I Love To Write, Best Way To Monetize It?

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Im fortunate enough to be 30, paid off house, no debt, beautiful fiance and no kids. I've busted ass working and owned offline brick and mortar businesses. I recently sold my last one and my fiance and I want to take this upcoming spring/summer to travel and spend some time just enjoying the country and life.

So I love to write, its something that relaxes me. I know I'm not the best but feel I'm pretty decent. I'd love to be able to make a few walking around dollars while we are out traveling by writing. What would be the best way to monetize my writing itch?

I know I could always start my own blog and post articles which I plan on doing. But I'd like to see what other ways there are to monetize it.

Thanks everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author rritz
    offer your services as a freelance copywriter and provide blog content for others
    be a Ghostwriter
    publish your own books on kindle or similar platform
    write children's books and team up with an illustrator
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    You could always write articles and sell them, or if I were you i would just start your own websites and post your own articles then attempt to monetize those websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    I suppose it depends on what kind of writing you enjoy. (AKA which "Market.")

    My personal suggestion (and it's just that) is to write your own content (eBooks/Articles/etc.) on topics that you enjoy and interest you, and then publish them on your own Website etc. (Because then instead of getting paid just once, you can get paid over and over again.)

    HTH.
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    Yeah, spend your time writing articles at 1c per word ... That's really going to be worth your while....
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    • Profile picture of the author benelijah
      Don't do that. Look for private clients. Browse jobs on Problogger, Online-writing-jobs.com and freelancewriting.

      Charge 10 cents a word or more.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
        Originally Posted by benelijah View Post

        Don't do that. Look for private clients. Browse jobs on Problogger, Online-writing-jobs.com and freelancewriting.
        For some People that's a good idea. However I have to ask, are you hoping to have another "Job" or build a Business?

        (Just saying.)
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        • Profile picture of the author JustinG30
          Honestly I'm just looking to fill time while we are out on the road, traveling. My fiance usually falls asleep a lot earlier then I do and I'm usually left to myself 2-3 hours a night. This is the time when I usually write. So I'm not looking for a full time job but would like to make the most of my free time and making money from it is always a plus.
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          • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
            Originally Posted by JustinG30 View Post

            So I'm not looking for a full time job but would like to make the most of my free time and making money from it is always a plus.
            Choose a Venture that you're passionate about. You've probably heard that before however it's one of the most important components to being successful. (IMO). The more "value" you provide to your People/Visitors/Market the more successful you will be. Considering that you have 2-3 Hours is more than enough time to make whatever Venture you choose to be successful.

            (HTH)
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          • Originally Posted by JustinG30 View Post

            Honestly I'm just looking to fill time while we are out on the road, traveling. My fiance usually falls asleep a lot earlier then I do and I'm usually left to myself 2-3 hours a night. This is the time when I usually write. So I'm not looking for a full time job but would like to make the most of my free time and making money from it is always a plus.
            Looks like you looking for a relaxing type of writing, and if you only want to work to fill the time, I think working for someone else will not work as you will need to fill deadline and other writing requirement that can be stress full even for writers sometimes.

            I think it is better if you make your own blog, as you said you going to be on the road, traveling and such, then you might want to make a travel blog. Write about places you've been, review hotels or other things you find along the way.

            Then you can sign up for traveling affiliate program from merchant that offers hotels, plane ticket and such. You can make your money but still enjoy your traveling without any burden of meeting the deadline.

            Anyways good luck in finding your 'writing' income
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      Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

      Yeah, spend your time writing articles at 1c per word ... That's really going to be worth your while....
      Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.

      -- L. Ron Hubbard*



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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Kindle eBooks are the often best way to monetize writing skills if you are willing to promote also. You could also develop a website for your writing and monetize with Adsense and affiliate links.But with Kindle, Amazon will bring the traffic to you - IF you do it right.

    To succeed you will want to know your market, check the competition and analyze if the books will sell or not. The nice thing about it is you don't have to go looking for freelance jobs, hope someone who hires will pay you etc. The tough part is you need to know how to promote but that is something you can learn if you are willing.
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  • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
    Originally Posted by JustinG30 View Post


    travel and spend some time just enjoying the country and life.

    I'd love to be able to make a few walking around dollars while we are out traveling by writing. What would be the best way to monetize my writing itch?

    I know I could always start my own blog and post articles which I plan on doing. But I'd like to see what other ways there are to monetize it.

    Thanks everyone.
    If you know where you are going, consider these ideas:

    Contact local paper, offer to write them a weekly column (or a daily blog) focusing on your experiences. Contact local travel agents, they might want to sponsor you,

    A sponsor can give a little walking around money, they could use your writing in their weekly ads in weeklie newspapers.

    Contact the destinations, let them know you are coming and when, lots of free meals and cool meetings, especially if tied into a travel agent, you work both sides of the streets. When a destination, even a campground knows you are coming and writing in your local paper about or though a travel agency, they roll out the red carpet and you treated like celebs.

    Also, let people in your home town know your route, somewhat, and you can offer to take pics of distant family, or look for their old homes, and write about their hometowns as you experience them.

    Put your thinking cap on, but my best advice (from experience) is to get a SPONSOR who gives you the play money and they get a benefit from your adventure too.

    GordonJ
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    Originally Posted by JustinG30 View Post

    Im fortunate enough to be 30, paid off house, no debt, beautiful fiance and no kids. I've busted ass working and owned offline brick and mortar businesses. I recently sold my last one and my fiance and I want to take this upcoming spring/summer to travel and spend some time just enjoying the country and life.

    So I love to write, its something that relaxes me. I know I'm not the best but feel I'm pretty decent. I'd love to be able to make a few walking around dollars while we are out traveling by writing. What would be the best way to monetize my writing itch?

    I know I could always start my own blog and post articles which I plan on doing. But I'd like to see what other ways there are to monetize it.

    Thanks everyone.
    I'd say blogging is probably the easiest way to make some extra coin with the written word. I'd find a good guide on how to do it properly however in order to maximize your time and efforts.
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  • Profile picture of the author dale2811
    As suggested in other posts, you should probably start with research.

    1) What do you like to write about?
    What kind of writing do you like to do?
    You can do freelance writing on upwork, iwriter, fiverr, etc. as long as it doesn't become too much like a job to you. There will probably be a variety of topics that you will be writing about. You can also pick & choose which gigs to bid for, so you will have some control.

    How can you provide better and higher value to people who need writing done?

    Or as suggested by other folks you can write books and publish them on kindle and other publishing sites.

    I can see two different sides to it.

    a) you don't want it to become too tedious like a job as you want to get enjoyment out of it. Of course there is work involved in everything but you do want to get enjoyment from your work too.

    b) you have to treat it like a business and not a hobby and still get enjoyment from it.


    2) Is there a market for the type of writing that you like to do?

    Here's another suggestion for you....
    ...you could create a blog about your travels and find matching affiliate offers on clickbank, commission junction, amazon, CPA networks, adsense or and any other ad networks to monitize your blog.

    Most affiliate offers provide banners and other marketing tools to help market their offer.

    Create relevant social media accounts such as a facebook page, twitter, instagram, pinterest. If you are comfortable creating short videos then you could do that and post them on your blog, on youtube, vimeo, metacafe, veoh and other video hosting sites. Just search for top 100 video hosting sites on google.

    You could also create videos using streaming sites like Facebook live, google hangouts, youtube live, periscope, snapchat to name a few.

    Extract the audio from your video and upload it on podcast hosting sites like itunes, podbean, libsyn, soundcloud, podomatic, blogtalkradio, etc.

    Then you can link back on all of those sites to your blog which has affiliate banner ads that match with your blog.

    Also remember that you can search for just about anything on google, bing and youtube.

    For example...
    • how to create a blog
    • how to create a facebook page
    • how to use facebook live
    • best podcast hosting site
    • top 100 podcast hosting sites
    • best social media sites
    • best video hosting sites...
    Those are my thoughts for you...

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Omarkenawy
    Start Your Personal Blog Firstly..
    The best way to expose your writing to others is by starting your own blog. This will demonstrate your writing skills and proves you are capable of producing content that websites and companies desire.
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  • I agree, start your own blog and just start writing about whatever you want, what inspires you, what you are doing these days, your dreams - just go for it - and in time and with consistency you will have a following. If you have time (like you seem to express) then this is for sure a way to make money as you can then monetize your blog later on when you have some decent traffic. But be aware - this could take anywhere from 6 - 18 months with blogging 3x a week.

    I would also write my own Kindle ebooks. If you have any special interests or special skills you could to like a "how-to" book. People are always looking for solutions to their problems. You could also write fiction if that is your interest. I would try Kindle at least. It's one of the easiest way I know to make money online.

    You could also offer your services on sites like, Upwork.com and Freelancer. Ton of work there to be had. And yeah you could also write articles. Copywriting is a special skill not all people are so lucky to have and it's one of those skills that some people will pay top-dollar for (if you are good).

    But you should start a blog asap.

    Hope it helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi Justin,

    Definitely start that blog to help you brand yourself.

    Then, here are a few ideas:

    * writing and selling eBooks on kdpselect.com
    * converting these eBooks to audio books on Audible (work with a producer, easy peasy)
    * write online courses via Teachable or Selz, focused on areas where you have expertise (perhaps your successful brick and mortar business)
    * offer your freelance writing services
    * while you're writing posts on your blog, offer sponsored posts (write and publish posts for a fee, for businesses and individuals who want to advertise their opportunity on your blog) or engage in affiliate marketing

    These are a few ideas but blogging, and list-building, can really make your eBook and audio book and online courses and freelance writing income streams go. Create helpful content. Connect with leading bloggers in your niche. Build bonds. Prosper.

    Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author Mdshohidulislamrobin
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    There are a host of content marketing companies that allow you to monetize your writing abilities. You can monetize by writing blog posts, white papers, website text, articles, product descriptions, and a whole lot more.
    Some of the companies in this ecosystem are:

    Scripted
    Contently
    Copify
    Skyword
    TextBroker
    Zerys

    You can also try for more bite-sized tasks on websites such as:
    Fiverr
    Upwork

    These sites let you monetize through a combination of word count, fixed price, distribution-incentivized payment, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Higginbotham
    I just took a quick look at some of my advertising costs for last year and found out I paid three Fiverr writers over a thousand dollars in writing gigs. I am only one advertiser and have spent that much money there, so definitely give that site a consideration.
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  • Profile picture of the author PrincePatridge
    You can try freelance writing on different platforms like upwork. The good thing is that you can concentrate on topics you like travel blogs. You even be lucky to find one or more people who like your writing and hires you for a long term contract. And of course money flows to your account.
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      Originally Posted by PrincePatridge View Post

      You can try freelance writing on different platforms like upwork. The good thing is that you can concentrate on topics you like travel blogs. You even be lucky to find one or more people who like your writing and hires you for a long term contract. And of course money flows to your account.
      I would also recommend enrolling as a freelance writer on Upwork!
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  • The big money for the written word is in writing sales copy.

    If you are good at this you can charge whatever you want.

    I'd immerse yourself and learn as much as you can about writing copy if you want to maximize $ / word / hour.
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  • Profile picture of the author shmol
    Since you love writing start,

    Your own blog and write about your traveling.

    Write about each days travels--and take plenty of pictures so that you can include them in your posts.

    This solves two problems, first, you will not need to worry about buying photos.

    And two,

    Your photos can be shared on places like pinterest and facebook, bringing you in even more traffic.

    As far as how to make money from it--wait until you have some good posts and then, apply to get an adsense account.

    I know some people will say that it does not pay much--and they are right, but, it is the easiest way to make money from your blog.

    Eventually you can apply to amazon too.

    Which will allow you to sell, tons of stuff related to travel--from camping gear, to camera's

    Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Or you can spend your time writing articles at 5 cents a word, or 25 cents a word, or $2.50 or more. It's not written in stone that you must only charge 1 penny.

    Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

    Yeah, spend your time writing articles at 1c per word ... That's really going to be worth your while....
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Chapple
    On makealivingwriting .com they have listed 92 sites that pay writers $50+ for content
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Ryan and Gordon have some great advice. Of course ultimately it comes down to getting traffic and the number of followers you get that decide if people want to "roll the red carpet out" or not.


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  • Profile picture of the author daronch
    Blogging is the way to go if you like to write stuff.
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  • The best way to make money with "writing" is email marketing.

    Therefore, you should strive to make a BIG list and then email your list about 2x per day...

    In order to build a big list, I would probably suggest making a BLOG, and turn it into a lead-generation machine, by stuffing it full of optin boxes.

    As far as how to actually make money with this, you'll have to sell products on the backend. Either affiliate or your own, probably closely related to copywriting and email marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Uchiha Itachi
    According to me you should choose one theme Blog many people interested in having visitors each day and put google's advertising.
    or a writer is also a good choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marian
    There are many blogs out there on travelling.. if that's your passion you can earn quite good money writing about your trips. Just promote some related services and products or AdSense on your blog. How about that?

    Marian
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Maybe get a job in PR. I'm working in a place that has a lot of contact with the press and it seems a pretty easy job, especially if you're sociable and like chatting to people on the phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinG30
    Thanks everyone for all of the suggestions. I went ahead and started a blog, signed up for Upwork (had 2 jobs already!) and Fiverr (no gigs yet) Appreciate all the advice again!
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    Write a book that you love.

    check this guy out:

    http://self-publishingschool.com (not aff).
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    Blog posts? Kindle books? Product reviews? Freelance writing gigs?
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      Originally Posted by CyberSEO View Post

      Copywriting agenciesis is exactly that you need.
      Yep, one reason why people choose to be here to get away from the rat race, imo
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  • Profile picture of the author The Author
    My personal preferred favorites include Blogging, Article and eBook Publishing but also Guest Posting. There are so many ways to make money with writing it's a little overwhelming, but I have to admit that Blogging is my number one choice, perhaps because I'm a bit of an S.E.O junkie. It just fascinates me.

    There's also online writing jobs you may want to check out on sites like - Freelancer, Guru and Up-work. There you will find more specific jobs, but please ensure your profile is as complete as possible. A great profile always inspires more interest.
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  • Profile picture of the author daronch
    Blogging or write a Kindle ebook basically. Those 2 are the best if you like writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    Great question Justin, I get where you are coming from big time. Your best bet is to write a deep dive tutorial that will help brick and mortar business owners accomplish something that you know how to do, and then sell it as an eBook on your site. Kindle pricing is a joke, why get paid $2 a sale when you can easily get $24.95 from selling the same book as a PDF that can be purchased directly from your site. To build site traffic you can write the first draft of each chapter as a blog post. That way you will have an audience to sell your book to when the final draft is completed.
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    Start creating website for your writing services and drive traffic to get your new customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author jayceexzero
    Try searching for work as an online writer. You can be an e-book rewriter, story writer, ghostwriter, web content writer and much more. Just look up clients online who will pay for your services. There are dozens of sites that cater to people who are finding writers for different tasks.
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  • Profile picture of the author innn
    You can sell your articles.
    And if you have a high attendance in your blog, then you can try various advertising systems that allow you to monetize your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    freelance sites, and also build a list and offer your services.

    And people who buy, put them on a buyers list, and then offer monthly deals.

    I helped a lady do this, and she went from $10 a month, to over $4000 per month, from home.
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  • Profile picture of the author luciesmazanska
    There are various ways to monetize one’s writing than writing a blog. One can be a ghost writer and write on behalf of other publishers. Articles can be written on various topics and sold on the web or to the publishers. One can publish one’s own book, write children’s book or do writing on a similar platform. In short with the sap of creativity and ink flowing through one’s pen there should be no dearth of monetization.
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  • Profile picture of the author brookeharper08
    How about starting a travel blog? Since you're going to travel (I assume a lot), you can start your own travel blog, write about the places you've visited, get Adsense, make use of affiliate marketing, etc.

    Before you start blogging, I suggest you check out freelance sites like Upwork and get hired by companies looking for content writers.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
    You could try SteemIt.

    If you are a decent writer and know how to put together great unique content, there are loads of opportunities there.

    You'll have to learn about cryptocurrency and about how the Steem blockchain works a little bit when it comes time to cash out, but it's not difficult to turn your Steem into actual fiat currency (cash) that you can spend.

    I only play around on there and write maybe 3 or 4 articles per month, and I've been able to pull in $250-$350 per month since I joined last October (2016).

    However, there are people who do it full time and they can make $200+ for EVERY article they write. Some people have made more than $10,000 for a single article.

    When you first start out you will not make a lot of money because you need to build your reputation score and also your Steem Power up. Like I said, though, if you are willing to work really hard you can easily turn it into a really decent full time income. There are loads of people making over 6 figures annually from it.

    I have an online business which takes up most of my time, so I only spend about 3-5 hours per month on SteemIt. It's actually something that I do for enjoyment, so the fact that I can make some money at it just makes it that much more fun.

    Here are my income stats from last month. This is money that I converted to USD and was able to spend. A lot of people are under the impression that you cannot turn your Steem Dollars into fiat currency, and that's completely untrue. All you have to do is use an exchange to convert your Steem into Bitcoin, and then you can transfer your Bitcoin into a wallet and from there, withdraw it into your bank account. Yes, it's a few steps, but once you get the hang of it it becomes easy.



    As you can see, I made $319 last month for about 4-5 hours worth of work. It's not a lot of money, but I am only doing it as a hobby. I'm only using this as an example to show you that if someone like myself can make roughly $60 per hour just fooling around on that site, then a person who is actually a great writer (I'm NOT) can do really well.

    Also, don't think that I am trying to make this look easy, because it's not. You will have to put out decent content, and if you want to make a go of it as a full time gig, you will have to bust your ass just as hard as you would to make any business succeed.

    I'm just saying that I think it's one of the best opportunities going right now for people who are talented writers.

    I can string a few sentences together, but I'm nothing special. If you really have a gift, you should be able to do real well.

    I understand that it takes a couple of weeks to get your application processed these days, but there's no harm in submitting it and then doing other things while you wait.

    Hope that gives you a little inspiration.
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  • Profile picture of the author franamico
    I think you'd find blogging lots of fun. it just depends on what your passion is...
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex July
    I do love necroposting, even though some people hate it and think it's useless to answer old threads. But I believe there are a lot of people who have a passion for writing and who don't know how to monetize it.
    As for me, there are three possible ways. The first one is to start a copywriter's career. Not that easy nowadays, though might be quite profitable.
    The other one is to start a blog.
    The third one is to write books for sale.
    That's what came to my mind, hope, it helps
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