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Is it Possible to Earn Money by Writing Online?

Updated on July 2, 2016

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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. Freelancer.com 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.

Elance.com 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.

  • 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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    • Karanda profile image
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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you Rebecca E. Coming from you, I'll take that as a compliment for you to have bookmarked this Hub. No, it is not easy making money by writing but it is certainly possible. All you need is hard work, a love of writing and much determination!

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      this is true when you wrote this, and true now, there is not an "easy way" to make money writing, but just keep on writing. Bookmarked of course.

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you Abdi, what a wonderful thing to say.

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      Neverletitgo 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Oh Karanda! I am in love with your hubs. Thank you

      Abdi

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Dale, it was so nice of you to read my article and take the time to comment. Thank you for your compliments, as a writer you would appreciate how good it is to receive feedback, when it is good feedback, the heart soars!

      HubPages is a great place to start as a showcase for what you have written and while the money may not come rushing in, it will, in time start to build up. But there has to be a constant input from a hubber to be successful here.

      The other freelance writing opportunities I've mentioned give instant reward, but mostly it will be a one-off payment. Which is why HubPages in conjunction with Adsense is better in the long term. Write once, reap the rewards for many years to come.

      Wishing you well in your endeavours, you have a talent and passion for writing, so you're more than half-way there. Have a look at the success stories for HubPages, that is inspiring, see you there - one day soon.

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      Dale J Ovenstone 7 years ago from Wales UK

      Hello Karanda I loved reading your information your article is written in an easy to understand & digest format.

      You have added an input from Mark Knowles saying making a good income from hubpages is possible but hoping that folk click onto ads & purchase Amazon products from the links provided.

      I love writing & have great pleasure that others may enjoy my work & hopefully benefit from the information provided so I was looking for a site to showcase my abilities & hopefully generate an income.

      Through my search I came across the home page of hubspage website whereas they are stating users over 2-3 years are making up to $2000 per month.

      This inspired me to sign up & start to write my philosophies.

      I do sincerely hope that over the next year or so I would also become one of those folk on the front page of hubpages generating that kind of income.

      In the meantime, I am going to follow some of your suggested links for other ways to make it on the internet.

      Thank you once again you write so well & when ever I read a spectacular piece of work like yours it always inspires me to do better & this is one of the joys of using hubpages.

      Regards Dale

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for your support Capt. Look forward to reading more of your 'scribble'.

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      Capt. Semant 7 years ago

      Complicated subject covered so softly...Appreciate the flow...Also thank you for supporting my scribble....

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Most definitely QualityContent, at least a year but that must be solid writing, if not daily then weekly adding content and updating old content. Google favours old and new postings so the more activity on a site the more chance your writing has of being seen.

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      QualityContent 7 years ago

      Nice hub. it does take time to make money online give it a year or so of solid writing and you'll see results.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks so much for your complimentary comments Eiddwen. I believe that money can be made from writing on line but from a realistic viewpoint it most certainly will take time and persistence. With such fierce competition there is also a need to learn about marketing and the ways of SEO and keywords. A new language that will take time to learn. All the best in your endeavours. I wish you well.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Hi Karanda I found your hub really useful and being new, hubs such as this one are priceless. I have plenty of time to commit at the moment and I think I've got a pretty realistic view of the money side of it now as well. Your writing is very well laid out and informative.I am going to bookmark this one. I will be back over in a bit to read some more. Take care.

    • Karanda profile image
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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Persistence and patience seem to be the keys to success here online as much as in life in the real world. All the best Invisiblestats.

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      Invisiblestats 7 years ago from london

      great hub and useful information thank you.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      That's it Kyriana, patience and a love of writing. From what I've read on other Hubs it takes months to get a payout from Adsense but the more active you are the more chances you have of being noticed. Keep at it and who knows?

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      Kyriana 7 years ago from Midwest US

      Great article, I've been registered with elance for awhile now. I haven't been awarded a job yet but there is always tomorrow.

      I've been here about a month and haven't had one click on adsense.

      Patience is going to be the key. I don't think anyone could do this who didn't love writing

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Dawn, too true. Do what you love and the money will follow -- this has been my believe but I've only recently put it to the test. It works but it takes time and commitment.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Katie couldn't agree me, it's all about the content.

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      Dawn Michael 7 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      great information, and it is true it is not easy, but if you love it you do it anyways!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great advice on Is it possible to earn money by writing online, it is very possible and GOOD content is KING! People love to be entertained as well. :)

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      gvgadkari 7 years ago

      correctly said , there is big money to earn from internet, but it takes hardwork and patience. Before you get to know the right way of earning either your are frustrated or may have lost few Dollors.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for your comments Nera and I am so glad you are finding success with the local audience. The global competition is fierce and with millions of sites already out there it's hard to imagine any of us will hit the jackpot. Perseverance seems to be the key.

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      Nera Woods 7 years ago

      Yes, Karanda, it's really hard work and it takes time to earn money online. I set up my personal blog two years ago,and it's only now that it's earning money to pay for the hosting. As my blog is local, it receives more hits than my articles on content sites, which are geared towards a global audience and therefore, entails fierce competition for keywords. More power to your online endeavor, Karanda!

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Baileybear you've done so much in such a short time on HubPages, hope you've signed up for Adsense to earn some pocket money for your efforts!

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      Baileybear 7 years ago

      I'd rather just focus my spare time on writing - mine are a special niche and I think people will find them if they look. I like the hubpages community and I love the freedom of writing about whatever I like - there's plenty more to write and not enough time to do it all.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Kez, I agree! Much better to spread the wealth (tongue in cheek). Had a look at your profile and wow that's some impressive hubs you've written, can't wait to have a read.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Hey Bailybear the newbie that claims to make $1,000 has put up a 60 day challenge for anyone to follow but gee it all sounds like a lot of work and not much time for sleep!

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      Kerry43 7 years ago

      Great reviews, and thanks so much for the links. I don't like to have all my eggs in one basket.

      Kez:)

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      Baileybear 7 years ago

      great, realistic advise. I have just finished reading a thread about a newbie claiming to make $1000 in a month - sounded a bit dodgy. I don't understand all this backlinking business - it sounds all very time consuming

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      agvulpes how true! It is hard work but there are rewards at the end of the rainbow, I've got the paying gig, writing articles using SEO but I love Hubpages for the freedom to write what pleases me.

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      I like the idea of having fingers in lots of pies Pastella especially with trying to making money online, it seems the best way to go.

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      Good advice for the uneducated. There is no such thing as a free lunch! The money is there if you are prepared to do the hard work.

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      pastella13 7 years ago

      You're so right, there are many scams online, and it is difficult to make a lot of money from one thing. Sometimes it's best to have your finger in a few pies. I've gained a few tips, so thanks.