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Today we’re going to talk about working as a writer, a free work from home job.
Okay, maybe not free if you want to succeed, but definitely something you can start for a relatively cheap price.
For those serious about making money by blogging, you might want to tune in, because today I’m going to give you the rundown on what it takes to become a successful online writer.
No, we’re not talking about making an investment in a scam or anything like that, but I will point you toward a few products that you can use to start succeeding online.
I’m going to talk about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), affiliate marketing, keywords, and how to get indexed by Google.
It’s something I’ve tried with My Freedom Flame and have seen some relatively decent preliminary results and have applied to my new NFL apparel blog, GetProFootballApparel.com, which I launched last Tuesday.
SEO and Keywords
SEO is something that will scare any technophobe, but it’s not as complicated as it sounds. Many writers will overcomplicate things and the second they read they have to do some research for SEO, they will throw in the towel.
No, SEO isn’t that bad. In fact, before each post I write I research SEO via keyword searches.
I like to use Jaaxy, but one can use any tool they’d like. If you can’t afford a sound SEO tool, Google and Amazon have a few cheap options that might work early on.
Jaaxy is a cool tool where even the cost-effective Lite version shows you how much search traffic a specific keyword receives per month. It will also show you how many click-throughs a keyword receives if your site is ranked on Google’s first page for a keyword. Finally, it’ll show you how many websites you’re competing with.
For my chosen keyword here, ‘free legitimate work from home jobs,’ it garners 717 searches per month, with a click-through of 122. If Google were to rank me on the first page of its search results for this keyword, I’d expect 122 visits to this post each month. The competition for this keyword is only 34, so my chances of being ranked on the first page of results are good.
If I were to choose a keyword where search traffic has a saturated amount of competition, like ‘free from work,’ I’m facing competition from 147 sites.
This is kind of cool because you can actively market products in your blog’s niche. For instance, My Freedom Flame is site that talks about writing, so I can always market a product on My Freedom Flame aiming at specific books.
I can post a product review to this site, write my blog around a low-saturated but rather popular keyword, roughly 30 click-throughs per month, and make money through an affiliate program. Amazon Associates is by far the biggest one in the book niche, but there are tens of thousands.
At the moment, I have an Amazon Associates account which I’m using for both My Freedom Flame and Get Pro Football Apparel, which I can then post reviews every other post of products I’ve used, helping my fellow writers by pointing them in the right direction as far as books are concerned.
I tend to recommend informative works I’ve personally read and written by authors I trust.
You might host a book review blog, for instance, and can review books while posting them to your website. Using the Amazon Associates Program, you can funnel your readers to your work.
Best yet, affiliate marketing allows your website to work for you overnight. How would you like to make money while you sleep?
And you know I love talking to you all about firing your boss.
Well, gain traffic from relevant keywords from your niche and you have an audience. Get approved by Amazon Associates and you’re really cooking now.
Start this as a side income and watch yourself grow.
Best yet, your writing skills will enhance tenfold.
Again, the more relevant the topic, the better the indexing. Here’s a cheat sheet on how you can get indexed in Google without buying Google Adwords.
All you have to do is take your keyword, which should be a short phrase, and post it into the title of your article. During your first paragraph, post it again and write the rest of the article as you naturally would. Make sure you update your SEO title with our keyword and your SEO description, and you’re good to go.
Again, nothing about SEO is over-complicated.
Now, you still need to do one more thing but as a writer, it’s the easy part: You need to write an article of at least 1,000 words.
Google tends to favor 1,000 word articles. You can even shoot for 2,000 words if you really get going, which only increases your chances for Google to index your writing.
However, don’t go overboard. People, and readers these days, have very short attention spans, between three to five seconds, depending on whose work you’re reading.
With this in mind, keep the articles concise. I tend to shoot between 1,000 and 1,500 words, and some will state 1,500 is a magic number.
Regardless, make sure each article you write reaches four digits, especially in your early days.
Put it Together
So, we talked about SEO and keyword research, which goes hand-in-hand. Build out your website’s content and get a few informative articles on it. Leave no stone unturned, and you can get into some pretty lucurative affiliate marketing programs. Amazon is one of many, and pays a small commission compared to others.
For Get Pro Football Apparel, my dream is go get linked with Fanatics or Fan Edge, each of whom pays up to 10%.
As for My Freedom Flame, Amazon is sufficient due to this particular blog’s niche.
It’s quite easy to get started and costs next to nothing.
All you need is a blog with one narrow niche, plus a keyword tool, and you’re good to go. You might also want to invest in an SEO course for best results.