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4 Ways To Make More Money Writing Online With Shorter Tighter Articles

shorter-is-better One of the main issues many writers stumble upon when starting to make money online by writing is that the starter jobs almost always pay a low per article rate.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing because you have to start somewhere.  However, if you don’t want to miss a mortgage payment, you’ll have to write those low per post rate articles fast, fast, fast!

Here are 4 Ways To Shorter More Profitable Writing

1) Leave Out the Exceptions – Every rule has an exception, but if you are writing a 300 word blog post, that is not the place to cover them.

2) Make Some Assumptions – Assume a certain level of common knowledge among your readers based on who you are writing for and start your article there.  Readers of an engineering blog already know about basic math, don’t cover it again.

3) Learn How to Write 300 Word Articles – Many websites have a 300 word minimum because SEO consultants and other search engine gurus tell them that posts between 300 words and 500 words are the best length for getting high search engine rankings.  So, learn to write good articles in just 300 words.  It’s faster than writing 700 words!

4) Stop Counting – Want to know why this list has 4 items?  Because that is how many popped into my head as I was writing.  That means I banged out this whole post faster than Boxer takes a dive in Vegas.  There is nothing magical about lists with 5 items, or a top 10 list.  Just because Letterman does a Top 10 every time, doesn’t mean you have to.

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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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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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Top 5 Ways to Make Money Writing Online

Make Money Writing Online Basics.

  1. Write content for other webmasters or websites.
  2. Write articles for article directories or article repositories.
  3. Write articles for article distribution services and services that sell content.
  4. Use affiliate program links in your articles.
  5. Put ads on your websites and in your content.
  • Top Website Advertising Program: Google AdSense
  • Top Affiliate Program for Reviews and Product Recommendations:  Amazon Affiliates
  • Top Article Database or Top Article Repository: eHow, Associated Content
  • Top Websites to Write For – Large Writer Pool:  Bright Hub, Demand Studios

Top Make Money Writing Online Tip: Always write for cash, up front, payment only.  Only take revenue sharing, traffic share, or ad revenue sharing, as an add-on or bonus, never as the only means of payment.

If you want to write for free, write for eHow, Associated Content, or other article directories in order to get links back to your own sites.

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