For a freelance writer, steady clients can sometimes be hard to find. If you are in a slump and need to bring in some extra income in a hurry here are a few techniques for finding a few extra dollars online.
Use your writing skills for user-content generated sites.
There are sites all over the internet that promise you revenue based on page views. These have been proven to generate small amounts of money over long periods of time… but the pay out isn’t always worth the wait. Your best bet is to try writing for sites that pay you for your content up front. Here are the three we recommend.
- Associated Content– This site will not yield you high payouts but if you able to write on trending topics and infuse your article with a little SEO magic, you can expect to make anywhere from $2-$5 for an article. The articles don’t have to be masterpieces, just make sure they are on a popular topic and provide some sort of useful information. Before you submit, try searching the site to make sure there aren’t hundreds of other articles on your same topic to avoid rejection.
- Mahalo– Becoming a Mahalo guide is relatively easy as long as you have the writing experience to do it. You can make anywhere from $8-$12 per article on this site, though their standards are quite a bit more strict than Associated Content. Follow their application process and submit samples to be considered for this position and cash in on this earning opportunity.
- Demand Media Studios– This site is the one we suggest if you are looking to bring in a great deal of yearly income. Like Mahalo, there is an application process that involves submitting samples but once you are accepted you have access to hundreds of titles and most pieces pay a flat $15 a piece. Compared to the rates we charge as writers, this is only pennies but if your clients are few and far between, you can earn as much additional income on this site as you like. The average writer makes between $300-$400 a week with this site. The editors are helpful and they work with you on every article to avoid rejections.
Sell ad space on your blog to generate extra income.
If you own your own domain and your website generates substantial views, you can sell ad space on your site to bring in additional revenue. Use social networking sites to promote your site and offer some sort of permanent or temporary ad on your site in exchange for a fee. This can be a flash HTML ad or even a review that contains contact info.
Use your writing skills to offer editing services.
If you have had a few years experience as a writer than no doubt you have learned to edit and re-edit your work. If your comfortable, you can add editing to the list of services you provide. Many companies and individuals have already existing content but lack the finesse to make it flow in a informative and cohesive way. Set a price for editing a standard page and charge clients accordingly.
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