Are you a freelance writer with a little expertise in a chosen field or two? Do you have any hobbies like gardening, or collecting unusual items? Do you work outside the home, or raise children? Do you have any special talents? Have you ever moved, built something yourself, or learned a new dance step? If you answered, yes, to any of these questions, you can turn that knowledge and experience into a little extra cash by becoming a web content writer.
Web content writers are the people who provide the answers to the questions asked on the internet search engines. There are many companies out there in need of writers that are capable of intelligently putting words together and who can provide accurate answers to all of the questions being asked each and every day.
Find a Web Content Providing Company
To become a web content writer the first thing you need to do is sign up with a web content providing company. Some of the more popular companies are Associated Content, Constant Content and Write for Cash. You can find others by running an internet search.
Apply and be Accepted
Once you find one that is compatible with you and your own special skills and experiences, you need to apply and fill out an application. On the application, they will ask you a few questions about your interests, hobbies and any occupations you now have or have had in the past. They will also request a sample of your writing ability. Some places will ask you to take a short test on proper grammar, punctuation and word usage.
Choose a Topic
Once you have been accepted, you’ll be able to start writing articles. Some web content providing companies supply an ever growing and changing list of topics for you to choose from. The topics range from simple subjects, such as gardening tips all the way to more difficult technical and scientific subjects, such as how a DVD player works. Some web content provider’s allow you to make up your own topics and then sell the pieces via their web site.
As with all writing assignments, you need to write and submit your article in a timely fashion. You will be expected to follow the provided guidelines for style and tone. Be sure that the information you are providing is up-to-date and accurate. If you aren’t sure about a fact, research it.
Collect Your Pay
You can expect to be paid approximately ten to fifteen dollars for a five to eight hundred word article. This doesn’t sound like much, but if you are knowledgeable in a subject area, you should be able to write an article in less then an hour. Even if you need to do a little research to brush up on the subject at hand, you should be able to complete an assignment in no more than two hours. You’ll be surprised how quickly the money adds up once you get going.
If your articles are consistently well written and accurate you might even become one of their preferred writers and end up with a steady monthly income. This can be a lifesaver for the struggling freelance writer whose bills are piling up while waiting to hear back from an editor about a query letter or for the English major working their way through college.
Build Your Portfolio of Published Clips
Most reliable web providing companies will give you a by-line. Unfortunately they will also purchase all rights to your article. You can never sell it again and you cannot plagiarize from it when writing other articles on the same subject. However, you can take credit for the piece and use it as a published clip whenever necessary to be sent to editors, as samples of your ability, for your other writing endeavors. For writers who are new to publishing and don’t have many clips yet, this can be a Godsend.
Writing web content may not be the job you dreamed of when you decided to become a writer but it can be a fun and interesting way to help supplement your income and clip portfolio while you are working on achieving your other writing goals.