Blogging is fun and interesting to do but it is also a pretty good way to make money. Follows are the five best jobs for bloggers looking to make a living online.
- Niche Blogging - Of course niche blogging is at the top of my list. Done well, niche blogging can eventually give you a passive income (meaning you no longer need to do any work) of $5,000 or more a month. Not bad for not having to do anything. Niche blogging is setting up relatively basic blogs about one very specific subject in order inform the people in that particular niche. Money is made through advertising, affiliate sales and personal product sales. Niche blogging is really a numbers game. Generally speaking, niche blogs don’t make a ton of money on their own. You can expect each blog (if built correctly) to make an average $5 – $40 a day depending on the niche and the traffic to the blog. Some may make more but those figures have been my experience. Obviously, in order to make a decent living, you will have to create several niche blogs. Fortunately ofter the original setup, niche blogs don’t require much maintenance. For an example of a niche blog, check out www.yardsaletips.net
- Authority Blogging- Authority blogging is like niche blogging in that it talks about a certain topic to a certain niche of people. Authority bloggers also make their money through advertising, affiliate and personal product sales. The difference is that rather than writing a bunch of niche articles and basically “finishing” the blog quickly, authority bloggers run an on-going blog with regular updates (new posts) every day, week, or month. They are more work than niche blogs, it isn’t a passive income because you have to continue working on the blog. But if you love your topic (and most authority bloggers do) it seems less like work and more like talking to a group of friends who like the same thing you do. Both niche and authority bloggers could be considered Internet marketers.
- Guest Blogger- Being a guest blogger usually requires you to be an expert in a certain subject or uniquely qualified to guest blog – if you want to get paid anyway. If you feel you know a lot about a subject, enough to qualify you as a niche expert, or you’ve earned a degree in a certain field, or you’ve work at a particular job for a long period of time, you could be a guest blogger. It is probably a good idea to start by writing articles and creating a lens on Squidoo in order to establish yourself as an expert in your subject. Eventually you can place a small ad on your lens or personal blog offering your services as a guest blogger.
- Moderator for big-time blogs - Some really big blogs can have thousands of posts and receive thousands of comments each day. These blogs need someone (or someones) to moderate these comments and approve or disapprove of them. You may also be required to respond to comments in a way appropriate to the tone of the blog. While these jobs aren’t big money-makers, it is easy to do and don’t require much effort or skill. This would be a good place to get a start and learn how a successful blog works from the inside out. Later on, if you start your own blog you’ll have a good knowledge of what to do and what not to do.
- Membership Blogs - If you really want to get involved in a big money-maker and you can pull it off, a membership blog is the way to go. A membership blog is basically an authority blog with extensive and extraordinary content, perhaps with unique features that you charge your readers a monthly (or bimonthly or semiannually) fee for access to. If you can drum up enough readers willing to pay your membership fee time and time again (called residual income) you’re on your way to financial freedom.