Sunday, January 6, 2013

Websites to sell your content and articles

Writing website content or articles for other people is a great way to make some additional money. In fact, I know a few people who have managed to make a good living and they started out writing articles for a few dollars a time. I'll talk a bit more about how they did that later.

For some people, writing the articles and coming up with the content is the easy part. The hard part is finding clients to write for who will pay you a fair rate.

If you live in the United States, you have much more choice than people who live in other countries. I will list a few of the top sites that you can register with to buy and sell articles a bit later.

If you're just starting out in the world of writing for profit, then the Internet is the best place to begin.

It doesn't really matter whether English is your first language, but you MUST have a good grasp of the English language because the vast majority of articles you will be writing will be in English. Some services and some clients might ask for articles in Spanish, German or French, but they are quite rare.

If you are lucky enough to speak and write several languages, you could find that you will have a lot of work coming your way.

Anyway, let's start by exploring some of the BEST websites you can use to write and sell articles.

The first one I want to tell you about it CONSTANT CONTENT. 

You can click here to access constant content.

Constant content is a Canadian company that has a very good reputation in providing only the best quality content to clients. They have thousands of clients who want specific content written and they will pay big money for the right content.

Now before you rush off to sign up with Constant content, there's a few things to understand.

1. They are very selective in who they allow to join as a writer. You must take a grammar test first before they accept you as a writer. You only get so many chances to take this test, so DO NOT rush it.

2. Once you are accepted, you must submit 5 articles before you are allowed to bid for work yourself. These articles are manually checked by their editing team and it is very likely that your articles will not be accepted on the first attempt.

When you get a rejection note for an article (and you will believe me) read it VERY CAREFULLY and make any corrections before resubmitting the article for consideration.

If you get too many rejections at ANY TIME, they will terminate your account without any notice. If there's any money in your account at the time they terminate your account, they will send you payment, but there is NO appeal. Once your account is terminated, that's it.

If you want to register with a new email address and PayPal account, you could try, but in some cases, it is too much hassle.

Ont he positive side, Constant Content pays very well. When you become an established writer, you can complete work for clients who will pay $100 for one article, but they tend to be in very specialized niches. However, if you are able to research the subject matter, you can do this on a regular basis.

Constant Content will vet your work, and of course, take a 20% cut.

You can write your own articles and submit them for sale. You can set your own price and your own licensing terms. So for example, you can submit an article for sale at $7 on a use only basis. This means you can sell the same article many times. You can also submit an article for say $20 on a Unique license which means you can only sell it once, but you retain rights to it. And finally you can sell an article for perhaps $50 or more on a Full Rights license which again means you can only sell it once and you transfer all rights to the new owner.

If you write articles in a popular niche, you can make a lot of money from selling just a few good articles on a usage basis.

You can write in several niches as outlined below:
  •     Arts & Culture
  •     Business
  •     General
  •     Health & Lifestyles
  •     Home
  •     Merchandise
  •     Premium Articles
  •     Recreation
  •     Regional
  •     Relationships
  •     Science
  •     Society
  •     Sports
  •     Technology
Some science and technology related articles can be sold for very high sums indeed.

To summarise, constant content is a premium service and as a writer, you can earn big sums of money. However, this comes at a cost. It is difficult to get accepted and you must maintain a very high standard or else your account can be terminated.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

How to write content that appeals

You might have a website or blog of your own, or you might write for other people.

Which ever applies to you, the content that you write must be informative and appealing to the reader!

Here are some simple tips that you can apply in order to make the content or articles you write more appealing and effective for the reader.

1. Research & Understand the Subject Matter

This is vital. If you write for clients, you must understand the brief and make sure you properly research your subject. There are many ways to do this, but the easiest way is to 'Google' the subject and read up on the subject by reviewing other websites. Now as you do this, it is equally important NOT to copy what you read elsewhere and try to pass it off as your own work.

By all means use it as reference material, as a menas to improve your own understandi g of the subject, but when it comes to writing your own content, make sure you put your own spin on things. 

2. Ask Questions

When you write content or an article, always kep the reader at the forefront of your mind. Many clients ask for content in order to prompt an action. That could be to click on a advertisement, or a link or to opt in to a list. So as you write your article, keep tthe reader engaged by asking them questions.

After asking the question, go on to expand on how you could solve a problem or explain why something might be an issue. Connect with the reader and if you are writing about a product or service that could solve a problem for the reader, make sure you refer to its benefits.

3. Use Sub Headings

Sub headings allow you to break down a lot of text into smaller and miych easier to read bites. People can quickly scan sub headings to look for information that is relevant to them. Somebody might not want to read your entire article on dog training for example. They might only be interested in a specific aspect, so make your sub headings informative.

4. Use Short Sentences

When people read words on a screen, short sentences are much easier to read. it is a simple as that. This is even more relevant when the content is viewed on a mobile device. Smaller sentences are better for the reader so when writing, remember to break long sentences down by using more full stops.

5. Follow a 3 Part Article Structure

For articles, there is a simple 3 part structure that you can follow whcih will make your articles much easier to read and write. After coming up with a good title, here are 3 simple steps that an article should follow...

a) Introduction. 

This should be a few sentences long and introduce the subject matter and set the scene. Here, yo can also ask some questions of the reader whcih you will go on to answer or expand upon during the article.

b) Main article body.

This part is the meat of your article. Break it down into sections or sub headings and make each one cover a different part of your subject matter. Remember to make each sub heading informative.

c) Summary and call to action

Finish the article by summarising what you've written about. Perhaps you can reinforce the positive points about your subject, and if appropriate you can add references to other key websites where you've sourced information.

If the article required a call to action, add it here. Suggest the reader clicks on a link to read more information, or opt into a list to get a free report, or buy an item and so on.

Finally, put yourself in the reader's shoes.

So when writing content always put yourself in the place of the reader.

Put yourself in THEIR shoes!

After you've completed the article, or the content for a web page, read it yourself again.
  • Are there any spelling mistakes? 
  • Does it answer all the appropriate questions? 
  • Does it meet the brief that you were originally given? 
  • Is it the right length? 
  • Is it too wordy or fluffy? 
  • View it on a mobile device to ensure it is easy to read.

I'll be adding more information on writing articles, so why not subscribe to my blog and watch out for new stuff?