Writing For Money

Writing On Line for Payment

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Infographic writing on line for Money

Do you want to earn money writing online? If you are motivated to write, there are a number of sites on line where you can write and receive payment for it.

There are really 4 main kinds of paid writing on line that I see:

  1. private hire jobs, that is, writing different types of articles, letters, press releases, sales pages, translations or whatever, in response to a client’s specifications;
  2. public writing, such as submitting articles or stories of your own choosing to relevant websites or posting them on your own blog; or
  3. answering questions posed by interested or worried people or those unwilling or unable to do their own research; and
  4. producing private label rights (plr) articles, on particular subjects that you sell online to a limited number of customers.

You will generally get paid a fee for categories 1 and 4, that is, for private contracts and for producing your own product for sale. Payment for category 2 can be either by direct fee (usually for stories) or often via revenue sharing, where the site earns money from adverts that appear on it and the more money the site earns from advertising, the more the contributors are paid. In category 3, payment is often via revenue-sharing. If you write on your own blog, your income will be more likely to come from advertising, or via products offered for sale via affiliate fees, or possibly your own product.

There are also sites that do not pay any money at all to contributors but people are willing to write there for the benefit of the backlinks they get. A backlink is a link to a site of your choosing, such as your own website or blog. The sites that work this way are very big and a link from those sites is valuable and well worth the time it takes to answer someone’s question.

Let’s take a look at each of these:

graphic on Private Hire
graphic on Private Hire
  1. Private Jobs

The best known sites here are probably Odesk and Elance. Vinaya has written about the type of job she was paid for on odesk and Melody23 has written a longer article on how to be successful with obtaining higher paying jobs on Odesk. Scheng1 has written a short article mentioning some other sites that pay for jobs. A new site that has just got a mention is Hubwit.  Bestwriter wrote about joining this site and that it was a bit hard to find her way round. But she persevered and has since written an update about getting her first job and getting paid for it!

  1. Public Writing – articles and stories
Graphic on Public Writing
Graphic on Public Writing

Articles of any kind are accepted on many sites, though most are VERY tough on plagiarism – so don’t copy someone else’s article! Most of these are revenue sharing sites, such as PersonaPaper , where you can make posts of 500 characters (not words) or more on just about any subject you want and receive “coins” for each view of that post. (You can also receive coins for commenting on others’ posts (30 characters or more)) and HubPages where you need to make longer posts (Hubs) with many pictures. These kinds of sites are known as revenue-sharing sites, because the site’s revenue (or income) comes from advertisements shown to all visitors and the contributors get a share of that income. Some sites earn more than others of course, so the level of pay you can receive will vary widely, and it also depends on your level of participation and the views of your articles. At Hubpages, while you MUST not make posts that too overtly commercial or sales orientated, if you include links to relevant Amazon or Ebay products you can also get a share of the income from any sales generated by your hubs.

If you are just starting out on writing, you may find it easier to start somewhere like PersonaPaper because you can just write something off the top of your head, provided it is in coherent English and does not flout their rules. Hubpages articles need to be much longer and filled with rich media, photographs, videos etc, or you may find your Hub being unfeatured because no one is looking at it!

More, similar sites are Daily two cents and Loudman has written on this  and Wikinut, which Micksy1983 has posted on.

 

Short posts and Sharing

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Graphic on sharing

If you want to write REALLY short posts, you can do this on Facebook, Tsu, Scrazzle and Twitter. These are also good sites to SHARE your articles in other places, so you get more views (and thus more income). You don’t get any income from Facebook and many of your posts there will be private but you may get people to look at your articles. A revenue-sharing writing site is Tsu, which is rather like FaceBook, except that anyone can follow you and all your posts are public. On Tsu, you can write articles or comments as long or short as you like and post pictures, etc. The difference between Tsu and Facebook is that you can earn money but it will be very small amounts unless you have lots of followers and friends and do a LOT of interaction. Twitter allows you to post 140 character “Tweets” to your followers and Scrazzle is similar but allows slightly longer posts. Again both of these gain you more views to articles written elsewhere. BarbRad published a poll asking where people got most success promoting their writing and it mentions a number of other promotion sites you may wish to try.  AliCanary has written an excellent article on promoting your blog and has provided a number of ideas on this.

Stories can get published on a number of sites and if accepted, you often get a direct fee for these. Of course, you can also write your own ebooks and link to those from your article or story, for extra sales.

Fiction

Micksy1983 has written a number of articles on getting fiction accepted for payment. Stories can be of different lengths or types, such as flash fiction, 100 word stories, 1,000 word stories: Tweet length stories and sci-fi and fantasy stories.

 

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    Graphic on questions

    Answering questions

One site where you can earn money by answering other people’s questions is at WebAnswers, provided you have an adsense account. Scorpie has written an interesting article about changing with the changing times, including Webanswers and other sites and I have written about making money at Webanswers also. Survey sites could also be included here but the kind of questions you answer there are (of course) survey questions, so you do not actually have to think of your own material for writing there and LowDown0 has provided some information on that. Yahoo Answers provides questions for you to answer but you do not get paid, however, if you need backlinks, it is a useful site to use.

 

  1. Writing PLR

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    graphic PLR

PLR stands for Public Label Rights. This is more of a business than perhaps the other types of writing sites would be. You also need a way to sell your work. The way this works is that you create a number of articles on a popular subject. The articles need to fit into what is called a microniche, that is they need to be in a narrowly defined area or subject or targeted at a small, narrowly defined audience. So that, rather than write on weightloss as such, you might write on weightloss for the over 50s or weightloss in the 60 days after giving birth. You would write a number of related articles on your chosen subject, at least five, maybe as many as 50 and you would sell these articles as a bundle. Purchasers would have the right to publish these articles wherever they chose and also to modify the articles if they wished. Some PLR sellers bundle up articles they have already written somewhere maybe a long time ago and make additional money by selling them to others.

 

Finding the Time

Of course, if you REALLY want to earn money online, you need to find the time to do it. Planning out a schedule and reviewing the best places to write is what MomatHome is doing, ahead of returning her earnings to what they were a couple of years ago. And some people think they can just pop in somewhere and make money with a few hours of typing. That maybe unlikely as oneoveralpha points out. So you may wish to check out Fesisty56’s post on keeping notes organised. If you really want to bring in outside visitors to read your posts articles or review topics (which you should do if you are writing to earn money) then you need to take account of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which AliCanary covers here. And if you do want to make money, then the more articles you write and publish, the more likely you are to get some return on your time. Ali Canary has also written an EXCELLENT article on how to get 15 articles a day published on PersonaPaper (the daily limit).

Improving your Writing and getting Ideas

Published author David Owen, who wrote the Prophecy Stones trilogy and the thriller, Evolvere, says he treats storytelling as if he were going on a car trip and gives examples of that. There is also a good hub by JR Scarborough on improving your writing which many of us could do. And TheresaWiza has written a great article, linking to her book on where to find ideas.

Terms and Conditions

Remember, before joining a site, check out their terms and conditions. All reputable sites will have these available for you to read and possibly FAQs too. Some may even have tutorials or email series showing you how best to write for them or how to earn more money.

No Plagiarism

All reputable sites will let you know that you must NOT plagiarise anyone else’s work. That means, do NOT COPY someone else’s writing. You work must be your own original work.

Use only permitted graphics

All sites will also tell you that you MUST have permission to include any graphics or photographs that you use or that they must be your own original work. You can find graphics that are free to use on several sites, including Pixabay, WikiCommons and Morguefiles.

Getting Followers on Twitter

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Twitter user’s network

Twitter is a computer program that lets you send messages to lots of people all at the same time, provided those people have all agreed to accept messages from you. These people are called “followers”.

Twitter is NOT the same as email because your followers cannot reply to you, and it is NOT the same as Facebook, where people only get your full message if they log into their own Facebook account to see their feed, though it has elements that are the same.

Twitter lets you send short messages, called Tweets. A tweet is allowed a MAXIMUM of 140 characters including spaces to get a point across.

The previous two sentences contain 139 characters, including spaces, so that’s how much you can write in one tweet. The tweet needs to contain ALL the information you want to send, including a web address, if you want the tweet to tell people to visit a certain web page.

You have to be registered with Twitter to send messages. Once you are a registered user, any messages you send go out to ALL your followers at the same time, not just to one or two people that you choose.

A tweet is meant to give your followers a “heads up” to something important that they can read about elsewhere, such as a piece of news, or it might just give them information that they may find interesting, for instance, if you are a celebrity, your followers may want to know what you had for breakfast!

Getting followers can be tricky because people have to know that you are on Twitter and they have to get to know your username and decide to follow you. If you follow people, some of those will follow you back, but not all. There are various strategies you can use to get followers. BarbRad suggests a good way to start is to write a really good Twitter profile http://personapaper.com/article/11098-how-to-build-your-twitter-following so that anyone who checks it out will be able to see your interests and decide if you are worth following. She covers what she expects to see in a Twitter profile and also gives other useful information on links, quality Tweets and obtaining a balanced Twitter feed.

What is Motivation?

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The elements of Motivation

Motivation

This is an area I have always been interested in – working out or finding out how to get stuck into and to finish items or projects I am interested in. From thinking about this for a long time – it appears that there are three main areas to motivation, for me.

PASSION

One is passion – you have to have, or develop a PASSION for what it is you want to do. If you are vitally interested in poetry or building websites or football or knitting or jogging, or whatever, it is not difficult to read about it, think about it, work on it, maybe for hours on end. It is thus important to develop that passion or a similar kind of fascinated involvement  in any project you want to take forward.

ENERGY

The next important area is that of energy and there are two important and very different forms of energy required. The first is the energy to get started. Overcoming inertia, is like crawling out of bed on a cold wet dark winter’s morning to get exercise in before work – waking, getting out of a warm bed onto a cold floor, going out in the dark, those are difficult things to do and it takes a special spark of energy to overcome those difficulties.

The second form of energy needed is the long term energy to keep a project going to the end. Sometimes this can feel like running a marathon. You start off full of energy and running well. Then half way through, or sometimes even earlier, you can hit a block. Energy reduces, legs feel wobbly, it has been described as hitting a brick wall. Those that run through it have then described getting a second wind or a second burst of energy to help them finish, though for some people, it is a painful crawl over the finish line.

COMPETENCE

The third area is competence, that is – having the actual ability to do something. It’s all very well having a dream of being able to fly, but if it involves something like growing your own pair of actual feathered birds’ wings from your shoulders, it may never be possible. Now this is not to say that if your dream is to fly that you had better drop it and go and find something earthbound to take its place – NO! If you want to fly and are willing to accept different ways of doing that, then go ahead, just don’t get stuck on one single way of reaching your dream if there are difficulties to achieving it.

Don’t think of ability or competence as meaning that you have to be able to do something really well right from the start, this is nothing to do with that. Practice, especially targeted practice, will always get you through difficulties with improvement in something, such as a skill. This is just a heads up to say that having the ability to do something is important, even if you are not at present able to do it, you must be able to foresee the possibility of you being able to do it in the future. Maybe this is having the dream or the vision. You have to be able to SEE yourself doing this, in order to achieve it.

THE THREE AREAS

So the three areas are passion, energy (starting and continuing) and ability or competence.

 

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