How to make money as a writer

Statistics show that writers and authors can make over $50,000 a year. This is approximately over £38,000 annually. But with a lot of hard work and well-structured systems, I believe freelance writers can make so much more than that.

Writers are always in demand for so many different projects like writing whitepapers, blog posts, copy or even to ghostwrite a book. You can increase your earning potential by combing different kinds of writing in your portfolio. This makes you more likely to be hired as companies would rather hire someone who is able to handle different kinds of writing to meet their needs.


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Although there are so many ways writers can make money, I narrowed them down to these 3 that you can use to start earning money right away.


  1. Start a blog

Blogging is one of the most popular ways of making money as a writer. It’s not surprising as many people spend time reading blogs for a variety of reasons. Many read blogs to get personal advice, read product reviews, or learn about what’s trending in the industry.

There are many ways you can earn money as a blogger. One of those ways is to have Google AdSense set up on your blog. This is the easiest way to make money from your blog. You get paid based on the number of impressions your ad gets. So the more visitors who come to your blog, the more money you make.

However, you can earn more money from ads when you collaborate with a company and offer to put up their ads on your blog for a fee.

Another way to make money from your blog is through affiliate links. You may write about products or service that you like and get paid every time your readers click on the affiliate link.

If you’re not a fan of having ads on your blog, you can create a membership platform where subscribers can have access to your exclusive content for a fee. You may also create and sell a digital product like an e-course, ebook or online workshop that people can pay you for.


  1. Dive into copywriting

If you’re great at writing persuasive content that motivates people to buy things, then copywriting is just for you. Copywriters create marketing content for ad campaigns, websites and social media. Copywriters are always in demand. Their job is to write content that sells.

As a copywriter, you may decide to work for yourself as a freelance copywriter. Or you can work as an in-house copywriter for a company or ad agency. In such a case you are stuck to a fixed salary, unlike a freelance copywriter who can determine their own income.


  1. Write for publications that pay

Believe it or not, there are so many publications out there that pay writers for their articles. Magazines, newspapers, journals and online publications are constantly looking for original content that will peak the interest of their readers. The rates for such publications vary between £50 to as high as £500 per article.

Most times such publications require that you pitch your article ideas to them. If they like it, they’ll give you the go-ahead to write the article. Some allow you to write a draft of the article.


Do you make money as a writer? Please sound off in the comments section below.


48 responses

  1. Thank you for the useful info 🙂 Do you know of some copywritting or publications job opening?
    I actually know all of the information in your post but I cannot find the actual job openings and I’ve searched many times before…

    • Hi Alice. what don’t you like about LinkedIn? The reason I am asking is because I have found clients on LinkedIn when I was freelancing, I can help you connect with potential clients who are looking for copywriters. I’ve also found clients on Google plus. One of the keys to success on these sites is participating in the forums.

      What type of clients are you looking for?

      • I am just not keen on using so many social networks, that’s all. 🙂 Any kind of client – from blog writing, content marketing, curriculum writing, online teaching or training teachers to train online. Everything except ghostwriting books and poems. I want to keep my name on my future writings, that’s all. Thank you for your help again 🙂

  2. I like your first point about how to make money blogging. I don’t really like the phrase “play the devil’s advocate” but I will use it, for lack of a better term. Let me play the devil’s advocate for a bit here; and say while blogging is a great idea, you need to have top notch writing, and have an interesting POV, and because there are so many interesting blogs out there, bloggers really need to work hard to stand out from the pack. No one starts out earning money from a blog right away, it takes time.

    • I agree. It took me many years to start making a steady income from my blog. It definitely takes time, a lot of work and a bit of luck.

  3. This is a really great article. Sometimes I feel that blogging can be such a cut throat world with no real insight to how to monetize. This is a helpful post and will definitely inspire people to work hard toward their goals

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and we feel delighted that we are on track with our blog in place, we published our travelogue and have written for paid publications! We will be looking up your resources on making money through your blog as that is on the list now!

  5. I used to do the last one. That was my job back then, contributing in publications. Now, I do some freelance copywriting and I blog. That’s how I earn.

  6. Your post is very motivational. It almost allows people to realize the importance of discussing and writing about the things that they are passionate about.
    This could be a combination of things, that way they could really stand-out from the crowd.

    Thanks for sharing, we will take some of your insights to carve out a piece of that blog money making pie!

  7. I would love to earn MORE money with my writing! I had a job as a journalist for 8 years, before I moved into marketing. Now I do less paid writing, but I do have my blog, so I’m still writing as a hobby x

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  9. Nice article enjoyed your resources. I’m looking to start a copy writing career, freelance. Do u have any specific tips for new writers who want to write fulltime

    • Oh good you are. Register with People per hour, Upwork and the likes. Start a blog and advertise your services on there and social media platforms. Good luck.

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