Monday, November 16, 2009

Don't Let Impatience Ruin Your Writing Career

Starting an online writing career requires enormous amounts of patience. In no way is it a way for you to get rich quick, or make fast, easy money. The earnings, in the beginning, are not much to speak of. High expectations and less than stellar results are the reason many would be writers throw in the towel. Those that give in and give up will never realize the opportunity they had. Long term income is possible. Higher earnings are possible. It just takes times, diligence and hard work. Nothing of value in life is free. Everything comes with a cost. Why should your writing career be any different?

Developing a plan, sticking to it, and systematically working toward your goals may seem like drudgery. If you consider your writing as your business, then consider your plan just like any other business plan. Taking time to plot out how you will conduct business, how you will market and promote your content, and working out an order of operations is a logical approach to building a reputable career as an author. One that any entrepreneur will tell you is worth the time spent. Otherwise, you are taking a poke and hope approach to achieving success.

New businesses generally don’t make huge profits right out of the gate. There is a growth period. Any business that is growing is succeeding. Most writers are a one man show. They do it all, from SEO research, writing content to quality control, marketing and promotion. That is a lot for one person to do. Organization helps tremendously. A simple writer’s to do list can keep you on track and moving toward your financial goals.

Many authors post their content on a number of sites. This is wise for several reasons. First, it is always wise to diversify. Putting all of your content on one site is a gamble. What if that site goes out of business? Then you’ll be scrambling to get your content back online with another service. Second, publishing through a number of sites creates the opportunity to build numerous incoming links and increase your search engine page rankings, which increases the potential of making more money writing online.

How long it will take for you to reach the point where are you making the money you want depends on many things. Subject matter, quantity and the quality of your content are deciding factors. The more you write, the more your earning potential will grow. But if you are not following your marketing plan, you will hurt your bottom line. At any rate, it comes down to patience. Writing online is a process, which if pursued, can result in long term residual income. It just takes time to get there. The more you work, the more you learn about online publishing and the longer you stick with it the greater your chances of success.

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