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Looking for free and cheap ways to automate your blog? Today, it’s all about passive income. Everybody is talking about. People want it. They want to earn money in their sleep. Make money without doing any active work and to get there, you’ve got to automate. That can mean a few different things for a blog. Keep reading to learn 8 free and cheap ways to automate your blog. These tips have earned me $10K per month from my business passively. You will definitely want to read this list!
Is blogging profitable?
Heck yeah! There are tons of ways to make money blogging and it’s so much easier than people think:
- Affiliate marketing
Ads are the first way to monetize.
You put advertisements on your site and make money on every click.
Get 100 clicks, earn money on every single click, regardless if the user buys, signs up, shares their email address or not. It’s the easiest way to make money blogging but, it’s also the LEAST LUCRATIVE way to earn with your blog. It is passive income though!
The most I’ve ever earned with ads on my blogs has been around $400-ish per month on a lower traffic site (under 50K page views per month).
When you see that number alone, $400, you might think it’s not a lot of money.
But, $400 in passive income?
That means making $400 without doing anything. Working your 9 to 5, running your business, playing with your kids, cooking dinner, sleeping, all your regular routine stuff and in the background, making money.
Does it change your mind?
And, what if you had 5 sites, each earning $400/month?
That’s $2,000/month! In passive income.
Puts things into perspective, right?
You partner with companies that pay you to blog. On my last blog, I’d earn $250 to $400 on a sponsorship on my small blog. This included writing a blog post about the company, sharing with my email list and posting on social media.
This lucrative form of blogging income is a great source of revenue.
Affiliate Marketing Income
Refer products and services to your readers and earn a commission on the sale.
So, if you refer an ebook at $40 with a 50% commission, you just earned $20. If you sell 100 of those ebooks a month, that’s a cool $2,000 from that one affiliate program.
If you were a member of multiple affiliate programs, think about the income possibilities. And, this can be another form of passive income.
Write your blog post refer products with your affiliate links, sit back and watch your commissions come in.
Products are the MOST LUCRATIVE form of blogging income. A single launch with a small list can earn you $10,000. These can be…
- Digital courses
- Digital planners
Making hundreds of dollars overnight is what people think about when they visualize making money in their sleep.
Now, onto free and cheap automation methods to help you put your blogging income on autopilot!
This is a graphic design software to help you create beautiful graphics for your blog. I use Canva to create Pinterest pins. Pins live on Pinterest forever. You can create 3 pins to promote your blog post and pin to Pinterest and they will circulate in a limitless way all across Pinterest.
You can also use Canva for graphics like:
- Ebook covers
- Facebook post illustrations
- Email header
Canva is FREE, with an option to upgrade (I have the upgraded option). It’s super user-friendly to use and a great alternative to Photoshop or Indesign, which both require a formal kind of training to truly learn and understand both. Check out Canva!
If This Not That. This is a free automation tool that lets you create cool little automations to make life easy. You can be alerted when the forecast has a chance of rain. You can trigger Facebook posts to send a tweet on your Twitter account. There are hundreds of different automations you can do to help streamline and market your blog. Check out IFTTT.
3. Hiring Staff
Bringing on staff is a great way to outsource your blog needs like:
- Writing blog posts
- Email newsletter management
- Product management
- Customer support
Tailwind will help you automate your social media marketing. I use it for Pinterest and they work with Instagram too.
Pick the times you want to post your pins, add pins to your queue and Tailwind will post at the dedicated times you selected. Tailwind has helped me reach just under 100K monthly page views in less than 2 months on a new blog, earning $14K in the same time!
Convertkit is email marketing software to help you email your list.
The money is in the list!
I’ve been obsessed with digital course launches recently. I see bloggers making $400K on a 14 day launch or $30K on a 5 day launch and it boggles my mind.
Plus, they do it WITHOUT any paid ads.
Emailing their list!
You send emails to your email list letting them know about any little thing from your upcoming course launch, to services you are offering, sharing your blog post for them to read, and more.
I have used Convertkit from the very beginning (I started blogging 3 years ago) and they are amazing. Affordable prices and they make it so easy. Check out Convertkit.
Clean up your inbox once and for all. You can select huge batches of emails to be deleted at a time, clearing up your email inbox in a snap. I used this service to delete 500 emails in about 5 minutes. So easy.
I had over 22,000 emails in my inbox.
If you’re like me (an email hoarder), this tool will definitely come to your rescue. Check out Mailstrom.
You might be wondering how Grubhub made the list?
Grubhub can help automate your life.
Too busy to cook?
Too tired to make dinner when you get off from a hard day of work?
Order affordable, delicious takeout food with Grubhub. It’s so easy. Register for free, then enter your address and get a list of area restaurants that participate. Order your food and get your Grubhub order delivered!
This is more than the typical pizza and Chinese food delivery.
I ordered Thai food for my family last week and we commonly order donuts, Starbucks, dessert, Jamaician food and more. Join Grubhub for free.
Grocery delivery. Need we say more?
Automate this errand, grocery delivery to save time. Instacart works with grocery stores in your area to allow you to order groceries online and have delivered to your front door step. Check out Instacart.
There you go! Do you automate your blog? Share your tips, we’d love to hear from you.