How To Make Money Blogging | Turn Your Blog Into A Business

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When I was first getting started with my online nutrition business, I was constantly turning to Google to figure out ways to make money from blogging. 

I saw TONS of people who were seemingly blogging as their full time job, traveling the world and working from their computer, and I was like...WTF?!  How do people actually making money from blogging and sharing their life with people?

And the weird thing was, none of these bloggers ever seemed to talk about exactly HOW they made money solely from their blog. 

So, after blogging now for almost 2 years, with lots of trial and error on my own blog, i’m going to share what i’ve found to be the best ways to make money from your blog, and how to turn your blog into a real business so you can quit your 9-5 (and do whatever the F you want ;)).

Option #1 Affiliate Links:

Option #1 when it comes to making money from your blog is to use affiliate links. So let’s say you’re a nutritionist and you are consistently blogging about the supplements you use, the foods you eat, and the natural products you love. You can sign up for an affiliate account with companies like amazon, thrive market, blue apron, vital proteins, etc. and every time you mention a product, link to it with your unique affiliate link, and someone buys through that link, you make a small commission.

One tip for using affiliate links successfully on your blog is to ONLY link to things that you actually love and use frequently - AND that are relevant to your readership and audience. For example, if you’re a holistic health coach, you’re probably not going to be recommending toxin-filled makeup because that’s not what your ideal audience is into, and it's going to really confuse your readership (not to mention taint your brand). 

The downsides to affiliate links are that you have to continue to promote them, over and over if you want to continue to bring in revenue. You cant just link to something once and expect to be making passive income, and this is pretty much true for anything you sell online. You have to be consistent.

Another downside is that you generally have to have a pretty big audience if you want your affiliate links to generate more than a couple bucks a month - and most of us don’t when we’re first starting out.

On the other hand, becoming an affiliate for a higher priced program or course that you’ve been through personally is often a really good way to make extra cash from your blog because these courses tend to start a higher price point and have a higher commission percentage.  For example I offer a pretty generous commission on affiliates for my Digital Nomad Nutritionist Course, because if one of my students has gone through it and found success, I definitely want to give them an incentive to go share it with their friends and make some extra cash. 

Option # 2: Ads

Option #2 for making money from your blog is from ads. You can enable Google Adsense on your blog (which i’m sure many of you are familiar with seeing when you click over to different websites). On some blogs, you’ll see ads for things on the side bar, or as you scroll down the page. Then, if anyone clicks on one of those ads from your website, you get paid a small amount.

You can also get paid per the amount of impressions the ad gets, so if you have a large amount of blog or website traffic, this can be really beneficial. The problem with this though, again, if you’re just getting started, is that without a ton of website traffic, you’re probably going to making a couple bucks per month, tops.

*Also* ads are annoying (sorry - they are.) If someone is new to your site, spamming them with ads is probably not going to leave a very good impression. Plus, if they click on an ad, they are being taken away from your website-which in my opinion is totally not the point of having a blog in the first place.

If someone is new to your site, spamming them with ads is probably not going to leave a very good impression.

However, if you still do want to try the ads route, go for it! I recommend FIRST increasing your organic blog traffic so that your ads result in a bigger commission though.

Grab my free worksheet on how to increase organic blog traffic below:

Option #3 Patreon 

Option #3 for making money blogging (or anything you do online, really) is through a Patreon account. If you’re providing a ton of value each week to your audience- let’s say through a podcast or blog posts or video trainings, you can sign up for a Patreon account and people from your audience can choose to donate a certain amount of money per month or per episode (or per whatever content you create).

This is a great way for content creators to make passive income off of their loyal followers and audience, without having to ever launch a product or service. The downside though, is that you have to constantly promote your Patreon account if you ever want anyone to donate, and usually the donations are not very big, so unless you have a massive audience, again, this probably won’t be enough to pay your bills.

Don't worry - now i'm going to chat about what I DO recommend and what led to my most recent 5 figure month. 

At this point my suggestions have all had downsides so now i’m going to tell you my number one recommendation for making money from your blog, and that is…to use your blog as a vehicle to attract your target audience - through providing FREE value, information, education, and inspiration in the form of your content.

Now I know what you’re probably thinking - "how am I going to make money if i’m giving away everything for free?" Well, what you’ll be getting in return from creating all of this free content, is the contact information, email address, trust and good will of the people that are consuming it.

So while you’re growing your audience this way and collecting their info in exchange for your AMAZING free content, my best advice is to then start creating or putting together a product, program, service or resource that you can eventually sell to these people - who already know, like and trust you.

This could be something as simple as promoting 1:1 sessions with you, it could be an e-book, an online course, a group coaching program, a 6 week fitness plan or meal prep guide, audio/video trainings, or something else. The options are pretty much endless of what you can create launch and sell online. And the best part about this option, is that YOU choose the price, you choose how often you want to promote it, and you are in control of how much money you make.

the best part about this option, is that YOU choose the price, you choose how often you want to promote it, and you are in control of how much money you make.

Let's say you decide to create an online nutrition course that is 6 weeks long and provides meal plans, educational resources, supplement recommendations and a private online community and you charge $300 for it. You could sell only 10 courses per month and just from that, be making 3,000 per month, which is definitely a livable salary (depending on where you live), and that revenue is all coming from your blog.

So, start to think of your blog as a vehicle to get people interested in what your message is and what you're all about.

Use your blog as a form of FREE advertising, especially if you know how to rock the SEO on your website - that builds you a following of interested people who will then be ready and willing to buy whatever you're selling.

And now that you know exactly how to start making money from your blog - you might be wondering HOW to actually get people there. If this sounds like you, be sure to download my free cheatsheet below on how to increase your blog traffic using SEO.

And if you're like me and prefer to consume your content via video, be sure to check out my YouTube video where I talk about how to make money blogging HERE!

Tell me: how do you make money from YOUR blog? What methods have you tried and what has been the most successful for you?

XO,

Amie

 

How To Get More Clients In Your Online Nutrition Business

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When it comes to being a Nutritionist, Health Coach, or NTP who works with clients online, sometimes it can feel like SUCHstruggle to find clients who actually want to PAY you, and not just DM you for free advice. 

So in today's blog post, i'm going to be sharing my top tips for getting more paying clients - so you can finally ditch your 9-5 and turn your passion your full time job

How do I know these tips work?

By implementing the EXACT strategies i'm going to talk about today, I not only increased my client load by 1000% and have been nearly booked solid for the past few months, but I was also able to replace the income from my side-job, hit my first 5 figure month EVER, and go full time in my online business. 

My top tips for getting more clients in your online nutrition business are:

#1 give away you BEST stuff for free.

I know this sounds counterintuitive and you're probably wondering why anyone would ever BUY what you're selling if you’re doing this, but hear me out.

Your future client will not get onto your e-mail list (your business $$$ maker), follow your social media channels religiously, or start to know,, like, and trust you UNLESS you’re giving them a good reason too. 

Giving away content so valuable that results in a “quick win” for your ideal client or customer is the quickest way to turn those people into future clients. It’s also what sets you apart from the hundreds of thousands of other Nutritionists or Health coaches that are offering your EXACT same services. 

But let me clarify here: be strategic in WHAT you give away for free - for example you should never be giving away free hour long consultations - because THAT is what you want people to pay you for - and remember your time is money. What you can do is create a download, freebie or cheatsheet that provides a few of your top tips, hacks, or strategies that are sure to give your ideal client a quick win. Create the freebie once, and pimp it out to the masses for months or years to come. 

Here's an example for you :)

And remember - the way that this method results in future clients is by ASKING FOR THEIR EMAIL in exchange for whatever your amazing free download is. 

Lastly, If you are stingy in the info you give out, keeping your most valuable content to yourself, and coming from a place of "lack" or thinking there isn't enough business to go around - guess what’s also going to be lacking? Your amount of clients. 

If you’re coming from a place of LACK, or believe there isn’t enough business for everyone to succeed, guess what’s also going to be lacking? Your amount of clients.

#2 Make sure people know that you have a business

I know this seems obvious, and when you’re first getting started, it’s easy to feel like your business is make believe, because you hardly have any clients and aren't making much money.

But when people ask you what you do for work, what do you say? Even if you’re still in a 9-5 but see clients on the side, FIRST answer confidently that you are a Nutritionist (or whatever your title is) and then feel free to say whatever else it is that you do, rather than saying something along the lines of, "i’m a bartender but, I dunno, i’m trying to start seeing nutrition clients on the side…."

Act AS IF you are already a successful Nutritionist, Health Coach, or online business owner and I promise you will see more clients as a result.

Also - even if you only have friends and family on your e-mail list right now, send an e-mail out to them and tell them about your new venture! Ask them to follow you on social media or refer friends who might need your help. This is  great way to get your name out there and this was actually the way I landed my first few Nutrition clients. 


This brings me to my next tip...

 #3 Let people know you’re taking clients!

I want you to put yourself in your audiences shoes for a second. If they stumbled across your Facebook, or Instagram, or website, would it be obvious to them that you’re accepting new clients? I know this seems obvious but I think so many of us are afraid to come off as “salesy” that we forget to even tell people what we’re offering or selling. 

Is your Instagram just photos of your family?
Is your Facebook page full of political rants?
Is your website more about your own health story than your services?


Ask a friend or a colleague to look over your social media channels, your website, etc. and make sure it’s obvious to them who you are, what you do, who you’re helping, and how you can help them.


And another way to bring up the fact that you're accepting clients, if you’re afraid of coming off as “salesy”, is to talk about your services indirectly. For example you could send out an email to your list, or a social media post talking about how you just finished a consultation with a client who healed her acne through nutrition, and a few of the things you advised her to do. When it comes to social media, be a storyteller. 


Tip #4 Make it easy for people to pay you!!

I want you do a quick inventory right now and think about something: If someone stumbled across your website right now, would they be able to pay you immediately, schedule a consultation, and receive their new client intake form, without you having to do anything?

If your require future clients to e-mail you first, or fill out a form, or search through multiple pages to find your paid offering, you’re going to lose them. Plain and simple. Everyone has a short attention span these days and is not going to jump through hoops to get to you, especially if your competitor makes it super simple. 

I use Acuity for scheduling online business consults on my own website, and I absolutely love how easy it is to use (especially when i'm in a different time zone than ALL of my clients).

Now that you’ve learned my top 4 tips for getting more clients, you’re probably wondering just how to determine WHO these people are, and where they're hiding.

Which is why I want to invite you to join my free 5 day “get more clients” challenge, where you'll receive daily e-mails, video lessons, and actionable tips on how to find (and book!) more clients in your online business.

Video more your thing? Watch my YouTube video on booking more clients HERE:

 

XO,

Amie

Here's Why I Stopped Talking About Nutrition (As an NTP)

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Over the past week or so during my trip to Colorado, i’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my business, my brand, and my message. (These are the things I think about on “vacation” - ha!)

I also realize that a majority of you found me through my previous blog posts or courses on Nutrition, which is why I felt like it was time to explain the real reason I stepped away from anything nutrition-related in my business.

As some of you may know, I struggled with anorexia and exercise addiction for many years prior to becoming an NTP. My food obsession took many different forms over the course of time - starting with low-calorie/deprivation, then to low-carb, then to high-fat, then to paleo. These “healthy” (yet still restrictive) ways of eating helped me feel much better than my previously malnourished counterpart, which led me to a career in Nutrition, to help others use food as a means of healing.

Looking back now though, i’m not 100% sure if my desire to work in the field of Nutrition was actually because I loved nutrition, or if because I SO wanted to hold onto my food obsession, even as I became healthier.

If i’ve learned anything in the past 2 years, it’s that once something no longer feels in right to me, I have to stop, immediately, or it eats at my soul. (Sounds dramatic, but it’s true)

So when I found myself constantly telling women what they should be eating “gluten free!” “avoid dairy” “avoid processed foods and stay away from sugar!” I started to feel completely out of alignment (and seriously icky). 

The messages that I was telling other women to do to find health, were the exact reason that I was STILL unhealthy.

YES. I am an NTP and I STILL have health issues. And no, going on an elimination diet, or avoiding nightshades, or eating more fat or more carbs or taking out caffeine or supplementing with collagen and ashwaganda didn’t fix me. Trust me, i’ve tried.

Yes, i’m an NTP and I STILL have health issues.

What IS healthier for me? Having absolutely no restrictions on the food that I eat. Eating as much as I want, and sometimes more than I want. Eating gluten for breakfast, even though I know it’s not the “cleanest” option, and grabbing a sandwich at the airport because fast food is healthier for me than starving.

I’ve stepped away from talking about nutrition, because if i’m being honest, I thought that nutrition was THE WAY to perfect health. The way to success. The way to happiness. And as it turns out, focusing on nutrition accomplished none of those things.

Want to know what DID lead to success, happiness and improved health?

NOT caring so much about what I put in my mouth. Pursuing my passions. Prioritizing fun over exercise. Sharing my REAL life with people.

I SO badly wanted to blame my almost-lifelong battle with fatigue on the fact that I had leaky gut or some sort of obscure food sensitivity - but the truth is that my fatigue was being caused by years of hard work and obsession that were not in alignment with what REALLY sets my soul on fire.

How do I know? Because once I started my own business, moved to where I wanted to live, and followed my dreams of traveling the world, I haven’t felt fatigued. Not once. (Ok except that one time we stayed up until 4am in Paris, but….#worthit)

And just because I don’t talk about nutrition in the same, “mainstream” way anymore doesn’t mean that I will never talk about it again....

...But i’ve also come to accept the fact that maybe my nutrition “message” may not be mainstream, popular, or even helpful to most people - and that’s ok - because my message is not for everybody. I am not for everybody. And neither are you.

My nutrition “message” is not for everybody. I am not for everybody, and neither are you.

And I know there are a TON of women out there who feel exactly the same way that I do right now, that have tried every gut healing protocol and elimination diet, and that STILL don’t have energy, or get their period, or enjoy life because they are too concerned about what’s going in their mouth.

So for now, i’m over it. (Maybe forever, maybe not).

I am going to continue to focus on the things that light me up and energize me: talking about online business building, social media, minimalism, and travel. And when it comes to nutrition, i’m not using any labels. I’m going to eat what I want, when I want it, even though that scares the shit out of me.

Because i’ve learned that things that scare the shit out of you, usually have the best outcome.

Tell me: what is the "healthiest" thing for you?

XO,

Amie

How (and Why!) To Grow An Engaged Facebook Group For Your Online Business

How to grow an engaged Facebook group for your online business

If you are SOOOO over Facebook’s algorithm changes and only reaching 5 people per post you make from your Facebook business page - I totally get it! But that doesn’t mean you should give up on the platform just yet. In fact, right now if the BEST time to start using one of Facebook’s most powerful (in my opinion…) features: Facebook groups.

Now you might be wondering WHY you need a Facebook group to grow your online business? And is this just another social media time-suck, or will it actually help you see a return on investment in the form of clients and/or customers?

The short answer: YES. And I definitely don't think it's a coincidence that within the same 30-day time span, my private Facebook group hit 1600 people AND I hit my first ever 5 figure month.

But don't worry, i'm going to share exactly how I did it and how you can too.

In this post i’m going to be sharing my top tips for growing an engaged Facebook group, why you should start one (today!), and how Facebook groups can be an incredible asset for your business.

I definitely don’t think it’s a coincidence that within the same 30-day time span, my private Facebook group hit 1600 people AND I hit my first ever 5 figure month

 

First, if you haven’t joined my private 'Monetized Minimalist' Facebook group be sure to join here!

Now, no matter how you feel about Facebook as a whole, I think that growing an engaged Facebook group is one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself as an online business owner.

WHY? It’s just one more place where you can share content, blog posts, videos, etc. with your audience, in one exclusive place - without worrying about how the algorithm will effect your reach. Also, in a Facebook group, your audience not only has access to ask you questions, but this is a place where like-minded people in your community can come together and network with each-other, all thanks to you! That alone is great way to establish credibility and position yourself as a leader or expert within your niche.

And eventually, questions asked within the group can actually be answered by other members who have been a member for a long time, and your Facebook group can really become self sustaining so you don’t have to be in there, moderating, every second of the day.

Also - your Faceboook group is kind of like a second email list - it’s just one more place that you have access to your ideal client, customer, or student, to: #1 get to know who they are and what they need help with, but #2 to share your exclusive offerings and services. Plus, Facebook groups now you have group analytics so you can get insight into exactly who your target audience is: their age, sex, where they live, what time they’re the most active, etc.

Another cool feature is that you can now ask specific questions to every single person that requests to join your Facebook group. This is a great way to find out how people found your group, what kind of info/help they are looking for within your niche, and anything else you want to ask that can give you more insight into what to create for your audience.

To set this up, go into your Facebook group -> click ‘manage group’ -> member requests -> settings

 

So now that i’ve hopefully convinced you why you need a Facebook group, the real question is...

how do you get people to be active and engaged inside of it?!?

Here are my top tips for growing an engaged Facebook group for your online business:

#1 Get people to join

First things first: you actually need to get people there. So how do you get people to join your Facebook group? NOT by just sending a request to everyone you’re Facebook friends with. This is the quickest way to annoy people and prevent them from EVER joining your group. You can (and should) however, personally invite people who you genuinely think would be interested in your group topic and what you have to offer inside your group.

The best way i’ve found to get people to join my Facebook group is to use it as a lead magnet. Give them a good reason to join (exclusive live workshops, weekly interviews, exclusive podcast episodes, secret blog posts/content) and cross promote your Facebook group from your other social media channels. This is especially great if you have a large instagram following for example, and want to bring as many of those people over to your group as possible. If this is the case, make sure to be talking frequently about all of the awesome stuff that’s going down in your Facebook group on your Instagram stories AND make sure to tell people HOW they can join (link in profile is easiest! Don’t make it difficult or they won’t do it!)

#2 Consistent Branding

You definitely want the branding of your facebook group to match the rest of your business branding in terms of colors, fonts, etc., and the main place to do this for your Facebook group is in your Facebook group header image. (I make all of my graphics in Canva!)

You also want to make it clear who the creator of the group is (i.e. your name & business name if they differ), include a photo of yourself, and provide some sort of call to action or link to your website where they can learn more.

The purpose of this is really just to keep things consistent across all of your social media channels so that your audience starts to recognize your content and branding. It also starts to build trust and create consistency among people who could potentially be your future clients, customers, or students.

#3 Create valuable content for your Facebook group

This could be anything from insightful posts (think of mini-blog posts or from-the-heart messages you wouldn’t share anywhere else), to image graphics, to funny GIFs, to asking thought provoking questions. And remember, this is all in addition to sharing things like most recent blog posts, podcast episodes or videos.

Another type of content that you can do and easily repeat week after week is daily prompts. Things like Motivation monday or Thankful thursday (please get more creative than this, ha!)...whatever is relevant to your niche and your Facebook group. This just gives your audience another reason to stay engaged and involved, and even start to expect certain discussions inside the group and plan for them - this is KEY in getting people engaged.

BONUS TIP: Want to know the #1 thing that has been the most successful for me and helped me to grow my Facebook group to 1600 people in just 2 months? 

Weekly live streams.

For example you can host a free live training inside your Facebook group, and people MUST request access to the group in order to view it. This creates exclusivity and gives people a good reason to join your group - especially if your live stream topic is super juicy.

# 4 Go live inside your group!

This tip plays off the last one, but live streams are a great way to go above and beyond with the amount of value you’re providing your audience inside your FB group. It also shows people who you are as the creator/ leader of the group and helps them get to know you. This is important because if you’re not doing live streams regularly, group members might not even know WHO the creator of the group is...and definitely won’t pay as close attention to anything you post if they think you’re just another member.

And if you’re wondering what to talk about during your live streams,  you can always repurpose old blog posts, Facebook posts from your business page, or instagram captions that got a good response - but just make sure to elaborate, add more value, personal stories, etc. Basically, add a new spin on an old topic or idea.

Also if people inside your Facebook group keep asking the same questions, or are particularly confused about something, you can use live streams as a way to do a Q&A and address them all at once!

(I’m all about working smarter, not harder :))

#5 Set boundaries/rules for your Facebook group

I know at first you feel like this would never be a problem for YOUR small group, but setting some boundaries and rules in place from the start are a great way to keep the integrity of your group intact.

A great way to do this is to explain what you expect from your members (maybe things like positivity only, no spamming, no self promotion, etc.) in the group description. Or you can always create a post or video with your expectations and pin it to the top of the group so new members can’t miss it.

The main thing that can send a Facebook group downhill quick is a bunch of members trying to share their OWN websites or offerings all the time-rather than just selfless value.

On the other hand, a great way to keep people REALLY engaged is to allow certain day of the week or specific thread for self promotion only. You may just have to monitor this so it doesn’t get out of hand, depending on the size of your facebook group.

#6 Watch the video to find out!

Now, I wouldn’t be taking my own advice is I didn't now invite you guys to join MY private facebook group called the Monetized Minimalist,  which you can JOIN HERE!. This is my favorite place to do impromptu Facebook lives, free live workshops, q&a’s and more. It is super active and i’d love to have every one of you there!

Now...go start your own Facebook group and make sure to tag me on social media @rebellenutrition and tell me that you did!