SEO Copywriting Tip: The One Line I Used to Land a $750 SEO Writing Job

Today’s newsletter is going to be short and sweet because I’m on deadline and friends are coming in from the states.

 

It’s the slow summer months and a lot of you may be fretting about landing your next freelance writing/seo writing jobHere’s a quick, simple thing you can do – it literally takes 10 seconds – that can bring in that next job.

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Writing for SEO: How Feasible Is It to Earn $500 Per Week as an SEO Copywriter?

Two weeks ago, I received the following email from an aspiring freelance (SEO) writer. He wrote:

QUESTION FROM AN ASPIRING SEO WRITER

Hi Yuwanda,

I am a 39 year old aspiring freelance writer who is needed at home. How difficult would it be to reach the 500 dollar-per-week threshold with freelance SEO copywriting which would make working from home a reality?

MY ANSWER

This is an easy and a difficult question to answer. It’s easy because all you have to do is read through my sites (InkwellEditorial.com and this site) to find plenty of instances of freelancers who’ve had incredible success as SEO writers – right out of the box.

One of these SEO writing success stories was detailed in what I dubbed “The Story of SEO Mary.” It follows a new SEO writer from her first days to well over a year later.

This is difficult to answer because . . .

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SEO Copywriters/Freelance Writers: How to Determine What to Pay Freelancers You Outsource To

Publisher Note: This is the third – and final – part of my answer to a fellow SEO writer who sent in a very long query about a week ago. Get caught up by reading Parts I [How to Find Reliable Freelancers to Outsource To (http://bit.ly/aLnkzT)] and II [How to Stop Freelancers You Outsource to from Stealing Your Clients (http://bit.ly/bNrqxP)].

 

The following is the third question.

 

QUESTION

 

I have placed a few craigslist ads in the past looking for some great people (I received an overwhelming response) so I do have some people I’d like to try. When you first went about hiring people to represent your hard work, did you draw up a contract with them? If so, what kind of issues do you feel is a MUST?

 

Publisher Note: I answered the above two questions in Part II (see the link to the Independent Contractor’s Agreement).

 

The last question I have is how to decide what kind of pay rate for the people I’d be outsourcing to? I can’t offer the moon & the stars right off the bat & I don’t want to lowball anyone.

 

MY ANSWER

 

Today, we’re going to discuss what to pay rate for SEO writers you hire should be.  I have to say, I hate to even dip my toe in these waters because freelance writing rates are all over the place and boy, it causes such debate every time the subject comes up, as the following links attest:

 

Freelance & SEO Writing Rates: The Debate Forever Rages

 

SEO Writing Rates: How to Determine What to Charge as an SEO Copywriter (http://bit.ly/bjOJwj)

 

How to Set SEO Writing Rates to Make $250-$500+/Day (http://bit.ly/9FdonM)

 

How to Set Your Freelance Writing Rates to Make a Real Living (http://bit.ly/17CiV)

 

4 Guidelines for Setting Blog Posting Rates (http://bit.ly/c3u4mc )

 

Freelance Writing Rates: And the Debate Rages On . . . (http://bit.ly/dDvoIU)

 

Advice for Freelance SEO Writers: How to Negotiate Rates When Clients Want You to Go Lower with the Promise of More Work (http://bit.ly/arF0x0)

 

SEO Copywriters: How I Determine What to Pay Freelance SEO Writers I Contract With

 

Here I’m going to divulge HOW I HANDLE IT. So here goes . . .

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Freelance Writers: How to Stop Freelancers You Outsource to From Stealing Your Clients

Publisher Note: Today is the day regularly scheduled for posting to InkwellEditorial.com.

 
But, since I’m addressing a multi-part question sent in from a fellow SEO writer that I started answering on SeoWritingJobs.com last week, today’s post is on this site.
 
TODAY’S POST
 
This is the second post in a series of posts which was inspired by a question sent in by a fellow SEO writer. To read her question in its entirety, see this post, which addresses How to Find Reliable Freelance SEO Writers to Outsource To (http://bit.ly/aLnkzT).

 

QUESTION

Another thing I’d be worried about is having someone ‘steal’ clients or working out side deals for extra work (not going thru my business but more of a one-on-one).

 

MY ANSWER

 

You don’t have to worry about this, and here’s why . . .

 

Why You Don’t Have to Worry about Freelance Writers You Outsource to Stealing Your Clients

 

First, let me say, there are always clients and freelance writers who operate like scum. They will stab you in the back without thinking twice about it.

 

BUT . . .

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Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work;

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SEO Copywriters: How to Find Reliable Freelance SEO Writers to Outsource To

As I stated in the last post on InkwellEditorial.com where we talked about outsourcing SEO writing jobs, I received a rather long, detailed email from a fellow SEO copywriter. She wrote, in entirety:

Hello. I would like to thank you for all that you offer with your inkwell site. I came across an article from you a couple of months ago & your website is now a daily stop for me. There aren’t any sites that I have followed like yours! (Not stalking~plus you‘re in Jamaica, much too far!)
 
I’ve been freelancing for the last few years & have recently decided to go full steam ahead with my business. [My Take:  Good for you!]

 

(I’m also learning all there is to know about affiliate marketing~I need some kind of steady income. However small it may be at first. Another subject I’ve been soaking up from your site & articles.)


My point in contacting you – I have come to the realization that even when I’m swamped with work there is obviously only so much I can accomplish as an individual. I would like to look into outsourcing my work.

 

The main concern I have is how to have faith that a person will do the job with flying colors. If I have someone transcribing 5 hours of audio – I would want to go over the document to make sure everything is A+ – it’s my business name on the line after all. Another thing I’d be worried about is having someone ‘steal’ clients or working out side deals for extra work (not going thru my business but more of a one-on-one).
 
I have placed a few craigslist ads in the past looking for some great people (I received an overwhelming response) so I do have some people I’d like to try. When you first went about hiring people to represent your hard work, did you draw up a contract with them? If so, what kind of issues do you feel is a MUST? The last question I have is how to decide what kind of pay rate for the people I’d be outsourcing to? I can’t offer the moon & the stars right off the bat & I don’t want to lowball anyone.
 
I realize this is long & I truly appreciate you reading my ramblings. If you have any advice or can suggest some articles that may help I would be grateful. I hope you’re staying cool & think you should sell some beach sand on your site! I know I’d buy a bit just to have a piece of paradise. (I spent some time in Jamaica about 20 years ago & there are two things that stand out to this day 1) this crazy ass waterfall where tourists & locals alike climb that sucker & pray they don’t plunge to their death (beautiful but scary) 2) every local had the catch phrase ‘no problem man’. (And I vividly remember hearing ‘Like a Virgin’ from Madonna ~ I was so blown away – I was only 13 at the time so it was totally cool in my mind!)
 
Enjoy the week & thank you again.

###
 
 

 

As I said, a rather long and involved email – but with some VERY good questions. I bolded the portions that need answering.

 

I was going to answer this in one newsletter, but it’d be 10,000 words or more, so I’ve decided to break it up and answer one question here over the next few days. Sorry if this is going to throw anyone off, but I don’t have to write a book right now and that’s what one answer would equal – a 10-page ebook.
So, following is the answer to the first question, which is outlined below. Let me preface my answers by saying, all of this is from my point of view based on hiring (and sometimes firing) literally hundreds of freelancers since 1997, which was when I ran Inkwell Editorial (my editorial staffing agency in New York City (1996-2004).
 

 

 

Have Questions about Freelance Writing, SEO Writing, Internet Marketing?

 

 Lately, I’ve been receiving a tsunami of questions about all of the above. This email is typical of what’s been landing in my inbox lately. And, while I’d love to answer each and every one of them as quickly as possible, it’s just not possible for me to do so.
I do EVENTUALLY get to the ones that I think have “universal” appeal; ie, questions that may help a lot of other freelance writers.
 

 

 

My point in telling you this is if you’ve sent in a question and haven’t heard from me, just know that I’ve received it and if it fits my universal criteria guideline, I’ll answer it in the newsletter. Some that are coming up include:

 

Working internationally, eg, one reader from Poland sent in the following about a week ago:

 

My problem is that I’d like to get clients from the US, but I am from Poland and I’m completely clueless where I should start in terms of legalities. Do I need any American work permits? Do I have to register in any American labor bureau? Do I need to pay taxes there or just in my country? Does buying writing services from a foreigner entail any financial or legal obstacles for my potential client? Do I need to register a business to be hired remotely for this job? What do I need to start this career?

Another reader sent in the following question just today:

I am writing this letter because, I am stuck.   First, I don’t know what the hell I [sic] do. I am a SEO Content Writer, but I know HTML, how to upload videos, create a website and all that techy internet stuff.  The more I think about it, I think I am more of a Virtual Assistant than a writer.  However, I want to be known for SEO Content Marketing.  But, my dilemma is – choosing a niche and wondering if I should market my self as a VA or market myself as A Writer with strong technical skills? You see, I have no problem researching a niche and seeing what they want.  My problem is- I get bored.

And there are quite a few more sitting in my inbox that I just haven’t had the time to get to.
BUT . . . I will. Just bear with me.

Readers like you are what make this newsletter so informative for so many. So continue to send in your questions because if you’re wondering about it, 9 times out of 10, many others are as well.

Now, for my American friends, enjoy our Independence Day (4th of July). I’ll post again next Tuesday.

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Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work;

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