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250 flavors in our article selection. Credit Eva the Weaver

Here we are again. Another mini blogging milestone.–Thanks to everyone who reads and supports this site! Ya’ll are a swell bunch.

I won’t have a giveaway like my 200th article, but I plan on having one soon (any sponsors out there want to contribute? ūüôā ).

I find it’s good to pause and reassess why I continue this¬†maddening¬†blogging journey. If you just want to read about personal finances check out my archives¬†and I’ll be back on Monday.

Why I’m Still Blogging After 250 Articles.

Have you ever had a parttime job that offers only pennies a day, takes hours of your time, and consumes much of your mind. Yep, that is what most beginning bloggers experience–The Long and Winding Road.

Hard work with little pay–BUT many intangible rewards like knowledge, friends, respect, an outlet for passions…etc.

I pause.

Why do I do this? 

Pause.

I started blogging [First Article: Money is Cent Everything] as an extension of my financial coaching business, but came to realize I could help more people by blogging than with my one on one coaching.

Who knew that I could write one article that literally hundreds would read in a day and that would impact them personally and financially?

I blog to help others and change lives,¬†not just make money for myself–although that would be an awesome bonus.

I believe money is the applause you¬†receive¬†from a job well done in the marketplace. When you help others money starts to flow–it has started to flow…ok drip, but the faucet is on.

As I continue to blog in 2013, I want to focus on helping others and changing lives, not just grabbing the low hanging fruit and monetize my site with sleazy products or ads that are not helpful.

“I never endorse or promote a product or service that does not create high¬†value¬†for my readers. Only the best for my readers!”- ¬†My Disclosure Policy

2013 Blogging Goals and How You Can Help

Blogging is a bit of wizard behind the curtain tech magic and awesome writing that inspires other to action. Balancing both takes a lot of time, but I’m up for the challenge.

These are a few of my goals for 2013 fueled by my motivation to help others and change lives.

Some are very technical and nerdy, but as the numbers increase so grows my platform and ability to help others in financial need.

  • Blog 3-4 times a week.
  • Alexa 100,000 or below.
  • RSS 250 Readers.
  • Finally start a Newsletter.
  • Hit the 500 daily unique views mark.
  • 1000 Twitter followers.
  • Have an article published in a top 10 Personal Finance website or news outlet.
  • Write and Publish an E-book.
  • Become a member of Yakezie.

How You Can Help Reach These Goals

Did you know that you can help in making these goals a reality? Here are a few ways!

1. Subscribe via RSS to receive new articles via email or added to your reader of choice.

2. Follow on Twitter.

3. If you visit the website often, download the Alexa toolbar  and use for surfing my site. It helps with rankings. Also a great tool for finding legit websites and avoiding scamy ones.

4. Review my site on Alexa (click grey tab at bottom) or Technorati.

5. Add me to Google Plus–yes trust me this will become huge in 2013.

6. Email me with ideas, questions, suggestions, or just a note saying hello! brent at ontargetcoach dot com

Thanks again for your support! How can I help you reach your goals in 2013? 

There are a lot of us who are blogging these days and working from home, a small office, or just hopping from coffee to coffee shop. It is hard, but we love what we do. Here are some ideas for the modern day blogger in your life.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Bloggers and Podcasters

Home Office Gift Ideas

On the Go Gift Ideas (We all work at coffee shops sometimes don’t we? )

Tech Gear Gift Ideas and Online Subscriptions Ideas

  • Website makeover or Web hosting by Rob Orr.- He helped set up hosting for¬†On Target Coach.
  • Premium WordPress Themes to make your site look and function easier- Standard Theme is what I’m currently using at OTC.
  • HootSuite– A killer time saver tool that integrates all your social media in one dashboard.
  • Podcaster? Get the gear and training from the Podcast answer man
  • I-Pad- Great for keeping up with news and reading. Plus your toddler can play games and watch Sesame Street on it while you work!
  • Bose Headphones– Listen to your favorite Spotify station and focus on that next blog post.

More Gift Ideas

  • Magazine Subscriptions to inspire and spark new ideas. I love reading¬†Fast Company,¬†Inc.,¬†Entrepreneur,¬†Wired, and of course¬†Macworld.
  • An¬†Amazon gift card¬†will work for buying tech gear, books, magazines, or even boring office supplies.
  • All that time in front of the computer ¬†can make one a little…eh fat. Give them a gym membership or some home gym equipment. I use the¬†Iron Gym Bar¬†and it helps maintain my¬†physique.

The Top Gift for Bloggers and Podcasters for Christmas

Your Time– Spend some time with them outside throwing a frisbee, walking the dog, and just learning about their business. Your support and friendship will be more valuable than anything you can buy.

Are you a blogger or podcaster? What is on your Christmas list this year? 

Long and Winding Road

Blogging is a long and winding road. Credit Anthony Stanley.

It’s easy to make money blogging right? Bloggers just play on the Internet all day while sipping their grande lattes at Starbucks and watch the money roll in.

It’s not as easy as some make it out to be, Making money with your blog takes an investment of time and energy.¬†Yes, it can be done, but it’s hard–trust me!

I am starting to see a trickle of income from various sources, but only after having written 200+ articles. It takes time, work, friends, patience, and of course an audience–thats you!

Blogging is about helping others and forming a community; the money is visible¬†proof¬†you’re doing a good job.

How Do Professional Bloggers Make Money?

This is a complex question whole websites are dedicated towards. I’ll only touch on a few subjects and share resources that have helped myself and others make money blogging.

Content Really is King

Without words on a page and a compelling message to share it’s highly unlikely you’ll make money blogging. Find a topic, a cause, a community, a niche and start educating and helping others master your subject of expertise.

Resources for Writing and Content:

Affiliate Programs: The Trickle of Gold 

Affiliate programs pay a certain amount if you refer clients or leads to their website or help them sell a product. Almost all companies have an affiliate program of some sort. This can be very lucrative for niche sites with a large interactive audience.

Affiliate programs I use:

  • Amazon Associates– You’ll make commission off sales from books, clothing, to almost any product sold. A must to have in your toolkit.
  • Google Affiliate Network – This is a newer affiliate program, but many major companies like Target have joined. With Google’s muscles they’ll only grow with time.
  • Commission Junction– Start here since it is one of the oldest and largest affiliate programs around.
  • Flex Offers– They represent a a wide array of advertisers not carried by¬†Commission¬†Junction.
  • 48 Days.Net¬†– Affiliate Program for Dan Miller.
  • E-Junkie.com– Affiliate program I participate in for @8bit products like my Premium WordPress Theme (Standard Theme).

Sell Ads, Banner ads, and Evil Pop-ups

These are the billboards of the interwebs. Some blink, others play movies, others pop up before you can even click on the site–evil indeed.

Ads assist the content to keep flowing and the advertisers to sell their products and ideas. Beware of overdoing the ads and¬†distracting¬†the reader from doing their main job(s)–reading¬†and connecting.

The above affiliate programs will also have banner ads to add to the sidebar or to the header or footer of your site.

Platforms to sell ads on your blog: 

Google Adsense– This is the most common system to implement. You’ll be able to ad ads to individual articles and anywhere on your site.

Beacon Ads–¬†Advertising¬†network for church and Christian websites.

BuySellAds Large platform to sell ad space.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as many platforms exists for various niche sites.

Create Products and Coaching Services

If you have a platform and an audience. This is a great opportunity to create a product or a service to meet the needs of your readers. This is where many bloggers make money since they’ve established themselves as experts in their field.

  • E-books
  • Online Courses or Teleconferences.
  • Workshops
  • Personalized Coaching
  • Speaking Events

Text Links and Sponsored Posts: Beware

The practice of being paid for text links isn’t as popular as it used to be since Google’s Panda and Penguin updates, which penalize suspected paid text links. Blog more than 5 minutes and you’ll¬†receive¬†emails wanting to place ads and text links on your site.

This is a controversial subject on which there are many warnings to discontinue this once lucrative practice.

Books to Understand Blogging and Monetize Your Site

More Articles for Making Money Blogging

You can make money blogging, but it will take time. Don’t focus on the money, but helping others and creating a community. Blessings on your blogging journey.

Do you have experience making money online? What resources helped you along the way? 

The above may contain affiliate links in which I am compensated. See my Disclosure Policy for more info. 

The Blogging Life

Brent Pittman —  12/10/2011

Thanks for being part of the community at On Target Coaching!¬†Thanks for RSS, commenting, Re-tweeting, and supporting me.¬†Occasionally¬†I’ll be writing posts¬†to YOU,¬†the readership and community of On Target Coaching, with how the Blog Life is going.

I blog and/or read blogs every day. It’s the Blog Life. This was my first Monday-Friday week of full time blogging and coaching as the previous weeks have been holidays and traveling.

There is a learning curve for working at home, especially when your spouse also works from home and takes care of your cute son. These are some things I’ve learned these past few weeks:

  • I need to get out of the house. I worked a few hours outside the home and got a lot done. It was good for both me and my wife’s sanity. I also got a lot done and had some good coffee.
  • I need to take time and focus on my wife. With all the recent changes, I need to make sure there is uninterrupted time where we can be alone and talk (not about $ or the businesses).
  • I really like writing and growing my business. A friend commented that I am much happier now that I’m self-employed. I think they’re right! I’m ruined for life.
If you have any suggestions for how I can improve your experience, let me know below in the comments or via Twitter @ontargetcoach or Facebook.