by Lyn Lomasi, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff
Writing articles online has quickly become a popular way to earn money. This is in part due to the loss of income from layoffs and other job loss. However, many find out the hard way that the ability to maximize earning potential in online writing actually takes some thought. Online article writing is indeed a legitimate way to make money. Anyone can earn a few dollars at it here and there, but to turn it into a business, you'll first need to discover things that will help maximize the earning potential of each article.
Spelling, Grammar, and Proper English
Accurate spelling, grammar, and English can maximize your earning potential on every article you write. Potential clients look at writing for those strengths. If you spell and write so poorly that even spell check and grammar check can't save you, it's time to get back to the basics. That's right. You're going to have to study. Can't afford classes? Grab a book and teach yourself. Find free online resources. Study with a friend. Practice, practice, practice! Every good writer starts somewhere - the sooner you learn the basic skills, the better.
If no one can find your article, no matter how good it is, no one is going to read it either. Take the time to learn to SEO skills, including LSI. SEO will greatly maximize your earning potential in online article writing. Many online writers get paid for their content per page view either solely or in addition to other payments. This is why it is so important to learn SEO to draw traffic to articles. This is one method that is always changing and doing the wrong thing could give you the opposite results you intended. So be sure your knowledge stays up-to-date.
Focused Headline and Topic
Readers need a clear picture. They need to know from the start what your article is about. Focus your headline directly on the topic at hand, not just part of it. The headline (or title) "Maximize Earning Potential in Online Article Writing" tells me this article offers advice on how to earn more money with articles written for the web. If the title instead was "Pay Attention to Grammar, Titles, and More" that could refer to a book, a lesson at school, or any number of things. It does not tell me it's about article writing on the internet or how I can earn more money. When writing headlines for articles, maximize the earning potential by fully focusing on the topic at hand.
Focusing on the topic, as well as the SEO in the abstract is one more great way to maximize earning potential in online writing. Just as the headline needs focus, so does the abstract (or first few sentences). This is what search engines show with your article link. Therefore, it should clearly represent the complete focus of the article. Take out all the fluff and just get straight to the point.
Focus and Readability
Web readers want to find their info fast. That's why they search for it online - instant gratification. This means that content needs to not only be discoverable, but straight to the point and in simple language. If a reader can't understand the language and focus right away, they likely won't read the rest of the article.
Online article writers also can maximize earning potential by using clean formatting. There is no exact format o recommend because it will be different depending on the venue. However, if your article looks like one long paragraph, readers may stray away. Generally you need to break up articles into sections. Subtitles can also be used if desired. Whatever formatting you choose, be consistent throughout the article for the best readability results.
In line with the SEO skills mentioned above, promotion is another great way to draw readership. To be the most effective, they should go hand-in-hand. Article writers can maximize earning potential with promotion in many different ways. Post links in forums (where permitted), on your blog, in other articles, on social networks, and more. If you have a website, share your work there as well. There should also be a way for readers to subscribe through both RSS and email. If you have an RSS feed of your articles, it can be submitted to online article directories. There are many, many ways to be promote. The main thing to remember with promotion is to be consistent and to do it only where allowed and by the rules. You don't want to be known as a spammer. The goal instead is to be a source of interesting and informative content.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
Knowing the right time to write can make or break your web writing career. When is the best time? How do you know when yours is?
I get this question often and the answer is actually quite simple.
Write when the inspiration comes. This may be the same time every day and it may not be. For busy people such as parents, you may not feel inspired or have a chance to write until the wee hours of morning.
It's not as important to have an exact schedule, as it is to know when you are ready to write and take advantage of it. Write every moment you have the time to -- and most importantly, when you feel the most inspired to do so.
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
Ever wonder how I seem to get so much done in a day? One of my methods is by using specific templates or outlines that I make myself.
Some of my templates are geared toward specific types of content and some are geared toward specific sites. For instance, some sites may not allow for basic html commands, like bold and italic text or in-text links. Therefore, my templates or outlines for those sites will look different than those I may do for many other sites.
More tips on this with sample templates: Quick Web Writing Tip: Make an Easy Outline to Speed Productivity
by Lyn Lomasi, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff
It's always good to establish yourself in a topic. However, sometimes it's good to be spontaneous as well.
Jump in and do something you don't usually do to give your readers something different. When you fall into your typical pattern, it may appear to your readers that your main habit (or group of habits) is all you know.
Being spontaneous with your writing helps readers get to know you, keeps them interested in coming back for more, shows clients and potential clients what you're capable of, and also may bring in new readers who may not have noticed you otherwise. Plus, it's good for you as well. Spontaneity can help develop writing skills you may not have exercised before.
Have you ever been spontaneous in your writing?
Creativity Makes the Content
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by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
Are your readers getting bored with your posts? Are you getting tired of writing them? The quality may be good but for some reason, no one is reading. Why? One reason may be lack of creativity.
You aren't writing a text book. Get creative! Make your content shine by showing off its style within the text. Obviously, it needs to be readable. But there is no need to be straight facts and no fun. Dress up your content as if you were dressing up yourself. Get glammy, glittery, and gluey -- if that's you.
No one wants to read the same thing they can read anywhere else on the web. people want something different. Don;t just report the facts. Talk about what you would do or have done in the same scenarios -- and don't be too mainstream in how you do it. Just be your creative self. You're an artist, correct? Remember, that is what we writers really are deep down? Use that to your advantage and show it off.
Have you been taking advantage of your creative side?
Oh no! You're in the middle of an article and the site you're typing on crashes. Your hard work is now lost. Another site you had work published on is now nonexistent. But you didn't save a copy of your work on your computer. Back up your work to save yourself from scenarios like this.
Think these things rarely happen? Think again. This is one of the most common issues that new writers come to me with. Always write your work offline and always save it offline, preferably in more than one place. Even if you don't plan on publishing your work in other places you still need to have a backup copy for many reasons.
Quick Web Writing Tips: Be Consistent
Part of branding yourself to help develop an audience in writing lies in consistency. If your style is all over the place, it will be harder to create your writing brand.
Be consistent in the following:
*Topics - You can have more than one writing niche. But if there are no clear areas of expertise in a writer, it will be harder to develop a consistent audience.
*Style - Your writing style should match in all of your work. Frequent readers should be able to tell that a piece is written by you just by the style.
*Voice - Be yourself in all of your work. Let your writing light shine so that readers know the real you. The real you should be consistent in all of your work and should match your true writing personality.
*Advice - If you advise readers to do one thing one day and another the next, this causes confusion. Be consistent in methods and beliefs that are present throughout your writing.
Do you have non-exclusive writing lying around collecting dust? If you write for a living, chances are that not everything you submit or publish is exclusive to one party. What are you doing with the work that you still hold publishing rights to? If you answered "Nothing" you are not making the most of your work.
What are reprints? Put simply, reprints are pieces that have been previously published but can be published again.
If you submit your work to someone non-exclusively, you still have publication rights. Always read the fine print everywhere that you publish your work to be sure who has the rights. Just because you still hold the copyright, does not always mean you still hold publication rights.
Once you have determined that you do hold publication rights, there are several ways you can offer reprints.
Here are some of my favorites:
What do you want out of your writing? Are you writing for the money? The audience? Do you write to help others? Is it simply because you like it? Whatever you write, always know what it is you want to get from it. so you can write it with that intent in mind.
Knowing what you want will help you get to your goal faster because manifesting comes from actionable intent. This can help you make important decisions along the way. Never write a word without knowing its intended purpose, as well as where you want to be with writing, in general.
What you want should be apparent in your actions, as well as your words.
Do you know what you want? Intent is everything.
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Quick Web Writing Tips: HTML Links
Need to create an HTML link but don't know how? It's actually pretty simple to do and once you learn, you can use it in any alowable instances where there is no WYSIWYG or drag and drop editor.
Simply use the code below and replace the red areas with your intended text and link.
<a href="http://www.articlewriterforhire.com">Article Writer for Hire</a>
Insert this text into your intended html template.
When you use the above code in an html template, it will display like this:
Article Writer For Hire
That's it! You have now created an html link or hyperlink. Now go make some awesome things!
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Tired of writing about the same topic all the time? Your readers may be tired of looking at it as well. While it's great to specialize in something, you should also throw in other topics now and then too. Variance is one of the keys to succeeding in freelance writing.
Variance can ocur in the way you word your content. Mix up usage of certain words and transitions throughout each piece. Varying your writing can also refer to niche topics. You can specialize in more than one without losing credibility with your readers. In fact, you may find them glad to see random subjects mixed in with what they are used to reading from you.
If you want to be successful as freeelance writer, variance can be a very good thing. Clients love writers who specialize. But they also like to see some versatility. This way, if they have a topic that shies away from your usual routine, they know they can at least consider you for the project. However, if you only write on one topic, how will they know if you are able to handle anything else?
Are you showing enough variance in your work?
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