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Should I write for passive income or for active income?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 12

Everyday more people decide to start their dream of writing online. Most do it as a personal goal, just for fun, or the personal satisfaction of being read, but there is also a side to it, which is writing for money.

There are several articles that explain how you can build a passive income stream on sites like Infobarrel, etc., and there are several other sites that give access to generating active income. So, which is the best option for you? Well, as most questions in life, the answer is "it depends".

Passive income is great if you write for any other reason but money, specially because it takes time to build your stream of revenue. Most of the times you have to spend a significant amount of time  writing articles to increase your inventory/library, so it works far better on these cases.

The good thing about passive income is that you will keep on benefit on your articles even after time passes, and even if you stop putting effort in promoting them (probably at a lower rate). This is specially good if you write about topics that would not change or become obsolete in the future.

Active income may work better in terms of seeing faster results. You get paid per article written, so there is much more control on your side. It may be easier to reach fastest results (i.e. higher paychecks), but of course that is directly related with time and effort spent in writing.

The flip side to active income is that you will need to keep on spending time in writing articles to continue producing revenues, as most of them will be a one-shot deal.

Writing for both type of income you would benefit over time in making a name for yourself, of course depending on the quality of your work. You will need to hit the right markets though as there seem to be far more websites design for publishing and paying passive income, most of which you can link profiles from one another.

So depending on your goal for writing, and the amount of time and effort you want and can put into it, you may decide for one of the two options. Or you can make a combination of them two, which is probably a smart idea.



Sep 15, 2011 10:17pm
I feel writing to generate passive income is the way to go. What I like about the passive way of writing is that if I don't write one day or for a few weeks I still generate streams of income. I'm a young 43-year-old and my focus now is to write and backlink. I'm sure one day the income I earn online will help me to become financially secure without needing to work for a company.
Sep 16, 2011 7:45am
Thanks for your comment!! I agree with you on that matter, and I feel the same way, specially since I do have a full-time job and only write here and there. But I also recognize that some people would want or need to make more money up front or more money in the short term, to make a living. I just took a couple of orders on an active revenue site and made some spending cash on two one-shot deals and I also like it!
Sep 16, 2011 8:08am
I understand sometimes we need cash fast. Every now and then I see in the Forum people willing to hire writers and pay them. It would bother me if I wrote and had to give away my article after payment.

I saw you posted in the forum. IB forum I visit almost everyday. The members here are great. Well, good luck and I'll see you around.
Sep 16, 2011 8:09am
Thank you so much for the support!
Sep 16, 2011 8:35am
Some write to earn some income...Others write from the heart. Sometimes I'll write an article for fun not worring about seo.

Good to have you aboard! Look forward to reading more of your articles.
Sep 16, 2011 8:41am
Amen! Thank you very much for your comment. I love when I read articles and people add their own contributions in the form of comments. I always strive for my articles to be of those who people love to discuss. Thanks again
Sep 16, 2011 1:15pm
I've never sold my content for upfront pay. I love passive income...a lot.

My problem (if you'd call it that) is that I know how to earn very well with passive income writing and feel it's not worth it to sell an article for less than I feel it would make it about 18 months. That seems to be too high of an asking price.

Good points and ideas on this article.
Sep 16, 2011 1:19pm
Thank you very much for your comment. I do love passive income as well, but I am very impatient on seeing my revenues grow, so if I have the opportunity to catch a writing order for a fix-fee, I might take it.

And I do agree most of the times you don't get offers close to not only what you thinkg your article may make, but to the value they really have.
Sep 16, 2011 6:00pm
I'm loving the discussion here. I'm all for passive income but I definitely see room for both.
Sep 16, 2011 6:04pm
Thanks for the comment! Great to see my article provides food for thought!
Sep 23, 2011 12:03am
I liked your article. Currently, I am concentrating on passive income. If money is the sole factor, I think it is difficult to think of a fair upfront price for an article.
Nov 21, 2011 12:03pm
I like both passive and active. The passive income is without pressure for me and I can write when I want which is great. However, I've already realized by reading forum comments that consistency in publishing articles on IB is key to income growth. Active income is often a better earner for me at the moment but publishing in magazines has a good deal of luck attached to it. I've only been on Ib for 3 weeks so I've a long way to go but I love it.
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