Wondering how to make money online from writing? This article will fill you in on the nitty-gritty.
The internet has significantly increased our access to, and appetite for, information. Every second, millions of people around the world are searching online for news, tips, guidance, how-to stuff, entertainment, gossip and all kinds of information.
Why will blogs pay anyone to write for them?
Just so that this all makes sense to you, it’s important that we provide a bit of background…
Information is worth more than gold on the internet nowadays. This is the simple reason why companies like Google Inc. have become multi-billion dollar corporations simply by connecting people to the information they’re searching for.
Because millions of people now depend on the internet as a source of easy and reliable information, anyone who can provide valuable content that helps people solve a problem, improve themselves or develop a skill, always hits a goldmine.
How can you become a ghost, guest or freelancer?
This heading sounded a little creepy.
Here are a couple of things you should have in mind if you intend to become a paid writer.
Step 1 – WRITE!
Well, there’s no easier way to say this, but the best way to become a well-paid and sought after writer/blogger is to WRITE!
How else will anyone hire your services if there’s no way to prove that you’re any good at writing? People would love to see your previous works to assess how well (or badly) you write. Writing is a skill, and like any other skill, it only gets better with practice.
Starting a blog is one of the most effective ways of staying in touch with your writing and getting better at it. Choose a topic that sparks your interest and start writing about it.
Very soon, when blogs will be considering you to write for them, the quality and content of articles you have published on your blog will help them to assess your ability.
Our Zero to Pro tutorial offers detailed guidance on starting a blog, how to find a perfect topic, and making your blog successful. It’s a good place to start and we strongly recommend it.
Step 2 – LEARN!
If there are already people who understand what it takes to succeed as a paid writer/blogger, why not follow a shortcut and learn from them? It’s easier, more convenient and will save you loads of time.
Like every other skill and trade, there are formulas for success in guest, ghost or freelance writing. You will need to learn and improve your writing styles, structure and maybe basic grammar.
You need to know how to capture the attention of an audience through your writing.
Depending on the reaction or response you’re expecting from the target audience, you should know how to inform, educate, convince, excite or even incite through the text of your writing.
Fortunately, there are lots of places on the internet where aspiring writers like you can meet, share and learn from more experienced and successful bloggers. We’re more than happy to give you a couple of recommendations…
- Copyblogger is the top destination for all bloggers who intend to become and remain good writers. It shares tips, advice and very creative ways writers can improve their writing. It is one of the top 50 most powerful blogs in the world and is regarded as a source of valuable and practical information that helps bloggers around the world to attract attention, drive traffic, and builds their blog ‘business’.
- Daily Writing Tips teaches grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and everything you need to know to write in clear and correct language. As you already know, writing skills are essential to your success as a blogger. Poorly written text is one of the easiest ways for your audience to lose interest in your articles. It’s very important that you check out this site and follow it very closely!
- Daily Blog Tips, Problogger and Viperchill are ranked in the top 500 most popular blogs in the world. These blogs cover almost every area of blogging and share free tips that take care of all the usual headaches that bloggers encounter. Problogger, owned and run by Darren Rowse, is arguably the Holy Grail of bloggers. You should subscribe to these blogs and follow them closely as you start and advance in your writing career.
Step 3 – START MAKING MONEY!
Yes, that’s right. If you’ve started your blog and have become comfortable with your writing abilities, it’s time to start writing and getting paid for it!
There are lots of opportunities online for serious bloggers to find writing deals that pay quite well. One of the common ways to start is to join a paid blogging network. These networks act as a bridge that connects paying advertisers with bloggers-for-hire.
By joining these networks, bloggers like you will be paid to write and post their opinions and reviews of advertiser websites, products and/or services.
We have provided (below) a couple of good networks you should join and try out. However, you must know that each paid blogging network has different rules, guidelines and requirements.
Before you sign up, make sure you go through their Terms and Conditions to understand how they work.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a good place to start. Visit each of them and sign up, but make sure you go through their rules as advised.
Here they are:
- For a comprehensive list of updated sites that will pay you for articles, check out: 110 Websites That Will Pay You to Contribute An Article, Instantly.
In addition to these links and resources, you could do a quick Google search to find out more places on the web you can get paid to write. Search for phrases like:
Now you know how to make money online from writing…
Today’s information and digital age is opening lots of opportunities for content providers to make money online. Blogging has become one of the most popular ways for ordinary people to contribute to the internet’s knowledge base and get paid for it.
More people are also finding that blogs are an effective means of generating buzz, favourable reviews for new products, services and campaigns.
Because most blogs are targeted at particular audiences that share a common interest, they serve as a rich source of potential customers for advertisers.
As economic activity in Africa grows and businesses look for more creative ways to reach an increasingly internet-influenced audience, bloggers will be key in helping to achieve these goals.
We strongly believe it’s a great time to start a blog.
If you think making money through writing is something that works for you, our Zero to Pro tutorial should help you set up and run your own blog.
You could also choose from many more amazing business ideas in the Business ideas section of this website.
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To your success!