Paid blogging is a great way to earn some extra cash, but it can also delay your own blogging success as you spend all of your time building someone else’s audience. There are thousands, if not millions of blogs that pay per post, as content is a valuable comodity on the internet.
Paid Blogging Makes You A Slave
If you fail to diversify, your paid blogging career will leave you with just a few large clients who provide you most of your work. If one person is responsible for 25% or more of your income, you’ll probably bend over backwards to make them happy. But, chances are, you left your full-time salaried job just to avoid this sort of dependency.
When you start paid blogging, make sure it’s something you’re prepared to do indefinitely or that you have an escape plan.
Paid Blogging Forces You To Start From Scratch
You can offer paid blogging services for years and become an expert blogger, but when you strike out on your own, you’re going to need to start from scratch.
No longer will you be working for an established blog with an established revenue model. You’ll have to build not just your blog but also your means of monetizing your content. That means, in many cases, writing your initial blog posts, writing your free give away reports, and setting up a mailing list.
If you haven’t worked on these things before, you’ll need to invest dozens or hundreds of hours into them before you can reasonably expect to begin making money from your blog.
Paid Blogging Means Not Writing What You Want
Even people who own their blog rarely get to write exactly what they want to write about, but as a paid blogger you’re likely to get the assignments the blog owner doesn’t want to write. That means you’ll get to write articles which are:
• Research intensive
• Disgusting and offensive
You’ll also probably receive assignments the blog owner thinks would require too much of his or her time. If you’re lucky, you’re familiar with those topics so you can write them quickly. If you’re unlucky, those assignments will take considerable time but you’ll accept them anyway because you’re dependent on the blog owner for a large part of your income.
Paid Blogging is For Today’s Pay
You work for a day and you get paid for that and nothing more! The content you produce is far more valuable than the dollar you earn today.
Here is an example of what one article can earn on a blog without even trying, and within one week.
I wrote this article about how George Brown from Google Sniper was giving away $5000 worth of products for free. I also linked to a previous review that I wrote about this Google sniper product. I am almost embarrassed to publish this article as it is extremely short and not up to my usual publishing standards.
Here are the results below. I made $177.00 from that article but two of the commissions are recurring. Not a bad start for an article that will stay on my blog for years.
The sad thing is that a paid blogger would only have earned about $10-$20 for this article (as it is really short), whereas I have made $177 plus more! This is a tiny example for me. I have articles on some blogs where I make $30 a day and others can make $100 a day. That is NOT a whole website, that is one piece of content that generates its own income.
Getting Out Of Paid Blogging
Getting out of paid blogging is easy-or at least it’s easy to say. Develop a business plan and start your own blog. You’ve had a great opportunity to work with successful blog owners, so learn from their examples and use your honed blogging skills.
But, most importantly, start with something simple which doesn’t require much of your time so, until your blog takes off, you can continue to offer paid blogging.