How One SEO Writer Landed a Job to Write 115 Pages of Content: The Marketing Method She Uses That’s Working So Well

This is the sixth update in the Cold Calling Carol SEO writing success story series. After you read through her phenomenal success – which isn’t hard to achieve (she’s just very driven), I’ll share some insight with you on what happens once you start getting clients on a regular basis.

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Rent Paid for Two Months – and Contracted Writing for a Total of 115 Pages 

The following update from Cold Calling Carol arrived in my inbox on 9/21/2011.

Note: I don’t pester freelancers (eg, SEO Mary (forgive the old site design in this series)) for updates, other than to say, “If you have questions, send them in, or “Let me know how it’s going for you.” And for me, that’s what makes these stories so interesting.

Most freelancers who start achieving want to share because they can’t believe that they’ve started a career that is making them real money following very simple techniques I outlined that started my SEO writing career

Because there is so much garbage on the web, when many land on something that actually works, the response is usually, “I can’t believe it. Everything you said is coming true.” And, this is why I think many continue to share their success with me (and you) – to inspire hope.

One final thing, the client identity/niche has been protected at the request of this freelancer.

Now, let’s get down to what Cold Calling Carol said. She wrote:

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Hello Yuwanda,

Well, remember the [client] I was telling you about who contracted me for 50 pages? Well, he was so pleased with my work that he just contracted me for 65 more pages today! Of course, I gave him a great bulk rate for giving me so much work to produce at one time.

But even with the discount, let’s just say, that he paid my rent for 2 months, plus I have a lot of money left over to save and reinvest in my [SEO writing] biz, plus contribute to my Jamaica [travelling] my fund. (emphasis added)

And you know the funny thing is , I always wanted to work with [this niche of client]  (lucrative factor), but I was so hesitant to approach them, because  I listened to the voices in my head that told me [they]  would want this,  and that, etc, etc. 

Now, I have [a client in this niche] under my belt who is pleased with my work. I can’t wait to my content goes live, because I know he will get leads from it. Now, I feel confident to approach [others in this niche] and  show them what I have done, and be confident to close the sale 🙂

Here’s the thing, I cold called a SEO firm on July 18th, 2011 of this  year. He gave me 2 articles to write, I wrote them without accepting payment in advance. (usually I do). But, just imagine if I didn’t write those 2 articles, he would have never seen the quality of my work.

Needless  to say out of those 2 articles that I wrote for him, he was very pleased,  and referred me to [this current client]. Not only did he refer me . . . he spoke very highly of me. So, highly that the [client] said: I DON’T WANT  YOU TO FARM OUT CONTENT, I WANT YOU TO PRODUCE ALL THE CONTENT. (I let him  know that I have to farm out some, because of his due date, and I only farmed out 10). For the new project, I am going to write all 65 pages though. 

Editor Note: See Tips #6 and #7 in this article when you get clients who want you – and only you – to write their SEO copy (eg, no outsourcing). Again, forgive the old site design. Just haven’t gotten around to migrating all my old pages into the current site. 

Anyway, I am trying to make a point that I made 1 phone call in July, and by doing so, I made a handsome profit for September and October.   

Like Dan Kennedy says: The Best clients are repeat clients who have a constant/on-going need for content.

I say all this to say even though cold calling is a necessary evil; it works! I know I am not saying this to brag, but I know how it feels to “do everything right” and see no results. I just want to help other writers live their dream of the writer’s life. Of course, when I am writing, I feel like I am birthing a baby, and say I don’t want to do this anymore, but when the product is  finished, I am like I am ” Bad Ass”!.

On other news, I apologize that I am all over the place. But, I am overfilled with joy— yes I share with my family and friends, but they just don’t understand like you do 🙂 So, I just want to share my happiness with you.

A Few Things I Want to Point Out about This Freelancer’s SEO Writing Success

Success Begets Success: Once you start achieving success like this, your confidence grows. You stop doubting yourself and get over the fear of “can I make a go of freelancing” and start “making a go of freelancing.”

Even when dry spells hit again, you’ll know, “Hey, I did it once (eg, was slammed with work), I can do it again.” It’s at this point that many never look back (eg, worry about finding a job again). I know I didn’t.

Continuous Marketing Works: The constant thread in Cold Calling Carol’s series is that she markets – continuously; even down to the point of figuring out how many contacts she had to make a day to meet her income goal.

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone: This freelancer stepped outside the box and tried something new (eg, cold calling). If being self employed as a freelance (SEO) writer is something you really want, you’ll do what it takes to make it happen.

Believe in Yourself: I happen to know that this freelancer is very driven. You must be to achieve any dream you want. This means you first have to believe in yourself. As I say in this post (See #V):

Lack of self confidence is really just fear. Fear of failure, fear of SUCCESS (yes, success); fear of not being good enough; etc. . . . Until you overcome this, you will have a hard time succeeding at anything. 

Learn How to Price to Grow:  Cold Calling Carol sent me another email about outsourcing. As she had so many SEO articles to write – and so little time to do it – she needed help. She wrote:

I did want to ask you a question about outsourcing. It seems I can hit my 6 figure goal by going that route. If I outsource, I don’t see how I can make a profit when i am offering bulk rates and outsource the work. Do you have any suggestions on how to go about that? 

My Answer

Simple . . . you’re going to have to raise your rates — plain and simple. There’s no way around this. See this post on outsourcing freelance writing work to gain further insight. It has links to tons of other info I’ve written on this subject.

Have a great weekend! I’m so behind on so much writing that I just need to hole up in a snowbound cabin somewhere and not come out until Thanksgiving!

Yuwanda
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SEO Article Writers: When – and When Not – to Use Articles You’ve Written for Clients in Your Portfolio

If you’re a new SEO content writer and you don’t have a lot of writing samples, after you get a few jobs under your belt you may be anxious to add some of the articles you wrote for clients to your portfolio. This is totally understandable. But, be careful, it may not be prudent to do so.

A few days ago, I received an email from a new SEO writer about this. She wrote: 

Question from an SEO Copywriter about If It’s Ok to Use Client Articles in Her Portfolio

Hello Yuwanda:

I first want to say that I truly appreciate all the work that you do for writers. I am new to the freelance writing business, just recently starting my own, and have found your website to be very helpful.

I purchased your SEO eBook “How to Make $250+/Day Writing Simple, 500-Word Articles.” It’s great! It’s helped boost my confidence in putting myself out there as an SEO writer when seeking clients.

I have a question for you regarding rights. As part of my agreement with clients (so far, I’ve had two — one that I’m still working with), with my rate they receive full rights of the articles. Although they have full rights, am I still able to link to the articles, or create pdf files of the articles to show in my portfolio? Is this something that just depends on the client?

I would greatly appreciate your insight. I thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
~J

 My Answer 

First, let me say, glad the ebook helped boost your confidence. This is as important to your success as a freealnce writer as your writing skill. So, good going!

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Now to your question — the hard and fast rule is never to use content you’ve written for clients in your portfolio without their permission. This is especially true in the case of SEO content because clients outsource it with the idea that all rights belong to them – and they may not want anyone to know that they use a ghost writer (ie, freelance SEO writer).

With that being said, if you want to use a piece in your portfolio, simply ask the client if it’s ok.

3 Ways to Use Samples You’ve Done for Clients without Using the Actual Samples

I. Create your own samples: This is what I do. I don’t use actual client samples in my portfolio. I use samples of stuff I’ve already written. To explain — for example, as a real estate writer, I have written hundreds of articles on mortgages, foreclosures, home loans, etc.

So if I get a client who wants real estate content, I have a few articles I wrote for places like AssociatedContent.com in this niche that I can point them to.

II. Use widely distributed content: Another way to get around this is if you have clients who hire you to write articles for article marketing campaigns, you can put it in your portfolio (with the agreement of the client).

The reason most will agree to this is because it’s widely distributed content anyway. So it’s not like another client could steal proprietary/unique content anyway. And this why many clients won’t mind you using a sample or two from stuff you’ve written for them in your portfolio.

The bottom line though is to ask your client if you want to use content you’ve written for them in your portfolio because once written and paid for, it’s their content (their intellectual property) – not yours. So just get permission.

III. Create like samples: What I mean by this is, if you specialize in a certain niche, for example, you will find yourself writing on the same topics over and over again – just putting different spins on it from your client’s perspective, or as new research becomes available, etc.

So take an hour or so and create a like sample for a piece you may have done for a client for your portfolio.

Note: DO NOT under any circumstances – ever — plagiarize your client’s content. But, put the research you may have done for a client to good use by banging out a unique article for your portfolio based on the subject matter at hand. 

This is what I mean by creating a “like” sample.

Is It the Norm to Give Away All Rights to Content as an SEO Writer? 

One final thing — be sure to clarify up front to clients whether or not they receive all rights to the content you produce for them. Almost all expect that they will own the content outright. This is industry standard. 

I actually had one aspiring freelancer writer tell me that she’d never give away all rights to content she wrote for clients. I tried to explain to her that she’d have a helluva time landing jobs if she didn’t. She was green and was all up in arms about her writing belonging to her.

So just know . . . it’s perfectly legitimate for a client to expect all rights to content they hire you to write as an SEO writer.

What Do You Think?

Do you give away all rights to content you create as an SEO writer? Do you use client articles in your portfolio?

As always, hope this insight helps, and if you have additional thoughts on this subject, please share in the comments section below.

Related Posts

SEO Copywriter Tips: How to Protect Your Writing Samples & Guidelines on What Exactly Are the Responsibilities of an SEO Writer

Plagiarism and Stolen Content: A Growing Web Problem — Is Your Firm Unknowingly Falling Victim and Being Penalized by Google & Other SEs

Copyright Infringement Ebook: What to Do If Someone Steals Your Content and/or If You are Falsely Accused of Stealing Someone’s Content

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How to Answer the “What Do You Charge for SEO Writing” Question to Land the Client

Editor Note: LEARN SEO IN PARADISE – NEGRIL, JAMAICA

The busy fall season is here. And many of you have been killing it – staying on the marketing as I outline it in the SEO writing ebook and . . . it’s working, as evidenced by the feedback in these posts.

Is SEO Copywriting the Right Career for You? Who Should NOT Pursue This Opportunity

Search Engine Optimization Copywriters: How to Respond to Clients Who Want “Experience” When You Have None (Or Very Little)  

Following is an email from another freelancer who’s having some success as an SEO writer – and who needs some insight when it comes to handling the “what are your SEO writing rates” question. Her email arrived in my inbox late last night.

This new SEO copywriter wrote:

Hi Yuwanda,
 
I just wanted to check in with you to let you know that my marketing is going phenomenally well! I have been sending out marketing e-mails the past 3 days, and I’ve received nearly a 10% response rate. I am absolutely thrilled about how well it’s going. 🙂
 
Anyway, the problem I’m finding is that when clients ask for my rates, I don’t hear a response back. I’m wondering if there’s a certain way to discuss rates that will be more effective, or if they just usually take some time to think about it.
 
I realize that I’m being a little impatient since it’s only been 3 days, and I’ve received 9 responses. I’ve been telling myself that it will just take some trial and error to find the right way.
 
Thanks so much for any help that you can give me, and I understand completely if you’re too busy to respond. Have a wonderful evening, Yuwanda, and thank you so much for everything.
 
P.S. I have a phone interview with a client in the morning. 🙂 I’m a little nervous.
 
~LW

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My Answer

First L, being nervous is normal. But, as Cold Calling Carol illustrates, you can get over the cold calling jitters. So screw up your courage and trudge forward.

Now, to answer your question, ie, is there a certain way to discuss rates that will be more effective, or if they just usually take some time to think about it.

The way to “discuss rate” is NOT to discuss it – at least not up front. To explain – let’s look at some basic sales psychology. 

When Clients Ask about Your SEO Article Writing Rates, This is What They Really Want to Know

When most clients object to your SEO writing rates, many of them are not objecting to cost at all. 

What they’re objecting to is the perceived value they’re NOT going to receive for the rate you’re asking. So in essence, they’re asking about your competency, your skill, your ability to handle their needs. 

Once you illustrate to them how your SEO content can deliver results (ie, a return on their investment (ROI)), then there’s less (or no) objection to rate – especially if your rates are well within industry norms. 

Now for sure, there will be clients who can’t afford you and/or don’t want to pay a certain amount for writing services. You’re not going to change their minds, so just move on.  For the others, you can convert a certain percentage of them into paying clients.

Read this excellent article on TrustedAdvisor.com that gives in-depth insight into how to handle the “what do you charge?” question. 

So,” you may be thinking, “all that info is great Yuwanda, but how do I go about this when a client outright asks me for my rates?” It’s simple. 

Pre-sell clients on the value your SEO writing can provide to them before you discuss rates.

2 Ways to Pre-Sell Clients on Your SEO Writing Services So Rate Is Less of an Issue 

I. I do it by writing and distributing free special reports.  I talk about this in the post, Content Marketing Tip for Freelance Writers: How to Make Money During the Holidays by Creating Special Reports

While this discusses how to use free reports to drum up business during the holiday season, it is in fact a strategy that can (should) be used all the time – especially as we are in the age of content marketing.

When you make contact, send the report. I have several on my SEO writing site at http://newmediawords.biz/free-seo-tools.htm

What this does is proves your worth to clients up front. It brands you as an expert. All of this means rate is less of a problem.

II. Another thing you can do is devise an in-take questionnaire. On it ask customers about their pain points, eg: 

Don’t have enough time to update your blog regularly;

Is your website not converting like you want (eg, not generating sales or leads); 

Having problem turning out quality content on a regular basis; 

Etc.

This is how we can help.

Then, go on to list why/how having regular, professionally written SEO content can benefit their business.

As always, I hope this insight helps, and good luck landing those gigs. You guys are killing it!

Yuwanda
P.S.: Here’s a pic from my “office” today.
A tree limb fell and knocked out the internet service at my house here in Jamaica, so I’m working from this restaurant up the street, which has the following view.

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Learn SEO: 18 Things You Need to Know about Search Engine Optimization

Want to learn SEO so your site can rank better on Bing (and other search engines)?

Well, the team at Bing have stepped up with a list of 18 SEO fundamentals for webmasters and website owners who want to optimize their sites for better rankings on Bing. This list includes some vital pieces of information that are useful, especially to all those who wish to set a firm foot in the SEO world and want to benefit from search marketing.

Get more info on how to learn SEO — straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak.

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Is SEO Copywriting the Right Career for You? Who Should NOT Pursue This Opportunity

Late last night, I was sitting at my computer all bleary-eyed from writing – you guessed it – another ebook, when the following email came in. It got me to thinking, an SEO writing career is not for everyone. Following is the email. Then I’ll explain why I feel this way.

FYI, the busy fall season is here. Proof? See 3 SEO copywriting success stories at the end of this post.

Email from a New SEO Writer

Hi Yuwanda,

I wanted to write in to let you know that I got my first client today!! However, it took me three weeks of constant (10 – 15 emails a day and even a handful of cold-calls) to get a nibble that turned into a client. I got really discouraged during that time. You may have already written a post on this, but could you maybe do a refresher on how to stay motivated when things aren’t going as well/quickly as you had hoped? I think it would be helpful to a lot of us.

Thanks again for all your help! It’s really great that you help people start in this industry – so many who make money are more interested in keeping out competition. 🙂

My Response

Congrats!
 
And FYI, 3 weeks is not that long.
 
I’ll write that post (on staying motivated) later today for SeoWritingJobs.com. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll see it in your inbox.

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2nd Email from Same SEO Writer

Thank you!

I’ll tell you, after reading your book about how you got 14 projects in one week, three weeks with absolutely no responses felt really long! 🙂 🙂

My Response

A- remember, I’ve been a freelance writer for close to 2 decades (since 1993), so I have a lot more marketing savvy than most. Even though I knew nothing about SEO writing and had to practically start from scratch, I have the MIND of a business person. Being mentally prepared to do what it takes to succeed is every bit as important as working the actual steps.
 
There’s practically no other business under the sun where you can start off in the black like SEO writing. And if you think 3 weeks is long, then wait until you hit some dry spells and don’t get clients for a month or more (it happens to the best of us — even when you’re marketing).
 
I point this out to say, be patient. Things are not going to always be rosy. There are going to be ups and downs, but if you CONSISTENTLY market, these slow times will be fewer and farther in between. If you can’t handle this type of up and down existence, rethink freelance writing as a career. It may not be for you. Even though you’ve landed your first client, you may panic when projects start NOT to roll in. Again, it happens to the best of us.
 
I say this over and over and over again, yet all most want to focus on are my successes. BUT, there comes a time when work just seems to dry up, then my inbox gets flooded with “what am I doing wrong” types of emails.

NO business is easy — if it was everyone would do it. So just realize, 3 week is NO TIME at all to wait to land your first client.
 
Years ago in New York, I was an actress. Do you know how long it takes some actors to land a part? Valerie Bertinelli of “One Day at a Time” fame went on 75 auditions before she landed her first part. Morgan Freeman was an actor for close to 25 years before anyone ever knew who he was.
 
Speaking of perseverance, did you know that it took Thomas Edison over two years to invent the light bulb; he purportedly tried over 6,000 different carbonized plant fibers, looking for a carbon filament for his light bulb that would work.
 
THIS is business; THIS is what it takes.
 
Remember this when things seem to fall off — for no apparent reason at all.
 
In the meantime, enjoy your success — and keep marketing.

When SEO Writing May Not be the Right Career for You

If you can’t take the ups and downs that come with freelancing, then freelance (SEO) writing is not for you.

If you get frustrated because you’re constantly marketing, but you can’t seem to sell ice water to a man dying of thirst in the Sahara desert, then freelance (SEO) writing is not for you.

If you panic and wonder what you’re “doing wrong” when jobs aren’t rolling in, then freelance (SEO) writing is not for you.

If you can’t stick with it, even when things get tough, then freelance (SEO) writing is not for you.

If you fire off frantic emails to “experts” seeking advice when what you’re doing is not working, then freelance (SEO) writing is not for you.

If you can’t find solutions to problems that crop up in your freelance business – without consulting an “expert” — then freelance (SEO) writing is not for you.

The bottom line is, if you can’t at some point take the training wheels off and fly on your own as a business person, then freelance (SEO) writing is not for you.

Because it’s a business. Specifically, it’s your business — and that’s the way you must approach it.

Note: The reason the word  “expert” is in quotation marks is because no one knows it all. There will always, always, always be situations that crop up in your freelance business that you’re going to have to figure out how to handle without waiting for someone to hold your hand.

As I wrote in the post Freelance (SEO) Writing: Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed? When NOT to Take the Plunge:

NOBODY can give you the ability to think for yourself, ie, when or when not to offer a discount, when to turn down a project, when to expand your business, when to hire freelancers, when to fire freelancers, how to set deadlines, and/or how to tackle one of a multitude of other decisions a busy SEO writer (or any business owner) has to make for him/herself on a daily basis.

AND THIS IS WHAT BUSINESS IS – any kind of business.

I can give you guidelines to go by that have worked for my business; recount actual client scenarios and how I handled them; and point out industry norms that you may want to follow . . . But, the final decision is always up to you.

How to Stay Motivated When Times Get Tough as a Freelance (SEO) Writer

Market, market and market some more: The best way to beat the freelance writing doldrums is to stay busy.

If it means making contact with 100 prospects per day, then do so. You’ll be too busy drumming up business to focus on the fact that you don’t have any at the moment. And the best part about this is, you’ll most likely land jobs instead of sitting around feeling sorry for yourself.

Get more tips on how to weather dry spells in the post, Freelance Writers: How to Land Jobs When You Have $0 & Your Marketing Tactics Aren’t Working – 5 Areas to Assess. It’s very detailed.

The Busy Fall Season Has Arrived: Get Inspired by These 3 SEO Writing Success Stories

Within the last week and a half, I received the following emails.

SEO Writing Success from Freelancer #1 Rec’d on 9/6: Hi Yuwanda, I wanted to write in to let you know that I got my first client today!! [From the freelancer who sent in the email that inspired this post]

SEO Writing Success from Freelancer #2 Rec’d on 9/6: Hi Yuwanda, Just wanted to say thank you – as a result of the advice in your SEO writing e-book, I got my first order within 12 hours of sending out my first batch of 10 marketing emails.

SEO Writing Success from Freelancer #3 Rec’d on 8/30: This one is from Cold Calling Carol. She continues to rock it – and amaze me! Remember, this was a freelancer who was broke just a few months ago. Now, she’s been to Hawaii (and is broke again), but has a full plate of assignments to fill her bank account up again. You go girrrrlll!

She wrote:

Hi Yuwanda, 

Your email was right on the money today! I just got back from my Hawaii trip ( I had a blast) plus an empty wallet to show for it. And to be honest, I took the weekend off to recover from the mini-jet lag. I was just about to start compiling a list for more Seo’s to call. Surprise, surprise. They called me!

Remember, all the calls I made during the summer? Well, they are paying off! [Editor note: This happens a lot – prospects will keep your info on file and contact you months, sometimes years, later. So, keep marketing!]

I was worried about one guy not liking my content, but apparently he does, because he called me yesterday and asked me to quote him a bid on this new site for a new client of his! But, that’s not the icing on the cake. Get this; I just got a call from a stockbroker [profession was changed per writer’s request to protect identity of her client] Anyway, he needs a lot of his pages re-written due to duplicate content.

One of his sites already got wacked due to the Google Panda update [Editor note: I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of this.] And he doesn’t want it to happen again. Anyway, needless to say I am about to quote him for research, and rewriting, and the quote will cover most of my Hawaii trip. But, that’s not all; He said if I do a good job he has over 100 more landing pages he needs done by yesterday. 

However, I got a little intimidated because he said he has gone through 5 writers already, some were good, but he hasn’t found The ONE. Oh the pressure is on now! Other than that, he said he will start me off with 10 first to see how I do, and then he will give me the rest once I “show” my work.

Other than that, the SEO firm that gave me the work says he has 22 more sites he needs me to work on once I am done with this one. I say this not to brag, of course you know that. But, I want your readers to be inspired to take action. One day I am broke, one day I am booking a trip to Hawaii, and sad that I spent all my money. Now, I’m quoting jobs at 5 figures. What a writer’s life. You are truly right about ups and downs.

I am excited and nervous at the same time. But, All I have to do is try and prove my worth! I will keep you posted. Hope your readers get encouragement and inspiration. (I still don’t like talking on the phone, but I like beaches, boys, and living life on my own terms, so I do what has to be done to live the life I want).

FYI, see all posts in the Cold Callling Carol, SEO Writing Success Story series.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

I know this has been a long post, but I wanted to give you a kick in the pants – and some inspiring success stories to spur you on.

Now, I’m off to FINALLY (I hope fingers crossed) finish my latest ebook. It’s 15 things you can do to prevent ebook returns. I’m 95% done, but trying to finish so I can hit the beach for a run before it rains. It’s rainy season here in Negril and almost every afternoon you can count on some showers – even though the sun is shining gloriously right now.

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Til next time,
Yuwanda
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