Get Paid to Write Online!
Right out of the box, I want to apologize for the cheesy title. I mulled over a few others in my mind then thought, oh just cut to the chase.
The cheesy chase, as it were.
Most people are looking for ways to make more money these days. I’m not sure why, I mean the economy did an about face, right? </ sarcasm> I can’t even begin to advise anyone on jobs outside of the home (never had one… well, I babysat once when I was 16, does that count?).
However, I am more than a little familiar with working online. I’ve been at it for many enjoyable years.
I’ve written other articles on Self Help Daily about building blogs, publishing blogs, and making money with blogs:
There are others, of course – all of which can be found under the category BLOGGING.
I have done very well with web publishing and, if you have the drive and the time, it’s something you should consider. If you have any questions, I’m just an e-mail away.
This article, however, isn’t about making money with blogging. This article is for those who either don’t have the inclination to blog or who are bloggers who wish to make even more money. After all, life’s a beautiful thing – but it isn’t getting any cheaper to enjoy it. Below are a few websites you may want to look into. There are varying requirements and the pay, most certainly, varies.
About.com One of the most popular and informative websites online accepts About.com Guides and Contributing Writers. Guides are responsible for creating a “web” of resources within a particular niche (subject). The Guide must be able to write articles that are informative to the novice as well as articles that will challenge and inform the expert. About.com has a list of subjects which they are currently seeking Guides for.
About.com also has a list of subjects in which they’re seeking qualified writers.
With the reputation of this website (combined with the fact that they’re rumored to pay the most), this would be an excellent place to start you journey if you’re looking to make money writing online.
Associated Content – Associated Content is another great way to make money writing online. Payments are made through Paypal and, like About.com, the reputation is golden.
As a bonus, I personally think having Associated Content contributor on one’s resume would look pretty impressive. The same can be said of being an About.com Guide or Contributing writer. If you were to one day branch out into writing for magazines or books, being able to back up your expertise with these reputable websites could really make a difference.
From Associated Content:
Upfront Payments: Certain types of content can be submitted for Upfront Payment, meaning we’ll review your content, and send you an offer before we publish it. Current offers range from $2-$15. Be sure to read our Upfront Payment guidelines before choosing this option.
Assignments: Need an idea? Just look at our Assignment Desk – the Web’s first – and claim one! Many assignments offer Upfront Payment. Claim one of these opportunities and we’ll send you the advertised payment amount if your content meets the requirements. Once you’re established on Associated Content, you can apply to our Featured Contributor program. Featured Contributors have access to top-dollar assignments for AssociatedContent.com and partner sites (these assignments typically pay between $10 and $100 upfront).
Performance Payments: Every piece of content you publish on AssociatedContent.com generates unlimited revenue for you based on the amount of traffic it receives (in addition to any Upfront Payment).
You earn money for every one thousand page views your content generates (PPM™ rate). The baseline PPM™ rate is currently $1.50 – meaning if you generate 30,000 page views, you’re paid $45.00 in Performance Payments. As your library of content grows and your total page views accumulate, your Clout level increases. When you reach Clout 7 and beyond, your PPM™ rate will gradually increase up to a maximum of $2.00 per thousand page views. Click here to read more about the Clout system.
Our top Contributors earn hundreds (in some cases, thousands!) of dollars per month in Performance Payments – and so can you. Performance Payments are sent monthly and are based on an aggregate of the page views on all your content – the more you publish, the more you can earn!
E-How.com – Finally, E-How.com is a fun way to make money online. This is actually the only one of the three suggestions here that I write for. I plan to look into the others, however, simply because I love to write. As someone who writes, I’ve found that the best way to hone your writing and keep your skills sharp is to use them as often as possible.
When I first signed up with E-How, I found that (instantly) doing extra writing made words flow more freely. When anyone asks me how I come up with so much to write about and how I keep the well from running dry – my answer’s always the same: I never stop!
E-how articles show up incredibly well in Google, and since your payment is based upon the number of eyes that read your article – this is a very good thing for you.
- Look to the past, as in the Public Domain. Books that were written prior to 1930 often carry a wealth of information. I use them often in my research – after all, a lot of advice simply doesn’t change. I also read them for fun. I recently began reading a book filled with tips and advice from teachers (Copyright 1918) and principals. The book reads beautifully and is like a journey into history each time I open the book. The point is, I grabbed a notebook and pen a few nights ago, while reading this amazing book, and counted up information that could potentially be converted into 100 articles. Truth be told, I flat-out quit at 100 – it was undoubtedly a lot more. The same could be said for countless other books in the public domain.
- Are you a fan of libraries? I (along with daughters #1 and #3 aka Emily and Stephany) could spend days on end in a library – assuming coffee is served. Often. You could very well take a great notebook and a couple of pens to your local library and research a given subject. Accumulate as much great information as possible and turn it into articles.
- You can also write informative how-to articles and tutorials about things you’re good at or things you know how to do. I’m an avid cook, so I’ve written several articles centered around cooking and recipes. For someone who’s kitchen is their favorite playground, turning out articles like this takes very, very, very little time.
When it comes to making money writing online, it’s like a lot of other things in life – you can make as little or as much as you’d like. Nothing can stop you except your own goals and your own determination.
These are, of course, just three of the many places available to make money writing online. There are many others. I’m in the process of checking into the others for a follow-up post, but I wanted to go ahead and run with these three.
Cheesy title and all.
Writers, here’s something really fun: I Write Like is a website that will analyze your writing and tell you which author you “write like.” They’ll compare your writing style to some of the greatest authors in the world and let you know who’s style yours’ most resembles.
I entered a few paragraphs from a recent blog post and I was told that my writing most resembles Gertrude Stein. I wasn’t familiar with the author, so I embarked on a little research. The first quote attributed to Gertrude Stein told me that I Write Like is onto something: “I do want to get rich, but I never want to do what there is to do to get rich.”
She had another quote that sounded pretty much like me too: “To write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write”.