Too many people say they write a few articles a week and are disappointed that they aren’t making any money. Well, duh. If you only work a few hours a week, you’re only going to make a few dollars. Just like any job, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Writing is NOT an exception.
When you have a full-time job and are lucky enough to get some overtime, you get paid more for your efforts. This is how writing works. The more articles you write, the more you get page views, the more upfront pay you get (if you write for an upfront pay site like Associated Content), and the more money you make. You just simply can’t expect to make a ton of money writing 5 or so articles a week, unless you’ve already had a lot of articles published and are getting page views to get you by.
Too many people I have tried to get to try Associated Content have told me, “I wrote 3 articles, and only made $9.” and appeared put off by their earnings and gave up. Well, of course they were. They’re not looking at the big picture. They didn’t just submit 3 articles, they worked about an hour and a half and expected a huge payout. It’s just not going to happen. You can’t work 2 hours a day and make $50. You have to write more and think of it as an hourly job to make real money. The more you write, the more hours you put in, the bigger the payout, plain and simple.
What people fail to realize is that they are making residual pay off of their articles as well. The only people who can write a few articles a week and enjoy a decent income are those who have already stacked up a lot of published articles and are living mainly off the residual pay. They didn’t just type up a few hours’ worth of articles a week and instantly were making big bucks. They worked their butts off getting their articles published for months, and even years, to hit the point of being able to relax and write less while still earning money.
If you’re only submitting a few articles a week and not making the money you thought you were, look at it from the point of view as if writing were your job. If you wrote for a living at work outside your home and only worked 1 day a week for about 4 hours, you would be bringing home a measly paycheck every 2 weeks. Likewise, if you were writing full-time outside of the home and putting in decent hours, you would be bringing home a larger pay for your efforts. And what type of job pays you residually when you’re NOT working? None that I can think of, which is why I love writing so much.
The more you write, the more you earn, the more page views you get, the more residual pay you get, etc. You really can’t just pop out a few articles and sit and wait to make huge dollars. No, you have to WORK at it, real work, not just every now and then and expect the money to just come to you. If you want to make more money writing, you have to write more often, and slowly but surely the money will come to you. Before you know it, you could be making almost as much in residual pay as you do for upfront pay for your articles. But you have to actually work really hard to get to that point. Don’t give up, work harder, and you will be paid well for your efforts.