How to Search (and Find) Paid Content Writing Jobs
Yesterday I revealed a simple – practically risk-free – way to launch a successful writing career. The secret is by writing content in the form of blog posts and articles.
Most often these projects are under 1,000 words, and there’s a need for every subject you can imagine.
Yesterday, you selected a broad topic you’d like to write about. Now you’ll do a few simple Google searches to find paid content writing opportunities.
First, go to Google.com.
Then, search for the words “write for us” combined with your broad topic from yesterday. Let’s say your topic is “chickens” … your search term will look like this:
“write for us” + chickens
Some searches will produce many paid writing opportunities, but others will be a bit like a treasure hunt. Try searching for other similar terms to reveal more opportunities.
For example, instead of “write for us,” you might try, “write for us and get paid” or “guest blog.”
Instead of “chickens,” you could be more specific, such as, “raising chickens” or “breeding chickens.” This part depends on the broad topic you chose yesterday.
But – keep in mind – this doesn’t have to be your topic forever. You could write one article on the subject and decide to try another topic. That’s just one more reason I love article writing – the variety!
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your search terms. You never know where a good opportunity could be hiding.
Next, look through the search results for a paid opportunity …
You might have to dig a little, but that’s part of being a successful content writer. Ignore any websites requesting unpaid writers. While these sites do exist, there are more than enough sites willing to pay for content.
As an example, I did a few quick searches to find paying gigs on the topic of gardening (one of my hobbies) …
The first several websites offered zero compensation, but about halfway down I found a paying gig … $300 to $600 for feature articles (1,500 to 2,500 words)! For shorter articles (600 to 1,000 words), they pay $150 to $200.
Once you find a site offering a paid opportunity, be sure to follow their submission guidelines. If they ask you to send a summary or outline for approval before submitting a full post, do so.
Also, make note of specifications like, “Do not send attachments.” Following these directions is your first chance to make a great impression.
Today’s action step is to search for and find 3 to 5 potential clients. Let us know how it goes in the comments here.
Then, join me tomorrow and I’ll explain how to come up with topic ideas that potential clients will love!