10 Blogging Income Streams to Explore

January 15, 2017
Never underestimate the power of a dog sitting in a recliner in Nicosia, Cyprus when pondering income streams.

 

Transport #1, #2 and #3 clawed at me like a group of starving Grizzly bears savaging a salmon.

 

I’d just landed in Bali. My arms were tired.

 

Anyway, the 3 non-amigos were transport (aka taxi) drivers hellbent on getting a fare.

 

One grabbed my luggage and nearly walked off before I wrestled my suitcase back.

 

These are the type of guys who struggle to make $10 a month through driving taxis in Bali. The competitive crowd. The scarcity crowd. The fearful crowd.

 

But Bali Joe, our Bali taxi driver of choice, commands a fleet of polite, prompt, pleasant drivers. The guy is a playa. He runs his own little company, with a growing workforce.

Old BJ makes so much scratch that he advertises through Google. We found him and his service on Page 1 for a “Bali taxi” search.

 

What lesson does this teach you? (Other than the fact that you should dress up like the Michelin Tire Man when leaving the main airport in Bali to wade through the terrifying taxi pool.)

 

Income streams don’t make you money. Your energy around money determines if you allow money in or keep it out….of your wallet.

 

It’s not the income stream. Nor your actions. Your energy determines if you profit online. Or if you go to the cyber poor house.

 

If you are being love, you do things from a place of love. And fun. Meaning, you’ll make some great coin with *any* income stream.

 

But if you are being fear, you do things from a place of fear. And scarcity. Meaning, you’ll make little or no money with *any* income stream. Including those below.

 

Keep that in mind as you dive into these 10 blogging income stream ideas.

 

1: Online Courses

 

I have created online courses through Selz and Teachable.

 

11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging

 

How to Get Featured on World Famous Blogs

 

Kelli and I co-created an online course through SendOwl.

 

Get Your Mind Right Get Your Business Right

 

Courses are rich, comprehensive, helpful teaching tools which are effectively structured and formatted for optimal student learning.

 

Or in Ryan speak, people learn this crap SO much more easily through an online course.

 

As for creating a course, dive in. Learn your craft. Then, turn right around and teach the lessons you have learned through an online course.

 

2: eBooks for Amazon Kindle

 

I have written and self-published 124 eBooks on Amazon Kindle.

 

One hundred and twenty four. Not an interstate highway in Chattanooga (please Google that, you’ll get it).

 

Think of writing eBooks for Kindle more like writing a pillar style post and less like writing the next “War and Peace”.

 

6,000 to 7,000 words. 30 – 45 minute read category on Amazon.

 

Visit KDP Select and get going.

 

Resources

 

 

3: eBooks for Selz

 

I published my 2 flag ship eBooks on Selz:

 

How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging

 

How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting

 

I chose to publish these meatier eBooks on Selz for a little under 10 bucks and to add a more frequent income stream. Amazon pays monthly commissions. Selz pays weekly commissions.

 

Consider adding a Selz eBook or 2 to diversify your online income streams.

 

4: Audio Books for Audible, iTunes and Amazon

 

Once you have your eBooks in PDF form just head on over to acx.com to convert those suckers into audio books.

 

Work with a producer by uploading a sample of the eBook for these folks to audition with. Pick the match. Sell your audio books on iTunes, Amazon and Audible. Receive commissions on a monthly basis.

 

Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Little effort goes into this one. And more folks are choosing to use their potatoes rather than their peepers these days for consuming content. Yeah, their ears versus their eyes.

 

Resource

 

Blogging From Paradise Audio Books on iTunes

 

5: Blog Coaching

 

I coach. Bloggers. Because I enjoy helping bloggers.

 

I offer live coaching. Or consulting through a report.

 

Set Β an hourly rate. Or a rate to create a report.

 

Consider coaching if you enjoy teaching the art of blogging. It is an art.

 

I am one part Jackson Pollack, 1 part Andy Warhol and 1 part Joker, blogging-wise. Metaphorically, blogging-wise, I’ll spill a Campbell’s soup can’s contents on a canvas (Pollack), then will lick the can (Warhol), then will slit someone’s throat with the can lid and call it art (Joker).

 

That’s how my creative process proceeds. Art-wise. Metaphorically, of course. Stop protecting your throat.

 

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

 

Resource

 

Ryan Biddulph Blog Coaching

 

6: Freelance Writing

 

I do the freelance writing bit. Sometimes I get paid to guest post. Other times I ghost write. Only when I want to scare people though.

 

Set your rates. Write 500 to 1000 words daily for practice. The more you write the clearer you get on your writing skills. And on your rates.

 

7: Sponsored Posts

 

After building up your content library – aka, publishing a rich collection of helpful posts – some businesses or individuals may want to place sponsored posts on your site.

 

Set your rate. Accept. Or, reject, if the post is not a match for your audience.

 

Keep in Mind

 

  • Virtually all businesses or individuals will want to get a DoFollow link for the post, but Google wants you to make all sponsored post links NoFollow…..if you have little or no Google traffic, go with DoFollow but if you have substantial Google traffic only place sponsored posts if the advertiser is cool with getting a NoFollow link
  • Per FTC regulations (for my fellow US bloggers) you must disclose that you’re publishing a sponsored post…preferably, in humorous fashion

 

8: Advertising

 

If the advertisement aligns with your blogging brand, feel free to get paid for placing ads on your blog.

 

Advertisers tend to stalk/hunt/track you down via email after you gain some exposure online. Accept matches. Release on non-matches.

 

Banner sidebar ads can fit seamlessly into your blog design. I have not placed an ad yet on BFP because none of the offers aligned with my brand. If I find a match, I shall place it.

 

9: Affiliate Marketing

 

I have done a wee bit of affiliate marketing on BFP.

 

Promote somebody else’s product. Or service. Get a cut.

 

Use the product. Or service. Or get 100% clear on the product or service even if you have not used it. I prefer to use it before I review it, though. Easier to offer an authentic, genuine review and easier to sell……too.

 

10: Paid Tweets

 

I have made some scratch through paid tweets, from $46 to $75 per tweet. Not a bad rate for 1 second’s worth of work. Of course, I had over 40,000 followers when I saw my first paid tweet opportunity. And I engaged my following too, @replying every day for at least 10 to 20 minutes.

 

Tweet on topic. Engage regularly. Da Twitter Scrilla follows value-tweeting, engaging Tweeters.

 

Savusavu, Fiji.

 

Different ad networks offer different rates and opportunities.

 

A few ideas for you: get paid to tweet.

 

Your Turn

 

Do you work these income streams?

 

What streams can you add to this list?

 

Resources

 

The help is above guys. Look through the resources aka links up top and consume what feels helpful to you.

 

 

 

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30 Comments

  1. You got it MA πŸ˜‰

  2. Thanks dude! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Lisa,

    It has been a minute since I last received a paid tweet. Actually, a month ago I spied an opp in my inbox but the campaign filled up by the time I spotted the opportunity.

    As for sponsored posts I think of the benefit to my readers. I’ve done a few on excellent email marketing tools and some travel themed sponsored posts in the past.

    Thanks much for reading and commenting.

    Ryan

  4. Lisa Sicard Says:

    Hi Ryan, I got all excited when I saw the get paid to tweet. I used to do sponsored tweets but they no longer align with my niche so I’m anxious to check out your post on that. I have toyed with sponsored posts and have a done a few over the years. I really need to be sure it’s something of value for my readers. Thanks for sharing these with us!

  5. Interesting Lorraine; that name seems to be popping up in the comments here.

    May take a look see πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the share.

    Ryan

  6. Hmmm….the IZEA company sounds familiar. Maybe that one. Not sure though.

    I would connect with the blogger at the link I provided in the post to pick her brain a bit. She seems to be an expert at getting paid to tweet πŸ˜‰

    Ryan

  7. Tamal Anwar Says:

    I remember these companies and the ones that paid me. BeAMagpie, then adly, SponsoredTweets and another one maybe from IZEA. Any of them sound familiar to you?

  8. Blog looks great! Just left ya – and your awesome guest poster – a comment πŸ˜‰

  9. This sounds similar to IZEA, which I just signed up for. πŸ™‚

  10. Sure πŸ™‚

  11. Hi Muhammad,

    Really appreciate that brother.

    Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  12. Hi Abdul,

    Thanks a bunch for tweeting πŸ˜‰

    Way cool dude; sponsored posts are an easy way to prosper quite passively. Even though I write virtually all sponsored posts myself I figure, I am writing posts anyway. Why not get paid if the topic benefits my audience?

    Ryan

  13. Hi Mark,

    A handful at the airport are, umm, passive LOL….but most are hyper assertive. Different story when you leave the airport in Bali. Even though they pitch a bit in Ubud they are more polite and friendly.

    Way cool dude. I know you have a fair share of streams open so adding a few can help you prosper while providing your audience with a valued service.

    Ryan

  14. Hi Tamal,

    I am digging deeper to recall the company because it has been a while since I got a paid tweet and they re-branded a few times. I believe it was an ad platform. I know it was a French company.

    As for the $ amount, a big factors are:

    * # following you
    * engagement rates

    I had 40,000 plus followers when they reached out and engaged one to one, many of my retweeters, every day…for months. Those are 2 reasons why I was getting $50 and $60 per tweet.

    Will keep an eye out brother, looking forward to that post πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  15. Hi Chandan,

    Affiliate marketing is certainly one way. Especially because the product or service is all set up for ya πŸ˜‰ The biggest factor is to have fun working and learning these streams. That fun energy is mighty prospering.

    Do let me know how those income streams work out for you, OK?

    Ryan

  16. Hi Ahmad,

    Way cool πŸ˜‰ I’m sure you feel relieved with exams being over, and feel happy they went well for you too πŸ™‚ I recall those days well. In both high school and university.

    Good feedback on Disqus. I am loving it; cuts down spam dramatically and boosts the quality of our chats, as you keenly noted.

    I will stop by your blog now to take a look see.

    Thanks much.

    Ryan

  17. Hi Ryan,
    Glad to read your post after a long time. I was stuck in exams, went very well! πŸ™‚
    Great to see some great changes on your blog. The best decision you took is to choose Disqus, its great for managing the quality conversations πŸ˜‰
    Coming to the post, I’ll just say Thanks for sharing these streams <3
    Loving the post, loving the blog design, too πŸ˜€
    P.S. I just updated my blog design Meet Ahmad [dot] com, let me know how it looks :)?
    Any suggestions to improve?
    ~ Ahmad

  18. Tamal Anwar Says:

    Hey Ryan, how did you got the paid to tweet gigs? Through an ad platform? Would love to explore paid tweets again. Last time I did, I earned maybe 5 dollars a tweet.

    Be sure to keep an eye on my blog, I am going to share some of the ways I make money by the end of this month.

  19. Mark Newsome Says:

    Mighty good stuff as usual Ryan!

    And in typical RB fashion, flat out funny and highly
    entertaining content as well bud!

    I love the image with post BTW!

    And it sounds like the cab driver experience in Bali,
    proves the one aggressive cabby, definitely got an “A” in
    his assertive class!LOL!

    You have definitely opened my eyes, pretty wide, to several major, untapped
    income producing opportunities!

    Thanks, because you can never, ever have too many viable,
    income generating possibilities!LOL!

  20. abdulsamadessani Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    No doubt, these all methods are awesome to make a living online.

    I love the Sponsored Posts one as it is one of my income source.

    Blog coaching is a great way to earn as you’re doing πŸ˜›

    Thanks Ryan for writing a top-notch article πŸ™‚

    Can’t stop myself from tweeting it!

  21. Wow ! Thanks for the awesome article mate.
    That was a hell of a dose. ​​

    I am just amazed by your effort. Great roundup presented here. I am very inspired. Great post…. ​

    Keep it up.​

  22. Hi Cori,

    It’s nuts; this stuff happens more than you would think. In Bali, and other spots too.

    During a trip to Nicaragua last year a guy grabbed my luggage before I told him “No” then casually took it to the taxi. Then he looked at me for a tip. I smiled and told him the $40 in my pocket was for the taxi ride. He looked disappointed. But maybe if it happens enough, he will decide to ask someone if they want his service before making a decision for them and not getting paid πŸ˜‰

    WordPress design sounds like it’d be up your alley Cori. You’re a natural for that πŸ™‚

    Have a fab week!

    Ryan

  23. Hi Elvis,

    LOL! What a shaggy, colorful dog. We saw him sitting in the chair in Northern Nicosia, Cyprus. On the Turkish side. A bit of a sketchy hood – not unsafe, just rundown – so it seemed pretty fitting to peep a chill dog lazing on a recliner, in a vacant lot. Thank goodness he seemed well fed and in good spirits.

    Google got fed up with companies buying their place onto Page 1 of Google. All these biz sites popped up on page 1 – some poorly built – and it made Google look bad, and diminished user experience. Hence the NoFollow, to prevent businesses and individual from buying a spot on Page 1 via paid links placed in sponsored posts all over God’s Green Earth LOL.

    I get little Google traffic and place a few sponsored posts here and there so I do not worry about NoFollow/DoFollow. I also know as my presence expands, just appearing on Blogging From Paradise will be the reward of itself, so if I make links NoFollow versus DoFollow, and notify businesses, they won’t have a prob and I’ll place the sponsored post.

    Sure thing brother on the Link 411 πŸ˜‰

    Ryan

  24. Hi Lorraine,

    You read my mind πŸ˜‰ I have been paid for placing links too, and forgot about adding that income stream. As with all ad revenue streams, def gotta enjoy this ride, share value and make buddies to make your blog ad worthy. Good advice there.

    As for paid Tweets the company has rebranded itself a few times. I would have to dig to find the name. French company, pay per tweet. They email you with the opportunity and when the campaign/budget is filled, the campaign closes. Easy peasy.

    Ryan

  25. Hi Don,

    Awesome! I love that everything is morphing so well for you as you evolve and expand.

    Great move too, adding more passive streams like courses and such because when you can earn 24-7, 365, with less of an online work component to your campaign, you can dissolve those burnout energies, enjoy your time offline and then, enjoy your time online too because you can not feel like you need clients to keep profiting.

    I have dove into passive income streams over the past 1-2 years because even though I dig freelance writing and coaching I also love prospering passively. Fits my traveling bit to a T.

    Thanks for the power comment buddy πŸ™‚

    Ryan

  26. Don Purdum Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    When I first launched Unveil The Web in 2014 I kept it simple. I only offered consulting and coaching for businesses and I used my blog as social validation. I traveled around the blogosphere meeting incredible people such as yourself. It wasn’t uncommon to read 20 blogs per day and engage with various business bloggers who serve the same audience I do but in a different way.

    It worked for 2 years but constantly keeping up reading and contributing 20 new comments per day on a different site eventually burned me out and left me not as motivated for consulting and coaching.

    Don’t get me wrong… the strategy worked and I made an incredible amount of money. However, I also knew that approach long-term was unsustainable.

    I have refocused my business to not rely on various strategies…:

    1. We are creating an entire set of e-educational courses that we start launching in February and throughout the year.

    2. My 2 books are doing “okay” on Twitter and I will probably write more.

    3. The Marketing/Messaging bootcamp is exploding and we are signing new clients every week and the results they are seeing from it are inspiring to me, and to them.

    4. I re-introduced web design (because I’m exceptionally good at it), and my son is an SEO certified traffic machine. He has come into the business and the results are phenomenal… so we have added that service.

    It makes sense… how do you package your message in your website? It’s a function of layout, look & feel, and relevant content.

    5. We added content marketing services (both doing it for them or consulting with them). Again, it makes sense coming out of the marketing/messaging bootcamp.

    It’s exciting stuff and the opportunities to help businesses have been a massive blessing for us.

    So, you can see we are on a different trajectory than where we started 3 years ago. Growth is a wonderful thing!!!!

    Have an awesome week Ryan!!!!

    ~ Don

  27. One thing not mentioned here is getting paid for link placements on your blog/website.

    However, before you do this, you have to prove to others you have a good website with awesome traffic. Also, having a high DA and PA helps, too. (DA – Domain Authority, PA – Page Authority)

    This is one of my revenue streams!

    I have many… and I’m always looking to add to them.

    Tell me more about how you got your paid Tweet opportunity. I’d like to know.

  28. Elvis M. Says:

    Ryan, I told you not to use that picture of me sitting on that chair without a haircut.

    Sigh….

    I actually didn’t know that Google wants you to place nofollow links for sponsored posts. I will definitely have to be very careful, as I see this income stream in my future.

    P.S. That rule kind of sucks, in a way.

    Thanks for letting us know!
    Elvis

  29. Cori Ramos Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Wow, I’m glad that guy didn’t walk off with your luggage – that sounds like it’s coming straight off a movie!

    I’ve tried my hand a several of these options you shared, sponsored posts, paid tweets, affiliate marketing and I’m currently trying something new, which I hope to have up sometime this week plus I’m now dabbling in WordPress web design. We’ll see how things go. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for these tips! You know I’m sharing this one. Have a great day and week!

    Cori

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