Starting As An Article Writer

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Hi everyone! There has been a question that I've been wanting to ask you nice folks here...

Is it still decent advice to ask someone who is just starting out to be an article writer?

Being a writer is good, as you get to build a skill that is useful , and you get paid while you practise this skill. It's a core skill whose value isn't quite dependent on a third party website or company.

Or at least, that was what I thought before I got out of the loop years ago. Now, apparently all I hear is people outsourcing articles to places like Fiverr. Articles and writers seem to have gone quiet these days.

I understand how article writing was a stepping stone for many marketers to go on to bigger, better things. But is it still a good place to start, even today?

Cheers all!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve L
    Originally Posted by Jia Jia View Post

    Hi everyone! There has been a question that I've been wanting to ask you nice folks here...

    Is it still decent advice to ask someone who is just starting out to be an article writer?

    Being a writer is good, as you get to build a skill that is useful , and you get paid while you practise this skill. It's a core skill whose value isn't quite dependent on a third party website or company.

    Or at least, that was what I thought before I got out of the loop years ago. Now, apparently all I hear is people outsourcing articles to places like Fiverr. Articles and writers seem to have gone quiet these days.

    I understand how article writing was a stepping stone for many marketers to go on to bigger, better things. But is it still a good place to start, even today?

    Cheers all!
    IMO it's moved over to blogging. Blogging is all the rage today and guest blog posts. Which are essentially articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Do you love writing, Jia?

    If yes, being a freelance writer can be prospering for you.

    But you want to write 1000 words or more daily in a Word doc. Just for practice. To develop your writing skills. Because if you practice writing and develop your skills, dose skills will pay da bills.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jia Jia
    Thanks all! It's good to know text content is still much in need these days, be it in blogs or otherwise.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      Don't focus too much on the need of textual content Jia Jia; that'll always be there But your passion, and love, of writing, that is the difference maker. That's where the money is, because the passion inspires you to practice writing, and practicing your writing daily - in a Word doc - will help you charge the $100 or $200 or $1000 rates versus the $5 most unskilled writers charge, through those pittance job platforms.
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Sure its good but the thing its to like you to write .If you write only to make money then it will be hard for you later
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  • Profile picture of the author Risktaker89
    There will always be room for more writers out there.

    As Steve says, blogging is all the rage.

    And many people will still find writers to help with posting contents on a regular basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author blackli0n
    The better you are, the more you should write for yourself. So...how good are you?
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    • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
      Originally Posted by blackli0n View Post

      The better you are, the more you should write for yourself. So...how good are you?
      True. Anyone who can afford to pay you is probably making more from your writing than you are. Why bother when you can cut out the middle man?
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  • Profile picture of the author iamrmishra
    As I am a blogger know, how tuff to write a unique article. You need to read hundreds of article to write one unique article. Also regular practice make us perfect. Best of luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
      This is a good point. Enjoying reading can make a huge difference in your writing game. I read voraciously daily. Sure hasn't hurt my writing game
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    You can still make money as a writer but there is a lot of competition.

    Some buyers don't care about the quality of the work or the time spent on accurate research. Their only concern is cheap prices. Obviously, avoid those clients like the plague.

    I occasionally write articles for a few long-term clients but I've mostly switched to writing ebooks. I enjoy delving deep into a subject and spending a lot of time researching one topic. I also write only on topics I have some knowledge of or an interest in learning about.

    You can also reach out to local businesses who have websites or blogs with little content. They often pay better than clients you find online.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by Jia Jia View Post

    Is it still decent advice to ask someone who is just starting out to be an article writer?
    Jia Jia,

    Talented writers, IMO, will always be in good demand. Writing successfully and profitably for others means you need to have some marketing skills as well because the competition is great and you have to rise above the crowd so you'll be noticed and can be hired.

    I think some writers turn to writing their own blog simply because they haven't been able to drum up the business to be paid by others to write. It isn't easy to make a full time living writing for others as a freelancer - especially in the beginning of your career.

    To me, the best solution to wanting to write for a living is to do what Rose mentioned above in her post. Write for yourself by creating products that you can sell, not once (as in freelancing), but over and over again in the form of books, courses, etc. If you're a good writer, your products will be better than most competing products that may have been written by a 3rd party disinterested author.

    An important part of writing that few people ever talk about is research. IMO, the best writers are also good at researching topics, news, thought leaders, industry trends, etc.

    Most intelligent people that care about what they read in their niche can spot the rehashed general writing (like you find from most Fiverr writers) vs. original, well researched and documented writing from true industry professionals.

    If you are one of the latter, you should have no trouble being successful as a writer. And to me, the best way to take advantage of this expertise is to get paid over and over again from your own products as opposed to writing for others. But that's just me . . .

    The very best to you,

    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author hsahadath
    Article writing is a good profession. I think all the people in online business should have enough knowledge about article writing.
    If you really enjoy article writing then you can start.
    Write from your heart you can win million of hearts. Do take it only the source of income if you want to be a real article writer.
    Thanks, Munna Hossain.
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  • Profile picture of the author InnovationLEDs
    In the same position starting from scratch, its all a bit of maze. But there is some very good information here so thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author iamrmishra
    Content is work link a breathe in online marketing world. So you have also a great career option to work like a article/content writer. Thanks, good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Jia, its a great way to get started and many continue it as a full fledged business for many years
    Tiff Lambert is one that comes to mind but she has definitely branched out
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Here's my two cents:


    The last six or eight items I've purchased on JVZ have been PLR.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    While I agree with those telling you to write for yourself, there are two words in favor of writing as a service - Cash Flow.

    The odds of even a good writer making any significant money from their first book is pretty slim - slim enough that when someone does accomplish it, it's news within our little insular IM world.

    But if you can form ongoing relationships with a handful of clients who pay you to write, say, two blog posts, articles, whatever you want to call them per week for $50 each, you can build a decent cash flow.

    With the tens of thousands of businesses out there in need of good content, a decent writer with even a rudimentary grasp of marketing should be able to build a stable of 5-10 steady clients.

    Having that semi-dependable cash flow allows you to do the "writing for yourself" without the pressure of needing a home run to keep the lights on and the kids fed.
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