Before I talk about how you can earn 10x more as a niche writer, let me explain first what a “niche” is exactly…
Essentially, a niche is an area you specialize in – think of something you know quite a bit about (or would even like to know more about!). In my case, I’m a car enthusiast. I love cars – especially exotic sports cars – and I know a heck of a lot about them!
But, could I make money writing about exotic sports cars? You betcha I could!
Do you think there are many car enthusiasts who own websites who are keen on writing their own articles or web content?
Not many, and I know this from experience.
Because I write for a lot of them…and I make very good money doing it. You see, being a niche writer not only demands higher payment from the client, but it also makes your job as a writer easier because you’re already primed to write about a variety of topics within your niche. You already know quite a bit, and you have a genuine interest in it.
This means; less research for you and less time it takes to flesh out an article. This also means more money!
Okay, so how do you know which websites exist in your niche?
Easy. Ask Google.
Go to Google and search for whatever it is that interests you. The results? Thousands of websites in the search results that are patiently waiting for fresh, engaging content – from YOU!
Find a few websites on the first 5 pages of Google that not only align with your niche, but also have a blog. Have a look to see how many articles they have published on their blog and their published dates. If you find that they have very few published posts and they haven’t posted in a while, they definitely need a writer!
Okay, before you start contacting these online businesses and asking if you could write for them (more on this in a few paragraphs) let’s talk about how you can PROVE that you’re an established writer within your niche (your specific area of interest).
Essentially, you’re going to establish yourself as an instant authority in your niche. Here’s how…
You’re going to create a blog – this can be a FREE blog from WordPress.com, Blogspot.com, Weebly.com or Wix.com. All are very easy to work with and you could have your blog set up within 30 minutes.
Next step – start writing posts that are related to your niche and publish them to your blog. Don’t rush – take your time and write 500-1000 word blog posts. If you need to research for some extra information, go ahead and do that as well – nothing wrong with that! All writers do it (just don’t plagiarize!).
Once you have your 7-10 blog posts up (with pictures included – go to Pixabay.com to get some free ones), create an author bio or about me page on your blog as well. Include a picture of yourself and talk about you as a writer and your interest/experiences that you have within your niche.
Yes, writing good quality blog posts will take a few hours of your time – but don’t sweat it. Consider this an investment in yourself and your new passion for earning money as a Freelance Writer. It’ll pay off in no time, you’ll see!
Next step – now we’re going to go back to our search results and check out each of the websites that have showed up in Google. Check every one of them to see if they have a Blog section. If they do, find their contact information (Contact Us Page) and get in touch with them. No, not all will reply – but I betcha 2 out of every 10 will!
Here’s the approach you should take when contacting these companies – with an example below;
I’ve been a regular visitor to your website for some time now and I’ve been an avid reader. I’ve learned a great deal from it and it always has me coming back for more!
I also have a passion for (the niche) and I blog about it as well in my spare time. If you get the chance, you can check out my blog here (http://yourblogname.com). By the way – if you’re accepting new writers to your team, I’d really love to share my ideas and brainstorm with you on some new topics to attract new readers! I’d be able to write at least 2 or 3 new blog posts for you per day.
Feel free to get in touch with me through email if you’d like to talk more about it! Hope to talk to you soon.
Between your well thought out query email and the content on your blog, you now have increased your chances of not only landing more niche writing gigs, but an increase in the amount of money you’ll earn for each blog post. Most niche writers can expect to earn about 5 to 10 cents per word ($25 per 500 word article or more) on a regular basis. Build up your client base, and pump out five to eight of these blog posts per day.
Important: Don’t worry if you get turned down – you can expect to get at least 1 offer for every 10 emails you send. If you send 30 offers, and you land 10 long term writing gigs (writing 4 articles per month for each website @ $25/per article) that’s an extra $1000/month for writing just 1-2 articles per day.
Within a few short weeks, you could easily be earning $250 or more per day writing simple blog posts that are easy and quick to write.
What are your thoughts about niche writing? Do you have any questions or experiences of your own? Share them in the comments below!