What is Ghostwriting? Wikipedia states: “A Ghostwriter is a professional writer who is paid to write books, articles, stories, reports, or other texts that are officially credited to another person.”
This is the most predominant service marketers are after online. So many people can’t write, or have no time to whip up content. They need content for many things, including:
• Info products to sell (like eBooks)
• Website content
• Squeeze pages
• Email autoresponders
• Article directories
• Guest blog spots
• Viral reports (like free opt ins and sneak peek PDFs)
And the great thing is, very few marketers only have one niche. So a single client could yield dozens upon dozens of projects for you in a wide variety of niche markets!
Now you may have some questions – like, “Is my writing good enough?” Writing online is a far different world than writing for a professor in college. It’s conversational – look at this blog post you’re reading now – could you write in an easy manner like this?
What can you earn ghostwriting? Well you might get scared off when you see a few people charging $4 per page.
But most viable marketers don’t hire these people – they feel there’s a direct correlation between the price and the quality of the deliverables.
Most brand new ghostwriters start off charging about $7 per page (a page has about 430 words on it).
You can raise your per page rates very quickly, but the key is to build yourself a reputation as a service provider who:
- Writes unique content. So many writers simply rip off other people’s content. Please don’t do this – they can easily check it for uniqueness using free and paid tools online.
- Delivers good, quality writing. It doesn’t have to be mind-blowing, but it should be something that flows in a good order and makes sense.
- Delivers on time. As I mentioned before, most ghostwriters are notoriously late. The key is to give yourself some leeway for personal problems that might interrupt your schedule. Don’t overdo it either – shoot for a daily per page completion under what you really think you can accomplish. If you finish early – the client will be very impressed.
- Learns enough about the business that they can help brainstorm. If you’re hired to write an eBook, for example, the client will be very impressed if, when he tells you he needs an opt in report but can’t think of a topic, you come up with one off the top of your head! Try to learn about the client’s niche so you can be of service and not make him think of everything.
What is Ghostwriting? It’s not all just about quality. The other aspects are just as important. If you start doing things that other ghostwriters fail to do, you’ll quickly become the go-to person for content and you’ll have a client waiting list!
Where can you find ghostwriting gigs? There are several different ways to approach this – three that you can combine or pick from.
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The first way is for those on a budget. If you can’t afford anything at all, then simple sign up for free in a forum like Warrior Forum or other place where marketer’s hang out and start posting and interacting.
Get to know people there and spread by word of mouth the fact that you’re looking to write for others. You can even approach some experienced marketers and offer to do a free page for them so they can test the waters with you.
What is Ghostwriting? The second method is to sign up on a site like Elance. This is a bidding site where you’ll set up a profile and portfolio and you’ll bid on projects that are posted by marketers.
For example, a marketer may post a project for a 50-page eBook. You can then bid on it (maybe $350 to start you off with some good feedback ratings – more positive ratings mean more projects awarded to you). The project will be awarded to the person the marketer wants to hire based on bid amount and quality of portfolio.
What is Ghostwriting? The last method you can use to find work is to create your own website. It’s not expensive to get a domain ($10 a year) and hosting ($10-20 a month). And then you could install a free WordPress blog on it and have an order form built in!
What do I need to get started? The only thing you really need is a portfolio. Don’t worry – it doesn’t matter if you’ve never had a single client. You can create a simple portfolio by creating excerpts for them to browse.
Have a page on your site or a document you can send to people that has half page articles inside on a variety of niche topics. You might choose something like this:
• One health article
• One pet article
• One financial article (Forex, insurance, etc.)
• One relationship article
• One marketing article (it can be simple like “working at home”)
This gives them a sense of where your strengths lie and it shows them you’re versatile – because remember, most of them will have multiple niche markets and prefer to work with ONE ghostwriter who can do it all! Earn While You Learn.