4 Inspirational Six Figure Blogging Success Stories

4 Inspirational Six Figure Blogging Success Stories

As both an entrepreneur and blogger, I can truly appreciate what it takes to be a successful blogger and make that leap from “blogger” to “six figure blogger”.

Through the launch of my Rise of the Entrepreneur podcast, I’ve been able to talk with some of my close business friends and build some new connections and introductions along the way. No matter who I am talking with on the show, the end result is always the same — amazing content and people opening up about how they got to where they are today.

With that said, today I am highlighting four entrepreneurs that have made the journey from pretty much being “unknowns” to making a killing through the internet while also launching their own blog, brands and businesses in the process.

Get ready to be inspired!

Jeremy Schoemaker Shoemoney Check

Jeremy Schoemaker

We start off with Jeremy Schoemaker, also known as “ShoeMoney” and his claim to fame started out when he posted a $132,994.97 Google Adsense check that spread like wild fire. However, this just wasn’t a one time pay day for Jeremy… he actually knew what he was doing.

Years later and Jeremy has created and sold various sites and businesses, while also growing his brand through ShoeMoney.com in the process. Today Jeremy has gone corporate and is focusing most of his efforts on the ParProgram and even has his own office with employees while still pushing seven figures a year in the process!

John Chow

John Chow is the guy that is famous for making money by telling other people how he is making money online. It sounds crazy, right? What’s even more crazy is that the blog was also a platform for John to simply display what he’s been eating for lunch/dinner, while also talking about his favorite cars and tech tools.

Things changed when one of Chow’s readers told him to stop writing about making money with his blog and to actually try and make money with it… the rest is history!

Since starting his blog at JohnChow.com, John has seen massive growth and his propelled his blog from a steady stream of $40,000 in earnings per month to now earning six figures per month!

Daniel Scocco BlogWorld

Daniel Scocco

Daniel Scocco isn’t a house hold name in the world of blogging like John Chow or Jeremy Schoemaker, but I think he would rather it that way. Instead, Daniel is most well know for his blog at DailyBlogTips.com, which has become quite the resource for bloggers of all sizes and has also helped Daniel document and scale his blogs and business along the way.

In addition to his blogging success, Daniel launched his own online marketing training course while now focusing his efforts in the web and mobile application space. 

Ian Cleary

Ian Cleary

Ian Cleary is quickly making a name for himself and his blog at RazorSocial.com, as being an expert in the social media space. However, what Ian has mastered is being able to distinguish himself from the crowd as an expert. While everyone is talking about social media, Ian is talking about social media tools and how to use them to your full advantage.

The result?… His blog being named a “Top 10” blog by Social Media Examiner in both 2013 and 2014.

How to Find Success in the World of Blogging

Blogging isn’t for everyone, and to find financial success with it… well, it isn’t easy!

All of the top bloggers highlighted in this post each have their own story and how they found success, but in the beginning it was something that they were passionate about, but also knew how to monetize in the process.

Too many people are blogging and podcasting for PASSION, instead of PROFIT. As much as everyone would like to say “follow your passion and the money will follow“, more times than not, this isn’t the case. Want to learn more about how to setup a blog or podcast that has the potential to turn into a full fledge business? Shoot me an email and let’s talk.

Listen to these interviews and stories so you can learn from the best and scale your blog, brand and business in new directions that you’ve never thought possible.

How to Choose a Great Name for Your Blog

How to Choose a Great Name for Your Blog

When it comes time to choose a name for your blog, you are probably going to run into a few issues and frustrations — the main one being that the name you want to use for your site or domain is likely already taken. This is nothing out of the ordinary and something site owners and bloggers deal with on a daily basis. Fortunately, when it comes to blogging or making money on the internet, you can get quite creative and some of the most successful sites in the world have some unique names… ie: ebay, google, yahoo, buzzfeed, reddit etc.

First Steps to Choosing a Name for Your Blog

So what is the first thing you need to do when it comes to choosing a name for your blog? All too often we find ourselves getting way too excited about launching a new web site or blog and we quickly register a domain name, throw WordPress up and start writing content. Unfortunately many of us struggle with this problem and have a whole portfolio of domain and sites we no longer wish we had.

To help all of us avoid these same mistakes, I made a quick bullet point list for you to walk through before getting started.

Creating a Plan for Your New Blog

  1. Think of why you want to make a blog in the first place
  2. What are you going to be blogging about and do you have enough writing ideas
  3. Come up with a few keywords that you might want to use in your domain
  4. How are you going to monetize your site or blog once you have content and traffic
  5. Visit GoDaddy.com or NameCheap.com and see if your domain name is available

Unless you get creative with your domain name, it’s probably already taken.

Securing Your Personal Domain Name for a Blog

There are likely already a few hundred or even a few thousand people in the world with your same exact name, but there is only one exact match domain name in .com, .net or .org form for your name. Owning the .com version of your name is priceless, even if you aren’t trying to brand your blog around yourself — and it truly is “one in a million” (if not 7 billion)

I was fortunate enough to register ZacJohnson.com back in the day and just held it in my portfolio for many years before I actually did anything with it, which was launching this blog back in 2007.

If someone already does have yourname.com, then you can do a few things:

  1. See if the domain name is registered (if so, by who)
  2. Contact the owner of the site to see if they are willing to sell
  3. Use a domain name expiration service to capture the domain name if they forget to renew
  4. If you must have the domain name and none of these methods work, you can hire a domain broker to help

* The domain expiration service tip is huge! I’ve been using it for years now and have not only secured multiple variations of my name, but also some other amazing domain names in the process.

Buying a Great Domain Name

If you aren’t looking to use your personal name as your blog/domain name and are looking for something unique and generic at the same time, your next best option may be to purchase a premium domain name or established site.

Choosing Your Domain Name

I have two examples for you:

  1. BloggingTips.com – I had the opportunity to purchase this site several sites ago through Flippa. It’s a very attractive and keyword rich domain name. It’s also made up of two highly sought after words and it being a “.com” makes it even more valuable. At the time of the purchase it came along with a full site and content, but the domain name in itself is worth a decent amount.
  2. Blogging.org – I was also fortunate enough to purchase this amazing one-word domain name after it had expired and went into auction. I was the winner of the auction and decided to launch my own blogging service through the site. This initial purchase was solely for the domain name.

It Really Doesn’t Matter What You Name Your Site

I’ll know throw a wrench into your thinking process and simply remind you that whatever you end up naming your domain, blog, brand or business — it really doesn’t matter!

I mentioned a bunch of successful sites with weird names and words that the average person would have no idea what they meant 10-20 years ago, and now they are household names.

Having an exact match or one-to-two word domain is awesome and it can definitely help with brand, but at the end of the day it comes down the service, product and value that your site or business offers. Focus on the end goal for your blogging concept of business model and you will find success no matter the name you end up going with.

Get Paid to Blog with LinkVehicle

Get Paid to Blog with LinkVehicle

There are many different ways to make money with a blog of your own, but one of the most direct ways is to simply “get paid to blog“. By this I mean that you are actually getting paid a specific amount of money for writing a piece of content and placing it onto your site.

The concept is nothing new and amazing, it’s simply a matter of creating a high value blog that already has an existing audience and finding advertisers that would be willing to pay for exposure on your site.

So where are you supposed to find these paying advertisers? That’s where LinkVehicle comes in.

LinkVehicle was created to connect bloggers and advertisers together under one platform, while also taking out all of the annoying complexities of having to search for new advertisers, negotiate a deal, collect funds and make sure the content is posted to the correct site. With all that dirty work taken care of the process sounds easy enough, right? Well, it actually is!

How does LinkVehicle Work?

As mentioned, the concept is easy enough to understand, and to experience the process yourself all you need to do is sign up for a free account through their site. Once this is done you can start adding your blogs to their network for advertisers to see.

LinkVehicle Network

When a site is added the directory, all of the information about your site is private until the order takes place. One an advertiser finds a site they are looking to get their content placed on, LinkVehicle does the work of getting the content or job to the blogger, managing payments and making sure it’s a smooth transaction for both sides.

To give you a better idea of how it works, I’ve broken down the process for you below.

Viewing Offers & Adding Sites Inside LinkVehicle

Once signed up with LinkVehicle, the first thing that you will need to do is start adding your sites. The more sites you add, the better — if you have sites across a wide ranges of niches, this will also help increase the likelihood you will get new advertisers at a faster pace. For each site that you add to their network, you will also choose the amount you want to get paid per article, review or content piece.

Step 2

In addition to adding your sites and getting advertisers directly on a paid placement basis, you can also find a wide range of affiliate based offers to promote on your sites as well. (ie: Write about any of their offers and use your affiliate link to earn a commission every time a new person signs up for an offer or completes an action.)

Step 1

Using the LinkVehicle Dashboard

Every network or ad system has a dashboard, and it’s usually the first thing you see when you login. This is no different with LinkVehicle. When logged in, you will see a notice on the dashboard for any new, existing or pending reviews that might need to be addressed.

Step 3

Publishing Content to Your Blog

You will be notified through the dashboard and by email whenever a new advertiser is interested in placing an order with your site. It is then your job to login and accept or reject the offer. You can then create the content or work off the information that the advertiser may have already provided for you.

Once the content is live on your site, you can then submit the information in the LinkVehicle system where they will confirm it’s all good and live. LV then follows up with the advertiser, payments are issued to the blogger and both sides are happy.

Step 4

Finding Affiliate Offers to Promote

As mentioned earlier, LinkVehicle also has a bunch of affiliate offers that you can promote as well — 300+ to be exact. Much like an affiliate network, you are given tracking urls for each offer and a unique compensation plan for each. Affiliate offers range across various categories such as coupons, dating, education, games and surveys.

Step 5

Step 6

Earning Money with LinkVehicle

In comparison to other blog content ad networks, the cool thing about LinkVehicle is that you set how much you want to get paid per advertiser. LinkVehicle then doubles this amount to cover their portion of the work. (ie: If you want $200 per blog post, LV charges their advertisers $400 — meaning you get the full $200 you originally wanted)

LinkVehicle sends out payments on the 1st and 15th on the month.

Step 7

Here’s a recent payment statement from LinkVehicle as well.

LinkVehicle Payment

At the end of the day, content is still king and web sites, businesses and brands of all sizes are still trying to gain traffic and exposure for their sites — so if you have just one quality site or a whole boat load… LinkVehicle could be a great option for you to start monetizing your audience.