Any experiences of ways to earn money by writing on the internet?

December 31, 2008 7:22pm CST
I just wondered if anyone has any experience of using their writing skills to generate money in a systematic way. Other than through MyLot, of course. If so, which methods have they found to be the best earners?
8 responses
@paid2write (5202)
2 Jan 09
I've been earning money by writing on the internet for the past eight months, and I shall continue to do so. I have built up a regular monthly income by writing for different websites, and I think this is the best way to do it. However, the main part of my income has come from Helium, because it has a Marketplace where I can submit to publishers assignments. Iv'e sold a dozen articles there for between $15 and $50 each. A longer assignment can pay more than $100. You need to find which sites suit your writing style and what you like to write about. Some people earn more at Triond and others do better with other writing sites. (eHow and Associated Content are good for people in the USA) Helium is the best one for me personally. I know many people fail to earn there, or make very little. It's a site that requires a lot of participation and the occasional writer will not achieve much there. I know of other writers making hundreds of dollars each month, with a good many articles and quality rating.
2 Jan 09
I think your feedback is pretty sound. Helium comes up repeatedly as does Triond. for those in the UK these sound good bets. But have you costed your time? Are the fees that you get cumulative (ie do you get paid by submission on a one off basis or on a repeat basis in accordance with then number of "hits" you get? If the latter, have you considered how the internet market operates and how you get those hits? My point here is that maybe one needs a more integrated apprach in dealing with the internet to maximise gains so that the income generated is rather more profitable. I've been investigating more, and think I am finding the solutions ... but it is early days. I suspect that if I just wrote articles for Helium and Trond I would still be ther in 6 months beavering away only to find that in fact I am earning enough to pay the internet bill but no way near enough to make a sensible living. I am determined to find ways - but only ethical ones!
3 Jan 09
In six months I have earned enough to pay for my laptop and all my internet usage. My revenue share from page views at Helium is growing and adding up day by day, in addition to payments for articles sold in the Marketplace. With my writing stars I also get upfront payments for each new article I submit. If you do think about joining Helium I recommend you visit the community forum for help and advice in how to earn there. I did put some articles on Triond around six months ago, but I never promoted them, and they were not on popular topics. I have only earned just over one dollar from them!
• United States
1 Jan 09
That subject has been discussed on Mylot hundreds of times. Some people like review sites, but most of those sites don't seem to be very reliable. Associated Content is a good place to write, but if you're not in the US you can only get paid for page views. A lot of sites pay for page views only, like Triond. Helium has several different ways you can earn money, and Constant Content serves as a middle man and lets you set your own prices. But their standards are very high. Most people who write to earn a real income write for more than one site, and often do freelance assignments.
1 Jan 09
This is a really useful reply. I have just signed up with Triond but I found it difficult to see any indication of the potential rewards in real terms. Thanks for the information. Helium seems to crop up in quite a lot of posts. I hadn't come across sites such as Constant Content sound interesting. I am in the UK so I guess Associated Content may not be so good for me, from what you say?
• United States
10 Jan 09
Speaking from experience, I advise against Constant Content. I still have an account with them because I use their calls for ideas for Associated Content articles but that's about it. Occasionally one of my articles that are still posted will sell and magically I will get paid without even knowing what happened! But for the most part I don't like them. For starters, if you haven't already had an article accepted that fits a call, you are very unlikely to get one accepted while the call is still valid. It takes them up to 14 days to review an article and then, if they happen to reject it, they are very vague as to the reasons why. I think that my most hated phrase in the English language is "comma use." Does that mean too many, not enough, commas in the wrong place? Or does it mean that they are reviewing articles based on syntax rules from 20 years ago, which are no longer, necessarily, accurate? Also, when pricing your articles... how do you determine what the articles are worth? Several magazines will pay writers up to $1 per word. For a 400 word article, that's $400! But try selling exclusive rights on CC for $400 and see how far you get. You'll be lucky to sell that same article for $20. I find them to be incredibly frustrating and not worth the effort required to get to the $50 minimum payout.
• United States
4 Jan 09
Hi, I've been writing on Helium as well for extra cash. They have a great site for it to be less than 2 years old. The Marketplace pays big bucks if you're a good writer. They have other incentives for upfront payments as well. They pay by paypal when you reach at least $25.
• United States
4 Jan 09
Associated Content is another place that pays to write. if that's any help
• United States
1 Jan 09
Writing blogs can help you generate money too. I have a red banner in my profile where you can go and check it out. You will be paid for a dollar for each post you make and additional payment for unique page impressions. Summing up a little here and a little there would greatly augment your extra income. Happy new year.
1 Jan 09
This sounds good, but if you get paid on a per post basis it sounds as though they don't discriminate between good quality posts and bad quality posts? Which, if true, suggests that at least one could predict potential earnings. But I wonder what the longer term implications of this policy are in terms of developing a site and a system that can endure over time and guarantee that payments are actually made. How long have you been a member and have you actually received regular funds from them over a period of months/years? Thanks
@venomous (10)
1 Jan 09
i have seen many methods. one effective way is to use Dragon Naturaly Speaking (DNS) you plug in a microphone and speak into it, the software converts your voice into text and writes out the article which you make up in your head on the spot. you rush through it and then change any small errors. within the software it automaticaly sets all perfect gramar and spelling. with this method you can normaly submit about 20 articles an hour.
1 Jan 09
I'm glad that Dragon Naturally Speaking is now gaining popularity for normal use. I first came across it over 10 years ago, at which time it was being recommended for use by some adults with severe dyslexia, who could not put pen to paper and achieve an acceptable result. At that time it was a long learning curve to get used to the software .... and for the software to get used to the user. How long did it take you to get comfortable using it? I sometimes think I would like to get it but my problem is that I think whilst I am writing about the content of what I am saying and I am not convinced that I would be able to think Whilst speaking in quite the same way. Do you find that using this software changes the style and even the content of what you write?
• India
2 Jan 09
If you talk about earning money online by writing then i would like to suggest you www.triond.com There the more your article will be read the money u earn.
@cybersoft01 (1287)
• India
2 Jan 09
I think the best way to earn money online using your writing skills is to mylot and some review sites like associatedcontents, reviewstreams and ciao. I have been got paid by associated content already.
• India
2 Jan 09
though I have heard about many such sites where by writing you can earn I have not tried it before.. May be because i do not get enough time to do it.. Comparatively review sites are fun.. But I know sites where by writting about any one topic say around 2-3 pages you can earn online.. As I have not tested & used it befire I do not know much about those..