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[Content writer] $500/month Just another journey thread and I like skittles

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Skittles007, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. Skittles007

    Skittles007 Newbie

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    I think I will update and add to this as I go along, and as I feel more comfortable to open up.

    My goal is to make $500 this month (June 2017) through content writing. My main focus will be trying to better my iwriter rating, which is currently sitting at 4.3247 after 73 reviews. I want to reach the Elite plus level. Even Elite will do since that means writing less and getting paid more for the same amount of words than a premium writer. BUT if i can do 4.6 then why not just aim for 4.8, although there can't be 4.8 without a 4.6....oh well, nvm

    I also want to focus on getting more projects through UpWork, Fiverr, as well as direct pitching.

    But, let's talk numbers since that's what mainly motivates me.

    $500, means making about $20/day. I am about to write a piece on success (I know, ironic) to meet my goal for today, but I will try to keep going and write a few more after that.

    I started this thread just for accountability I guess. For now it's just for me, but if I keep reaching my goals, maybe it will inspire others to start small and keep going too. BUT inspiring other would just be a side effect for reaching my own goals:)

    My main problem is consistency. I add share more about my story later....maybe.

    I think I will update this every day with my progress.

    Wishing you all the very best!

    Thanks:)
     
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    Skittles007 Newbie

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    I'll do all my update in this post, with the most recent one at the top.

    Day 1: $20
     
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    Good luck on your journey.
     
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    All the best
     
  5. eltan

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    I am in the same situation as the OP. My aim is $40 a day. I see this as achievable. I have used freelancer.com, and will never use again. I have joined Upwork. But have to say I am far from impressed.

    I think direct pitching and forums is going to be the best way for me to find work. The thing I find frustrating is the lack of commitment from potential clients. We agree on price. They are happy with my writing standard. I am ready to start and I never hear from them again.

    I am happy to write a test article for any potential clients. The offer I am giving them is buy it or bin it. I am completely confident I can write about anything. So feel comfortable with this offer.

    If any poster have any tips and advice. I am all ears.
     
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    Best of Luck, OP. Writing articles is not my thing.
     
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    I am on same journey with you but just like @eltan mentioned about client behaviour, its not encouraging.

    I can confidently write about any topic except Pharma, Gambling, Adult and Sport....

    I don't just write but also optimize my content for SEO using YOAST SEO Plugin recommendation as a measuring too...

    Like eltan said, Op forum is the best way to get client, Fiverr and Upwork are over crowded with paid reviews getting jobs...

    I wish you all the best.
     
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    I will happily wrote about Pharma, Gambling, Adult and Sport. I like football and porn what can I say.

    I think a big problem is the lack of information people give in production briefs. I have had 3 word briefs. Then been slated for asking questions. You know what happened. The client was not happy with my work. I am only as good as the information I am given. If you want SEO driven content tell me. If you just want a blog article tell me. I am a writer. Not a mind reader.

    I think the big problem is that prices have been pushed so low. That buyers are not willing to make the effort to write one paragraph. In order to get the best work possible. This drives me crazy. As writers we get one chance. Negative feedback lasts.
     
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    Good luck OP. I'm in the same boat as you. Looking forward to your success.
     
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    Okay, so I think I can't edit my previous posts to add updates, so I'm making a new one.

    I was going to update every day but, clearly, I didn't.

    Maybe I will do better this month with my updates and my goal.

    Alright, let's look at numbers.

    On iWriter.com, I made $139.24
    On Upwork.com, I made $80
    On nDash.co, I made $200 + $55 + $30= 285

    So that brings the total to $504.24.

    I did meet my goal, but I am not proud of myself because I know I could have done so much better.

    I will update with my iwriter ranking in a bit. As of now, it stands at 4.3933, but I still have 3 articles in queue to be rated, and I know I will get 5 stars on all of them. It's a long term client who I have written so much for, and he always ranks me 5, so that should bump me up to 4.4...something.

    I think this is why I am pretty disappointed in myself, I should have reached at least 4.5 by now if I had just written more.

    Also, I have only had 3 rejects there, but with one of them, the client rejected the article and gave me a pretty low rating which of course affected my rank. A few days later I find that article on a website. I contacted customer support and they did pay me, but they said they couldn't make any changes to the rating to keep the platform "fair".

    It's a bummer that it affected my score, despite it not being my fault. BUT, I did my best to fix the situation. So, I will move on from that.

    I do have a few articles that I need to write for my private clients, and with iWriter, I am only going to write for that one client till I become an Elite writer UNLESS I find an interesting $24 or higher prized project.

    I have found that I need to be at least slightly interested in the topic that I am writing about. Since I am not a fast writer, it does take a lot of energy, because I spend the same amount of time on a $100 piece as I would on a $10 piece. Logically, it doesn't make sense, but I can't make myself submit spammy looking, uncreative pieces. Also, I am aware that some writers can produce amazing stuff in just an hour, I am not one of them.

    So it's better that I spend time writing stuff that I know will bring me rewards.

    This month's goal will also be $500. We will see how I fair:)
     
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    I dislike Freelancer.com because every time I go on there to bid, I feel absolutely paralyzed and overwhelmed seeing the amounts of bids and proposals. The site structure and colors might have something to do with it too. I have tried going there a couple of times, but I don't plan on returning.

    I like Upwork. It feels much easier to browse through the site. It's much cleaner too, and I like the filters.
     
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    Congrats on meeting your goal! Time to start your next journey thread to $1k a month? ;)

    Just curious, do you specialize on writing about certain topics and niches? Also, how many articles written total and what's the average length / revenue of each work? If you don't mind letting us know.
     
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    Lol, well, I just realized I can't edit the title of this thread, so making a new thread makes sense, but nah. I'm just going to continue on here, even if the title doesn't reflect my actual goal.

    This month's goal is still $500 though.

    And yes, I can mention how many articles I wrote.

    On Iwriter, I wrote 20 articles, and I'd say about 80% of them were 1000 word pieces. I haven't counted, so it's just an estimate.

    On Upwork, that $80 piece was about 1500 words. I hate the 20% commission that they keep, haha, or I'd have got $100. But oh well. It could be worse.

    nDash....The $30 piece was for 1000 words, but I gave him about 1600 or so.
    The $200 piece was for a cybersecurity company, and it was about 900 words.
    The $55 was for a piece that was about..um...800 words or so.

    I don't want to say that I specialize in any specific niche, but looking at my portfolio, most of my work has been in the digital advertising, real estate, finance, self-help, entrepreneurship and tech space.

    I would love to write about health and beauty since it's two of my passions, but from the opportunity I did get for writing in that space, I didn't enjoy it too much.
     
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    Do you know any site that works like iwriter & ndash?

    Besides fiverr, upwork & freelancer of course

    Good luck with your goall op
     
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    Hey there, just a question, how much would you charge for forum posting? Opening topics, talks, etc?
     
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    Hi!
    I'm sorry, I don't do forum postings etc.


    Thank you Arkel.

    Hmm...the only other site I have tried was TextBroker. I didn't like it personally. The pay was too low, which I know you might be thinking isn't the pay too low in iWriter too? Yes it is, but idk, I guess I am familiar with the platform and also...

    I know there are assignments out there that pay 10 to 20X more than what iWriter does. I have had so many opportunities come to me that I let go because I wasn't confident enough, and couldn't make myself focus because of several reasons, including ADHD.

    I am sticking with iWriter because I want to become more disciplined, and it kinda feels nice to climb up the "iWriter ladder". haha.

    If you think you write good, I would strongly urge writers to direct pitch to companies, especially start-ups. nDash is great to find companies actively needing content, and the pay is quite high, and understandably, so is their requirements.

    I also use ProBlogger job board, along with Contena to find clients. Contena is expensive, but I am so glad that I am done with all my payments for that. I made my last payment in June. All done!

    But you can use Angellist to find jobs too.

    There are many ways to find companies to pitch too, tbh, but you do need to work on building a portfolio. Even if the pieces are ghostwritten.

    OHHH...I have given up sugar, so no more skittles!
     
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    In my opinion freelancer.com is a joke. They put up barriers and do everything they can to hold on to your money that little bit longer. There reputation is shit for a good reason. The clients are shit as well. O desk is professional. I am not sure of this iwriter site. I have just had a quick look and I am far from impressed.
     
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    Such inspiring thread. iWriter is great as the fee offered is also great, but still dont know how it actually works like do we need to write and then apply or what? So far I like being on fiverr, maybe coz im still new there. Ihave been in fiver 10 months and from there it's about $200 so far. I know it's low but it's more than enuf for me to start.
     
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    Tbh, I have noticed that there aren't many orders for basic and premium writers, so it might be hard for new writers to get ratings. Besides, writing for almost nothing is pretty exhausting. I lucked out with finding a client that sends me private orders. At least looking at the numbers, Elite level has the largest pool of orders, but I have to wait for a week or two and accrue more ratings to get it unlocked.

    I tried Fiverr long time ago, but haven't gone back. It got too crowded with writers, and my orders dropped too.

    No, on iWriter you pick a keyword and write an article based on the client's instruction within the allotted time. Then you pretty much wait for the client to approve or reject your article, or ask for a rewrite.
     
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    Then what if the articles got rejected?