A Simple Guide To A Profitable Writing Career In A Technology-Driven World

Derick David

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In an article by Entrepreneur.com written in 2015 on The 5 Skills You Need to Become a Successful Content Writer, it was mentioned that,

Successful content writers know SEO, HTML, CSS and WordPress.
Don’t panic. You only need a few basics. WordPress themes have varying levels of automatic functions, and sometimes the only way to make your text appear the way you want it to is to dig into the text/HTML tab and manipulate the code to make a title tag or fix a spacing issue.

Updated SEO knowledge is also critical. Search engine algorithms change constantly, and writers have to keep up. One thing remains constant: High quality is always in demand. If you can write in-depth content from a unique perspective, you’ll be in demand.

That could be a lot to take in, so take time to swallow.

Content was the king, until the digital information age came in.

You can write the best piece you've ever had, but if the system doesn't work in your favor, it's useless. The same goes for writing an average article, but if the system works to your advantage, you'll reach a large audience. Writing better is just as important today as beating the platform algorithm.

For example, writing consistently every day is more valuable than writing a high quality article once a week. The algorithm needs to detect and see you and, for the algorithm, your presence is more important than the content itself. Therefore, to become a successful writer in the digital age, understanding how a platform's algorithm works is also crucial.

Don't wait for the perfect moment with a perfect story idea, instead think of a topic you want to talk about in the present moment that you think will be useful to your readers and start writing it.

Also by Entrepreneur.com,

Successful content writers are social media specialists.
Name recognition is important. Social media puts everything you need within your grasp. Build your audience, meet publishers, and talk to industry experts. When your writing is published, the fun has only just begun. The more active you are on social media, the more likely your followers will be to recommend your content.
Successful content writers are active, public and friendly.
So, think again about writing “success.” It stops being about words on paper as soon as “content” is added to “writer.” Content writers are marketing experts, SEO specialists, on-page coders and social media butterflies. With the right skill set, you’ll succeed and find that yours is the best job in the world.

This was written in 2015! Now, these tips and techniques matter more into consideration in 2020.

Here are 2 things you can do to take advantage of the algorithm:

Write every single day, seriously

In September of 2020, an article written entirely by an AI(Artificial Intelligence) driven by a newly released technology called “GPT-3” blew up.

A robot wrote an article and it went viral. The AI used a new technology called, GPT-3 and the programmers gave the AI robot set of instructions:

  1. “Please write a short op-ed around 500 words.“

2. “Keep the language simple and concise”

It may seem trite, but if you look at today's most successful and profitable writers, what do they have in common? You will notice that they don't write twice a week or once a month, they write every day. Regardless of whether they think your article is great or not, they will still spend the time to post a story once a day. Consistency is a crucial factor in leveraging the algorithm. If you write every day, a platform's algorithm will recognize your name and details more and take them into account.

Who do you think is more prioritized?

The writers who write once a week or the writers who write every single day?

There you go.

If we’re being honest, learning how to use the algorithm to your advantage matters more than your content. But of course, you’d want to find the balance because your readers are still human and not robots! That’s what we’re going to talk about in the following point.

Write what people actually want by providing value to their lives

So let's say you can understand the tech side of becoming a writer. Booya! What now? Combine this new knowledge with writing something that interests you and that people want to read!

Come on, if you don't know this by now, then you have been behind. We don't live in a society of scarcity, we live in a society of abundance. There's too much abundance everywhere we go and on the internet. So, no one will pay to what you're doing unless you're offering something of emotional or psychological value to your reader.

Writing something people want to read is also the key to creating a personal brand for yourself. You have to build a community or society based on what you post every day. You need to set an image.

There may be tough days when you have no idea what to write, but just as an athlete exercises even if you don't feel like it, you have to keep writing even when you don't feel like writing. After a while, creating and generating ideas will feel like second nature!

Always remember that if you want to be a profitable writer too, you need to master both! You have to find the balance between writing every day, but still, be able to write something that people want to read.

This is the holy grail of becoming a great profitable writer.

Conclusion

You might have the top 10 tips on how to lose weight or a guide to anti-aging in 2020, but if you don't have a huge following or audience and don't take advantage of the algorithm and SEO, your article will remain unknown.

While successful content writers seem to have enviable lives (they work from home, earn their hours, and work as much or as much as they want), the vast majority struggle to make a living. They don't have the skills to be successful.

Because no matter how talented they are, the ability to write is simply not enough. So if you want to be successful as a content writer, you need a complete package of marketing skills and an understanding of how an algorithm works.

Writing can be a dream job, but it's not for everyone. It will take a lot of time and effort. So in this day and age, mastering the technological side of being a writer is just as crucial as becoming a good writer yourself.

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