Guest blogging can be an extremely lucrative career for those with the guts to stay with it. There are a lot of refusals, requests for revisions and that’s if you’re lucky. Usually, the first few times you try to pitch an article to a big website, you don’t even hear from anyone. It can be a devastating blow to the ego and hours of time wasted on an article you’ve poured your heart and soul into. Guest blogging is the pinnacle of achievement for many content writers when it comes to being featured in Forbes, Huffington Post or Buzzfeed. There is a lot of competition so you should probably get some practice. Here are some great steps to gaining the experience you need for becoming a successful guest blogger.
1 Sign up to a freelance site
Whether it’s Upwork, Freelancer or any of the number of freelance sites, sign yourself up. It may involve taking some tests to prove your knowledge. You need a profile with a picture of course. It doesn’t take long generally and there are plenty of articles online to help you make a great profile that attracts clients.
2 Charge next to nothing
This may seem a bit crazy to charge almost nothing for work. The point is though that these baby steps will get you making good money in time. You have to be patient and be willing to work hard for very little in order to get good ratings and reviews. If you think about it, you’re pretty lucky to be getting paid a little bit for your time while you learn. The jobs that don’t pay well are good in a way because you can learn about the process which includes, dealing with clients, and learning to time manage so you meet deadlines. Regardless of pay, it’s important to wow your clients by delivering work that meets their expectations.
3 With some reviews and ratings, charge more
It might take 1-3 months before you have a few reviews and 5-star rating. Once you have them, you can raise your price a little more and start taking jobs that are more challenging. You may also find that clients are starting to notice you so your opportunities will be much vaster. If you are good at quickly learning new things, feel free to apply for work you don’t know how to do. This is a route I never took because if you fail, you may lose all your good standing. Work on projects that will hone your writing skills on every level as well as learning the research aspect of topics you know nothing about. Articles, product reviews, landing pages, news and website content are all great types of writing projects that will make you well-rounded.
4 Do a bit of pro bono
I got a bit tired of writing really great pieces and never getting recognized for my work. Being a ghost writer is thankless although it pays. I was always bumping into the same website when I was looking for ways to feel good and other life hacks. I applied to write for lifehack.org in 2014 and they accepted me. I wrote quite a few articles for them and was just excited to see my work being published. Some of my articles had thousands of shares. After that, I started to get requests for back linking. I didn’t even know what they were talking about at the time and was mystified at how I could be paid $100 to write 600 words and add a link to my article. It paid off in big ways even though it was hard at first and you don’t get paid for articles.
5 Write articles for no reason whatsoever
When you become inspired with an original idea (which will come naturally as you begin to write daily), make an article out of it for later. You never know when it might come in handy for a specific site you have your heart set on. When you write something that you feverishly type out, knowing everything you want to say, it’s bound to turn out well. Create a collection of articles when freelancing work is slow (like in the summer).
6 Build a website
While my reason for guest blogging is for clients, your reasons may be different. The other reason anyone wants to become a guest blogger is so they can link back to their own website. With that said, you will likely want to have a website in order to reap the benefits. You can also showcase the work you’ve done on freelancer websites and it’s just good to have a presence online. Make sure to attach your blog to it for many marketing reasons I won’t go into.
If you follow these steps, it may take some time and dedication but the potential to quit your job and work in your pajamas is there. You can travel around the world, make more money than you would working for someone else and do what you love for a living. Why wouldn’t you at least try?