Half of the posts on this forum are people whining about not getting enough money from their articles. Why? I can't imagine any people can actually make anything worthwhile on here unless you write something practically useful (I don't include myself in that category). I'm happy with my £1.50 in total, but I value the response and readership much more.
I'm also seeing far too many hubs that try to cater to a large audience by being covering every conceivable base, and are crying out for a subjective take on the subject, a little bit of humour . . . some personality! It's like these articles are written by robots, probably to try and get all the keywords for those clicks. How horribly dull that must be. There are probably far more lucrative outlets for that drivel.
What I'm basically saying is chill out and enjoy yourself instead of being preoccupied with keywords and earnings. I can't guarantee that that will make you more money but it'll make your life less stressful
Some of them probably are written by robots lol!
But seriously there are plenty of people here who write to make money, and their earnings representative a large chunk or all of their monthly income. That is why they take it so seriously and why they get stressed in the forums when their earnings go down. It might be a hobby for you (which is great) but for others it is their livelihood.
Why on Earth would you base your entire livelihood on something that has no guarantee of regular income? I am but a layman in business matters, but that seems like a bad idea to me.
There are hubbers here who make very good incomes from their hubs and writing on their own and other sites. Being in business or self-employed does tend to involve fluctuating income levels, and you just have to learn to adjust to that
Anybody who is a freelance by definition has no guarantee of a regular income. I have been a full-time freelance since the start of 2004.
I would never, ever go back to being someone else's wage slave. The freedom to work when I want and how I want is far more important to me than having a fixed salary come in every month.
Moreover, I might not have a steady income, but I am not going to make myself redundant either! I actually think that as things stand at present I have far better job security than many employees.
Oh, I note you are a student. I'll be interested to see how preoccupied or not you are once your extended holiday in academia finishes.
And yes, I spent many years being a student, and while I worked hard for exams, it was pretty much a holiday most of the time!
I'm a student too and I enjoy writing; but, from the month I've joined my earnings kept rising and each month that's happening just that Feb 22nd to March 23rd was my worst month here - just 30 views a day for most of it!! But, this month too my earnings are not bad will be just $1 - 2 less than my Feb earnings. At the rate I'm going I'll be reaching payout every 3rd month. But, that's when I'm not writing and I'm just waiting for my holidays to write lots more! For now I manage to write just a few hubs a day as I also write as a freelance writer - I really enjoy it and Instead of spending my time watching TV - I write!
It began as a hobby but, I don't mind getting some extra pocket money - So whats the problem with it innersmiff?
I focus on keywords and earnings simply to increase my income. I have a "normal" job if you consider taking care of and breeding sugar gliders "normal", lol.
However, HubPages earns me some extra change as well as selling on Ebay and being an Amazon Seller as well. I work various jobs for ODesk and do some work for BestMark. Those seemingly low amounts add up in the course of a year to into several thousand dollars rather easily.
True, they take time. I come in from work, tired as most people do, then spend at a minimum of two hours online, daily, working very hard, not socializing.
I would hope most people who write here for money also write elsewhere. You certainly can't depend on one place for income or you will get burned.
Sometimes I miss being a graduate student, writing on the web just for fun.
Then I remember that the Latin for "you want fries with that?" doesn't pay bills, and I apply myself harder to this difficult career path I have chosen: that of an online writer.
Some of us are trying to supplement family income, deal with debts and mortgages, or create a sustainable career. Some of us can't afford the luxury of treating our online income as a hobby, a "fun fund" out of which we buy books, videos, or holiday gifts. We actually have salary goals to meet. We have to consider ROI.
However, your point about lifeless prose is well taken. We'll fail if we can't write articles that people actually want to read! As I always say, the web is infinite, whereas our readers' time and attention is not. Why on earth should they read our articles as opposed to the entire rest of the web? What are we giving them that's so valuable, so entertaining, so fascinating that they choose to visit and to stay on our page?
Just like traditional writing, magazine articles, novels, or any other form of publication, it's hard to create good enough, lively enough, useful enough content to draw readers. Many more writers will fail than succeed. Writing is a fun hobby, but it's a difficult way to make a living.
...the thread title brought me here...thanks for the chuckle!
To really make good money writing online, you must have passion for what you're doing, and after putting so much time, effort, and persistent, the money will surely come.
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