There are many articles on how to make money online as a writer, but this article is for those who are BAD writers.
I’ve been a professional-caliber freelance writer (online and in print) for years. I also provide editing and proofreading services (online and offline). With the proliferation of websites that sell products and services comes a huge need for people to write copy for those sites.
Business owners don’t have time to do this, so they hire people to do it for them. Many of these individuals register with elance.com as “clients” and hire “contractors.”
I’ve been registered with elance.com as a client because, even though I write for a living, there’ve been a few times I needed to hire due to lack of time.
In my stint as a client, I learned the following:
- 1) Countless people, who are bad writers, are registered with elance.com as contractors.
- 2) Many have a steady flow of work, as evidenced by their job tallies.
- 3) Many have four and five star ratings (which is good and excellent, respectively).
You’re probably wondering, if these are bad writers, how is it that they have steady work and good/excellent ratings?
Business owners who have websites to sell a product do not have the time to slam copy onto their sites. So they hire elance contractors. Typically, they hire those whose bids for the job are near the low end.
These business owners aren’t looking for clean copy, well-crafted syntax or spot-on punctuation. They just want copy with enough keywords (e.g., “build muscle,” “flipping homes,”) to drive traffic to their site!
It’s not necessary for traffic-driving copy to be well-written. It only needs a minimal percentage of key words or key phrases sprinkled throughout at (usually) select points.
Make Money Writing Online even if You’re a Bad Writer!
If you’re a bad writer, register with elance. Then start bidding. Be persistent, bid on the low side to get your foot in the door, and you WILL get work.
One contractor who responded to one of my elance jobs had over 200 jobs to her tally and a five star rating. But her writing was terrible. I ended up cancelling the job.
Many elance writers’ profiles even have errors. Clients see these profiles, but hire these inept writers anyways!
The errors include not capping “I,” running two words together, using the wrong form of the word, such as, “I am a good writing,” dropped words such as, “I’m experienced writer,” and miscellaneous mistakes like, “I’m an dedicated worker.”
Though many of these writers are from foreign lands, they get hired by Western clients. Furthermore, many of the bad writers on elance are from the U.S., such as the woman with over 200 jobs.
I’ve hired other people (U.S.) who sent me articles with mistakes. These people had four-and-a-half to five star ratings!
Clients will give a top rating as long as 1) the contractor is easy to work with, and 2) the work is turned in on time. Bingo! Five star rating!
The client is clueless about proper punctuation, casing, subject-verb agreement and the difference between lie/lay, than/then, taking/taken, prospective/perspective, principle/principal, who/whom, etc.
The client may also not recognize a run-on sentence! Proof of all of this is in the copy of websites selling a product or service. Sometimes, it looks as though the copy was written by a fifth grader.
A bad writer who knows how to write SEO articles can make money online.
SEO style does not require good grammar, proper word usage, correct punctuation and other elements indicative of top skills such as clear sentence structure.
A very poorly written article can still be at the top of search results simply due to the right amount of keywords and good latent semantic indexing. Search engines will recognize misspelled keywords!
Bad Writers Can Make Money Online
True! Because people who want to hire clients to create copy for their websites typically have poor writing skills themselves! After all, why would someone with a website trying to sell his book on getting out of debt or curing back pain necessarily be skilled at writing?