8 WAYS TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING
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We’re talking blogging income today!
I’ll be showing you 8 ways to make money blogging.
Blogging is an awesome outlet to share your day’s activity, vent, talk about a favorite book or recipe, talk about what you are passionate about, share your expertise and more! Imagine exercising your creative juices blogging AND getting paid for it!
Well, you definitely can AND make a nice living doing so!
Ask Michelle from Making Sense of Cents, who regularly banks $50,000/month+ blogging! Wanna learn from her? I just took her e-course which shows you how she makes a living blogging, her secret tips and tricks, and a boatload of awesome bonus material. Get your copy here.
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Let’s kick things off! Here are 8 ways to make money blogging:
Freelancing can mean many things. It basically means you are working as a contractor (not an employee) for a company doing a specific task or set of tasks. Some examples of freelance activities:
- Freelance writing
- Freelance graphic design
- Freelance logo design
How do you break into freelancing? It’s not as difficult as you might think. I would definitely recommend starting with job boards. Some favorites I visit: Problogger, Indeed, Upwork, Freelancer, and Outsource.
You can also check with forums, Facebook groups, and on Craigslist. Some things I did to find freelance writing opportunities online include going to Google and searching for “write for” and “write for us” or phrases similar to this. I found a huge list of assorted publications that took freelance writers, paying $30-$800 per article.
If you are interested in freelance writing in particular, check out my in depth post about it: How to Earn a Living Freelance Writing.
2. AFFILIATE MARKETING
Affiliate marketing involves you marketing a merchants products or services through your blog. You can do this with banners, email marketing, in text links in your blog posts, etc.
My favorite affiliate network: Shareasale
Other than signing up with a Network, you can also go directly to merchants to sign up for their affiliate program. My list of some of the merchants I am promoting:
With affiliate marketing there is an endless amount of income to be had. Some programs pay a few bucks per sale and some pay hundreds per sale. Interested in high paying affiliate offers?
You might enjoy: 12 High Paying Affiliate Offers for the Money Hungry
3. SPONSORED POSTS
Sponsored posts can bank you thousands monthly! A sponsored post involves writing a post on your blog, promoting a specific product or service in a feature or review. For example, a lotion company might contact you for a sponsored post. They send you a collection of their top-selling lotions, which you review, photograph and write about in a blog post. That’s how it works, in a nutshell.
You can sign up for networks that will help connect you with brands for sponsored posts or you can do some good ol’ fashioned cold pitching. If you are unfamiliar with cold pitching, check out this article from one of my favorite bloggers, Elna at ElnaCain.com.
List of Sponsored Post Networks to Join:
- Social Spark
- Massive Sway
- Clever Girls Collective
Are you an expert in your field? Why not offer coaching? Coaching is awesome because it’s so versatile and can work great on a flexible schedule. You can do schedule conference calls, email coaching, online courses, etc.
Coaching also usually offers a bigger paycheck, with coaching courses ranging from around $200 to $10,000 (give or take).
if coaching is something you’d like to try, take your time to craft a quality coaching course. Then, I’d highly recommend doing a webinar to offer it, and lastly hit the ground running with all kinds of promotion.
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4. BLOG MANAGEMENT SERVICES
So many bloggers struggle with management. What does that mean?
Management of their blog, managing work/life balance, answering customer service inquiries, responding to emails, running marketing campaigns, social media, etc.
You can offer a blog management service which is kind of like a souped up virtual assistant just for blogging! You will be the blog manager, so to speak. It’s great because you will be the expert so you’ll run the show, in regards to management of the blog, scheduling posts, social media, and more.
If you are an organized blogger and you would love to help others in the blogging world, this could be a fruitful and fun experience for you!
5. SELL PRODUCTS
Venturing into ecommerce within your blog can prove to be a very profitable opportunity. You can sell so many different things, physical or virtual goods. Here are some examples:
- Online guides
- Dropshipped goods like t-shirts, mugs, cozies, etc.
- Digital downloads
You might enjoy: How to Start a Profitable Online Store
6. BECOME A PINTEREST INFLUENCER
What’s a Pinterest influencer, you ask? It’s someone who gets paid to pin! Basically like sponsored posts for Pinterest but with a LOT LESS WORK!
As your blog starts to get more popular, you continue to grow, and your social media profiles explode, you can sign up with Loop88 to become an influencer. You will be connected with brands that will pay you to pin to your Pinterest account. That’s it! Easy peasy.
Sign up with Loop88 to learn more!
7. BECOME A YOUTUBE SENSATION
Start a Youtube channel and do some video blogging! Did you know that top bloggers earn millions each year? Yes, MILLIONS. Check out Bustle’s article on The 7 Highest Paid Beauty Bloggers of 2015 and you’ll be floored!
Some fun reading to learn more about how to get started:
- How to Become a Youtube Star: seven tips from Luzu
- How to Make Millions as a Youtube Star
- How to Become Youtube Famous
- How to Become a Youtube Millionaire in Two Easy Steps
8. SELL SERVICES
Selling a service is basically selling your knowledge and expertise on a particular topic. This can include writing a guide about starting a business, creating courses on how to coupon successfully, offering your graphic design skills to design websites or logos, etc.
Selling a service is pretty cool because unlike selling a product, you won’t have to keep inventory and invest a WHOLE BUNCH in upfront product costs usually. Here are some resources to assist you in starting the process of selling your service:
- Udemy for selling courses.
- Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing for ebooks
- Sendowl for ebooks and guides
- Ejunkie for digital downloads
There you have it! 8 ways to make money blogging! To learn how to start a blog, check out The Foolproof Way to Start a Blog.
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