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How I Made 5000 Dollars Online in One Month by Writing for Others

how to make money writingI’ve been getting a lot of questions lately from people wanting to know how I make money writing, because it is evident from my income reports that the bulk of my income comes from writing for others. To some people, making thousands of dollars every month just by writing seems almost impossible. Before I continue, I’d like you to know that this isn’t just about writing, it is about you doing what you love and doing it right. I was astounded when I got my first contract with a client because I never believed it was possible to make that much from writing, but after reading blogs by several writers and considering the circumstances of things, I realized something very different, something very unique that will determine whether you will be paid as a king or a slave, and that is…

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When it comes to making money writing for others – the first thing that will come to the mind of several people is applying for jobs on websites like Elance or Odesk. However, that really isn’t the best way to make money writing.

The difference between succeeding or failing in anything you do is specialization. Just take a look at it, just as some people are making millions of dollars in some fields others are only making thousands. A lot of new bloggers are creating e-Books on various subjects but only the gurus make the killing, why? Because they have something people are willing to learn from.

The truth is people aren’t buying your book or using your services because of the information in it, the price it’s being sold at, or because of the number of pages it has. People are only buying from you because they believe you are the best they can learn from when it comes to that subject.

The difference between someone paying you $1 or $100 per article you write is your specialization. The difference between someone hiring or not hiring you is the level of what you know and can do about a subject. If you think you can easily start writing and make as much as another person in your niche you’re only deceiving yourself. This would be similar to a newbie blogger expecting to be making the same amount as Darren Rowse by selling ebooks on how to make money online, it just is not possible. Darren is an expert on the subject already, he has enough experience, traffic and authority to leverage but you don’t and your best bet will either be to start building yourself as an expert on the same subject as Darren (which takes time) or to focus on another thing you’re already an expert on so that you can achieve your desired results.

The main point is for you to determine what services you have to offer, it doesn’t matter whether it is writing or any other thing, do your best to make yourself one of the best when it comes to this and it will be easier for you to get clients.

How to Get Clients Running After You

One of the questions I get asked the most is how do I get clients for my business? How do I advertise my services etc. The answer to this question goes further to prove the importance of point number one which is to make yourself the best when it comes to the service you have to offer. I don’t advertise my services, I don’t contact people and ask them to become my clients but I have gotten a large number of requests from people who wanted to become clients of mine. In fact, I still have emails from two potential clients who I had to reject this month.

Before I continue, I’d like you to know that I only have 1 client I am working for at the moment and that kind of client is the one anybody will wish to have, because they are understanding, have lots of great jobs for me, and are helpful. My point is –  there is no reason to have 3 clients when it is only 1 you need. You can easily get a client that will be offering you a few jobs every once in a while but the best kind of client is the one that provides you with recurring services.

I get a lot of questions from people asking me to tell them whom I work for and what sites I write for, but one great lesson I learned the hard way (and I’m happy to have learnt it) is to never give people everything they want, because they always want, and sometimes what they want isn’t want they need.

Believe me, my concern today is not to provide wants but to help you get results. That is what this article will focus on. And also, many of us working in the corporate circle will know that there are agreements and you have to respect those agreements wherever you go, at least, if you still want to keep your job. So for those two reasons I won’t be revealing my client or sites I write for but I’ll be doing my best to give you the information you need to get clients, and an idea of how much I charge for an article and how you also can charge effectively.

There are various ways of getting clients to your business; one is by making yourself the go-to source when it comes to your niche so that clients will be the ones running after you. The other one is looking for clients yourself. I’ll be explaining both methods below so that you can easily decide which is best for you.

How to Get Clients Rushing at You

This section will be explaining how to get clients rushing at you and once I’ve covered that I will be going straight to the next point, which is how to find the right clients for your business. Either way, by following both tips carefully you’ll have enough clients to make your business stand tall.

1. Make Yourself the Best When it Comes to What You Have to Offer. There is no other short cut to getting clients rushing at you than to make yourself an expert in your field. It is true that you can easily get a few clients by calling yourself an expert, but you can’t retain them if this is merely a claim. You have to know what you’re doing from the onset.

You should also know that you won’t be working with a single client all the days of your life, no matter how great that client is. But if you’re all you claim to be, they even be the ones referring others to you in the near future.

2. Blog Regularly About the Service You Want Clients For. Even though I have been guest blogging for a long period of time and I have written a lot of guest posts I didn’t get a single client until I did something different. I didn’t have a single client contact me until I started blogging about guest blogging. The same thing applies to you being a web designer. You will start getting a lot of clients once you start teaching people how to tweak their themes, how to configure various aspects of their blog etc., not because you know how to do it but because you’ve proved to them regularly, as a result of the free information you give them, that you truly know what you’re saying.

3. Always Utilize the Power of Social Proof. Making use of social proof is the most important thing to do to get more clients running after you. In today’s world, people no longer buy knowledge, they buy results. What you know and teach people every day is knowledge but showing them your results and giving them case studies of how your methods work is a sure-fire way to make them fans forever. A blog post that was the turning point of my writing career was: how I wrote 270 guest posts in 8 months, even though I never asked for clients in that post it still keeps on bringing me clients to date.

I go into more details on how to get clients to reach out to you in Stop Pitching Clients, a system that outlines my approach to getting clients to directly contact me through my blog.

Now that we’ve examined how you can get clients running after you, the next thing to visit is how you can find clients for your business. The truth is it doesn’t matter how great or effective a strategy is, it won’t work for everybody so if you’re not getting any results with the methods above – the ones below will definitely give you results.

How to Find the Right Clients for Your Business

Below are some great tips to help you get the right clients for your business.

1. Know What You’re Offering. A major mistake many people make when trying to get clients is not knowing exactly what they have to offer, in order words, these people are only in it because of the money and not because they want to help others get results.

The first step to getting real clients for your business is you knowing what you have to offer because nobody will give his/her work to someone who isn’t sure of what he/she can do. Be clear about what service you’re offering and don’t just start offering other services because it is working for others.

2. Profile a List of People in Need of Your Service. The next step after knowing clearly what you have to offer is to profile a list of individuals and companies who are in need of your service. If you’re a writer this can be big companies who have a blog that isn’t updated regularly and if you’re a designer this can be people in need of better web design. A very important step here, though, is to ensure you only contact people who can pay your prices. For example, it will be a mistake to contact new bloggers using free themes to hire you as a marketer for their business so this requires you to be very specific.

3. Start Contacting those You Profiled. Once you’ve profiled a list of potential clients you can start contacting them with your proposal. The first thing you have to do, because you’re the one contacting themis to tell them the importance of using your service, the kind of people you’ve worked for, what results you’ve gotten, and why you think you’re the best for them. If you have profiled the right people and you contact enough clients you will get far more results than you expect on the long run.

How to Write Faster and Efficiently

Another question I get asked often is how many articles can I write in an hour or how do I write very fast? I can type as many as 80 words in 1 minute and I can write up to five 600+ words articles in less than 1 hour, just by implementing a particular writing formula. This section will be explaining how I write fast and efficiently and I hope you will also be able to do the same by the time you finish reading this article.

1. Research First. My first step to writing fast and efficiently is research, and when I say research I don’t just mean research, but effective research. This kind of research is the one requiring you to spend hours reading on the subject you’re writing about so that you can write on it without interruption. What I do in this case is first visit the category of the subject I’m writing about on Ezine Articles, by reading as many articles as I can and by noting points and titles at the same time, by the time I finish I’d have gotten tens of titles, hundreds of points and I’d be able to write as many posts as I want uninterrupted. By using this method, I was able to write 12 posts on various subjects in just 1 day last month.

2. Write. After researching you should have gotten enough points and titles to be able to come up with an article of your own. Once I’ve finished researching I will then disconnect myself from the internet (to avoid distractions) and then start to write as much as I can until I start having headaches. Believe me, it works!

The above are 2 basic steps I follow whenever I want to write, and believe me, they work like magic.

How to Charge the Right Price for Your Services

Another question I get asked often is how much I charge per article, some people are expecting a flat rate but most freelance writers will know there is nothing like that. The amount I charge depends on my clients and what I will gain for working with them and I have charged as much as $100 for writing a single article. In fact, I would never charge less than $50 to write an article for you.

By reading the above statement I know some people will be amazed and will believe it is damn easy for me to make money, but believe me, it is all about what you have to offer. There are people like Carol Tice who charge far more than I do for far less work and it is because of what they have achieved, how they are viewed and what they have to offer. The first thing you need to do is develop your service first, once you have a solid service you can then go on with setting your price.

It is highly important for you to also know that not everybody will be willing to pay your price. Before signing a contract (with the current company I’m with) to not work with other clients,  I encountered people who me wanted to write for them for as low as $3 per article. In fact, when I told them how much I want to charge they didn’t even bother replying my emails. In essence, the main thing is being careful with which clients you choose, having something really valuable to offer and knowing that you cannot work with everybody.

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136 Comments on "How I Made 5000 Dollars Online in One Month by Writing for Others"

  1. Ravi Gupta says:

    I think you’ve made some really good points and offer great advice. One thing that I was brainstorming over advertising is limiting the amount of links that are sold on your website. It’s all about supply and demand and being exclusive when you can afford to is never a bad thing. Your advice on a single client is spot on and is something that I’ll be looking into.

    Thank you.

    -Ravi Gupta

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Ravi,

      I believe more in quality over quantity so I’m glad you agreed with me on that.

      I wish you all the best!

  2. Samuel says:

    Haha….. You’ve really tried bro. I agree with the fact that you must not give readers the full details of whom you’re working for. People can behave in a way that you will hate yourself for helping them. You’ve given them the hook and explain how they will catch the fish, now is their turn to go to the river and praticalize it. I like your process of writing! 🙂 Getting the right client will take a lot of time, you just have to keep trying. And if luck is by your side, you can get them at a very fast rate. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Bro,

      I love your point and I stop giving people information when I believe it can be dangerous to me. I believe there’s no point in me telling you who my client is, besides, it’s against policy.

  3. Zero Passive Income says:

    Great post! You’re a writing machine. It usually takes me 2-3 hours to write and finalize a good post.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, I’m always happy when I hear people call me a writing machine 🙂

    • patrick says:

      I know exactly how you feel. In the very beginning it can take a lot of time putting together a good post, but after awhile knowledge and experience significantly decrease the amount of time it can take to put together an article you feel is professional and conveys the emotion your audience is looking for.

  4. Hi,
    And thanks for a great post with real content and lots of tips and ideas. I look forward to your newsletter with more tips.

    Be yourself and be happy, never stop dreaming!
    Happy Natural Life,

  5. vijay | bayofblog says:

    Hi Onibaluci,

    You are the person who written hundreds of thousands of guest articles in the past without expecting a single $$$, Now this is the appreciation of your hard work and you deserved by your quality and making you stand out from the crowd. you always win in the guest blogging race.


    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Vijay,

      You’re so right. I think I get more results because of my passion for writing, not just because I want to make money from it.

      BTW My name is ‘Onibalusi’.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  6. Fabrizio says:

    Another great post Oni, you’ve put some interesting tips and methods across. A priceless read, many thanks.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha Fabrizio,

      I’m so glad you found it priceless 🙂

  7. Great article Dele, thanks for sharing your methods. Though, I don’t plan going into freelance writing for now, but your methods are really good and they can help in my research/project work. Thanks for sharing

    • Onibalusi says:

      You’re right bro. This article is written to help you get results in any field so I wish you all the best with it.

  8. Congratulations Oni for sharing your methods. That’s why I love you and continue reading your blog. Keep up pushing the envelope and aim higher!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha Codrut,

      It is really great to have you as a reader and I’ll always appreciate your countless help.

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  9. TsarShu says:

    But 50 articles a month is quite big. Do you believe that the quality of all articles are good? I do believe you are a great writer but 50 posts …. too many to make them all high quality.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Sure, I have experience in most fields I write on and I easily go along with writing irrespective of the niche I write for so you can be sure of the quality of the article.

    • Fisayo says:

      Well… I think the articles has proved to serve the purpose. It’s really worked for him and he has an edge already…

      Even if he wants to start wasting time on scrutinizing the articles. He has the audience, and the clients already.

      Apart from that, there’s no point in stopping something that works unless you have another method that works better, and the only way to find out is to test.

      Until then, I think he should keep this up.

  10. Kalen says:

    Oni this is one of the best articles I’ve ever seen. This is something I’ve been struggling with. I have a huge portfolio and have written for some great sites but still can’t afford to be picky about which clients I go after. I think the difference is that I have ONLY done guest blogging or client blogging for a while. I just started my own blog because like you said, that is where you can really sell yourself and tell people what you have to offer them.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Kalen,

      I’m really glad to hear that and I hope to keep on delivering more quality articles.

      It is really important to be careful with which clients you choose so that both of you will end up benefiting at the end.

  11. Auto Insurance Tips says:

    Thanks for sharing these killer tips with us, this tips have been useful

  12. This was a great read Oni, thanks for sharing. I like that you have taken time to shed more light on this subject as i am one of those who wonder how you make so much from writing. In fact, you are one of those rare people online with a unique source of income. I have heard that adverts and affiliate marketing is a way to earn online, yours being writing is a whole new ball game and makes me very very interested as I equally like writing.

    This article has been helpful, thanks.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Bro,

      That’s really cool to hear and I’m so glad you found this article helpful 🙂

      Thanks so much and have a great day!

  13. ed henry says:

    The research is the key. Knowing what you are talking about has to depend on it. Even if you are going to make things up you still need facts first.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Ed,

      A great writer won’t write without researching so its importance should never be underestimated.

  14. abrablog says:

    emm, i also always get offer to write some guess post and got offer for do review for their product or blogs. Most of them paying me above 100 dollar and i also only accept 100 dollar per article. We decide the charge, not them. If they not like with that number, its fine. Number never lies.

    I also got offer to write for 5-10 dollar. Sorry, but i need to decline that offer.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, I’m glad you could resonate with my point 🙂

  15. Jarod Billingslea says:

    Great post, but you said you won’t reveal your clients…

    Well, what kind of client do you have since you’re only working for one client? Is it a marketing client?

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Jarod,

      Yeah. Something of that nature.

  16. ZPTsotetsi says:

    Thanks for the great post Oni. Its good to see that there’s money to be made by writting. I was also checking Pat blog — the smartpassiveincome and he’s making a lot by writting….

    • Onibalusi says:

      You’re right. That’s one great power of the internet.

  17. Java Nature says:

    thank you for the tips oni… i have a dream to be a writer like you… ^_^

    • Onibalusi says:

      That’s cool to hear.

  18. Early Retirement Investments says:

    I found your tips on how to write faster and efficiently helpful. I will try your tips on this to write more quality articles for publication.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Great! I wish you all the best.

  19. tonyboy says:

    You’re one of a kind. What you shared is a real goldmine when applied.

    I like the comparison between knowledge and results. By this alone, one can’t go wrong.

    I’ll definitely follow your tips. More power.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Tonyboy,

      That’s really great to hear from you, I so much appreciate it and I’m also very glad you loved and could learn from this article 🙂

  20. Oni

    When it comes to charging for your products or services it all comes down to knowing your worth.

    You mentioned not considering writing an article for any les than $50. Well, you’ve certainly earned your colors when it comes to the guest posting arena and you’ve made that very clear.

    You’ve got quite a bit of experience under your belt and have produces tons of content, enough that you are well known in your niche and are able to charge what you do (and possibly more) for your services. You would have not been able to start charging $50 form the start and I think most people understand that.

    You have to position yourself as a leader and an expert in your field so that other people can find what you do worth paying for and you’ve certainly earned your clients.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Hector,

      You have a great point here and that’s the difference between an A-list blogger and a new blogger. Not everybody will be able to charge how much I charge because we all have a starting point.

      Thanks so much for the awesome comment bro, and keep on rocking!

    • Fisayo says:

      Good point hector,

      Customers are aware of price but once you establish yourself as an expert first with them, have earned their trust, and they know the quality of what they’ll get in exchange for their money, then the price no longer matters.

      That takes time but once you’ve had it you can call the shots.

      • Yeah, absolutely Fiyaso! So many people think “Well that takes too much time to build so why do it to begin with”

        The great thing about building yourself as an expert in your niche is that once you establish that, it’s yours forever!

  21. Usman@FirstHosting says:

    I think the success comes when we work on some thing we love and we’ve passion to do it, as you just mentioned.

    All we need is love and passion with hardwork and lot of patience to see it working

    • Onibalusi says:

      You’re right Usman, be passionate about what you do and success will come easily.

      • Usman@FirstHosting says:

        For sure Oni!

        and I see your passion and growth.

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    Really great tips and i will definitely follows these tips.

  23. C.Z. says:

    Pretty pertinent advices! Research is the main step if you want to be relevant. And being relevant in this saturated market is sometimes though.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly! Relevancy is important and research is the only key to being relevant!

  24. Hi again,
    I read this great article over again. I have a question to the research part. Do you write about different subjects. How can you be sure that the 10 first articles on Ezine articles have information that is correct? I am writing about natural health and I find lots of articles with information that simply is wrong.

    Be yourself and be happy, never stop dreaming!
    Happy Natural Life,

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Kristin,

      That was exactly why I said you need to spend hours online researching. This also includes verifying the accuracy of what you read, and I believe reading 20-30 articles online will have helped you sort this out.

      • Hi Onibaluse,
        I guess you write about other subjects also. I never suspected that you did not do a thorough job. Your blog is a proof that you are professional. I am very impressed, especially since you are so young. Not only do you write good but you work fast and your English seems to be perfect too – you are a true winner and I am happy for you. And it is so inspiring to read about people that succeed as it gives hope to people like me that struggle to make a dollar.

        Thanks again and take care,
        Happy Natural Life

    • Hi Kristen,My name is Pierre William Trudel and I write articles on Ezine mostly about the problems of Obesity.The views you read are my own and I did a lot of research before I wrote them, but, the heart and soul of the articles are my “own”.
      The freedom to express your opinion makes people sit up and do the work. My example is worth much more because I am not an expert. I am only an expert of my experiences. I am the best me now that I am healthy.
      Share yourself in the writing and tell others your point of view.
      Thanks for listening.
      Thee Quest For Perfect Health

      • Hi Pierre,

        Thanks for the comments and the advice. I agree with you. I also started my blog because natural health is my passion. I live as I teach. Like you I don’t call myself an expert but my health and energy tells me that what I do works. I really believe in what I do. I also do a lot of research because I think it can be dangerous to give wrong advice when it comes to health – we have a special responsibility. When it comes to writing I am a real amateur because writing and English language is not my strong side.

        You have a great blog Pierre!

        Be yourself and be happy, never stop dreaming!

  25. Jacques Bezuidenhout says:

    Just read your article on Daily Blog Tips. Maybe you can tell me the best way to get people to submit guest articles to a site.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Jacques,

      I have written a lot of posts on guest blogging on this blog. You can make use of the search bar on this blog to find my posts on guest blogging.

      Or better still, get my free ebook on guest blogging.

  26. DiNaRa says:

    You have been working for your reputation for several years, now the reputation is working on you. That how it should be.
    Thanks a lot for some useful tips ow to evaluate yourself while offering services.

    • Onibalusi says:

      That’s so cool to hear and I believe your reputation is something that shouldn’t just be played with. I’m really glad to hear that from you 🙂

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    Thanks for great post its very useful tips for making money

  28. Ibn Omar says:

    Really amazing tips, I am actually a freelance writer on odesk and charging like $5 min per article (300-500 words). When it comes to blogging the difficult part is to build relationships. And you are right quality is a must over quantity.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad I could find a writer who can relate with my points 🙂

  29. Mourad says:

    True Mr.Onibalusi This article is like money i hope people understand how to use this tips.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad you loved it, Mourad!

  30. Hi Oni,
    Thanks for the reply to our questions. If I understand you well, all I have to do is be the best me I can and make sure others find out about me.
    Thanks for your advice.I am in great health because I did the work, the research and got the results. All I have to do is let as many people know as I can.
    Thee Quest For Perfect Health
    P.S. Helping others by giving them solutions is what it is all about.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Yeah, you’re right. The the possible best you can and results will run to you.

  31. Atif says:

    Excellent Post to Read – Thank so much

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m glad you loved it 🙂

  32. Auto Title Loans says:

    Thank you! These answers my questions that I had. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and insight. How long have you been doing this?

    • Onibalusi says:

      4 months now.

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    Thanks a lot Onibalusi for taking your time to share step by step the work that you are doing. Writing articles for a living definitely that is great but I bet that there’s a lot of work involved.