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Write Right Now

Updated on May 1, 2017
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Kate works in health care. She also earns by writing online. She has studied mindfulness and nutrition and uses these principles daily.

A Guide to Writing and Earning Online With Articles

Writing articles online is a very rewarding pastime mostly because you reap the benefits of the work you put in both in terms of job satisfaction and financially. In this guide you will find tips on how to get started along with advice on resources to use, websites to get started on and ways to develop your interst and skills in this area if you have already started an online writing journey. Although it can be a steep learning curve at times, it is a fascinating field to work in. You will learn more about many different topics from your research before you write articles and as you gain experience, your skills and confidence will improve so that you can proceed to many different challenges in your writing.

There may be resources here which will be useful to the experienced online article writer as well.

Revenue sharing writing sites

A revenue sharing site is one like Hubpages where you submit articles and earn a share of the revenue from the advertisements displayed on your content. It is a way of making passive income in that you don't get paid for the piece of writing but can earn from the ads over a period of time. Another revenue-sharing site is Niume which has a magazine style format is a good option for those starting out in this area.

The major difference between revenue sharing sites and getting paid per article is that in the former you can choose what to write. In the latter, the client chooses the content you have to write about.

Revenue sharing sites are a great way of getting started and developing your writing fluency by starting with topics you are familiar with and have knowledge about.

Sites for selling your articles

There are plenty of sites for selling your articles online. iWriter is one of the basic ones. You can choose an article to write but the clock starts ticking as soon as you do so which means that you have to do the article immediately. I notice that there is a lot of work for more experienced writers who have been promoted on the site but very little work for those starting off and a lot of competition for it.

A much better option is Hire Writers where the clients are very easy to work with and you have more time to do the job. The time range for the jobs on the site is typically between 12 hours and three days. An added benefit is that there is usually plenty of work there. You need to do a grammar test and provide a writing sample to get access to the site which is the case with many of similar sites like textbroker and Writers Domain

There are plenty of these sites available and they often pay by paypal. A list of seventy of them is available at this link which is well worth your time to consider if you are interested in pursuing this.

Directories

Directories of article sites and blogs are a great way of finding sites who will accept topics you want to write about rather than having to write what the client wants. Beyond Your Blog is a good example of a very comprehensive directory for aspiring writers and those already in the field who want new challenges and opportunities. Another good directory is begindot where you can get an idea of how much it is possible to get paid when you have established your profile with writing and gained some experience.

Writers in Charge supply another good directory as well as an excellent newsletter for those interested in learning more about this field of enterprise.




Resources for Learning

AWAI is an association for American Writers and Artists which has good learning resources and subject matter for different types of freelance writers. A very valuable resource for this as well is udemy where you can access free and paid courses on developing your writing skills. Subscribing to mailing lists will give you access to many free books which are of high quality on this subject. One example of this is Contently where as well as getting access to good learning resources on the site, there is an option to receive a free ebook on freelance writing without having to subscribe to their mailing list.

The best way to learn is to try it out. Reading about writing online articles is fine but don't do this instead of getting started on the writing itself. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain in starting an adventure in online writing. If you don't like it you can stop but you will never know until you try it out to see for yourself.

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Software for writers

There is lots of free software which writers use to organise their thoughts and construct a piece of writing among other things. I have two tools in my web browser which I use frequently. The first one is Grammarly which is very useful for spelling when alternating between British English and American English which I frequently have to do on different writing sites. Grammarly is available as an extension for Chrome or as a desktop app.

The other software tool I use as a chrome extension is Power Thesaurus. It is not intrusive but is very useful for checking synonyms and antonyms if the need arises to do so. A text editor called Hemingway is free to use online. It highlights text in different colours to be considered for correction as well as giving a readability score which is quite useful.

There is a list and review of other free software used by some writers at this link but old-fashioned pen and paper still have a role to play when the need arises and using a pen is favoured by some writers instead of using software.

Freelancing

There are many freelancing sites where you can apply for individual jobs to sell your articles. The one that I am most familiar with is Guru. Even though I have applied for some work there , I haven't taken on any projects yet as I prefer to gain more experience for now on the writing sites.

People per Hour is another freelance site with a very user-friendly interface and a good selection of jobs are available there. Many people also use Fiverr for freelancing opportunities as well. You can choose between applying for long-term projects or short-term ones on these sites which is also an advantage. However, if a client doesn't pay you on a writing site, the site will do so whereas on the freelancing sites you don't have that safety net.

I plan to use the freelancing sites more now as I have gained some valuable experience on writing sites.

Copywriting

Copywriting is very well-paid because it is an integral part of successful online marketing. Copywriters typically generate a call to action (CTA) on the part of the reader. The art of good copywriting is to get the reader to want to engage with you rather than spamming them with aggressive marketing tactics. There are different types of copywriting, typically S.E.O. and direct sales but they are often used together to get the desired effect. There is an abundance of work for good copwriters because the internet is used so much for marketing and these marketers need copywriters to sell their products.. A basic definition and outline of copywriting is summarised visually here. You can also get more information about it from some informative articles on the subject on The Barefoot Writer site.

Getting Started with Writing Online

In my opinion, the best place to start is to sign up for Hubpages where you will get experience and confidence in your writing, backed up by a friendly community of fellow-writers and excellent support on the site itself.

Signing up for some writing sites as per the suggested links above will give you the opportunity to gain even more confidence and experience as you continue on your writing journey.

The freelance sites are the next step which I will be taking in the near future.

Some successful freelance writers suggest starting your own website and getting clients directly this way. In other words, they organise their writing work in the form of a business. Personally, I would not be interested in doing this but it can be a very lucrative option and an alternative to a 9-5 job if managed correctly as Linda Formichelli outlines in her book "Write Your Way out of the Rat Race and Step Into a Career You Love".

This is a great book full of insights and useful links even if you do not pursue your writing goals in the way she suggests. Her website The Renegade Writer has a lot of useful, free resources as well.


Summary and Conclusion

Finally, I want to mention an excellent free tool I have come across recently for editing your writing in many different ways from ProWritingAid. It checks, style, grammar, readability and many other features of writing. It is very comprehensive and far superior to any other writing tools of its kind. There is no download necessary. You can just use it in your browser.

The advice which is repeated by many writers who have become successful is twofold:

  • Just write.
  • Make writing a daily habit

So, what are you waiting for? Write Right Now!

© 2017 Kate McBride

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