Ways Writers Make Money Online

Introduction:When people ask me what I "do", I tell them I am a writer. The curious typically ask where I write. When I tell them I write online, most are puzzled and follow up with, "But do you get paid?" Explaining isn't always easy--but these are the five most common ways.

  • 01

    Online Writers Make Money from Goggle Sponsored Ads

    For sites like List My Five and eHow the main source of income comes from their Google advertising program. The content of the article triggers Google ads that appear alongside the article. When readers click ads, the site earns money--when the site gets money, they share it with the writer. If you see Google ads that genuinely interest you, clicking on them helps out both site and the writer and provides you with products or services you are already interested in.

  • 02

    Online Writers Make Money With Page Views

    Some sites pay their writers according to how many people read their articles, referred to as the number of page views by unique visitors to the page. Associate Content, Redgage and Examiner are examples of this. The site keeps track of how many readers read each article by the page impressions and pay the writer according to the number page views they receive each day.

  • 03

    Online Writers Make Money With Upfront Payments

    Writers make money online from upfront payments. Some sites, like the Yahoo! Contributor's Network from Associated Content and Bright Hub pay the writer a fee for the article in exchange for the right to publish it. Most include at least some funds from either ad clicks or page views, as well.

  • 04

    Online Writers Earn Money Blogging

    Many writers choose to start their own blog and use Google adsense to make money-similar to List My Five and eHow. Writers sometimes earn money from blogging by the number of views they receive but online writers typically earn money from blogging from ad clicks and not page impressions.

  • 05

    Selling Full Rights

    Other sites, such as Demand Media Studios offer a reasonable rate to purchase all rights to an article. The writer is paid by the site and the site then use it however they choose to make money for themselves.




Final Thoughts

Online writers typically write for one or more private clients, as well. These clients pay them for their work. Many online writers prefer to take advantage of several ways to earn money from writing by writing for several sites. This allows them to make consistent wages each week, while earning residual income from their online writing for months to come from both ad clicks and page views.




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