One of the biggest complaints that is often heard all over the net is how little money is made online writing. I have found and tested a method of increasing freelance writing earnings through smart use of backlinks and duplication for increased earnings. This is not for the faint of heart, this will not increase your money overnight but if you use this process carefully, you will see a good boost to your monthly revenues. Here are the steps you need to take to make this work for you.
Your writing site
Depending on the site(s) you write for, you have control over your work to some degree. This method will work best for a writing site where you are earning ongoing revenues from page views. These sites include Helium and BrightHub (among others but these are what I use).
If you already have work on these sites, we will address that in a later post, but for now, let us work on new work. The first thing that you clearly need to do is to write a few decent articles. Pick something you know well and write 3-5 articles on that single topic (one is fine but this number will work better and you will see why shortly). Once you have the articles written, create a spreadsheet and place the article title as well as the url for that article into your spreadsheet.
First step is promotion
The first thing you want to do is to promote your articles. You can use Twitter (full instructions for making the most of Twitter) to begin your promotion. I should note, this particular how to is geared towards Helium but, it can be used on any articles or blog posts.
Then submit your article(s) to StumbleUpon. Do not overly promote your own work on StumbleUpon or you may find that you are not getting much attention. Be an active Stumbler (e.g. Stumble about 10 pieces for every one of your own). Again, while the article I linked to talks about Helium primarily, it can be used for any online paid-to-write site.
Next step is backlinks
Now that you have written your articles and you have submitted them to Twitter and StumbleUpon, it is time to consider creating backlinks. Remember, the better your backlink techniques, the more money you are going to make. Here are my favorites:
A) Xomba – Xomba offers writers the opportunity to not only participate in a growing community, but also allows you to make money from the work you have already done. This is great news for those who have already been writing online. I prefer to use the Xomba bookmarking so I’ll explain how this works for the purposes of this post.
Simply write up a fifty (or more) word summary of your article(s). You can use the first paragraph if you would like to, however my recommendation is that you do not do this. Fresh content that pays attention to SEO is far more helpful in this endeavor. It should not take you more than a few minutes to write up fifty word blurbs for your articles.
Now submit the summary along with a link to the article paying attention to your keywords. Make sure that you include the keywords in your title in your keyword list. Copy and paste the title of your article as the title of your bookmark. Once you have done this create a list of all of the bookmarks that you submitted into your spreadsheet (in a tab separate from your article tab).
B) Portfolio Blog – If you do not already have one open a free Blogger account and set up a portfolio blog. It does not have to be perfect, but do set one up because this will also help you build backlinks to your work.
In this case, you are going to use the first paragraph from your article. Simply copy and paste the title into the title of your blog post, and copy and paste the title into your labels (if you are using Blogger). If you have other keywords you want to use, by all means use them. Then copy the first paragraph of your article(s) into the blog post and end it by saying “Read (title of article) and link to the title. Backlink accomplished. There is no need to do anything more with this.
C) Wikinut – We talked about writing more than one article to a specific topic, and here is why. Wikinut is another online site that allows you to earn revenue from your existing work, you just have to understand how to use it. Wikinut does allow you to copy your work directly which I do not recommend. Instead, write up a page that incorporates the links to the articles you just wrote on the single topic.
Create short blurbs of each article (you can modify the ones you wrote for Xomba) and create an easy to read, well organized page on Wikinut making each section relevant and creating a link back to the appropriate article. Use images where appropriate making sure they fit into your page.
Once your page is approved, submit it to Twitter and to Stumble Upon. Also create another tab in your spreadsheet and place the title and link in that spreadsheet.
What have you accomplished?
Stop and think about what you have done here. You wrote a few articles and you have created three new backlinks (your blog, Xomba and Wikinut). Each backlink helps the status of your article making it more likely to be found in the search engines.
How do earnings work?
Ah yes, the money! Here is how the money works. Now that you have submitted your articles (which you may or may not have earned up front revenues on) you will earn money ongoing from page views. In addition your blog and Xomba pay directly to your AdSense account. Wikinut pays you an ongoing revenue stream based on page views as well. Remember, all of these sources will create revenue as long as they are online.
Now here is the difficult part. In order for you to continue earning ongoing revenue these pieces cannot just sit out here without some form of promotion. Many people are going to balk at what I say next but trust me this is worth it.
The recommendation is that you invest $55 and purchase TweetAdder. For this money you get a lifetime of access and updates. If you are not prepared to spend this money, you may also use free software such as HootSuite (they do still have a free version).
Why a paid software instead of the free one?
Simple – TweetAdder allows you to fully automate your tweets. Remember when we talked about setting up your titles and URL’s in a spreadsheet? This is when you will need it. TweetAdder allows you to bulk upload your work and set it and forget it. Your tweets go out automatically and every time someone clicks on a link, you get page views.
Clearly this is going to appear over-simplified to some. Take my word, it works. My current earnings for October are in excess of $400 from using these methods. This is nearly a 2X’s increase over last months earnings on the same pieces of work. That $400 is PAGE VIEW revenue only (please make sure that you note that my Helium portfolio is over 700 articles; this is not on a small handful of articles!). This excludes up front payments and money I’ve made from other sources.
Hopefully you have found this helpful. I also want to put a caveat in here: There are hundreds of ways to accomplish the same thing with other sites. Not everything works for everyone, but this worked for me.