If you like to write, there are many ways you can make money online and earn extra income on the Internet. You do not need to have a blog, or a website, or any prior knowledge of HTML or JAVA, or SEO, or whatever. How come? Well, there are already many websites out there that will let you publish your writing and make money off it, while they take care of all the technical stuff and even promote your pages by bringing them more traffic than you could ever do on your own.
So if you don’t suffer from the “must-have-my-own-domain” complex, you can not only save money on domain name and web hosting, but also skip the time-consuming process of promoting your blog, improving its page rank, optimizing the pages for search engines, link building, etc. It’s a known fact that most bloggers give up after about 6 months because they do not see the results. They do not see the results because it takes time to achieve high search engine ranking. And that’s something you get for free by publishing your writing on those sites that already have it.
Then again, there are websites that will pay you a flat fee for your articles, or put you in touch with someone who will. Internet is full of endless opportunities, if you know where to look.
Beware, though, for there are many scams blooming on the internet that will take advantage of your work and never pay you a cent for it. I recommend running a search to check for user reviews before registering at any websites, especially if what they offer sounds too good to be true. An excellent resource for this kind of research is EssayScam.Org.
Having said that, the websites reviewed below have all been thoroughly researched and are rated based on the earning potential they provide for writers.
Unlike WordPress, you can monetize your blog all the way. What’s more, HubPages gets ranked in the search engines quickly and most of them in the first pages bringing you instant traffic immediately. You don’t even need to do search engine optimization, work on traffic or advertising your blog.
With Hubpages you can earn significant passive income every month but you have to work hard to start with. People earn over £1000/$1000 per month. So if you work hard for a year or two you can get an extra few thousand every month for the rest of your life. The way this is done is through programs such as Google Adsense, Amazon.com, Ebay, and Kontera but you can also join other affiliate programs and promote your websites and blogs. If you are using Adsense, Amazon.com, Ebay and Kontera, you can link to your accounts and get 70% revenue for the time your adverts are displayed.
Tsu is the first social network that shares 90% of its ad revenue with its users. It works pretty much like FB or any other social network, except they pay you part of their web revenue, depending on your activity and your network’s activity. This could be the future of social media.
The truth is, one can never know how these sites on internet will turn out. Most of them are finished before the night’s over. But as it is free to join, I think it’s worth a try.
Although sticking to the model of a revenue sharing website, Info Barrel offers a few innovative options to its writers, redefining the way average users participate in online media sites. Every time a piece of your content is published on Info Barrel, you are entitled to 75% of all the Google Adsense ad impressions generated by your content.
Info Barrel provides its writers with the ability to publish articles in multi-formats, giving you more freedom in creative expression. Also, Info Barrel openly rewards longer articles, with a point system attributed dependent upon length of articles. Last but not least, they have an affiliate program enabling you to further earn passive income on writers you refer.
iWriter is a great site for those who’d like to earn money writing. In fact, it’s become so popular in recent years that finding a job at iWriter can be a bit tough for a newbie. However, don’t let that discourage you. The advantage of iWriter is that it is used by bloggers, as they often need good writers who can write fresh content for their blogs. And since you are able to contact with each other directly, you’ll have the opportunity to establish long-term working relationships with such bloggers and in this way build your client list.
If you are not already blogging, you may want to consider starting your own blog to showcase your work.
There is a booming niche market working with authors that no one knows about, the so called “Ghost Writers”. Virtual assistants are the hottest growing job market. They are the people who work behind the scenes to create, organize and coordinate all the different pieces necessary to get a book published. They make phone calls, organize material, send out emails, coordinate designers, proofreaders and printers and conduct research. This is a no-nonsense, real, work at home business, and if you are interested, The Publishing Store website specializes in training virtual author’s assistants.
This is one site that lets you do what most others don’t and even pays you for it. You actually get paid for bookmarking your links. They can be in form of articles, videos and photos. For each link you submit to SheToldMe.com a new web page is created. Every page includes the title of the scoop, the link itself, and a description of the linked site you write up.
She Told Me has a good page rank, and a link to your website will show on everything you submit. This can be a powerful traffic booster for your website or blog.
As for earning potential, She Told Me uses a truly unique approach based on 100% Adsense revenue sharing. They also have integrated Chitika ads, so if you sign up for Chitika you get all the Chitika earnings too. You can make more money on referring people as well.
The creator of SheToldMe has recently created another website similar to SheToldMe in this sense:
- Adsense revenue sharing 100%
- Referrals program to get your Adsense id displayed on all your referrrals’s pages
- You can post links to your own websites/blogs and articles on other places
What is different is :
- It’s brand new, so doesn’t have alexa or google pagerank just yet
- It’s not digg-like, there’s no voting system, it’s more like an article directory, except the articles are “tops” like Top 10 best paid actors, or Top 5 best smartphone in 2010, etc.
- You also get your site URL to be displayed on all your referrals’ pages.
myLot lets you earn extra money by posting discussions in their forums. You can earn $0.05 to $0.25 per post. Although this may not sound like a lot, you are not limited to the number of posts you can make in a day. Your earnings are updated daily, and a minimum amount of $10 is needed before you can withdraw payment. They pay via paypal once a month.
Keep in mind, though – you can’t make money just by replying to every post you see with a lol or one word answer. You should post an intelligent comment that adds to the conversation. The longer and more you add to a discussion the more you will make per post. A word of warning: every member can rate other people’s posts. If you make too many bad posts you will start to make less per post.
myLot accepts members from any country. They also have a referral program. You earn 25% of your referrals earnings; if you can recruit a dozen very active members you can really make some extra money.
This is yet another fabulous site make money off writing. It doesn’t impose on stringent criteria so newbie writers may like this site better. The payout ranges from $3-$8 per article. They generally accept articles of shorter length, and in my opinion this represents an excellent opportunity to boost up your productivity.
The site is not restricted to just individual freelancers, as they are open to both companies and entrepreneurs. Again, you go to the archive and choose to write articles that would be of interest to them. Payment is done twice monthly through PayPal for work approved by them.
This is probably the most extensive job website for freelance writers, the one you are likely to visit more often. There is no cost, no fee, no registration required. If you get past the visual barrier, the website is quite functional. There is a counter displaying how many people have viewed each job, it offers easy sorting function prominently displayed at the top of the landing page, and – last but not least – job posting dates are displayed, saving you the effort of applying for old postings.
Keep in mind though, this is a job list accumulator, which means that it copies writing jobs from other sites, and these are not first postings. However, it will serve to cut down your search time significantly. Highly recommended for the busy freelance writer.