How To Make Money Writing
Did you know that some people who make a lot of money writing failed high school English? No matter how well or how badly you write, you can make serious money writing articles. But most article writers earn little or nothing.
Why is this?
Why Most Article Writers Fail
Writing for profit is not difficult, but unless you know what you’re doing and how to do it you won’t make money. What most writers don’t know is that it’s not about how well you write. Making money from writing is a simple skill, but you were never taught how to do it.
For example, did you know that your purpose in writing an article is NOT to get people to read the article? You really don’t care how much of the article they read, because reading the article doesn’t bring you any money! What you really want them to do is click on your link …
You Don’t Need Long Articles
The temptation when you start writing articles is to put as much content in as you can and write everything you know about the subject. This approach leads to long, boring articles, with too much information, that don’t get read and don’t earn money.
Keep it short. 500-650 words is quite long enough (check the length of this article) – your job is to maintain interest, not to wear down your reader.
It Doesn’t Take Much Time
You know already that writing articles is a sure-fire way to earn money, but are you concerned about the time it will take? The answer is it doesn’t take long to write an article.
With a little practice, you will find that writing an article for profit will only take you about 15-20 minutes (as long as you’re not a really slow typist!) If your typing skills are not up to that, you can easily learn to improve them – there are many resources on the internet you can use to speed up. A Google search on “improve typing speed” yields about two and one-half million results!
It Doesn’t Need to Cost A Lot
There are many free resources available – some good, some not so good. Here is a great free resource to get you started.. There is also inexpensive (not free) training available.
The best training is the kind where you follow their rules and write articles as you go. Ezine Articles, for example, provides excellent training in how to write articles destined for their site. They are also one of the few sites that insist on all original content, forcing you to write your own material rather than just copying someone else’s work.
Where Do You Find Content?
There is content all around you. You can search for articles that have already been written on your topic, but do not copy them without permission and full attribution. Quote your source, and make it clear that you have copied the article with permission.
Better still, rewrite the article in your own words. This is an excellent way to get started with article writing, but after a while you will find that you have more than enough information in your head to write entirely original material. It just needs organizing.
Article marketing can be rewarding. It may seem like a chore when you start, but you will soon find that it’s easy to set aside a half hour or so per day to write one or two articles. The secret is to make it a habit.
(This article was previously published in GoArticles.)