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Hey, it’s Avery. This week’s question is about whether or not the SEO writing ship has sailed. Is it still possible to be successful as an SEO writer? Anyways, I’m just heading out for a little walk. I’m heading down the elevator right now and when we get down there I’m going carry on and answer that question. Is SEO writing dead?
I would argue I don’t think it is and I don’t think it’s going to be dead for a long time.
Why SEO writing isn’t going anywhere
First of all, there or tons of websites out there. There are hundreds of millions of them in fact.
Did you know that a recent study that was done on the top million websites in the world based on traffic, and these traffic were compiled by a company or a website know as Alexa.com … Anyways, at the top million sites for traffic 43.1% of them were from the United States.
Now, as you know the SEO writing that I preach, the kind that I have experience with, the kind that I am so excited about because of the potential for people like us that start out with no experience, no credentials, no contacts, that kind of writing is primarily looking for people that write in English and are native English speakers. The fact that the majority of websites that are highly trafficked… Well, not the majority, but 43.1%, which is pretty darn close. The fact that so many of them are in the United States, to me, that’s very, very, very encouraging.
You can imagine that with all of these websites in the United States there’s a ton of opportunity for writing.
Add to that, forget about just the top traffic-wise ones, there’s a whole ton of other websites, an even larger number, that are websites that don’t get a lot of traffic, but they still need content to get leads for their business. Real estate agents, exterminators, plumbers, dentists, plastic surgeons. You name it, there’s all kinds of people that are looking for traffic and those people need content. Many of those people are going to hire SEO agencies to help boost their rankings in the search engines. Who do those SEO agencies turn to when they want content? Typically it’s an SEO writer.
Honestly, I just don’t see this going anywhere anytime soon. If you’re worried that ship has sailed, that you missed the boat, you’re too late to get into this, personally, I would shove those worries aside and just plunge on ahead because even the US Department of Labor, their 2015 stats still say that they believe the demand for writers is expected to grow. Between that and the huge number of websites out there, and the fact the bulk of them, a huge percentage anyways, are based in the United States, which is looking for presumably English speaking content, the opportunities to write for people are plentiful.
You’ve got to know where to look for freelance writing jobs
The trick is knowing where to look and having the persistence to keep going until you land a few clients. Because all you really need just a handful of clients. You don’t need a ton of this. Unless you’re planning on making $100,000 a month or something like this, which most of us are not planning on doing … If you’re like most people and you just want to earn an extra few hundred or a couple thousand extra a month, SEO writing, in my opinion, is still going to be around for a long time as an option to provide that to a person who’s willing to hustle and has a persistence to keep at until they do land enough clients to sustain sales.
Now, maybe you’re more ambitious than that, and that’s totally cool too. You look at a guy like Carlo, who’s video interview you may have seen that I did a while back. He’s cracked the five figure a month mark. Depending on the amount of work you want to do, how hard you’re going to work to improve your writing or how good you are already … If you’re starting off out of the gate as an amazing writer you obviously are going to get off to a quicker running start than someone who still has work to do. Either way, I think hustle, persistence, and willingness to learn can take you far in this industry. I think it will continue to take you far in this industry for a long time to come.
In a nutshell, I don’t think the ship has sailed. I don’t think you’re too late to get into this at all, so please don’t let that stop you. In my mind, the only thing that should stop you from getting into SEO writing is if you just don’t like writing, and you can’t stand it, and you hate it, and you despise the idea of having to write articles on random topics. If that sounds horrible to you then don’t do SEO writing. There are plenty of other things you can do to earn a buck. But if writing articles for money doesn’t sound half bad to you then I still highly recommend getting started in SEO writing. It is a great entry into freelance writing for someone who’s inexperienced, who doesn’t have any experience, as was my case. Someone who doesn’t have any credentials, someone who doesn’t have any contacts, SEO writing is still a perfect way to get into writing with as a little friction as possible.
I had fly on me. Anyways, it’s gone. Ah, it’s back. Jeez. With that, I’m going to end this video.
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Until next week. I look forward to talking to you again. Please do continue to take action in your SEO writing business. Don’t stall. Don’t get stuck. Don’t get discouraged. Just keep taking steps one at a time. Baby steps is all it takes and they all add up eventually. If you keep that up long enough I have complete faith in you that you can pull this off. Talk to you soon. Bye.