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Freelancing: How To Make Money Online

Updated on March 18, 2015

Identify Your Skills

Do you love to write stories? Do you know two languages? Are you a grammar nazi? Do you have technical skills, life experience in something, or a particular interest?

Make a list of your skills and interests.

Then choose one skill you think you can show expertise on. Don't give up on the rest of the skills, though--you probably won't be able to make a lot of money on just one area of expertise just yet.

But First, Tell Me This:

How Long Have You Been A Freelancer?

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Are You Ready To Make Money As A Freelancer?

Does Your Website Show You Off?

Make A Website

This is the place where you'll be advertising your expertise. Good hosting services include Blogger and Wordpress. Make sure to buy your own domain to appear more professional, and link the domain to your blog.

Make sure to update regularly (at least once a week), with content-rich articles that show you off to your best light.

And Make Sure To Comment, Too

Submit Guest Posts and Get Paid

Guest-posting allows you to promote your brand, your expertise, and your website. It can be difficult at first to get accepted into the top tier websites that pay you for submissions (anywhere from twenty-five dollars to fifty to one-hundred dollars).

But keep at it. Plus, vary your submissions to paying guest sites with submissions to sites that don't pay but are in your field, as long as they allow you to link back to your website. This will pay you back eventually by increasing the traffic to your blog, and by giving you publishing credits which you can transform into paying posts eventually.

Also, think about submitting to paying sites that aren't necessarily in your field of expertise. Any publishing credits are good--and getting some income will give you the courage to continue.

Sites That Pay On Time

I submit or query to sites and blogs, magazines, etc, more than a dozen times a week. But these sites take a long time to get back to you (sometimes three weeks), sometimes don't get back at all, and the rejection rates are quite high when you're querying an A-rate blog.

So I do give myself at least an hour a day to submit to other money-making sites. While the pay isn't high, it's guaranteed. That's what is important, unlike job boards, bidding sites, and list sites.

First, my own website, Vintage Book Life, uses Google Adsense and Amazon Affiliates. I spend one day of the week writing four to seven quality articles, which I schedule throughout the week.

I spend that day writing an article or two for Hubpages as well and update my hubs here regularly.

Both these sites use Google Adsense--and if you're using Adsense, it's a good idea to use several sites, so you'll reach the pay-out sooner.

That's why I also use a third site... Web Answers.

Why I Recommend Web Answers

Web Answers is a site where you answer questions, sort of like Yahoo Answers, except you get paid for ads through Google Adsense. While it's not connected to my writing interest, it's honestly the best money for time investment I make.

By spending fifteen minutes on the site a day, answering five questions, I'm almost guaranteed to make a few dollars a day. That number is always getting higher as the number of total questions I've answered grows.

Use Content Mills--But Sparingly

Getting a post on a paying site might not happen right away. Some of the bloggers who advise you never to use content mills are very popular, and they often don't remember how it was to start out at the bottom. Sometimes we need money, and there just isn't any way to get it without working at race-to-the-bottom mills such as Demand Media.

That said, the real problem with content mills or farms, beside the pennies that they pay you, is that they're a huge time suck. Bidding sites like Elance can be tough because you spend all your time bidding and don't end up having anything to show for it.

Types of Sites To Stay Away From

There is a difference between 'race-to-the-bottom sites'. I'm not a fan of bidding sites because unless you're able to win a bid, you're not going to make any money. And unless you have winning bids, you're not going to get more projects. Clients look at past projects when giving the project. Basically, you have to get (very) lucky several times before you start to make money. I often hear of people wasting a year or more on those sites with twenty dollars to show for it.

Another type of site I wouldn't recommend is the 'Make a 100 dollar with a list" type of sites, like Listverse and Cracked. After spending three hours writing an entire list (which LIstverse informed me they owned, no matter what), Listverse rejected me and asked if I had any other ideas. I submitted three more titles--all got rejected because versions of them had already been done.

While it's one thing to write on spec (meaning pitching with an already-written article), you should always be able to keep your articles if they haven't been chosen for publication. Writing something should never be a complete waste of time. While the one-hundred dollars is a definite draw, the chances of getting published are very slim, and the fact that you can't then make use of the list by submitting it to another site or publishing it on your own site means you'll be wasting your time, which is the worse thing a time-pressed freelancer can do.

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    • BessieBooks profile image

      BessieBooks 3 years ago

      Thanks for your support! I've just started on Hubpages but I'm looking forward to writing more here.

      As a history lover I enjoyed reading your really well-researched King James article and I'm looking forward to catching up on all your articles and reading the ones you post next!

    • CarolynEmerick profile image

      Carolyn Emerick 3 years ago

      Well, I'm glad to see you here on Hubpages. HP has been considered a "content mill" by some. But it seems to have a great community of supportive writers. It takes time to earn money here, but I have been consistently earning every month, sometimes more than others. It helps to use social media to promote HP articles, but that only works if you have a large following to drive traffic. But, sometimes if someone with a huge FB following shares your article, it can result in a HUGE increase in earnings for that month.

      Anyway, thanks for these great tips and I will continue to read your work for advice! Upvoted and shared with my HP followers :-)