Jeremy Olson has put together a package for people who’d like to make a living writing online. As someone who likes to write and would like to get paid more to do it, I was very interested in checking out what he had*.
How to Make Major Money Writing for Websites is an 82-page ebook that covers everything from life as a freelance writer, how to find and keep writing jobs, how to make sure you get paid, and building an online writing a career. The book offers a good overview and it’s clear that it’s written from Jeremy’s own experiences in making money in online writing. He offers brief descriptions of the types of online writing such as ghost writing, copy writing, sales letters, and magazine and newspaper writing. He also provides information on avoiding writing job scams.
The ebook comes with bonuses that Jeremy indicates are worth $119.80 and include “The Biggest Mistake a Writer Can Make”, a book of sample queries, “Great Tips for Editing Articles and Keeping Jobs” and “Ergonomics”.
How to Make Major Money Writing for Websites offers some good tips for newbie writers; however, it could have offered more resources. For example, it says to check job boards for writing jobs, but didn’t give a list of resources to use. Considering the number of writer-oriented job boards, it would have added greater value to the book and made it easier for readers to start looking for jobs if these resources were included. It also didn’t include information about ad-revenue writing jobs (are they good or bad for a new writer?) or the writing mills such as Demand Studios, which pays per article, but there is debate about whether or not it hurts the writing industry by bringing the cost and quality of writing down. Home office resources would have been helpful too such as how to get affordable word processing software, tools and equipment a writer might need, and resources for trusted online dictionaries and thesauruses.
Offering sample queries added to the value of the product; however, I didn’t agree with the newbie letter sample sharing that the writer was inexperienced. While you don’t want to lie about experience, unless you want write on spec or for free, I don’t feel you should highlight inexperience. My suggestion would be to focus on your knowledge of the topic and use the query to show writing skill.
The bonuses on editing and the biggest writing mistake either need to be expanded or included in the main book. Especially the “Biggest Mistake a Writer Can Make”. I didn’t feel it had enough meat to stand alone. The editing bonus does have good instruction on grammar and common errors (i.e. its vs. it’s). I see so many poorly written articles online that I think this resource could have done more to highlight what goes wrong (i.e. too informal writing, lose main idea of article, etc).
The ergonomic bonus report does offer important tips working safely.
Overall, I think its a decent resource to help a newbie writer learn the ropes about online writing. But because it lacks a list of writing resources (jobs, training, tools, etc), it isn’t quite worth the $39.95 price.
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* WAHS received a free review copy of How to Make Major Money Writing for Websites and its bonuses for this review.