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How you can make money writing

Updated on November 5, 2012

Make Money Writing Online

One of the most important steps you need to take to make money writing online is choosing your keywords, which is actually step number two. Step number one is deciding what you want to write about and then writing your article around your well chosen keywords.

If we can make money writing there is a possibility we can do well enough to work only from home, this motivates us to push on. You can make money writing right here on HubPages, on your own website or even one of the other Article Bases that are free to join; providing you, or they, have Adsense or another similar commercial app that allows you to earn a commission off of Ad Revenue.

You can set out to make money writing as a freelancer for one of the many freelancing websites; there are different methods and techniques you need to follow wherever you go. If you are looking to make money writing for someone else through a freelance company you need to follow the rules they set before you; many want a certain ratio of keywords as well, very few do not want the use of keywords. Basic rule: If the article is being written for the internet you will most likely need to do your keyword research so you can continue to make money writing online. If your customers do not get visitors, they don't earn money which in turn means they will most likely not hire you again either.

Please Note: This capsule is titled ' Make Money Writing Online '; these tips apply to writing so that your article finds decent placement with the search engines; if your are writing off of the internet for normal publication these rules do not apply and are not necessary.

Make Money Writing Research

At this point I've researched my keywords and the chosen keywords are ' Make Money Writing ' this is a topic I want to write about and surely a lot of people want to know some of the ways to make money writing online. I did have to modify my page title because my chosen three keywords alone were taken so I added the words 'how you can' to the title of the page.

This is going to be a bit of a task as I am going to use a keyword density tool to make sure that I have the right keyword ratio for my article; ratios have a tendency to fluctuate a bit between search engine preferences. As you can see there is a link called 'keyword ratio for my article' this link will lead you to a site that will do a quick scan of your article and tell you what your percentages are; make sure you choose whether you are using 1, 2, 3 or four word length keywords and the app will check for the recurrence of that length of word string - you will be shown a chart once it is calculate; as in the graphics I have posted here.

Up to this point you have chosen what you want to write about, you have went over to your keyword research tool and found the suitable competition keywords for your topic. Start writing and shape your article around the topic and keywords that you have chosen; this is an important step if you want to make money writing over the internet.

To make money writing takes a bit more than simply writing an attractive keyword ratio correct article though, you have to have somewhere to put it so that it gets seen, where are you going to have yours? HubPages simplifies the matter for us, HubPages pages are indexed regularly and is most assuredly seen by the search engines, that sounds like a good starting point doesn't it? If you have a few followers, that helps too but, we want the outside world to see our article and we want to earn some revenue for our efforts, how do we do this?

If you want to make money writing, you need to do a lot of writing and tweeting and socializing to get your work before the people. Starting with the right topic and keywords is one hurdle that you can easily overcome with a bit of research. Getting your article found is the next important step that you need to take, in order to do that you need to step into the marketing arena.

Further Analysis of Keywords

Yes many of us would like to make money writing but we need to keep a constant eye on what is happening with our article. After the last capsule I have went and rechecked my keywords - make money writing - to see how I am sitting with my percentage and I'm at 2.1% which is a bit low for the words ' make money writing ' and I certainly won't be making any if I don't bring it up just a bit.

Why am I talking about a percentage as to my keywords? It is opinion that the desirable is between 3-5%, or some will say between 2-15%, opinions vary. From what I have looked into, if you want to make money writing online you need to use these ratios to keep the search engines happy; I generally go for around 3% and it has brought me some much needed organic traffic.

To make Money or Not

Wow, if we want to make money writing via the internet it seems we need to do our research. Now that I have given you all the numbers I have probably turned you off of writing, it has become more like math. Perhaps you don't want to make money writing on the internet but just maybe you have a website that you want seen; the same rule kicks back in. If people can't find you, they're not going to be looking at anything on your website.

Even if you don't want to make money writing you need to use these simple tools to bring people in to see the treasures on your website or blog. Write because you love it, but if you are using it to promote your business on the internet put in those well placed keywords so you can bring those curious minds to your website via the search engines.

Want to Make Money Writing for HubPages

With the changes in the search engines algorithms things have gotten a bit tougher for some to make money writing on HubPages but it is slowly being worked out; there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Continue to write or if you haven't signed up yet, you can sign up for HubPages here.

Diversify your interests a bit and get yourself a free blog; free blogs require a script or two to get keywords working though. Promote your Hubs to Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, Blogger, Digg or any other app that you can put a friendly and informative post into, with a link leading back to your Hub of course.

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    • Jlbowden profile image

      James Bowden 6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      HI Magelene:

      Yes it certainly takes a lot of effort not only earning as a writer online. But in addition it is also difficult for us as writer's to make additional money. Also thanks for being a follower and fan as well. Happy Hubbing!


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      Magdelene 6 years ago from Okotoks

      Thanks Jlbowden, earning online is something many of us can do but it sure takes time and a lot of effort, this is what we have to remember when we get a bit frustrated. Appreciate your comment and the vote

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      James Bowden 6 years ago from Long Island, New York


      Great information to help all of us writer's out there; not only earn extra money writing online. But also help create more eye cathcing and search friendly keywords. Thanks for sharing an interesting read which I not only voted useful, but up as well.

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Well,you can try ..This is great site to earn money

    • Magdelene profile image

      Magdelene 6 years ago from Okotoks

      Hi Catherine,

      If you are on the Hubs home page you should be able to click the link that says 'your hubs', in the top right corner there

      this is under your username heading. comments and profile link should also be there.

      This link to your hubs should work, perhaps give it a day or so or you can contact HubPages

      This is not an issue I have ever had to deal with

      there is a forum you can check out here

    • Catherine1416 profile image

      Catherine1416 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Yes, thanks so much.the only trouble I'm having is when I go to the hubs home page, I see my hub listed, but it doesn't look like I can access it, is this because I'm signed in and don't need a link to my page? does everyone else get the link that you have? It's so silly and frustrating to me because I know it's something really simple, anyway, I so appreciate you helping me..I love this idea and I'd like to do well with it, but I'd like to be able to find my posts too..oh well, I'll get there. Thank you so much!!


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      Magdelene 6 years ago from Okotoks

      Hi Catherine,

      can you get to your hub with this link?

      or click on the button/tab (top right of your screen) that says 'my account' and this will show all of your hubs. hopefully this will bring it into view for you.

      From there you can choose edit by clicking on edit or just click on the title of your hub to view

    • Catherine1416 profile image

      Catherine1416 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Hi Magdelene,

      It is I, the irritating, tech impaired new hubber. I recently published my first hub (yay)..but I can't open it on the Hub page home, it just says "posted by you 2 days ago" there's no link to my name or anything like there is on everyne elses. Can you talk/walk me through this I'm sure I've checked something that I shouldn't have..Thanks for all your support. If you can find my hub, its a fantastically easy cheesecake recipe..I'm a cooking and baking junkie. Anyway, I'm at work, I'll check back every now and then..Thanks so much for pulling me along..I'll get there...!!Cathey

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      Magdelene 6 years ago from Okotoks

      You are more than welcome Catherine, my pleasure to be of assistance.

      Wishing you and your family all the best in the holiday season and beyond.

      Look forward to seeing some of your hubs.

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      Catherine1416 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      You are fabulous! I so look forward to getting in on this and finally giving a voice to my writing. This is the answer I was hoping for. I function best with simplicity. I just visited your blog, and am very impressed with how user friendly and informative it is. I'll probably continue to stalk you for more assistance. I also have some fabulous EASY holiday recipes that I'd like to post..Hopefully you'll see something before the end of the day. I will probably be asking you boatloads of ridiculous questions, you've been so helpful. I thank you for your time and assistance...

      I hope this finds you well..may your holidays bring peace and joy to you and yours..

      Thanks Again!!


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      Magdelene 6 years ago from Okotoks

      Hi Catherine,

      start here, there are all kinds of faqs on this page

      In there you will find

      There are four simple steps.

      You’ll need to create an account if you haven't already it only takes a minute or two), and click the start a new Hub link in the top right of the header.

      Pick a title for your Hub, categorize it, choose a starting layout from among the options, and add a few tags that describe it.

      Insert the content Capsules of your choice (text, photo, video, map, comments, etc.) and fill them with whatever you like. and then click publish

      With HubPages you do not need your own website if you simply want to write and earn a bit of ebay/Adsense income and HubPages has there own Ads now too. But, with HubPages if you have your own website you can promote your website with a link or two leading back to it, many people use HubPages to help promote their sites; do this within reason of course.

      As to the URL address, just pick a title you want and HubPages will let you know if that title is taken and if it is you modify it somewhat until you have a title that makes a not already taken URL.

      Hope this helps you out Catherine.

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      Catherine1416 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      I've finally moved out of my "crapadelic" apartment and the hubster and I are in a house..we love it but as you can probably imagine, cost of living has just increased..somewhat. I also am thinking of changing jobs (no thinking about it, I need to, my boss is..difficult). At any rate, I've recently applied and interviewed for one that I would like to take, but it's a pretty good pay cut, though the benefits make up for that. The point of all this drivel is..I want to start "hubbing" but haven't the faintest idea how to set up, get, create?? a url address to put in the "Start a new Hub" questionnaire. Yes, it's I need to create my own website first, and post from there to hub pages? So terribly sorry for the ineptitude. I'm really a fabulous writer, just can't get through the self imposed technological barriers!! If anyone understands what I'm carrying on about, your assistance would be most appreciated ...

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      icciev 6 years ago from Kuwait

      thank you so much Magdelene for this wonderful and informative hub, very useful tips and information I never knew. I will try those out and see what could that lead to, voted up.

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      Tracy Robinson 6 years ago from Mauk, Georgia

      This is very useful information, to the new commer, like myself. Thank you for the useful information and the useful links. Good Hub. Gonna Follow You!

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      Magdelene 6 years ago from Okotoks

      That is the ultimate goal of getting something going online to earn a bit of extra income; take that spare time and turn it into a venture that could be lucrative.

      Thanks for the comment Hunbbel.

    • Hunbbel Meer profile image

      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      It is always good to have your spare time 'spared' into some sort of professional hobby, which eventually makes you grow. And what's bad if it can earn you some serious money too!

      Excellent hub.

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      Magdelene 6 years ago from Okotoks

      I agree with you 100% Catherine, couldn't have said it better myself.

    • Catherine1416 profile image

      Catherine1416 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Here's hoping! and so what?... nothing wrong with a little work. Given the state of the economy, anything we can do to increase our own cash flow seems worthy of the effort.

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      Magdelene 6 years ago from Okotoks

      Thanks Catherine,

      I let things slide often myself and sometimes I just don't have enough time in the day but, eventually I go back and try to tweak hubs or other articles I have written on hubpages or my own website. Using the right well chosen keywords and at the right ratio does help a lot with the search engines and don't forget the maintenance down the road. It sounds like work but for you, for myself and for others it will hopefully pay off in the long run.

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      Catherine1416 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      This was very informative and helpful. I am just stating out on this venture. I'm not entirely computer illiterate, just technologically challenged. I've not been aggressive enough with social networking sites and such. Apparently I need to do more researching into it and give it a go. At any rate, I digress. Well written and informative. Thank you. I may stalk your hubs for a while as I learn from the tried and trues. Catherine


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