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Make Money Writing Articles Online

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You can make money writing articles online. If you have to write and can do it well, you can take advantage of many opportunities available online and offline. Quality content is what attracts traffic and buyers.

If you are good with words, you can make money writing articles for magazines, newsletters, blog posts, press releases, reviews, sales pages, e-books, website content, and so on for clients who need them for various online and offline marketing purposes.

Online writing jobs are popular ways to earn money if you have passion on the subject with basic writing skills. Some ideas you can write about are your educational background, hobbies, past work experience in such fields as technical, website marketing and optimization, marketing, copywriting, etc. If you are just starting, you can start by writing a blog of your own or by contributing to others’ blog.

Here are the steps to start making money as a freelance article writer:

1. Equipment and software

You will need to have your own computer, a reliable Internet connection, and adequate time for writing. Most clients will request that you submit your work as a Microsoft Word document. Some clients will want to be able to reach you by phone.

As you get assignments, you will need at least 4-5 hours per day to meet the deadlines, and to attract more clients. However, the time you spend to accomplish a task will depend on your level of expertise on the subject and how organized you are.

2. Samples of your articles

Almost all clients will request to see samples of your writing before they decide to hire you. So you need some samples before you can begin marketing yourself.

You need to figure out which market you want to approach first, and then try to write at least five sample articles on the topic of your choice.

You also need to upload your articles on your blog, or your website, or on article directories in order to add credibility and to prove you have published articles. When requested by clients, you will have to send them links to your published samples that shows your name as the author to remove any doubt of your authorship.

If you want to try blogging, first study some successful blogs, and then write a few posts of your own to use as samples.

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3. Marketing your services

Internet has opened up many opportunities for freelance writers to market their services. Here are some options:

  • Register with online job boards like Elance, Freelancer, Guru, and oDesk. These websites allow individuals and businesses to post projects, and freelancers to bid on them. The challenging part is that you will need to compete with others to get writing projects. Applications require a sample of your writing that must be original, clear, typo-free, and grammatically correct.
  • Take your time to check out these sites, sign up for free access, and then begin to place bids on the projects that interest you. Writing jobs can be paid at flat rates while others must be bid on, and the rates can vary depending on the project. Whether you will win these projects will depend on your bid price, your experience in handing previous jobs successfully, and your skills shown in your samples.
  • Other ways to promote your service include starting your own blog, website, and spreading the words about your service through social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

4. Sell your words

As a freelance writer, you can choose from a variety of market either online or in print. You can earn money writing news articles, how-to articles, travel guides, reviews, press-releases, and more. Just to give you some ideas:

  • Write articles for blogs. Some sites distribute content which rely on blogs to sell certain products. Many of these sites use freelance writer for their content.
  • You can start your own product review blog and sign up with an advertising company that will sponsor your blog with banner ads. Enter “write for pay” or “freelance writing jobs” in search engine to see a list of companies looking for freelance writers.
  • Sign up with freelance writing services, such as Elance, Freelancer, Guru, etc. to bid on projects.
  • Write articles for online publications. Some articles are for search engine optimization purposes, and other articles are for reviews or to provide useful information about a particular topic. Many websites offer to pay you for quality articles. However, it is important to have basic knowledge about SEO and keyword density so the article can bring visitors to content article site.
  • You can write for magazines, either online or offline.
  • If you are a programmer, you can write new program and sell it as a shareware. Check out sites like Guru or Freelancer, where customers request and offer to pay for custom-made computer programs.

5. Commitment

Hold on your commitment to do your best to provide the best content for your clients. Keeping your clients happy requires more than writing good articles. It also requires communicating effectively, showing concern about their business, responding quickly to phone calls and their emails, and meeting deadlines.

Repeat businesses from satisfied clients can grow your business quicker than you can imagine. Your persistence and commitment will grow your business as you retain your clients.

By Paul Ziglar – 2019 – Update 2020
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