How to Write and Earn Money Online

Years go by, but the work from home trend keeps rising. Why? Because people are tired of the day-to-day fuss to go to work in their corporate 8 to 5 jobs. I had enough, so today I will share with you how to write and earn money online working from the comfort of your home.

On this post, I will share with you 5 golden tips that will take your writing to the next level.  Shhhttt I’ve learned those from Clark Kent “Himself”

The most challenging thing to change is our mindset, we must understand if and why we want to change. We need that motivation!

In my case, I wanted to spend more time with my family, I was fed up because my daughter was growing up and I was losing it all.

I wanted to work from home, so I started out to sell on eBay. I bought stuff on Amazon and sold it on eBay. I made a couple of dollars but also lost money with returns and people abusing PayPal buyers insurance.

I’ve also tried a bunch of other stuff, but I’m not going to cover right now. This post is not about me, is about you and how to write and earn money online.

How to Write and Make Money Online

How to Write and Earn Money Online?

How to Make Money Online Writing Even If You Are Not a Natural Born Writer?

Some of us are gifted and own such amazing writing skills that can naturally write compelling content off the bat. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those, plus, most of the time I write and talk in a foreign language.

Does that prevent me from creating content? Not at all! I keep pulling out content as much as I can every single day!

The great thing about writing (like most things)  is that we can get better and better with practice. Practice makes perfection, so, this is one excuse too less…. Anyone (literally) can earn money online by writing quality content.

To be able to earn money writing online you need to either have a website or blog or find writing jobs what means creating content for other people. I recently wrote a post about how can you make money with a blog where I cover different ways for you to monetize your websites.

Owning a blog won’t earn you money by itself. You need to be able to pull out quality content, write articles regularly, make your website authoritative to search engines.

 

#1 Tip – Get to Know Your Audience.

You might have a great idea, but to the wrong audience, it will be considered trivial.

This may sound like a cliché phrase or taken from a self-help book, but believe me, when we think of creating blog content, it makes perfect sense.

When writing to your blog, focus on creating relevant content to the people you are trying to reach out to.

There is no point writing about a subject that is not what your audience is searching for.

There is no point in spending time researching and writing a 2000 word post if it is not read by your audience. The question is, how do you know about who has an interest?

 

Define your core audience


Define your core audience!

You need to mindmap what type of audience you want to target, once you figure this out you will be able to write, engage and captivate those readers efficiently.

The golden rule go out and succeed online is get to know the problems of your prospect readers, understand if there is something they need to be solved.

One thing that works great is to impersonate them, put yourself in their place, by doing this, you will identify the problems and find ways to solve them.

 

#2 Tip – Set Your Keywords.

Now that you have your blog rolling it’s time to start digging for some keywords. This is the word or sentences that people will type on search engines to find what they are looking for.

There are two types of keywords, the Head Tail, and the Long Tail keyword:

  • Head Tail keyword is the topic of your website, this is a very broad keyword used to identify the niche you are into. Some examples of head-tail keywords are fishing, fashion, SEO. 
  • Long Tail Keywords are keywords composed of more than two words, they narrow down your audience, make them easier to rank for on the search engines. They are also highly relevant and targeted keywords.Taking the examples above and turning them into long tail keywords, “best fishing rods for spinning”, “fashion trends for spring summer 2019” and “on-page SEO beginner guide”.


Make Use of Keyword Research Tools

Once you start writing your posts you want to make sure if people are searching for that particular subject. There are keyword research tools such as Google Keyword Planner, Ubersuggest, Google Trends or my favorite Jaaxy that can help you with that.

What this type of tools do is give you metrics about the number of people that search for a word or sentence, how cool is that?

They will also provide keywords suggestions and show how many visits per month can you expect if you reach the top pages.

Collecting this information before writing your blog post will allow you to create targeted content and coming up with complementary ideas for your writing.

 

Make Use of Keyword Research Tools Jaaxy

Avoid Keyword Stuffing

Back then people that wanted to rank for a certain keyword just had to type it over and over again. Repeating a keyword would make you rank on top of search engines under that query.

Obviously, online marketers and SEO specialists started to abuse this flaw and web content was getting spammy! That’s when Google started to penalize for keyword stuffing.

 

The introduction of SLI

Used by the elite content writers, SLI as known as latent semantic indexing which is basically synonyms of the keyword you are trying to rank for.

Google is getting smarter by the day, so what you should do instead of stuffing your content with keywords over and over, is use words and phrases that are related either to your keyword or to the topic of your post.

For example, if I want to make a post to rank for the keyword “spinning fishing rod” instead of writing these words 25 times along the content I could:

  • Write about why you need a spinning rod for bass fishing
  • Tips on fishing with spinning reels
  • Differences between spinning versus baitcasting
  • Maintenance basics for spinning rods, reels, lines and knots

When Google crawls the post it will understand the relationship between all those topics to the keyword “spinning fishing rod” that I’m trying to rank for. By using SLI instead of spamming the keyword, I will boost the reading experience and the chances of ranking organically will be higher.

Keep It Clear and Objective

#3 Tip – Keep It Clear and Objective

When someone is reading our content, we only have a couple of lines to make an impression, that’s why we want to be clear and objective.

If you want to start a blog and make money writing, you must keep this in mind, do not “feed hay” to your readers.

Cut the crap, present your readers with the outcome first. This sneaky technique helps to prevent the bounce rate because you provide your visitors with a “sneak peek” about your post.

Tell them what you will cover, give them a taste of the best that you have to offer without giving it away.

This might sound hard, but with time you will get there 😉

Write in small and clear sentences, the idea is to keep people focused, long and complicated phrases will make your content harder to understand.

Provide value to your readers, help them in what they need. By giving without asking, you will build trust and later an audience.

 

#4 Tip – Work on Your Titles

You can write epic content but what’s the point if it’s not read? Some writers spend “almost” the same time creating a title than creating the full post.

A good title will make people click through and actually get to see that awesome post you wrote. Otherwise, it will be lost on the web.

Make Titles that Converts Into Visitors

Make Titles that Converts Into Visitors

Creating a great title requires psychology, offering discounts and free stuff doesn’t work like it uses to. You need to trigger some kind of emotion on your prospect reader. That emotion can be fear, joy, curiosity, anxiety, respect, safety, anger, forbidden, lust and the list goes on.

 

Use Power words

These are the type of words that will trigger the emotions we just spoke of. Let me show you just a few examples based on the type of emotion:

  • FEAR – vaporize, apocalypse, flood, plunge, toxic, slaughter, scary, searing, peril, meltdown. 
  • LUST – charm, climax, delight, enchant, luscious, spicy, turn on, wild, yummy. 
  • ANGER – ass-kicking, abuse, cheat, curse, hate, misleading, perverse, brutal, sick and tired, terrorize. 
  • SAFETY – authentic, best selling, certified, world-class, secure, unconditional. 
  • FORBIDDEN – backdoor, censored, exotic, illegal, little-known, restricted, undercover.


The Use Of Odd Numbers

Use of odd numbers on your titles. Numbers like 3, 7, 13, 19, will boost the click-through rate of your posts.

I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of titles like “7 secrets that will skyrocket your SEO”, or “13 ways to lose weight without sweating”.

The reason why seasoned writers use those titles is that it works! Make sure you try them out if you take writing in the long term.

 

The Use Of Odd Symbols

By using odd symbols on your titles, you will make them stand out from the competition. This works great for your website, email marketing, and social media.

Titles like this one “Get an [Unfair] Advantage to Boost Your Conversions” tend to stand out more from search engine results.

I came up with a really good free to use headline analyzer. I’m sure this tool will help you improve the quality of your titles.

 

Time to Promote Your Work

#5 Tip – Time to Promote Your Work

Do you already know how to write and make money online? No, not without content marketing.

Some really successful marketers out there, defend that you should spend half your time building content and the other half promoting it.

The problem with writing awesome content is that is time-consuming. So, imagine creating content and promoting it, I tell you, it can become a tricky task.

When you want to scale your business you will have to think about outsourcing, you have several options here.

  • You can hire a part-time or full-time freelance writer
  • You can buy written content on websites like Iwriter, Hirewriters or Textbroker
  • You can find people that make paid to write gigs on platforms like Upwork or Fiver

Use Social Media Management Tools

Now that you have awesome content, you need to share and promote it on social media.

Thing is, spreading the news across all social media platforms can be time-consuming. Luckily there is software that can help us with that mundane task.

I love to use Social Pilot because it has a clean and intuitive UI. Makes my social media management a lot easier by allowing me to schedule and automate my posts.

With just a single click, I broadcast to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Another great option is Buffer, it comes with a decent free account that you can use if you on a low budget.

 

Videos Will Boost Your Traffic

Youtube is now the second largest search engine, so creating video content is a must for any wannabe online marketer.

When you create a new post or page, create a video for that post aiming for the same keyword.

 

Uploading your own videos to Youtube have three big advantages

  1. You will control the video SEO (name, title, description, tags), it will rank on Google as well.
  2. It will generate traffic from Youtube to your website and from your website to your channel.
  3. Videos increase the time visitors stay on your pages which is a good metric.

How to Write and Earn Money Online Importance of Videos


Don’t Forget Responsiveness

When you write content, keep in mind that many people will read your posts from mobile devices.

Make sure your websites and blogs are mobile friendly, nowadays it’s mandatory.

Make sure you provide a good user experience!

 

#6 BONUS – Tips & Tricks

Writing will be part of your business, so why not make it easier? There is software that will help you create great content.


Tools of The Trade

  • Hemingway Editor – The free version is great, it will give you several tips on how to improve your text. It points out what you can improve with different colors.
  • Grammarly –  This software will analyze your text for errors and semantics. It’s great even for the most seasoned writers because it will point out what is not so good.
  • Google Docs – This is such an amazing tool! It will keep your work organized and accessible from different devices. Another great asset is voice typing which can boost the time you spend creating content.

Stay Google Friendly

The point of writing great content, when you want to make money online, is to make it visible to your audience. Staying Google friendly is a must!

Try to post content consistently, ideally more than 3 times per week. Sometimes we need to resort to freelance writing to keep up to this metric.

A good way to get our hands in a good piece of free content is to accept guest posts. The catch is, that this will only work once you get some traffic flowing.

The user experience is now a very important metric, it will play a big roll in how your website stands out from the competition.

Do not spam your websites with ads. Some marketers place ads every two paragraphs making your content hard to read. This will raise your bounce rate because of the bad user experience.

Use your affiliate links wisely. Having affiliate links all over your content will hurt your SEO in two ways.

  1. You will be constantly sending people away from your website, which is bad unless is a product page or convert page.
    *PRO TIP*  You should use internal links to funnel people to your product/convert pages.
  2. Having a lot of external links on your pages or posts will lower your website relevancy with Google. When you link out to websites that are not authoritative, make sure to do it with a no follow link.

Conclusion


I hope you found this post about how to write and earn money online useful. I covered 5 golden tips that I find important for any wannabe online marketer. If you want to add something, or simply drop me a line, leave me a comment below.

 

 

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28 thoughts on “How to Write and Earn Money Online”

    • Hi Gwen,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I’m glad you liked my article. Writing is part of the daily routines of any online marketer. Why not try to make the best of it?

      Cheers

      Reply
  1. Thanks for your article.  The one thing I struggle the most is with keyword stuffing, at least I try not to, but do you know what’s the magic number of keywords that you should use to still be noticed and ranked by Google?

    The other thing I struggle with is with video.  So, I get that video will boost your traffic, but a video will not help you rank in Google, so do you transcribe your video in the page to have those keywords there?

    Thanks

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    • Hi Carmen & Ben.

      You are welcome, I’m glad you found it informative.

      There is not a magic number for keyword stuffing, it would depend on the length of your content. 

      What Google wants is that you just place the keywords naturally and use synonyms as much as you can.

      The most important thing is to provide a good user experience.

      Using the keyword you trying to rank on the title (H1), on the meta title, on the meta description, on the alt images, one at the first paragraph, one on an H2 or H3 tag, and one on the last paragraph should be enough 😉

      TIP – Never create a link (either internal or external) with the keyword you trying to rank for.

      A video will help you rank on Google in two ways:

      1- The video will rank itself for a youtube video on Google 

      2- If you embed the video on your post or page, it will help rank your website because you are showing a relevant video to your audience, thus providing high user experience and raising the time on site/page, which is a massive google metric nowadays.

      Hope I could be of help, 

      Cheers

      Reply
  2. Nice article! As a writer for my website myself, I definitely know how important the actual writing component is. Although you don’t have to be a pro, there are defintley some things to consider. I liked your tip #2 where you talked about setting your keywords. They are so important to a well rounded blog and basically essential for organic traffic. Keep up the good content!

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    • I totally agree with you Kohl.

      If we manage to rank for the proper keywords, organic traffic has the highest conversion rates.

      Thank you for your comment. 

      Cheers

      Reply
  3. You really give quite a lot of information in this one post.  If all your articles are this thorough, I don’t know how you get three a week done, because this one is packed with information!  So in this article, you talk about a really good free to use headline analyzer to improve the quality of my titles.   Is this something that you developed, and is it available?  I was curious because you didn’t elaborate.

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    • Hi Babsie,

      Not all my articles are informative 😉 I try to mix informative articles, with product pages, landing pages, reviews etc.

      As for the really good headline analyzer, it was a link, the problem was it was dyed the same color as the normal text. 

      It’s fixed now, thank you for noticing 😉

      Cheers

      Reply
  4. Your tips on how to write and make money online are great! Some I’ve heard before, but most are news to me. 

    Some of which are, not stuffing the articles with key words, but using sentences related to them. That idea is epic! 

    The one that caught my attention the most is using Google Docs, which also has voice to text features. I’ve been typing my next blog post, since morning, and in my opinion, it’s hell. This Google Docs option will be sure explored, by me. 

    I am really grateful for this article!

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    • Hi Peace, 

      If you not a fast typer than I suggest you to experiment with Google Docs Voice Type. It works really great for a “Free APP”

      There is better software out there like Dragon Naturally Speaking but it’s a bit pricey.

      I’m Glad you found my post useful.

      Wish you the best

      Cheers

      Pedro

      Reply
  5. Tons of value to be found on this post on how to write and earn money online.
    This is a great and simple to follow guide. You laid it all out clearly and showed series of examples that helped emphasize your various points. This guide will be very useful for me because I have been looking for another source of income online. There are so so many tips here and I learnt alot from this writeup.

    Reply
    • Hi,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Keep in mind that generating online income dedicates hard word, especially at the beginning. 

      Don’t get me wrong, anyone can do it, but earning money writing is not a quick fix or an overnight money making scheme.

      Anyone with the willingness to take action and perseverance can do it!

      Cheers

      Reply
  6. I started writing for cryptocurrency projects in Q4 of 2017. When I started, I wasn’t that good but overtime, my performance improved and I became one of the most preferred writer for budding blockchain projects. I had to diversify my writing areas in other not to be affected by the high volatility of the crypto market. 

    I went on to develop my blog, I identified my target audience and I delivered specific content to them. I learnt SEO and how it affects the success of my blog. Little by little my blog is growing. I’ll soon get to the peak. 

    Reply
    • Great work Sammy, you climbing step by step!

      Online marketing is pretty much like a ladder to sight view! Plan and take your steps carefully, until you reach the top, then… enjoy the view!

      What I love most about internet marketing is that give us the freedom to work anywhere. 

      Soon, you will be making money online writing from any place you want to be.

      Keep up that commitment!

      Cheers

      Reply
  7. Great article about writing to earn money online. I’ve always wanted to write and earn because I love writing poems but unable to find a suitable platform to write and to earn. With your guide I think I’m gonna make something out of it soon. Great writeup about the use of keyword research tools as I’m new to blogging and I’ve always been curious of what happens if I use a particular keyword over and over again to get ranked. I never knew there is a penalty for it from Google. 

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    • Hey, 

      Thank you for your comment, glad you found my post useful.

      A great tip is to always watch for Google updates, they happen quite a lot and can affect your website. 

      Cheers

      Pedro

      Reply
  8. It is hard to earn money online, but this is a great way of doing so. However you have to be willing to be patient to get traffic onto your sites and you will be able to make money through affiliate links. I really like how you have provided several ways in which you can gain traffic onto your sites and have even mentioned keyword research tools. i will try my best to use the keyword tools to help me out.

    Reply
    • Hi

      Using keywords tools is a great help to get targeted and relevant traffic. 

      The problem is that people don’t often understand how to properly research keywords. 

      One important rule – check for grammar and spelling issues of your keywords

      You will find similar keywords some with very high competition and other with low competition, make sure the grammar is good and it makes human sense otherwise you won’t be able to rank it.

      Cheers

      Reply
  9. I think the golden tips in this post are way more than 5 Pedro. I really enjoyed reading your post. I write online, three posts a week did you say? That sounds much, you also spoke about getting guest writers, how do I get them? How am I sure what they write will be relevant to my site. Then, the videos I insert into my posts, do they have to be on YouTube as well? 

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    • Hi Juliet, 

      Glad you enjoyed my post 😉

      You need to be consistent to gain authority with Google. But if you have to choose between pulling out three lousy articles or a great one, pick the great one!

      As you grow your website and gain notoriety, you will get people asking you to write on your site for free. Some will even pay you! How Awesome is That?

      But first, you need to do the work yourself! 

      If their write is not relevant to your site, then you don’t accept or publish their content.

      Regarding the videos, Youtube is now the second largest search engine in the world! That’s why you should have your videos hosted on youtube, check this excellent JAY training about how to rank videos on youtube.

      To your success! 

      Cheers

      Reply
  10. Hi Pedro,

    After reading your article I have finally figured it out how I can write a blog. 

    I am a beginner affiliate and trying to figure it out how things really works here. I was searching, for tips – how to earn by writing a blog. And guess what I found you awesome words.

    I know that was the jokes apart that you are not a born writer. I think I am realising which kind of writer you are. Well that should be described in one word, “fantabulous”. 

    But the big problem of mine is, I am not a good writer at all. But the tips are really good I and inspiring. I am using the word inspiring because if someone follow those awesome tips, he will feel and inspiration to write something. I think if I follow those steps I will be a good writer in no time. 

    Thanks for introducing me with the Keyword Research Tool and SLI.

    Thanks again for sharing this invaluable  article.

    Regards-

    Badhan Biswas.

    Reply
    • Hi Badhan.

      Glad you found my article “fantabulous” 😉 You just boosted my EGO!

      A great tip to become a better writer, that I didn’t mention, is read a lot! It will give us ideas and methods in what and how to do it.

      If you consider yourself a lousy writer, use the Hemingway Writing Tool, it will help you improve your sentences, a lot!

      Keyword tools such as Jaaxy are mandatory because it will allow you to find keywords search metrics, that enable us to target our audiences.

      With time and practice, you will reach perfection 😉

      Cheers

      Reply
  11. Thanks for writing out this lovely article and I must say its a must for everyone to read and digest.writing is another means of making money online, writing a good article is very difficult for me, but I found this post very helpful. I will be following the tips as highlighted in this article. Thanks for the insight. Best regards.

    Reply
    • Hey, 

      thank you for your comment.

       If you write in a foreign language or need help with grammar, use editors with 
      automated grammar checker, it will get you better results, and a boost of confidence.

       Writing  is like anything else, and it gets better and better as you practice. So don’t give up.

      Cheers

      Reply
  12. Hello Pedro,

    I have read your article on How to Write and Earn Money Online, Thanks for your article. You really give quite a lot of information in this one post The one thing I struggle the most is with keyword stuffing, at least I try not to, but do you know what’s the magic number of keywords that you should use to still be noticed and ranked by Google? I was curious because you didn’t elaborate.

    Reply
  13. Hello, Pedro. I enjoyed your article and you couldn’t be more right.  I agree ANYONE CAN BLOG.  How do I know? Because I am doing just that on my own website.

    I also agree that you don’t need to be a writer, to begin with.  How do I know this?  Because I wasn’t.  In fact, it was a pretty scary thought that I would have to write close to a thousand words or better for just about every post I published on my website.  

    The first one was only about 500 words.  Not anymore though.  I constantly write 1200 – 2000+ words on more than 95% of my posts.  The more one does the better they WILL get.

    The other point that struck home for me was the importance of being consistent in writing content. It has to be regular.  I agree that 2-3 time a week is important but, in my current situation, I can only post once every week or two. Not enough, I know but I am hoping to change that in the next couple of weeks, (RETIREMENT.. WOOHOO).

    Brainstorming ideas is one way to get ideas for writing content.  My website is centred around RV’ing. I have gone through several magazines over the last couple of weeks and now have a list of 30-40 things that I can write about.

    Make a list and set goals every week. I have started doing that as well. This is probably the single most important reason I have not seen the success I was hoping for when I started out.

    Totally agree with everything you have written here. It is taught and emphasized over and over in the platform we are both a part of, “Consistency and Content are King”.

    I wish you all the best and thanks again for this great advise,

    Wayne

    Reply
    • Hi Waye

      I feel like writing about a subject that we like is addictive. We always have something more to “say” about it. 

      Writing long articles can sometimes be challenging, but if we outline topics and then go and create subtopics, we get content rolling. 

      The great tip here is to create your writing template.

      Taking a regular look at magazines stands is a great habit to have. It will not only give you ideas for writing content but will also give you insights on trends.

      I use this https://answerthepublic.com/ great tool for a brainstorm. It will give you hundreds of ideas to write about the keywords you place in.

      Thank you for your comment.

      Cheers

      Reply

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