For most bloggers, writing and posting regularly is a labor of love. You spend countless hours writing about the things you love with the hope that a few like-minded people appreciate your unique perspective on things. But what if you could make money doing what you've been doing all this time for free?
You might not be able to quit your day job and live lavishly off your earnings, but there are financial rewards out there that can put a little extra cash in your pocket. And while it's more likely that you'll earn a modest paycheck blogging, there's always the chance that you'll strike it big if your blog becomes a hit.
Here are a few ways to make money blogging:
* Blog for hire. If you're really good at what you do and have already established an audience, there may be companies who are interested in your services. Think about your subject matter and if it aligns with a certain type of product, it might not hurt to reach out to the company and see if they are interested in establishing a blog. At the very least, they may be interesting in advertising or promoting their product on your blog, or sponsoring your content.
* Contests. Grassroots marketing efforts for many businesses these days involves interacting with different bloggers in their field. It's now common for companies to offer giveaways through blogs to build awareness about their product - and a financial reward may be offered to the blogger. Following companies related to your subject matter on Twitter and Facebook is not only a way to generate ideas for posts. You may also find out about blog-related promotion opportunities.
Contests can also work the other way. For example, if you're a savvy mom who writes about inventive ways to save cash, you could win a chance to blog for Cheap Sally. The coupon site
is offering the winning blogger a year contract worth $100,000 to the winning entrant in their "Bring Home the Bacon!" contest. Visit www.cheapsally.com/contest
to learn how it works.
* Affiliate marketing. In its most general terms, affiliate marketing works like this: A blogger hosts an advertisement on her website and is paid based on how many people either click on the ad or buy the product advertised by clicking on the ad. There are also a number of programs out there that can help you organize an affiliate marketing program. Industry blogs like blog.affiliatetip.com
can help you get up to speed on affiliate marketing if you're new to the concept.
As a blogger, you're not in it for the money. But making a little extra dough from your hobby may just give you that extra motivation you need to keep going.