Blogging: America's New Profession
May 08, 2009
The Wall Street Journal recently published some interesting research about the number of people in the U.S making a living from blogging. There are now 1.7 million profiting from their writing and 0.5 million making a living of it. Many more small business are now using blogs as their complete online presence and earning their income that way.
Of course, this is not news to us. We have thousands of bloggers from all over the web in our ad program who make money discussing the things they love, like food, politics, entertainment, technology and parenting. In tough times like these more people are reviewing their options looking for alternative or additional sources of income. TypePad bloggers tend to be a cut above the rest in their dedication and expertise, so many are perfectly placed to start to reap their rewards. If you are considering turning your hobby into a business, the road is now easier than ever before. So many small business software companies have emerged in recent years that have a free or low priced option that can help you navigate the previously murky waters of creating a business.
TypePad has recently joined an alliance of these software providers to introduce you to some excellent resources, partners, products and information to help you succeed in your new business goals. It’s called The Small Business Web and its chock-a-block with great tips and tricks. One partner in the group is Outright, a free online book keeping software that we believe can help many TypePad bloggers with taxes and business administration. In the months to come we will be introducing you to a number of partners like Outright to help the budding business people among our very talented customer base achieve their dreams and start to make a living from what they enjoy the most. Lastly, we know the best tips for success will come from our own customers. If you are a small business consultant, designer or expert using or recommending TypePad please get in touch through the comments. We would love to connect you with other TypePad customers looking for help in this area.
Posted by: cat | May 08, 2009 at 12:32 PM
I can certainly attest to the lucrative nature of blogging. I've made almost a dollar since placing ads on my blog over a year ago! Keep clicking boys and girls! ;P
Posted by: Geo | May 08, 2009 at 09:10 PM
Don't take me wrong here, but the Outright people should make it clear on every page it is a online bookkeeping program only for the US. The do make a terrible mistake in the design of their site: WHERE ARE YOU BASED = webdesign 101!
The contact link brings up a form, the "about us" (the link you can find way down at the bottom) doesn't give you a clue either!
I'm sure their program is great, but how many non-usa business owners use Typepad? I do know an excellent online bookkeeping program available in the UK: Liberty UK (the name already gives you an important clue where they are and for whom it is made):
Sorry to bud in like this, but clear messages bring in more money ;-) And clear messages start in the banner and/or title of your web presence.
Karin H (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)
Posted by: Account Deleted | May 09, 2009 at 04:21 AM
Thanks for this feedback Karin, and the recommendation.
Posted by: Account Deleted | May 09, 2009 at 12:50 PM
Could you clarify?
When they state 1.7 million profitting from blogs, are they including me and my 14 cents a month?
Posted by: Michael Farrell | May 14, 2009 at 11:49 AM