Any advice on finding paid writing work as a brand new blogger?
First and foremost, I always tell people that if you’re starting a blog because you think it’s a good way to make a side income, you’re looking at an uphill climb. I’ve been blogging for almost five years, and I’d say it’s just been within the past year and a half that I started making a steady “paycheck.” Prior to that, it was random $75 gigs here and there, or more frustratingly, I was writing for a free sample (keyword: free.)
While there is NOTHING wrong with writing for a free sample, it’s a lot of work for peanuts. Unfortunately, as a brand new blogger, I think working for peanuts is a given until you’re able to build an audience and a track record. Stick with it!
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That said, I suggest applying to marketing networks like Clever Girls, Pollinate Media, and Mode Media. These are the main three I work with, but there are tons of other marketing networks out there! Most of them require an application process where you’ll be asked to provide things like monthly page views and numbers of followers on various social media channels.
Another option is always writing for other publications (i.e. Scary Mommy) who will pay you for original content. Don’t know where to start? Take a look at your favorite websites and magazines!
How did you grow your blog?
I get super weird about answering questions about “growing” my blog, because even though I’ve been at this for almost five years, I’m not a big, successful blogger by any stretch of the imagination, so I feel unqualified to offer advice. That said, it has grown over the years, and it’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication (because I’ve wanted to quit a million times.)
When I think about it, my blog has seen the most growth in the past 18 months because I finally hit my stride. I’ve found my voice, and I don’t attempt to emulate other bloggers like I used to. I forever wanted to blog like Julie or Courtney, but – newsflash! – I’m not either of them. Once I became okay with my style of blogging, people started to notice and stick around.
I also grew my blog by writing for other publications. For example, when this post was published on Scary Mommy, I gained several hundred followers on Instagram within 24 hours, and since then my blog traffic has reflected a significant increase as well.
Lastly, I’ve created genuine relationships with other bloggers, readers, and brands. As soon as I realized the value and power of a girl tribe, I went after it!
What blogs do you read every day?
I read lots of blogs and websites, but these are the 5 that I check every morning while I eat breakfast