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How to Make Money Writing Articles (that take 10 Minutes to Write)

Updated on August 20, 2011

For over a year now, I've been heavily focusing on freelance writing as a main source of income. Over that time, I've been able to generate enough money that I was able to leave my 9-to-5 job.

I'd like to share a few tips and tricks on how to get started making money online by writing articles and how to create these articles in ten minutes or less.

Step 1: Choose a profitable topic (you know)

The first step in making money by writing is to choose a topic that you know will generate income such as a review, tutorial or some kind of informational piece that solves a problem for the reader but gives them additional resources which can be found through an Adsense ad, affiliate product or Amazon Associates (my personal favorite).

To aid your choice in topic, I suggest taking a look at the Google Keyword Tool which will not only help you generate ideas based on what people are searching for but can also give you an idea of how much you could earn through an Adsense click. The combination of knowing what people search for and cost-per-click will tell you whether the article you're about to write will be profitable.

Tip: Write down as many ideas for articles you would like to create at this time so you can easily jump to an article without the lengthy brain storming session (this dramatically speeds up your article writing time).

Step 2: Build a writing template

For the most part, your writing style will vary from others but you can still tap into create common templates based on the works you've seen around the web.

For example, a tutorial style post will generally introduce a problem, provide a solution and then wrap up the content - it's the "tell 'em what you'll tell 'em, tell 'em, tell 'em what you told" approach.

For reviews, you generally do the same except that you break down the product or service into the various areas that people are going to be looking for such as the features, benefits for the buyer, company offering the product and maybe even a way to get something more out of it that wasn't explained in the marketing copy or ad.

Informational post, as an alternative, is simply providing as much information as you can and then pointing people toward credible resources that can further explain the subject.

In all, what I recommend doing is jotting down the title and subheadings much like you'd find in a book. Once you know what your article will detail, you can easily jump from subheading to the next - this also speeds up your writing process.

Step 3: Write without editing

One of the best things I ever discovered as a freelance writer was to simply write without doing any sort of editing while working on the main "meat" of the article.

Starting and stopping, by editing, will quickly make you lose your train of thought and will drastically increase your writing time - which we don't want. The solution to the stop-and-go nature of most writers is to do stream of conscious writing.

Write down everything you can about a subject but keep it within boundaries when working on each of the subheadings of your articles; you can figure to create 2 - 3 paragraphs for each subheading.

The more your practice at writing without editing - the more you begin to speed up your writing time. It's only after you complete the first draft of your article that you should go back to edit and add additional resources (which should only take a minute or two at best).

Step 4: Monetize!

In the final part of writing an article quickly for money, I suggest that you go back through and make sure that the article is optimized for your readers and search engines.

Take a look at the words you've used to see if there are any opportunities to link over to an Amazon product. Ensure that you call out a few high paying keywords which will help increase the Adsense revenue since it will be displaying higher paying ads. Find affiliate products that relate to the topic at large and integrate it into your content for people to find and inquire more about.

In all, you'll start to develop a habit for knowing what to write about, products to endorse and where to place them around in your articles so they're enticing to click for your readers.

Tip: Find a few products that you thoroughly enjoy and create multiple articles around it. Since you know what you're writing about and what you'll be linking to (to earn a commission), you can easily get an article out in ten minutes or less.

Bonus: Write what works best for you

What I suggest is that you keep kind of "swipe" file of your work which you can draw upon for inspiration and motivation.

What I generally try to do, when writing, is to find related topics which I can write about while doing the general research phase of articles.

For example, if I'm going to be writing about a video game, I could break up the subject into multiple topics and once I complete the main research phase, I can easily jump article to article without needing to constantly go back to keep myself in check with the subject.

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    • wademvp91 profile image

      wademvp91 6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      Good job, I am fairly new here at Hubpages and I'm looking around this site for inspiration and examples. I like this hub and found it very informative. Best of luck to you and your hubs!

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      mirunica 6 years ago

      This is a very useful article but there are also many things you should know if you want to increase your income from writing articles.For example, you should find the perfect market for your articles and to know exactly how much do you worth.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Thanks for some really good, well presented, practical, easy to follow tips.

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      Patti Riggs Hale 6 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

      This hub was very useful. I particularly liked the advice about waiting till the end to edit. I constantly go back and edit which does slow me down.

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      So, what do you do when you run out of ideas? I think I have written everything I knew about, so don't know what to write anymore. I am also enjoying writing for RitePad these days, they allow me to write short 100 word posts.