There are many ways to make money writing at home now that the internet and digital publishing have changed the landscape for professional writers or those looking to get into the business. In this article, we'll cover the top three ways to earn income by writing content for your own web-related business. (If you're not up to building a web business and prefer to earn a living by writing for others from your home here are some popular online writing jobs.)
No doubt you've heard of the term "entrepreneur". Well in the online world a freelance writer who builds a business by creating content is referred to as an "infopreneur".
To start a business online, you'll need a web site and a clearly defined
niche. It's important to focus on a topic of interest because publishing a collection of web
site articles written around a central theme will help your web site to
place higher in the search engines, thus bringing more traffic to your
site. More traffic equals more sales of whatever you're promoting.
Learn about the web site building tool
that I've used to build five successful web sites. In addition to providing the tools to help
you build a professional-looking web business by simply typing text into your browser, it
helps you define a niche and determine profitability before you invest lots of time building your site.
Once you've written some articles and are attracting traffic and grow your readership, you're ready to make money writing by creating your own infoproduct (for instance, an ebook or an audio information product) that you can sell from your site. Your well-written articles will attract visitors to your site and convince them to buy the more detailed information offered in your ebooks or special reports. Learn all about ebook creation here.
If you do not want to take the time to create an infoproduct, you can recommend other people's products from your site and earn a commission on the sales. This is called affiliate marketing. To fully understand this process, check out this resource on affiliate marketing that was written by one of the most successful affiliates online.
Alternatively, if you wish to spend the bulk of your time creating
infoproducts that others recommend from their web sites, blogs and
forums, you can get other online business owners to promote and
advertise your infoproducts for free and pay them only when they've made
a sale. This is like having a sales force working 24/7 to sell your products all around the world, reaching people that you could not have reached on your own. If you have written a book or ebook and want other web site owners to help you sell it, click to learn how to get affiliates to sell your digital products.
If you've written articles that cannot be monetized with an infoproduct or affiliate program, you may want to place some ads on your web site. The fastest and easiest way to do this is to include ads that are context-sensitive which means they are designed to match the content of your articles. For instance, an article on dating would have dating-related ads. When your web visitors click on the ads—you earn money. One of the best and easiest ways to put context-sensitive ads within your articles is by signing up for Google Adsense. To place the ads into your pages, you simply copy and paste the code that Google provides into the articles on your site.
If you don't want to learn to build a
web site, you can make money writing articles and submitting them to other sites for publication or you can also start a blog. Although bloggers
generally add content more frequently (some bloggers post two to four
times per day), your posts may encourage visitor comments which can increase traffic to your site. Like a web site, you can monetize a blog
with Google Adsense, affiliate programs or your own infoproducts. Learn
the difference between building a web site and a blog.
As you can see, there are many ways to make money writing. (Read about more online writing jobs that allow you to work for others from your home or start your own business, without needing to build a web site.) Best of all, you will enjoy the flexibility of working from home, something that I've been privileged to do for the past ten years. Get started on your journey by exploring one or more of the options listed above.
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