Online Writing: How to Earn a Living as a Content Creator
If you want to work online and make money, one of the easiest ways to do so is by becoming a content creator. Before you get started with creating online contents, you need to understand what exactly online content is.
Online Contents refer to:
- Blog posts
- Social Media posts
- Forum/Discussion board posts
- Product descriptions
- Images and graphics
- Sales brochures, marketing materials
- Case studies
- Newsletters etc.
Generally speaking content refers to the copy you write or create for the internet.
What skills do you need to become a content creator?
Writing is the first major requirement to become a content creator. What kind of writing skills you need to become a content creator depends on the kind of content you are creating.
For example, if you are writing a blog post, or online article, you need language and writing skills. However, having writing skills and good language skills do not guarantee you a success. You also need to have keyword research skills, SEO skills, and Digital Marketing skills.
If you want to create video content, you need to have skills with video making. You also need to have tools to create video, for instance a camera and video editing program.
If you want to create images and graphic, you need to have photography skills as well as image editing, graphic designing skills.
How to make money as a content creator?
Before you get started, you need to have skills and knowledge on the kind of content you want to create. So, you have skills and knowledge, where can you find opportunities to create content and make money? Here are some of the platforms where you can find jobs and tasks related to content creation.
Freelancing Platforms: There are a lot of freelancing sites where you can find jobs related to blog writing, article writing, eBook writing, video creation, graphics creation etc. Some of the popular freelancing platforms are Upwork, Fiverr, SEO Clerks, Freelancer etc.
Video Sites: If you have video making skills, you can use YouTube to publish your videos and make money from your video content. The basic way to make money from YouTube video is the ads displayed on your video. When someone watches your videos, he/she will also watch ads on your video and you make money from ad impression. You also make money when someone clicks on the ads. There are a lot of companies/individuals looking for video creator, you can create videos for them. You can also create review videos.
Blogs: You can either start your own blog or contribute on other blogs. Making money from your own blog takes time. A better way is to contribute on other sites. There are many sites where you can publish your articles and make money.
eBook Writing: If you want to become a content creator and earn a living by creating online contents, ebook writing is one of the most lucrative avenues. Unlike print books, ebook are shorter on length and does not take a lot of time to produce ebooks. There are a lot of platforms where you can publish and sell your ebooks. Amazon Kindle is the obvious choice of many ebook writers.
The list does not end here. You can explore other opportunities.