Next I placed a Warriors for Hire ad on here and had a great response [thanks]. That was at 1 cent per word. Meanwhile, I was setting up accounts and submitting articles to EZA et al.
But it took me ages to write an article.
Then I spotted [TPW] Bill's WSO for writing articles in 20 mins and I bought it. Problem solved, yes? By now I was charging 2 cents a word, so by my quick calculation - 3 x 500 words per hour x 12 hours a day x 7 days a week - I was gonna be rich! I could even afford an hour or two off each week. The WSO was worth the money, so I recommend it for the great research tips.
But it still took me ages to write an article.
Ready for my next step, I bought Nick Brighton's WSO on freelancing. Nick enthused me to the point that I tidied up my Elance account and got my first job there.
Now it takes me even longer to write an article.
The trouble is, the more I write articles, the longer I spend researching each one. I'd feel like a fraud if I just took an article from somewhere and re-worded it, so I have to research and research until I understand the topic, by which time, my hourly rate is down to pennies, before a word is written.
The point is, how do writers go from this stage to making a real, full-time living? Is the bottom line that you have to become an affiliate marketer and do everything in your power (through your writing) to persuade people to visit your site, then persuade them to click through? This seems to be the theme of most of the article (directory?) marketing guides. Or is there a well-trodden route to earning a reasonable income without becoming a marketer (apart from self-marketing, of course)? From time to time, some great posts here seem to come tantalizingly close to revealing The Way.
I suppose my dilemma is, seeing this as a junction, should I follow my original plan of trying to make a living from writing (articles, reviews, e-books, etc.), or would the better way be to follow the "find a niche, build a list, market to the list" route?
I'd be grateful for your thoughts.