Can You Make Money Blogging About Your Passion? – A Case Study

By Leslie Samuel | Business Building

Apr 17

I've been blogging since August of 2008, and loving it. Since I started blogging, I've heard something that never sat well with me:

In order to Make Money Online, you have to teach people to Make Money Online.

Is it just me, or do you see a problem with that concept too?

Well, as someone who teaches people to build online businesses by building Authority blogs, one of the things I've realized is that there's A LOT that can be done when it comes to blogging, OUTSIDE of niches like teaching people to make money, talking about social media or showing people how to blog (go figure).

In fact, when I realized how powerful blogging can be, I started to see how much easier it can be (in certain cases) to build a blog in less competitive niches that can accomplish great things, and build a massive business.

I then saw how EASY it can be (relatively speaking) to get into a smaller space online and build something massive.

Why You Should Blog About Something Else

When it comes to blogging, there are some key benefits to blogging about something non “internet marketty” (hey, I just coined a new term, lol)

Most “Non-Internet Marketty” people don't know how to market their blogs. In this world of teaching online business, the competition is stiff.

People study SEO, Traffic Generation, Social Media and all that jazz. Outside of the “Internet Marketty” niches, bloggers are less informed about that stuff. That makes it easy for you to come in and do it better than them.

What this means is pretty simple – If you can go into another niche and do some of the things you learn studying internet marketing, you'd be surprised at how quickly you can rise to the top (if you do it the right way).

Get my drift so far? Well keep reading . . .

My Decision To Prove It To Myself

One day, I was doing some keyword research and I was amazed at the lack of competition I saw for something I was passionate about – Biology. Yeah, there were lots of sites about biology, but no one was doing it the way I knew it could've been done.

Nobody was blogging about biology with personality.

Nobody was REALLY using Youtube to make awesome biology videos in a way that makes it fun.

The Blogs that were out there weren't even Optimized for SEO, but were getting a SIGNIFICANT Amount of traffic.

I had been studying how to build an authority blog, and I was able to do it about teaching people to make money. That's extremely competitive.

So, I decided that I needed to prove it to myself AND to my Audience

Why I Chose Biology

If you don't know it by now, I love biology. I studied biology in College, did a Master's degree in Neurobiology, taught Biology at the high school level, and now I teach at a University.

I LOVE BIOLOGY

Yes, you may call me a nerd, and I'll happily agree with you. Hey, being a nerd is fun, and I decided that if I was going to start a blog that would take a significant amount of energy, I wanted to do it about something I was Passionate about.

The Journey Began

So off I was to make my Biology Blog, and I was going to do it well. I installed WordPress, added a nice theme from Woothemes, and started adding content.

In installed the “All In One SEO Pack” plugin to make sure my blog was optimized for SEO.

When I first started, I made 3 to 5 videos per week, embedded them into blog posts and included the transcript. I did this because Google can't tell what's in your video. By including the content, I was giving Google all the info they need to get a good idea of what's on my blog.

Key Point: The more information you can give Google about what your blog is about, the better. That's the simple explanation of what SEO is all about.

How I Got Traffic

My traffic generation strategy was pretty simple – Create AWESOME content and then put it out there for people to find it

  • I posted my videos on Youtube. Youtube is the #2 search engine next to Google (who owns Youtube). By putting my videos there, I was putting up content that people was looking for in a place where they're very likely to look.
  • I linked back to my site in the description of all my videos. Sounds simple doesn't it? Yes, it is. With every video that I put up, that was one more place linking to my website. People watched the videos, saw the link, and click back to my site.
  • At the end of each video, I gave a call to action inviting people to visit my site to get more resources.
  • I embedded each video on my blog with the transcript. Content is king, and by having lots of it, I'm making the Google Beast happy. When Google is Happy with your site, you're happy with Google
  • There were a number of other biology blogs out there. After selecting a few of them, I contacted the owners to let them know about my site. I knew that many of them would love what I was doing and that they wouldn't mind sharing it with their audience. When they saw it, a number of them got very excited and decided to link back to me. Why? Because (as I said above), I created AWESOME content, and that content was link worthy.

That's pretty much it!

I know what you're thinking – I'm making it sound too easy. Well, I'd try to make it sound more difficult, but I'm not sure how to. This is exactly what I did, and I truly believe that there are MANY other niches out there in which YOU could do the same.

Where My Traffic is today

In the last month, I've had 39,811 visits to my biology site by 29,306 unique visitors in 167 different countries. There have been 125,365 Pageviews to my site.

Now, I don't know about you, but that gets me excited. To think that little old me can sit in my office here in Michigan and reach people ALL OVER THE WORLD, helping them to do better in Biology is Awesome. So many students are struggling to become teachers, nurses, doctors and beyond, and I get to play a part in that process. I get to help them through their struggles. SO AWESOME.

Yeah, that was me getting excited.

So How Does My Site Make Money?

Yes, I do this because I'm passionate about Biology. Yes, I LOVE helping people and helping them accomplish their goals. However, YES – I'm building a business and a business isn't really a business unless it's making some Moolaahh (weird language for money).

When it comes to making money, I'm currently using two strategies:

Strategy #1 – Ebook sales. After I had been making videos for a while, I came to the realization that I was making videos based on notes that I wrote when I was in college.

Those notes were valuable, and if I packaged them as an Ebook, I could sell them and make some money.

So that's exactly what I did. I formatted my notes in a Word Processor, made them look nice, uploaded it to E-Junkie and sold it from my blog. That simple.

And I called it “Human Physiology For Regular People“.

I didn't invest a significant amount of time to market it. I simply included a link on my site and in the signature of my Mailing List email and that was it.

Sales of my eBook have ranged between $400 and $800 per month – not a huge amount yet, but when I actually start promoting it, I expect to see more.

Strategy #2 – Adsense. Yes, I said Adsense. This is something I started testing on the evening of January 26th, 2012. By the end of the night, I had made $5.23. I now, I know – that's not a lot. BUT, it was in my first few hours. That got me excited. These were the amounts I made over the next few days:

$8.29
$9.54
$10.53
$17.41
$25.88
$31.24

Do you notice something? Yep, it was increasing steadily. And now, the site is making anywhere between $30 and $50 per day, with the highest peak at $79.10 on March 29th. As you can see, it's now doing around $1000 per month, and with how it has been increasing, I can see it doing significantly more over the next few months.

What was amazing was that I hadn't done ANYTHING to the site since February. In other words, that money was 100% Passive.

So as of right now, it's making about $1,500 – $1,800 per month and I haven't touched it in a while. This is all based on the effort I put in last year to build an Authority Blog.

Did this make me happy? Heck yeah!

BUT, it also shows me something – I can do so much more, and make so much more. It also shows me that it's VERY possible to make money blogging about your passion, whether that has to do with making money, or something like teaching biology.

What I have Planned For The Future

As I've mentioned before, my site has been pretty dormant over the last few months. From what I know, adding more content is CRUCIAL to helping the site grow. So, I decided to hire writers for the site.

We now have a staff of 6 writers who are responsible for posting 1 new blog post every weekday, with more awesome content to help the site grow. More Awesome Content = More Traffic = Help More People = Make More Money = Happy Leslie

Also, I plan on Optimizing my blog to increase sales. If you go to my site right now, it's really hard to find where to buy my Study Guide. I need to make this easier. By doing so, more people will no about the study guide, which will naturally result in more people buying.

Lastly, I plan to work on developing more products (over time). This is something that will take time (because I have too much to work on right now), but I strongly believe that this will increase my bottom line significantly.

So, have you been thinking about blogging about your passion? My message to you is simple – DO IT!

  • AmaniChannel says:

    Thanks for sharing your story.  It takes work, passion, and commitment, and as you say ACTION. 
     

  • Thanks for this Leslie! I am *dying* to learn more about Adsense. I have an account, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to use it. It is soooo freaking complicated and I am *lost*. Any light you could shed on this subject would be very, very much appreciated!

    •  @Nathalie Thompson Adsense can be great if you have good traffic. It’s not as complicated as it seems though. I’m definitely gonna get into sharing more of that in the future. I love sharing what’s working for me.

    • AmaniChannel says:

       @Nathalie Thompson Your site looks good Nathalie.  It’s coming along nicely.  We’re working on our site too. It’s a work in progress.  I also am working on http://www.amanichannel.com.  Keep it up. I’m sure it will pay off 🙂 

  • hope2sleep1 says:

    Thanks Leslie. I’ve set up my blog + put in 2 blog posts at the moment, but do hope to look into making some money too for all the hours of work I put in helping people in my niche free.  I look forward to more posts like this + thanks for your help in getting me started from the free blogging videos 🙂

    • hope2sleep1 says:

      Whoops, I signed in with my Google account with the last post.  The name’s Kath Hope 😀

    •  @hope2sleep1 Glad to hear you were able to get your blog going from the 10 Free videos. That’s awesome. Stay tuned for more. Thanks for the feedback Kath 🙂

  • Susan Emmer says:

    I happen to love biology as well! I’ve been thinking about starting a blog called “fatigued to fabulous” that will focus on people thriving with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia (I’ve have both), as well as other chronic illnesses. Most blogs are depressing, and I want to highlight the things that are working. I’ve been putting off starting, because I need to focus on paying bills, but your article inspired me to just do it! Thanks so much.

    •  @Susan Emmer Ooo, Fatigued to Fabulous. I love it. Don’t put off starting at all. Make it happen. It’s all about taking action. You’ll learn along the way!

  • excelentrik says:

    The conversion rate for the eBook is roughly 1 sale every 1000 visits if I my calculations are correct, according to your numbers and the price of the aBook as shown in the web. I find this a little low and I’m sure you can improve it adding visibility to the product. But I’m amazed at the adSense results. 50$ a day in just a few months. Great!
    What do you think about affiliate products? Aren’t you gonig to sell other people’s products? Some other experienced bloggers recommend starting this way before trying your own products.

    •  @excelentrik You are 100% correct about my eBook conversions. If you go to my site, you’ll have a hard time find it, unless you’re looking for it. I actually just did it initially as a test. I’m going to be going through a full redesign soon that will make it more prominent. I just haven’t done much because I’ve been VERY focused on BAB. Stay tuned though, because I’m outsourcing more 😉
       
      Affiliate products are great. I didn’t mention it in this post because I only did it once for my Biology site. I sent out 2 emails and made over $200 promoting an affiliate product, but then there were issues with the site and I didn’t promote it anymore. I will be doing more affiliate promotions in the future, and you guys will be updated via the blog 😉

  • JoyceF says:

    I like your honesty and sincerity.
    I feel blessed to have come across the 3 Gurus.
    Joyce.

  • commsen says:

    Again Leslie, Thanks for an inspirational post.  It’s very helpful. I look forward to more.     Tom

  • SergioFelix says:

    Hey Leslie,
     
    This is EXACTLY the same thing I’m doing with a passion I have which is playing guitar but my site is going to be in Spanish (less competition).
     
    I do have one question to ask you though, do you do the video transcripts yourself or do you outsource that?
     
    Thanks in advance!
    Sergio

    •  @SergioFelix Very cool. Using other languages is a good way of “Nichin” it out 😉
       
      In terms of my transcripts, nope – I don’t touch them myself. I don’t even post the content to my blog. I hired an assistant to take care of all of that and it has helped me SOOO much.

  • lucyanne says:

    I make YouTube videos of children’s stories that Iwrite (well only two so far). I have been planning to use FaceBook to help generate attention also, is this trying to do too much? Should I put off FaceBook for now, until I get more content. I am just starting, and sometimes feel I’m trying to do too much.

    •  @lucyanne It’s really up to what you are able to do. My time is VERY limited because I’m a first year University Professor. So I decided to focus on just one.
       
      If you have the time, there’s nothing wrong with doing Facebook. I’m also doing facebook now, but I outsource a lot.

  • paulfgero says:

    Hi Leslie…THanks for sharing this…I was wondering if you have the name of the word press plug in that is at the left side of the blog that stays visible for social media sharing? 
    Paul
     

  • Christiecarroll says:

    Hi Leslie, Thanks for another great post. I was wondering, when you first began your Biology site, did you prepare a bunch of videos in advance, before you starting posting them? And then post one at a time for the first few days or weeks, or did you make one video and post it right away? And then make another?

    •  @Christiecarroll That’s a great question. What I actually did was this – On Sundays, I made as many videos as I could, which would range from 3 to 5. The videos were relatively short 3 to 5 minutes, with the longest video being around 10 minutes. 
       
      Then, how many ever videos I was able to do on Sundays is how many videos I would post that week – nothing more, nothing less. So I really worked on the blog once a week and was able to build it consistently that way. 
       
      Also, like I mentioned, to minimize the work I actually had to do, I outsourced the posting of my videos and transcripts. The only thing I did personally was responded to comments.
       
      Hope that helps.

  • Very interesting post Leslie, full of great advices. I’ve always found funny that to make money you have to teach how to make money but wondered if the core of this teaching is to teach how to make money. Kind of MLM? 
     
    And thanks for having given my a good reason to subscribe. 🙂

    •  @Andrea H. | The Hypnotism Weekly Yep, it definitely is possible to make money without teaching people to make money. I’ve seen a lot of people do it.
       
      Glad to give you a reason to subscribe 😉

  • hwaitah says:

    Hey Leslie, thanks for writing about your inspiring blogging journey. I’ve lots to learn from you. GBU.

  • It’s really fun and engergizing when you can write and share your passions!!
    Thanks again,
    Charlie

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  • Lucy Bieri says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey  Leslie . I’m into MLM , but after reading this post, it got me thinking, perhaps I should blog about my passion. Thanks for opening my eyes. ….
     
    Cheers
     
    Lucy

    •  @Lucy Bieri Yep, I would rather blog about something I’m passionate because I’ll always find the energy and motivation to take action.
       
      Glad you got value from the content.

  • DawnAlice says:

    Enthusiasm is a major component for anything I do in life, so it makes sense to write about my passions.  I am behind the times when it comes to U Tube though … this is where I need one of my young adult  children to help. 

    •  @DawnAlice The awesome thing about it is that it’s all a learning experience. You can learn Youtube. It will take time and effort, but it’s definitely doable.
       
      Thanks for the comment Dawn. I wish you all the best with your blogging business!

  • hbrill83 says:

    Great post Leslie!  I hope we get to see more blogs like this from you.  As always, you are very inspiring and motivating. My blog is in a pretty saturated market, so I’m always trying to come up with ways to make it unique from all the others. 

    •  @hbrill83 Thanks for the feedback, and you definitely will be seeing more. Yep, finding ways to make your blog unique is the best way to go. It will help you stand out in a crowded market.

  • JustinGuenther says:

    Very interesting to learn that you have goals that you haven’t got around to yet. I always stress that there’s so much to do and everything must be perfect or the sky will fall and I just assume all the gurus like yourself are just leaps and bounds better at organizing your time. Apparently the key is to just go with what you have and make improvements as time permits down the road!
     
    I do have a question since you mentioned hiring writers:
     
    How do you go about finding writers who know about a pretty specific niche? Obviously content is king so lots of it is good; but, at the same time you want it to be accurate and in agreement with your own teachings. It’s probably not too hard to find writers who are knowledgeable about pregnancy for example, but what if your blog is about “how to restore 18th century cuckoo clocks”? Will you be covering any tips for this in the BAC2.0 lessons?

    •  @JustinGuenther Hi Justin,
       
      Yes – the important part is taking action. You can always refine later. It’s actually better to do it that way because you can refine based on actual feedback you get from your audience.
       
      In terms of how to find writers who know about your niche, I feel that the best way to do this is to build an audience and then get writers from your audience. That’s exactly what I did. I sent a message to my list, asking for writers. Then I put them through an application process and we ended up hiring 6 or 7 of the 23 people who applied.
       
      That’s the route I would recommend.

    • JustinGuenther says:

       @Leslie Samuel Makes a lot of sense. TY!

    •  @JustinGuenther You are very much welcome bro.

  • Hi Leslie,
    What is the process you go through to transcribe your video and then to embed it on your blog?
    Thanks,
    Charlie

  • TriceLaw says:

    Dear Leslie,
    I just had the very unfortunate experience of having my teenage second cousin being killed in a car wreck (wasn’t wearing her seat belt – the young ones think they will live forever) while her father was visiting me.  As a result I have been a little behind.  But with inspirational posts like this one you’ve just written I’m feeling gung-ho about getting back to task!  Thanks!

    •  @TriceLaw Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry to hear that. Please accept my sympathy. Also, don’t feel rushed. Take the time you need with your family. Family first!
       
      Blessings to you!

  • Fotis Giannakelos says:

    Leslie, thanx for this blog and this article. I find it very usefull and spiritfull!
    I had some issues lately,but I will soon a comeback to construct a good blog!!!
    I will try my latest equipment too! 🙂

  • Lucy Bieri says:

    Hi Leslie.. My passion topic I want to blog about is very competitive,  couple of keywords I tried  registering is been taken..I’m getting the cold feet to continue  .. I know I should go for keywords that have about 30 % , SEO Competition but I don’t seem to find that in my topic direction..
     
    Is SEO competition of 53 % too high ? .. If ok, would you advice me to register a url with dashes in between the words? as all key words I thought about have been taken .. Example, I-want-to-blog.com.  or  could I use  dot org or net ?
     
    Cheers

    •  @Lucy Bieri I’m not exactly sure what you mean by those percentages competition. I usually think of competition in terms of how many competing sites. I’m not a big fan of using dashes, even though I did it for my Biology site. However, it only has one dash. 
       
      Here’s the thing – if you are getting into a competitive niche, the key is that you have to come at it from a unique angle. If you can think of a way to do that, then competition might not be a bad thing. If you want less competition, try to narrow that niche down to an even more specific subset of people. For example, you can teach accountants how to set up blogs for their business (sorry, just pulling out a random example, lol). 
       
      Either way, the key is to TAKE ACTION. You WILL make mistakes along the way, but you’ll learn, and then adjust.

    • Lucy Bieri says:

       @Leslie Samuel  Thanks for the tips..

    •  @Lucy Bieri You are very much welcome!

  • karenmarrow says:

    Leslie,
     
    Wow, this post as well as your examples is very inspiring! 
     
    My passion is personal development, the subconscious mind and visualization.  Since there are so many great blogs out there on these subjects, I was wondering how I could stand out.  You mentioned that when you did your research, you didn’t see too many blogs on biology that stood out.
     
    My other question is you really only used youtube videos and had other blogs share your content?
     
    I really like what you are doing here.  Thanks so much for sharing!!!
     
    Karen

    • DawnAlice says:

       @karenmarrow Hi Karen, I too am in the metaphysical/ personal development/visualization area. I’m in gradually getting the hang of blogging, but have a long way to go. My blog is http://www.dawnalicefreedomthroughtarot.com if you want to compare notes and ideas.
      All the best
      Dawn Alice xx 

    • karenmarrow says:

       @DawnAlice Hi Dawn,  
       
      It looks like we have that in common.  Wow, for just getting the hang of blogging, you blog looks great!   I have been blogging for a while, but am still learning myself.
       
      I started by combining make money online with personal development.  I am not sure how to just get it geared toward personal development, the subconscious mind, and visualization.  
       
      Let’s stay in touch and share ideas.  You can visit my blog at http://www.karenmarrow.com.
       
      Blessings,
      Karen

    •  @karenmarrow Hi Karen,
       
      Thanks for the comment. It’s really difficult to answer the first question in a simple comment because there’s so much involved in that – some of which I’ll be dealing with in future blog posts.
       
      And yes, in terms of my Biology blog, I used Youtube primarily, and it has been great to see what has happened as a result.
       
      Stay tuned for more!

    • karenmarrow says:

       @Leslie Samuel Leslie,  ok  I will definitely stay tuned.  Thanks!  Karen

    •  @karenmarrow You are very much welcome!

  • carol m says:

    Hi Leslie, I don’t understand why, when you contacted blogs similar in topic to your own, they were excited and wanted to link back to yours – they are your competitors, why would they give their traffic away to you? To me, that doesn’t make sense. 

    •  @carol m Because, what they care about it providing value to their audience. If you provide value and they see that value, sharing that information makes them sharers of valuable information.
       
      That’s the thing with blogging. In my eyes, it’s not about the competition. It’s about collaboration. How can we work together to provide value. That’s the best way to look at it in my opinion.

    • carol m says:

       @Leslie Samuel I agree that it’s the best way socially,  but how many other blog owners rate that above promoting their own site? 
       
      I’ve asked 3 people to back link to my site after I had specifically promoted their products (because I thought they were great) in a couple of articles. I included a live link to them from inside the article – they are free products, with the opportunity to upgrade, but with no affiliate arrangement.  I haven’t heard back from any of them.  Also I have no evidence of links from them showing up in my stats.
       
      I did that for them,and contacted them to say so, but they have not returned the favor, or even said ‘Thanks’.

    •  @carol m Did you nurture a relationship with them first? That often helps to make those types of arrangements. Ask yourself how you can provide them with lots of value first. Do that, and nurture a relationship. From there, who knows what can happen.

    • carol m says:

       @Leslie Samuel They probably thought the traffic they might get from my link and article wasn’t worth having, who knows.  Fools that they are!  Some people have no vision!
       
      No, I didn’t nurture a relationship with them first – I’m not sure how I’d do that if our paths hadn’t crossed before in a natural way.
       
      Another question related: when I ask someone for a back link, what would they do if they agreed to that – a written mention plus visible link to my blog somewhere on their site?
       
      Does a single visit to my blog from their site constitute a back link? – one that Google would notice? It would only be of value to me if Google valued it, because only one visit would not bring me any extra traffic.
       
      Sorry to ask so many questions, but it’s hard to visualise what good advice (given by people who already know), really means in practice.
       
      If you already have content somewhere about the practical side of back links, could you put a link or directions to it?  That would save you answering everything a dozen times to your many fans. 🙂 Thanks.
      Carol

    •  @carol m It’s up to them how they want to link to you. They can do it by just linking in a blog post or by putting a link in the sidebar or anything else. The visit isn’t the backlink. The backlink is them putting the code on their site.
       
      In terms of nurturing a relationship with them, a great place to start is by leaving quality comments on their blogs.

    • carol m says:

       @Leslie Samuel I’ve worked hard at leaving comments on good related topic forums and blogs that give me hot links back to my site  – they’re included in ‘Referrers to your Site’ in my Analytics data when someone visits me from that link – but are these referring sites proper back-links?  – Google doesn’t count them as incoming links on my WordPress Dashboard:
       
      Incoming Links:
      “This dashboard widget queries Google Blog Search so that when another blog links to your site it will show up here. It has found no incoming links… yet. It’s okay — there is no rush”
       
      Why doesn’t Google Blog Search record these incoming links? And does it matter that they don’t?

    •  @carol m Hi Carol, there are certain blogs and forums that are nofollow sites. That means that when they link to you, it doesn’t actually register as a backlink. It still helps for getting traffic back to your site directly, but doesn’t count to help your Google rankings.
       
      There’s still a benefit, but not as much. The BEST thing would be to find blogs that are dofollow blogs. That way you get both benefits.

    • carol m says:

       @Leslie Samuel Oh dear, you are going to get sick of me…….is there a faster way to know which are dofollow forums and blogs rather than checking the Page Source Information of each site?  
       
      There can’t be many sites that are dofollow, since I have to assume that all the ones I’ve contributed to so far must have been nofollow?

    •  @carol m That’s one way of doing it. I know that their are extensions that you can install on your browser to check whether a site is dofollow or nofollow, but I can’t tell you which ones work, because I don’t pay attention to that. But I’m sure you can do a google search and find an addon for whatever browser you’re using.

    • carol m says:

       @Leslie Samuel Thanks Leslie, in fact I’ve just discovered that the SEObook toolbar I already have installed does that via something called SEO Xray – it shows all the follow and nofollow links on any page you happen to be on.
       
      Thanks for all your help.
      Carol

    •  @carol m Awesome. Glad you figured it out. Btw, you asking questions is not a bother at all. That’s why I do this 🙂

    • carol m says:

       @Leslie Samuel I’m glad I’m not being a pain in the you know what.  I’ve been confused by the whole back-link-getting problem for a while – trying hard, not getting any, and not knowing why.  Everyone says that is what we need for better search rankings, but doing it so confusing, not to mention difficult – along with actually writing content. 
       
      For anyone’s info, I found an article today on nofollow vs follow that others might find useful. It’s at seowizz.net//2009/04/relnofollow-debate-lets-try-and-get-to.html. (supply the www for the url) – Now I have to get back to work!
       

    •  @carol m Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • LindaSecretan says:

       @Leslie Samuel Leslie, thank you so much for engaging in this wonderful exchange with @carol m.  You answered questions that came up organically in the course of a week — and as a result provided a mini-tutorial that anyone could follow and understand.  
       
      You  are are a generous (and energetic!) mentor!

    • LindaSecretan says:

       @Leslie Samuel  Leslie, thank you so much for engaging in this wonderful exchange with @carol m .  You answered questions that came up organically in the course of a week — and as a result provided a mini-tutorial that anyone could follow and understand.
       
      You are a generous (and energetic!) mentor!

    •  @LindaSecretan  @carol m You are VERY much welcome Linda. So glad to be able to help. That’s what I’m here for 😉

  • richescorner says:

    Awesome case study!  I like that your niche site is in a topic other than the “make money online” niche.  It actually shows how people can do this by blogging about their own passions and writing about something outside of the blogging about blogging for money.
     
    Also, you have a good traffic strategy and a great tip about putting a transcript of your videos back on your blog.  This gives google some written content to crawl.  Quite often I see video posts on blogs that don’t have any accompanying writing.  I think that’s a wasted opportunity as Google can’t yet crawl videos.  It needs to have some writing to read so that the post can get indexed and be searchable.

    •  @richescorner Thanks for the feedback. Yep, it’s awesome to see people making money outside of teaching people to make money. And with the internet, it’s VERY possible. I’ve spoken to a bunch of people who have done it.

  • Lucy Bieri says:

    Hi Leslie.
     
    I wrote to you through the membership site regarding my post image not showing when I post to facebook groups, but you did not quite understand what I meant….. I meant,when  I post to these groups on facebook, the thumbnail does not load, and I don’t know why, it use to but not anymore..
     
     
    Another problem is my own photo not showing when I  reply to comments on my blog post, instead it shows the gravatar image.. .. But when I comment on others blogs post., one sees my photo.  I was told that gravatar does not support some themes.  I use Solostream theme.  Could that be the case?
     
    Cheers
     
    Lucy
     
     

    •  @Lucy Bieri In terms of the post image, I’m not 100% sure. I’ve had that happen to me recently and wasn’t able to figure it out. In some cases, it’s a matter of just waiting for it to load before actually posting, in other cases, it doesn’t register. Might be a glitch in FB, but not sure. One thing though – you want to make sure there is an image in the actual post, but that’s obvious.
       
      In terms of gravatar, that’s determined by the email address you’re using while leaving the comment. If it’s showing the gravatar image, that means that your blog does support gravatars, but the email address of your profile in your wordpress account is not linked to your gravatar account. Try checking that and if it isn’t, add that as another email address.
       
      Hope that helps!

    • Lucy Bieri says:

       @Leslie Samuel 
       
      Thank you Leslie, I will check on that..
       
      Cheers.

  • OK so i’m catching up on what i’ve been missing!! WOW!! I knew your story from learning with leslie, but i didn’t realize how much you were making from your biology site all from the work you did last year!!! That’s incredible!!! Tomorrow I’m gonna plan out exactly what I’m doing for my videos series. I’m gonna start filming on Sat night. AND i’m gonna tell my blog readers about it, so that I have to be accountable to my word. Sheesh when you say content is king, you’re not kidding.

  • Judicaël says:

    Hi,

    How many times take you to make a video ? and what tools are you using ?

    Thank you

  • marthtolkien says:

    Wow, I have heard about people <a href=”http://www.blog4cashnow.com”>blogging for money</a> before, but I didn’t know it could work so well. I guess all that you need to do is find something that you could write about every day. That would certainly be a great bonus to our income! Thank you so much!

  • Emma says:

    Really great tips on earning money through blogging. Thanks for share this information.

  • Justin Iskandar says:

    Hey Leslie,
    I just stumble upon your website when I was looking about blogging for passion.
    You have a great blog and love your article. When we blog about our hobby or passion, at least we won’t feel like feeling forced to do homework or assignments.

    All the best.

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