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Is it Possible to Earn Money by Writing Online?

Updated on January 7, 2019

Money to be made

Pocket money for online writing
Pocket money for online writing

Earn Money Writing Online

No matter how many times you read the blurb, 'easy cash for writing online', it seems there is no such thing as easy dollars for writing.

Yes, it is possible to earn money with your writing. Is it easy? Do you have a blockbuster to match Stephen King or Bryce Courtenay? If the answer to that question is no, then the answer to the previous question is also, no. There is no easy money to be made from writing. But as pessimistic as this may sound, take heart. There is money to be made writing on-line but you will need the following, look at these points as your job criteria:

  • Dedication
  • Commitment
  • Hours to spare -- days, weeks, months is probably more realistic
  • Motivation
  • Inspiration

Dedication is required in the first instance to scour the Internet and find the jobs. You will need commitment to writing at every waking moment that is not tied up with daily tasks such as working for real money and you will need many hours to spare. To be realistic, it takes months possibly years for anyone to earn good money by writing online. Lack of motivation and inspiration are arguably the biggest set backs for writers.

Tighten up Your Resume and Portfolio

Writing Jobs On-Line

There are a number of sites that list dozens of new writing jobs on a daily basis. These jobs are mostly for freelance writers and can be carried out online. The level of payment for writing seems to depend on the site. has a constant flow of low paying jobs such as writing 500-1000 word articles for USD $1 but by checking the details on each new listing this can turn up some reasonable paying gigs. is another job site that has plenty of writing jobs for freelancers. The pay is a little higher here but the competition is better too and you’ll need a tight resume and portfolio if you want your proposal to shine from all the rest. Both of these sites are free for basic membership.

Constant Content is a site where you can showcase your articles. The site has client's willing to review and pay for good content, either from your portfolio or by writing in response to requests. Follow this link Constant Content to sign up, start writing and earning. I have now been a member of this site for 7 years. My earnings are not huge definitely more pocket money than the big dollars, but it is a steady trickle.

  • Are you happy with coins for the piggy bank?
  • Or would you rather be dealing with notes?

Article Writing for Blog Posts

Money making for writers on blog posts such as HubPages, Suite101, StumbleOn and Squiddoo seems to be a distant dream for most writers. While there are people who make money from these sites it seems that you need to have lots of friends or followers to make this pay. Mark Knowles from HubPages says it is possible and shares his thoughts with informative articles.

Becoming an affiliate member of Google AdSense, Amazon, eBay (if you have your own web-site) and Kontera is easy enough to set up but the rewards few and far between. For all of these sites you will be seriously waiting and hoping for someone to click on the ads next to your article for those few cents to come trickling in or hoping that someone will buy a product for you to get your 4% commission.

Buy a Job or Pay Money for a Business?

Beware of scams

Any site that wants you to pay for a CD or download information from a link that promises to make you hundreds of dollars per day is almost always going to be a scam. No-one should be paying money to get a job, that’s right, no-one, not even writers. The lure of the get rich quick scheme is only a click away.

There is a big difference though between buying a job and paying money for a business opportunity or training for a job but with so many articles available on line regarding how to make money online it seems pointless paying for information that is available for free.

From a personal perspective, I enjoy writing and am happy to be getting my words published but I would like to pursue a career in the field and earn something more than a few cents per word. Contributing to HubPages is a great place to start and there is much to learn from within the multitude of articles on writing and making money.


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