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.
There is also an affiliate program that allows you generate ongoing revenue when you refer new writers to HubPages. The more high-quality writers you bring in, the greater your royalties.
Squidoo is a great website with high page rank that lets you write and publish your own articles. They make it easy to create and update lenses. A lens is an article on Squidoo’s site. You have many different options to make your lens unique. You can add photos, Amazon.com products, ebay listings, Orbitz vacation spot, YouTube videos, etc. If you are writing a review about a book or another product you can link to a specific Amazon.com ASIN so the person can buy the product and you receive a commission. No HTML knowledge needed to use the lens builder.
You can rate other people’s lenses and leave comments. You can do that at other article sites, but what sets Squidoo apart is you can create or join a group that is interested in the same subject. When you join a group you can discuss the subject and share your view and your articles with other members. Squidoo won’t pay you for every lens you create, instead you earn a commission off of every Amazon.com sale, eBay sale, or Orbitz sale. You don’t have to have your article approved before it is posted.
They also offer a pretty good affiliate program; when you refer a person and they earn $15.00 you both receive $5.00 bonus. You need to accumulate $20.00 before you can receive payment.
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.
Bukisa is a publisher of informational & educational content. They are both a UGC website and an aggregator, which means that they will let you submit content that’s already published on the net, as long as it’s yours. You can submit content in the form of articles, videos, presentations, audio recordings and image slide-shows.
Bukisa runs on a unique and revolutionary revenue sharing model based on two main revenue streams and the innovative Bukisa Index:
1. Getting paid for people reading, viewing or listening to your high quality published content.
2. Getting paid for the read, viewed & listened published content of your friends, friends’ friends and their friends (up to three levels).
You get paid up to three levels. Payments are processed via PayPal.
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.
At Associated Content you can make money by joining their community and writing about any topic you choose, as long as you are knowledgeable about it. There is a wide range of topics you can write about, almost anything is acceptable, as long as it is in good taste. Before submitting the article, proof-read it extensively, because spelling or grammatical errors may cause them to reject your article. After a few business days you will receive a reply, either offering you a fee for your article, or letting you know that it’s been rejected. They will also offer you a monetary amount of $3 to $40 for your article. You can decide if you want to accept their offer or not. If you accept, you will receive your payment through PayPal within two weeks.
Please note, if you accept their offer they are in effect purchasing your article so you will not be able to sell it to anyone else. If you don’t accept their offer you get to keep your article, but you will not receive any money.
Most new users will only earn about $3-$5 per article, but do not get discouraged. As long as you remain an active user with Associated Content your average per article will increase. It also helps if you write about hot topics like the war on terror, celebrities, and sports.
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.
Triond is a complete publishing service that enables users to easily publish quality content of any type, in any media format. It is not limited only to writers. They accept all original content on any topic, including written articles, pictures, audio, and video. You can easily keep track of all of your published items in your Triond account. You can even personalize your profile page to transform it into a unique, sharable portfolio that rivals any blog.
Triond publishes your work on a network of niche websites so you reach a wider audience, gain more recognition and earn more revenue. They give you 50% of the revenue generated by the ads displayed on your content.
Helium.com was launched in October 2006, and has since established itself as an excellent get paid to write articles website. It has a unique system that works like this: for every article you submit, you are given two pieces to read and rate. If your article receives good ratings it will become one of the top reads for that subject.You earn money from Helium.com by receiving a part of the advertising revenue that they make. Instead of a flat fee for each article you submit you earn money for every time someone clicks an ad while reading your article. Although you won’t be able to make a lot of money quickly you can slowly build up your income and make money.
Some topics are more profitable to write for than others. Some of the higher paying topics include personal finance, health and medical, and business.
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.