The topic of how to make money with a blog gets beat to death.
You’ve read it. I’ve read it. We’ve all read it.
Truth be told, not all that many bloggers are making money WITH their blogs.
What’s happening instead is people are making money BECAUSE they have a blog.
Placing ads on a blog may generate a small income, however, those who claim to have become “six figure bloggers” by doing this, appear to be the exception, not the norm. Their success comes from having HUGH amounts of traffic landing on their blog(s) and clicking on their ads (plus other factors).
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have that kind of traffic and the wait to get it might be a long one.
What’s happening in the meantime is many bloggers are using their blogs to generate income in other ways; in ways where their blog is a stepping stone to greater gains as well as financial increase.
Below is a list of twenty five innovative ways bloggers can and are making a difference and/or are making money BECAUSE they have a blog.
- Sell your photographs
Caroline Manrique is a perfect example of this. She used her photography skills and published a beautiful picture book which highlights some of her best work. She also sells individual prints on her blog. Caroline’s book is featured at the top of this post.
- Write and sell books (ebooks or other).
This is what Lori Hoeck did. She wrote an ebook titled “Think Like A Black Belt” using her years of experience in martial arts to create a book chock full of life saving self defense techniques
- Build a new business.
Tom Volkar, true life calling coach, used his blog and coaching business to launch his new business, “Big Link Rally”*. In the future he hopes to take the new business on the road.
- Freelance Writing.
MomGrind’s author Vered used her blog as a stepping stone to become a freelance writer . She continues to blog, but most of the time she can be found creating content for her clients.
- Specialize in tweaking blogging themes
Kim Woodbridge of Anti Social Development quit her day job to perform blog upgrades and template tweaks for her customers on a full time basis. Although she still blogs, her clientele comes first.
- Sell your music
Jannie Funster, singer and songwriter, uses her blog to make us laugh plus bring more attention to her latest CD. Not only does she advertise the CD on her blog, but you can buy it there, as well.
- Speaking engagements.
Some bloggers are being paid to speak about the topic in their niche. A blog is a great place to advertise your services as well as to showcase your knowledge.
- Fee based work shops.
Use the information you share on your blog and offer work shops to local businesses in your area. The work shops will also give you an opportunity to promote your blog.
- Sell crafts on a blog
If you have an artistic talent and aren’t having luck getting your creations sold locally, use your blog in conjunction with a site like eBay to market your wares. Twitter would compliment these efforts nicely, as well.
- Create t-shirts or other items and sell them on sites like Zazzle or Cafe Press.
On both Zazzle and Cafe Press you can create custom products like t-shirts, cups, stationery plus a whole lot more and make a small commission while Zazzle or Cafe Press takes care of the rest. This works well for bloggers Betsy and Pete of Passing Thru who sell custom stamps. For detailed information on what works for them, see the series of posts Betsy and Dot of Deeper Issues published with regard to making money online.
- Write paid posts.
Although some discourage using a blog for this activity, many are making money doing it. Setting up a separate blog for this purpose may help to avoid your main blog from becoming overly commercialized.
Instead of arranging a meeting of like minded people in the real world, some are setting up “pay to attend” webinars. Using this method of reaching others not only reduces costs, but can result in a larger number of attendees.
- Offer specialty blogging products or services for a fee
John Hoff not only blogs, but offers premium web hosting, security and WordPress management on his website.
- Product reviews.
Some bloggers love to write product reviews. Although they may not get paid to write a post, samples are often sent to them which they can keep. I’m still waiting for someone to send me a Mercedes and to review and keep.
- Site re/design and/or premium themes
Eric Hamm of Motivate Thyself started a blog and then began to hire out his technological skills to do site re/design for others (including for this blog). He has since gone on to develop a premium WordPress theme*.
- Become a corporate blogger.
The time you spend blogging becomes your online resume. Use it to your benefit and apply for jobs in the real world.
- Be a ghost writer
Karl at Work Happy Now offers teleconferences to help improve the work culture in companies. He advertises this along with several other services on his blog.
- Show off your funny side.
Cartoonists like Todd of Asciville are showing off their funny side as well as their artistic talents by using their blog to showcase their creations and to get their name out.
- Create a membership site and sell your knowledge
Darren Rowse of Problogger has a fee based membership site as does Barbara Ling
- Hire yourself out as an expert in (____fill in the blank___)
Davina is having great success with her proofreading and editing business and uses her blog to advertise, as well as to showcase her writing talents and her life coaching business.
- Become a social media expert.
Use what you’ve learned from being on Twitter, Facebook and/or MySpace and contract to others and help them build an online presence
- Build the clientele for an existing business.
If you currently operate a business, add a blog to your website to increase your reach and build your reputation. Write targeted posts in which you share tips and ideas with your current and future clients. The comment section is the perfect place to provide answers to questions. Kevin Sandridge’s site is a perfect example of this.
- Teaching assignments
In a recent comment Dominique shared how because of her blog, she was offered a gig to teach a class at a writers conference.
- Help a favorite charity
Although helping a charity won’t put money in your pocket, a blog can help to draw attention and raise money for a good cause.
Ghost Writer Dad dipped his toes into this arena. The last time I checked he’s doing quite well, plus has added other services to his list.
So, there you have it, twenty five ways in which a blog can be used to catapult you and your talents into the mainstream toward financial freedom and/or meeting your personal goals.
How are you using your blog to advance your career, generate additional income and/or reach your personal goals?
If you’re not, do you foresee that happening in the future?
Raise your hand and share your thoughts. I’m all ears.