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How I Make Sustainable Income Online by Diversifying

I've been an online freelance writer since 2005 and blogger since 2008. At present I have 55 niche blogs (!) What started as a hobby has grown to a sustainable business income. A lot of people have asked how that works. So I write tutorials on making money online (that's a link to one of my blogs Online Writer WAHM).

Today's tip is to diversify and think outside the box. I said I had 55 blogs at present because I'm always open to starting new ones as I find new niches to explore.

Example: I recently found that despite hating beer, I love IPA (India Pale Ale--a very bitter, hoppy craft beer). So I decided to blog about it with my husband who has been a homebrewer since God was a kid.

Evidently, in the beer culture, a woman hophead is rare, a female beer blogger pretty non-traditional. So my blog will be different. I'll be providing something novel.

And that's the secret to successful freelancing: capitalize (literally) on hot topics you're conversant with and give them a fresh twist. This strategy placed me in the top 25 writers at the former Yahoo! Contributor Network, got me news beats on Michigan, arts, education and parenting and netted me a cool 25 million page views. I write for Examiner, Helium, AOL SEED, How to Do Things, Bubblews, LifeTips. Some are still around. Some are gone. But the blogs remain.

Stay tuned for more tips on earning money writing online.

Image Credit » Marilisa Sachteleben

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Ldyjarhead wrote on October 16, 2014, 4:38 PM

As you know, I've got several blogs also (not nearly what you have, though!) and my problem is being consistent with them. I get all gung-ho in the beginning, then lose steam. I do still post to them occasionally, but not consistently enough to make any of it worthwhile.

Kasman wrote on October 16, 2014, 4:52 PM

It's great that you've successfully turned a hobby into a business but for me it is strictly a hobby - that way there is no pressure on me to write anything.

LoudMan wrote on October 16, 2014, 9:50 PM

Just cut everyone else's throat over their chance to finally make something though. Now tha I know who you are, you'll see no more comments from me. Goodbye.

lgunnin wrote on October 17, 2014, 2:48 PM

Marilisa, Will you be posting about how to drive traffic to your blogs? I'd like to blog more for our day jobs (storage business) and trying to get more readers. Then, like Ldyjarhead I need to be more consistent about blogging on my own website. I just wonder why anyone would care what I have to say :)

lgunnin wrote on October 17, 2014, 2:49 PM

I totally agree. I can be very enthusiastic about something this week and then not post again for months, despite my best intentions. I need good advice on keeping at it and making money at it.

Ldyjarhead wrote on October 17, 2014, 11:41 PM

If you find it, share the secret! The one blog I really want to stick with is my "Fit in my Fifties" blog.

somedsatisfied wrote on October 18, 2014, 4:47 PM

Fantastic. I love to see what you have to say about the monetized blogging.

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 13, 2014, 9:20 AM

Same here! I have several blogs out there that are very stagnant. I can't seem to keep them going either. 55?? I can't even imagine trying to keep up with that.