L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.
How To Make Money as a Freelance Writer
My top ten most profitable niche markets for writing articles online. These are the type of articles I write that make me the most money. Here are some tips and advice on how to earn money as a freelance writer. Pick a subject that you know something about and then study it and become an expert. Write articles in that field and build a reputation online.
Top Ten Niche Subjects to Write About
I did not start to earn any decent money online until after six months and over fifty articles. Those articles along with newer ones now earn me a steady monthly income. I advise you to write many articles on varied subjects to see which ones work for you.
It is always more fun and a lot easier to write about your favourite interests. If you are lucky then one of these subjects could be a good money earner. There are so many ideas all around you that you are probably not aware of. You now have to think as a writer. Here are my top ten subjects I write online.
1. Seasonal Articles
Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Fathers Day, Mothers day, Birthdays, New Year, Halloween, Calendars and any other seasonal article.
Timing is very important when writing seasonal articles. Always write an article that is aimed at a particular season at least three months before it is due. This gives time for it to mature and gain prominence up the search engines.
Evergreen articles are written on subjects that will last for ever. Seasonal articles are in this category. When you write an article about any of these holiday seasons they will be even better received the following year.
2. How To Articles
These are very popular and have earned me quite a bit of money. Some of these I have written are
- Make Mosaic Tile designs
- Make your own cards
- Paint ladybugs on rocks
- Write articles online
- Sell your crafts at shows
- Growing vegetables
Whatever you do as a hobby or spend time on to create things for your home then you should write. Simple household tasks like cleaning methods you use or fixing broken appliances can be useful to readers. These subjects are well searched and read. Parents are always looking for new ideas to do something with their children.
How to make decorations, cards, gifts etc are also good articles to write. But please make the item you are writing about and take lots of photos of the process. By doing this you have a great step by step guide your readers can follow. You let them know that you have made this yourself so know what your are talking about.
3. Articles About Animals
These articles are always very popular too. Dogs and cats are the most viewed animal articles. If you have a pet then write about it. Tell your readers what it gets up to, the work involved etc. If it got sick explain how it was cured, the vets bills. Your first pet and when you got it, how you felt when it died etc.
Out of that you can write many articles with the keywords of Vets bills and insurance. Buying a pet: Be specific. Write one article on dogs, cats, budgies, fish, hamsters etc. You can break this down even further by writing about buying and caring for different types of dogs, cats etc. Looking after a particular pet: These articles too should broken into different types as above.
4. Finance Articles
Yes all types of articles written about money are very popular and very well paid. But because of this they are hard to get up there on the first page of the search engines. If you work in a certain job and know the subject very well then you will do better.
Writing about the best mortgages, loans and credit cards are easier for those who deal with it every day. But if you are not an expert by all means give the subject a try.
5. Articles About The Internet
How the internet works is a very broad subject but if you hit the right niche then you are on your way to earning a good income online. You are obviously able to use the internet and have a good knowledge of how a computer works. Do not make the mistake that everyone is at your level.
You know how to do many things on the internet but others may only be starting and need help. If you are good at writing simple clear instructions then use that teaching gift to write lots of simple answers that give the reader exactly what they are looking for.
Articles About Google and Facebook
These can do well or drop like a stone. Solve the readers problems and you are usually on to a winning profitable article. The Money per click on these types of hubs are very good. But there is a lot of competition for these subjects. Try them out and write your own slant on these subjects. You may just get lucky and hit on a one that gets up there high on the search engines. If you do then these types of articles are well worth the research and time
Facebook and Google+ games are free so there are millions of readers using them every day. If you play any of these games then write about them. Give your tips and short cuts to each level. Solve problems for your readers and review lots of other games too. These hubs will certainly get you readers and they tend to click on the Google Adverts which will be targeted at their interests in the internet gaming world.
8. Health Articles
The list of articles about health issues is infinite. This subject is very well paid and readers are always looking for answers on the internet. Okay you are more than likely not a doctor or an expert on health but that does not stop you writing about it. You or a close family member is bound to have come across some illness so that makes you qualified to write about it. Tell your story of a disease you have come across and beaten or one that you have to live with daily.
If someone has just been diagnosed with a particular health problem then they will be searching the internet for answers. Not only will they want the doctors and expert opinions they will be looking for stories of what people have done to either beat it or how they cope in their every day life. The Google adverts will still be about the particular health issue and readers of these types of articles will keep clicking on these adverts for more information.
6. Writing Personal Stories and Memories
These types of articles will get you lots of readers. Depending which keywords you use they can also be profitable. They are easier to write because we all have memories good or bad and they can be written quite quickly without any research time. I have written about my experiences as a child and emigrating to Australia and also wrote two more articles on that subject but using my mother and fathers memories too.
These articles are extremely popular. Recipes can earn you plenty of money from Google adverts. I write a lot of recipes because I love to cook and bake most of my own food. You can adapt these recipes to suit the season or holiday you are targeting. If you are not a great cook yourself you could always ask a family member to allow you to take photos of them cooking something and then write your recipe
9. Travel Articles
These pay very well because if someone is thinking of going on holiday to a certain place they want to read about it first. Write about the places you have visited and add lots of photos and videos. If you do not have your own videos get some from YouTube. From now on when you are own holiday always take photos for future articles. These will not be holiday snaps but photos of the attractions and hotel rooms etc.
One of the best way to start writing travel articles is to sit back and think about where you live. Write about it for the tourist market. Take photos and videos too. You may be very surprised at how many people will be interested. The adverts on these articles will be hotels and flights so if you get a reader to click on one of them you will be earning money.
10. Selling Products Online
You can earn money by selling products online. Amazon is the company I use and they always pay on time.
Go to their site and join for free. Once the company has had a look at your site they will accept you and send you an affiliate code number. Then you can sign in to get the HTML codes you need for your own sites or blogs. There are many codes to choose from and amazon automatically shows ads that relate to your chosen subject.
With the writing site Hubpages it is slightly different. You add your affiliate code number by editing your Profile. Then when you write an article you add an Amazon advert by hand. You choose what you want to advertise on each article. If you sell something you will get a commission. It starts from 4% of the purchase price and goes up with the more sales you make.
Amazon Sales Articles
You have to be clever when writing these. An out and out sales advert is no good. People will click away from it because they will see it as such. I am a great fan of the TV Show Doctor Who. I know every episode inside out. So I wrote one article for each season. I gave a synopsis of each episode without giving away any spoilers.
I also wrote about the extras that each DVD Box set contained. I have sold many DVD box sets of Doctor Who because of these articles. If you buy anything yourself like laptops, cameras, cellphones etc then write about them. Make sure to take photos of the packaging it came in and the item itself. Tell your readers what you think about the purchase stating the good and bad points. Make your articles personal recommendations and you will see sales mount up.
Finding Your Niche Market
Earning a good income will not happen over night. It requires time and effort to become a successful writer online. You will not be able to get every single article you write to become an internet success. You might write one that goes viral and is a great earner.
It does happen but it also can be that your article is not getting many readers and is way down on the search engine pages. Do not be discouraged. There a many reasons for this and most of them are fixable.
Knowledge is Power
Know your SEO, your Niche Markets and what Topics are working for you. You must have a very good knowledge of grammar and spelling and the ability to engage your reader in your topic. If some articles are not earning you money then try to rewrite or change the title. Edit it again and add more information.
Making Money From Home Online
I did not start to earn any decent money online until after six months and over fifty articles. Those articles along with newer ones now earn me a steady monthly income. It is always more fun and a lot easier to write about your favourite interests.
If you are lucky then one of these subjects could be a good money earner. There are so many ideas all around you that you are probably not aware of. You now have to think as a writer.
Before the internet came along it was near impossible to make money as a writer. Apart from the very talented and lucky few most of us could not earn much. That has all changed now with the internet.
If the writer is prepared to learn and follow a few basic internet rules then it is possible for them to join the growing number of writers who make money online.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on September 18, 2020:
Hello Afeefa, I am glad you found the article helpful
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on May 11, 2020:
Thank you success79 I am glad you found the article useful. Yes Carrie it would be great to be able to write as a fulltime job, My dream too
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 17, 2020:
Thank you for this informative hub :) One day I hope to quit my day job and write for a living :)
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 15, 2020:
Hello Anita, I am glad the article was of some help, thanks
Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on January 14, 2020:
Super hub. So much info. Thanks
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on January 14, 2020:
Hello Michelle, yes writing on a variety of subjects is best for me too. I have a lot of seasonal articles that do very well during those holidays. I then have other evergreen articles that make money all year round. Taking your own photos is always best too.
Michelle Thelen from Chapel Hill, NC on January 05, 2020:
This is very useful info. I like the variety of topics and that appeals to me because it's fun to switch things up and write about something new and different. I'm also motivated to write about the Durham - Chapel Hill area where I live and take some pictures.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on May 07, 2018:
Hello Scott, yes I agree. Also some topics get a lot more traffic than others. Articles on dogs, How To and recipes are my best paying niches.
Scott Gese on April 19, 2018:
I've found the biggest hurdle in writing articles is coming up with topics to write about. My guess is most people deal with this.
I appreciate the information.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 04, 2018:
Hello Anita that is a photo I took of the Grand Canyon.
Thank you Lorraine I am glad you liked the article
Lorraine Kavedza Bruna from Nairobi on March 01, 2018:
Nice. Thank you!
Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on June 11, 2017:
Lovely and informative article Nadine. Thank you. What an amazing photo of a building right on the edge of a cliff. Where was this taken?
Kegesa Danvas from Kenya on May 06, 2017:
This is an excellent article. I also make money online doing a lot of things. I create nice websites, write good articles and ebooks.
I now need to diversify my niche markets and consider health and animal-related blogs.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on November 23, 2015:
Glad to see you back writing again. Sometimes I too get that turn against writing articles but usually after a while the enthusiasm comes back
Dale Mazurek from Canada on August 13, 2015:
WOW!!!I'm once again getting excited about writing....I don't know why I lost my edge and my love for sooo long...but I did....no sense dwelling though....I'm back and will be better....cheers on such a great hib
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 21, 2015:
That is a shame about the situation in your state with Amazon. It must be very frustrating for you. It is hard enough to make some money from our articles without one of the ways being blocked.
Thank you Karen for taking the time to leave a comment
Karen Hellier from Georgia on March 30, 2015:
Very good article. I live in a state that prohibits me from being an Amazon affiliate and I am so disappointed in that. I could be earning a lot of money from Amazon and my writing. Thanks for these tips.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on November 28, 2014:
A How To article can be popular and get lots of readers. Writing about the things you know best is always another good move.
Thank you chowchowgirl for taking the time to leave a comment
Randi Simon-Serey from Ohio on September 20, 2014:
Nice to read this! The positive reinforcement gives us a push to keep going! Thanks.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on February 28, 2014:
vbchica14 Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Yes it is only when you sit down and write a list of the things that you like doing or reading about that all these ideas for articles come to you. I am glad to be of help with this list.
Glenn Stok Thanks for dropping by. Yes some of those ideas I have written about and they are good earners. Answering a question does get an article a lot more readers
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on February 14, 2014:
You gave many great ideas that work well for making money. I have written hubs on several of these topics and the one thing they have in common that works is exactly what you said... "Solve the readers problems."
Maya Frances on November 30, 2013:
Great info. I'm bookmarking this article for the next time I need inspiration about what to write about.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on May 02, 2012:
The best advice and most common given to writers is to write what you know. This shows in the writing and the reader also benefit.
prasetio30- The video of the woman who earns over $5,000 a month writing online is very good, I agree. She has lots of very informative videos online on You Tube for new writers. She is very helpful and inspiring.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 17, 2012:
Very inspiring hub. MY favorite topic is travel, health, and something unique around us. Thanks for writing and share with us. I really enjoy the video above. Voted up. Take care and success for you!
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 17, 2012:
AshWin77, New online writers need to be encouraged and letting them know how other writers are doing can be helpful. But I always tell it how it is!
Not a quick or easy way to earn money but great if you love writing.
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment
AshWin77 from India on April 17, 2012:
It is an inspiring article for new writers, keep it up :-)
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 16, 2012:
christin53. Yes it is important for new online writers not to get disheartened and give up too soon. Once they write a few dozen hubs and start to earn money then the long hours will be worth it.
GDiBiase, Writing can be a great business to get into once you have learned the internet ropes and love writing.
It is a bonus that you have subjects which you are knowledgeable about because this shows in your writing and it saves you time on too much research.
Good luck with your new career, it is well work the time you are putting into it now!
GDiBiase from Portland, ME on April 16, 2012:
Thanks for an informative hub. Its always great to hear what I am thinking is true. I have a number of topics, which I am somewhat versed in which I write my hubs about. Thank you so much for putting into words what has worked for you. Now that I do not work outside my home any longer, I treat my hubpages like my business and am putting copious time and energy into it, knowing to be somewhat patient and very focused on my goal.
Ann-Christin from UK on April 15, 2012:
Very informative for a beginner thanks. Voted up
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on April 07, 2012:
Hello Seanorjohn, yes I am afraid writing a lot of articles on a few subjects is the way to make money on HubPages or any other writing site. I hope you got around to baking my soda bread recipe and you enjoyed it.
Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment and vote
seanorjohn on March 11, 2012:
Some great advice.Unfortunately I am a bit of a slacker. 15 hubs in three years is not the way to go. This year I must start putting some of this into practice. I guess I could go down the seasonal route this Christmas. Going to try your soda bread recipe today. Guess I'm more of a baker than moneymaker. Voted up
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on March 05, 2012:
Bob, yes I agree that to earn a decent income online it does take hard work but I enjoy it too. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment
vespawoolf, yes I have written on a few writing sites but find HubPages the best. It is very user friendly and the other writers here are great for help and support.
Thanks for leaving a comment and the votes
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 05, 2012:
Awesome hub, and a nice review of all the topics that can earn money. HP is a great place to gain experience, get feedback and continue learning. Voted up and awesome!
diogenes on March 05, 2012:
Well constructed article packed with useful information to help the hubbing effort.
I have started making a few sheckels each month from Google and I could do a lot more but am a lazy retired writer who doesn't need the money to the extent i want to battle to get it.