For New Writers: Where Should I Write?

I think that there are many new writers asking this very question so I’m going to give you a few options to consider.

What I’m not going to do is tell you where you should write.  Why?  Because that’s a very personal decision! Every writer is different and you are going to have to decide what is most important to you before you can decide where to write.

You might want to ask yourself these questions first:

  • Do I need to make money right away to pay bills and rent or can I write for the future?  Can I write at sights that might not pay as much per article immediately but have the potential to make a lot more per article in the long run?
  • What kind of writing do I like to do best?  Do I like writing articles that require research or do I prefer to write opinion and general knowledge type of articles?
  • How much time do I have to dedicate to writing?
  • Are there any topics I could specialize in?

Once you know the answer to those things you will be better able to chose a place to write.

"Writing", 22 November 2008

“Writing”, 22 November 2008 (Photo credit: ed_needs_a_bicycle)

Where to Write & Who to Write For

Write for Yourself

Yes, you can make decent money by writing for yourself.  That basically means that no one is going to pay you.  You will earn all the income generated from your writing.  Or most of it anyway.


One of the ways that you can write for yourself is to start a blog.  Blogging can be a lot of fun and for some of you it won’t even seem like work.  You should pick a niche that you love to talk and write about.  It should be something that you have a lot to say about.  You’ll need to put new content on your blog on a regular basis if you want people to come back!

You can make money with your blog through a few different ways.  Adsense is likely the most common way to make money with a blog.  When people click on ads, you earn money.  There are several other kinds of pay-per-click type of ads that you can put on your blog, too.  Other options include selling affiliate products (like through Amazon affiliate program) or allowing others to buy ad space on your blog (I have ad spots in the sidebar).

Writing Ebooks

These days anyone can publish and ebook.  If you have a story to share or you have knowledge about a topic that people want to know about you can write an ebook about it.  You can sell it on your site, through Amazon Kindle, or on Smashwords.  There are other options for selling your ebook, too but these are the most popular.

Once you write your ebook you’re going to have to learn how to promote it.  This can be the biggest challenge.  Like I said, almost anyone can write an ebook but it takes hard work to market it.

Create Your Own Membership Site

Do you have specialized or expert knowledge on a topic?  If you do, you could put together a membership site fairly quickly.  You can offer memberships as either a one time fee and members get lifetime access or you can charge a subscription fee and members will get billed monthly.  If you charge a subscription fee it is important to remember that you will need to continually add new content to keep them renewing!

You can put all the information together at once or you can get started and then continue to add to the information.

If you’re going to try to create a membership site, you should consider using more than just the written word.  Visuals, graphics, and videos will all add value to your membership site.  Forums are also popular.

Writing for Others

Content Mills

Content mills pay you per piece that you write. They are often not very high paying but if you find one that has consistent work it might be something to consider.  Demand Studios, Custom Content, Cloud Crowd, Text Broker, and Writer’s Domain are a few of the popular content mills that people write for. While they don’t pay loads, they can keep the money coming in and you don’t have to be majorly talented to write at them.  Of course, grammar and spelling are still important.

Private Clients

Private clients are webmasters and others that require writers to do their writing for them.  Some of them are looking for blog posts while others might want ebooks.  You might also write resumes, press releases, reviews, or sales pages.  Some private clients can provide ongoing work while other may offer a one time project.  Usually, when you have private clients you can expect to need to look for work on a regular basis.

Residual Writing Sites

This one kind of falls somewhere in between writing for yourself and writing for others because although you can earn in the long term with these sites you are still providing content for others.  On residual writing sites your articles earn money through advertising programs like Adsense or Yahoo Network.  You get to keep a percentage of the ad revenue.  Usually ads with your code will show up a certain percentage of the time and the site’s ads show up the other percent.

There are a lot of residual earning sites out there including:

  • InfoBarrel
  • Wizzley
  • Squidoo
  • Zujava
  • Writedge
  • HubPages

Pay-Per-View Sites

If you don’t like to rely on the need for someone to click on one of your ads on your articles then you can try the pay-per-view sites.  There aren’t many of them but if you are good at promoting yourself via social media and you can write great titles that make people want to click then you might have success with these.

I’ve done well with Bubblews but they are a growing company and having some growing pains. I’m even missing some payments.

Some of these sites you might want to check out include:

  • Bubblews
  • Full of Knowledge
  • Experts Pages

In Summary

So, which will you choose? It’s really up to you and if you find something you like that works for you and someone tells you that you shouldn’t do it that way…ignore them!  No one can define your journey for you!