by A.L. Woods, Contributing Writer
This article is a part of the Online Writer Key to Success series: a series of articles specifically written for the new or aspiring freelance online writer.
Much has been written all over the Web about how online freelance writers should find good writing sites and get good private clients, but there is little direction on one fundamental online writer key to success: create your own online real estate. As freelancers, our mindset should shift from that of an employee to that of an independent entrepreneur, always evaluating opportunities that bring us maximum productivity and output with the most efficient level of effort.
Be sure to do you
While you’re writing daily for your chosen sites and servicing your private clients consider setting up your own blog, website, or even a revenue share site where you allow other writers to contribute and share in the profits.
Why is this important, you may ask
1. Writing can be a strenuous mental task, even more so when for whatever reason you are creating multiple work pieces daily. If you aren’t careful, burnout will ensue, and since you are in essence the sole source of your paycheck you’ll find yourself in the very unhappy position of a halted income stream. You want to create a passive source of income that still pays, and pays around the clock, even when you aren’t actively writing.
2. The only person that you can depend on is yourself. Many of us experienced this painful truth when one of our most beloved online writing venues -- Yahoo! Voices / Yahoo! Contributor Network – sent us all notices that they would be closing the doors at the end of the month. When you are in control of your own online property it is your own determination, effort, and creativity that fuels the site and the profits that ensue from it. You are the sole profiteer from your labor, and If you’re successful your site will be successful.
3. You are the one who makes the important decision of deciding how to monetize your site. There are many ways to profit from your online properties: Google Adsense, Amazon Affiliates program, Commission Junction, Clickbank, to name just a few. Find the program that best fits the personality of your site and you have the potential of generating an outstanding income there.
In summary, make sure that as you work your online writing strategy that you include an action step for creating and working your own online properties. There’s money on the table. Make sure that you do what needs to be done to get your share of it.
Important ‘secret’ to remember: Having your own online real estate is an important component of establishing a profitable and secure financial future.
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Her writing interests include technology, health and fitness, medical, religion and spirituality, cars, Jeeps, Internet, digital and social media, and lifestyle.
"Wordsmithing is the spice of life." ~A.L. Woods