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How much money can you make as a freelance writer?

Updated on March 11, 2014

If you are a freelancer then this is one an article that you are going want to read.

On average, freelancers can make up to 4,000 a month, if not more.

Many writers have more than one project at a time, and this helps writers make money from different sources. Writers can make money from:

  • Blogs- Their own (Adsense, promoting services)
  • Guest blogging
  • private clients
  • e-books
  • Coaching services
  • content mills

This may come as a shock to many writers that are struggling to make ends meet today. If writers take their jobs seriously, and they understand how to earn money from any website(s) they contribute to, this goal can be achieved.

I started writing for $1 articles on Freelancer.com. This helped me for a while, until I started doing more research and found content mills such as Triond, Helium and even Associated content (now Yahoo contributer). Through these sites, I was able to make a few hundred dollars a month. Once I saw the true potential of this business, I started to take more time to do some research, and found out just how much I can charge for my writing services.

There are three things that can help ANY Writer make a decent salary EACH MONTH.

Making money from content mills

If you write for any content mill or any website that pays you money to publish content or a certain amount of money for the amount of traffic that your work receives, the one thing that you have to remember is that these sites DO want you to make money.

Content mills have a bad reputation because writers often do not get paid the amount of money that they deserve for their work. On the other hand, many blogger, and professional writers take the time to write a few articles and publish them on websites such as Helium, Hubpages, Yahoo contributer Network to make extra money on the side.

Writers can make money from these particular sites, and they can make more than enough to live on. One thing that writers HAVE to remember is that even though you can make money from writing on these sites, you have to know what you can write, and what can make you the most money.

Many writers criticize my choice of writing for places such as Helium, and even here on Hubpages, however, I do make money from these websites, and Hubpages in particular helps me learn all about marketing, SEO and keyword density. As I improve my writing, so does my earnings. Because I've increased my earnings on Hubpages, I've managed to take the time to build my traffic and attract more readers on my newest Blog- Beyond words-jessi, and at the same time, made money from that blog through Adsense.

If you are anything like me, you love to write. If I do not get out at least three articles, I feel unaccomplished. What helps me make the money that I need from writing online is just that, I love to write, and I focus on SEO and increasing my Keyword density on my articles or hubs, to make sure my work gets Indexed by Google faster.

These sites want writers to make money, which is why they have become so popular.

Here are 5 things that you can do to improve your earnings this month:

  1. Do research, and find out what the latest topics are, and join the crowd.
  2. Learn all about Keyword density, and SEO and apply it to every single one of your articles.
  3. Learn how to Market your articles on other websites, and use writing forums.
  4. Find popular blog, and comment on their articles, leave a link to your work on the comment.
  5. This is probably the most important thing to do: write more than one article at a time, and connect them to each other.

Learn how to make money from your blog.

I'm not a great writer, but I LOVE to write. When I started my very first blog, I started out very slowly. I'm talking about writing MAYBE one blog post every week, and WAITING for my readers to find me. This didn't work very well for me, since I made no money, and I was constantly looking for jobs online, and looking for answers as to WHY I wasn't making money from my blog.

There really is NO trick to make money from your blog. All you need is traffic, to bring you people to click on the Ads if you are using Adsense. If you are using your blog to promote yourself as a writer, and your skills, then you also need traffic to increase your chances of someone taking an interest in hiring you.

Like I said before, there isn't a trick to making money from your blog. But there are ways to make it easier for bloggers to cash out on Adsense much faster.

  • Learn how to market you ENTIRE blog. Not just your blog posts. I use Triberr and Blog Engage to market my blog, and my Hubs. The results have been incredible!
  • Join Blog communities, and meet other bloggers! This is not only smart, but it can also open doors for you as a writer and blogger. Since I joined several blog communities, I've developed several friendships that have helped me increase my blog revenue and hubpages earnings.
  • Update your blog as much as possible. I'm not just talking about blog posts, but also the appearance of your blog, and the information on it.
  • Subscribe to blogs. If you want your readers to subscribe to your blog, then subscribe to other blogs. Its as simple as that. The only way to generate traffic to your blog, is to join other blogs that already have the traffic and success that you want. You can not only learn from the blog, but you can also get to know other writers and share blog experience.

There is no reason why any writer can't make the money that they want every month. If I can do it, so can you!

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      Will English. 4 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

      Wish I had known all of this when I started taking writing more seriously. Great hub *favorited for future reference*

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Awesome and useful tips Jessi. Your hubs are always so educative. Thanks for sharing. I will put your suggestions to work.

      voted up/useful.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub. Really good info and inspiration. I am looking to start a blog. Thanks for the helpful information.

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      kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

      These are some great tips.thanks for sharing.

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      thanks for sharing this useful info, i m also struggling to earn some money as a freelancer, i joined iwriter, triond but both have not been much of a success to me, can you please any other websites where it is worth earning. Also, you talked about joining bloggging communities- which according to you would be worth joining, your reply awaited, once again thanks !!

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      Archa 4 years ago from India

      Interesting and useful hub.

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      Sunamun 4 years ago

      Very interesting, thanks so much for sharing.

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      Nancy C Moores 4 years ago

      Jessi,

      Really enjoyed reading your information. I have also been looking for more information on making money writing. I love to write, and I write really long emails sometimes. hahahaaa One friend told me to take up writing. A college English teacher also encouraged me to take a creative writing course. The information you provided gave me more insight thank you so much.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thank you for this useful hub.

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      I have been looking to expand my writing contributions to other sites and I found this information very helpful in giving me a clue as to what I should be doing. Thanks for sharing. I now realize that I have to take the time to join other communities such as writing forums and subscribe to bloggers. I just started school for graphic and web design and will be starting my own blog pretty soon.

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      Nakia Deon 4 years ago

      Thanks Jess! This was very helpful. I am new here to Hubpages but certainly not new to the desire to be a freelancer. I started my first hub here on New Year's Eve. Way to get a resolution off to a good start wouldn't you say?

      I will be sure to follow you because I can see that you are full of all of the good advice that I need to be a successful freelancer.

      Thanks again for this post, I greatly appreciate it.

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      PADMENDRA S R 4 years ago from DELHI/NCR

      Its an awesome article for those who need to earn some more money though Hubpages and other popular websites as a freelance writer. I liked it very much. Voted very useful.

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      Karre Schaefer 4 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

      Thanks for the tips. I do have a warning -- be careful who hires you. I had a man on freelancer who had me working 24/7 for pennies (only for a very short time.)

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      Alicia Foley 4 years ago from Connecticut

      I am newer to HP and I am looking to start work as a freelancer. Trying to break into the business is overwhelming, but you have nicely laid out the ground work of how I might be able to make this work. I appreciate you taking the time to write this article to help others.

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      viveresperando 4 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      great information

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      Dr Cil 4 years ago

      Thank you very much! This inspired me to keep on writing and work on my blog spot!

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      Scottie Futch 4 years ago from North Carolina

      So insightful and informative! Thank you for sharing. I suppose I'll need to look in blog engage now. :)

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      eloquentella 4 years ago

      I'm new here. Came across your post and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very informative and well put together. Feel free to check out my Hub!

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      For a newbie like me this was a great post!

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      Dani Katarina 4 years ago from California

      Great post! I've been getting back in the writing game and these tips have been very useful. Thanks!

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      Joseph Renne 4 years ago from Milton

      Great Hub. Full of relevant information. Please Check Out My Hub :)

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      shelbytaylor 4 years ago

      Great advice!

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      Charlyn June 4 years ago from Philippines

      Great Hub you have here.. I was really having trouble searching for ways to help me earn through writing.. I don't have much time for this thing but I want to develop my skills on the field.. Your hub is very useful for us new hubbers.. Keep up the good work.. I hope to hear more from you..

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      Brian Scott 4 years ago from United States

      Wonderful advice!

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      tranquillite 4 years ago from New York, NY

      Awesome hub! Very helpful with great advice that I am saving for later (as a new freelance writer I know this will come in handy!). Thank you :)

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      carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Helpful hub with good advice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Greg Johnson 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Great advice! I can tell that you enjoy writing just by the tone that your writing takes and you are very good at getting your point across. Thanks for the tips.

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      Steve West 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      Oh yes, good positive words for the new writers. It can be done, you can make money on these sites. I am proof of it, as a new writer to Hubpages I have already made some coin. Actually I am a new writer altogether and I'm learning every day new ideas to make even more money writing online. I enjoyed your hub.

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      Robert 5 years ago from Boise, ID.

      Very informative and accurate piece of work.

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      Sham 5 years ago

      There are a lot of ways to earn money online. I know a site where the writer give updated information on Freelancing here is on of his articles link http://onlineearningandfreelacing.blogspot.com/201...

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 5 years ago from Maine

      Reading your hubs have been such an inspiration. The advice you give show that you really love your work and that you work very hard. Nothing comes easy, especially freelance writing. But as you said, by writing, joining blogging communities, learning SEO and how to market articles, all help with becoming successful. We all have talents and gifts to teach to many in this world.

      The best to you!

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      I really enjoyed your HUB.

      May I ask how long it took to get your work up and running? I head it can take as long as 6 months to actually several years. Is this true? I've read in some articles that...the secret is to produce as many posts as possible. even one per day goes a long way. Perez Hilton started by working really hard and producing 46 articles PER DAY.

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      PJ Greenway 5 years ago

      Awesome article Jessi! I'm new to all this blogging and hubbing and it can get a little overwhelming. You provided great tools and makes my dreams of being a successful blogger more attainable. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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      bibleguidejo 5 years ago from India

      Nice article. Got some new ideas and a few sites to check. Thank you.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Thank you for your information.

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      Glo L Bernadas 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for the encouraging words and for the inspiration. You are a good writer. Voted up.

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      LucidDreams 5 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

      I especially like your information concerning blogs, updating them and keeping content fresh. I too re-work my blog appearance and re-evaluate the blogs seo periodically. There are several plugins or tips one can use to get more traffic just by teaking a few things on a blog that already has good content. Great hub by the way!

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      ndaffinee 5 years ago from Jumbled Brain, USA

      Thanks for the info!

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      masmasika 5 years ago

      Awesome post here with very helpful tips for an online writer. Sometimes it needs another writer for one writer to learn a lesson. I have been writing for almost 5 years online and i am also earning from my articles. Thanks for a very useful hub. Voted up.

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      T.B Whitt 5 years ago from the Philly area

      I don't what more to say but this Hub is awesome. I learned a lot of new information.

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      richday 5 years ago from New York

      This Hub is super helpful. Thanks!!!

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      BritInTexas 5 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      Excellent advice for someone like me who is starting out and not sure where to look! Thank you for the tips.

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      Bonitaanna 5 years ago from Oil City, PA

      Thank you for the great information. It is very encouraging. I enjoyed all the information that you wrote about and it helped me to learn quite a bit. I will try to apply it to getting more traffic.

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      Biodun Awosusi 5 years ago

      Thanks for the advice, Jessi.

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      I need all the advice and instruct I can get!thanx

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks for the great hub and for posting this to someone who is new to writing online.

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      Penelopesweet 5 years ago

      Thank you for posting this. I'm new to all of this but at the same time very excited to see how far I can take my work and whether or not I can make a living off of my writing. Your advice has given me a lot to think about thank you

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      sammy-3 5 years ago

      I've just become a freelance writer. Thank you for writing this. Everything has helped me understand. Soon I will apply your advice to my own work. Thanks again!

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      Saadia A 5 years ago

      Great information you have provided here. You Hub builds up my hope for earning well in the world of freelance writing.Thank you for sharing.

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      Andy Mann 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      I'm a horrible writer. I outsource all my writing needs. I was just intrigued by your title and had to read. I appreciate my writer so much, I'm glad she can make a good side income at writing.

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      sadie423 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great information! Thanks for sharing it!

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      lmurilo 5 years ago

      Great article. Congrats.

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      Crazzykylex 5 years ago from Incredible India!

      I really can't understand why Adsense is always given preference (as you too 've done in this case). They not only pay a very meagre but also take away your hard-earned readers (traffic).

      By far, Blogs have been the most successful and promising tactic for freelancers. Famous bloggers include down-to-earth Darren Rowse and very beautiful Ana Hoffman. However, there are a lot of blogs on "How to Blog" So making a blog that stands out will (undoubtedly) require a lot of strategies, patience and time.

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      Jean Rogers 5 years ago

      Not only does your article inspire me to write, it also give clear and concise advice on how to be a better freelance writer. Thank you for sharing your insight and knowledge!

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      maheshpatwal 5 years ago from MUMBAI

      Amazing hub with very nice and detailed information on writing quality hubs. Thanks for sharing some of the trade secrets with us dear.

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      subscribing 5 years ago

      It is very important to get a ride in the information age and be able to also find ways to make extra income. Does financial crisis ring a bell? Well then, many people ought to want to know this.

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      SiameseRobot 5 years ago from Boise, ID

      Thanks for the timely information. I've just started getting into online writing and I love it. And I just landed my first freelance writing job that will allow me to write, write, write and finally get paid, paid, paid.

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      sonison 5 years ago from Heaven 7

      This is an interesting and descriptive hub for someone like me who is going on your lines. I have written few hubs but they are attracting readers very slowly. Anyway thanks for your guidance.

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      JThomp42 5 years ago

      Excellent advice. Thank you!! Voted up.

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      livingabroad 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Inspirational! It's good to know people out there are making it, it gives the rest of us hope! The more I read pages like this, the more learn and the more empowered I feel to keep at it!

      Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work! :)

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      Keith Ham 5 years ago from Niagara Falls, Ontario

      Sadly, I know making money takes quite a bit as a freelance writer. You got to stick to your guns - or else you'll simply fade away.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Totally awesome hub! Thanks for sharing all you have learned elsewhere with us here on hubpages. I can't wait to try some of your examples.

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      Jeff Shirley 5 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      I appreciate you sharing your insights on how to make money online. I'm trying to do this and any help I can get is good. God bless you.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Great informative hub. I am so glad you are on HubPages.

      I am bookmarking this.

      And just noticed this hub has a score of 100. Congratulations!

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      As always....great information. Voted up and useful.

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      Tammy Frost 5 years ago from Oregon

      Great Job on this Hub. Interesting topic for many of us freelance writers. Thanks

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      Nicole S Hanson 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Very helpful tips here! I learned a lot here!

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      Ally Cante 5 years ago

      I really hope this can help. I'm a newbie at all these online writing. In fact, I joined hubpages two weeks ago and I'm not even so sure about my first hub. I tried some online writing sites and it's really hard getting in. I really want to be a SAHM/WAHM. I took a year's leave from work and I hope I won't be going back to a fulltime job so I hope this really works.

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      boyatdelhi 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the tips.

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Interesting points - some I hadn't thought of before. Thanks for the helpful info. :)

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      xBlizz08 5 years ago from Laoag City, Philippines

      thanks for this great info Jessi. I learned a lot from it. Thanks again

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      jokopurnomo25 5 years ago from Medan

      very nice, i like it...

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Interesting- Nice to meet you.

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      eric-carter 5 years ago from Fulham, UK

      Hey, I'm new to hubpages, but it's hubs such as yours that make me wanna read the entire info stored in this website. You really helped me understand some things, thanks a million!

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      mrs rao 5 years ago

      It was an informative one. I am new on this site and hope to continue.Voted up

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      recappers delight 5 years ago

      This may be the most helpful article I've read yet about blogging. I will look into Triberr.

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      audreymanning89 5 years ago from Arkansas

      And my optimism grew three sizes that day.

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      Iamsam 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the information.

      It increased my confidence in writing.

      May God bless you

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      marathonge 5 years ago

      Excellent article. A lot of useful information

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      Karre Schaefer 5 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

      Thanks Jessy. Being new to online writing, this was a helpful article. The only thing I was wondering was how exactly does one work to develop the right keywords? That seems to be the hardest for me. Thanks again! Karre.

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      Marc Rohde 5 years ago from Racine, WI

      Great post, I aspire to the success you describe.

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      mj2991 5 years ago from Pehawar

      very nice jessy its amazing , keep going

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      CJStone 5 years ago from Whitstable, UK

      You re joking of course. Are you saying you earn $4,000 a month? I don't believe it, and I don't believe there are any freelancers out there working the content mills earning anywhere near this amount. I'm a working writer - meaning I get stuff published in newspapers and magazines as well as on paying web sites, and have had occasional success with my writing - but there's no way I would expect those kind of figures. I think you are making this up. Still, what I've noticed is that any hub which promotes the idea of earning money from freelancing does very well on the HubPages rankings, so this looks like a case of bumping up your own income writing exaggerated hubs about making large amounts of money from freelancing in order to make a little bit more money yourself.

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      ajinder89 5 years ago

      Thank you for such a useful information.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      You've done it again Jessi,another great hub with lots of good, sound information. When you refer to writing 3 articles are our referring to 3 articles a day or a week?Just curious.

      Thanks for sharing, Voted Up

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      alexang 5 years ago

      I like to be a freelance writer please help

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      Mitha Gopa 5 years ago from India

      I have been searching for such reliable tips and information on on-line money making topics.Thank you so much Jessi.

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      qmfaisal 5 years ago from Dhaka

      Very insightful hub! I may just inform that if you are planning to make money from your blog, I can recommend to seriously think about affiliate marketing. There are so many products floating around the internet and almost every niche has related affiliated products. If you can introduce your readers about the related products, the chance is high that they can be converted to a buyer and you can make some real easy bucks.

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      MsLofton 5 years ago from IL

      Thanks so much for this!!!! This really was insightful and helpful for me since I am just started out as a freelance writer.

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      cottageindustry 5 years ago

      Penning a good article is not that easy contrary to popular believe. I do agree with you that the need for awesome contents just keeps growing.

      The key to writing a very good article is research and writing about what you know. I enjoyed your insights and I hope more writers would follow some of your tips.

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      girltalksshop 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this info with all of us. Very useful and helpful. Voted up, of course! : )

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      artariq 5 years ago from London, Ontario

      This is probably one of the better, more informative blogs I've read in a while. Thanks for opening up my eyes!

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      Samad Aslam Khan 5 years ago

      It was a nice hub full of information though I disagreed few points about content mills. Well I liked the hub, may be because I'm and I have been a freelance writer as well. Now I outsource mostly but your hub remind me the days when i used to get paid $1 or $1.25 per 500 words article. Thanks for the hub and the nice information.

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      donabhatt 5 years ago from Hyderabad

      Your write up is very much appreciating. I am new to this writing forum and just start of my career in these area..your write up inspired me a lot..thanks

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      shessuchariot 5 years ago from Erie, PA

      Thanks for the great hub! This is awesome. I love the part where you say that you're not a great writer, but you LOVE to write. I think as a writer, I can be too hard on myself about my work and want to beat myself up over trying to reach perfection rather than love what I'm doing. Loving what you do is what creates success. Obviously, it has brought you great success. Very inspiring and you have complied lots of great information here for us just starting out =)

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      graceinfoau 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      thks for share about freelancers

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      Gillian Swafford 5 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      What an encouraging article, thank you! I am new here, just signed up last night, and have a lot of ideas for hubs, but not a lot of confidence yet. I used to love to write and now am trying to get back into it, so this is very exciting! Thank you again!

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      I love being published here on Hubs, and have had 3 things published prior to being on Hubpages, but a great accomplishment will be when a big company picks up my work, reads it goes nuts over it and I make a bundle!!

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Thank you , Now if I just will remember where this Hub is

      located on here I will be able to profit from all of this great advice. That's the only hang up I am running into as of yet. Thanks so very much.

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      nanetteparker 5 years ago

      thanks jessi10 for sharing this very useful tips on how to become a better writer online at the same time make money..