Please help me get this job.

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Hey Guys,
I have been looking online for an internet marketing related 9 to 5 job and I landed myself an interview for one! I'm pretty happy about it. Anyway, my background has been mostly website design work and some technical writing. The position is for a content writer. Responsibilities include: article spinning, article submission, article writing, etc.

They want someone that has experience with, Search Engine Optimization concepts and keyword research and using keyword research tools.

From reading the information in these forums and online in general, I am pretty confident I can do the job. My only problem is that I don't have a portfolio to reflect what I know. I haven't written any of my own articles, I have always outsourced this part. And I haven't submitted any content to article directories or anything lately, so I basically have nothing right now.

I'm trying to figure out the easiest and most effective way to communicate to my employer that I know the concepts, I have experience, so I can get the job. Any and all information would be greatly appreciated!
  • Profile picture of the author Tymarkinc
    I think as long as you're able to speak intelligently about your content creation process, you'll be alright.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author tehnolife
    I thought that people are looking to get in IM to NOT be employed , and work 9-5 . But this is another story...

    If you are good at this why you aren't opening a service on "warriors for hire" section, or sign-up on freelancing sites.

    You can offer the service at a discounted price for the first customers, then if you do the work good, you'll get repeated customers and you'll make more money in the end than being employed.

    But if you want to get the job, you should talk to him , and offer to write an article, spin and submit it for free, and then he/she will see how good are you at this.
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    • Profile picture of the author nub
      Have you done any type of SEO work what so ever?
      Have you used Keyword Tools to pick words or phrases?
      Have you managed any soet of web page or website ? (including,blogger,livejournal etc)

      Not to be a complete ass but people who have no exp and say they can because they seen it done once or understand a concept RUIN stuff for the people that do have the experience. IN ANY INDUSTRY

      I honestly can't say that I agree with what you are trying to accomplish, it's a scam, and the next person that works for your maybe future employer will be treated unfairly because of your actions. It sounds like you wouldn't keep the job long anyway, knowing what, how and when is an art. Although Guru's make it sound easy, unfortunately it's not........

      I think if you had any exp at all you wouldn't ask a question like this here
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    • Profile picture of the author Evil Sniper XV
      haha so he's going to do a job that he could do at home lol. That's pretty funny. Just be yourself, and show that you got what it takes. For help, check out my blog .
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  • Profile picture of the author Vulk
    Have you thought of bringing along some of your writings as samples?
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  • Profile picture of the author veenafurtado
    People like proof of work -
    rather than words.

    But all the best.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tymarkinc
      Originally Posted by veenafurtado View Post

      People like proof of work -
      rather than words.

      But all the best.
      True... but were talking about article spinning and writing .(which proof could easily be fabricated)

      Any company looking for someone to spin articles is not looking for high end top of the line content creation.

      Unless they make him write an article on the spot, the only way to know if he's legit is to talk to him.

      If they ask "how do you do your keyword research before writing an article," and he looks at them like they're speaking another language. It's not going to matter what he showed them because he doesn't know the basics.

      Additionally, why do people think it's funny that he's getting a job in the IM space? Most internet marketers don't make enough money to support themselves.

      He gets to do something that he enjoys and get paid for it. I'm can't knock the hustle.

      It also doesn't mean he can't run his own business on the side. (he'll have more money to spend on his own advertising)

      Get your money, however you can!
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  • Profile picture of the author jr1228
    Do you happen to know what software programs they use? If so, it would be worth spending some time familiarizing yourself with them before the interview. It's one thing to have worked with SEO principles, but it's another thing to run a campaign through complicated software.
    500-word articles for $3!
    Send me a PM for details.
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  • Profile picture of the author coach
    Be honest.

    Show them what you have done.

    Then offer to do a project as a test.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Durham
      Originally Posted by EntrepT View Post

      Wait wait wait, wait.....You're giving up

      1. No boss (plan your own workday, monitor yourself, set priorities)
      2. No income ceiling (effort reflects results)
      3. Self-satisfaction (you create the business, you get the credit)
      4. Work with people you like (no difficult coworkers, no office politics)
      5. Flexibility (work whenever you want)
      6. No commuting (save time and money)
      7. No office expense (quicker profit)
      8. Security (no layoffs, no downsizing)
      9. Tax deductions (home office, car expense, medical insurance, phone, entertainment, travel, education, etc)
      10. Better retirement plan (SEP IRA's and Keoghs let you deduct a higher percent of business profit from your 401k)

      To work a 9-5 and do the same thing?
      There could be some reasons for taking a paying job:
      • Wife
      • Kids
      • Rent or Mortgage
      • Utilities
      • Car Payment
      • Insurance Payment
      • Internet Access
      • Gas
      • Clothing
      • FOOD
      just to name a few

      Be honest and offer a free day to prove yourself. If they like you, then they pay you. If not, you worked a day for free. Nothing new to the IM world.

      Good Luck!

      yes, I am....

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  • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
    I've interviewed a ton of people in my time for SEO positions and you wouldn't believe the bull**** I've heard come out of people's mouths. What it really comes down to is if you conceptually understand the process. I'm assuming its a legitimate company that understands SEO, in which case you should be well versed in the lingo and dynamics of SEO.

    I would always probe for information to really understand if the person I was interviewing actually understood SEO. I'd start off with some rudimentary questions and then build from there. My advice is NOT to BS the person that is interviewing you. One woman that I asked about SEO told me that she thought SEO was like a butterfly. I probed further giving her the benefit of the doubt assuming that she had some great analogy, but at the end of the day she dug herself into a deeper hole.

    Be honest, be upfront, and if you really understand SEO and the industry then you've got nothing to be afraid of. It sounds like that's a Junior level position which you should be able to get as 9/10 people applying for those types of positions are like the butterfly lady I just told you about.
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  • Profile picture of the author DPM70
    I don't know how long you have before the interview but why not write up an article about why you want the job and what you can bring to the job. Sell yourself in an article. Include the company's name in the article and rank that article as high as you can in google broad search for the company name. Use Ezine or something that will rank high quickly.

    Then ask them for a raise.
    I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. - Ayn Rand
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