The Goopy Ghost at Valentine's Day
February 2018 by V. R. Duin


Cupid flew around the world
To find the perfect friend,
For Goopy, who was shy and kind —
And loyal to the end!
(“The Goopy Ghost at Valentine's Day”)

Book writers should learn markup language for websites to get paid to write as freelance Web writers, while developing websites and blogs to attract attention to their own brands.

Learn Markup Language to Get Paid to Write: Reading has moved online. Unless book writers also move online, their gross annual average incomes likely will remain $500 for self-published books and $5,000 for traditional books. Those who write about books tend to get ignored in this day in which technology rules. Book writers who learn markup language can get paid for freelance Web writing, while developing websites and blogs to attract attention to their own brands.

Few writers get paid to write books. Readers do not migrate to unknown writers. Readers want to read what everyone around them is reading, recommending and discussing. It is rare for readers to take a chance on the unknown. They do not want to pay the price or waste the time for a potential disappointment. Writers who learn markup language stand out as being different and more determined than competition that begs friends and connections to “buy my book, like my book, review my book”. Tech-savvy book writers are uncommon.

The posting of book covers by unknown book writers on social media is not compelling to readers. Covers are readily identified by those who are skittish of writers' self-promotions. Self-serving material rarely offers anything of benefit to readers. To get paid to write, book writers must use stealth in the mention or depiction of books. Writers who learn markup language understand why many Web surfers flee self-serving book promoters.

Book writers who learn markup language and know how to use technology can attract potential readers to the value in their information. These writers can also get paid to write for others. The “pay-to-play” environment of social media makes websites and blogging increasingly important to the generation of online visibility for a writer's content. Writers of quality, authoritative content are sought out by human and machine traffic on the Web.

There is a huge market for skilled writers on the Web. Writers who learn markup language for websites, to get paid to write, have a readily marketable package of skills. However, to extend writing practice to freelance Web writing or to work as online copywriters for modern business requires some technical training. Most online writers must learn markup language. The predominant markup language of the Web is HTML).

To develop web pages for a living, to create a website or blog, and to gain greater control over comments on websites, it is critical to have an understanding of HTML — the most widely used markup language for website development. Book writers only need basic tech skills to learn this essential markup language, so they can get paid to write Web content. As an added advantage, they do not have to pay anyone to develop their own Web platforms.

It takes some practice in the production of Web content to fully learn markup language, and to build credibility for the next level of learning. Book writers, who learn the basic markup language for websites, may be prompted to learn the additional design skills required for the full development of their own book writing websites. Those writers who master website design can get paid to write and develop websites for others.

It generally is not necessary for Web writers to provide digital layout or graphic design. Website designers often work in specialized teams consisting of skilled in-house or freelance Web writers, layout designers and code programmers. However, to get paid to write online or to develop one's own successful book writing platform, it is necessary to learn markup language and have a general understanding of all website design skills.

For a writing website, it also is helpful to develop skills with SEO. This do-it-yourself strategy often works better than advertising to draw attention to book writers' websites. It also is cheaper. Success with SEO largely evolves from the ongoing writing and updating of quality and authoritative website content. A writer can get paid to write content for SEO purposes.

Writers who learn markup language can manage SEO for their own websites or get paid to write content for others. Regular updates to HTML content are critical to the generation and retention of machine and human traffic. The SEO process is a natural fit for good writers. A website quickly goes dormant when the writing stops. Rare is the writer who wants to stop writing. Success with SEO depends upon the constant development of new content.

Writers who learn markup language can get paid to write commercial, industrial and professional Web content. Large companies and government offices provide career positions for the writers of content for websites and blogs. Copywriters also are needed for the production of online advertising and social media content. Few professionals, organizations, agencies or small companies produce content for their own websites.

The fact that few people learn markup language presents an ongoing demand for freelance Web writers to get paid to write. However, writers seeking freelance writing work of any type, should carefully research job postings. Freelance Web writers never should provide bank account information, without first confirming the assignment is legitimate.

Unknown book writers, who are unwilling to learn markup language or upgrade or transfer their skills to the development of websites or other types of online content, are unlikely to get paid to write. Fortunately, the Web lists lower and middle income countries in which these creative souls may seek refuge, while planning their next moves. It also is possible for books to be flops in the countries of origin and best sellers elsewhere.

Writers who do not want to learn markup language can research the important lifestyle considerations and policies of foreign places online. While book writers attempt to stretch funds, interesting outside ideas might surface. Freelance Web writers can add the needed markup language to a book writer's creative foundation of human language. Of course, this comes with added cost.

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    • Get paid to write admin says:

      Web Writers can get paid to write and provide markup language for small businesses, agencies and organizations with websites and blogs.

    • Learn Markup Language admin says:

      While web writing presents new opportunity for writers, it is necessary to learn markup language for websites and blogs, which is easier to acquire than literacy in a human language.

      • freelance Web writersadmin says:

        As reading moves online, freelance web writers may move into career positions at large businesses, agencies and organizations due to the demand for professionals who can write copy with markup language.