Why Financially Successful Writers Contribute To Multiple Websites
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Financially successful freelance writers contribute their online work to multiple websites.
The published pieces may be articles, blog posts, poetry or other genres. The websites may be "content farms" or otherwise. Though there is much diversity, the link between financial success of online writers and their contributions to multiple websites is not a coincidence.
By spreading your work over more than one site as a writer, you are afforded several advantages that increase your income and help build your portfolio. Financial success is defined as generating an income that allows you to still live comfortably after paying your bills.
Lower the Risks
Lower Risks of Financial Difficulties
Writers who contribute to more than one website lower their risks of facing a financially difficult time.
You have likely heard the phrase, "Don't put all of your eggs into one basket". By spreading out your "eggs", or your published assignments, to a variety of platforms, you create a more secure financial platform.
Consider these worst-case scenarios:
- You contribute to only one content farm for several months. One day, you try to log in to the site, only to find that it no longer exists! Your earnings for the month (and possibly longer) and your work are gone.
- The website loses Google ranking when a new update occurs. Your daily page views decrease substantially, which causes your revenue share to plummet.
- The online publisher decreases your upfront payments for articles without notice and offers no explanation. You now make half the money that you earned last month.
While you may never encounter these problems with the one place to which you contribute, it is a real possibility. There are risks in putting all of your faith and your assignments into only one place. By spreading out your published pieces, you lower the risks if the worst-case scenarios outlined above do occur; you would not have to start from scratch. You would still have articles safely earning revenue share at other sites. Lower the risks to increase opportunities of being financially successful.
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Show Versatility to Publishers
Writers who contribute to multiple venues are also more likely to be financially successful because they are more attractive to publishers. When you publish to a variety of sites, you need to be:
- Able to write in a variety of styles for different platforms
- Able to meet needs of multiple publishers
By simply having your articles displayed at multiple sources online, you show publishers who are looking to hire that you possess the above qualities. You demonstrate versatility and the ability to multi-task by juggling demands of different online sources. You have a diverse portfolio. You are more likely to attract a publisher's interest and that means an increased opportunity for financial success.
Social Media Connections
Build Online Connections
People who make a substantial income online generally have a strong social media network and a strong network within the websites' own communities. When you contribute to more than one platform, you are able to both strengthen and increase your network as you come across more people in the process.
When you join a second website, you may notice an overlap of some writers from the first site but there are also new people to whom you can connect.
Read the work of these new contributors and leave them feedback. Remember that taking interest in others builds connections for you. Within these relationships, you may develop agreements that you share each other's articles on social media networks and leave comments on newly published pieces. In turn, you increase your page views and reach a wider audience online. The result is increased earnings for you and more opportunity for financial success. Increase your connections further with each venue to which you contribute your work.
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Linking Strategies and Success
Writers increase their income by writing for multiple sites as when when they use the platforms to build links for their articles. If you only contribute to one online publisher, you limit where you can post links to the articles. When you write for websites "A" and "B", you can create a backlink for an article at "A" within an assignment that you write for "B". You create more opportunities to showcase your published works.
Each time the backlink is clicked by a reader, you earn a page view on the second venue. If your pay is at least partially determined by number of page views of your pieces, then you are well on your way to financial success.
Your Journey as a Writer
By contributing to multiple websites, you are more likely to achieve financial success. Remember that the word "success" is not beyond your grasp. Writing is hard work and it does take time to build a portfolio of quality pieces. Be patient in your journey and stay positive!
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