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Trying to move up in the Article Writing Ladder.. Advice needed.

Discussion in 'Copywriting & Sales Persuasion' started by thebigticket, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. thebigticket

    thebigticket Newbie

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    I have been writing articles for a little over a month now. I get it. I get the system and the nature of the business. And I don't see myself writing for much longer. Maybe in between jobs but nothing serious. But what I do want to do is move up the ladder. Instead of writing for $5.00 every 500 words, I want to dull out the assignments and get paid while paying them. I wanna be the man. Or at least the middle man. But what avenues have I not explored in order to do so? I figure I have to run into someone who owns a website that needs articles written by the tons, then I either get a bot or recruit through oDesk or elance. But where would I go about finding website owners on the web? It can't be as easy as finding a site but possibly. Lately, I've been working so much on my web design, I've all but forgotten about writing especially doing it for some jackass who might take 4 days to respond back. Who needs that mess? Can anybody help me with some advice on how to go about finding someone or a company that is looking for articles by the bulk?
     
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    Well, initially when I was reading your post it seemed like you were looking to write top notch quality articles for someone else. By the end of your post, I was convinced that you wanted a high volume of orders with whatever-quality articles you could push out. First, you need to define which you're willing to provide. A lot of freelance writers that you find on oDesk or elance will be foreign English speakers. Is that what you want for your customers?

    Ideally, you could look at sites like Constant Content, who employ some pretty incredible authors, and approach them individually. By getting their Skype information you can bypass all the prices and fees associated with them, and get a few people to write for you on the side. This allows you to bump up your prices, bump up your quality, and develop a reliable customer base. At that point, you can identify and adjust your profit margins based on the quality of the service you're providing.

    There's no shortage of people who need writers. It's the people who need quality writers that are missing out right now.

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    To answer your last question -- have you approached any of the writers here on this website? Natasha Nixon is the first one that comes to mind (huh, that's quality branding right there, eh?)
     
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    You're making a lot of sense. My biggest thing is I need to spend money to make money. I thought about starting out with some foreign English-speaking writers through oDesk or elance until I get on my feet. Then I thought about a bot. I've never used one. I don't know much about bots since I'm a writer by trade. What are bots like? Are they just as low quality as foreigners?

    When I get my dollars up, I will definitely look into hiring better quality writers. At the moment, I'm just trying to get out there and make something extra. In a sense, I need to be a dick and I'd hate to be a dick to someone like Natasha Nixon. Rather be to a dick on oDesk.
     
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    Pilfer7 Regular Member

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    First thing I would not do is publicly write 1 big paragraph like you just did. I always judge my writers on, well, their writings

    just sayin
     
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    Hmm that makes sense. I take it even if I'm just typing, it also shows my skills and/or ineptitude (depending on who sees it) as a writer. See now you got me saying less... Ha.
     
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