Blogging for Bucks: 8 Tips to Earn Pay for Your Say

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Unless you’ve been living up under a rock lately, you’ve heard of the Internet phenomenon known as blogging.

What many people don’t know is that blogging is no longer just a recreational pursuit for folks to vent their repressed feelings, showcase their creative work, or promote a personal agenda. It’s been elevated to an art form and an avenue where authors establish their expertise, expand their platforms, and savvy writers get pay for their say.

Since I started, I’ve had the pleasure of being paid to produce blog posts on everything from jazz reviews, to personal opinions, to how-tos.

And you can too.

But there’s a method to it.

Even though it’s not a “perfect science” it does require a systematic approach.


Here’s how to work it:

  1. Do your homework. Study other blogs—the popular ones and the new kids on the block. What makes them successful? Where do they miss the mark? What’s the tone? The word count? The take-away value?
  2. Write right and write tight. Blogs categorically require a different type of writing than other genres of writing. Most are more informal and conversational in tone. Very few call for word counts of over 700 words per post.
  3. To hone your skills and establish your expertise, do a few guest posts on other blogs. Ideally the ones that boast a high fan base and are considered leaders in the blog field. Doing so gives you credibility, visibility, and success by association.
  4. Network-–Just like in the corporate arena, sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know that can make the difference. Tap into your available resources and folks who are in-the-know through Facebook, Twitter, and online communities in which you interact.
  5. Follow directions to find the road to success. For example, if a blog ad for a paying gig calls for 2 samples of 500 words and a resume, don’t send one sample of 1000 words and links to work you’ve created on line. It’s the easiest way to get fired before you’re hired!
  6. Make it brief-–When applying for work, or presenting your work for consideration, be brief but substantive. Recognize that less is sometimes more.
  7. Have goals and a game plan. How much would you like to earn monthly? Yearly? Which blogs are the ones you aspire to write for and how often? What will your niche be? Is there anyone who can serve as a mentor to advise and guide you? These are a few key questions to consider.
  8. Write what you know-–The traditional philosophy of writing also applies with blogging. Pen posts on topics with which you have experience and familiarity. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should never venture into new territories or attempt to expand your knowledge base. You should. But make that one of your future goals once you establish some footing and a fan base.

Here are a few places that you can find work in the blogging field:

Jennifer Brown Banks
Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, relationship columnist and pro blogger. She teaches online at Coffeehouse for Writers and blogs at
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  • Nikola

    Go Jen!

    I'm always looking for new writing gigs; thanks for sharing these tips. I'll have to check out Craigslist and Bloggerjobs; would never have thought of these two sites.

    • Jennifer Brown Banks


      You're welcome. Go for it! I'm sure you'll do well.

  • rakesh007

    Thanks for sharing with us

    • Jennifer Brown Banks

      It has been my pleasure. 🙂

  • dennis smith

    I'm actually a member of Odesk. But the pay is not good. What are the usual rates for a novice writer, writing a 500 word article? Another problem is a lot of writers from other countries ask less money that most writers, therefore pulling down the rate, what can we do about this? Thanks

    Royalties of the World

    • Jennifer Brown Banks


      The rates will vary depending upon the budget of the site and your experience.
      It can be anywhere from $3.00 per post to $30.00 per post. Thanks for weighing in today.

  • Sharma Infoway

    Hello Jannifer thank you for tips.
    I just want to add one more tips that is Accept Responsibility.
    We should make a plan that where we are and where we want to go, according to that we should accept new responsibilities.

    • Jennifer Brown Banks


      This is very true. Thanks for your thoughts. 🙂

  • Tiranga

    Thanks for an informative post. I am always looking for the good posts to learn more and more. It gives me some great knowledge to become a good blogger.

  • diamond rings

    Very helpful indeed!

    I have been writing blogs for years now but never ever considered making money from it.

    You have inspired me to try to earn an extra living – thank you.

  • Garry

    You said it right and good. The only thing separating a good blogger from a 'not so good one' is the language,knowledge and drafting of the writeups.
    You are among those few who know what and how to do this. Thanks for the useful site links our here.

  • SkimlinksJenny

    Thanks for these tips Jennifer! All the points you made are very important in making money from blogs. Another way is with affiliate marketing. By linking to products that you are passionately blogging about, bloggers can make money for their recommendations with affiliate marketing technology. It's also important for bloggers using affiliate marketing to disclose that their links are monetised in order to maintain the trust of their readers.

    • Jennifer Brown Banks


      I appreciate this info about affiliate marketing; it was a piece of the blogging puzzle that definitely needed to be factored in, in terms of making money. Glad you shared today.

  • Jennifer Brown Banks

    Thanks to all of you here at Search Engine Journal for reading my piece and weighing it. You are much appreciated! Best of luck with your writing and blogging careers.

  • Tom – marketing tips

    I think it is stupid to blog just for bucks.Sure, you may get a few clicks on your adsense ads now and then.Blogging is all about sharing useful information with your readers and they will not buy anything from you or sign up for your mailing list unless they trust you.I blog by the principle of “Give and you will get”.It has worked great so far and will continue to do so.

    • Jennifer Brown Banks

      Thanks for your opinion. People have different reasons for blogging; none are necessarily right or wrong. And it's okay to blog for fun and for profit.
      The main thing is to blog well so as to meet the needs of your audience.
      I appreciate your time.

  • pindsohal

    Really helpful.. Bloggers must keep on improving their writing skills

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  • Tiffani Nicolle

    Hi Jennifer,
    I'm a newbie to blogging and IM. Your post is inspiring and gives me a new avenue to approach. Thank you!

  • Tiffani Nicolle

    Hi Jennifer,
    I'm a newbie to blogging and IM. Your post is inspiring and gives me a new avenue to approach. Thank you!