It is the dream for everyone...make money writing about sports. Starting a blog has been one of the most rewarding experiences and if you are at all interested in journalism or sports, it is amazing way to grow and get a foot in the door. It helps you grow a portfolio as a sports writer AND SportsBlog even pays you, something few blogging websites do. I HIGHLY recommend starting your own blog.
If you want to be a professional sportswriter you will most likely need to get a college degree. It is required at most of the bigger companies, but you can make money blogging about sports with absolutely no experience. It may seem difficult, but it is possible.
This is the obvious first step. There are plenty of websites to choose from, but SportsBlog.com is my favorite and they will give you a portion of the ad-revenue. Essentially, the more people who read your site, the more money you make.
It's important to think about what you want to cover. Whether that is sport/league/team specific. This blog covers all sports, giving me the widest range of readers. SportsBlog.com actually gives you a cash bonus if you are one of top blogs overall or in specific categories.
This is a very important step, because a lot of the traffic you draw will come from social media. In my other post, Four Tips to have a Successful SportsBlog, you will see how much traffic you can truly bring in and why it is so important.
You should have a personal twitter account where you can tweet your articles from. If you plan on tweeting and writing a lot of articles, it may be beneficial to also have a twitter account for your blog. You can use twitter apps such as Crowdfire and Tweepi. These programs allow you to "Copy followers" meaning follow people who follow your competitors--a.k.a. sports writers. It is a great way to grow on social media. Crowdfire has an APP, but you can go to Tweepi.com.
Either way, the more accounts tweeting your articles the better. But, don't stop at twitter. Share them on Facebook, Google +, Pinterest, anywhere you think viewers would be interested.
If you need help growing, feel free to tweet @AllDaySportsCov your first article and we will gladly give it a read and a retweet to help you get the ball rolling. Just remember, the more people that read your articles, the more money you make!
3. Other programs
These next few options are optional, but they can help you make some more money.
One way to make more money is through Affiliate programs. These are partnerships with companies where you advertise your products on your blog and they give you a commission based on sales. The best website for affiliate programs is ShareASale.com. They have the widest variety of affiliate programs.
It can be slow sometimes, but if you have a dedicated following who truly trusts what you write, affiliate programs can be successful. Like we said before, the more traffic you can draw to your blog the better.
If you are looking for other ways to make money online that aren't sports related, you can check out SwagBucks.com.
SwagBucks is free. You take surveys, watch videos, answer polls and they award you points. Eventually, you can rack up enough points to cash out for gift cards for just about every major store and Amazon. It is a great way to make a little cash on the side as a blogger. You can sign up here.