5 Ways a Blogger Can Make Real Money Now
Even though it starts out as a hobby, most bloggers at some point or another find themselves wishing they could start seeing some kind of financial return on their investment of time and effort. In most cases, you start by throwing up some ads on your site. When that proves less rewarding than expected, you might add more… but it isn’t long before you start wondering if something is missing.
You might wonder:
Is it just me?
Is everybody else making money?
What am I doing wrong?
I’m here to tell you that it’s not just you. There’s a myth out there in blog land that’s making bloggers all over the world feel bad about themselves, and that myth is that a blog is a business in and of itself. Now, I’ll admit that sometimes this is the case. There are a select few bloggers out there who make a living from their ad revenue and affiliate sales alone.
But these bloggers are the minority, and more often than not they’ve been building traffic for years, and working very very hard to do so.
If you don’t have the kind of patience (not to mention luck) it takes to join that minority, there are some things you can do to start bringing in some real money sooner rather than later.
As a blogger, you (hopefully) learn how to create better and better content. There is a HUGE need for this. Why? Because SEO companies are telling business owners that they need blog content. Many of these businesses owners don’t have the time or expertise they’d need to create this content. That’s where you come in!
Know any business owners? Why not offer your services to them? If you’re looking for freelance work, you can also join my team over at NerdyGirl Writers and I’ll keep you in mind for any jobs I come across as well.
Freelance Web Design
Many of us bloggers have happened upon a wealth of Web design knowledge that many businesses owners don’t have. If you’re proficient on WordPress or another CMS, why not offer your services building/designing websites? Again, you’ll have to hunt down jobs, but if you get them, people are often willing to pay good money for that kind of service. Name your price!
Freelance Graphic Design
Are you seeing a pattern here yet? That’s on purpose.
Freelancing, in my opinion, is the way of the future. It’s not easy to get started as a freelancer, that’s true, but the more jobs you get, the more you can ask for referrals and your business can just grow from there. That’s why networking both online and offline are so important. And hey, speaking of networking, have you signed up to go to the International Bloggers Association’s Network-a-thon yet? You should.
Anyway, I digress.
You might hear “graphic design” and think you don’t have the skills to do that, but if you’ve designed a blog header or social media profile and cover photos, then you know how to do something quite valuable indeed. Even if you’re not using Photoshop or InDesign, you can still design logos, featured images for blog posts and maybe even graphics for banner ads.
Don’t sell yourself short. If you have a marketable skill, why not market it?
Freelance Social Media Management
Again, tons of businesses need this service. If you know your way around hootsuite or buffer, you can probably curate relevant content and schedule out status updates on social networks for businesses. You can make great money doing this, particularly if you’re efficient enough to handle multiple clients at once.
If you’re not comfortable doing any of the things I mentioned so far (or even if you are) you can offer up your services as a virtual assistant. You can do this on Odesk or Elance or Craigslist, but I find that starting with people you already know is the fastest way to get new business.
A virtual assistant can do all kinds of tasks online– things like making appointments, doing Internet research, sending emails, organizing data, and more. More and more people are hiring virtual assistants as more and more aspects of our lives move online. The great thing about the work you’ll do as a virtual assistant is that it most often will be easy work you can do on your own time. Making your own schedule is the best!
Your blog can make you money… But usually not in the way you first expected. You might be wondering– if freelancing is the best way to make money, why even have a blog?
Your blog is your digital resume; it’s a piece of your best work, something you can show to potential clients before you’ve built up a portfolio. Not only that, but the longer you work as a blogger, the more valuable your skill set will become.
It’s not time wasted. And hey, if you can build up a little “passive income” while you’re at it, why not, right?
Over to You
What’s been your most profitable blog-related income strategy?