6 Ways a Blog Can Make You Money

To blog or not to blog is a question many freelance writers have.

It gets even more confusing because many of us are now using blogging software like WordPress to create our professional sites. We do that because using a content management system makes updating so darn simple.

Writers also, however, consider writing blogs on any number of topics with the idea of picking up anything from a bit of change to serious money.

A niche blog, like my AboutFreelanceWriting and Lori’s WordsOnThePage or any number of blogs for writers, plus innumerable blogs about everything from About.com’s Blogging to ZebraBlogs are written from passion and/or to promote a business. Some of these will earn some money blogging.

Here are the top six ways a writer can make money with a blog other than their promotional site:

Google Adsense. You include ads in your posts or on your blog and Google ‘reads’ your site so it can provide ads that make, usually, contextual sense. You get paid because people see and click on the ads. If you’ve got enough traffic, you can make significant income. I love including Google as one of the companies that pays me.

Affiliate programs. Also sometimes called associate programs, the short version is you promote a product and get a commission off any sale that comes through your blog. Amazon offers one of the better know affiliate programs. Continue reading

8 Contract Musts For The Freelance Writer

writer's contractIt’s so exciting when a potential new client gets in touch! But before you sign a contract or letter of agreement, make sure you can answer these eight questions and that they are reflected in the contract.

My goal in creating contracts or letters of agreement is to give us both a document to go back to if things get confused – and they often do. The agreement is the guide for both parties.

Are you clear on what the new client wants you to do? Exactly what the client wants you to write must be spelled out or you’re almost certain to have problems. Often called the scope of work, it needs to address the purpose of the work,  number of words, how any research will be handled, and, of course deadlines.

Is the client’s responsibility clear and also written down? Clients often need to provide information, do reviews of drafts, get graphics done, etc. etc. etc. The client’s responsibility is just as important to the successful completion of a writing project as your role. Spell it out so the responsibilities are clear. Continue reading