In the past month, I’ve made more money from my writing than the previous 4.5 years combined.
In 54-ish months, I made a grand total of $40ish dollars. I miraculously sold a few cheap eBooks, and…that was it.
I was profoundly frustrated — I was spending hundreds of hours writing hundreds of posts that got virtually 0 views, 0 followers, and made just enough to buy a Ring Pop every once in a while.
But in the past 8 months, everything changed. Now, I’m earning income from so many income streams I sometimes forget where it all comes from. I’m not saying that to brag — I marvel that I’m actually making a living as a writer. I still can’t believe it sometimes.
Don’t make the same mistakes I did for 54 months. Here are the 4 best ways to earn income writing in 2018.
1. Amazon Affiliate Links
I’m amazed how few writers are doing this.
In about 90 seconds, you can register with Amazon’s affiliate program (just insert your bank and tax information because Amazon deposits your earnings directly into your bank).
After that, you can paste links to any product on Amazon, and get anywhere from a 3% — 10% cut if anyone buys the product from your link.
Here’s an example of my earnings:
This is how much I’ve earned this year so far (top left). I exclusively link to books I quote in my articles, and I average about $100/month or so. Books aren’t that expensive, so I don’t earn a lot, relatively speaking (but it’s a lot if you only earned $40 in your first 4 years!).
Amazon affiliate links can be extremely lucrative, though. For instance, you could post an article like my friend Tim Denning did, reviewing purchases under $100 and linking to the products.
Another example: uber-successful entrepreneur Tim Ferriss sends out a weekly email with his “favorite purchase of the week.” Sometimes it’s a nutrition bar, sometimes it’s expensive workout equipment. A growing email list is an excellent audience for those links.
With Amazon affiliate links, you get a cut from everything. They’re simple, subtle, unobtrusive, and very lucrative if done right.