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Freelance copywriting work
Where do I look online to find web content copywriting work?
Tineke28




msg:3054276
 11:56 am on Aug 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi there

Apologies if someone has already posted this question. I want to know where I can register online to be a (preferably paid) freelance copywriter. I am currently employed as a copywriter/SEO for a finance firm in the UK that has 10 websites. I also have 7 years marketing experience (this is what I did at Uni) and have also worked in media and online retail and have freelanced for an online girls lifestyle magazine.

Any ideas, URLs, suggestions and general help will be much appreciated.

Thank you
Tineke

 

Syzygy




msg:3054490
 2:59 pm on Aug 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Using your favourite search engine to look for the terms "content writers" and "freelance journalists" will reveal resources useful to you.

Depending on what you have in mind, you may find the world of online content writing is somewhat more restrictive, in financial terms, than the offline world. Many site owners it would seem - judging from comments regularly posted here - do not value highly content written specifically for the web - somehow seeing it as a different product and proposition to paper-based freelance journalism/writing - and typically quote figures of $10-20 per 1,000 words or per article.

Sites such as elance.com are favourites for those seeking to provide contract work in this arena.

At the professional end of the content/copy writing market, I can only suggest that you may best find opportunities at the online offerings of magazines such as Revolution.

Syzygy

micahgussow




msg:3059887
 7:07 am on Aug 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Avoid elance.com as they have a lot of marginal or poor quality writers and plagiarism is on the rise over there. Whats the sense in paying for content that ends up as duplicate or worse stolen from someone else's website. This is what happened to me on elance. I received a lot of duplicate content. I could have done that myself for free. There are many better alternatives.

Micah

Tineke28




msg:3064218
 11:54 am on Aug 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi guys

Thank you very much for your help, you've definitely got me heading in the right direction.

Cheers
Tineke

AffiliateDreamer




msg:3065339
 5:43 am on Aug 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

micahgussow, which alternatives do you suggest?

jlr1001




msg:3065860
 2:49 pm on Aug 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

I, personally, wouldn't (and don't) use those sites to generate web copy clients.

The quickest way to get started is by building business relationships. If you present well face-to-face, have some business cards printed and become visible wherever businesses in your target market hang out--chambers of commerce meetings, business networking socials, meetups, whatever...

If you don't do well face to face, then start scouting some of the small to mid-sized web design firms in your area. Meet with them and get to know the people working there. Present yourself as a freelance copywriter willing to be a value-add for them.

Talking to design companies of various sizes, I've discovered that many don't have copywriters on staff or even offer it as a service.

I can't tell you how often I've seen web designers roll their eyes, and throw their hands up in frustration, over projects that have been delayed because the clients are slugging away at the copy themselves.....

And frequently when the design companies get the client-generate copy it tends to be horribly amateurish.

So start there. That way you can determine the price for your services, rather than get stuck in the $10 per article hell that's bringing this profession down.

-J.L.

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