One of the things that held me back from starting my journey to creating an online business was belief.
When I first had the dream of being able to travel the world and live abroad in many different countries, it was just that, a dream. I never believed that it was possible to make money from your computer unless you were creating spam and illegally stealing people’s bank details.
Unfortunately, this is a common misconception that people have about the internet and making money online.
Today that all changes because I’m going to tell you that it’s possible to make money online, and I myself, only after a short period of time, have managed to make money online without any special skill set or knowledge in a specific area.
While there are many different ways to make money writing articles online, I started off writing SEO articles.
What is SEO Article Writing?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this phrase, SEO stands for search engine optimisation, which basically means trying to rank your website on the first page of Google.
SEO article writing, in particular, is one small part of SEO and involves writing articles, normally 350-500 words in length, with certain keywords, and inputting those keywords in the article 2 or 3 times. Google then recognises these keywords, and when people search for them, your website will rank highly.
If you still don’t understand, don’t be discouraged.I will give you an example.
Here’s an example:
You might be contacted by a tennis shop who wants to rank highly in Google for the keyword phrase ‘buying a tennis racket.’
The tennis shop, or the SEO company they have hired to do the SEO for them, will contact you and ask you to write them a 500-word article that includes that keyword phrase 2 times in your article.
All you have to simply do is write a 500-word article about buying a tennis racket.
Example of an SEO article
(keyword phrase is “buying a tennis racket”)
Things to Consider before Buying a Tennis Racket
Whether you are a beginner or professional tennis player, buying a tennis racket is never an easy task. There are so many different things to consider before buying a racket. However, there are a few key things to take into account.
1. Racket Length and Weight A traditional tennis racket is between 68cm and 71cm long, yet you can buy rackets up to 74cm long. The longer the racket, the more power you can give to a shot.
Most tennis rackets are made from graphite, which is light and suitable for any beginner. Titanium and aluminium rackets are also rather light but give a better feel when hitting the ball. Tennis rackets are normally either weighted more at the head or the handle.
Players who play at the net normally prefer a handle-heavy racket whereas players who prefer to play at the baseline normally prefer a head-heavy racket. Handle-heavy rackets generally offer more control, however, it is harder to generate more spin and power.
If you are a beginner you should opt for a head-heavy racket.
2. String Type and Tension Most rackets that you buy will be pre-strung with strings at a tension in the middle of the range.
This is only recommended for beginners because the strings are not normally of very high quality. The lower the tension the harder you will hit the ball but the less control you will have.
If you are looking for a string that is softer on the arm then you should consider a synthetic string like Synthetic Gut or Wilson Sensation. Unfortunately, these strings break very easily and are rather expensive.
A firmer, polyester string such as Volkl Cyclone will last longer and is more suitable for players who have a fast swing and can generate pace of their own.
3. Price A quality tennis racket is not cheap and advanced players can spend more than $500 on a racket. Beginners should never spend more than $50-$150 dollars on their first racket.
These rackets are not fully comprised of graphite and are normally suited for players who play every couple of weeks.
If you play at least once a week then you should consider buying a racket made of titanium or aluminium, but you will have to spend a little more money.
Buying a tennis racket shouldn’t be overwhelming or confusing, it should be fun. Remember to consider these three points before buying a racket and talk to an in-store professional if you are not sure which racket will be the best for you.
As you can see from the example above, it is not necessarily a well-written article, it is simple, with a few facts thrown in there (which aren’t necessary) with the keyword phrase ‘buying a tennis racket’ appearing once in the title, once in the introduction, and once in the conclusion.
It’s important that you don’t need to know much about the topic in order to write a 500-word article. You are mainly writing the article for the benefit of the search engine, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a very informative piece.
With that in mind, it still has to be readable, because search engine’s such as Google will penalise your sites ranking if they think you are just writing poorly written articles to rank highly in their search engines.
So now that you know what SEO article writing is, I will tell you exactly the process you need to take to get started.
5 Steps to Start Making Money With SEO Writing
1. Write Samples
The first thing that you need to do if you want to start making money through SEO writing is writing 2 templates. It is important to write templates because everyone that you contact to ask for work is going to want to see some examples of your writing first, to make sure that you don’t make easy grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
You don’t need to spend too long writing these templates because you can always write new ones later, once your writing gets better with a little bit of practice. I advise spending up to an hour writing each template, no longer.
Remember you don’t have to write perfect articles!
You should write two articles on two different topics that you enjoy writing about. This not only makes them easier to write for you but shows to your clients what you are interested in writing about
2. Set Your Price
When first starting out, there is a tendency for people to doubt their abilities with the quality of their writing and they undervalue their price.
There are people on freelance websites such as UpWork charging $3-$4 per article (they are often from non-English speaking countries).
DON’T DO THIS!
You need to charge the rate that you want to be making in the long term. SEO companies don’t often like to increase the rate they are paying you, and will more often than not drop you as a writer if you ask for a pay increase.
I recommend charging at least $15-$20 per article. Remember these articles are taking you anywhere between 30-60 minutes to write when first starting out, so make sure you are being paid accordingly.
3. Find Work
This is often the stage where most people have the most resistance and stop. There are a couple of different ways to find work, however.
You can firstly find work on a Freelance website such as Upwork and compete for jobs. This is often difficult because you are competing with people from other countries that are willing to write articles at a very low rate.
My preferred method is to simply do a Google search such as ‘SEO company’ or ‘SEO company Melbourne.’ From the thousands of different results and all you have to do is write down the contact details for each company, I recommend keeping a list in Excel spreadsheet, and start contacting them. It only took me 2 hours to get a list of over 100 companies.
Note: You should include the companies name, phone number, email address, physical address and CEO’s name in the excel spreadsheet.
4. Contact Companies
After you have a list of 50-100 companies, start contacting them. The best way to contact them is to send them an email offering your services.
It’s best that you include the company name in each email so that it seems more personal and that you haven’t been sending them a generic email that you have sent countless other companies.
The email template should be short, clear and concise.
Here is an example of the email template that I used to contact companies:
Dear[Company Name] Team,
I’m contacting you to offer my services as a freelance SEO content writer.
I understand how difficult it is to find writers that can put together a strong article for your client with a reasonable keyword density without making it sound terrible. As a native English speaker, I pride myself in offering you top quality articles in a fast and reliable manner. When you contract for writers, you need content that your clients will be happy with – and you need it fast! I am comfortable writing about any topic in a timeframe that suits you.
If you are in need of SEO content articles that will keep the audience reading but make the search engines happy, contact me today.
Rates and samples are available upon request.
I appreciate your time, and I look forward to hearing from you!
As you can see it is a simple email that shows you can speak English and that you are going to take care with the articles that you write.
Companies will normally start you off with a single article to make sure they are happy with your writing and then you can expect to work with them more in the future if they like your work.
Note: You can expect a response rate of about 5-20% doing this. I received a 10% response rate, which was around 10 companies.Remember it only took me around 2 hours to find a list of 100 companies. It just shows you how easy it is to start finding work.
5. Start Writing
After finding clients and receiving jobs, all you have to do is start writing.
Clients will send you keywords that they want to rank for, and often even send you resources they want you to use for the information, and then all you have to do is start writing.
It’s that simple!
I followed the exact process above and was able to make a few hundred dollars in only a couple of weeks. It is true that the writing isn’t the most exciting process, however, it proves that making money online is entirely possible which is an amazing feeling.
I can’t tell you how great it felt receiving my first $15 in my Paypal account only 3 days after I started this process.
I wish you all the best in your journey to make money through SEO article writing.
Please leave a comment below with any feedback you have on my process or any questions you may have regarding any of the steps.
Hope to hear about all of your success in the near future!!!
Have you tried SEO writing? Have you made any money? What methods worked for you?