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How To Make Money Online By Writing

As you know, this blog is dedicated to helping you make money by writing online.  The updates haven’t come as fast as I had hoped, partly because I have been busy making money by writing online.  You see, my wife is pregnant and I’ve been trying to jam in as much writing working and other online freelance projects as possible before he gets here.

In the meantime, you might want to check out the latest article Top Webhosts For Writers at Arctic Llama.

You’ll need a good webhost in order to make money online by writing.  At first, you’ll need one just to host your writing business site.  Then, you’ll need to be able to host your money making sites.  Eventually, you’ll probably come up with a hundred other reasons to have a webhost.  For now, just trust me, you need one.

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Google AdSense Privacy Policy Interest Based Advertising and the DoubleClick DART Cookie

One of the most common ways to make money online by writing or any other type of website is with Google’s AdSense program.  We’ll be covering it in some detail very soon, but for now, there is an important update that you should be aware of.

Google is rolling out something it is calling Interest Based Advertising (IBA).  Theoretically, the concept is that instead of only serving up ads based on the words that are on your site, IBA would also serve up ads based on the user’s interests regardless of, or in conjunction with, what keywords or key phrases were on your webpage.

Of course, to know what someone is interested in, you either A) Have to ask them, or B) Have to keep an eye on what they are doing.

With a bazillion users a day, which one do you think Google is doing?

DoubleClick DART Cookie

This is where the DoubleClick DART Cookie comes in.  In case you weren’t aware, Google bought out DoubleClick and now owns them.  DoubleClick will be handling the IBA apparently, so the cookie that tries to figure out your interests gets served from DoubleClick. 

This is dumb on so many levels, but they don’t ask me.

What it does mean, is that the required privacy policy that your website must have for Google AdSense must now include some new language to also inform visitors to your sites that in addition to having third-party ads served by Google, that there might also be a tracking cookie from DoubleClick dropped on the user’s computer as they roam around your site.  So, you have to ad language that specifically mentions ANOTHER company that is getting their potentially private information beyond Google.  (Reason Number 1 Why This Is a Dumb Idea).

The Google AdSense website offers this guidance:

Your posted privacy policy should include the following information about Google and the DoubleClick DART cookie:

  • Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on your site.
  • Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet.
  • Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

So, if you are using Google AdSense, be sure your privacy policy is updated soon.  The official deadline was April 8, 2009.

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Use Article Directories to Build Freelance Writing Portfolio

article-collection Article directories are those websites that allow you to post pretty much whatever you want, whenever you want, once you have signed up and had enough articles manually approved.  One such site is Associated Content and Ezine are two examples of such sites.

Typically, these sites do not pay anything up front, although they may offer you a payment based upon the traffic your articles receive.  As such, they are not necessarily good places to focus your money making efforts, but they can be a useful marketing and influence tool.

In order to make money writing online, you are eventually going to need to be able to show prospective clients that you can write, and write well.  Showing your writing abilities is typically done via writing samples.  In the offline world, writing samples are provided as printed copies, or perhaps via enclosed media such as a disk.  In the online world, writing samples are provided via links or email attachments.

To avoid filling their inbox with attachments that could contain viruses, be improperly formatted, or just flat out too time consuming to read, many online writing opportunities will ask you to supply links to your writing rather than sending attachments.  Obviously, articles published on your own website are a great source of writing samples, called clips, but article directories can provide a useful set of samples as well.

Since article directories allow you to publish on most any topic, you can build up an array of articles in the areas you are interested in writing about.  For example, if you are interested in writing about finance, you might publish articles on credit reports, mortgages, budgets, savings accounts and credit cards on a couple of different sites.  This provides two important advantages.  First, if someone glances at your writing samples and notices they are all from the same site, it is possible that they might draw the wrong conclusion and assume you only write for one site.  By having articles scattered around on multiple sites you can avoid this incorrect first impression.

Secondly, article directory sites provide you with a resource box or area where you get to include your information as a writer.  Inside of this box, you will provide a link back to your own website which will both provide potential traffic, and just as importantly, aid in your site’s search engine rankings by providing solid targeted links from another site.

Too much time can be spend publishing on article directory sites.  Even writers with many published articles don’t earn much money and those that do have published many, many articles, some over the course of multiple years.  While those writers may indeed draw high residual income from those articles, one can only wonder how much more money such a writer could have made putting the same amount of effort into building an online writing business from higher paying clientele who generate referrals and repeat writing project work.

So, if you are just starting out, or if you are in a slow spot in your money making venture, take the opportunity to publish an article or two on the article directory websites.  Then, go back to building up new contacts and improving your existing ones.

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Make Money Writing Resumes Online

help-wanted-adFrustrated by trying to break into the world of freelance writing?

Try writing resumes.

With the economy’s current troubles layoffs are hitting many people hard.  For some, their last job hunt was 5, 10, or even 20 years ago!

Dusting off the old resume and then trying to update it to include the most recent job and duties, as well as make it look and feel current by today’s standards can be a daunting task.  People will gladly pay a professional resume writer to take care of the whole thing.

How-To Start A Freelance Resume Writing Business

  1. Brush up on your resume writing skills.  Read some of the career resources out there, contact your alumni career center.
  2. Hunt For Freelance Gigs.  Guru, Elance, and other sites might be good for regular freelance writing gigs, but job seekers aren’t experienced in the freelance writing world.  They go to Craigslist and places like that.
  3. Start a Job Hunting Blog.  The easiest jobs you’ll ever get are the ones that come to you.  Write a job hunting blog filled with useful and relevant information and job hunters will find you before they even know they want a professional resume writer.

These quick and easy tips should be able to get you started.  Writing resumes may not be your end goal, but they can be a great way for a writer to make ends meet while building up that dream freelance writing practice you want.

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