Many aspiring web writers are searching for ways to start making money from home right away. They want to get out of the continuous grind of the 9-to-5 rat race as soon as possible. Heck, we have all been there — and a lot of us are still there. But what if I told you, “You can blog your way to freedom with just two posts per day.” Would that be something you would want to know about, and would start applying today?
I remember when I first started out on this journey. I wanted to find the freedom and financial peace of mind through doing something I love. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I have often been complimented for my ability to express my deepest heartfelt emotions through the written word.
I began the search to find my personal road to success, and I came across many different personalities and experts in the fields of freelance writing and blogging. Then came the task of weaving in and out of all the fluff and trying to find the common factor that was resulting in success for all these “so-called” experts. I was weighed down with information overload.
I found out about the different ways to monetize your blog. Affiliate marketing. Banner ads. Original information products.
I don’t disagree that these methods work. I’ve had some results from them myself. However, if you are just starting out and need to make money now, trying to find that financial peace of mind through these means will only leave you stressed out and frustrated. Believe me, I know.
Those monetizing methods work well only if you already have a strong following and readership on your blog. If you’re not already a blogger, it will be a while before you see any returns on these methods.
In the meantime, the faster answer to finding financial freedom is to become a freelance writer and blogger.
While you are maintaining your website/blog and constantly sharing fresh valuable content, you should also be finding publications you can pitch to. The industry average for writing freelance blogging assignments is $100; however, as you develop, grow, and earn more skills through experience, and depending on the length of each post, you could even be landing $200-$300 freelance blogging gigs.
Let’s Do the Math
If you were to start pitching to online publications and companies for blogging gigs — either as a guest blogger or a ghost writer — and writing two blogs a day at $100 a pop for these clients, here is what you earnings would look like: $200 a day is $1,000 a week (Monday-Friday). It’s $4,000 month. That’s $48,000 a year. Of course, this number could be greater if you chose to work 6 or 7 days a week or to write more posts a day. And don’t forget, if you were to land freelance blogging gigs at $200 or $300, your earnings could increase dramatically.
Also, don’t forget that many of your clients may have regular blogging needs. So lining up a single client may mean ongoing work writing one or two posts a week.
Next, let’s take a look at what goes into these assignments so you can see how realistic it is to start earning a significant income as a blogger.
How Long Should Each Blog Post Be?
Blog post length can range anywhere from 500 words to even 1,800 words. It all depends on the publication’s guidelines and requirements.
Google favors longer content. Some bloggers believe that the search engine giant ignores any and all content that is less than 1,000 words. That’s not really the case. Google ignores short, non-valuable content. If you were to write a 500-word blog post (or shorter) that is packed with valuable content that online viewers are impacted by and commenting on, then you will still end up in Google’s good graces. The key here is quality content that readers share.
Bottom line: Always remember that if you want to remain in Google’s good graces, quality will always trump quantity.
How Long Should it Take to Write a Blog Post?
The answer to this really depends on you as the writer. I am sure you remember the old saying, “Practice makes perfect,” and it rings true here. As you begin to develop a habit for writing, your speed will double in time.
One of the best ways to start increasing your word count by the minute is to set writing goals for yourself. For example, when I first started out, it was taking me about two-and-a-half hours to write 500 words (not very good if I really wanted to make something out of being a writer). Now, it takes me less than an hour to write the same amount of quality content. Again, it all comes with practice.
To begin securing your financial freedom as a freelance blogger, here’s what you need to do.
- Start making a list of publications and blogs that you want to pitch article ideas to. Don’t be afraid to go after the BIG fish — they pay more and will earn you more name recognition. Next to each publication or company name, write out to the side of it the name of the editor or marketing director who you will be contacting and their email address so you always have that information on hand.
- Start making a list of article ideas, and off to the side of each idea write down which publication you think would be the best fit for that idea.
- Then start sending your queries — or your fully written articles — to the publications for consideration. Start contacting companies about their blogging needs. Follow up diligently.
Set goals for how many queries you want to send out. And, keep practicing your writing to increase the number of words you are able to write within an hour. With persistent effort, opportunities will open up for you.
Becoming a paid blogger is one of the fastest ways to start building your writing income. So get started today.
“William Ballard, a freelance writer, blogger, and author, is chief executive of Writer and Author William Ballard (currently located in Barrie Ontario, Canada). He blogs about freelance writing, blogging, and business at his Freelance Writing and Business Blog. Follow him on Twitter @ApostolicAuthor.”