Getting SEO Writing Jobs via Facebook

In last week’s post, I tackled some questions about SEO writing that a new freelance writer sent in. I always let those who send in questions know when I post the answers on this blog so they can check it out. Upon receiving my “notification email,” this freelancer wrote back.

Before we get to that, I just want to say very few of those I answer questions for ever take the time to say thank you (like this freelancer did). It used to bother me because I think it’s kind of rude. But, I got over it after a while because I just think the web has ushered in a whole new way of communicating. In my opinion (and I’m definitely old school), the technology age has meant that things like manners have fallen by the wayside to a large degree.

I remember when my mom used to make me and my sisters HAND WRITE and mail thank you notes. But I digress in my pining for the old days. Back to the story . . . 

One Freelancer Comments on How Easy He’s Found It to Land SEO Writing Jobs via Facebook

In his follow-up communication, this freelancer dropped a little nugget about getting SEO writing jobs via Facebook that I wanted to share with you because another freelancer said the same thing. He wrote: 

Hi Yuwanda,

Than you very much for that [my answers to his questions about SEO writing]. I do appreciate it and will take everything into consideration. On a side note, while I do not have my site yet, I have landed many more clients via Facebook. I almost can’t believe how much better of a response rate I get, and the message is very informal. (emphasis added)

Another freelancer mentioned something along the same lines to me a couple of months ago (I couldn’t find the email to save my life!). But, basically, she said that she’d landed jobs on Facebook not by asking for them directly, but just by being “social”, eg, sharing tidbits of info about herself/her day in her normal interactions on the site.

I can see why this would work because Facebook is much like a “meet and greet;” only, it’s online. So if someone is your friend and they see in your profile that you are a web content writer, they may pass your info along to someone they know who just got a website/blog and is looking for a writer.

Facebook Advertising – Great Insight on How to Market Your Freelance Business

So I guess the bottom line here is, reach out via your Facebook page. Apparently, it works!

Here’s some great info on Facebook advertising. Even if your budget is smaller than what they talk about here, it’s some great insight for marketing your freelance business via this medium overall.

Why I Don’t Use Facebook for My Freelance Writing Business

I don’t use Facebook for business – following is why . . .  

I got a Facebook fan page for my SEO writing company* recently, but decided to take it down because I just don’t like the idea of mixing business with pleasure.

I thought about deleting my personal account and converting my Facebook page to one used strictly for business. But even though I don’t interact on Facebook often, I like keeping up with family and friends via the site. It’s an easy way to stay in touch with all of them without having to email and/or call (does anyone write letters anymore?).

Update: 5/7/2013: I have a Facebook page for my SEO writing company — finally was pushed to by clients and other freelancers alike!

Facebook for Business – My Christmas Wish!

I wish Facebook allowed business accounts – that are separate and apart from your personal account (please, pretty pretty please Mr. Zuckerberg!).

I tried to work around it by setting up all the privacy safeguards, but the more I dug into it and read the privacy policies, the more I realized that there is really no way to keep personal TOTALLY separate from business in this environment because when people start sharing stuff, it can get muddy if their privacy settings are different from yours.

I still tried to talk myself into it; in fact I DID talk myself into it by getting a Facebook page for my biz. But I regretted it immediately, so took it down.  

I’m just an extremely private person to a certain degree. While I don’t mind sharing my adventures travelling and such, I don’t share very personal info. For me, there’s just a line that I don’t want to cross, and that line for me is having business associates see my interactions and photos of/with friends and family. 

My Crazy Family . . . and Facebook

Now, if you’re thinking I have something to hide – no, that’s not it. My family and friends are just as nutty as anybody’s (I love them dearly and am the first to admit that). But when it comes to mixing business with personal, it’s just a visceral reaction in the pit of my stomach that I can’t get over. 

The “More than One Facebook Account” Conversation I Had with a Client

I was on a call with a client a couple of years ago. We were talking about a special report my firm had written for hers and somehow we started conversing about social media.  She’s from Ireland and runs a very successful internet company. Of course, she has a Facebook page. She said that she’s sometimes embarrassed by having her “beer guzzling Irish mates” posting stuff that her business associates see.

FYI, I’m not picking on the Irish here, just recounting an actual conversation I had with a client – one I could soooo relate to because my father is from Alabama. Can someone say moonshine – and all the trouble that that white lightning can get you into – to be shared for the whole world to see?!

See my point?

How to Solve the “More than One Facebook Account” Problem

If you already have a personal Facbook account and want to start using it for business, here’s a really good post on how to solve the “I need two Facebook accounts but want to keep business separate from personal” problem.

Share Your Thoughts about Using Facebook to Find SEO/Freelance Writing Jobs

With all of that being said, how do you feel about using Facebook for business (if you use your account for that, in addition to interacting with friends and family)? Please share in the comments section below.

*Note: I made my SEO writing company’s facebook page live again on 12/21/2012; eventually I knew it would come to this — so I’ve accepted reality and just gave in.

Guest Post on How to Land Freelance/SEO Writing Jobs via Facebook 

And FYI, if you use this medium to get SEO/freelance writing jobs and want to share some tips in a  guest post here (or on InkwellEditorial.com), that would be great!

On a Personal Note . . .

I’ll be travelling on election day, so I’m doing early voting – tomorrow. One of my sisters is also. We’re both excited to see how this process works, as we’ve always voted ON election day. The lines have been long here in my county and we vote in different counties, so we’re getting up bright and early so that we can make both voting locations.

On Sunday, I’m running the marathon here in Atlanta – a full 26.2 miles. This will be my 8th marathon, but only my second full one (the others have been halves), so I’m a little anxious and a little excited. Even though I haven’t trained as much as I should, I know I’ll finish; it’s just going to be a matter of will I run, walk or crawl across the finish line! 

Hope you have a great weekend.

Yuwanda
P.S.: Put the SEO training class for freelance writers in Jamaica on your holiday list for Santa!

What better gift than to train for a new career that puts you in control of your financial future. A nominal deposit reserves your spot. Learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about changing (taking control of) your life! Proof? See average salary of SEO writers in graphic just below.

P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer: Learn how to earn $50-$150/day online pretty seamlessly in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

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Freelance Writing Job: Possible Long-term, Ongoing Assignment

New site focusing on creating/building websites is seeking a freelancer to write reviews of tools and services related to building, optimizing and marketing websites. For example, some of the services you would be writing about include: hosting services, domain registrars, analytics services, link building services and more.

Following are a few more details:

**Each review should be approximately 1000 words.

**Each review should include a few relevant screenshots.

**For some reviews, writer can find info by just doing web research  (for example when reviewing hosting services); for other reviews, writer will actually have to try the product/service in order to write the review (landing page builders for example).

**Developer can definitely guarantee 30 reviews — possibly more. 

Please send in:

(i) An applicable writing sample (if you have one) — eg, of a tech /web development product or service that you’ve reviewed;

(ii) Your proposed rate for each review;

(iii) Your turnaround time for each review; and

(iv) How soon you’re available to start.

How to Apply for this Freelance Writing Job

Send all info to affiliates.wbw@gmail.com. [Editor Note: Please do not contact SeoWritingJobs.com about this assignment; respond directly to prospective employer].

Note: Your writing sample will be used ONLY to assess your qualifications for this project; not for any other purpose. This is why we request a sample you ALREADY have available. If you don’t have an applicable writing sample available and we select you for this project, you may be required to write a test review — for which you will be paid.

Good luck applying!

Best,
Yuwanda

P.S.: Learn How to Find Writing Jobs BEFORE They’re Publicly Advertised

Here are 7 Ways to Find Unpublished Freelance Writing Jobs

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A Freelance SEO Writer Asks about Getting SEO Writing Jobs Without a Website; Targeting Local Businesses and General Advice on Marketing

Let’s get right to it. I received the following email from a new SEO writer a couple of weeks ago. He brought up some good questions. Following is his email – and my response.

Hi Yuwanda,
 
I first want to thank you for inspiring me to become a freelance writer.

I have purchased your SEO writing manual and . . . I have landed a couple of clients, but it seems a large majority of them never respond. I assume some of this may have to do with me not having my own website, which is a strike against my credibility. However, I cannot help but wonder why I haven’t received a greater response rate.

I actually started contacting firms in my local area and received a message from a client within 30 minutes of reaching out to them. I ended up writing an article for them the same night and was paid in the morning. I spoke with the owner on the phone after receiving his response email and seem to be in the works for a long-term relationship. 

What advice do you have for promoting my services? A website is on the agenda, and I am thinking staying local may be the way to go. Thanks again for everything.

FYI, here’s some more insight on communicating with SEO writing prospects via telephone.

MY ANSWERS

I’m going to break this down into three parts, ie:

I. RE GETTING SEO WRITING JOBS WITHOUT A WEBSITE

While it’s entirely possible to land clients without a website (as this SEO writer has proven), it’s definitely not the best way to go about it. I addressed this question in a post back in 2006 on InkwellEditorial.com, this site’s parent site. A freelance proofreader/editor sent in a question asking if she needed to get a website “right away.” I responded:

As for getting a website right away, as you’re a proofreader/copy editor, I would say no, it’s not absolutely necessary. BUT, as competition is so fierce, it reflects negatively on you as a business person — and you may lose clients.

I always tell freelancers/small business owners to ask themselves this question, “Would you go into business without a telephone?” I think websites have progressed to this point. I rarely, if ever, do business with companies that don’t have websites. Why? My thinking is, how seriously can you take your business if you don’t have a basic website.

Again, this answer was given in 2006. There’s only one thing I would change in this piece of advice, and that is – in my opinion — nowadays a website is a MUST, especially if you’re doing business online. As an SEO writer, how can you possibly expect prospects to hire you for online writing jobs when you don’t even have a website yourself?

So, I have no doubt that this is a huge reason this freelancer’s response rate is low. 

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Marketing for SEO Writing Jobs? Factors that Determine How Successful You Will Be

Beyond this – as I’ve said many times over the years when it comes to marketing — there are many factors at work that determine how successful you are, eg:

Quality of writing samples;

Niche(s) you’re targeting;

Freelance writing rates;

Turnaround time;

Client budget;

Your professional background;

How often you market;

Etc.

Without knowing all the factors, it’s impossible to say why one freelancer can garner a 10% response rate and another only a 2% response rate. And speaking of response rates, I don’t know how many prospecting emails this freelancer sent out or what he said in them, but following are some email marketing stats to digest: 

Epsilon, a global marketing services firm based in Texas, and the Direct Marketing Association’s Email Experience Council recently published the Q3 2011 North America Email Trends and Benchmarks Results. The report showed average open rates of 23.8% and click rates of 5.5% for emails sent by Epsilon across multiple industries. . . . Open rates and click rates vary by the audience and type of email. (emphasis added)

An email to a rented or third party list will typically not get the same results as an email to your house list. Here are some additional metrics you can use as benchmarks:

  • Prospecting emails to fresh lists typically get open rates of 9%-15% and CTRs of 2.8%-3.2%. . . .  The average CTR per Marketo is 2.1%-5% with 5.1%-10% viewed as top performers.

So while email marketing is very effective (I”ve gotten as high as a 15-25% response from some of my e-campaigns), it’s a numbers game – just like any other type of marketing. And you have to constantly tweak, tweak, tweak to better results.

I can say this though, without a website, you have no place for prospects to “go” to learn more about you. This will dramatically cut your response rate, because that’s what prospective clients want.

If your email intrigues them, but they have no place to go to learn more about you and the services you offer, it’s highly unlikely that they’re going to drop what they’re doing to pick up the phone to call you. So you need a website.

FYI, here’s some insight into what you should put on your freelance (SEO) writing website.

Now, to the next question . . . 

II. RE TARGETING LOCAL BUSINESSES WITH YOUR SEO WRITING SERVICES

It’s a great idea to target local businesses. As a matter of fact, I was just doing some reading on this the other day. I ran across a great tweet to an article about it. I RT’d it, ie:

 RT ‏@Inkbotdesign The Advantages of Working with Local Clients: http://bit.ly/QHElXt  #freelance #designer [Some excellent points]

Even though the post is by a graphic designer, the insight is pertinent to every freelancer.

The article covers some cool advantages of “staying local”, eg, you’re more likely to understand the market better (which makes it easier to write better, more focused content); and it makes it easier to communicate face-to-face with clients (this is particularly important for this freelancer because he doesn’t have a website yet). 

I’m a big believer in nicheing it to success. So I say go for it. You can become the local SEO expert – and that can be your niche.

Related Post: Google Local Search: Your Google is Not the Same as My Google

III. RE WHAT ADVICE DO I HAVE FOR PROMOTING YOUR SERVICES

First, get a website. This is crucial. Follow the advice for what to put on it. Then, define a niche and follow the marketing tips I give in this nicheing it to success link.

You’ve already proven that you can land SEO writing jobs with no website. So if you do these two things – and market consistently – you should have no problems landing additional clients.

Good luck!

On a Personal Note . . .

I’m getting in my last bouts of marathon training (it’s been brutal and I haven’t trained nearly as much as I want/need to). I have two coming up — a full marathon here in Atlanta on the 28th, and I’ll be doing a half one in Jamaica in December (Reggae Marathon, Dec 1). I’m leaving in a couple of weeks to get in about a month’s worth of much-needed running training on the beach (and to scout hotels for the SEO writing seminar next April). Can’t wait!

On a different note — can you believe the holidays are almost here? I went shopping recently and the Christmas decorations are everywhere (which I happen to love!). I’m already in the holiday spirit — it doesn’t take much for me as I’m a Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday nut! Did YOU catch the fever yet?

And that’s all for this week 🙂

Yuwanda
P.S.: Have you signed up for the SEO training class for freelance writers in Jamaica yet?

A nominal deposit reserves your spot. Learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about changing (taking control of) your life! Proof? See average salary of SEO writers in graphic just below.

P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer: Learn how to earn $50-$150/day online pretty seamlessly in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

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How to Get SEO Content Writing Jobs: Insight from a Client’s Prospective

We live in the age of content marketing. And, lucky for SEO writers, a lot of firms are outsourcing this type of work to freelancers (with SEO knowledge). Proof?

A report from Sagefrog Marketing Group found that 53 percent of businesses in the United States have opted to outsource part of their web marketing strategies. . . . Additionally, 62 percent of businesses told Sagefrog that they outsource marketing efforts on a project basis (emphasis added). Using a third party to manage a social and content marketing strategy while keeping other elements in house is the new norm as companies strive to keep up with the dynamic web. [Source: ContentLead.com]

So the demand for web content writers is growing. But, one of the problems many newbies face is how to go about getting these jobs. Well, that’s what this blog is all about – helping freelancers in all aspects of their SEO writing business, eg, here’s a really insightful post where one freelance content writer details how she lands writing jobs – and even ho w much they  pay. 

Expert Insight into How to Land (SEO) Content Writing Jobs

I do industry reading all the time on search engine optimization, content marketing, social media, etc. And, during my regular web surfing, I ran across an interesting article by the Content Marketing Institute that spoke to employers – those who hire content writers. It gave some great insight into how freelancers can be proactive in landing content writing jobs.

The piece of advice that stood out to me was the instruction to employers to help freelancers identify who they’re writing for, eg, “Identify Your Audience.” The article stated:

Good freelancers should ask you about your audience. You can’t write an effective piece of content until you know whom you are writing for.

Now, as a freelancer, you can be proactive by devising a questionnaire that you have all clients fill out. This doesn’t have to be fancy or long. It will make you stand out from the crowd of freelancers who may be beating down their door because most simply don’t ask a lot (or any) questions up front.

This says to clients – overtly and subliminally, “I’m a professional who knows her business. Hence, I know the questions I need answers to in order to help you with your business.”

Not only can content writers like this command higher rates, they tend to land more writing jobs. 

What Questions Should You Be Asking Potential Clients as a Web Content Writer?

If you’re wondering, which questions should I be asking, following are three that I routinely ask. Realize that every job is different, but you need answers to the following questions for every writing job in order to produce relevant copy.

(i) Who the target market is: Knowing the audience you’re writing for is critical to producing content that achieves the goal of the client.

(ii) Where will the content be used: Eg, on a website, in a weekly newsletter, on a blog? 

(iii) What is the call to action: Eg, what does the client want the customer to do AFTER reading the content? Do they want them to subscribe to a newsletter, take advantage of a web discount, request a free sample, etc.?

Content Marketing: Freelancers — Why Knowing Who You’re Writing for Matters (An Example) 

Most clients will relay some of this information up front without you having to ask. For example, I had a client (an internet marketing firm) who ordered weekly SEO articles for a legal website for one of their  clients.

My client told me up front that the purpose of the articles was to get attorneys to go to the site and register as a legal provider. It was one of those referral sites – you know the ones you go to and type in your city, state, zip code, etc. to find a professional service provider, eg, an attorney, dentist, real estate agent, plumber, etc. 

So we knew up front that we weren’t writing for the end user (ie, web surfers), but we were writing for attorneys. So instead of writing articles that appealed to web surfers (eg, “How to Find the Right DUI Attorney”), we wrote those that appealed to attorneys (eg, “How to Easily Get More Exposure for Your Practice”).

The SEO Writing Class in Jamaica: What We’ll Cover 

In the SEO copywriting seminar in Jamaica (I hope you’ll join us!), we’ll cover marketing in-depth, of course. You’ll leave with a concrete marketing plan that will detail exactly how to go about earning $50,000 to $75,000 per year, which is right in line with the current average salary of SEO content writers (see graphic just below).

Do you have any questions about SEO writing? Have any marketing tips you can share with other freelancers? Please do so in the comments section below.

On a personal note . . .

One of my best friends from New York is coming to visit next week — I’m so excited. He’s going to be moving here so, so I get to explore downtown where he wants to live (I’m taking him apartment hunting).

Atlanta is a fascinating, thriving city with a lot to offer, but I’m out in the ‘burbs, so don’t go downtown often. This is why I’m super-excited that he’s coming — and he’s moving here — it’ll get me into the city more. So I’ll be cleaning my house from top to bottom this weekend (you know how you have to clean “extra” when you have visitors, no?).

Have a great weekend!

Yuwanda
P.S.: Have you signed up for the SEO training class for freelance writers in Jamaica yet?

A nominal deposit reserves your spot. Learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about changing (taking control of) your life! Proof? See average salary of SEO writers in graphic just below.

P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer: Learn how to earn $50-$150/day online pretty seamlessly in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

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Freelance SEO Writing: Insight into How to Make “Real” Money Doing This Type of Writing

Editor Note: Inkwell Editorial’s (this site’s parent company) latest ebook, How to Find Ebook Writing and Editing Jobs, was released on Monday. Now to today’s post . . .

I received a question from a fellow SEO writer last week. He’s been freelancing as an SEO writer for a year, and now he’s ready to take flight and really grow his business.

As an aside, I love it when I get questions like this one because it means that not only are freelancers making real money writing SEO content, but they’re growing it beyond themselves into thriving small businesses that employ others. This is just what the country needs right now, right?!

Anyhoo, following is the email he sent — and my answers.

Questions from an SEO Content Writing about Outsourcing and Getting Clients to Sign Contracts  

Hey Yuwanda – 

You’ve been a great resource so far, and after a year of working SEO writing 90% on my own, I’m ready to forge ahead and create a business out of it.  I know you’ve probably answered these questions before, but I’m having a hard time finding the appropriate post with the answer.  

1)  Where do you find freelancers?  I’ve used sites like Odesk/Elance, but they charge ridiculous fees that harm my bottom line and ability to pay the good writers well (10% at Odesk!).  Does Craigslist work well? 

2)  Which contracts, if any, do you have them sign?  

This is the post I found, but I couldn’t find the complete version:  http://www.seowritingjobs.com/seo-copywriters-how-to-find-reliable-freelance-seo-writers-to-outsource-to.

Thanks for your help and for helping me start my first successful business!

My Answers

In answer to Question #1, I’ve written about this before on a few occasions. So, I pointed him to the appropriate post, writing:

Many freelancers contact me for work directly b/c I’ve been doing this for so long, so I rarely have to use other sources to find talent. I have used craigslist very effectively in the past. I don’t use bid-for-pay job sites to find freelancers for the reason you stated and b/c I just find it cumbersome to go this route. I prefer that there be no middleman b/t me and those I wish to hire.

Just to add a little to this initial short answer . . . In the post How to Find Reliable Freelance SEO Writers to Outsource To, I outline four things you should look for when hiring freelancers, and give a whole bunch of other insight as well.

A Really Good Place to Recruit Reliable SEO Writers 

Another way I found good writers early on was by advertising on FreelanceWritingGigs.com. The writers from Craigslist were kind of “hit or miss.” But, the ones I recruited when I placed an ad on FreelanceWritingGigs were much more professional. 

In the The Freelance Writer’s Outsource Package, I cover all of this – and a whole lot more. It was written specifically for those who were ready — or want to get ready — to take their SEO writing business to the next level.

Note: If you’re a freelancer APPLYING for online writing gigs, the following article outlines some do’s and don’ts that can better your chance of landing article writing gigs: Online Writing Jobs: What to Do & What NOT to Do When Applying Online for Freelance Writing Work.

In answer to Question #2, I responded: 

I do use a contract; it’s here: http://inkwelleditorial.com/freelance-writing-contract. It’s also outlined in the ebook mentioned below (the freelance writer’s outsource package).

I want to clarify something — I should have responded “WHEN” I use a contract because I don’t always do so. All a contract is is a document that can prove something if you have to go to court. Emails between you and the client serve the same purpose.

For most of my clients, we go back and forth over email a few times before a job begins. So I just keep all of that correspondence.

I usually use a contract when it’s a new client that my gut tells me I should use one with, or if it’s a project that’s out of the norm where many things need to be clarified (like ebook writing). For straight SEO article writing and blog posts though, I rarely do.

If you’re just starting out and feel more comfortable having one, then by all means get clients to sign on the dotted line. In fact, it’s actually a good habit to get into.

Conclusion: Insight on How to Really Grow Your SEO Writing Business

To sum up, I just want to say, if you really want to make some good money as an SEO writer, you should aim to grow your freelance business to the point where you outsource. There’s only so much writing you can do yourself. And, while you can earn a quite comfortable living working alone as a freelance writer, you stunt your earning power.

When I first started out, I got so busy that within a couple of months I had to bring on other writers. Nowadays, I have a team in place that allow me to allows me to keep my freelance writing income steady, while growing other revenue streams (writing and self-publishing my own ebooks). 

My eventual goal is to retire from writing for clients at all one day and just write for myself – turning out maybe half a dozen ebooks per year; two or three on business/freelancing/internet marketing, and the other half on fiction (I’m longing to get more into this).

I would never be able to make headway on this plan if I was still writing for clients full-time. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.

As always, I hope this insight has helped.

On a Personal Note . . . 

Now, I have to go deal with my homeowners and car insurance policies. It’s time for me to do some comparative shopping in this area – cuz while I may be in good hands with Allstate, I think one of those hands is reaching deeper in my pocket than it should be!

Share Your Thoughts 

Do you have any additional insight you can share with this freelancer about outsourcing/hiring other freelance writers? Have you any good/bad experiences with outsourcing? Please share in the comments section below.

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Yuwanda
P.S.: Have you signed up for the SEO training class for freelance writers in Jamaica yet?

A nominal deposit reserves your spot. Learning SEO is about so much more than learning a new skill; it’s about changing (taking control of) your life! Proof? See average salary of SEO writers in graphic just below.

P.P.S.: Avoid freelance writing dry spells by making extra money as an affiliate marketer: Learn how to earn $50-$150/day online pretty seamlessly in the best-selling ebook, How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites.

Copyright © 2012: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the editor’s written consent (linking to is fine).

Where to Look for SEO Writing Jobs Locally: “Really, You Can Find Them Where?”

If you’re a regular reader of my websites/blogs, you know that I travel a lot, especially to Jamaica. In a post here in March of 2010, I relayed the story of how I met a programmer working at an internet café in Negril who was working with a company that needed an SEO writer.

Get Offline to Find to Find SEO Writing Jobs

So, what does this have to do with the title of today’s post? Well, quite frankly, I want to point out that you can find SEO writing jobs almost any place you look – especially if you actively seek them out in your community (in a minute, I’ll give two instances that happened to me recently).

I talk a lot on my blogs about marketing online because it’s quick and easy to do. But never forget that as a business owner (freelance SEO writer), you should take advantage of offline ways you can do it as well, eg, joining a chamber of commerce.

Following are two instances where I did this recently. These situations occurred organically while I was going about my everyday life.

“You Found SEO Writing Jobs Where?”

The Dentist: Last week, I went to a new dentist. He said to me, “So, I hear you’re a writer (I gave this info when the assistant did my intake).” He went on to inquire about what type of writing I did.

I said something like “I write web content for small and medium-sized businesses that help them get found online.”

He perked up, saying, “Oh yeah, maybe you can help me with my site. It needs some work.”

I said, “I’ve seen your site (I’d checked it out when my sister recommended this dentist to me). I saw a few things I’d change. What is it NOT doing for you that you want it to do.”

He said he’d like to get more referrals from it.

I said, “I can definitely help you with that.”

I haven’t followed up – yet. But I fully plan to. I’m going to put together a few ideas I have for this site and present it to him on my next visit on the 17th of this month. Nothing formal, just a “remember the conversation we had about your website? Well, I jotted down a few ideas that can get you on the road to getting more referrals from your site. I’ll call you in a week or so after you’ve had a chance to review it to see if you have any questions.”

It’ll only take me half an hour or so to jot down my ideas. Nothing may ever come of it; but hey, you never know. If so, great; if not then nothing lost except a half hour of time.

Nine times out of ten, even if I don’t get work from him immediately, I may in the future because: (i) I’m a patient he’ll be seeing in person at least twice a year; and (ii) I’ll follow up with him every 60 days or so just to stay top of mind.

See how a simple trip to your neighborhood dentist can lead to SEO writing jobs?

The Lawyer: A couple of months ago, my sister and I invested in a small piece of land together (in many parts of the country these days, real estate is so cheap that it’s hard NOT to buy something).

I asked the real estate attorney who handled the closing if he had a blog or website, and if so, would he be interested in getting more traffic from it. From there, we went on to have a short conversation about SEO, blogging, content marketing, etc.

At the end of the conversation he asked me for my business card. I told him that I didn’t have one (I haven’t had an official business card in years), but that I could send him some info via email.

Nothing has panned out with him yet, but it was during the summer and I know a lot of people don’t turn their attention to work issues again until the fall.

So, I’ll be following up with him on a regular basis now that fall is here.

Getting SEO Writing Jobs “Where You Live, Work and Play”

What I hope you take from this is that jobs for content writers are everywhere – everywhere there’s a business. And, you interact with a lot of these business just going about your everyday life, eg, taking your kids to daycare, getting a manicure, going to the gym, dropping the kids off at their martial arts classes, etc.

EVERY business can benefit from SEO – and a lot of local ones aren’t even actively marketing online yet, eg, blogging consistently (if at all), interacting on social media, sending out a weekly newsletter, etc.

This spells opportunity for you – if you’re proactive as an SEO writer.

Ok, I’m logging off to turn my full attention to the presidential debate. I’m a political junkie and have been waiting for this for weeks!

Have a good night.

Yuwanda
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