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When I first starting writing online, I was told there would be no way I could make money writing about history. It was a subject that not enough people wanted to read. The only way I could do it is if I was a well-known historian.
I wanted to prove them wrong. The whole benefit of writing online for me was that I could write about subjects that I enjoy. That meant I could write about history—more specifically British royal history at the time but my interests have developed as my research has.
The good news is that I’m writing this today to say that I did proof the nay-sayers wrong. I have made money writing about history, and you can too. Here are my tips to make this niche work for you.
Set Yourself Apart from the Rest
What makes you stand out? With any niche, this is something you need to think about.
When I first started out, I admit that I didn’t do this. It took some time, but now I’ve found what makes me unique. I started the 5 Minute History series here at Writedge, and now I’m covering “on this day” posts on The Daily Voice News. Both of these work to create a following, and that leads to better income.
So, what makes you different to all the other history writers out there? What can you offer individuals who want to read your posts?
With a unique selling point, you can attract people through it. The more you build your reader base, the more money you will see in the future.
Build Your Social Media Following
Social media is where it’s at now. When you want to make money writing online, you need to think about your social media platforms.
I started out finding Twitter was better, but then my Facebook page—dedicated to just history—grew. Since then, Facebook has been the beneficial form of social media, but that doesn’t stop me from using others. G+ and Pinterest are also powerful forms of social media for promoting work.
The thing you need to do is build your following. You can do that in multiple ways.
Mine was all done organically. I’d share my page in history groups and would encourage others to share my posts if they found them useful. From there, the page has grown without little input from me, except to share posts.
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I don’t just share my own posts, either. I’ll share from other groups and pages or will share quizzes that I found fun or interesting.
Another option is to pay to promote. Facebook keeps giving me that option but I haven’t taken it up on that yet.
Link Articles Together
There’s nothing wrong with interlinking your articles. When they’re on the same site, especially, this is great to keep people on your site and reading your stuff.
I regularly interlink my 5 Minute History posts, when I’m discussing another person. It allows readers to quickly find out more about that individual, rather than having to do another search.
That doesn’t mean you only have to stick with things on your site. You may find something that explains history in more detail from a respected historian. Linking to there is beneficial because it shows that you have done your research.
While history doesn’t go out of date, you do still need to update regularly. People won’t keep following you if you don’t offer anything new—ironic, right?
This is why a series of articles is often good. You can share one a day or every couple of days to keep people interested. Think about how you can make your unique selling point translate into a series of articles.
Then promote across all your platforms. Social media isn’t the only option, but it is the most powerful one for writing online.
You can make money writing about history. The trick is to find a way to stand out from all the rest. Once you do that, you can build your following and will see the cash come in.
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I'm Alexandria Ingham, and am a work at home mommy and full-time freelance writer. Writing has always been a passion from a young age, but it was only in 2009 that I decided to use it to make money online. Since then, I've managed to make a career out of it and don't regret it. While history and weight loss are two of my favorite topics, I love writing about absolutely anything and even have fictional pieces in the works.