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How to Make Money Writing Online - Really!

Updated on May 21, 2013

Tips for Successful Writing

Upon presenting my monthly Google check for cashing one day, the clerk asked me if I worked for Google (stars were in hie eyes I tell ya!) After explaining to him that I was a writer and wrote articles on the Internet, the next question he asked me was "Can I make money writing online too?".

Never one to miss a possible chance to help someone, network and have a possible fledgling writer as one of my new affiliate writers, I whipped out my business card and handed it to him.

Tip #1. Get some business cards made.

Go to Vista Print and design one yourself or use one of their templates. Business cards speak legitimacy. Someone that goes to the trouble of having business cards made shows professionalism (and no, writing your hubpages url on the back of a piece of paper does not convey the same message - yeah it's cheaper but pretty tacky)

If you are going to make money writing on the Internet you need to market yourself, and having a decent business card is professional and effective.

One of my first photos that I used consistently across the web. Dorsi Diaz.
One of my first photos that I used consistently across the web. Dorsi Diaz. | Source

You Need a Writers Platform

I have to admit that getting that monthly Google check still makes my heart go pitter patter. To know that my writing actually makes me money is still a wonderful thing to me (I don't think that excitement will ever go away) Which brings me to tip #2 for making money by writing online.

Obviously you need a place to write!

Tip #2. If you haven't already, sign up for HubPages here: HUBPAGES SIGN-UP

This is where i make the majority of my money as a Google affiliate. I have over 150 hubs (articles that I have written) that are bringing in my check every month. I also have a blog that gets some traffic, and have dabbled in websites. So far though I have found HubPages the easiest, friendliest and best learning environment for making money online with my writing. I have signed up and participated in other online writing communities but found Hubpages to be the best site on the Internet for monetizing my writing. Once again, sign up here (and just remember whatever name you sign up as will be your "pen" name) So choose wisely!!! People remember me simple as "Dorsi" on the Internet, which is part of my marketing.

Be simple yet effective. It's much harder to remember a writer that signs up as didim4920 or something like that (you get the picture) If you are going to be successful as a writer you need to market, market and market yourself. A big part of this is your pen name. So choose wisely my friend!!

And of course have your blog url or hubpages url on your business card. This is very important because this is your business location!

Good Writing is Key

Tip #3. Write good content.

This cannot be underestimated. People don't want to read junk nor do they want to land on a page that was obviously bought just to monetize the page (you know those urls with little content but lots of ads) Savvy readers know when they are being fooled - and fast. Write something catchy at the beginning (making sure you are using appropriate key words) and go on to tell your story. I like to write essay style, grab um in the beginning, give them some meat and potatoes in the middle - then wrap up at the end with a nice summary. Visuals are great, the more pics you add the better to add interest to your article. If using others pics make sure you have permission (or give the website or photographer credit) This is also another good way to get back-links - you rub their back and they rub yours) This is basic 101 business networking.

Networking is what businesses do every day (I owned and operated a brick and mortar business for 14 years so I've been there and done that) Similar rules apply to us as online writers - we are our "own business".

My name ranks well with Google

If you google my name (full name) most of the first 10 pages of Google are filled with my online writing and social networking sites. This helps market my work. Even just my first name is on the first page of Google.
If you google my name (full name) most of the first 10 pages of Google are filled with my online writing and social networking sites. This helps market my work. Even just my first name is on the first page of Google. | Source

Writers Need to be Social!

Tip #4. Join social networking sites.

This also cannot be underestimated. One of my goals in 2010 was to reconnect with business associates and friends from the past. I have achieved this through sleuthing around on Facebook (I have over 600 friends/family and believe it or not I actually personally know most of them) I have a LinkedIn account where I have done the same, and of course my MySpace account which I have had forever (I think I was one of the first "old" people to be on MySpace, much to the horror of my then teenage sons)

You will notice here in this hub that I have also included links to my MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. It's important to make it easy for your friends, family and readers to find you.

Of course you never want to "spam" your friends but real friends and family are probably going to really want to read your writing! (There is something mystical to them about the fact that you are a writer, trust me on this) When I tell people I am a writer/photographer and an artist I can see the curiosity in their eyes (non creative people usually love to be in contact with us creative types) So indulge them!

More of my Online Writing Advice

There is so much more to making money writing online but I hope that these few tips will help you in your pursuit of a career writing online. I have written various hubs (articles) about writing and making money here on HubPages. They are chock full of great real life business tips on how to be successful writing your stories and articles. For more hubs check out some of my other hub links next to this paragraph. Some are tongue in cheek but there are valuable tips in each hub.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your online writing career. I hope I have answered in part the question for you on "How can I make money writing online?".

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer/publisher here on the web and writes about a variety of topics. She owned and operated a small business for over 14 years in Fremont, Ca. Her areas of expertise are marketing, communications and visual media)


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  • Oscarlites profile image

    Oscar Jones 

    5 years ago from Monroeville, Alabama

    I'm in much admiration that you make more than my .31 cents.. no joke!

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks Kasman) Best of luck with all your writing endeavours

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    6 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

    Thanks Dorsi, as an up and comer, I'm looking forward to the day I can cash my first one. But frankly, I've rediscovered my love of writing just being here. I've always written songs, but I also used to write short stories in middle and high school. Don't you hate when you lose a passion because of distractions? Great hub and encouraging. Voting up!

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @incomeguru) Thanks for reading and your welcome!

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    Oyewole Folarin 

    7 years ago from Lagos

    This is a very nice hub for complete newbies. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Gemma) YW! Glad it helped.

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    Gemma Sidney 

    8 years ago from Co Clare, Ireland

    Thanks very much for a very useful hub.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Malcom_Cox) 90% of my writing is here at HubPages. I think I might get spread too thin right now if I branch out too much. At this point I prefer to work at increasing my earnings here at HubPages. Yes I'm sure those squidoo and other sites would be great for back-linking, but so far my backlinks are coming pretty naturally. (and I share all my hubs between the share links that HubPages provides)

    @david) YW!

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    david stillwagon 

    8 years ago

    Great information thanks for sharing!

  • Malcolm_Cox profile image


    8 years ago from Newcastle, England

    Great advice. I read somewhere that it's good to join other sites like Squidoo as you can backlink between sites and increase traffic that way. Do you write for any other sites?

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    heart4theword) YW and thanks for reading!

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    8 years ago from hub

    Fun read for me:) You are very active on the world wide net! Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm:)

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Ursula) You are so welcome and thanks for reading Ursula! Glad the tips helped.

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    8 years ago

    Dorsi, Thank you for writing such an informative hub.

    I will certainly be checking out your other hubs for more useful tidbits!

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Sally's Trove) Nice to see you Sally. Same here too, the older good ones have aged like fine wine. They get better and better with age!

    Leah) Thanks! LinkedIn is OK but I'm a big fan of Facebook.

    And good for you, I'm sure that money will start rolling in, and once it does, it's like a snowball!

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    Leah Whitehorse 

    8 years ago

    Hi Dorsi

    Really excellent advice (I must start networking on Linkedin!). I agree that networking is such an important function that a lot of people miss. I've only just joined hubpages but I have been writing for many years with some small success. This year I am determined to make an income from my writing. Very inspiring hub - thanks.

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    8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Good advice, Dorsi! And thanks so much for sharing your AdSense can take quite some time for pennies to turn into dollars, and your experience is very encouraging. One more thought--good content grows in value over time, just as a good wine ages. My top-performing Hubs are, for the most part, the oldest.

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @prasetio30) TY and I agree!

    @BRIAN SLATER) TY Brian. I am always looking at things from a business perspective. Glad you got something from it.

    @Hello, hello,) I believe it's important to pass on what we learn. Thanks my friend!

    @mailxpress) I totally agree. Learning the technical aspects are not always fun but very important to our success here. Thanks for pointing this out!

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    Michelle Cesare 

    8 years ago from New York

    Great tips and guidance you share here. Yes, being an active member does help but also SEO, backlinking and backlinking all of your relevant articles help in a major way to. Keywords and Phrases that high a high CPC helps to. But I do agree completely being active almost every single day especially in the beginning stages of starting and Internet Writing Business. Thank you.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you,Dorsi, you are one of the few writers which give actual tips. Wish you a Happy New Year

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    Brian Slater 

    8 years ago from England

    A different approach to a well worn topic- I haven't signed up with Linkedin yet. There is is some good information here- good luck to you.

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    8 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I believe if we hard work in doing something include in writing we'll get success from this field. You are good example for us. And I thought we all glad to follow you. Keep on writing. Success for you. Happy New Year.

    Blessing and hugs,

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @shazwellyn) Thanks and YW!

    @BkCreative) Try Vista Print for business cards, easy to make and very reasonable and a low cost way to market your writing. Glad this hub helped!

    @Quilligrapher) Thanks!

    @lorlie6) Glad you were encouraged.

    @earnestshub) Thanks and I agree - HubPages is a great writers platform.

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    8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

    Dorsi this is another great hub. I find hubpages to be a good source of adsense income as well. The built in tools here are terrific.

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    Laurel Rogers 

    8 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

    Beautiful job, Dorsi. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

  • Quilligrapher profile image


    8 years ago from New York

    This is great encouragement for an aspiring writer. Nice work. Q.

  • BkCreative profile image


    8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked for a business card...yet...I still don't have them. I know what I am doing in the new year. Having affiliate writers here on hub pages makes soooo much sense.

    Thanks for this hub/pep talk. I'll bookmark - and rated up of course!

  • shazwellyn profile image


    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Bless you for a good article.

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Becky Puetz) YW!

    @TilenHrovatic) Thanks!

    @Heart Felt Book) Great - lets link up at LinkedIn!

    @richtwf) Glad it was helpful

    @Rhonda) Thanks and glad it helped.

    @onceuponatime6) There is great potential here at HubPages. Thanks for reading.

    @estellaeffects) Between all my affiliates programs I pulled in about $400 last month. Every month it gets better. I never run out of things to write about.I have lots of life experiences to draw from. And yes I do some keyword research using the Google Keyword Tool. The traffic has come from some surprising hubs. I am always experimenting (and learning!)

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    Jackie Paulson 

    8 years ago from USA IL

    Wow I am so impressed with the detail to be able to make money on hub pages as it is one of my goals. Thanks so much for your help.

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    Rhonda Musch 

    8 years ago from The Emerald Coast

    A great hub. I felt well informed after reading it. Good luck to you as well with your career. Thanks for sharing it. Have a great New Year.

  • richtwf profile image


    8 years ago

    A very useful hub with lots of great tips and advice.

    Cheers for sharing and God bless!

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    Cheri Taylor 

    8 years ago from New York, NY

    Fantastic information here! I am LinkedIn as well.. I love your hubs great ! Thanks

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    8 years ago

    cool hub! :)

  • Becky Puetz profile image

    8 years ago from Oklahoma

    Thanks for the tips. Excellent hub.


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