Many bloggers start their own blogs to document and share their stories of online success and marketing. This is one of the driving forces behind why I started my own blog at ZacJohnson.com.
Today we have an interview with Chris Guthrie who has a blog at MakeMoneyOnTheInternet.com that covers all of his internet marketing tactics like making money on Amazon’s affiliate program, buying and selling blogs, and more.
1.) Please tell us something about yourself and how you got into blogging.
Hey, I’m Chris Guthrie, and I run the MakeMoneyontheInternet.com blog.
I started this blog because of the extra free time I knew I would have. In 2009, I was making thousands of dollars a month doing the sites I built in the extra hours after work, and when I left my job I wanted to blog about what I had learned to share my experiences.
2.) What is the main focus of your blog and why did you choose this niche?
On my blog, I share real-number case studies of things I have successfully done to make money online. For example, I sold and wrote about one of my websites in the six figure range.
I’ve written 20 tips that I learned from making over $ 90,000 in commissions from Amazon. More recently, I’ve shown a sample website that I bought for $ 4,000 that I cashed out in less than 7 months (and that has now more than doubled the earnings I paid for it). In addition, I interview other internet entrepreneurs who are building businesses and making a living online. I’ve only always picked this niche because I made a living doing my websites by working less than full time. So I wanted to start a blog to share what I had learned.
3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?
I have a number of websites in my portfolio, but for this blog, my main income is from my email list, selling products related to areas I have experience in or software that helps people Save time. Finding guest blogs to post is usually a manual process. So I’ve developed software that can be used to find blogs that accept guest posts more automatically: Guest Post Hunter
4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started blogging?
One of my first glimpses into blogging and the money it can make came from the John Chows blog back in 2007. I wish I knew then that I now know there is an absolute TON of money to be made outside of the relatively small niche of talking about doing business online like I do on my blog. As before, I’ve met people who have sold their blogs for 7+ characters, and I know others in their niches are making over $ 200,000 net per month from their blogs that you just wouldn’t believe a lot There is money.
So my biggest suggestion is not to get into the online business niche. It’s easy to see so many people are talking about the money they make, but even at $ 10,000 a month – hitting the popular “six-figure” mark in business blogging – relatively little compared to what it is otherwise there.
5.) Which three blogs do you visit almost every day?
I don’t actually spend a lot of time reading other marketing blogs. I firmly believe that what you know can be put into action. If you just read blogs but don’t do anything with the information, there is little chance that you can take what you read with you and benefit from it. If you want to read about how I make money doing all sorts of things, that’s great, but I’m sharing the information on my blog so you can take action on the information I’ve shared. The only blog I visit daily is joystiq.com so I can read on video game news when I’m tired of working on something (it’s hard to stay at work from home).
6.) Can you give us three recommended tools / services that you use for your blogging?
I’m a big fan of the simple old Google Adwords keyword tool when you are short on cash. Additionally, I use a variety of premium plugins on my WordPress sites like EasyAzon (my creation) and others that help save time or do something automatic that is usually manual.
7.) What advice would you have for someone just starting their first blog?
Pick a niche that interests you, that you already have, and that has the potential to make money. I see far too many people starting blogs about making money online when they have never made money online. Maybe people like me are partly to blame for sharing income results etc, but the entire blogging / making money niche online is incredibly small compared to the opportunities out of space. I have friends and acquaintances who make 7 figures a year in “boring” niches.
8.) What is the best advice or tip you have come across since starting blogging?
If you’re starting a blog and entering a competitive marketplace (they’re all competitive, but some more than others, of course) and you’re not that much different from the established companies (in a way that makes sense for your target reader), your chances are good for success much lower. Nobody has to read the same blog, written in the same style on the same topics everyone else covers.
9.) If you only had $ 100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?
I would just spend money on a domain name and hosting (themes and plugins etc too). If this is your first time starting out, you don’t need money to start a blog. The only thing you should focus on is how you are getting traffic to your blog. One of the best ways to do this is to position yourself differently in the market from the other bloggers.
10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you? (social / blog urls)
The best way to get in touch with me is on Twitter and on my blog.
Thank you again Chris for taking the time to share your advice and story with the Blogging Tips community. If you are interested in learning more about other bloggers and how they succeed online, be sure to check out our blogger interview series.