As our readers know, you can make money off of running your own blog. If it sounds like a pipe dream — I’ll be honest — that’s ‘cause it ain’t easy! However, it is possible. Keep in mind, it helps to have something you know a lot about.
We all have our individual hobbies. Some are more lucrative than others and some are simply endless pits we throw our money into with no return — until you start your blog, that is. If you’re contemplating turning a hobby of yours into a side gig through the act of blogging, we have some suggestions for you! Some hobbies are in high demand for this sort of thing and getting started on it now is a better idea than ever before.
If you’re considering starting your own blog as a side gig, here are some topics in high demand right now that could potentially be very lucrative.
Looking at others’ travel adventures can be very inspiring for your own travel ambitions. This is why so many travelers seemingly have strong online followings. With a strong following, it’s not that hard to find some great sponsors to help you monetize your blog.
Now whatever sub niche or category you cover with your traveling blog is up to you. Viable options include things like traveling by bike only, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, and other specified travel goals and themes. But in general, with travel writing, a writer’s style is very important. As long as you’re consistently experiencing adventure and able to offer people something uniquely entertaining — whether it’s by your adventures or your writing style (or both) — you have an in.
Lucky for fitness writers, getting in shape is not only very good for you, but very in style right now. Fitness bloggers are coming from a variety of focuses, including those of nutritional and equipment-based topics. However, more often a fitness blog will revolve more around the process of actually getting fit.
There are basically two ways to go with a “process of getting fit” blogging niche: being motivated to workout, or learning specific workout techniques. Both are in high demand — the former is for those asking “how do we convince ourselves to workout in the first place?”; and the latter type of fitness blog, those revolving around specific workout techniques and routines, are for people who have a more focused fitness goal in mind. They want to lose X amount of weight, or be able to bench Y amount of pounds, for instance. These people are in search of ways to meet their goals, and your fitness blog can help them achieve this through wise advice.
If we have to eat, we might as well get artsy while we do it, yeah? Cooking blogs are in high demand right now because people are always looking for new things to eat and creative dishes to try making. How can we satisfy our taste buds in a new way that we never have?
Well, foodies love to use cooking blogs for this exact reason. If you love cooking and putting your own flavor into it (pun intended), start a blog and start sharing your food wizard skills with people! The cooking community is very well intertwined as well, because they enjoy working and making food together, as well as trading recipes.
Scavenging is very popular among retired seniors. My grandfather used to search for rocks and arrowheads along the river banks of Oregon, and had a box of those he had collected. My father just retired and got a metal detector and has been scavenging for strange things on the beach ever since!
Scavenging blogs are very specific. For instance, if you’re scavenging for gold on the beach, like my father, information about different kinds of gold, how much each is worth, and what kind of metal detector you might use or where you might go is what you write about on your blog. If my grandfather had run an arrowhead scavenging blog, he would probably have historical information about different kinds of arrowheads so scavengers know what they’re looking for if they’re collecting.
There are so many different kinds of music and subcommunities for each kind. Similarly, some people nerd out about music theory, musical equipment, and the like. The possibilities are endless with a music blog, so being a music fan on almost any level can give you something to write about.
If you’d like to get into music blogging, I would recommend doing some freelance writing for a different music blog before you start your own in order to make connections and see how one is ran and how it interacts within the music industry. Then start your own. Similar to a travel blog, building a community is a great way to get some credibility for sponsors to know who you are.
The gaming community is vast and giant. This may be hardest to make money with but it’s definitely possible. There are cool websites like retronuke.com that cover indie games that primarily exist on computers and in 2D. What you need to do for this is find your gaming niche.
Like music, there are a lot of different corners to the gaming community. Many vast interests exist within this hobby. Gaming is a hobby category rather than a hobby — people seem to be into certain kinds of games more than others, and it differs highly per individual. If you choose your niche right, hopefully some gaming companies can throw you some cool sponsorships and shoutouts. You’ll probably have to begin by reviewing their games first, which is a great way to make a name for yourself in that industry.
Making a blog to help people who are bad with money is a great way to make money. Is that odd? Maybe, but it’s true!
The fact is, a lot of people go through periods of their lives where they’re really bad at financial adulthood. They don’t invest enough, they get into debt, they don’t save correctly. If you can do the research on things like rebuilding your credit, getting out of debt, and investing in long-term financial benefits, you have a blog people can trust.
Granted, the best advice comes from experience; you could make a blog about your personal financial struggles and what you’re still learning, if you’re currently on your own journey to financial freedom. That transparency itself could lead to lucrative ends.
What side gig have you used to build a successful blog? What struggles have you had and what advice would you give to people considering this? What niches worked for you and which ones didn’t? Let us know in the replies below!
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