You know, those article type sites that let you write on a topic and earn a share of the revenue generated from your article.
It's a great solution, in my opinion, for newbies looking to get their name on the web but unable to afford their own website. It's also good for those that CAN afford their own website but don't want to wait to be ranked and try and beat out the competition. Most revenue share sites are indexed reasonably well so you get seen much sooner than you might on a new blog you create yourself.
Revenue sharing article sites often let you link back to your own sites if it works contextually. I've always been an advocate of not putting all your eggs in one basket so to speak, so I think posting on a few article sites for long term revenue can be a good thing. They all have different guidelines for word counts, if you're allowed to use your own ads, etc. Most don't allow affiliate links, but they do usually allow links to your own sites and articles.
Anyway, it's not for everyone, but if you enjoy writing, and want an additional source of revenue, this might be an answer for you.