I’ve spoken with hundreds of bloggers that pursue this dream, only to get frustrated at the $1 per 100 words gigs out there. They all ask themselves the same question…
“Does it really have to be so difficult?”
No. It doesn’t and it isn’t. If you know where to look… Today, I am going to share my top secrets with you about how to land high paying writing jobs that will balance your income.
Before I share my secrets, I want to speak to you about your skill set as a writer. Have you ever taken journalism classes in college? Have you completed AP Style training? Do you know how to optimize your content for SEO?
I have a saying that rings true for every writer, the more you learn, the more you earn. I know, it sounds cheesy; however, the truth of the matter is, in order to write great articles for a variety of clients, these are skills you need to have. On that note, I have three secrets to share with you, which you can easily complete with a little time, effort, and money.
1. Social Style Writing
In the content driven world we live in today, social stories are quickly becoming the avenue that corporate entities use to grow their brands by word of mouth from the “average consumer”. The “average consumers” who write social stories are usually bloggers who have SEO and AP Style training.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to learn this skill set is returning to school. In addition, you can also buy an AP Stylebook to help guide you through professional writing. The book sets the guidelines for journalism writing and changes each year. It is advisable to purchase an online account atwww.APStyleBook.com so you do not have to purchase a hard copy each year.
2. Industry Knowledge
Become familiar with different industries that you are interested in. Niche knowledge can land you continuous, high-paying jobs within certain industries such as pharmaceutical. You should always use your resume showing any corporate or job experience you have outside of writing.
3. Getting High Paying Jobs
Finally, once you have achieved a mainstream published article with Yahoo! and you feel confident in your skill set, you can start applying to become a writer on high-paying writing jobs.
The top three sites I recommend for high-paying writing jobs are Scripted.com, DemandStudios.com, and Skyword.com.
These sites pay anywhere from $40 to $250 per article. While a steady stream of work is not always available on these sites, writing for them is an excellent way to supplement your small writing job income. Articles on these sites range anywhere from 300 to 800 words in many cases; you will write for a wide variety of industries.
If you have a college education, DemandStudios.com has a number of great opportunities available in your field of knowledge. Scripted.com has a variety of opportunities, such as $25 a week for writing a couple of tweets for a company. The site offers several small and fast jobs that are high paying. Finally, Skyword.com is another site that caters to corporate clients. You do not necessarily need a college degree for this site. The site offers fresh writing opportunities each month from clients such as Angie’s List. Applying to become a writer on these sites requires passing several writing tests in some cases. You will need to submit an application to each writing assignment that you wish to take.
I hope that my three secrets for success with high paying writing jobs are as effective for you as they have been for me. A full time, satisfying income is possible as a writer or blogger with the right skill set. Continue to follow the BlogCatalog for more tips and advice that you can use to further you writing career.
About Antony Berkman
Passionate about social communities, blogging, new media and how to use them to make a positive difference.