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