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How to Earn Money Writing Online

Updated on October 9, 2015

Ways to Make Money Writing Online

If you can write unique content then writing for money online won't be hard for you. It won't work to just research a few online articles and then rewriting it in your own words. You need to be able to add your own personal touch and some advice from your own personal experience.

Experiment and see which sites are right for you. Everyone has different interests and one writing site can be different from another. My best income has been earned at Hubpages, but I've also written more articles there than anywhere else. There are several Hubpage writers that make $1000 per month and more. My second money earner is from my own websites.

Quality Content is a Must

The quality of your content and writing is important. Don't write a few paragraphs and expect it to do well. You need to cover your topic completely and offer advice that your reader can use. Many writers say that the article should have at least 500 words. Others even say you need to write a least 1000 words. Search engines like lots of content. Many of my pages are now 1500 words or more.

Use correct grammar and punctuation and try to make the article as interesting as you can for your reader. Run the work through and spell check and then edit, edit, and then edit it again. Reading the work aloud will help you rewrite areas that don't flow right. You'll be surprised by the mistakes you can find. Don't overdo keywords and don't use bold type for the entire page.

You Won't Get Rich Quick

If you ask which one virtue it takes to be an online writer, I would say that it is patience. You won't make a lot of money overnight. If you don't stick to it, it just isn't going to work. You may only earn pennies at the beginning. If any one promises you that you'll make thousands the first month, beware. They are trying to rip you off. The more articles you publish, the greater your income will grow.

The most important thing to remember when writing for the internet is that it is not a get rich quick scheme. Just like everything else it takes hard work and persistence. Try to write something everyday and as time goes by your earnings will build. If you stick to this plan, after 3 years, you may be able to quit your day job. If you write 3 articles a day, you'll be able to do that even quicker.don't rush your work though. Be sure it is of high quality.

Get involved on Hubpages or what ever site you are writing on and post comments on the articles of others. They may reciprocate.

Share your work on social media, but don't overdo it. Your readers can get tired of you. Be sure to post your new site on Pinterest. I get a lot of traffic from that site. Don't forget places like Facebook, Twitter and Stumbleupon either.

Try writing for different sites. Do as much research as you can and see which ones work best for you. Most importantly keep at it.


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Find a Niche if Possible

It is also helpful to find a niche and link the articles you write together. A niche is just a topic of interest. This is much like creating a website and will help your readers to find your other pages. Don't be afraid to link to the competition's articles. This will only help your readers and help you rate better in the search engines.



Keywords

You will need to learn SEO (search engine optimization) techniques. Use the Google Keyword Tool when choosing keywords for your topic. Keywords are just the words you want the search engines to use to find your article. Use them in your title and in your article without making it sound unnatural. Overdoing keywords can hurt you just as much as not using them.

I've found narrowing down your subject content helps. For instance, I have a website with free crochet patterns. No matter how hard I try, getting on the first page of Google with the term "free crochet patterns," is almost impossible. I've accomplished this a few times, but have to work at this all of the time. If I look for other terms, such as "free pineapple doily pattern" or "free vintage crochet patterns" I do much better.

Using the Google tool, look at how many people search for the topic you are writing about. Does anyone actually search for your chosen keywords? I have tried keywords that no one was searching. I didn't write about that topic, but sometimes you will find some better keywords to use. Keywords aren't words at all, but phrases of several words.

Now after you've found what you think is a good keyword phrase, use Google Search. How much competition is there for the phrase. On the left top of the page, it will tell you how many topics have been written using the phrase. If the number is in the millions, you may want to go back and choose a different keyword phrase with less competition.

Do your research about SEO. You'll find many pages right here on Hubpages that you will help you.

Where Should You Write?

Websites and Blogs

A good way to make money writing is to have your own website or blog. If you want to succeed you should write about what you love. Your enthusiasm will shine through and will be contagious. You may then add affiliate links and that is where your money will be earned. Maybe you'd rather sell your own product and that is fine too.

If you want to write about a wide range of topics, it would be better to put those on or another writing site, because It is difficult to get placed well in the search engines with too many subjects. You'll find a list of sites that accept content below.

I've found that writing for the big sites like Hubpages help you rank better in the search engines. You'll share some of the earnings, but it can be worth it. Getting links to your own sites can be hard work and you won't need to do as much of that, since you'll rank better. Once you've completed a website, it can be well worthwhile though, because you'll get 100% of the earnings. Google has been frowning on content sites and you can't do as well on them as you once could and you need to keep that in mind also.

At a blog, it is good to add more content on a weekly basis. This will keep your visitors coming back. A website must be kept updated to keep its rank on Google and keep your visitors returning. Most of your traffic from search engines will come from Google, so it is important to keep them happy.

If you start your own website or blog, you may want to have a weekly newsletter. Sites that offer this service do charge a monthly fee. At first, it might be wise just to start a Yahoo group for your niche. You can announce all new additions that way and pay nothing.

You'll need to add affiliate advertisers on your site or blog. Listed below are a few to try. By far Google Adsense is the the most popular. Each individual site and blog is different though. You may find another affiliate that is more profitable for you. Don't be afraid to have more than one affiliate. Just don't clog your pages with too many ads. The search engines frown on this.


Affiliate Programs

Affiliate Programs

1. Google Adsense - For some, this is by far the most profitable way to make money from a site. You get paid for every click that is made on an ad. :You must have $100 in income before you receive a check from Google. After that each time you get a total of $100 you'll receive a payment in your bank account at the end of the next month.If your site doesn't get much traffic, this may take awhile. Be patient and keep working at getting your site to show up well in the search engines, especially Google and your income will grow until you get a payment every month.

There are people with high traffic sites earning their entire incomes from Google, but don't expect it and don't fall for some of the scams telling you they'll show you how to make thousands a week. You can signup for Adsense yourself and it isn't too hard to use, but a very tiny percentage of people will be able to make thousands.

Before applying for Google Adsense, you should have a complete site. At one time, it wasn't hard to get approved by Google. At Hubpages, it was always recommended to have 10 complete hubs. Now writers aren't getting approved until they have 25 pages. If you don't get approved the first time, try again. In some countries, you'll need to wait 6 months.

2. Amazon Affiliate Program - This is a very popular program. You have a choice of receiving a gift certificate once you earn $10.00 or wait until you earn $100.00 so you can get cash. I haven't done as well with this site as Google Adsense, but there are people that do. Entire sites have been built offering their products.This affiliate works best for those promoting products or writing product reviews.

3. Commission Junction - You get to choose which companies place ads on your site. You are paid a commission on every sale that is made.

Content Sites

Write for a Commission on Ads or Number of Page Views

At one time, I had a long list of these companies. Since that time many have gone out of business.

1. Hubpages - Hubpages pays you a percentage made from Ebay, and Google Adsense. They now have their own ad program that pays according to how much traffic you get. I've been doing well with this.

You'll need to have an Adsense account. Before applying for one, you'll need to write several articles before Google will approve you. Many aren't get approved for Adsense unit they have 25 written.

You can also add your own Amazon links. Patience is needed, so if you're a newbie don't give up. It takes writing a lot of hubs and a few months, to start seeing a profit, but once you do, you'll be well satisfied with them. I have been successful here.

2. eHow - To post articles as of April 2010, you must now be accepted by Demand Studios. They expect you to be an expert in the field you write about, a professional writer, or have a degree in a field related to writing. There you write how to articles step-by-step and get paid a percentage of the ad revenue. You're payment will be sent to your Paypal account.

3. Bukisa - One of my friend's has tried this site and has prospered there. Bukisa pays $4.00 (as of this writing) for every 1000 page views and also pays a percentage for other writers that you refer, plus pays a percentage for the people that they refer creating a pyramid type program. This could add up to good money if you have plenty of friends to refer. Be sure to check their present terms. Some of these sites are changing them all the time.

4. Infobarrel - I have a few articles written at Infobarrel. This is a good site that eventually I'll write more for them, but I have to do a lot more work trying to get my articles ranked well at Google. Infobarrel has a lot of fans and it is a growing site and some day may be the place to write.

The best part about Infobarrel is their forum. Writers have no problem sharing their tips.


Sell Your Writing to Others

This is the fastest way to make money from your writing, but once you sell your articles you lose all rights to your work. I haven't tried this myself, but it is well worth looking into.

1. Constant Content - You set the rate that you want for your article and you are able to retain rights to your work.

2. Elance - You bid on content to write for other websites, so you set the rate yourself.

3. Rentacoder - This site is much the same as Elance.

4. About.com - About pays their writers and pays them well, but this isn't a site for beginners. First you need to apply by choosing a topic you'd like to write about. You then need to send them the article and get approved. After that, you go through a training period of one month. After being accepted you will need to continue writing for them and will be paid a check.

Now you need to get busy and write. You can't earn any money writing without some hard work.

Are You Ready to Write Online?

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      Smokes Angel 7 years ago from Broke Alabama

      very good

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      Thank you, I'll have to bookmark this so that way I can remember some of these tips.

      By the way, you seem to be a good mentor to help me in this area, as I have been trying to earn money online, with your tips only... and after one week I've earned 6 dollars, I think that would be a successful first week!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 7 years ago from USA

      Angela, I am happy to hear that you are making some money and thanks Nichole for the compliment.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Very good article. And good information to help the newer and older online writer. thanks.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks Eileen. I hope the article is helpful.

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      Ann Lee 7 years ago

      Good tips. Just wrote an article on how to market your content offline.

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      Rhelena 6 years ago

      This is a great resource for beginners!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks Rhelena.

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      saphemerald 6 years ago from Lagos Nigeria

      this is quiet good and informative. thanks for sharing.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I'm happy it helps.

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      Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      You have a super list of online writing opportunities here. Well described too. I need to look into some of these - thanks.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Teresa, Thanks for commenting. Good luck on your endeavors.

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      Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

      This is a very good article. So far I have not tried to make any money. Just trying to be a witness for Christ on HubPages.

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      Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      Hi Barbera,

      I wanted to drop by and say hello. I am out to sea right now - I am a submarine pilot in the ocean. I will be home in a couple weeks and I look forward to getting back on Hubpages and getting more aquainted with you over there in chilly ol Michigan.

      - Nice to meet you,

      - Praise Jesus!

      humbly,

      - Harlan Colt

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Pratonix, Thanks for your comment and thanks for adding me as a friend.

      I started out just wanting to post Bible studies here. I taught Sunday School for 15 years and miss teaching and feel led to do so, but I'd like my husband to be able to retire someday since he has back problems, so I am now trying to earn some extra money writing too.

      You'll still see my Bible Studies. I'm sure you are much more learned then I am, but maybe I'll write something that is helpful.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Harlan, Thanks for reading my Hub. Yes, it can get cold here and Michigan and I appreciate your friendship. Barbara Kay

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      Mitchella Stringfellow 6 years ago

      Thanks for the link to the article. Very interesting. It inspires me to try some of these ideas.

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      becomeaffiliatewa 6 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

      I love your article.

      Otherwise, I found that some famous and successful blogger create their blog, monetize, launch the marketing campaign and outsource the blog posting to the ghost writer. I think it depends on the taste of writing.

      Cheers.

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      culturespain 6 years ago from Spain

      I suspect that you are 'bang' on that the best way to make money writing is by exploiting the Internet. However, that is, of course, sadly not the same as seeing yourself in print in a bookshop!

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      Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Great hub! Thanks for sharing all your work. Thanks for adding me to your follow list. Looking forward to seeing your Bible studies.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      culturespain, No its not the same, but I'm not able to work at a regular job due to my health and this at least makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Judicastro, Thanks for commenting. I'll be adding more of the Bible studies soon. Barb

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      chinemeremz 6 years ago

      Earning money off the net requires constant work and effort. Top hubbers who earn big know this. Thanks for sharing and I'll be stumbing this article as I get off from here.

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      char540 6 years ago

      Good information for writing online

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      char540, Thanks for commenting and I hope you can use some of the info. Hubpages seems to be the best place to start.

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      Tammy Frost 6 years ago from Oregon

      Great list. Thanks for sharing.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      tammyfrost,Your welcome Tammy. Thanks for commenting. Barb

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      NicabarP 6 years ago

      This is a great list. You've got the wheels rolling in my head.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      NicabarP, Happy I could help. Thanks for commenting.

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      hhelen 6 years ago

      Thanks for this review, I will check some of the sites and see if I can join them.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      hhelen, Best of luck with your writing.

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      TINA V 6 years ago

      This is an informative article. You’ve shared great tips and useful websites to consider in online writing. I'll bookmark this hub.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks Tina and best of luck writing.

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      casshd 6 years ago from Hemel Hempstead, UK

      Great hub, thanks Barbara. Am just getting started with writing/blogging and hoping to guest blog. You've given so many other great ideas too. Very inspiring. Thanks.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 6 years ago from USA

      casshd, Thanks for reading the hub and I'm happy I could help.

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      Jokylu 6 years ago from Waratah North, Victoria.

      Another well written hub with loads of usful tips and information. Bless you Barbara

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      Steve 5 years ago from Brockport, NY

      This is a very good article and very useful for a newbie like me.

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      happypuppy 5 years ago

      Well written article. I will bookmark this for reference. Thanks for these great ideas!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      happypuppy, Thanks. I hope it's helpful.

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      Thanks for your selfless sharing Barbara, I have come to know some extra sites that I never come across with...voted this up and useful, cheers!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Injured lamb, Thanks for visiting. I hope you can use some of these.

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      raguett 5 years ago

      Wow thanks for the very informative article...lots of great tips and idead, some new sites iv never heard of and am going to try thanks a bunch...

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      raguett, I hope you use some of the sites and I'm happy I could help. Thanks for commenting.

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      Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

      This is really helpful information. I will surely be revisiting this hub for ideas whenever I need inspiration.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Charlotte, Thanks for reading the hub and I wish you online success and I hope you try some of these tips and make lots of money writing.

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      JasonPLittleton 5 years ago

      Fascinating and useful article, Barbara Kay.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Jason, Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are able to make lots of money writing.

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      melodyandes 5 years ago

      Great information about money online.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      melodyandes, Thanks for reading the hub and I hope you make lots of money writing online.

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      So much awesome info, making my head spin. I have written stuff on other sites, and it starts out good, but then switch things up or shut the site down. I am trying to get the hang of adsense and all the money making part. It just kinda confuses me a bit. I will keep at it though. Thanks for the great hub!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      lucybell21, Stick to Hubpages, I've been happy here. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. The internet is so volatile and you never know when Google will pull another fast one on any site.

      You'll learn as you write more. Welcome here and best of luck. Thanks for commenting on so many of my hubs.

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      bangingbeauty 5 years ago

      Hi Barbara, I have heard great reviews about Bukisa as well. I may just give it a try if I have the time. Thanks for the great article. Best of luck, BB

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      bangingbeauty, Your suggestion made me look at Bukisa. I'd never leave Hubpages, but they say not to put all your eggs in one basket. Once I get more hubs written, I'll have to check them out. Thanks for your input.

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      Bryce 5 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Thanks for all the details. I haven't tried bookmarking sites. This was helpful. Patience -- Ack! If I ever had any, I'm not sure where I left it... Voted up and useful.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      HikeGuy, Thanks for commenting and voting up. Best of luck with bookmarking.

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      sudam darekar. 5 years ago

      it's very good.and i like it so, i want to join it as a writer.but i can,t get it perfectly,so please help me.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      sudam darekar, Please let me know what you need help doing. Are you having problems creating an account?

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      GClark 5 years ago from United States

      Excellent Hub and the most informative I have found on this subject. Thanks for sharing. GC

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      GClark, I'm happy to hear you found it useful. Thanks for commenting.

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      smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

      wonderful article and definitely voted up. detailed information and easy to understand. thank you

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      smcopywrite, Thanks for voting up and I'm happy you found it useful.

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      radiah narawi 5 years ago

      GREAT INFORMATION TO SHARE AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND

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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      Barbara, I see you are an expert in this area. I really appreciate the tips that you so willingly share. I have been paying more attention to writing than to increasing the traffic. Now I see that by dividing my attention, I can get gatification as well as cash.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Joyette, I don't know about being an expert, but I've had a website for over ten years. Since then I have been reading about SEO. I wish we could just write and that is it, but I guess we need to go with the flow.

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      Naima Bilal 5 years ago from Petaro, Pakistan

      Hi, great article. I myself have earned at www.odesk.com, so far its my favourite website.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Naima, Thanks for reading and commenting. I haven't tried odesk.com myself. I like the idea of residual income, but I may try it. Thanks.

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This is a great introduction! Very well-written.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Modern Lady, Thanks.

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      Colleen Lyon 4 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

      Helpful hub, thanks for writing it and sharing so many ideas. I know you wrote it a while ago, but I only stumbled upon it tonight. Take care, C.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Lifes, Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Michelle Booth 4 years ago from UK

      Great ideas and advice - especially to reread anything you write a few days later. I always find things that leap out at me to correct!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      mscott45, Thanks for commenting. I didn't reread my very first article and had a friend point out some errors to me. It was embarrassing and taught me a good lesson.

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      AngPow 4 years ago from North Cali

      Thank you. This was awesome to read. I took a ton of notes and I really appreciate all of your help here.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Aplethora23, Thanks for reading and I'm happy it will help you.

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      Insane Mundane 3 years ago from Earth

      You can throw quality and content out the window, if its true about all those people making easy money at Bubblews.com with their 80 to 100 word extended tweets, so to speak. I wrote a Hub about that site a few days ago, but you may want to check it out for yourself and write your review, as well; cheers!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      Insane Mundane, That is how I feel right now too. About 2 weeks ago I started writing there and with a few paragraphs I'm earning money. My traffic has gone down to nothing here too. I don't think the big G knows what they are doing right now.

      I use search engines a lot and some of the crap I'm getting is unreal.

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      Satendra Kumar 3 years ago from India

      Hi barbara. very informative hub and I want to ask that does how-to hubs really works. And thanks for sharing the above tips.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      ieschiefengineer, A how-to-hub just explains to someone how to do something they don't know how to do. For instance how to remove tomato stains, how to get rid of a wart, or how to fix a leaky pipe. Just write step-by-step instructions how to do it.

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      Satendra Kumar 3 years ago from India

      Thanks Barbara Kay

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for the sites you had mentioned. I have tried elance, ehow, about.com and inforbarrel, got rejected

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      peachpurple, About.com is a hard one. I've heard ehow now wants you to have a degree to write there. As for Infobarrel, I don't know what your problem could be. I've got a couple of articles there, but they get little traffic. Thanks for commenting.

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