One thing I’m asked about all the time is if one can really make a living as a blogger. My answer: It depends. I’ve been writing and blogging online since 1999 so I’m sort of qualified to share a bit about what I know of the online content writing world. Whether it’s blogging, or writing – or in some cases where the lines are all blurred – whether or not you make a living as a blogger all depends on who, what, and where you work.
For instance, if you work for a network the chances are pretty good you won’t earn enough to pay the mortgage, or in many cases a week’s worth of groceries. Even the best networks only pay a few bloggers a livable wage. The majority of network bloggers don’t earn much money at all.
Those networks that haven’t closed their doors might pay $1 per post or less. I worked for several networks and only one paid a very good wage. I used the others for experience, tools and to supplement my income. In fact, I’ve always made more with my own blogs than other people’s.
After blogging for other people for so long it occurred to me that I’d earn more money if I devoted the same energy and time towards my own blogs. Lo and behold I began earning a lot more money – and keeping all the profit for me. Then I found a full time job blogging and managing a community. I earn more money now than I ever did in Corporate America or as a freelance blogger.
Now, that’s not to say you can’t earn a decent living as a blogger for hire. As I mentioned at FWJ today, my first paying blogging gig paid $500 for 200 words a week. If you’re truly interested in earning a livable wage, you have to look in all the right places. If you want to go beyond hobby money and more into earning to support your family, try looking beyond networks. Businesses and corporations are hiring bloggers to add a more personal touch to websites and products, and for community management. Plus many individuals, media outlets and others are looking to hire bloggers.
Don’t worry though, we have your back. In the upcoming weeks we’ll explore how to earn a good living as a blogger. We’ll discuss ways to make your own blogs work for you and also who is paying bloggers a good wage. And we want you to share what you know too. Please leave your comments and let us know how you earn a living as a blogger. Who you work for, the earning potential and whether or not you recommend it to others.