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The Economics of Online Writing: Making Money From Online Writing

Writing is big business, more so online writing. You can make lots of “free” dollars if you have what it takes, but it can disappoint as well. What do you need to start earning from writing online? Check the following list and add your own!

What do you need to earn from online writing?

Even as we mull over Triond’s possible death within the next year or so, online writing demands that we put into place mechanisms that will make us ride over and above the millions of entries that flood the web every day in order to earn substantially from it. You can not profit from online writing despite its residual income if you do not consider your tools of trade just like you would in any other business venture. What do you need?

  1. A good PC or laptop – I won’t talk about the prizes here but if you want to write effectively and earn from your writing, you need your own computer or laptop for use whenever you need it.
  2. A stable internet connection – You can not profit from online writing unless you have a stable internet connection that will help you in researching and submitting your entries before they become stale.
  3. Electricity – For those of us who live in Africa, complete with its own set of millennium development goals related challenges, a PC and an internet connection are not enough, we have to worry about electricity which at time appears only once in a while!
  4. Friends – Online communities thrive on friendship or should I call it fanship? The people who read you will most likely be strangers who live thousands of miles away, but these people will be relied upon for comments that will make you rank higher.
  5. Time – Most of us do not consider the time we spend writing and publishing online as part of the cost and therefore end up spending much more time doing nothing in the name of online writing. Planning for your time is necessary for a higher return on investment.
  6. Diction – My dear goodness, some people want to write, some people want to profit from writing but can not construct a sentence and therefore end up making mistakes right from the title, these men and women, or are they boys and girls, are actually driving the rest of us out of business.
  7. Patience – I do not know how to cost this one either, but any writer, any online writer who wishes to make money online must not only have patience but also have lots of it as well. It takes a while to start earning online, and that is the time you should be writing!

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17 Responses to “The Economics of Online Writing: Making Money From Online Writing”
  • Aiyanna
    July 13th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    J, it also takes versatility, dynamism, endurance from external forces that prevent you from writing amidst vile defiling and abuse (you know what I mean!!!). The beauty of writing is to write for yourself and from within you and that will bring out the best skill that you have to enthrall the audience and keep them coming back for more, providing there is no negative press release that is working from undercover.

  • Aiyanna
    July 13th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Now I have to agree with the Internet, the darn company who provides me the connection fails half the time due to coverage issues and my USB stick only stands the test of time when its surrounded with company. Damn the pangs of horsing around in the western countryside. But I am not a Yankie that is for sure… You should know me by now… I love to dance and make people smile!!!

  • Uma Shankari
    July 13th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Triond’s death? Oh, really!!

  • Anuradha Ramkumar
    July 13th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I’m not sure whether Triond is going to die, but you have made some valid points, especially the last one.

  • LoveDoctor
    July 13th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    This is very useful information.

  • Nina Mason
    July 14th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    All very true.
    We also need resilience… after getting bad reviews or just getting discouraged either from writers block or whatever it may be… we need resilience to bounce back and keep plugging away… which is not always easy.

  • Nina Mason
    July 14th, 2011 at 12:44 am

    All very true.
    We also need resilience. After getting bad reviews or just getting discouraged either from writers block or whatever it may be, we need resilience to bounce back and keep plugging away, which is not always easy.

  • Jewelstar
    July 14th, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Well online writing needs a lot of patience and above all comittment. This is way things go wrong with most of us, when there are priorties. But then with proper planning, you could do this smoothly.

  • webseowriters
    July 14th, 2011 at 3:45 am

    You clear many doubts

  • The Soul Explorer
    July 14th, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Good points. Thanks! But hoping it will not die. :-D

  • ayeshar
    July 14th, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Good Article ! *like*
    But why do you say triond’s going to die ? :-/
    I like the 5th point especially because it’s an eye-opener. I have been wasting too much time online doing nothing. And I don’t have my own laptop yet and this becomes a great hindrance. Electricity is an issue here in Pakistan as well.

  • Buma
    July 14th, 2011 at 5:03 am

    All said above are true about online writing. Im thinking to branch to a blog instead of staying on Triond. Possible death next year? really?

  • Emancipation
    July 14th, 2011 at 5:04 am

    The motivation to write simply because we enjoy it. Therefore we require a passion in which to get our point or story out to the world.Finding the time also is prerequisite for any writer and at times – dare I say – an understanding partner. Fiction requires an active imagination and the basic rules of English. Good article, Jimmy.

  • SharifaMcFarlane
    July 14th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    You\’re right about number 4. Friends who are willing to spend their time promoting your articles/business/website/blog.

  • gaby7
    July 16th, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Patience is key-some of us are poor writers because we are not patient, especially when it comes to proof reading!

  • Raj the Tora
    July 18th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I totally agree with you on this one. Taking a minute to review and fix the errors would save a lot. And yes, patience absolutely pays.

  • Michal Dorcak
    July 20th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Very good points. I would also add you might need your own website point too. My website got about 300 or 400 pageviews since I launched it two or three months ago (I published only 20 articles there so far, did not have much time to write because of more pressing and unpleasant matters), yet it made me about the same amount of money than my almost 200 articles here on Triond made in that time. It is also worth to mention that my website contains mainly recipes so far and most traffic was to those recipes …
    Of course, I do not mean profit, but merely money made from ads, hard to even dream about profit with just 20 articles on the website :) .

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