So you have decided to become a writer. Congrats! Now comes the part where you need to figure out how to make money with your blog. There are many ways to do this, but before you dive in, it’s important to understand what kind of writer you are. Are you a freelancer who can pitch stories to different publications? Or do you focus on one specific audience and aim to educate and entertain your readers? Perhaps you have a specific niche and craveyl readers who share your interest in science fiction. Finding your audience is key and may require some trial and error, but once you do, the money begins to flow.
The Freelance Writing Journey
If you’re looking to make money with your blog, the first step is to figure out what kind of writer you are. This will dictate which methods you should pursue to bring in the most revenue. Some freelancers choose to focus on producing high-quality content for a limited number of publications. These are usually long-form articles (more than 6,000 words) for magazines such as The New Yorker or The Atlantic. They may also write some short-form content for newsletters such as Raccoons Today or Cats Daily, just to keep their name out there and attract potential clients. High-quality content means increased word of mouth and potentially more sales. You can become a full-time freelance writer with a stable income if you decide to take this route, assuming you can get enough high-quality work to keep the clients coming back for more.
Many freelancers choose to focus on a single niche or topic. For example, a travel blog covering destinations such as Italy or France, or a food blog documenting the best places to eat in New York City. These kinds of blogs often serve a dual purpose; not only do you want to attract readers who have an interest in the subject matter, but you also want to become an authority in your field. Through extensive research, you may end up writing about a topic you knew nothing about beforehand. Once you’ve established yourself as an expert in your chosen area, the money begins to flow.
The Niche With The Biggest Demand
Niche blogs are the way to go if you want to make quick money. They can be fairly lean and mean, relying on few key articles to pay the bills, with the remainder of their content serving as quality filler. These types of blogs are often found on topic-based websites such as Medium or Blogger. It is important to find a topic that has a high volume of interest among your target audience. Once you do, the money will start to flow.
Blogging As A Side Project
If you have a large audience that you’ve established over time on your social media channels, you can get paid to share your opinion and show off a product or service. Depending on the size of your audience, you may decide to take on one or two or three side projects at a time. For example, you could start a blog in the travel niche but then branch into politics or lifestyle. If you have a sizable audience, you can make a living off your blog without having to focus on advertising or marketing. But remember: your audience is a valuable asset and you need to be mindful of your responsibilities as a content creator. The key is to establish yourself as an expert in your chosen field and then find the sweet spot where you can blend content creation with offering your opinion on a topic you’re passionate about.
Paid Speaking Engagements
If you’re able to gain enough trust and credibility as a speaker in your area of expertise, you can get paid to speak at conferences, conventions, and even online webinars. While it is not always easy to get accepted as a speaker at these events, once you do, the money begins to flow. Sometimes you may need to put in the effort to convince an organization to invite you to speak but once you do, the offers will roll in.
Consulting And Editing
If you’re a well-known expert in your chosen field, you can become a freelancer for an organization that needs help with content creation or editing. While it can be challenging to juggle a side gig with a full-time job, the money is often worth it. As an expert consultant, you will need to determine the project requirements and then pitch the idea to the client. Sometimes you will need to show off your expertise by writing the content yourself, even if it’s a simple fact-checking brief. Being selected for a high-profile project can put you in the driver’s seat for additional income streams. If you get stuck in editorial hell, you can always find work as an English teacher.
Freelance Writing As A Business
If you’re looking to make a living as a writer, you can establish yourself as a freelancer and take on one or two side gigs at a time. You’ll need to have a solid plan and be strategic about which clients you pursue. Establishing a freelance writing business is a lot of work, but if you do it right, you can offer yourself as a cost-effective solution to content creation. While it may not always be easy to please your customers, if you provide excellent value and satisfy your obligations, you can build a valuable customer base.
The important thing to keep in mind is that no matter which method you choose, you must commit to making money with your blog. If you’re looking for a passive income stream, you can’t just write for fun. Instead, you’ll need to develop a strategy and find your niche, which will determine how successful you’ll be at making money with your blog. Once you’ve found this success, you can begin to add more passive income streams until you’re making enough money to call it quits. Just make sure you’ve got a plan B in case things don’t work out as you’d hoped. There’s no shame in having a plan B; in fact, you should consider yourself fortunate that you’ve got a plan at all.