Getting Paid To Blog As An Online Business
- 1 Make Money Blogging?
- 2 The Paid Blogging Dream
- 3 Getting Paid To Blog – The Reality
- 4 Then I Found An Answer
- 5 The High Ticket Business Model
- 6 Not Everyone Wants To Blog
- 7 Another Way To Make Money Blogging
- 8 How It Works For Companies
- 9 How It Works For Bloggers
- 10 Featured Bloggers on BlogExpose
- 11 Have YOU Had Paid Blogging Work?
Make Money Blogging?
Perhaps – like me – you were seduced by the dream of getting paid to blog?
I do enjoy writing and always have done…. when I was a little girl I won an essay prize from Cadbury’s, and the prize was a stack of chocolate bars so tall my Dad had to carry them for me. My friends will know that’s just my type of prize!
But of course as we take on more responsibilities and bills, a stack of chocolate bars won’t quite do the trick!
- My off-line business pays the bills for me.
- Blogging satisfies the writing bug that never quite left me.
- But wouldn’t actually getting paid to blog really be the icing on the cake?
The Paid Blogging Dream
You’ve seen the adverts – they’re such nice guys / girls – they wouldn’t lie to you! Just blog away daily for a few weeks and the dollars will roll in. Then as the weeks turn into months, and years, and the bank balance stays static (or worse!) reality kicks in and it’s obviously not happening quite the way those gurus promised.
Getting Paid To Blog – The Reality
I have to be honest – big earnings from blogging didn’t happen for me!
- A few paid adverts
- A few product sales after reviews
- Not enough to make a full-time living!
I have reviewed several products written by fellow bloggers, in return for free copies of the products, and some of my readers have been kind enough to buy the products so I earned a small affiliate commission. Of course the posts remain on my site, so I could earn more commission in the future.
But it can easily take a whole day to go through a product and write up a decent review, which usually means that the “earn by reviewing a product” model is rather hit and miss. Of course I’ve had the benefit of the free product and the time taken to review it also includes my time learning a new skill, so it’s been beneficial to some extent and it’s something I will continue to do for certain trusted product creators.
As an aside I’ve been lucky (or skilled) in my choice of product authors because I’ve always been proud to present them as valuable products on my blog. The other day I actually PAID for a product that was doing the rounds, because I knew I didn’t have the time to review it, and it was so “thin on the ground” I was really relieved I hadn’t attempted a review. Perhaps I’m being harsh on the author – I guess complete beginners would have learned from it, but it wasn’t right for my readers!
I still enjoy my blogging, but as my knowledge and skill has increased – thanks to many helpful bloggers “out there” – it’s obvious that there are hundreds / thousands of bloggers working their socks off and still not making a decent living out of blogging.
Updated July 2016
Then I Found An Answer
After struggling to find a way to monetize my blog, I lighted on the concept of high ticket offers, where – instead of trying to finance your lifestyle by selling $27 products, you incorporate higher commission items into your product mix.
If you need convincing of the logic of this approach:
- What income would you need to earn each month to pay all your bills?
- How many low-ticket items would you need to sell to do that?
- Last month how many did you sell?
- Assuming there’s a shortfall, what is your strategy to close the gap?
Over the past few months I have been testing some of the high ticket offers to see which would be best for my readers, and (of course) for me.
Making high ticket offers makes complete sense to me, and ties in with the blogging model because just today (July 2016) one of the partners in the closed support group for one of the programs revealed that he made a $1,000 commission because someone had read a blog post he’d written a YEAR ago. I like the sound of that. Do you?
The High Ticket Business Model
The theory behind the model is that you don’t have to take care of:
- Product Creation
- Exciting lead generation web pages
With all those things taken care of, all you have to do is learn “Traffic Generation” – which you’d have to learn for any online business.
So the high ticket program model makes sense to me as a way to make money online, and that is my chosen route for making money from my blog.
Not Everyone Wants To Blog
Shock, horror, heresy! Over the months I have had to accept that “not everyone” wants a blog. Despite how important I, and all bloggers, think it is.
Many people don’t have the time or inclination to produce (and more importantly) keep a blog up-to-date. So blogging isn’t for everyone. They may prefer social media, for example.
Some may prefer making money with their smartphone by text messages. Now that’s not something I would ever want to do – but that’s no reason to exclude from my target market people who would LOVE to make money using their mobile phone.
My conclusion is that any business model I recommend must provide options for bloggers and non-bloggers.
So I have settled on Exitus – a program where all the technical and marketing stuff is done for you and you decide which of many methods you want to use to promote it, and still earn four-figure commissions.
Please evaluate the Exitus “done-for-you” marketing by learning more about Exitus here.
Another Way To Make Money Blogging
I also became aware of another way that some smart bloggers were actually getting paid to blog.
What never occurred to me was that one of them, Enstine Muki, would actually be generous enough to share his sources with us! Wow!!
Enstine, who has been a constant inspiration to me over several months now, has developed a new platform called BlogExpose.com that delivers everything a blogger could want.
How It Works For Companies
The concept is so simple, it’s brilliant! The site matches companies looking to have their products and services promoted, with bloggers looking for writing assignments.
So a company will offer an assignment, which may be reimbursed by a free product or by money….
How It Works For Bloggers
… and bloggers looking for writing assignments post their profiles and apply for the listed jobs. Alternatively if a company sees a good match from your profile, a blogger may be contacted direct by the company. This is most likely to happen in the case of featured bloggers.
Featured Bloggers on BlogExpose
The main panel on the right shows a list of the latest jobs and explains how you will be “paid”.
The left-hand panel lists featured bloggers, and you’ll see that you can pay for your profile to be featured, for a surprisingly low cost. If you’re not ready to be featured, you can visit the site regularly and apply for any jobs that you feel are suitable for you.
At the moment I’m just keeping an eye on the jobs posted, because I’ve hardly got time to turn round right now.
The site is easy to use and attractively laid out, so now I’m going to suggest you register free for Blog-Expose.
Have YOU Had Paid Blogging Work?
Before you register on BlogExpose, please take a moment to share your comments about your own experiences of getting paid to blog, and whether you think this will be useful to you.