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Getting Hard to Make Money Online

I have been working online for about six years now. It was tough getting started, but within the first year I was easily making good money writing articles and selling clip art. Unfortunately over the last year, it's been getting harder and harder to make money online.

The internet is a marvelous thing. It offers so much opportunity. however, it seems that the online jobs just keep getting lower and lower paid. It's getting tough to make money nowadays.

I live in Canada, so the cost of living is quite high. I was offered a job today writing 250 word review for a whooping $0.50. With research a 250 word article would take me about 30 minutes to write. So, I would make $1 an hour ... how sad. If I worked 12 hours a day every day of the month, I would not even make enough to pay my rent! (let alone food/electric/heat)

I'm feeling very frustrated and disheartened today.

Thanks for hearing me vent. I'm sure things will get better, they always do!

Image Credit » Photo is my own

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Bellatricks wrote on October 28, 2014, 5:40 PM

I can feel your pain. I used to make pretty good money online but it seems like the only way to make "good" money online these days is if you have your own successful website.

Lemark wrote on October 28, 2014, 5:58 PM

I think that writing for money (as we are doing it) is a bonus and not your main income source. But I am quite inexperienced here.

Yes, your own niche website is an answer. I can point you to some great affiliate marketing communities but I don't know if this kind of promotion is allowed here at PP.

imphavok wrote on October 28, 2014, 6:07 PM

I generally get writing jobs off of Elance and People Per Hour and have been able to support my family with that for the past four years, lately it's been a struggle. I have a couple of blogs with Google Adsense, but not a website, not sure what I would do with a website .... i'll have to give it some thought. Thanks and hugs!

imphavok wrote on October 28, 2014, 6:15 PM

It use to be so easy to get good paying writing jobs, now all the people from lower cost countries bid so low that its hard to compete. I'm still making good money via my art, but writing is becoming a waste of time. I don't have a website (just a couple of blogs). I'll give that some thought. Thanks and hugs!

bad_cheetah wrote on October 28, 2014, 7:49 PM

the picture says it

momathome wrote on October 28, 2014, 8:53 PM

I've made some money online writing on both Bubblews and here but I have to say that I've earned more money more consistently via survey and PTC sites. Writing sites at least Bubblews, and from what I've heard Squidoo and similar are just as bad, are inconstant about paying to say the least. Plus they keep lowering the pay rates which does not help either.

AngelSharum wrote on October 28, 2014, 10:37 PM

I hope you find some new opportunities soon that pay more. Good luck.

Dawnwriter wrote on October 29, 2014, 3:52 AM

I agree with you. Online writing is a very unreliable source of income and it feels terrible when a site folds up or refuses to pay.

melody23 wrote on October 29, 2014, 8:47 AM

I don't entertain job offers that are as low paid as that, its not that I am snobby or I think I am the best writer in the world or anything, but someone once told me 'know what your writing is worth and never work for less than that' and I totally agree. I sort of worry that if I start accepting low paying jobs then people will think that's what I feel I am worth and keep offering me them. I wrote one or two articles for Elance but got so fed up with the low paid stuff I moved to oDesk, although the two are now effectively the same company I find the money on oDesk better. Earning online is my second. or third income I have a student bursary and an offline job so I don't rely on my online stuff as much but I feel bad for those who do because the money is certainly not what it was when I started almost a decade ago.

paigea wrote on October 29, 2014, 11:33 AM

I have never tried to earn my living from the internet. It amazes me to hear you've found enough work to support your family that way.

TheTalker wrote on October 29, 2014, 12:16 PM

I often wonder what happened to a woman who gave up his practice to stay home to do online writing. She was assured she could earn a good living writing. I hope she is doing alright with her choice.

imphavok wrote on October 29, 2014, 1:45 PM

most be nice! One USD here doesn't even buy a chocolate bar anymore.

Scorpie wrote on October 29, 2014, 4:52 PM

Schroogle giveth and scroogle taketh away. Writing online is back to being a hobby.

SandraLPetersen wrote on October 30, 2014, 9:08 AM

I wanted to respond to this article yesterday and ran out of time to do it due to appointments in the morning and afternoon. Lately I've been doing more surveys and revenue sites like SwagBucks than writing. I don't know if I'm still in a state of not knowing what to do after Helium and Yahoo!Voices both shut down or if I simply have an extended period of writers block. I've written for Demand Studios. That option is no longer available to me since they went for professionals in fields to write for them. Textbroker is available but the jobs usually don't interest me that much and it is for a low rate of pay compared to some of the research I would have to do. I could write some articles and put them up on Constant Content but their rules used to be that if you had three articles rejected you could no longer post articles on there. That makes me a bit reluctant to try. I guess I'm not the only one looking for a new writing home that pays well.

carolscash wrote on November 13, 2014, 7:51 PM

I am looking for more online work. I don't know much about writing for sites like elancer and other sites, but I am sure that I could do them. I will continue to blog and do sites like this , but it sure is not paying the bills. I also sell on Amazon and eBay some.