I often fend off complaints about low pay for SEO articles. You know, the people who complain that $2, $3, $5 an article is too low for freelance writers. I sort of figure people can make their own decisions.
However, Deb Ng posted two articles this week that got me to wondering if it’s too easy for folks to make a little bit of money on the web writing. The first was: b5Media Layoffs Are a Good Reminder to Spread Those Freelance Writing Eggs Around and the second was How long is too long – when to give up freelance writing by Jennifer there.
I’m not sure why these two articles triggered the thought that lots and lots of people get low-paying freelance writing jobs and then find those jobs won’t support them. But they did. (One of the reasons I say ideas are everywhere if you’re a writer.)
It Really Is Pretty Simple To Get Paid A Little Bit
If you can follow directions, write a reasonably complete sentence and have decent spelling it really is pretty easy to get paid for writing. Not paid well, you understand, but get paid something.
And that little bit of pay can fool folks into thinking they can make a good living.
Of course, they’ve got lots and lots of people telling them that article writing is the way to fame and fortune. I just googled write articles for money. Yikes, there are over 93 million entries – a totally meaningless number. One of the sponsored ads promises it’s easy to make at least $100 an hour with one page articles. Yeah, right. The ebook they offer to sell is just under $50 and I’ll bet they sell a ton.
Yes, there are writing jobs that pay over $100 an hour, and writing copy that sells something is one of them, particularly if you’re marketing a get rich product. But it takes a different sort of skill set than writing the $2 or $5 articles and that’s what isn’t obvious to the new writer.
Success In Freelance Writing Is A Three Step Process
Maybe I’ll turn this into an expensive ebook, but until I do, the steps are:
Yes, it’s that simple, but it sure ain’t easy.
If you’ve been getting pocket change for writing and want to earn a decent living you’re going to have to do more than dash off quickie articles. Oh that can be a place to start, but it won’t carry you very far.
Most of the cheapie articles I’ve seen could stand a rewrite or two. Rewriting, when it’s done with some talent, can make writing sing.
Marketing is the third key and it is at least as important as the other two.
When you get hired to write some simple articles for a buck or two, don’t expect that to launch a well paying freelance writing career. It could, but it isn’t likely. If you decide you want to go for the bigger prizes, good on you, but know that the next step will be more difficult.
Can it be worth it? You bet. But don’t let the ease of letting that first poorly paid gig fool you.
Do you think web article writing is too easy?
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