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Writing Online Network: How to Make Money Writing Online

Updated on September 12, 2014
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Paula Atwell is a freelance writer with WriterAccess, webmaster, member of Pinterest Party on FB and the owner of Lake Erie Artist Gallery.

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How Can I Make Money?

In the last few years, more and more people have turned to the internet to look for ways to make money. They may be looking for money to support their family because they lost a job, or just to supplement their income. But no matter why they turn to the internet, they want to make money for one reason or another.

To be honest, many of those people never earn a dime online. They either don't believe that they really can, or they do not put in the time and education necessary to learn how to make money online. When they give up, the rumor gets spread that making money online is a scam, and no one can do it.

Making Money Writing Online is Not a Scam

No matter how often you may hear that it is

In your own quest to make money, I am sure that at some point it has been suggested to you that making money writing online is a scam. However, I am here to tell you that that is absolutely not true, although the internet is fraught with scammers, and scams. Frankly, if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.

However, if you are willing to learn how to write online to make money, you will make money. The longer you do it, and the more articles you write, the more money you will make. Along the way, you will add more than one way to make money from your writing, and you will learn what each kind of article is worth.

What is the Secret Formula for Making Money Online?

Well, I hate to break the news to you, there is no secret formula to making money online.

The truth is that anyone that you know that has made money online whether it is on Ebay, InfoBarrel, Hubpages, Zazzle, or any other site, has done so through hard work, trial and error, and research. No one gets there through luck or a secret formula.

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Well, Then, What Do I Need to Do to Make Money Online?

Ingredients of success

Now, we get down to the nitty gritty. What is the path to making money online? I have found that there are several ingredients to making yourself successful online, whether you are primarily a writer or primarily selling a product. Here they are:

  1. Good Content: You note that I do not say excellent content. In order to make money online, you need to provide good, solid content which will do one of the following--inform, educate, or sell. This content can be a combination of text, pictures, and video, but it must offer something of value to the searcher (reader, customer).
  2. Purpose: Why do you want to present your content? You need to know who your content is intended for, what you are trying to do with it, and what the result should be. For instance, a product review is intended to sell a product and educate a buyer whether it is the right product for them.
  3. Referral or Sales: Your content needs to have a way to make money. If you do not include a money making portion with your content, then there is no way that you can potentially make money. You can make money through referrals to a product or a service, or through direct sales. These will give you income based on commissions or a percentage of what is earned by the end seller, so you will not earn a salary or hourly wage.
  4. Research: There are several types of research that you can do before you sell a product or write a page online to determine what you should be promoting and selling. In order to make money, you need to be selling something that people are actually looking for.

Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why it Matters

Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters
Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters

This book is an excellent way to understand why people click on what they do.

 

Tips to Make Your Articles More Lucrative

Work more efficiently

Once you get better at the basics that I have listed above, there are ways to improve the success of each and every article you write. I find that these tips consistently help me to earn more and more online.

  • Keyword Research and Understanding Search Engines: Sorry folks, there is no way to get around the fact that you need to do research, and study the way people search for things online. The better you are at this, the more successful you will be.
  • Keep Abreast of Online Trends: In the last year, there have been a lot of changes, primarily with Google, that have impacted online searching. The result of the most recent trends is that we now need to be careful not to include too much duplicate content in our own content, nor can we massively produce poor quality backlinks. The internet changes quickly, so it is important to pay attention to these changes.
  • Refer Relevant Items: If you want to make referral fees based on sales, to Amazon, Zazzle, Ebay or similar sites, then you need to make sure that you refer your readers to relevant items. For example, in my article Yangtze River Facts and History, I refer my readers to more information about the Yangtze River that they can read in books or watch on video. Someone who wants more information will click on those links.
  • Refer Searchers to Specific Items: I have seen through experience that the best results come from direct links to products or product pages. If you link to Amazon.com, you will probably not get a sale, but if you link to a specific item or items on Amazon.com, your potential for selling goes way up.
  • Understand the Statistics of Selling: It is typical that only about 2% of people who click on your links will actually buy something. And only a very small percentage of people will actually click on a link. That means to sell regularly, you will need to have enough traffic to reach the numbers of clicks you need to build up several sales.
  • Traffic Alone is Not Enough: You need to have the right traffic. Traffic from people who are already searching for what you are offering or selling. This goes back to doing your research.

Most people make money online through affiliate marketing

Affiliate Program Management: An Hour a Day
Affiliate Program Management: An Hour a Day

This is a good primer on affiliate marketing.

 

The Bottom Line

It takes work.

The bottom line is that it takes hours of work, just like any other job, to make money online. While you are learning how to do it, don't quit your day job. But I know of several people who after a few years, have been able to quit their day job because of making money online.

© 2014 Paula Atwell

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very good and straight forward information Paula. Thanks for sharing.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I agree that you need to invest the time and do your homework, I've been doing this for a little over a year now, and learn more every day, thanks to people like you. Thanks for the tips and information :)

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      Claudette Coleman Carter 2 years ago from Media, Pennsylvania

      Nice job, on the information you shared within this article. I will try to apply it. Thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All great advice, Paula. Now, hopefully, it works. LOL

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      Cecelia Meadows 2 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips!

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      pkmcr 2 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Really good summary of the key points for people to consider and some good tips to put oneself in a good position with writing online.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Jodah Glad it was helpful. :)

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @esmonaco Agreed. And we thought homework ended in school. ;)

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Hopefully it helps. We have lots of information on http://writing-online.org

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @billybuc Yes, there is always an element of risk in any venture.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Cecelia You are quite welcome.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @pkmcr You know it, Paul. There are never enough times to refresh ourselves on the basics. :)

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      Laddi Singh 2 years ago from (Punjab) India

      Thank you so much for posting this!. Oh yes hardwork is always a key to success in any field. I totally agree with you on this.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Jasdeep glad you agree:)

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      Monica Lobenstein 2 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I agree. It does take a lot of work, and I have learned so much since I started a few years ago. Thanks for the suggestion of the online writing blog! I plan to follow that.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Acorn you are welcome. :)

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      It's does take a lot of work and a heart to keep at it. Good recommendations Paula.

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      muheeb 2 years ago from pakistan

      Thanks it was really good article .thanks for the guidance

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Glad you liked them @favored. ;)

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @muheeb Hope it can be of help to you.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Paula,

      This was so informative I had to tweet it also. I just told one of my nephews what hub to read because he wants to write online. That is today anyway---tomorrow a brain surgeon???

      Have a great weekend.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is useful advice, Paula. It takes a lot of work to earn money online. You have given some great guidelines to help people.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Alicia glad you think so. :)

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Bobbi yes, although I have to say my girls both seem to know what they want so you never know.

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Useful, honest and concise information that can be applied now. Love it.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Rhonda Glad to hear you find it beneficial. :)

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      Ulrich Linder 2 years ago from Columbus, OH

      Direct and to the point for online writing/making money from it. Refreshing to see a REALISTIC article on this!!

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Thanks for the compliment. :) Glad it was helpful.

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      Richard 2 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Thanks for this! It's a continuous learning process and not for the impatient!

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      Ronald E. Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I actually found your info about the percentage of people who click through and who buy from Amazon encouraging. All my clicks so far have been among the 98 percent, not the 2 percent! Good info.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Good to see you here, Richard. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Ron 98 percent from your original link or after they get to Amazon?

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Yup!!!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Great advice. Well done and thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day!

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Audrey, Glad you agree!

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Thelma, thanks for stopping by. :)

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