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Guest Post: How I Made $20,000 as a Freelance SEO Writer Last Month


Updated: July 5, 2017

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    1. Please look into it., Marnie! Yuwanda is the real deal and I learned a tremendous amount from her. We combined forces to share our 25+ years of experience in freelancing to help people jumpstart their business. If you can teach yourself some basics, there’s such a huge demand for it!

  1. Hello! I am a 49 year old, retired Law Enforcement Investigator, Supervisor and Instructor. I also worked in the surgical field for 12 years and have many years of experience in transcription, per say, as well as skills that cover the note taking, legal/medical documentation, etc. I hope to find the perfect “fit” for me in this fast growing field. I would love any tips or suggestions to getting started. I am in a financial crunch at the moment without any help in the financial area from family or friends. So, the faster the better. Thanks for all the information and training that you provide. I hope to be able to purchase something from you soon. Any advice regarding how I can obtain additional information will be greatly appreciated.

    1. I think the fact that you have experience in medical and legal positions you PERFECTLY for SEO. Why? Because I’ve made my living largely writing SEO pieces for lawyers over the last five years. Many people are not comfortable writing for these industries, but you can easily position yourself to achieve success here. Of course, I’m the person featured above and can speak quite strongly to the value of what Yuwanda offers in her SEO copywriting course- please check out our bundle and Yuwanda’s site (www.inkwelleditorial.com) to see more of her style. You can also check me out online, too, to see if you like the way I write and share! I have a free course on finding your freelance writing niche you might like at http://www.laurateachesyou.com

  2. Congratulations on your successful freelance business! You have an awesome story. I’ll keep this in mind after I finish the PA course.

  3. Very impressive story Laura! You said that you have hired hundreds of writers for your clients; how much of your income is outsourced compared to your own writing projects? And when in your freelance journey did you start utilizing other writers to scale your business?

    1. Right now I write everything myself. I outsourced for all of 2015 but found I was faster myself, honestly. I do no have any writers on staff. I also still edit my own work. I started using other writers a few years in, but found I did not like managing other people. This has been a fully solo effort in 2012-2014, and then again since January 2016.

      1. Ah! Sorry for the typo- should say “I do not have any writers on staff.” However, my clients will sometimes come to me in a project manager role and ask me to hire their writers for them. I am doing this currently with a company managing 15 SEO writers- I recruited and trained all of those writers directly. Hope that clarifies- I only work with other writers in situations like this.

  4. I have a question about this statement: “You’ll find that you can have limited phone calls with a client and still deliver exactly what they are looking for on your own time.”

    How do you take calls from clients if you work full time during the days? Is it possible to communicate with clients primarily through email, or do clients prefer phone calls?

    1. The good thing about SEO work is that you hardly, if ever, need to do phone calls with clients. I worked at my day job for a year before making the leap to do this full-time, and I did all my client calls during my lunch hour. And yes, it’s quite possible to stick mostly with emails! I’d say I spend less than 1.5 hours per week on the phone with my clients for any given week. Some weeks it’s more like 15 minutes. <—Most of your busy clients won't want their schedule cluttered up with calls, either! If you work with busy folks (CEOs, doctors, lawyers, etc.) they likely won't want calls.

  5. Oops, clicked post comment before I was done…to clarify my previous comment, when you started SEO writing as a side job during the evenings, how do you work out communication with clients when you still have a day job? Thanks!!

  6. This was really eye opening – I’ve been considering a proofreading / editing / freelance writing business, but never even thought of SEO writing. It’s so doable and so in demand. Thanks very much for the info – great article! 🙂

  7. I am so pleased to read a follow-up story on Yuwanda’s SEO writing. I remember when Caitlin featured her on the blog but I wasn’t sure if I could be successful in that type of writing. Well your story has made me rethink that! I will look further into this. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Thanks for this article. I am researching different types of writing and considering SEO. I’m curious, Laura. do you need to do a lot of interviewing as part of your research for your SEO articles? I work full time, and I don’t think I could fit in interviews during regular business hours. Thanks!

  9. I just can’t believe what you’re saying. Now I’m just taking my first steps in freelancing, and so far I can’t believe that it’s possible to earn such a huge amount of money. Thank you for sharing your experience and advice, and I hope that you will continue to do so.

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