What is your best piece of advice to a newbie trying to make $ writing online part time?
Don't do online writing as part-time work for money, but do it as a hobby in your spare/ free time, to get those sparse $ as a pickle to add an extra taste to your main course of food (i.e. to your $ earning in full time/ part time)
I wish I had never started writing online, actually. In the 90s there were nice lists of contests available online, and I won an award for an essay from the Arizona Literary Society which I prize to this day. I find it difficult to find lists like those again.
I started writing short stories and submitting them to magazines after my little award. I should have kept trying! They say unless you're getting 5 rejections a week, you're not submitting enough I used to buy the Writers Market Directory each year. There were tons of places to submit. I let a few rejections pull me into writing online. Actually I saw an ad for hubpage writers. They were paying writers in the beginning. Of course, it was the "how to" article they wanted and I had a very hard time writing in that style. After a few years of doing something else, I tried here again and actually now I come only for the questions and occasionally to write publish something here because it seems to get more views than on my blog and the statistics are nice. The best article I ever did here was for a contest which I didn't win, but the article gets lots of viewers. Take a look at Billy Bud's hub on content mills. He talks about submitting your work to magazines, etc. I'm hooked here now, but really, think about submitting. Think about putting all of your articles into an app. (My app is what gets the most views). However, all in all I get about $1.69 a month for all of my writing and am frankly ready to just give up. So save yourself. Look into submitting. There's so many people here who will help you in that direction. And there ARE people who make money here! So it IS possible and those are the people who will help you succeed on hubpages. As for me, I'll stay for the questions/answers, forums, and to write a more articles.
oops - please overlook all the dreadful errors - ugh
I studied billybuc's hub on content mills pretty thoroughly. When he first became my mentor, he encouraged me to try the mills and I did do PPH, which I made a hundred dollars off of & great reviews. But since I haven't landed a job there so I qu
My best advice is to be patient. When I first started writing here it had nothing to do with money. I didn't even apply for adsense until I had been here for a year. I only applied then because I noticed my articles were "maturing". Views from Google were on the rise, and I wanted some of that for my pocket! It takes time to get comfortable accepting how slow the process can be.
Once you accept money making online is a slow start, work on building up your articles. Share them widely where ever you can without becoming a spammer. Keep up to date on all the new social media sites and become part of them all.
Learn SEO. Keywords are very important. Using them in the right places and knowing what people are searching for is very important.
Lastly, stay optimistic, but don't get your hopes up. After 4 years here I make enough to pay a few bills a year, but I certainly am not making a fortune. However I don't really try, so I might would make more if I did.
All in all learn to accept the dreadfully slow process!!
(addition to my gloomy comment) Peeples is one of the people (tee hee) who has a handle on this whole thing. Best of luck. At the very least, hubpages gave me a place to put my work when no one else did
That is such great advice - something I wish I knew long ago. Too often do I get discouraged by the ups and downs of the writing world but you've shown me to stick with it. It will pay off someday.
treat writing online as your part time job, do it when you are free. Blogging 12 hours a day isn't worth the effort. Don't put high hope during the first 6 months, it takes around 1 year with 50 hubs to get flowing traffic.
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