Examiner

An Open Letter to ESL Writers

ATTN: ESL Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

This is a hard letter to write. But I get letters from you every day, ESL writer, and I feel you deserve an answer.

You email me or hit me on Facebook, from Pakistan, or Kenya, or other points around the globe.

You’re not the rare ESL writer who’s impressively fluent, and whom I only learn from in-depth conversation wasn’t born speaking English.

No, you’re a writer who seems to think you’re fluent in English, but you aren’t. Not even close.

Despite your shaky grasp of English, you’ve fixed on the idea that freelance writing for English-speaking clients is the career for you. And you’re writing me because you want me to help you get paid writing gigs.

I’ve been working to spread hope to writers about the opportunities to earn from their craft for 8 years now. But I’m afraid today, I’m the bearer of bad news.

You probably don’t have the skills to earn a living writing in English. And I want you to encourage you to stop banging your head against this brick wall before you starve.

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Writing for Content Mills: Did You Pick the Wrong One?

Many choices in content mills

Many new writers looking to find that first place they can break in and start earning money from their craft end up signing up for a content mill.

Either that, or they end up discovering a revenue-share site like Examiner or Guardian Liberty Voice, or bidding for gigs on Elance.

Soon after, many of these writers send me emails like this one:

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How I Earn Good Money Writing for Revenue Share

One of the first things I figured out when I started freelancing in 2005 and began exploring the online opportunites was that revenue-share sites weren’t worth my time. Most paid you if ads got clicked, and you needed thousands of

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How to Make a Full-Time Living Blogging on Examiner

Have you ever wondered if anyone makes a real living on Examiner? I’d never heard from a writer who made more than a few hundred bucks on this revenue-sharing platform, which pays writers based on the number of clicks they

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