Whether you are a professional writer or learning how to become a good writer, you can make money easily. Yes, it is the TRUTH! A lot of writers are already making money for living in different ways. If you want to earn your living as a writer or you love to write and make some extra cash, keep reading this article.
List of best ways to make money as a writer
First of all, we will learn about most popular & proven methods that already worked for a lot of people.
It is so obvious that blogging will come at the very first position in the list of online earning methods for writers. As we already know, blogging is basically selecting a niche then writing and uploading content by creating a blog as your web presence.
In the linked post, you will learn how to choose a niche to start a blog. Because finding the right niche does matter to rank on google as well as making money as blogger.
Now a days, blogging is a very common and famous method for making more money. And it gives an extra advantage to those people who have passion and expertise in the field of writing.
In the current situation, blogging is one of the best ways for writers to earn money. But it is not the only way to make money as a writer online. If you are a writer then, there are some suitable ways for you to earn online beside blogging which I will talk next.
So, how to make money as a blog writer?
As a blogger you can earn money in various ways. You can have your own blog or write for another blogger. if you have your own blog, you can enable Google Adsense and earn money from the Ads. Beside this you can get sponsor for your contents. You may also earn money by reviewing products. Affiliate Marketing is another amazing method to earn with your blog.
2. Write and Publish an Ebook
So, how writers make money by publishing an Ebook?
It is also a very famous and really amazing method to earn a hefty amount of money online as a writer. But it takes some short of expertise. There are a lot of writers in this field so you have to stand out if you are really eager in this kind of activities.
If you end up writing something extremely out of the box and have the quality to add value in reader’s life then it is sure shot to make money.
In this field, having marketing skill is required. Although, you can out-source the marketing activities I you are willing to pay. Besides, if you have an existing brand value or fame that will help you in this field. There are many websites for E-book.
You can go for kindle publishing. Also you can sell E-book by creating your own website or in your existing website.
3. Work as a freelance writer
Freelancing is always another considerable way to earn money as a content writer. The process is very simple. You will just apply to those huge blogs and websites which outsource their writing. Then write contents according to their requirements and get paid for the contents you write.
Now there are two ways you can get such jobs. Either you can go to the freelancing websites like Freelancer, Fiverr, Upwork, iWriter, or you can find your own clients via LinkedIn or by creating your own website.
Both of the process will work for you if you just give a gentle effort. The amount you are going to earn is pretty good and it will increase over time. Make sure that you provide quality content as the earnings will depend on your skill.
4. Make money as a Copy Writer
Copy writing is basically writing for marketing purposes. You can write influencing content, marketing or sales email or advertisement for brands. It is another famous and proved way to earn money online as writer.
There are thousands of brands available and more brands are coming in. So the opportunity is long-lasting. This kind of writings has real demand and if you are good and influencing enough the amount you are going to earn is pretty smart.
5. Guest Writing
Guest posting or guest writing is another way to make money as a writer. This process is pretty similar with the previous one. There are plenty of websites online who welcome guest writers for their blog. You can simply visit those websites.
After a simple registration process you will be able to submit your content. Just submit contents which will be suitable to publish under their niche. Once your content gets selected they will pay you the amount.
List of best sites where you can get paid to write your own articles.
There are a lot of websites with high paid rates where you can earn money by writing online for others.
Link-Able: $100 – $750
Link-Able is a great way for high-quality authors to earn money publishing for a wide range of clients and industries. Link-Able matches writers who are able to publish on relevant sites with businesses looking to earn mentions, links and traffic to their sites.
Founded by Jay Douglas, Link-Able offers good rates that depend on the sites you have authorship on – or are able to successfully pitch to. niches include business, finance, marketing, health, sport, tech, retail and more.
Note: The site will generally only accept native English authors and those with a track record of high-quality work in English.
The platform is simple and easy to use. Once you have been approved as an author, just browse the available writing jobs and apply.
How to get started
- Apply for an Author account and choose your area of expertise
- Once approved, browse writing jobs
- Read the job specs carefully. Recommend a site or sites you can write on and a concept for your article.
- If you win the job, you write, publish and get paid – simple!
A quick tip – You will have more success if you limit your areas of expertise to only those things you are truly passionate about.
Cracked.com: $100 – $200
Cracked.com is basically a humour site. If you are a funny/smart/creative person, Cracked.com offers a good opportunity to earn some extra cash with article writing.
No experience necessary. They will pay you if it’s good. You get to talk directly to the editors. Their content includes articles, photoshops, infographics and videos. Take your pick.
How to get started
Register for the site, click on the writer’s workshop, which leads you to the message board where everyone pitches their articles.
You pitch an article idea by writing the article idea, along with the five subtopics under the idea, a full column, and the information.
- At the time of writing, you get $100 per article.
- If you get up to five published articles, it goes up to $200 per article.
- If your article finishes in the top ten articles of the month (rated on website traffic.) you get a $100 bonus.
- You also get $100 for coming first in the Photoshop competitions of which I think they run two a week.
There is a bonus that runs in the design section also from time to time. It includes $500 for designing a winning T-Shirt, and a thread where you post (presumably humorous) infographics and they’ll pay you $100 if it’s featured on the site.
Watch Culture: $25 – $500
Watch Culture offers its news, opinion and entertainment coverage to millions of users worldwide each month.
As an online magazine based in the UK it covers the popular zeitgeist. Each day dozens of writers are earning money by publishing articles on Film, Music, Gaming, Sports, Television and much more to their ever-expanding five-million a month strong audience.
Several hundred articles are posted every single week from contributors, some of which you will see from time to time on Sky News, Metro Radio, BBC Radio, Dublin FM and in the national newspapers.
How to get started
What Culture have begun rolling out a system entitling all writers to earn money from every article they contribute.
In the Beta testing phase, some of the contributors have earned as much as £700 from one individual article. The system is based on a per views basis, rewarding the very best writers whose content matches what their audience wants to read.
Typically, writers who could come up with original concepts and execute them well have really reaped the big benefits.
If writing isn’t your thing, they are also planning to set up a larger video presence and are looking for talented filmmakers and YouTubers to produce high-quality content for the site.
So if you think you’ve got what it takes to write interesting articles or create popular videos and make money while doing it, get in touch with them at [email protected] for more details.
If you’d prefer to chat on Skype, the address is ‘whatculture’. Or if you live anywhere near Newcastle in the UK, they can arrange a face-to-face meeting.
Wow Women on Writing: $50-100
Wow Women on Writing does one thing really well: They look after female writers, encourage them and genuinely seek to offer opportunities to budding freelancers. Their audience is diverse and all focused on providing excellent content for women.
Wow Women focus on innovative business, freelancing, and training. The articles are generally detailed and designed to help writers improve their skills and showcase their work. You have an option of either asking for a payment by Paypal or, if in the USA, by Check.
How to get started
Start by reading other Wow Articles. You will want to have an idea of the tone of the site. The site is informative, relaxed and excited about showcasing good writers.
- Ensure that you are not just duplicating their content and re-editing an old idea. Be creative.
- Wow will pay up to $150.00 for a 3,000-word feature article.
- Focus on being useful. How will your post help readers?
- Practical, actionable advice is what readers want with easy to follow steps.
Wow Women focuses on women, writers, and a monthly theme. I am not sure what they offer in terms of a link back to your own content in the articles but they do link back to your site from your Author profile.
Please note that they do not open attachments. Your article or pitch needs to be presented in plain text in the body of the email. Sending a Bio or a link to other published work is a good idea and will improve your chances of getting published.
Metro Parent: $50 – $75
Metro Parent Publishing Group is open to experienced freelance writers to help build the content of their magazine and website. Their general goal is to have a good mix of fun and substantive local stories of interest to local parents.
Here are a few factors to consider before sending your pitch.
- Make it local. They are looking for stories and sources that reflect the communities they cover: Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Therefore, southeast Michigan ideas and sources are preferred.
- Pitch early. Content for Metro Parent is determined months in advance. Story ideas should be pitched a good two to three months before the month it would run. This is particularly important for seasonally-anchored stories.
How to get started
If your article submission is accepted or you have been assigned a story, you should submit an invoice (within an email is fine) that includes name, address, phone number, Social Security Number, name of story and payment amount.
The invoice should be submitted within a week of submitting the story.
- Features 1,000-2,500 words: $150-$350, depending on the complexity of topic and number of sources required.
- Department columns: $50-75
- Parent Pipeline pieces: $35-50
- Reprints: $35
The finished story should be single-spaced with a hard return at each new paragraph. Do not indent for new paragraphs. And include only one space after punctuation marks.
- Include your byline plus the preferred tagline
- Font should be Times New Roman, 14-point
- Include a suggested headline and/or dek
- Subheads (i.e., within the body copy) are strongly encouraged for stories 1,000 words or more.
Metro Parent prefers stories to be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment. For those who don’t have Word, send the story within the body of an email.
Be sure to include the name and phone number of sources at the end of the story, in case they have follow-up questions.
Strong Whispers: $50 – $150
Strong Whispers offers readers a range of articles about lifestyle, environment and other social issues. The range is wide. Your contribution is not limited.
Articles can range from corporate greed to education reform or change in world leadership to letting the people govern and make decisions on the way we treat the environment and exploitation of resources.
How to get started
Article earnings are negotiable, but they typically pay $50-$150 per published article. They are willing to pay more for the right article and website aims to publish 2-3 guest posts per month.
Step 1: Send them your best outline for an article you would like to write along with your fee expectation. Topics need to be unique and have a high impact.
They also ask that you send your current blog URL or an URL to published work so they can understand your writing style. They will tell you if the topic is of interest to them and if your sample meets their review criteria.
Step 2: After you have been invited to write for them, go ahead, write your article and submit it for review. They won’t publish simply mediocre or just okay guest posts.
Each article must be well written, accurate, grammatically correct and original content. You will get to view their guidelines so you can be sure to tick all the boxes.
Step 3: After you submit your article online, it will be reviewed. After review you will receive one of 3 emails:
- Rejected – Poor quality.
- Requires minor changes
If approved, it will be set to publish either immediately or at a future date. Once set to publish, you will be paid via PayPal.
Developer Tutorials: $30 – $50
Developer Tutorial provides its users with a regular supply of programming and design guides keeping them up-to-date on new and emerging technologies and techniques.
To help fuel this effort they utilise freelance writers to produce unique, high-quality tutorials in the following categories:
They are also looking for articles referencing cool and useful lists that users would both be interested in and benefit from reading.
An example of this might be, “30 Cool Web Tools to Make Your Development Easier” or “30 Awesome Photoshop Movie Poster Tutorials”.
They pay cash for your tutorials and list-based articles so not only are you helping out fellow coders and designers but you are making more of a name for yourself as a freelance writer.
How to get started
Pay rates depend on factors such as the quality of the tutorial/article and the demand for the topic it covers.
- Pay rates for published list articles currently range between $30-$50.
- Payment is sent via PayPal immediately after your article is published.
- List based articles must target web developers or designers.
Tutorials are required to be a minimum of 1000 words and should include illustrations (screenshots etc) if needed to more effectively portray your message.
B. Michelle Pippin: $50 – $150
Michelle Pippin is looking for articles aimed at helping small businesses increase their profits, influence, or impact. Michelle Pippin provides sharp and high-quality business and marketing content to a wide audience.
If you have some original work, a great idea or a hack for the business, marketing niche, this could be a site to consider. While the site focuses on women in business, it provides an even-handed mix of articles on profit, entrepreneurial resources, marketing and case study articles as well as relevant news on the business world.
The site has a large audience and a wide mix of business and marketing related material.
Your articles don’t need to be too technical, as though they were being prepared for a peer-reviewed journal, but they should go beyond the basics.
Michelle will expect you to do the research and if it reaches her members only audience (which is a print edition) you will likely receive a bigger pay cheque.
Word count on the site for your average business or marketing article is about 800 words.
How to get started
- Obviously, your work must be original work.
- If your work gets published in my members only (print) newsletter, you’ll get paid more money, but you will not be able to republish your article elsewhere.
- Payment is on a per article basis and will be paid via Paypal on the 1st of the month following the month it is posted.
Don’t send over full articles. Just complete the form and tell them your areas of expertise. A short pitch should be fine but keep your offer short and sweet.
Uxbooth is into design. I figured that much out. The rest of their site is gibberish. For example, their “About us” page begins with these words,
“The UX Booth is a publication by and for the user experience community. Our readership consists mostly of beginning-to-intermediate user experience and interaction designers..”
What that means is anybody’s guess. it might be good for the user experience but it’s nigh useless if you were looking for a reading experience. Nevertheless, they offer you money to join them in the art of gibberish.
How to get started
Uxbooth does not accept fully written drafts outright. Instead, they pair authors with editors in order to collaborate throughout the writing process. It works like this:
- You pitch a topic or idea that you’d like to share. Don’t be shy!
- If accepted, a development editor is assigned to you in order to help you develop your narrative in accordance with their style guide. The two of you discuss and evolve the idea until it’s ready to share.
- That’s it! Articles are usually published four-to-eight weeks after they’re initially pitched.
- They pay $100 per article.
We’ve come a long way from pen and paper. A long way. In fact, with modern technology, we have more options for writing than any one person can reasonably use.
When it comes to content writing, Microsoft Word is the first tool that comes to mind in a flash for any technical writer. Microsoft Word is definitely a technical writer’s best friend. What makes it so popular is its simple and elegant look combined with a rich set of features.
According to a report from Microsoft, 1 out of every 7 persons uses Microsoft Word either for his/her professional or personal work. Statistics also say that about 80 percent of students use Microsoft Word for individual work, while 13 percent use it for group work.
Here’s a list of features that makes Microsoft Word the best tool for content writers:
- Automatic spell checker and highlighter, inbuilt grammar check capability
- Pre-loaded document templates such as brochures, flyers, technical whitepapers, troubleshooting guides and so on
- Tracks changes — useful for editors and peer reviewers to review and suggest edits to the content.
- Want to replace a word across the entire document? Find and Replace is probably, your life saver.
- Save your document to different formats such as PDF, XPS, web page, Rich Text Format (RTF), plain text, and more
Additionally, you can define your own style for the documentation. You can define text and paragraph formats, add Table of Contents for your content, create tables and do wonders with the tool.
Google Docs is a free, multi-user collaboration tool that is available as a part of Google Drive. It’s best suited when multiple users want to collaborate and curate content together on a specific topic. Most businesses these days are adopting this tool to increase the efficiency of their staff and make information readily available on the cloud.
With Google Docs, you don’t have to worry about versioning problems for your documentation. Because you will see who is working on the document as users make changes to the content. Changes are automatically saved every few minutes to your Google Drive. This means the data is always available in your Google Drive account.
In Google Docs, you have three options — Editing, Suggesting and Viewing. In the editing mode, you can edit the document directly and the changes will not be tracked. Suggesting will enable tracking and the edits you suggest will become suggestions. You can read or print the final document from the Viewing mode option.
Few disadvantages with Google Docs (despite being one of the popular free online word processor) — it requires internet access to view/edit the documents. While this is an advantage on one side of the coin, on the other side, this becomes a disadvantage.
Without internet access, you cannot access Google Drive (or your Google Docs!). The documents that you are working on will not be available in the absence of an internet connection. Google Docs also lacks the wide range of formatting options available in traditional word processing systems.
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