This post contains 3 parts:
- A video to answer the question of whether or not SEO writing is still alive and kicking.
- A sneak peak at some of the SEO writing orders I received during the fall of 2016 (including screenshots!)
- A transcript of the video, in case you prefer reading the info.
Watch the Video Here
Take a Sneak Peak at Some of My Actual Client Orders for Fall 2016
I love it when other people share behind-the-scenes looks into their income, so figured this might be of interest to you given your interest in SEO writing. What follows is a short-and-sweet peak at some of my client orders from Fall 2016.
This one from September was my record-breaker: the largest single order I’ve ever gotten.
For October, I figured I’d give you a sample of a more modest order pattern – these next three were all from the same client (someone I’ve also been working with for about a year). This client rarely places large orders – instead, they tend to make more frequent, smaller orders.
And this next example is for an order I’m working on this month – it’s from the first client I ever got via cold e-mailing back when I first started SEO writing a few years ago. Keep in mind that if you ever get a monstrously huge order, you can negotiate the deadline. He initially asked for 2 weeks, but I got him to give me a month. This helps me to spread out my workload better between multiple clients, writing books, etc.
So that’s that! I hope it inspires you to give this a whirl because great things can happen once you get it up and running!
Read the Video Transcript
This week’s video is about whether or not the SEO writing ship has sailed. Is it still possible to be successful as an SEO writer? Or is this industry dead?
I would argue that it’s still alive and kicking, 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 are tons of websites out there. There are hundreds of millions of them in fact.
A recent study was done on the top million websites in the world (based on traffic), and the data was compiled by Alexa.com … Anyways, of the top million sites for traffic 43.1% of them were from the United States.
Now, as you know, the SEO writing clients that I talk about, 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… these SEO writing clients are primarily looking for people that write in English and are native English speakers. And the fact that 43.1% of the most highly trafficked websites are in the United States (an English-speaking country) is to me, very, very encouraging.
You can imagine that with all of these websites in the U.S. there’s a ton of opportunity for writing.
And even if you forget about the top websites in terms of traffic, there’s a whole ton of other websites – an even larger number – that don’t get a lot of traffic, but 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. And 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 this ship has sailed, that you missed the boat, that 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 (per their 2015 stats) says 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 and require English content, the number of paid SEO writing opportunities 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 is a handful of clients. You don’t need a ton of them. (Unless you’re planning on making $100,000 a month or something like that, 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 as long as you’re willing to hustle and you have the persistence to keep at it until you land enough clients to provide regular ongoing income.
Now, maybe you’re more ambitious than that, and that’s totally cool too. Look at a guy like Carlo, whose video interview you may have seen that I did a while back (you can access that video by buying my book, Turn Your Computer Into a Money Machine, and signing up for free membership in the Money Machine Inner Circle). He’s cracked the five figure a month mark. If you’re willing to put in enough work you can do very, very well. 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 compared to someone whose writing skills are rusty. Either way, I think hustle, persistence, and willingness to learn can take you far in this industry. And 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 fear 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, you can’t stand it, 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, or who doesn’t have any experience, as in my case. For 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.
If you have any other questions you can go to my website and reach out via my contact form. Send me a message as to what kind of questions you want me to answer in a future video or comment beneath this video with your questions. I will read every single one and file it away into my list of things to cover. It’s quick and easy. Send me your questions and I promise to read every single one and collect them for answering in these videos.
I look forward to talking to you again next week. 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.