Yesterday, we talked about how to bribe your readers/social media followers to spread your content via Twitter and Facebook.
Today, I promised to show you how it works in practice – getting paid for your existing content or content generated based on your existing content, whether in cash or in tweets.
Aha… now that I said “in cash”, I really do have your attention, don’t I?
Whether you decide to sell your content or simply use it to generate more traffic to your blog, this strategy works like a charm and is very simple to implement.
How I Did It
I decided to write an extensive post about Twitter.
Not because I haven’t written on the topic before (are you kidding me?), but because, no matter how much I write about Twitter, my readers seem to have even more question about it.
Step 1. So I decided to dig out my best and most relevant posts about Twitter, specifically on Twitter traffic generation and getting the right followers.
Step 2. Then I added some new tips I’ve never published on this blog before and only the subscribers to my email list had access to (see, it pays to join thousands of others and start getting my traffic generation tips in your inbox).
Step 3. Next, I published the post as private – I did it so that only people who actually retweet my new Twitter guide would have access to it.
(Note: right after I published this post, I started getting comments that my readers couldn’t get my guide – the page was producing a 404 error. Lesson learned: instead of publishing something as a private post, do it as a page instead. That way you won’t have the problem I had – thanks for your patience, everyone – and your page still won’t show in your blog stream.)
Step 4. Armed with my privately published post URL, I went to CloudFlood.com and created a Twitter button that you see as one of the widgets in my sidebar to your left right now.
Step 5. I am now writing a post about the button, making sure you know how valuable my Twitter guide is and urging you to RT about it in order to get the guide and, while at it, see how the system works, so that you can set it up on your own as well.
Not too much to it, as you can see.
The most time-intensive part was writing the guide itself, but I did use a lot of older posts as the basis for it; the following steps were a breeze.
Sell Your Content for Cash
Follow the same 3 steps to start.
Go through your blog posts to see which ones can be grouped together to make an interesting ebook/special post.
Compile them together, tie them with a narration or some extra tips that you have up your sleeve.
Save it as a PDF or publish it as a private post.
Set the price, write about it and watch the sales come in.
Creating an ebook or a private blog post that you can give away for a tweet, thus building your traffic and online brand awareness, or sell, thus generating some cash from your blogging efforts, doesn’t have to be a complicated matter.
In other words, it’s as complicated as you make it out to be.
I highly recommend you try it though.
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