You want to make money writing blogs, but you’re not sure how. There are endless ways you can monetize a blog, so please experiment. Blogging became mainstream from 2004 onward; I’ve been blogging since the late 1990s. My early blogs have long gone with the wind: I let them go for one reason or another.
The moral: no word you write is ever wasted. Every blog you create teaches you something. You can create a blog in minutes; there’s nothing you can do that’s “wrong,” except to feel that there’s a “right” way to blog. What and how you blog is up to you. Follow your creativity.
That’s said, let’s look at five ways you can make money writing blogs.
1. Blog for Others: Surf the Content Tsunami
Today, every company is either blogging or wants to blog. There are endless clients waiting for you. If you’re blogging for less than $100 a blog post, stop doing that. Get better clients. Pay attention to what’s happening locally.
Big, big, BIG tip: if you’re blogging for a company, sell them additional content. Everyone’s leaving money on the table, so be aware of that.
2. Blog Your Passions: What Do You LOVE?
I wish I could clone myself, because there just isn’t enough time to create all the blogs I’d love to create. If you love something — no matter how weird and odd — blog it. People make money blogging in the oddest ways.
3. Affiliate Blogging: Make Money Reviewing
Check out Pat Flynn, he’s a master of affiliate blogging. In this niche, you need a schtick. See our 5th way of blogging. Your schtick will come to you. Be yourself — have fun with it.
You can review anything you like; just make sure that the item you’re reviewing has an affiliate program. You can combine affiliate blogging with promotional blogging, as below.
As with blogging your passions; I wish I had more time for this. It’s a very lucrative field — don’t be afraid of having opinions.
4. Promotional Blogging: Your “Name” Blog
Do you have a “name” blog? If you don’t please set one up today. Your name blog is your name, of course, and you can use this blog to promote anything you choose, including yourself, or just use it to share your opinions. Either way, your name blog acts as a writing sample.
Your name blog is your way of differentiating yourself from every other blogger in the world, and of course, it helps you to market your own products, whatever they may be.
5. Creative Blogging: Allow Your Creative Self to LEAD
We’ve talked about ignoring your creative inspirations, and why that’s a sure way to block and worse. I see writers doing this every day. Your challenge is fear. You want to do things the “right way.”
Please allow your creative self to lead you, and follow your inspirations. If you get an idea for a blog which won’t leave you alone, blog away. NO word you write is ever wasted. Do I regret all the blogs I abandoned in my first few years of blogging? Of course not. I put a great deal of love and passion into each and every one of those blogs. They gave me confidence, and helped me to grow.
You can start a blog today and abandon it tomorrow. Sooner or later, you’ll either go back to that blog, or you’ll see the lesson in it. (Just don’t delete a blog, ever.)
There are endless ways you can turn blogs into income. Explore, experiment, and have fun. I’m glad that I began my writing career in the days of typewriters and postal mail. Those early years of waiting for the postman mean that blogging — instant publishing — is a constant wonder to me. Love blogging, and make an income. There’s no ceiling on what you can do, and you CANNOT fail, as long as you keep blogging. 🙂
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Updated on: October 7, 2016