Want to earn cash just writing?
Yes, you can earn cash from an old poem in your notebook. You can be paid by posting a comment on social media. Instead of writing fanfiction on some fanfic site, why not turn your writing to earn cash?
Many of us love writing but can’t imagine turning this talent into a source of additional income, or worse, are afraid to try.
Thanks to the Internet, writing as a job has become much easier. Here are just some of the ways other writers like me earn cash.
Some blogs earn revenue through advertisements. There are many companies that shell out money for pay-per-click (PPC) advertisements out there because they want their ads to be seen. If your blog caters or is related to their market, search engines may decide to place the ads in your blog. You’ll earn from the clicks of web visitors or from the number of impressions the ad made on your blog site.
Another way blogging can earn income is through affiliate marketing. Some websites offer affiliate marketing links when you subscribe to them. Just place those links strategically in one of your blogs and allow your readers to click on the link. If they purchase the product using the link you provided, you’ll get a percentage of income depending on the website’s terms and conditions for affiliates.
Another way I earned cash by writing was providing a link back to someone’s website. Recently, a reputable website asked me to add their link to my blog article for a fee.
However, for a blog to become a good source of income, you have to establish yourself as a blogger. Write regularly and be noticed. Who knows? Your blog site or brand can get lucky that you’ll stick to blogging as a career.
BY WRITING AS A LAY JOURNALIST
Some online newspapers and magazines rely on contributors to fill their pages. Research what kind of news and features they are interested in and pitch your idea to the editor. If you’re lucky, they’ll ask you to write for a regular column.
Sometime in 2003, I wrote to the editor-in-chief of a new tabloid newspaper and pitched my idea. After a week, my idea became my daily column which ran for a year until I gave birth to my daughter.
Not everyone can make a first-rate living as a writer, but a writer who is serious and responsible about his work, and life, will probably find a way to earn a decent living, if he or she writes well. – Bernard Malamud
There are many freelancing sites online like UpWork (the merged oDesk and Elance), OnlineJobs PH, Outsourcely, etc. Their sites have more than thousands of writing jobs available ranging from creative writing to academic writing, from copywriting to social media posting, from ghostwriting to SEO, etc. Just select which writing jobs suit you best and apply.
Recently, I received an email from Rhick Ano and he proposed another freelancing site called Airtasker. It is an Australian-based site with a wide selection of freelance jobs: from simple to complicated tasks —home cleaning, handyman jobs, admin work, photography, graphic design or even web development. I haven’t tried this yet but their site seems reputable and sound.
There are many online job sites that you can choose from. I’m already subscribed to many of those. Just remember, when applying or bidding for a writing job, use the law of averages: the more you apply, the more likely you’ll be interviewed sooner and get the job. Also, be realistic with your bids with regards to the number of hours you’ll commit and deadline.
Since I started freelancing in 2012, I got more freelancing jobs via the defunct oDesk. However, the highest paying writing jobs I got came from PeoplePerHour and OnlineJobs PH. I don’t use these online job platforms that much today because I’m gaining traction from this website. For the past few months, the jobs I get are from referrals and email inquiries.
With the advent of print on demand publications and e-book distribution sites, self-publishing is now easy.
I never thought that publishing my novel in Free-eBooks.net would get a foreign publisher interested in translating it. I will be earning from the translation rights plus royalties IF it pushed through.
There are other online e-book publishing sites that I’ve tried and one of them is Dreame.com. Early last year, they offered me both exclusive and non-exclusive contracts for my novels.
You can even convert your blogs into e-books and earn from self-publishing them. And I’m planning to do this soon.
BY JOINING CONTESTS
Winning in writing contests could produce two things: a cash prize and bragging rights. Be alert on available contests that you could possibly join. Look into websites like Writer’s Digest, Poets & Writers, and others for contests they organize or sponsor. Just follow their rules and submission guidelines to the letter.
The screenplay writing contest I joined in 1999 launched my writing career in 2000. And in 2013, I entered my first English e-book in a contest. I may not have won, but I got good praise from one of the judges.
BY ANSWERING SURVEYS
Philip Horton from OnlineMoneyPage pointed out to me that there’s another way to earn from writing: answering online surveys. Market research has evolved to include online surveys into their methods.
Maybe, the days of the focus group discussions — where marketing companies pay those who attend by trying out their products and commenting on it — are already numbered.
Online surveys will only take a few minutes of your time and you’ll earn a few dollars from it. That is, if you like answering online surveys most of the time.
I have answered a few surveys myself but I haven’t experienced being paid for doing so.
If you’re interested in answering surveys and other ways to earn cash, visit OnlineMoneyPage and Philip will help you.
BY WRITING A REVIEW
Writing a product or book review can be fun. Not only will you enjoy the product or reading the book, you get the chance to earn from it.
I got to know a few sites that offer monetary tokens in exchange for a product review. I’ve written a few last year.
Also, I’ve been invited by publishers to review a few of their books. The book itself was the actual payment but there are sites that pay once you’ve reached a status. If you would like me to do a book review, just shoot an email through my Contact page.
Although recently, paid reviews are getting a bad reputation. So be careful in selecting review sites to write for.
I myself write my own reviews on books, films, etc. Visit my other blog named Star Stack to view my reviews.
Here you have seven ways of earning cash by simply writing.This requires patience and hard work. You cannot just sit back and relax; opportunities do not come that way. Be willing to put your time and effort in getting your byline out there. Once submitted and while waiting for the paycheck to come, write and earn cash again.
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