Not that long ago, it was practically impossible for aspiring writers to make money. Unless you had a serious education, you were pretty much doomed to work some soul-sucking job forever.

Of course, all that has changed now.

Tons of writers make money online and offline. And there’s no one way to do it. In fact, the more creative you are about how you monetize your content, the better off you will be.

But first, you need to know the tried and true methods. So in this post I’d like to show you the top five ways writers make money online.

None of these is either right or wrong. You might have better success with one over another, but it’s a matter of knowing which is best for you.

With that, let’s get started.

Blogging is probably one of the most popular ways a writer can make money these days. You can use a blog as a marketing tool to help you build an audience to sell things to, or you can monetize it directly, through ads or products. The reason I put it at the top of the list is because blogging is necessary for pretty much anyone these days. Especially creative entrepreneurs, like writers.

Kindle Publishing (or self publishing) still amazes me. I just can’t believe we live in time when anyone can publish a book. So if you ever dreamed about being a bestselling author, you can do it. Amazon took out the traditional gatekeepers when they created the Kindle. Now all you have to do is upload your manuscript and you can be a published author within hours.

Review writing is an underused strategy for a lot of writers. Reviews are easy to create, highly profitable, and very popular. In fact, more than 80% of shoppers read a review before making a purchase. That means a review is something people read when they’re ready to buy, which is what makes them so profitable.

Freelance writing is how most modern writers (web writers) start out. It’s the best way to create an income quickly. It can also open a lot of doors for a new writer, and help you build a foundation for whatever you do as a writer in the future.

Copywriting has been around since mankind started selling things to each other. It’s a valuable skill to have, even if don’t consider yourself an expert. Technically, this could be categorized as freelancing writing but it’s very different in a lot ways. For starters, the clients are typically much better. Second, copywriters tend to get longterm contracts instead of one-off gigs. And finally, the style of writing is vastly different in every way from tone to length.

Well, that’s it. Those are the top 5, most-bestest ways to become a profession-al wordslinger.