How a Savvy Writer Can Earn Good Money Online

*first published in Pencil Head Writers blog. You can view the article here.*

Whether you are a college student seeking for part-time job, a Journalism graduate trying out other form of media, or a stay-at-home mom looking out for ways to support your family, you can definitely make some money by writing online. In fact, you do not need to be a professional writer with high-profile resume to earn good money. If you know how to put your thoughts into words, turn these into coherent form, and make this form interesting and informative, you are on your way to make money.

Start by organizing your portfolio

If you are a freelance writer, you need to build your credibility and showcase your writing skills. Creating a blog or your own website is a great way to demonstrate how well can you write. When you apply for job postings, employers normally request for two to three samples of your work. If you have a blog where all your write-ups are placed, employers can easily read your work.

Write about various topics

It can also be advantageous if you write about various topics. Most employers want versatile writers who can write almost every topic available. It also saves time on your part since you do not need to attach files every now and then. You can just include your blog in the signature of your e-mail.

Create a comprehensive profile

Also, remember to create a comprehensive profile of yourself. Write about your expertise. If you had a short stint writing for a lifestyle magazine, you may want to include it in your profile. You may write something like: ____ is 26-year old work-at-home mom who has written several articles for (name of magazine or website). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing. Her expertise includes health issues, latest technology, and how-to articles.

Search for freelance writing websites

You can find plenty of job openings in these sites but you will need to sign-up first and create an account before you can apply for a job posting. You are also required to build your profile when you sign up. If there is a link that allows you to place your blog, do so. It makes things easier for you.

Aside from job openings, most of the sites provide helpful tips about writing and landing your perfect job. Freelance Writing (dot com) for example has helpful articles like how-to’s on copywriting, business writing, and creative writing. Freelance Writing Gigs (dot com) features articles about job-hunting tips and blogging for a living.

There are websites that look for writers and pay them for what they write. Sign-up is also required before you get to write for these sites. Some of these websites include About (dot com), Associated Content (dot com), Suite101 (dot com), and eHow (dot com). Each of these sites has different application processes before they allow you to contribute for them. About (dot com) for example requires you to undergo one-month training/trial period before you are allowed to write for the site.

Apply to companies that hire independent contractors

If you are not fond of signing up and building profiles repeatedly, you can apply to companies hiring independent contractors. Unlike freelance writing sites, you have to be a little more careful when applying directly to the job postings because some of these are frauds. Craigslist is one site where you can source lots of writing jobs and more.

Blog it

Blogging is another way to earn money. In fact, you can do this in your own blog, though it will be more advisable if you choose a certain topic to write. For example, you may want to explore about diabetes. After writing several entries about diabetes, you can install Google ads (Adsense) on your blog. You will be paid every time a visitor clicks the ads. Other ways to earn on your blog include selling links or posts to advertise a certain product, service, or website. To make this work, you have to get more traffic on your website.

Now that you found your dream writing job, make sure the keep these few reminders in mind:

  • Writing for several websites can surely put some money in your account. If your goal is to make writing a full-time job, you have to write for several different websites. Doing so makes you a more flexible writer. It also helps you in your writing. At times, you will feel as if you cannot write anymore (writer’s block). One reason this happens is that you have been writing about the same topic repeatedly. If you have various topics to write about, you become a more productive writer.
  • Always write as if it will be your last. It is a cliché but you have to give your best in every article that you create. It gives a good impression on your employer, which could mean more writing jobs for you. In addition, it makes you feel proud of yourself when you see your article online.
  • Find your specialization. There are articles that you write because your client requires you to do so; then there are articles that you write because you enjoy writing about them. When you know your niche, you can easily find online writing jobs that best apply to you.
  • Always be professional. The last thing that a client wants is an unreliable writer who keeps on saying that he or she will meet the deadline but fails to do so.

Lots of writing opportunities are available online for savvy writers. Whether you want to augment your monthly income or to make it your bread-and-butter, writing online is something worth your time and effort.

ako lang

baby, gusto ko ako lang tatawagin mo pag malungkot ka, pag nasasaktan ka, pag may umaaway sa ‘yo. nasasaktan si mommy pag iba tinatawag mo. gusto ko ako lang, please. i’m trying my very best to be the best mommy for you. and it’s so sad that everytime you’re upset, you call you lola instead of me. 😦

5 Good Reasons to Hire a Freelance Writer*

*first published in http://pencilheadwriters.wordpress.com, where the author regularly contributes as a freelance writer. more information about pencilheadwriters is available in the said blog.*

Keeping an up to date website is an achievement. Having a continuous supply of exceptionally written materials is something that any website owner wants in order to drive traffic to the site. For this, it has become a common practice to employ freelance writers.

Why hire an article writer?

If you are serious about driving traffic to your site, the best way is to have a diverse collection of interesting and credible articles on your page. Many site owners who possess good writing skills start doing the writing stuff for their own sites. After dealing with website creation, writing, editing, and lay outing, and after they exhausted their ideas and talent, website owners find it hard to keep up with the pace and their site suffers.

Freelance writers can provide the good quality articles that you need for your site. They ensure that your site is up and running to give you more time to run the other aspects of your site and business.

Here are the reasons for outsourcing the articles for your pages:

  1. Article writers possess the knowledge on how to properly create and structure an article. Since you want people to easily find your site, professional freelance writers know how to use keywords, which help lend credibility and authority to the article. If grammar and spelling are not your strongest areas, do not fret. Professional writers create clean and error-free copies for your pages.
  2. They know how to grab readers’ attention. For a person to read an article, it should have a catchy title that will make a reader stop and look at its contents. Freelance writers have plenty of creative ideas if you give them enough freedom to alter the titles you provide.
  3. Professional SEO content providers can ensure you that you get the most from your niche marketing online content. They have enough experience to seamlessly weave keywords throughout each article. For amateur writers, embedding keywords in an article oftentimes seem awkward but for freelance writers who are used to do this, they can naturally create free flowing copies so the articles do not appear contrived.
  4. Do you want a business approach to your article? Do you want it fun and exciting? Do you want some promotional stuff for you site? Article writers possess the ability to write in a wide range of styles. They can provide you with fresh angles and ways to describe your site information. Good writers must be able to provide you the articles you need, in whatever angle you want to use.
  5. Article writers can be your partners. Since experienced writers are exposed to the freelance writing industry, they know how things work. It is therefore important that you ask them for feedback when providing them their assignments. Sometimes, you are too tied up to your concept it might be an old idea already. Encouraging feedback from your writers may result to a fresh perspective. You can also consult them for ideas on what approach to use on a particular article.

If you are just starting with your site, or may have lots of ideas to running on your mind but do not have the time to do so, or simply wants to make your life easier, a good writer may be the edge that you need to stay and be ahead in business.

On Writing: Writing is a Learning Experience

I’m currently writing about diabetes. I’m actually learning lots of useful information about it, specifically about what a diabetic diet should include. It is surprising to know that there is no such thing as diabetic diet. There is no need for a special meal plan or food selection. It simply includes healthy foods eaten in right amounts at regular times everyday. However, it is important to be consistent with the amount of serving and the schedule of each meal.

Being a web content writer expands my knowledge about plenty of things. I learned how to concoct tequila drinks without even knowing how tequila tastes like. I discovered bath seats for the aged and disabled, which make bathing easier and safer for these people.

At times, writing becomes stressful especially when there are deadlines to meet. But most of the time, it is my way of releasing my innermost emotions, of contributing something to the world, and of influencing and moving souls.

Yes, I’m definitely looking forward to more writing projects.

I Just Fired My Employer

or I quit from my part-time writing gig. Which sounds better?

After firing my employer, he emailed me and said

By the way Melodie, I do 30 day evaluations on all of my writers and pending their performance and reliability, give a raise to those deserving. I have many writers who have been with me over a year, because I continue to increase their wages and help them grow professionally. I’m sorry you didn’t have the time to experience that, but if you wish to continue to do some work in the future, contact me again and we can ‘try again’ – okay?

(Your) writing was good and you were on track for a rate increase. The only issue was your reliability and consistency…

Take care,
EMPLOYER

I responded by saying:

I’m a little pressured with how you set your deadlines. I feel like I’m in an office where my boss keeps an eye on his employees. I like to be given some leeway, especially with deadlines. One reason why I gave up writing a few years back is because of the pressure and stress it gives me. Researching is one thing, putting up your research in a sensible article is another. I hope you know that.

Thank you for your offer. Sometime in the future, maybe I’ll be ready to adapt your system.

O well.

I want a house

I want a house but Melvin does not want to have one yet. I keep on discussing this matter to him but either he does not respond to what I’m saying or he makes jokes about it.

I want a house in a village; maybe in Bauan Grand Villas or in Greenwoods South. I want a two-storey huge, fully furnished house with five bedrooms, an office and library for me, and a family room.

Hay. I want it badly. Really now.

Happy Birthday Daddy

Today is Melvin’s 31st birthday.

Last week, while on our way to Kaila’s doctor, he said (in Filipino), “we’re going to SM Lipa on Tuesday.” Not thinking about the date, I asked him what’s with Tuesday and what are we going to do in SM Lipa on a Tuesday. I even asked him what was the occasion. He just told me that there’s less traffic on Tuesday. And that for a change, he wants to go there.

Later on, he told me that Tuesday’s date is March 2. How insensitive of me. But knowing my husband, my reaction towards the Tuesday thing did not affect him.

So we spent almost the whole day today in SM Lipa. We had lunch at Pizza Hut, then went on shopping. Haha. Talk about splurging on a birthday. Well, he did not spend much. Kaila and I went shopping for clothes instead of him. 🙂 First thing in the morning, he went to the Church. I originally planned to go with him, but since Kaila was still sleeping (and he insisted that Kaila sleep with us instead of leaving her with my Mom because of today’s occasion), he went alone. He even had a Communion on his birthday.

My wish for Melvin is to have more blessings from God. May he always be healthy, may he have more reasons to be happy, and may he receive more wealth from above. I want his dreams to come true and may God give him many more birthdays to spend with us.

I love Melvin so much.