A bit passe to some by now I am sure, but you can still make a great income from blogging if you are efficient, self-motivating and a decent writer.
You can set up your own blog either on your own domain using WordPress or another content management system (CMS) or you can just start a blog on a public blogging service like Medium, or WordPress.com.
Once you have built up a following and are gaining traffic you can begin to gradually monetize that traffic through various means.
Another way to earn money as a blogger is to ghostwrite articles and contribute guest posts for other websites and blogs that are successful enough to pay their contributors.
Take risks, offer free articles to get your foot in the door and build your authority in the meantime and reap the rewards later.
Starting a blog has never been easier and it’s likely the easiest online platform to build, ideal for beginners but still suitable for experts looking to build a niche or authority site.
To monetize your own blog you could include advertising, sponsored posts or tie affiliate links to products you are reviewing or recommending.
Start a Podcast
Podcasts have really taken the internet by storm over the past 10 to 15 years despite having it’s roots in the 1980’s it really began to take off in 2004 and today there are hundreds of thousands of podcasts (originally known as audioblogs) that are streamed online at little to no cost to both producer or listener, a real step forward from the days of internet and bandwidth license monopolies and another big triumph for the internet.
For me, Podcasts took over thanks to people like Ricky Gervais, Adam Corolla, Joe Rogan, Tim Ferris and others.
The great thing about starting a podcast is if you are camera shy and don’t like to write but still have a voice and something to say then this could be the medium for you. There are also podcasters that also broadcast audio and video but audio-only podcasts are more commonplace.
One reason so many people enjoy podcasts and the reason I find them so useful is that you can listen to podcasts and learn or laugh without having to pay complete attention since you only need to listen, this is ideal while driving, working out or while at work provided you work alone or can wear earphones.
Start a YouTube Channel or Vlog
As mentioned above, YouTube is a fantastic place to produce content and build a following online that can ultimately lead to your own online business. If you aren’t camera shy, know how to record and edit video or have a willingness to learn then creating your own television show has never been easier. Create a YouTube channel, whip out a camera or webcam and get started.
You can edit your footage together using YouTube’s built-in video editing suite or you can buy something more professional like Adobe Premiere. We wrote an article on the best video tools that you can check out at The Ultimate Video Marketing Toolkit.
The best way to start making money is to build a large following and pick a niche that can be monetized with product reviews and other related content. It also helps if the subject matter is likely to attract YouTube ads so you can earn a good portion of revenue share once you reach the required view total view count to start earning from your views.
A great example of a YouTube channel could is Linus Tech Tips who despite not being Casey Neistat or Pewdiepie famous still has a cool 4.7 million YouTube subscribers to his channel where he reviews everything about the latest tech products.