Online Writing Tips

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If you want to write online, there are so many ways to do this:

  • Start your your own blog for fun or profit
  • Write for others online as a freelancer 
  • Write a Kindle book, no publisher or money output involved  

A Few Important Writing Tips for Writing Online:

Writing online is a bit different than writing elsewhere.

People tend to SKIM as they read, not read completely unless they find the perfect idea they seek.

  • Write shorter paragraphs (just a few lines each)
  • Use bullet points whenever possible as they are easy to skim
  • Use sub-headers so people can quickly find exactly what they need -- instead of clicking "back" and leaving the site
  • Use keywords. BIG fan of keywords here. Thats what brings me organic search engine traffic (readers flock to my pages with no work from me other than to write about keywords they seek)

New Writers

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Write for Medium! is another writers place -- you can write for free, but if you pay their fee, you get paid when people read your posts!

I am on Medium though I don't post regularly... Boo Wendy!

In 2021, the membership rates are $5 per month or $50 per year. 

That's really not bad at all... and if you do write and post on their site, you will earn over $5 per month (assuming you post good stuff and frequently!)

I can't guarantee anything, of course, but I know plenty of folks who earn money from Medium by posting their original thoughts and stories.

Try it -- $5 for 3 months straight, which gives you time to read others and follow them, as well as people finding and following you.  If you don't make  money, or if you don't end up writing as you thought you would... you can end paying the fee, and simply write there for fun! 

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If you want to earn money writing articles online, maybe a beginner who is not quite ready to commit to a blog or website, you might try Freelance Writing Jobs: 101+ Online Writing Jobs, if you are seeking ideas.

You could also try writing for pay:

  • Mechanical Turk by Amazon - weird name, I know, but I loved to find writers there. So many simple jobs...
  • - lots of ideas there for earning $5 at a time. Sounds like little, but if you are a writer and love it, and start getting "gigs", it adds up quickly. THEN you move on to something better paying. Right?

Both don't pay much, but they also don't require much... you can choose a job that only wants a 100-word review of something, or an article on a local tourist attraction.  You just have to register and find jobs you'd like to apply for.