In order to be successful in anything you do, you must take a professional approach. It is no less so for online writing. In fact, because you will not be in a business office environment, scrutinized by a manager, or assisted by colleagues, it is even more necessary to be professional in your attitude, and get organized.
Organization is not just keeping your desk tidy, or setting aside a time of day to undertake the production of articles. An holistic approach must be implemented, that is if you want to make a success of what you are about to undertake.
The 5 essential tasks are in fact just the headings for that which you must implement. They are the cornerstones of any successful business. You are now in business, for yourself. They are:
- Analyze and adjust
- Rinse and repeat
Pretty straightforward really. No rocket science here. You pretty much do this already: in your head. The most important advice I can give you at this point is that you must formalize these tasks.
- Making a plan does not mean "I'll do that next", it means structuring your business to achieve success: not to stave off failure.
- Doing research does not mean just read what others have written, and rehash it with different noise words. It means the production of evidence, investigation, questioning, reviewing, implementing that which is right and throwing away that which is wrong.
- Writing does not mean sitting down and typing without knowing what your intro, middle and conclusion will be. You must plan what it is you are to write. Organizing it so that it flows in a logical sequence. Optimize it so that it has the best chance of success.
- Analyzing and adjusting is not just being reactive to major external pressures, it is also the tweaking of content such that it performs better - you will never get it exactly right first time.
- Rinse and repeat does mean taking everything you have learned and implementing the best bits and removing the bits that did not work for you.
It is then that you sit down to write. With a sound plan to hand, and knowledge about your subject. You can now let your creative juices flow: create the masterpiece - even if it is only 400 words you are producing. For maximum success, the less you write, the more crafted, and succinct, it must be. No superfluous chit-chat or extraneous joining words. Straight to the point: Bang!
Thanks, I found this article very useful, and so are the additional links. I hope I will improve my first-time on-line writing experience.
@Tim - there are many good platforms on which to write. It is a matter of personal preference which you decide is the most appropriate for your genre of writing, or the available monetizing opportunities available to you on each. If you do not have Adsense then your options are limited.
Wizzley, in my opinion has the best and most diversified of monetizing options. It is therefore open and available to the majority.
You should not take my word for it, but I have stopped writing at HP until such time as they show some capability of alleviating the problems they see themselves in.
And yes you should diversify as much as possible. Both with regard to writing platforms, as well as for your monetizing options. Adsense is not the only game in town. You should try to write for affiliate programs such as Amazon, and if you do decide that Wizzley is a place for you, you should take every advantage offered you with the VigLink / Wizzley collaboration. This I do not believe is available anywhere else. It is probably your best and easiest way of making your writing future profitable, in the shortest time - if you do it right.
Keep an eye out for my next Wizer article which is about the way to set your VigLink affiliation up just right.
Thanks for the informative article. I am very new to writing online. Wizzley seems an excellent place to start. I also hear about the importance of diversity; should I consider writing on Squidoo as well. Presumably not HP as it seems no longer in favour.
@Yeirl - be afraid....be very afraid!
Honestly though, the buzz word here is ..................application.
Apply the principles and the rest will fall into place.
Very thorough...but scary... Thanks anyway.
@Jean I have never liked the concept of 400 word articles unless they are throwaway items for me where I am not writing for others, just for me to get something off my chest. I know my style did not suit HP because, if the reader read my article there was little chance for them to see the ads. At Wizzley that is different, the ads move down the page as the reader moves. They are always just a glance away.
As for how to migrate from HP - you always need to diversify - I am going through the same quandary. My solution at the moment, is to write parallel articles, completely different in content but covering the same subject, and testing to see which platform performs the best for me. The first of that article pair will be complete today.
The method suggested to you may well work. It would be best to test the concept out on one hub, and then see how you feel about it, and how it performs. My initial thought is that it is difficult enough to get one click-through let alone 2. That said I do link to my websites and they do receive click-throghs, so I suppose it does work.
If you want to discuss anything please go ahead, I will try to assist, especially if you decide that Wizzley is a good place to write, and sign up from the banner on any of my wizers.
Best wishes whatever you do.
Thanks for the very informative article. You put more time into this than most people put into the pieces they write, and it's a very comprehensive plan. I like to write, and think I'm a decent writer. I don't have the computer skills though. I began on hubpages, like many here. I know more now than I did before, but mostly make money from their HP program, not SEO. I want to make my own blog, but struggle with the idea, I'm not sure if I can do it. But I don't want to be subject to ever changing rules either. I understand about transferring the hubs. I'm leaving most of them there, just rewriting them, I found my voice there. Well, I had a voice, it just took time for me to write in it! You'll still be making money on them. I was also advised to leave part of each hub on HP, and then say, "If you want to read more, go to ---my blog.) That seems like it would annoy people, so I'm up in the air. Best wishes and I will come back to this.
The start of a series, but it may be a while until the next one arrives as I am considering transferring all my hubs here. Big decision. Hope I can fit in the time to create something to complement this article.
Thanks for yours comments
Writing online is difficult but you have outlined many key points to help new writers like me. I will return again and again as the information in your article is very good. Thank you.