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The Insider’s Guide to Running a Six-Figure Membership Site from Home

The Insider’s Guide to Running a Six-Figure Membership Site from Home

Note from Marsha Stopa: There was a ripple in the blogging world last week when we learned that John Yeoman had passed. John ran several acclaimed fiction writing programs at his membership site Writers’ Village and was a fixture since we launched this blog. We counted on him popping into our inboxes with a wry observation, slightly cynical question or a witty comment on posts. John was a charter member of Serious Bloggers Only, fond of long, analytical and challenging debates in the forum. His clever posts were winners in every SBO blogging competition. Ever the delightful gentleman, he was widely respected for his experience, insight and willingness to help.

John sent this post to me on June 10, shortly after he became aware of his medical issues, to consider publishing within SBO. We can’t be sure, but it may be one of the last pieces he wrote. So publishing it where everyone can benefit is more fitting with the kind and generous soul that he was. He is deeply missed.


Membership sites are potentially the most profitable way to make money blogging.

Your product is digital, so you have no inventory or shipping costs. You can operate wherever you have computer access, even from your home (as I do). If you create your own product and do most of the techie stuff yourself, your overheads are negligible.

So your pre-tax profits might be as high as 80% of turnover.

What other kind of business can claim that?

Above all, you have to make a subscription sale only once. Subscribers on an automated payment profile will then pay you regularly, maybe across several years — provided your program is good.

Your cash flow can be excellent. And you can usually predict your income stream a year or more ahead.
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How to Run Your First Webinar (with No Skills, No Stress and No Budget)

How to Run Your First Webinar (with No Skills, No Stress and No Budget)

It’s just too scary, isn’t it?

You see all those fancy schmantzy bloggers offering webinars.

And everyone and their cat is queuing up to watch them.

They have the authority; they get the attention.

Yes, I bet it’s crossed your mind to do it too.

After all, webinars are supposed to be the hottest thing on the Net.

But to run a webinar yourself? It’s just too damn scary.

There’s the huge cost.  And how to even start creating a webinar, let alone broadcast it?

It’s beyond the reach of a blogger like you, right?

I’m here to tell you something: the world of webinars has changed.

It’s now affordable. It’s easy. You can do it.

In fact, you should do it.

Here’s why…
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Goodbye Boost Blog Traffic. Hello Smart Blogger

Goodbye Boost Blog Traffic. Hello Smart Blogger

Well, surprise, surprise, surprise… as my good ol’ buddy Gomer Pyle used to say. 🙂

After four wonderful years on BoostBlogTraffic.com, we’ve decided to rebrand as SmartBlogger.com.

Why?

In one word: evolution.

Back in 2012, I was one little voice in a sea of people blogging about blogging. To stand out, I picked a topic I knew I could talk about better than anybody else: traffic.

Turned out to be a smart move. Within just a couple months, more than 13,000 people jumped on the prelaunch list. Within nine months, we crossed $500,000 of revenue.

All from talking about traffic.

Gradually though, the space evolved, and so did we. We still talked about traffic, but we also dabbled in teaching about other aspects of building a popular blog, aspects like writing, email marketing, and monetizing your blog.

At some point, BoostBlogTraffic.com just wasn’t appropriate anymore. We needed a new brand, a new vision that encompassed everything we’d become.

And here it is.

Welcome to Smart Blogger. 🙂
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How to Become a Confident Expert (and Stop Feeling Like a Fraud)

How to Become a Confident Expert (and Stop Feeling Like a Fraud)

In the beginning, we all feel like a fraud sometimes.

There’s a yawning gap between how you present yourself online, and how you actually feel.

You know that to be credible online, people must see you as an expert, but when you just start your blog, it’s hard to feel like you deserve that label. Sure, you have a good understanding of your topic, and you’re expanding your knowledge every day, but are you truly an expert?

In truth, being seen as an expert is as much about your confidence as it is about the depth and breadth of your knowledge. If you act like an expert, people tend to treat you like one.

But here’s the thing. Knowledge breeds confidence. And if you sometimes feel like a fraud, it just means you don’t have quite enough knowledge yet.

So the question is: what do you need to know to confidently present yourself as an expert in your topic?

And how can you acquire that knowledge as quickly as possible?
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The Ethical Way to Earn Money Online (Even If You Have Nothing to Sell)

The Ethical Way to Earn Money Online (Even If You Have Nothing to Sell)

Don’t worry. You can admit it.

You secretly wish your blog was more than just a hobby.

But it’s costing you more than it earns. And that’s the hallmark of a hobby, not a serious endeavor.

Even if you have no desire to transform your blog into a business, you’d like it to at least pay its way, right?

Because starting a blog costs money — web hosting, email lists, domain renewals, social media tools.

Of course, you already know one popular option for monetizing your blog — you could create a product. But you just don’t feel ready yet. And besides, creating and promoting a product takes time.

What you need right now is a way to earn a little money from your blog without a ton of work.

Fortunately, a way exists that’s highly effective, requires little ramp-up time, and is used by some of the most respected names on the web.

Many bloggers have heard of it, but for a silly reason completely ignore it…
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