Can Writers Earn Money Online?
Need to get rich quick? Don't write for it to happen!
Where Should Beginner Writers Start?
The beginner writer, or hobbyist writer, should start at the beginning!
Writers must first start out by finding their voice and style. If a person is better suited to writing reviews over articles they may do a lot better joining Factoidz.com or Reviewstream.com as opposed to the "article mills" like Helium or Yahoo! that pay mostly through Revenue Stream (RS). RS earnings is a percentage of what the website earns from your written works. Most articles submitted will/can earn some money, but 99.999% of the articles posted to article sales and publishing websites (like Helium) will earn less than $1.00 per month on RS earnings alone.
Writers need to have a large portfolio of articles in order to earn a decent sum of money each month. After writing and submitting an article, though, you are not finished! No, you need to promote your work through all of the social networking sites, not just one or two, like Twitter and LinkedIn. Articles need to be more than just a well written piece of work, they have to have original photographs in them, as well as links to other articles you've written and outside articles and websites, on top of source citations. And, articles need to speak to the reader; tell them what they need to hear, not what you want to say (that's for blogging).
Okay, but where should I start out?
The beginner or hobbyist writer should start out at an RS site, like Helium, to get their feet wet. By winning some contests and selling some articles to publishers, as well as getting some writing gigs through their CS program, writers become well known in the publishing industry and those publishers come back every month, looking for more "filler material" for their magazines, websites and other medium.
More established and comfortable writers can dwell into the publisher-driven market by writing at places like Factoidz, Constant Content or oDesk, among many other websites. And, don't forget about the stand-by sites like Reader's Digest and other monthly magazines that are constantly looking for short, easy jokes and articles.
If you join 10 sites, expect to stay with at least 2 or 3 of them; not all sites that you look into and join will meet your standards, or you theirs. Some places will ask you to write student theses and other like articles/papers that may not be within your morals, but the majority of the publisher-driven sites are well worth the time spent. At Constant Content, if you are a very good writer (with impeccable spelling and grammar) with a solid knowledge of what you're writing about (no need for extensive research) you should be able to easily earn between $50 and $250 per day, if your articles are purchased.
That, however, is the problem with publisher-driven sites; they are not obliged to pay you for your submissions. You only get paid if a publisher buys your materials, unlike at the RS sites, where your work earns you some money each and every month. Maybe not lots of money at first, but once you get your portfolio up to over 2,000 articles, you should be able to average a couple of hundred dollars a month off of RS earnings alone/
How Else Can A Writer Earn Money Online?
Are There Other Ways Writers Can Earn Money Online?
Yes. Yes, there are.
Now, if I were to tell you what they were, you would be taking money out of my pocket. Well, that is the mentality of many people who use social networking to try and get other writers to avoid the sites that they write at.
You can earn very good money with a quality blog.
There's that word again, "quality". Why does it keep popping up when talking about earning money online?
Well, for starters, publishers and advertisers alike will not pay for you to spew crap. If you want to be paid to write, you must write quality material. It keeps the readers (followers) coming back every day for new material to read, and it gives the publishers and advertisers faith that you will draw a good crowd every day.
Blogging is a great way to earn good money. Again, you will need to have a lot of blog posts, at least one a day on a regular basis, and a steadily increasing number of daily followers.
But, blogs don't have to be long, they don't have to be about knowledge-based content, and they don't have to be written. You can have a photography-based blog that could earn hundreds of dollars a week, as long as you have a steady stream of readers/viewers every day.