Tuesday, March 02, 2010

7 Ways to Write for Profit on the Internet

Editor's Note: It is rare that I have used a guest blogger in these entries about The Writing Life. I'm honored to have Internet Marketing Expert Jimmy D. Brown. He is also the author of Lessons That Leave A Mark, which will soon be released (Intermedia Pubishing Group).

By Jimmy D. Brown

Can you write? If so, then you can make money online. No, I'm not talking about writing like Shakespeare or Stephen King. I’m not even talking about writing with such perfect grammar that your English teacher would smile from ear to ear. Instead, I'm referring to your ability to use simple English to explain a process to your readers. Not sure if you can do that? Consider this: If you can give directions to a friend, then you can write a "how to" article. And if you can write a "how to" article, then you can put money in your pocket. Here are seven surefire ways you can turn your content into cash… 1. Create Your Own Products One of the most profitable ways to make money with content is by creating and selling your own information products. This includes reports, ebooks, home study courses and similar products. Now here's the key: You probably won't become rich selling just one ebook. Instead, you'll become wealthy by creating a sales funnel where you sell more products and more expensive products to your existing customers. That means you might start by selling $7 reports to bring customers into your sales funnel, but after that you should be selling them $47 ebooks, $100 courses… and so on. 2. Write Articles to Promote Affiliate Offers The problem with making money by creating your own products is that you’re solely in charge of all the customer service hassles. You'll need to deal with cranky customers, you'll need to issue refunds, and you'll have to absorb the costs of chargebacks. The solution? Write articles to promote other people's offers instead. Tip: You can find digital affiliate products on sites like Clickbank.com. If you prefer to sell physical products, look to sites like CJ.com. So, what do you do with these articles? Here are three ideas:

  • Post them on your blog.
  • Submit them to article directories like Ezinearticles.com, GoArticles.com and ArticleAlley.com.
  • Upload them to social media sites like Squidoo.com and Facebook.com.

3. Become a Ghostwriter If you'd rather sell your services, then you'll want to consider becoming a ghostwriter who creates articles, products and content for other people. You can promote yourself by:

  • Join the WarriorForum.com and list your services under the "Warriors for Hire" section.
  • Join freelancing sites like Elance.com or GetAFreelancer.com.
  • Browse CraigsList.org and/or post your own ads.

4. Use Your Powers of Persuasion If you have a knack for sales and persuasion, then you can make even more money by creating sales letters, ads and other sales materials for marketers (both online and offline).

In addition to advertising in the three ways mentioned above, you may consider approaching local business owners directly to offer your copywriting services. 5. Start a Membership Site Instead of creating a series of related products to sell, you can create a membership site that you update with content monthly. In essence, you're creating an automatic sales funnel, since your customers will get rebilled every month. That means you can spend more time creating content and less time chasing down new customers. 6. Blog Your Way to Profits

If you really enjoy writing, then blogging is for you. That's because some of the most popular blogs are those where the owner blogs regularly – for sure weekly, but in some cases daily. You can make money with your blog by:

  • Publishing AdSense ads.
  • Selling advertising space.
  • Offering your own products.
  • Selling affiliate products.
  • Leveraging your traffic to gain other opportunities, such as publicity or even a book deal.

7. Create a Profitable Autoresponder Course Finally, you can make money by creating a multi-part ecourse that's embedded with links to affiliate offers. Then you create a squeeze page to persuade people to join your ecourse and start driving traffic to this page. Once you build your list, you'll make money on autopilot… especially if you load up several month's worth of evergreen messages! Example: You might write a 16 part weight loss ecourse that helps people lose 20 pounds. If you deliver these messages on a weekly basis, that's four month's worth of content. And each message gives you an opportunity to suggest additional solutions (such as weight loss supplements, exercise equipment, low-calorie recipe books and similar). Summary You just discovered seven proven ways to turn your content into cash online. Your next step? Start writing! --------------------- Jimmy D. Brown is "retiring" all of his products and services! After 10 years as an internet marketer, Jimmy is closing down all of his current sites ... removing all of his ebooks, reports, membership sites, software programs, coaching programs, etc. To find out what's still available, visit here.

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