As a blogger, I often get asked how it is that you can get paid to blog. That’s a good question. A question worth answering. But if you can get paid to write, you can get paid to blog. A blog is a book without a binder, really.
As someone who has pursued multiple jobs and tried just about every way possible to make an income from home, why did I start a blog? It’s not just that I wanted to make money writing- although I certainly wanted that.
I wanted flexibility to work from anywhere. Be it working from home on my phone, or working anytime anywhere. It’s one of the best jobs without a degree, in my opinion. So how can you make money blogging?
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How Do You Make Money Blogging?
Well, if I had a book, a traditionally published book, I could answer that easily.
And a great traditional book on How to Blog is actually written by- you guessed it- a blogger.
And not just any blogger. A 6 figure blogger, by the name of Ruth Soukup. Who also happens to run the infamous Elite Blog Academy. Which you can check out HERE.
With a book, there’s a physical product to show people. With a blog, there’s a lot of posts on a lot of different subjects.
And while blogging is easy, it isn’t always profitable initially- but don’t let that deter you. If it was easy to make money blogging, everyone would be doing it.
And though writing seems simple enough, blogging as a business isn’t. There’s marketing involved- which is fun. Designing images for various social media platforms. I personally use Canva, because it’s free to start. Though their Canva PRO is definitely worth checking out, too.
Crafting emails to your subscribers. Working with affiliates. All of that goes into making a blog a work from home business.
It’s not easy. But it is doable.
As with anything you do, work, relationship, or otherwise, you reap what you sow. But only if you stick with it.
Start a Blog to Make Money
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
For anyone considering blogging, you don’t even need a lot of money to get started. And while you can actually create a blog for free-
I wouldn’t recommend it.
I would recommend though. That, as affordable as blogging is. You start one to monetize it from the beginning. Start blogging for money. And in order to do that, you have to own your site. Own your domain.
I wrote about that HERE. Because it takes under an hour to set up, from the purchase of your domain to first blog post. I use Siteground because of how highly ranked they are in customer service. You can check them out HERE.
But a word to the wise, no matter if you’re paying for a domain or not. I would personally advise backing up all your posts on a desktop/laptop and/or Google Docs.
Save, Save, Save your work! Back it up! Because if you’re blogging for profit, you’re investing your time. Your most valuable resource.
You can never be too cautious.
And after pouring in the amount of time it takes building a worth reading blog, it would be horrible to lose it due to a the wrong button being pressed. So back up, back up, and save.
When Blogging for Money, Do I Need a Niche?
When working from home blogging, you’ll often hear this: Pick a niche. One or two (or five) topics you’re passionate about writing on, and get going.
I’ve never really done that. As I’m a lifestyle blogger that blogs about a lot of different things. From working from home in the health and wellness business, faith and the Christian lifestyle, and working from home blogging– I write about it all.
But I have heard of people who do niche down and have a lot of success.
And I did consider doing it. In fact, if you are only wanting to write about a specific topic or two, it helps people find you in search engines. So I’d say go for it! But if you’re like me and want to be a lifestyle blogger who writes about everything, do. There are pros to both.
For example, a lot of people love cooking. Start a cooking blog and post recipes with pictures of your recent dinner. Or perhaps you want to blog about blogging. Still others stick to DIY crafts. Others write about politics and recent events. Pick a topic or two that interests you- or don’t.
I’ll say here that if you’re blogging with the intent of only making money, it’s not going to be worth it.
If You Love Writing, Start a Blog
If you love writing, then blog for money. But if you don’t love what you do, why do it?
If you’re not passionate about what you’re writing, your readers are going to pick up on it. And the amount of hours it takes to be successful at blogging, if you’re not enjoying it, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
Write about what YOU love. Not what you think will turn a profit. The money will come if you invest the time, but again, if a paycheck is all you’re after, there are so many other ways to make money from home. Don’t do that to yourself.
You don’t need a blog to make money working from home. All you need is a passion.
You can make money pinning affiliate links on Pinterest. You can make money writing. You can work with a company like what I do in health and wellness. You can be a coach. There are so many options out there. Find what you love doing and do that.
Get Paid to Write
After you’ve been blogging for a time, and built up a fair number of posts, the next fork in the road is to decide do you make a book. Amazon does offer self publishing, after all. So if you want to get paid to write, go blog. Then go book.
That’s what Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less did with her 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life.
Ruth literally took 31 blog posts and combined it into a book. So not only does she have her blog, LivingWellSpendingLess with the original posts. She now also has another stream of income available through having combined those posts into a book. Which you can grab a copy HERE if you’d like.
A blog, in a lot of ways, is simply a book that is unbound. So one way to make money blogging is to simply copy all the posts into one document and send it to a publisher.
Or, use Amazon to self publish and save yourself the hassle- and money- of a traditional publisher.
Clean them up and have them connect, obviously, but it’s one way to get paid. This is why I said some people pick a niche, among other reasons. A niche makes it easier to wrap all your content together. But a book is just one way to get paid to write.
Working with Affiliates and Ads
Another way to get paid for doing a blog is by working with affiliates.
I actually wrote a post earlier today about 5 Beauty Affiliates that offer incentives to work with them. But you can work with a wide variety of affiliates and companies to enhance your earnings and make money with your blog.
My domain, TheBlessedAndBusyFamily. I bought it through Siteground, therefore I can monetize my blog. Put up ads. Put up affiliate links. Ads are another way to make money blogging.
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