How to Earn Money Online Writing?
If you are a writer, I bet you will agree with me that earning money online through writing is not really that difficult. As long as you write, you will get paid. Of course, how much you get paid depends on the quality of your writing. This is a widely known truth.
But the second part of the truth is often not told or should I say not widely discussed. It is about writing once and get paid many times. We call this passive income. It is not easy but sweetest if you ever made it.
There are so many choices to earn money online writing. But ultimately it still comes down to your decision to either
- Write once, “get paid once” OR;
- Write once, “get paid many times”.
Here, I am going to share with you both ways and I’ll start with the first one, a path where most writers choose – write once and get paid once. And I only share with you legitimate and real ways of earning money online writing.
Write Once, “Get Paid Once” (Active Income)
When I say “write once, get paid once” it literally means you trade your time for money. You only earn when you actively create something of value to the person who is paying you. For example, you write a product review or maybe writing a product sales copy for a brand. This income method is known as active income. In short, you get paid as you deliver specific. Here are 4 few online platforms you can earn active income through.
1. Write Listicle for Content Website
A listicle is an article made of a list. You can write a subject about anything. It is most suitable for use when you need to present complicated content to make it easier to understand. Some examples include 3 Time-Wasting Habits That Make Most Bloggers Fail or maybe 8 Ways To Drive Traffic Without Google SEO.
The format of a listicle is simple and mostly includes a title, a few sub-headings, or lists (preferably an image for each list) and will end with a solid conclusion. Many companies such as Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and Bustle published thousands of listicles every year.
Listicles are so popular because it is easy to read and skimp for important information. It is also easier to write listicles compared with lengthy, complicated traditional articles. Such a writing style is suitable for writers who are just starting out freelancing. Both TopTenz (temporarily put on hold) and Listverse pay from $50 to $100 per listicles of 1,500 words.
Transcription is a typing work that turns recorded audio files or clips into written text. It requires you to type out audio files into words, either word for word or just writes down important notes. The three main types of transcription jobs are legal, medical, and general transcription with many professionals such as doctors, lawyers and researchers will engage transcription firms for this service.
SpeakWrite is an online transcription company focusing on government & law enforcement transcription whereas FastChart offers medical transcription jobs. Both pay up to $15 per hour transcribe information.
A general transcription job involves transcribing meetings, academic lectures, and interviews. If you want to become a transcriber, then you must have good listening skills, great command of English, and fast typing.
3. Write for Freelancing Marketplaces
Many businesses understand the importance of having good content to improve their brand image and drive sales. With more and more businesses demand for high quality content such as white papers, blog articles and research reports, this opens up opportunities for the best writers.
If you are new to writing, you may need to compete for attention with thousands of other experienced writers in freelancing marketplaces such as Upwork or Textbroker. Once you managed to establish a good track record, you could be on your way to earn a decent income from writing online.
To give you some idea, an experienced writer can earn an average of 7.5 cents (or more) per word. Of course, some writers earn way beyond this rate. As I engage my writers from Upwork, I pay them around $100 per article of 1,000 words. For a sales page, expect to pay not less than $1,000 for a decent piece.
4. Pitch to Guest Post
Despite there is global content exhaustion, major publications can’t stop publishing new content in order to compete for more readers. This means popular blogs, magazines, and newspapers will have to pay for more to get high-quality content.
Although there are many popular publications do not offer any form of fee for guest blogging, there are still some who might pay. What you'll need to do is to pitch for your post to be published by request in writing. That's provided you've ample time to do this. When accepted, you will be paid in the range of $50 to $200 per article.
Write Once and “Get Paid Many Times” (Passive Income)
Earlier, I’ve shared with you the various methods on how you can earn active income through writing. To many writers, these are great “jobs”. But not for me.
I prefer not to trade time for money working as a content machine for the rest of my life. Therefore, I will only write for others when I have free time or want to earn quick buck.
What I really want is something that can let me earn a passive income. Those types of income where you don't have to constantly trade time for money. This means, even when you're on a vacation, you still receive money into your bank and allow you to enjoy life without having to feel like working at all.
If you too wished the same, then I suggest you to start to make some money by writing, not for for others but for yourself.
how to earn money online writing for yourself?
There are 2 ways you can earn passive income. First is to create an ebook. You can sell the ebooks on Amazon, or use them to build your subscriber list before promoting other products to them. Anyone can list their ebook on Amazon and it's an easy process. What you need is just to register with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, then you're great to go. It's a free self-publishing tool you can use to publish your book online.
For the list you generated with the free ebook, you can set up sales funnels and email sequences to continuously promote your products or services to them. One effective and highly affordable tool to do this job is called AWeber. This will prevent your email from landing on the junk folder.
The second method which I'm using to earn passive income is to post content on a blog. What I do is to create high-quality content on a specific niche, then recommend various solutions in the form of a “product or services” to my readers. So when they buy from me, I earn a commission.
Like others, you must be thinking blog writing is no longer relevant as many have diverted to earn money on social platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. This is really a big misconception. Although blogging has been around for many years, it's proven again and again as the most viable online business to earn passive income.
When you do a search on Google Trend, the search term “start a blog” is still showing an uptrend over the years. This means people are still interested to start blogging.
Look at Huda Kattan, the famous beauty influencer. Why would you think a famous influencer like her will continuously create new content on her blog despite having 44 million followers on her Instagram account? Won’t it be good enough just her to continuously share makeup tips on Instagram?
Now, let’s look at the famous podcaster Pat Flynn. Why would he want to create blog content when he has 245,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel? There must be a very good reason for them to blog.
This shows that both understand the importance of having a long-form content to deliver complex topics – one that can provide more value to their customers. Brands need more sentences to deliver meanings and build positive reputation to influence customer buying decisions. Regardless of whether you are promoting makeup products like Huda Kattan or promoting online courses like Pat Flynn, a blog is still a very important marketing platform no businesses should ignore.
Looking at the Google Trend statistics and following what most successful influencers do, blog writing is definitely not dead and is still very much ALIVE. That's the reason why starting a blog as part of my online business is still my best bet to earn passive income.
I would say only the landscape of blogging change. Readers are more demanding nowadays. They will only follow blogs that offer rich content, fulfilling what they are looking for. Content that has a combination of rich text, appealing images, or even with videos embedded will attract more visitors.
Text is still the anchor to these content. Social platforms are great but these assets do not belong to you. Facebook and Instagram belong to Mark Zuckerberg, not you. I am sure when readers who click on your post link on Facebook expect a lengthier content. They want to learn more about the topic you shared and that’s the reason why they clicked. Most social platforms can't host long-form content better than a blog.
Can You Start A Blog On Your Own?
Anyone can start a blog. It's just as simple as ABC. What you need is just a domain, a hosting, and a WordPress content management platform. But in order to earn passive income through blogging, you must know the real cost of building a blog. Yes, the cost of a domain and hosting is a must, but there're other costs to make blogging profitable.
Starting a blog is easy, but earning passive income is not. Similar to investing in good education to get a promising career, blogging requires the same to see results. You must first learn how to identify a good niche, next build a WordPress site, identify profitable affiliate products to promote, and finally learn different ways to get site visitors to your blog. Ultimately you need to learn all the various marketing strategies to transform your blog into a money machine.
The good news is, unlike going to university where you'll need to invest a hefty sum, learn blogging cost less than 1/10 of the university fee. There are in fact many blogging tutorials you can find online. However most info is scattered everywhere. It's very difficult to find those that can truly help you, let alone get one that can allow you to consistently follow through to see results.
I started this blog business by learning from a community of internet marketers that I found while searching for ways to build an affiliate marketing business. You can connect with them too if you want to. Thanks to them, I can now work online on a fulltime basis.
Blogging is Not For Everyone
One hard truth about blogging is this. You must have first had a stable source of income before you start. Yes, blogging is not for people who currently have zero income. This is because it takes time to see the result. Unless you have at least 3 to 6 months of income buffer, otherwise don't start.
Blogging is hard work and most people tend to give up after a while. That's why you'll need to garner support from your friends and family before starting. It's important so they can constantly motivate you to keep going.
Lastly, it's all about hard work and consistently take action. Just like any brick and mortar business, to become successful, rather than depending on good luck, hard work is more practical. Online business is just the same. Although you can earn passive income, before you reach that stage, there're lots of work involved.
You really need to take into consideration all those that I've mentioned before deciding whether blogging is for you. Should you give up half-way, all your effort will be gone. That's why deep consideration is really important.
It’s Your Choice
If you are serious to write once and earn many times, then I suggest you learn from Wealthy Affiliate, the community that helped me start blogging to make affiliate commission. The skills that I've learn has allowed me to earn a fulltime income by working at home.
But if you prefer to earn money writing for others, then I suggest you consider some freelancing platforms that I've shared earlier. Mind you, it can be very competitive, and many times writers whose submissions not accepted by clients will not get paid. That's the risk you'll have to take if you choose to write for freelancing platforms.
I hope the things I've shared are valuable to you. If there’s anything you want to ask about writing online, do leave me a comment below and I will try to answer as much as I can.
20 thoughts on “Earn Money Online Writing (Write Once, Get Paid Many Times)”
Thanks for sharing tips on making money online writing. While I write for others, I too join Wealthy Affiliate to build my blog and promote affiliate products. Being new with WA, I already feel the hospitality of members there. Their success stories are so inspiring. What’s your profile in WA? Hope to connect with you inside.
You are welcome. Do find me here in Wealthy Affiliate.
Dear Florence Ki,
Thanks for the great article I really enjoyed it.
To share my experience I tried many online money making programs like ptc, Gpt, captcha typing, transcription, Data entry, Surveys, email reading, ad posting etc., Also, tried writing content for others…
Finally via my experience I found writing for myself is the best thing to do and the posts I wrote many months before still getting me referrals which is the awesome stuff about blogging.
You are providing valuable advise. Your post is saving people a lot of time, effort, trouble and money.
Thanks for the honesty on “Blogging will take time” but it’s worth the effort.
I am also a member of Wealthy Affiliate for nearly 2 years and it’s the genuine platform I came across teaching people to learn and earn online.
Yes, blogging takes time but really worth every effort. I’ve friends who joined Wealthy Affiliate and gave up half-way. Not everyone can practise consistence. Bravo to you!
Hi Florence, wow, Thank You for this inspirational post. You have given me a lot of food for thought.
I’m also a member of Wealthy Affiliate and I’m earning money from my blogs but I’ve gone a bit off track – most of my earnings are from sponsored posts – people paying me to publish posts on my 3 sites. I haven’t completed Affiliate Bootcamp yet so my Affiliate earnings are still low. Do you think I can build an Affiliate site when most of the posts on my site are not written by me? Or would you rather recommend that I start again with an entirely new site?
I just downloaded your free ebook so I can learn more from you. Thanks a mill.
I hope my eBook can help you more with blogging. If you already have existing niche blog, I would suggest that you continue to create good content at the same time promote your niche product. If you are new to affiliate marketing, you may want to check out my recent post on step-by-step to start affiliate marketing as beginner.
What an inspiring journey! I’ve just signed up with WA, so I’ll look out for you! In amongst working and and setting up my online business I have managed to create a website that is up-and-running, and just love the look of it. Although I’m still fairly new at this, the support in the WA community is amazing! I can’t believe what I’ve created so far! Florence I love the charities you’re involved with and that fact that you like travelling. Glad you have visited Australia, do you think you’ll ever come back and visit? Catch up with you soon!
Will definitely catch up with you when I go Australia. Btw, you can connect with me in WA too. Here’s link to my profile.
Hi Florence. I absolutely loved your blog about earning money online writing. I have looked into writing blogs for website owners with companies such as iwriter and fiverr. I noticed at first that the payment for articles could be very low, but after doing more research and asking questions of the right people I now realise that the starting point might be low, bur the better you get the higher you are ranked and the more you can earn. I don’t think however, that you should put all you eggs in one basket. It’s a great idea, as you said, to do both writing blogs for a living and building a website with an affiliate marketeer. Would you agree that there are many ways to make a living on line and that its better to try more options then less? Thanks Jim
Oh yes, there are indeed so many opportunities online. Here are 50 ways you can earn decent income online.
Hi I consider myself a decent writer because I can send text messages over the phone is a jolly and playful matter. I like to have fun with my words. Sometimes I like to elaborate and sometimes I’ll just speak my mind and to the point. Bottom line is so can a lot of people. Since I have joined Wealthy Affiliate I have sharpened my writing skills further and to the point where I get my point across quicker and with more efficient word usage. What you are sharing here is so helpful. Will definitely share your post with my friends too.
Glad that you find this helpful. Do connect with me inside Wealthy Affiliate too ya… let’s build a stronger community in WA.
I have earned some money as a freelance writer on sites like Fiverr, but I didn’t get enough work to be able to do it full time. I’m now looking into blogging, but I’m not thrilled about putting in 6 months of work or more before seeing any success.
Maybe I could do both at the same time, do freelance gigs to earn some extra money, but do the blogging thing as a long term plan. Seems like the latter has much more income potential in the long run, but you’ll have to put in much more work initially. How much time did you spent blogging before you made any money?
Hi Kent, for me I didn’t start with writing for Fiverr but did some freelance writing jobs in my country. Yes the money is good but as you stop, you won’t get paid. I too blog while I was still earning other income at the same time. For me, I spend around 30 hours a week to blog. This include time to learn the trade and promote my content too. Started to see money after 2 months of continuous work. Here’s my story if you want to know more.
As affiliate marketing is one of the biggest growing online business right now and I also wanted to start it with writing a blog or something because I’m really good at it. This article had everything I needed. It taught me everything I should be aware of and everything I needed before starting to write a blog.
Thank you so much for the help.
You are most welcome Sujandar. Just remember to consistently take action and your dream will definitely be fulfilled in the near future.
Who would have thought that there was so many different ways to earn money writing online. I have found that I enjoy writing more and more these days. I think I’ll have to check out earning money to do it. Research and writing is a great a way to learn new things. Have you had much success earning by writing online?
Yes, I started as freelance creative writer 10 years ago while I was running my agency business. It was good money before I found alternative ways to earn money with writing. It was only recently I started to earn passive income writing my own blog post. Should have started earlier. This opportunity has allowed me to quit my current job in another few months time.
This is a highly motivational article for lovers of writers. There are many freelancing companies that gives opportunities for talented writers to write for private individual or organizations that need the services of such writer. Before I thought this is the best online means of making money. But after starting my online entrepreneur training on Wealthy Affiliate my personal perspective changed. Hence I see the need to write and earn a passive income even while sleeping. The advantages of writing with the aim to be earning passive income are endless.
Merry xmass and happy new year in advance.
Hey Merry Christmas to you from Malaysia. Yes, I used to think that writing for others is the ultimate way to earn money online. But I was so wrong. Like you, after I started blogging, only to find out that there are so many other opportunities. I am now starting to earn passive income from blogging and will leave the 9 to 5 job in another couple of months. Good luck to you too!