I am a freelance web content writer and that's what I do for a living. I love to write about topics related to technology, business, etc.
If you want to make money online, there are many ways you can do it. One great way is by writing articles on a freelance platform such as Upwork or Freelancer.com.
In this article, we will go over how to start your career as an article writer and the benefits that come with it!
What is article writing, and why should you do it?
When you think of writers, what do you picture them doing? Is it someone who sits in a coffee shop and writes a book? Maybe it is someone typing away in their office with stacks of papers all around them?
Well, you're right to think that! Those are things writers do but not all of them. Did you know there is another way to make money by writing articles online for clients? You may not realize it, but there is a massive demand for article writers online. And the best part is, you can do it from home and on your own schedule!
What kind of articles?
There are many different types of articles that people pay freelancers to write for them. Some common examples include:
- Reviews about products or services
- Lifehacks are articles that teach the reader how to do something new, usually with a list of steps involved. One popular lifehack is organizing your closet!
- News articles - When there's breaking news online, people often want an article written about it quickly.
- Opinion articles are usually written about a controversial topic, and the author takes one side of an argument or another.
It's important to note that some platforms allow you to choose which types of articles you would like to write for clients. But if they don't specify which types of articles you want to write, it's best to have a few different options available.
How do people find article writers, you ask?
There are many ways that clients can find freelance writers online - especially on freelance platforms like Upwork, Freelancer.com, and Guru. Some common ways people find article writers are:
- Job boards - Many freelance platforms have job posts for different types of jobs, including article writer positions.
- Google searches - If you do a google search like "write my travel blog post" or something similar to that, your website will pop up! People who find your website and like what they see will often want to hire you.
- Social media marketing - If you have a large social media following, people may contact you if their business fits your audience well.
How to Become an Article Writer?
If you want to start writing articles to make money, all you need is a computer and an internet connection! Many freelance platforms allow writers like yourself to apply and get jobs. Here's how:
- Create your profile - If the platform requires one (most do), follow their instructions on how they would like it filled out.
- Connect your social media accounts - Most platforms require this these days, so if you don't want to lose out on any potential jobs, make sure they are connected!
- Start applying for jobs! There will be many different kinds of articles available. If you enjoy one type more than another or find it easier/harder to write an article on it, then focus your attention there!
If you are just starting out, it's best to pick the platform that will give you enough work consistently. There is nothing more frustrating than searching for jobs only to find out none of them are available! So if there isn't much work on a specific platform right now, then switch your attention over to another one until you have a steady stream of clients.
One thing that you should know about being an article writer is that it's not going to make you rich overnight! In fact, most article writers on these platforms are just trying to supplement their income with some extra work from home jobs. But if the idea of being able to work from home appeals to you, then keep reading!
Tips for how to write articles that sell
Once you have a good idea of what type of article writing jobs you want to apply for, it's time to start thinking about how best to write an article that will sell. Often, clients won't tell you exactly what they need because someone else may re-write their work and steal the credit! So if your client just says "write about X", then it's up to you to figure out what they really want.
When writing articles, make sure you read your client's website thoroughly before starting the article! This is how I get most of my ideas for blog posts actually - by reading their "About Us" page or other interesting parts of their site. So if they have an "About Us" page, read it! And if they don't, well, then you are on your own for ideas.
Once you know the article's topic, make sure to do some research about that specific subject before beginning to write. This will help ensure that they aren't left with any unanswered questions when people read your article!
Also, keep track of any sources you use because the client may want to reference them in their article.
Now it's time to start writing your first draft! I find starting with an outline really helps me stay on task when things get hectic, especially if there are multiple articles for one project.
When writing, it's important to remember that you are writing for people, so make sure to use conversational language. Try not to use any large words unless they are necessary and if a sentence is very complicated/hard to read, then re-write it!
Clients don't want an article full of fluff just because you have the space. In fact, most clients will appreciate it if you trim down the word count without sacrificing too much of the information.
Your client may want to review your draft before publishing, so make sure they can quickly get in touch with you! Often, clients will contact me through my blog's Facebook page, and then we'll continue our conversation over email or Skype.
The Benefits of Becoming an Article Writer
So at this point, you might be wondering — what advantages can you expect if you become an article writer? Well, the first benefit that comes to mind is money! You may get paid per word or by the hour. But, of course, the amount you're paid will depend on your experience and location (whether you're a native English speaker or not).
It might not be a lot at first, but it adds up over time. Writing articles is also a great way to get feedback and improve your writing skills! You can study the work of other authors, look at successful posts on social media for inspiration, or ask an expert in your field for advice. Once you've mastered article writing, it will be easier to land freelance jobs and attract more clients.
Another benefit to becoming an article writer is that you can work from home! As long as you have access to the internet, you don't need to be in an office. This gives you more flexibility so that it's easier for you to manage your schedule and balance time between working and spending quality time with friends or family. As a result of these benefits, article writing is now one of the most popular ways to earn money online.
What are some of the best places to find freelance work online?
Now let's say that you want to become an article writer, so you're probably wondering what are some of the best places online to find freelance work? Well, I can only speak from experience, but for me, the best place to find writing jobs is Upwork.
Upwork has an extensive network of clients looking for writers just like you. It also allows employers to post jobs directly on your profile so they can contact you without any third-party involvement, which means more opportunities!
You can also set a rate for prospective employers to see, so they know how much you charge per hour. I would definitely recommend signing up with Upwork if you're interested in finding freelance work as an article writer!
Another place where I've found much success as an article writer is Fiverr. As you may already know, Fiverr is a place where you can sell and market your services. However, many people don't realize that Fiverr is also a great place to find clients as an article writer!
I would also recommend using LinkedIn — not just because it's a great way to network online but also because it's a social network frequented by business owners who need content for their websites/blogs.
Article writers are in high demand these days, so don't worry about whether you'll ever be able to make a living out of it or not! You can expect to find freelance opportunities if you can network online, market yourself well, and offer your services at an affordable rate.
As you can see, there are many opportunities as an article writer, and all it takes to start your career is having some experience and the desire to learn more!
How do article writers get paid?
So how do article writers get paid for the work that they do? Well, that depends on the platform or the company that you work for. Freelancing platforms like Upwork and Fiverr allow you to set your rates, and they also take a percentage of the money you make for providing an easy way for clients and employers to connect.
As for what payment methods are used and how often you get paid, that would depend on your arrangement with the client or the freelance platform you work under. In the case of Upwork, they pay their freelancers through PayPal or direct bank deposit every week, so you can expect to be paid every seven days (hourly contracts).
If you work with a client directly, the payment method and frequency will depend on your agreement. I've found that most of them prefer paying their writers through Paypal on a fortnightly basis.
How much can you earn as an article writer?
Well, this is a difficult question to answer because it depends on your experience and qualifications. However, for those just starting or who have little to no experience in writing articles, I would say that the average rate per hour is roughly $10-15 USD/hour. However, the payment ultimately depends on what you've agreed upon with your client.
For instance, if your agreement is to have a specific word count per article, then each article written will be paid accordingly based on that number of words. If it's pay-per-hour or pay-per-article/blog post, then again, this would depend on the client's budget.
However, if you're an experienced article writer or have a lot of experience writing articles, you can expect to earn anywhere from $25-50 USD/hour.
Note that some freelance platforms like Upwork take around 20%+ commission for providing the platform, and there are also other fees, but again, this will depend on your agreement with them. Fiverr takes around 20% commission and includes a Paypal service fee of approximately $0.30-40 per transaction.
The Drawbacks of Being a Freelance Writer
Now that we've gone over some of the great things about being an article writer, it is also my responsibility to bring up the cons. Becoming a freelance article writer is not for everyone, and if you are not committed or don't have the right attitude, it won't be easy to succeed.
The first drawback would be that writing articles is a lot of hard work, and if you're not willing to put in 100% effort, I suggest doing something else. This means putting aside other objectives so you can focus on your career as an article writer.
Another thing to consider would be the cost of running your business as an article writer or blogger. Freelancing platforms like Upwork and Fiverr are free to use, but if you work with a client directly, there will be fees involved, possibly even for transferring money between accounts. So keep these things in mind when working on your freelance business.
The third drawback is that you will have to market yourself to get clients or employers, building your online presence through social media. If you don't know how to use social media, then I suggest taking some time out of writing articles and learning more about it because there are a lot of resources out there on the internet.
The fourth drawback would be that writers are not always in high demand, especially beginner level writers, so you might have to go through a period of being underemployed or unemployed while you build your client base. If this concerns you, then I suggest starting with an online platform like Upwork, where there's plenty of work available.
The fifth and final drawback is that your income as an article writer will be unpredictable since you won't know how much work there'll be in the next month, week or day. However, I've found that as you gain more clients and experience, this becomes less of an issue.
Now there are a couple of things I'd want to say to anyone looking to get started with article writing. First off, you shouldn't rush into it. I highly recommend that you learn more about writing articles and how the industry works before jumping in headfirst. This means joining forums online where people are experienced in writing articles and can give you advice.
The second thing I would recommend is that you take the time to learn about marketing yourself, especially if this isn't something that comes naturally to you. If this means enrolling in a course or reading books on how to market your business, then do it because there are plenty of resources out there to help you.
Thirdly, I would say that if you're looking to establish a long-term career in article writing, then it's essential that you put in the effort and become an expert at your craft. This means investing time into learning how to write better articles and improving yourself as a writer since there will always be competition out there.
General tips for writing articles that will be published on the internet
As a freelance article writer, one of the most common tasks/assignments you will receive is writing articles for your clients. Whether they are blogs or websites, the goal of these types of pieces will always be to draw traffic and capture a specific audience with concise and engaging content.
To do this, you need to understand who exactly it is that you're trying to reach out to. This might sound like common sense, but it is something that you need to be aware of before actually sitting down at your desk and starting work.
For example, let's say you are writing for a local business about the benefits of their product or service. If they sell bakery goods, then it would make sense to include some puns in your article along with delicious-looking images– this will appeal to your audience.
On the other hand, if you are writing for a scientific journal, then using puns and images would be entirely out of place— this will only serve as an annoyance rather than an appreciated addition. This is why it's so crucial that you know who exactly it is that you're designing content for before starting work.
Once you know your audience, the next step is to consider what exactly it is that they want from you and their website. It might be information about a specific product or service, but more than likely, it will be something along the lines of "tips." So if we go back to our bakery example above, this would mean providing some sort of helpful guide or list of tips for getting the most out of your visit to a bakery.
With this in mind, you should now have a pretty good idea of what article format and structure works best for each client. For example, some people prefer lists, while others might want an informative piece with lots of imagery that explains how their product can benefit consumers.
Remember that you don't always have to stick with one type of article format for your clients. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. You can write about anything you want, so long as it is relevant and engaging for the audience in question!
Tone of Voice
Another piece of advice that I can give new freelance article writers looking to hone their skills would be to master tone of voice. This is the personality you bring from your subconscious when writing an article, including your choice of words and phrases and your sentence structure.
When I look at a new client's blog post for the first time, it can be overwhelming because there are so many different styles within one piece! However, I enjoy working with clients who have a distinct tone of voice because it makes editing easier and fun.
An excellent way to develop your own style when writing articles is by comparing two different topics, such as self-publishing vs. traditional publishing or digital marketing vs. social media marketing. In addition, you can entertainingly compare these subjects by using humor, which is an excellent way of developing your personal style.
Another advantage to having a distinct tone of voice when writing articles is that it makes editing easier on the client. Although working with clients with distinct styles can be overwhelming at first, I find them incredibly rewarding because they are easy to work with!
When writing engaging content for any purpose, always remember what tone of voice you are trying to convey. If your content must be informative, stick with a more straightforward style and avoid using humor or making comparisons unless they will help the reader better understand the topic at hand. By maintaining clarity in tone through both word choice and phrasing, any piece of writing can captivate an audience.
Let's wrap it up
An article writer's job is to write for an audience who will pay to read their work. If you like writing, this may be the perfect opportunity for you! You don't need a degree in journalism or any other specific field of study - just a passion for reading and writing about things that interest you most.
All it takes is your time, some basic skills with grammar and punctuation, and a computer with internet access. And as long as those three prerequisites are met, then there's no reason why you can't become an online freelance article writer who works from home and owns their time.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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