Can I Make Money Writing Articles Online? You Sure Can.

Can I Make Money Writing Articles Online

So, you’ve been asking yourself. Can I make money writing articles online?

Well, if you like writing, then yes, article writing can be a great way to make money online. And it can be either a side gig to earn some extra monthly cash. Or maybe your goals are bigger and you want to make writing a full-time gig. So, today I’m going to show you how you can do that.

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And whichever path you choose part-time or full-time both are very doable. But remember like any business venture for making money online, it’s going to take determination, dedication, and a proactive approach on your part to turn your love of writing into income.

Especially if your goal is to go full-time.

Now the content you create as a writer is not just limited to articles. It can be blog posts, Kindle books, eBooks, manuals, reviews of a product or service, etc.

Sounds great, but how do you go get the ball rolling when you’re just starting out?

Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

But Before You Start Freelance Article Writing

There seems to be a trend where people are selling themselves short as freelance writers and accepting low-paying jobs just because everyone else is.

The magic number seems to be $5 per article. You’ll find writers offering content for $5 at places like Fiverr. While it is a place to sell your services don’t get into a race to the bottom of the pay scale if you choose to use Fiverr as a resource for gigs.

You really have to understand most of these writers can’t write their way out of a paper bag. And some writers have even gone so far as using spun content and passing it off as original.

Thank god it’s getting harder to pass crap like that off to clients thanks to plagiarism detection programs and software.

However, if you’re a decent writer, you DO have a great chance in this marketplace. The first thing you need as a writer is to have unshakable confidence in your writing ability.

With that being said, there is not really much you can do if your writing is weak.

But you can make it stronger. And like all creative crafts writing is a craft that must be practiced in order to be mastered.

A great way to strengthen your writing skills is by having your own blog. Your blog can also be your business hub. You can sell your writing services through your blog.

And to strengthen your writing skills you can create content that’s focused on everything that has to do with writing. You can create all different types of posts around keywords people use to search for solutions/services on Google.

And when done right your content can reach page 1 in the SERPs which in turn can drive free website traffic to your website. And that traffic can be monetized.

However, if you’re not willing to put forth the time and effort it takes to master this craft, don’t expect to see much success come from writing.

There are tons of opportunities other than these low-paying waste-of-time gigs, you just have to know where to look for them.

And also, NEVER be afraid to compete with other writers for a gig. It’s up to you to convince the client that your writing is worth more. And like I mentioned earlier, that means having confidence in your ability.

Freelance Writing Resources

Freelance Writing Resources

All of these resources below pay writers differently. And with each one of these resources, you’ll know what you’re going to be paid before you write one word.

Constant Content

I really like constant content because it really separates the low-level writers from the top-notch writers.

In constant content, you must create and price your content first. Sure, there is no guarantee that your content will sell. But, if you’re a solid writer, a lot of what you write WILL sell.

Here’s a little tip; concentrate on the popular topics, and make sure you check out the ‘Requests’ section, this will give you some ideas of the type of content that’s needed.

If you have the skills there is no problem for you to sell your content for $.10 per word. Remember the buyers in this marketplace WILL pay more for top content.

Like most people, they aren’t looking for the rehashed crap that so many so-called ‘writers’ pass off as good content on the internet. People want quality, and there are plenty of people looking for quality.

Upwork

Upwork, can be an excellent place to find new clients. With Upwork, you need to make sure you craft a decent proposal.

Also, another tip is to follow up via private messaging. A lot (most) people are simply too lazy to do that and I have found it works great using this tactic.

Just like in constant content make sure to check out the projects posted by users (these would be your potential clients), this will give you a great idea of what they are willing to pay as well as how many projects have they awarded in the past.

Freelancer

Just like Upwork Freelancer is not just for writers but for all types of freelancers. It’s also the largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by the number of users and projects.

Textbroker

Textbroker is specifically for content. It’s the mediator between you the writer and the client. I’ve used Textbroker for content and I was very pleased with my writer.

iWriter

Like textbroker iWriter is for content. As a writer you can write articles, you can do-rewrites for clients and you can also write eBooks and Kindle books.

Online-Writing-Jobs.com

This is Brian Scott’s website, which is a freelance writing service that allows writers of all skill levels and experience to find paying freelance writing jobs.

Peopleperhour.com

This is a UK-based company and like other marketplace websites, it gives access to businesses to a variety of freelance writers.

Freelance Writing

This is a hub where people/businesses can find top-quality writers and you being the writer can find writing jobs.

Freelance Writing Gigs

This is a great site that posts new writing jobs just about every day.

Websites That Pay Writers

In my research for resources for earning money writing, I came across the website Make A Living Writing. And they currently have a list of 92 websites that pay writers $50.00 per gig. Definitely, a website you should check out.

In this list, you’ll find websites looking for writers in the following niches:

  • Business
  • Career
  • Finance
  • Essays
  • Family and Parenting
  • Health
  • Lifestyle and General Interest
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Tech

A Few Other Ways Of Making Money As A Writer

Ghostwriter

Ghostwriting can be very lucrative. And as a ghostwriter, you’ll be writing for other people. But because you are the ghostwriter you will not get the credit for your writing, the person you’re writing for will.

Copywriter

A great copywriter can easily earn over 6-figures or more per year.

So what does a copywriter do?

The main focus of a copywriter’s job is to create engaging, compelling copy that sells a company’s products.

And this can be done through blog posts, email campaigns, social media, banner advertising, etc.

And in the landscape of digital marketing, a copywriter must also possess the skills to optimize copy that drives traffic to your client’s website (blog) or landing page.

So this means you must stay up to date with the latest SEO (search engine optimization) strategies including updates to Google’s algorithm.

Specialize

Yes, it’s great to be able to have the opportunity to write on various topics. And being able to do that has its place as a freelance writer.

But the truth is it can be exhausting to learn the ins and outs of new industries.

And many writers think if they don’t generalize they won’t make as much money.

That’s so not true.

You’ll make far more money and get hired more if you specialize in your writing.

Think of it this way.

I read a great analogy about being a freelance writer.

Let’s say you want to hire someone to paint a mural on the side of a building. Would you hire someone that does general artistry, you know paints a little of everything but has no specialization?

Or would you hire a person that specializes in building murals? That’s all they do nothing else.

They have a specific process when it comes to painting murals. They know how long it’s going to take. They have all the proper tools and is a master at using them.

Well of course it’s the latter.

The same holds true for freelance writing.

When clients are looking to hire a freelance writer do you think they are looking for a writer who labels themselves a generalist when it comes to writing?

Or someone who has labeled themselves a specialist in a specific industry. And is an expert and highly knowledgeable regarding a niche’s subject matter?

Again, it’s the latter.

Remember You’re In Control

Whether you’re using a freelance service or selling your services from your own website, you’re the one in control.

Never Settle!!

There are people out there that will pay for your skills, when I first started I have to admit I did the same as everyone else and took low-paying jobs.

And I know it’s because back then I wasn’t confident enough in myself, so I thought people would not pay a higher price for my content.

Yeah, that’s changed big time. Now I will not write a 1000-word article for less than $50. And I get these meat and potato gigs all the time. I call them meat and potato because these are basic content jobs, and these are the ones that are steady.

And then I have content I charge $300 for and I have content that can cost as much as $1500 or more. And I get those gigs all the time as well.

You have to understand if you think all you can get are clients that are willing to pay only $5 an article that’s all you will attract.

Another thing you need to keep in mind is that MANY clients have bought $5 articles and they know how crappy they are, and they are fed up with them.

Take advantage of this.

I have even gone so far as to write a partial article using the content the client wants to show off my skills. I have gotten tons of work this way.

Simply put, do not lower your standards, you have to believe you are the best, and if people want to use you, they have to pay your price.

Remember you dictate the price NOT the client!!

Sure, you can negotiate on the price if need be, but you’re not going to give your skills away.

I have had people say to me “I’m not paying that price for an article” and my response to them is “That’s fine, but that’s my price”.

Then they go pay some putz $5 per article and then they discover the garbage article(s) they end up getting by paying $5 per article.

Some come back because they want quality and now are willing to pay for it. And I believe the others that don’t come back are because they’re embarrassed to admit they we wrong and realized I was right when I told them “You get what you pay for”.

Or, who knows maybe they are satisfied with garbage articles.

But no matter what, don’t you worry, there are plenty of people who are willing to pay for your quality content. So don’t be fighting for a $5 payday when you can get 10 times as much.

Alright, That’s It

I hope you found this information useful. If so feel free to share this post with your audience, and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.

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I believe in you!
Leo

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