The best ways to turn your writing into a steady stream of revenue.
They always say that “history is written by the winners”, and in fact, those who tell stories, actually rule the world. From successful Hollywood screenwriters to advertising gurus and successful bloggers, writers who know how to create engaging and appealing content have the power to inspire a generation and make some cash in the process!
Keep reading to learn more about how you can also write blog posts that will always make money!
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Listicles and “top” articles
One of the most popular blog post styles ever is definitely the “listicle” format. As you probably can guess, the word “listicle” is a combination of “list” and “article.” The name itself is a really good description of this particular article type.
The structure is very successful because it is quite easy for a reader to navigate and understand. In addition to that, the idea of discovering tips and secrets is always quite enticing, prompting readers to keep reading the article, and possible respond more positively to “call to actions” or other marketing material you might be using to generate an income, such as affiliate marketing links.
There are many “pros” about this particular approach. Such articles are easy to write, and it isn’t hard to brainstorm an idea for new and authentic content to be delivered quite consistently!
Since these articles do not need to be very long, it is very easy for bloggers to come up with large quantities of listicles. In this case, a game of numbers could actually generate income in the long run, and a lot of blog posts could easily amount to a nice vehicle for a steady stream of money from ads.
Product reviews and suggestions
Product reviews, tips, and suggestions are actually quite popular as well. Readers always trust the opinion of others, especially when they are trying to decide whether they should purchase a specific product/service, or look around for options. In addition to that, product reviews and tips articles can be an extremely convenient vehicle for endorsements, affiliate marketing, and other forms of online ads, that can generate substantial profits, including passive income streams.
The best thing about writing product reviews is that essentially you will never run out of ideas. There are always going to be new products waiting to be reviewed, and new people looking to read about it! The market is absolutely huge, and even if you have a specific niche (for example book reviews or bicycle reviews), there is always going to be enough content for you to really focus on and branch out.
Writing product reviews could even be a great way to get in touch with brands and companies directly, perhaps establishing some kind of partnership deals.
Many companies are known to encourage product reviewers by sending out free samples, as well as setting up special affiliate marketing programs, enabling content publishers to earn money on commission based on product sales from traffic coming from the publisher’s specific website. Even in this category, the possibilities are truly endless.
Education-based blog articles
Education-based blog articles, such as guides or tutorials, are usually really popular. People love to receive some value from the blog posts they read, and what a better value than delivering great skills and know-how to the audience?
The better your content, the higher the chance to get your readers hooked and enhance your trustworthiness. If your reader trusts your insights, they will also be more likely to trust the products you recommend or the brands you work with as an affiliate marketer, enhancing your chances to generate an income from your content.
This is a fantastic opportunity to leverage your skills, knowledge or background, and put it to good use to generate substantial profits from your blog articles!
Sponsored posts are more popular than you might think, and in fact, they are pretty much on any major blog out there on the web.
Many bloggers reach out to companies, brands, and producers to offer sponsored posts.
Essentially, a sponsored post is an article that an advertiser will actually commission to a blogger. Instead of simply placing an ad on one of your existing articles, you’d be commissioned a specific sponsored post on behalf of the product/brand you’re being hired to promote.
Sponsored posts are a sure-fire form of income for most bloggers. However, you should really be careful not to turn your blog into a “sponsor mine.” When your readers will realize that your blog is filled with mostly paid-for content, your blog might lose credibility, and therefore, appeal in the eyes of your advertisers.
Following the famed “80-20” rule is a really good way to determine the best-sponsored post ratios in your blog. Out of all the blog posts on your blog, 80% should be your own content, while 20% should be sponsored content. This ratio will ensure that you won’t ever overrun your blog with marketing content!
An e-book is not exactly a blog post article, but many bloggers use this particular format in order to channel their expertise and knowledge into a package that they can actually sell to their readers. You can tease some content for free on your blog, and then sell the rest of the bulk through your e-book.
The most popular forms of e-books are tutorials, educational publications, lessons, and other business and life coaching material. You might think that writing an e-book could be a long process, but you don’t necessarily need to write a long book. In fact, you can aim to create a relatively short one, even if it’s a small publication with 3 to 6 pages.
Many successful bloggers have specific blog posts and articles that are only available to a paying slice of their audience. Think of it as a paywall, with certain posts being only available for a monetary fee. This approach is almost certainly going to fail if you have no influences or if you are just starting to get established.
However if you have a reasonably large following of people who know and trust your point of view, you might be able to entice them to pay for some additional content.
Blog post templates
Believe it or not, many bloggers actually make quite a lot of money by selling blog post templates packages. These could be blanket templates for product reviews, email templates, as well as press release skeletons and other readymade text shells, for people to simply tweak to their own needs and likings.
There is a huge market for templates, and while there are many free available samples out there, you can actually generate an extra income by providing high-quality templates, tailored to the needs of your audience.
You could even consider creating on-demand templates for your customers as a service to increase your financial bottom line and add something of value to your workflow.
Love them or hate them, clickbait actually really do work, and they can get people into clicking through and reach a post loaded with money-making ads. If you have been hooked by one of them, you know what I am talking about.
Those questionable websites with headlines such as “What your doctor isn’t telling you about weight loss,” actually generate a really substantial amount of traffic. The funny thing is that it’s not even about the quality of the blog post itself.
It’s all about the headlines. A catchy title can be absolutely vital, and it is definitely the reason why people visit certain blogs and click on certain articles. Most of the clickbait pages out there, unfortunately, don’t really provide good content, but they certainly managed to attract a lot of clicks.
The pop-up ads alone can generate a significant side stream in some cases.
Conclusion and final thoughts
These are only some of the many article ideas and types that have been known to consistently generate an income for bloggers. At the end of the day, it is really down to you. Get creative, test content ideas, and explore new possibilities, because you never really know when you will actually strike gold!