One thing about blogs and what’s written in them, is they are free.
Blogs are free to read and full of free ideas. In fact, some feel because the content is on the web, it’s free to steal.
And us bloggers, because we love this hobby so much, gladly publish our words online with no thought of their value.
We assume, if we blog, we must do it for free.
Things, however, may be changing.
Darren Rowse of Problogger recently started a new site which has a registration fee. For $1.95 a month you can read blogging information and participate in a forum which is only available to the members.*
I must say, this idea is ingenious. When we look at Darren, a blogger who has been at it for many years, why not? His head must be filled with tons of information. Information he may have never got around to posting on his blog. And with a reader base of over a hundred thousand (on his blog), I’m sure many will sign up.
What intrigues me about his idea is how he is charging a low monthly fee instead of a higher one time rate. Using this method, $1.95 sounds doable for those who join, and in turn, he is (possibly) guaranteed a steady income stream month after month.
Another thing I like about the action Darren is taking is the fact it broadens our thoughts to other possible ways of making money with our knowledge and/or our blogs.
With that said, let’s have some fun today and talk about what our blogs and/or words (knowledge) may be worth.
Here on Dane Carlson’s Business Opportunities Weblog is a How Much Is Your Blog Worth Calculator. Click on the link*, enter your URL and it automatically calculates an estimated value of your blog.
Now that you know what your blog is worth, let’s look at the the value of other things we might offer.
How much are services we provide worth? $20, $60 or even $100 per hour?
Then we have Ebooks. What is a fair price? $9.99? $19.99? $49.99?
And our words. If we freelanced, what would they be worth? $5 per post? $20? $50? Or $0.02 per word?
Although we do blog for free, what we create does hold value.
How would you price yours?
How much is your blog worth? Would you ever consider selling it?
What about words or services? What would you charge? If buying, what would you pay?
Do you see ways you can make money with your blog via your words or other creative outlets?
P.S. Keep in mind, income earned from blogs may be taxed. For how your blog earnings may affect your tax liability, check with your accountant.
*Disclosure: This is NOT an affiliate link