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Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career: An Almost Fail-Proof, Get-Started Offer

The following is a guest post by Laura Pennington.

Publisher Note: Laura and I have partnered to offer you our respective online writing courses as a “Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career” package. Here she details how she started a six-figure freelance writing career — in less than 18 months — and why we decided to join forces.

Affiliate Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Here’s the site’s affiliate disclosure policy for full details.

Are You a Previous Student?

If you’ve already taken either the SEO copywriter training or Upwork course, see the FAQ section at the end of this post for information on how to get access to the other course free and/or at a discount.

How I Built a Six-Figure Freelance Writing Business

Most of you know that I started my journey into the world of freelancing in 2012 with a Google search for “How to become a freelance writer.” As a result of that search, I found two goldmines: Elance (now Upwork) and this site, Inkwell Editorial, the website of Yuwanda Black.

A $20,000 Month!

FYI, did you read about my $20,000 month? Yep, I earned $20,000 in one month writing web content  — a milestone I never would have dreamed possible just a few years ago. But I digress … back to my freelance journey.

Since then, I’ve bought almost every product Yuwanda has produced simply because the quality is so high and because she provides ebook courses that are laid out step by step.

In addition to giving you all the tools you need to make your own decision about your next steps, Yuwanda also adds in her personal experience and stories about how she has made it work as a freelance writer for more than twenty years. This was exciting for me.

As a former teacher, I appreciated her step-by-step, “take you by the hand” way of instructing. So when she approached me to offer my course in conjunction with hers, I was honored.

As I found out pretty much from the beginning of my freelance career (2012), many of today’s freelance writing jobs require some knowledge of SEO. Yuwanda’s course covers that. There was nothing I could add there.

A Quick Route to Earning a Six-Figure Freelance Salary

Yuwanda thought my course on “Killing it on Upwork” would be a good fit because of my success on the platform. As she says in her course, “You learn (SEO), Then Earn (via Upwork).

I know a lot of freelance writers shy away from looking for online writing jobs in marketplaces like Upwork, but it helped me build a six-figure writing business quickly.

I was so successful that I was featured on the home page of the site for three years, and once landed a $50,000 editing contract (yeah, those kinds of gigs are possible!).

But you have to know how to go after them, which I cover in my course. For all of these reasons — and quite a few more — our partnership was a natural fit.

Following is my review of Yuwanda’s course. She offers one of mine in kind (link below). We wanted you to see through each other’s eyes as a student what you’d be learning.

SEO Copywriter Training: An In-Depth, Student Review

Yuwanda’s materials have been one of the keys to me being able to start and grow a six-figure freelance writing business. As I said above, I’ve bought almost everything she’s put out since I became aware of her site in 2012.

And, she’s been such a mentor to me over the years that I was ecstatic when we decided to bundle two of our best products for freelancers into one package.

I get a lot of questions from potential freelance writers about SEO, but they find it overwhelming or confusing. It really doesn’t have to be, and I’m living proof of that!

I’m going to break down what makes this SEO Copywriting Training course, and indeed all of Yuwanda’s materials, such a go-to resource.

Experience to Back it Up

You’ll hear people on the Internet trying to get you to read their click bait that “SEO is dead.” They’re wrong. SEO is alive and well as a marketing tool and it’s been paying the bills for me for five years. But Yuwanda’s been at the freelance writing SEO game for 20+ years. Simply put, she knows what she’s talking about.

She’s seen SEO change and evolve but knows what’s at the crux of what search engines are looking for. In the course, she gives an overview of how the search industry has evolved — going back to 2007 — so you can easily put everything in context. This makes it so much easier to how and why SEO content should be written.

I Built a 6-Figure Freelance Writing Biz

I’ve built a six-figure business using Yuwanda’s action steps paired with some stuff I learned on my own. And, it’s worked on wash, rinse, repeat since 2012 for me — and even longer for her!

Clearly Laid Out Action Steps & Info

  • My favorite part of Yuwanda’s materials and this SEO course is that you get step-by-step instructions.
  • You get to see what SEO samples look like.
  • You learn what keywords are and how to use them.
  • You get instructions about how to write your own articles.
  • Things to keep in mind when talking to clients.
  • How to decide your services and price them accordingly.
  • One of the things I really loved was the marketing plan feedback. She plugs any holes you may have left open, so you have an exact action plan for starting your SEO writing business.

Course Syllabus: What You Will Learn

FYI, you can see the entire course syllabus here. My favorite thing to do with this training is to print it out and mark it up. Maybe it’s the teacher in me, but I write key notes and any questions I have in the margins. I also highlight things I want to return to later so I can put it in practice myself.

Proof that Yuwanda’s SEO Copywriting Course Works!

Her SEO advice is what I used five years ago when I created my first three SEO writing samples. Those three samples landed me hundreds of jobs. I’m so passionate about this product because it changed everything for me! 

Nervous Newbie Finding My Way in the World of Freelance Writing

Let’s flash back to 2012 Laura.The one who visited Google to find advice (ironic, since the life of an SEO writer is all about how people use search engines!) Let me help you understand her:

  • She had been told she was good at writing but had never been paid even one penny to write anything.
  • She did not have a degree in communication, English, or journalism.
  • She did not even work on her high school or college newspaper.
  • She imagined a world in which she could help pay her grad school expenses making an extra $500 a month.
  • She was working 18 hours a day as an inner-city teacher (and she wasn’t even good at it!)

Things have come SO FAR since then and it was all because I found a great resource with a proven path. I left my soul-sucking day job. I picked up features in Boss Babe, Writer’s Weekly, Business Insider, and the The Huffington Post. I appeared on more than 30 podcasts sharing my story and advice. I built a full-time freelance writing business that allows me to travel 6-8 weeks a year working with clients I love.

I took Yuwanda’s advice way back then and applied it to my own business. Then I developed a system to help me consistently land freelance writing gigs on Upwork, one I’ve been using since then to land hundreds of thousands of dollars in business, including $25k retainers and $50k book projects.

A “Recipe” for Freelance Writing Success

What would you say if I told you that I could essentially hand you a recipe for making at least $100/day as a freelance SEO writer with all the steps you need to take to make it happen?

What if I told you’d be getting that hand-in-hand with the system I use to land business over and over on Upwork so you have access to freelance writing job leads whenever you want it?

Well, I am. I firmly believe in what this can do for you if you have always thought about becoming a writer.
Stop thinking about it; it’s time to start hustling. Oh, and one more thing … we added tons of bonuses.

Course Bonuses: There are TONS of Bonuses!

Bonus #1: How to Create Your First Online Course” Ecourse ($97 Value)
Bonus #2: How to Make $250 Per Day — Or More — Writing Simple Web Articles & Blog Posts ($49.95 Value)
Bonus #3: The Small Biz Owner’s Complete Marketing Kit! ($24.95 Value)
Bonus #4: 5 Killer Upwork Pitch Templates (pdf file)
Bonus #5: How to Quote with a Service Fee So You Don’t Undercharge (Video)

Upwork Course Review

Head on over to my site to read Yuwanda’s review of my course, and learn a bit more about how and why we decided to join forces.

Earn $160/Sale: Make Money Promoting This Ecourse Bundle (Info below)

Laura PenningtonAuthor Bio: Laura is a former inner city teacher and corporate employee who fled the grind in 2012 to work at home. She specializes in SEO content for law firms and insurance agencies, writing everything from ebooks to blogs to video scripts. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and blogs at SixFigureWritingSecrets.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What if I’ve already purchased the SEO writing our Upwork course? Do I have to pay for the whole thing all over again to take advantage of this offer?

No, you don’t. To be as fair as possible, we have agreed to “grandfather” in old students. What does this mean? Following is the policy.

Grandfathering in Old Students of the SEO Writing Ecourse (One Year or Less)

If you took the SEO copywriter training course a year ago or less from today’s date (4/26/2017) and paid full price for it ($397 or more), then you can get access to the Upwork course for free. The reason for this is, the SEO writing course is $397 (current price), so you’ve in essence paid for both courses according to how we have it priced now ($399*).

If you took the SEO writing course for anything less than full price (eg, sometimes there’s a discount offer where it’s $297), then you can get access to the Upwork course for 50% off ($74.50). This means you’ll still pay less than the current bundled priced of $399.

*Note: This is an introductory rate; price will increase in June.

How to Take Advantage of This Offer as a Previous Student

Just send Yuwanda your PayPal receipt from when you signed up for the SEO writing course, and she’ll send you what you need to gain access to Laura’s course (at half price, or for free).

Grandfathering in Old Students of the Laura’s Upwork Course (One Year or Less)

If you took my Upwork course a year ago or less from today’s date (4/26/2017) and paid full price for it ($149), then you can get access to Yuwanda’s SEO writing e-course for 50% off the current price. There is no free offer on the SEO writing course for previous Upwork students simply because the SEO writing course is more expensive.

How to Take Advantage of This Offer as a Previous Student

Just send me your PayPal receipt from when you signed up for the Upwork course, and you’ll be sent what you need to gain access to Yuwanda’s course at half price. Note: You’re still paying less than the current bundled price.

2. How will I know when a course has been updated?

All you have to do is log into the class. The changes will automatically be there. FYI, unless it’s:

  • A major update that affects how content should be written; or
  • A change in an Upwork policy that you need to know about immediately; or
  • A new section is added to either course that needs to be highlighted …

You won’t be receiving update notices because again, they’ll automatically be there when you log in. The point is, you can always trust that the courses are always up to date. That’s why we chose a platform like Teachable to present the material.

P.S.: Promote & Earn as an Affiliate (Almost $160 Per Sale)

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