Archive for the ‘Freelancer Clients’ Category

Hello to all my adoring one fan out there. Yes, I’ve written this blog post just for you. Actually, this post is for clients, and if you’ve found your way here, then I’m happy. If you are looking for someone to put some content on your site such as SEO Articles, then you’ve come to the right place to get some information on what you need to look for, and what you should expect to pay. First of all, you might want to know exactly who put me in charge here to write about such an ominous and serious topic. If anyone knows me, they know I’ve done some pretty awesome things online with internet marketing. No, I’m not a guru, I just know what works and what doesn’t. Listen, anyone can create a profile on Guru, or Elance, or…do I dare say it ‘Freelancer’. This same person who can easily create a profile can also see that there is a lot of need for Search Engine Optimized content and then they suddenly become an ‘experienced SEO content creator’. Listen again. Bullsh*t. I’m sorry to be so blunt and to be so raw, but this is the honest truth of what you are finding on these freelancer websites. I can easily say I’m a qualified brain surgeon, and I’m ready to operate on your grandmother, but I’m not.

The real truth is that it sometimes takes someone several months in order to get down the science of being able to write 100% unique content that is using the right keywords, right keyword density, and create somewhat remotely interesting content that is written in a tone that is aimed at your targeted audience. Sounds simple right? Wrong. Nothing that is a science or that is remotely connected to Google and their search engine algorithms is simple. Without going into how the ‘Six Demon Bag’ is actually created, and what’s in it, I will just tell you that no matter what you are doing as a website owner or operator, Google is going to give your website a nice push down the mountain one day. I’ve seen complete authority sites drop 2-3 pages in rankings overnight. Not only that, but a good writer, a GOOD writer, knows how to sell that product, that super shiny blue widget, that super cool service you offer that no one else does, and knows the psychology of modern day internet surfers, what they see, and how to get them to take action. Think about all that for a moment. That’s quite an art.

So finally after getting all that stuff out of the way, the main focus of this article was: What you should expect to pay an experience article writer. But I want you to know the cold hard truth: Your websites content is the foundation of which you build your reputation on. Please read that again, because there isn’t anything else I have said so far that is more important than this. With that being said, who are you going to hire to create your websites content?

I’ve done my research along with becoming a pretty decent copywriter, and I’ve had to know how much to charge my clients. I remember when I first started learning how to write SEO articles, I was getting paid the very lowly, and disrespectable amount of $1-$5 per 500 words. I can now hear the moans and groans of people reading this and thinking that is a fair wage to pay someone for SEO quality hand written articles. Nope. Sorry. Try again. This is a fair price to pay someone who has no grasp on the English language, no concept of Search Engine Optimization, who has no idea about keywords or keyword density, how to use those in H-tags or ‘HTML headline descriptions’ which are usually BOLDED, and who is likely going to use one of those fancy article spinners which can produce a 500 word article in a matter of minutes. And it’s probably going to read something like a Chinese restaurant menu translated into English. Clients and seekers of high quality content; this is what you are asking for when you offer to pay $1-$5 to someone for a 500-1000 word article. No one that is qualified to write killer, awesome, fantastic, and down right cutting-edge SEO articles will accept your offer.So what are you going to pay?

Most SEO companies that build websites and create SEO content, like the one I work part-time for, charge $100 for a single 600 word article. That’s right. Look around online and see how much true SEO content packages run. You’re looking at no less than $1000 for 10 pages of high quality, keyword researched, correct keyword density, keywords in H-tags, and readable quality content that effectively sells your product or service. Now I can imagine some people reading this and looking for torches and pitchforks and wanting to hunt me down. The truth is that people who are qualified to create such content are worth probably twice this amount.

The epidemic in which I talk about in my first post here is the problem of people calling themselves SEO content specialists, who have no such right, and taking jobs for mere pennies. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is the whole sum of spaghetti in their wallets. The work these self-proclaimed so called professionals produce can’t even be called sub-par. Now before you go off and say that I’m being mean to someone just trying to make a buck, I can tell you that I’ve been around the block a few times, and even seen people copy my personal profile pages with my same qualifications and sell them as their own. I don’t need to tell you that is not right, but the same thing is happening on freelance websites where people are getting desperate for money.

So how to end this 1000 words of commentary? I’ll try to sum things up. If you are a website owner, and you are putting together a website and want awesome content, then pay a professional for that content and pay them a fair price. You wouldn’t build your house on a pile of swamp mud, so why would you build your new website on some pile of muddy words? You wouldn’t do this. A good website has a strong foundation to build off of. A good SEO content structure of linking page to page with a killer ‘About Us’ and a great content page. You want someone that can reach right through the screen and take that potential buyer by the hand and cause them to take action. You’ve got just a few seconds to grab your visitors attention. And while there are a ton of things to consider that concern the psychology of internet surfers, I’m not going to go into that now but in a later post…oh jeez I’m going off the subject. So what else do you need? You need your website pages to interlink to each other. You need a good call to action at the top of each page and at the bottom. Well, I can actually just keep going on and on. Writing good quality SEO content is an art, a science, and something that should be left to a qualified professional.

So who are you going to trust?