When I started my personal blog two years ago, I never would have guessed it would allow me the freedom to quit my part time jobs to blog full time. I first created my website as an online writing portfolio. I was trying to begin as a freelance writer, and it made sense to start posting my work on the web if I wanted to be taken seriously. Though it started as a private portfolio, my blog quickly became more. I started to create my own niche: college lifestyle, and I began learning more about the possibilities of blogging. With some social media marketing and quality content, my corner of the web started attracting attention. Less than a year after starting my blog, I got my first paid opportunity, and soon after I signed my first freelance contract, becoming a permanent paid contributor at another lifestyle website.
It is easy for writers to scoff at blogging, seeing it as devoid of creativity. However, blogging can not only help writers not only make money from their passion, but it can also develop their skills further. If you’re a beginning writer looking to gain experience, starting a blog can allow your work to gain recognition. Getting noticed on the web is a good way to build a readership and earn paid gigs. In case you’re still not convinced, here are some major reasons why writers should start their own blogs.
Getting published as a new writer is no easy task. While your blog might not be the New York Times, it still is a public space accessible by anyone around the world. Don’t underestimate the power of the internet and especially social media. Blog posts are trendy right now, and more and more internet users are consuming blog posts regularly. Self-publishing your work on your own blog can lead to more notable writing experiences down the road. Bloggers frequently contribute to well-known publications such as the Huffington Post.
Blogging is a low-cost hobby with high-potential for income. Now, don’t get me wrong. Blogging isn’t a get rich quick scheme. If you start a blog, don’t get disheartened if it takes a few months (or even years) to start making money. The great thing about blogging is that there are a lot of different ways to diversify your income, and there is no limit to the amount you can make. Here are just a few ways to make money blogging:
- Sponsored posts – Companies are starting to catch on about the value of influencer marketing. If you have a devoted audience that a certain company wishes to advertise to, the company will compensate you via products, payment, or both in exchange for a review, post, or social share. The amount you make generally relates to your following/views.
- Affiliate – If you include products in your posts, you can likely apply to be a product affiliate. Being an affiliate lets you earn a percentage of each sale generated from your website link. The most popular affiliate service is Amazon Associates.
- Advertising – If your website generates a lot of views, you might be able to include advertisements to gain passive income.
- Freelance work – Your blog becomes your own personal portfolio of your writing talent, and you can establish yourself as an expert in your particular blogging topic. As an expert, other companies and publications might look to hire you to share your writing skill/knowledge on their blog or resource.
- Paid Product – If you ever wished to publish your own ebook or online content, this is a great way to build an audience of buyers!
Practice Makes Perfect
Writing every day is not as easy as it sounds. Gaining a following on the web and being active with your readers on social media will help inspire you to write on a regular basis. Blogs allow you to write in a stress-free environment. Nobody is going to edit your work or tell reject you. You don’t have to worry about perfecting your writing style or using perfect grammar. Blogging is a casual platform that gives you complete control, and you’ll notice with each post your writing skill is increasing.
As a writer, it’s likely you didn’t major in Computer Science in college. That being said, you don’t need a fancy degree or skill to get started with a blog. There are a lot of free resources to help you set everything up, and if you wish to pay for your own domain, there are a number of affordable options for beginners. You also don’t need to have a large number of pre-written content ready to post right away. You can start small and build as you go! Here are some resources to help you set up your own blog in no time! Happy blogging!
- WordPress (a free blogging platform)
- HostGator (a great paid web host)
- Guide: How to Start Your Own Blog
Would you consider starting your own blog? What would you blog about?