Currently, I’m trying to break into SEO writing, I have a few clients and have made around $200 so far, but I’ve also sent over 400 emails! Ahh!
I’m thinking about buying ‘How to Make $250+/ Day Writing Simple, 500-Word Articles’. I already have my website up, but I’m having trouble finding high-paying clients.
Most responses I’ve gotten so far think I charge too much and that $10 per article is better. Do you think this guide will help me? Or is the SEO writing market just too saturated?
I wrote back to him, saying:
First, thanks for writing in and considering our products. Much appreciated!
In answer to your question, without knowing a lot of intangibles (eg, how you market, how often, your writing ability, your rates, etc.), it would be impossible for me to say if the SEO writing ebook will help you.
I have addressed the question of “is the market oversaturated” on InkwellEditorial.com before. Here’s the post: http://inkwelleditorial.com/seo-copywriting-services-industry. It contains some key insights that may help.
Good luck with your online writing career. Just know, there’s plenty of work out there. You just have to be very proactive in consistently going after it.
A Bit More Insight: 5 Tips on How to Land High-Paying SEO Writing Jobs
I just want to shed a bit more light on this, because it seems that so many struggle with marketing for freelance writing jobs.
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1) Be proactive (not reactive) with your marketing: This means consistently marketing – not hit-and-miss marketing, as was discussed so eloquently in this post by Lizz Shepherd.
2) Get Specific: As in, take the time to tailor your marketing pieces to whatever specific job you’re apply for; don’t just send a blanket email.
3) Target a niche: I’ve talked about this until it seems I’m blue in the face. Carving out a niche for yourself as a freelance writer not only means you can charge more for your specialized knowledge, you earn more because it cuts down on the amount of research time you spend on each piece of content.
You see, when you consistently write within a genre, you learn it inside and out. You know where to go for stats, quotes and other pertinent info. All of this adds to your bottom line as a specialist, instead of a generalist.
4) Never Let’em See You Sweat: To borrow a phrase from the Dry Idea deodorant commercial people. As I said, there’s plenty of work out there:
According to a study by Content Marketing Institute in 2012, more than 68% of Chief Marketing Officers of B2B companies planned on increasing their content marketing budget this year. And they have by almost 10%. . . . [and] 62% of companies today outsource their content marketing — that’s up 7% from last year! [Source: SocialMarmalade.com]
These stats DIRECTLY affect how companies are spending their online marketing dollars – and who benefits from it. And in a lot of cases, it’s freelancers.
As the uber-popular online marketing and social media specialist Jeff Bullas says on his blog in the post, Unlocking the Secrets to Finding Great Writers to Produce Your Content:
Finding writers isn’t easy, and finding good writers is exponentially harder. It’s much easier to retain a good writer once you have him, than it is to find another one once he moves on to greener pastures. Find yourself a writer that produces above average content and do whatever it takes to keep him happy. In the age of content marketing, it’s a writer’s world; we’re just living in it.
Or put another way, “Dude . . . we’re kingmakers!”
5. Check Job Listings: Every Monday, we provide a list of freelance writing job leads on InkwellEditorial.com, this site’s parent site. Don’t forget to check in.
Hope you’re having a good one!
P.S.: Earn Thousands Extra Per Month by Offering Social Media Account Management Along with Your SEO Writing Services
P.P.S.: FYI, did you know that the average salary of SEO writers increased by $10,000 in a 7-month span (Sept 2012). It did! Proof?
Remember, when you learn how to write SEO content, you learn so much more than this one skill because it gives you the knowledge you need to take control of your life.