Considering a Career as an SEO Copywriter? Hold Up – 2 Signs This May Not be the Right Freelance Writing Job for You

I’m always talking about how great it is to be an SEO copywriter. I’ve had great success doing it and because of my foray into this niche of freelance writing, I’ve been able to achieve a lot of my business (and personal) dreams.

 

But in this post, I want to flip the switch. I want to outline some reasons for you not to become an SEO writer. This post came about because I was going over some lessons turned in from a couple of student who enrolled in Inkwell Editorial’s SEO copywriter training course.

 

As I was giving my feedback, I started to think, this is not a career path everyone should go down. Following are a couple of major reasons why.

 

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SEO Copywriters: Are You Ruining Your Chances of Landing Writing Jobs by Doing This?

A couple of days ago, I received a panicked email from an aspiring SEO copywriter. She wrote:

QUESTION FROM ASPIRING SEO WRITER

URGENT!

I purchased and am putting into action your SEO content writer book but have come across a bit of an issue!

Based on your example you wrote about “Mortgages Texas” I *assumed* the key words would be one or two. In your material you listed a sample of your first client which included a TON of key words and in my research to reach out to companies to hire me, I see their mentioning this as well.

So my question is… if they send me a list, heck, even 7! key words, I am meant to use ALL of them at a 3-5% density for the same short 350-500 word article? I’m so unclear on the list of key words as I was thinking it was one or two or a phrase!
HELP! I’m freaked out to send the emails to pitch (since I have hoped of getting immediate responses 😉 but don’t want to be lost with this dilemma!

Sincerely,
SB
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I get this question a lot from new SEO writers. I sent her the following response:

MY ANSWER

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Freelance Writers: How to Determine When to Spend Money to Make Money (4 Guidelines)

In yesterday’s InkwellEditorial.com newsletter, we discussed some time-saving tools freelance writers should invest in to make more money. I broke the list down into two categories – tools to invest in immediately, and those to purchase a bit down the line – after you have more of a business/life plan in place.

Today, I’m going to outline some simple guidelines for determining if/when you can afford it.

Note: Like most of the information I dispense, these guidelines are from my personal experience. Your situation may be different. So use the info I’m about to dispense and apply it according to what works best for you as a freelance writer, ok?

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Freelance Writers: 4 Guidelines for Determining “If You Can Afford It”

Long-Range Plans: How does an expenditure fit into your overall business/life plan? For me, this is the most important guideline, for it goes to the very heart of your business and your life. As I said about in the post, Freelance Writers: How to Cut Your Workday in Half (Literally!) and Still Increase Your Income:

One of the things I quickly realized when I tweaked my five-year plan a few months ago is that I could cut out a lot of what I was doing or planning to do.

What I want my life to be like in a year, three years, five years, etc., is reflected in my business plan. My business plan includes what I need to spend money on to reach my goals.

I got an interesting email yesterday from a freelance writer who participated in the first ebook writing tournament last October that highlights this point brilliantly. She wrote in part:

The tourney was important in more ways than just producing an ebook. It was a catalyst that allowed me to see what I really wanted to do with my writing skills: change people’s lives for the better through my writing. Through ebooks, to be specific. Fiction and nonfiction ebooks to be even more specific.
 
This decision also meant I needed to start closing up my business writing shop. Putting aside a couple hundred dollars’ worth of copywriting educational material, saying no to incoming freelance projects so I could concentrate on my ebooks — all that was a bit of a painful move. I have a backup; I have money coming in from other sources while I get this ebook thing off the ground. But I have to tell you, for the first time in a long time I am so, so…what is the word? Content! I am so content right now, it’s dreamy.
 
I really disliked writing for other people. I have for a long time. But I didn’t want to admit it because it was a good way to make money. And a good way to prove to myself that I actually was a ‘real writer’.(Whatever that means. Insert mental image of rolling eyes.)
 
Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for all your help with this whole who-I-am-as-a-writer shifting paradigm thing. It’s really cool to feel like I am finally, finally on the right track in my life.

When you KNOW what you want out of life, every decision you make should move you closer to that goal – and that includes whether or not to spend money on something for your freelance writing business.

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Getting SEO Copywriting Jobs: Why Market When No One Is Listening?

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In last week’s newsletter, we discussed SEO copywriting rates.

The newsletter was inspired by an SEO writer who was having some marketing success and wanted to raise his rates. However, before he’d sent me that question about rates, he’d sent in the following commentary, which inspired this newsletter.

As a side note, the vast majority of Inkwell’s newsletters are inspired by readers like you, so if you have questions, please send them in. My goal is to always give you content that you can use to start or grow a successful freelance writing business. So when you send in your questions, you not only get that benefit (hopefully), but you help a whole lot of others as well.

Now, to today’s content.

Hi Yuwanda,

. . . You hit the nail on the head when you said there are times when it seems “no one is listening.” I have those days when I send out emails and get no responses and it can get discouraging, but then I remember your ebook and how it’s all just a numbers game and the more doors I knock on the more work I’ll get.

The real blessing for me is that I love to write and I’m SO close to being able to do for a living what I love to do. How many people ever get to do that?

For the longest time, I assumed that there was no money in SEO writing cause of all the 3rd world (and even some American) $3-$5 an article writers in places like Warrior Forum. Your ebook opened my eyes to the proper way of marketing and now I’m closing in on making what I once thought was a pipe dream a reality.

So again, thanks for the ebook and support/encouragement. I really would have had no clue about this opportunity without it. I will certainly contact you in the future when my business is better established to give you a real success story. Till then, it’s back to pounding the daily marketing pavement and taking whatever jobs come my way.

May you and your family have a wonderful and blessed holiday season.

Take care and God bless!

MY RESPONSE

Note: Following is my exact response back in early December, which I want to expand on a bit here today — just as a reminder before we get too deep into this new year and you start to formulate your marketing strategies.

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