Being a creative is simply beautiful. You have the ability to think of something and present it in a way that is unique and can only be done by you.
It could be as an artist, singer, writer, or even poet. As a poet, being creative is your forte. You have to think of just about anything and present it in the most coordinated and artistic ways possible. From the use of great puns, to getting the perfect rhythm to your words; being a poet is one heck of a job. So, by all means, it is something you should be able to cash in on once you have the talent.
Making money online is one way many people in various professions have been amassing wealth. The internet has provided numerous means for different sects of people to make money and poets are not exempted. There are more ways than none for Poets to join the team of those who enjoy making money online. Some of these ways are general to almost all kinds of professions and creatives; however, others are peculiar to only poets. In any case, here are some of the easiest ways of making money online as a poet.
Submit to Websites that pay
There are tons of websites that pay really well for poems. They are usually literary magazines and publishers who are directly focused on the literary niche. These sites are one of the coolest ways of making money online as they cost nothing to start and have no restrictions. The more good poems you submit, the more money you make. You simply need to create a PayPal account and watch money hit your account as many times as you want it to. Some of the websites that would pay you for your poetry and literary pieces include:
- The Sun Magazine
- Ruminate Magazine
- US Kids Mag
- VQR Online
- Poetry Foundation
- Alaska Quarterly Review
- Three Penny Review
- Boulevard Magazine
- Goblin Fruit
Start a Poetry Blog
This can be a little tough for poets to do. The reason being that they are usually very cautious of their poems being stolen or re-used by others. So to be safe, a copyright is usually placed over their work or written pieces. In any case, just as any other creative person would do, a poet can open a blog and make cool money off it. It would serve as a portfolio of all your work so potential clients can have a look at it and it can also serve as an avenue for making money online.
You can make money off affiliate marketing, advertisements, paid services, and other services. With time, you would have a following and it would ultimately serve as a means to fame. Many people would start knowing about your work and of course, you would get even more clients as the years go by. All you need to make it work is a lot of consistency and putting out a lot of quality.
Enter Poetry Competitions
Not exactly a job but this is one of the coolest ways of making money online. As a poet, there are so many competitions you could enter that would pay you really well. The great part is that you can win really huge amounts that would have taken a while to make while consistently working. Some of the contests serve as ways to promote good work. They not only give you cool sums of money for winning, but you also get to enjoy a new level of publicity.
Depending on how huge the writing contest is, you can go from nobody to popular overnight – at least in that field. So, rather than sweat yourself trying to organically grow your brand, you can enter as many competitions as possible on a daily basis and write to the best of your ability. Some of these recurring online competitions include:
- Boston Review Fourteenth Annual Poetry Contest: Prize
- Bellevue Literary Review’s Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize in Poetry
- com Contest
- e Magpie Award for Poetry
- USA Gold Pencils Student Poetry Contest
- The Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize
- Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Contest
Start a Spoken word YouTube channel
Poetry is closely associated with spoken word. Hence, if your poetry sounds a bit motivational, inspirational, or you feel there is a lot of sense in your poem, then starting YouTube channel to recite these poems as a performance of some sort would eventually rake in good money. YouTube works in very simple ways. All you have to do is get yourself a decent video camera, record yourself reciting some of your poems, and post these videos on your YouTube channel.
Next, you monetize your channel and you can start enjoying the perks that come with it. Initially, you may need to do a little bit of publicity to get people to subscribe or watch the videos. With time, you would get viewers easily and start making so much money without doing so much.
Write an EBook on Poetry
Another great way of making money online is by writing an eBook. Just as you would write a compilation of poems in a book, you can write an eBook and sell it online. If you already have a compilation of poems in a book, you can simply make an eBook out of it and market it. Also, some of the random poems in your blog and in your archives, would work well as a part of a book.
The moment you have the eBook ready, you can choose the best ways to market it online. You can use your social media to sell it, use your blogs or website, or you can sell it on sites like Amazon or Etsy. Whichever means you choose, you can makes sales on it online. The sooner you compile it, the sooner you can start making money off it.