Making Money Writing | How to Make Money Writing for Profit
Making Money Writing is a Time Honored Profession
Writing for profit has been a profession ever since the the written word was developed long ago in history. The profession of writing has been given many names including author, writer, journalist, novelist, playwrite, critic, essayist, but all of these jobs were done by choosing a topic to write about, writing, then selling what was written to someone else.
Making money writing online is really no different. The only difference is the type of writing that you do, and whether other people want to read it.
For the last 2 years, I have made a part time income writing for profit online. Some of my work is on this writing platform, Squidoo, while other articles are on other writing platforms. There are many places where a good writer can earn an income writing online, although just like any royalty income, it takes some time to build up enough money to live on.
Update: When I originally wrote this article, I had been writing online for 2 years. Now it has been 5 years, and although many things have changed, the basics have stayed the same. I am updating this page with some new information and sites that I use that did not exist 3 years ago. Hope this helps you get started making money online.
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What Type of Writing Makes a Profit Online?
What to write
For the most part, non-fiction writing pays the most online. The majority of the non-fiction writing is paid for either upfront by companies using the writing to market or sell their products or services, or via commissions made when a product or service sells.
Popular non-fiction writing is either informational, descriptive, or sales copy. Many writers write how to articles, product reviews, book/movie reviews, or current news and editorials.
Search Engine Optimization and Keyword Research
How to write
The articles that do the best online for income and traffic are keyword rich articles that are search engine optimized. If you want to make money writing for profit online you need to learn to do keyword research and to optimize your articles to search engines.
These are both skills that can be learned on your own or by paying for instructional books to teach you. Another way to learn is by following Squidlog.net, which has lessons and posts by experienced successful lensmasters to ask questions, and learn search engine optimization, keyword research, and other writing for profit skills.
Where Can You Make the Most Money Writing?
Where to write
Every person has a different experience when it comes to where they can make the most money when they write for profit. If you have never done any kind of online writing, you may want to start out on someone else's platform before you start doing freelance writing or creating your own websites. This will give a boost in the SERPS (Search Engine Results Pages) due to the platform's enhanced performance in search engines.
There are several excellent platforms to write on, of which I will suggest a few below, but once you are a skilled established online writer, you will do the best by setting up your own websites or blogs, and finding earnings opportunities there.
Where to Write for Profit: Hubpages
Hubpages is an excellent website to write on. Hubpages does not pay writers directly. You need to have an account with Adsense, Amazon, or Ebay as an affiliate to earn on Hubpages.
However, Hubpages articles rank quite highly in the SERPS, and the site has an excellent forum and learning center for new writers. Many authors use Hubpages as a resume to get freelance work elsewhere.
Where to Write for Profit: Wizzley
Wizzley is an amalgam of some aspects from Squidoo and Hubpages with a new twist. The site is newer, and that allows an author more leeway on topics, and urls. On Wizzley, you can earn through Adsense, Amazon, or through any of the vendors that are associated with Viglink, which is quite a few.
Viglink allows you much more creativity with product and service links, than most of these other sites do. Definitely worth a try.
Where to Write for Profit: Zujava
Zujava is the most similar site to Squidoo, and is probably the most comfortable place for current Squidoo members. Zujava is still quite new, but is following best practices to build the site into one with good standards, and has lots of room for new articles.
To earn your place on Zujava, you will need to write three articles that will get you out of the Petting Zu, which is where all new members start. Once you do, your articles will go live going forward.
You can earn through Adsense, Amazon, and Shindigz currently, and over time Zujava will add more ways to earn.
Where to Write for Profit: Creating Your Own Website
Once you have learned how to write online, creating your own website or sites is one of the best ways of writing for profit. There are many ways to create websites, and one of the most popular is using Wordpress templates on your own domain. You can do this completely on your own, or you can create website/blogs on a Wordpress Multi-User (WPMU) website.
I've Got a Domain Name--Now What???: A Practical Guide to Building a Website and Web Presence - Your own website
Setting up your own website is not as hard as it may sound, but there are numerous options. This book is a great reference if you have never built a site before. This version is the Kindle edition, but you can buy an actual book too.
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© 2010 Paula Atwell