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The Email + Product Blogging Model: What I Learned Growing A New Blog To $50,000 In Revenue In 16 Months

By Chris Lee 30 comments

Most people don’t realize just how big of an impact the email + product based model can have on their revenue numbers, especially in the early stages, until they try it for themselves.

I had no idea either, until a few years ago when I built and launched my first product on RankXL.

Since then, and especially in the past year, it’s now the most profitable way that I monetize my blogs.

And in this post, I’m going to share some important things I learned about building blogs this way, including a recent venture of growing a brand new blog (not RankXL) to $50K in sales in just 16 months.

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From $300/Month To $1500/Month: How Building A Sales Funnel Quintupled Revenue In One Of The Most Unprofitable Niches On The Internet

By Chris Lee 40 comments

As some of you know, I build a lot of blogs outside of RankXL. It’s how I got started online – building and growing sites in various niches.

Until I started RankXL, I’ve been monetizing everything I built strictly with Adsense only. I didn’t collect emails, I did no email marketing, and I never even considered the idea of building and selling my own products.

But in the last few years, I’ve been moving more and more into list building and creating products, especially for niches where Adsense wasn’t the most profitable option. And it’s been working very well.

In this article, I’m going to share with you on how I increased monthly revenue to one of my blogs (not RankXL) by 5x by experimenting with different email marketing and product creation strategies.

This in itself isn’t anything special, though. The past few months I’ve seen blogs really take off in earnings by implementing list building and launching products. The real noteworthy part is that this particular site is in the most unprofitable niche I’ve ever entered.

If you’ve contemplated getting into list building and creating your own products, it’s (hopefully) going to open your eyes to how big of an impact it can make to your business.

Let’s dive in…

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How To Use Introduction Emails To Amplify Your Influencer Networking

By Chris Lee 35 comments

A few weeks ago, I published a lengthy blog post about how to use influencer outreach to build traffic to a new blog.

In it, I briefly mentioned introduction emails.

What are introduction emails? Let’s say that you want to reach out to a certain influencer. The problem is that they don’t know who you are, and whatever email you send them will just get mixed in with hundreds or thousands of other emails just like yours. So instead of contacting them directly, you first look through your own network first to see if anybody knows them. If they do, you simple ask them to email the influencer for you with an introduction.

It may not seem like this would make a big difference, but it really does make a big difference.

And in this post, I want to dive in a little further to dissect what really goes into using them.

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The Most Profitable Way To Monetize A New Blog (And How I Made $9000 The First Time I Tried It)

By Chris Lee 70 comments

This is Part 3 of 3 in my guide on how to build a profitable blog in competitive niches.

The final part is on monetization. It’s very important that you read Parts 1 and 2 first to fully grasp everything you’re going to read. If you haven’t done so, here are the links.

Part 1: Content
Part 2: Traffic

Every part is connected with the others, so it’s essential you understand everything from the beginning rather than jumping in at the end.

When your blog is brand new (under a year old), things are usually going to be pretty slow. You won’t have much content, you won’t be driving too much traffic, and your presence in the search engines will be minimal.

So then how do you make money? In this post, you’ll learn how to generate up to 5 figures in revenue in the first year with a new blog without having to have a ton of traffic.

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How To Build Targeted Traffic To A Brand New Blog: A Step-By-Step Framework That Works In Any Niche

By Chris Lee 73 comments

This is part 2 of 3 in my series of posts on how to build a profitable blog in competitive niches.

If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, then go ahead and read it first here before continuing.

Make sure to read and understand the disclaimer at the top of Part 1. The same principles apply for our traffic strategy.

This week we’re going to break down our traffic strategy for the initial stages of our new blog’s life.

Mainly we’re going to be covering: How do you build targeted traffic quickly to a brand new blog?

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