Writing Keyword Articles
The success of online advertising has created demand for short,
keyword-rich, content-light articles. These articles are used to
create websites whose main purpose is to rank high in the search
engines, draw in lots of people, and get them to click on ads. Cheesy?
Yes. But cheese brings in opportunity. Someone has to write "keyword
articles" for webmasters, and because speed, not skill, is
of the essence, the field is wide open for beginning writers.
How much does it pay?
$2 to $3 for an article of 200 to 500 words. Most publishers will
want you to do a batch of ten or so articles at once, so the dollars
add up quickly.
What topics are keyword articles about?
High-revenue topics like loans, credit cards, car repair, and medical
issues. You might also be able to find mid-level topics like child
care and home repair. Keyword articles are almost never about fun
topics like celebrities, style, and current events; there's no money
in them. If you want to become a keyword article writer, prepare
to be bored.
Where do I find calls for keyword article writers?
Look on free writer's boards. Many publishers won't come out and
say they want keyword articles, since most writers don't know what
they are. Look for ads that offer a low rate for batches of short
articles and emphasize quick turnaround. A few online writers' agencies
also specialize in writing keyword articles and will hire freelancers
(this is you) to join their stable of writers.
Web Writing Job Sites
SEO Writing Job Sites - Job listings for two levels of online and SEO writing. The web writing page is for a slightly higher level of writing, but if you're a reasonably competent writer, you have an excellent chance of moving up from SEO work to web writing.
of a Keyword Writer
- A busy site with several sections of classifieds. The low-/non-paying
section has frequent calls for keyword article writers.
- The Craigslist "writing/editing jobs" and "writing
gigs" sections occasionally get requests for keyword
article writers. Check as many cities as you have time for.
has frequent calls for keyword article writers under Writing
& Translation > Web Content, but I hesitate to
send you there. Elance is an auction site (so it takes longer
to be hired), and bidding on projects can cost money. It's
a venue best left to established writers.