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The First Steps To Making Money writing Online Articles

Updated on September 12, 2013

Getting Started With Online Article Writing

Writing articles online for money starts with choosing suitable subjects to write about and finding keywords that will enable readers to find them. This process doesn't need to be difficult but can be bewildering for beginners. These tips will help your on your way to creating an income from online writing.


Choose subjects that you have an interest in and have reasonable knowledge of. You will enjoy the process, find it easier to write about the subject and will give the reader a more informed article. Don’t forget to do your research, expand on your knowledge and pass it on to the reader.


Think about giving the reader content that is informative or entertaining. Think about it from the reader’s viewpoint. To keep you reading, you will want to either be kept entertained or be benefiting from learning something. That’s what you need to give to your reader.

Think commercial.

You can write about anything but if you want to earn money you need to write from a commercial angle. Relate topics to a product or services that can be purchased. This will better link the article to the adverts and increased the chances of the reader clicking on them.

Keep the subject specific.

If it is too broad it will be harder to relate commercially or for the reader to find. The article needs to be clearly focused on one subject that the reader has been searching for. This is why keywords are important.

Why use keywords?

You need a keyword in your title and content that matches what the reader is entering into the search engine in order for them to find it. The longer the keyword the more chance of your article being related to what the reader is searching for, by matching what they have entered into the search engine. A longer keyword may not produce so many searches but it is more likely to match more specifically what a reader is searching for. In the adwords tool, choose the exact match option to support this.

Keyword tools.

There are many keyword tools but for starters trying using the Google adwords keywords tool. It’s easy to use and is also free.

Find a keyword.

You have an idea for a keyword. Enter it into the tool and choose from options given. You want to choose options that have high competition and large search volume results. The Google adwords keywords tool is primarily for traders and companies selling products and services. For them, a high result means that they will have a large amount of competition, so they will be searching for low results. For the benefit of monetising your articles, high results are better as these will be linked to more lucrative subjects. A large search volume indicates the amount of searches with the exact keyword in the option. Clicking on your chosen keyword option will take you to the Google search page for it. Look at the amount of found results. A low figure is desirable because your article will have less to compete with to get higher up the search results.

Armed with your keyword, and with your subject selected, you are ready to make money writing articles online.


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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Hi bravewarrior, my pleasure. I look forward to hearing more about your journey to writing full time and all the best!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx for the tips and the follow. I'm looking to get into writing full time in hopes of quitting my job making money for someone else! I look forward to learning from you!

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      mecheshier - my pleasure. :)

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Nice Hub with great ideas. Thank you

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      diamond1mo - It's interesting to hear how you use your online material and thanks, I am glad it was useful!

      nybride710 - thanks so much! That's good to hear.

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I am a full-time online writer, and think you've made some excellent points here. Thanks for the tips.

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      KE Morgan 5 years ago from Arizona

      My online writing is usually for placing material online that I can access during instruction. You had some valuable points. Writers should always consider topic, audienc, and purpose during pre-writing activities.

      Voted useful and up.

      KE Morgan

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      I am so glad it was helpful and thanks for sharing and voting it up. :)

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      Nizam Khan 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

      Wow! This is really interesting and useful Hub. You have listed out some great instructions. Yes, Keywords are really very important in SEO. Thanks for sharing and voted up !