There are tens of thousands of online content writers on the internet. Some make high salaries doing it, some basically earn peanuts. In online forums on just about every writing site, you see online content writers complaining about low payments and there’s often a good reason why – it’s usually the writer’s fault. Sure, some websites do have very low page views (you can tell the ones that do, as in their writing forums just about every writer is complaining) and, when that’s the case, even the most talented writers find it difficult to make money. Overall though, most writers who complain about not making money online usually fall into one or more of these categories.
Writers Who Don’t Know SEO – I read articles all the time by writers who complain their articles are getting very low page views. When I read the article, it’s obvious why. The writer has no idea how to write for the internet, and isn’t writing articles with good SEO (SEO meaning ‘Search Engine Optimized’), so no search engines can find them. For writers who truly want to make money online, they have no choice but to learn SEO and learn how to use the correct keywords. And, if they’re not willing to do that, they may as well give up now as they’re simply wasting their time.
Writers Who Spend Their Time Doing Anything But Writing – On all the websites I write for, I see writers all the time who spend most of their time in online forums chatting with other ‘writers’ or complaining about the website they’re on. Sure, we all complain at times, that’s human nature after all but, when you’re spending more of your time in online writing forums complaining about not making money instead of actually WRITING then, no, you’re highly unlikely to ever make money writing. And to prove this is true, check out the writers on Associated Content who have the highest page views and then, if you’re an AC member, access the AC forums and see if they post there. With only one possible exception, none of the top writers on AC spend time in the forums. They’re doing what they should be doing and what made them successful writers………..writing!
Writers Who Write Blog Posts Instead of Articles – So many writers seem to think writing an article is just the same as writing a personal blog. It’s not. Most readers don’t want to come to your article and read what you thought about something that happened. They’re reading your article because they want to get more information on a subject, not hear you prattle on with your opinion about it. That’s what a blog’s for, not an article.
Writers Who Have Bad Grammar or Cannot Spell – I see ‘writers’ all the time on online writing sites who go on and on about being ‘real writers’. Yet, when you read their articles, they wouldn’t know a grammatically correct sentence if it jumped up and slapped them, and they certainly can’t spell. If you’re a ‘real writer’, then learn how to spell and use correct grammar, because if someone comes to your article and sees your unintelligible drivel, they’re sure as heck not likely to come back again now, are they!
Writers Who Write About Unpopular Topics – You might find the subject of quantum physics on Mars fascinating, but most people don’t. If you write articles about things nobody cares about, you’re not going to make any money – pure and simple. Sure, if you want to write what you enjoy, more power to ya. But if you want to make any money at it, you’d better find a subject people are interested in reading about, or you’ve lost before you even start.
Unfortunately, in today’s technology-loaded world, many people on the internet are calling themselves ‘writers’ even though Shakespeare rolls over in his grave every time they start tapping on a computer keyboard. Face it. Not everyone’s forte is writing (after all, my forte isn’t math, so I sure as heck wouldn’t call myself an ‘accountant’!), so if yours isn’t and you don’t want to be bothered to learn how, then leave it to those of us who can and do. Please.