A complete guide to writing web content

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What is web content

For our purposes, web content is any type of article written and published on the Internet. Web content is what we’ll write to get ourselves published on websites of reputable companies. Not only will writing web content net us in some pretty good ongoing income, but web content can also be used for resumes and portfolios.

How to write web content

Generally, you register on a web content site, fill out your profile, write articles for the company you registered on, publish them on the website and get paid on a monthly basis if your income for the published articles reaches or exceeds a certain predetermined mark.

Why Write Web Content for Websites?

Wouldn’t you rather put in a lot of effort now and reap the benefits later? No? Let me rephrase, then. Do you like the idea of earning money month after month without having to put in any additional work to maintain that income? In other words, if you stop working after a year of writing web content, your articles won’t stop making money. Oh no. You’ll continue to earn residual income each and every month for the hard work you already put in. That’s the beauty of residual income.
So, I ask you: Why not write web content for websites? By writing web content now, you’re making your own future easier (and not to mention safer). If you ever get laid off from your 9 to 5 job a few years down the road, you don’t have to worry as much since you’ll still be making some pretty good income from your web content. Heck, you might even want to freelance full-time once you’ve seen your true earning potential. However, I don’t recommend quitting your job yet until you’re making decent side income already from writing web content and can leave your job without losing your house as well.

Different Forms of Web Content

There are different forms of web content that you can publish. Though some web content sites might not have each form outlined for you like Demand Studios does, you can still choose which forms of web content you want to write. Here are the most basic kinds:
•    Informative or Essay Form – Probably the most well-known type of web content. You basically write about a specific topic and provide headlines to describe each point you want to make. This whole blog post is an example of an informative article. Another example is 4 Shocking Facts about Strawberries.
•    How-to Form – The second most well-known type of web content, and it’s right up there with lists. You describe how to do something in article form. Some examples are How to Write a Bio about Yourself and How to Create Backlinks to Your Website.
•    List Form – Readers love lists, since they make it easy for browsing. You provide readers with a certain number of items, actions, concepts or ideas. List items usually follow after bullet points, but they don’t have to. What you’re reading right now is a list of web content forms. Another example of a list is 10 Practical Ways to Make a Living Online.

Qualities that Make Web Content Writers Successful

Do you need to be highly skilled in writing in order to be a web content writer? What if you don’t have experience? Can you still write for big companies?
The answer? No and yes. You don’t have to have any previous writing experience at all, let alone be a writing expert. Some web content companies require you to submit a resume, which means that you’ll have to have some type of experience. However, most websites don’t require you to have a lot of experience beforehand, which makes them ideal when getting your foot in the door.
You will need to have some sort of mindset, though, and you’ll need to truly believe that you can succeed as a web content writer. Here’s a list of qualities all successful web content writers share and how you can develop the same qualities yourself when writing for the Web.
•    Optimism: What’s the point of writing if you don’t think anything good is going to come from your hard work? You’ll need to put pessimism right back on the shelf where you got it if you want to get far in the web content world.How do you get rid of pessimism if you two have been best buddies for as long as you can remember? Simple. Think positive thoughts. Discover the reason why you’re always so negative and then destroy any thoughts that stem from that negativity. Hell, destroy the negativity entirely. You need to truly believe that you’re going to succeed in order to taste success, so destroy anything in your way that’s holding you back from the success you deserve.
•    Determination: As horrible as it is, you need to work for your goals as a web content writer. There will be times in your freelance writing life when you’ll just want to oversleep, wake up late and curl up on a sofa all day long reading pointless romance novels. Trust me – I’ve been there. However, in order to survive as a web content writer, you’ll need to ignore the side of you that wants to give in to laziness – because you can’t let yourself give in. You need to have the mindset that, if you don’t get a certain amount of writing done today, your life will go into total havoc and there will be no turning back. Alarming, I know. You might not see the lazy side of you now, but it will come. When it does come, you’ll need to be prepared for it. You’ll need to put your foot down and let it know that you’re the boss for now. You can be lazy later.
•    Willing to Accept Criticism: Criticism will come, whether you’re prepared for it or not. Because you’re a writer and have been forming your own opinions since birth, not everyone will have the same opinions and thoughts as you. You need to be aware of that, so that when someone does criticize your work or think differently than you about a certain point made in an article, you don’t get too worked up about it. I won’t lie; When someone criticizes your work, it will hurt. You might even become emotional. Just realize that it’s not anything personal against you as an individual. There’s just a disagreement with something you wrote. And that’s fine. If you made a mistake somewhere in your article, the most you can do is correct it and move on. Don’t stress yourself over it.Need help dealing with criticism? Read my post Dealing with Blog Criticism for more ideas.
•    Persistence: Keep persisting, even if you’re not getting the results you’d like. Some articles don’t do as well as others, so don’t give up. Keep writing and trying to make each article better than the last (see the last section of this article for more ideas on how to do this). There’s always room for improvement. If one article doesn’t make any money, even after a few weeks of being published, try to determine why. It could be that the topic you wrote on is weak. You may also need to do some touching up on SEO. Keep at it and, sooner or later, you’ll start seeing results.
•    Patience: At first, money will come in slow. As you write more and more articles, your income will accelerate. Be patient in the beginning stages as a web content writer. Together will persistence and determination, there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll succeed. Just remember: Success doesn’t come right away. You need to work for it. Over time, it will come. When it does, you’ll be happy that you waited for it.

5 Reasons Why Most Web Content Writers Don’t Make It

In order to make it as a web content writer, you’ll need to address the following problems. Try to think about why you might be feeling this way (if you do feel this way), and then wipe away all negative thoughts. Know that such thoughts are merely myths trying to rob you from your success by putting you down. They’re not real at all. You can be successful if you want to.
1.    Failure Reason #1: They don’t think that they have what it takes.
2.    Failure Reason #2: Their writing isn’t good enough.
3.    Failure Reason #3: There’s no possible way that they can make a living online.
4.    Failure Reason #4: Writing can’t possibly make them more money than their current job.
5.    Failure Reason #5: No one would want to hire them because of their inexperience.
If you bask in negativity, you will fail. Why? Because your attempts will be futile and weak. You won’t be serious enough about a future in writing to get anything out of the effort you put in. You won’t be able to find motivation and inspiration to succeed. Everything you do from here on as a web content writer will lose its worth. You’ll also cave in easily.
Therefore, you have to lose the negativity. There’s nowhere else around it. Think positive thoughts and success will follow. The journey will also be so much easier (and more fun!).

The First Steps to Becoming a Web Content Writer

Like all things, you’ll need to do some planning first before becoming a web content writer. That is, you’ll need to think about which industries or topics you want to write about. You’ll also need to do some background research on the topics you’re interested in so that it will be easier to write about them.
Here’s some questions to think about.

•    What topics or industries are you interested in most (health, fitness, aquatic pets, etc)? Do you have any hobbies that you could write about? Do you have more experience in a particular industry than you have in another?
•    What do you know already about the industries you’re interested in? Are you well-informed? If not, do you think you’d mind doing the research before writing about the particular industry?
•    What are other web content writers writing about in the industry that you’re interested in? Can you offer something new in your articles? Can you expand on what other writers are saying?
•    Is there a way you can stay updated on the industries you want to write about? Are there related blogs or newsletters you can subscribe to? Are there books or magazines that interest you?
•    Are there people you can network with in the specific industries that interest you? Would you be able to talk about certain topics or ask questions if you needed a second opinion?

Honing Your Writing Skills: How to Get in the Writing Habit

As I said before, there’s always room for improvement. A few years down the road, you’ll be amazed with how much your writing has improved over the years – even if you’ve been putting your best work out there from the very beginning (which I hope that’s what you intend to do!). To speed up your growth, here are some activities (or challenges) that you should try doing with many (doesn’t have to be all, but can be) of the articles you publish.
•    Write articles in draft stages. Instead of just writing an article, proofreading it and publishing it, try writing up to 3 drafts of the same article. With each draft, make improvements and add to the piece. By the time you’re finally done with the article, it will leave readers saying, “Wow!”
•    Pay attention to what commenters are saying. Many times you’ll get some good feedback. However, there is the occasional commenter that won’t be afraid to criticize your work. Take the criticism lightly and use it to help improve your writing. If someone mentions something in the article that he/she likes, pay equal attention to it and keep doing whatever it was that got the good response.
•    Criticize your own writing. Look at each article written as if you were a reader reading the article for the first time. Determine what could be added to make the article better and what parts of the article you really like. Fix the article accordingly.
•    Let your articles sit for a day before publishing them. Get however many articles you want done for the day written. Then, let them sit overnight so that, when you come back to the articles and read them over, you’re reading them with a fresh eye. There might be something new to add that you never thought about before, and it could make the difference between a reader bookmarking the article and never seeing it again.
•    Let a friend or family member critique your article before you publish it. Someone else may catch something that you might not necessarily see. Sometimes the mistake can be mortifying. Other times, changes made after a critique just make the article flow a lot smoother. Having a second opinion can also help improve your writing in the long run.