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Why “Write for Money” Sites Exist

No matter how many times I do web searches for different writing topics, it never ceases to amaze me how many writing blogs are out there these days. In that respect, my site is not unique (though I would hope the voice is). I am also never surprised at how many blogs or websites exist these days with one goal: teaching or showing people how they can “write for money.”

Type “write for money” into your local friendly search engine, and there will be all sorts of auto-complete derivatives below it. Google Insights for Search indicate that these are some very popular phrases. Do you know why it is that there are so many of these websites pledging to help you earn cash on the internet?

About Joe

Joe is a writer; that should be perfectly evident to you by now. If, for some reason, it is not evident to you, you should probably contact Joe and tell him that he's not trying hard enough. Joe is an author and freelance writer from New York. He has a B.A. from Boston College and has blogged for a number of years. Joe released his debut novel in 2012, and also has penned a number of short stories.

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The “Rules” for Advertising on Your Blog

I’m going to guess that most of you have blogs, assuming of course that you’re a writer, you enjoy writing, you have a number of thoughts to convey, and you are not completely averse to the computer (seeing as you are reading this). While some do it as a labor or love (or boredom), a few may ask themselves a simple question: “Should I put advertising on my blog?”

About Joe

Joe is a writer; that should be perfectly evident to you by now. If, for some reason, it is not evident to you, you should probably contact Joe and tell him that he's not trying hard enough. Joe is an author and freelance writer from New York. He has a B.A. from Boston College and has blogged for a number of years. Joe released his debut novel in 2012, and also has penned a number of short stories.

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Making Connections and Marketing As An Author: A Personal Story

I was food shopping this afternoon and minding my own business, trying to go from the potato chips section to the bread section of the store. As I checked items on the shopping list, I was spotted in the store by a young lady who was set up there, asking for help for her music career. She was selling her music for small donations of a few dollars. The type of music was not my favorite, but I kicked her a couple bucks that I didn’t necessarily have. Why? She was engaging in start-up marketing, and I was in (am still in, really) the same situation.

About Joe

Joe is a writer; that should be perfectly evident to you by now. If, for some reason, it is not evident to you, you should probably contact Joe and tell him that he's not trying hard enough. Joe is an author and freelance writer from New York. He has a B.A. from Boston College and has blogged for a number of years. Joe released his debut novel in 2012, and also has penned a number of short stories.

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Should You Write for “Content Mills?”

This is just one of those topics that has to be addressed on any site dealing with writing as a career. It’s a fact that there are many people out there writing solely for money. Whether it’s because they think that they can turn abilities into cash or because times are tough on a personal or family level, you’ve got more than a few folks seeking a quick buck with a few strokes of the proverbial pen. For them, “content mills” are a veritable godsend, offering a side income for your work. You’re also just as likely to find a ton of articles out there telling you to steer clear of these sites as they’re too good to be true. Who’s right?

About Joe

Joe is a writer; that should be perfectly evident to you by now. If, for some reason, it is not evident to you, you should probably contact Joe and tell him that he's not trying hard enough. Joe is an author and freelance writer from New York. He has a B.A. from Boston College and has blogged for a number of years. Joe released his debut novel in 2012, and also has penned a number of short stories.

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Breaking News: Making Money Writing Not Easy

An opening thought about making money writing that, for better or for worse, sums up quite a lot for a sizable chunk of writers:

Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.
-Virginia Woolf
Once upon a time, I thought success in writing would be quick and painless. Making money writing could not be easier, and I’d be using a talent of mine to my advantage. I was also about 15 when I believed this.

Now, as an adult, I see the reality of how things are and that like in just about any other field, determination and hard work are vital to succeeding as a writer.

Sometimes, there is a stigma attached to this profession, as outlined by this chart:

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Look, I do this for a career. I have expectations of making money writing that I think are reasonable and attainable, and I do it to support myself. What you also must have is a passion, because that just makes the situation easier for everyone. If this is something you love, then all of your hard work will not be in vain, even if you don’t make a boatload of cash.

Nevertheless, it’s hard for writers to make money, especially those just starting out. I know you’ve had dreams of rolling in money and basking in fame like Stephen King or the late Gore Vidal, but they didn’t just come out of the womb with novels and huge advances. They kept plugging away, got discovered, and made the most of it.  As for you, there are Lord knows how many links out there trying to give you ideas, but not all are going to work and few will amount to anything substantial. Success will not happen for everyone for a variety of reasons, but if you’re good, ambitious, and are in the right place at the right time, the cream will rise to the top, as they say.

You will have to submit your articles to publications, you will have to start out with low-end freelance jobs, and you will essentially have to hand-sell your first books (and query a hundred agents if you’re publishing traditionally). Making money writing is hard, there’s no doubt about it, but stick with it, and you can see results.  In writing, the road to true success is often long, but perseverance is required.

About Joe

Joe is a writer; that should be perfectly evident to you by now. If, for some reason, it is not evident to you, you should probably contact Joe and tell him that he's not trying hard enough. Joe is an author and freelance writer from New York. He has a B.A. from Boston College and has blogged for a number of years. Joe released his debut novel in 2012, and also has penned a number of short stories.

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On Elance and Freelance Writing

It was always my intention to be an author, and thankfully, I’m accomplishing that goal. I have not discussed freelance writing much on this site yet, but it is nevertheless another element of my career aside from writing books. Nobody’s going to pretend that it’s a profitable endeavor for someone who is just starting out, but I will take this time to recommend a good place to begin looking: Elance.

Elance is in the top 1000 of the most popular websites in the world in terms of traffic, and why not: over half a billion dollars has been earned by contractors since the site was founded. It’s a freelancer wonderland, and not just for writers as other types of work such as IT, design, engineering, and marketing jobs are also available here. If you’re reading this, writing is probably your forte, and there are plenty of clients looking for writers for their tasks.

About Joe

Joe is a writer; that should be perfectly evident to you by now. If, for some reason, it is not evident to you, you should probably contact Joe and tell him that he's not trying hard enough. Joe is an author and freelance writer from New York. He has a B.A. from Boston College and has blogged for a number of years. Joe released his debut novel in 2012, and also has penned a number of short stories.

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Tip Jars on Writing Blogs: Yea or Nay?

Everyone needs money to survive, especially writers who are flat broke. The idea of a tip jar on your blog seems like a good enough idea to some, but to others, it’s tacky and makes you look needy. So, what is the right answer, anyway? Should you consider having one on your site or is staying away the best policy?

Before we go any further: yes, there is a tip jar on this site. It’s not located in a prominent position and I very clearly state that donations are in no way required. Reading this site is 100% free and you can peruse any of my articles without feeling pressured to give so much as a plug nickel. I used to have it much higher on the sidebar until I realized how obnoxious it was.

I put it on the blog for one main reason: I felt there was nothing to lose. Blogging is an investment of time, there are folks out there who may be willing to contribute something for your effort, and it’s not even like I’m asking for anything at all. In short, there are people like me who put them on our sites because as long as you’re not laying guilt on your readers or being a jerk about it, there’s no real downside. Besides, some of us have heard the success stories where bloggers have done impressively with tip jars, but don’t delude yourself into thinking you’ll raise a million bucks on your blog.

Some DO think there is a downside, and that’s their right. They might be opposed to it because they’re not in it for the money, or they think that holding your hand out for a tip is beneath them. I understand that argument, and if this summarizes your view on the matter, then you’re in no way obligated to have one on your blog. Eventually, I may migrate to this rationale and eliminate it.

If you decide to put one on your site, don’t be rude in asking for tips and don’t put the tip jar front and center on the page. The last thing you want to do is come across as desperate. Remember, tips would be nice, but they’re not a requirement, and even if someone does tip you, don’t be disappointed when it’s a quarter.

Tip jars on websites have been around for a while, so I don’t believe that they carry a tremendously negative connotation. It’s a decision you’ll have to make for your own site, but if you do have one, be professional and don’t draw too much attention to it.

About Joe

Joe is a writer; that should be perfectly evident to you by now. If, for some reason, it is not evident to you, you should probably contact Joe and tell him that he's not trying hard enough. Joe is an author and freelance writer from New York. He has a B.A. from Boston College and has blogged for a number of years. Joe released his debut novel in 2012, and also has penned a number of short stories.