There are millions of blogs out there on the internet, and that number is no exaggeration. If the most recent reliable statistics are to be believed, there are more than thirty million bloggers active in the United States of America alone. The figure for the whole world is believed to be closer to five hundred million. That's a lot of people doing a lot of writing.
Not all of those blogs are intended to generate commercial revenue, though. The majority of them are just people writing about their everyday lives, either for the purpose of keeping a diary, or providing inspiration or insight to others. Their blogs are personal rather than business, and so they shouldn't be considered commercial bloggers. If you take them out of the equation, it means that even though the numbers are increasing, it's still possible to make money out of blogging if you're good at it.
Before we go any further, we should stress how important the 'being good' aspect is. Not everybody has it in them to write, and the internet doesn't need any more misspelled blogs or poorly-researched articles. If you want to reach agreements with commercial partners, or be paid to review products, the quality of your writing has to be excellent. The other side of this is that if you're a good writer, you can write about anything. That's good news, because you'll probably need to!
Not every topic out there is a potential moneymaker when it comes to blogging. We have plenty of guides on our website about how you can make your blog more attractive, or how you can use language to connect with your audience, but that's not as important as the topic you're blogging on. If you get that wrong, you'll be working for free. Choose one of the topics below, however, and you're more likely to find an audience in the right places.
If you're in a position to blog about parenting, then it's still the safest bet when it comes to making money for your thoughts. There are several examples of parenting bloggers who have gone on to be millionaires, and there's a simple reason for it. Nobody knows what they're doing with parenting until it happens to them, and everybody panics. The first resource that most people turn to is their parents, but that's not always possible. Some people's parents aren't around anymore. Some people didn't enjoy the way they were brought up, and so they don't want to copy their parenting style from their parents. In some cases, people just want a second opinion! Authenticity is crucial if you're going to go down this route though; don't even consider it if you're not a parent yourself. You'll be expected to post pictures and videos, and you can't do that if you're not a parent. Because of that, you also need to be comfortable with sharing intimate details of your life with complete strangers. It's not for everyone - but it's a good revenue source for those who feel comfortable with it!
- Casinos and Gambling
Never has gambling been more fashionable than it is right now. Thirty years ago, gambling was something that either happened in smoky bars or casinos, and was done only by people who knew what they were doing. Now, casino games are everywhere. The internet has made mobile slots websites possible. On a mobile slots website like Amigo Slots, you'll find hundreds of different slots, along with every variety of other casino game you can think of. That's exciting if you know how to play mobile slots. If you don't, it's a little intimidating in terms of knowing where to start. People will always need somewhere to go to find out how poker, roulette, mobile slots, and all the rest of the games work. They also like to feel like they're getting inside information that increases their chance of a win. Not only that, the companies that operate these websites need somewhere to advertise. Your blog is as good a place as any!
- Personal Development
For all of its horrors and terrifying comments sections, the internet is still an aspirational place. If you type 'how do I' into Google, you'll find that the most popular suggested searches relate to people trying to improve their lives. They want to know how to become more productive, or more confident. People search for tips on how to get better at dating, or how to put themselves in pole position for a promotion at work. What advice do you have to impart in this area? If you're starting a blog to make money, you have more entrepreneurial spirit than most people do. What persuaded you to do it? What gave you the confidence? Is it something you could help to instill in others? Daily motivational posts always go own well, and you can put motivational quotes on t-shirts, or mousepads, or other items. Can you tell people how to focus on their work and get things done? If you can, you might be able to sell a training course through your blog.
Travel broadens the mind, but also makes people nervous. That's why people spend hours reading reviews of hotels and tourist attractions before they spend money on a vacation. Most people are savvy enough not to believe the glamorized description of a vacation they'll see on a travel agent's website or the hotel's official material, so they like to go looking for an independent voice. Travel bloggers are the people who provide that independent voice; they offer the wealth of their own experience, and tell people where to go and where to avoid. As with running a parenting blog, the key to success in this field is authenticity. You can't write about somewhere if you've never been, and don't have evidence of your trip. Familiarity with your subject matter is an absolute must. If you get it right, you'll soon find travel companies approaching you, wanting to put a paid booking link under your articles so people can make reservations based on your recommendations.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist