My first payment came 15 days after I wrote my first article. The next two payments came the day after the first. I didn’t receive a payment in the two weeks after those first 3 payments. The moral of the story is that writing for the web takes time. The editing process takes time. Your articles may not be published as soon as you submit them. Site maintenance and errors may slow you down. Discouragement happens. The trick is to keep writing. Don’t let a lack of publication, payments or views this week keep you from being successful next week!
Be Excited About the Little Things
My first month’s performance payment will probably be about a quarter. While that’s nothing to write home about, I’ve had over 100 views on my articles in my first few weeks! Determine however your platform marks progress and be excited as you reach each milestone. The more excited you are about writing the more you’ll write and the more success you’ll have.
Make Each Article Better than the Last
It’s important to publish a good number of pieces. However, it’s even better to publish a good number of good pieces. And, it’s even better to publish a good number of great pieces. Take advantage of educational materials available to you. Learn about search engine optimization. Become familiar with Google AdWords: Keyword Tool. Brush up on your grammar. Learn the ethics of promoting your work. Read works you’ve previously published and think of things you’d do differently and don’t make those mistakes on your new pieces. Study whatever feedback you’re given by the platform you chose and implement it as you decide what and how to write your next articles.
I’ve found forums are a great place to interact with more experienced writers. The forums gave me the opportunity to read pieces by successful writers. It gave me a place I could ask for specific, constructive feedback on my work. I could watch other writers interact and learn from their interactions. I found a support group that gave me motivation, advice and even ideas for new pieces. And, after a few weeks, less experienced writers were coming to me for advice and looking at my work for examples. Networking is a great way to become a better writer and build your presence on the web!