Millions of writers around the World make money writing online content articles for websites. There are writers of every standard doing this, from people whose English makes me cringe to highly qualified graduates. Age is no barrier because I know writers in their teens and others who are over 70 years of age.
Where Do You Start?
Start your writing career by making a plan. This works, I know because I pay my mortgage with income I earn from article writing. It will work for you, if you work at it.
Most online writers start working for PayPal payments per article completed.
Agencies pay writers peanuts and are best avoided.
Build your reputation and contact list and you can do much better on your own.
The 5 Step Plan to Make Money Writing Online Content
You need to learn your craft, build your reputation and make contacts before you can earn money online. If you are serious then you also need a home office for your exclusive work-related use.
Step 1 Learning Your Craft
Join InfoBarrel (referral link) This site has an amazing forum where writers help each other and give positive criticism when asked. It is the place to learn about online writing. It is free to join and you get 75% of the money that ads embedded in your articles earn. You do not need an Adsense account or anything complicated. You just write.
You will find links to helpful search tools, keyword advice, keyword density information and help in choosing your writing subjects, all freely given. This is the place to get the knowledge that you need.
Step 2 Building Your Reputation
You need to establish yourself as a writer: InfoBarrel helps you to do this. You can enhance your reputation by active participation in the forum community; if you help others, they will continue to help you. You need to write articles on InfoBarrel and you need to set up your own sites as well.
Step 3 Growing Your Contact List
You will find the list of people you can count as online friends grows very quickly. Some will send you suggestions by Private Messages (PM). Other conversations happen in the public forum. This is a superb social networking site, though it is not called that.
Step 4 Setting Up Your Own Sites
You need more than one source of income if you want to make money writing online content. Articles on InfoBarrel will continue to earn you money for years after they are published, but you will want other income sources for security.
Setting up your own sites is simple. I know one guy on who makes hundreds of dollars a month with a free blogspot site. It’s ugly, but it earns him money. You can build as many sites as you want with a hosting subscription costing you less than $100 a year. That’s all I paid at first.
Set up sites around subjects that you love because you need to write a lot of content for them. You will also need to write guest posts at other related sites to get visitors and links back to your own site. Your content needs to be superb, so that people share it around their social networks.
Step 5 Earning Money
You already have a source of medium-term income in your InfoBarrel articles. Your own sites will give you additional income from ads. You will also find earning opportunities through contacts. Now you have established yourself there people will actually pay you up to $100 to write a 500 word blog post or article. That is 20 times what you will get from any freelancing site, and you know that every successful job grows your reputation and will bring in more offers of joint ventures, contract writing and other help.
You have used the 5 Currencies concept – Time, Knowledge, Reputation, Contacts, Money.