Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How Writers Can Earn More Money as Bloggers

NOTE FROM HOPE: Today we have as our guest, Nina Amir, the author of 
How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time published by Writer's Digest Books. Who doesn't want to know how to monetize a blog, so I invited her to enlighten you guys. Give her a warm welcome.


How Writers Can Earn More Money as Bloggers
By Nina Amir

You may consider blogging as extra work that takes you away from writing. However, blogging actually provides you with another way to create an income as a writer. In fact, as a writer you are uniquely equipped to become a successful blogger and to monetize your blog.

My blogs, for example, help me earn more money in a variety of ways. I wrote a book on my blog, composing the first draft post by post and publishing it on the Internet. In the process, I became the expert on this topic and my blog achieved #1 Google search engine page result status. The manuscript I produced was sold to Writer’s Digest Books and released as How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time. I received an advance and now receive royalties.

The expert status I’ve earned from that blog and blog-to-book deal have given me the ability to offer blogging and blog-to-book coaching and consulting services. I also sell related products, teach courses and speak on this topic. All of these streams of income, while not writing per se, have become part of my current income as a writer.

You, too, can monetize your blog into written and non-written products.

First, blogging a book is the easiest and fastest way to write a book and promote it at the same time. And you can blog many books. It took me five months to blog the first draft of How to Blog a Book but only ten days to blog 10 Days and 10 Ways to Return to Your Best Self, which I then self-published. You can easily blog several books over the next year if you wanted to do so. For many indie authors, ebook sales represent a large income stream.

A successful blog—one with lots of readers—on a focused topic makes it easier for you to get more paid writing work. As you become the expert on your topic, magazines and newspapers are more likely to accept your queries—and you can command more pay for those articles. Additionally, your blog readership contributes to your author platform, which convinces publishers you are a good publishing partner; that means you deserve a book contract and a larger advance.

Your blog platform helps sell your self-published books. 

The more you blog readership increases, the more money you make. You can:
·         Sell more books
·         Enroll more participants in coaching programs
·         Register more participants in classes and courses
·         Attract more customers and clients
·         Become a more attractive publishing partner for a traditional publisher
·         Increase your chances of getting paid assignments on major magazines in your subject areas
·         Speak for pay
·         Put advertising on your blog (and actually make money from it)
·         Promote affiliate products

All of these items represent ways to monetize a blog. Not all of them involve writing, but they do result in increased income from your blogging. Remember, blogging is, indeed, writing.

About the Author
Nina Amir, Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results. She motivates both writers and non-writers to create publishable and published products, careers as authors and to achieve their goals and fulfill their purpose. Nina is the author of the bestselling How to Blog a Book, Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time (Writer’s Digest Books). You can sign up for a free author, book or blog-to-book coaching session with Nina or receive her FREE 5-Day Published Author Training Series by visiting www.copywrightcommunications.com. For more information on Nina, go to www.ninaamir.com.



Karen said...

Thanks for this post! I've been thinking about writing several ebooks and my blog would be a great way to get those ebooks written!

Karen said...

Thanks for this post! I've been thinking about writing several ebooks and my blog would be a great way to get those ebooks written!

William Kendall said...

Thanks for the post, Nina!

I look at my blog numbers and am still astonished that I get as many people as I do turning up...

NinaAmir said...

A blog, is indeed, a great way to write an ebook. I just posted numerous ways to write or blog an ebook on this site: http:www.thefutureofink.com. You might want to check it out, Karen. Search by my name.

William, it's so much fun to know that people read what you write isn't it? That's why blogging is so fulfilling.