Things I Have Learned About Online Writing

Introduction:The items listed below detail the top 5 things I have learned about online writing. This list is meant to give others a leg up - I think I had to learn the hard way how to direct views to my online writings and finally make some money with this 'career.' I'm hoping it helps other writers further their online writing career faster than I did!

  • 01

    Put the Title of Your Online Article Right In the First Sentence

    For a search engine to pick up and categorize your article properly, you should restate the full title of the article in the first sentence of your online article or list. Use the title again 3 times or more throughout the article but do it without the article sounding stilted. And, add variations of words in your title and related words throughout the article. For example, I've used the words 'writing online', 'internet', and 'residual income' throughout this list to make it easier for google to select appropriate ads to place on the page. I've made it easy for the online search engine to identify what this article is about.

  • 02

    Write What You Know

    There have been times where I've done a lot of internet research for very little gain. I find that the articles or lists that I've written online which get the most views are the ones when I write from the heart. To that end, I write a lot of articles about caring for the elderly and loving dogs - both of which I do full time. Now, that said, try to find things you know about that will actually make money online - things that others might be searching for. Not everyone wants to read about my elderly Mom so I write lists and articles about a variety of subjects - some more lucrative than others.

  • 03

    Stick With It

    This is certainly one of the more important things I've learned about online writing - Rome wasn't built in a day! When you first start posting to online writing sites, you might be disgusted to see pennies (literally) rolling in. You'll think: WTH?!! But, trust me here, stick to it and the pennies become dollars, the dollars become hundreds. Especially if you sign up to write online for sites that have residual income pay (residual income pay means that you continue to earn as long as your article is on the site - more in #5 of this list). Peggy Hazelwood, one of my favorite online writers and my BIFF (Best Internet Friend Forever) pays most of her bills with her online musings. See the resource section below for a link to Peggy's blog. Two of my other favorite writers, DreamsInBloom and Elaine Chastain are also featured in the resource section below. Check them out.

  • 04

    Be Positive When Talking to Others In Forums

    Asking questions of experienced online writers is great but you will run across those who try to dissuade you or make you feel inferior with your writing skills. Simply put on your big girl (or big boy) pants and move along. Do not goad others or get into an online shouting matches - these maneuvers only detract you from perfecting your online writing skills. And, remember, these people don't 'know' you so don't take their comments personally or too seriously. Regardless of what other online writers may say, play nicely with others in the sandbox...

  • 05

    Identify and Write For a Few Good Sites For Residual Income

    Identify a few good online writing sites and stick to them. ListMy5 is my new 'home,' but I was also very active at eHow (when the writers compensation program was open), Break Studios, and Constant Content. Of these sites, Break Studios and Constant Content do not pay residual income but they are making money for me by buying my articles for upfront bucks. Be careful though not to sign up for so many online writing sites that you can't concentrate on the top 1 or 2. I spend most of my time these days on LM5 as I'm seeing some good residual online income growth and, evidently, I just like writing lists - who knew?!




Final Thoughts

Write something online every single day. Even if it's a blog post that says you have nothing to say. Getting in the habit of writing online will lead you to more money down the line. And, as I think about this article, I can come up with at least another 5 things I've learned about online writing so I believe there will be a 'part 2' to this list....one day!


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