How to Make Money Writing Headphone Reviews! (Spoiler: I HAVE NO DAMN IDEA HOW)

From a certain point of view, that makes me a massive idiot.

Here’s a little selfie I took just now because posts with pictures get more views.

All The Weird Ways People *Think* I Make Money

“You’re obviously being paid off by the headphone/audio companies!”

Whenever I like something, I’m inevitably accused of being a paid advertiser of some kind. Because I can’t like a pair of headphones unless someone paid me to like them.

You’re getting these for free from companies!

No I’m not, see above please! I buy every pair of headphones I review. I’m a regular consumer, like you. I have a couple of shelves where they live, and when the shelves get full, I make myself sell off or give away some pairs before buying more. That’s it.

You make money by running ads on these!

Some of my stories are inside publications that run ads, that’s true. But I don’t run my own publication, and I don’t get any of that ad revenue.

You write stories on commission for other people!

Nope! Years ago I worked for a computer magazine, but I haven’t been expressly paid for a piece of writing in years now.

You’ve got a tip jar or something that people are supporting you with!

I’ve often considered setting up some kind of internet tip jar, a la Patreon. But even though my readership is more healthy than I ever imagined it would be, I’m not sure my content is exactly right for that format. I go back and forth on this one. I like the independence and perspective I have from the platform of being a regular consumer.

All the Ways I’ve *Considered* Making Money At This

Sometimes it would be really nice if this did make money. I spend a lot of time working on headphone reviews and other internet articles, and getting some kind of compensation would be nice.

Setting up an Internet Tip Jar.

I could use a crowd-funding site, or Patreon, or an Amazon Payments button, or whatever to do this. People who liked my stuff could leave me small tips, using a link at the end of the article, and I could use those to help fund additional headphones.

Contacting Companies to Get Review Units

This wouldn’t actually make me any money, but it would help me to keep the limited funds I already have. But I’m not sure my readership is quite there to get the stuff that would draw more page views. I’m bigger than someone just starting out, but a lot smaller than the big guys.

Pitching my Stories to Online Publications for Money

Written review content is a rare commodity these days, in the tech world. It’s video video video all the time. The relative lack of text reviews has helped propel my stories up in Google’s ranking system, and is responsible for the small audience I do have.


I will probably try an internet tip jar some day soon, just for kicks. But until that time when I so brazenly sell out to my audience, please know that I’m doing this just for fun and following my own personal interests.

Click that little heart button if you liked this so I can convince myself to buy more headphones just for the ego hit.



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Alex Rowe

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