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Blog the easy way – or the hard way

Blog the easy way or the hard way

You have a choice… you can blog the easy way, or you can blog the hard way.

Which way do you go?

Now, I mention this because my blogging students and clients typically ask me things like

How can I get

  • lots of traffic to my blog,
  • articles that rank high in the search engines,
  • the trust of my readers,
  • high authority and credibility,
  • a large and loyal audience,
  • lots of high quality email subscribers,
  • and profitable results…

That’s all understandable.

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But then, I almost always get this question on top of all the others…

How can I blog the easy way?

Well, I paraphrase of course.

The actual statements are things like…

  • isn’t there any easier way,
  • do you have a good shortcut,
  • can’t I just do it like this instead,
  • you mean I really have to do that,
  • I don’t think I’d be able to do that,
  • that takes way too much time,
  • I’m not really good at that.

You get the point.

When things get too tough, bloggers, like anybody else I guess, look for the easy way out.

Blogging the easy way is almost never as good as the hard way

Here’s the thing about shortcuts and easy ways… they rarely help your blog.

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They may help you.

More time and less stress.

But they almost never help your blog.

It’s your choice

So how do you blog?

Do you pretty much stick to doing things you are good at, or feel most comfortable with?

Or do you get out of your comfort zone?

How often do you try things you would rather not do?

You can take shortcuts and do things the easy way, of course.

So here’s your choice.

Blog the easy way if you want to have an ordinary blog.


Blog the hard way if you want it to be exceptional.

So let me show you one example of how this plays out.

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There’s an easy way to make money blogging.

Isn’t there?

Well of course there is.

Just write an article with links to products that people will buy.

When they buy them, you make money.

So, blog the easy way by simply selling stuff.

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Well, that’s what many bloggers do, that’s for sure.


That way just doesn’t seem to work for most people.


I mean, you can put sales links all over your blog post.

But at the end of the day, how much revenue does it generate?

Probably none if you simply blog the easy way.

Create a profitable blog – the hard way

So here comes the bad news you probably expected.

You have to work at it to have a profitable blog.

“What’s that?” I hear you say.

“I see stuff all day long that promises this thing is so easy a cave person can do it.”

Well, first of all, I don’t think cave persons could since they didn’t have blogs… or computers… or electricity.

So, sure, blogging is a great way to do business.

But how do you make it profitable?

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Well, here’s the thing about that.

Blogging is a business model.

It’s great to know you can make a profit with it.

But you’ve got to run it like a business.

It’s never going to happen if you stick to a ‘blog the easy way” mentality.

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So, if you’re just starting out, there are things you need to understand about this.

You need to set your blog up the right way in order to be able to monetize it.

And you have to be sure you have a good blueprint to work from.

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Sure, if you blog the easy way, you don’t have to worry about these things.

But you want to blog the smart way.

That takes more work and effort.

But it works!

Maybe you want to start a new blog

Now this could pertain to newbie bloggers.

But many well-established, astute bloggers will start new blogs all the time.

And it’s usually because they want to earn profit from a variety of different niches.

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Affiliate marketing is one of the very best models for monetizing either your new blog or an existing one.

You’ll need to do the work, though.

Find out who can use your products and services.

Then write excellent, problem solving articles that will draw them to your blog.

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What to sell on your blog

All you need to make your blog profitable is to

  • make a sale,
  • earn a commission,
  • get hired, or
  • find a new client.

Easy, huh?

Well, not exactly.

You’re going to have to know exactly who your audience is.

Let’s say you’re selling your service, or an affiliate service.

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Like… what services do they need?

Are they already looking for those services, or do you have to first convince them that they need them?

How to sell on your blog

To sell anything on your blog requires that you really know your market.

It doesn’t begin with you wanting to sell stuff.

Instead, it begins with knowing what your crowd wants and needs to buy.

Then, you have to do all the work required so that they will come to know you.

Once they are on your blog, you then have the task of getting them to become your buyers and clients.

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So there are many things you need to know about your audience, right?

That’s really where your job must begin.

Getting to know who you are selling to.

And what their biggest needs are.

Those needs are what we generally consider their “problems.”

Your job as a blogger is to then offer them the best solutions to those problems.

That’s how you make your blog profitable.

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It may not be easy.

Heck, it may even be hard.

And you’ll usually find it to be pretty challenging.

But it’s what works.

Blog the easy way – or the hard way?

So how do you approach blogging?

Are you determined to challenge yourself to overcome tough obstacles?

Will you do whatever it takes to learn how to optimize your articles?

Are you willing to get out of your shell and connect with your audience on social media?

How about doing some videos or Facebook live presentations so people can get to know you better?

Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone in order to make your blog successful?

Or have you pretty much told yourself you will only blog the easy way?

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Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below.


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Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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11 Responses to Blog the easy way – or the hard way

  1. Himanshu November 18, 2019 at 7:36 am #

    First of all I want to thank you because when one wants to start a blog the fear of blogging always keep haunting him but your post will clear their doubt about blogging and will make them fill free. I really like your post.

  2. Walter November 18, 2019 at 12:22 am #

    Really Great work, Thanks for share useful information. the posts on your blog are having informative and valuable content. Appreciate your efforts.

  3. Amar Kumar November 11, 2019 at 6:22 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Completely agreed with your points, in my opinion – Affiliate marketing is about getting the right offers in front of the right people, in the right way.

    Monetizing a blog through affiliate marketing is definitely one of the best blogging ideas around. Eventually, thanks for sharing your amazing thoughts with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar Kumar

  4. Moss Clement
    October 30, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Your point is clearly understood.

    Blogging the easy way may have its benefits, but it would be short-term.

    The easy way blogging is useful for hobby bloggers who’re not serious about making a living from their blogs. It means that if you want to achieve success, you should blog the hard way and enjoy long-term benefits.

    Yes, many would say blogging is easy, but it’s not. It requires hard work, commitment, and consistency to help you get the result you need.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Nirodha Abayalath
    October 27, 2019 at 9:44 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Your points are pretty amazing, and you have given the best answers to many questions I had for years as a newbie blogger. So, thank you very much for that.

    Business models collapse with time. It happens all the time, right? I heard that the “Dropshipping” business model is almost dead. It was massive within the last few years. What do you think about Affiliate marketing business? Future of that model?

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    • Donna Merrill November 21, 2019 at 1:55 pm #

      Hi Nirodha

      I think affiliate marketing will ALWAYS be a top business model.

      It might be called different things, but in essence it will always be strong.

      That’s because an affiliate is simply selling something for someone else.

      Who wouldn’t want somebody selling their stuff?

      It’s like a company getting rid of their entire sales staff, and still hoping to move product.

      Won’t happen… ever… IMHO.

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  6. Marquita Herald
    October 24, 2019 at 11:27 am #

    Oh girl, I was nodding my head (yes!) the whole way through your post! So many great points, starting with your list of “easy way” questions. I’ve even had writers I was mentoring ask me, “can’t you just do it for me?” Amazing.

    You’re talking about blogging here, but this applies to pretty much everything in life. I will admit I have issues with quick fixes – they have their place – just not as a lifestyle choice. There is an easy way and a hard way to do everything in life. If you want to dabble go for the easy way – if you want to grow and do something that matters, do the hard stuff.

    You you so much Donna – a great way to start the day!

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    • Donna Merrill October 27, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Marquita

      You make a good point, here.

      There is a time to look for the “easy way”… like for hobbies and casual things.

      But if you’re serious about accomplishing anything, you always need to look beyond the easy way.

      Almost anyone, if asked how they accomplished some great thing, will tell you “it took hours (or years) of hard work and training.”

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  7. Lisa Sicard
    October 24, 2019 at 7:58 am #

    Hi Donna, love your point to keep on learning! Yes, I’ve constantly doing that and then teaching. I just have to figure out how to do more in less time Donna. Last week’s big challenge with the Facebook Creator Studio but I’m past that now and moving on to finishing my revised eBook for Twitter 🙂
    You have come a long way on video Donna, I started to see it on Facebook but was rushing out to an appointment. Glad I got to watch it here! Gives me an idea 🙂
    I think if we do our own “mastermind” groups with others that are successful we can learn a lot and grow more each day Donna. It looks beautiful out here today south of you but the temperate says 33, you must be starting out cold there today. Stay warm!
    Thanks for your tips as always!
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    • Donna Merrill October 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

      Hi Lisa

      I kind of think of each blog post as a sort of mastermind on the topic I’m writing about.

      Then I’ll try to reinforce it with cross-content like Facebook Live, videos, etc.

      In fact, your ebook is a great way to open the door to your informal Twitter mastermind.

      Good luck with it.

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