The amount of writing advice available on the internet is extensive. Not all it is honest though. Three myths are circulated again and again that makes me angry.
As a mentor to other writers, these articles frustrate me. They give false information. They don’t lie, but they also don’t tell the whole story. The irony isn’t wasted that I have written a writing article, to complain about writing articles.
Throughout my time as a mentor though, I try to give honest advice. I don’t discuss money, because you shouldn’t concentrate on that. Sure we all need to pay for our time, but if you don’t love writing then other jobs pay better.
If you want the only advice I give all writers, keep working hard; enjoy what you are doing, the rest will follow. After that killer advice, I am now going to show you how to dispel three myths that other writers tell you.
I made £1000 in my first month.
As with all these myths, it requires a small amount of detective work. The first red flag should be that no screenshots are showing their income.
First look at how many claps, or likes they have on their posts. If it’s below an average of 400 then the maths doesn’t work. Also, look at how many followers they have if it is below 1000 I would also say this is a red flag.
If you factor in all these points – the person has low likes; low followers and few affiliated links I would suggest their claims about money are false. Why writers do this I can’t tell you. I would suggest few people would read an article titled – how I made 99p in my first month.
How I made £2000 a month from Side Hustles
Not all these posts are false, but some are misleading. Let me show you what I mean with an article I recently read. A writer had set up 7 separate gigs on Fiverr. Let us say each gig took a half-hour. To do it properly it would take at least an hour with research etc, I’m underestimating. The writer then completed 19 jobs. Let us estimate that each article took 90 minutes. When we add all the hours up spent, it is 32 hours. For this the writer earner $257 which’s $8 an hour. For my English readers that works out at £5.90, well below minimum wage.
The next suggestion was to use affiliated links. Here is what he said:
I did not make any sale in the start but after two months of doing consistent work, I have started making sales.
The amount that was mentioned $131, for two months of work. I don’t even want to start working out the hourly rate for this. When you read these posts, ensure you do a quick bit of maths and work out what the actual hourly rate was.
How I have grown my publication to 80 000 followers in two months.
This myth is mainly for people writing on Medium. I am going to let you into a trick, many writers don’t know. When you add writers to your publication they become followers. Check out the publications you write for, do you follow them, did you select to follow them?
This is why some publication owners will add you without asking, to increase their followers.
If a publication is making these claims first have a look at how many writers they have. If they are claiming 80 000 followers and have 79 000 writers their genuine follow count is 1000, not so impressive.
The best way to grow a publication following is through a set niche and quality writing. It might take a little longer, but it works. I am proud of Crimebeat because we have grown it organically, through quality writing. We don’t publish everything, we keep the standard high. Here is the follower count and it is rising, we have under 100 writers.
The last red flag for all these articles should be that your question is ignored. For each of these types of post, I have asked a question about their claims. Every one of these questions has been ignored by the writers, they don’t bother answering, because they know they have been found out. It isn’t going to stop me from asking though.
As someone who has written for many years, I feel an obligation to be realistic to new writers. Writing is hard, but with passion, hard work and a tiny sprinkle of luck then you can start making brilliant money after your first year. Don’t waste your time reading these exaggerated claims, spend the time writing quality articles, you will thank me after a year. Have fun, you are allowed to experiment, you are allowed a life, it will help give you article ideas. Be positive and move forward with something you enjoy.