Blogging for Profit
The recession of a few years ago may be over, but there are still a lot of people out there who are either unemployed or underemployed, as in, they’re working, but not working as much as they’d like to be. That’s understandable; we all want to work, not only to earn money, but because it keeps us busy and adds value to our lives. Sometimes, however, work just isn’t going to come to you; you’re going to have to go out and find it, or in some cases, create it.
Blogging is a great way to do that, especially if you know how to write and you’re good at typing. Conveniently, you’ll become better at both of those things with a bit of practice. It takes a while to get into the rhythm of writing, but if you start blogging, and create posts on a daily basis, you’ll soon find that rhythm. In addition, the more you type, the better you’ll get at that, and the work goes a lot faster if you can type well. There are even online training courses that will teach you how to type properly and many of them are free. With that out of the way, the question becomes this – If you’re out of work, why not start blogging?
Make Money Blogging
There are lots of ways to make money through blogging, and most of the work simply consists of writing about things that interest you. If something interests you, chances are good that others will be interested, too. The topic doesn’t matter all that much, since you can make money writing about just about anything. The methods of making money will vary, depending on the topic, but pretty much any topic you might want to write about can be turned into profit through blogging.
What prompted this post was an email message that I received from someone recently, offering to write some product reviews for me. This individual was looking for work as a writer, and noticed that I regularly review products in the make money online niche on this site. He offered to write some reviews for me, for money, of course, suggesting that it would save me a lot of time that I’d otherwise spend having to write those reviews myself. Of course, I don’t mind blogging, or I wouldn’t be doing it, and I type really fast, so the time issue isn’t really much of a factor for me. Most of the posts that I write blogging here take me about twenty minutes to type, though I have been known to spend a great deal of time trying to decide what I’m going to write about.
I thanked him for his offer, but I asked him – “Why aren’t you blogging yourself?” I didn’t hear back from him, but the question is a good one for anyone who can write but who isn’t already blogging to consider. After all, the nature of doing anything for hire is this – when you’re doing something for someone else and they’re paying you, the value of that work is always greater to the person who is paying than the amount they’re being paid to do it.
That makes sense; no one is going to pay someone to write an article for them, for instance, if they’re not going to get something out of that article that’s worth more than the amount of money they’re paying to have that article written. If you pay someone $10 to write an article for you, then there must be more than $10 worth of value in that article for you. Otherwise, you’re losing money, and what’s the point of that?
And that’s why I asked that particular writer why he wasn’t blogging himself. Why write product reviews for hire, when you can start blogging and write them yourself for your own benefit? You can create a blog, write reviews and offer other tips related to the niche in which you’re working, and either put some ads on the site, such as those from Google’s Adsense, or put some affiliate links on your site so that the people who are reading your reviews might have the opportunity to buy the products you’re blogging about. After all, if you’re writing reviews for someone else who’s paying you to write them, that’s what they’re going to do.
Some people stay away from blogging because they think it’s hard to do, or it requires a lot of technical know how, or they think it’s going to be expensive or it’s going to take up a lot of time. The time issue is always flexible; you can start blogging on a schedule that works for you and write posts whenever you can find the time to do it. The technical issues are easily resolved, as these days, there are lots of ways to create a WordPress blog in just a few seconds, complete with a professional-looking theme and great graphics. All you need to be able to do is fill in the blanks of a couple of forms and press a couple of buttons with your mouse. How hard is that?
Everyone has stories to tell, and experiences to share, and blogging is a great way to tell those stories and share those experiences and make money while you’re doing it. It’s simple enough that plenty of stay-at-home moms are doing it and making money from it.
Obviously, blogging isn’t for everyone, but if you’re underemployed and you know how to type, you could be making some money from blogging. If you don’t know where to start, there is some great training available online, and Wealthy Affiliate has a ton of information about blogging. You’ll also learn about monetizing your blog, drawing traffic to your site, and just about anything else you’ll need to know to get started online. It’s fun and a great way to make friends online, too. If you’re still waiting for that great job to come along, you might be wasting your time. Why not create your own job instead? You can start blogging, become a success, and take pride in the fact that you’ve done it all by yourself.
It feels good.