May 2, 2012

Who Makes The Most Money Writing Online?

There was a time, many moons a go, when most writers were gray haired men in ratty tweed jackets pecking away on a typewriter. Sorry girls but most women were at home being wives and mothers, nothing wrong with stay at home moms but that was how it was.

Now days, it seems that everyone is writing: teenagers, grandmas and office workers bored with their duties. Everyone has something to say and want people to read it.

There is so much competition that many have resorted to methods a bit unconventional and even unethical to get their work noticed.

So who gets the most notice these days? Women with sexy avatars. That’s right, doesn’t matter if they are good writers or know what they are even talking about, they get the most attention.

I have read some really bad stuff that is misspelled, grammar errors abound and no common sense to the article but they have a huge audience.

In the old days most people that read were intellectuals with money to buy books. The poor didn’t have enough funds and many couldn’t even read. Move forward several decades and now most people in America are literate, at least at a third grade level and books, newspapers and the Internet are all free with the help of our local libraries.

The majority of people aren’t interested in intelligent conversation and they don’t even care if the facts are accurate. I’m going to give you American statistics because that’s where I live. These will vary in other countries.

Most Internet users, about 70% depending on whose findings you read, are male and around the age of 36 give or take.

Some of the statistics I’ve read say most have had some college and are upper income but I think that is inaccurate. From the people I talk to, I think less people have gone to college and most fall into the lower income bracket, here’s why. All you have to have these days is a smart phone to access the Internet. Some of these websites are assuming people have a computer and pay for service, I don’t think that is true but I digress.

Back to my point, young men are easily influenced by pretty women, especially if they give them half a minutes worth of attention, some women have figured this out using it to their advantage.

Are you ready for this? The people making the most money from online blogging and article writing are (or at least want you to think they are) young attractive women. Some market savvy women use it to their advantage.

I know women who have an avatar of a girl in a bikini or sexy clothing, their writing is atrocious and yet they get many comments, views and their income is much higher then many of their peers simply due to their picture and a bit of flirting in the comments. It works, they know it and they are cashing in at the bank.

Here’s the kicker, most of those avatars are not the writer’s own picture. They borrow them from stock photos or some other source knowing they’ll get more readers then if they use their own image because many of them are middle age women who look nothing like the pin ups they are portraying.

I even know a couple men (Don’t worry guys, I won’t blow your cover) who use a female pseudonym and avatar so they can make it in the writing world.

Sure there are still intelligent people out there that want to read articles written by people who know what they are talking about and can give them good information but for the mediocre journalist it’s not so easy to get noticed.

So, should we all use cleavage shots as our profile pictures and flirt to get attention? Of course not. I know a couple young women writers who didn’t even use revealing photos but were stalked and traumatized by strange men who became enamored with them. We can’t be too careful these days.

Write well written, informative articles and you’ll get an audience, it might not be huge and you probably won’t get rich but at least you know you did it on your own merits and not by false means.


Peaceful Warrior said...

You are absolutely right about the cleavage, or sexy avatar.

We men are lousy sometimes when it comes to being caught by flesh or a smile.

There are those that are also fed by desire to read good literature or posting and will click off those 'Hotties' that have nothing but boobs.

I wrote a poem about this recently called Chest a minute.

Anyway well said Pamela, and thanks for another entertaining read..xx

Pamela N Red said...

PW, I use my brain to get by in this industry. I'm not rich but I can sleep at night knowing I used my own picture and didn't deceive anyone.

I'll check out your poem.

seymour said...

I came here because a rural Oklahoma man wrote to me in Facebook, out of the blue. He got me thinking of you. I sent him the link to your blog.

This blog has been inactive for about half a year, and that worries me a bit.

I have noticed for some years that there are men who use images of pretty young women as avatars. If a woman uses a sexy avatar, I have trouble taking her seriously. A fair bit of the internet is made up of people seeking cybersex hookups, and some of these people are potential stalkers and other creeps. I've been on the internet since 1997, and have steered clear of trouble so far. I once thought that the cyberpervs were all frat boys and aging loner men, but now know that life is not quite that simple.

My avatars are nothing, simply because no naughty pics exist of me. If there were, and I used them, my wife would order me to undergo counseling. Outside of one FB account using my real name, my avatar does not show me, because I am afraid of blowing my cover.

This year, my Missus angrily revealed that she knows that I use the internet to speak my mind with some women. I said nothing, being as my stance is the same as that of the US military: "we neither confirm nor deny..."

Pamela N Red said...

Seymour, I have neglected this blog lately due to other writing work keeping me busy. You aren't the only one who has sent me messages asking about this blog so I will try to pick it up again.

Sometimes it is easier to talk to someone other than our spouse and being anonymous makes it easier for some.

Good to hear from you. I hope you are doing well.