Creating An Income From Your Passion!
I started blogging somewhere around 2005 and I have steadily watched my sphere of influence grow. If you are interested in turning any hobby into a online business creating a blog is a good place to start. Before spending any real money on trying to turn your hobby into an income source you should first see if there are people out there that are interested in what you would like to sell. If you are using a blog its simply a matter of starting to write about your hobby.
Fear Of Writing – Don’t Let It Stop You
Fear in any form is debilitating. When it comes to blogging it seems many people are afraid to start one up because they are afraid of what people might think of them. Or they are afraid of not being a good writer. I was never a good writer in school and writing was one of my worse subjects.
I am still shocked that I enjoy writing as much as I do. That wasn’t always the case when I first started blogging. I sat in front of my computer screen just staring at it. When I finally got done my first post, I deleted it because I felt I had no idea what I was talking about. Finally I realized that unless I get over my fear of writing it is going to plague me the rest of my life, and I couldn’t live like that. So I sucked it up and published my first post. You know something it was terrible, in fact that entire blog was a nightmare, but I did learn how to blog from it and after I wrote my first post each post got easier to write. That was 5 years ago. Now I write in several blogs and guest post on other peoples blogs from time to time.
Making Money From Blogging…
While there are many people out there that write in their blogs just for the hell of it. There are even more people writing for the hell of it and get paid in the process. As a blogger you can get paid through affiliate programs. An affiliate program is simple a way for you to earn commissions if someone buys something from clicking on a link on your blog.
Can Your Hobby Make You Money? Just about everything that is sold online has an affiliate program attached to it. There are two easy ways for you to determine if you hobby has affiliate programs.
1. You can go to your favorite online supply shop and look for a link that says affiliate partners.
2. You can do a google search like “Your Favorite Hobby” affiliate program and see what pops up.
In addition to those ways there are sites online that you can join as an affiliate and be able to market any of the programs involved with the affiliate network. 2 good examples of that are.
1. Clickbank: Probably the most popular affiliate network.
2. Commission Junction: The second most popular affiliate network.
Within those two networks alone you can find thousands of products that you can earn commissions from. As I was saying earlier in the post. It is best to first see if there is interest in your hobby. For example: Golf is a very popular hobby however that market is very saturated with competition and could be hard to earn from that niche. Don’t let that discourage you though because there are literally thousands of hobbies that are out there that are just ripe for the pickings.
- Make Money With Your Free Blog (ronmedlin.com)
- 12 Useful Tips to Get Success in Affiliate Marketing (shoutmeloud.com)
- Start A Blog For Money – Blogging A Way To Tremendous Affiliate Traffic! (webmanmarketing.com)