|Blogging is Money!|
Blogging is a great way to make money online. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to build a successful blog. With the design, writing, link building, posting on social media and other marketing, blogging can quickly become a full-time job.
Most people who start blogging do it to either make additional income or to attain some financial freedom without having to work a traditional 9-to-5. So how do you make money blogging without making it a full-time job? Here are a few tips:
You can spend hours learning html, css or php and customizing your own website design. Or you can spend a fraction of the time by choosing from one of the hundreds of professionally created WordPress templates that can offer you an attractive design. Not only are these templates inexpensive (most cost less than $100), but they can also be customized to fit your needs without having to spend hours re-programming the design. You can have a professional site up and running in less than a day (and that’s with extensive customizing).
Writing blog posts is easily one of the most time-consuming aspects of running a successful blog. But you don’t have to ever write a single post if you don’t want to. There are dozens of sites that can connect you with freelance writers or that can offer you quality content for not a lot of money.
Sites on the low end of the spectrum include Fiverr (articles for only $5) and Textbroker (you pay by the word, but quality articles can be had for $5 to $15). If you want higher quality, you can go through Constant Content or advertise on professional sites like ProBlogger. Freelancer, Odesk, Elance, Guru, and Craig’s list are all viable options. Explore what each has to offer and how they fit your budget.
Social media is a great way to promote your blog and to connect with readers, but who has time to post on Twitter and Facebook all day? You can maintain an active presence on social media without having to spend more than an hour or two per week if you use a social media scheduler.
Services like Hoot Suite and Sprout Social allow you to schedule posts for some of your major social media profiles, to see all your news feeds at a glance, and to respond to posts and reader replies. You can set aside an hour or two at the beginning of the week and knock out all your social media for the week.
Getting backlinks is an important way to build your page rank and to drive traffic. Writing guest posts, commenting on blogs and forums, submitting to article directories and more will all get you great links, but it can be very time consuming.
Depending on your budget, you can hire link builders through a professional SEO agency, or you can find a freelancer through sites such as Odesk or Elance. Depending on what you choose and depending on your goals, you could spend as little as $100 per month or up to thousands per month.
A virtual assistant can help you with every aspect of running your blog, from writing posts to managing social media to building links. You could even hire a virtual assistant to manage your other outsourcing. While some virtual assistants can cost as much as a real assistant ($25 per hour or more), there are many services who can connect you with virtual assistants in other countries who will work for as little as $2 an hour.
Check out sites like Odesk and Elance to browse profiles and to find a good virtual assistant. You can browse recommendations, skill sets, and work history. You can even view the results of skills tests to make sure the assistant has a good command of English and can perform the other tasks that you would need done.
Blogging doesn’t have to be a full-time job. There are many ways to outsource the tasks that need to be done to qualified workers who will be able to help your blog become a success. You don’t have to have a company budget to make it happen. Low-budget sites can connect you with workers who can provide quality services for not a lot of money. Do your research and you will quickly find qualified workers who can do what you need done on the budget you have.
How do you manage outsourcing the tasks for your blog? Share your tips for success and your favorite resource sites in the comments!
Sarah Clare is a writer and oversees the site projectmanagementsoftware.com, where she has recently been researching timesheet templates. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking and scrapbooking.