If you are a blogger and are looking for ways to make extra money, this post has some great ideas beyond the usual recommendations to place advertisements or do product reviews. Since you’ve developed a unique skill set and are going to be spending your time online anyway, why not put those assets to work for you outside blogging? Here are some examples:
Social Media Manager
To land this gig, you’ll need to be social media savvy and active on multiple channels. You should also know how to write a good email newsletter. Pitch a business you already love; they will be more likely to hire someone who truly believes in the product. Negotiate your rate in cash or products based on time spent per week or per month. A good starting rate might be $20 or $30 per hour. Be prepared for a trial period; some businesses are interested in results before hiring a manager long-term.
Customer Service from Home
You can work from home answering emails or calls, doing miscellaneous website tasks, running online chat or managing affiliates. Businesses hire out tasks like these more than you might realize. So ask around, put the word out, and keep your eyes peeled for opportunities. You’re already at the computer, so make your down time more profitable when possible.
Have you noticed that lots of companies don’t have blogs, or the ones they’ve started look really neglected? If you’ve made a success of your own blog, offer to start or manage someone else’s. It helps to ask a business you are already familiar with.
Sell Your Knowledge
If you are an expert in a field, consider offering your services by appointment as a consultant. I’m not talking about rocket science, law or English literature. People will pay to learn just about anything, and it might be something you know how to do very well. Examples: how to sell on Ebay, how to start and promote a blog, how to use a DSLR camera or how to lower business start-up costs. This is a great market for bloggers, because most of them have a niche topic they are very comfortable with. Think outside the box. I started a business several years ago simply because I love to name things. Yes, people will pay for a good name.
Monetize Popular Posts
After you’ve been writing for a while, you’ll notice that some of your posts remain perenially popular, and continued to be shared and commented on. Go back to these “evergreen” posts and insert affiliate links seamlessly into the texts. You can use your Amazon, Ebay and Walmart affiliate accounts, or any of the thousands of programs out there for online retailers (baby websites, cloth diaper shops, children’s clothing stores, etc.).
Many bloggers also happen to be excellent photographers. That means you can make extra money by offering to sell images by request that you’ve used in past posts. You can also submit and sell stock photography to companies like iStock, Shutterstock, Dreamstime and Corbis.
Have you found ways to make extra money online as a blogger?
This post was previously published at TOTS Business Network, and has been updated.