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3 Unexpected Perks of Writing Online

Updated on August 24, 2012

Let's Get Writing

Yes, there are perks besides money only.
Yes, there are perks besides money only. | Source

Writing For the Online Market

There are many reasons why writers contribute works to the online market, whether they are commercial or creative pieces. While writers are likely motivated by thoughts of having their words read by a vast internet audience and receiving money in return for being published, there are unexpected perks to writing online. Great perks that are less obvious are publisher interest from outside sources, new connections, and increased knowledge base.

Let's Get You Publisher Interest

Close a deal with a new publisher.
Close a deal with a new publisher. | Source

Get Publisher Interest in Your Writing

Whether you contribute to HubPages or other website, over time you are likely to get the unexpected perk of being contacted by publishers. Contacts can be from within or outside of the particular site.

Within the site, you may receive personalized proposals to contribute to new projects or an invitation to apply for select members-only assignments. An unexpected benefit is when your contributions to one publisher get you noticed by another company.

For example, I have received messages at HubPages from publishers who have perused my work here and at associated links and offer me new projects related to my niche. Remember that while there are a lot of online writers, not all writers consistently produce high-quality work. Here lays a reminder to do just that!

While it may take time for your articles and other online works to attract publisher interest in your writing style and knowledge base, it is likely to happen if you publish and share high-quality work. Get your articles seen across social media networks to enhance the opportunity for them to be read by companies looking for new submitters. All good things come with time, as the saying goes, and online writing is no exception.

Make New Connections Online

Part of online writing is selling your published pieces across the Web to increase page views. The process involves creating profiles across social media networks to increase visibility of both your work and of yourself as a writer. When you interact on the network, there is an unexpected perk.

Let's Connect!

Connections on social media networks.
Connections on social media networks. | Source

You will make new connections. You are likely to meet people in similar professions and specifically within your chosen niche for your writing. On Twitter, for example, I have met many freelance writers and bloggers who I likely would never have otherwise met. They are from around the world, and some are even in the same province of BC here in Canada!

While building new relationships is exciting enough on its own, you can take those connections further by transferring them to other networks to which you belong. Some of my Twitter connections are now friends on Facebook and in my Google+ circles. Expanding your network means increased opportunities to meet new clients and, if you are paid at least in part by revenue share, you can make money in page views in the process too.

Let's Learn About Trends

You stay current on trends in your field.
You stay current on trends in your field. | Source

Gain Knowledge of Trends

Another unexpected perk of writing online is the growth of knowledge in trends that relate to the topics to which you publish. Part of writing to a niche area involves keeping up to date in a particular area. You learn more about the subject, which is fluctuating constantly, from reading articles and through social media network feeds.

In turn, you become savvier in your field and become known for the topic to which you contribute. You are up-to-date more than you might be if you were not a regular contributor of words to the area!

The Advantages

There are many advantages for writers who publish online. When first embarking on the literary journey, people may not realize that they will make new connections and pique the interest of outside publishers. Being current on trends is another perk for writers who specialize in an area for their writing. While these benefits are not directly financial, they can easily lead to new clients and assignments that do generate income.


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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and a useful hub write to be heard and gain that steady platform.

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      4 years ago

      some interesting ideas.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I understand David. It sounds like you are making great progress here at HubPages with your writing and I do appreciate your support and positive comments. The community here certainly is amazing.

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      David Warren 

      5 years ago from Nevada and Puerto Vallarta

      Great information and well written! For myself this serves as a reminder that I need to do more with Hubpages than just have fun and write strictly for enjoyment. I came here motivated by money but like many others stayed because of the wonderful people I've "met" here. I need to get focused and actually do some research, editing, and real writing here.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks everyone for the compliments and votes here! I do hope that you enjoy most if not all of the perks of being an online writer. Have a great day!

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      Tyler Tobin 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great information, very useful to the beginning online writer. Voted Up!


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      John MacNab 

      5 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Mmm? Very thought provoking, Christy. Voted up.

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      5 years ago from North-East UK

      Christie, this is a very interesting hub but also gives us all encouragement to keep at this writing lark. To be contacted by another online publisher would be a dream for me, though unlikely since I din't have a niche :o( I think 'trending' is an interesting way to find out what other people are looking for and does give us ideas for articles sometimes. The nicest thing about writing for HP is the community though, bar none!

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      Dan Harmon 

      5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      For me the most enjoyed perk of writing online has been the web friends I've developed. I will never meet most of them, but enjoy the discussions and discourse a great deal anyway.

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      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Sweet and to the point like always Christy. This was informative writing. Those perks are some I've never thought of. You really laid it out there for us. It's always helpful to read something of yours. Good to stop by!! :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Jackie, thanks for stopping by! I am sure you are receiving more attention with your book now too. Wishing you a great weekend!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You do such great hubs! Since I take writing less serious I have so much more fun with it. I do hope I am discovered soon though! Up and sharing.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Gamerelated, thank-you for your support and generous comments on my hubs!

      @Ruchira, I am sure the knocking is coming soon :)

      @Howler, I understand exactly what you mean! Each day I learn more information as well. Take care

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      5 years ago from California

      Great work on this Hub. I started writing because I was interested in technology and I wanted to share what I knew about technology. Ever since I started writing I found that I have learned so many new things that I never thought I would learn or even need to learn.

      Prior to writing I never really interacted much on social media. I never even had a Twitter account. I especially learned a lot about social media from reading your Hubs.

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      5 years ago from United States

      Interesting information, Christy.

      Now, gotta open my channels so that opportunity knocks on my door :)

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      Jeff Boettner 

      5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Another great hub, I totally agree with the third "Gain Knowledge of Trends" -- Even though I've been working on PC's for many years now, (and maybe because of that), I've been stuck in my little "world"...when I started writing for hubpages, I feel like, literally, the world has opened back up for me. I swear, every day I come accross something that blows me away. had it not been for writing online, I'd still be stuck in my cave....great hub, up and sharing

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @JC I wish you much success with your writing. I like your articles on health and the garden :) Thanks for the comment and votes as well!

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      Judith C Evans 

      5 years ago from Boise, ID

      Christy, it took a while, but I'm seeing firsthand some of the perks you mention here. It takes time to get established, but it's definitely worth the effort. Voted up and useful, and sharing, too!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes @neophonic, sometimes we just need that little boost don't we.

      @bdegiulio, thank-you kindly.

      @vespawoolf, Quite right, we never know how we will be influenced (positively) by out next connection!

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      Jakub Dubec 

      5 years ago from Europe

      Retweeted. Nice motivation to continue with hubpages ;)

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey Christy. Great Hub with more useful tips. You are a wealth of information.

    • vespawoolf profile image


      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Since joining HubPages, I've learned to much about so many things, including my field. It's exciting to think our writing here on HP could lead to more connections in the future. Thanks for another well-written article! Voted up and shared.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks everyone who has left a comment here at this hub! I suggest each of you read through the comments and read the great experiences of the hubbers who share their successes in the remarks sections. I feel very enthused now, just like when I first wrote the hub! Keep at it and we really can enjoy successes.

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      5 years ago from California

      I use any kind of tips hubbers (or any writers) give me since I'm new to the field of writing and publishing. I appreciate the idea of 'keeping up with the trends' and I've thought about it myself recently. It's always good to know my ideas aren't so outside of the box and useful to myself, so thanks for the bit of extra confidence you've given me :)

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      This hub goes into the archives of bookmarking. Great information and a new way to get enthused...especially about writing quality hubs. I am getting better and have looked over old hubs and gasped. I have redone some of them three and four times. Still thinking about deleting..But will wait and see. Thanks again for a great hub...Up and Share.

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      5 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      Another perk that I'm enjoying is gaining more knowledge on subjects that you're interested in through the research you have to do. Of course, that's related to picking up on trends. Good hub - I enjoyed it!

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      5 years ago

      OOH, Christy! HEH-HEH! That rocks!

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      Caren White 

      5 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      Great hub! I didn't know that online writing could lead to paid work. Thanks for inspiring me to work a little harder.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Very encouraging and helps to keep me focused on writing. Thanks for sharing the perks of online writing. As always, an excellent job and very interesting read.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      5 years ago from UK

      Great hub - online writing does open up wider vistas and can enhance our profile... What I like is connecting across the geographical divide and meeting like minded people and making friends.

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      5 years ago

      It is really exciting to know that writers online have perks too . I really enjoyed reading your hub Christy and I am thankful that you are sharing your talents to all the writers. Voted up and more.

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      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      I just have to share, every writer here on hubpages should read this ^_^

      My favorite part is all the nice people I've met through writing. Voted up as well.

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      5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      ChristyWrites, thank you for sharing this information with us. I am not that confident in my writing ability but I do enjoy it. However, I have a granddaughter who is gifted and I am trying to get her started with HubPages. Your article might do the trick. Thank you.

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      5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for putting this together. I guess there are many perks to writing online that I never thought of (or dreamed of).


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      Teresa Coppens 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Awesome article. I have been contacted by outside sources a few times and it is always thrilling. Even if the perks are ego boosters only it is exciting to be recognized by outside professionals!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This is great information! And very true- you don't always know who is following you until you put your work out there. Great hub!

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      John Coviello 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Good points Christy. I landed a good freelance writing gig using some of my Hubs as writing samples. Writing Hubs also helps me keep up with current trends and learn a lot of new things, as I do research for new Hubs.

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      5 years ago from India

      Writing online has helped me hone my skills and I'm truly happy I have had this opportunity to do so.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I have to agree, Christy! I was contacted by an online magazine about 2 months ago to be a quest contributor. Have to say, I had to do a little happy dance that they thought my writing was good enough to be used in a magazine. :) Oh, and I've had to turn down assignments from newspapers who asked me to work for them full time based on my writing here. So, it does help you develop your viewable portfolio.

      Great hub filled with excellent information and the juicy rewards one can obtain if they continue to write and produce quality works. Voted up & more, tweeted, chimed and posted to my paper. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Every single one is true and useful. Great job as always Christy; have a great weekend!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      I NEEDED to see this hub just now, Christy. I quit my full time job last May because I couldn't stand it. Now, I'm concentrating on writing full time at HP, on my blog and doing photography. I keep churning out high-quality content, so the fact that you talk about these perks is so awesome! I have experienced meeting some of the most interesting people. I have also connected with lots of people, too. Now the third piece: getting contacted by a publisher. What a dream!! I hope it will happen someday soon. :D Thanks for the encouragement!

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      Kenneth Brown 

      5 years ago from United States

      It was different from other articles on online writing. I liked that it focused on a unique aspect.

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      5 years ago

      One thing: great hub! Thanks. Voted up

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub with important pointers, thanks for sharing and the encouragement.

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      Maria Cecilia 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Nice one, very encouraging. I will keep this in mind "share and publish high quality work".

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Great advice. I love all the connections I am making to other writers! voted up!

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      Ray Williams 

      5 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Yes, very good hub, and great advice. I've met a lot of people through hubpages. More so than any other site. It's a great way to put yourself out there and build an online brand. The toughest part is keeping audiences.

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Christy, I agree with your take on the perks of online writing, especially those other writer and bloggers I have gotten to know. Very well written and quite informative as usual! Voted up and shared too!

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      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Very interesting information. Voted up and shared.


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