Make Money Copywriting from Home

Copy vs. Content

Copywriting is creating blog posts, articles and webpages for someone else. You sell the work and no longer own it.

Content Creation is creating your own article that you post on HubPages or a blog. You earn money off of advertising.

What is the Difference?

HubPages is where I write what I like: Like most new Hubbers, it has taken me a while to sort out what I want my HubPages site to be. I like the fact that I have complete control on what I write here and how I say it. My Hubs can reflect my personality, my interests, and can be a place I can display what I know.

As a copywriter, you are ghostwriting for someone else. The pieces you write may not be particularly interesting to you, and you may actually not believe everything someone wants you to say. You also are bound by certain styles, conventions (like using short paragraphs, bullets and keywords) which are set by the client.

10 Sample Copywriting Job Topics

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How to Choose a Nursing College?   What is Important in a Graphic Design Major?5 Best Places to Bike in San Francisco.   How to Choose a Good Racing Bike.What is the Best Term Life Insurance?   Using a Courier Service to Save Business Costs.Tips for Helping Your Elderly Loved One Keep Safe.   Caregivers Guide to Fire Safety.How to file for Military Housing Benefits?   What Vetrans should Look for in attending College.
How to Choose a Nursing College?   What is Important in a Graphic Design Major?
How to Choose a Nursing College? What is Important in a Graphic Design Major? | Source
5 Best Places to Bike in San Francisco.   How to Choose a Good Racing Bike.
5 Best Places to Bike in San Francisco. How to Choose a Good Racing Bike. | Source
What is the Best Term Life Insurance?   Using a Courier Service to Save Business Costs.
What is the Best Term Life Insurance? Using a Courier Service to Save Business Costs. | Source
Tips for Helping Your Elderly Loved One Keep Safe.   Caregivers Guide to Fire Safety.
Tips for Helping Your Elderly Loved One Keep Safe. Caregivers Guide to Fire Safety. | Source
How to file for Military Housing Benefits?   What Vetrans should Look for in attending College.
How to file for Military Housing Benefits? What Vetrans should Look for in attending College. | Source

How Much Can You Make?

The Results: I've Created a Modest but Steady Income Source. One year after starting, I had made about $750 dollars from HubPages (about 150 Hubs), and $2300 (about 230 jobs) from Zerys. However, I did not start earning anything until about five months of being signed up with, and 6 months of being signed up with Hubpages. At the one year mark, I had made $5 average per Hub I had written.

I had made about $10.00 average per Zerys copywriting job. Of course, I will continue to earn from HubPages through residual income. However, I do like the fact that with Zerys I am able to make more money faster choose how much I make. While writing more Hubs will eventually increase my income and lead to more income over the long haul, if you want money now, copywriting may be part of the mix.

5 Year Update: After five years of working both on HubPages and Zerys, I've been able to duplicate my income as a part-time college English lecturer if I work about 15-20 hours a week on copywriting. Now, I have over 300 Hubs which continue to earn me money daily, on average about $17 a day, 365 days a year. While I could just do nothing on my Hubs, I work hard to keep them current and to revise, edit and add new content to keep them relevant. Probably, I spend at least 8 hours a week. Generally, I earn between 10-25 dollars an hour writing copy for Zerys. I could make more money working full time, but I like the flexibility of writing when I want and taking time off for family.

What Subjects?

Generally, copywriting jobs are done for businesses, but other than that the topic area is wide open. If someone does something or sells something, they probably need someone to write about it. Actually, I often enjoy learning through my copywriting. I've written on a wide variety of subjects, including:

  • Maid Services
  • Chartering your Jet for hire.
  • Life insurance
  • Designing Log Cabins
  • Teaching the Bible to Your Children
  • How to Care for your Elderly Relative.
  • College Radiology Programs
  • Italian Fast Food.
  • Storage Bins.
  • Tattoo removal.
  • HVAC servicing.
  • Plumbing services.
  • SEO

Why are you interested in Copywriting?

  • Like to make extra money.
  • Want to work from home.
  • Mom looking for a way to earn money.
  • Write for Hubpages but want more income.
  • Out of work and looking for jobs.
  • Already do copywriting for another company.
  • I work for Interact Media now.
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What Kind?

As my experience shows, there are a wide variety of copywriting jobs available. Most of the jobs are from businesses who are looking for content for their website such as:

  • Web pages
  • Short descriptions of products
  • Blog posts
  • E-books
  • Articles on business topics
  • Explanations of a product or service

What is Zerys?

Zerys is a middleman between writers who want work, and people who have websites and need to have articles, blogs and other information written for them. takes a percentage of the price the client pays for providing the following services:

  • Giving writers an easy way to get jobs.
  • Allowing writers to pick and choose when and what they want to write.
  • Providing the writing software to help you correctly use keywords and keeps track of keywords and word count as you write.
  • Providing a safe platform for writers and clients to interact.
  • Paying writers twice monthly through Paypal.
  • Providing technical assistance and help.

Content Writing Explained

How Does It Work?

  1. After signing up with Zerys and providing a writing sample, you will get a star rating from 1 to 5. The star rating determines which jobs you have access to on the job board.
  2. When you go to the job board, you can see the various writing assignments available. You click on them to get more details and then have 5 minutes to accept the assignment.
  3. When you accept the assignment, you then have a day or more to finish it, spellcheck and grammar check and then submit it to the client. Some projects are reviewed by an editor and then by the client. Other projects just go through the client check.
  4. Clients can accept, reject or ask for a re-write. Out of 650+ jobs I've done, I've had 16 rejected (about 2%). My rejection rate is rather low, perhaps because I have extensive experience in writing. Zerys suggests an average rejection rate of about 10%, so be prepared for that.

How to Prevent Copy being Rejected

Here are some things I've learned to reduce the problem of rejected material:

  1. Be wary of taking jobs from first-time clients. Almost all of my rejections were first time clients who did not seem to understand the system and how to ask for the copy to be re-written.
  2. Be careful about taking jobs which are longer, such as white pages or E-books which may take up a lot of time (I got burned on this one time, in spite of sending the client a preview which they seemed to love).
  3. Send a nice note to the client expressing any concerns you have about copy if you are not sure it is what they want, and always offer to re-write (often I find that what a client wants re-written is a rather small matter).

What do Clients do?

Clients go through the Zerys board and set up:

  • What they want written.
  • Title.
  • Which person they want it written in (I, you, or he/she).
  • Keyword or phrase needed.
  • The density of keywords desired (0.5 to 1.5% is typical and easy to do, over 1.5% can be tricky unless it is a single word).
  • Style of writing and whether they want headers and bullets (that is typical).
  • Sample copy or web page information to use as an example.
  • Website of the company (which helps you have more information and also to have an idea of the style and tone of the company).

Some clients do not fill out all of the information. It can be tricky if the client doesn't let you actually know where your work will be posted and you have to guess what they want. Sometimes that can mean they are very willing to accept whatever you want to interpret their title to mean. Other times, they have something in mind but aren't quite sure what that is and hope you will figure it out.

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VirginiaLynne 2 years ago from United States Author

Kain--glad you got approved. I originally got a 3 also. It didn't take long to make a higher range. The job assignments come out in batches. They generally get taken pretty quickly, so especially at first you need to look at the board regularly.


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Kain 360 2 years ago from PA

I got approved by Zerys/Interact Media, but do not see any assignments on the job board. I was aiming for 4 stars on my writing sample, but got 3/5. They say they usually don't give high ratings, though.

Why are there no job assignments? I been looking through the forums on the site to see if I can find any information.


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Kain 360 2 years ago from PA

I got approved by Zerys! I was aiming for 4/5 stars, but got 3/5. However, they said in email that they do not usually give high ratings.

Kind of boosted my ego a bit & sort of validates that I am a decent writer I guess... I took my time on the sample, though. Usually on HubPages, it takes me only an hour or so to write 500-700 words. But I took a few hours writing the sample for zerys (mainly just reread, checked for typos etc.).


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VirginiaLynne 2 years ago from United States Author

Hi Kain--I actually signed on before they had all those categories and I never completed that part. I also had trouble with the photo because they want one with a very small size. Mine actually is a little distorted. As far as jobs--I actually generally don't write in my areas of previous knowledge and almost always do research for them. The trick is to look at assignments and then see whether they give you directions about content which give you enough of an idea of how to write it or how to easily and quickly research.


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Kain 360 2 years ago from PA

Apparently Interact Media is known as "Zerys" primarily. I made an account with them today. I had a bit of trouble getting a proper photo. You have to have specific dimensions. Need a different photo. The one I choose (this one that's on HubPages) is not one I want to use forever.

There are an insane amount of categories that it tells you to choose! I did not fill them all out yet. Quite frankly, many of the sub-categories were VERY similar.

I have decent amounts of knowledge when it comes to fitness, nutrition, video games etc. But does that mean I cannot write for other topics and get assignments/jobs? I read the article you had about "hiring a dj." I could write something like that, but would have to find information.

I'm hoping this is a good site because I heard a lot of negatives from some people. But you seem quite positive about them.

I have not yet written a sample yet, as I have to apply as a writer still. I was going to write a topic about macro-nutrients (informational type).


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VirginiaLynne 2 years ago from United States Author

Hi Kain--the process for signing up has changed a bit since I started working for them, but I found that they do have a section for signing up as a new writer and they answer a lot of basic questions. Here is the link: www.interactmedia.com. If that doesn't work, just Google search "Interact Media writer sign-up" or something like that. Good luck!


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Kain 360 2 years ago from PA

I would like to be a copywriter for Interact Media and/or similar, but I am not able to sign up for this site at the moment. For some reason, the link to the form is messed up or something. I click it and it is merely a blank page. I am not entirely sure if the site is having problems or my Google Chrome is preventing something from loading.

I really want to get this kind of work. Originally, I used to make $300-$600 on HubPages a month on another account. But Google Algorithms and other factors hurt the website (and me personally)'

My knowledge is fairly high when it comes to fitness, nutrition, and video games. I was hoping I could write fitness/nutrition related topics for Interact Media.


Rayne123 3 years ago

Another great hub, I myself have never heard of Interact Media either, however would love to try it, but not sure how good I would be.

I do have a true story written on an experience with the Holy Spirit and Angels saving my life and was asked from another friend (hubber) if he could use it in his Angel magazine.

I would love to know more

thank you

Laurie


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petertebin 4 years ago from Maryland

A lot of great information! Really appreciate the hub gives everyone something else to consider if they want to make some extra money online! Voted UP!


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Virginia,

This is a very useful hub. After I cut down on my teaching next year, I would like to try copywriting. Thanks for the information. Voted up and sharing.


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

Lohrainne, I'm so glad to introduce other people to copywriting possibilities. I don't even remember how I found out about Interact--it was the same day I discovered Hubpages though. Maybe it was on a blog somewhere. I think there are a lot of other copywriting site also, and I've looked at a few but I don't like to recommend them unless I've tried them out.


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

I buy several at a time--cheap--since I'm always losing and breaking them! Having a horse was always my dream. Now that I live in Texas, it is probably possible to have one, but I never learned how to take care of them, so I'll leave it up to one of my girls to get a ranch!


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Lohrainne Janell 4 years ago from Fairfield, IA

I never heard of this company, but this is very thorough information and extremely helpful. Thanks!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

My horse has now stepped on them so I need new ones! LOL


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Angela--I love your sunglasses! I'm always wearing big ones myself!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is very interesting! I will look into this! Great job! Voted up!


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

I'd be interested in hearing what sites you are using. I've seen some of these but not tried to get work on them yet.


wbapartner 4 years ago

Good hub there. I am trying to make a living online trying to provide copywriting services. I have been finding work on freelance sites.


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Mala--I'm hoping this does help! Let me know if you do start copywriting.


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Mala Srivastava 4 years ago from India

You have written a good article that will help people like me. Thanks.


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Kerlynb! I wasn't sure I wanted to write about this because I knew it would bring other good writers in competition for jobs, but I finally decided it could be useful to people who need a little extra income--and that is a lot of us these days!


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kerlynb 4 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

Have never heard of Interact Media, thanks for the well-detailed introduction. Will definitely tell my friends about it. Voting this hub up and useful!

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