Can I Get Paid to Write a Blog about… ANYTHING?
At Working Writer, Happy Writer, the answer to “Can I get paid to write a blog?” is YES, YES, a thousand times, YES! Mostly we focus on writing blog posts for clients. It’s a bread and butter gig, and if you’re doing it right, you’ll probably have regular work month after month for years. Every business out there needs a website, and every website needs a blog – and that means someone’s got to write the blog posts… and business owners are FAR too busy doing a thousand other urgent tasks to sit down and write blog posts. Plus, I keep hearing from business owners that they HATE writing.
But as lovely as blogging for clients is, blogging for yourself is even better. You get to write about what interests you – however you want to write.
You can take blogging for yourself a step further on the sweetness scale by blogging as an affiliate marketer.
Basically, you pick a niche (or topic that a group of people is VERY interested in) that you’re especially interested or experienced in, and write posts that provide your take on the topic. If you’ve got a course or book, or some other resource that would help your readers, you can promote it through your blog and make a bit of money in the process.
How about Affiliate Marketing… Can I Get Paid to Write a Blog about Products I Own?
Learn how to write a product review well, and you’ll find that planning your affiliate marketing editorial calendar gets even easier. You might be surprised by how many products are just sitting there in your home, practically begging for a review. Plus, check with your accountant, but it’s possible you can even deduct the price of products you buy and review on your taxes.
You can also promote OTHER people’s books, courses, and other resources – as an affiliate marketer. Basically, if you write a blog post that recommends an affiliate product, and a reader clicks through to buy it, you get some percentage of the sale. Pretty cool. You get paid to help people find the resources they need to solve a problem.
==> You can learn more about affiliate marketing here.
You can’t just write blog posts and expect to start cashing in big affiliate checks! You need people find and read your blog – and not just any people… people who are eager to find help, advice, and resources. You’ve got to get your posts in front of as many of these people as you can.
Medium is one of those sites “everyone” is talking about for getting lots of exposure for your writing. It’s pretty easy to use directly – but why not kill two birds with one stone, by automating the process of posting your blog content to your Medium account at the same time?
Getting Yourself Situated on Medium
Here’s a lovely step-by-step process you can follow to connect your WordPress blog to Medium so you can publish in two places at once with a single click. Tip of the hat to Social Media Examiner – always good stuff there.
Do you want more exposure for your blog content?
Have you thought about cross-posting your blog content on Medium?
Republishing your WordPress blog posts on Medium gives your business another incredible source of traffic to your site.
In this article, you’ll discover how to automatically publish your WordPress blog posts on Medium.
#1: Install the Medium Plugin on Your WordPress Blog
The Medium plugin for WordPress lets you republish your old blog posts or publish new blog posts automatically from WordPress to Medium. It saves you the time and hassle of manually copying and pasting each of your blog posts onto Medium.
Once you have the Medium plugin installed on WordPress, it takes just one click to republish your content.
To get started, go to your WordPress dashboard. It should follow this format: https://mysite.com/wp-admin/. In the left menu, click Plugins and type “Medium” in the search bar. The Medium plugin for WordPress should appear at the top of the search results.
Click Install Now to install the plugin.
Next, click the Activate Plugin link.
Once the plugin is activated, go to the Users section of your WordPress admin dashboard and click on your profile. Scroll down to Medium and find the Integration Token field, which is blank initially.
Scroll down until you see the Integration Tokens section.
Click in the Enter a Description for Your Token field and type in a description (for example, “Medium WP Plugin for [your site]”). Then click Get Integration Token to generate an alphanumeric code.
On your WordPress profile page, copy and paste this code in the Integration Token field under Medium.
Once you update your profile, your Medium account will be synced with your WordPress blog.
#2: Republish Your WordPress Blog Post on Medium
Now it’s time to republish your old blog content. In WordPress, open one of your old blog posts in Edit mode.
By default, the Medium plugin cross-post setting is None, meaning anything you post or update on WordPress won’t be published on Medium.
To change the cross-post setting, click the Edit link in the Medium plugin box and select Public. Click OK to save your changes.
Next, you’ll need to click Update to save the changes to your post. Note: Finalize everything in your post before you click Update. That’s because once updated, any further edits you make in WordPress won’t show up on Medium.
Once you click Update, your WordPress post publishes automatically under your Medium profile, so everyone can see it.
#3: Customize the Plugin Settings for Future Posts
In WordPress, go to the Users section in the left menu, click on your profile, and scroll down to Medium to see the default settings for the plugin. This is where you can change the options for cross-posting your WordPress posts.
Here’s a rundown of your options for each of these settings.
Default Cross-Post Status
You can set your cross-post setting to one of these options: None, Public, Draft, or Unlisted.
Choose Public to publish your post publicly on Medium. This is ideal for text-only posts. Note: The hero image and some graphs and charts don’t transfer over. Remember to add them to your cross-linked post on Medium if you’re in a time crunch and just want to push out as many posts as you can.
Choose Draft to transfer your WordPress post as a draft on Medium. This is a good option if you care about the layout of your blog post, as Medium gives you some unique text options that WordPress doesn’t have.
Choose Unlisted to publish a blog post that’s visible only by those who have the link. Unlisted posts won’t show up on Medium’s public pages (the homepage or your profile).
Note: You can only republish 10 posts per day.
Default Cross-Post License
This will set the license for each post. Choose All Rights Reserved so others can’t copy, distribute, or use your work without your permission. Choose CC 4.0 BY licenses if you want to allow people to use your content for non-commercial purposes if they give you credit.
Default Cross-Link Status
This is a pretty useful feature that will show that you’ve cross-linked your content. If set to Yes, it will display a link at the bottom of your WordPress post saying the post published on Medium.
Similarly, it will display a link at the bottom of your Medium post that points back to your original WordPress post.
Default Follower Notification
This lets you choose whether you want to notify your Medium followers when your post publishes on Medium.
Default Cross-Post Publication
If you own a Medium publication, you can submit and republish your WordPress posts to your publication.
After you make changes to your settings, remember to update your profile!
Considering that over 60 million visitors come to Medium every month to read valuable content, Medium provides the perfect opportunity to attract visitors based on your blog content. If done right, you can get a ton more subscribers, users, or customers, depending on your goals.
Remember, the more value your content provides, the more readers you’ll attract. That’s why the Medium plugin for WordPress is such a useful tool to put your WordPress posts in front of an engaged audience.
So, Can I Get Paid to Write a Blog?
Yes – for your clients. Yes – for yourself. The need for freelancers to write blog posts and other types of content is growing all the time. Every business needs a website, every website needs a blog, and every blog needs a writer. If you want to learn more about how to build a profitable blog, my friend Fleur can teach you.