If you’ve spent any time on YouTube in the last year, you have undoubtedly seen the infamous gurus selling their next money making scheme.
“Guys! If you give me 45 seconds I’ll show you how I made over $20,000 in one month selling wolf mugs!”
“Hey I’m just chilling here in front of my lamborghini. I bet you’re wondering how I got it. Now I want to share that secret with you…”
The truth is that some of these gurus’ methods actually work.
What they don’t explain to you is that it’s not easy. It is not a get rich quick scheme that will have you up and making millions in a few weeks. It takes hard work, diligence, and sustained effort, much like any business.
Now, I’m not here to explain to you how to start a shopify store or Amazon FBA business. What I am going to explain is how you can start making money online in a legitimate way that offers real value to clients.
What I’m talking about is:
Copywriting and Blog Articles
Can you read? If you’re here now, then yes. Can you write? I would hope so.
Copywriting is the act of writing text for the purpose of advertising or other forms of marketing. In other words, copywriting is writing stuff that brings attention to or helps sell some product or service.
Anytime you read information on a website regarding some product or service, this is Copy and some copywriter out there is paid to do it.
So why does that concern me?
Well, if you know the English language and know to how put in some elbow work, you can make some good money in a relatively short amount of time.
I’ve made thousands of dollars with these writing gigs and it has helped me tremendously in understanding how marketing works and how to press those psychological buttons that get people to click “buy now.”
How To Make Money Writing Copy
Step 1. Understand Copy
First things first. You need to understand what copy is and how it works. An excellent website and probably the holy grail of information regarding copy is on this website, Coppy Blogger. Read through this and get a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into.
Step 2. Write Copy
Like anything that you want to be good at, you need to practice. A good way to get your feet wet is to think about different topics that you can write 500 words on. Pick 5 topics and write 5 articles about these specific topics.
When I was starting out, I wrote up some articles on Tabata training, a guide on how to eat healthily, and an article on HDR photography. These articles weren’t published anywhere but the point was to practice writing consumable content for the masses. These samples can later be used to show clients examples of your work and writing style.
Step 3. Find Clients
After you’ve written a few examples you need to put yourself out there. Create a profile on Upwork.com and use your flowery writing skill to write up an epic profile. Delve into your skills and what value you can provide to the client.
This is where “fake it until you make it” really comes into play. You’ve got to be able to sell yourself. It might feel scary at first but you’re not going to be charging a large price at first anyway.
Starting out, I was charging about $15 per hour or $15 per 500 word article. This is a good starting point as it’s not so low that people think you have poor quality but rather it’s seen as an affordable price for high volume work.
One of my best clients I had paid me to write Amazon Product Descriptions and would send them out in large numbers. Each one I would get paid around $25, so some days I could pull in $200 from the convenience of my laptop.
This is the kind of work you want to get if you want to make this a long term money making gig.
Step 4. Rinse & Repeat
This is probably the most important step. Many people get discouraged when they don’t land a job right away. It takes real diligence and hard work, just like any other job.
When I first got on Upwork I had zero reviews. I would dedicate each day to filling out or proposing to at least 10 job openings. Over time, I started getting people to respond and finally snagged my first paying client.
It takes some time but when you get it to work it can be a great way to make some extra money online. In fact, some people who REALLY love writing, do this full time and make over 6 figures per year.
If you’re looking to start making money online then copywriting, blog articles, and other online writing jobs can be a great way to start making cash quickly.
I started doing this with relatively no experience and was able to generate thousands of dollars in a few months.
Of course, one has to be motivated and diligent enough to make it work but I would argue that it’s much easier to get up and running than a Shopify dropshipping business.
If you know English and have a drive to succeed, there’s no reason why you can’t make money doing this.
If you have any questions about copywriting, SEO articles, or blog writing, drop a comment below and let me know what you’re thinking!