As you might have noticed, a new tab, titled “Work With Me” appeared on the website’s navigation menu.
Many bloggers are earning a living from writing custom content.
This is a service I’m already offering since one year already, via my personal website.
In this post, I cover the reasons why you might want to create your own hire-me page and the steps to help you make a head start!
Let’s get going.
1. It is Not Too Different From Your Normal Blogging
That’s right. It is still content writing, just not for your own blog. It is still the same level of quality that you are used to when publishing content on your own blog.
Unlike affiliate marketing for instance where there is a learning curve, here one simply doesn’t exist.
The principle is simple:
- Your potential clients get in touch with you via email
- You are given some basic guidelines as to what’s expected from you
- You settle on a price that suits both parties
- You do what you do best as a blogger – write, write and write some more.
2. You Already Have the Content
Or more like you SHOULD have a solid content backbone in the first place. I mean if you started blogging a month or two ago, chances are you won’t get much offers unless you work for 15-20 bucks per piece.
The idea is to first create a solid blog with dozens of high-quality articles and then build your authority via social media. People should know who you are.
But once you have that, it’s all real easy.
Even better. You can build a website with your name as a domain, and create your online portfolio.
I used a Genesis Framework personalized theme for it and my homepage looks like this:
3. There’s the Potential to Make a Lot of Money
So far you’ve learned that if you are into blogging for some time and have gotten the ropes of it, writing custom content probably won’t prove tougher than preparing your usual posts. So we know it isn’t that hard.
The other thing you need to get straight is how much you can earn.
Well let me tell you – for a quality piece of 1,200 – 1,400 words, you can make anywhere between 100$ and 200$ (or even more).
If you take it as a business, with a bit of focus on your side, you can easily finish a quality article in around 3-4 hours. That makes a good amount of dollars per hour.
The rest of course all comes down to finding the opportunities.
To help you maximize your chances, I have prepared four effective tips. Keep reading!
4. Create a “Hire Me” Page and Make it Obvious
Obviously the first step of the process. How you go about the “Hire Me” page will of course play an important role for how much opportunities you will receive.
Once you have the page, first thing I’d suggest you is to change the name from simply “Hire Me” to something more revealing. Like “Work With Me”, or “Hire Me as a Content Writer”.
It’s not hard to tell that the latter is more engaging and does a better job at getting visitors to scroll down.
NOTE: Once you change the title, the Hire Me tab in your navigation menu will also change. To keep it you go to your WordPress dashboard ->Appearance -> Menus. Select the menu and click on the tab, which used to say Hire Me. Now simply put Hire Me in the navigation label field. That way you can have a fancy title while keeping the simpler one on your navigation menu.
Once you have that, move on to the intro.
A couple of rhetorical questions might be a good idea. You could finish it with a few sentences about the importance of quality content and content marketing.
You may also want to add your best performing articles in terms of comments and social sharing. Gather them in categories and include links to them. Those examples of your work play a really big role, so be careful what you choose.
At the end urge people to get in touch with you and include a contact form.
NOTE: I’d recommend you NOT to include any pricing. The reason is that the price is dependant on a lot of factors that will be determined at a later stage when the customer contacts you and presents details.
5. Start Promoting Your Service
Once you have it all set up, it is time for you to spread the word.
While I wouldn’t advise you to promote your service on Facebook and Google Plus more than once, on Twitter the promotion should be consistent. Three to four tweets every week will do a good job of keeping people informed.
When promoting make sure to come up with different messages for your tweets.
I’ve pinned my promotional tweet on top of my Twitter profile:
Since I started offering my content writing service one year ago, I have built business relationships with different clients.
So I’d highly suggest you to consider this option as your next monetization strategy!
Now on to you!
Have you started monetizing your blog?
What are your strategies?
Please take a minute to share your two cents!