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Accolades vs. traffic vs. making money, writing for a living. How to?

Updated on May 18, 2013

It is as easy as ABC

It took awhile but we recognized all the letters in order -- of course he got help from a friend, same with writing!
It took awhile but we recognized all the letters in order -- of course he got help from a friend, same with writing! | Source

Let there be no doubt about making money from content production on the internet.

Good writers with big followings and a little extra work can make decent money on the internet. It is very true. If someone laughs at you and says you cannot and they know by first hand experience --- just put the gun down and walk away. Not everyone can. Running your own business is not for everyone. I have done it, but in a different way than most.

As for my writing just for my personal writing business, I only tried for a few weeks, and made enough to eat. Since then my day job picked up (do not give up your day job) so I have only been writing for pleasure and to build a "portfolio" concept. I generally just pontificate as I have some some degrees in philosophy and I preach.

It is my goal to write creatively, exclusively within two years. Maybe that will happen, maybe not. In fact it is still good for me to get going and get out, and socialize through work. I do not think I would surface much if I could pay all the bills from my home office and without real interaction with folks.

Really I did not eat that Oreo cookie

Who you going to believe? Me or your eyes? hmmm? -- WC Fields
Who you going to believe? Me or your eyes? hmmm? -- WC Fields | Source

So how do the self-employed Pros do it.

1. They write and they write and they write and they write. They re hard wire their circuits so most thought goes around in their head and comes out a story of some sort.

2. They somehow enjoy the process of learning. Some see all that they learn as something they must pass on to others in their writing. Of course they learn about writing, but they learn what you are supposed to do to make money. They know there is no one trick or magic, they know they must spend the time learning all the methods.

3. Application. Like any good job they do their work. Like most entrepeneurs they work 70 or more hours per week, most of it writing which they like to do.

4. They do not make mistakes. That may sound harsh but they do not. A mistake is when you publish something you should not and also when you try to cheat. The big bad ass boys in the megacorps know what hurts their business. Shape up and do not hurt their business. And for readers and followers --- bite your tongue put your rapier wit aside and either walk away or find something positive to say.

Closed Playground

Keep that playground in you mind open
Keep that playground in you mind open | Source

How I make money on the internet.

Do you know what a FAQ is? Or how about a TOS. How about Policies and Procedures? How about disclaimers? How about the UDRP, or that "agreement" you swore you read by checking the box. Ever responded to or sent a cease and desist letter. Well there is a reasonable chance you may have even read some of those. Well someone has to write them.

Fairly boring work if you can get it. It was exiting when I started back in 1999 there were still areas where the law could not keep up with the internet. While existing law covered most of the areas, lawyers being what they are felt a need to complicate things with new rules and concepts.

I remember the first time I was directed into Federal Court on such matters, the Magistrate wanted a 30 minute lecture on just how you can "own" a Domain Name. Of course you cannot but you do have some "ownership rights" like a ticket to a seat to watch a ballgame. As I was talking I heard snickering behind me and there was another magistrate, two judges and a few clerks in the gallery. A judge asked, why don't you have a license to practice law? Of course I quipped borrowing from Sierre Madre -- I don't need no stinking badges; Ooops. Then I went on to explain with this new internet deal - "where would a lawyer get a license, I mean what state?" If he answers a question on line or writes material on line isn't he practicing law without a license everywhere in the world except his own state? And to this day, there is an unwritten rule not to chase down lawyers who technically break this law -- but make no mistake they are breaking it. Most of the work is done by non-lawyers to avoid this problem.

Conclusion

If you love to write as I do well: Where there is a will there is a way. One thing I caution you about: Do not let it become like an addiction. Do not become and online workaholic. If you do not bring in life to your work, your work will lose it's life.

About the accolades verses traffic verses monetizing: Just like mind body and soul, none can exist without the other in this world. You are one body made up of parts of the body. The head may not like the foot so much but they need each other in order to move about and do well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You speak the truth my friend. Too many writers get discouraged when they have not achieved their objectives early on. This is a marathon and not a sprint....work, work and more work. :)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lest I be the fool not to mention it; And mentors, mentors, friends and enemies to keep us going in the right direction. It is always an honor to have a master, bring me good cheers. Thank you Mr. Holland.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Nice, balanced Hub Eric. Nice not to read the much more typical "follow my six SEO optimization rules and you will soon be wealthy like me." I am really tired of those.....sigh. I also occasionally wonder about who will make products and/or read online product recommendations if we are ALL writing them. :) Thankfully, my "marathon" is college teaching - nine more years until retirement -- and HP is my recently acquired pleasure. :) Great Hub. Sharing, Theresa

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Perhaps all of us should think more about the meaning of success, to us. I find you as a successful writer. I never stopped to think that in fact you have a very rich profession -- though I am certain the pay is less than deserved. Thank you Theresa.

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy Eric (Ericdierker) -

      Well, you said a whole lot here. I would guess that most "hubbers" would appreciate that.

      As for me, my advice to those who write stuff with the aim of seeing it published and used for their benefit by readers is - "If it doesn't itch, don't scratch it. If it is driving you nuts, scratch like crazy."

      With that, even if no one else goes for your writing, at least your itch will be relieved.

      Gus :-)))

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Howdy back at you Gus. Truth in your comment. I think we would all be better off by scratching our ownselves a little more, and stop scratching everybody else's itch. Thanks much.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Excuse me Eric for using your Hub, but I wanted to respond to Gus.

      Gus, such a great metaphor and it sums up perfectly and and succinctly what many hubbers believe and try to practice. :) Much better to write to address one's own itch. Thanks for a good reminder. Theresa

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Theresa for following up on that, heck I went over and followed him and read some good stuff.

      The well of good people is mighty deep around here.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Interesting points of view. For me I write for enjoyment and I write articles for income. I haven't been overly successful but I enjoy writing and nothing could keep me from it. My greatest joy is when people enjoy what I have written. Passing this on.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A wonderful balanced approach Gypsy. And no question about the greatest joy. I know we are supposed to write for ourselves but still.......

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      Uncle Remus 4 years ago

      I gots me a cart that I put crushed beer cans in, it run on big macs and cheetos

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I do believe Uncle, that you have the right formula to fuel such a rig.

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      Abhijeet Ganguly 4 years ago from Pune, India

      I believe the success comes from persistent efforts !!! Rightly said , write write write till the time you feel that's enough !!!!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is good to hear from you, we shall be friends. Your devotion to Human resources is a place where you can lead and teach of the courage required to rise above where we are today -- Thankyou abhijeet4800.

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      Abhijeet Ganguly 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Sure i can see a connection already, Its been quite a while I have been on Hubpages, however due to time constraints I am not able to publish hubs as I could have. I am gonna publish as many as I can in a week's time. So there's more to come, hope to see you around !!!! Thanks

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I agree with the write, write, write principle. I think that is key to making a living writing web content or blogging. I wish I had more time to write more, but the time I do have I try to make it quality writing. Thanks for sharing your insight.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just reckon you may be younger than I, in that I am old and you are young. Careermommy, your writes are great . Your life as I know is great. You share that with me. You help us to be in your place. That is what I am talking about. Good people sharing their Good with others.

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