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How is Writing Online Different?

Updated on November 22, 2012

Where Do I Begin?

Over the past year or so, I have been looking into the online world of freelance writing. Writing itself is not something new to me. I studied English and Creative Writing at college. It came naturally. I always found it easy to knock up a short story and I wrote endless amounts of poetry. I was published at a young age and I enjoyed what came easy.

But I was incredibly creative which is great offline. Writing a script or a play comes from the imagination. Even English essays need to be in depth, as long as they are to the point. But doing that for a website or blog is a major error.

Doing it Online

While I have been writing my hubs on subjects which interest me, or relevant to jobs I have done, no one has really been there to criticize. The subject matter may not appeal to everyone or it may have been over done, but no one is buying what I have written. I am not doing them for anyone's business or blog, so there is less pressure to get them right. It is the same with my own blog. I write how I feel, not to sell.

But in the world of SEO writing with that frame of mind will not make your article a success. Researching keywords, writing an interesting piece and strengthening your site with quality back links can go a long way. Working hard to drive traffic to your pages, submitting to directories and affiliate marketing is something to work at. It is something which will turn your passion for creative writing into something to drive towards. Getting hits and making money will give you that extra buzz, as long as you remember it is writing you love first.

Writing for Love or Money

Going back to when I finished college I took a different career path. Although it was years later I realized it was not my vocation, I cannot regret my choice. If I had freelanced from a younger age, everything which I would have learned would be purely from research. None of it would be from experience.

After I had written personal blogs, played around with websites and written a few hubs, I submitted some serious articles. I was scared of the comeback though, so I ensured it was laid out right with no grammatical errors. But it came back. It was too 'wordy'. That meant I waffled on too much, trying to be creative with my sentences. For online writing that does not work. An article needs to be factual and to the point. If there is irrelevant information they do not want to read it. If the sentence is too lengthy it becomes too much for the reader. I was just trying to be clever, but making it simple is the clever way to write. My English teacher used to tell us to 'cut out the crap', and it is too true.

So after a year of playing around with websites and writing articles I realize I am just at the beginning. I am still learning about writing for an on screen audience. As well as having the knack of being able to proof read, the articles need to be relevant. People do not like to read a heavy amount of text on their PC, and those who are looking for an answer will skim the page for the main points. Ensuring you have a well written piece will increase traffic which is great for search engine optimization, and great for your article.

A Learning Curve

When I write now it is always for the internet, and I am more conscious of the way I write. It may not be perfect yet, but now and again I do get it right. I have published some stuff I am not fond of, but it is a reminder to me of how I can improve. Having that passion means improving is important.

Keeping up to date of the search engine's priorities and improving my article writing is my aim. I have read hundreds of blogs and taken advice from professional writers. From learning new skills all the time, I hope that one day someone will be able to take some advice from something that I have written.


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    • Emma Harvey profile imageAUTHOR

      Emma Kisby 

      7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      When I started to look at freelance writing, I was studying the 'technical' side to things - SEO and link building. I then wrote on my niche subjects but for months was unsure of where to take it next.

      I almost gave up a few times, but my heart is with my writing and have decided not to give up. I have recently discovered places to write and sell to - and also find clients. A lot of determination and being totally realistic about freelancing helps to keep you grounded and working hard.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Emma, this is a great article, and I can relate. I, too, have always enjoyed writing, and took a year of Journalism years ago. Now, I am coming back to it, and it is a totally different animal. I am starting to "get" it and it's enjoyable.

      I have been writing for a place called Interact Media, where you get assignments from clients. The hands-on experience is really giving me more confidence for the SEO style of writing.

      Great hub! Thanks for sharing your experiences!

    • Emma Harvey profile imageAUTHOR

      Emma Kisby 

      7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I think some people can make money writing online, but doing it purely from blogs or sites like Hubpages takes time and loads of effort. You can apply for freelance work, you need the experience to build up a portfolio. Keep at it if you really want it and don't give up.

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      7 years ago from Newmarket,UK

      As ever time. it is hard to promote,write,make money writing and earn a living. Unless someone puts 48 hrs in a day I;m never going to make money. At the moment the bottom line is learning,improving and loving it. The tech side and expense of advertising online make it hard.

      Though on a site like this I feel inspired and supported,thanks.

    • Emma Harvey profile imageAUTHOR

      Emma Kisby 

      7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I am still getting my head around Adsense and why some people are earning more than others with it. I have an understanding of SEO and perhaps a well sought after topic will help bring in organic traffic - but right now I do not have the time and effort to put SEO before what I am willing to write about. Maybe one day I'll write a fab blog which will get thousands of hits...(in my dreams ;) )

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 

      7 years ago from India

      Nice and informative hub. It is the biggest question for writers- why they are writing for money or for themselves. I am writing as I want to share my experience and knowledge with u people. But still there are so many people who are writing for money. I think first we must decide why are we writing and then choose the sites where we can materialize our ideas. Voted up and interesting.

    • Emma Harvey profile imageAUTHOR

      Emma Kisby 

      7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thank you to all of you guys for your lovely and supportive comments. I think we can all relate to one another (there really is a sense of community here). We all love to write and most of us have an understanding of SEO - whatever we think of it. I guess for gaining traffic and getting a decent place on the search engines, we have to use the techniques. But those with that passion for writing will put that before business and the search engines.

    • Nspeel profile image


      7 years ago from Myrtle Beach

      Another great question.

      Writing online can be a challenge in many different ways. You have the fact that you need to put your work out there online and many people do not know where to begin.

      Another big challenge is finding somewhere to write. I love hubpages because of the community but others do not like hubpages and some people even think its a scam. So you have to find somewhere you enjoy writing, and always write for fun, try not to work your way out of writing.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I am struggling with learning thins like SEO. Hopefully I'll absorb it eventually.Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      You brought up a really good point. Having not pursued a career in writing until recently has given me 30 career years of other choices and experiences I would not have otherwise had. This allows me to write about many more subjects that I otherwise would not have written about and the experiences provide depth to my writing. This is what I love so much about reading from other people's experiences. I am able to understand myself better. And your article has turned a regret, "I wish I had discovered writing sooner." into being able to appreciate the other things that I have experienced, because these experiences have added depth to me which will add depth to my writing. Thank you for this.

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      Cousin Fudd 

      7 years ago

      Great hub. We all write for various reasons but for many of us it has become personal and give us opportunity to express ideas, emotions, and to share experiences which we sometimes find difficult to do in any other way.

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      SA Shameel 

      7 years ago from Bangalore

      Yes, writing for online these days is a challenge. Earlier, while writing (pen/paper) we translate thoughts into words and put it on paper. Now we have keep in the back of the mind to include right keywords and phrases for SEO and Adsense.

      Currently I am focus on just writing, giving damn to SEO. But I must soon switch to include words (read: keywords) to improve on SEO (read: adsense revneue)!

      Your hub and rekindle my thoughts on writing! It is great hub! Keep writing!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Great hub - I guess the challenge is letting our style, tone and opinion flow while keeping in line with keywords and SEO issues. As Hunbel put it - a conversation.

      I worry that if I get too "techy" in my writing I will come off as an advertisement. Sigh...

      Keep on writing Emma - really enjoy hearing what you have to say. Voted up and useful as well.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 

      7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      I have some grudges against the online writing, because of all the SEO, keyword and the monetary inducement involved in it; but it is my career and I can't complain about it. Although, I still believe, that it somewhat kills the true soul of writing.

      You jotted all the points quite perfectly and I liked the way you carried out your conversation with your readers. Voted up+Awesome+useful and interesting. Have a good day :)

    • Emma Harvey profile imageAUTHOR

      Emma Kisby 

      7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thank you for your comments. It's nice to know we are all still learning about writing and SEO. Things are changing all the time too so it's a case of keeping updated. I enjoy learning from other Hubbers here as well and getting inspired by different writing styles, techniques and topics.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I totally agree, when I was young I had poetry published, and could easily write out a story, but being on Hubpages I am still learning this SEO business! i thought it would be easy to get my mind into gear but it really is a struggle sometimes! that's one of the reason I am updating my first hubs, what a nightmare! lol very good info here, I really must take it onboard! cheers nell

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      7 years ago from Maryland

      Awesome! Thanks for your positive input or can I say output. Good luck in all of your future endeavors. Keep on writing first for your happiness and no matter the outcome, you will ALWAYS be happy with it!

    • itsmonkeyboy profile image


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Very informative hub, it shall encourage me to keep writing myself.

    • FreelanceFever profile image


      7 years ago from London, England, UK

      Thanks for the really interesting read. Very valid points - especially with regards to not waffling on. I'm definitely at the same stage as you ... enjoying writing, but realizing at the same time that there is a lot out there for me to still learn!


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