Write for money online - Part 5 - Your own blog or website
In parts one through four I reviewed various revenue sharing websites. There are actually many more of these sites out there that share a part of their revenue as long as you provide the content. So in this final portion I will write about the pros and cons of earning from your own website or blog.
- You do not have to share your revenue with anyone! What you earn on your own website is all yours. This is probably the best thing about writing for your own site.
- You get to write in any format you want and write anything you want. You are not restricted to the formats of any revenue share site.
- You own all the rights to your writing and you can resell your writing to other sites or people that accept it.
- The look and feel of your own website is your choice. You can do anything with it to express yourself.
- The advertisements on your site can be chosen by yourself. You can promote your favorite products.
- You get to see where your visitors are coming from.
- You can use your writing to build a brand for yourself.
- It takes time and patience for you to build traffic to your own blog and monetize it properly. It actually took me about six months of blogging before I saw a single cent. Basically you need to put in considerable initial investment to get exposure.
- You need to have a little bit of technical knowhow to customize your website and place ads. Revenue share sites take care of the technical side of things.
- You may need to pay some upfront costs for web hosting or domain name registration. These costs are fairly minimal, but they might not be worthwhile for people who write only a couple articles a month.
- You will have to find advertising opportunities yourself. This also takes time, and many advertisers do not want to deal with small sites with very little traffic.
- You need to figure out how to accept payment and deliver advertisements
With that said, I think even if you have your own blogs you could still benefit from revenue sharing sites because you can promote your own websites through on the revenue sharing sites. You can use your revenue sharing sites' posts to build backlinks to your own website and gain search engine rankings, and also leverage the community of the revenue sharing sites to drive traffic to your own blog.
My suggestion is to try a bit of everything if you want to write for money online. Some programs are easier than others to start writing in, and different people have different amounts of success in each revenue sharing site. Some programs such as Squidoo or Hubpages require you to promote your pages as if its your own blog to be successful, and in those cases I would say you should just promote the same article on your own website and keep all the money. The bottom line is that there are a lot of opportunities for you to showcase your writing and earn a little bit of cash online, and it is up to you to find out what works for you the best.
If you missed the first four parts of this series. Here they are: