In today’s job market, many people look to supplement their income with a second job. Writing online can provide wordsmiths a way to make money doing something they love from the comfort of their own home. Getting started making money writing online can be tricky, but you can do it with some persistence and awareness of the marketplace. First off, you have to be aware that many of the opportunities available are scams. If it seems too easy or too good to be true, it probably is. Even a post I found on LinkedIn lead me to a scam page. Be diligent in looking into the opportunity before you make contact. You’re trying to make money, not get scammed out of it.
Monetize Your Blog
A common way to make money on the internet is to make your blog a profit generator. Monetizing a blog works best if you already have a niche or an audience. (If you don’t, My Web Writers has plenty of tips to increase traffic to your blog.) You can generate revenue through your blog by supporting ads or becoming a member of an affiliate program. Google Affiliate Ads or AdSense are both easy to use ad programs that can generate a small commission for each link or ad clicked on your site. Be sure to check if your blogging platform supports ads, as not all do. An affiliate program such as Amazon Associates allows you to include product ideas in your blog posts or sidebars. You then earn a small commission if a reader buys the product. For example, if you blog about films, you could link to DVDs. A cooking blogger could link readers to the kitchen tools he or she uses. The trick is to make the products fit seamlessly into your posts so that they enhance the content, not dominate it. Often, bloggers are most successful when they are part of a popular blogging genre (mommy blogs, cooking blogs, etc.) or a blogging community such as Blogher. These support systems help you sustain traffic and determine which ads are best for your readers.
Web Content Writing
As SEO demands continue to evolve and influence e-commerce, may companies are hiring web content writers or outsourcing their writing to specialists outside their office—that could be you. According to InkWell Editorial, an experienced copywriter could earn between $30,000 and $50,000 a year. To get to that point you’ll have to build a pretty solid portfolio and client base. First you have to get your foot in the door. Keep track of the changes in SEO and web marketing so that you can use the techniques necessary to do a great job and talk to possible employers intelligently about what you have to offer. You can find web content writing work through credible job searches such as LinkedIn and JobTarget. Again, there are a lot of scam sites out there, so be aware of who you’re working with. Check out our list of credible SEO companies for places to start looking.
Writing web content and doing SEO work is usually on a by-contract basis. That means that your income may vary, as will the workload. These jobs are great for people who can diligently pace their work and self-motivate to meet a deadline, similar to a more traditional freelance job. Though the internet has created a larger variety of freelance writing opportunities, the basics of starting a writing career haven’t really changed. Brush up on writing query letters, update your resume, and prepare to contact many companies before you get a job offer.
Finally, if your passion is writing books, the internet has made self-publishing easier and more cost-effective than ever. Through services such as the Kindle, or even a simple PDF, you can create an e-book and sell your novel, self-help book, or other manuscript online. Many popular blogs, such as Zen Habits, have gone this route to taking their writing to the next level. ~Kasey