Freelance writing has a lot of faces. Sales letters, web content, product descriptions, journalism. But what about blogging? It's a shiny, attractive writing niche that sits in plain sight, but is so often unreachable to those who want to learn its secrets.
So how do you make money blogging? There are two ways: Start your own blog and sell ad space/promote products; or create greate articles to help other website owners gain traffic. The first way takes a lot of time and dedication, since you will need to bring in a significant amount of traffic in order to make any money. In the second case, all you have to do is come up with some great ideas for existing blogs that are hiring freelance writers.
Before you begin peppering the blogosphere with queries, however, ask yourself a question: "Which topics do I really have something to say about?"
Generally, you'll be able to come up with better topics and more in-depth information about topics in which you have some background. Have you worked in a bank or financial institution? Do you have experience in the restaurant business, or are you a successful entrepreneur? Use your existing wealth of experience to focus your writing talents, and approach blogs that focus on similar topics.
Most blogs accept guest posts in return for a byline and links to your own profile or website, but if you look carefully you will be able to find several that offer decent pay for a published piece. Keep at it, and blogging can contribute significantly to your monthly income.