There are many ways in which you can make money writing articles. You don't necessarily have to have a college education in writing, either. If your writing skills are rusty, you can sharpen them up by just getting started. The two most popular ways in which people make money writing articles is through upfront pay and residual pay. Here are the pros and cons of each method, as I see them:
Make Money Writing Articles for Upfront Pay
- You are paid a flat rate for your article once it is edited and published.
- Depending on who you write for, you can get $15 and more for each article you write
- It's great if you are just getting started writing and need a consistent amount of money coming in each week
- Not a lot of freedom. You can only choose what you write about to a point. Most upfront pay writing sites have a pool of titles for you to choose from. You can try to look for something in your particular field of expertise, but you may not always find it. If you can't, you'll have to pick something you don't know much about and do some extensive research.
- You are paid a flat rate for your article. Yes, this is good and bad. The site you are writing for will pay you your flat fee, but they will likely make much much more off your article than you will ever get. The sky is the limit for them because most of them earn from the Google ads, which means that the article will earn them money indefinitely, but you only got the one flat fee, and that's all you'll ever get.
- You will have your work picked through by a copy editor, which can lead to lots of frustration if your copy editor doesn't like something about your work. In some cases, you'll have to spend extensive amounts of time rewriting and changing things around in your article. If you're figuring time spent into your flat pay rate, this can cut into it.
- Rejections can occur. If your copy editor doesn't like your work, they can reject it, and there's nothing you can do about it. That's your time down the drain with no money to show for it.
Make Money Writing Articles for Residual Income
- Freedom to write about whatever you want. The sites that pay you residually mostly allow you to write on any subject matter you choose. This often makes the entire writing process speedier because you can always write about your passions, and you don't normally have to do lots of research.
- Make money on the article indefinitely. The article you write will start earning you money on day one and will continue to do so for the entire time it is up. There is no limit to how much you can earn on your work.
- Not many problems with copy editors and rejections. Some residual pay sites do look over your work before they will publish it, but these sites are not nearly as picky as the other sites. Nine times out of ten, your work will go through with no problems. As long as you follow their guidelines, rejections aren't likely, either.
- It takes a while for your article to start earning you money. Residual income builds up over time. As your article growns in popularity, so will your earnings. However, many people get frustrated when it takes them five or six months to even make ten dollars off their work,
- You need some knowledge of SEO to be successful and ever earn much off your articles. SEO is search engine optimization, and it involves how well your article ranks in Google and other search engines. The higher the article ranks, the more traffic it gets, and the more you make. However, it takes time to get your article ranked well, and you need to school yourself on SEO a bit, which many people aren't willing to take the time to do.
My advice to you if you want to make money writing articles is to do a little of both. If you are in a bind and need a certain amount of money each week, go ahead and work some for upfront pay. However, try to write at least one article per day for residual income. The more residual income articles you have up, the better your chances are for earning off them. One day, you might find yourself in a position where you are making enough money off your residual articles that you don't have to write for upfront pay as much, if at all. Wouldn't that be nice? It's possible, because many people are doing it. There might be some maintenance involved in keeping your article on the first page of Google, but this work will be minimal compared to meeting an article quota for X amount of dollars for upfront pay. It's sort of like making money on autopilot if you can get it to work for you.