Blogging offers the convenience of working from home, choosing your own hours, and writing about nearly anything you like. But not everyone gets paid a lot to do the work, unfortunately.
In fact, the majority of bloggers earn a salary that’s well under the national average, specifically averaging less than $3.50 per day. If your love for blogging isn’t paying the bills, you probably need to look for some alternate revenue streams. Here are some suggestions.
1. Write a Book
If you’ve been blogging for a while, you might have enough online content to form the basis of a great book. You won’t want just to copy the information already published, but you can repurpose the content and structure it into an eBook or a self-help book.
Today it’s so easy to publish a manuscript that virtually anyone can do it, then you can promote the result on your blog.
Take some of your hard-earned savings and put them toward something that will make you a lot more money. You might invest in penny stocks, for example, the way Timothy Sykes did right out of high school.
He invested $12,000 of his bar mitzvah money into penny stocks and came out with $70,000. Investing in penny stocks can be tricky to learn, but it’s a great place for beginner investors to start, because you can buy a lot of shares with very little money, and potentially see incredible returns if your strategy plays out.
3. Market Yourself as a Freelancer
You can make a full-time living by writing content for others, whether in the form of blog posts, ebooks, white papers, or even novels. By resorting to sites like Upwork, Guru, Fiverr, and Freelancer, you can post a job profile and accept bids for work as they come in, and make enough money on the side that you can continue your blogging activity.
4. Searching Craigslist
Freelancers can find a whole host of random writing gigs on Craigslist. (Just be careful because it’s just as easy to be scammed on this site.) Look under the “Jobs” section and click “writing/editing” near the bottom of the list. It will open to a list of writing and editing jobs that can be done both online and in your area.
If you’re writing a blog, odds are you know a thing or two about writing and grammar. You can turn those skills into a successful tutoring business for middle and high school students. If you’ve earned a degree of some kind in English, you could even market your skills to college students.
Similarly, you can put your writing and grammar skills to good use be doing some freelance editing. Find gigs through Craigslist and on the freelancer sites mentioned previously.
You could also make a pretty penny by seeking out work on your Kindle app. Read free samples of Kindle books and search for errors. Then contact the author and explain how Kindle books that have been proofread perform better, and you are offering your editing services to help them get their books up to scratch.
If you speak a second or third language, it’s helpful in translation, but not necessary. You can actually work as a translator by taking content that has been written in another language, running it through a translating system such as Google Translate, and then editing the sentences so they make sense in fluent English.
8. Online Marketing
A big part of successful blogging is online marketing. If you feel like you’ve done enough marketing for your own blog that you could offer your skills to small businesses and startups, do so for a modest fee. Content marketing in and of itself is a huge online activity right now, and you could make some good money by offering to blog for local businesses in pursuit of SEO.
There’s nothing in the blogging rule book that says you have to be destitute while you pursue your dreams of being a successful blogger. With any of these side jobs, you can build both your bank account and your knowledge on any subject.