Article Writing - Struggling!

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Hi

I am struggling to get clients in for me to do some article writing for them.

I am a UK university graduate, offering a very reasonable price. I have contacted people. Although, I have made some money, nothing consistent however.

Please advise.

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Cason
    What's your price? There are article websites that pay you to write for them. Go Google.
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    • Profile picture of the author VoodooChild
      Originally Posted by Cason View Post

      What's your price? There are article websites that pay you to write for them. Go Google.
      My Prices are very reasonable. $1 per 100 words.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by VoodooChild View Post

        My Prices are very reasonable. $1 per 100 words.
        That's probably a big part of the problem, here.

        It's terribly difficult to make a living writing $5/$10 articles, not because people won't pay more (huge numbers of people will, and do, every day) but because the $5/$10 clients tend to be people whose own businesses don't flourish (they often don't know how to use the articles because very often they think of "article marketing" only in SEO terms so they often don't survive for long at all), and therefore these writers need permanently to advertise for new clients, to allow for this.

        The reason you don't see writers of $100/$200 articles advertising all the time isn't (as some wrongly imagine) that they don't exist because "people won't pay that": it's mostly the fact that their clients know how to use their work, with the result that their own businesses do well, and they keep returning for more.These are writers who are often as fully booked up as they want to be. Does that help?

        In other words, it's about the markets in which you choose to compete.

        Trying to compete on price and aiming only at the very bottom end of an evanescent, high-turnover market, as you're doing now, is making life terribly difficult for yourself.

        I don't have an article-writing service any more: I've become my own full-time client, now. But when I started in 2008 I was, like you, a literate, educated person at a UK university (I wasn't a graduate, back then). I originally started writing articles at $25+ each, and quickly increased that to $50. Those are clients who come back for more. Of course, you have to have some marketing skills to attract them, but this is the point: if you're trying to make money from it, your marketing skills are actually more important than your writing skills, and you need to acknowledge that and market your services accordingly.

        I think (and hope) you'll find the threads and external links above (posts #3 and #6) helpful, anyway.
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      • Profile picture of the author MarkMilan
        Originally Posted by VoodooChild View Post

        My Prices are very reasonable. $1 per 100 words.
        As a UK graduate, on freelance marketplaces like oDesk or Elance you should get $2 per 100 words easily enough, after you've searched and learned how to write a compelling bid.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by VoodooChild View Post

    I am a UK university graduate, offering a very reasonable price.
    It's all about the markets in which you choose to compete.

    See if any of this stuff helps?

    First, if you read through the following recent threads, you'll find many helpful observations and suggestions.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...g-pricing.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...g-service.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...e-writing.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ng-career.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post4218809

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...les-money.html

    Secondly, if you want to think a little more about "the markets in which ones chooses to compete, as a writer", you might find some of these resources helpful/interesting (and most of the recommendations in them for "further reading" will also be pretty reliable ones, I think) ...

    Jennifer Mattern's blog

    Carol Tice's blog

    Freelance writing jobs (minmum payment requirement of $50 per article to be listed there)

    Free report on how to attract new freelance writing clients during a recession

    The Renegade Writer Blog

    The "Irreverent Freelancer" blog

    The Well-Fed Writer: Lucrative Commercial Freelance Writing - Land Lucrative Freelance Writing Jobs

    Words on the Page.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    Additionally, you should ask that question to Danielle Lynn at The Clear Copywriter. She's the real deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
    Originally Posted by VoodooChild View Post

    Hi
    I am struggling to get clients in for me to do some article writing for them.

    I am a UK university graduate, offering a very reasonable price. I have contacted people. Although, I have made some money, nothing consistent however.

    Please advise.
    Thanks!
    Maybe your price is too "reasonable." If you are aiming your services at the lower echelons of article buyers, you are automatically competing with writers for whom English is their second language. They charge low prices for their content, but their writing is used mainly for SEO purposes, not as memorable or inspiring content.

    Another huge problem with aiming low in the beginning is that you immediately position yourself as a bottom of the ladder writer. Try raising your prices and your customers will desert you for someone else.

    I suggest you read these previous threads for much more information:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post4933804

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5095639

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5041283

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post4550894
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  • Profile picture of the author doshmachine
    You can always try fiverr.com. There are plenty of people touting there article writing talents on there. You can do an entry piece for a fiver and then negotiate later deals.
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  • Profile picture of the author freestufffinder
    Shoot me a PM with your contact info. I'll happily give you some work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Do you have a webpage set-up yet?

    You might consider running an ad in "Warriors for Hire".

    Listen to every word Alexa and Annie say.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author davejug1
    It's a buyers market at the moment in that there are too many writers out there.

    Positioning is everything. Position yourself amongst the top percentile by writing technical data. Most people find it too taxing so they stay away from it.

    The increased chance of regular work helps too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      My Prices are very reasonable. $1 per 100 words.
      You've positioned yourself at the low end of the spectrum. Your competition are writers with English as a second language and your buyers are those looking for "cheap".

      Get on the freelance sites and bid for jobs like crazy - charge reasonable rates for your skills. If you do that. within a couple weeks you will have work coming in.

      If you place a "for hire" ad here - consider changing to your real name. As a buyer I doubt I would be interested in hiring "voodoochild" to write for me.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        As a buyer I doubt I would be interested in hiring "voodoochild" to write for me.
        Could be a plus, for the "Haitian magical mystery tour" travel niche? For anything else, you may have rather a good point.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
      Originally Posted by davejug1 View Post

      It's a buyers market at the moment in that there are too many writers out there.
      At the low end of the scale, yes, but writers who position themselves higher up can actually choose their clients - not the other way round.

      Originally Posted by davejug1 View Post

      Positioning is everything. Position yourself amongst the top percentile by writing technical data. Most people find it too taxing so they stay away from it.
      Yes, if you can write technical stuff, you can do well. From there, progressing to writing white papers seems a natural way to go, perhaps.

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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
    The first thing to fix is your pricing, which is way off!

    1c a word is peanuts. Most people know that if you pay peanuts you get chimps.

    Why not try some 'out of the box' methods to get clients? Find some blogs that appear to be fighting their way to the top of the search engine, then ask the owner if they would be interested in hiring a writer. It's not exactly an easy way to get a job but most jobs you get that way will be repeat business.

    Don't just stick to accepted ways of marketing yourself. Be different and creative. Use your ability to talk yourself into jobs that others can't get.

    One thing I would advise you to remember, though. People are far more interested in the enthusiasm you put into an article, than the grammar. People love excitement, when reading an article or a proposition for an article.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kierkegaard
    Originally Posted by VoodooChild View Post

    Hi

    I am struggling to get clients in for me to do some article writing for them.

    I am a UK university graduate, offering a very reasonable price. I have contacted people. Although, I have made some money, nothing consistent however.

    Please advise.

    Thanks!
    Buy some books on freelance writing and get yourself a copy of
    The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2012. It's available in all good book shops and Amazon (priced around £12)

    If you've got the writing and research skills you'll be able to write for newspapers and magazines.

    Having said this (and I don't want to be mean) if you have the research skills then you should be able to find the higher paying writing gigs online - it's not too difficult. There are a lot of people looking for good writers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    What did you study at University? Can you turn that into a unique selling position for you? Market yourself to people who specifically need your knowledge and you won't need to compete with general writers.
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  • Profile picture of the author sunilmuse
    I saw a few courses on Clickbank on how to get paid to write. The first one is Real Writing Jobs and the other is How To Make Money Writing Easy 350-500 Word Web Articles. Some are making $250 plus per day!

    It may give you some tips!

    Sunil.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Originally Posted by VoodooChild View Post

    Hi

    I am struggling to get clients in for me to do some article writing for them.

    I am a UK university graduate, offering a very reasonable price. I have contacted people. Although, I have made some money, nothing consistent however.

    Please advise.

    Thanks!
    Article writing and related services, you can do pretty good with forum marketing. The key is to get a good reputation and be active on forums where you can find many webmasters, SEOs etc.

    From my own experience, once you get a smaller amount of long-term clients, they will also often recommend you to their friends etc. I am providing a spinner service right now and only have very few clients, but they are all repeat buyers. Just dont give up, work and quality will pay off.
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