Writing for the Web 3: How to Get Paid for Content and Make $500 a Day (and more)

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This is the third article in our “write for the Web” series. You’ll find links to the previous articles at the end of this post.

Today, let’s look at how you can get paid for content, and make $500 a day, and more. It’s not difficult. If you charge $200 a hour, you won’t need to write for many hours each day.

Here’s a tip. When you’re looking for proper payment for your writing, avoid publications. By publications, I mean websites like The Atlantic, which pays a miserly $150 per article. Websites which are publications work on an advertiser-pays model, just like magazines. It’s VERY hard to make this model work. They need millions of page views and thousands of clicks each day. Paradoxically, since writers provide their bread and butter, this means that they save money on writers.

Instead, look for companies which SELL on their websites. They have money to spend on writers.

As I said in our first writing for the Web article this week:

Writing for the Web has never been more important, because businesses want content. Web content is the new advertising. While everyone has paid lip service to “content is king yada yada” for years – few companies believed it. That’s changed.

TODAY, and in the months and years to come, content is survival. The operative word is “survival”.

The basic process: get paid for your content and make $500 a day and more

  1. Decide what you want to write

  2. Write samples – post them on your own site

  3. Look for companies which need the kind of content you’re writing

  4. Approach those companies

It’s a very SIMPLE process. Don’t over-complicate it. From a standing start, even if you’ve got nothing to use as a writing sample right now, you can go through the above process in a couple of hours, and be ready to sell your skills.

If you’re unsure of any of the steps, I go through them all, and much more, in Writing For The Web: Make Money Today.

In that guide, we cover the kinds of sites which pay well for content, Web writing basics (how to write the kind of content these sites buy), how to ensure that your own website sells your content, how to use social media to get writing gigs, etc.

Writing For The Web: Make Money Today is an essential guide.

Serious about Web writing? Invest in SYWON 2 (Sell Your Writing Online Now). (No, we don’t cover the same material as Writing For The Web: Make Money Today; they’re two separate programs. We never rehash material.)

In a nutshell

There’s a lot of money to be made in writing for the Web. Web content is the new advertising. Realize that. Also realize that companies need Web content to survive.

Now, start writing, and make money. ;-)

Previous articles in this series

Writing for the Web

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Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.

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Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.