When someone starts a blog, making money is somewhere in the top five of their reasons for doing so. But what a lot of new bloggers don’t realize is monetizing a blog takes time – a lot of time.
When I started blogging I couldn’t wait to start making money. I had my game plan in place and I was posting content the way my mentors taught me how to do so it was only a matter of time before the bucks started rolling in.
You would think that’s what happened but here’s what really went down.
Three months went by and nothing. I thought, okay, the blog is still new, I should start making money any month now. Another three months went by and zilch, nada. I thought, okay, the blog is somewhat new. I just have to give it more time.
Before I know it, it’s the end of the year and I made a total of $125. I was freaking out. I was so sure I would have made more than that. At this point I was hoping to make enough money to pay for my monthly blogging expenses – which wasn’t much thanks to of all the free blogging tools available for bloggers starting out with a small budget.
So what do you do when your blog isn’t generating an income but you need to bring in money like yesterday? That’s when you sharpen the skills you rocked while working in an office or to manage household expenses or even the hobby you have gotten great at and put them to use by finding ways to make extra money while you wait on your blog to monetize.
For me, the goal was to make enough to pay for my blogging expenses and a little extra for other expenses like stock images or upgrading any of the free tools I was using. Here are some of the things I did to earn $200 to $500 a month while I waited for my first paid blogging project.
Online surveys were one of the ways I made extra money. I’ll have to admit I kind of wrinkled my nose at the thought of doing surveys but I found out surveys actually serves a purpose. Companies use surveys to get our opinion about their products and services in order to improve them. So our feedback really is valuable.
I gave feedback on commercials like the ones Mercedes does every holiday. I shared my thoughts about TV programming, electronics, magazines, etc. I actually enjoyed doing them and it didn’t take long to do. I think I completed about 10 surveys a day every week, which was about $5. That’s about $100 a month going into the money pot.
Here is a list of survey sites I signed up with:
For a complete list of survey sites, read my post The Ultimate Online Survey List for U.S. and Canada Residents.
When I was looking for ways to make extra money, I knew I didn’t want a schedule. I wanted to be able to work when it would fit in my schedule. These gigs didn’t pay much but it added about $300 a month to my money pot.
Here is a list of sites I checked daily for paid gigs:
For more paid gig opportunities, read 20 Websites That Offers Paid Gigs You Can Do From Home.
When it comes to making extra money, you have to think outside of the box. Like I mentioned earlier in this post, put your skills and talents to work for you. Here are a few other suggestions to make extra money.
Sell Your Handmade Crafts
Become a Seller on Fiverr
Fiverr is a hot spot for making extra money. Their community of skilled workers offers anything from graphic design services like Photoshop editing, business services like virtual assistance and lifestyle services like fitness coaching – so whatever skill you’ve got, you can promote it on Fiverr! To find out how to become a seller, click here for their Q&A section.
Make Money With Your Videos and Pics
If you have a gallery of photos taking up file space or if you have a YouTube channel, you can make extra money selling your pics and promoting ads on your videos. Read my post How to Make Money with Your Pics and Videos for all the details.
One Last Tip
Before anything, figure out how much money you need to make a month. It’s always good to have a plan so you have something to focus on. If you want to make more than $500 a month you can apply for a traditional work-from-home job.
Over To You
Nothing can bring down the excitement you get when you start a blog like the lack of money coming in. Believe me, I know. Making money as a blogger takes time. I was into my fourth year when I got my first big break.
What I’m trying to say is, have patience. Work your blogging plan and tweak it as you see the need to. Invest in your learning and seek the help of mentors to lend you a hand. The one thing about this blogging community is they are always ready to help.
Now let’s chat.
If you’re not making money with your blog, what do you do to make extra money? Tell us in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this with a fellow blogger who could use these ideas!
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