Some may wonder how to really succeed as a freelance writer, or wonder if it is possible and the answer to the last question is yes. It all depends upon how you measure success, as we all have different ideas about it, I make good money with freelance writing, but there is the other factor of success that personally I find just a rewarding.
I am successful in both the finical terms as well as personal achievements, I make a livable wage here, and personally, I got a top 1000 badge, which shocked me and made me proud. For those of you quickly figuring out my page view average, please note I do a good amount of call for contents, which I do not collect the page views. My page views are about average to many on this site but are not over 500 yet!
Within this article, you will learn what four elements will help you succeed on this site or any of the other freelance writing sites out there. One important thing to remember is writing for fun, with topics that make you feel good, showing your passion and the money will come in, but it takes time to find the right mix.
I have been writing on associated content’s web site since mid April of 2007, and am in many ways living out a life long dream of being a published writer. Working on associated content was a blessing for the extra money it brought in, and I seen the potential to turn it into a full time career, replacing a job that left me exhausted. That job also took me out of the state and tied up every weekend and as a single mom, I could no longer do that.
When I first changed careers, I was trying to put out 10 to 12 articles on associated content a day, and although I was doing it, most were being rejected because they were garbage. My page views dropped and what offers I did receive were in the lower 3-3.50 range, which meant writing many articles to get the full time wages. There simply was not enough time in the world to write that many articles and still do what I had to do as a mom.
A friend I had met on the site urged promotion; another friend said better writing, another friend said write daily and the last mentioned keyword placement. I took their advice and saw promise in all of their ideas and I effectively raised my page views to over 100,000 presently up from 41,000 in late November on my account over at associated content.
Therefore, I began promoting my articles in a huge way, and it worked but that is only part of the big picture. I also got better with key words and key phrases, which helped to push me up there and within a few months, a whopping 59,000 page views in just 3 months. I went from 41,000 page views to 100,000. I credit my page views with promotion, consistent writing, quality writing, and good keywords.
Increased page views = higher upfront offers!
Promoting is as easy or as hard as you choose to make it, and my first step to promotion was to add it to my yahoo email signature so it goes out with every email I send. What I did in November of 2007 was to begin submitting my articles to only one book marking site, I simply opened my content producer page and clicked each article title opening it in a different tab. In fire fox, you can open multiple tabs, and I opened my articles up ten at a time. I used the little bookmark feature to submit all articles to yahoo only.
It took a while as I had a bit over 200 articles, but within a few hours, it was done. Since that time, I promote my articles on Tuesday afternoons once a week and this works for me. I also have a widget on myspace as well as my blog, and both automatically update every new article, as it is published.
I write on a daily basis for at least two of the sites, as it was indeed hard to keep up with multiple sites. I collect page views only on two sites, as I do not have time to give them the attention they deserve, but they are still bringing in money.
I locate article ideas on helium, and write them there but also post those same articles on associated content as non-exclusive and upfront payments. I am making double money on articles, although on helium most are page views only, double earning is great. I have sold in the market place, but the articles posted there remain exclusive until I know if they are sold or not. Once I know for sure they are not sold there, I bring them to associated content and offer them for upfront payments as well.
I am writing less but earning more, and because I am picking better topics, and getting the views, my upfront offers have increased. This method is paying my house payment on a monthly basis, which is outstanding, and nothing to sneeze at.
Since I have slowed down with writing, the quality of my writing has increased and that is having an effect on how articles are accepted between the public as well as the content mangers. I Use Microsoft word and strive for a 12th grade reading level with every article I put out, prior to the start of the new year, I simply did not care what grade level I wrote at.
Keywords will only get you so far, you know you need key phrases as well to help bring in the visitors from search engines. People have asked why I use to choose my keywords, and the answer is sometimes I play with sites like text analyzer, and other sites to help me pick keywords. After awhile you learn that a keyword or phrase needs to appear at least two times per very hundred words, but do not repeat the keyword more then 4 times in those hundred words.
Somewhere in the last few months I have taken my page views up, began creating fewer quality articles and this is bringing in the money, which is allowing me to survive. Trust me in the first 3 months of a full time career in writing I made serious mistakes, and lost valuable time, which cannot be made up. The past three moments though I have turned that around and it has made such a great impact and I am thankful for that.
Writing is something I feel compelled to do on a daily basis; this is as much as a money factor as it is an internal desire as the words are just screaming to be written into some readable arrangement, so I permit them to emerge. Most of the time I write at night simply because it offers me hours of uninterrupted times where I can write but sometimes when I wake in the afternoons like today I feel the need to write
Here is to your success, may you find your happy medium where you are writing and enjoying it as well. Success is measured in different ways, but the trick is to work smart and actually work less, it can be done and I am living proof.