There are so many ways to make extra money. We just need to figure out the best way for our own personal circumstances. But what if you could make some extra cash from writing about your favourite hobby or something you are really passionate about? It wouldn’t really feel like work, would it? If you are not so good with words, but love to sew, you could take some photos of your finished projects and give step by step instructions on how to make that lovely cushion, knit that cute little teddy or bead that beautiful necklace. You get the picture.
Blogging has taken off big time in recent years and many bloggers have began to cash in by placing paid adverts on their blogs, charging for links or placing Adsense or Amazon links alongside posts.
Another way to make your blog work financially is to publish sponsored posts. This may be in the form actual monetary payment or with freebies. I have personally given away free stock from Adventure Togs, in exchange for a promotional link from a blog. See this post Is the apocalypse coming? for how Little Mummy wrote a promotional post for some Togz waterproof dungarees.
I remember feeling a bit jealous a few years ago when a mummy blogger wrote a post about some rather expensive school shoes. She had been given 2 pairs of these £80+ shoes from their back to school range. It all helps!
Once your blog is set up and you have a few posts up and running, you can set about making friends in the blogging world. Visit other parent blogs or blogs in your niche and comment on their posts. If your comments are interesting, people will click through the link back to your blog and you will gradually gain a steady readership. It won’t happen overnight, but you will make friends as your income potential grows.
A good place to start is with BritMums. This is a community of parent bloggers, who blog for business, pleasure or both. I guarantee, once you get onto that site and you get clicking through to all the parent blogs, it will be difficult to leave.
Are you into photography? Check out Tara Cain’s blog “Sticky Fingers” where she runs a weekly gallery.
People blog about anything and everything, and sometimes it is the smaller niches which have the greatest advertising potential. You just have to go for it, test the market and see where it gets you. If it’s a hobby you love and it doesn’t feel a chore, you have nothing to lose!