from a Website
Web writers must be business-like.
Ah, the good old days of
newspaper, magazine and book writing: you submit
your work and get
a check (well, you hope you'll get a
check...before you die.)
That was then, this is now.
The change of
revenue model from rich person's hobby to
hard-nosed, bottom-line-driven business requires
writers to be much more business-like as
How does a website make
money for you?
Google AdSense and
other "context-sensitive" ad
services, ad networks, sponsored pages (the Web
"advertorials"), and ads included on
print-outs that you sell or give away.
You put a link on your website to a business
that is related to your your site. If a visitor clicks
on the link, goes to the other website and buys a
product or service, you earn a commission. (For example,
your travel website may have links to online booking
services for flights, tours, car rentals and hotels.) More...
By putting your photos online with detailed
captions and ALT text, you are creating your own de facto stock photo
gallery easily searchable by
anyone in the world.
Writing & Photography Commissions
expert or specialty website is also
an online brochure—with
plenty of examples—for
your accomplishments and services, publicizing
your expertise to editors worldwide.
Because you retain copyright to
all content on your self-publshed website, the
text, photos, charts, diagrams and other content
on your site may be licensed to other publications
for a fee.
You may sell your text and photos as printable PDF
files, or as Podcasts (MP3
files playable on Apple iPods and
other portable music players), or
in formats to be read on handheld PDAs
(Personal Digital Assistants
such as Palm Pilots) or mobile phones.
Companies, government agencies and individuals
may come to you for consultation services
related to your field of expertise.
How much money will you make?
on many things, including how
good your site is,
its subject matter, and worldwide economic conditions.
I personally know of writers who earn anywhere
from $75,000 to $200,000 per year
from websites they have designed and built themselves.
I know of more writers who earn $10,000 per year,
or $5000, or $1000, or $98.32.
It's possible to make next
to nothing. It's possible to make big
depends on how
good your website is, how hard you
work, how good you are at business, and— most
important of all— how many people want to
visit your site.
It's also important to change
your thinking and consider long-term earnings.
Do I Get Paid?
What Makes a Good Website?
Change Your Thinking!