Want to make money as a writer? If you’re new to writing, this can seem like an impossible feat. You don’t have contacts, readers, or a website. In this article, we’ll look at some strategies you can use, which WILL make money for you, and faster than you can imagine. You just need to use them.
Here’s the thing. If you follow these strategies, they’ll give you something more important than cash – confidence. When ran I ran our “challenges” survey, the biggest challenge – whether writers stated it or not – was their lack of confidence.
Last week, we talked about some fun, creative ways to make money, even if you don’t have a website. It struck a chord. I received lots of questions about using Pinterest and about.me in place of a website, and using the two sites to make money.
Tip: the reason you create a website and/ or blog, or use sites like Pinterest and about.me is for one reason. Name recognition. Ultimately, it’s for branding and platform (readership.) However, baby steps… 🙂
People need to know your name to hire you. Otherwise you end up as a $2 writer. (As I’ve explained, I’ve got nothing against you charging $2 for 500 words if you live in a developing country. If you live in a developed economy, don’t be a fool. Go work at the Golden Arches instead.)
If you haven’t yet signed up to Pinterest and about.me, please go and do that first…
Use Pinterest in place of a website
When you’re using Pinterest in place of a website, you need:
- An easy way for potential clients to contact you;
- An easy way to send potential clients samples of your writing, as well as your Terms of Service agreement, and invoices.
You do that by using your about.me profile for prospects to contact you, and Dropbox as a file repository. Dropbox is free. When you put files in your Public folder in Dropbox, you can get a download link for each file. You send the download link to your clients so they can download your invoices etc.
You can link to your website on your Boards page on Pinterest. See the pencil icon in the above image? Click that to open your profile. Add the URL of your about.me page where it says “website”. Now people can click through to your about.me page to send you email.
Next, please go and sign up to Dropbox.
Now you’ve not only got an easy way for clients to contact you, you can also put all your client-related documents in one place.
To get hired, interact on Pinterest
Pinterest is a SOCIAL network. Create a board for each of the writing services you provide. Review the post on fun, creative ways to make money – you’ll find a link to a free image editor.
One of these days we’ll look at how you can create great images easily. For now, just create some images and pin them to your new boards.
Then, go to the Popular category on Pinterest. The pins on this page are there because they are popular, so they get lots of attention. Repin some of the images, and add comments underneath them. Some of the people who view the pins on which you’ve commented will see your Boards page, and if they need a writer, they’ll click through to your about.me page.
Use Pinterest to sell
Now you know how to use Pinterest to sell your writing services, let’s look at how you can use it to make a little cash.
The easiest way is to create boards to sell affiliate products.
You can become an affiliate for any site you choose. If you’re just getting started, sign up as an affiliate with Amazon. They have a huge range of products, so you can sell anything you like.
(Here’s an explanation of affiliate marketing if you’re not familiar with it.)
All you do is “pin” product images, or images you create yourself, write a 100-word description of the pin, and make sure that your affiliate link is added.
Here’s an image to show you how to add your affiliate link.
Edit the pin, either before or after you post it to one of your boards, and make sure that the Source is your affiliate link.
That’s all there is to it. Now go an promote your boards and pins on Pinterest, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
So, there you have it. You can make money on Pinterest. However, please take this to heart. The money you make is not as important as the name recognition. People need to see your name over and over again before they’ll hire you, or buy from you.
Onward – go and make some cash. 😉