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Writing Online For Pocket Change Sucks!
It's possible to boost your earnings from online writing to a whole new level if you put your mind to it. I wish online writers would hear this loud and clear, so that the myth of article writing being unprofitable would disperse once and for all. Of course, most people won't, but if I manage to catch at least your attention, I'll be happy enough. Same as you!
If you're not happy with earnings from your online writing, you don't have to reassure yourself by saying it's just a hobby. You are rightly disappointed and deserve better! I could go on and on about how your efforts should be paid for in full and the opportunities to increase online writing earnings are waiting for you just around the corner, but let's skip to the part where I tell you how to make more money from online writing.
More control equals more money.
There are several ways to increase earnings from online writing. A website may pay you for submitting your work, with monthly, weekly or one-time per article payments, but how that money is earned is what really matters.
More choices are good for you.
To make more money online, you have to decide more. If you can choose exactly how to monetize your content, you can test different techniques, specifically target your audience and plan how much you will earn, all of which will help you make more money from online writing.
In fact, I use the scale of control to rank all the paid-to-post programs, article publishing websites and blogging platforms out there. Coincidentally, it correlates with how they rank by their earning potential, and how much they let you increase online writing earnings by publishing articles faster and better.
My point doesn't lack for examples!
A word-bait website such as myLot is the second step people usually make in the world of online income (after failing at PTC sites) and my advice to its members is to move on to the next step as quickly as possible. Unless you find $6.83 per month earnings to your liking, that is.
Believe it or not, I've been there and done that. Admittedly, the place has its good sides. It gives you daily access to hundreds of Internet users desperately trying to make more money online without really knowing how, presenting a great opportunity to help them out with an affiliate link or two.
However, you can not treat sites like myLot as a source of direct income, simply because no reasonable income can be generated there, ever. I can tell from my own experience that myLot lets you control as little of how your money is earned as possible, even as far as not disclosing any earning algorithms at all. It's so mysterious it might just be random!
Such websites don't let you make more money online no matter how hard you try. When you're writing for pocket change, it doesn’t matter how much you write. You are still losing money on every word you type and every minute you spend at your computer. At that pace, you'll never increase online writing earnings.
Now let's skip ahead to the last step.
On the other side of the spectrum are personal websites and blogs, created, produced and run by their writers. You choose what, where and how to put on your pages. It applies to AdSense ads, affiliate links, promotional product pages and the content itself, so this path doesn't lack for chores. But you know what else it doesn't lack for?
That's right. Money.
But what if you're only human?
Let's face it, no one can keep it up all of the time. Even if someone's born a pro blogger or marketing guru, they probably revert to their old human self every weekend.
Before gathering all your strength for a new week to come, it's very appealing to just send your writing somewhere and let others handle all the confusing stuff.
That's why there's middle ground.
Middle ground rocks and so do websites like HubPages and Squidoo. These puppies make a nice change from rabid dogs like WordPress and Joomla. User-friendly and AdSense-ready, they only need you for the raw text input to do their magic and fill up your PayPal with some love.
Fans of cruel truths will be happy to know that the first weeks on HubPages or Squidoo are pretty dry money-wise, but both sites don't lack for exposure to encouraging warmth from fellow writers.
Already falling in love?
These sites seem so much fun that you're probably thinking of getting stuck on the middle ground, forever submitting all of your online writing to article publishing websites.
However, that's exactly what you should be avoiding if you wish to make money from writing online. Even as you submit some of your content to Squidoo and HubPages, take some of your best (or experimental) work to new heights using your own hosted websites and blogs. Then you can use your Squidoo and HubPages articles to promote and link back to them.
If you work on your skills, learn some SEO, study the basics of copywriting and stay on top of the game, eventually you'll increase online earnings from online writing, and the results will exceed your wildest expectations!
Once it happens, you'll come back to like this page, so why not do it now?
By the way, here are 5 Tricks to Maximize AdSense Revenue on HubPages.