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I Can Write - What Should I do To Make Money In 2014?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by helpinghand182, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. helpinghand182

    helpinghand182 Newbie

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    Okay guys, hope you all have a good start to the New Year!


    It was really only last year I started making money online as a freelance writer and a it has been a good experience so far.


    This year - I want to expand and make the most of what I can do and what I can learn.


    I am a final year marketing student in colllege and after the next few months I will be finally free from the education system which will give me even more free time.


    Right now my expertise is writing and I have pretty much perfected researching and producing quality content (and a lot of it) quickly from working with my various clients.


    What do you guys think is the best project for someone like me to take on in 2014? I'm aware of the basic concepts of affiliate marketing, AdSense, etc, but I'm interested in knowing what is still relevant and what still works because everything seems to be changing the entire time. I started a "Journey" thread to keep me motivated and on track, but right now I'm firmly in the research phase, and what exactly I'm actually going to do for the next year! Any help is appreciated guys. Thanks a lot! :)
     
  2. C C Z

    C C Z Registered Member

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    Write great books and put them on Kindle.
     
  3. Liaata

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    Hey,

    I started as a content creator just like you and now I am running an authority websites.
    Just start creating content for your own purposes.
    This could be a niche website, an authority website, an infoproduct, an ebook...
    There are countless opportunities!

    Good luck!
     
  4. jamesjk1

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    Hey man - yeah, that's a tough one. I'm pretty much in the same boat as you.

    First thing that comes to mind is to build your own asset, like a website. You say content isn't an issue so that would be a great start. Pick something you're interested in where you know there's money being made (with moderate competition). From there you could do a number of things like run adsense, clickbank offers etc. Another option is YouTube - videos are a lot easier to rank than websites. You could then run some CPA offers or rank local business on the first page of google.

    I sort of disagree with your statement about 'what still works because everything seems to be changing the entire time'. Granted, there have been some changes but what used to work (building good sites with quality links) still does. It just takes a bit of time. Take a look in the 'make money' section here and see what others are doing - something might catch your attention and away you go. It's hard to give you any concrete ideas as its such a broad question.

    Perhaps use your writing skill-set and try and establish an online article writing business where you can outsource to others, which leaves you free to dabble in other things. I'm just throwing some ideas around. Don't be afraid to try things, its the only way you'll know if they''re going to work or not. Hope that helps a bit :)
     
  5. bpmik

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    Ultimate goal for me is authority website(s), maybe a few micro niche sites as well. Build an email list while you're at it (opt-in via your websites) and write sales copy to sell product via email list as well. Multiple revenue streams open up. I am still in the planning stages for my authority website, once a niche was selected I've been doing heavy keyword research, categorizing possible articles, eliminating overlap and developing an interlinking system so each one of my articles links to 2-4 related articles on the same site, as well as affiliate links (amazon, etc). Toying with idea of putting adsense on site as well.

    Ultimately people pay for writers because they are building websites and hope each individual page that cost 3-12 dollars to write will build more long term revenue then that. Good sites with content that can build traffic will surpass that for each article (on average) but it's an investment, it might not earn back that $7.00 in a month, but over a year a single page could generate $50-500 in commissions. Other pages might not generate as much commission but they still add to the authority of a site and boost it in the rankings so it's not cut and dry to figure out how much each page on a site is "worth". But if you have good business sense there is more money in developing websites and you could even reach a point where you contract out your article writing and focus more on growing the website or running other projects. I figure on average a decent hosting package costs 120/year (give or take) and each domain name costs maybe 10/year. The hosting package can usually host multiple sites and domains, and the more sites you host on a package the more cost effective it becomes on a site by site basis. You can get it to the point where a single site only costs 10-15 dollars/year to keep online so as long as each site is surpassing that there is no reason not to run a bunch of sites.

    Nothing wrong with freelance writing, especially for quick startup cash, the cash is more of an immediate thing. But if you invested that same time into making sites instead of writing freelance, you'd see less up front cash but far more long term passive income cash.
     
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    mindlesswizard Supreme Member

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    CONTENT IS KING !!

    Start your own blog or something and put quality contents in it . Drive visitors to your blog and when you have a good traffic you can always convert the traffic to $$$$.

    Or, 2nd option add me to skype :D
     
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    this but make sure to get legit views :cool:
     
  8. jakekelly

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    Hey Helpinghand, best advice I can give you is to keep the freelance writing stuff going while you build other stuff. I don't mean writing articles for $5 either. It is possible to make a nice living just from writing content if you know where to look. Start researching in Google.

    Build your freelance writing business, and then begin building an authority site on a HUGE niche or PROFITABLE niche. Focus on ONE niche. NOT ten. Yes you can build sites in ten different niches, but it is much harder to maintain. One authority site in one niche is probably not going to be penalized by Google if you optimize the site correctly. Build additional sites in the SAME niche where they all link back to your authority site. Make the one site the big authority site, and the other sites feed to it.

    You can do more aggressive SEO link building on your smaller sites, and it doesn't matter if they get penalized. If they do, simply remove the links to your authority site, and rinse and repeat.
    Once you have a nice income going, you can branch off into paid advertising with Google Adwords and Facebook. But this is down the road, and you won't have to do this if you want to keep it simple.
     
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  9. helpinghand182

    helpinghand182 Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply guys! Ya, I am defiantly keeping the freelance writing side of things going as I actually enjoy it! It allows me to learn and see how webmasters work etc.... and hey, if anyone out there needs a good,quick and native English speaking writer feel free to message me! I am always interested in working with the right people!

    Anyone out there who successful made the transition themselves? Niche research and understanding that whole aspect is something I really need to get to grips with because I do not want to end up with a "thin" flakey site that Google seems to hate now. For example , I recently saw a few articles I did on this site - google shaverinfoformen 1st link (if you want) - and was wondering would this be considered a "thin" affiliate site or an actual good one?
     
  10. Aluminium

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    I've been able to support myself financially for a few years now with copywriting. I've dabbled in ghostwriting for authors and other things like that, but there's no better feeling than being able to run your own blog and expand on your own interests.

    If anything, start a blog. If that isn't for you, freelance write and build up a reputation to the point where clients WANT to hire you.

    It isn't going to be an easy road, but keep at it.

    - A
     
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    stfrank Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Let me know some more details: Area of expertise? What are you rates? What other services you are offering at the moment.
    PM me.
     
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    Hi,

    Write some learning ebooks,expand to content writing.
     
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    start your own blog and start posting there write on quora best place to share your knowledge get traffic on your blog from there
     
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  14. helpinghand182

    helpinghand182 Newbie

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    Quora seems like a great site - good tip!