As much as article writing is a form of online freelancing like transcription and academic writing, there is a tendency of it being overlooked when the analysis is being made online compared to the former. Most people when looking into getting jobs online will just indicate that they would like to start writing. Little do they know, each form of writing is unique and has its own standards and requirements. Today, we’re going to look at article writing from a beginner’s point of view and how you can make money from it.
What is article writing?
The best way to describe article writing without causing confusion would be pieces of writing that focus on certain target keywords which are related to a certain niche.
In article writing, there are different fields. These include health and fitness, internet and business online, internet marketing, product reviews and so on. When writing, the article should have keywords that are related to the field to which it is applicable to. If you’re writing about health, it would be inappropriate to have a keyword like ‘best car jacks’.
What is a keyword?
In an attempt to define article writing we have introduced a new demon even though inadvertently. The term ‘keyword’ is something that you’re going to come across an awful lot not only in the article writing circles. Keywords are one of the factors that Google uses to offer results when you make a query.
In terms of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), a keyword is a phrase or a set of words that describe the contents of a webpage. By this definition, you can see why it is important to have articles that have keywords. If the article does not have keywords, then, it would be impossible to find on Google.
How do you become an article writer?
Now that you know a bit of the jargon that is used in the profession, the next hurdle is to actually find out how you can possibly become a professional article writer and make money from it. You should note that this is a multi-staged process and you should not be in a hurry to start counting dollars in your account. It takes patience and persistence to be a good writer.
Most people will tell you to opt for other forms of writing because article writing doesn’t pay. The truth is, it is among the best forms of writing because it is very scalable. However, you need to be able to start small (earning a minimum wage) and grow on your way. While there are people that earn $3 per 500 word article, there are others that will earn up to $100 for 500 words or even more. But you should remember, everyone started somewhere. The only important thing is for you to start!
There are quite a number of factors and terms that you need to learn when it comes to article writing. I always advice people to start with researching on Google. It is the fastest way to get over your baby steps and understand what you’re getting yourself into without committing to it yet. With research you will understand the craft better and what is required from you.
Get the tools of trade
Writing does not demand much. You need to have a computer (laptop or Desktop PC) you will need to have a strong internet connection, creative mind and a heart hungry to learn and bursting with passion for writing.
Get trained –
To become a professional, capable and competent writer, you will definitely need training and the benefits that come with having a trainer. I cannot emphasize enough on the importance of this step. Because quality training comes at a cost, most budding writers will usually try to skip this part. After all, it sounds easy enough right? Well, No! Most of the writers that don’t get training hardly get past their first month. Rejections, and countless (avoidable) mistakes wear them down and kill their passion. Don’t make the same mistake. Get trained!
Where do I get writing work?
There are plenty of places to get work. The first and perhaps the easiest is from your trainer. But, to get in their good graces, you would have to work hard in training and impress them with your writing skills. If they are impressed, as soon as your training is done, most trainers will give you your first paying job.
Alternatively, there are websites that can give you work. They vary in how they award work to writers and also in their way of functioning. To make it easier for you to point out the best one for you, let’s bundle the sites.
Article Market Places
If you have any articles that you’re not using and are originally created by you, market places allow you to upload the content and hopefully find a potential buyer. Compared to other beginner sites, these might pay you better but, it could also take longer before your article is bought. Examples of sites where you can post your articles for sale include;
These are perhaps the best sites for budding writers to work with. You simply login, see a job you love pick it up and start working on it. Typically, you sign up to the website and you find tons of work that has been posted by clients (also referred to as requesters in these circles). Once you pick up a job and submit, if it meets the client’s requirements and the client is happy with it, they accept the job and you get your payments. The downside to these sites is that the clients are not regulated and, the competition among writers for the work is cut-throat. You need to be quick while choosing the work and quality cannot compromised.
In this category you have;
Remember, to make money on these sites, your work has to be approved by the client. Luckily most of them have safe payment systems in place so 99% of the time you will get paid for quality work.
I would not advise you to start off with bidding sites for a couple of reasons. The first is, they are a pond for swindlers because some of their payment platforms are not regulated. They also happen to be thronged by high quality writers who have been in the industry for ages. Usually clients here will opt for such writers. And finally, bidding is a very tedious task that requires a lot of patience and skill. However, you’re likely to find some of the best paying clients here and lots of work. So, as hard as they can be, you need to aim to get to these sites as soon as possible.
How do I get Paid?
So far, you have done your research and loved what article writing has to offer, hired a trainer to make you a pro and finally gotten your hands on some work. The next question is, How do you get the money? Again, this depends on how the site is designed and also who you’re working for.
For instance if your trainer hires you, they will most likely pay you by Mpesa or transfer the funds into your bank account. Whichever works for you.
Nevertheless, as a freelance writer, you will need to open a PayPal account. It is like an online bank account that can receive money in different currencies. Once you have that in place, you can proceed to open an account with any of the sites that you prefer. Keep in mind that in as much as PayPal is the most common, it is not the only option you have. There are others like Skrill that are equally good though not as popular.
Most sites have an E-wallet system. Money earned is kept on the site until a point in which you would like to withdraw. For the sake of economic sense, most sites will have a set standard for the minimal amount that you can withdraw. Once you have that minimal amount, you’re free to transfer the money at any point.
Now, you need to have linked your PayPal account with the different sites. When you withdraw the money, it goes straight into your PayPal account. From here, there are different ways you can use to get your money into your local bank account or on Mobile Money.
So, there you have it! Everything you need to know about article writing and how you can get paid for it. The information here is for those that want to become article writers and are new to the field. Otherwise, there are so many other ways that you can make money writing for blogs and other forms of writing that we could not capture here. In future, we will have a closer look at each of these methods and help you advance your online writing career. In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.