Get Paid to Blog -

Occasional freelance writing or a full-time career


There's lots of ways to get paid to blog, from writing for someone else to creating your own blog-based website. If you're interested in making money online as a freelance writer, blogging can be a great way to make a name for yourself, get published and start your new career.


Getting Started - Get Your Own Blog

Even if you don't want to make money from your own blog in the long-run, if you want to get a job blogging, you need have your own blog. This will be your portfolio-in-progress. When you are applying to get paid to blog, it will be a great place for folks to see what you can do.

To get paid to blog at the entry level, you will need to be able to demonstrate some basic skills, make sure that your personal blog shows these off. You will need to know how to use Wordpress, it's the industry leader. You will also need to show that you can blog frequently and regularly. And, of course, make sure you write well.

If you're starting a brand new blog, you can post retroactively to build up some content on your site. However, don't make this a long-term practice, it is not very professional.

Getting Your First Gig

Once you've got some content built up, and your site looks good you can begin to look for a gig where you'll get paid to blog. This is the time where you'll be getting your initial 'chops' for professional writing, so don't worry too much about getting the best or ideal gigs - you just want to get something where you'll be able to have you name in the byline of someone else's blog.

Read my Writing work at home jobs page to learn more about how to get a gig blogging for someone else.

If you can, get something that pays right off the bat. If this isn't possible, or if you're working another job until you can get paid to blog full-time, try writing some guest posts for more established blogs that are looking for content. While you won't get paid for these, you will get your name out there, possibly a link to your website, and build your portfolio and resume.

When you apply to gigs, you'll be asked to submit a writing sample. You can submit your own blog, of course, or if you have samples of other sites you've written for, those are perfect. If you have neither, it will be worth your time to write an original writing sample to fit their required specifications as quickly as possible. Creating a good, original piece of work to accompany your application is a great way to set yourself appart as a candidate for a get paid to blog gig.

Keep applying for jobs. It's just  a numbers game - I had no experience but good talent and it took me probably 20-30 applications to get any responses. I'm good at sales so I was able to close the majority of those responses into gigs, but you might need more if you're not used to this type of thing.

Establishing Yourself as a Professional

You got your first gig! Congratulations! You now are one of the people who get paid to blog, not just someone who does it as a hobby. You're not quite a professional blogger though yet, so here are some tips on how to take your blogging to the next level and make more money.

If you want to be a professional, be professional

If you want to be a professional blogger, if you want to get paid to blog full time and be a real freelance writer, you need to behave in a strictly professional manner. Complete projects (including spell checking and editing two or three times) and get them to your editor ahead of time. Work hard and diligently, don't be sloppy. Make life easier on your editor and not only will they give you glowing recommendations, they'll be more receptive to giving you more work or an increase in pay.

Keep your records well

This goes with the first one, but if you are going to get paid to blog, you'll most likely need to be filing your own taxes and paying those on time every quarter. Keep track of everything you take in in income and everything you spend on your new business. Internet, rent, library fees, etc. might all be tax deductible expenses. I highly, highly, highly recommend using Outright Bookkeeping (free!) to keep track of these sorts of things, it's easy and integrates well with invoicing systems. Beyond your income and expenses, you'll also want to keep track of how long you spend writing each blog post, so you'll know what your hourly wage is. You'll also want to keep your profile/resume/portfolio site updated on a regular basis with any blog post that has your name in the byline. All of this will help you when you get to the next step.

Raise your rates as quickly as you can

It's all well and good to take a $5 per post job when you're just getting your foot in the door and don't have any previous experience. At least you'll get paid to blog. However, if you've had one of these, you shouldn't need to take another one (unless your first one bombed for some reason.) Once you've gotten one gig, you'll know how long it takes you (roughly) to write one blog post. Then decide how much you need to make per hour to consider yourself full-time. Slowly raise your rates with each new job you take until you are working full-time.

Learn to fire your low-paying jobs

Once you've begun to get paid to blog, you'll figure out that there's a huge demand for this field. Especially for folks who can do it well, professionally, reliably and for an affordable rate. As you get experience you'll quickly find your plate fills up and you've got 8-10 hours of work per day and the possibility of more work. Now it's time to weed your work load to make sure you're getting paid the most you can for the work you're doing. If you're currently doing 40 hours of work per week, take on an extra 10 at an increased rate that'll make it worth your while to sacrifice your free time. Then give notice to your lowest paying (or most boring, it's up to you) gig. Leave with grace - if they want to pay you more and you want to keep doing the job, that's good - just move on to firing the next gig. If they don't or you don't, simply thank them and give them a week or two to find a replacement.

Turn down jobs you don't get credit for

If you're starting out, taking a ghost writing gig that will allow you to get paid to blog is fine because it's quick money in your pocket. However, if you already get paid to blog there isn't a lot of advantage (except, perhaps, more money for you) if you blog under any name but your own. Educate potential employers to this point - let them know that having a name and a personality helps build readership and community. However, if you can't publicly take credit for the blog post on your portfolio site, it's probably not wort taking. Or, at least, not without additional compensation.

Aim high

Not all people who get paid to blog get paid the same amount. Some get paid much, much more. If your eventual goal is to build a career writing for others, not running your own site or blog, decide from the beginning what blog (or type of blog) you want to get paid to blog for. If you want to work for Gawker, target and get jobs that will establish your name as a gossip blogger. If you want to work for The Huffington Post, cut your teeth on politics and more 'journalism' type stories. If you want to travel for National Geographic, well, good luck. You get the point.

Never Settle

The internet, at this point, depends mostly on the written word. While that is slowly changing (and learning to Video Blog or Vlog might be a good skill to add to your arsenal), good bloggers and writers of all sorts continue to be in demand. If you're bored to tears with auto mechanics, don't take a blog about that - you'll fail. Write only about what you know, are interested in and/or are passionate about.

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