article writing a certain subject only.

by ryor
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Happy new year everyone.

I've been trying to think of unique skills that I have, that might help me make some money.

I'm currently studying Physics / Astrophysics at Oxford University. I wondered if I could use this myself to advertise as a science-only article writer, and perhaps charge more due to my qualifications?

is it possible to specialise so much? If any one thinks of anything else I could do to use the fact that I'm lucky enough to be at a good university, then please let me know!

Thank you!
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  • Specializing will get you more money as a web writer! And science is always in demand. Blogs and websites need writers who can make scientific info understandable to their readers.

    It's like with any service, you need to get your name out there. After you do, you can charge decent amounts, surely in the $30-50 an article range and up. Get a few gigs, then word-of-mouth will take over.

    I would suggest googling scientific article writing. Also check out posts at Young Pre Pro and Make a Living Writing blogs. They have posts on their sites about how to find your market and websites to contact.

    You're in a great spot with your specialty! Good luck.

    Mary
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by ryor View Post

    I'm currently studying Physics / Astrophysics at Oxford University. I wondered if I could use this myself to advertise as a science-only article writer, and perhaps charge more due to my qualifications?
    Oh yes ... you can certainly do that.

    I used to, when I started, to some extent. (I was studying "HPS" - history/philosophy of science - at the time).

    I'd advise you to word it carefully, though, and not make it look like physics/astronomy are the only scientific subjects you can cover, because that's going to be a terribly limited field (though "telescopes", admittedly, can be a very good niche for marketers!). Perhaps best just to say that you're studying for "a science degree" at Oxford?

    Originally Posted by ryor View Post

    is it possible to specialise so much?
    Yes, but I think the more you specialise, the more sporadic your income will be, and the "riskier" it is, overall (though they may be risks that end up well rewarded).

    I'd suggest - while making it clear that you're not claiming "medical expertise" per se, of course - that you specifically include medical/health niches (metabolism/nutrition, and so on), if you can, because there's always some demand for that. And obviously with your science A-levels (if nothing else) you'll be far better qualified for those than about 99% of marketers trying to write them.

    Originally Posted by BrightShinyObjects View Post

    It's like with any service, you need to get your name out there. After you do, you can charge decent amounts, surely in the $30-50 an article range and up.
    I agree with Mary. I started off at $25 per article (in early 2008) and quickly increased it quite a lot, feeling at the time that I should even have "started higher".

    Good luck and good wishes ...
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      By keeping the "scientific" aspect a bit general you also open up the potential for writing on broader issue of environment, fossil fuels, alternative energy, wildlife management, resource management, living off the grid, etc.

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      • Profile picture of the author robestrong
        You could do pretty well for yourself on an article writing site. Plenty of unqualified people post on them, but the ones that bring in the most traffic and money are the ones who know their stuff. Even in a specialized topic (actually especially) that's at least one of the ways that I'd go.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mkcoy
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    I'm currently studying Physics / Astrophysics at Oxford University.
    Come on then, tell us. What have you learned? What is a blackhole and what is dark matter?
    Oh and why am I always left with odd pairs of socks despite being given lots of new pairs at christmas?

    That's an article I'd sure like to read.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Mkcoy View Post

      why am I always left with odd pairs of socks despite being given lots of new pairs at christmas?
      Einstein had this problem.

      I suspect that it's of more legitimate concern to sociologists and anthropologists than to cosmologists, though.

      The solution is to let it be known among your family and friends that you wear only one color and style so that the "survivors" will never be mismatched. No charge for that one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Listen to Alexa on this. And for sure you can kick butt as a qualified science writer. They are always in demand and you can get top pay. Back when I wrote for hire, I often wished I had more science knowledge to get some of those sweet jobs.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryor
    Thank you so much guys - that's all awesome info!
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Here's another area to consider...

      I would imagine that 'gadget' sellers, the kind you see on late-night infomercials, might be quite interested in someone who can write 'how does it work' content with some authority.

      On top of that, the fact that you are at Oxford runs in your favor. At least in the USA, kind of like if you could say 'studying science at MIT'...

      And if you already have an advanced degree, don't hide the fact.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I don't know if I would write this content for others. It would be a better idea if you got your own website and start adding content there that you have created.

    Find some products in your niche and add it to every single article page that you written. Once it is picked up by the search engines and people like what you have written, there is a good chance that they will visit your affiliate links and buy stuff.

    Of course this is a long term strategy that can pay you for years to come.

    The problem with writing this content for others is that they will probably make money for years to come while you may struggle to find new work from other webmasters.
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  • Profile picture of the author footballfreak
    Looks like you might have a winner here! A real speciality.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      You just missed a 70-year old niche with perhaps the most sought after physics/astrophysics and other science writers ever - the Mayan 2012 prophecy. Writers were getting upwards of $500 per article, mostly in debunking this myth. However, topics on UFOs from a scientic viewpoint are still in high demand. Consider writing from a scientfically "explained" angle. This is one niche that will always be evergreen (ie little green Martians).
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by myob View Post

        This is one niche that will always be evergreen (ie little green Martians).
        They're nice and fluffy, certainly (according to some of their photos in the Off Topic folder, anyway), but I don't think they're exactly "green". Of course, that might be just because their photos haven't yet been "corrected" like so many of the others shown there.
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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          They're nice and fluffy, certainly (according to some of their photos in the Off Topic folder, anyway), but I don't think they're exactly "green". Of course, that might just be because their photos haven't yet been "corrected" like so many of the others shown there.
          Oh, and also those darling Martian rabbits photographed by the Mars Curiosity Stealth Mission look so cute and cuddly! These are extremely lucky times to be a science writer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tanya E
    Think of how physics and astrophysics can benefit the common man and build a website around it. Monetize the website with Adsense and promote related products on your site. Place an opt-in to obtain email addresses and send out a newsletter. Send out updates to your subscribers and promote products in some of your mails too.
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  • Profile picture of the author trade4861
    I might be interested, what would you charge?
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Donne
    Great position to be in, the best niches are an inch wide and a mile deep, get busy
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    If you are a good writer you should sell your articles at Constant Content, and write only scientific articles for your customers. This is a very good place to sell your articles at good prices, but CC has many rules that you must learn and follow. This is why it’s hard to have an article accepted. If you are intelligent and a good writer you should study their guidelines and insist on selling your articles there. You’ll make money at this website for sure.

    In the beginning sell your articles for very reasonable prices. Later, you can ask for more money per article, after having sold a few articles. I was selling articles at CC but I stopped writing for them because I have an online business I care more about. I don’t have time for everything.

    If you are serious about making money with article writing, while writing specific articles about science, Constant Content is the website you should prefer. Once you get used with their guidelines and you start selling, you will love this website.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
    Originally Posted by ryor View Post

    Happy new year everyone.

    I've been trying to think of unique skills that I have, that might help me make some money.

    I'm currently studying Physics / Astrophysics at Oxford University. I wondered if I could use this myself to advertise as a science-only article writer, and perhaps charge more due to my qualifications?

    is it possible to specialise so much? If any one thinks of anything else I could do to use the fact that I'm lucky enough to be at a good university, then please let me know!

    Thank you!
    You could get work that way, but you are probably better off writing for yourself!

    About 1 article (with image) = 500 words = ~4-5 pages = 1 sub-chapter of a specialised short book

    Put together your articles like this:

    Chapter 1 (Topic 1) (~summary/intro to topic and subchapter overview)
    - Sub-chapter 1 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 2 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 3 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 4 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 5 (~article)

    Chapter 2 (Topic 2) (~summary/intro to topic and subchapter overview)
    - Sub-chapter 1 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 2 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 3 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 4 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 5 (~article)

    Chapter 3 (Topic 3) (~summary/intro to topic and subchapter overview)
    - Sub-chapter 1 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 2 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 3 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 4 (~article)
    - Sub-chapter 5 (~article)

    Add an intro, cover page, copyright page, recommended further reading page, about the author page, etc.

    Create a basic cover (or have someone do it from Fiverr.com).

    Upload to Amazon Kindle + CreateSpace (free).

    It works out to be about 18 articles worth of unique content + summaries of your sub-chapters, etc. You end up with a book about 100 pages long. A5 Times New Roman 12, 8"x5".

    Some of the major reasons to do this ASAP:
    • Start raising your reputation and profile in your field
    • Have an example of your work that you can show potential clients
    • Make passive income from your book royalties
    • Charge more for your work since you will have a better reputation
    • Become well known in the Physics/Astrophysics community before you graduate!

    Best of luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by ryor View Post

    Happy new year everyone.

    I've been trying to think of unique skills that I have, that might help me make some money.

    I'm currently studying Physics / Astrophysics at Oxford University. I wondered if I could use this myself to advertise as a science-only article writer, and perhaps charge more due to my qualifications?

    is it possible to specialise so much? If any one thinks of anything else I could do to use the fact that I'm lucky enough to be at a good university, then please let me know!

    Thank you!
    Yeah i think in this niche you could do some damage as a specialized physics writer. Depends on what you write about though. Will it be primarily string theory, quantum gravity, quantum physics, time travel, worm holes, black holes, white holes, or etc........?
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