When I started writing my only objective was to kill some time and learn to write. But trust me I didn’t even know when this blog would start making money online for me.
Money making through blog is an involuntary action.
Being a blogger, I can relate myself easily with you. Just like you, I had some questions in the beginning. Please continue reading if you have the same questions.
Do these money making platforms work?
What if I submitted my hard work and not get paid?
Am I going to be a part of an online scam?
Can someone help me to find the best platform to make money online?
6 years ago my best friend started working online through various platforms considering he will start making money.
It’s human nature when you find one tool to work you automatically start searching for other similar platforms.
He started with Elance (Now Upwork). After a long effort, he managed to get some data entry job and the first client ditched him and ran away with $300. It was a lot of money at that time.
Later he tried and found many microblogging platforms but nothing worked. But I am sure about one thing that he learnt how to make money online.
Now he has more than 400 clients across the globe.
Moral of the story Keep trying and when you finally find the platform you need, then stick to it and invest time rather wandering here and there on the internet.
One of the biggest challenges of being a writer is to constantly look for websites or platforms which pay you for your writing pieces.
There are a lot of websites available today which will offer you opportunities to write for them but eventually end up paying you less than you deserve.
When I discovered this, I vowed to create an exhaustive list of such platforms and share it with my readers. I have a hands-on experience of all the best tools to make money online platforms am listing below. Hope it helps you narrow down your search.
I recently came across this website through the sponsored FB ads. Nice idea for them to promote it since it is still very new to a lot of writers. I immediately signed up on Contentmart. This is a platform where writers and clients collaborate.
Writers can take up a project and be paid for it. It works on the bidding system. Initially, it asks you for an English test and only when you clear the beginner’s test, are you allowed to bid. The bidding process is very simple here and I have seen people leave one-liners as well as their bidding pitches. It’s very easy to land up projects here.
However, the only thing I did not like here was that the clients usually ask for a sample on the topic given by them, even though you have uploaded your portfolio.
I suspected that they plan to use your sample instead of hiring you. Beware of this practice.
Also, the majority of clients are Indian and pay less. Sigh!
Rating: 3/5-They pay way too less for a higher rating.
Blogmint is a wonderful platform I have used it in the past. Blogmint is a platform specially designed to bring brands and influencers at one place. Through this platform not only is your writing skills put at the test but also your social media presence. You can link your Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts to your Blogmint account. For complete review read here.
Blogmint runs regular campaigns for the influencers (people like you and me). If you participate in the campaigns, the brand goes through your social media portfolio first. If they like it, then they award you the project. Some examples of the campaigns they run are “Write ten motivational tweets which can increase engagement and link it to our brand of ABC sports shoes”, “Write a blog about XYZ decor services”, etc.
One of the catches of Blogmint is that you get a chance to work with Big Brands like Shopperstop, JCB, Bluehost etc.
I personaly liked it’s campaigns however you really have to wait for the right one which suits your needs. The frequency of the campaigns is low to intermediate and that can be a challenge.
I would highly recommend Blogmint for the newbies as from the very first day you start making money.
The day I signed up got my first ‘tweet’ project. Feel free to write if you need any help.
Rating: 4/5- For the quality of projects they have.
I came across Writerbay by chance and the “curious me” just couldn’t wait to get started. I signed up for it and then something vast lay infront of me. Writerbay is a platform for technical writers or as I say “serious writers”.
Just after you sign-up, a number of tests are lined up for you before you can actually start bidding on projects. Some of the tests are “APA style test”, ” MLA test”, ” Plagiarism test”, ” Chicago Manual style Test” on top of an advanced “English test”. Writerbay is a platform which brings together technical writers with students, universities, associations and organizations. Most of the projects you will get will be on writing technical books, journals, research papers, case studies.
Why did I get attracted to it? Well, I loved the awesomely high rates they were paying for each project. They pay in US dollars and you can make huge bucks out of it. In fact, I got so greedy by here that I actually studied for APA (American Psychological Association) writing style and cleared their tests. I also cleared a couple of other tests, but by this time I was like tired so I left my profile mid-way.
They provide you option to come back anytime and cleared some tests. You too can study online for it through tutorials and give the test. However, I did not clear all the tests so I wasn’t allowed to bid on the projects. I was stuck at this point. Later on, I did check some reviews on Glassdoor of people who had their profiles there and got some mixed reviews.
Rating: 3/5- Stringent process to enter.
Anybody who is a freelancer is aware of this platform. But why am I including it here then? I am including it here so I can give you some tricks.
Upwork is a platform where clients hire freelancers for projects based on designing, developing, coding and ofcourse writing. For writers like you and me, there is a free membership plan initially where you get 60 connects. Connects are like points which get used up when you throw a sales pitch to the clients as to why they should hire you for the project. It is also called as bidding.
Once you sign-up for Upwork, you are prompted to create a profile. Once it is created, you can make your profile look real good by taking tests. Now I took the English level test as I had prepared a profile to take up the writing projects like writing web content, writing SEO articles etc., and well it wasn’t that easy. Why? It’s because they test you on topics like plagiarism, Seo, advanced vocabulary etc. However, I did get a decent score. 🙂
Now tips: Since the only way to land up projects here is your bidding technique and your swiftness, so I would suggest you to already create a few templates handy. Once you see a project, thoroughly read it, do a quick assessment of their website and writing needs. Then tweak your template to suit the need of the client. Keep some samples handy catering to some specific niches. You can attach them here. Voila! You can start earning in US dollars now. That is how I landed my first writing project there.
P.S: Don’t forget to include a catchy line at the end of your proposal like “Get in touch to discuss the strategies I have for this project”. This ensures you get to speak to the client atleast irrespective of whether they give you the project or not. Once you get in touch with them, you can convince them with your knowledge to award it to you.
Rating: 4/5- For the huge scope they have.
I am a big fan of Indiblogger. I got to know about this platform in the month of March’16 and since then, they have helped me get more genuine visitors plus many paid writing assignments.
Indiblogger is a team of enthusiastic people and Next Is Best (NIB) wrote a full article about the Blogger Meet organized by them. You can find it here:
If you need any help on Indiblogger’s outreach strategy, you can leave a comment and I will get back to you.
Rating: 4.5/5- Best for newbies.
One of the best platforms for the people who want to read books and improve their writing skills. Writersmelon is specifically for the ‘Book Reviewers’. They have constant flow of book reviews and you won’t feel hungry 🙂
You will find many new writers promoting their books. Writersmelon offers both paperbacks as well as e-books for review. They also offer useful resources to new authors to improve their craft.
You just have to be quick and good enough to promote them because they offer some limited copies for review.
Writersmelon is worth visiting once in every two days. If you are passionate about writing you should also read Important writing tips for bloggers
Rating: 4/5- Easy and new project available.
Another platform for sharing content and making some bucks out of it.
Blogadda has some very engaging topics mentioned below.
Content To Win
Tips & Tricks
The best part is you cannot spam your articles in all their writing category. If you posted your blog post for ‘Tangy Tuesday’, then you cannot post the same blog for ‘Spicy Saturday’
You will enjoy getting recognition here and it’s fun.
Rating: 3/5- Very less new projects.
Hope you enjoyed the exhaustive details of this post. We are in the process of expanding this list. So please keep watching this space for more.
If you have any best tool to make money online in mind, leave a comment and I will incorporate your idea in the post.