How to Make $5,000 a Month With Freelance Blog Writing

Carol Tice

Are you looking to find some great-paying blogging clients? Join the club! Business blogging is one of the best entry-level types of writing when looking to become a freelance writer. When I got back into freelancing in late 2005, paid blog writing caught my eye right away.

As someone coming off 12 years as a staff-writing journalist, I was fascinated by the breezy, casual, short blog-post format. So I dove in.

Soon I was earning quite a lot blogging for clients. I documented what I was doing, and the post How I Make $5,000 a Month as a Paid Blogger became one of the all-time most popular posts here at Make a Living Writing.

Recently, I got to wondering what I’d do if I wanted that level of monthly income from blog writing clients now.

My approach would be completely different, because the world of blogging has changed so much. Also, the way I did it a decade ago was a recipe for burnout. I had to churn out nearly 60 blog posts per month to make that money! That’s not sustainable.

Here are the strategies I recommend now, for learning how to make money writing and becoming a well-paid freelance blogger:

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How to Make Money Blogging: 10 Tips to Up Your Freelance Game

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Quick blogging tip: don’t forget about multimedia options! Videos, podcasts, embedded whitepapers/PDFs, etc.

1. Document your blog writing wins

Better-paying blogging clients are actively seeking writers with a proven track record of getting a ton of comments, social shares, traffic, and clicks to opt-in pages.

If you have any blog posts online that fit this bill, start a link archive. These are what you’re going to send prospects, to impress them that you deserve top rates. For instance, if I’m going after a blogging gig now, I send them the stats on how much traffic I drove with my Forbes blog channel, with a relatively small number of posts:

Don’t have big wins yet? Start thinking about where you could guest, even for free, and get some. Increasingly, great blogging clients are actively approaching (and poaching) the writers they want, from wherever they’ve seen them driving tons of shares or massive traffic.

Even one post you wrote that got 1,000 or more shares or 100 comments is a good starting point for impressing prospects.

2. Seek better clients

There are blogging clients, and then there are good blogging clients. That first category of client wants you to write ‘a blog post’ for $50. The second wants you to write 4-8 a month or more, at $150-$300 per, and up.

Luckily, more and more companies are upping their game and paying more, as blog posts become more like articles.

If you’re getting low-paid blogging work, you’re probably looking for clients in all the wrong places — Craigslist, UpWork, and content mills.

Applying to mass online ‘opportunities’ in a race to the bottom on price is not the route to great pay. Instead, identify your own clients. Lists of successful public and private companies abound — check out the annual lists from Inc., your local business journal’s Book of Lists, or from trade publications in your chosen industries.

The ideal prospect has an abandoned blog — it’s up and running, but not getting updated — and is big enough to have a real marketing budget. Or they have a busy blog with multiple topics, authors, and channels, and may need additional assistance. Think companies with $10 million to $100 million in annual sales.

3. Write sponsored posts

Stop trying to talk small businesses into giving you professional rates for writing posts on their tiny little blog. Instead, tap into the booming market in writing advertorial-type sponsored posts on popular sites for major companies.

To begin, sleuth out the popular platforms that accept sponsored posts (which are also known as native advertising). Then, connect with the agencies or departments overseeing sponsored content development for that site.

For instance, Forbes BrandVoice oversees content creation for many big companies placing sponsored posts on Forbes.com — and writers report to me they’re booking tens of thousands in income per year, writing for top brands there.

Rates for sponsored posts should range from $200-$600 and up. Sponsored-post rates are better because it’s essentially advertising, though the post should still be focused on delivering useful content. Companies understand the connection between ads and revenue, so they pay appropriately.

4. Work a niche

I’ve never shared this little secret before…but for a while, I had several small-business finance blogging clients. And I wrote the exact same post topics for all of them, every month!

I would take the topics I’d blogged about for Entrepreneur, and write those topics again for my small-biz clients.

Completely different headline, post, and quotes. A total rewrite, usually with a slightly fresh slant on the topic, designed to appeal to their audience. But in essence, the same post idea.

If you gather blogging clients in a single niche that aren’t directly competitive with each other, you can retool the same ideas and save yourself a ton of time. Your clients will never be the wiser, while you can reuse links, experts, and tips.

My hourly rate on writing the second and third iterations of those topics was upwards of $150 an hour — sticking to my niche made earning well from blogging super-easy.

5. Think longform

The days of 300-word posts are over. Google now favors 1000-2000 word posts, and there’s a ton of demand for freelance writers to create these more sophisticated, high-value posts. You know the CEO doesn’t have time for this level of content development, and probably can’t write well enough to pull it off, anyway!

Look for good clients in this niche by studying popular platforms on topics that interest you. Look for site ranking charts for blogs in your niche — or hit your favorite analytics tool such as SEMRush to find the big players.

Subscribe, read, and see who’s featuring longform posts. You should be earning $300-$600 and up per post for these — or more, if the subject is particularly arcane or complex.

6. Connect with digital agencies

A number of digital agencies have sprung up in the past few years that specialize in better online content development — a recent guest post here profiled 4 emerging agencies. They’re serving as intermediaries between writers with a track record of driving engagement with blog posts and companies that need that help.

These agencies are a step beyond content mills, and don’t make you bid competitively against hundreds of others — prices are set, and they hand-cull who they invite to do each gig. I’ve gotten $300-$400 per post from one of these scenarios, and am hearing about $500 gigs, too.

Yes, these agencies don’t take all comers. If you don’t have the resume to get in with these yet, be working on building your track record so you can impress them soon.

7. Get a retainer — or three

Good blog clients are looking for an ongoing commitment from you. They understand building engagement on a blog takes time. I like to see a 90-day initial contract for 12 posts, or I’m not interested. Then, it’s renewable on an ongoing basis.

The other advantage of signing a retainer contract is that it should come with a 30-day notice clause if they want to drop you. This helps you avoid sudden drops in income and keeps your income more stable.

Most importantly, retainers help you avoid stress and start each month with a big chunk of your income already booked.

8. Grow the relationship

These days, many content creation companies oversee multiple platforms. Once you’re in at a site, start looking around.

Does this company run other blogs, too, for different target clients? Does this agency have other blog clients? Start asking for referrals and see if you can leverage that one blog writing gig into more.

9. Don’t forget to upsell

Once you’re writing blog posts for a client, it’s time to look at their marketing and see where else you could contribute. For instance, creating a free special report, white paper, or case study for their subscribers is a natural segue, once they already know and love your work.

Pitching additional projects that complement their content marketing strategy and take it beyond “just blog posts” can easily add $1,000 or more to your monthly income.

10. Anatomy of a $5,000 blog writing month

If you’re getting $300 a post, doing 4 posts a month, that’s $1,200 a month from one client. You can see that it’s not hard to build to $5K a month at this rate — and at this point, $300 a post is on the low end of what better blog writers are getting. It would only take 4 clients, maybe even less if you’re proactive at upselling.

At rates from $300 and up, it also means you’d only need to write 15-17 posts a month, to earn the pay that took me 60 posts to achieve a decade ago.

I feel thrilled to write that! I’ve been advocating for better writer pay rates and encouraging blog writers to ask for more for years. And remember — if you do an upsell and have a special report or short e-book in the mix, then you get there with even fewer posts.

Finally, professional pay for blogging is becoming a reality. Interested? The question of how to make money blogging is no longer as mysterious as it once was. Go out and get your share of it.

What’s the most you’ve been paid for blogging in a month? Share in the comments and tell us how you’re doing it.

98 Comments

  1. Oludami

    Hi Carol,

    I recently jumped at a $500 article offer, later to find out how hectic it is. It’s a definitive guide-style article, like the ones SEO warlords like Neil Patel and Brian Dean create — 5000+ words, with chapters and all. And the work involved is far more than just putting down those words. Had to use a technique called “Skyscraper Technique” (not sure you’ve heard this) to create the article — as requested by the client.

    Now I’m wiser. But my question is: how much do you think a writer should charge for that kind of writing? (Because it’s a high-value service I’d now like to pitch prospective clients.)

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Firth McQuilliam

      If you’ll forgive a quick remark from a neophyte like yourself, my gut feeling is that you should charge $2,000 at the very least, which translates into about $0.40 a word for roughly 5,000 words. Assuming your writing style is efficient and your research is exhaustive, even $2,000 is distinctly on the low side.

      To paraphrase what I believe Ms. Carol Tice has said throughout Make a Living Writing, clients are in reality paying you for the value of the work to them and not for the actual words. If you bring forth with fire a compelling document that grabs readers where it hurts and leaves them feeling tired but happy, then you’ve given your clients a professional product that meets their needs and puts money into their pockets.

      Why wouldn’t they pay you well for that? Perhaps $3,000 is better. You can negotiate with a smile on your face and steel in your heart. ^^;

    • Edo

      You can ask for $2k, $3k or $8k, but the client will most likely find another writer who’d do the same job for $500.

      Firth, you seem to be a bad negotiator because if a client offers you $500 for a particular job, and you ask for $2,000 – the result is that you, my friend, are gonna lose the job.

      If a client is ready to pay $500, then you may ask for $550 or $600. By doing so, you may get the job if you’ve previously convinced the client that you’re the right one for that particular job.

      You should be extremely careful when negotiating payment with new clients because of the fact hat new clients don’t know you, and they can’t trust you.

      So, why would they throw away their money just like that? Remember, money doesn’t grow on trees.

      Also, when you’re negotiating the payment with new clients, please keep in mind that those clients aren’t stupid, and they’re perfectly aware of the global freelancing market as well as the fact that they can easily find highly qualified or super talented writers from India or Phillipinnes who’d do the job for half of the price.

    • Firth McQuilliam

      Edo, the point is that there’s evidently a subtle but remarkably sharp-edged difference between the bulk of low-paid freelance writing and the upper tiers of freelance writing. As you said, clients seeking $500-level work will continue to insist on paying that much money for 5,000-word pieces no matter how much better may be the fruits of a truly talented and experienced writer.

      Because so much depends on exactly who is seeking what quality of writing for which purpose and with what budget, I feel myself unable to comment usefully on that topic. Perhaps Ms. Carol Tice will have something to say on it although I believe that her hundreds of other blog posts and thread comments have already thoroughly covered that ground. You can read them for yourself and form your own opinion.

      As for my own negotiating skills, I’d suggest that you learn the first rule of professionalism, which is to not unnecessarily offend others by crudely attempting to stuff words into their mouths, thoughts into their heads, and skills into their souls. You know nothing about me, but your incessant rudeness in this thread is telling me everything I need to know about you. Before you dig yourself even deeper into that anti-social hole, I strongly suggest that you drop your keyboard like a hot potato and seek out a copy of the old but still excellent book “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.

    • Edo

      I’m sorry if I was a bit rude. That wasn’t my intention.

      What I’m trying to tell is that you actually gave very bad advice to Oludami because a client who’s willing to pay $500 a piece will very hardly change their mind and give you $2,000.

      Asking such amount from such client will just make you lose the job – in 98% of cases. So, my advice would be that you should just ignore that offer and go look somewhere else for $2,000 payments.

    • Firth McQuilliam

      Your point about staying within rough budget parameters for a specific class of clients is reasonable enough. If the original poster is indeed aiming at that niche, then I suppose his best option would be to negotiate additional payments for value-added services like guest blog posts with backlinks, on-site sales pages, and promotional comments on major social-media platforms such as Google Plus and Facebook.

    • Edo

      I agree with you. However, I still wouldn’t do that with new clients. It’s too risky because I don’t actually know the person from the other side of the screen, and they don’t know me. Instead, I’d first try to connect more with them.

      Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be too aggressive with major companies who’re willing to pay $2k a piece because they’re most likely receiving tens and even hundreds of pitches. Therefore, you’re not the one who dictates the pricing.

      If you try to do so, your pitch will probably end up in a trash folder faster than those Nigerian guys promising to send you $1 million dollars within 48 hours.

      Also, imagine how much work you should do to earn $2k from a client paying $500 for 5000-word piece. Way too much bro 🙂

    • Carol Tice

      Edo, prospects can ‘know you’ through your portfolio. As you build stronger clips, it becomes clear why you are worth more.

      The clients who hire me aren’t looking for a way to find someone they can pay $500 instead of $2000 — they’re looking for the best of the best, and someone with a track record of results. There aren’t so many of us, and we’re not that available. It’s a completely different caliber of client than those that are driven by price.

    • Edo

      The vast majority of writers shouldn’t go after $2k payouts simply because they’re gonna waste their time and will end up being disappointed for not reaching the goal.

      My advice would be to either accept those $25 per 500-word offers or start doing some other job.

    • Carol Tice

      Well, feel free to start that blog, Edo, my advice for 9 years now has been that freelance writers deserve professional rates, and to take advantage of resources that teach you how to get them.

      The number of $25 assignments is shrinking, so everyone whose income depends on them should be looking at their next steps.

    • Carol Tice

      For 5,000 words? I want real money. Really depends on how much interviewing and research I need to do for it, but $2,000 wouldn’t seem wrong to me. Sadly, most blog sites are still radically undercharging for longform posts, and we’re still in the process of educating the marketplace, as writers, on what’s fair pay for these feature-article style posts.

    • Edo

      Dear Carol, if you can get $2k for 5k-word piece, doesn’t mean others can get it also 🙂

      C. Ronaldo can easily get 1 million dollars per month, but other players can’t 🙂 They’re forced to work for much lower wages.

    • Carol Tice

      But many others do — I’m not a fluke, Edo.

  2. Edo

    I think that only a few percent of all freelance writers are qualified enough to write for such huge companies who’d pay $300 or more per article or post. Those who can achieve this are mostly native English speakers.

    I wouldn’t recommend non-native English speakers, especially newbies and those who’re not qualified enough, to waste their time looking for such clients and such payments.

    Instead, they should focus on small businesses or startups if they’re willing to make anything at all.

    My goal is to make a living from writing, and since I don’t live in the US, I don’t need $5k per month.

    $500 per month is enough for me to ensure a great living in my country. This is easy to achieve and doesn’t require much effort.

    I’m sorry but if you’re telling me that taking $15 per 500 words means working for peanuts or exploitation – then you don’t actually understand the global economics.

    For instance, people in my country have an average hourly rate of $2 which is considered as great.

    So, if I can work for $3 an hour from the comfort of my home – that would be like a dream came true for me.

    I know this is ridiculous for US or UK residents, but please understand that this is the economy of third world countries.

    Reply
    • Cendrine Marrouat

      Edo, I disagree 100%.

      Non-native speakers have often learnt English grammar in school, unlike native speakers. Just because a majority of people around you seem unable to speak / write properly doesn’t meant that it’s the case everywhere else.

      Actually, I know people who live in third-world countries and make just as much as people in the UK, US, or Canada.

      $15 for 500 words ARE peanuts. An average hourly rate of $2 or $3 is considered a slavery rate is MOST countries. Maybe you don’t have to pay taxes, after all. Or feed yourself or pay bills.

      This is exactly why so many of us are struggling to make a living as freelancers. While I understand where you are coming from, I certainly encourage you to educate yourself on the way globalization works and how sweeping generalizations like yours impact EVERYONE else.

    • Edo

      It doesn’t matter if a non-native speaker learned English better than native speakers. The point is that 99% of high-paying clients prefer to hire native English speaker over non-native one. That doesn’t mean non-native people can’t land a high-paying writing job, but they’ll certainly struggle in that.

      Hourly rate of $2 may be considered as slavery work in your country but certainly not in mine. Can you understand the global economy?

      Clients from rich countries who don’t understand the global economics may think that $15 per 500 words is a sign of low quality work.

      If you have $15 here in my country, you can pay the Internet bill and buy yourself a quality lunch. Not bad.

      Many people here don’t pay the taxes. However, if you get caught making $5k a month, you’ll end up in a jail and under investigation. Because making so much money is only possible for people who own big companies.

      A friend of mine once made about $3k online, and he got arrested the same day he tried to withdraw the money in a local bank.

    • Tox

      How would a potential client know that you’re not a Native speaker? I have never had a client ask me directly. So if your English is excellent, there’s no way for them to tell.

    • Edo

      Based on your name, it’s pretty much easy to figure it out what’s your native country.

    • Carol Tice

      I get all that, Edo — but sadly, the world where there will be even $15 a post work for ESL writers is fading away. Because marginal content doesn’t convert or build authority. It’s just that simple.

      As I’ve noted before, I think all ESL writers in this boat should be planning their next move, because the opportunity is shrinking daily. The number of sites that won’t accept ESL writers is growing, and you’re absolutely right, no non-native writer is likely to make $300 a post.

    • Carol Tice

      Well, my experience is that the vast, vast majority of ESL writers simply aren’t fluent enough to earn well. I’m not talking about the few exceptions who are — they’re the ones who’re doing just great.

    • Cendrine Marrouat

      Maybe you are talking about a type of specific ESL writers? Because I have made a living writing in English and it is not my mother tongue. I’m actually a translator by profession.

    • Carol Tice

      Then you’d definitely be the exception — you should see the illiterate emails I get every day from writers hoping to earn a living writing in English. That’s who I’m talking about. Ordinarily, you’d never think you could earn a living writing in a language you don’t know well, but the early days of junk content were that opportunity. Now, that opportunity is vanishing, and those writers are looking for how they can earn. To which I say — write in your native language! Businesses need copy, in every language and country.

    • Cendrine Marrouat

      I’m not the exception at all.

      I have been a blogger for 12 years and receive tons of emails in bad English every single day. Most of them are from native speakers.

      I agree with you that writing in your native tongue is the way to go, but there are more people than you think who know and write English much better than any native speaker. We are in two different markets and I have taught French to Anglophones for 14 years. The number of people who have no clue about the way English works is alarming.

    • Carol Tice

      Well, I certainly agree with you there!

    • Firth McQuilliam

      I’ve been watching this subtopic with considerable interest, Ms. Tice. Without any intent to offend anyone or to poke unnecessarily at the tender subject of income disparities between developed and undeveloped countries, I’ve noticed the consistent theme that it’s somehow very difficult for ESL writers to master the skills necessary for successfully entering the top tiers of the giant American English content markets.

      I’m steeped myself in the language, of course. Perhaps that makes me blind to the innumerable quirks of the majestic but appallingly jumbled edifice that we call the English language. I once peered at its history, and my head hurt afterward. Latin, German, French, Dutch, Greek, and even Russian have all had their turns at stirring the pot. The linguistic stew from centuries of stirring and adding of ingredients is indecipherable, inscrutable and amazingly tasty. ^_^

      In working with, say, Indian clients, I see interesting linguistic habits such as saying, “kindly.” I’d have a hard time clearly defining other the common quirks of the Indian branch of British English — they don’t interfere at all with comprehension, so I read past them. I suppose other common linguistic habits across the great family of languages would be using the construct exhibited by the example passage “we recommend to” and routinely dropping “a,” “an,” and “the.”

      While I personally find these and other quirks to be often charming and even beautiful, they do instantly mark the writer as a non-native speaker. This seems to be important to commercial entities such as Coca-Cola, Reader’s Digest, and probably every major American publisher.

      I’m not even sure what else to say about this. I seriously wonder how many ESL writers ever break through into the native-language markets. It is a vanishingly small number out of the legions of would-be entrants? I’d love to see the results of an industry or scholarly study of this phenomenon!

    • Firth McQuilliam

      Oh, dear — I should have phrased a critical sentence differently in the last paragraph:

      “I seriously wonder how many ESL writers ever break through into the [most lucrative] native-language markets.”

      My apologies for the inadvertent contextual blooper. -_-

    • Carol Tice

      I don’t have quantitative research, Firth, but I have the emails I get every day from desperate ESL writers. As I said to Cendrine, there used to be opportunities even if you weren’t quite fully literate — but now that Google penalizes short junk content written just for SEO purposes, these writers need to find a new career or opportunities in their own language.

    • Kala

      I agree Carol, I get outreach via Linked In and email sometimes from very poorly written non-English speaking writers begging for advice on writing in English! It’s like gee, well I can’t write in Urdu, so I don’t think there are opportunities for me there.
      I want to add I understand what Edo(?) was saying-for him the small pay works as he is in third world country. That makes sense for him.

      But in U.S. we simply can’t live on such low wages unless it’s a side-hobby.
      Off topic but I realize why a comment of mine was rejected, it went to an article on SEO, I’m a writer too and try to educate of course on SEO and why it’s important for small biz to have a blog for content marketing. But my comment got rejected twice so, I felt disheartened as it wasn’t spam or viagra link (LOL!)

      I learn a lot from you and it is all about marketing smart if we want to make a living, and watching the industry to see niches and opportunities.

    • Carol Tice

      Hi Kala — you can’t put links INTO comments here, and I spike off all commentluv and URL links that seem to be ads for products, product reviews, etc. You wouldn’t believe the spam problem around here! Glad I found this in spam. 😉

    • Amel

      Sorry, Edo, but that is a poverty-mindset.

      If you only need to make $500 per month to live comfortably in your country, why on earth would you want your days to be occupied with writing a series of $15 articles?

      Why not write two articles for $250 each and call it a month?

      Or better yet, write 4 to 6 articles at the same rate and save for the future?

      Living in a developing country should be a factor that actually helps you charge higher rates because you don’t have to hustle as much as someone living in a wealthier country.

      Also, don’t deceive yourself into thinking that $500 per month will always be enough to tide you through any situation. When an unexpected illness hit my family (while living in a developing country), we found out pretty quickly that we needed high-quality healthcare, which is thankfully available but also comes at a price that most people cannot afford on the average local salary.

    • Carol Tice

      I like how you think, Amel! I meet so many writers who think it’s OK to be just scraping by, with no savings account, retirement money, emergency fund. I want a GOOD life for writers, where you don’t end up out on the street if an unforseen expense crops up!

  3. Carol J Alexander

    A couple questions, Carol. How much time do you think it should take a writer to crank out 15 long-form posts? I’m thinking that’s equivalent to a magazine article, which requires research and interviewing, no?

    Also, sharing stats from posts written for past clients. I can understand why you say that, but the murmurs from the trenches today is that folks don’t comment like they used to. What would you call good stats to share? 20 comments? 100? And wouldn’t it be relative to the subscription or overall traffic?

    Reply
    • Carol Tice

      Wow, lotta questions there, Carol! Let me try to break it down:

      How much time do you think it should take a writer to crank out 15 long-form posts?

      This is what Anne Wayman calls a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question. First off, how long of a longform? To me, that’s 2,000 words. Others might mean 1,000.

      And ultimately, it doesn’t matter how long it takes ME to write them, or how long I THINK it should take. It only matters how long it takes YOU to do it. You track your time and set your rates accordingly.

      And no, 15 of those would never be one magazine article, which tops out at 3,000 words these days if you’re lucky. That would be 15,000-30,000 words! And whether they’d need interviews would depend on the site you’re writing for.
      I’m thinking that’s equivalent to a magazine article, which requires research and interviewing, no?

      Also, sharing stats from posts written for past clients. I can understand why you say that, but the murmurs from the trenches today is that folks don’t comment like they used to. What would you call good stats to share? 20 comments? 100?

      Carol, the best stat to share is the best stat you’ve got. If you’re big win is 20 comments, or 50 shares, show that. Keep studying your markets and trying to develop posts that get more engagement — it’s an art.

      And wouldn’t it be relative to the subscription or overall traffic? Sure, some sites are more engaged than others. It’s your job to try to get on the hot ones, so you get great stats to show.

      Hope that helps!

    • Carol J Alexander

      Yes, Carol, it does help and thank you for taking the time to write such a lengthly reply.

      I see I wasn’t clear on one point. I meant that one long form blog post was equivalent of one magazine article and that writing 15 in a month sounded like a lot–for me.

      But as you said, yes, I need to keep track of my time (and I do) and not compare myself to what you can do or anyone else.

    • Carol Tice

      I might be a lot in one month, or it might not, if they’re a topic I can write off the top of my head.

      The answer to nearly every question I’m asked about freelancing is really, “It depends…”

  4. Debbie Reslock

    I only wrote 3 articles for Demand Studio before I came across Carol’s site and found out you actually can make a living at writing – but it takes a lot of work! My problem is that what’s slowing my ability to earn more is the time it’s taking me to research an idea, send a query and then interview and write the article. They’re mostly $1,000 + (thanks to you again Carol, Linda and your classes). But I’m wondering if writing business content or business blogs might have a faster turnover compared to freelance articles? I have 2 regular publications now but scramble to fill in with other articles. Any opinions or advice greatly appreciated.

    Reply
    • Carol Tice

      Debbie, I know few freelance writers who’re earning a good living only through consumer publications — most of us are diversified and have some business clients.

      I think this use of ‘turnover’ is a Britishism that I’ve seen before and don’t quite get…but if you mean could a good business client have a more steady volume of work for you at good rates, the answer is yes. Branching out beyond articles will help, too.

      You can also diversify by finding trade publications (think Daily Variety for the entertainment industry) or custom publications (corporations’ magazines), both can pay better and if they like you, be a source of steady assignments.

  5. Karin

    This is exactly what I’ve been wanting to read. I have been looking for ways to make a good income from blogging. I am fairly new at writing, and I’ve done some cheap tasks through platforms like Upwork to get my foot in the door. Upwork is the “have to start somewhere” type but I don’t rely on it for big money. I have my personal blog which I have monetized such as using Google adsense but it’s only making a little pocket change. I guest post on other people’s blogs, and I have seen some projects on Remote.com that paid some fairly good money for blog posts.

    Reply
    • Carol Tice

      Karin, I can’t agree that UpWork gets your foot in the door of anywhere you’d want to go…never even heard of Remote.com, but in general there are a million of these platforms, and they aren’t for anyone who wants to make a living as a writer. You do have to start somewhere, but you can do it without these race-to-the-bottom bidding sites.

      If you’re having trouble monetizing your blog for real money, you might want to check out my mastermind for that: http://smallblogbigincome.com. Most blogs only DO make pocket change, and that won’t improve if you don’t know how to build a blog-based business successfully.

      Check out the links I posted in this comment thread to the 2 posts about better platforms for good pay for blog posts.

    • Karin

      I agree that Upwork is not getting me anywhere, which I why I’m looking to get away from them. Remote.com used to be Outsource.com. Although Remote.com pays more it’s still just another bidding platform.

      I will check out that link you posted in your reply. It is true that I really do not know how to build a blog-based business successfully. I’ve only been in the blogging business for 6 months, and I am still learning (well, the learning actually never stops) and i’m sure those who have travel blogs like mine, it may have taken them months or even years to make any decent money from their blogs.

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