If you’d love to know how to put your talents to good use and make money writing online, this post is for you!
The biggest challenge being a writer is that no matter how talented you are, you’re never guaranteed to monetize your art.
Unless you’ve built a big audience of people interested in your work, or are an ace at self promotion, your amazing wordsmithing could forever be hidden behind a bushel.
However, in this day and age of global reach online it’s easier than ever to make money writing online without ever having to become the next Pulitzer prize winner.
Here are 21 fun and actionable ways for you exercise your creativity and start to make money writing online;
I love blogging, especially if you love writing!
Once you’ve created amazing content and google starts to rank you for it, many of your rankings will last for years, provided you consistently create new and valuable content around your topic, update your existing content and remain relevant in your niche.
Starting your own blog is a fantastic way to generate a lot of revenue, but it does take commitment and consistency.
Plus you’ll need to be happy putting in a solid amount of effort up front, without instant reward. In fact it may take 9 – 12 months before you start to see any real traffic depending on the niche you’re in.
However, once that traffic starts rolling in, the only way is up!
Many bloggers make upwards of $10k, $50, $100k a month simply by creating consistent, valuable and relevant content.
To get started, choose your niche, create a simple wordpress site and start publishing! Focus on mastering keyword research, writing articles daily if possible and away you go.
If you don’t fancy the thought of having to purchase a domain, hosting and starting a blog (although it’s super easy these days), start writing on Medium.
When you sign up for Medium’s partnership program, you have two options to get paid. As more Medium members spend more time reading your Medium articles you receive a share of their membership fee based on how long they spend reading your article.
So for example if a member spends 10% of their time reading your article you get 10% of their monthly member fee.
The second route to make money writing online on Medium is to refer the app to others and get 50% for every person who becomes a Medium member. Currently the membership fees are $50 for a year or $5 a month.
With both these opportunities you can see it’s a numbers game as membership fees are low, so my recommendation is to become a prolific writer on Medium (the same if you’re growing a blog) and really specialize in a specific niche so people know you for something and look forward to reading your articles.
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Are you an expert in a specific field?
If so, you’re in a great position to create and sell educational resources to capitalize on your expertise.
Perhaps you love writing about cooking, gardening, cars or sports. Maybe you want to teach others how to make money writing online, help students with their writing processes, or create ultimate guides on fitness and health.
The world is your oyster, and your knowledge could be presented as an ebook, a video, a PDF, even an online course.
Information marketing is as old as the hills and the overheads are low. Simply package up your knowledge as a saleable PDF, ebook or newsletter and use a free sales site such as Gumroad or Substack to promote it.
Social media sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn are amazing for building an audience who will happily pay for your expertise.
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Fancy yourself a scriptwriter?
Collaborate with video creators and write their scripts for them. So many great on screen talents know how to deliver a line but aren’t great at writing their own scripts.
Video content is growing year on year at an astonishing rate so this is an excellent opportunity to make money writing online.
You will find hundreds (if not thousands) of video creators seeking your talent on freelance sites such as Upwork or Fiverr, or you can simply contact video creators whose work you admire and ask if they require any assistance with their scriptwriting.
Copywriting is big business and is a great way to make money writing online
If you’re a good copywriter you can get paid very handsomely for sales pages, landing pages, video scripts, emails, even copyrighted blog posts.
Because copywriting is a skill in its own right the competition for great copywriters is less than for blog writers or ghost-writers for example.
Copywriting is about persuasive writing that leads the consumer to take action on your words.
You can get started by looking for contracts on sites such as Upwork or Freelancer (copywriting site), however as you start to build a reputation, word of mouth is huge in this market.
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Long-form content includes blog posts or articles with word counts of 2k and above.
Many website owners and online businesses don’t want to create their own content. Even the best blogs sometimes use ghostwriters or contractors, alongside their in-house writing team to increase the amount of content they can publish.
If you can demonstrate that you also have SEO knowledge and can target specific keywords and write both for humans and the search engines, your skills are even more valuable.
Find contracts on Upwork, or sign up to a dedicated writing site like Writers Access to get regular writing jobs.
Someone once said ‘we all have a book in us’. (Not sure who said it so I may just have to take the credit).
If you’d love to write and publish your own book, there’s never been a better time to become a self published author.
Who needs traditional publishing houses?
Once you’ve created your masterpiece simply use the Amazon KDP program to upload your work and create a book for Kindle or a paperback. You’ll then be able to expand onto other platforms like IngramSpark which could see your book in traditional bookstores.
If you’re super in love with your content you can even make a lot of money by recording your book and uploading it to Audible.
The world is your oyster whether you’re a fiction or non-fiction author so what are you waiting for?!
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Do you love to come up with funny memes, or inspirational quotes?
Perhaps you write jokes, riddles or informational one liners.
If so, why not turn your writing into a T-shirt, mug or branded hat?
Print on demand gives you the opportunity to add your design to a multitude of blank products, provided by the print on demand company.
Most suppliers offer everything from iphone cases, yoga mats, shoes, socks, notebooks, cushions, you name it!
What started as primarily a t-shirt business has expanded into a wonderland of products!
A unique way to make money writing online is to simply design your one liners using a platform such as Canva and adding them to products that people would love to wear, drink out of, or display in their house.
Here’s a great example of a framed print with a simple but inspiring message for sale on Etsy.
Wildly Inspiring Art | Etsy
To get started, read my print on demand article which walks you step by step on how to start a print on demand business.
Most podcast shows are accompanied by show notes and written articles, summarizing the episode, highlighting important parts and linking to mentioned resources.
Most podcast hosts do not want to write those notes themselves.
You could become a specialist at listening to and summarizing podcasts into fantastic notes which are super useful to listeners/readers.
Look for contracts on sites such as Upwork or approach podcast hosts directly and ask if you can work with them to improve their current podcast articles.
Not only do you get a chance to make money writing online, but you’ll also learn a ton by listening to podcasts you love!
A sought after way to make money writing online is to become a specialist in writing content for ecommerce sites.
With almost 70% of visitors to ecommerce websites abandoning a purchase at the cart stage, your job would be to create vivid product descriptions, clever upsell copy and engaging, action led cart abandonment emails.
With more and more online ecommerce stores being created and launched every day, store owners are increasingly looking for writers and copywriters to help them maximize sales.
Look on sites such as Upwork or Freelancer for ecommerce writing opportunities.
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If you’re fluent in more than one language, a great method for making money online as a writer, is to work as a translator.
When we ran our 7 figure Amazon business, we hired writers from France, Italy & Germany to translate our product listings and follow up emails.
If English is your second language or you’re multilingual, consider becoming a translator for Amazon businesses, ecommerce stores, blogs and any online asset that could or should be translated.
Many traditional businesses still rely on the good old press release to distribute news about their company.
There’s an art to writing a press release and ideally contacts in the news industry.
If you become a specialist in this area, you could potentially attract the attention of thousands of news outlets for your clients, helping them to spread important updates about their business, and generate leads, backlinks and profitable partnerships.
Along the same lines as a press release writer but focusing more on short form content is writing responses for HARO (helpareporterout.com).
Many online businesses and blogs use HARO to distribute important news/facts and generate backlinks for their site.
Once again knowledge of how the news industry works and some contacts, plus the ability to write engaging information in just a couple of paragraphs are the key skills for this online writing opportunity.
You may believe that to become a social media influencer you need to be an amazing photographer or videographer. However, sites like Twitter and LinkedIn rely mainly on the written form of content creation.
If there’s a subject you love to immerse yourself in, consider writing about it in public. Love to travel, offer insights about traveling the world; love to read, write book summaries and highlights; love learning about web 3.0 and crypto etc, share your learnings with the world.
As you start to build an audience and community around your favorite subject, you can monetize by recommending others books or products, creating your own educational resources or simply getting paid by brands to advertise to your audience.
Another way to use your social media influence to make money writing online is to…
The main premise for becoming an Amazon Influencer is to write engaging product reviews that encourage visitors to make a purchase.
If you already have an engaged audience on social media and want to promote products and earn via Amazon’s affiliate program, you can apply to become an Amazon Influencer. Once accepted you’ll be able to create your own storefront, review relevant products and promote them to your audience.
Tannabydesign | Amazon.com
See this post on how to make money as an Amazon Influencer.
Yet another way to use your social media influence to make money writing online is to…
There was a time a few years back when it seemed email newsletters were dead. That was until the rise of Medium, followed by specialist newsletter apps like Substack and Beehiiv.
If you’ve done the hard work of building a social media audience, a great way to monetize it is to offer a paid newsletter.
As a writer you get to write articles every week (or every day) discussing your favorite topic and your subscribers get valuable information they’re happy to pay for.
You can start your newsletter for free and encourage subscribers to sign up to your paid plan for more exclusive content.
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If you enjoy writing for social media but aren’t too interested in building your own audience, consider becoming a social media consultant/content creator for other brands and businesses.
Many companies know they need a bigger presence on social media, but don’t have the time or inclination to start posting themselves.
You might be responsible for creating Facebook posts, building and maintaining a presence on Twitter or LinkedIn, responding to comments or engaging with other accounts on Instagram, or even creating scripts for TikTok or YouTube videos.
You can charge per post, per hour or per month for your services and build up a regular client base to generate a reliable monthly return on your time.
In the very first point of this article I talked about becoming a blogger. Once you’ve started to generate a lot of traffic to your blog, you can make a lot of money by recommending other people’s products on your site and getting paid a commission every time you make a sale.
For example if you click on this link to learn more about affiliate marketing programs and you purchase any of the recommended software, I will earn a small commission (thank you so much 🙏).
However, did you know there’s also a huge world out there of professional affiliates who make millions by promoting CPA (cost per action) offers for huge companies like sports betting apps, dating sites, travel apps etc.
If you’re awesome at persuasive copywriting and are willing to learn how FB Ads, TikTok ads etc work, you could make money writing online by specializing in creating ad copy for affiliate campaigns.
This kind of money making enterprise doesn’t just require great writing skills but also insights into human behavior, data analysis skills and good relationship building skills.
One of the best ways for a blog to grow its authority online is to generate backlinks and one of the best routes to generate backlinks is guest blogging.
Unfortunately so many bloggers, me included just don’t have the time to either pitch for or write guest posts.
If you choose to specialize in this area you’ll need to demonstrate some basic SEO knowledge. Plus if you want to be in the top 1% of guest blogging freelancers, the ability to research sites, write engaging emails and take on the full responsibility of pitching, researching and writing the post will go a long way!
If you love, love, love to write, then perhaps coaching others as a writing coach is your best bet to make money writing online.
Distill your best tips into a weekly newsletter, a blog or even a YouTube channel and start to build an audience.
As you grow you can offer one to one or group coaching to help other writers achieve their goals of becoming a published author, growing a blog or simply making money by writing online!
Many of the strategies I’ve discussed in this post are essentially for freelance writers. However, perhaps many of the different opportunities interest you and you don’t want to specialize in any distinct area.
If this is the case, why not simply make money writing online by becoming a generalist freelance writer.
This gives you the opportunity to find freelance writing work, on a job by job basis, only taking on freelance writing gigs you like the look of and are interested in.
One of the best sites for a real mix of varied writing tasks is Upwork.
To get started as a freelance writer, sign up to Upwork as a freelancer and create a profile including your experience, specialist areas and some examples of previous work. Then as business owners create job descriptions you bid for those you’d like the chance to work on.
Other writing services sites to consider include; Fiverr, Freelancer, Problogger Jobs Board, Writers Access.
Once you’ve built up enough clients, reviews and a writing portfolio, you could expand and start your own freelance writing business, by taking on more clients and hiring your own team of talented writers.
The world is your oyster!
How to Make Money Writing Online; What Now?
If you love to write and are looking for opportunities to start a writing career and make money online, hopefully this article has given you plenty of food for thought.
If you’re not sure which writing niche you want to specialize in (if any), sign up to a site like Upwork as a freelance writer and start bidding for as many contracts as possible to grow your experience and discover which writing jobs interest you more than others.
Also check out these posts for more detail into some of the above strategies and more;