Last week I shared how to use residual income writing sites to build your blogging niche. It’s an unpopular opinion that these types of sites—also known as content farms, passive income sites, and paid-to-write sites—help you make money.
Well, they do. And I know so because I’ve made plenty of money through them.
I don’t make all my blogging income through them. In fact, the residual income sites make up approximately 10% of my whole writing income but that doesn’t mean they’re not worthwhile. I don’t promote a lot of my content and I don’t use the sites as much as I used to do. I also have my private writing clients who make up a good 60% of my writing and blogging income.
I’m here to share why residual income writing sites help you build your blogging niche. Well here are five reasons—they’re the ways that they’ve helped me build mine (or helped me avoid some).
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They Don’t Cost You a Penny to Sign Up
When you’re not sure if a writing or blogging niche will work out, you don’t really want to put a lot of money into it. You may not even be that bothered about control. You just want to start getting your name out there and go for a no-cost, low-risk option to start building your niche.
Residual income writing sites offer that ability. They’re set up in a way that you just quickly add your details and you become a member. Some of them you will need to go through an application process, but for the most part they are very easy to get into.
This is why a lot of writers frown upon the sites. However there are rules. There was one site that took me months to get my first post approved. Honestly I was working half-heartedly and when I started to put in the effort I was fine. Nobody could believe that it took me so long. But it shows that the sites do focus on quality.
But there are free blogs, right? Well that takes us onto the next benefit.
You Don’t Need to Run the Site
Free blogs will require more of your time. You need to set up themes and add in the advertisement code or affiliate codes (if you’re able to use them). You may not be putting in a lot of money but you’re putting in a lot more time to build your blogging niche.
If you’re just looking to see if the niche is viable, you want to put in as little time as possible. You don’t want to worry about the actual site as much as you would if you had your own blog.
Sure there are still aspects that will demand your time. But they’re going to demand your time anywhere. These are things like marketing your posts, growing your following, and generally anything that involves building your niche.
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There’s the Benefit of Other People’s Posts
Other people will contribute content to the residual income sites. There are some pros and cons with this, but right now let’s focus on the pros.
When you have your own blog, you need to get a lot of content up in a short space of time. Before I started one of my blogs, I had to write three month’s worth of content in a short space of time to make sure I had enough to post to help the site rank.
With the residual income sites, others are putting up content to keep Google crawlers and other search engines coming back to your site.
The downside is the content may not be on your niche. If you’re lucky like I was with the history niche, there will be others who write on similar, complimentary topics. There was one history writer who covered mostly the Wars of the Roses, while I covered the Tudors and the Stuarts. We worked together quite well to help grow each other’s audiences.
No Commitment to Stick with the Blogging Niche
If you find that the niche isn’t fairing as well as you’d hoped (and you really have put the effort in) then you don’t need to worry about closing it all down. You’ve got no commitment to stick to that niche. It’s possible to go right back to the drawing board and try with something else.
This is part of the low-risk element. If you bought a domain name and hosting for a niche, you’d want to make sure you got your money back. You wouldn’t want to create a loss.
Using the residual income writing sites to develop your blogging niche is also great for those who aren’t quite sure on the niche that they initially want to develop. They can try a couple of niches, maybe on one site with different accounts or across different sites. It gives them a chance to share their experiences, their views, their opinions, and their interests quickly and easily.
And if you get bored of the initial niche, the residual income site is useful. With a free blogging site, you’d have to start all over again. With the residual site, you just start writing on a new niche!
You’ll Still Get Writing and Marketing Experience
Let’s not forget about the benefit of writing and marketing experience. You don’t always get that with your own blogs, since you’re starting from scratch.
Some residual income sites have forums that you can visit. You get the chance to talk to veteran writers; those who have made a living with their writing. This is where you can get tips to help build and develop your niche. If the sites don’t have forums, there may be a Facebook group or two.
Other sites will have admins and editors step in to offer some advice. They may make a note on your articles to help get them published quicker or to help get out of the editing phase that some accounts require.
Residual Income Writing Sites Are Not a Complete Waste of Time
I know that my opinion is an unpopular one with big-name writers, but I don’t really care about that. There are plenty of people using residual income writing sites to get started. They’re low-risk and easy to use.
And they can be extremely useful for building your blogging niche. You just have to know how to use them to your advantage.
I say they’re a lot better than content mills!
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