monthly fee to access the forum and interact with the other members.
-The fourth, surveys and polls; You can place surveys and polls from certain companies on your website that will pay you for the privilege. You can sign up to these sites and choose a particular survey/poll that will fit in with the content on your website. Visitors of your site can participate in voting, whilst you get paid for displaying it.
-The last idea, post other blog content on your site by charging them a fee to have their article/content published on your site (this will benefit their SEO and your blog's revenue).

Would love to continue this conversation and speak with you about different services that are both affordable and have proven success for many of my companies.

Answered 10 years ago

First of all, congrats on the traffic! That's a solid showing that should have you well on the way to earning.

Since you specifically stated no webinars, coaching sessions, or courses, you've limited yourself, but you still have a world of opportunity available to you! The first thing you'll want to do is get your brand established as an expert in your field. Use that platform to then do one of a few proven tactics that I've seen from my most successful blogging friends:
1) Start a podcast. It's a relatively low-tech solution that is budget-friendly for the small business owner/blogger. It will also directly enhance the type of content offered on your site -- so more pageviews! Podcasts can be monetized a number of ways, but the best part is that they are FREE to your audience and help to continue building your brand for years to come.
2) Sponsored "conversations." Yes, this is the new word for sponsored post, but not the type where some unknown spam company posts an SEO nightmare on your blog with a do follow for some small amount of cash. I have shared numerous ways to build relationships with solid and well-known brands to get your next blog post sponsored -- with no creative restraints on your end -- for between $150 - 750 each (on average). By doing the right kinds of outreach and being a solid, go-to blog for the brand, this can turn into a profitable, lasting relationship for both of you.

Connect with me if you'd like to do a quick conversation around your blog branding and how working with brands or starting a podcast can boost your income and provide a value for your readers!

Answered 10 years ago

If you are looking for a way to start making money within the shortest period, become a coach. Giving prospects and customers direct access to products and expertise is where it is at. Data from Disc Insights found that, the life coaching industry takes in a yearly revenue of $2 billion. Jenni Elliot, founder of, makes $397 on a one-to-one blogging intensive coaching session. Inevitably, your readers will face challenges in life. You can use your blog as a platform to create awareness and nurture a loyal audience. A lot of bloggers I know started out as online coaches. As an example, after working with Walk of Life Consulting, 98% of clients reported that they thought their CV was more compelling using achievement statements, and 87% said their LinkedIn profile became 5X more effective.
First and foremost, create useful and interesting content on subjects that matter to those clients and prospects. As an example, Tim Brownson, founder of, positioned himself as “the life coach who gets people unstuck.” With his 10 years of life coaching experience, clients trust him for his ingenuity and knowledge. Instead, what you need is to pay more attention to your blog and create high-value content. Use blogging to increase your prospects’ success, preferably by including case studies wherever possible. Blogging is most useful when you strive to help believe what they want can happen for them on time, on budget and without pain. No matter what industry you are in or cater to, offering a coaching service to motivated clients can help them reach their goals and make you money. Before you rush in and start offering coaching services to motivated clients, you must understand that a coach is an entrepreneur.
If you are a blogger, then you already have the skills to become an on-demand freelance blogger. In 2010, Carol Tice frequently made $5,000 or more each month as a paid blogger. Brands are desperately looking for bloggers with the relevant skillsets. And becoming a freelance blogger can transform your financial life. But a freelance blogger is especially skilled at understanding the audience of a particular blog and creating content that will spur them into action. Skilled freelance bloggers make a living from their efforts. And more money is yet to be made, as B2B and B2C companies increasingly recognize content as the ultimate tool for attracting leads and nurturing a loyal audience. Believe it or not, the market for freelance blogging is still virgin territory. But professional freelance bloggers who have WordPress, SEO, social media, and persuasive skills are much harder to find. So, if you can add these skills to your writing, you will become an in-demand freelance blogger. Initially, you will have to market your freelance blogging services through guest blogging on high-traffic blogs, consistent in-house blogging, social media marketing, and even Facebook PPC.
Another profitable way to monetize a blog that generates fewer than 1,000 visitors per day is to create and sell online courses. You do not need many leads or customers to make money with your first online course. If your blog receives at least 50 visitors per day, find out exactly what those visitors want and create a course from there. People like buying online courses, even when they can find the same information for free. Online courses are focused on a specific subject or topic. Online courses have a higher perceived value than blog posts alone. That is because your target audience can tell how much time you spent creating it. So, do not be afraid to create an online course – even on a topic that’s been thoroughly covered online. Bryan Harris launched his second online course to 22,000 email subscribers and generated $511,466 in invoiced sales. Blogging positions, you as an expert. It does not matter when you started – the fact that you have a WordPress blog with helpful content eliminates the question of experience. Through your blog, you can earn a living.

In fact, it is estimated that 14% of bloggers earn a salary through blogging. Creating an online course is a great way to upgrade your blogging career. Online courses are incredibly popular. That is why there are so many platforms to create and sell online courses. But keep in mind that the online course market is evolving daily. But beyond leveraging third-party online learning platforms, you can create and sell your own online course at your blog. As a blogger, you can create an online course on any topic that people are struggling with. Start with your best blog posts.
Besides if you do have any questions give me a call:

Answered 4 years ago

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