Webinar. How to be a millionaire from your blog. Really.

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You would not know from my blog that I actually make money from it. The first reason you wouldn’t know is that there are no ads on the blog. The second reason you wouldn’t know is that I haven’t posted in a week.

In fact, though, blogging has made me tons of money. I could say millions. It’s sort of semantic though, the millions part, because even being the Big Mac guy at McDonald’s makes you millions if you add up salary from a forty-year career of burger flipping.

I tell you guys all the time to forget about making money from your blog. But I also tell you to post at least three times a week to have a blog that is useful. And look, I’m violating that rule. So I think I’ll just go ahead and violate my other rule, too: I’m going to do a webinar about how to make money from blogging without running ads. (It’s Wednesday, March 31 at 8 pm eastern. Sign up here. )

I guess that another thing about my webinar about making money from a blog will be that it takes a lot of self-discipline.

I think I have self-discipline, but honestly, I’m not sure. Because right now the only thing I’m doing on a daily basis is obsessing about what color to paint the dining room of the farmhouse that I want to treat as the historical building that it is, but I’m drawn to geographically inappropriate color schemes from French provincial life.

For an example of someone who is not messing up her blog via semi-systematic neglect, check out Maria Killam’s blog Colour Me Happy. I first started noticing her when she linked to me a bunch of times. Here’s a tidbit: I always check out people who link to me; blogging is not only a tool for gauging one’s self-discipline, but also gauging one’s self-absorption.

So anyway, late at night, when I “?m trying to procrastinate without stooping to watching Britain’s Got Talent reruns on You Tube. (Here’s one of my favorites.) I go to Maria’s blog and look at the photos. She’s so weird about the photos because they are beautiful but generally unrelated to the post, and somehow she makes that work.

I went there so many times that every time I found myself with a color problem — like being obsessed with pink for the bedroom even though the farmer has said no, definitely no — I think to myself, “What would Maria do?”

So I hired her as my color consultant. Well, she actually said she’d do it for free. But I would have paid her. And this will be part of my webinar: It’s not really blogging that makes you millions. It’s doing work for free that makes you millions. And I’ll tell how to decide what to do.

There. That was catchy and enticing. Great. Sign up here for the webinar.

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  1. Beth Nerbonne
    Beth Nerbonne says:

    as far as i know, ryan recorded the webinar. he said he’d announce when they go up in the ask penelope trunk network at brazen.

  2. Ivy Lane
    Ivy Lane says:

    Just found you via Maria at Colour Me Happy! AWESOME blog you have here.. I am 2 days too late for the webinar~ Looking forward to “visiting” here often! Can’t wait to see what you and Maria come up with for the farmhouse!!

  3. Rod McTavish
    Rod McTavish says:

    As another person who finds it hard to be able to make webinars it would be nice to see them recorded.

    Failing that, I’d prefer to see a return to posting and forget the webinars.

    At least that way a wider audience would be able to see and make use of the content.

  4. Angela
    Angela says:

    Great webinar- if your purpose was to totally discourage people from blogging. Is that what you wanted to do- or were just trying to be brutally honest? Either way, I’ve been depressed since the other night! I still intend on blogging, though.

  5. Michael Biggs
    Michael Biggs says:

    I wish I could load these webinars from iTunes to my iPad I’m getting tomarrow. Please keep us posted if possible…at least I will be able to use the iPad to watch them live..maybe

  6. Mneiae
    Mneiae says:

    I keep missing your webinars! I sign up for the ones that don’t interfere with my class time, but I always forget about them. Could you please do a setup like Ramit Sethi’s, where it’s available afterward? I know that you two are acquainted and it would really help a lot of your viewers if the webinar wasn’t confined to one set time.

  7. Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot
    Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot says:

    So sad I missed this webinar but it’s brilliant that the lovely Ryan will be popping a recording up for us to check out. I think that’s the best of both worlds. It’s funny how angry people are with your for not writing as much as you used to… like addicts going through detox and eager for another hit. Wow! That Britain’s got Talent video reminded me why I left the UK. Thanks:)

  8. oidale
    oidale says:

    Thats an interesting topic. Really you can be millionaire just by making blogs? how can that be? I have a blog but i dont know if its worth reading. You can visit my blog if you want, and you can leave a comment if im doing it right or not. Thanks…

  9. David Stamon
    David Stamon says:

    Hi Penelope,
    I have just come across your site, and it appears that I have found you at a very interesting moment–not a crisis but a stirring as you try to offer your subscribers something new, in this case the webinar. Change is rarely received without controversy, and I see you handling things with great generosity of spirit which, on first impression, seems to be a large part of your blogging success.

    I subscribe to few blogs (none of us has time for everything), but because of what I’m seeing take place here, I am your latest new subscriber. Thanks for giving of yourself.


    btw: I, too, am looking forward to the recorded webinar, and how you resolve the color issue .

  10. Adam
    Adam says:

    I was in on the webinar, and loved it! I really suggest you make it available as an archived-type thing for these people to watch!

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  12. Jack
    Jack says:

    Cracks me up to see people write comments about how they won’t read this blog anymore because they don’t like X, Y or Z.

    If you don’t like it than don’t read it. Or are you fishing for the “please don’t leave me” response.

  13. Sandy McLellan
    Sandy McLellan says:

    The author makes a good point about posting on a regular basis. For some people the discipline required comes easy. For others, its always tempting to pour a cup of coffee, check email, read the news… anything but w r i t e !

  14. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    I’m tipping people who want to make money from their blog in the long term post more than once a week.

  15. Mikel
    Mikel says:

    This is my first time on your blog.

    The first post I read fascinated me a lot. I haven also a blog and are curious how to make money with it.

    Maybe I sign up for your webinar…

  16. JO
    JO says:

    Since March 18 only three posts, each announcing a webinar. That’s three semi-posts in four weeks. People are going to start wondering why they should take your advice on a successful blog, cos soon you won’t have one.

  17. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    As P herself has noted, usually when her personal life is going well her blog posts become few & far between. So I’m taking this as a sign that things are going really, really well for her :)

  18. Eva
    Eva says:

    “I funded the company by not paying my taxes, so I owe a ton of taxes”

    And there are people who’d take advice about money from you?

    Seriously, how can you, in good conscience, live with yourself, knowing you owe back taxes?

  19. David
    David says:

    I think blogs are out, or will be within 2 years. Their only function will be to store articles and other posts. Where you’ll share your posts will be on Facebook. (In fact, that’s what people are doing already.) Facebook is becoming the hub. And if I want to read you, I will «friend» you (and you will accept everybody since you want to maximize your readership).
    Take care.

  20. Vince
    Vince says:

    I really really wish I didn’t find this blog after the webinar was posted. Did you happen to record the webinar by chance? I would have really been interested in learning how to make money from my blog without posting ads!

  21. cassandra
    cassandra says:

    It’s boring. You’ll have to find blogs on your client’s topic of
    interest (I’ll show you how later), read the blog post and
    then write a comment that passes muster. You may need to wait a day or two
    to see if your comment has been approved for publication.

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