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Experts Share: How To Start Writing For Money

If you are one of the lucky people that truly enjoys crafting precise and effective sentences,  consider it a gift.  Not everyone can write well, no matter how hard they try.  That’s why good writers are so in demand in this information age that we all live in.

So, the answer to your first question is, “Yes.  Writing for money is a real career.”  Keep reading to learn ways writing can result in helping others solve big problems

The premiere employers and marketers understand that we do not need more information.  Our technology from web searches is unrelenting, deluging us with data and choking us with choice.  Businesses are seeking people who can sort out what really matters.  Today’s best writers can simplify, synthesize and give their readers useful and meaningful words that they actually want to read.

What Do Content Writers Earn?

The demand for fresh and helpful content is not going away.  The range of salary is all over the place, but if you have writing skill, education, and SEO experience the pay is good.  The average, according to SimplyHired is $66,000 as of this writing (Summer 2013).  Here is a list of recent salaries:

  • $25,000 for a warehouse
  • $40,000-$45,000 at Travelocity
  • $69,000 as a “Medical Content Writer”
  • $71,000 as a “Senior Content Producer” for HSN

Pay will vary based on experience, company, location, and skills of course, but it is also interesting that freelancers can actually earn more with less rigorous qualifications.

8 Qualifications For Content Writers

  1. Basic Knowledge of SEO:  Understanding of keyword research, black hat and white hat characteristics, themed content, and Panda regulations are a must.
  2. Good Communication Skills:  Even though most of your workload is done independently, it is critical that you can communicate effectively with clients, coworkers, and management.  Brush up on your e-mail, letter writing, and phone etiquette.
  3. Excellent Research Skills:  In order to be able to write in a variety of styles and formats; you should be skilled at interviewing, thinking up original angles, and be able to thoroughly document your sources.  If you specialize in a highly technical niche like medicine or law, you will earn top dollar.  The simple search tips in this video are worth a look.


Learn the basics of Web searching and how to find information online.

  1. Organization:  Be diligent about deadlines, comfortable with multitasking, and responding promptly to questions and suggestions.
  2. Education:  Companies typically require a BA or MA in English, or something related like Journalism, Public Relations, or Communications.  If you decide to freelance, a degree is not always necessary.  A solid understanding of SEO is the main requirement, along with writing ability.
  3. Top Notch Writing Skills:  Demonstrate flexibility with AP style, in house style, editorial flow, tone, and be able to write informative and helpful copy in any format. Provide writing samples that demonstrate you know where to place keywords, how to write traffic-generating headlines, the do’s and don’ts of using anchor text, etc.
  4. Social Media:  Understand the techniques and value of effectively marketing through Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and more.
  5. Keep Learning:  After you have your basic skills in place, maintain them by reading trade publications on a regular basis.  WebProNews.com and SearchEngineLand.com will keep you up to date on this fluid industry.

3 Top SEO Content Writer Interview Questions:

  1. “Do you know something about SEO (Search Engine Optimization)?”
  2. “Why did you choose content writing as a career?”
  3. “What do you know about SMO (Social Media Optimization)?”

How To Find Writing Work Online

There is some caution to be had in this area.  While freelancing can be more lucrative, people in the profession recommend that most “Content Mills” and “Bid-For-Jobs” sites be avoided due to poor or inconsistent pay and poor writing projects and communication.   They advertise aggressively, so beware.  Instead, many professionals agree the best strategy is to contact companies directly.  Often in a website’s policy pages there is a category for employment.  For employment leads, this site may be helpful:

3 legitimate websites that will pay you money to write … – Idea Hunters

As a Crowd Content writer, you first start off with an initial ranking (based on your experience and assessment by the Crowd Content team), which dictates things like your starting base pay rate and the number of projects you can claim at any one time. As you submit more projects and meet all deadlines, you move up in ranking and get rewarded with perks such as higher bonuses and pay rates and a higher cap on the number of projects you can claim. If you’re an ..

More Great Ideas For Online Writing

This clear and informative article describes article writing for companies, writing for your own website, and writing Ebooks for a living.

3 Ways You Can Make Money Writing For The Internet

These are 3 of my favorite ways to make money writing for the Internet:  As a web writer, you should strive to write high-quality articles that strengthen your portfolio, not cheap content-mill articles. Focus your energy on article 

How To Sell Ebooks Online

If you are one of many writers who already have a blog, and now are ready to earn some money from your passion, writing an Ebook is a logical next step.  You already have posted great topics for discussion, and have a following of loyal readers that would love to know more.  Ebooks also serve to link or advertise your blog, while the blog links back to your book.  The process of self-publishing is easy and fun, but this piece also offers great marketing discussion and advice:

6 Steps to Writing and Selling Your E-book – Six Revisions

A short and simple overview of how to write and sell an e-book, distilled into just a few steps.

Parting Words…

All skilled writers already understand that quality writing is more than spell checking and word count.  Content is enriched by emotion.  Writing that grabs a reader is:

  •          Not just functional.  Also beautiful, emotionally engaging.
  •          Not just argument.  Also story—compelling narrative.
  •          Not just analysis.  Also combines pieces into a new whole.
  •          Not just logic.  Also understands, forges, cares.
  •          Not just seriousness. Also play and whimsy.
  •          Not just accumulation.  Also purpose and transcendence.

If you are nodding your head right now, you really should be writing for money.

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2 Responses to Experts Share: How To Start Writing For Money

  1. efpierce August 1, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    These are some really good tips that will be helpful fro new writers and some veteran writers alike. I like that you mentioned SEO, I have seen many content writers that don’t know the first thing about SEO and the articles they write are lacking.

  2. Ernest August 7, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    This is an excellent article and guide about writing. I’m going to send this to alot of my friends because they love writing but don’t know anything about making money online.

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