Some years ago, I dreamed about earning a passive income writing article online.
Here's how I imagined my dream will unfold:
I will write one article a day (or as much as I can) for a year. I would have around 365 articles in my portfolio by then. Those 365 articles then will make me money over the coming years. I can stop writing because the 365 articles in my belt will bring me passive income.
That didn't happen. And I don't think it will happen soon.
The flaw in my dream is the realization that the internet is a fast-changing platform. What is important now might not be as important tommorrow. What information that may be valid this month may not be as valid next month because of breathtaking discoveries.
The articles I wrote this year might not be read next year. Goodbye, passive income.
Adding to this flaw is the fact that search engines, the main tool people find your articles, is also changing. Though they still like the old factual information in some areas, they are more and more leaning towards fresh information. Search engines are also now considering social signals as votes of authority and credibility.
Either the articles I wrote years ago are now outdated, outperformed, or outsmarted. Either no one wants to read them anymore, or no one can find them anymore.
So again, the question, Can You Make Passive Income from Writing Articles Online? My answer is still yes. But it will not be simple. And will not be as lucrative.
I am looking forward to a semi-passive income from writing online. Once you have your online portfolio of articles, you shouldn't stop there. You should spend part of your time updating, rewriting, adding, and curating what you have written.