Today, I want to share my top 10 alternatives to blogging. These are simple ways to make money writing without having your own blog.
I’ve been blogging for about 9-years now. While it’s been a great experience for me overall, I’m not sure if I would do it again. To be quite frank with you, I have a love-hate relationship with blogging. It is very demanding and time-consuming.
I love that I can express myself and be in complete control of what I write and when and where it gets published, but sometimes I feel like a hamster on the hamster wheel, always working on my next piece of content.
Plus, blogging is a lot more than just writing god content. When you have your own blog you have writing, editing, SEO, updating your blog, responding to customers and inquiries, sending out emails, marketing and so much more. You might be the CEO, but you’re also the editor, H.R. director, marketing director and Chief Bottle Washer.
At times, you just want to write, because that’s what you love to do the most. However, just “writing” new content is not enough to convert your blog into a profitable online business. That’s why you might want to explore your other options.
10 Alternatives to Blogging
For the purpose of this post, I’m going to assume that you are considering blogging, and want to make money writing, but you want to know what options you have available. Here are 10 options I would consider.
# 1 Write & Publish Books
Instead of creating a blog with several thousand articles, why not write and publish 50-100 short books? It would take the same amount of time.
You could publish your books on Kindle, Amazon KDP, or even self-publish. As the books start to sell, you can create a mini-series. Rather than post 5 long blog posts per week, you could write one book a week (or one a month), spend the next week editing it, and publish it the following week.
By doing so, you don’t have to worry about people stealing your content (this happens to bloggers all the time), trying to get Google to like your website, or worry about who will click on your ads or buy one of the affiliate products you promote. You just focus on what you love to do: writing!
# 2 Work as a Freelance Writer
Rather than spending thousands of hours writing articles and trying to create a successful blog of your own, you could simply be a freelance writer for hire. Good freelance writers are in HIGH demand. You could post your services on websites such as Fiverr or Upwork. You could also reach out to successful bloggers.
You could set up a simple website that showcases your writing to let people know you are for hire. I don’t know how much money freelance writers make, but I do know that I pay my writers anywhere from $20 to $50 per article depending on the word count and quality. If you can write 3-5 articles per day, you could make a comfortable living as a freelance writer.
# 3 Write for a Magazine or Trade Journal
Believe it or not, magazines are still quite popular, even in the digital age. Depending on your niche, or what you enjoy writing about, you could have several options to choose from. I suggest you subscribe to several magazines that interest you, read their articles and decide if the publication might be a good fit for you to work with.
You could offer to submit an article or two for free to showcase your talents. From there, you could build strategic relationships with the editors and potentially get hired as an employee or freelance writer.
# 4 Start a Newsletter Business
Newsletters are a secret and fun business that can be very profitable. In most industries, there are newsletters you can purchase a yearly subscription to. By doing so, you either get an email newsletter every so often or a mailed newsletter.
By publishing your own newsletter, you can write about whatever interests you, sell advertising, and have something you can be proud of you. Build up your newsletter business big enough and you could even sell it one day for a nice profit.
# 5 Online Forums
Another alternative to blogging is online forums. You could create your own online forum around any topic that interests you and you could run the day-to-day operations. You could create posts, reply to posts and so much more. You could sell advertising or memberships. You could promote affiliate products and create multiple streams of income.
You could also be a “moderator” for hire and work for someone else who owns their own online forum. You could run the “day to day” operations for them, keeping the forum updated, moderated, and operating smoothly. This is a great way to make money writing.
# 6 Podcasting
While this option might not appeal to everyone, having your own podcast can be very lucrative. A podcast is simply an online radio show. You could write up your scripts for the show and then do a daily or weekly podcast around whatever topic interests you the most. You could sell advertising, have “sponsors” and monetize it any way you’d like. I’ve created about 800 podcasts myself (on iTunes) and I really enjoy it.
# 7 Video
Let’s face it, YouTube is here to stay. People are captivated by videos. I understand many writers are introverted and might be camera shy, but this could be a very lucrative option for the right person. You could create funny videos, do reviews, have rants, make educational videos or whatever else appeals to you.
You would “write” the script or outline for the video and then give your presentation. To monetize your videos, you could use Google Adsense or promote affiliate products.
# 8 Online Courses
This is one of my favorite alternatives to blogging. It’s a great way to make money writing. You could make online courses and publish them on Udemy. You could charge $20 to $300 per course, depending on your niche. People could go through your course and learn about the specific subject. The best thing about online courses is that they will create you passive income. Create the course one time and keep getting paid for it.
# 9 Seminars or Workshops
If you love writing, you could host your own seminars or workshops. You could charge a few hundred dollars per person, have 50 to 100 people attend your event and have one big payday each month, or every few months. Of course, you’d have to fill the seats. That would take some time and money, but if you can build up a good reputation and really over deliver, the word of mouth advertising will take over and help you fill seats at future events.
# 10 Coach or Consultant
Another great alternative to blogging (for writers) is to become a coach or consultant. If you are a skilled writer, you could have businesses or people hire you as a coach or consultant to help them solve a problem or teach them a new skill. Some people might say this is similar to being a freelancer, but I think it’s a little bit different. You could charge an hourly fee or by the project fee.
In summary, these are 10 alternatives to blogging. These are simple ways to make money writing, without needing your own blog. If you’re thinking about starting a blog of your own, put some serious thought into it. If nothing else, compare it with a few other alternatives, just to give you some perspective.
What are your thoughts? What do you suggest? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think are the best alternatives to blogging. I look forward to hearing from you.