Lexington’s Jerome Wetzel makes money writing online content for hornface.com, BlogCritics.org and TheTVKing.com and he’s not the only one making a living writing for the Internet. Somebody has to write everything you read online and most of the time you can get paid for your efforts.
The average person who visits the Internet, looking for some type of information, doesn’t give a single thought to how that information got there. But someone has to write it, it doesn’t just magically appear. All around the world there are people sitting at computer keyboards, writing articles, blog posts, sales and promotional material, ebooks, and everything else you see on the Internet. Some write for pin money in their spare time. Some write for grocery money after the kids go to bed. And some write full-time – and make a very good living at it.
What do all of these people write about? Wetzel writes TV reviews for hornface.com aimed at his local audience in Lexington KY. He also writes those reviews on a broader, national scope for Blog Critics and The TV King. His advice? “… Just do something you love, so it doesn’t seem like work.”
In order to make money writing online you have to know how to write for the Internet and not everyone is comfortable with that type of writing. Understanding keywords and how they’re used is critical to your success.
You also have to write a lot. There are billions and billions of pages of information on the web and if you want your name to be noticed you have to put a lot of content out there to compete.
There are almost as many ways to make money writing online as there are books in the library. Wetzel’s earnings come from advertising revenue generated by the sites he writes for. Other writers, like Bertena Varney, The Lexington Vampire Professor, generate income from ad revenue and sales promotions, and Lexington Copywriter, John Wiggill, uses his online writing to promote his offline writing service.
Some writers earn online income freelancing, selling their writing to website owners who need content, or ghostwriting ebooks. And of course, there’s always blogging.
One word of caution: Don’t believe those get rich quick schemes you read about. It takes a lot of time and effort to get your name out there on the Internet. It also takes a while to learn the online writing process and everything it requires. If you’ve a talent for writing you can certainly earn money writing online. You have to be patient, though, because it won’t happen overnight.
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