LESSON 1: The Basics on How to Write an Article Online

Hello there! I am back after a month of silence. I have been very busy writing for my clients and for their blogs that I have neglected to write for mine. But this is not a blog for my forgotten blogs so let’s get on with what I intend to write (or not intend to for this site but I have to).

Okay, I have mentioned that I have been writing online to earn fulltime income. And yes, I am happy to say that I am earning here as much as I am earning while working as a college instructor with a potential to earn more – that is if I have people to help me with my LOADS of work.

This one is for my friends and writers who are still learning the ropes of writing online. I have been writing these instructions over and over again that I just realize, hey, why not post it in my blog? This way, I will just have to refer to this each time a writer will inquire about article writing.

So here goes my instruction….

Base from my experience, there are just about 5 key points in which all of my clients ask from me. First, have my articles written grammatically correct with the right punctuations. Second, my articles should never be copied from other sites. The rule is that I should never just get more that THREE CONSECUTIVE words from other site and just paste it on my article. Copyscape will find it and judge my article as nothing but a “second hand trying hard copycat!” That is why if you want to remain within your client’s good grace, never copy and have your article checked at copyscape (you will need to invest for this). I have copyscape and I always check my articles for plagiarism even if I know I did not copy from any site. I might have used some famous phrase and plagiarized without me knowing it.

Third, count the words. If the client says 500, it is really 500+ but not reaching 1000. Some would say a boundary like one client of mine who specifically say that I should write an article a 500 to 550 words article, no more than 550 and no less than 500. Boy that was a challenge as I have to be mindful of the word count. Fortunately, MS Word, especially 2007, have a word count information showing at its status bar so I can always see what word number I am at every moment.

Fourth thing you need to see while writing are the personal writing guidelines or format of a client. Some would like their article justified, in a .doc format, saved in a specific filename format and so on and so forth. Font would either be Times New Roman or Calibri for 2007 default. Of course, font size twelve is standard. But let us not go into details about this as I have mentioned, each client have their own preference, you just watch out for it. If there are no instructions about this, just choose the default and save your file.

Fifth, I save this best for the last, keywords. The articles that I often write circulate around specific keywords that I have to repeat at a certain number of times in the article. Clients are very keen of this. If the client say to repeat the keyword twice, once in the first sentence of the article and once at the last then you do so.

In case you are not familiar with keywords, keywords are words or phrases a client will give you to start your writing. Instructions for article writing are often like this:

–          500 word article

–          Keyword ‘clogged sink’

–          key density 2%

I have not been receiving key density instruction for quite some time now, maybe because of Google algorithm (too technical for me so let us not dig deeper into it yet). Key density is actually the number of times you have to repeat the keywords. Like if you have 500 words, key density at 1%, this means you have to repeat the keywords 5 times. Now, if you don’t have any idea how many times to repeat the keywords at a given density, you can use this free key density checker online:  http://www.live-keyword-analysis.com/.

Did I say five? Well, I have forgotten to include this: DEADLINE. There might not be a very specific set of instructions for deadlines but you can have to follow deadlines. Just like what I have said with my CSAT blog here: https://earnfulltimeincomeonline.wordpress.com/ you just have to meet the deadlines. Some will say specific time and some will just say to finish the task within specific days. But in the end, you just have to see to it that you submitted the articles on time with a quality that is worth reading.

Yes, writing an article is filled with instructions and the things you have to remember above are just but icing to the cake. All basics are like that. Some clients will really dig into more instructions coupled with content guidelines.

For me, the more instructions a client give the easier for me to write the articles.

Now, there are, of course, more to article writing than this. But I guess I have to write LESSON 2 for it. They are more to tips and advices really than an academic like LESSON instructions. So stay tuned for more, even if I have to write it next month. But I always see to it that I write each month so that I can be of more help with my fellow writers online.

See ya!

Earn Fulltime Income Online: Step by Step Guide How to Make Money Writing Articles Online

Writing has always been a part of me. I could say I came from a family of writers (a frustrated bunch of writers – I have to say). As a young girl, I kept a journal; I write poem; I draw manga and wrote fiction stories; a write love stories in which my classmates had to pay for them to read it. Writing was something I love doing but I never thought I could do it as a job.

In fact, if internet did not come to be a part of today’s lifestyle, I doubt if I will think of writing making me earn fulltime income online. That is the reason why I never tried to learn my English well (I didn’t pay attention to my English teacher before) and never had any training as to how to write articles. But here I am right now, a full time blogger and an online article writer. And the most amazing part of it is that I earn full time income from it.

So how did I start to earn fulltime income online writing articles?

  1. I Read. As I have mentioned, I love writing. But if I don’t have anything to write about, I will not be able to write anything at all. As an internet user, being able to browse the net means massive source of information. I read about how to articles from how to draw manga, how to write fiction stories and the lot. Until I came with the word blogging; which, in turn, brought me to the next thing that I did.
  2. I blogged. What did I write in my blogs? Well, my interest of course which was manga. Well, actually, I write fan fiction and published it online (which is entirely another topic so I am not going to talk about it here). But as I read and blog on topics I like, I came to the word ‘monetization’. Most often this term comes in with blogging. So I read about how to earn online blogging (another topic I want to talk about in my next articles). But I did not get into blogging right away. Oh no, because I did number 3 first.
  3. I went into freelance article writing. So how I came to be in freelancing when I heard about blogs first? Well, blogging often need to have some investment involve if you want to be successful earning money from it. What I want was a JOB not a BUSINESS online (I eventually started an online business but again, not part of this story here). So I joined freelancing sites like Elance, oDesk, Freelancer and vWorker. I flourished as a freelancer using freelancing site (you can find and join on these sites for free) and did a lot of writing jobs there. Did I earn fulltime income online then? Well, nope. But I did earn a good amount of extra money. Through freelancing, I was able to have my debit card and verified my paypal.

I supposed I should say that the rest is history and that I am now satisfied earning my fulltime income. But that is just not the situation. When I got used of all the keywords, its key density and learned about writing web content articles from product reviews, press releases and the now defunct BMR, I joined fiverr.com .

Here, I had my fun. I opened a gig about writing an article for 5 dollars. I was amazed with how clients came. Some even hired me to be their fulltime writer. Now, I am earning my fulltime income as an article writer. But of course, I have no plan stopping there. I am currently developing a site for my business online. I do not plan to just earn a fulltime income; not when I can earn for extra more. And I believe that you too can earn fulltime income online and more.

Earn fulltime income online: Where to Start?

I want to remind you first that I am a freelance article writer online. What I do is to write articles for my clients about any niches. I write press releases, product reviews and general, informative and presell articles. What I don’t do is to blog for my own niche in my own website (not yet anyway).

I started learning the ropes of an online career since 2009 and I began earning 2011. This means that it took me two years before I realized what I can do to earn online.

Yes, I mean DO and not WHERE to earn online. But I am saving this information for later.

My previous blog sites (http://sunnyjeanhomejobs.wordpress.com/) are all about general topic that has nothing to do with what I have experienced working and earning online (because I was not earning online back then). But I am not that anymore. I have reached the state where I used to have no inkling before of achieving.

NO, I am not earning millions. But I am hopeful about it.

What I am right now is earning a sustainable income that allows me to invest more for my future online business. And to think that I started paying nothing out, which means that I am basically earning online INVESTING NOTHING except my time and effort to hone my skills.

Alright, I admit that my blog right now is sounding more and more like some sales pitch I often read about on some internet networking sites (which I have no plan joining now or in the future). So let me share to you what I DID to start earning fulltime income online while at home.

What I did to earn full income online?

  1. Started a Hub. If you are not familiar with hubpages, then you might not know what a hub is. A hub is like a blog. It is called hubs at hubpages like lens to squidoolens. I started writing there to see if I can write an article as I had no experience writing article of any kind before that. I EVEN HATED WRITING ESSAYS at school before so I really don’t have any idea if my hub was okay. Well, to make a short story even shorter, someone commented on my hub and I was very happy that is why I did the next step.
  2. I sought a mentor. The truth is that I only read the word ‘keyword’ and ‘earning’ online but I didn’t know where to start. So I sought a mentor and he showed me what to do. So WHERE CAN YOU FIND MENTORS? Join a forum community online. There are many forum communities for SEO, article writers and a lot more. I joined smallbusinessbrief.com. This is a very nice community for those who are seeking advice about online business and careers so you can try it and find a mentor.
  3. Read stuff about keywords, key density and types of articles. There are so many types of articles like press releases, product reviews, general articles about any niche and a lot more. That is why you need to know what they are and hone your skills in writing at least three types of articles.

If you are able to do these things, you can do the next steps I am about to share with you in my next blog. I have to keep things one step at a time so that I won’t overload you with information.

Just remember that being an article writer to earn full income online needs dedication and loads of interest verging to passion of writing and researching (another topic for me to write in the future).

So stay tuned!