Blogging for Bucks

Freelance writing is a great way to pursue your passions and make a few extra bucks on the side. Whether you’re looking to get into freelance writing for the first time or you want to expand your current freelance assignments with more work and greater exposure, there are several important things to remember when you’re trying to find work writing online.

First: Choose your subject, and I can tell you from experience that it’s best if you write about something you really care about. Yes, you’re writing to make some money, but you won’t be able to devote your full energy to the business side of things unless you’re committed to the creative side. It doesn’t matter what it is, so long as it’s a subject you enjoy. Knitting? Cooking? Movies? Finance? Technology? Think about what motivates you, what interests you, and what you find yourself reading about online, and then use that to narrow your search until you’ve come up with a topic.

Once you’ve decided which area you want to focus on, it’s a good idea to scour online job boards to see if any established outlets are looking for freelance writers in your field. For example, Examiner.com often hires freelancers in different cities to write about local trends in everything from entertainment and sports to dining and photography. Online job postings can be a great way to discover openings at outlets nationwide for freelance writers, and they also provide the comfort that comes with knowing you’re working with an established organization. Many freelancers who now work on their own projects started out doing smaller writing jobs for other outlets.

Of course, one of the best ways to get your feet wet as a freelancer and to start to build your bankroll is to just get out their on your own and write. Start your own blog — there are multiple free ones to choose from, including Blogger, WordPress, and more — and begin writing regular posts. It’s a good idea to update your blog frequently, so rather than publish bursts of information that are then followed by periods of inactivity, write several posts at a time and space out their dates of publication. That will let you post a new entry every day, maybe two a day, and build a momentum in your writing. More importantly, it will let readers know that your blog is a reliable one, and they’ll come back for regular updates.

Building your blog is just the first step, though. It’s important to establish yourself as a member of the online community, and you can do that by visiting other blogs and commenting there, adding interesting blogs to your blogroll, or just contacting other bloggers to ask about exchanging links. You’ll soon enough find that you’ve got a small but growing audience, and this is the point when you can start to monetize them. There are many ways to do this. For instance, QueryAds lets you set up pay-per-click advertising for your site. Or there’s Amazon Associates, the affiliate program that lets you earn a percentage of Amazon purchases readers make through your site. Or you can use the Romow Directory Affiliate Program, which pays you for referring readers to their site. And believe me, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. By using powerful but subtle ancillary monetization tools, you can start to earn money on your blog all by writing passionately about your interests.

By following and repeating these steps, you’ll be able to grow your site and also sharpen your skills as a freelance writer, both of which will lead to more work as readers and editors discover your talent and drive. There’s nothing better than making some extra cash doing what you love.

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This guest post is contributed by Jena Ellis, who writes on the topics of Online Certificate Courses. She welcomes your questions and comments at her email Id: jena.ellis20@gmail.com.

45 thoughts on “Blogging for Bucks

  1. Free Club Penguin

    So many people make lots of money from blogging.

    With adsense and other CPC programs and all of the affiliate programs, if you get yourself indexed for a good niche theres tons of money to be made

    Nice post.

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  3. John Burnside

    This is a very nice way to make money online i find. Writing can be relaxing. There is a website i like to do this for called freelancer.com. This has loads of different writing job opportunities. Although they are one time jobs normally there is a wide range there so you can pick and choose (although there is quite a lot of competition)

  4. Vitaly Tennant

    Yeah, writing is one way to make money, but that’s like a job. You have to constantly write to get paid. And if you stop writing, you’ll stop getting paid. It’s better to invest online and make your money work for you … even while you sleep.

  5. Chris @ Timex Heart Rate

    I thought freelance writing didn’t pay enough. Especially with International competition driving the prices down. When someone in India will research and write 500-1000 words for $7, you wonder if working Taco Bell might pay better!

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  7. DGreen

    I make fast money online. I don’t sell anything and I don’t charge people to find out what i do. dgreen.surfmoney.com

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    Very nice and helpful post. Thank you so much for sharing you knowledge. I am always looking forward for some more blog post from you.

  9. web

    In my experience I don’t pretend to be billionaire with my blog but having extra money is really good idea. Sometime I see blogging as a way thing to my life not a profession I still want to have a job as a programmer one day.

  10. Yugioh

    Lots of Great info here provided. This is one good way to make money online, but there are still many other ways that people have been successful. But this is without a doubt one of the best.

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    This blog has some really great information, BUT it is still a whole lot harder than you think to blog for money and to get people reading your blogs regulary. You still have to find that one niche or thing, people want to be informed on, or learn something new, or just simple read something because it keeps them entertained. Give it a try, you might find success in the blogging world, it might not be easy, but you will never succeed if you give up easily. Work towards your goals in blogging and do not give up! Best of Luck!!

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    I used to own a few blogs of my own, and actually had a decent amount of adsense revenue. Its not a bad idea if you know lots about a decent sized niche.

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