How to Make $3,000 in Two Months with SEO Writing

I’ve been hearing from a number of you that you’d like to see more case studies from actual Location Rebel members, and guess what?! I listened.

Today’s post is from Location Rebel member Kevin Cole.  Kevin joined in October of last year and in his first two months he made $3,000 from his new business.

This may not seem like a ton of money, but when you look at the fact that this was starting from absolutely nothing, it’s a huge accomplishment which paved the way for him to live a lifestyle that most people would kill for.

It’s stories like Kevin’s that keep me doing what I’m doing. It’s awesome to see people having success with the program, and SEO writing is just one of the many skills we teach in the course.

So with that said, take it away Kevin!

When I first joined Location Rebel back in October 2012 I was excited to become a real lifestyle entrepreneur – up until that point I’d been all talk.

I would tell my friends and family all about the people I admired. How they traveled the world, worked for themselves and lived amazing lives. But when the conversation would end my life was still the same. It was time for a change.

After perusing the Location Rebel Blueprints for a while I drew a line in the sand and made a commitment.

SEO writing was my chosen path and I was going to make it work no matter what.

What Is SEO Writing?

SEO writing is all about writing content that people like to read and search engines can understand. It may sound complicated but it’s actually quite simple.

You’re not stuffing keywords into articles or doing anything spammy. You’re just writing great content based on a specific subject.

In the internet marketing world content is king. Internet marketing companies need great content to run a successful business. That’s why they hire SEO writers like me.

Below you’ll find a step-by-step guide chronicling everything I did to make $3,000 in the first two months of that business.

Let’s get to it.

Step 1: Come up with a name and get a domain name

Your name doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It just needs to be something simple and straight forward.

I chose Kevin Cole SEO for my name.

Once the name was established I purchased my domain, linked it with my hosting account, and set up a WordPress site.

KevinColeSEO.com was born.

Not exactly sure how to get the site setup? No problem, check out How to Build Your First Online Asset in 48 Hours.

Step 2: Design & Content

Next up was designing the site and writing some content for each page.

I created five different pages in total.

  1. Home – This is the second most important page on the site. It’s the first thing potential clients see when they come to your site so it needs to be in tip-top shape. Write a little intro, and then give them some reasons to stick around (ex. 6 Reasons You Should Hire Me)
  2. About Me – This page is all about humanizing yourself and your business. Just show the potential client you are a normal person. Share a little bit about yourself and then explain why you got into the SEO writing biz.
  3. Writing Samples – This is the MOST important page of all. Your writing samples are your lifeline and we’ll get to more in-depth with this in the next step.
  4. Rates – On this page you can set up how much you plan to charge people, any discounts you may want to run, and any other special notes a potential client may want to know.
  5. Contact – This is super simple. Just get a contact form plug-in from WordPress and you’re good to go.

The design for my site is the opposite of stunning. It’s underwhelming from a visual standpoint. But it really doesn’t matter.

Potential clients are coming to your site because you can write. Not design.

A nice design helps but it’s not essential. As long as they can maneuver around your site you are golden.

Here are some more things to check out to ensure your site is as good as possible.

Step 3: Writing Samples

This is by far the most important part of your website. Each and every one of your potential clients is going to look at your writing samples. These have to be near perfect.

Write at least five articles. Even if you advertise that you’re specializing in a specific niche it’s still a good idea to write some sample articles out of your chosen niche. In the beginning it’s going to very challenging just to write articles within your own niche.

You’ll be taking a variety of writing work so you should have a variety of sample articles.

Write a little bit of everything and make them damn good.

Step 4: Email Template

Now that you have an established website it’s time to write up an email. This email also has to be solid.

You want to get the maximum number of opens for each email by creating a solid subject. Then you want the maximum number of click-throughs and responses with a solid body.

The Subject: This is the first thing people will see when your email comes to their inbox. Just like everything else – keep it simple.

I use “Freelance SEO Content Writer” It’s simple and straight forward. When an internet marketing company sees that email they know exactly what they’re opening.

The Body: The body needs to also be nice and simple.

Here are some simple rules for your email…

  • Keep it short and sweet
  • Highlight that you’re a native English speaker (if applicable)
  • Link to your site and sample articles

One more thing you should do is mention your current location. I’ll explain why in the next step.

Here’s my exact email template that I have sent to hundreds of potential clients.

[Insert Name Of Company/Client],

My name is Kevin Cole and I’m a freelance SEO content writer based in Palm Harbor, Florida.

I offer high-quality content that readers and search engines will love and I do it in a timely fashion.

A lot of my previous work has been in the fitness, self-help and business industries, but I am able to write about anything.

All my rates and writing samples are on my website kevincoleseo.com.

If you are in need of an SEO writer, you can reach me by email at kevincoleseo@gmail.com or by phone at 410-877-5190.

I’m passionate about writing and look forward to the opportunity of working with you.

Note: Inside Location Rebel there are more samples that have worked for members, along with tools for helping you negotiate with clients, set rates, and some hacks for finding high quality clients.

Step 5: Collecting Emails

Now that you’ve got a website and a solid email template it’s time to market your business.

In order to find clients you’re going to have to send out a bunch of emails to internet marketing companies.

To find your potential clients you just have to do a simple Google search.

But the key with your Google search is to direct your search to your current location. Ex. Tampa Internet Marketing Companies, Portland SEO Company, Etc.

Go through the results in Google and find their emails.

Then it’s time to make a list. I used Google Docs but any program will work. Write down the name of the company, the email address, and the name of the CEO (if it’s visible).

Note: If the email isn’t visible then just copy and paste the contact form URL into your list.

Now it’s onto the final step!

Step 6: Send Out Emails and Make $$$

Finding potential clients is a numbers game. You have to send out a bunch of emails and only a few will bite. But that’s all you need.

You are banking on the fact that you share the same location so you have a common bond. It’s a fantastic way to meet local entrepreneurs and gain more business.

(If you’re currently traveling the world then target your hometown. You’ll still have a bond).

With only a few clients giving you recurring work you can easily make $1,000 your first month.

In my first month I sent out 150 emails to internet marketing companies using the email template I listed above.

I got about 6 clients from those emails with two or three of them giving me recurring work.

SEO writing has an unbelievably low barrier to entry. If you’re looking to cross the threshold into entrepreneurship but can’t figure out where to start this is your answer.

You can make your first dollar online within two weeks of launching your business. It happened to me and it’s happened to countless other Location Rebels.

Follow the steps listed above and start forging your own entrepreneurial path.

Kevin Cole (@performdestiny) is a writer and entrepreneur. He runs multiple internet businesses along with the blog Perform Destiny where he goes beyond inspiration into practical steps on becoming a badass in all aspects of life. 

Carlo Cretaro June 13, 2013 at 8:44 am

Way to go Kevin! Great article buddy.

Glad to see things have panned out well for you. I remember when I joined LR, yourself, Stuart and a few others were all starting the SEO writing at the same time. And fast forward half a year, and things have all worked out for us.

Proof that Location Rebel and the excellent community works.

Now, get your ass over to Thailand ;)

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Sean June 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

I love comments like this :)

You still going to be over there in the Fall?

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Carlo Cretaro June 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

Definitely will be Sean. Plan is to set up base down south for the summer months, and then migrate up towards Chiang Mail.

You planning on heading out there on a trip?

Stuart Hahn June 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

Thanks for sharing this, Kevin! I think it will do wonders for giving people the confidence needed to join LR and get started on their location independent journey.

The Location Rebel community is life-changing, and joining it was definitely the best decision I’ve made in a long time.

I think one of the best things about LR is that the community there REFUSES to let you fail. If you need help with anything, a dozen people sprout out of the woodworks with answers to all of your questions and a boost of motivation to go with it.

Awesome post.

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Kevin Cole June 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

Somehow I posted my reply to Carlo’s comment here. Oops! Lol. Sorry about that.

You hit the nail on the head about people REFUSING to let you fail on LR. It’s so true man. No matter what you need there is someone on there who is knowledgeable on the topic.

My favorite part about the community is that there is a wide arrange of people on there. You have SEO writers making their first dollar, you have eCommerce experts traveling around the world, and you have people who don’t know what SEO stands for.

There’s a great blend and it’s a beautiful thing.

Kevin Cole June 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

Haha thanks Carlo. We did indeed all start at the same time. It’s pretty amazing how much can be accomplished in 6 months with diligent work.

As soon as the $$ starts coming in from my ecommerce biz I’m outta here!

In the mean time, enjoy yourself!

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Liz June 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

Great post Kevin! Love to see you making the most of all of the awesome stuff inside LocationRebel! Yea Carlo are you going to be in Thailand in the Fall?!

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Carlo Cretaro June 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

Yes Liz I am! Are you?

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Liz June 13, 2013 at 10:41 am

Thinking of heading out in October for a little bit.

Kevin Cole June 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

Thanks Liz! I owe a serious debt of gratitude to the course and especially the community behind the course.

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Chiara Cokieng June 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

Way to go Kevin!! It’s people like you, at this stage, that really inspire the hell out of us.

Can’t wait for my turn to be a success story in here too :)

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Kevin Cole June 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

Thanks for the kind words Chiara :)

I always say the internet is the greatest economy in the world. With a healthy dose of persistence success becomes inevitable.

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Glenn June 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

Kevin is my accountability buddy and we contact each other at least twice a week regarding becoming Location Rebels so I was experiencing this as he got it up and running!

I’ve seen it first hand how it can be done and how Kevin did it and for anyone who wants to do it it can be done. Excellent work buddy and articulated in typical clear Kevin-esque style :)

Location Rebel principles work…if you work Location Rebel principles :)

Glenn

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Kevin Cole June 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

What’s up Glenn?!

This man has helped me out through thick and thin. From that first day we met at Johnny Rockets in the mall all the way to now.

We’ve come a long way but it’s only the beginning. :)

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Mia June 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

Good for you, Kevin!

The local aspect must be the key to this. I tried almost the same process a few years ago. I know I sent out well over 100 emails. The only freelance work offer I received was someone telling me I charged “way too much” at $20/500 words, but he offered $5/500. Ha! Yeah, right. I did, however, have two companies where I used to live want to hire me full time. Too bad I’m 12 time zones away. To be offered jobs I couldn’t accept was so disheartening I stopped emailing. I’m print published and have been paid up to $50/500 words for SEO stuff–I do have clients, but I can’t seem to get this “targeting SEO companies” thing to work.
Anyway, here’s to your continued success!

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Kevin Cole June 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

Thanks Mia.

Targeting locally was my ticket to success for sure. But I know folks who don’t target locally all that much and still do well.

It really does come down to numbers. There’s a guy on Location Rebel who sent out well over 1,000 emails when he first started and ended up making several thousand dollars his first month.

The more you market – the more business you will get.

The percentage may be less if it’s not local but the right clients will undoubtedly open those emails if you send enough of them.

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Stuart Hahn June 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

Targeting local SEO companies is definitely a good strategy to get your foot in the door, but not necessary. I only sent out about 40 emails when I first started, and haven’t had to send out emails since because I’ve been getting so much recurring work from my clients.

Kevin Cole June 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

Your so right Stuart. Sending out emails is such a strange part of this process.

I know some people who have only sent out a few emails and got tons of business and I know other people who have sent out a hundred or more and have got very ltitle business.

A lot of it really does come down to the content within that email.

Roland Niwagaba June 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

I like how simple these steps are. I will be joining LR soon and if everything is this simple, then I cant wait to get in and kick a**.

PS: Whats up with all the cup holding avatars?

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Stuart Hahn June 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

Roland, can’t wait to see you in the forums! There are a whole lot more success stories on the inside.

Now I just need to get a photo of me holding a cup of coffee.

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Carlo June 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Haha. I never even thought about the cup holding avatars, but it’s true – there’s loads of them.

I’m changing my gravatar tonight :)

Kevin Cole June 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

Haha the cup holding avatars will forever remain a mystery to me :)

Thanks for the kind words man. I was definitely trying to make this article as simple and straight forward as possible. A lot of Location Rebel is like that.

See you inside Location Rebel!

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Antonio Gavrila June 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

Awesome article, congratulations for your success mate.

Here’s an alternative method of generating profit if you’re good at writing articles. Start a micro-niche website on a profitable niche.

a) Find the profitable niche

Here’s my way and it works better than looking at Google Keyword Tool statistics:
-Head to Flippa.com / Sold websites and search for website in the range of 400-800, with different keywords. You’ll eventually find an profitable niche there than you can expand.

b) Write quality articles targeting the key phrases

c) Add AdSense after some time (2 weeks).

The only bad part of this type of business is that you depend on AdSense(if you use them). I used them and they banned me, along a good percentage of European people for nothing last year. Still, managed to earn in my first two months with only a few website, up to 10 euros a day.

It’s not that great as freelance writing, but it’s an alternative.

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Kevin Cole June 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hey Antionio,

Thanks for sharing this man. I have a few friends who have done similar business models before. It’s pretty awesome stuff. You can try affiliate sales instead of Adsense. You won’t have to rely on Adsense and your rankings will soar just as well.

Or you can have a full-fledged eCommerce store (which is what I’m doing) and can make even higher profit margins.

The possibilites are endless. I love the internet :)

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Lukas Cech June 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

Hey Kevin,

great article and thumbs up for your success! Thanks for sharing the steps on how to get there. I´m trying to work out the economics and how many hours per week are needed to earn about 1500 USD a month. It all stands on assumed 2hrs per article, but that´s an estimate based on other websites – would be great if you could let me know, how much time on average do you spend on an article?

This is my model of working out the hours needed to achieve a certain earning per month:

If I charge: $ 20.00 per article
And want to earn: $ 1,500.00 a month
And if I write at speed 2 hrs per article
I need to write: 75 articles
And spend writing: 150 hrs per month
Or spend writing: 38 hrs per week

Thanks!
Lukas

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Stuart Hahn June 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

Lukas, once you get some practice under your belt you should be able to write MUCH faster than one article per 2 hours. When I first started, I wrote at about 45 min per article, but I’ve since reduced the time it takes down to about 20 minutes. Also, in LR there are other strategies that can show you how to get started in SEO writing without actually doing any writing. You can definitely make $1500 a month without spending anywhere close to 38 hours a week writing.

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Kevin Cole June 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Stuart is absolutely right. It took me about an hour or so to write one hour when I first started and by the end of those two months I was writing wicked fast.

Nowadays I can belt out 8 – 10 articles in four-ish if I wanted to but it takes time to get there. As Stuart said there are techniques on Location Rebel that can help with this.

Lukas Cech June 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Thanks for the responses guys, good to know!

Antonio Gavrila June 14, 2013 at 10:08 am

Yea, once you git a bit of practice, you can snap out articles fast. My record was 7 minutes per article, once I studied the niche for a bit. Wasn’t the best researched article,but Google put me 1st on the first page back then.

Carlo June 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Once you start writing articles you’ll develop a routine along with an increase in speed.

I started out at about 70-90 mins per article simply because it was all new and I wasn’t sure of what I was doing. But with the techniques and tricks suggested to me in Location Rebel I quickly got that down to under 30 from start to finish.

That your time and things will speed up naturally. :)

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Mohit Tater June 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm

It’s people like you who inspire Kevin; your story hit the last nail and I am ready to join Location Rebel now! See all you wonderful guys on the inside pretty soon.
And thanks Sean for creating such a meaningful and thriving community.

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Kevin Cole June 14, 2013 at 6:40 am

Hey Mohit,

Great to hear man and I’m glad this resonated with you. See you inside Location Rebel!

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Darren Boland June 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Hey great job, that’s a petty simple formula, and something that can be used for other IM activities. I guess you could also expand your services if you get to busy, and outsource some writing..

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Kevin Cole June 14, 2013 at 6:44 am

Hey Darren,

I was definitely trying to keep it as simplistic and straight forward as possible. Outsourcing writing work is definitely a viable option for sure. I know a few people on Location Rebel who are doing that. It allows you to expand your business, make more money and do a lot less writing.

It’s solid stuff for sure.

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Tristan June 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Way to go Kevin! Great to hear your story and well done on the big success.
Location Rebel works ;-)

Good to see the case studies streaming, Sean!

Keep a’hustlin’
- Tristan.

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Kevin Cole June 14, 2013 at 6:45 am

Thanks Tristan!

LR is the real deal as we both know. Can’t wait to see more case studies on here!

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Michael Ten June 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Interesting post. Kevin, what sort of rates do you find appropriate to charge for these sorts of services? Thanks.

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Kevin Cole June 14, 2013 at 6:49 am

Hey Michael,

In the beginning I took any writing job no matter how much it paid. I just wanted to get moving and make some money. But after a month’s time I felt like I had solid footing and started charging what I was worth.

My usual rate is $20 for 500 words. That’s a pretty standard rate for a lot of writers but some people charge more than I do. It really depends on your own experience and how well you can convey the value of your work to the client.

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Michael Erickson June 13, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Let me preface my comment with huge support for LR. I was part of the “first class” on LR, and it helped me become location independent. I’m a huge supporter of Sean and LR. In the past 6 months, I’ve lived in Asia, the NYC area, San Diego, and no the Dominican Republic.

That said, I think where this post falls very short is how simple, quick, and easy it makes the entire process. The last step is literally “send out emails and make money”. What? To me, that’s not what LR is about. It’s about working your ass off, building a real, full fledged business, it’s not about quick fast simple 6 step processes, or plans to ‘get rich quick’

Just because it’s simple – doesn’t mean it’s easy.

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Kevin Cole June 14, 2013 at 6:54 am

Hey Michael,

You bring up a fair point man. This post was meant more so for the start-up portion of the biz. Not the writing portion of the biz. Most people are more confused on the beginning steps (building a site, creating an email template, finding clients).

I was trying to make it simple and straightforward so you can go from nothing to something in a pretty logical fashion. That being said, writing is not glamorous. I wrote over 60,000 w0rds in those two months.

I’m not a fan of “get-rich quick” stuff and this post was not intended for that category.

Solid point man.

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Michael Erickson June 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

You take criticism like a champ.

Best of luck. Looking forward to more detailed posts from you in the future =D

Tom Meitner June 14, 2013 at 7:04 am

I have nothing constructive to add to this other than: awesome. Really, really awesome. I love to hear this kind of stuff, and it’s a great post to boot.

The Location Rebel community is full of people who want to help. I’m always stunned by how eager everyone is to chime in and help somebody bust through roadblocks. Often, I log in only to see that questions have already been answered by fellow members. That’s a great thing!

Glad you’re killing it, Kevin. You’re on your way to great things!

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Kevin Cole June 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

Hey Tom,

Thanks for the kind words man. I can honestly say your post back in January totally changed my approach to this business. Instead of worrying about every single little detail and taking a long ass time I just went straight in and worked out the details.

Sometimes I have writing work to submit and I don’t feel so hot about it. Then I stop and say “Just Ship It.”

So muchas gracias to you senor :)

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Carlo June 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Yeah Tom gave us all a good kicking up the backside with that post :)

Definitely spurred a few of us to just start writing and figuring things out as we went. And it was the best thing ever, as we did just that.

Stuart Hahn June 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Haha, I remember the ol’ “Shut up and ship” thread. Good stuff.

Jeremiah June 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Really awesome to hear about fellow Portlanders being successful. I stumbled across Seans blog a few weeks back and have been reading every post. This one takes the cake and I will be pulling the trigger on the blueprint soon :)

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Kevin Cole June 15, 2013 at 4:52 am

Hey Jeremiah,

Thanks for the kind words man. I’m actually a Floridian ;)

Great to see you’re ready to move forward with Location Rebel. See you inside man.

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Trevor Stauffer June 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Hey Sean,

This is a great article, thanks for the inspiration. I think after reading this, I see the some areas I could have shifted the direction of my own site, and my freelance activities. Thanks for sharing!

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Kevin Cole June 15, 2013 at 4:54 am

Hey Trevor.

Thanks for the kind words and great to hear this will help your biz.

Cheers to that!

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Eden June 15, 2013 at 1:23 am

Way to go in taking action Kevin. Money is good…actually it’s wonderful but you don’t really need much to enjoy life in certain places. Money can go a lot further in SE Asia. Keep it up brother!

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Kevin Cole June 15, 2013 at 4:55 am

Hey Eden,

You’re definitely right. I always say money does not equal happiness but it does equal survival.

In a place like Thailand I could live pretty comfortable with $1,500/month. Pretty awesome stuff :)

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Nilendu June 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

Kevin,

I visited your website and saw what you are doing there.Very nice concept which you are executing in a very simple and efficient manner. Well done.

I have two questions -

1. Are the rates per article. If yes aren’t they on the higher side?
2. Did you register a company or accept the payments on your personal account?

It would be great if you could answer these as I am planning to implement a similar business.

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Kevin Cole June 16, 2013 at 5:24 am

Hey Nilendu,

Thank you :)

My rates are almost always per article. Sometimes I give bulk rate discounts if I know I am going to get a lot of work from a client. But per article is usually the way to go.

I accepted payment on my personal account. You can certainly register a business and receive some tax breaks. I just wanted to get moving with the biz and make that dreaded first dollar :)

Good luck with your biz!

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FERNANDO BIZ June 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm

One of the best messages and a personal story from Location Reble. The email templates is epic and such a great advice to get started acquiring clients. For one of our designer business to find clients locally this would be a great way of doing.

As you mentioned it’s a numbers game, last week to land two webdesign client, I’ve probably searched Twitter for a week for potential prospects and messaged them after connecting.

Just wrote a posts today morning from my personal about how to make £500 -£1000 per month from a side hustle. You can have a check and drop a comment at: http://www.fernandobiz.com/building-your-entrepreneurial-lifestyle/

Thanks for the great share Sean and Kevin Cole for the steps on how you exactly did it. This will greatly benefit form anyone who is stating their Entrepreneurial lifestyle!

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Kevin Cole June 16, 2013 at 5:27 am

Hey Fernando,

Glad you liked it man. That email has definitely been a great tool to connect with sooo many entrepreneurs in the area.

I’m going to check out your article, keep hustlin’ man.

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Bobby Pulte June 18, 2013 at 6:53 am

All of the warm and fuzzy LR love. It’s awesome!

I never grow tired of seeing other LR members succeed. It gives me affirmation I’m on the right path, and makes me proud of all the other LR members I’ve gotten to know!

Well done Kevin, keep it up!!

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Kevin Cole June 19, 2013 at 8:15 am

Thanks Bobby.

The LR community is the best community. Nothing but positivity and support :)

Keep hustlin’ man.

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Jon H June 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Hey Kevin, great article!

I was already going through the LR SEO writing blueprint when you posted this, but this was a great supplement that breaks it down to the most basic parts. And honestly, I’m finding that the hardest thing can be just focusing on the basics. Write some samples, find some companies and email like a madman.

So far I’m doing so much better following the steps you, Tom and Sean outlined than I was trying to come up with a perfect money making plan but never actually putting it into action.

I used your email template, with some tweaks, and I’ve already got one definite client and two that look pretty good after less than a week!

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Kevin Cole June 21, 2013 at 7:25 am

Hey Jon,

Congrats on the work man! Glad this article came in handy. I was definitely trying to simplify everything down so it would be straight forward and easy for people to take action on.

Keep it up man. With the kind of action your taking you’ll be making $1,500/month very soon.

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Mark Eichenlaub June 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Very cool Kevin. Just curious, why do you think the local connection worked? Just the idea that they can come find you if needed?

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Kevin Cole June 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hey Mark,

The local connection worked because these internet marketing companies are trying to find legitimate people they can trust. By having that local connection they know who you are. On more than one occasion I have met up with some of my clients.

Ultimately the local connection brings a level of security that the owner of the company is going to struggle to find with Elance or Odesk.

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LaM June 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

Hey Mark

What do you think about fiverr ? Isn’t it going to hurt your rates pretty bad ? There are many good copywriters who charge only 5$ for 500 words.

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Kevin Cole June 25, 2013 at 8:29 am

Hey Lam,

There are some people who use Fiverr but it’s never hurt my rates. At the end of the day if your writing great content and you can convey that value you to the right client you have nothing to worry about.

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Bryan Glaser July 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

Hello,

Very good read and glad to see you are having some success with SEO writing. I have been talking about SEO since I moved to Los Angeles, after I quit my corporate job and moved here to pursue acting. I am looking into ways to make money while being able to do something I love.

I also love writing and giving people good information so this seemed like the most natural approach to obtaining this lifestyle. As of now I have been reading everything I can get my hands on from these sites and hope to be able to start SEO writing soon.

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Pawan July 6, 2013 at 4:01 am

earlier I started one similar blog but that didn’t got traffic so my campaign died. Now I came to know that I never converted my readers. The email tips were really helpful and new to me. I’ll definitely try them out now. Thanks :)

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Joey July 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Great post! I’m working on my own website and emails as I write this. Hoping for success!

I actually found a really interesting article written in July of 2012 on Forbes website. It talks about the “death” of SEO work and how in it’s very nature it is “fake.” It also discusses how Google is leading the way in online marketing and “real” content posted on social media will take over anything SEO related. It predicts the death of SEO in 2 year (I guess a year from now ha).

Any thoughts on this from Kevin/Sean/Anyone? Maybe if you think this opinion is true or false and how it could possibly affect those of us who may rely on SEO to build a particular lifestyle?

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenkrogue/2012/07/20/the-death-of-seo-the-rise-of-social-pr-and-real-content/

Thanks!

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Ana July 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Kevin, I have few words that add any value to what’s already been said. Your article was awesome! There’s nothing I love more than step 1-2-3 and go! This is the way I like to write and read from others, because the takeaway is so concrete. You give it, we take it and do the steps. You can bet I’ll be doing them all.

I relate to intimately with SEO writing because that happens to be my day job at the moment (although it’s a temporary contract and will be ending soon). I am absolutely determined to use that experience and what I learn here at LR to build my business. As a serial expat, I’m looking forward to getting back abroad soon. I also want to help others get there, too. I’m seeing too many talented people jobless and wondering what next week, next month, next year will bring. It doesn’t have to be that way!

Now, what does everyone think of the last comment, about SEO dying out by next year? I personally have my opinions about social media. Here’s my take: Social media has its value but the real writing, the real nine yards of info on any topic of value will be properly written for both the reader and the search engines for some time to come.

Also, can we get to exactly how to do SEO research the proper way to write a properly optimized article or post? Let’s hear from you all who are doing it!

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Tim Moon July 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Great story! Good job starting strong, Kevin.

It’s great to hear how people are all motivated and come crashing out of the gates with $1500-$3000 in their first couple of months. But I think it’d be more interesting to hear a long-term case study. Has anyone consistently grown their business over the last 12+ months? Have they taken the Location Rebel skills and branched out into new ventures?

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Sofie November 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Would love to know as well!

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Roberto Lebron July 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Kevin, as a fellow Floridian, I’m glad to learn of your success. Congratulations, and thank you for a clear and concise article. Although I have not yet signed up for LR, I’ve been learning from Sean Ogle and the community, and I must say I’m intrigued. I’m a bilingual copywriter at my day job and I’ve been freelancing on my own time, strictly through word of mouth, but the location-independent life is calling me. Your story is very encouraging. I guess it’s time to take things up a notch! Thanks, and if you ever find yourself in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area, let me know and lunch is on me!

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Roberto Lebron July 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Wow, Kevin! I just hovered over your photo and found Perform Destiny! I love your article of July 22! I was actually doing that very improbable thing, laughing out loud! Excellent!

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John Smith August 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Hi Kevin,
i want to appreciate the way you represented the topic of SEO writing, you have made it look very simple by discussing all the basic requirement of a web content writing keeping in the mind the importance of search engine related to web content. it help lots of beginner who want to make a career in web content writing and SEO
thank you

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Rachel August 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Can someone educate me on how to begin learning SEO and what it actually means/ what it takes to write an SEO optimized article?

Thanks!

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JORDAN August 14, 2013 at 3:16 am

Hey Rachel,

I know this will sound cheesy, but the easiest and fastest way to do this is to join Location Rebel and follow the blueprint in there. I signed up last month and I am well on my way :)

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Freelance Writer February 17, 2014 at 7:18 am

There are a number of things that you need to do when you are writing an SEO article. This involves right keyword density (which shouldn’t be more than 2%). The main keyword should appear in both the title and the body of the article. Check Ezine.com and read its editorial policy. Its comes closest to the format of an SEO article.

Cheers! :)

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rach September 10, 2013 at 5:22 am

Thanks for yor article kevin. I have a question though. When you sent your emails to seo companies, how long did it take to get some response from them?

Hope to hear from you.

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Ormelia September 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

I am so impressed by your step by step approach to SEO content writing. I have been blogging for a few months now but I am looking for ways to develop my skills better. I am looking forward to learning more.
Thanks for taking the time and effort to write.

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James Smith November 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Just transferred my first payment from SEO writing from Paypal into my bank account. It wasn’t a big amount, but damn it felt good!

Thanks to everyone at LR for making this possible! :)

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Ana December 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I’ll second that: how did you come by your first client? And for others, the second, third, fourth, etc.

That’s the really tough part. Let’s face it, there IS competition. For that matter, we are all competition. And, for everyone who’s been established for a while: Where do you see SEO going in a few years? I’ve been hearing it may be dying.

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Jonny Blair November 11, 2013 at 11:14 am

Great site and first time I have come across it – thanks to Carlo’s fab site is how I found it. I’m having a look into a location independent lifestyle myself after years of living around in different cities but without much freedom. Thanks for the tips and intro to this site. Jonny

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Rebecca Walker December 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm

I’d be interested in seeing some sample articles–or at least excerpts if you’re worried about plagiarism–just to give me some idea of the type of content being shopped for and purchased. Is that possible?

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Amir Imran December 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Great article, Kevin!

Really cool. Would you please tell more about finding clients? I haven’t been quite successful in landing my first client yet :P (I started a few days ago).

Thanks buddy!

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Vipul January 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

Hello Kevin,
You have written an excellent article. Just want to know a few thing about an email template you have discussed in your blog post.

I’m using Mailchimp and RSS driven campaign with which i send mail to my 200 subscribers list, but it’s not generating good results.
Can you suggest me what should i work on to improve this

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Robert Wolfson January 11, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Nice post,

Consider writing SEO for your own site development,
garnering top search engine organic results. Goal is to
create a passive cash flow, rather than getting paid
for writing individual articles. On the right track, though.
Further, automate with php or other programming techniques,
and multiply your efforts.

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Davys January 15, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Great post Kevin! It’s a useful post for me.You have written an excellent article :) .thanks

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Tas Kulit February 6, 2014 at 3:34 am

Great article and I entirely agree! One technology which incorporates this concept is Enginuity Search. By adding social relevancy to SEO related information, you can find information that is more ‘socially’ relevant and modern than those who optimize purely for search engine links. This type of search methodology also prevents robots and spammers from promoting ‘unpopular’ information.

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Ana February 9, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Hi all,

Again, great article. But people are SO busy. :-) We never did get an answer to the question of HOW to do SEO — how to do keyword research, how often to use keywords, etc. — in other words, how to do what you’re all saying is such a great opportunity.

And, the second question was, what do you all think is happening with SEO? Is it growing, staying stable, or dying as some say it is? I need to get an good education on all of this and I know I have to invest. I want to join LR. But I’d like some opinions on the future of this and other online work. Things change so quickly. Maybe someone can opine as to where they think this is all going. If I become a blogger or an affiliate marketer today, and it somehow becomes successful, what are the chances it has of lasting 10 years? If I start out with SEO writing — in addition to editing which is the other half of my profession — how long can that possibly last with all the talk about SEO dying?

Anyway, thanks again. :-)

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Kashiefah Chetty March 17, 2014 at 4:29 am

Hi All,

Wow, I am in awe! Kevin what you have written here is so inspiring.

I am so inquisitive to know more about SEO writing yet I am scared of the unknown. Thank you to the commentators though, for giving extra advice, it’s helping to braoden my thinking. Everyone seems so knowledgeable and helpful. I think the time has come for me to join LR.

I have been lurking this site for months and this past weekend I finally decided to start my blog. I struggled with setting it up, since I have limited technical knowledge but I figured it all out (yay!). Now I just have to add the finishing touches and write my first blogpost.

I am nervous about putting my writing out there. (Guess I can’t handle the criticism…) Lets see what happens…

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Lorena Ortiz March 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

Kevin,
To say a mere ‘Thank you” doesn’t cut it. You had me at $3,000 in two months.
I am following your steps verbatim, and working with less than no coin (wordpress.com to the rescue).
My goal is to break financially free from my husband by the time my youngest graduates high school next year…Am I tripping daisies?
I live in Medellin, Colombia right now so count me as a Location Rebel. But I dearly miss my Florida sun! Viva la Estados Unidos!!! (or something like that.)
Thank you, Gracias, and keep up your stellar work!

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