About three years ago, I was introduced to the possibility of earning online. My first project was to write articles for a friend. Another person was offered the job at first, but since she was too busy to bother, the job landed on my lap.
I didn’t know exactly what an ‘article’ is, SEO-wise. But I was instructed that it was similar to writing an essay, so I jumped right in. After a few revisions, I finally understood what the job entailed me to do.
This went on for several months. I thought I was paid well, but others disagreed. That time, I didn’t really care because the idea of earning online was more intriguing to me. At least I know that it is possible to really earn online.
I don’t write for that friend anymore. But thanks to her, many other possibilities which I get my income from opened. As a way to help beginners and those wondering where to start, I’d like to give this list of sites that I write and earn money from.
iWriter is a job marketplace exclusively for writing services. If you are a website owner who wants content, you go to iWriter and place a request. If you are a writer, you can claim this request and start writing. When you’re finished, the requester has 72 hours to decide whether or not he’ll accept what you wrote. If your piece complies with his quality standards, he’ll accept it and you’ll see the payment on your account.
I love iWriter because it’s one of the few sites that accepts non-US citizens. Admittedly, there are non-native English speakers with bad writing skills. But there are also others who write very well. So if you’re a non-US citizen with good writing skills, you’ll also love iWriter.
Fiverr is another job marketplace, but it’s not exclusive for writing services. If you want to earn from the site, you need to post a gig, or anything that you are willing to do for $5. If you are a writer, try creating a gig offering 400-word article writing service.
There are two things I don’t like about Fiverr. First, they collect $1 for commission. As if that’s not enough, you’ll also have to pay for Paypal transaction fees. So technically speaking, your gig is only worth less than $4. Second, the security hold is too long. You’ll have to wait for 15 days before you can withdraw money.
oDesk is also a job marketplace, but the competition especially if you’re a newcomer is very stiff. The clients know this, so many of them offer writing jobs that pay you less than $1 for a 500-word article.
After I stopped writing for my friend, I was writing for clients on oDesk. Three months ago, I had to resign from all my commitments because I’m busy with affiliate marketing. But of course, I would still use oDesk in the future.
4. Seekyt and Squidoo
Seekyt and Squidoo have played a big part in my affiliate marketing efforts. All I do is to create articles promoting products. If you choose to write at these sites, here are some things to consider.
It may take time before you see significant earnings in your account.
Learn the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and use Seekyt to further your objectives.
Other alternatives include Wizzley and Zujava.
5. My own sites
When I finally had money to buy my own domain names and pay for web hosting services, I spent countless hours writing for the purpose of promoting affiliate products. I still have a long way to go before I reach my goals, but the more I go on, the closer I get to those goals.