A Little Piece Of Advice For New Freelance Writers

by Amanda J Evans on October 16, 2012

It has been just over two years since my last update on this blog and I do apologise for all the regular readers for this.  I have been busy concentrating on client and personal projects which has left very little time to work on this blog.  I have however been keeping up to date with the goings on in the freelance world and my post today is a little piece of advice for new freelance writers.

Things have really changed for new freelance writers.  When I began my freelancing career in 2004, things were a lot different.  Finding writing jobs was easier as was getting decent pay rates.  When I started writing content online, 300 word articles were common and getting $10 for each one was a standard rate even for a novice.  Blogs hadn’t been invented and keywords were something that people paid little or no attention to.  Fast foward eight years and things are very different for those looking to begin their freelance writing career.  300 word articles at $10 a piece is something that you won’t see.  In fact, you will probably see something like a 500 word article being offered at a rate of $0.25 to $0.50 per piece.  I personally feel that online writing has become a joke and the so called writers who are accepting these rates are destroying things.

When I began my career research was also a lot easier.  Today you have to troll through websites that have poorly written content and quite often incorrect facts.  Yes, these websites may be at the top of Google’s listings but they are filled with pages of barely readable content.  The facts are incorrect and quite often they are just a blatant copy of someone else’s work.  It is sad as a writer who takes their job seriously to see the way things have become.

What happened to quality content?

It is still there and there are many businesses who pride themselves on this.  It is the “make a quick buck” websites that have popped up in every niche hoping to cash in on affiliate sales and ad impressions that have in my opinion taken away the necessity of quality content.  These website owners aren’t willing to pay for quality and they are happy to use poorly constructed content and blackhat techniques to build their traffic.  Real visitors and readers don’t feature for them.

Not all websites are like this however and I want to say to all new freelancers, “don’t be fooled into thinking that accepting $0.50 per article is what a new freelancer must do.”   This is wrong and if you are serious about your career, you will do your research, enhance your skills and discover the genuine clients that will not only respect what you do, but be willing to pay a proper rate for it too.  The clients are out there but today you really do need to look further than bidding websites and Craigslist to find them.

Researching your market is vital if you want a career as a freelance writer as is creating and building your own personal profile.  You need to showcase your work and have a website where clients can find you.  If you take your career seriously, learn from those who have already succeeded and refuse to accept ridiculous rates, you really can make it as a freelance writer.  Google’s algorhythm changes are helping and with some real effort on your part you can be well on your way to earning a living as a freelance writer.

Until next time,

Keep writing

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Amanda J Evans

Freelance Writer/Ghostwriter/Author
I am a writer and author living in Ireland with my husband and two wonderful children. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and love working in the self help and spiritual genres. My other specialist area is online gambling and I have been writing for this genre since 2007. I am always available to discuss project ideas and collaborations as well as book writing.

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1 paraplus Umbrella 10.16.12 at 1:21 pm

Great article, it’s good to see that quality is still valued over quantity! A saturation in the internet marketing industry has led to content quality going down and niche websites/online advertising going up. Unfortunately, in the process, freelancing rates for writing have gradually decreased.

Do you think the trend will continue?

2 Amanda 10.16.12 at 3:11 pm

With Google’s new algorhythms we are seeing some changes and website owners are beginning to realise that quality does count. Hopefully this will see rates returning to a reasonable level even for beginners but until then marketing and creating your own personal profile are essential. Done correctly, clients will find you and be willing to pay your rates.

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