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Writing Online For Pocket Change Sucks!

Updated on May 1, 2016

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.


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    • Happymommy2520 profile image

      Amy 8 weeks ago from East Coast

      Great Hub! I am ready to ditch mylot as well. You have inspired me to continue on writing on Hubpages. It is great middle ground. I appreciate your advice!

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      Jules Henry 9 months ago from London

      Thanks j

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Very useful hub. It is literally painful to write for pennies. It's good to know that Hub Pages is one of the sites you endorse that is worth writing for. Personally, the income here is better but not enough. However, the community is really fun and very multifaceted with lots of different interests and passions that I can learn from.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      Promotion is as important as the writing if someone really wants to make even a part-time living from web content through ads, blogging, etc. but it can be done. People will make more money if they diversify, shamelessly self-promote, and keep moving upward-- move on to an E-book or by submitting to mainstream publishers and the like. Personally I hate the promotional side, that's why I moved on to seeking private clients for ghost writing work. I don't have to promote anything, or even admit to hit; I just get my check and move on to the next project. The only reason I start Hubpages is to write what I wanted to write about for a change. Great hub.

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      Beth Eaglescliffe 4 years ago from UK

      I've trodden a similar path myself with online earnings bringing in just pennies to start with. However along with the pennies, I also learned a lot about what works online and what doesn't. And that made it all worth the effort.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing Online For Pocket Change Sucks, it is a challenge but if you find the right site you can't go wrong like I have over the years.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      This is an Awesome hub, will bookmark for future reference.

      Voted up, UAI and shared.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago


      Greetings! I love how you present information in a user-friendly and witty way. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Plus, you have such a cool name.

      Wishing you a great day,

      ocfireflies aka Kim

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Very insightful article! You have provided a wealth of worthwhile advice. Thank you for sharing. Take care. (Voted Up). -Rose

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      Oscar Jones 4 years ago from Alabama

      Having submitted many hubs and lots of effort I stand without income. ha. Interesting hub though!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      I would love to work from home, and just write online - and actually make some money!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Andera. A very interesting and informative hub. Thank you.


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      Faith T. 5 years ago

      Yes, blogging is always a long-term process. I think you should never work on your own but form a team of great marketers, then you can actually succeed.

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Useful and enlightening information, and makes sense!

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      Hey there Andera. Very interesting hub you've written here. People really do underestimate the importance of promoting their articles. I've been sharing my hubs on my personal blog for the past few months, and it's helped me greatly. I also like the tidbit you threw in regarding Mylot. You are right, there is no way to determine how the earnings on there work. I've been on there for over a year, and I'm just now almost at $4. It's a waste of time, which is why I seldom participate. Anyway, nice hub here. Voted up, interesting, and shared.

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      monicamelendez 5 years ago from Salt Lake City

      I am definitely only human. Cj is right, most people fail at promoting their hubs.

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      Niteriter 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Andrea.

      You caught my attention with the heading, "But what if you're only human?" This is a question that has occupied my attention for quite some time. I, in fact, have used the self-evident truth of being "only human" on many an occasion where I have been accused of being irresponsible. The woman on the accusatory end of the conversation has never admitted to seeing any truth in my argument. The part of your comments that resonated with me was the bit where folks "...revert to their old human self every weekend." C'est moi!

      Best of luck with your encouraging exhortations and accelerated earnings.Ta ta for now.

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      stevetheblogger 5 years ago

      Chris a great article one that I need to research more many thanks for the tips.

      Best Wishes


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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This hub really makes a lot of sense when you stop to think about it. It's just like my previous experience in teaching EFL in Taiwan. If you are employed by language schools, you will be exploited and paid peanuts. If you start your own private teaching business, the sky is the limit for potential earnings. Voted up and sharing.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Fabulous Hub!!! I went though exactly what you explained, working for pennies and in hopes that I will soon find a site that pays better. It is a dead-end road. Although 5 or more years ago, writing online was quite profitable. At long last I now have my site and links back to articles that are posted on various sites like HubPages.

      Thank you for sharing. I do hope it catches the attention of many writers in this boat of writing for nothing!

      Voted up for useful.

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      stessily 5 years ago

      Andera, Interesting and helpful with good suggestions for those who truly want to pursue profitable writing online. Up + sharing.

      Appreciatively, Stessily

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      Andera 5 years ago

      I've noticed the problem is usually not bad promotion but no promotion at all. Writers are reluctant to self-promote, study their niche and build backlinks. They publish a Hub or a lens and forget about it.

      In fact, I've been guilty of it myself.

      For people who are willing to learn, both Squidoo and HubPages can serve as a good introduction into the world of website promotion, but they are not the final destination.

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      Chris Andrews 5 years ago from Norwalk, Ohio

      Interesting thoughts, one thing that people need to do is promote correctly. And that is generally more than what can take place on squidoo and hubpages. But if they are active, I agree with you. Interesting thoughts, thanks for sharing them.