How to make money writing online
How to make money writing online
It’s been a year now since I ventured out into the big, cruel and lonesome world of owning my very own self-hosted blog. I can’t honestly say I’m earning zillions and I now own a car filled with stacks of $100 notes like the glossy adverts, and promised to me from most of the get rich artists out there. You see, the only people that get rich overnight are the one’s that create these things. 99.99% of the time I found myself recreating a method that was saturated aeons ago by the first swathe of digital marketers ready to fill their boots. Now they write about it because actually doing the methods they detail in their training holds no more financial gain. So they saturate the method even more by teaching me how to do it. Big sucker Raymond
I’ve found myself caught up in that trap. And there was always something new for me. Always some new shiny method that came along and wowed me into thinking this was the next best thing since sliced bread and I would be earning money in a matter of days. And when it failed I always heard the same line from them. Oh, you’re obviously not applying the training, Raymond. Or I always found myself reading some highly motivational blog posts telling me that I obviously wasn’t in the right mindset, or failing to [insert positive word for motivation here]. I was trying hard. Damn hard. Yet throughout my six months of applying every shiny new button to my glossary there was one thing that stunk like a rotten egg. I had earned £0.
I had to stop. I was forking out hundreds and hundreds in my redundancy payout yet I was receiving absolutely nothing for it. These tried and tested means weren’t working a damn for me. I had tried every last money making idea with my blog and I was exhausted for ideas. I was seriously going to give up.
It happened by chance really. I was browsing websites like I usually did because I was always on the lookout for the next best thing. I stumbled across this quaint little website. One that I had never seen before. I can’t remember the Google string I had entered but it was a lovely looking site and had awesome information on it. Information like I had never ever seen before. This guy was giving all his secrets away for free. Tips, methods, what to look out for and a ton of other stuff. I remember being quite perplexed by the whole situation because this guy was telling us that he makes quite a wad monthly. And yet he was giving me all this valuable information for free. You know companies charge a ton for this? I thought to myself. I sort of scratched my head for a moment and as I read down. He had a link to wealthy affiliate, told his readers what a godsend it was to him. How he had grown and we should join too.
“Yeah, what’s the catch?” I could feel the barriers in my body raising and my mind was starting to fill with scepticism.
“Join for free” the link said.
“Yeah? So you can charge me for a ton of extras,” I thought?
I gave in to my curiosity. I mean this guy was obviously putting himself out there. He had already gave away valuable information for totally free. What can I lose? “Nothing much” I thought, and I was ready to bail at the first hint of trouble. I wasn’t going to be fooled into any of these things again.
The most surprising thing about joining Wealthy Affiliate was that it was absolutely free to use. Albeit confusing at first. I mean I had to take a good twenty minutes looking around the platform and seeing what was available there. It was curious, but not what I had expected. I had expected a platform that would false promise us the world, but instead I connected with other people that were in the same situation as me. Broke, wanted to write and learn and make money. Yet probably the BEST thing about Wealthy Affiliate is the immediate access and friendliness to people who are making literally $1000’s per week. I couldn’t believe it at first yet their profiles and websites spoke for themselves. The community is actually rewarded by helping others and creating training.
There was initial training available. A 10 step guide on how to make money writing online. And they told me. They were straight up with me that it isn’t immediate. No way. This is a long game thing. Ask any serious blogger and they’ll tell you they didn’t see a penny until several months of hacking at it.
It was nice to have instant chat available. I could chat with anyone about any thing that I had on my mind. The nice thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that it’s very trustworthy. The people that use it are definitely not into taking short cuts or scamming people for a quick buck. And they’ll certainly tell me outright if they think I shouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. It’s a very positive and enlightening experience.
There’s also a very cool website builder integrated with the platform called siterubix. I wasn’t new to blogging but since I had signed up for this new platform I decided to give it a try. It’s similar to wordpress.com, hosted on their own domains but I was allowed a variety of plugin features that aren’t allowed on WordPress. The only stipulation that I have a .siterubix.com domain. Which was fine for me since this was all for nothing. I can’t really complain at that. Awesome help, free domain, lovely training tools. What next? I also found out that I can also host my own domain through Siterubix but I would have to sign up to a paid account. I wasn’t ready to do that yet, so staying on my free account it was.
There’s was a little link to a website called Jaaxy (sounds rude!) in my Wealthy Affiliate dashboard. Out of curiosity I thought that I may as well click that since things have been very honest and straight forward so far. Well. This is where I found out where the magic happens. This is how I magically direct people to my site. I won’t go into too much detail because that would be giving too much away then wouldn’t it! Jaaxy has a free no risk 30 day trial. And if you don’t sign up with your account details at the end it will just downgrade you to a free version. No hassle!
But what would all this be without the skills to write? Nothing. That’s why you need to write about your passion. The guy that pointed me in the direction of Wealthy Affiliate truly believed that this platform could change lives and he was passionate about it. Because no-one will believe you if you haven’t really tried it before or got down with the program. I could say, hey, yeah, buy Reebok trainers. They’re excellent. But I couldn’t describe their feel or texture, how well they help my feet when jogging a long distance. Never worn a pair of Reebok’s in my life.
So why should I write about them?
A blog or a piece of writing needs to be informational. It has to have some value to the reader. If I wrote about my day down in the pub with my mates and that I had an awesome time. Who’s going to read that? My friends maybe. Someone I don’t know? Hardly. Why would someone I don’t know be interested in reading about my day at the pub? Unless I did something REALLY stupid. But I don’t drink so that idea’s out.
This is why my blog is dedicated to that of change. I’ve changed dramatically during my life throughout a long series of big tears and deep introspection. I try and inspire people through my journey. The ways in which I have changed and moved forward in hope that they can have a better life for themselves. Just like I have created for myself. My information is real and trustworthy and helpful, and I hope that I could inspire other people on their journey’s too. And I absolutely love writing about it. It’s my passion. I talk about uncomfortable stuff that no-one really talks about. And I get enjoyment from doing that because so many people can relate to it.
This is what Wealthy Affiliate taught me to do. It didn’t automatically give me the writing skills to connect with other people on a personal level. I had to find and relate to people as many ways that I could. What it did do though is teach me what needed to be done. Write my passion. If I was a salesman I’d write about sales. If I was a lorry driver I’d write about lorries and trucks. And if I was an Antarctic Crab Fisherman I’d write about that. It taught me to never ever write about anything that I don’t know. It’s fine to speculate but point that out to your readers. Honesty, integrity and really useful information is definitely the way forward!
Sorry. I’m rambling now. But you get the idea. How to make money writing online? Wealthy Affiliate is 10 out of 10 and I’d definitely suggest starting a blog for the long term.