Making Money With Brands & Sponsors

Bloggers & BrandsIn the last four weekly training modules of my Niche Success Blueprint series, I've been going into great detail about how to attract brands and sponsors, and form (very!) profitable relationships with advertisers in your niche.

This is a great source of additional revenue for almost any blog or niche site, and one I use myself of course, so I've been teaching the step-by-step practical application of this monetization strategy to NSB readers.

By sheer luck, coincidence, or perhaps the stars being perfectly aligned with the freckles in my eyes, I ran across Shannon Acheson's book titled Bloggers & Brands: The Blogger’s Guide to Pitching and Working with Brands.

To clarify, I'm not talking about selling banner ads in your sidebar for $30/month (or even $300/month) or being "a total sellout". In fact I advise against that, and recommend much more profitable methods of working with advertisers & sponsors... that your readers will actually LOVE! Plus it will give your credibility a *serious* boost...

Do Affiliate Marketers Qualify As Entrepreneurs?

How to Write a Product ReviewJustin Brooke started a great discussion on Facebook a few months ago, asking if Affiliate Marketers qualified as Entrepreneurs.

I'm a Super Affiliate and earn the majority of my income online via Affiliate Marketing, so I found this topic very interesting.

You may be asking "Why does it even matter?" - and in fact, several people asked that very thing in the original thread. And while I'm not sure it does matter, some very interesting things came up in that discussion regarding the difference between making money online, being an entrepreneur, and being "just" a business owner...

Text Link Ads is now Matomy Media Group

If you've been around for awhile you may remember Text Link Ads. I worked with them myself several years ago. They've now rebranded to Matomy SEO Media Group and offer a variety of new solutions for both advertisers and publishers, including:

Update w/Free Download & Cool Resources :)

Lynn TerryI have some great links for you in this post - a download, freebie, resources to help you in your business, etc.

Speaking of business, it's Saturday evening as I write this. I've been criticized (more than once) for "working on a weekend" - at which I just smile.

I love my flexible hours and working when I please. I don't live on a schedule, and certainly don't subscribe to the 9-5 lifestyle. It's one of the (nice!) perks to running a business online from a home office - or from wherever I happen to be on my travels.

Lately though, I've really been struggling with work. I'm sure you've been through phases like that too. I've been sick for several weeks straight. It started with a stress overload: entirely too many things on my plate at once, and not just business related but in my "real life" as well. You know what they say: when it rains it pours. :-|

Step-by-Step Blueprint for Success Online

I recently told you about the brand new Niche Success Blueprint training course I just released. If you haven't read that post yet, click to open it in a new tab/window and scan over it (and the comments!).

You can start today and download Module One immediately, and get a new detailed Training Module with creative ideas & live examples every single week.

This course will get you started (right!) and walk you step-by-step through your entire first year, from start to profit! ;-) Many people who are taking the course already have been in business for years, and are getting GREAT value out of the course (and creative examples & angles included) -in addition to those just getting started.

The sales page and the original post will give you all the details you need to decide if this course is right for you, but I've had a few great questions come in lately that I thought I'd share with you as well, Q&A style...

Video Lighting Comparison – See For Yourself!

Video Lighting comparison with and without the Continuous Lighting Set I recently ordered from Amazon, as mentioned in this post.

Video Lighting Review & Comparison

The Pros and Cons of Blog Comments

Blog Comments DiscussionCopyblogger recently announced they removed blog comments, giving three reasons they made the decision.

Following the Guest Blogging Penalty discussion, some have wondered if this was a preventative or protective measure - if it's a sign they believe Blog Comments may be targeted by Google next.

I don't believe the two are related. Their objective seems obvious: to get more engagement on Google+, and to get more natural backlinks (and buzz) to their individual posts. That would be my guess at least, based on the three reasons they gave for making this (BIG) decision (which is actually an experiment)...