In the late 1990s, during the bubble years of the Internet, I used to spend a great deal of time writing content for the Internet, mostly unpaid. I wrote because I had opinions and enjoyed sharing them, but it never occurred to me that I might one day write professionally, even when I was asked whether I had ever considered writing as a career. “Pay me to write a book? Who would want to do that?”
Writing is so much more than print work. In fact, traditional print media is dying fast.
Today, the Internet has changed the world by giving a voice to anyone who wants one. Many people use this voice every day to write personal blogs, publish product reviews, post updates on Twitter, and create content in an endless variety of other ways — and they do it for free, making money for someone else. It took me many years to realize this. I had a complete career arc in a completely unrelated field, working for “the man” and not being paid what I was worth, because I failed to see that my thoughts and opinions had real worth — and so do yours.
If you publish any content at all online, you are a writer, and if you think that no one out there is willing to pay for your content, you’re wrong!
One of my goals for The Affluent Blogger is to help people interested in creating a website and getting started in affiliate marketing get over the initial limiting belief that they can’t be professional writers. There are several companies that will pay you to write content if you are interested in finding work on the Internet until your website becomes successful — I will write about these websites in future articles — and if you publish anything at all on a website that someone else finds useful, that makes you a professional writer. The trick is simply getting paid for it, and I intend to show you that your options for this are limitless.
As you read the articles on The Affluent Blogger, please keep in mind that my advice isn’t just for those with perfect English or a unique flair for words. If you have opinions to share or knowledge that you can pass on to others, you can be a writer.
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