For anyone new looking to start making money as a website owner, this post is for you. 7 Side Hustles For Your New Blog / Website! Try these ideas to help finance your early days of running your own online business!
Hopefully, this information can help you through difficult times. Giving you the extra financial support you need until you have your stream of consistent steady passive income that every blogger wants to get in the business for.
Recently, I wrote about what kind of results you can expect in your first year of blogging. Just to summarise – I basically said that for most people earning decent money early on doesn’t really happen. For most, it would seem to be in their second and third years that really the magic begins to happen.
After 9 Months (it would appear) is when a new website can really expect its traffic to really start growing. For those that have managed to do things properly, this should be when the commissions start to roll in consecutively.
Not to make any guarantees here but during this period many will want to quit because of their inability to fund their online operations.
Exactly, why a side hustle to tide you over might be worth considering.
So, For Today’s Post – 7 Side Hustles For Your New Blog? Financing for the 1st Year Online!
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Now, I would like to put you in the shoes of someone that hasn’t made money online before. You hear all these stories about those that have become very rich from their online activities. Youtube, Crypto, FOREX, Stocks/Shares, eBay, Amazon and Affiliate Marketing etc.
So, you want a piece of the action – many will tell you their fantastic stories about how you can start making money in next to no time! When in reality this couldn’t be further away from the truth!
So you might call these people SCAMMERS! Some are, maybe more than a few, don’t get me wrong but how many of us just give up, and much too soon?
Instead of really giving an opportunity to earn money enough time – we give up because just paying the monthly subscription fee, for instance, puts us off. Like, IF it wasn’t for this reason we would give these things more time right? Even if we aren’t making money as long as we are not losing money we will carry on.
Now, tell me if you think this is a realistic evaluation of society? IF We Had The Money There We Would Give These Opportunities More Time!
Take This For Example…
My Recommended Way To Make Money Online!
Skip this part if you wish but I think this does go some way to explaining things!
By this I mean my recommended solution for making money online…
Now, THIS IS if someone asks me (about how they can make money online) setting up a website, blogging and affiliate marketing. The program for this I recommend is Wealthy Affiliate (at least for now) and it’s this I want to use as an example. For why having a side hustle as a backup plan might be what ploughs you ahead till you find online success.
So, as a member of Wealthy Affiliate, you start with a number of free lessons and a free starter website with an ugly looking long domain name that will not let you add any plugins 🤨. Something like https://example.siterubix.com. This suffix is added to all domain names.
Now, Honestly, I am not knocking this opportunity you can learn some important fundamental lessons here. It is how I made my start at blogging again in January 2020 and it has helped many others set up their own online businesses as well.
However, for Wealthy Affiliate to really be able to help you – you will need a Premium membership. This unlocks all the rest of the training and allows for full WordPress hosting where you can use proper domains. As well as many other cool tools and benefits.
How Much Money You Will Need 🤔
This will set you back $19.00 for the first month then $47.00 every month after that. It might sound like a lot but this is why I want you to read this whole blog post. You can actually save a lot of money by paying upfront for the whole year (especially on Black Friday) it will only set you back $299.00. However, let’s just say it is $47.00 per month.
I would not expect you to be able to cover this or even half of this within the first 6 months. Not unless you get incredibly lucky. You can make money but whilst you are not really getting very much organic traffic you will not have the readership that is prepared to take these kinds of actions.
As I discussed in my last post you need time to develop.
Unless you already have prior skills and knowledge of website development really you will probably NOT be making the money to cover this $47.00 monthly fee or even some of it until near the end of your first year. In my view realistically speaking 18 months to 2 years is sufficient time.
It might happen sooner but you must get yourself through this difficult period. You must be prepared to lose money before you can make money. Many will not be able to afford this but let’s think outside the box here…
Find Side Hustles For Your New Blog!
Now, I am going to carry on with using Wealthy Affiliate membership as my main example.
Through its training and hosting, you have everything you need as a blueprint for a successful business. Many members have found out that by building their websites whilst following Wealthy Affiliates training they have managed to find success building websites within their first 2 years.
What many of them will say is “you must keep working, however long it takes, and until you start seeing results”.
But then unless you have this $47.00 spare every month you probably will soon get pretty fed up with this.
I know the feeling myself – I’ve been here. To be honest, this information which I am sharing today I could have done with showing it to people a lot sooner. I’ve had many of my referrals quit on me because of what I’ve mentioned above.
So, with this in mind let’s look at some ideas you can do to try and cover these expenses. At least to try and make some of the money you will need.
Here are my 7 Side Hustles for Your New Blog!
Try and find a few hours a week to try some of these ideas out for yourself!
i.) Get Hired To Write For Other Bloggers
Set up a Fiverr account and make your services (gigs) available. $5 for 500 words should be an easy gig that you can get hired for. 6 of these gigs a month should make you $25-$30. It might not cover the whole $47.00 for your monthly WA membership fees but it will mean you can afford them more easily. Exactly what you will want!
Also, it is maybe worth noting even though Fiverr gigs can be very time consuming and low paying you can start to earn more as you build customer relationships and a better feedback score. SIGN UP FOR AN ACCOUNT HERE
ii.) Other Freelancing Gigs
What you might find is that you have other skills aside from writing which you can utilize instead. In fact, there might be gigs which you can do on websites such as Fiverr which take you less time than writing articles. Perhaps take a look around.
If you would like some inspiration (you don’t know where to start) check out these 2 Youtube videos below;
Your aim (I would say) should be to try to make $30-$35 a month from freelancing but ideally where it doesn’t take away too much of your time. It is fair enough finding a side hustle to help cover your expenses but let’s not forget why you are doing this in the first place.
If you really want to become a success with blogging and affiliate marketing you need to set aside both time for work and also for other things like training etc. Extra work on top of this should only be a temporary solution until you can make consistent earnings from writing your blog posts etc.
Although, as side hustles go…
iii.) Sell on eBay
Personally, I have used eBay and made a living from it for just over 10 years now. From my own experience, I would say making $25 a month at least from eBay is fairly easy. Take advantage of their free listings with a private account. See what you have around the house that you can sell. Things like books, clothes, collectables, and see if you can make some money$
You might be surprised by what people will buy.
Look elsewhere even – garage sales, thrift shops and even on eBay itself. See if you can find any good money-spinners.
You can also try Aliexpress. Some products you can buy from the Chinese market that once you have you can sell for more money. It can be risky with some products but if you can find the right ones you can easily double even triple your initial investment.
However, STILL, remember why you are doing this for. Do not get carried away with trading on eBay. You are trading on eBay to help to finance your new website. Think of the money you will make when this is all up and running. You will not regret it…
but if eBay is not for you! Try this instead maybe…
iv.) Complete Micro Tasks With Appen.com
I am still new to Appen. I‘ve not used it yet myself. Mostly because I have an eBay Business and 4x websites to run already but I will give it a go soon to see what it is all about. I’ve made an account so we shall see.
Anyhow, the reason I am sharing this idea is it does appear to be a possible solution for finding work at home jobs.
By the looks of things, this could definitely be a solution for helping to finance your subscription fees until you can earn consistent earnings from your blog.
There seem to be some pretty mixed reviews from their userbase. Although this might be exactly what is needed in those tough months. Maybe you can manage OK with the ideas above but just saying this might be worth looking into.
v.) Review New Products With UserTesting.com
I haven’t tried UserTesting.com either but one of my nephews used this service for a while last year. He speaks very highly of it and upon closer inspection, it definitely looks like a good way that you could make a bit of extra money on the side.
In fact, it might just be one of the best opportunities on this whole list. From what I hear it can be difficult sometimes to get the work but you can make $4 for every 5-minute task and for 20 minute live interviews (I assume through Zoom or Skype) you can get paid anything from $30.00 to $120.00.
According to my nephew, it is a very good opportunity but you must maintain a good reputation or no one will want to hire you. Kind of like most things I guess but yes anyway – 12 x $14 (1 Hour of tasks) = $48.00.
I don’t know about you but $47.00 a month to pay for Wealthy Affiliate is perfect if you can get it to work.
Vi.) Try SwagBucks.com
Part of me doesn’t know why I am bothering to mention this one. I’ve tried other survey sites that are not SwagBucks and I can tell you the time you spend to actually make any money at all (most of the time) just does not feel worth it.
50 SwagBucks is basically the equivalent of $3.50 USD. It is like any currency that goes up and down in price. I see you can sometimes find tasks that might pay 1000+ Swagbucks but how long these take I think is the main question here.
Maybe try Swagbucks but only if you can’t manage to earn from any of the other ideas above. You can try other survey sites as well but the reason I share Swagbucks and not the others is it appears to be maybe the best one.
Vii.) Earn Credits and Commissions Through WA
Now, I am not saying this article today is just for those that are Premium members of Wealthy Affiliate that are stuck in a rut for paying their monthly memberships. Maybe you have set up your blog without WA. I personally recommend SiteGround if you are looking to go down this route but anyway let’s say you do join Wealthy Affiliate.
I know this probably won’t sound too appealing to most people but I have heard stories from people that have financed their time on WA by earning WA credits. I think each credit is worth $0.50. You earn from leaving feedback and comments for people blogs. If you leave 94 comments or feedback reviews you will make your $47.00 lol
Waste of time if you ask me but what isn’t is if you can get just 1 PERSON to sign up under you as a premium member @ Wealthy Affiliate that sticks around this is half of your bill paid. $23.50 every month. 50% commissions.
Managing this is easier for some more than others. They actually have a prize for all members of WA that can make 300 Premium Referrals in ONE YEAR. It is an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas, and people do actually go.
Check out this blog from IvanBroz who is going to Vegas next year – he has commented on this blog before I’m pretty sure!
Anyway, if people like Ivan can get 300 Sign-Ups you can get 1 or 2 surely. Perhaps mention some of my ideas above!
Try These 7 Side Hustles for Your New Blog / Website. This is my main point. Your first year blogging can be a difficult time. It depends from person to person, this much is true, but most people do not make very much money from blogging within the first 6 months to a year. For this reason, it has to be something that you are willing to dedicate enough time to do.
You don’t have to try the ideas above maybe you could do a cleaning job for a few hours a week. I mean you might likely have a full-time job already and blogging already is something you have very little time for. Honestly, I would like to think you can find a ‘workaround’ here. Perhaps you could use your phone during your lunch break or on the bus home to use SwagBucks or for listing on eBay with your photos from earlier on.
I haven’t had to do anything like this myself I must admit but seriously EVEN THOUGH I’m potentially setting myself up for the future competition – stick at it! Create a Wealthy Affiliate account, go through all of their training and start blogging.
In my opinion, this has to be the dream job – work when you want, where you want and earn money repeatedly from your previous work. Even keep on earning more for all the new work you will continue to do.
Make $1000. $5000. $10,000 or even more every month. Plenty of others are doing this and so can you as well!
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