Meet An Elite Freelance Writer – Tom Ewer


If you have ever considered whoring out words to make a living online, listen up!

Tom EwerIn 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!

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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.

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.

Freelance Writing Career

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.

Beyond that, I make money via affiliate marketing and sales of my own information product, which is a guide to making money from freelance blogging.

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.

Overcoming Fear

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

  1. Read lots.
  2. Take action, indiscriminately if you don’t know what to do.
  3. 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?

I love TweetAdder for building my Twitter profile (it’s currently ~14,000 strong). AWeber for my email list.

Start a Blog That Matters was extremely influential. Market Samurai is great too.

There are others – I have the whole list over on my resources page.

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9) Where can you be found online?

My blog, of course!

Leaving Work Behind

But beyond there, you can catch me on Twitter and Facebook.

Feel free to get in touch via email too, I always reply.

31 Responses

  1. GodOfSEO

    Rugby aye? I used to live in Kenilworth and would go to Nuneaton quite a lot :P Moved back to Solihull now though ^.^

    Nice little backstory you have :) $150/hour is impressive for a writer! I know Joel K earns around the same for his content creation but then again half his time is spent trolling people on Twitter and Inbound so doubtful he has all that much time available haha!

    Follow’d you on Twitter, congrtaz on the 17k* (Not 14, now anyways) that’s pretty epic!

    • September 5th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Hahaha its strange because I used to live in Lichfield and Burton On Trent – all so close to each other ^^

      • Charles Floate
        September 5th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        The best marketers come from the Midlands, aye ;)

        • September 7th, 2013 at 6:48 pm


          • Abdi Mohammed
            September 9th, 2013 at 8:44 am

            But you guys probably have the worst football teams :)

            Jokes aside…great and inspiring post

          • September 11th, 2013 at 11:09 am

            Football sucks, unless you enjoy watching overpaid a*** holes roll around on the floor like little b******!

        • StinkyBishop
          September 29th, 2013 at 3:29 am

          @ Charles and Matt- I was born and raised in Nottingham! Rock on the Midlands! haha

          • September 30th, 2013 at 11:32 am

            Or shottingham as its known :P

  2. 9.5.2013

    Wonderful interview Matt. I am following Tom for a while now, he’s offering useful information. $150 / h that’s an outstanding rate, but congrats to him!
    Quitting your job and start working online to make money isn’t easy I believe.

    All the best,

    • September 5th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      It’s as easy as deciding your going to do it :)

  3. 9.5.2013

    Very good interview. Kinda inspiring I would say :) Getting paid $150/ hour for freelance writing is huge makes me want to consider this as well…
    With the cost of living in Lithuania my work month would end after less than 10 hours lol :D

    • September 5th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Haha obviously it takes time to build to that but at least you know what is possible!

  4. Iain

    I’ve followed Tom for a while now.

    I love how his story is progressing. He is doing some pretty cool things.

    I’m really curious as to what he is going to do with Clear Blogging Solutions.

  5. 9.8.2013

    Intriguing. I hired UK writers for my own website and I paid them only $1 per 100 words. They were actually very good and didn’t seem to mind this rate. There are so many freelancers competing for work out there, his results aren’t typical.

    • September 11th, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Well you get what you pay for – I wouldn’t write for less than my consultation rate which is more than what Tom is charging.

      But different people have different needs. If you wanted a highly detailed internet marketing article jam packed with actionable advice, it ain’t going to cost $1 per words!

      • September 11th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        I provided them research materials and they did a great job. I have a very visible website in women’s niche, not some affiliate website.

        My point is his results aren’t typical and I always get suspicious when someone claims results like this and then offers you an info product.

        • September 11th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

          To be honest I would say $150/hr is a good average rate for a high quality writer.

          While they aren’t typical results, people need to aim higher and not limit themselves with price wars.

        • September 12th, 2013 at 2:29 am

          $1 per 100 words is probably below minimum wage and definitely below a living wage in the UK.

          His bylines can be seen all over the web so its very doubtful he is making up his earnings. Whether his hourly rate is 100% accurate is for you to decide.

          He had a blog, started to earn money outside of his blog then made a guide on writing online.

          The blog wasn’t started to promote his book so its not the typical make money online approach.

    • September 11th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      They probably didn’t realise how much they could get paid.

      Competing for work on sites like ODesk and elance is a race to the bottom.

      The best way to get clients is to either do what Tom did and start and blog and let them come to you.

      Or approach them directly via their blog or website.

      That way you aren’t competing with people willing to pay $1 per 100 words.

      • September 11th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        Very true, many people try to get work by lowering prices and one of the things I advise clients in many niches to do is increase prices.

        Higher prices communicates higher quality, for example I’m badgering the BuzzBundle team to push the price to $297 which is what it is truly worth, they are devaluing the product righr now.

  6. 9.9.2013

    I’ve been following Tom from since perhaps the start of his blog.

    He got me onto the idea of freelance writing and now I make nearly all of my online income from writing for others. His info product is great for anyone thinking of giving it a go.

    Unfortunately I am no where near $150 an hour yet but its nice to know it is possible.


    • September 11th, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Thats great to hear and I’m sure Tom will be stoked to know he inspired you!

      Keep on hustlin!

  7. 9.11.2013

    Always great hearing from Tom.

    What’s so cool about his story is that he started blogging from Day 1 – before making a cent in income. In fact, for the first few months of his blogging career, he spent far more than he made!

    He was able to turn things around and makes $5 k per month from writing alone within two years of starting with NO experience – definitely an inspiring story for those writers who are starting out and think that the “going rate” is 1 cent per word

    • September 11th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Exactly the same as Yeison & Sam at – they do it because they love it.

      A full case study on that in the near future ;)

      They knew nothing about blogging 4 months ago but take a look around and you can see what they are building.

  8. James Hare

    Matthew that first picture nearly sent me into a chuckle coma! Ha ha! Another great interview!

  9. 2.11.2014

    I like blogging, too. However, I am still questioning why I cannot attract many audience after using many tips to improve my blog. Sometimes I was disappointed and wanted to close my blog.

  10. 6.15.2014

    This job of writing I hate it he might lose his fingers after some time but he is good paid I accept that but this job he have to do lot of work man.

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