I love writing and blogging, but I now want to be paid for it? What do I do?

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I am currently studying at university but in my spare time I write for magazines (including the one at my university) and blogs. I love doing this, I really enjoy it and I am so passionate. As a career I definitely want to get into magazine journalism. I also run my own blog.

I love writing but at the moment I do it for free. I want to step things up a notch so now I want to be a paid freelance writer. I want to get paid writing gigs and I want to be paid for my passions. I've tried websites like oDesk, ELance, Freelancer, etc but I find them a bit useless to be honest, and I tried asking for advice months ago on TSR on how to become a paid freelance writer and get writing gigs but I just got completely shut down and I didn't receive any helpful advice.

Anyway, what do I do? It's getting to the point where I want to start doing paid writing work.

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How much traffic do you get on your blogs? If it's substantial, you could think about whacking in some ads to monetise your blog.
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How much traffic do you get on your blogs? If it's substantial, you could think about whacking in some ads to monetise your blog.
I don't get tons and tons of traffic but I do have ads on my blog (Google AdSense and ShopSense).
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Maybe list-verse? The pay 60 quid per list:

http://listverse.com/write-get-paid/

If You don't like the idea writing in a list format, then maybe sites like helium or Hugpages?
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Maybe list-verse? The pay 60 quid per list:

http://listverse.com/write-get-paid/

If You don't like the idea writing in a list format, then maybe sites like helium or Hugpages?
OK will check those out.

Thanks.
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Just to add, I am also interested in copy writing roles.

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Why don't you try reviewing certain goods you've tried recently? You might catch the attention of the manufacturers and they might string up some sort of deal with you? I'm not too sure though since I don't blog. Good luck!
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Hey

I am currently studying at university but in my spare time I write for magazines (including the one at my university) and blogs. I love doing this, I really enjoy it and I am so passionate. As a career I definitely want to get into magazine journalism. I also run my own blog.

I love writing but at the moment I do it for free. I want to step things up a notch so now I want to be a paid freelance writer. I want to get paid writing gigs and I want to be paid for my passions. I've tried websites like oDesk, ELance, Freelancer, etc but I find them a bit useless to be honest, and I tried asking for advice months ago on TSR on how to become a paid freelance writer and get writing gigs but I just got completely shut down and I didn't receive any helpful advice.

Anyway, what do I do? It's getting to the point where I want to start doing paid writing work.

Any advice?
Speak to your university to see if they would pay you to blog about your experiences as a student. UCB employ current students to blog about their experiences and course to inspire potential students. One has just won the National UK Blog Awards.
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Speak to your university to see if they would pay you to blog about your experiences as a student. UCB employ current students to blog about their experiences and course to inspire potential students. One has just won the National UK Blog Awards.
Unfortunately I don't have anything like that at my university. I can write for newspapers and magazines at my university but they don't pay.
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