How can I help other writers earn money?
Social networking works when used properly. Writers use social networking to advertise their works to others so that they may check it out, garnering more page views and possibly some new daily followers. Too many writers Tweet away all night and day, telling others about all of their well-written articles on article mill sites like Yahoo!, Helium or Bukisa.
One of the nicer article mills, in New England
If you Tweet everything that you’ve ever written, it gets to the point, much like the boy who cried wolf, that nobody will pay attention any more, because they suddenly realize the only reason you’re doing it is to gain page views to increase your own income. Now, a few friends and family members may be nice and simply open each of your tweeted articles, but most will eventually get tired of it and simply stop. You should only Tweet out new blog posts and articles, and possibly ones that have fallen by the wayside, to keep the information flow fresh and fun.
Why have writer earnings tanked so much?
The first blogger? Who did he socially network with?
With so many online writing sites these days, there is a major push on to get more and more writers into their folds and away from their competitors. At the same time, new writers have been sought with the promise of easy money for writing simple, knowledge based articles.
The problem with this is that they are attracting people who write, which is vastly different from writers, as one writes for a hobby and one does it as a means to make a living, promote themselves and generally help mankind (well, that last one maybe be a bit of a stretch!).
Everyone stretches something
With hundreds of thousands of writers belonging to each site, and only a few desirable projects per month, the competition for well-paying writing gigs is outrageous! And it’s only getting worse as more people are looking for a new way to make just a little more money, so they don’t have to stretch their money so thin. Now, sites like Helium have had to stop paying upfront payments to their writers, giving them only a share of the revenues that their articles bring in, vastly reducing writers’ incomes.
Where can writers go to earn more money?
The happy blogger - A myth?
When the better writers see a major drop in income and the stopping of upfront payments, they leave for greener pastures. Heck, most of the good writers out there can make more money blogging twice a day than they can writing 2 to 4 articles for the article mills.
Yes, that’s right; you can easily make more money blogging than you can at the article mills, if you dedicate at least as much time to blogging as you did at the article mills. The same mantra applies; quality content earns, crap burns.
So, how can I help other writers? How can they help me?
When you write blogs, you must also join and properly use social networking sites. You make friends with other bloggers, and in doing so follow each others posts. Each time you post a comment on someone’s blog, they are supposed to return the favor and post comments on yours in an I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine attitude.
However, as someone’s blog becomes very popular and they get 25+ comments per post per day, with hundreds, or even thousands of followers, they may stop posting comments on the blogs of the people who helped them to get to where they are. This can also happen to you.
Doctor, my blog is so sick, it ate some bad comments!
In order to avoid comment overdose, a blogger has to put aside enough of their writing time to continue on with their social networking.
As long as you follow these basic rules, you should be able to do fairly well as a blogger (the money will come when the quality is constant and the followers steadily increasing).
1) Post daily (unless you have nothing of quality to post)
2) Use social networking to gain followers and make friends
3) Post comments on blogs of writers who post comments to yours.
4) Ensure you don’t write any crappy posts, just to get one out – it is much better to miss a day or two than to post crap in it’s stead.
5) Blog about what you know about and what you’re passionate about.
When writers help other writers to get ahead there is no better way to increase your page views, follower and comment levels as well as advertiser and sponsor interests.
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