Ghostwriting. I have had a lot of people ask me what exactly is ghostwriting is when I tell them that I am a ghostwriter. The first thing that comes to mind when it is brought up is a show back in the 1990s. Funny, same name, but no cigar.
When a person says they are a ghostwriter, it means that they can write SEO articles for websites, they will right Keyword articles for clients often times a technical company or company that wants more traffic brought to their site buy the use of Keyword searches via google or yahoo. Ghost Writers have been commonly associated with freelance writers for 2 reasons. For one they often times work out of their home. Secondly, they make money mainly online and through the use of freelance based websites such as freelanceworkexchange.com. The jobs they are able to get they mainly will have to “bid” on. I will break these down more in-depth later on in the article.
In order to fully get what a Ghost Writer is, you must first know what it isn’t and in that Clovis SEO will guide you. Unlike freelance authors and many other writing-based careers, Ghost Writers do not have a by-line. Whatever a ghostwriter writes,(say that ten times fast), another person can and will take credit for the article as if they had spent the time writing it. Some people frown on this and consider it immoral, however, many ghostwriters feel the opposite. It isn’t about establishing a name in writing for many ghostwriters. What it is to them is a way to work from home, not have to worry about a 9-5 job that they may hate, and most importantly, the idea and feeling that they are able to do something they love which is writing about various topics. If this sounds like a career you are interested in always remember that life working from home may sound easy; it’s not.
Ghostwriting has it’s downfalls as well. There is very little job security, for one. Meaning one week you could make 300 or more, and the next week, make 20 dollars or none at all. Also, ghostwriters at times get paid peanuts or even not at all after they have completed an assignment for a client. Lastly, you really do need at least some type of background in writing or prepare yourself to have a part-time job while you work on your ghostwriting career. Now for the in-depth part of the article, I promised you.
The Life of a Ghost Writer
Home-based work. Yes, many ghostwriters do work out of their homes, I am one of them. I have been ghostwriting for some time now and it is not easy. This wasn’t a primary choice of mine to do but, due to complications in my life, I chose it. Needless to say, I do not regret it, but it isn’t as easy as I thought when first starting it. I was lucky enough to find a mentor who was willing to teach me everything and, she still is. Unbeknown to her, I will forever be in her debt because of it and I will never forget her deed. Aside from that, the luxury of working at home, able to spend more time with their loved ones, and be able to take breaks when they wish too, all comes at a price that many people really don’t consider when asking for a work at home job.
Many sacrifices have to be made in order for the career to work. For one, this isn’t a get rich quick scheme. It takes time to get the ball rolling and KEEP IT rolling. It is best to keep whatever job you have and work on establishing clients when it comes to ghostwriting. Doing this will allow you to bring in a bit more money from ghostwriting while keeping the job security of your 9-5. This just may mean staying up a bit later to get the job done.
Secondly, you will have to be able to take criticism. Good or bad it is still criticism. Many new writers have a tough time with this for fear of losing a client because they are new to the whole Ghost Writing rules. Do not worry too much, mistakes happen, and clients know this. They will often times tell you what was wrong and ask if you can correct it. If you are honest and upfront with them on the fact that you are new, they will help you correct whatever mistake happened. If you are constantly displeasing clients then you should look on boards that aid in ghostwriting such as http://www.ghostwritinguncovered.com/forum.
Bidding. This entails the act of “applying” for a project or job that a client has posted on a job board. You will be bidding against a large number of other ghostwriters and even freelance authors. This is both a good thing and at times, can be a pain in the .. well you know the rest. Bidding on jobs can be great because it allows you to strut your stuff, show off your skills, possibly be a job that just happens to be your hobby, and you can whisper sweet nothings into the client’s ear. Alright so maybe not the last part. The rest of it though is common among the posting boards. One downfall to this is if you are new it can be intimidating and be expected to lose more bids then you win. Over time many boards will give the “feedback” option to link to your profile. This option allows clients that you have worked with from that board to give you praise, or say how horrible of a writer you are. Often times they will be good reviews, and clients are very very honest when it comes to a review.
Another downfall with boards and being a ghostwriter or even freelancer is that sometimes clients want a large amount of work done, for almost nothing. Over time you will learn what to look for and the going prices for say a 500-word document on Beauty Tips. (500 words per article is a common length of an article).
Now if you still wish to learn more about ghostwriting, I leave you with a few options and special insight into the world of ghostwriting, just for your readers as a ” Thanks for reading”.
When looking for more information, you can always look online via Google or any other search engine. Often times it will be up what Ghost Writing is and how you can become one easily. It’s not easy and it takes time to fully get the same amount of money you do from your 9-5 job, and get it on a regular basis.
There are many books out there on affiliate sites that say if you buy it you can make money in no time. Again, BE CAREFUL, some of these are scams. There is a book that I use and is very helpful you can find it here http://www.ghostwritinguncovered.com. The author knows what she is talking about and has been ghostwriting for many years. I have spoken to her personally and she is a very nice woman and highly intelligent.
Keep both eyes open when writing. I say this because knowing how to write and knowing how to follow directions for an article, are often two different things. It never helps to double-check with a client on what they specifically want to be done. Doing this will show the client that you are serious about the overall quality of the article (quality is key in this career), and establishes a mutual respect for one another which is very good to have when asking for a raise in the payout or a review.
One of the most lucrative ways to profit on the Internet is by creating a list. Once you have a list in a place you can email your list periodically with your product offers. There are some things you need to know about creating your list.
There are list building websites that are available to use. The only problem with those is that not only are you building your list you are building someone else’s. With these methods, you are building someone else’s list without him even lifting a finger. Never build someone else’s list you should be building your own.
You could go and put up a website to sell your product or service and if you’re not somehow grabbing visitors’ email address your throwing money away. One way to do this is instead of selling your product outright you could offer a free report, e-book, or newsletter. For the prospect to get this free information he would enter his name and email. Once the email is received you should have an autoresponder set up to email the free information immediately. In the next couple of days, you can offer your product in another email.
Care must be taken that you stay in contact with your customers without spamming. Flooding his email with daily offers does not make you look good nor does the contact appreciate it. I removed one person earlier today who emailed me two or three times per day. Always trying to offer me something else to buy. Not only was this very annoying I tend to not trust him as a reliable source.
People sign up for information cause its free and because you offer valuable information they need. They look to you as an expert when the information is valuable. You have begun a trust relationship between you and your customer. As long as you don’t violate that trust he will eventually buy your products. The more you build this relationship the more sales you will get from repeat customers. Your customers will get you, customers, too if they trust you. This is where an SEO company might help you. They will provide you necessary and vital content that you can use to attract more and more potential customers. These SEO changes will help you in improving your website ranking making you more visible on the internet.
Some marketers take this relationship between their customers to lightly without a list they would not have a business. You make violate this trust with one customer it will affect others.
One way to keep this relationship in good standing is to have other free items to offer your customers from time to time. If you offer something free you can always sell them on the back end from a thank you page. Another way is to give them a free bonus for purchasing your offer. Just remember these are your customers if you treat them right they will stay customers for a long time. If you Spam them or sell their email addresses they will not think of you very highly and unsubscribe from your list.
You must always add a disclaimer to the fact you will not resell their information to another party. Your emails must include a way to opt-out or unsubscribe. The more comfortable they feel with you the more they will stay customers.
Building a list is an important part of Internet Marketing. If you have a website and you’re not using this option start doing it today. It will jump-start your business into a profitable niche.