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Which Topics Seem to be Make Money in Online Writing?

Updated on January 26, 2012
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People who start blogs, websites or begin writing online at places like HubPages always ask this single question. While the top three lucrative niches are making-money, weight-loss and love they are not necessarily going to make you money. First, the niches are overly saturated and it is difficult to get any type of ranking on Google for them. Secondly, if you try to write on something that you have no interest in or know very little about, it will show and you'll end up spinning your wheels until you give up. So what do you write about?

Write What You Know

It's an old adage, but one that serves you well. Simply put, write about topics you know well and that interest you. Even when you are searching for freelance writing jobs, it is good to find topics that match your interests. Writing what you know and topics you have interest in will serve you two-fold. You will cut down on your research and writing time, because you already have a working knowledge of the subject. You know how frustrating it gets sometimes when you are attempting to research a subject you've never written about before. Conflicting information, facts and figures can lead you astray sometimes. On the other hand when you write what you know, you become the authority on the subject.

The other reason this is such good advice is because when you write what you know, you never run out of ideas about what to write. Getting a blog off the ground, or consistently writing to promote a product requires posting on a regular basis. It is time consuming enough to write an article, proofread and upload it to the platform. Eliminate the need to “come up” with something to write everyday. Draw off your experiences or knowledge of topics that you know like the back of your hand.

Are You Chasing Money or Does It Follow You?

Although people create blogs or write articles at places like HubPages for a variety of reasons, there are those of us who do write for money. The bottom line is whether you are racking your brain chasing down the money, or allowing your words to flow naturally and letting the money come to you. There is a difference, and one comes a lot easier than you might think.

Constantly chasing the next “big” topic becomes frustrating and burns you out quickly. Chances are high that hundreds of other people are chasing down that next “big” topic as well. Soon everybody begins sounding the same and the “big” topic market is saturated.

However if you like organic container gardening and enjoy writing about it, you'll find that your immediate market is smaller and so is your competition. Do a little bit of keyword research, and choose some good ones AFTER you've written your article. Massage the keywords into the article where they fit naturally. You'll find that by writing on what you enjoy, doing just a little SEO and writing regularly that you'll develop a following. Once you develop a following, the rest becomes easy. Sure it takes a bit longer to see the financial results you want, but those financial results will only grow each and every month.

Making money as an online writer isn't a “get-rich quick” process. It is a business that requires planning, nurturing, consistency and persistence. It is fun way to earn money online. The only time you should chase money as a writer is collecting from private clients. (Even then, private clients should pay you on time for well-written content) Allow the money to follow you by creating quality content on your interests for your blogs and writing platforms like HubPages.


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    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 

      7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Yes, I'm about to embark on writing what I know from my personal life in the adoption arena. I've really hesitated because I didn't think it would payoff and I didn't know how to phrase things because our life was so intense.

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      7 years ago from Yreka, California

      Hi sabrani44,

      Thanks. Always got to have fun. If it wasn't fun, it would be too much like work. :)

    • sabrani44 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great hub! Your right when you say write what you know. Its more important than making money, cause at least you'll have fun while writing.

      Voted up and useful!

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      7 years ago from Yreka, California

      Hi zEric7x,

      Video games and video game cheats are excellent for making money through writing. They are popular. Just expand a bit more on your Hubs. What's it really like playing a particular game? What does it take to get to the next level? What neat trick did you discover to get a character to do something? Gamers thrive on that kind of stuff, heck you know that. :)

      One other thing...think about in-depth reviews of games and game systems. What makes one better than the other? What features do you like best and why?

      Honestly I envy gamers and techies! LOL

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      7 years ago

      I write about video games because I love to play them. It might not make me a lot money, but It helps me practice my writing skills. That being said it still be nice to make money at some point.

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      7 years ago from Yreka, California

      Thanks BlissfulWriter,

      Part of the reason for earning a living as a writer is because we love to write.

    • BlissfulWriter profile image


      7 years ago

      Writing what you like is the best advice. If you enjoy writing about a particular topic, then it does not seem like "work".

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      7 years ago from Yreka, California

      Thanks Debbie... :)

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      7 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Great tips and wonderful read.. thank you.. this will really help me.. I have been asking how or what to do..

      I VOTED UP


    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      7 years ago from Yreka, California

      Hi Brett,

      Yea writing about "making-money" or "online writing" is lucrative no doubt. But, they are also markets that are heavily saturated and difficult to build rank or a following for. Long term passive income comes from your passions and hobbies. Offering value to the reader, and keeping them coming back for more information from you.

      Just a simple search through the ads in the back of any magazine will show you that there is a market for just about anything. Many of them are untapped. Why run a race against thousands, when you can walk a race against a few? :)

    • Brett Winn profile image

      Brett Winn 

      7 years ago from US

      Those about online writing, or other means to make money!

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      7 years ago from Yreka, California

      Hi lukeuk,

      I have to work on that telepathy gig.. LOL I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub. Truth is a lot of people think that to make money writing it's all about the latest trends. While the latest trends are lucrative, they are trends that eventually fade. Drawing on our own knowledge, experience and favorite topics is the way to go when writing for money and building passive income.

    • lukeuk profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      You must have read my mind , I was thinking that question today, thanks for this


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