” Should a content writer have a website, or is it enough to subscribe to a larger site that can assign you the projects?”
This question belongs to a series that, Diana, one of my readers had asked.
Her goal is to start obtaining income from content writing while she still keeps her daily job. Obviously, when the wages received from her writing business will at least equal her current employer’s income, Diana intends to quit; and make a living only from writing.
To start with the conclusion, my answer to the question ” should a content writer have a website? ” is “YES”.
You should definitely choose to have your website.
Of course, many writers don’t.
But, from what I’ve noticed until now, those who don’t are mainly the writers who are hired for prices which make me ashamed to say that it’s a paid job.
Surely, I am aware that people are trying to survive and that the writing world is not exactly a fairy tale (if, and only if, you don’t have a plan and a strategy).
The fact is… why would you quit a regular paying job, just for the sole reason of accepting writing gigs that only leave you starving?
Naturally, I am not saying that it is right or wrong to accept this. At the end of the day, each person knows best why they chose as they did.
I am only saying that my advice will always be to target the middle to higher range paid writing gigs. Of course, that is if you want to consider your content writing as a business; a real business that provides you enough income to make a decent living.
Therefore, my answer to ” should a content writer have a website? ” will always be “Yes!”Tweet This
Why do you need it? In truth, you need to build a strong portfolio if you want to be assigned projects from clients.
- you decide to sign-up for mill websites, where you can bid on various projects together with thousandths of other writers, or
- you prefer to send your pitches directly to business owners who need content for their websites
according to my experience as a content writer, you still need your website; where you’ll present your online portfolio.
I very well remember the moment when I started my online writing almost three years ago.
I had no idea what I would write about, I had no idea what I wanted to do in fact, but I knew only one thing at that moment. I wanted to become a writer.
The first step was to call my webmaster and start building the website. And I began to write. Anything that crossed my mind in fact.
At that moment, I was only passionate about the spiritual side of life. Therefore, my first articles were mainly thoughtful posts, based on existential questions; questions which I named them “wonderings”. It was a prolific period for me, and it helped in finding my voice.
Meanwhile, my research abilities have further developed to the point where nowadays there are only a few niches which I refuse to approach. Of course, this is another story. 🙂
But… not very long after my startup as a writer, the Universe brought on my path two challenges presented by two very influential people.
The first, I found “My 500 words” presented by Jeff Goins. In that challenge I learned to organize my mind; soon after, I was able to write at least 500 words per day, for 30 consecutive days. Not only did I meet amazing people in the challenge, but I also decided that I wanted to become an author. Two months later I succeeded to publish my first book; which gained the status of a bestseller on Amazon for several weeks. It is a long and short story how I went about writing this book, but it is not the subject of this article. In truth, I could have delayed its publishing significantly if I would not have met the second influential person right after My 500 Words challenge.
Sarah Arrow, the coordinator of the “30 day Blogging Challenge”. This time not only did I once again meet some amazing bloggers, not only did I learn precious secrets about blogging for business, but I also gained lifetime friends. Moreover, I became close to an extraordinary mentor, coach, entrepreneur, blogging Queen, Forbes listed and much more… Sarah herself. Even if at the same time I can be very creative, and also one of the best organizers of thoughts (my Ego is talking here 🙂 ), I am aware of the fact that no words can indeed describe the help that “The Arrows” (as I love to call Sarah and her husband, Kevin) had provided me. Therefore, I will not try to do it here… but, who knows? Maybe one day I will write a book about them. 🙂
To come back to my reader’s question. My advice for someone who wants to start making a living from content writing, is to:
Build a personal website. Not one which you can obtain for free, because a serious client will always prefer to assign important projects to serious content writers. Moreover, when you choose to have a free website, you are also limited to their rules and regulations. Not to mention that you will never be the real owner of your website. You can do it yourself, or call a pro. Of course, my all-time favorite is my webmaster from Internet Marketing Light.
Find a blogging challenge where you will definitely learn how to organize your time and powers, to be able to write like a pro. This is your first step in building and promoting your brand, while you exercise your writing muscles. I guess you already know what is my one and only recommendation. 🙂 The FREE “30 day Blogging Challenge” of course.
Never forget that each article that you write on your website will be a piece of your portfolio. Do it like you already have to show it to your potential future clients. And be proud of your work!
Obviously, the road to becoming a content writer is not easy.
But I can assure you that it is engaging and beautiful.
And… if this is your destiny, it will certainly be very rewarding to your soul.
If indeed you are serious about becoming a great web content writer, don’t forget to pour your heart into every word that you put online. The universe will open hidden gates for you and lots of opportunities will appear your way.
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