How To Earn $1,000 Per Article As A Freelance Writer

When I started building my first websites I didn’t have a lot of money to invest on them. I would pay for the domain names and shared hosting accounts, but that was it. The problem is that I wanted to invest in some parts of the websites to make them grow faster (e.g., I wanted to buy a logo, a custom design, some advertising and so on).

This forced me to look around for alternative income sources, as I knew I would need to wait from six to twelve months before my sites would start generating any signicant money (if not longer…).

The solution I found was freelance writing. Through the guest posts that I would publish on larger sites I came to know the respective owners, and then it was just a matter of asking them if they were interested in hiring a freelance writer.

The initial response wasn’t great, however. Most established bloggers and site owners already had staff writers to cover the normal workload, so they would turn my application down. That is when I realized I needed to change my approach. In other words, I needed to offer something different, something that wasn’t “normal.”

At the time I was already seeing my websites grow in traffic, and I started to ask myself: “What is the single most important factor contributing to the growth of my sites?” The answer was easy to find: the linkbait pieces (i.e., very large and structured articles packing a lot of value to the reader) that I would publish once in a while. Those articles would attract hundreds, if not thousands of backlinks, and they create a huge spike on my traffic charts.

Bingo!

All I had to do was to offer linkbaits to those larger sites. I started by writing an article titled “Top 20 Sports Cars of All Time”, and offered it to the owner of a popular car blog. He liked it, and said he was willing to pay $200.

You can imagine the feeling I had once the $200 hit my Paypal account.

Long story short I kept writing more linkbaits and expanding my network of site owners who were interested in purchasing them. After some months I was making up to $1,000 for a single article, and I was able to invest that money on my other websites.

If you want to get started with this strategy, here’s a quick guide:

  1. Make sure you understand what a linkbait is (just Google it, as there’s plenty of material around the web), and learn how to create one.
  2. Identify large blogs and websites where you could offer your linkbaits, and try to build a relationship with the owner (e.g., by writing a couple of guest posts there and exchanging some emails).
  3. Brainstorm ideas that would work as a linkbait piece on those sites, and then spend some time actually writing one (be prepared to spend many hours researching and writing the article).
  4. Send an email to the site owner offering your linkbait piece. Make sure to include the piece on the email itself, as you want the site owner to read it before making his decision.
  5. Start charging on the low end (e.g., $100 per linkbait) and work your way up as you get more clients and feel the market.

Writing linkbaits is only one strategy you can use to make money as a freelance writer, though. There are many other routes you can follow, depending on your background and interests. That is why I decided to create a Freelance Writing Course with Ali Hale, a friend of mine and professional freelance writer.

The course is broken down in 6 weeks, each covering a different module. We are closing the doors to new students on Friday (May 6), so make sure to check it out today!

Daniel Scocco is the owner of DailyWritingTips.com, one of the most popular writing blogs on the web.


69 thoughts on “How To Earn $1,000 Per Article As A Freelance Writer”

  1. Rison Simon says:

    Daniel, what are you doing here?! You could have shared your experience on dailyblogtips.com. Btw, really inspiring and never before heard strategy here. I think you are the only a-list blogger guest posting on another a-list blogger blog! Thanks for this. Hope you will explain this strategy more on DBT. See you later.

    1. Hey Rison!

      Well I respect John a lot, so it’s always a pleasure to share my stuff with his audience. Plus it’s a way to get more exposure for the course I am launching.

      I’ll write about the course and freelance writing in general on DBT too, don’t worry!

      1. Rison … That was really friendly sound … What are you doing here ?? Lollzzz

        In blogger world if anyone started a new thing or new product we simply help to spread the message …

        John also added about yaro as well …

      2. Hey Daniel,

        Nice to see you here. I haven’t been to your blog for a long time due to being too busy but I’ll visit again soon.

        Many moons ago I wrote a post about your ebook and it was one of my most read posts and Google seemed to like it too.

        1. Glad your post about the ebook did well!

    2. Excellent article, one of the best I’ve read on JC in a long time.

      1. Mathew Day says:

        It was really quite good and original. 🙂

    3. Hey Rison,

      You have a good eye to notice John didn’t write this post. The clue was in style and then of course at the bottom of the article. A lot of times many readers miss any such clues and give credit to John for writing such post. This time everybody noticed so far.. John’s readers are getting better.

      Daniel is an excellent writer and I’ll have to start visiting his blog again.

  2. IT Tra Vinh says:

    Are you guestpost before blogging in your site ?

    1. I already had my sites going when I used this strategy, so I was doing both things at the same time.

      In the early days my sites were generating a lot of money, though, so I used this freelancing strategy to supplement my online income.

      1. I’m for hire if anyone is interested lol?

    2. John Chow says:

      He wouldn’t be able to post this on his blog. All guest posts become exclusive to JohnChow.com

      1. I want this job, I’ll write an article once a day lol

        1. Imagine if you could get $1,000 per article per day.

          1. fas says:

            He send a newsletter with similar content :p

          2. Kevin Kimes says:

            No doubt. For those inclined and able, writing can be a very lucrative way to work from home – or from wherever you want to be. 🙂

            A skilled writer can put together a reasonably valuable piece in one day’s work.

        2. If you want this job than enroll yourself for this program.

      2. Hey John,

        The first few lines I thought you wrote this post. Once in a while you don’t make it known that it’s a guest post at the top of the page.

        When I just saw the headline I thought that it would be Michael Kwan writing this. But your name’s at the top.

        Today you fooled me twice for a few seconds.

    3. Oh I thought you were asking if I was guest blogging before creating my own blogs.

      If it’s about this article yeah it will only appear on JohnChow.com. I wrote it with John’s audience in mind to begin with.

      1. Than why this is mentioned written by John Chow … Typing mistake ?

        1. Kevin Kimes says:

          The “written by John Chow” just means that John is the one who posted it in WordPress. It’s either a strategic decision, or a random happenstance, that the guest blogger isn’t declared and identified until the end of the article.

          John probably just copied the article from an email and pasted it into the WP post.

  3. Fazal Mayar says:

    Daniel, good post. I too want to write articles for a big amount of money but you have to find the right opportunities and you did.

    1. Yeah you need to think out of the box if you want to charge premium rates, especially, when there are companies offering articles for $2 a pop 🙂 .

      1. Yea, but those $2 articles are worth exactly what you pay for them, $2.

    2. Mathew Day says:

      First time of hearing of this, well that is, making that amount of money per article. That’s really creative and just plain smart.

  4. Making money with articles is possible, but the secret is to really search for an explosive topic and develops it with great quality.

    1. Certainly $2 value article will bring negative impression on your blog.

      If you want to build your viwership than provide great article with full circle information.

  5. Bjorn says:

    I started out as a web content writer for an Internet marketing exclusively and then a freelance writer for varying clients.

    With many sites and blogs, I believe there are many opportunities for writers online.

    As for $2 an article, I began with that rate since I am in the Philippines. But that rate can go higher.

    $1,000 is the rate I charge in writing Thesis and Dissertations. But I have never experienced receiving $1,000 for an article with linkbait.

    1. To be very frank and I know the fact …. Here in Asian countries we never imagine to get $1000 for one single article.

      So I am sure this tutorial will be worthy to check.

  6. PsychicJim says:

    Such great ideas!

    This article has got my creative writing juices flowing again, thank you gentleman!

  7. Zak says:

    Just for this website. Love the idea of making money online. Thanks

  8. exsuit says:

    This is exactly how I am starting my own business. I am providing services to generate cash flow to invest in my own properties. I haven’t started creating content yet (just doing backlink services), but may consider adding it to the mix this month if I find I can increase my $$/hour worked!

    Cheers,

    1. If you can offer premium content development services (more or less like I did) I am sure you’ll be able to increase your hourly rate.

      Good luck!

    2. You should add options in providing service.

      If you can not write than get a right and competent writer.

      But to get a premium hourly rate you also need premier clients.

  9. Hotdogman says:

    Back when Pay Per Post first came out, I made a killing on paid posts. I was getting $50-$100 per post and I wrote three per day (that was the limit), 5-6 days a week. I made a nice bit of change, until the first Google slap knocked my PR from a 4 to a zero.

    I haven’t written a Pay Per Post since- my site is too valuable to risk another Google slap.

  10. That’s making some serious cash for just writing.

    1. You have to know how to do it though, but it is great info.

    2. Content writing is quite a good business model my friend …

      If you have writing skill than you can make good money …

      1. Hotdogman says:

        I am for hire!
        No content farms though.

  11. Kirk Taylor says:

    I thought John wrote this , that’s what it says on the top, then I got down to the comments and found out Daniel wrote the post.

    great read, but John might want to change credits to “Guest Post”

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Agreed. I think this blog has a “Guest Blogger” or some other author account set up.

      1. John your readers have sharp eyes …. Lollllzzz

        John I think you should also start adding photos of guest blogger …

        Guys what do you think ?

        1. Hey Michael,

          I think that you know it very well since you also write for this blog.

          ZK, the photo is a good idea but it may not be easy to implement it. I’m not sure how easy it would be For John.

  12. I have never heard of linkbaiting before. I will Google it to find out more.

    $1000 for an article is awesome.

    1. Its quite more than awesome.

      People are ready to write articles for you for whole month in $300

      1. I just realized that Daniel from Daily Blog Tips wrote this article and $ 300 for a whole month, not bad.

  13. Written by John Chow and at bottom Daniel ? Did not get this point

  14. Mahesh says:

    If you write a good article that interests people, you’ll automatically get links from other sites. This is known as Linkbaiting. Your content must excite people so that they’d share your links with others via Social Bookmarking or through their blogs.

    1. Easier said than done though 🙂 .

  15. Daniel you right all articles yourself or you have your own team to support you.

    1. These days I am not doing freelance writing anymore, as I make more money writing for my own websites/products. But yeah a possible route you can go is to make it a business, hire writes and expand your bottom line gradually.

  16. Thomas says:

    Good post. Another way to make money blogging. Thx!

  17. I hope the rise of freelancing sites will not affect the pricing of linkbait articles. I’ve seen some freelance sites offering $2 for an article and that is very low.

    1. I don’t think it will, as producing a successful linkbait requires a lot of practice and understanding of your niche.

  18. Abhik says:

    Awesome post!!
    I really liked the idea of linkbait. But, its going to take hours to write that article and I don’t have that patient.

  19. Mathew Day says:

    This was a really insightful post, Daniel. Great idea on creating link baits for other sites. I wouldn’t be able to pull it off with my writing skills so I just might have to checkout your freelance writing program. 😉

  20. Wouldn’t you benefit more if you wrote a linkbait article for yourself?
    It’s very frustrating work and unless you start getting high offers early, one may give up.

    1. You can do both. The linkbaits I would sell for other people were on niches where I didn’t have a website in. For instance, I never had a website about cars, hence why I sold linkbaits about cars to other people.

      1. Mathew Day says:

        At a $1000 a pop paid instantly, I think it still would be worth creating them for others.

  21. ary says:

    Looks promising, the problem start when you want to promo yourself as freelance writer.I did, an overwhelming tight competition.How long did you manage to get your reputation as freelance writer? 1 – 2 years? If that long enough , and time is our enemy.I would do get 9-5 job, and blogging at night till dawn.But either way, it’s up to any one choices.

  22. PPC Ian says:

    If I could earn $1,000/article, I would drop everything and write articles all day. 🙂

    1. Keep in mind some of these articles would take 10 hours to get done.

  23. edward says:

    Thank you for this tip. I will study linkbait.

  24. Arun says:

    Wow John Chow, you are a inspiration for many newbies and continue to be so. I usually write linkbaits, but one can also earn by freelancing the linkbaits is good idea. I will follow it from now on.

  25. Work online says:

    That is great article for all users and another way to make money blogging.

  26. Helen Neely says:

    Back in the days, you could flog a couple of article for a cool amount. But things have changed now, articles are going for well below $5 for 250 words. In my opinion they are not work it.

    Great article BTW

  27. Best way to make some money through article

  28. Back then writing was a chore for me but once you get the hang of it, its quite easy. I have been single-handedly writing all my articles since I’d rather save the money for other stuff

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