This past April, I received the following questions from an aspiring SEO writer. BTW, in case you don’t know what this type of freelance writing is all about, here’s a good overview
All answers given below are based on my personal experience. Now, here’s the email I received from that wannabe freelancer …
I hope everything is well for you. You must be in Jamaica right about now. I had a few questions about how you work. I know you charge about $100 for a 500-word article.
**How many articles do you currently do in a week?
**Do you write blog posts for others and do you charge the same as an article?
**Besides ebooks, are there any other services you offer?
**Do you use gigbucks or other sites to find people to write articles for you, or use people whose writing style you know well in order to get the articles written without having to do the work yourself?
The reason I ask is because I was trying to figure out how many articles I needed to write in order to make a certain income. I do not think I am on your level, but your answers should give me an idea of what level I can aspire to in the future.
Let’s take her questions one by one …
1) Number of articles I write during any given week: This varies by client load and type of client. To explain “type” of client — internet marketing firms, for example, will usually have more work for you than individual businesses. During my busiest period, much of my work came from internet marketing companies, who had many clients. They’d outsource the writing of blog posts and web articles.
Sometimes I’d get an order for 20 or 30 articles — from different people in that same company — in one day. You have to remember, this was during the height of what I call the “SEO craze” when it was easy to push sites to the top of search results with lots of keyword-written articles.
Of course nowadays it’s much more complicated thanks to Google’s constant algorithm changes. So keep this in mind as I discuss this …
At my busiest, I’ve written as many as 100 to 150 articles per week. These was back when I first started in 2007/2008. My pricing was low then ($25 for 500-word articles and $15 for 200-300 word blog posts). With my current pricing ($85 for an article) — depending on client load, I may do 10 or 15 per week.
I could be much busier, but I don’t actively market for work any more. Why? Because the self-publishing side of my business is what I’m focusing on these days. Almost all of my assignments these days come via referral, and from the web (when prospects find my site in organic search results).
Tip: If you consistently market (ie, make 20 to 30 direct contacts per day via phone, email, social media, etc.), you should be able to land 3-4 steady clients in 60 to 90 days.
2) Do you write blog posts for others and do you charge the same as an article? Yes, my firm offers blogging (ghost blogging) and SEO article writing. The pricing is different because of the length (blog posts are shorter than web articles). Click through to my SEO company’s site to see current pricing.
3) Besides ebooks, are there any other services you offer? Yes. See http://NewMediaWords.biz for my company’s full range of service offerings.
4) How I find qualified, reliable SEO writers: Freelancers apply to my firm all the time, so I have a reservoir of writers I can pull from. Sometimes I write the articles myself (if I have time or if it’s a client who’s become accustomed to only me writing for them).
How to Find Professional SEO Writers to Outsource Projects To
FYI, here are some posts on how to find qualified freelancers to outsource to.
SEO Copywriters: How to Find Reliable Freelance SEO Writers to Outsource To
How to Outsource SEO Writing Jobs So You Earn More as a Freelance Writer: The Ultimate Guide
Freelance Writers: How to Find Freelancers to Outsource to When You’re Too Busy
Hope this info helps, and that you’re enjoying your summer. Speaking of …
This Friday, I’m leaving beautiful Jamaica for a couple of months. Going to St. Croix for a month, then to New York for the month of August to catch up with friends (man I miss that city!). Where will you vacay this summer? Share in the comments section below, ok?
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P.S.: Did you know that the average salary of SEO writers is $66,000 as of this writing? That’s $15,000 above the median household income in the U.S. right now. See?
P.P.S.: 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 financial future.