If you’re a competent writer, you can make money writing online by writing articles. This is been the case for many years. However, with the latest Google updates, Panda and Penguin, old-style “junk” article writing is no longer enough.
Before these updates some “writers” wrote junk which no one was intended to read; it was purely search engine fodder. Times change. The search engines got smarter, and these days junk is penalized. This means that rehashed content is no longer enough. You need to put creativity, research and effort into your articles.
There are two primary ways to make money writing articles. The first method is to write articles for others. The second method is to write articles for yourself, in order to market products.
Let’s look at both methods.
1. Writing Articles for Others
These days businesses need web content for their websites. They also need content to draw traffic. One of the most popular ways to do this is by using content to market their site. “Content marketing” has become hugely popular, because it’s cost-effective. An online article can stay online and attract traffic for years. Advertising on the other hand, stops drawing traffic when the advertising stops. Moreover, online advertising has become expensive.
Most businesses don’t have the staff to to handle content marketing; this means that they need to hire a marketing agency, or hire writers directly.
So, how do you get these Web writing jobs?
You get these web writing jobs by displaying your expertise and your competence on your own website. Then, you prospect for writing work. There are plenty of article writing jobs on the outsourcing sites, however there’s one major problem. These kinds of jobs are extremely low-paying.
To make decent money, approach websites and online publications directly. Expect payment of around 50 cents to a dollar a word for top quality, well-researched content.
2. Writing Articles to Market Products
Just as you write articles for others, you can write articles to promote your own products, and affiliate products too. When you write articles to promote affiliate products, you link to product webpages via an affiliate link. If a click on your link results in a sale, you make a commission.
Commissions vary. On sites like eBay and Amazon, commissions are quite low. However, you’re not restricted to these sites. There many affiliate networks, and if you promote high-priced products, you can make excellent income from your articles.
So, how do YOU cash in on the article cash bonanza? Here’s the short answer: write quality articles. Google’s Panda and Penguin updates are a boon to writers. Write quality articles which get readers, because readers equal income.
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