If you're a new blogger, then I'm sure the thought of making money from your blog has crossed your mind at least a dozen or so times, right?
Of course, when you first start out, you're not thinking about making money. You're just excited to have a blog and write!
I bet you spend hours coming up with the perfect blog topic and perfect image.
You promote your post all over social media, and you're not ashamed to do it either.
You have a blog, and you're sharing your thoughts, tips, and opinions to others.
It's only after a few months of blogging does the idea of monetization become an idea. Naturally, you start looking for ways to make a living from blogging.
But, six months later, that dream seems to be shattered and what little money you earned – if any – doesn't even pay the hosting bill.
Of course, it can be!
But, the familiar earning methods you've probably heard about take a long time before you see any profit. According to Sue, it typically takes up to 6 months to make money from your own products and around two months with affiliate products.
Two months sound reasonable until you find out many merchants pay you on a net-30 or even a dreadful net-60 basis (Amazon Associates). This means once you finally earn your affiliate commission it could be up to three months until it actually hits your bank account!
Even blogger, Amy Lynn Andrews says this about monetizing your blog:
I'd say give yourself at least 6 months before you start pulling in an income. And even then, it'll most likely be coffee money.
And you know what? This is typical for many bloggers. In fact, it can take up to a year to really see a profit from all the blogging and marketing you've done.
Let's back up here.
Why does it take a long time to generate any cash from your blog – and the little cash you do generate is insignificant?
There are three reasons why you aren't making money from blogging:
This makes sense because I'm sure when you started to blog in the first place, you had no intention of making money.
You just wanted a place to share your recipes or DIY creations and maybe meet some other like-minded bloggers.
You felt your personal stories would help others out in a similar situation, right?
You didn't think this was a business when you started out. It was only a part-time hobby-type thing.
Treating your blog as a business means:
You have a blog – which is exciting – and you want to share all your passions with your readers. One week you talk about home organization techniques for the slob and the next week you write about how to gain more Twitter followers.
You have no focus. This means you don't have a niche.
A niche is a topic or passion you know a lot about. You can write about it forever.
You might think people will just get bored from reading the same thing each week, but they don't!
In fact, you will generate a following of bloggers who crave your content.
Having your own blog takes a huge commitment on your part. You have to come up with content ideas, battle writer's block and have the motivation to keep going.
What if I told you there's another way? An easier and quicker way to earn your first $1000 from blogging?
You don't have to worry about constantly updating your blog, hustling to get your content noticed or even working to build traffic at all.
Instead of writing on your blog, why not write on other people's blogs and get paid to do it?
That's what I do. I'm a freelance writer.
I'm also a mom to twin toddlers. I stumbled onto freelance writing out of nowhere.
My maternity leave was nearing an end, and I didn't want to leave my twins in someone else's care. The cost of full-time daycare for two children isn't pocket change either.
I was introduced to freelance writing, and I was hooked. I learned that other moms were doing this and making a living from it.
But, I had no writing experience. My degree is in psychology and education.
I didn't even have a Twitter account or a blog.
But, that didn't stop me. I started my website and blog and immersed myself in learning about freelance writing. Sure I made big mistakes, and I had to learn the ropes myself, but in two short months I was able to go from 0$ to $1k.
I landed my first blogging gig for $100 a post. Soon after, I went on to make $1k a month and these days I'm having to turn down work because there's just not enough time in the day.
I'm able to write in my PJ's and get paid to do it! I also get to stay home and raise my twins, which is the reason I decided to do this in the first place.
But, you know what? My story isn't unusual. If you're a blogger and love to write, you can totally do this.
Offering a service like freelance writing is one of the quickest ways to monetize your blog.
If you want to get started, here are the steps you can do right now:
An easy way to transition into freelance writing is to make a Hire Me page. This is just a little write-up of what you can provide.
Some services you can include are:
This at least alerts your readers that you have services to offer. For example, this is what blogger Sarah from the Frugal Millionaire did:
This should be easy. You have a blog! Instant samples.
But, what if you want to get paid to write about something else? For example, if you're a work-at-home mom and your blog caters to work-at-home moms, you may not land a writing gig in that niche.
You might want to consider other topics you want to get paid for. For example, when I first started freelance writing my niches were parenting, self-development and education.
But, I didn't land any gigs in those niches (I did land a self-development gig, but that was after six or so months of freelancing). Instead, I learned about digital marketing and loved it. Now most of my writing pieces are in that niche.
To create quick samples in other niches, you can use the Pulse or Medium.
The best way to find freelance writing gigs is to check out the job boards.
The usually have new ads daily, and most are quality gigs. Some places to start looking are:
It's a good idea to check the job boards in the morning or late at night when new jobs are added.
Also, work on writing a good pitch. Make sure to explain who you are, proof that you're a writer and details of your experience.
Anyone can become a freelance writer.
But, not everyone will succeed. It's common to try freelance writing and give up within the first year.
If you don't have the right mindset, dedication, and support, you'll have a tough time. That's why a course specifically for bloggers and new freelance writers can help you get in the right mindset and offer the support and training you need to succeed.
So, instead of working hard to earn a few advertising or affiliate dollars with your blog, why not blog for others and get paid for doing what you really love – writing?
Make your blog a business and start investing in it.
Over to you – what's holding you back from earning big with your blog?
Elna Cain is a freelance writer and coach. She writes for Blogging Wizard, PageWiz, WPKube and more. She works closely with B2C and B2B businesses providing blog writing, ghostwriting and copywriting services. Not quite sure freelance writing is for you? Why not try her totally free course, Get Paid to Write Online!