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    Finding good writing gigs?

    Hey guys.

    Over the course of last year I did a lot of freelance writing, but I was always competing with the '$0.01 per word' gang, so to then be charging $0.02/3 per word as I was made it a struggle to get jobs.

    I realise now that, actually, I was targetting the wrong buyers and the wrong market, but as I want to do some freelance writing over the summer I need to rectify this.

    So, how do I find well paying writing jobs? Where can I advertise my services?

    Thanks.

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    I think having a site completely dedicated to your writing services can really help. It looks much more professional. And if your stuff is good you can sure charge a lot.

    There are writers who charge 10 cents (no kidding) a word and they also get lots of clients, it's how you promote yourself I guess.

    The writer I mentioned above, she does her research thoroughly. Her articles always convert into affiliate sales, so it is worth it.
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    To get paying well, of course you need to write great article also. The article should be unique and not just following same topic which other blog write. For example if other blog writing about twitter , you should find another great idea related to that topic but not same, for example "Stret Smart Method to Get Money Using Twitter".

    There is many place to advertise your service, on forum include this forum, or make your own sales site and then advertise it

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    Looks like making my own site is the way to go then. I love the way Corey advertises her writing services, as I think showing a potential client a blog is way better than a portfolio. Why? Because for a portfolio, you might do one or two great pieces of writing and put them in your portfolio, but with a blog you have to write great content consistently, and you can show that to your client.

    Farrhad, about the $0.10 per word point. I knew someone who charged $0.20 per word and, like the person you mentioned, still got lots of clients. I was told by her that it's about who you know, so the purpose of this thread was really to ask how to connect with those high paying clients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Looks like making my own site is the way to go then. I love the way Corey advertises her writing services, as I think showing a potential client a blog is way better than a portfolio. Why? Because for a portfolio, you might do one or two great pieces of writing and put them in your portfolio, but with a blog you have to write great content consistently, and you can show that to your client.

    Farrhad, about the $0.10 per word point. I knew someone who charged $0.20 per word and, like the person you mentioned, still got lots of clients. I was told by her that it's about who you know, so the purpose of this thread was really to ask how to connect with those high paying clients.
    I'm glad you like my portfolio. :P Honestly, when I stumbled into freelance writing (like two months ago) I just thought "I don't want to make ANOTHER portfolio! UGH!" so I threw it up on the blog. Turns out that that was a great decision.

    If you can drive traffic to your blog, and get loyal readers who love your style, then it's just like selling them an affiliate product or an ebook - except you're selling yourself.

    My first ever writing jobs (before this year) didn't actually come to me. I went online to marketplaces looking for something (anything) to do and found a couple of jobs. I wrote help documentation for video game software for $140, and contributed to a movie reviews blog for advertising. If you want a job - go out and look! People are always looking to get articles done.

    As far as charging, if you have the skill, there's no reason not to charge like $10 per article. Imagine how much money freelance copywriters for corporate businesses make! Now while those aren't my target client, people still find value in writing that sells, and $10 is a hell of a value for a nice salespage.

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