SEO Content Writing Advice on When to Turn Down a Job — You Won’t Believe What This Client Wanted & What They Proposed to Pay
Here we go again with the what I call “We have lots of work for you if you’ll just work for x” SEO writing jobs hook. The reason I refer to it as a hook is so many new article writers fall for this – or are tempted to.
A client contacted me and asked me to write 1000 word articles for his clients. I wanted to get your opinion. He claims that he has plenty of work for me. Do you think it is worth working with this client? Here is what he sent me:
I hope this letter finds you in good spirits. We’re happy to have you join our team! We are overwhelmed with orders and need all the help we can get right now.
One of the things we also do for clients is create “SEO Articles” to increase traffic at the web site. In this project you are requested to write a 1000+ word article . . . and embed at least 10 SEO keywords. One of the ways we promote our clients is by reviewing a few complementary businesses. A complementary business partner is a similar business, but not directly competing.
For example, a realtor and a mortgage broker are complementary businesses because they are both speaking to the same target market, but they are not directly competing with each other. The goal with this assignment is to review 4 complementary business partners and alert the press about the blog.
This strategy is broken into 4 parts:
Phase 1 ($25): Create the 1000 words of content
Phase 2 ($10): Upload the 1000 word article to the clients web site and optimize
Phase 3 ($10): Create the 400 word Press Release
Phase 4 ($10): Upload the 400 word Press Release to the clients web site and optimize
If you decide to do all 4 phases of the project, we pay a bonus of $45 (Total= $100 for this project if you complete all 4 phases). We prefer that our writers do all 4 phases, however, we are open to having you do phase by phase as well. Please note that the bonus is subject to a review of your work. If you submit low quality work and you need help with uploading the article, — need teaching with SEO, the bonus is not paid. We pay the bonus to contractors that are self starters, and know what to do (get it right the first time without much supervision).
Are you kidding me?!
This company wants you to write a 1,000-word (themed content) SEO article; a press release; and they want you to upload it to the client’s site – all for $100 – IF your work is up to par. And, there were other extensive guidelines you had to adhere to to complete this job.
Again, are you kidding me?!
No, no, no, no, no – I would under no circumstances even consider this freelance writing job.
I Can’t Tell You When to Accept or Turn Down SEO Writing Jobs, But . . .
Some content writing job requirements are so outrageously ridiculous that it’s cut and dried. This is one of those.
FYI, at my SEO writing company (NewMediaWords.biz), we charge $195 to write a press release; for an “easy, breezy” SEO article of 350-400 words, the cost is $45. For a 1,000 word article, the cost would be double plus. To upload content, we charge $45/hour (this falls under our General Editorial Services guidelines).
So right there, what they want to pay $100 for, we’re at around $330 at my firm. And, my company’s rates are cheap compared to many other firms. For example, press releases usually start at around $350 – just for the writing. This doesn’t include distribution. So I just want to remind you to value your time.
I don’t like to get into telling SEO copywriters what to charge, ie, what’s too little, what’s too much, etc., because my motto is, if you can afford to work for “x”, then who am I to say you shouldn’t.
But again, some clients are ridiculous in what they want to pay. Your time would be better spent marketing for better-paying work.
Clients like this one may give you lots of work (and most times, it’s not nearly as much as they promise), but you become so overwhelmed that you don’t have the time or energy to look for better-paying SEO writing jobs.
Also, many times these types of clients get a big project and they hold out the “we have lots of work for you” carrot so they can get a project done. Then once the project is done, they have no more work for you. So in essence, you’ve worked for a ridiculously low wage hoping that – at least – it will be an ongoing thing; ie, money you can count on. BUT after a few weeks, there is no more work and you never hear from the company again.
Furthermore, you might have problems getting paid from companies like this. The reason I say this is, it’s always a red flag for me when a company uses wording like:
Please note that the bonus is subject to a review of your work. If you submit low quality work and you need help with uploading the article, — need teaching with SEO, the bonus is not paid.
Red flag, red flag, red flag!
I wrote a post back in January addressing this very issue, eg, when to turn down SEO writing jobs from clients who promise “lots of work.” So just be careful.
Remember, time is your biggest asset as a freelance writer. Use it wisely. Sometimes, the best use of your time is turning down an SEO writing job and marketing for better-paying work.
Share Your Thoughts
Would you accept this assignment? Why/why not? Under what circumstances do you normally turn down SEO writing jobs? Please share in the comments section below.
Coming Next Week: Cold Calling Carol Update
In the last post in this series, she told me that she had her first $1,000 day. Today, she sent me another update (which I’ll post next week) telling me that she’s expecting a $3,500 pay day. Stay tuned!
P.S.: Earn $250+/Day Writing Simple Web Content? Here’s the blueprint I used to start my SEO writing career.
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