Ken Crawford was kind enough to write this guest post for us here at NJFM. I want to thank Ken for becoming such an active and valued member of the NJFM community.
As freelance web content writers, we are always looking for ways to add to our revenue streams. After all, it all falls on us to keep our freelance writing business moving forward. Often we look at revenue sharing sites, up-front pay sites, private clients and selling articles through various avenues. One avenue of creating an income stream that is not considered very much is Internet marketing.
Now I know when someone even mentions Internet marketing or affiliate marketing, they automatically think of scam artists. Unfortunately, the sad truth is there are a lot of scam artists out there. But what I am talking about has nothing to do with “get rich quick schemes” or anything like that. I am talking about Internet marketing that is promoting products and services from well known brands. Products that you would purchase yourself, or would recommend to friends and family.
What Freelance Writers Do
Think about this for a minute. As a freelance web content writer, you create quality and informational articles to get people to click on ads. Private clients hire freelancers like you and me to create content for their sites promoting products or promoting the benefits of the products. Since you are doing the work, why not cut out the middle man and build sites promoting products directly?
It is not difficult to add this into your freelance writing business model. Think of it as adding another private client…you. There are some excellent affiliate marketing superstores that offer a wide variety of products and services. Well known name brands over affiliate opportunities through Commission Junction and Share-A-Sale. There is also Amazon, which in my honest opinion is one of the better sites. Personally I would stay away from places like Clickbank and RAPbank which offer only digital products. As I matter of fact, there are only 2 that I promote and that is because I have purchased both myself.
Internet Marketing: A Viable Income Stream
Don’t disregard Internet marketing as another income stream in your freelance writing business. Think about this for a moment. We judge how well our articles do by the amount of revenue they generate. Imagine just having one sale a month from each article that generated on the low end, $5 in revenue. Compound that by the articles you write every day strictly for Adsense clicks or page views. That is a nice chunk of change.
It is work, and sometimes there is more in depth research. However as a freelance writer this is what you do anyway. Start out small on someplace like Hub Pages or Squidoo promoting an Amazon product. Write about the benefits or how it solves a problem. Add a couple of links to a product or a range of products. Once you get that first sale, you are going to want another.