Do you love coming up with topic ideas for your blog?
Do you spend hours finding the perfect image for your blog post?
If you’re anything like me, blogging isn’t a chore but a fun and exciting opportunity. You pour your heart into your blog post and work tirelessly to promote your blog to reach your target audience.
For most bloggers, trying to earn some extra cash isn’t on their mind when they first start out. But, then you see other bloggers monetizing their blog, and think you should take a crack at it. So, you give it a try.
You sign up for affiliate programs, Google AdSense and maybe do a few sponsored posts. Then, you wait for the cash to roll in. But, what ends up happening is five months go by and what little money you do earn barely covers your hosting costs.
How can you earn money from your blog? Is there another way?
How This Stay-at-Home Mom Found Freelance Writing
I’m a mother to twin toddlers and a part-time freelance writer. Before this, I was a teacher and rarely read blogs or knew much about them.
I mostly hung out on Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube. My perfect evening!
But, after I had my twins I knew I didn’t want to go back to work right away. I wanted to stay home. I also knew I had to find a way to contribute to the household expenses.
My husband suggested trying something online. I looked into what other stay-at-home moms were doing, and many were blogging and freelancing.
I thought I could do this, so I gave it a go. I built my freelance writing career from scratch. And in six months I replaced my full-time income as a teacher, working part-time hours as a freelance writer.
I went on to grow my business and blog, and now I coach and teach other bloggers and writers how to become a freelance writer.
If you’re a blogger and want to earn more from your blog, the best thing you can do is freelance writing.
Offering a service like blog writing is perfect for you if you:
- Enjoy blogging
- Are familiar with how to write for an online audience
- Just love to write!
If I can become a freelance writer with twin toddlers to take care of, then I know you can too. Here’s how to increase your income as a blogger.
1. Put Up a Hire Me Page
You can use your blog to attract not only your target audience, but also potential clients.
The easiest way to do this is to put up a Hire Me page or Services page.
Here are some services you can offer:
- Blog writing
- Article writing
- Site content (like an About page)
This immediately lets your readers know you have something to offer. You never know, one of your readers may need some content written for them or know someone who does. This is what Anne-Marie Nichols did over on her blog, This Mama Cooks.
2. Start Creating Niche Samples
Okay, so you have a blog, and that means instant samples. Yes!
But, what if your blog posts are too personal (reads like a diary), not in a niche you want to get paid to write for, or in a typically low-paying niche like parenting or shopping.
The best thing to do is to create some niche-specific samples. Let’s say you own a parenting blog, but you don’t mind writing about finances (maybe you used to work in a bank) or health-related topics (because you practice and enjoy a healthy lifestyle).
And, if you’re able to create niche-specific samples, they may not be suitable for publishing on your blog, so what can you do? A quick way to publish samples from scratch is to create them on the Pulse or Medium.
3. It’s Time to Source Freelance Writing Jobs
While its ideal to have prospects come to you and ask you to write for them, this isn’t usually the case when you first start out.
It took me about 2-3 months before I had any inbound queries come my way. But it wasn’t consistent, and any clients I did land came from pitching.
The easiest way to find a freelance writing gig is to visit free job boards. Start checking out:
Check out these boards in the morning and before bed for the greatest chance of landing a gig. New job ads are usually added during those times.
It’s also a good idea to start crafting a good pitch email. In your pitch explain who you are, show proof you are a writer by including samples, and detail your expertise and experience.
In my course, I show you the exact pitches that landed me my writing gigs and I provide templates so you can start forming your personalized pitch right away.
4. Put Yourself Out There
In less than two months I was able to earn my first $1k from freelance writing. And I’m doing this part-time.
That beats any money you can earn through AdSense or sponsored posts in my book!
I was able to quickly achieve success by putting myself out there. I developed a pitching process and opened up a Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ account. I started sharing my blog posts and commenting on other people’s blogs.
It can be hard at first. You might think your writing isn’t good enough – who would pay me for my writing?
This especially rings true if you don’t have a journalism or creative writing background – like me. But, you know what I realized? You don’t need a writing degree to be a freelance writer.
Bloggers, businesses, and companies seek writers that can relate to their audience. They want writers that have a social presence and know how to engage an audience with their writing.
That can be you!
Wrapping it Up
If you’re sitting on a blog and having a hard time monetizing it, why not start freelance writing?
You get paid to write online…in your PJs! And what’s great is you can do this part-time if you already have a job. And you never know, your freelance writing can eventually replace your full-time job.
Perhaps you’d like to try submitting a Guest Post on a blog within your niche, to get your name out there? This blog that I’m guest posting on, alegriasmuse, is a great place to promote your work to fellow bloggers and extend your audience reach.
So, have you thought about offering freelance writing services on your blog? Let us know in the comments!
Elna Cain is a freelance writer and coach. She writes for Blogging Wizard, PageWiz, WPKube and more. She works closely with B2C and B2B businesses providing blog writing, ghostwriting and copywriting services. Not quite sure freelance writing is for you? Why not try her totally free course, Get Paid to Write Online!
I took this email course and was blown away at the fact that I was learning so much, getting loads of content and helpful tips…and it was FREE?! I would have gladly paid for Elna’s course, she knows her stuff and is both incredibly talented & sweet.