Thursday, 11 November 2021

Want to Write More?

Earning Money Online Writing
The question I get asked the most is, 'How can I earn money writing?' And it's not only me who gets asked this question. I see it being asked online all the time.

It sometimes surprises me that people even need to ask this question because the answer is simple. 

I think what people are really asking is, 'How can I earn money QUICKLY from writing?' They're looking for a quick fix. But being a writer isn't a way to get-rich-quick. I mean sure, you can start earning money fast, but you won't get rich quick.

Instead, the simple answer to earning money from writing is to write more.

The most successful writers are those who outwork the rest.

Look at it this way. If you had a blog with a dozen pages of articles, and you'd written and published an ebook, how much money could you earn from that?

But what if you had a blog with 200+ pages, you'd written and published 20 ebooks, plus you constantly wrote and submitted freelance work to magazines and websites, and you wrote paid guest posts for other blogs to help promote your own?

How much money could you be earning then?

You see, it's up to you what you write and how much you write. Writers earn money in different ways, but whichever way you choose, if you're not out-working the rest, how can you possibly hope to earn more?

The important thing is to start writing. And don't stop. Don't say you're too tired, or you've had a busy day, or you just don't feel like it, or you have a headache, or a bad back (or any other physical excuse).

If Stephen Hawking could write books while sitting immobile in a wheelchair using only a twitch in one cheek to operate his computer, then the rest of us have no excuse.

The Monthly Challenge Writing Series:

If these 4 ebooks don't get you writing more, nothing will.

P.S. For the rest of this month (Nov 2021) The One Month Author is only 99 cents. 

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Tuesday, 9 November 2021

A Simple ‘Trick’ To Get More Writing Done

Almost every morning I wake up full of good intentions of how much I’m going to accomplish in a day.

Hours later I look at the clock and wonder how the time disappeared so quickly.

Do you have days like that?

It used to be that the day seemed to fly by with little accomplished. Now though, things have changed, and although the day seems to still fly by, it’s passed by unnoticed because I was busy getting so much done.

I do whatever I have to do first thing in the morning including chores, phone calls, laundry, shopping, and then I get on with my writing. And I’m usually so focused that I even forget to have lunch.

When I finally stop and look at the time, I’m surprised to see that it’s mid or late afternoon. Sometimes it’s so late it’s dark outside.

These are great days when I’m so focused and so productive that I sit and work for hours and get so much writing done. I still feel as though I’ve lost a day (time-wise), but it doesn’t feel bad, not when I can see how much I’ve achieved. 

Sadly, not all days are like that, but when it happens, I do appreciate it. And it makes me feel great.

And it happens because I love what I do.

Try it yourself. 

And if you don’t know what to do, download one of my Monthly Challenge Writing Series ebooks, and see how much you can achieve in a day, a week and a month.

Are You Up For The Challenge?

Monthly Challenge Writing Series

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

The Right Way to Earn Money From Freelancing

Quick Cash Freelance Writing

I follow quite a few people on social media who are writers and they seem to be so good at getting the work published online on blogs, websites and in online anthologies and online magazines.

But lately I've been taking a closer look at the work they're getting published and where, and I made a surprising discovery.

I admit that I've been feeling a tiny bit jealous that they all seem to get so much of their work published. I kept wondering, how do they do it? I thought their work must be really good.

However, it seems that all their published work is unpaid. They seem to be submitting it to non-paying, online markets. And sometimes it's even WORSE than that. They submit their work to websites where you have to PAY for every submission.

I swear it made me do a quick Porky Pig impersonation. "A b-a-b-a-b that's crazy, folks." Why would anyone do so much writing and then not only give it away for free, but also pay someone else to publish it online?

Jealous? Not any more. There is no way I would let my work be published on someone else's blog or website so that they can earn money from my hard work. I know some would say that free publication can be great marketing. But not when you're giving it away all the time.

If you want to earn money from freelance writing, then your work needs to be submitted to a paying market. I advise against ever paying to submit work. I won't even enter writing competitions unless they're free. I figure that if I enter a writing competition and I win, that's great. It means I've earned money from my writing. And if I don't win, I still have my story or article and I can submit it somewhere else and even submit it to a paying market.

To be really successful as a freelance writer, you need to be fearless and don't hold back when it comes to finding markets for your work. Never think that it's not worth submitting your work or your idea for an article because it might be rejected. It might also be accepted.

And no matter how small the submission (reader's letter, joke, tip, etc), do it. Even if you don't earn much at least you'll earn something. And some of these smaller pieces can actually earn you a good ROI for the few minutes that it took you to write it.

Keep submitting ideas and stories all the time. Aim for 30 submissions in 30 days every month. That's 300 submissions a year. Can you imagine the success you'd have? And they don't have to be huge pieces of work. Like I said, even a small joke or a tip can earn you up to $100 for just 5 minutes work.

Make some of your submissions to printed markets like magazines, and others to online markets. If you keep up the 30 submissions a month, you can't fail.

And don't make excuses like, you have a full-time job or you have a family. These are just excuses because we always make time for the things we love.

And one of them should be writing.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Blog or Website? What’s the Difference?

Someone emailed me recently and said they wanted to set up and earn money online, but they weren’t sure if they should have a blog or a website because they didn’t know the difference between the two.

And a quick search online showed me that many people were asking the same thing - what’s the difference between a blog and a website?

The answer is that essentially, there is no difference, except that a website can be a site that is static and never changes, whereas a blog is updated often.

Mostly, a website is used for business, whereas a blog is akin to an online diary.

Many people combine the two and have a website with set pages (home page, about page, contact page, sales page, etc) and a blog section that they update with their latest offers and new stock announcements.

The reason people have blogs is because they are easy to update if you use blogging software, and search engines love sites with regular, fresh content.

Also, people who want a personal site where they regularly upload photos and stories about their life (travel, food, health, kids, etc), tend to have a blog and use blogging software like WordPress, to make it quick to update.

I use both. I have my website where I regularly upload new writing articles and my latest book information, plus I have this blog where I post shorter articles, and things that are time-sensitive such as open writing markets, or introductory price reductions of my books.

My ebook, Build a Lucrative Niche Website In a Month, is also about creating a niche blog, because it’s the same as a niche website.

Ultimately the choice is yours and you can call it what you want. A blog or a website.