When I visit any family function I have hard time explaining what I do for my living. Many a times I take a short cut of not explaining about “online blogging” but just tell them that I work for online clients because it is something really easy to explain. Freelancing is not major part of my income but forms considerable part of my income online (See here).
I am always looking for more than one income source. When I was doing a 9-5 job I had extra income from my sites and stock market. When I am into managing my forums and blogging I look for extra income from clients.
Before I explain how I go about making that extra income online let me clarify that I am not talking about making extra money doing nothing but I am talking about doing few extra things that can help you make extra money online.
Visualize my Adsense earnings when I was doing a full-time job. The numbers are not important but the important part is the growth in income.
I used to work on my sites after returning home from my day’s job and on weekends.
When I am into managing my forums and blogs, I have an extra income from my clients. Apart from freelancing I also do a lot of equity investments and they also form a lot of extra income for me but we would try to avoid that part of the equation because we want to be focusing on Making extra money online and not focus on making extra income.
So I will explain how I did it and how you can also start making an extra income online and scale up that income to make it your full-time income like I have done.
So let us begin…
Blogging along with Job or College to Make Extra Money Online
Setting up a blog is very easy and there are plenty of resources to help you get started. I also offer Free Blog Setup service to help you get started.
Once you have your blog online you can add couple of articles per week to your blog for next six months. I am sure you can get this done along with your day’s job or college. I was able to get this done for my forums and blogs because it only means writing one article each on Saturday and Sunday. Assuming you do this for the next 6 months, you have 50+ good articles for your blog.
Remember you should only focus on writing two good articles on your blog each week and not worry about too much about any other aspect of blogging like links, social media promotion, search engine optimization etc, etc. If possible don’t even install stats software like Google Analytics or WordPress stats on your blog for checking how many people visited your blog and other things because it really does not help when you are getting started and makes you a stat addict. We are focusing on building a blog to make extra income online.
Once you have your 50+ good articles on your blog, you can apply for Adsense. Adsense needs blogs to be online for 6 months and as you have added really good content over the past six months it should help you to get approved in Adsense fairly easily. Now you can add Adsense to your blog. Before you add Adsense to your blog I will recommend you read Why Most New Blogs Fail?
Don’t worry too much about how many more cents you have earned from your blog in Adsense because the idea is not to make a living out of Adsense from your blog. Having single Adsense Ad unit somewhere in the sidebar should be able to help you understand the working of Adsense and make extra income online just for working few hours on weekends.
Instead of focusing on building Adsense income focus on building your blog. Read as much as you can about blogging and you can even ask your friends and colleagues to contribute some articles to your blog. Slowly but surely you can build into the extra income online with your blog and as your blog starts picking up you can decide on what you want to be doing more. Blogging or Job.
Is Blogging right for you?
Many would argue that I am not a writer and cannot write articles like you do. Let me share with you something. Being an Indian, English is not my first language and I am still horrible in English Grammar. In my wildest of dreams I could not imagine about becoming an author of an eBook. Till date I am still not confident where to use their and there or week or weak. I use Microsoft Word’s English Grammar tool and other software’s to make better English of my article and so if I can write and get going into online blogging, I am sure anybody willing to try CAN. If you know your weaknesses, you can work on them and improve on it.
You have almost 15 to 16 years of education to get a job. If you are passionate of becoming an entrepreneur, can’t you just give blogging a try for few months learning better English and see what happens? There are many services that allow you to start a blog for free like WordPress.com or Blogger.com and you can use them to get the feel of blogging.
Once decided that you want to stick with blogging you may need to make your self hosted blog because you cannot make money from your free blogs that effectively. See why here. Anyone trying to make money with a blog or a website will probably be more successful with a self-hosted blog. Getting a self-hosted blog is not free, but not very expensive either. Costs $5 per month for having your blog online. Check out Bluehost my favorite shared host to get you started.
How to Make Extra Money with Blogs?
What if you are already blogging and would like to have an extra income from your blog? If you are looking to expand your income from your blog means you are already doing good with your blog and now looking to expand your income online. You would see the following are more popular ways to make money from a website or blog
- CPC Ad Networks
- CPM Ad networks
- Direct Ad Sales
- Affiliate Commissions
- Selling own products or eBook
You can apply any or all of the above if you are not having it on your blog but what more you can add is have a freelancing or consulting profile on your blog where potential clients can hire you to get the task done from you or can hire you for consultation.
Lot of things depends on the niche of your blog. As an example if you have a blog about cooking you may not be hired for cooking the recipes but you can be hired to write recipes on other sites or may even be hired by other related forums to become a moderator.
Consulting really works well on both of my blogs (Other one is Technical Analysis Blog) where I provide one on one consultation that forms considerable amount of extra money I make from my blogs.
I am not advertising myself on my technical analysis blog but I do that a lot here and you can see that in my post about vBulletin Optimization where the closing of the article has an option to hire me for further vBulletin optimization. I had numerous clients contact me for custom vBulletin optimization suggestions.
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