This website is all about cloud hosting and high performance SSD Linux servers. But according to the rumors online, you can also make some sweet cash freelancing for them. But is it true? Can you really make money writing for Linode.com?
This is exactly what I wanted to know, so I set out to discover the truth.
What Is Up With Freelancing Online? Can You REALLY Make Any Money Doing That?
You actually can… which is pretty awesome. But a lot of people misunderstand it. Freelance writing is a very ‘romanticized’ way to earn extra cash. When people imagine it, they imagine sitting on a white sandy beach, with a cocktail or a glass of wine sitting next to them, with their laptop on their lap while they watch the rolling waves glide over the glistening sand.
Well I can tell you… I have actually tried this. Like… really. I have sat on a white sandy beach and tried to write. In fact, there are few places that I have NOT tried writing in… and let me tell you this…
White sand is not friendly to electronics. Plus, getting good wi-fi out on the beach is a challenge. Plus, with the sun beating down on you, you will quickly start to sweat. Your laptop gets uncomfortable on your lap after a while. Plus, trying to write with people frolicking on the beach around you is almost impossible. I need at least relative peace and quiet when I write, otherwise it gets really difficult to focus on what I’m doing.
Libraries work pretty well most of the time. Sometimes, coffee houses. But my best place to write is in my office… with the door closed, with nobody else at home, with an energy drink and a granola bar beside me to keep my mental-energy up.
With all of that being said, writing while sipping a cocktail isn’t too bad! But in all seriousness, freelance writing is exactly what it sounds like… it is a writing job. It is work, and it is not always fun.
You will often have to write about things that you don’t particularly find interesting, you will have to meet deadlines, you will have to fight distraction, computer malfunctions, and internet issues… and you will also have to do a lot of ‘extra work’ to make sure that you have work lined up for next week, next month, and next year.
But yes… you absolutely can make money freelancing, and yes, it can be very lucrative. I remember when I reached the point in my freelancing career where I realized that I was making more money than all of my friends… and yet, I could still sleep in when I wanted, I could travel when I wanted, and I could work around my own schedule.
It was amazing.
But it is also very taxing, exhausting work. Maybe not physically, but mentally. You also have to be really good at it and work very hard to earn and keep clients.
But what about Linode.com? Does this site offer an opportunity for freelancers to make some sweet extra cash?
As it turns out, the answer to this question is a yes. Here is what you need to know.
The Basics: What Is Linode.com?
If you want to launch a Linux Cloud Server, Linode.com is a website that can help you. They offer super-fast hardware and networking, and can allow you to enter the industry in a scalable environment. They also maintain a 24/7 customer support team.
But where does freelance writing come into the picture?
Linode.com has a lot to offer. Here is a screen shot of the lower part of their landing page, where they talk about their services.
I am not going to go into the cloud hosting part of this site a lot here because it is pretty self-evident what this site is selling. My primary interest, of course, was in looking at the freelancing opportunities. So I found my way to https://www.linode.com/docs/contribute/, and found this.
So this does a pretty good job of talking about the writing opportunities on Linode.com. You can get paid up to $300 per guide when you write for their tutorial section, and as it turns out, they are currently looking for technical writers and subject-matter experts to contribute to their tutorials about Linux, Linode, and cloud infrastructure in-general.
Obviously, if you do not have any knowledge in this field, this may not be the site for you to write for, as it would be pretty important for you to be knowledgeable about the topics if you write for them. But… if you do possess the technical knowledge to be able to write about these topics and explain them clearly, you can publish a guide here (with the help of their editors), and get paid pretty well for it.
But let’s take a moment to talk about the elephant in the room… the fact that Linode.com offers $300 per guide when you write for them. As a freelancing gig, this is pretty awesome, but keep in mind that it can sometimes be time-consuming to write technical content. So it is important that you take this into account as well. How good of a researcher are you? How fast can you type? Are you familiar with how to write technical content? These are all important questions to ask yourself before considering jobs like this.
Remember that, as a freelancer, you want your focus to be on writing quality content. If you do that, the pay will come as long as you make smart business decisions.
And yes… writing for Linode.com can most-definitely be an awesome business decision… as long as you know what you are talking about!
How To Choose The Right Websites To Write For
One of the biggest challenges that freelancers face is finding work. But actually, finding writing work doesn’t have to be all that big of a deal. In fact, there are literally dozens of websites on the lookout for freelancers to pay to write them quality content.
But… the important thing to remember about this is that not every website will be right for you. There are a lot of websites that may not fit with your style of writing. There may be others that are based around a topic that you do not have as much experience with.
As a general rule, before writing for any website, you will want to make sure that…
- The website is a match for your knowledge and experience base
- You can write in an authoritative voice about the topic
- You can meet all of the website’s requirements and criteria
- You will be able to do the research required to understand exactly what needs to be said to convey to appropriate thoughts and ideas
It is also important to make sure that the website pays enough to make it worth your while.
But as long as all of these requirements are met, pitching the website is probably a good idea. Obviously, it takes time to pitch to a site, and there is never any 100% sure method to make sure that you will get paying work when you pitch to a site. But this is part of the writing game, and it is a risk that you will have to take if you want to make extra money as a freelance writer.
My Personal Feelings About Writing For Linode.com
Linode.com is most certainly a website about a certain topic… so obviously, if you are not familiar enough with cloud hosting, Linux servers, or infrastructure needs, you will probably find that this is not the website for you.
But, with that being said, it is most definitely possible to write for this site and make a few dollars doing it. They pay out $300 per guide, which is not a bad price at all. In fact, this is above average for most sites, and can absolutely make the pitching process worth the time.
So yeah. I will not likely be pitching to this site anytime in the future, as my knowledge of these topics is not very strong. But I do feel like it would be more than worth it for someone who knows quite a bit about Linux and cloud-servers.
Technical content is certainly difficult to write if you do not have a pretty firm grasp of the concepts… but if you do understand these concepts pretty well, you can make a lot of money on Linode.com. You will not get rich with jobs like this, and writing like this is obviously not an example of passive income… but it is much better side-hustle cash than you could hope to get taking online surveys or through other similar means, so that is most definitely something to take notice of.
Our Final Opinion About Writing For Linode.com
Should you pitch to them and try to make some extra money as a freelancer?
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