“You can always find a capable helping hand at the end of your own sleeve.” -Zig Ziglar
Do you want to earn money without leaving your home? No matter where you are in the world and no matter what time of the day, you can make money by working as a writer online. The advancement in technology, particularly the Internet, has made it possible for Filipino writers to find jobs with hefty pay checks.
Gone are the days when writers write excellent articles and no one even recognizes how excellent they are. Today, there are numerous online jobs advertised on the web and there so many options for Filipino writers to showcase their skills and more importantly—get paid. However, searching for a writing job that will suit you perfectly can be a bit tricky. Here are two basic factors to consider:
Check your time available to writing
The amount of time you are willing to devote to in writing is also one important factor to consider. Depending on your available time on a daily or weekly basis, you can choose your schedule since online writing jobs can be available on a full-time, part-time, or per project basis. Are you currently employed, a student, or a full-time mom? If you are, it is advisable to apply as a part-time writer.
Know what you really love to write about
First, you need to keep in mind that there are numerous types of writing jobs online, hence the competition is pretty tough. Make sure to apply in the type of writing job that is in line with your forte or specialty. In other words, know yourself. For example, if you think you are good at writing essays and research papers, then you should try working on academic writing websites.
Do you already know how much time you are willing to devote to your writing job? And do you already know what you really love to write about? Below are the 7 best writing job options that are available today, so choose the one you think is perfect for you:
1. Search engine optimization (SEO) Writing
Online marketers and webmasters are trying to carve a space for their business or personal website in the World Wide Web by producing content that is helpful, informative, and of excellent quality. With this type of online writing job however, it involves more than just mastery over the language you use. You need to have a thorough understanding on how you can talk to your readers in the most understandable way. In addition to it, you need to optimize your content using relevant keywords with proper density to help search engines locate your client’s website.
SEO writers make money online by writing articles and other content that will bring their clients’ website or brand on the top of the search engine results page, such as Google. They are usually paid per article, per words, or per project.
2. Academic writing
If you think that you are good at resources, research, and reasoning, then you should try to apply as an online academic writer. Academic writing is a formal type of writing that is thesis oriented and purpose driven. You need to look for facts, point of views, figures, and logical analysis. Academic writing comes in a variety of forms – it can be in a form of research paper writing, thesis writing, term paper writing, report writing, etc. However, you need to be more concerned about plagiarism as it is a huge deal in this writing industry. Keep in mind that your client is paying you to write, so he or she deserves an original, quality write-up, and if you plagiarize a work of another writer, you will be putting your client’s name in trouble.
Academic writers usually spend longer time on a project or thesis. Thus, they could also earn higher for a single client.
For most people, blogging is their most favorite form of online writing job. In blogging, you have full control over your time, type of topic to write and blog, and how often you write. Blogging is not the easiest way to earn money but by slowly building up your blog and producing high quality and attractive content, you should slowly generate income over time. There are already many writers in the Philippines and other countries who are making their living through blogs. Meanwhile, there are also some who blog as their hobby without the intention of earning, but earns inevitably over time.
Bloggers usually earn from advertising income on their blogs. Google AdSense is one of the most common forms of monetization scheme for bloggers. They also make money online on direct advertising and sponsored posts.
4. Ghost writing
Ghost writing is a valuable asset in the digital marketing world. People who try to build websites that aim to make sales online often do not have necessary time to create all the content or articles they need in keeping their business updated and running properly. Thus, they hire online ghost writers to complete the job for them.
Ghost writers may not be recognized on their work, but their efforts are paid and their income can already give them a good living.
5. Electronic magazine (eZine) and eBook writing
eZine is something that is accessible through the Internet and people can subscribe to. An eZine contains several things such as articles, photos, videos, and ads. It serves as a powerful marketing tool used by online businesses to build a mailing list at the same time providing the readers with quality content. This is a job good option for Filipino writers because a large number of online companies are looking for writers who can write and publish eZines for them.
6. Writing on revenue sharing sites
This is probably one of the easiest ways of using your writing skills and earning money online. Hubpages, Squidoo and other revenue sharing sites are the tools used by affiliate marketers. By creating quality content through these revenue sharing sites, you will be able to build reputation and earn money from AdSense or from being an Amazon affiliate.
Unlike bloggers, they are publishing their articles and content on a third-party website. Hence, they are not incurring expenses on domain registration and web hosting fees.
Nowadays, content marketing is becoming more and more popular. Businesses are using content to get their prospects’ attention and eventually generate sales. So, these businesses look for writers who can effectively produce content for their brand that can effectively interest their readers. These writers are paid to help their clients’ brand build a positive reputation online.
Copywriters create almost any kind of content, including a blog post, press release, guest blog post, and advertising text on Facebook or Twitter.
So there you go. Those were 7 ways to make money online as a writer in the Philippines. Being an online writer is a lot of fun as it allows you to explore several fields. Plus, this type of job is extremely convenient since you do not have to go out and commute. More importantly, you have your time and you do not have to leave your family for your work.