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How Much Money Do Freelance Writers Make?

By Edited Sep 24, 2015 3 3

Freelance writers are a secretive sort. While we may share our tips and tricks our pay is personal and we normally keep the amounts to ourselves. With so much competition in the freelance world writers don't want to draw attention to themselves in case of sabotage. Can you also tell that we are a superstitious lot? Most freelance writers that I have come in contact with write content for money. Every web page you view across the internet has content which was written by someone. While sites vary widely in their pay scale I will try to give you a rough idea of how much you can earn in the freelance world.

The most important thing to remember is that to make any money from your content you must know SEO optimization. If your content is not properly optimized for the search engines it could be the greatest content in the world and you wont make much. It is very important as a freelance writer to make sure that you understand how search engines work, and how to use that knowledge to your advantage.

Every freelance writer should have a goal, a reasonably attainable goal they can work towards. If you have no bench mark to try and achieve you are setting yourself up for failure. As a freelance writer you will also need a way to track your progress to make sure you are moving in the right direction. Many content sites will do this for you however it is always nice to have a back up method so that you know for yourself what is happening.

Now we can get down to the 'nitty-gritty'. As a content writer, who has followed good SEO optimization, and has worked like a slave to get their content into the various engines can count on making around $1.00-$2.00 USD a month on each piece of content. While this is a very conservative number it gives you a bench mark to stride for. This is why goals are very important.

In the beginning of your freelance career you may decide you need an extra $100.00 every month. We already know that each content piece has the potential to earn $1.00 a month so you would write 100 pieces of content. Trust me when I tell you that it isn't hard to generate 100 pieces of content. Once you get started and get the feel for things you can easily produce more than 5 unique pieces of content a day.

So after you reach your $100.00 dollar goal you decide you want to double it. You write until you can think of nothing new to write and before you know it you have 200 unique pieces of content floating across cyberspace. While you were busy writing toward the new goal you didn't notice that the old content you wrote to reach your old goal marinated in the search engines long enough to season and earn you $1.50 per month, per piece. Congratulations you have almost reached your new goal.

What a new writer needs to remember is that as-long as they have unique content that is key-worded well they will make money. Freelance writing isn't a fast paycheck, however it is a steady one. What you write today, provided that you don't sell the copyright to your work, will earn you money next month, next year, and for years after. It doesn't take long to see the snow ball effect, and to understand why writers are so happy about residual income.

I can't impress upon you how important it is to learn the tricks of the trade. Once you have the knowledge you can write literally anything and make money. Always remember that you want your content to read well, and you want people to enjoy what they are reading. As long as you follow these simple guidelines I promise you will have your nickels and dimes rolling in before you realize it.

You might be upset about the prospect of making $0.05 but remember this: 20x $0.05 is a dollar, 200 times more generates $10.00, you see where I am going with this; over the life of your article it can easily be viewed by 100,000 unique people. That's could net a whopping $5,000.00 per peice, times that by 100.... I dare you.

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Sep 16, 2009 9:26pm
i guess it depends, but freelance writing can be very profitable if you are willing to work hard and seek out new venues. Great article!
Sep 17, 2009 6:31pm

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midnitewriter: Thank you and I agree, you have to be willing to work really hard to make money as a freelance writer.
Jul 16, 2010 5:24pm
I'm hoping that I can make some large earnings with online writing! I love your use of pictures throughout the article, very helpful!
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