I Wish I Could Do This For Money!
I have always loved writing. Even in school, I had fun writing the countless essays that we were assigned and I usually finished them on the same day. It's my favorite creative outlet and I've managed to turn it into something that pays.
The downside is that there aren't a lot of good freelance writing opportunities online and that's how I get my money. There are a lot of places that pay well for content, but I honestly don't care about the subjects and the work that I do gives me no satisfaction. I really have to care and have an interest in the topic in order to be happy with my work. A good chunk of the work available calls for keyword stuffing which is not only a pain, it makes the content awkward because of keyword phrases with terrible grammar, missing punctuation and so on.
I have been paid to write blog posts, product descriptions, press releases, sales copy, BMR blurbs and so on. Heck, I've even done some proof reading and editing work! Very little of it has been remotely interesting to me and it was just a way to pay the bills. I'm always looking for new opportunities but they're drying up since Google released Panda.
I was recently taken on as a content writer for a site that sells blog posts. I create a post for a client using their keywords as I see fit and they can either buy it or not. I found one that was wanting e-cig information! The requirements gave me a lot of wiggle room and I was able to go where I wanted to with it. That was so much fun. I don't know if it will be bought or not because I only submitted it yesterday, but I was happy to write it anyway. I'm afraid that it's too long and I'll have to trim it down. It's 500 words long when the average there is 250-350, but there's no set word count in the guidelines.
Looking back over my posts here and on other forums I frequent, it's obvious that I tend to write huge posts when I'm supplying information for someone. I'm extremely thorough and I can't stand it if I leave out information that I think is pertinent. I'm sure that a lot of people just skim it and say TLDR. If only one person reads it and finds it helpful, then I'm happy.
There are a lot of vendors that market e-cig products who could really use an editor/writer. The product descriptions leave a lot to be desired, the website is full of typos as well as bad punctuation, grammar and formatting. Don't even get me started on the blogs that I see out there that obviously don't care at all about giving good information on these things. That really upsets me both as a writer and an e-cig enthusiast. Their crappy content is littering search engines and only exists to get people there to click their ads. You can tell that the blog posts do not come from the same person because every other post is obviously from an ESL writer.
I would love to market myself as a niche writer for this type of content. I'd love to get hired to write product descriptions or to clean them up. I'd love to get paid to write blog posts on vaping. The problem is that I don't want to have to shop myself around. I'd rather have people come to me with requests, but I have to build a reputation first. What I should do is start a blog of my own, but I don't feel like I'm really qualified to do that. I know a lot about e-cigs, but I'm far from an expert. I'd run out of things to write about! Keeping up with a blog is a hassle and I need to spend my time on the content I'm paid for straight away. Heck, I feel bad about spending the time I have on just this post when I could be working!
If I could just get my foot in the door, I'd be set. I would need to find a regular client that assigns me work regularly and gives me credit for it instead of insisting that it's posted under their name. I wouldn't even care about getting paid in the beginning! I'd totally work for juice/e-cig hardware Then I could eventually get to the point where I'm making some money from it. It's just a pipe dream right now, but I'll ponder on it for a while. Maybe I can look for specific writing jobs for this niche and try to show my stuff, but I'm far from the only writer who can create this type of content.
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