Letter to Upwork Writer

A Letter To the Struggling Upwork Writer

Dear freelancer,

Why, oh why did you send me another copy-pasted proposal without reading what my job is about?

I don’t care that you’re a great ghostwriter and can write “my book” for me when my job asks for a simple 800 word blog post.

I don’t care that you have an MBA, PhD, or a Nobel prize if you can’t read my description and insert a simple two word phrase in your proposal. (Although if you did have a Nobel prize, I’m sure your attention to detail would be higher than that and you probably wouldn’t be writing articles on Upwork. 🙂 )

I don’t even care about the fact that your price is lower than all of the other bids. I’m willing to pay more than what I set my 1000 words rate at, but only if you actually provide value instead of making the same mistakes everyone else is.

Here’s what I care about.

I care about the fact that you read my description, figured out what I actually want, and included my two word phrase in your cover letter.

I care that you didn’t just copy paste a general “dear sir/maam” introduction and actually used my name.

I care that you provided examples of how your past work is relevant to the job I’m offering, and how you can help me reach my goals instead of repeating how good you are.

I’m selfish.

Once you start working for me I will feel guilty if I have to let you go, but if I don’t know you, I only care about the value you can bring me.

I can feel you shaking your head, but how are we different?

You care about the money I can offer and I care about the writing you can offer me.

What if we changed that?

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Low Competition Amazon Niches in 2017 – Is It Too Crowded For a Beginner?

With all of the people that are getting into Amazon affiliate, are there really low competition niches where you can make money without doing hardcore SEO or owning your own private blog network?

Yes, there most definitely are.

Of course, it’s getting harder and harder to find them, and you won’t be able to make millions from untapped niches, but you can build a steady income that you can reinvest into creating larger authority sites.

My Story

Here’s my proof:

I created a site in the beginning of February and published 4 articles on it.

1 was a big pillar article. 1 was a vs post, and the rest were simple supporting articles to increase relevancy in Google.

I was planning on adding more content to it later, but I haven’t gotten around to it.

The site currently has no links (in Google Webmaster tools or Ahrefs), and here are the rankings for 2 keywords I’m targeting:

 

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I’m very close to cracking the top 10, for a keyword with more than 1,000 monthly searches, with no backlinks whatsoever and only a 4 page site.

Both of my keywords started around the 40th position in Google right after publishing (which is amazing in itself), but now the rankings were nearly halved with no effort on my part. (Other than having a solid pillar post that is more detailed than any other posts I’ve seen on this topic.) 

Here’s what my first keyword looked like:Keyword 1

As you can see, there’s been a couple rankings bumps, and the most recent one bumped me straight to page 2!

Interestingly enough, this pattern resembles something that most people call the Google Sandbox.

That’s basically the idea that Google doesn’t rank new sites until a couple weeks/months, and from what I’ve seen myself and read online this seems to happen on a case-by-case basis.

Either way, these rankings are amazing for a new site!

The second keyword had an interesting spike back in April, and now the rankings seem to be stabilized right in the middle of the 2nd page.Keyword2

What’s next?

After seeing this site’s potential, I’m going to start growing it out this summer and post more updates on my site in regards to how the other keywords are doing and how much I’m making from the site.

Let me know if there’s anything else you would be interested in seeing! 🙂

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April 2017 Income Report and Plans

April-OnlineMoneyz-Income-ReportThis is my 26th income report for this blog.

Every month I publish a post like this showing:

  • how much money I made
  • what I worked on
  • and what my plans are for the future.

These reports will help me keep myself accountable, and hopefully I can help you figure out how you can make money online.

What I Did in April

After a busy March on the online front, April was pretty relaxed.

This relaxation was because of my college exams so in reality I wasn’t relaxed at all.

However even with all the studying I still managed to accomplish some online stuff!

Online I:

  • Started the process of selling my highest income Amazon affiliate site.
  • Published my second income report roundup!
  • Added 16k words to WHQ with the hopes of getting past my Fred troubles.
  • Tried out Doug’s KGR technique. Some of the content is already ranking although it’s not in the top 30 yet.

Offline I:

  • Studied hard, took 3 final exams, and moved back to Louisiana for the summer.

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March 2017 Income Report Roundup

March-Income-Report-RoundupCan you really make money online even if you’re not in the “make money online by making money online” niche? (Sheesh, what a mouthful!)

I love income reports so I decided to read through the reports of bloggers from various niches and condense them all in this post for your reading pleasure.

My goal with this post is to show you that it’s really possible to make money online through blogging and hopefully inspire you to start your own blog.

This list shows the evolution of blogs from less than $100 per month to more than $100,000 per month.

Let’s get right into it!

#1. MakingSenseOfCents.com – $118,879 (-27, 619.77)

MakingSenseofCents-MichelleMichelle saw an income drop in March, but after her best month ever that was to be expected.

She took part in a webinar which helped her grow her email list, spent more time on Facebook with the goals of increasing her number of followers, and decided that she will keep her income reports because they’re so loved by all of her visitors.

She also started a community group for her website, started a new interview series on her blog (the first one is fascinating!), and created a free Master Your Money email course.

Next month she plans on getting at least 3 months ahead on posts for her blog, doing more live interviews, and creating another product to sell.

#2. AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com – $60,065.61 (+7,910.61)

AuthorityWebsiteIncome-JonHaverMarch was full of new things for John with a new baby, a new income record, 2 new hires, and a big new project.

Phew, typing that was tiring, I can’t imagine working on all of that at the same time!

ContentRefined has been growing 10% week over week, the BrandBuilders site sold out within hours, and his FBA businesses started seeing some success.

Next month he plans on getting better at managing his team, creating more valuable content for his site, and focusing on his largest opportunities and ignoring the smaller ones.

#3. SoOverThis.com – $53,910 (+29,592)

Justin more than doubled his income since last month, which is crazy considering that he also has a real job!

This was his best month ever revenue wise, and he expects April to break yet another record.

He purchased 2 new sites this month with strong social media accounts and decent traffic. Even though he’s behind his goal from last year, he’s not sure if he wants to get to 100 sites because of the necessary time commitment. Read more

March 2017 Income Report and Plans

March-Income-ReportThis is my 25th income report for this blog.

Every month I publish a post like this showing:

  • how much money I made
  • what I worked on
  • and what my plans are for the future.

These reports will help me keep myself accountable, and hopefully I can help you figure out how you can make money online.

What I Did in March

The problems from February spilled over into March as I tried to put out fires everywhere and figure out how not to lose all of my income.

I spent more money than usual in an attempt to rank some of my other websites which doesn’t reflect in my income report just yet. (Hopefully it will be noticeable soon.)

Online I:

  • Added 15,000 words of content to WHQ with the hopes of getting my rankings back after Fred.
  • Published my first ever income report roundup! I loved reading through everyone’s progress in the past month and I think this is something I will do every month no matter how popular it is.
  • Researched and discovered potential very low competition keywords to add to WHQ and help it rank.

Offline I:

  • Enjoyed a couple warm weather days, but worked for the rest of the time.

Goals:

I didn’t have a goals section last month, but I did accomplish most of what I planned on doing.

I kept my great writer, published less posts than I would’ve liked on WHQ (15k instead of 25k), and did some basic SEO on WHQ.

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February 2017 Income Report Roundup

Income-Roundup-February-2017When I was just starting out, my favorite posts were income reports.

I couldn’t believe (and I really wanted to believe) that people like me were making thousands of dollars per month online.

I devoured post after post, and the more I read the more inspired I got.

However, it’s hard to find the time to read all of the income reports that get published and figure out who is telling the truth and who is lying which is why I prefer income report roundups.

Matthew Woodward’s income report roundups were my favorite ones of them all, but sadly he hasn’t published one in nearly 3 months.

While I can’t change the fact that he’s not publishing them anymore, I can do something else: publish them myself!

I’ve picked a couple bloggers with diverse backgrounds to add into this report, but if you you publish income reports yourself and you’d like to be added, please let me know in the comments below!

Let’s get into it!

#1. MakingSenseOfCents.com – $146,498.77

MakingSenseofCents-MichelleFebruary was the highest income month ever for Michelle’s blogging business as she promoted her friend’s course and was featured in Forbes which brought in over 50,000 visitors to her site.

Most of her income came from the BlueHost affiliate program and her Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.

For the upcoming months she’s planning on decreasing her number of posts per week, increasing her Facebook and Pinterest ad spending, and possibly changing or adding new content to her income reports.

She also plans on earning $1,000,000, doing more live interviews, and having a better work-life balance in 2017.

#2. AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com – $52,155

AuthorityWebsiteIncome-JonHaverFebruary was good to Jon.

Even though he had a big drop in earnings for his passive income portfolio, his overall income is as good as it’s ever been.

He increased his stake in BrandBuilders, tried out a new website/PBN growth strategy, and had success with his service-based businesses.

In the next months he plans on buying more Amazon FBA businesses, growing new sites, and continue focusing on the systems of building a profitable business.

#3. SoOverThis.com – $24,318

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