Because you don’t know where to start.
This is the first in a series of posts that is intended to show you how to get started in freelance SEO copywriting. Not sure how many there will be yet, when I reach the last one I’ll let you know.
A big part of writing is having the guts and determination to do it. Unless you have awesome connections you’ll have to start with some boring, formulaic jobs. Jobs that some writers turn up their noses at. There will be suggestions on where to find them in a later post.
But first, I’m going to tell you what every person who wants to write web content needs. It’s not talent.
Surprised? Yes, talent is needed to write the next great novel, but it’s not needed to write optimized content for websites that will perform. What’s needed is the ability to learn and apply that knowledge. Use each job to learn something then apply it to the next one. Over and over.
Granted, every writer needs to be able to write clearly, have an understanding of the rules of grammar and spelling and a good grasp of the language. I’m leaving it up to you to decide if you have these skills. And if you don’t, again it’s up to you to acquire them.
Now that’s out of the way, what is the first step towards getting a paid job writing web content? Getting your writing on the web. I’ll discuss why it’s so important in the next post.