I know many of you that read this blog are bloggers yourself. You have the skills. Why not use them to land a freelance blogging job?
Before we get started, I know there are some saying, “bloggers are broke and they don’t want to pay.” Some bloggers are broke. They aren’t ready to hire help and you should not be looking to work with them. And yes, there was a time not too long ago when a lot of internet marketers were looking for hordes of writers to pump out $3 articles. Times are changing, folks. They always are around here. One huge sector in this industry on their way to the top currently is women bloggers. I firmly believe mom bloggers and woman entrepreneurs are replacing yesterday’s IMers. Several of these ladies are not only doing well, they are doing well into the upper four-figures per month, if not more. And they need help! And they are willing to pay!
There is probably a gal in a forum or Facebook Group asking for help right now. Here a few things they may be looking for:
Writers – Some of these fabulous ladies are publishing multiple times per day. That’s a lot of content. And $20 – $40 per 500-word article is rather standard in the groups I belong to. If you have specialized knowledge in a particular topic, you may be able to garner more than that. A few popular content needs:
- Blog Posts
- Article Starters (shorter posts that they can add to prior to publishing)
- Affiliate Content
- Product Reviews
- Coupon and Deal Matchups
Images – You can’t publish anything without a fab photo.
- Custom, Pinnable Images
Social Media – They need to manage those networks and create content here, too.
- Engaging and Interacting with Fans
- Growing Social Following
- Forum Moderation
Marketing – Again, you got this! Depending on the type of blog, they may have a few extra needs.
- Giveaway Promotion
- Post Promotion
- Linky Submissions
Web Design – How much you can offer here will depend on your personal skill level, but if you are a blogger you may know your way around a blog dashboard.
- Blogger Migrations
- Theme Tweaks
- Custom Design
Where to Find These Blogging Jobs
Yes. You can go scouring through the Problogger Job Board and hitting up those on Carol Tice’s list of sites that pay $50+ per post, but I don’t want you to stop there. I want you to do something that is going to make you horribly uncomfortable…MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR FELLOW BLOGGER. This is also called “networking.” Every person that I work for right now is someone I have known online prior to forming a business relationship. If you are already an active member of the community and know the blogger’s style and schedule, you are going to be a shoe-in over a stranger.
Not only could these people be your future clients at some point, but they may also be able to introduce you to people that need your services right now. They may know about awesome Facebook Groups and forums that you don’t currently belong to. Sometimes it is as simple as saying, “Hey, I’m looking for extra work. Know anyone that needs help?” They may be just as embarrassed to ask for help as you are to offer it. So don’t be!
You are not expected to offer every service on this list, but I would bet there is at least one or two things that you are perfectly capable of doing at this very moment. And you should have no issues getting paid a reasonable wage ($16+ per hour) for even the simplest tasks on this list. If you are getting into consulting or web design, you are looking at upwards of $100 per hour.
Remember, there’s a blogger out there right now asking for help. Go get them! Cut your deal. Sign a contract. Get some money upfront or prior to delivering your goods.
Do you work for bloggers? What current service needs could you add to the list?