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Writing Articles For Money - The Truth

Updated on September 17, 2011

Do You Have a Passion For Writing?

I'm sure you have read it at least once -- writing articles for money is one of the simplest ways to success online. I beg to differ. While it's not impossible to make a good living writer and/or blogger, it does take special soul to write well and write often.

Moreover, you must love writing -- especially during the times when you are at a total loss for words. It's called writers' block but it goes a lot deeper than a simple block. Whenever I am faced with this situation, I write gibberish but I write.

If you plan to write articles for money, but don't have a real passion for writing, it may prove a little more difficult than the hyped ads have led you to believe. If you do have the passion, things will go a whole lot smoother.

If I haven't scared you away with the truth about writing online -- let's continue. Below, you will find some great resources and information that will help you get started with your writing venture, or expand on your current efforts.

Ready to Work Online as a Writer?

For sure, there is no shortage of sites and blogs that will pay you to write articles. In fact, the sheer number of choices can be downright confusing.

The purpose of this Hub is to strip away the confusion and give you a birds-eye view of the article writing landscape. Each review and synopsis will be in it's own module for quick and easy reference.

I will attempt to provide you with the most important information and data about each resource and writing job. This approach should help you make a well-educated decision about where to focus your writing efforts for maximum results.

HubPages Writing Opportunities

Since I will be focusing most of my efforts on creating Hubs, I will do my best to remain unbiased regarding the writing opportunities with HubPages.

Required Writing Skills: Beginner to Professional

As long as your Hubs deliver beneficial information and are not filled with obvious spelling and punctuation errors, you will do fine writing for HubPages.

Income Potential: Minimal to High

While HubPages appears to pay better than most over the long haul, your earnings will be a direct reflection of your efforts. Do some keyword research to find hot, in-demand topics to write about.

Now, let's look at the many ways you can get paid to write for HubPages. While some Hubbers claim that they earn more Adsense income by disabling HubPages Ad Program, I strongly suggest you activate all your residual income options.

  • Google AdSense - This will generally be your best earner overall. Last I read, HubPages displays ads under your Adsense account approximately 60% of the time and 40% of the time, under the Hubpages Adsense account. This is great profit sharing method and sends your Adsense earnings directly to your PayPal account.
  • HubPages Ad Program - This program allows you to get paid from companies and individuals who pay to advertise on HubPages. When this program was first launched, HubPages stated that nine beta tester Hubbers experienced an average earnings increase of 50% over a two month (January and February 2011 ) period.
  • Amazon - If you don't have an Amazon Affiliate ID, get one. This will allow you to earn commission when a reader makes a purchase via an Amazon ad or link on your Hubs. Create an account by going to
  • eBay - Similar to Amazon, you will earn commissions when someone joins or buys something from eBay through an eBay link or ad on your Hubs. Visit the eBay Partner Network to create an account.

All earnings are sent to the PayPal account you specify in your account area. Note that Adsense pays once your earnings total $100.

TIP: Read my HubPages. I do extensive keyword research prior to writing and posting Hubs. You will learn a lot just by reading and asking questions via the comments section.

Yahoo Contributor Network (Associated Content)

YCN/AC is a hybrid content aggregator model/social community model. Yahoo bought the company in 2010. Even with the disadvantages associated with Yahoo Content Network, it still offers some great benefits to writers at all experience levels.

Required Writing Skills: Beginner to Professional

This is an excellent venue for beginning writers. They will generally make an offer on fair and better articles. Watch you spelling and punctuation and the vast majority of your articles will be accepted.

With that said...I can attest to the fact that I have come across hundreds of articles in which the spelling and punctuation left much to be desired. The good news is that the "bar" is low -- which makes Yahoo Contributor Network and excellent launching point for beginning online article writers.

Income Potential: Minimal to Moderate

One of the predominant complaints is the rate of pay they offer for submitted articles. In my humble opinion, this is offset by the ease of entry for beginning article writers.

There are three primary ways to get paid for your articles on Associated Content.

1. Up-Front Payments - While YCN claims that they offer up-front payment ranging from $4 to $20 for each article submission, you would do well to set your expectations at $3 to $4 per submission.

With up-front payments, you have to options. You can sell Exclusive Rights. With this option, you can not publish your article on your site or other sites.

Your second option -- sell Non-Exclusive Rights to your article. This allows you to post the article anywhere you choose after publication by Yahoo Content Network.

My suggestion, go with Non-Exclusive Rights. I have tried it both ways and the additional income from selling Exclusive Rights was negligible. I earn more by posting may non-exclusive articles to sites like EzineArticles.

2. Performance Payments - Initially, you earn $1.50 for every 1,000 views your articles get. After reaching a certain "Clout" levels, you earn $1.55 to a maximum of $2.00 per 1,000 view.

3. Performance Only Payments - There will be times when you submit articles with low demand. YCN will decline it and suggest that you publish the article and accept "performance only payments." You will not get an up-front payment but you will earn $1.50 to $2.00 per 1,000 views.

In most cases, you may want to see if the article would be more valuable by publishing it somewhere else. The only requirement is that the alternate publisher generate earnings greater than the $1.50 to $2.00 per thousand views offered by YCN.

All payments for article submissions are sent to your PayPal account.

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    • sassyabby1 profile image

      sassyabby1 4 years ago from ATL

      Thank you Victoria! It infuriates me to think that people think its ok to steal someone elses work and publish it as their own! As we know, it takes a lot of work and sometimes a lot of research to write these articles. Thank you for the heads up!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi! This article was copied on another site. This guy got a couple of mine, too. I thought you would want to know. They have their own form on the site for reporting copyright violations.

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      Ernest Hemingway III 5 years ago from The World

      Good hub-surprised you don't have squidoo in there somewhere.


    • profile image 5 years ago

      Excellent article! I was hungry for some delectable information to consume about getting paid for writing and you have supplied sustenance; thank you.

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      sassyabby1 6 years ago from ATL

      Thanks for visiting emartin74! I still write for AC/YCN and submit my 15 minute or less articles to them. These are articles I write quickly based mostly on personal knowledge.

      I also use their assignment list to get ideas for Hubs and blog sites. A little deeper research into the topics on the list is usually a worthwhile endeavor.

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      sassyabby1 6 years ago from ATL

      Thanks Frannie, I will be adding more writers' markets and sites in the next few days -- come back and check them out.

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      Erica Martin 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I couldn't agree more about AC/YCN. It's a great place for beginning writers to start out, but don't expect to make a lot of money there. I still write for them every once and while though, when I've got a good article idea, or find a good article idea in their available article list...

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      Frannie Dee 6 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

      Great tips, thank you! Voted up.

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      sassyabby1 6 years ago from ATL

      Thanks for the comps Troppus. I will be doing a re-write and adding some additional data, so check back.

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      Troppus1 6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      WOW! This was a powerful article! Thanks for sharing - never heard of some of these sites!

    • sassyabby1 profile image

      sassyabby1 6 years ago from ATL

      I completely agree @LadyLyell! It takes time but it does become pretty addictive! Good luck!

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      I have only been writing hubs for two months now and am hooked on it! I just can't get away from writing every day but also hope to one day benefit financially of course. Thanks for the ideas above.