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Get Paid to Write Articles Online- Is it for You?

Updated on October 25, 2012

People who search the internet looking for ways to make money online have probably, at some point and time, come across a web page that says something like “Make Money Online by Writing Articles”. A lot of people will close out of this thinking that it’s just another scam; or perhaps they close it because they feel like they aren’t good enough at writing, don’t have the proper skills, or don’t know what to write about. Many people bypass the opportunity while questioning whether or not it is real.

So, is it really a “Quick and Easy Way to Make Money Online”? The answer is simple- Yes, you can make money (and some writers make a lot of money doing this), but no it is not always easy, and no it is not quick. Writing web content for money is an opportunity that isn’t for everyone, but is worth your time looking into.

It Doesn't Require Any Special Skills

Anyone can become a writer of web content, and can make quite a bit of money if they put some effort into it. You do not have to be some big professor, or have knowledge of some complex something that others do not. All you need is a good grasp of punctuation and spelling, and know the English language. If you have that, then you can write.

You May Think You Know Nothing

The truth is, if you are living, you have gained experience in some aspect of life. You can write about anything you want. You can use the things that you have done, the places you have been to visit, and the knowledge you have, as a basis for writing articles. Many people bypass this opportunity because they think they don’t have anything good to share. But, people search for information online every day, and you probably have the answers or advice they are searching for. A stay at home mom can give excellent parenting advice- something many new parents search for all the time. A military spouse can give first hand advice on preparing for the separation during upcoming deployments. A carpenter can write a how-to guide on things people often repair in their homes. A teacher can sit and write about age-appropriate books a child should read. A banker can write about tips on how to save money. And what’s even better, even if you aren’t any of these, but you know something about these subjects (or any other subjects), you can write about it and earn money.

You Have to Enjoy it

Writing web content for money is something that will require quite a bit of time, as you have to build up a good article base. If you don’t like writing, or words do not come that easy to you, then this may not be the opportunity for you. You do have to (at least slightly) enjoy writing.

It's a Big Picture Job

If you are looking at just the present, and are out to earn a quick buck, this will not be the solution for you. Making any amount of substantial money from writing web content requires a lot of articles. It takes a commitment on your part, as writing hundreds of articles will take time and hard work. This is more of a “Big Picture” opportunity. You have to think of this more like an investment into your future. You are doing the hard work now, to earn the rewards in six months, a year, or two years. You will be earning some money in that time, but to earn a substantial amount, it will take a while.

It's Residual

Here’s the best part about this opportunity- once you’ve written an article, you earn on it month after month. The websites that you write for pay you based on page views you receive or split earnings through ads placed on your article, or sometimes you get a mix of both. As long as your article is online, you continue to earn, all the way back to that very first article you wrote. Just imagine writing one article a day for six months. Now you have 180 articles that you are going to earn money off of every single month, whether you continue to write more articles or not! Again, this is a “Big Picture” job. (Some of the websites you will write for will require you to be somewhat active on the site in order for you to receive payments. This activity can be as little as just logging in once a month)

Writer's Block

All writers will tell you that writing is work. It doesn't always come easy, and every writer is familiar with writer’s block. Sometimes, no matter how much you enjoy the subject you've chosen to write about, you just can’t seem to get the words on paper in a way that makes sense. This can be increasingly frustrating to a writer, no matter how experienced they are.

So, is writing really worth it? Some will say that it is, and some will say that it isn’t. Whether it is worth it for you, really just depends on your goals. Are you focused on the short term or the long term? Do you want money right now, or do you want to set yourself up for steady monthly payments? There is money to be had by writing articles online. You have to decide for yourself if this is the right opportunity for you.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Good hub. Brief but comprehensive with very practical advice for aspiring writers who wants to earn money by writing on-line. Welcome to HP. I look forward to reading more from you. Happy hubbing!