I know that whether you’ve just started your lifestyle blog or you’ve been writing for a few years, many bloggers are eagerly looking for ways to monetize the time they’re putting into their content. So last week I shared 4 ways you can finally monetize your lifestyle blog.
One of the ideas I talked about was creating digital products. This is a great way to take yourself from lifestyle blogger to lifestyle brand. Creating digital products can open up so many opportunities for you.
This week I wanted to give you 7 digital product ideas that lifestyle bloggers can sell based on your niche, expertise, and what your audience needs help with.
1 | Ebooks
This is one of the examples I gave in my blog post last week, and I love the idea of lifestyle bloggers creating an ebook as their first digital product.
You can easily take the content from your blog, expand on it, and turn it into an ebook that you list for sale.
Ebooks are ideal for anyone who has content that is best shared in a written format or want the lowest barrier to entry into selling digital products.
Here are some examples for a few different niches:
- Collection of recipes for a specific season or type
- Guide to finding your style and decorating your home
- Step by step to starting your own garden + how to build it on your own
2 | Pre-recorded mini-class
What if your content doesn’t fit easily into words? Maybe it’s harder to teach or explain things through text than it is to show in a video, for example. If that applies to you, then I recommend considering making a pre-recorded mini-class.
Mini-classes are great for lifestyle bloggers who are already comfortable being on camera. Maybe you’re a pro at showing people how to do things on your Instagram stories or IGTV or you have a YouTube account that you’re comfortable creating content for.
Instead of thinking about short content, consider how you can take one topic and turn it into an in-depth training for your audience. For example:
- Using Instagram to grow your blog
- Learning knife skills to improve your cooking
- Sewing your first piece of clothing
3 | Online course
If you want to give your audience a well-rounded training on a specific topic, instead of doing an ebook or a mini-class, consider creating an online course.
Online courses are great for lifestyle bloggers who consider themselves an expert in their niche. Because courses are typically a lot longer than an ebook or mini-class, you want to feel knowledgable enough to give your audience a valuable course.
Here are a few examples:
- Starting your own blog
- Secrets to decorating your home
4 | Printables
Another great option for lifestyle bloggers would be to create and sell printables. I only recommend doing this, though, if you’re familiar with using a tool like Canva or a design program.
You can create your printables in Word, but the idea is that you’re familiar with how to design your printable so that it looks visually appealing.
Printables are ideal for bloggers who are already creating some sort of resource for your family or your audience. Think about how you can take what you’re already creating and make it something you sell.
Here are some printable examples in different categories:
- Wall art
- Homeschooling lessons
- Party planning
- Holiday themed
5 | Photos
Do you take your own photos for your blog posts? If so, how many are you taking? How many do you actually use?
I used to take tons of photos for my blog and social media. Most of the time I was just styling photos to have a bank to pull from later, which meant I wasn’t necessarily using all of the photos I was taking. Instead of just letting them go to waste on my computer, I started selling them.
Selling photos is ideal for bloggers who take beautiful photos, are comfortable with editing, and (obviously) don’t mind others using your photos.
You can sell your photos on your website or a third party site like Etsy or Creative Market. Stock photos are huge especially for newer bloggers who aren’t comfortable taking their own photos yet.
6 | Editing Presets
Going right along with taking your own photographs, if you have specific editing presets, this is another great place to make some additional income.
Lots of bloggers have started using Lightroom to edit their photos to create a cohesive theme for their Instagram feed. If you’re great at editing photos or have your own presets, you can always make them available to your audience.
This is ideal for bloggers who already knows how to edit photos, use Lightroom, and has followers interested in editing their photos the same way.
You can sell your presets straight on your site, and you can eventually create a variety of “themes” or styles for your presets.
7 | Patterns
Last, but not least, I had to include an option for my craft friends. Specifically, I’m thinking of those of you who like sewing, knitting, or quilting. If you love making things with your hands, why not try designing your own?
My friend Fran started a blog all about quilting, launched her own patterns, and has quickly turned a beloved hobby into a thriving business.
This is great for bloggers who already have experience with patterns and are confident in designing their own.
Not only can you sell your digital copies of patterns on your site, but you may also be able to collaborate with fabric companies and wholesale retailers to sell physical copies as well.
Feeling excited about creating digital products now?
Good news! In a few weeks I’ll be giving you a free roadmap to create your first digital product. In the meantime, let me know on Instagram what you’re thinking about making for your audience!