Let’s be honest – the majority of writers on article sites are there to make money. Are you? If the answer is yes, then you are likely interested in learning ways to make more money from your articles, right? I mean, would you rather write 100 articles and make $100 or would you rather write 10 articles and make $100. Or how about more than that?
Sounds good doesn’t it.
Well, the fact of the matter is that people who write and run make less money than people who put a great deal of thought into their articles. So, I’m going to give you 25 tips to think about that will help you make more money with your articles!
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This is the first step. If you really want to make great money with articles, stop thinking volume and start thinking quality. There’s lots of reasons to publish epic posts. One of the biggest reasons is that Google loves epic. Short posts might get indexed by Google by where are they placed in search results? Google loves articles and posts that have lots of content so stop thinking about hitting the minimum word count and aim for articles that have lots of information on a well-defined topic.
The higher the Google SERP position, the more content the page has. Notice that every one of these first page results has content exceeding 2,000 words.
This is so logical – the more words on a page, the more chances that you have to be indexed by Google. Instead of writing 400 words about one keyword, implement variations of that keyword, related phrases, synonymous phrases, and more.
As Patel points out, these things are just the beginning of the benefits of longer posts. You’ll also find that you get shared more and you’ll likely get linked to – naturally! – more often, too.
2. Include pictures
One of the biggest factors that encourages social sharing of media is visual content – i.e. pictures. It goes without saying that a post without pictures is just boring to look at, but how are people going to share it if there are no visuals worth sharing?
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There are so many social sites where people share things that interest them and provide value and almost all of them are dependent upon visuals. There are a few that are not dependent on pictures (like Twitter) but even those are enhanced by them. The quality of your words might hit home with someone and encourage them to share socially but if there are no pictures to include with their share, they are likely to change their mind. And if they do share it anyway, even without pictures, less people are likely to click-through without that visual to entice them.
3. Quote an expert
Chances are, what you are writing about is not totally new under the sun. You’re likely basing your knowledge on your studies, things you’ve read, and other information that you have acquired – from other people! You can give your articles more weight and trust by quoting expert sources.
There are two ways to do this:
Provide a quote from something they wrote. Note what I did up there mentioning Neil Patel and linking to his blog article? That’s good. A line or two of text from a blog quote is a perfectly acceptable way of quoting an expert – as long as it is only a line or two and as long as you link back to the original source.
Contact a couple experts and ask them for a quote.
Of course, you could think creatively and get more than one quote from an expert by utilizing social media. Go to Twitter and ask a question. @ mention people you’re especially interested in hearing from. Write a short blog post on the topic and ask people to comment. Send experts a link to your blog post and tell them you’d be especially interested in hearing their take on it in the comments. What else could you do?
4. Know Your Audience
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Let’s face it, too many people write without actually knowing who they are writing for. That’s how the Internet gets clogged up with a lot of useless information that no one is looking for or that is getting into the wrong hands.
Who would be looking for an article such as the one that you are writing? Men? Women? Truck drivers? Don’t say “anyone” because that means that you really don’t know who you’re writing for.
Consider your audience and ask some questions about them:
Do they have money to spend? How much? How often?
Are they just starting to learn about your topic or do they already have some knowledge about it?
What are their goals?
What kind of education do they have?
Are they looking for education, entertainment, or something else?
5. Use social media
If you’re not using social media, you’re missing out on opportunities to get more traffic to your articles. Despite what others may tell you though, you don’t have to use them all. First, consider the type of articles that you write. Some social media networks are better than others for different types of content so consider your audience.
So, if you are writing for a primarily female audience, Pinterest might be the best social network for you to focus on.
Whatever network(s) you choose to use, spend some time learning the ins and outs of the media. What are the best practices? What kind of content gets viewed most? What content gets shared most? How can you get the most impact from it? There are loads of sites out there providing targeted information on pretty much every social network that exists so do your homework.
6. Notify people you’ve quoted
Don’t wait for people that you’ve quoted or mentioned to find your article. Yes, they may have a Google Alert on their name or they might search their names in quotes and find your article. But don’t wait for that to happen. Send them a quick email.
I’ve really enjoyed a lot of your writing and have found it very informative. Thanks so much for that.
I wanted to let you know that I quoted you in one of my recent articles and I thought you might like to check it out. Here’s a link: http://listofied.com/top-tips-make-more-money-from-your-articles
That’s all. Compliment them. Let them know you mentioned them or quoted them. If they like what you’ve written, they may share it on their own social networks.
7. Fill out your profile page
My profile page – hmmm – needs some filling out!
Whether you’re writing on a blog or an article writing site like this one, make sure that your profile/author page is set up. On this site, you have a profile page where you can include links to your social media sites, information about yourself, and your latest posts. This profile page can be included in your bio at the bottom of the article. If you want to encourage others to read more of your work, make sure your profile page is filled out completely.
When people like your articles they’ll want more. If you have your profile filled out it will be so much easier for them to find more writing by you. If not – well, it won’t take long before they give up and move on.
8. Include actionable content
People like it when they are encouraged to take action on something. It could be something simple like encouraging them to comment or share your post. But think outside the box. You can encourage them to take action on things that will immediately benefit them.
Take 5 minutes right now and brainstorm 5 ideas for an article you could write to test out these tips.
Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
Go do it now!
See? Actionable content.
9. Link to other great content
Did you know that when you link to other blog or article content that it can enhance your article? Don’t just link to anyone though. Link to blog posts or articles that are highly relevant to what you are writing about. Link to authoritative people that have written great content that can increase your readers’ value.
Not only does this provide benefits for the readers, but many bloggers and article writers get notified when someone links to them.
10. Use affiliate links
If the site you are writing for allows you to use affiliate links, do it! The links your provide to products or services can increase your earnings on your articles. If you choose relevant, quality products, it an also add value to your article for your readers.
There are many affiliate programs that you can use. One of the most popular programs is Amazon. If you are allowed to use Amazon in your area (there are some states in the United States that are not allowed to) it is a good program to use because the Amazon name is trusted and people do not usually mind being directed to it. But there are other good affiliate programs that you can use, too. I like to use Share-A-Sale – they have some great products on their network. There’s also Commission Junction. Many major retailers, like Wal-Mart and Target, have their own affiliate programs, too.
You can use affiliate links in two main ways:
Include a contextual link to the product in the body of your text (that means that a word or phrase is linked to the product without specifically telling the reader to go visit the link).
Include a picture of the product and link to it.
11. Link to other articles you’ve written on the site
Most sites allow you to link to other articles that you have written on that site, so take advantage of that. Make sure you’re linking to something that is relevant and related to the topic that you are writing on. Don’t go overboard. One or two other articles that you’ve written are usually lots. You can also link to things that others on the site have written. It doesn’t have to be something of your own. Internal linking is good and is something that search engines tend to like.
12. Create an infographic
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People love infographics. Infographics are a visual presentation of a very targeted set of data or information. Infographics can get loads of shares. They can increase traffic to your articles. They provide value. What more could you ask?
Infographics don’t have to be big and filled with loads of detail. They can be small and include just a few important points from your article, like the one to your right.
Make sure that you include a link back to your original article so that people who want to know more about the topic can easily find your article. Include the infographic in your article, too – people will be more likely to share it and link back to you.
You may think that making an infographic is too complicated but it’s not really – not when there are so many tools out there to help you. Here’s a few ways you can create an infographic:
Audioboo.com is a fun way of creating audio files and podcasts that you can include in your articles and that are very shareable. They are another way of adding extra value to your article and blog post content. You don’t need to have special equipment but a good microphone can be helpful. Mention the url of your article in your audioboo at the beginning and the end so people can easily come and find it when they want more information. You can even create several audioboos that expand on your content or that covers just a single topic of your article.
14. Create a video
People love to share videos so take a few minutes to put one together. Plan what you want to say ahead of time and practice it so it sounds great. Get dolled up and get in front of the camera and be you. Alternatively, if you have being in front of the camera you could do a screencast using a program like Screencast-o-matic.com.
Once you’ve created your video you can:
add it to your article
add it to YouTube
add it to DailyMotion
add it to Vimeo
share it on social media
share a portion of it on Instagram
15. Create a slide presentation for SlideShare
Use PowerPoint or Google Documents to create a slide presentation. You don’t have to be a whiz at it to create something simple and nice that covers some of the key points in your article. Make sure to include a link to your article so people can find it easily. Add it to SlideShare.com.
16. Create a Prezi presentation
Want a little more creativity than PowerPoint has to offer? Head over to Prezi.com and have fun creating a presentation that will really wow your readers. I’ve had lots of fun doing these before. Check out the video of this Prezi presentation that I did years ago:
Create document based on something that is already in your article. For example, if I was going to create a document to promote this post, I might write about how you can earn money with article writing or how to create a PowerPoint Infographic. Aim for something that is around 2000 words. Give it a nice cover, format it properly, include some pictures, and upload it to Smashwords.com as a free product. At the end of the document, you can include a bio about yourself and…yes, a link to your epic article!
18. Put that document on Scribd
Scribd.com is another place where you can upload documents and offer them to people for free. Links in the document are clickable so you can use that to direct people back to your main article.
19. Share your article again after time has passed
If you’ve been putting the previous information to use, some time has likely passed. After a week or so, don’t be afraid to use your social media networks to share your article again. There’s likely lots of people that missed it the first time!
20. Tweet at people that you have linked to and mentioned
Did you get on Twitter and tweet at people that you linked to, quoted, or mentioned in your article? If you haven’t yet, this would be a good time to do it.
Here’s a tip that lots of people don’t know…
When you tweet at someone, don’t start your post with @yourexpert – instead start your post with some text. Why? Because then not only will people that you follow be able to see your tweet, but people that follow your expert will see it, too, giving you more exposure. If you put @yourexpert at the beginning of the tweet only people who follow both you AND the expert will be able to see the tweet.
21. Contact people in your network that do Link Ups
Link Ups are blog posts or articles that primarily link to other people. They usually have a theme of some sort like social media or family recipes or Pinterest crafts. Get to know people in your niche that do link ups. Connect with them on social media first and make some contact with them. Once you’ve established a connection, you can contact people that do link ups and suggest your post to them.
22. Look up great hashtags to use
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If you’re using social media you should be using hashtags. And I’m not just talking about Twitter (although that is a great start). Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram all use hashtags, too. These are words or phrases that have a hashtag symbol in front of the like this: #usehashtags
When they are used on social media, they become clickable and will lead viewers to more information on that topic.
There are lots of sites where you can find Twitter hashtags but you can find hastags on other sites simply by searching for them and seeing how many people are using them. If not many people are using a hashtag it’s not likely going to get much traffic for you. Look for hashtags that are being used often but keep them relevant to your post.
23. Create your own info product to sell
Why sell other people’s products on your articles when you could be linking to your own products? You can create ebooks, digital downloads, or even physical products on sites like CafePress or Zazzle.
Creating an info product or products takes time but it can sell over and over and over again and that’s a good time investment!
24. Update your article with new info
Do you know what is one thing that Google loves – maybe even more than lengthy, in-depth articles? Fresh content. That means content that has been updated with new information. Add some interesting news. Add a picture. Add a video. Add something to your article and then update it. When you update your article, the search engines will be notified and they’ll come and check it out. When they check it out, you should see a nice little bump in your placement in the search engines. On top of that, it gives you a good excuse to share your article again so you can let people know that you’ve updated it.
I know one writer who does this with one article that she has on HubPages. She updates her article, changes the picture to reflect the number of points in the article, re-pins, shares, and gets more traffic from both social media and search engines. She’s made several hundreds of dollars on that one article!
25. Put that document you created on Sellfy.com and give it whatever price point you like but offer a discount of 100% to anyone that tweets it or shares it on Facebook.
Sellfy.com is a site where you can sell your digital products so it would be a great place for that info product you might have created. But you can also give people the option to get a discount for a tweet or a Facebook share. Once they tweet or share, the discount will be applied. If you give them a 100% discount for tweeting or sharing, you’ll get your document into the hands of your readers and you’ll get social media love and more people will be exposed to it.