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Popping the IM Cherry By Freelancing (Even if I'm Late to The Party)

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  1. Major_Tso

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    Who And Why?
    You know what sucks? Seeing someone else do what you know you're capable of. I've seen a relative succeed at this wild game. I know I can too. The thought of being an old fart and never giving Internet Marketing a hard try tears my soul out.

    For this journey, I'll show you my plan, and what I've done every few days.

    Input is More Than Welcome

    Please feel free to speak your mind if you notice I'm being a tard. Or if you have something to ask. I'll do my best to openly respond. :)

    The First Draft of My Plan:
    1. Apply to at least four freelance writing platforms.
    2. Give Proposals to at least 3 jobs a day per platform. Offer a low starting rate in order to easily over deliver. This will net some good reviews and evidence that I deliver.
    3. With a few reviews on each platform, raise my rate a bit so that I'm not competing with people who can live on $5 a day. (aka a huge disadvantage)
    4. If Upwork keeps rejecting me, I'll add in some of my programming experience to the profile. I mainly know how to play with front-end Javascript and Wordpress themes. Also, I grok some Python.... whatever gets my foot in the door.
    5. If review traction is slow.... a little birdy said there's a forum where people exchange good will... this is more of a plan B.
    The Execution:
    • So far I've applied to four freelancing sites. I've only been accepted to three so far.
    • Toggling my Upwork profile to try and get in. Must keep doing once a day to see their response.
    • I have applied to 7 gigs total. I've ignored one invite that was mass spam gibberish. Checking back every 15 minutes
    • Stalking the post histories of people in the copywriting and blogging forums. (Those with the ring of experience to their posts)
    The End Game:
    Pop my "Cherry" by closing an online transaction for my services. $50 is what I'll consider popping my cherry. From there, I will move my journey towards building a reputation.

    This will involve making my own portfolio site where I can centralize my client reviews. This way I'll be less chained to these bunghole platforms and their BS.
     
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    Welcome to the game, it's never too late :)
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement. I know if I give it some time and put in action, I'll make contact with something.
     
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    Ah if I had a pound for everyone who thought they could do my job because I do it.

    Anyway, good luck.
     
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    Thanks for wishing me luck. For now, I'll stick to content creation and potentially developing wordpress things.(Selling shoveling services... not expecting to strike gold quick)

    SEO seems like a hard nut to crack, so I respect your skills. I'm sure it is 100X harder than Alex Becker or Matthew Woodward make it out to be. Have a good one man.
     
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    Update:

    • After applying to about 11 gigs on textbroker I closed two gigs today. Once I get paid, I'll add the funds to my running tally.
    • I think I'll focus on this platform to hit my $50 goal for this micro journey. So, it will be a bit before I'm here making vids in my backyaawrd and gaarawge.

    Other Stuff:
    • Freelancer gives me a odd vibe about it. Then, I noticed it is actually proud of being affiliated with WF...
    • Upwork is still auto rejecting me with a nice sounding," Yo' skills ain't needed. You will die on here punk. Try again sucka." So, I took a clearer profile pic and added in more "web designey" sounding skills. Let's see what happens. If that doesn't work, I'll split my portfolio with writing and design stuff I've done. After that, I will just cut the writing out and try designing websites on Upwork.
     
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    Update:
    Today: I've sniped about 3 articles on Textbroker. This puts me up to 5 total. I've written about 2800 words for $26 and some change. So, the cherry is almost popped.

    I've also figured out that you gotta tickle their comma fetish. Due to this, I am hopefully a writer in the more elusive "four star" range, which gives me access to a lot more articles. Additionally, I'd be paid 40% more per word.

    EDIT: I just logged back in, and I am locked out for review.. This is working like they say. If only I just kept applying to gigs, maybe I could land more! Hopefully, it will only be a few days.

    In the mean time, I am looking into Constant Content.


    A Slight Correction
    To edit yesterday's post: I meant "clicked on" instead of applying. Textbroker lets you click on a job before you accept it. I pass on a lot of jobs because I have no idea what the client is trying to get.
     
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    Cherry = Popped = Journey Part 1 Concluded
    I have hit the first part of the goal. Mainly, I focused on writing articles on textbroker.I just checked for articles every 40 minutes. Many of the article gigs on the site are crap, but I have seen there certainly is a hungry market for content.

    What I've Learned So Far
    1. Freelancing sites will never be sustaining. Even if you live in a third world country. This means it is time to focus much more on just going out of my way to get clients. And I need to control the interaction every step of the way. Freelancing platforms are designed to for keeping you as a content pumping serf.

    2. Sell what people want to buy. It is easy to see people like to do Google's bidding and keep barfing out content. As long as you know what they want and you give it to them, they'll pay you. It doesn't matter if you think what they want is retarded. For example, a lot of my jobs were writing about the "careers" or "skills" of "entrepreneurs." The client is the one I focus on making happy.

    3. Just do it now. There are hundreds of how-to articles about freelancing and unironically they are basically all fluff. The best thing is to focus on one problem at a time. I could have worried about not getting into Upwork. But, it only would have increased the time for to personally see that freelance platforms don't want me to get ahead. I honestly learned more in 30 minutes of doing something than I did from researching 2 days before taking action.

    3.5 What I read is worth about 20% of what I experience for myself. Reading doesn't make it happen. It only helps me act a little more intelligently.

    4. In a way, it is still more challenging than school. There is less hand holding and the lines are much blurrier. This showed me that I have to be direct and basically take the gigs I wanted. Nobody was gonna fork em' over to me. And if I took a dumb job, it was my fault and no one else's.

    Now My One Thing is Building Outwards From My Portfolio Site
    Right now, my number one problem is no one on the planet even knows that I write for money. The site with a clean theme and 5 nice long articles is fine and dandy. But, not a soul knows it exists.

    So, the next logical step is to contact content marketing agencies MYSELF. They seem like the people who most likely are already looking for guys like me. I'll offer my services for 2 cents a word and they will be offered another writer in their stable, who is fluent in English, has experience, and doesn't need a babysitter. This saves them time, money, and gets them directly what they want.

    For this, I'll make a separate journey, since it is in the end game of the original journey.