In yesterday’s newsletter, I told you about the abundance of questions I’ve been getting about SEO writing (http://bit.ly/eTSXFX). Here’s yet another one. It’s about SEO writing rates — as in, when and how to raise yours.
The question is rather long, but I like to post them in their entirety/almost in their entirety so you get a full picture of exactly why the question is posed and the circumstances around it.
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QUESTION FROM AN SEO COPYWRIITER
. . . You may remember that I emailed you a few weeks ago to tell you I’d launched my SEO writing business following the instructions from your ebook [on how to become an SEO writer (http://bit.ly/akL7HZ)]. At the time, I had a couple of clients that were paying lower rates and basically treating me as an employee, but I took their jobs to get some work till I build the business.
Now . . . I have 3 more clients who are paying me my rates-$25 for a 500 word article or web copy. Not only that, but 2 of the 3 are very happy with these prices and one has told me after I did some work for him that I should charge more. Aside from these 3, I have several more who have told me they will be using my services after the new year.
This made me decide to increase my prices on Jan 1 (what better time to do it, right?). I told the one client that I was going to raise my prices to $30 an article/web page up to 500 words, $40 500 to 1000 words, but that I will keep the current rates for existing clients like him. He was very happy to hear that cause now he thinks he’s getting a great deal.
. . . I’m pondering this further. What I really want is to be charging $35 for a 500 word article, and $45 for 500 to 1000 words. However, I’m hesitant to go straight to that price range, because I thought it may be better to test the market at $30 and see how many clients I can gain at that level, and how many think my rates are too high.
If you have time, can you tell me what you think about that? Should I go straight to $35 right away, or should I make it a more gradual jump? (emphasis added)
One last thing-thanks again for all your help and guidance in setting this up. I never would have found this amazing niche without your ebook, and this has given me a career that just a couple months ago I could have only dreamed of! Have a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!
First let me say, readers like you constantly keep me on my toes. You ask such insightful questions — questions that really help others propel their businesses to the next level.
So, keep’em coming!
I always say that if you have a question or are facing a given situation, 9 times out of 10 you are not alone. Hence, you should never feel funny asking if you don’t know.
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