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Make Money Grow|How To Make Money As A Freelance Writer

Updated on May 14, 2014

Like a business owner who works for himself, a freelance writer is someone who also works for himself. He sets his goals and set time periods to achieve those goals. The beauty of freelance writing is that you don’t have to answer to someone. How much effort you put into your writing will be reflected by your income. Freelance writing isn’t easy as many expect. You have to be smart and meticulous in your cyber doings. It is not just writing and publishing. You have to critically analyze quality of your writing and find out which ones bring you more traffic and subsequently income and stick to it.


Knowing your self

A freelance writer knows where his interests are, what area of knowledge and skills he has. No one will tell you this. You have to search within yourself to find answers to these questions. Do you love travelling? Do your love photography? Oh cooking? Are you good at writing children books or review of products or services? These are the kind of questions you ask yourself. There is an old adage that goes like

What you love most, you will do it the best”

Take for instance, photography. If you love taking photos, than writing about everything that has to do with photography can make you an authority in that particular niche or topic. Photography isn’t only about photos. It is about photos, how to take it, when to take it, what kind of equipments needed to take that photo, and awful lot of things one has to know about photography. Ok. This example should make you start thinking about what you are good at and love doing it.


Write on a specific topic or Niche

Writing on a particular topic or niche is a good way to tell Google that you have in-depth knowledge on that particular niche. Google can rank you higher in its page ranks and this will bring in organic traffic. Again, let me emphasize this; nothing is worse than producing an article full of promotional messages and nothing for useful the readers who visit your site. Readers are the people that bring money into your wallet. If you don’t give what they want, do you expect them to come back?


Write for other sites

Like we do it here in Hub Pages. There are countless sites out there you can join as a freelance lance writer and writer for income. Much of you income will be determined by the traffic you generate from your articles. The income will be share so be aware of that. Good thing about sites like Hub Pages and others is that search engines rank their articles higher in their page ranks. So if you produce high quality and relevant articles, your articles can be ranked higher and you have good chance of making good income as a freelance writer.


Direct contact of website and blog owners

Freelance writer know how much there writing is worth. They don’t want any middleman to be involved so as to share their earnings. Instead they directly contact website and blog owners. You see, the person who writes about photography might have so many things to write about and might not have enough time to do so. There is where you come into the scene as a freelance writer. Let’s say you know the best equipments one can use to take high quality pictures. So you contact the site owner and strike a deal. If your terms and conditions agrees with that of the site owner, bingo. You produce him the article, he pays you up front.


Writer’s forum

The web is saturated with writing forums and groups. This is the right place to connect with your potential clients. Join these groups and actively participate. Be sure not to be a spectator. Active participation means actively engaging with other members of the forum and professionally discussing issues brought upon by other members. This will earn you good credibility and potential clients. If you are type of person who only shares URL links and run away from discussions, don’t be surprised if you are removed from the forum. Many writing forums are professional sites and the site owners hate spam.

Website dedicated to freelance writers like Freelance Writing Gigs, or Freelance Writing are few I know of but there are many out there. Check this sites out.

Writer forums, like Writers.net, or Writing.com are also a great way to find writing work. You can join Associated Content, then go to the members’ only forum and see other online writing jobs.

Tip: Use social sites to get word out about your writing skills. Like any marketable commodity, you can’t sell a thing if you don’t say a word. You are the product; your buyer is out there in the cyber world. To find him, you have to talk, raise your hand, and make a sound. Just anything to get his attention. You know why? There are countless guys out there who also seek his attention so you have to know how to do it right.


It takes a lot of work, but in time you can charge top dollar for your articles and have more than enough work for yourself. So if you want to make money online writing and get paid per article, check out the above links, and good luck!


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      Henry Tutmulai 2 years ago

      Hi,Reading through the informations about making use of my spare time by writing what i am good at,and make money .I am a teacher by profession and i like writing stories, different genres including illustrations and pictures. I also enjoy taking photographs and writing articles.

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      Ian D Hetri 2 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Hi Karu,

      From my experience, I would suggest you write about the profession you are passionate about. If you passionate about two, why not! Go for it.

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      Karu Philly 2 years ago

      Hi, Ian,

      I have loved to write as a freelance, but am wit two profession a nursing officer and a Businessman.I love both but which one would start writing about.

      need help

      thanks

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      kshumard 5 years ago

      hey, I am guessing because it hasn't been fixed yet, but in the line :

      "Direct contact of website and blog owners

      Freelance writer know how much there writing is worth."

      Feel free to delete the comment,,,after you fix it.

      Thank you for the article and have a good day.

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Carol,

      Do that. We will find time to discuss all these.

      Best.

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      Carole 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Thanks Ian!

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Hi Victoria. Appreciate your comment. Thanks much.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good information. One just has to keep at it. Thanks!

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Hi Eric,

      A very insightful comment. I love this old adage that goes like, things you love doing, you do them the best. It is no different to writing. I have over the years seen highly motivated and full if ideas business owners only last for few months and than disappear for good..Why? They danced to others tune so to speak. Writing is a job and you have to have a dream bout what you want to get out of your effort..

      Appreciate your comment much.

      Cheers.

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Hi Eric,

      A very insightful comment. I love this old adage that goes like, things you love doing, you do them the best. It is no different to writing. I have over the years seen highly motivated and full if ideas business owners only last for few months and than disappear for good..Why? They danced to others tune so to speak. Writing is a job and you have to have a dream bout what you want to get out of your effort..

      Appreciate your comment much.

      Cheers.

    • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image
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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Hi Eric,

      A very insightful comment. I love this old adage that goes like, things you love doing, you do them the best. It is no different to writing. I have over the years seen highly motivated and full if ideas business owners only last for few months and than disappear for good..Why? They danced to others tune so to speak. Writing is a job and you have to have a dream bout what you want to get out of your effort..

      Appreciate your comment much.

      Cheers.

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      Eric Calderwood 5 years ago from USA

      You definitely want to write about the things you like the most if you want to succeed as a freelance writer. If you write about the things you love, your enthusiasm will show in your writing. If you try to write about things you don't care about just because they are popular, that too will show up in your writing. Also, writing about subjects you don't like will affect your motivation and may cause you to write less.

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Woh..Las Vegas. I only wish I see that country one day Akarime. Here is hot as always. THanks alot and I will read your hubs and share some. Cheers

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      Akarime31 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Hi Ian! Here in las vegas, Nevada it is soooo hot!!! It gets really windy and the air is hot and thick, ugh! How weird is it that where you live it is so cold? I can't imagine but that's the beauty about this planet.

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      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      MarleneB, editorsupremo, Reviewsbypa, Akarime31

      I really appreciate your wonderful comments. I love writing about eCommerce as that's what i do best. Please keep coming back for more on eCommerce and how to make money as online freelance writers. BTW, over here in tropics is chilling cold with bloody rugged cold so I am going out for coffee. Happy hubbing.

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      Akarime31 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thank you for sharing, great tips and advice!

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      Pat Kane 5 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      It's only recently, I've come to appreciate article writers, my blog is a work in progress at the moment, but knowing what you want to say, and saying it well, is the difference between a good writer and everyone else. They are worth their weight in gold. And I will no doubt come to appreciate their skills.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      You have shared some good tips and advice about freelance writing. One thing everyone should bear in mind, as you said, it is not easy being a freelance writer, it takes organization, skill and knowledge to produce a quality piece of work.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is a great article with in depth information about being a freelance writer. I'm definitely sharing this one with my followers. Thank you.