Do you enjoy writing?
Do you have a passion for blogging and want to share your knowledge with the world?
If so, then this article will teach you how to start a freelance writing business and finally get to know how much do blog writers make.
It doesn’t matter if English is not your first language or if you don’t have any work experience in the field of journalism – there are ways that even those without any professional experience can make money as bloggers.
We’ll talk about what it takes to be a successful blogger (and writer!) and provide some tips on making money from home!
- Tip #1 Start a blog
- Tip #2 Do your research
- Tip #3 Have a plan
- Tip #4 Keep the readers engaged from the get!
- Tip #5 Keep it interesting
- Tip #6 Know your stuff
- Tip #7 Capitalize on your skills
- Tip #8 Write daily!
- Tip #9 Read other writers
- Tip #10 Get promoting
- Tip #11 Write guest posts
- Tip #12 Proofread
- Tip #13 Earn money writing
How much do blog writers make?
Ah, how much do I make as a freelance writer…
To be honest, I didn’t make much as a freelance writer.
Perhaps because I’m too focused on writing too much content and not marketing my freelance gig.
But, to answer how much do blog writers make? It depends!
How much do freelance writers make per article
When you’re looking to hire a blogger or a writer, going in with an idea of what your budget is will help narrow down the large spectrum.
A post could cost as little as buying someone lunch or hundreds of dollars depending on how well it’s written and if there are any add-ons that need to be included.
Here’s a breakdown of how much it costs to hire a blog writer.
Bottom of the barrel $5 – $15
If you want to dive into the bottom of the barrel, there are plenty of freelancers who will write your post for as little as $5-$15. This may seem like a good deal at first glance but keep in mind that these people offer some terrible services and pay way below market rates:
• They don’t have much experience with writing so they cannot produce quality content or posts.
• Their English skills may not be very strong either which means their grammar is poor and spelling might also be an issue (which impacts readability).
This isn’t a slam on foreigners. Despite their best efforts, writers who are not accustomed to how we speak and interact are likely to write in an awkward way that is difficult for readers to understand and enjoy (and this also applies to non-native speakers of any other languages).
Even if they have good grammar skills or know how the rules work, it’s hard to write with confidence when you’re not fluent in the native language.
If there are no editorial services available either then this writer may struggle even more since without professional experience/expertise neither will probably stand much chance of getting ahead within the SEO marketing eCommerce industry.
Intermediate writers $50 – $100
Experienced writers can be found at this level. They might write part-time to supplement their income, or they may just start as freelancers.
These writers typically charge an average of $50-$100 per post, the bare minimum I would pay for professional work. Here’s what you could expect:
The biggest problem with these posts is their lack of creativity and SEO knowledge.
They need to be composed without any grammatical or spelling errors, but they also have to stand out from the rest of the blogosphere in some way; otherwise, it’s just a waste of time for everyone involved (except Google).
These articles are short —some average about 300-500 words— which doesn’t matter much if you’re Seth Godin who has mastered creating viral content that spreads like wildfire across social media platforms.
Unfortunately, most readers value longer pieces because they offer more information and insight into what’s being discussed compared to shorter reads where authors don’t really share anything new or noteworthy other than rehashed ideas passed down by others before them.
Expert writers $150 – $300
These bloggers have a lot of experience and work, so you should expect well-researched writing with 600 to 1000 words. They use SEO techniques too like long-tail keywords in the title, headers, and copy while using original content from research interviews without plagiarism or clichés.
The following are several things an expert content writer does:
- First, write SEO-friendly pieces that use long-tail keywords in titles and headers that increase search engine exposure.
- Second, they write original copy from research without plagiarized material.
- Third, They conduct good interviews with knowledge sources for your articles while avoiding clichés as much as possible.
- Fourthly, clear concise, compelling writing is included with few passive verbs and no stupid phrases at all times.
- Lastly but most importantly they capture your tone and speaks directly into your audience making them feel like they are being addressed directly.
- They are familiar with content management systems (CMS). Making sure you have a well-structured and optimized post always ready for your readers.
Businesses know spending a few hundred dollars on an ad is standard, but they don’t see the same results.
On the other hand, businesses can drive traffic to their website for years by investing in quality content writers that will pay off in the end.
I advise business owners to aim for the best quality writer they can afford as it’s much more likely to pay off than just buying ads constantly.
How to become a blog writer
My freelance business is not where I’d like it to be. Too busy writing this blog post. But, I have written for businesses that are in the SAAS space, hospitality, and even travel.
Here are my tips to becoming a better blog writer:
Tip #1 Start a blog
In order to improve your writing, you should start a personal blog. This will allow you to produce high-quality content before publishing it elsewhere.
Additionally, creating this portfolio of work would make employers excited about recruiting you for their team because they can see examples of what types of articles and pieces are produced by other writers working on the same website or magazine as them.
You may want to start out on WordPress.com and Blogger, which are simple platforms that are free of charge but great for writers just starting up.
As your blogging skills improve you can graduate to the self-hosted platform of WordPress.org – this option is not free but gives more control over your domain name and how content is presented online through customization options such as header images or color schemes, etc..
It’s also professional to have a URL like, “www.icopywrite.com” than “www.wordpress.icopywrite.com.”
Tip #2 Do your research
To provide engaging and successful content, research your topic fully. This can take hours to produce the best work so be aware of this fact when you’re writing articles.
Additionally, failing to do the proper research may damage your reputation, cop a fine or result in jail time!
Tip #3 Have a plan
A blog is a great tool for sharing your thoughts and ideas with the world, but it can easily come across as unorganized if you don’t plan ahead.
Make sure to have an engaging title that will catch people’s attention! Subheadings should be used throughout so readers know what each section entails.
Finally, work on building up towards some sort of conclusion – whether this final point summarizes anything discussed or simply leaves them thinking about something new.
Entirely depends on how you want to leave your audience feeling when they’ve finished reading.
To be successful in the blogging industry, it is important to establish a plan. It may seem daunting at first but creating an editorial calendar will ensure success when starting your own blog or website.
Tip #4 Keep the readers engaged from the get!
If you want your blog posts to be read, start off with a big sentence that draws the reader in. You can’t afford for someone to decide they don’t like it after reading the first line; get them hooked!
Also, make sure not to leave people unsatisfied and wanting more – kill them’ (with kindness) at the end by making them talk about your post or share it on social media.
Tip #5 Keep it interesting
When writing a blog, you want to make sure that your topic is interesting and unique.
It can be difficult to find something new when so many topics have been covered before.
But there are always ways in which you can discuss the same old thing slightly differently than everyone else does it!
When choosing an angle for your blog, think about what makes this particular one different or special from other content out there on the web right now.
Tip #6 Know your stuff
As a lot of other writers have already said, one way to create really interesting and engaging writing is by focusing on topics that you actually know about.
The more research you do ahead of time for your topic the better because it means less work in the actual drawing process. Which then leaves room for making sure what comes out onto paper or computer screen, sounds good as well.
Tip #7 Capitalize on your skills
If you have something to say that others are interested in, then it can help monetize your skills and build a loyal following.
Using what you know by capitalizing on the things you bring to the table means creating a niche that could eventually lead to higher-paying work.
Tip #8 Write daily!
I’m serious about this. If you think that my writing is terrible, you should see my first article!
I’m not a trained journalist, I don’t have a degree, I don’t even know what concise mean. But, I was writing daily or jotting ideas down for the next blog post.
I’m not good by any means, but great writers always have a list of ideas to use. They don’t have writer’s block, so they never run out of material. Write every day and avoid this problem!
Tip #9 Read other writers
When it comes to writing inspiration, I always look for fellow writers. Plagiarizing isn’t a good idea; however, looking at the structure or topic choices of other bloggers can be helpful in developing my own format and style.
I also find reading about how others developed their craft useful as well as learning more about improving your skillset through various novels written by successful authors who have achieved success with blogging themselves!
Tip #10 Get promoting
You won’t see an ounce of traffic to your site for at least 6 months. You won’t even earn anything after a year or two!
Don’t let the slow start discourage you, but make sure to share your writing on Tumblr, Medium, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If you’re looking big picture, social media is a great way to promote and connect with readers.
I recommend sharing your posts to Medium as they now tag your posts with rel=”canonical”.
To know more and why Medium can help you earn more, click on the following article: How To Start A Blog On Medium: Make $100 In A Day
Tip #11 Write guest posts
Instead of writing guest posts in exchange for a link back to your site or byline, consider looking for fellow influencers or company blogs that share the same audience.
When you find them, offer free content in return for a link. They’ll probably take up your offer if it’s relevant and insightful because otherwise, they’re unlikely to do so.
Tip #12 Proofread
It’s important to proofread your work before publishing it online. Proofreading takes up a small amount of time and must be done thoroughly so that you are sure nothing was written incorrectly.
Think of proofreading this way. Are you going to wear your PJs to a job interview? Most of you would say no because you’d like to give a good impression and get the job.
Tip #13 Earn money writing
As you get better and confident, you can make money with your writing.
Making money from your blogging skills begins with looking for opportunities.
Seek out job sites like Indeed, ProBlogger, and organizations on social media that are actively seeking bloggers to work with them.
Using search terms on Google such as ‘blogging jobs’ or ‘writer wanted’ will help you find gigs that pay.
It’s easy to call yourself a “writer” or “copywriter.” And, you may land a client without any difficulty. However, what you want is a client who keeps coming back and paying you.
The content writing space is saturated. You can’t just write anything and expect to be successful.
You must take the time to learn about your niche, develop a creative voice that people want to read and keep providing valuable articles in order to keep customers coming back for more.
As a dedicated SEO professional, I help businesses improve their online visibility and attract more customers through search engine optimization. Whether you’re a small local business or a large corporation, I can help improve your search rankings, drive more traffic to your website, and ultimately grow your business.Christian Tanobey