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Join me as we learn from Enstine’s Experience and Insight.
ME: Hi Enstine, it’s nice to have you here, can you kindly introduce yourself to our readers.
Enstine: Of course Joe I’m Enstine Muki, PHP developer and the money making blogger. I used to be a very lazy writer but since I started blogging in 2012, my writing skills have improved big time.
Me: I have known you for a while now & I know you are a great Blogger; how did you get into the blogging business?
Enstine: In 2011, I created EasyRetweet, a traffic tool for bloggers. This brought me closer to many bloggers like Justin of Dragonblogger, Brian of Blogengage, Kiesha of WeBlogBetter, Ileane of BasicBlogTips and a couple of others. These guys inspired me a lot to start my own blog. However, the immediate boost in 2012 was from Brian of BlogEngage. I remember publishing my first ever blog post on blogengage before even starting my own blog.
Me: To Start with, what is Blog monetization?
Enstine: Let me put it this way … it is every activity around your blog to generate income.
Me: what are the different ways to make money blogging?
Enstine: Blogging in itself cannot make the money. It is monetizing your blogging activities that makes the money. Traditionally, we can think of a few ways to monetize ones blog like advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsored articles, Adsense, selling of your own products, building money making list, etc.
Me: Do you think every blog has the potential to make money?
Enstine: Any blog can be monetized. It’s a matter of what the owner wants. If you have the kind of traffic needed, you can earn some income from your blog. Like I said above, there is no way you can make money blogging without applying some monetizing plans
Me: Right now, how are you monetizing your blog?
Enstine: I have some banners on my blog and these have generated some earnings. My blog is barely 3 months as we speak so it’s not ripe enough to implement some other money making strategies
Me: Can you enlighten us more about how you make money blogging so that we too can learn from your strategies & Methods.
Enstine: Before I sold out my first blog, I used to do well in paid posts and a bit of affiliate marketing. However, I can clearly discuss with you 3 ways you should focus on and make some real money from your blog;
Before I mention these ways, the first thing one has to do is focus on building an active blogging community. Your blogging community is what attracts the money. Your community is your source of traffic, which is one of the most essential elements to generate income from your blog.
Let me say this! Product reviews have proven to be one of the top ways to milk money from your blog. If you succeed is writing in-depth sincere reviews of affiliate products, chances of making recurring sales from the review posts are very high
Combining the powers of banners and sponsored posts can be another heavy source of income online. In this guest post, I have written details on how to do this by making your blog an irresistible point of attraction.
Today, people get paid to submit content to other sites. Some of these sites pay something between $15 and $500 per post. All you need do is search for such platforms, follow their instructions and you should be up for some good deals
Me: Do you accept paid posts?
Enstine: Yes of course. That’s one of my monetizing strategies.
Me: What is your opinion as regarding publishing paid posts?
Enstine: Both parties stand to benefit – while the blog owner gets some monetary benefits, the content producer gains some more extra exposure. However, we have to be cautious here. Google frowns at any web activity that involves monetary transaction for link placement especially if the link is dofollow and keyword rich.
Me: Do you monetize your blogs with AdSense? If yes, has it been lucrative?
Enstine: I don’t think Adsense is the right strategy for my main blog. Currently I’m doing a demo of the newly published Google’s WordPress AdSense Plugin. So far, the results are not encouragement though that may largely depend on the newness of my blog.
Me: Can you recomMend AdSense as a monetization strategy to a new blogger and why?
Enstine: New bloggers should not even start with any form of blog monetizing. This will constitute a source of discouragement. You may get obsessed by the idea of making money and when the money fails to come, you understand the result. My opinion is that Adsense should be practiced on blogs with relatively high traffic.
Must Read – How I Got AdSense Approval on a 6 Weeks Old Blog.
Me: Which monetization Methods are your Top Income Sources?
Enstine: Like I said above, my blog is very new and I don’t want to mess around it now. However, Affiliate banners, product reviews and paid postings have always made the bigger figures for me
Me: Do you monetize your blogs through affiliate marketing? Does it convert well?
Enstine: Affiliate marketing is one of the top ways I make money online. However, conversion depends on which method is used to pull traffic to different affiliate products. Product reviews have always had a more comfortable conversion for me.
Me: Can you give us Some tips that we can use for making money via affiliate marketing?
Enstine: The first thing I can say here is that you should promote products you have used. This is the best way to make more sales. Secondly offer special bonuses. I use this and it’s working quite well.
Thirdly, get to the product owner for a special discount code for your readers. Fourthly, promote products that pay recurring commissions.
Me: If you are to stick with just “ONE” monetization Method, which will you choose?
Enstine: Affiliate marketing by doing product reviews
Me: Since you started blogging, what have been your highest earnings in a month?
Enstine: I earn from different sources online but roughly once last year, I can remember I had something over $1800 from my main blog. I need to go back to check the exact month. This was from sponsored posts, affiliate sales generated from the blog and sales of my own products that came through the blog
Me: From your experience so far, do you believe a blogger can achieve a 4-figure incoMe?
Enstine: Of course but that comes through many channels. We have read success stories from JohnChow, Pat Flynn and a couple of others. Bloggers can earn a full time income online
Me: What advice as regard making money blogging do you have for my readers?
Enstine: Don’t be obsessed about it. Focus on building an active blogging community. Work hard and smart to drive targeted traffic. Monetize the traffic by writing in-depth affiliate product reviews.
ME: To finish off, how can our readers connect with you?
Enstine: My blog http://enstinemuki.com has all the contacts including social media links
Thanks for the chat Joe. I really appreciate and wish your readers a happy money making journey.
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