Can You Still Make Money Writing at Residual Income Sites? What I Think You Should Do Instead

I still write at a few residual income sites. I’m very picky about where I write and the time that I spend on them. You see, part of me knows that you can still make money writing at residual income sites.

But only a little.

I’m a strong believer that you need your own website, especially if you want to be a freelance writer. There is something more stable and more professional about having your own site.

Here’s a look at why I think you need your own site but why writing at residual income sites isn’t a complete waste of time, even now

Oh, and yes, this is going to be an unpopular opinion with many writers!

Build Your Own Business, Rather Than Someone Else’s

You currently make money writing at residual income sites. Your own blog isn’t getting you very far or you’re worried that starting one up won’t replace your residual income money.

Well, that’s not entirely true. When you have your own blog, you will earn 100% of all the income. And you have more control over what type monetization you put on the site. You decide where to put the ads and how many of them to display.

You lose all control with residual income sites. You’re writing to make someone else rich. Okay, so it’s not completely like that but you’re building someone else’s site up for them.

You’d be better building your own business.

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It’s Easier to Develop a Niche with Your Own Blog

When you blog on your own site, you can develop your own niche. This is something that I tell so many people to do but get a lot of restraint.

I get it – really, I do. I was one of those who thought they didn’t need a niche. After all, residual income sites aren’t niche based.

But boy was I wrong! Once I developed a niche, I could develop a following. I accidentally fell into one of my niches, but it makes me money every month without me actually doing much for it anymore. I’ve written very little new content! But it’s because I’ve already built the following.

When you put your content on a residual income site, you can’t develop a niche for the whole site. People will write on different subjects. Those who came to a site for a photography post won’t stick around and read your content about crocheting stuffed octopuses. You can develop a niche within the residual income sites, but it’s much harder than having your own blog.

You’ll Feel More Comfortable Sharing Your Own Blog with Prospective Clients

When writing for money, you’ll look at getting private clients. They always want to see samples of your work and will be interested in where you’ve been published. If you have small residual income sites that aren’t well known and are full of poor content from other writers, you won’t want to share them.

Poor quality content is one of the problems of residual income sites. It’s why so many have closed down. You have no control over what someone else writers.

When it comes to your own blog, you have full control. You put your content up there and can accept guest posts or sponsored posts as and when you please.

There’s more confidence in your blog and you will share it with prospective clients.

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But You Can’t Try Out New Niches Easily

There’s one reason I still choose to write at residual income sites. I get to try out new niches! There’s also room for content that doesn’t quite fit with my other niches but I really want to get out there.

Because of residual income sites, I’ve found a love for wedding blogging and I have been able to trial out various niches that I’ve later created my own blogs for. I’d never have been able to do that if I had to start my own blog each and every time – I needed somewhere with some sort of good ju-ju to see if the niches were going to be profitable.

I always make sure that the I write at good sites. I don’t want my name posted anywhere online. You can still make money writing at residual income sites when you choose ones that have a good standing with Google and where the owners are interested in quality over quantity.

Some of the places I recommend to write at include:

  • Writedge
  • HubPages
  • Wizzley
  • Daily Two Cents

There aren’t many that are on my list. These are places that I still have accounts at. While I’m not overly active anymore, I will still regularly share my content from the sites without feeling embarrassed and I do have plans to write more now and then when I have a niche that doesn’t fit with my blogs.

And okay, so some of this you can do with a free blog. But do you really want to keep creating free blogs for each new niche that you have an idea for? Do you want to come up with new URL ideas and handle the layout, even if it is for free? You’re still using up time. I don’t want to do it with everything that I do!

Can You Make Money Writing at Residual Incomes?

Honestly, my opinions are unpopular among professional writers. There are so many telling you that you have to have your own blog and you shouldn’t write for other people’s sites.

That opinion just seems so narrow-minded. I also get this feeling that these writers belittle others for not taking the steps to have their own website. While I think having your own blog is powerful and a good money-maker, I also believe that you can make money writing at residual income sites when you do it right.

I’ll share more about this in the weeks and months to come.

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