If you have read many articles on the internet in the last few years, then you may have heard this phrase: “Content is king.” I believe that Google really helped to elevate the importance of helpful, relevant content. While no one can completely understand all of the intricacies of Google’s algorithm (formula they use for ranking websites), we do know that they like unique content.
Because of this craze companies and entrepreneurs everywhere are craving for content on their sites. Many of which are willing to pay others to do the writing for them.
No Experience Needed
Here is the great part: you do not have to have a previous track record in writing to take advantage of this trend. In fact, there are opportunities that exist for all levels of writers. There are many benefits to making money writing online:
- Work where you want and when you want
- Write on subjects that you have a passion for
- Create a passive income through performance payments
There are so many more benefits then listed above, but I think you get the point. So, where do you start? Just decide to jump in. I have a list for you of 10 different ways I have earned an income from home writing and I believe that you can do the same. There are essentially two different ways that you can get paid for writing online. The first is called up-front payments. This is where someone or an organization pays you money for writing the article in advance. It is not based on how well the article ranks in the search engines or even how many page views it received. You get paid no matter what. Let me share with you 5 sites that will pay performance payments.
1. Associated Content – They were recently purchased by Yahoo so it is still yet to be determined how things will go. They claim that they are not going to change anything. Basically, you can write on anything that you want. You can submit your articles for up-front payment, performance payment or both. They do not pay a whole lot in up-front payments (between $2.00-5.00) but it might be worth it to you. They will pay money for every 1,000 page views you receive on any article so this could build over time. I would not use them exclusively, but you can always try them out.
2. InfoBarrel - You can write on any topic that you would like. You need to have an adsense account as you will be sharing advertising revenue with them. They have other ways to monetize your articles but I do not have a whole lot of experience with that. The advantage is that content on InfoBarrel does rank well so you will see traffic.
3. Snipsly - This is a miniature version of InfoBarrel in my opinion. You make money by adsense like the other, but the minimum word requirement is only 150 words. This means that you can produce even more content at a faster pace.
4. Hubpages - is another revenue sharing site. It has a great reputation and you can earn money by clicks on advertisements with Adsense and by being an Amazon affiliate. Build “hubs” around your areas of interest and watch them gain web traffic over time.
5. Blogging – This is by far one of my favorite ways. You have complete control. It is not a get rich quick method, but I believe that you should slowly build this up over time while you earn more immediate income using the other methods. There are more and more people everyday making money blogging writing about their passions. There are so many more ways that you can earn money online writing, but this is not a bad list to start out.
6. Demand Studios – You may have already heard of them by now, but they will pay you on average between $7-15 an article (upwards of $30 in some cases). They do have specific writing guidelines that you will need to follow. What is great about the system is that you can scroll through 1,000 of titles and decide to write only on areas of interest. For example, if you enjoy home improvement projects, then you can write simple “how to” articles explaining to others the step by step process. Demand Studios publishes the articles on several different sites. One example is ehow.com. They pay you by Paypal twice a week for any approved articles you have written.
7. Textbroker – Another great site that allows you to earn money for writing. If you are looking for simpler articles and writing projects, then this might be a better fit for you. You can typically earn between $3.00-$8.00 an article but the articles are shorter and much easier to write in my opinion. Textbroker allows entrepreneurs and companies the opportunity to post writing projects in the system. You go through the system and claim articles in areas of interest. They pay twice a month by Paypal on all of the articles that you have written.
8. ProBlogger Job Boards - This is more like a job board for writers but it is very good. You can find fresh, new job postings almost every day. If you are looking for some extra work, then keep your eye out on this job board. For example, if you like sports, it is not uncommon to find an opening every once in a while for a sports blogger who can write on recent sporting events.
9. Freelance Writing Gigs – This is a great website on many different levels. Not only can you learn how to be a freelance writer, but they have relevant, fresh job postings listed daily as well. There is even a post that list 50+ places that you can get paid for writing.
10. Craigslist - You might find it funny that this is on the list, but I have found some awesome writing jobs this way. One person asked me to write 10 short articles a week on my experience with blogging. He paid me $100 a week over the course of 8 weeks. My time commitment: 2 hours a week.
Have you tried any of these ways to make money writing? Which did you like best?