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How to write online articles for money if you are a scatterbrain

Updated on February 14, 2012

Embrace your disorganization

I am a complete scatterbrain. In almost all aspects of my life, I find myself somewhat disorganized. Since I started writing on hubpages over a year ago, I have found that this also applies to my writing style. I don't tend to have very good first drafts. I don't tag, or promote my articles especially well. I skip from subject to subject like a little kid playing hopscotch.

However, being disorganized is not necessarily a curse when it comes to writing online for money. I think that it can even be advantageous if you can create quality content over various niche subjects. Below I have listed what I believe to be the most important things you can do, as a scatterbrain, to have success making money writing online.

1. Write

First and foremost, I have found that the most important thing you can do in order to make money online is start writing. It sounds simple, it is simple, but you have to have the discipline to make it happen... and consistently make it happen, or else you will not make much money writing online. The old cliche "you miss 100% of shots you never take", applies here very well. If you never submit an article, you are never going to get paid for that article. So make sure you take a shot...

2. Explore your interests

If you find yourself searching a certain subject online, there is a very good chance someone out there is also interested in this subject. If you have knowledge of the subject and can create an online article that is helpful, interesting, or funny, you will attract readers just like you. I, for example, love to read and write about finance and budgeting (among several other things), and expect that most of the people who read my hubs are interested in the very same things. While a little bit of research is important to your writing, if you are not interested in the subject, it is going to make it that much harder and less enjoyable to write about.

3. Write about things that have happened to you

Writing can be therapeutic. While I don't think that you should be bringing up every aspect of your life when you are writing to earn an income online, I do believe that some personalized articles can do very well. I recently wrote an article about how to upgrade your Sprint phone before the contract was up after I lost my phone, and so far it is doing pretty well. I wrote the article because I was frustrated with all the steps I had to take to finally get my new phone, and I thought that other people could potentially benefit from this information. I think people will often relate to this type of writing, especially if they are in the same boat.

4. Don't worry about promotion

If you write quality content, it will be discovered. Rather than taking the time to promote your articles, write lots of good ones with a few links to your other articles. Eventually, more and more people will view more and more of your articles. I know that there is money to be made promoting your articles, but I think the primary focus should be on the writing itself. A good way to balance it is to have certain days designated for promotion and editing older articles and the rest of the time focused on writing new content.

5. See what is working

Look through your articles and check out which topics are getting lots of views. Chances are that you have other similar content sitting somewhere in your head. Sometimes, I find that an article I wrote a while back just for fun is doing really well, and then I can write more about a closely relate subject and expect the same results. This is not an exact science, but I do believe that their is some merit to using this information to producing better money-making articles.


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      MeanGreen 6 years ago

      Lots of topics can help you develop or realize a niche you never knew existed before... Happy writing!

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      MeanGreen 6 years ago

      Thanks, tobusiness. I can focus from time to time, although I ussually do bounce around more than the average person... I do appreciate your kind words though and really enjoy the hubs of yours that I have read.


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 6 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi MeanGreen, well... this hub was not written by a scatterbrain, I should know, very motivational.

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      MeanGreen 6 years ago

      Yeah, use it to your advantage while you write, and work on the organizational/promotional when you have extra time.

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      MeanGreen 6 years ago

      Thanks Tricia

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      mphsglo 6 years ago

      Very nice title. Yeah, that's me at times.

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 6 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      This was an intersting hub, I have ADHD so my writing is also rather scatterbrained. Thanks for reassuring me I can still make money with my random thoughts! lol

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      Tricia Ward 6 years ago from Scotland

      Nice hub. Happy writing!

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      Amanda Tallman 6 years ago from Vermont

      I'm glad I'm not the only scatterbrain here who enjoys writing! I almost consider my being a scatterbrain a gift at times as I can focus on so many things at once. Of course, as you've pointed out here, that gift also has its drawbacks as well!