I often see people writing about big things like Drupal and CMS and stuff like that. These are useful for those who are in the know. Unfortunately, the impression we get is that you can create a great blog and start earning from it immediately. The truth is that it takes time to build a blog and more than a year before you start getting any money for your efforts. This is a post for those who have launched their blog and trying to survive through the year it takes to start earning from it.
Start with guest blogging
Perhaps this is the best possible way to start earning online. There are many advantages which accrue from guest blogging. Firstly you get to learn about what people want to know. For example, I have been working for a finance company who are into pay day loans. My brief is to find clients who need fast cash. Using guest posts I can carry the message to prospective customers who are looking for easy loans. In a way I am using my blogging skills to market a finance product. Guest posting is exciting, fulfilling and earns you good income. In fact, I am taken up so much with this activity that my blog has taken a back seat. But you must remember that your goal is to grow your own blog. Guest posting is only a stop gap arrangement.
Working as a freelance content developer
You may well ask, what’s the difference between guest posts and content development. The vital difference is that as a content developer you work on a single site to provide cohesive and useful information. Here you must consider your own skills before offering your services. If you are a finance person, you must approach finance site owners who would engage your services. If you are into SEO (which by the way is a booming industry) you can work for several sites developing onsite content. This kind of work can keep you busy all the time and you can earn a decent income from this activity.
How to find freelance work?
All this is fine but how do I find work? There are several websites which provide freelance work. Elance, Freelancer, Guru and oDesk are some great sites for finding freelance work. Another reason why you must look at such freelance work is that you get to know about stuff which you would never have otherwise. Personally, I have used the knowledge I have gained from freelance work to develop my own blog. There are so many things to learn and so little time.
The time spent while waiting for your blog to take off must be productive. If you can learn from these activities it’s an icing on the cake. You need not venture out afar to look for ways to earn. Maybe you will earn so much from these activities that you would forget your primary goal – that of creating your own blog. Either way it’s a win-win situation.
Sarah Lamb is a single mom who learned to make fast cash online. As an online marketer she is able to earn money while waiting for her own blog to take off. Meanwhile, she also promotes several online businesses like cash-fast.net.