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6 Top Ways of How to Make Money Online for Writers

Updated on August 16, 2017

Writers can make money by writing for several websites online. A newbie in this profession may address various issues while venturing into the depths of internet. Both legit and fake sites are there, so identifying the right one deserves much importance. There are two methods of earning income for online writers. They are

  • Active income
  • Passive income

In active income, you’re a ghostwriter writing for your client in which you get paid instantly. But, the main disadvantage with this kind of writing is that you may not have copyrights to those written materials anymore. In passive income, you’re writing for yourself. You get paid from the affiliates for displaying their ads based on your content. You may not be making a thick solid amount in the beginning, but you may reach your target in a few months after start writing. Your creative works would bring you income for years to come (passive) depending upon the readership.

My own experience as an online writer


I started writing online as a ghostwriter. I did two projects with freelancer.com and got paid after submitting the work. But bidding and getting hired was not so easy there and top experienced hands always bagged the golden opportunities. From there I reached another ghostwriting site 'Zemandi'. This site had their bag full of assignments and would send us one whenever we request. There was evaluation for the first 5 assignments and I got selected. Afterwards, they sent assignments worth 2$ and 5&. But when I had accrued some 17$ in my account, they sent me an assignment asking me to write one original and two re-writes of it. I rejected it as making two re-writes was extremely difficult for me. I never got any assignment from them then and that door also got shut for me.

One day I happened to read an article and came to know about online writing for passive income. My quest dragged me to the site 'Infobarrel' and I joined there to write for passive income. It is a great site for new writers and the staff also is supportive and co-operative. After writing about 30 articles there, I joined 'Hubpages', the perfect outlet for online writers.

Here I’m listing the top 5 money making sites for writers online as per my experience and views.

Hubpages
Hubpages

1. Hubpages

In terms of search engine rank, Hubpages is the best publishing site for writers online today. If you can write highly informative quality content with search engine optimization, Google will place your articles in the first page of search engine results for the respective keyword. Hubpages allows ads of

  • Google Adsense
  • Amazon

to display in your articles and you get paid a share of the total ad impressions you receive. This site has its own in-house Ad Program that has access to some premium ad sources. The Ad Program ad units might be filled with Google AdSense ads, if these ads outperform other ad partners' ads. You will be paid for these via the HubPages Earnings Program. The minimum threshold amount to reach the first payout is 50$ and you get paid via Paypal. If you’ve great audience in social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others, chances are that you get paid within 3-4 months after you join Hubpages.

Recently Hubpages has introduced its network of publishing sites for a special niche. This allows search engines to place your content in the first page of results that in turn gives more views and earnings.



2. Constant-Content

Constant-Content is a small gathering place for online writers. It is the largest marketplace for internet’s SEO based content where writers can showcase their works and sell by fixing a price. The site would accept only original, high quality works written in good grammar. Contents should adhere to their guidelines strictly otherwise your account would get banned. This site can make you rich quickly as there is always an online stream of buyers flowing frequently.

Several types of content sales are there. Some buyers may buy your content for usage only, with copyrights for you. You can fix the rate for which you allow your content for usage on their website. In full sales, you can demand much more price in which you lose your copyrights for that content. Constant-content is serving over 10,000 websites with its most comprehensive, high-quality article production system today.

3. Niche blogs

Blogs can be set up through hosting platforms Wordpress or Blogger. Posting content based on your niche, you can create your own world that has freedom of expression. SEO is largely influenced by niche blogs today because of the profound and precise info they possess.

By integrating Google adsense with such blogs, ads can be displayed alongside your content. Blogger allows Amazon products also to be advertised in the posts. The revenue generated from these ads get credited to your Adsense money balance.

Infobarrel
Infobarrel

4. Infobarrel


This is another content writing site that brings passive income for years to come. As a newbie, you can learn almost all aspects of online writing from this site. There will be a review process for the first 12 to 14 articles, after that you get pre-approved status to publish your works directly. Infobarrel allows ads of

  • Infobarrel ad service


  • Google Adsense


  • Amazon

to run along-with your content. It is an emerging publishing site that gives revenue on banner ads impressions.

Infobarrel ad service is site's in- built program that has displays of tier1 premium ads and tier2 ads. You can switch over to this program fully by replacing Adsense ads in case you don't have an adsense account. In that case, the site would pay you directly through paypal. Others will have adsense ads and tier2 ads displayed and the site would make payment for tier2 ads through paypal.



5. Cookingdetective

If you are a cooking expert with good writing skills, then this is the right place for you. The site pays upfront based on the depth of the article you submit. Now the site is also looking for writers who can write on kitchen appliances, fixtures and food products. Good write-ups that are useful, interesting and informative are very much accepted here and are paid decently. In addition to this, writers are provided with a page with links to their published articles including their bio.

Why not try in Cookingdetective?

6. Thegraphicdesignschool

This site is on the look out for talented individuals to contribute to The Graphic Design School Blog. A beginner tutorial in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign with software that is skilfully written is what it needs. Utility software or open source design that meets the site's standards is also being accepted and is paid decently for each publication.


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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Stella for acknowledging here about your awareness of passive income. Take care..

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, I never knew about these other sites, and now I know what is a passive site. Thanks,

      Stella

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi devisree,

      Thanks for peeking into this hub and I'm glad that you're going to give them a try. Wish you all the best and thanks for the votes.

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      devisree 4 years ago from India

      Hi Radhikasree,

      Very informative hub.I am unaware of these sites till now.Surprised to see about the online jobs. Surely i will seach and find out. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information in the simplest way.Voted up.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi bdegiulio,

      Thank you for the positive feedback. These sites would help generate yield for all the efforts you put in as a writer.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you Thelma Alberts for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. Thanks for the share and take care.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Interesting. Didn't realize how many sites there were out there for passive income for writers. This should help anyone considering venturing into this arena. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Very informative hub. Excellent as well. Thanks for the infos and shared. Have a great day!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks sujithbeta for such a wonderful comment. These sites are legit as far as I'm concerned.

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      Sreejith k 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      Great sites to make some cash online through writing. This hub will surely help all online writers in the world. Thanks for your precious hub.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks trainerlex for the great comment. I'm glad that you found it useful.

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      Lex 5 years ago from Denver, CO

      This article has excellent resources. I am glad I stopped by! Thank you for putting it together.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      @Yaduvanshi

      Thanks for stopping by and giving a great compliment. Have a nice weekend.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      @ipen

      Glad that you found this information useful. These sites are all legit and your efforts won't go unrewarded. Thanks for voting this up.

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      Yaduvanshi 5 years ago from Bharat Vrse

      Great hub

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      ipen 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Useful Information. Voted Up. Din't knew about all the sites you have mentioned. Want to visit those sites. Thanks.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      @Docmo

      Yes, I thought that sharing my own experiences can be helpful for all aspiring writers to choose their preferences. Thanks for voting this up.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Really helpful article with informative summaries on various writing sites. It is nice that you have shared personal experiences which makes this all the more valuable to online writers- well done! voted up.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      @John Sarkis

      Helium was once a good site for beginners. But now some other sites have emerged in place of that. Thanks for the comment and vote.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      @sandrabusby

      I'm glad that you found it useful. All the best for your writing endeavors and thanks for voting this up.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Ruchira for stopping by and leaving a comment. Glad that you liked it.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      @shampa

      Writing for several sites contributes to your experience on online writing. But you've to be careful not to land into any big scams! Thanks for voting and sharing it.

      I've send a friend request to you in Facebook.

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I noticed you didn't mentioned "Helium." Well, Helium has gone downhill, but they were a pretty good "content farm" for beginners to writing.

      Nice article - voted up

      John

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Thanks to both of you ladies for sharing this information. I am almost ready to branch out and write for some sites other than hubpages. Voted up and useful. Sandra Busby

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for shampa for sharing it and my eye caught it on facebook :)

      Good and informative hub radhika...voted up and sharing it as well :)

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      It is a year now that I am writing here but prior to it I had no experience of online writing. Your hub is full of information. Liked it and sharing it.