Breaking Out Of The $xx, An Intro To Making Money Writing Online

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  1. Nibsam

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    Thank you OP for dense and essential writing on writings. Could you advise how to start and embrace writing career for non native?
     
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  2. Blain Cooper

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    Honestly, one of the biggest things that I've noticed with writers that did not grow up with English as a SCHOOL LANGUAGE, is their poor grammar. I'm not quite sure where in the 13 years that the English speaking student REALLY buckles down, but it is the largest red flag. Spell check does not catch things that are spelled wright in the wrong place. See what I did there? Of course yew did. I did it again their to. Spell check will not catch the errors, but the grammar nazi in me is screaming HALT!

    Let me show you, in case you didn't catch it...

    Spell check does knot catch things that are spelled wright in the wrong place. See what I did there? Of course yew did. I did it again their to. Spell check will not catch the errors, but the grammar nazi in me, is screaming HALT!


    A quick google search for online grammar courses, brought me to the site below. From what I can see, it looks like they teach the very thing you are searching for:
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    https://www.universalclass.com/i/course/writing-basics-101.htm 
    If that's outside your budget, maybe check places like udemy, or go put in a request in the downloads section for something of that nature! I applaud your effort to learn how to get better @Nibsam
     
  3. Qadesh

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    Thanks for the information, OP.

    Even though I am not a native speaker, I have been trying to venture into the world of writing/editing and doing it full time. I'm considering quitting my day job and seeing if I can make it.

    I am already doing some work for a few people here and there, but what I get can be considered as something on the side. Would be difficult to imagine making a living from what I have right now.

    Anyway, what I would recommend for every beginner is The Chicago Manual of Style. It helped me a lot and continues to do so.

    You can get it here - https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/chicago-manual-of-style.983598/

    I will continue to follow your thread, OP. And I hope to contact you in the future directly. Maybe you will be able to give some tips and express what you believe in my writing.
     
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  4. JamesBlake

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    I agree that understanding of style and grammar is important. The process of becoming a great write comes down to three things:

    1. Know how to format and convey information in the smoothest way possible
    2. Be able to connect to your audience
    3. Keep it concise.

    Beyond that, the basics come down to writing alot and reading great writers. If you're not spending time writing all the time then you are limited.
     
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  5. JamesBlake

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    I think my next topics are going to be on improving as a writer, habits, how to carve out a schedule, and upgrading your business both as a writer and as a person who employs or deals with writers. What do you guys want to know about?
     
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    Nice Work OP. I am sure this will help many
     
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    Enjoyed reading this thread.

    Any tips on how to get your articles published on high authority sites like Huffpo or Forbes?

    Or pitching to clients?
     
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  8. JamesBlake

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    In what sense? Pitching writing, pitching for outreach or what?

    If enough people want to see it, I'll write a guide to doing outreach like a pro. It's about time to be honest.
     
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    I am still doing my best to build up a customer base when it comes to getting writing gigs. English is not my mother tongue but I see my ability to speak and write in English language as above average.
    More than 2 decades of education was done in English language so I don't want to see myself as average.
     
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    Looking forward to that.
     
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    Awesome! Looking forward
     
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    hi james how i contact you , and email or something?
     
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    WOW! Amazing information! Thank you so much for sharing!
     
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  14. JamesBlake

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    Feel free to shoot me a PM.
     
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    ANOTHER POST? About time!

    It took me quite awhile to make time for another post.

    Why?


    If I'm being honest, shit hit the fan. I spent so much time spread far too thin for 6 months. I didn't take time to establish and tweak my systems and about two months ago. It all totally broke down. Not all at once, but it was like driving a car with almost no gas, no oil, and 300,000 miles on it.

    What happened?

    It's a story I want to save in it's entirety for my 500th post, BUT, it was a doosy.

    I'm talking hurricanes, random illness on me and my team's part, and a flurry of other BIBLICALLY bad things just raining down on me all at once. It was the type of situation that makes you sit, and think long and hard with a bottle of whiskey and contemplate your motivations.

    At the end of it all, I realized, the whole two month period things were messing up, I was burnt out. I'd lost motivation, lost focus, and felt like I was just trying to catch as many plates that were stopping spinning.

    SO what did I do? I cut my losses. I let a few things mess up and focused on what would be needed to ensure it would NEVER happen again. This meant completely reworking my team four times, the process for how I both write and market for my clients, and reassessing my short term and long term goals.

    The end result, a few unhappy people, but, a moment of clarity that thus far has been expansive and helped ensure I could kill it from now on.

    Even giving me a moment to do things like be more active in the forum, spend more time outside of the house, and handle my projects (and those of others) 10x more effectively.

    MOVING ON!

    I promised to go over:

    -Planning Your Site’s Content
    -Marketing Your Content Effectively
    -SEO/Link Writing vs. Writing For the User


    Each point deserves a post of its own, and I essentially will use this to provide a general overview/my thoughts and then over the next couple of weeks, I'll dig deeper into the finer details of each with its own post.

    Planning Your Site's Content

    I see alot of people that jump into niches either they know very well or not at all. Each type of site owner has its own problems. Those that know a niche very well often has the possibility of being bad at structuring how their site should be built, what works in their niche, and often has trouble getting into the headspace of their audience beyond "Hm, what would I want to see?".

    Those that don't know anything about their niche before hand, tend to focus on the wrong things anyway. Most either just copy what they see competitors are doing, or just do random stuff without a real concrete plan. Trying to rank for a keyword is not a concrete plan for a site. Saying "I want _______ much traffic per month" is not a concrete plan either.

    The entire function of content for a site is NOT to just take up space or sell a product. Even the best sales copy at its root should tell a story that brings in the reader and makes them see and feel themselves doing whatever it is you are trying to get done.

    Take for instance, if someone were to start a wilderness survival site. A novice would think "Ok, if I rank for wilderness survival or something more reachable and put up a bunch of survival articles and product reviews, I'll be sure to start making money".

    WRONG.

    "Ok, well what if I look at my competitor's topics, and basically just do articles like that"

    WRONG.

    Well, semi-wrong. These are the basics of what it means to build a content plan. I've said it many times, ranking is good, links are good, but your site needs to build a community, it needs to inspire, it needs to both function and be able to grow/thrive.

    How do you do that?

    PREPARE FOR BIG BULLET POINTS!

    1. Look at your competitor's sites, but not just the top three, look at the top 50-100. Yeah, that much research. Find out EVERY thing you can about them and create a file that has them broken down quickly into a few key things: what posts have the most social engagement/comments, how is their content grouped on their site, if there are guest posts and if so what the topics are/who wrote them, how well is their content written, is it formatted in any particular way that is unique, what is good about it and what is bad (think opportunities for you to improve upon). It can seem like overkill, but this will allow you to look at what works and what falls flat (as much as you can).
    2. Dig through reddits, forums, and comments galore for topics and questions that are being talked about, take note of products, any names, and what frustrations/recommendations people discuss regarding parts of your niche. From these comments, these little things, you can address the topic and eventually get traffic by participating in these communities and maybe addressing common issues with your researched information you came across *WINK*.
    3. Take into account how regularly you intend to not only research & write content, but how your editorial calendar will be put together. Regularity is the basis of habit, and you want your audience to return not just because of how solid your info is, but because they have come to rely on it.
    4. Don't fall into the trap of the three types of posts. Many opt to go the route of: GENERAL BLOGPOST ABOUT INFORMATION/HOW TO, BUYING GUIDE ABOUT FINDING A PRODUCT AND SOME RECOMMENDATIONS, PRODUCT REVIEW. And they never stray from this formula. I know for a goddamn fact that 99% of site owners that work with amazon as a monetization method do this. It's formulaic and it works, but it's not the end all be all. You need to balance writing for both the buying user as well as for users that are just active online. They may not buy, but their appeal is in their likelihood to share your content, their engagement is just as valuable and the people who actively put dollars into your account.
    5. Know what style you want to go with, how you plan to talk to your audience is just as important as what you say, and trying to stick to that style if important for having cohesion of your brand.
    6. If you can write it all yourself, good, but have a plan for outsourcing. All to often, people buy content without having any idea what it really is they want. They say "write this" and then expect gold. That's not how it works. While having a template and example to follow is very good, you need to know specifically what type of things you need from a post and how you plan to keep it pumping regularly.
    7. Know how to test your content to see if it is good or bad. Not every post that you put out will be a home run. It is what it is. Sometimes things won't be good, but you won't know until you test it with your audience. Also, some posts are slow burners. But, remember, quality isn't dependent on how long or how short a post is, it's about how well it presents and answers a question/makes a point.
    Ok, that is enough for a starting point, I'll add more on this and move onto Marketing Your Content Effectively next.

    Next part coming tommorow.
     
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  16. lemeshko21

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    Hello. Just want to thank you for taking the time and effort into writing this out and sharing it with the community, it's greatly appreciated. I just have a few questions.

    1. What are you implying by oursourcing? What does that mean?

    2. Could I please share some pieces I have wrote for medium over the months and get an honest appraisal of that work? I'm not proficient in SEO but I do believe I can write user-directed content. Is there any way I can possibly reach out to you and get some pointers surrounding my work?

    Again, thank you so much for posting this. I hope to be able to pass it forward sometime in the near future.
     
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  17. tziahs

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    Fabulous guide!
    Thanks for posting !
     
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  18. JamesBlake

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    Glad to help.

    Outsourcing as in using others to perform tasks that you don’t need to do yourself. It’s the basis of scaling anything.

    And yes, feel free to send me a pm with your skype if you need someone to take a look at it.