Make Money Writing Online
By Steve Gillman
There are many answers to the question of how to make money
with your writing on the internet. I have covered a number of
those ways here on this site as well as in my ebook, You Can
Make Money Writing. But they almost all fall into one of
two basic and very different strategies. The first is to write
for others, which limits how much you can make. The other is
to build a true business based on your writing.
Strategy Number One
You can go to contract service websites like Elance.com any
day of the week and find jobs posted that you can bid on. A warning
though: you are competing against many other writers, so even
if you have excellent skills you may have to bid low enough that
you don't get a decent wage. There is always work, but do you
want it at any rate? I personally buy decent articles for $11
each, and I suspect an hour or more is spent writing them.
You can search for "paid to post" sites and blogs.
I recently spent fifteen minutes writing a quick post for one
and was paid $8 an hour or two later (sent to my PayPal account).
There may still be some of these around.
You can also get hired to write for a blog. Getting a true
salary is not easy, but some blogs are big enough to afford this
You might do better setting up your own site to advertise
your services. You can also then approach quality sites whose
owners will pay more for quality writing. I have seen 600-word
articles selling for as much as $35 online. Better pay certainly,
but like all of these ways you are essentially doing a job and
so the money you can make is limited by the hours you are willing
to work at it.
Strategy Number Two
If you don't want to limit the amount you can earn, you need
to learn how to make money writing online for your own websites
or blogs. This can be a slower way to start, but eventually the
sky is the limit. Also, you can take a break when you want, because
the money keeps coming in whether you are working or not.
For example, I have websites that make thousands of dollars
per year even when I don't look at them for months at a time.
That residual income resulted from writing pages and then using
short articles to promote the sites. Revenue is from automated
sources like pay-per-click advertising and affiliate products
I am paid a commission on.
You can also write and sell ebooks online. Again, once you
do the writing and set up the site and marketing plan, the money
comes in even on days you take off. Both of these ways (and there
are others) do involve learning some basic marketing skills.
But when you make money writing online in these ways, you can
grow your income to almost any level.
Note: There's a good collection of pages about online
profits, including ways to make money writing, on EveryWayToMakeMoney.com.