Are you looking to find some great-paying blogging clients? Join the club! Business blogging is one of the best entry-level types of writing to get you started as a freelancer. When I got back into freelancing in late 2005, paid blog writing caught my eye right away.
As someone coming off 12 years as a staff-writing journalist, I was fascinated by the breezy, casual, short blog-post format. So I dove in.
Soon I was earning quite a lot blogging for clients. I documented what I was doing, and the post How I Make $5,000 a Month as a Paid Blogger became one of the all-time most popular posts here at Make a Living Writing.
Recently, I got to wondering what I’d do if I wanted that level of monthly income from blog writing clients now.
My approach would be completely different, because the world of blogging has changed so much. Also, the way I did it a decade ago was a recipe for burnout. I had to churn out nearly 60 blog posts per month to make that money! That’s not sustainable.
Here are the strategies I recommend now, for becoming a well-paid freelance blogger:
Here’s something I hear a lot: “I’ve got a blog, but nothing’s happening. I’d love to diversify my income and lessen my reliance on freelance clients. What am I missing? Can you tell me how to make money blogging?”
Over the years, I’ve shared a lot of my own blogging journey, as I grew this blog into the platform for a thriving online business.
But as the blog got bigger, it’s gotten harder to quickly find my best earn-from-blogging tips.
As a coach dedicated to helping writers find financial freedom, I think helping writers develop their own income streams is super-important.
The answer? I’ve created a special page that pulls together all my best information, blog posts, and resources in one handy spot.
Introducing: How to Make Money Blogging Central
I’ve combed through the 900+ posts on here, and created a headquarters for all my best information on how to make your blog earn.
When I first started Kindlepreneur.com, I spent tons of time creating content I believed self-publishers needed to read in order to increase their book sales. I wanted to provide useful content, build an audience, and make affiliate sales.
I got some traffic, but the truth was, that wasn’t converting into income.
Starting my website wasn’t just about helping the industry, it was also to earn a little extra money, eventually making passive income so as to support my writing habit.
But it wasn’t until I started creating the following 5 post types that I saw real return on my writing efforts. This isn’t to say I stopped providing excellent content – quite the contrary. Instead, I provided a different type of value that also returned value to myself as well.
If you want to make affiliate sales, the following five post types can be added to any type of niche, not just one on book marketing. So, check them out and start thinking about how you can create the sort of content that provides for your readers, but also offers natural ways to increase your bottom line.
Every year, at the end of the year, I look back and discover the things freelance writers need to know most.
How can I tell? By looking at which posts here on the blog saw the most readers. Those are the topics freelance writers needed to learn about the most.
This year, there’s an interesting variety to the list. As always, this provides a road map for me to what kinds of posts I should bring you more of next year!
To qualify for this list, by the way, the post has to have been published or re-published in 2016. Oldies-but-goodies that keep getting traffic for ages don’t count! But you can check out the sidebar for those.
Here are the 10 things you wanted to know about the most in 2016:
Do you regularly scan job boards looking for online writing jobs, but only find low-paying gigs? If so, you might need to get a little choosier about where you look.
If your typical rates are above what the listings offer, it may be time to stop checking the job boards altogether. In general, you’ll do better with proactive prospecting to find your own clients, rather than applying to mass-online-job ads where you compete with hundreds of writers.
But if checking online job ads is still a part of your regular marketing routine, at least be an educated freelancer and target boards that are the best fit for you. We interviewed site owners and researched listings to bring you this inside look at what’s available on 17 top boards: