If you have ever considered whoring out words to make a living online, listen up!
In the blogs second interview we meet Tom Ewer, an elite freelance writer.
Tom has featured regularly in the income report roundups and earns around $6k a month with his writing.
In fact he is one of the most consistent earners in the roundups!
1) Who are you? How did you get into internet/marketing blogging?
I’m Tom, a 27-year-old guy from a town called Rugby in the UK. I got into internet marketing and blogging when I decided that I wanted to quit my job.
I knew that I would need to build up a side income, and with little capital and spare time on my hands I felt that making money online was the best option.
2) What niche(s) do you work in & why?
Primarily (in terms of the amount of money I make) I am a freelance blogger – clients pay me to write blog posts for them. I do it because it pays well; probably a lot more than you think!
In May 2013 I earned an equivalent hourly rate of just over $150 from my freelance blogging work.
I’ve built this business up over about eighteen months with no prior experience and I would recommend that everyone interested in making money online considers freelancing very carefully.
Since I’ve done pretty well out of it and there didn’t seem to be a decent comparable book on the market, I figured I’d create one!
3) Which moment in your internet marketing career are you most proud of?
That’s a toughie – I don’t tend to think in terms of pride that often.
To be honest I don’t think there’s a specific moment I feel proud of, but when I reflect upon my progress over the last couple of years I am really proud that I have managed to build an online business out of literally nothing and with very little capital.
I really didn’t think it would be possible when I started but thankfully I proved myself wrong, and it means the world to me.
4) What are the biggest problems you’ve faced & how did you overcome them?
The usual I suppose: doubt, fear and a lack of motivation.
Doubt is probably the easiest to overcome – just act in complete ignorance of it. Pretend it doesn’t exist.
As for fear, I like to work it out of the equation by making big decisions as objective as possible.
So for instance, when I was making the decision to quit my job I figured out how many hours I would need to work at what rate to pay my bills.
I’d then calculate the likelihood of being able to do that and factor in worst case scenario eventualities that would prevent me from actually going broke. That made the whole process a lot less scary.
As for a lack of motivation; that is something I still struggle with (and probably always will do). Motivation ebbs and flows for me, I just make the most of it when I have it and fight to regain it when I lose it.
5) What are your top 3 tips for a new internet marketer just starting out
- Read lots.
- Take action, indiscriminately if you don’t know what to do.
- S**** up, learn, try something else.
6) How do you decide which topics to write about?
With regards to my blog, it’s usually based upon either what I am doing at the time or what I have done in the past that I think would be helpful for other people to read about. So that’s pretty simple.
In terms of client work I write about freelancing, entrepreneurship, internet marketing and WordPress. Again, I tend to draw from what I’m doing or have done with my business for inspiration.
7) How did you drive traffic to your site when you first started?
Like most people, I tried any number of different things: guest posting, blog commenting, social media, etc.
The common denominator was that it was less about *what* you did and more about how well you did it.
You can guest post all day long and get little traffic if you’re not doing it well and the same goes for just about every other traffic building measure.
8) What services/tools do you use to manage/promote your site?
There are others – I have the whole list over on my resources page.
9) Where can you be found online?
My blog, of course!
Feel free to get in touch via email too, I always reply.