Bloggers and Writers Making a Living on the Web?
I want to do more with my online presence and making more money by writing. What I do not want it to be is something I dread doing. When writing is not fun for me anymore, I will stop. That seems to me to be as bad as prostituting myself in ways that I would also dread.
I have written online for a number of years now. Generally, I have dabbled a bit here and there.
I started out in December 2008 on a site called "Associated Content," which was purchased by Yahoo! several years after I started. I had a several initial successes, including being targeted to write different articles. I was offered, as much as, 25 dollars per article.
I never learned (or understood) much about SEO, but I noticed that views dramatically dropped off when Google changed algorithms (or something like that). Policies changed and, what I was able to post based on the trust that they had in me early on, now had requirements to be validated and "allowed." Upfront offers were no longer substantial, but not more than a dollar or two. Claims for articles did not allow for anything but page views and needed approval. It no longer seemed as viable, and because I wrote very part-time, and had other work obligations, I was unable to do much more than read others' work on an occasional basis to support those who were still writing.
I also started out on Examiner in the days that you could only write about the things, which you were the subject matter expert. I found that limiting, and not much fun. I did not understand their payment structure and found it confusing, at best. I understand that they have changed since I signed up several years ago.
I have started four blogs, three of which I did not maintain and have since deleted. The fourth, Beyond the Challenges of Life , is still active, but readership is down. I hesitate to monetize it, as when I monetized one of my other blogs, the rules were more difficult to understand and I did not want to be in violation.
Then there was Bubblews, which I joined in May 2013 upon the year anniversary of my diagnosis of stage 4 Carcinoid Cancer. When my friend, MarieAnne (aka Ldyjarhead), referred me, I was skeptical. For over a year, it proved to be better in many ways than many of the sites I had explored, and for which I had written. I made more writing occasionally in one year, than I did in five years of all other sites combined, including the upfront targeted payments. That came to a screeching halt, as most know, a year ago.
I registered for Persona Paper and several other sites, though PP is the one that is home now. I do not look at this as a source of income, but a community of friends who help encourage one another, and a place to record ideas, thoughts, feelings, and more.
There are many who maintain multiple blogs and write for numerous other sites. I am in awe of their particular prowess.
I am stymied as to how I might manage more than one site and one blog. Nor do I understand how to develop a better following. To be a writer or journalist in today's world is much different than years ago. This includes book writing and publishing.
I am curious to know if there are online courses or discussion groups out there which speak to all of these concerns and questions. One of my goals is to learn how to maneuver through all of this.
So, the question becomes: Can THIS old dog be taught some new tricks?
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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang
Adapted from original written for Bubblews January 1, 2014, and later removed by author.
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