Recent comments, discussions and emails from readers has highlighted some common web writing myths. Here are the top three frequently heard myths about writing web content.
All Content Sites are Scams and Worthless Content Mills
While there are certainly many worthless websites out there preying on freelance writers, this is nothing new to the writing world. How many countless writers have been taken advantage of through fake agents, print-on-demand schemes, and “contests” that did not deliver as expected? The fact that bad apples exist on some web sites, does not mean all websites are scam writing sites. Check out the Making Money blog posts to get specific details about websites I am personally familiar with.
If I Write an Interesting Article I Will Make Thousands of Dollars
Now, I like to think that I write interesting articles, and I have made thousands of dollars writing for the web, however the one does not necessarily follow the other. In order to make money with web content, readers have to be able to find your articles. That means you must employ good SEO practices. SEO means “Search Engine Optimization” and is just a fancy abbreviation for saying that Google and other search engines need to be able to find your article.
Writing for Websites Doesn’t Pay Well
This is a huge myth! While it may seem slow to begin with, web writing is very much a long-term game. You might make only a handful of change from the first dozen or so articles. As you continue writing, however, and build up a strong body of good quality content, you will find that instead of earning a couple pennies per article you are now earning $1 or more per article. Per month. And those earnings continue to come in each month as readers continue to visit your content. This residual aspect of web writing is why I no longer contribute to sites that only pay upfront and do not have residual income potential in their revenue system. I can make more in the long run with smaller monthly payments, than one slightly-larger upfront payment.
See the comment thread that prompted this discussion on my writing for Examiner.com post.