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3 Easy Ways A Blog Can Turn Your Hobby Into An Online Business

Mar 1, 2008
All of us have an interest or a hobby that we enjoy doing on a regular basis. In most cases, our hobbies have nothing to do with our work.

For example, you could be an avid stamp collector, compiling rare and unique stamps from all over the world. Or maybe you enjoy fishing, and you've visited some of the most unique fishing sites in the world and learnt some useful fishing tricks along the way. Perhaps you even partake in the joy of painting, quietly creating your art masterpieces in your basement every weekend.

Whatever your choice of hobby may be, you can make it a lot more than just a fun pastime by expanding your interest online, that is, by getting a domain name (that could be your own name) and setting up a Blog dedicated to your hobby, on that domain.

Of course, it will still be as fun and enjoyable as it always is - that will never change. But the opportunity for you to make money from your hobby by simply sharing your joys online will surely be a welcome change. Here are three extremely easy ways you can do just that:

1. Sell Your Own Products
If your hobby is something that involves a physical product, then one way you can make money is by selling these items.

Say, for example, you have a vast collection of stamps that you've collected over the years. Even though you may not want to sell ALL of them, you could perhaps sell SOME of them, ones that you have more than one copy of or those you're willing to part with.

There are millions of similar minded hobbyists such as yourself online (whatever your interest may be), and once your Blog becomes somewhat popular, you'll find that there is indeed a big market of prospective customers for almost any type of product.

2. Sell Similar or Related Products As An Affiliate
Of course, not all hobbies have products that can be viably sold on the Internet. But if you include products that are related to your hobby, then suddenly the market becomes a whole lot larger.

Say, for example, your hobby is deep water diving. You don't personally create any products with your hobby, but there are a lot of products that are RELATED to your hobby, such as body suits, flippers, diving coach programs, diving vacations and the such.

You don't need to start a company, of course, to sell these products, but you can become an Affiliate for other websites and individuals who provide these products and services and receive commission in exchange for any customers that you introduce to them.

Therefore, if a visitor to your Blog reads about your underwater exploits and is inspired to try out diving for himself and clicks on your Affiliate link to buy a diving training package that you're recommending, you'll be earning a commission for that sale. It really is that simple.

3. Sell Your Knowledge and Experience
After so many years of being involved with your hobby or interest, you have no doubt picked up a lot of skills along the way as well as gained a lot of information and experience in the matter. So why not put it to good use?

Put some of this knowledge into writing and you can sell them as e-books on your Blog. Ebooks can be easy to write if you know the proper techniques of writing, and you can include a good number of pictures as well.

Or if the idea of ebooks doesn't appeal to you, you can provide online training (for example, in fly fishing) to visitors interested in picking up your hobby and learning more about it. You can also send regular information to your clients via e-mail in exchange for a monthly fee, too.

The above are just some BASIC ideas on how you can make money with a Blog at your own domain that is your name, and they barely scrape the tip of the iceberg. Once you start your Blog, you'll find that there are a HUGE number of ways you can make money with your hobby.

So why wait any longer? Start now and turn your hobby into something that actually makes money - instead of one that just spends it!
About the Author
Sen Ze and his 1-of-a-kind sites at http://www.SenZe.com (where else?) and http://www.SOLOBIS.com help you make money online in ways you've never known. Use this Personal Domain Name Checker to see if a dotcom version of your name is still available for this purpose!
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