Yes, you can make a living writing online.
The prospect of making money by writing online is very exciting to a lot of people. While it may seem that the market is tapped out, I believe there is still ample opportunity to go around.
Online writing jobs can be great ways to make extra money for specific goals
If you’d like to learn how to make money writing online, here are 4 easy ways to get started.
Make Money Writing Online
4. Content Mills
I’m starting here because although I have heard some success stories from people getting work in content mills, I personally didn’t have much luck. I also got irritated by the peer review system of the content mill I was working through and quit, so that could have something to do with my lack of success.
Content mills have a bad reputation of low pay for the amount of work required, but if you do your research right, you can avoid these sorts of places. Look for higher end content sites, and only apply for tasks that you know you can complete quickly. If you are doing 5 minutes of work for 10 cents, you are wasting your time. However, $2 for 5 minutes of your time adds up to $24 per hour!
3. A Freelance Job Board
I have been experimenting with Upwork, which is an interesting job board because there is no shortage of work. In fact, Upwork is nice because it has jobs beyond just freelance writing. You can do programming, data entry, web design, customer service, social media management… the list goes on and on, but since this post is about writing, let’s get back to that.
As with content mills, you will come across jobs that want quick, quality work, but expect to pay $1 for a blog article of 1,500 words. Although you might consider doing one or two low paying jobs to get some 5-star ratings on your profile, you’re going to have to do some serious searching and pitching to get jobs that are worth your time. You also have a lot of competition.
There are also higher end job boards, such as the one at Problogger. These jobs also have a lot of competition, but are generally more willing to pay a fair amount for the quality of work they are requesting.
It is important to get paid what you are worth, regardless, so remember to assess the requirements of any job you apply for and consider whether or not you are getting paid a fair wage.
2. Cold Pitching
If you want work, ask for it.
Some blogs and websites have areas of their site that detail payment to guest contributors. Some websites specifically say that guest contributors are not paid. However, these sites often compromise by allowing outside links to your own blog or site.
While guest posting is beneficial to everyone involved – the blog owner gets fresh content and you get exposure – sometimes you just need cash. If that is the case, I would recommend focusing your efforts on sites that very clearly offer monetary compensation.
You can finds such as this by Googling your niche plus the term “write for us.” For instance, “personal finance write for us” turns up well-known blogs such as The Penny Hoarder and takes you straight to their submission guidelines.
1. Start Your Own Blog
This might be the single best way to make money with your writing online. There are almost unlimited ways to bring in income revenue through your own blog. Don’t believe me? Here are just a few ways:
Of course, you have to have good writing in order to make your blog profitable. When you write well, people come back. When people come back, you get to make additional income doing things like:
The Struggles of Writing Online
As with any freelance job, it takes time to make money through writing. You have to build up trust and credibility. You also should develop a writer’s portfolio to distribute with any email, whether it be a cold pitch or a job application.
There is also a lot of competition out there, and although businesses are always looking for the right fit, sometimes the cheapest fit can win out. You will want to make sure to set yourself apart from the competition by being specific about your niche, writing a killer cover letter, and fine tuning your portfolio so that your best assets are highlighted clearly.
Writing is my favorite side hustle, just above tutoring. Both have pros and cons, but writing, for me, has proven to be the most worthwhile in regards to potential earnings.
Do You Make Money Writing Online?
What are some proven ways you make money online? What struggles have you had?