make money writingIf you have a knack for the written word, you can make money by writing for the Web. Depending on the type of writing that you do and the company/Website that you work with, you don’t need to have writing experience and may not even have to submit a writing sample first.

Writers are making money in a number of ways, using the World Wide Web as their publishing platform. In this tutorial we will examine three of the most popular ways and how you can go about getting started.

I) Make Money Writing for HubPages or Squidoo

HubPages.com and Squidoo.com are just two of the most popular of the blog-style publishing sites on the Internet. They are sometimes confused with article distribution Websites (such as MintArticles.com). Article distribution Websites differ in that they are places where writers can submit articles for syndication, and publishers can use those articles free of charge on their own Websites. The Website owners do not share any revenue with the writers.

HubPages and Squidoo, by contrast, more closely resemble the blogging model. Individual articles cannot be used or reprinted by a second party. Instead, the content is posted exclusively and pay-per-click ads are posted within the pages of the post. Ads are matched by content, and the Website shares any revenue from these ads with the creator of the content. In some cases, content creators may also be able to offer certain affiliate products for sale on their pages and earn additional income when the affiliate product is purchased by a viewer.

One of the most appealing features of venues like these is the ability to customize and enhance content with pictures, video, “how-to” components and ways for site visitors to interact with the material. When these features are maximized, it increases the chances that the creator will generate revenue.

How to Get Started

You can choose just one, or submit content to multiple sites like these. Most of these kinds of sites require that you post original, exclusive content, so make sure you are familiar with the rules of each site you work with and that you don’t submit duplicate content to multiple sites if this is prohibited.

The sign up process for HubPages.com and Squidoo.com and other like-Websites is very similar, and pretty simple:

  1. Go to the site’s home page and look for the “Sign-Up” or “Get Started” link/button. Most of the time you’ll find one of these located in the top center or top right corner of the home page. Click on this. You’ll be re-directed to the application page.
  2. On this page, fill out the requested information. You’ll be asked for basic biographical info like your name, address, email address and Website address (if you own a Website of your own). You may also be asked to choose how you would like to get paid for any shared revenue that’s generated from your pages. (FYI: Squidoo also offers you the option to donate your revenue to a selected charity.) When you’re finished with this step, click the “Submit” button/link.
  3. Either on the application page or on a successive page, you’ll be asked to read and agree to the site’s terms of use. Be sure you read these terms carefully. (FYI: This is probably where you’ll find information regarding submitting original and/or exclusive content.)

It will probably take a few minutes, but you should take the time to read this information carefully and then indicate that you agree with the terms by checking the appropriate box. Failure to comply with the site’s terms may result in termination of your account and may also jeopardize any earnings you’ve amassed. The best way to avoid this is to have a thorough understanding of what’s expected of you and what you can expect from the site.

Depending on the particular Website, you may be able to begin posting immediately, or you may have to wait to have your application reviewed. If your application must first be reviewed and approved, you may have to wait anywhere from a few hours to a few days before you can begin posting content.

That’s really all there is to it. Signing up is quick and simple. Once you’re able to begin creating content, familiarize yourself with the features that are available to you. These features can help you draw in more viewers and even get a better search engine ranking.

One of the biggest benefits of writing articles for a share of ad revenue is that it costs you nothing to get started: no membership fees, and no other financial investment is required.

How Do I Get Paid?

Payment terms differ from site to site. Some pay you your share of advertising revenue via an online bank account like PayPal. Others send you a check or money order.

It’s also important to note that most of these sites have payout thresholds. This means that they will hold your earnings in escrow until you’ve amassed a minimum amount of money. Once you’ve reached this threshold you’ll get paid and your account will go back to zero dollars.

II) Make Money Through Pay-Per-Post

As its name implies, pay-per-post is the idea of creating and posting content for a fee. Generally speaking, it requires you to write article or editorial-style content on a specific topic. The number of required words will probably be between 350 and 500 words. Some popular pay-per-post sites include www.payperpost.com and www.postsgenius.com.

The pay that you’ll receive is largely dependent upon two things: the particular site that you are writing for, and the length of the piece. Some sites pay you a flat fee for an article of a particular word range, while others may pay you per-word (up to a maximum number of words). Generally speaking, you should expect to make between three and ten dollars for an article of 350 to 500 words.

Want to try your hand at it? Here’s how to start:

  1. Go to your chosen site’s home page. Locate the link or button that says “Sign Up.” It shouldn’t be hard to find: usually it’s located near the top center or top right hand corner of the page. (Make sure you click on the link that’s meant for bloggers or writers, NOT for advertisers.) You’ll be re-directed to the sign-up page.
  2. On the sign-up page, fill in the required information. You need only supply basic biographical information like your name, email address, home address, etc. You may also be asked to choose a user name and password, which you will use every time you want to access your account on the site. Be sure to click on the “Submit” link or button when you’re finished.
  3. Depending on the site you choose to work with, you may be asked to do a number of other things which may include creating a writer bio, choosing topics of interest that you’d like to write on, or selecting a price range that you’re willing to work within. Make sure that you fill out all of the necessary information. You may also be asked to read and agree with the terms of the Website. Be sure that you read and understand these terms so that you know what is expected of you, and also what you can expect of the site you’re working with.

That’s all it takes to get started. Some sites let you get started right away by directing you to a list of topics/subjects or products to write about. Others may send you topics via email. Either way, you should be able to start making money within 24 hours or less.

Payment method for the work you complete will be similar to what was described in the first section of this tutorial under the sub-heading “How Do I Get Paid?” Please re-visit this section if you need a review.

Pay-per-posting has similar advantages to writing for shared ad revenue. You aren’t required to pay any kind of up-front fee, so you can get started right away and you won’t have to worry that you’re losing any money.

FYI: Make sure that you understand what is expected of you as a writer/blogger. Particularly, make sure you carefully read the site’s guidelines pertaining to writing style. Your work will automatically be rejected if it’s full of spelling or grammar errors and/or isn’t written in the format requested. You’ll be wasting your time if you don’t read and understand these rules before you start submitting articles or editorials.

III) How to Make Money by Freelancing

If you’re good at writing, you may be able to make more money as a freelancer. Freelancing involves finding private buyers for your work and/or bidding on posted writing jobs. The trick is finding those jobs and buyers. That’s where freelancing Websites such as iFreelance.com are helpful.

Joining a freelancer’s site gives you access to, and the right to bid on, writing jobs that are posted by companies and individuals from all over the world. You’ll find a variety of jobs available on sites like these.

Most of them are for writing work that is destined for Internet publishing, but you’ll also find jobs writing for magazines, newsletters, newspapers, or for copywriting for product catalogues. You may also find a number of translating jobs, which tend to pay very well since you must be fluent in more than one language to do them. Joining a freelancer’s network gives you a better variety of jobs to select from, and often these jobs offer better pay than other forms of online writing opportunities.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to the Website’s home page and locate the “Sign-up” link or button and click on it. (Make sure that you click on the button meant for potential service providers, not the one meant for those who are posting a particular freelance job.) You’ll be re-directed to the sign-up page.
  2. Fill out the required information. You’ll have to provide basic biographical info like your name, address, email address, phone number, etc. You may also be asked to choose a user name and password which you will use to access your account on the site. Click the “Submit” button when finished.
  3. Depending on the site you choose, you may be asked to select a “membership level“. Many sites, including iFreelance.com, have different membership levels to choose from. Each successive level costs a bit more, but also offers more features and benefits, such as an expanded profile, space for a portfolio and/or pictures, first rights to bidding on certain jobs, etc. If you’re unsure, start with a basic level membership. You can always upgrade later on if you want to.
  4. After selecting your membership level, you’ll need to submit payment. Usually you are able to do this via credit card or through an online bank like PayPal.com.

You’ll be given the opportunity to create a bio or profile which potential service buyers can look at to get a feel for what your skills are. Make sure you take full advantage of this feature. It will increase your chances of successfully obtaining jobs.

The biggest benefit to finding writing jobs this way is that the assignments typically offer better and more reliable pay than some of the other methods for earning money through writing. The downside is that you must pay for a membership. It’s usually an annual fee, and may be anywhere from 25 to 75 dollars, on average, and depending on the level of membership that you want. Another downside is that you must spend time perusing postings and bidding on jobs, with no guarantee that you’ll actually get any work this way.

How Do I Get Paid?

With these types of sites, you generally get paid by the job. With iFreelance.com, the person or company who posts the job pays the service provider directly, usually through an online bank like PayPal.

With others, such as Elance.com, the service buyer pays the Website, and it holds the money in escrow until the service provider (you) satisfactorily finishes and submits the work. It then pays you via check or PayPal.

What About Paid Writing “Membership” Sites?

You may have come across sites that recruit writers, but which require you to pay a fee in order to have writing jobs sent to you. These sites aren’t always scams, but they may not net you the kind of income you’re hoping for, either.

Be wary of sites that promise to send you writing jobs after you’ve paid for a membership. Membership fees are generally reasonable (between 25 and 75 dollars), but you don’t have any real way of knowing whether or not you’ll recoup your investment and actually make any money. If you decide to give it a try, pay for your membership with a major credit card. This way, if you discover that the site is a sham, you may be able to get your money back through your credit issuer.

Hope this helps,

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(4) comments

Wayne says:

October 26, 2011 at 12:30 am

Writing is one of the best things we humans can do. I always dream of becoming like my father who is an editor in-chief of a local paper. But in the advent of internet, we can put to use our writing skills not only for writing sake but also as money-making device. That is why I like this article/site. I highly suggest this to others.

Helen Clark says:

October 26, 2011 at 12:31 am

I will try writing online one of these days. I love to write. My mom would be glad to know if I pursue this as my passion. In the end, I see my self writing books someday!

George Mitchell says:

November 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

If you have lots of spare time, you better try the suggestions above. I tried this lately and I earned at least $2 per hour simply by posting comments or article writing. It may not be a fortune but no matter what you say it is income.

Ashutosh says:

April 12, 2012 at 9:41 am

It’s nice to read this post. I’ve got some idea to make money online from your post. But, I am not successful as a freelancer writer. I am not able to get some projects from freelancing sites. Please post some topics on to get successful projects from freelancing sites.

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