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Writing To Pay Bills

Updated on August 10, 2016

Write for the right reasons

Writing is a pretty profitable job or hobby, depending on your goals it can also be quite difficult. People join sites such as Hubpages, Infobarrel, text broker, or create blogs, creating a blog may take some time and patience. What exactly are the reasons why people write? Money, fun, challenge, attention, there are many reasons, and there is no one or right answer.

There are many different types of writing, if you read informative articles it'll teach you what you may want to know. Most article type writing are writen in either 2nd or 3rd person whereas blogs are usually in 1st person. The blogs are usually more focused on an informal way of writing because it comes off like a conversation, allows readers to subscribe and updates often. Those able to be successful usually have their name out there already. This isn't to say it's not possible but anything takes time, you'll need to understand what you will be focusing on and then build and build.

Finding the "sweet" spot is important in writing, which is also a niche you are well informed of on the topic. When writing about topics that are outside of your comfort zone or knowledge, then researching is important and understanding what info you are collecting from your research will help save time. There are great numbers of topics to choose from but that also means there is a great number of writers to compete with on the search engine. It's always been said that great content is king and it's true, remember a search has an algorithm which is design to search not only words but through the content as well.

Writing as a hobby is going to be a lot easier, mainly because there is no pressure and the journey is depicted as fun rather than work. If you are looking to write because you want to make a living out of it, it'll become a challenge as you'll be motivated by results. Most people quit writing when they see pennies and dimes dripple in. It will take a lot of time and patience to eventually start seeing something decent come in. That is why people blogging usually start it as a hobby rather than for a profit, it is very lucrative once it gains popularity, but that's a different story.

Where to start

There are many places to start writing, but it's best to choose a site where your work is proofread before it gets published. That way you know what to look for and what to expect, sites that has been around for a while has a larger presence on the internet search engine. Focus on your work, not the profit as you start, if the profit is small it'll likely demoralize you before things actually start to roll. Any site you choose will take time before you start to see traffic, there is the 80/20 rule or Pareto Principle and it can be apply to all writing or even other things in life.

As mentioned earlier this site is probably one of the better or best site to write for, Hubpages has profit sharing, and the best part is affiliating with Amazon. Amazon affiliates commission percentage increases with a certain amount of sales, with the whole site working together, that percentage increases pretty quick. When you publish your work, it waits in pending state till it is reviewed before being featured. There are people who start off on sites like this and slowly make a transition to something else later on, whether it's your own site or something similar. There are plenty of sites which tries to do the same thing with profit sharing to gain writers on their site, but only a few can maintain the longivity of the site.

Pareto Principle

The Pareto Principle was created by an Italian economist name Vilfredo Pareto to help solve economic issues in his country. The formula is based on an unequal relationship between cause and effect. This principle can be applied to just about anything in life, 20% essential and 80% trivia, or simply look at it as 20% input and 80% output.

Just keep in mind that 80% of your work may go unnoticed and 20% of it is successful, and then again success really depends on the person working it. Just as you are assumed to put 20% of your effort into 80% of your writing. Applying this principle will help you realize a certain fail/success margin, in doing so it will help you fine tune your writing.

Set goals

Set up goals for yourself to meet, such as how many articles you will publish in a week, or what is your target views, the task should not be easy to meet, but not too difficult. Setting up goals helps keep your focus on track and keeps your activity moving forward and staying active. Small goals eventually end up being bigger goals, and as small views grow, your creativity expands, you'll soon find your topics and writing to change. Truth is your limit is what you want it to be, find ideas through everyday living or even at work or school. To some extent you might end up with nothing to write for a while, but that doesn't mean it stops there.

I usually set odd goals, such as marking specific articles or a number of articles for a specific bill to pay. The hard part is meeting the bills cost per month which can be quite a pain. Persistance goes a long way when you're trying to meet said goals, but it will give you a reason to push on. The feeling of being able to meet goals that help in life is great, it's one thing to talk about it and another to do it.


There are plenty of ways that can help as a second income or more, writing is fun as some people may see it. Creating informative articles can be easy if the researches are done properly, or you possess the knowledge for the topic already. Writing can benefit in making some money and the best part is the free learning, practice makes perfect. The more you write, the easier it becomes and the more you want to do. Don't let overnight results stop you from pursuing what you want, it may take 6 months for articles to ripe, just be optimistic. Good luck!

© 2016 Dave Rogers


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      Dave Rogers 18 months ago from New York

      @Jodah Thank you so much for your words, it helps me to continue pushing forward.

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      John Hansen 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Quite a good and positive article here. I have finally gotten to a stage where my writing does help pay the bills. You are write to keep writing, be patient, and practice makes perfect. Well done.