you’ve decided that working
as a freelance writer is the best work at home job opportunity
for you, then you’ll need to figure out how to get
writing assignments. Fortunately, when you work as a web
writer there is no shortage of job opportunities. It all
depends on where you look and how much research you are
willing to do.
writing can break down into several different categories.
Before you begin looking for work, you’ll have to
decide whether or not you want to get credit for your writing.
If you insist on byline, you may have difficulty finding
a lot of paying jobs. Byline jobs are out there if you look.
However, the most money to be made is from working as a
Many freelancers find success with ghostwriting. When you
work as a freelance
ghostwriter you provide writing services for clients
who will then use the work as their own. Ghostwriting as
a freelance is a lucrative opportunity, especially when
you focus on web writing. For the most part, the Internet
is a text and image based platform. Companies and individuals
who run websites constantly need text to make their websites
attractive to visitors. Since writing is something that
a lot of people would rather not do, this leaves plenty
of opportunities for people who love to write.
writing freelancers need only an Internet connection,
e-mail address and word processing program to get started.
Your own website is not necessary, but it adds a touch of
professionalism to your writing business. However, when
you are first starting out you can get plenty of work without
having a website.
are several different categories of web writing. When you
see the term “content
writing” you will normally be providing text for
an existing or new website. Your writing will have to be
engaging and clear for website visitors. Article writers
concentrate on providing articles for websites, newsletters
and blogs. Generally, articles for the web are between 400
and 800 words each. Any more than that is difficult for
readers to sit through while looking at a computer screen.
Copywriters are challenged with putting readers in the mood
to buy. They write copy for Internet sales letters and marketing
sites. Ebook ghostwriters provide clients with full-length
books on a variety of topics.
who write need to be professional in their online presence.
This means spell-checking all writing, including e-mails
to clients. It is also a good idea to get an e-mail address
that is specifically used for your writing. A personal e-mail
address with a goofy handle will make you appear unprofessional.
Your first and last name or a combination thereof is a good
choice for your web writing e-mail address.
for the Internet has a few differences from writing essays
in school or writing for print magazines. Readers online
have short attention spans, and you’ll need to keep
your sentences short and your paragraphs clear.
other difference is the use of “keywords” in
certain writing assignments. Keywords are words that have
been selected by your client to be used in the article.
These words have been selected because they are Internet
search terms and your client wants their website to show
up for those search terms. Keyword articles will require
you to use the word or phrase a certain number of times
in the article. Sometimes it can be difficult to use the
words without making it sound forced. Experienced web writers
have developed ways to make the keywords flow naturally
into their articles.
you’ve gotten a few web writing assignments under
your belt, you can decide what type of web writing suits
you best. You can find work on writing message boards, freelance
writing job sites and classified ad sites like craigslist.
Whenever you apply for a job, make sure to include your
contact information and a few well-selected writing samples.