Freelance Writers: Quite Possibly the Only 2 SEO Tips You’ll Ever Need to Know

A couple of days ago, I received the following query from an intern at an internet marketing firm. She/he (name was unisex) wrote, in part:

Hi Yuwanda,

I am interning with dozen high school graduates interested in computer science at a 6 week program and am wondering if you could help us a bit. We chose to focus our attention on SEO. What we would like, if you would be kind enough to consider is:

1. Know about our project, which is called SEO Quotient. The essence of this tool is that it tells website owners what they need to do to improve their SEO and then it refers them to a list of SEO pros who can help them with their site.

2. Think about creating your SEO profile on SEOQ so you can be part of the recommended vendor list when the tool tells website owners what they need to do to improve their results.

3. Test the tool at SEOQ and give us feedback on how to improve its recommendations.

4. Offer a guest blog post on our site, with a link back to your website, and perhaps the one tip you might give to website owners.

Thanks Yuwanda.

SEO Advice for Freelance WritersFYI, even though I couched my response in general terms, the advice, of course, can be solidly applied by freelance writers to their online marketing endeavors. I responded …


Thanks for reaching out. Extremely busy, so not able to participate, but I can pass along a couple of tips.

Then I shared these SEO tips.

How to Stop Worrying About Google & Its Search Algorithm

If you really want to be able to not care so much about what Google is doing, Tip #2 is where you should invest the bulk of your time in my opinion. It’s a longer haul to getting traffic; but you’ll learn a ton along the way, you’ll build your “web marketing mettle” because it forces you to take a ground roots approach; and the traffic will be much more loyal, which means you’ll have a better chance of monetizing it.

If you can afford to invest in other things that floods your site with leads and traffic quicker, eg, pay-per-click, that’s awesome. But investing your time in Tip #2 will ensure that you’re serious enough about your business to stick with it because you’ll be doing things like:

Creating content that your target market wants to read;

Figuring out exactly who your target market is; and

Digging into the analytics of your website to see where the bulk of your traffic is coming from.

Trust me, if you’re doing all of this, you’re serious about your freelance writing business — which means you’ll stick with it and do what it takes to make it work.

SEO Tip(s) for Freelance Writers

What do you think it’s most important for freelance writers to learn about SEO? Or, what do you want to know about SEO (if you don’t have a tip to share). Drop me a line in the comments section below, and …

Happy Thursday! 🙂

P.S.: I’m Ready to Start a Lucrative Career as a Web Writer.


How to Start a Freelance SEO Writing CareerUnsolicited Testimonial

Hi Yuwanda!

Just wanted to say thank you for your e-books! I bought your SEO e-book on May 10th and just received payment for my first order of SEO blog articles! It’s a recurring job for an SEO company that is working with an allergist. All I have to do is take some stock articles and rewrite 8 articles per month at $25 each. I got this job by [following the marketing plan] in your e-book. … Now I am confident that I can charge more for my work!

This is just in time because I was worrying about having to break down and find a full time job. I want to stay home and work because my fiance has kidney failure. He needs a transplant and we fully expect that he will receive one and live a long life. However, if he does not, then he has a good 15 years of life.

While 15 years can be a long time and any number of things can happen in that span of time, I don’t want to spend it stressed out about a job and commuting to a place I hate. Thanks for giving me the tools to create a flexible online career!

P.P.S.: Have something to stay to the freelance community?

Have some freelance advice, tips and/or a success/failure story to share? Submit a guest post. Read the guidelines and if I like it, I usually publish it within a few days.

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    1. SEO can be important to freelance writers, if they are blogging or using a website in some way.

      It can be as important to know what NOT to do in SEO (such as low-quality back-links that would have worked 10 years ago but don’t work now).

      The most important factor in SEO is the quality of content, and doing that really well will get you traffic even if you do nothing else.

      But using a few simple WordPress Plugins (and a Responsive theme) can make a significant difference, for a few minutes work. So yes, in my experience, that’s worth doing.