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Steps to Make Money Writing Online

Updated on April 24, 2013

How Much Money can I make Writing Online?

and which are the best online writing sites to join? Which online writing sites will make me the most money?

When it comes to making money writing online, these are the questions many people will ask.

This is my answer to the questions above (your ideas may be different, I'm just hoping my ideas can help somebody.)

Even if I was trying to make money writing online fulltime, instead of just in my spare time, the earnings do not come overnight; it's really a lot of hard work, and one generally sees a gradual increase in income the longer one sticks to it.

What are the Basics Needed to Make Money Writing Online?

If you don't have a Google Adsense account, then you at least need a PayPal account.  In South Africa, this PayPal account must be connected to a First National Bank cheque account.

For this article, I'm assuming you don't yet have a Google Adsense account, or a PayPal account.

If you don't yet have a Google Account, for example a gmail email account, or a Blogger blog, get a Google account.

Another basic that is needed is a huge one; a very important basic: this basic requirement is the determination  and passion to work hard and not give up, for a long time.

Which Online Writing Sites are Good?

This is a tough one to try and explain.  It's not the site that is good or bad that matters - it's how much effort you put in.  It's very hard work, lots of hard work, long hours and effort to see any rewards, but what's nice about making money writing online is that, depending on which methods you're using to make this money, like Adsense, or pageview earnings, you're creating a passive income. Money that keeps coming in for work you already did.

You can generally make more by selling your articles directly, like on a site like Constant Content (you must have PayPal account to receive payments) or by writing articles for clients. It's just that once that article is sold with fullrights, that's it, you can't make any more money from that article, like you can if you're earning ongoing passive income from your articles online, even if these amounts are small, after a long while they sometimes add up to more than you would have sold an article once with fullrights, and you keep earning from that one article after that too.  It takes a very long time though. Think of the time you spend on creating passive income as a small investment, that you can cash out on only a long while later.

I do both.  I sell articles directly (or write for clients) as well as earn passive income from other articles that are on my own sites or on online writing sites.

One place I can think of where you don't necessarily need a PayPal account or an Adsense account is oDesk.  oDesk is a freelance job site, and there are many new writing jobs available everyday.  But even on oDesk, little effort will get you nowhere. I've had quite a few people, a little over 100, in about a year, use my referral link to join oDesk, but only about 4 of those, so far, have bothered to put in enough effort to make it work for themselves.

A totally free Blogger blog - this is a blog that has a domain name URL that ends in for eg my site - even if you put Google Adsense on your Blogger blog, you won't make money, or will be very lucky if you do, if you just write blog posts and forget about them. There's much much more to the business of making money writing online than just writing.

The Business of Making Money Writing Online

You have to link to your articles from other sites, a lot.

You have to do some keyword research so that you can write about topics that many people are looking for more info about each month on the Internet.

You have to comment on other people's blogposts, show interest in their topics, and thereby gain interest in your own articles, not only from the blog owner, but also from other people visiting that person's blog and seeing your comments.

You have to add fresh articles to your blog (or online writing sites) quite often.

You have to pay attention to at least fairly good grammar and spelling rules, and make your articles interesting, and not write only for Search Engines.

Steps I Suggest You Try

  1. Get a free Blogger blog
  2. Add blog posts to it often
  3. Link to your articles there often and from many other places, and also link between your articles on your own blog
  4. Advertise on this Blogger blog that you also take on writing assignments etc and that people can contact you for a quote, or even advertise your price right there (eg so much money for so many words etc, but also mention "subject to change" [depending on how much research is involved etc])
  5. Write on HubPages and build up a following, be active there, comment nicely on other people's blogs and HubPages hubs
  6. Some of the articles you write on HubPages can include a link to an article on your Blogger blog
  7. Once your Blogger blog is getting at least 50 visitors a day, apply for a Google Adsense account
  8. Once you have the Adsense account, fill in your Adsense publisher id details on HubPages and on any other writing site you choose to join after that, or have already joined
  9. Also, obviously, integrate Adsense ads on your Blogger blog
  10. Also get a PayPal account and link it to your FNB cheque account (FNB in South Africa, for South African Adsense publishers)
  11. Inbetween it all, try your hand out at some freelance work on oDesk
  12. Perhaps try out Constant Content, Factoidz, and Bukisa too


Later, consider getting another blog, like a self-hosted Wordpress blog - where you have to pay for hosting and domain registration, but you get a unique domain name like for eg (imagine changing the "your name" part of the domain name URL to your own name) and it's a somewhat more professional and more unique domain than a domain name that ends in

Don't give up on your old Blogger blog once you have a new blog - link the two new sites together from time to time, within your articles, or in the sidebar of your pages, or both.

Remember to link to your new site from other sites too, and not just from your Blogger blog. 

Lots of reading, lots of learning, lots of very hard work and long hours, but it can pay off if you put in the effort.


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      thandiwe hlungu 

      6 years ago

      writting using your own knowledge and skills really helps an athour to remember what he/she has written and abled to answer questions

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @ greatbooksguru - thanks!

      @ Pavlo - thanks, and you know what? not really - just plodding along and putting in the work pays off in the end - one just has to learn not to give up, and to be patient!

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks, Angela Brummer - and for the sharing!

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Interesting. You wrote it 10 months ago. Did anything change since that time?

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      6 years ago from India

      great hub!

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      How did I miss this great article? I will pay some hub love and share this on twitter, fb, google+ hub following!

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks MargaritaEden - hard work pretty much always pays off - good luck!

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      6 years ago from Oregon

      Very informative hub, thank you for explaining the making money online by writing, it sure is a lot of work, hopefully sometime in the future it will pay off for me :) sharing your hub!

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Aw, thanks for your kind words, Mark. Didn't really think of myself as a professional writer, but now that you say it, it sounds good, and hey, since my writing earns me a bit of an income, yes I am :)

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      7 years ago

      voted up and useful. thanks for sharing

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Wow. I love this and learned so much for just one hub. I am a fan. I will read more from you. Thank you.

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks rorshak sobchak, and welcome to HubPages!

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      rorshak sobchak 

      7 years ago

      Great write up. I enjoyed reading about the passive income. This was a great hub, keep up the great work.

      rorshak sobchak

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thanks for the comment, Patkay, and I'm glad you find the steps workable.

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      Patrick Kamau 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for a well written and informative hub. The steps you have suggested are workable and easy to implement.

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @mskills - Welcome to HubPages, and thanks for the comment - this hub is certainly aimed at those who need a starting point when it comes to making money writing online, so I'm pleased you see it as coming across that way.

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      7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I think that writers need to ask themselves two questions before deciding to tackle the online writing arena:

      1) Can you wait for the chance at higher residual income or do you need payment now?

      2) Are you a self-promoter or would you rather not be involved in marketing yourself?

      You've touched upon the answers to both of these questions in your hub. In fact, this hub makes a perfect starting point for someone who wants to make some money writing online but doesn't know where to look. Great job!

      As for me: I've tried writing for clients, content mills, residual article directories, and my own websites. While I agree that your own web properties have the greatest potential for income, I'm a big fan of residual sites like HubPages and Epinions because I get to choose the topics without needing to spend a ton of time promoting my work.

    • Teresa Schultz profile imageAUTHOR

      Teresa Schultz 

      7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      @myi4u - well said! Yes, "what you put in is what you get out."

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      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Useful information! Patience is virtue and we can't expect easy money without much effort.


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