How to Make Money Writing Online

How to Make Money Writing Online

Despite stereotypes, a writer doesn’t have to be hungry and misunderstood. Today, the author has many ways and opportunities to define his market and create in-demand content for the target audience, as well as receive a stable income from this.

Steve Scott, author of Morning Magic for Writers, discusses four business models to help you start making money from writing.

Business model 1. Freelance

Freelancing, or freelance work, is the fastest way to make money from writing. Instead of starting a business from scratch, you can offer to Copywrite and ghostwriting services to companies or writers.

You can advertise freelance services on many sites (for example, fl .ru, etxt.ru, copylancer.ru, kwork.ru, freelance.ru, work.glvrd.ru).

If you are choosing freelancing, four simple steps will help you get started in the right direction.

1. Create a simple website

You definitely need a platform where customers can find you and learn more about your offer. Don’t worry if you’re not too tech-savvy: building a website is not difficult at all, and you don’t need hundreds of web pages to promote your services.

  • The site should include the following materials:
  • information about the work in which you specialize;
  • registration procedure for new clients;
  • examples of work performed;
  • customer reviews;
  • email address or contact form;
  • links to your social media profiles.

 

2. Specialize in one topic

At first glance, there is no point in limiting yourself. However, this is the best way to get regular orders and later increase the prices for your services.

Specialization makes you a sought-after author among those who need texts on a specific topic. For example, if you write about sports, you are likely to receive many more repeat and long-term orders than a freelancer who takes on everything.

Another undoubted advantage of narrow specialization is the so-called word of mouth. Satisfied customers who have already used your services will start recommending you to others and gradually you will make a name for yourself in your field.

Also, the longer you write on narrow topics, the higher fees you may charge for your services. Those who have deeply mastered knowledge in a particular area earn the most.

3. Maintain a mailing list

Success depends a lot on repeat orders, so you need to keep a list of customers and keep in touch with them. Of course, the person may not have a job for you right now, but this may change in a few months.

Feel free to ask your former clients from time to time if they need your help. Better yet, come up with ways to offer them value, say, in the form of monthly advice in your professional field. This will set you apart from the crowd of competitors.

Create a spreadsheet with the following details for each customer:

  • Full Name;
  • E-mail address;
  • date of birth or any other personal information that you managed to find out.

When maintaining contact with clients, in no case go beyond what is permissible, so as not to seem intrusive. Set a reminder to contact them every quarter to see if there is a new project coming up that will benefit from your skills.

4. Focus on acquiring new customers

Of course, a freelancer should maintain relationships with old employers, but every day you need to look for new niches and potential clients for your business. How it’s done?

  • Ask previous customers for a recommendation.
  • Use freelance job search sites to show your talent and visit them regularly to check if anyone is looking for freelancers.
  • Send emails to sites and businesses in your niche to see if they need a quality copy to promote a product.
  • Publish guest posts on sites with active traffic and leave links to your services.
  • Create a marketing channel to distribute useful content. Solve people’s problems to gain their trust and demonstrate your knowledge.

So, freelancing will allow you to immediately generate income from writing. Of course, the satisfaction with this job doesn’t match the thrill you get when you see your book title at the top of the bestseller list, but it’s a good start for a budding author.

Business Model 2. Blogging

Blogging is a very viable business model for writers because they have a skill that others cannot boast of: putting words into sentences and paragraphs to share their thoughts with the world.

However, you must understand that this is a very long journey. For every blogger who makes six figures, there are hundreds of fellow bloggers who struggle to make a couple of hundred dollars a month.

To be successful in this area, you need to focus on building a reputable website that grows your readership base through the regular release of proven, quality content.

Stage 1: choosing a niche

A blog is unlikely to be successful if it posts random, scattered thoughts about different things. The best-specialized sites target a specific market or problem, hobby, or topic of interest to the audience (sports, tourism, parenting, entrepreneurship, new technologies, and so on).

If you carefully analyze your life, you can easily determine which topic is of great interest to you. What you really understand can be turned into a great authoritative site.

Stage 2: creating quality content

There are more than two billion websites on the Internet, and you need to offer your readers real value to get noticed. This is the only way to attract the audience’s attention.

  • When filling your blog, you should focus on:
  • on detailed articles with practical recommendations;
  • infotainment articles on one topic, in which the text is organized in the form of a list (often called listicles);
  • terms related to your niche;
  • review posts about other specialists in your niche;
  • reviews of tools, gadgets, or services.

Stage 3: building relationships

Of course, you cannot be blogging in isolation from everyone, because growth in this field is determined by how well you interact with other authors and connect with their audience.

It should be noted that there is no short and easy way here. You can’t just write a letter to a popular blogger and expect him to gladly share with you the audience. To gain acceptance in an extremely crowded market, you need to:

  • write good, deep guest posts for the best blogs in your niche;
  • visit thematic forums and social networking groups with a large number of participants;
  • answer all questions and respond to all comments from your blog guests;
  • create good content based on their questions;
  • record podcasts and blog interviews for popular sites.

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