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I was asked recently from my client why I spend more time writing my blog instead of writing for sites like Textbroker. After all, I would make far more money every day. In reality, it’s because I want to make something more than just a paycheck.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to make more money. However, like someone close to me pointed out, “the money just isn’t what you need right now.”
Because I can pay my bills and sustain myself, she is pointing out how maintaining my sites is more important at the moment.
Why Blog Instead of Writing for Textbroker
Textbroker will always be a go-to site when I need an extra boost of cash. But recently, I’ve found myself spending far more time building up my three primary blogs.
To be honest, I find that I have far greater potential for success through my blog instead of spending the time writing content for other companies.
Here are my top five reasons behind why I spend so much time writing my own content.
1. Making More in the Long Run
Some of my blog posts have generated a far greater amount of income through platforms like AdSense than a client would pay for the same on Textbroker. And example of this is a fitness article I wrote some time ago.
It’s just over 1000 words long. In Textbroker, it would have netted around $14.00 if it was from a level 4 client. However on my site, the same article has generated more than $30.00!
And keep in mind that my blogs are relatively small. I only get about 200 visitors a day on the health and fitness site.
My point is that I make more in the long run by publishing content myself as opposed to the quick payout of Textbroker. And no, not all articles generate that kind of income.
But many of the articles I write for myself are paying off…even if it’s over the course of two to three years.
2. Provides Personal Recognition
One thing you do not get with working for content mills is recognition. You’re a ghostwriter, which means clients will take your work and slap their own name on it.
And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, you get paid for your effort. In most cases, I’ll make between $17 and $25 an hour for these projects.
But I’ve come to a point in my life where I want to be more than some nameless ghostwriter. I want to be recognized for something and get credit when I create something truly amazing.
I’m still working on the “truly amazing” part, but at least I am getting my name out there.
When you get to be my age, you start thinking about things like this quite often. Do I want to die as a ghostwriter? What kind of future am I building for myself?
3. Building My Brand
Now I haven’t been the strongest person when it comes to developing a brand. You can chalk most of my failings up to laziness. However, I blog instead of write for content mills because I want to create a brand of some kind.
For instance, I want WriterSanctuary.com to be branded as a site where freelance writers can go to learn more about making money online. It’s still my primary objective to share what I’ve learned since January of 2012.
And because I have a hard time focusing on a single personal project, I am also trying to brand two other sites as well as writing a novel.
I’m sure I’d be far more successful if I actually put in the effort. Which is something I am focusing on right now.
I just need to develop better time management skills.
Anyway, it takes a long time to create a successful brand when you have a lot of things going on in the background. I would rather spend the time doing the blog instead of random projects in most cases.
4. I Do Both
On some days, I don’t merely focus on the blog instead of Textbroker or WriterAccess. Sometimes I will do both in a single day. For instance, I’ll finish blogging and doing the socials for my sites, then I’ll take a look at Textbroker to see what’s available.
You don’t have to tether yourself to just one thing every day. This is part of diversifying yourself. It’s possible to create a possible blog post that will generate a trickle of money over the long haul and then write one or two quick pieces on Textbroker.
But I have to admit, I often spend more time on my side projects than actually writing for clients today. I made a lot of money on Textbroker, but I want my life to mean more to myself.
If I can figure out how to manage everything on a regular basis, I might try to schedule additional time for Textbroker more permanently.
5. My Retainers Pay Well
My private retainers pay me exceptionally well compared to content mills. And in some cases, they’ll use my name in the article. This means I can spend more time on my blog instead of writing for other clients.
While I’m not rich by any stretch of the imagination, I still make enough from private clients to pay everything each month while having a bit of extra money set aside.
And like I said, if I need an extra boost for the week, I’ll hop on Textbroker and crack out a few articles. Because I belong to many active teams, finding a quick order to two isn’t all that difficult.
It’s Not Always About Money
If you’re able to sustain yourself, taking on other projects may just not be what you need right now. For myself, it’s more about making me happy and doing something in which I have faith and enjoy.
If I am able to sustain the household, why shouldn’t I work on improving myself as a professional and expanding what I can offer? That is, as long as I put in the effort to do so.