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Making Money Writing, Do You Go for Upfront or Residual Income

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When you are looking into making money writing, there are many choices that you will need to make. This is true, whether you are just starting or have been working at it for years. There is always the question of what niche or niches that you are going to specialize in. You also have to decide whether you are going to work full time or part time. One of the questions that many people forget that they need to think about is whether they want to be making money writing by being paid upfront or making residual income. This is something that is not always talked about with those that are just starting out and it really should be.
Paid Upfront
Making money writing and getting paid upfront is one of the most common forms that there is. In truth, it is the way that many writers begin there adventures in this worth while field. This is usually how the arrangement goes. A writer is usually contracted with a client or submits an article to a website or publisher. This writer is then paid an amount for certain rights to the article. Many times in this type of arrangement, the client wants exclusive rights and may or may not use the writers name on the content. This is usually spelled out in the terms or contract. This is what many people think of when it comes to making money writing. This is not the only option that is available.
Residual Income
One of the things that many writers find long after they have started, is that it is often more lucrative to work for residual income. Residual income is when you write one article and continue to earn off of it for years to come. There are many ways of making money writing with residual income. There are revenue sites like this one that allow you to post articles and share in the google adsense revenue that is generated. There are other sites that allow writers to post articles and earn based on how many times it is viewed. One of the harder ways to build residual income is by building your own blogs and websites. It can be done. It just takes more work and patience then posting on existing sites.
The Choice
This is one of the hardest choices that many will have to face when it comes to making money writing. You are sure to need money now to pay your bills. The truth is that you can also see that you are being vastly under paid in upfront payments and wish to earn residual income to get what you are truly worth. What is a writer to do? Many choose to start making money writing first with upfront payments and then slowing switching to residual income as time goes by. This is indeed one of the smart options for many to consider.



Jan 24, 2010 10:14am
Outside of those people who require the money right away (emergencies? etc...), I think residual sites like Info Barrel are, hands-down, better than those that offer a Flat-fee Upfront payment.

If people broke down the real tangible numbers, they would see that the best investment would be in teaching themselves SEO so that their residual payments are high, and consistent, with each payment.

I would much rather have a well optimized article where I earned lifetime residuals, rather than a flat upfront payment of $15 or $20 (and, that even seems high compared to what I've seen out there...)......

Just think.....even if your one residual article earned only $1 a week, for a year, that would be $52/year.....it's more likely that an article would earn more than a $1/week.....

....or you could sell your article for $15/$20....sounds like a no brainer.....I know some may need the immediacy of the payment, but, I'd think most would find residual writing to be the most appealing of the arrangements... :)

P.s. Nice article :)
Jan 26, 2010 9:57pm
I have gone for the completely residual route myself. I gave up my last private client this past summer.

Now when I did start I was selling articles for $15 and $20 a piece to save up to get my own apartment then. On the side, I started building some residuals.

I am thankful that I took that course when I was starting. I now have decent residual income coming in every month and am looking forward to building more.
Oct 13, 2010 12:29am

I think of all those articles I've wrote for clients; wish I published them here or on other PTW websites. The added benefit to the whole thing is that you can later optimize your articles by building backlinks, continually promoting it and interlinking it which increases your earnings over time - something you don't get when you sell it outright.
Sep 2, 2010 10:09pm
Helium pays a mixture of upfront and residual, and allows us to keep our rights to the articles. I hate to give away full rights to any content. That's why I still prefer residual income.
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