8 Ways How I Found My Freelance Writing Clients, Making My First $1,000 [SO YOU CAN TOO]

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Note: This is a somewhat long read. You may want to grab some coffee first.

You've got the skill - you already know how to write.

All you now have to do is find some clients and start milking ca$h.

But how do you go about finding ACTUAL clients who aren't just tire kickers?

Over the course of this piece, I'd share my personal experience of finding my writing clients.

Give them a shot, be persistent and you're almost certain to find some traction in your freelancing journey.

But before we get started, I'd suggest you read this thread by @Reaver: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/how-to-get-better-paying-article-copywriting-clients.869041/

Reaver explains how to set up your writing website. However, goes light on how you can find clients. And we'll dig deeper into that today.

With that out of the way, let's get down to how I found my freelance writing clients (so you can too).

(1) Problogger jobs board

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This job board is updated 3-5 times per day.

When I started out, I kept pitching every single one of these works. And within the first 7 days, I got my first client.

He was from China. Paying $1 per 100 words. I did some calculations and figured, if I could crank out 40,000 words of content for him every month, I'd be making $400 every month.

And I was right, he still sends work my way. And if I'm not caught up on something serious, I manage to milk $400 from him per month.

So I suggest...

Go to ProBlogger jobs board, start pitching the offers.

Some are looking for sub-par content there, paying $1-$2 per 100 words. These clients are easier to get. If you state your rate 2c per word, you have a very high chance of getting hired.

Some people are also looking for quality content here. At times, they even mention their budget. If someone here hasn't stated their budget, then always state your rate as a 5c per word at the least and follow up with the sentence "Let me know if you're looking for something in the same ballpark".

This way, if your rates are under the company's budget, you'll get hired. And if not, they'd let you know the best they can offer. And then you can proceed from thereon.

The Chinese client I spoke about earlier, I asked $100 per 1,000 words. And asked what his budget was.

Then he let me know he could only offer $10 per 1,000 words. And you know the rest.

Apart from this one client, I've seen lots of responses from this ProBlogger job board. But for some reason, lots of these didn't work out for me.

They wanted a test article.

I rejected.

They wanted a native English speaker.

I got rejected.

They wanted a content strategy.

I created one. Sent it over. And never heard back from them.

Nonetheless, if you really need work to get started with, start pitching the following job boards:

http://problogger.com/jobs/
http://www.bloggingpro.com/jobs/
https://allfreelancewriting.com/freelance-writing-jobs/
http://www.journalismjobs.com/index.php
https://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/category/writing-gigs/
https://www.krop.com/creative-jobs/
http://whopayswriters.com/
https://www.freelancewriting.com/jobs/
http://www.genuinejobs.com/search_jobs.php#
https://www.reddit.com/r/writingjobboard

(2) Become a Seller on BHW

Become a paid member on Blackhatworld.com and sell your services here whilst adhering to all of the rules.

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(3) LinkedIn Messaging

I kept adding 'content managers' and 'web designers' on LinkedIn.

Whenever someone added me, I sent them a message asking whether they need a writing service or not.

The first message was often overlooked.

So I waited for a day and followed up with something like:

'Hey been busy lately? Did you get the message that I sent yesterday? I can help you with all of your content marketing needs'

Some would show interest. Some took samples of my work.

And there was this one guy, he needed some help with writing copy for his company. I quoted him $50 per 1,000 words and it worked out.

The moral?

Send about 10-15 add request on LinkedIn and drop a message when they add you. Then follow up. 4 times. The next day. After 3 days. After 7 days. And after 14 days.

It's a number's game.

However, don't go adding hundreds of people per day, your account would be asked for verification.

(4) Cold Emails

I received almost 0 success with cold emails. At least, with leads from Limeleads. I've sent out 100s of emails to addresses I found on Limeleads. Very few responded. And then I followed up. Then some more people responded. But all with a 'no'.

However, when I started out, I manually collected emails of SEO agencies and started asking whether they needed writers.

My pitch was horrible back then, but, the numbers game got me a client.

He paid me $1 per 100 words for his articles. But as of now, I charge him $50 per 1,000 words and he's happy to pay.

To my understanding, cold emailing has a lot more to it.

I haven't been able to figure this out yet.

A freelance writer named Jorden Roper (from creativerevolts.com) does a great job of teaching this tactic.

(5) After Getting Guest Posts Published

Once I wrote a 3,000+ words long guest post for a big blog. The exposure was huge.

Since my article was an ultimate copywriting guide, one of the readers reached out to me and needed a landing page content written.

I asked for $300 for 1,000 words.

And guess what, the client I asked $300 for 1,000 words paid. Upfront. And said he'd come back for more.

Here's the thing...

Guest posts project you as an authoritative writer.

It's not my story alone. Tonnes of freelance writers have seen people reaching out to them after getting published on some big site.

So focus a lot on guest posting. It doesn't only give you work, but, serves as a track record of great work done.

Remember to add your author bio. And in the author bio, clearly, state that you're available for hire.

Now you may be wondering, how do I get published on big blogs?

Well, first get published on some small blogs and then slowly climb up the ladder.

I know that's how I did it.

(6) Reaching Out To Big Site Owners

They often need writers, but, may or may not go out looking for them.

Once I reached out to a site for publishing a guest post of mine (about 50k traffic). But they said they weren't accepting any guest posts.

Then I proposed whether they'd like me to generate content for their blog. They asked my rate.

I quoted 8c per word.

Since then, I've written 4 articles for them. However, his works come occasionally.

Here's the moral here:

These are the types of sites you should be after. Big ones who can actually pay you. Who has a business up and running. Reach out to such owners. And unlike leads from limeleads, you'd find these site owners need help with writing content.

(7) WTB/Hire a freelancer section on BHW

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Got some clients there.

Low pay. But serious people who needed content, and no tire kickers.

Keep your eye on the HAF and WTB section as these can lead to long-term work.

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Last Words

So that's about it.

I know this post is far from being perfect (grammar, writing, info lacking).

And I know you have tonnes of questions swirling in your mind. And that's where the actual value lies.

Feel free to ask them below and I'd get back to you right away.

Cheers.

~ hasan7707
 

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Never knew the problogger part for getting clients but good job!

That's a great place to start. For beginners and intermediates.

At at times, you even come across big paying clients there. So keeping an eye open really helps.
 

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Hi Hasan. Thank you for sharing this. Do you do something else on the side? Or maybe do you plan to earn money differently?
 

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Spamming BHW haha many go through the face even me :)
Nice guide!

:D :D Let me know if you have questions or confusions regarding the guide.

Hi Hasan. Thank you for sharing this. Do you do something else on the side? Or maybe do you plan to earn money differently?

My pleasure beatby. I'm currently focusing only on writing. Soon, I will fire up my writing service here. I realized it's better to master one thing than putting your eggs in separate baskets.

Let me know if you have questions or confusions regarding the guide.
 

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Love this post! :) Thanks a lot for sharing. Hope you do in the future as well.

Had a feeling #8 would get removed but hey, you're learning too.
 

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Thought I saw you as a yellow member a couple of days ago. Or am I mistaking you for someone else?

Helpful tips. I didn't know one could get such nice jobs on ProBlogger Board
 

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Love this post! :) Thanks a lot for sharing. Hope you do in the future as well.

Had a feeling #8 would get removed but hey, you're learning too.

Thanks for the good wishes.

Thought I saw you as a yellow member a couple of days ago. Or am I mistaking you for someone else?

Helpful tips. I didn't know one could get such nice jobs on ProBlogger Board

Glad that I was able to help you with some new info.

I've been a jr VIP here for over a month now. So I guess you've mistaken me with someone else.

And not only problogger, these job boards are worth more than a glance as well:

http://www.bloggingpro.com/jobs/
https://allfreelancewriting.com/freelance-writing-jobs/
http://www.journalismjobs.com/index.php
https://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/category/writing-gigs/
https://www.krop.com/creative-jobs/
http://whopayswriters.com/
https://www.freelancewriting.com/jobs/
http://www.genuinejobs.com/search_jobs.php#
https://www.reddit.com/r/writingjobboard

Thanks for sharing this post mate. ;)

Btw you have a team of writers ? Or Solo ?

My pleasure.

I work alone. No team.
 
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Note: This is a somewhat long read. You may want to grab some coffee first

Hiii , i do translate my articles from Arabic contents to English , it's look fresh
Do you think i can get a job using this method ?
the arabian content is very rich in different topics and i can made many articles in a short time
 
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