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Where To Publish Your Writing

Updated on February 12, 2015

On-line writing. People who enjoy the art of the written word enjoy making their writing available for others to read.

The question many writers have is : Where is the best place to publish my writing?

The answer is different for everyone. But before you can answer the 'where' question you need to first answer some other questions.

Questions That Need Asked Before You Publish

  1. Why do you want to publish your writing?
  2. What do you hope to achieve with your work?
  3. What type of writing are you wanting to publish?
  4. Who do you want to read your work?

Why do you want to publish your writing?

Give it some serious thought. Different sites have different purposes. A blog for example is a place to publish writing on a more personal level. Article directories make writing available for people to publish on websites and content sites make articles and stories available simply to be read.

What do you hope to achieve with your writing?

Are you writing simply to vent? Do you need a creative outlet? Do you have an overpowering need to provide information to others? Are you looking to make some extra money in your spare time? Are you using articles to promote your business or website? Identify the real reason for wanting to publish your writing.

What type of writing you will be publishing?

Are you wanting to publish short stories? In what genre? Do you want to give a detailed retelling of your life, vacation, troubled marriage, strange in-laws, etc... Do you want to provide the public with information on a certain topic that you have a superior knowledge. Short stories, novels, informative articles, poetry ... what type of writing do you want to publish?

Who do you want to read your work?

Who is your target audience? Are you writing for family, school, teenagers, business people or just for yourself? Define your audience. Once you identify your readers you will be better able to target your writing to them.

Now that you've answered those 'who', 'what' and 'why' questions and have a better understanding of what you want to accomplish with your writing, you can look at where to publish your work.

If your goal is to write because you love it and you like the idea of making a bit of money and tracking statistics related to your articles then a site like Hubpages or Triond are good choices.

If you are more interested in using your articles to promote another site then you would want to publish with an article directory that will allow your article to be distributed around the web while keeping your links intact. Simply search 'article directories' or 'article publishing' for a list of the more popular sites.

If you decided that your writing is more personal in nature then you may want to consider a personal blog. There are plenty of free blogging platforms out there as well as 'paid for' blogs. Both have good and bad points so you will want to research them a bit more and decide which meets your needs. Search 'free blogs' and see what comes up. Often sites that offer free blogs will also offer paid for blogs that have more options.

Ultimately, writers want to know if you can make 'huge' money writing for the Internet. The answer is 'sure' but it takes more than great articles. Making big money writing articles for the Internet requires traffic - huge amounts of traffic - as well as plenty of popular, top quality articles.

Making enough money to live off of by publishing articles on-line requires drive, commitment, a strong understanding of SEO and social media as well as time.

Keep writing. Keep publishing. Keep learning.

Quality + Commitment +Time = Success


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    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this useful article. I think you are spot on in your analysis.