Why do writers on the internet have such a hard time making money from these sites?
First, unless you have a network with a thousand viewers in place already it is going to be a hard case. Second unless you find a real juicy bit of information on a star that hits an around a popular advertising add that people might see where it would draw a lot of hits. Third your writing has to start a trend that thousands want to read. The trick of an artist is his imagination and most times the flaw is not in the writing but the way it is advertised.
very true indeed, I don't have thousand of followers either, just 100 followers at my twitter and FB
However, I still earn money online, maybe enough for a cup of tea.
You can't depend online writing to earn online.
Only real jobs can
I think a lot of your information here is wrong. I have a few accounts here on HP, this being my least active. One one I have many followers, but my views don't come from those followers. Actually in 6-7 years of using this site, one thing I have learned is that the amount of followers here is not really a factor for how many views I get, and followers routinely aren't actual followers. Instead they are just hoping for a follow back.
The amount of views a person gets will depend on the target audience. If writing about evergreen ideas, then the target audience will be google searchers. Which means followers has nothing to do with it. You don't need juicy gossip to get views from google. You need quality articles about things people will always need to know about.
Will you get rich on most writing sites? Of course not, but if done right it can pay a few bills.
So to answer your question, I think many writers have a hard time making money from these sites because they don't want to adjust their writing to make google happy, and their expectations are higher than the reality. The key to online writing for me has been keeping my eggs in many baskets, and figuring out how to keep Google loving me!
Those methods for making money online are the hardest ways to do it and totally inefficient. The best way to make money online is through organic traffic and evergreen topics. If you are shooting for the latest trend and relying on pleasing followers you're going to lose and work too hard. Research SEO and affiliate marketing and keep updated on it, in the end it will save you a lot of headache.
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