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|Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by ladywriter(f): 5:00pm On Jul 26, 2016|
It is the goal of every freelance writer to make more money online. However, this can be a mirage if you don't know how to do it.
I started freelance writing online on Freelancer.com and the first article I wrote back then was $0.5 for 500 words. It was very low, but I was just starting out and I was eager to write and see dollars in my account.
As my writing skill improves, I placed my bids on more good paying writing jobs then, like $1.3 to $1.5 and I got some of them. The highest I made on 500 words on the site was around $5-$10 before I diverted to e-books, reports, and market research writings.
Now, last year - 2015, I discovered that I could earn more as a freelance writer and I drastically reduced my activity on freelancer.com to the barest minimum and started looking for writing jobs elsewhere. That was when I discovered that it is possible to earn more as a freelance writer outside the content mills (Freelancer.com, Fiverr.com and the rest of them).
A research carried out by Ryan Mccready on how much Freelance Writers actually make revealed that the majority of Freelance Writers make around $0.17 a word.
If you multiply that rate by 500 words you will have $85. Are you making $85 per 500 words?. The truth is, majority of freelance writers make the bottom pay rate of .01, which amounts to $5 per 500 words. Writers who are making $2.06 per word are not more knowledgeable than you.
The day I earned $150 for a 1,000-word article was the day I determined to build my freelance writing business outside the content mills. It was a liberating experience for me and it launched me into another level in my writing career.
In this article, I will be sharing with you what I did to get to that level and what you can do to earn more as a freelance writer.
1. Improve your writing skill
One thing that is sure is, you cannot expect to earn more as a Freelance Writer with the way you've been writing on content mills. Nah! It wouldn't work. The companies and individuals who pay a high rate for articles demand excellent, high quality and long-form articles with up to date research, statistics, quotes and other things that can increase the return on investment on the article. Every marketer or business owner wants to make a profit from the article you write.
Therefore, the articles you write for clients that pay high rate is totally different from the one you have been writing for your clients on content mills. This kind of articles require good research before you write. You need facts. You need to make it actionable, interesting and shareable. Each article you write should deliver value to the reader, only then will they take a desirable action. That is when the business owner can get a good return on investment.
The first thing I did and still doing is to read lots of popular blogs on content marketing. I read a lot of them and studied how they write. Then, I started writing on one of my websites. I did this for about six months. However, it may not take you this long to get it, you can take a shorter route which is, to take writing courses designed specifically for that. It will really shorten the learning curve for you.
I learned how to write different forms of articles such as:
• Personal stories
• Opinion pieces
• Feature announcements
• Link roundups
• Interview based posts
In Content marketing, there is something we call the buying cycle. It is the circle a customer goes through before purchasing a product or service.The buying stages are awareness, consideration, preference, purchase and, repurchase.
Now, each of these circle requires a different type of content to help the business owner convert the visitors to buyers. For example Listicles are good for driving traffic to websites. How-to-guides can be used to nurture customers who has purchased a product or service etc.
If you want to earn more money as a freelance writer, you must know how to write the different types of articles listed above and many more.
2. Get a website
If you plan to earn more as a freelance writer, you need a platform to showcase your writing samples. This is where you need to create a website. The first WordPress website I had was done by a website developer. I discovered that it is very easy to create a website, so I searched for how to create a WordPress blog on Google, read a lot of content on it and practiced it. It is damn easy! I created my writing website - alwaysontopbiz.com and my content marketing website by myself.
You need to first of all get a domain name. You can buy one from Godaddy, Namecheap or Bluehost. I use Godaddy. Before you purchase a new domain, look for coupons. It will help you to reduce the cost of the domain. Search for recent coupons for the month. For example, "GoDaddy coupons in July". You can get as high as 93% off your domain name. So head off to Godaddy.com and type in your preferred domain name. Fill the form and apply the coupon code, you can choose to pay for two years to have enough time to concentrate on your business.
When you are done, head over to HostGator and buy a baby plan. You can also search for coupon codes for Hostgator on Google.com, apply and use it to reduce the cost. At the end of the day, you may not spend up to $50 for two years hosting and domain name.
You see, it is not that expensive.
The next thing you need is a content management system (cms). Wordpress is a good one. I love it because it does not require any programming skills and there is a lot of plugins to achieve whatever I want to do on the site. You can install WordPress right from your Hostgator account.
If you want to operate on zero budget, go for or Blogger.com. They are free. All you need is a platform to showcase your writing samples or portfolio to your prospective clients.
3. Guest post on top authority websites
When I became confident enough of my writing skill, I started applying for guest-posts on authority websites, so I could get my name out there. I became a contributor on top business websites because I love writing in that niche. The website includes business2community.com, incomediary.com, ducttatapemarketing.com. womenonbusiness.com etc.
As you guest post on top article websites, it will help you to prospect for bigger clients. When prospective clients see your links on popular websites, they will trust in your ability to write well.
4. Search for premium clients
Now, you are ready to begin your search for clients who will be able to afford your fees. Here, you want to avoid informational websites as much as possible. They include websites that are primarily set up to provide information for their customers. In order words, they are a business to customers (b2c) businesses. They don't really offer much. The list you can get from there is around $10-30 for a 500-word post.
However, if you are looking forward to earning more as a freelance writer, go for top paying clients. These are business to business owners (b2b). Those are the kind of businesses that sells products and valuable services. They are in business to make money and they have budgets for content creation.
In the 2016 content marketing institute research, conducted by content marketing institute and Marketingprofs, it was discovered that b2b businesses allocates about 28% of their budgets on content marketing. These are the kind of businesses that can pay high rates. But the question is, how do you access them?
I discussed this in detail in my writing course. But let me share one of the ways you can get them here.
The first thing you do is to look for where they congregate. Most of these businesses have a presence on LinkedIn. So, all you need to do is search for them using these criteria:
i. they must have a marketing department
ii have a content marketer or manager
iii. have a blog that is active
Then, you look for their groups on LinkedIn and send a personal cold pitch/email to them. If they need your services, you will see their response. If there is no response, continue to prospect to other businesses.
5. Have a good payment system
Most employers do not want problems with payment processors. It will augur well for you to find a payment processor that will allow you to send an invoice and receive payments. I use Payoneer for this purpose. They allow you to send invoices to employers and they collect the payment and deposit it in your account.
If you have any question, comment or you want to share how you earn as a freelance writer, respond below.
Curled from: http://www.alwaysontopbiz.com
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|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by Geofavor(m): 5:29pm On Jul 26, 2016|
9ice piece, I must say.
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by ladywriter(f): 6:01pm On Jul 26, 2016|
Thank you @Geofavor.
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by segxes23(m): 6:20pm On Jul 26, 2016|
This is awesome @ ladywriter. Help me go through my fiverr account fiverr.com/oxhegun Still hoping to have my first sales.
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by ladywriter(f): 7:05pm On Jul 26, 2016|
Add videos to your gigs. It is not difficult to make. You can use PowerPoint and Windows Movie Maker to do it.
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by Geofavor(m): 9:13pm On Jul 26, 2016|
ladywriter:You're welcome, ma'am.
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by Benedict44(m): 10:49pm On Jul 26, 2016|
nice write up ....help me review my blog content's ....www.benedictboniface..com...
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by 3RNEST(m): 11:44pm On Jul 26, 2016|
I am sick of reading like seriously...OK this is how it work.. Get this get that then you started seeing the money coming... I like it's sharp sharp...booom.. No offense just saying my mind..
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by Geofavor(m): 11:47pm On Jul 26, 2016|
3RNEST:... Nigerians, though.
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by 3RNEST(m): 1:05am On Jul 27, 2016|
Geofavor:Proudly Nigerian.. U gat problem with that?
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by niceguy7(m): 6:17am On Jul 27, 2016|
Good one op, na wetin suppos dey make fp be this one, no be swim suits and boobs...
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by veekid(m): 6:18am On Jul 27, 2016|
Nice write up
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by goodlifehyd(m): 6:23am On Jul 27, 2016|
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by LEOSIRSIR(m): 6:24am On Jul 27, 2016|
Nice one there op
Unlike yansh and boobi thread
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by elampiro(m): 6:25am On Jul 27, 2016|
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by igwegeorgiano(m): 6:27am On Jul 27, 2016|
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|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by valiantheartprod(f): 6:32am On Jul 27, 2016|
thank you ladywriter for this eye opening topic
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by johnstar(m): 6:33am On Jul 27, 2016|
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by Abraham4christ(m): 6:38am On Jul 27, 2016|
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by joeace2020(m): 6:39am On Jul 27, 2016|
Iv taught countless people how to sell several services on fiverr...Even with the vast resources of step by step videos...I was still still amazed to hear things like 'I want it sharp sharp'. MOST Nigerians are lazy and greedy ppl. You'll be amazed how many people are signing up for the scam mmm program nowadays over honest money as a freelancer
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by goodlifehyd(m): 6:44am On Jul 27, 2016|
you can earn decently on fiverr
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by kikio1992(m): 6:49am On Jul 27, 2016|
Nice one OP. I am a writee and my contents are on www.kikiotolu.com but i honestly dont know how to get jobs. Fiverr and frelance aint nigerian and Nigerians hardly use real identity to get jobs there. So i wanna know wat platform works for naija
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by daclemx: 6:58am On Jul 27, 2016|
This lady is doing a great job...... she has saved so many lives without even knowing thanks ladyriter...a word is enough for the wise...meanwhile if you need to open a payoneer account I can guide you and also assist u in other ways.....remember as a writer looking forward to making some benjamins, you must be patient.... Naija
Thats the link to open a payoneer account and get your card for free........ email me. I'll guide you.
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by wadetaw202: 6:58am On Jul 27, 2016|
You Dont know what you talking about. I used my Nigerian ID on freelancer,com and I got work there repeatedly.
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by daclemx: 7:09am On Jul 27, 2016|
Thats a big big lie.................. let me share my identity with you....... i have been earning as a freelance writer since 1960.......if you are in delta, pm me........I will teach you step by step......I am also registered as a Nigerian
first, register your payoneer card
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by Emeka71(m): 7:11am On Jul 27, 2016|
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by plasay: 7:14am On Jul 27, 2016|
Wow! That was a masterpiece.with the great info, I can create a website, blog right?
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by olagold79: 7:14am On Jul 27, 2016|
Any Nigeria who wants to make it big in freelance writing should checkout Bamidele Onibalusi....as at 2011 the guy makes upto $50000 in a year. He started a challenge on how to make a $1000 per month recently. Just Google d name
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by ritababe(f): 7:18am On Jul 27, 2016|
drop ur mail pls
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by misspicy(f): 7:18am On Jul 27, 2016|
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by mooremoney(m): 7:25am On Jul 27, 2016|
Nice information, I have a personal story with over ten thousand words. How I'm not sure that this freelancer will not trick me and publish my story without paying me?
|Re: Ultimate Guide: How To Earn More As A Freelance Writer by Nobody: 7:25am On Jul 27, 2016|
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