Monday, April 21, 2014

How I make money online, and how you can, too.

In 2007, I discovered the paid writing game. I had just turned 18, and I was fascinated by the idea of working from home. From that day forward, I worked hard, tapping away on my keyboard so that I could enter the world of paid writers. By 2008, it happened for me.

Today, I'm 25-years-old with 6 years of freelance writing under my belt. If you come across a paid-to-write website, chances are, I've tried it. In fact, that's why I created Freelance Lady back in 2011---to show people that it is possible to earn money online with little to no experience.

I'd like to share with you my all-time favorite websites for earning money online. I hope that you're able to utilize these websites as well, and start increasing your income from home.

Constant-Content. They've always been my go-to for passive income. I have been with them for a few years now, and I love the platform. The way it works, is you provide high-quality content, and Constant-Content showcases your work to potential clients. If those clients are interested, they may purchase rights to your work. The downside is that Constant-Content takes 35% of your work, and the review period takes up to three days. However, if you have a strategy, then you can bypass those minor inconveniences. For example, I write my articles, and I consider the 35% cut when I price them. If I want $30 for my article, I'll add 35% to the price. That way, when Constant-Content takes their cut, I'll still get $30. As far as the long review times go, that just requires a little bit of patience. But if you're writing an article per day, eventually the review times will catch up and you'll be having articles accepted left and right and ready to sell.

Passion Fruit Ads. This website isn't like most of the sites listed here on Freelance Lady. Passion Fruit Ads doesn't pay you for work you complete for them. Instead, they allow you to set up a market for sponsorships for your blog or website. You offer ad space, sponsored posts, reviews, and giveaways all at your own price, and people can purchase them through your Passion Fruit ad "shop" which is actually a widget that you can put anywhere on your blog. The downside is that you have to pay a monthly membership. However, if you're constantly getting requests for ad space, sponsored posts, reviews, and more, you could certainly benefit.

InfoLinks. Here, you sign up and place a script on your website. That script then generates links within the content on your blog or website. When your visitors view an ad or click on an ad, you generate income via InfoLinks. The earning potential here is rather high, especially if you have a heavily trafficked website. The quality of the ads also play a role. For example, if you're showing high-quality ads, you're likely to be paid more for each click.

TextBroker. My main advice for TextBroker is to take your time on your writing sample, and once you're in, get your W9 form mailed in right away. You can't get paid unless it's been submitted, so working there is generally useless without it. The reason I advise you to take your time on the writing sample is because it will be given a "score" from 1 to 5, five being the highest. If you have the highest score, you're able to write on ANY of the five assignment levels. If you end up with a three, you'll only be able to write on one to three. The highest level is the highest paying. TextBroker pays weekly, which is another perk.

Break Studios.  I love that Break Studios actually wants personality to be included in your writing. That makes it a little different than other paid to write websites. Here, you'll be writing mainly on entertainment topics--and sometimes they're a bit more risqué. If that's not your thing, don't sign up here. Assignment values range from $8 to $12. Break Studios pays once a month.

Private clients. Most of your money, over time, should come from private clients, such as the clients who purchase sponsored posts, articles, advertising space, etc. These are the people that you build relationships with---the people who recommend you to others. Finding private clients is not as difficult as you might think, especially with websites such as Freelancer, oDesk, Craigslist, and Elance. Even TextBroker offers a way for clients to contact you for work outside of the company.

Questions? Comments? Don't hesitate to leave a comment! I'm always listening!

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