How Much Money Per Hour To Write?!?!

Last Update: Sep 10, 2018

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It's easy to get caught up in the "does it work?" question.

Does affiliate marketing really work?

As a new online business owner, regardless of how long you've been a member here at Wealthy Affiliate, if you haven't made any money with your website yet, it can seem like the whole thing is a sham.

At the very least, it can seem like YOU will never see success with affiliate marketing.

It can be frustrating, demoralizing, and make you want to quit. I've been there!

Making money online is not limited to affiliate websites

I've written about this before, in my post titled How Much Are Your Online Business Skills Worth? but I had a shocking reminder today of how much money you can make online even if your affiliate affiliate site bombs and you never make a dime with affiliate commissions (which is highly unlikely if you follow the training at WA).

What's the story?

So I placed a job on UpWork for an email copywriter. I needed a 5-email sequence written for me for a series of products I want to promote.

I don't fully understand the mechanics of the products, so I want a professional writer, who has experience in the industry (or has the time to research it) to write the sequence for me.

Here are the five applicants after one day:

Notice that they are bidding $50 - $150 per hour to WRITE EMAILS.

Can you write an email?

Do you know how email marketing works? (webinar)

Can you write emails that convert? (webinar)

If you're paying attention at WA, YES YOU CAN.

That means you have the potential to earn $50-$150 per hour writing emails online.

More Than Just Writing Emails

There's so much more that you are learning here in WA that will allow you to contribute to the online business world in a meaningful way.

  • you can build a WordPress website
  • you can install custom plugins and themes
  • you can manage hosting (you've got 25 spots on your WA account)
  • you can install SSL certificates and speed-optimize websites
  • you can write SEO optimized articles
  • you can do SEO audits
  • you can research low competition keywords
  • you can develop a 12-month affiliate site business plan

What else can you think of that could be a marketable skill?

At the end of the day, the stuff you're learning inside Wealthy Affiliate has real-world applications that people will pay good money for.

Like any business, skill, or hobby, it's going to take time and practice to get good at it. The good news is that you can learn and practice these skills at home, sitting at a computer, any time of the day you want.

You don't need to go to a training center 30 minutes away. You don't have to pay $800 per semester for a single glass and listen to a teacher for 90 minutes. You can start or stop any time you want. You even have fellow classmates and experts to consult for advice.

The price of a WA yearly membership is $359. Let's say you master copywriting, and start charging $100 per hour to write sales copy. That means you only have to work four hours to turn a profit from what you learn here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Of course, I still prefer affiliate sales because it's much more passive, but the option to do freelance work out there.

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Recent Comments


My affiliate income is slowly climbing, but in the meantime, I've been hired more than once with good pay using my Wealthy Affiliate skills, so I know you're right.

Awesome! It's good to have a backup plan in case affiliate earnings are unstable or go through a downturn. There's always work available online.

Very interesting and something to think about for sure! Thanks for sharing.


You're welcome Erica!

You couldn't be more right Nathanell! Nice post!!

Thanks Steven!

Great post and an awesome reminder that we are learning so much more, more than any class could teach at such a higher cost. I know am very thankful for WA and you just helped confirm how versatile our skills are or will be. Thank You!

I hope these skills come in handy for you Beth!

Good points:)

Thanks Kaju!

Brilliant! Thanks, Nathaniell, you certainly opened my eyes!

Our skills are worth a lot, huh Danny!

Well at this point in my rookie career, your skills maybe, haha!

A very informative post, Nathaniell... Thank you for taking the time to write in great detail.

You're welcome James!

Good points, I had recently started thinking along the same lines when I stopped writing for a few minures to consider everything I’ve learned here during the last 5 months.
It’s like a whole other world opening up!!!

Welcome to a new industry that most people don't know about. It's still the wild west on the internet, and you can make money in a lot of different ways.

Awesome post and puts a new slant on the skills we learn here at WA. Thanks for this perspective.

Writing is super valuable. If I pay $100 for an article and it makes me $10/month, I get 100% ROI in 10 months and pure profit after that. Sounds like a good business model to me!

I feel my self "upgraded' after reading your post:)

Imagine that. You're worth $150/hour with your affiliate marketing skills!

Yes, that's a nice salary:)

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