At one point this site was an affiliate of Suite101 – I don’t know if that program still exists.
I tend to suggest that Suite101 and site’s like them may be best for beginning writers. In this article, which I requested, Prerna describes how Suite101 has helped her establish her writing career. It’s another “look” at the service.
By Prerna Malik
Two years ago, when my baby was born, I was freelancing as a copywriter and even though I was working from home, I was still feeling overworked and exhausted. Not surprising, since I was managing a baby, a home and a job that demanded constant creativity. So, in despair, I submitted my resignation only to find that as my baby grew, so did my free time and so did my desires to connect with others and create something other than mashed bananas!
During one of my searches for online jobs, I came across Suite101. It seemed nice enough – the articles were well-written and it had an actual application procedure, lending it more credibility than sites that just invite you to sign up. A bit of research on other freelance writers’ sites led me to apply. On being accepted, I happily started writing on topics that I was comfortable with. Did I make money right off the bat? No. Because although I wrote well when it came to creating ad copy, I needed to be a better writer online.
Fortunately, Suite 101 has an Editor for every section, useful, relevant tutorials and an incredibly encouraging community that not only supports but also teaches. Here is how these three combined to make me a better writer who earns a full living wage from writing online.
- Editorial Support: Editors at Suite aren’t going to spoon feed you but neither are they going to rip you to pieces. Paying attention to the “flags” and editorial feedback ensured that I became a better writer and was able to overcome the initial challenge of being a non-US writer. Today, when I have clients in the US and Australia appreciate my writing and come back for repeat assignments I only have my Suite101 editors to thank.
- Tutorials that Teach: Learning to use keywords without stuffing the article and turning it into a complete mess is another skill that I learnt from Suite. The well-crafted and researched tutorials teach you how to write well while using keywords and SEO. Paying attention to the tutorials ensured that I wrote well and made money on sites other than Suite as well. Using SEO is not a bad thing and in fact, you need it along with well-written, authoritative content in order to rank well in SERPs. Suite teaches you how to do that. Easily.
- A Community that Fosters Growth: The Suite101 community consists of published authors, established experts and writers who’ve crafted a niche in the online writing world for themselves. Drawing from their experiences, learning from their mistakes and seeking their support is an incredible way to grow as a writer. Not just that, I’ve landed writing assignments, got a new site to write for and connected with writers and bloggers who’ve helped me establish myself in the world of online writing by reviewing my articles, offering feedback or simply, brainstorming with me.
Today, I am proud to be the Buddhism/Taoism Feature Writer for Suite101 not because I make good money from it (although that helps!), but because putting Suite101 on my writing resume and directing clients to my articles on the site has helped me get assignments with hourly pay rates way more than what I was earning monthly. Today, my earnings from Suite make up for about 30% of my total writing income. Most importantly, it has helped me improve as a writer, learn more about the craft of writing and connect with talented people.
Prerna Malik believes in writing with passion, living with simplicity, parenting with love and creating a place that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences at The Mom Writes.
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