What Should I Know Before Committing To Freelance Copy Writing?

I’ve been putting a lot of thought of late into moving full steam into the arena of Freelance Copy Writing. I was turned on to the concept a while back, early on in my SEO writing activities and as a result bought into Peter Bowerman’s “The Well-Fed Writer”. I actually was more interested in his “The Well-Fed Self-Publisher” and subsequently got off of the track for pursuing freelance copy writing.
Now, however, I’m thinking that it could be more interesting to pursue some quality writing opportunities. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the SEO writing that I do. Every now and then some interesting topics are assigned to me, and I find when that happens, I truly enjoy the process.
If you’ve done any of this type of “web writing” you’ll understand just how little it pays. Understandably so. For the most part, and what I believe to be reality, this type of writing isn’t designed to be read by anyone real, living (or dead). Simply put, the search powers that be want “real” content; not words generated by some form of YACG (yet another content generator).
And that’s totally groovy. If you can deal with the lack of passion. If you enjoy putting words together and have them pretty much never read again, SEO can be a super easy way to make a living.  Just not much of a decently paying living. Again, I am grateful to have access to this type of work for the past year or so. I always do the very best I am able to with any given assignment. But I’m at that point of needing more.
More income for sure. More importantly, a real sense that what I’m creating is valuable to someone, will get read (and hopefully appreciated!) by a real, living breathing person (that is not me.) So, I’m now in that mode of contemplating whether or not it might be worth developing the contacts, putting out feelers for clients, dealing with clients when they do come, and generally making a successful go at becoming a Freelance Copy Writer.
While I’m no expert, my belief is that I have the chops to do the writing. I’ve several pieces which I’ll pull together in order to start a portfolio. Some good friends have indicated they enjoy my writing and feel I’d be well suited to pursue a living (at least for a while) in this arena. Of course, you really can’t trust the opinions of your friends. That’s why they’re your friends! 😉
There’s not a whole lot of folks reading this site, but if you are and have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions, it would be lovely to hear them. My biggest concern is that which I just don’t know about going down this road. If you can share your insight or experiences, let’s start a conversation. And thanks for your time and interest. Much appreciated!

What Does Holding a Camera Still for 2:48 Gets You?

How about 5,669,208 views (as of this post date)?
Uhm, that’s a lot of people viewing a really funny and entertaining video of a kid bopping around to the sights and sounds of a Beyonce video.
What might have happened if Cory’s dad had helped me out by signing up for a free beta invite from Vidli.com and taken advantage of the Official Video Licensor’s ability to help you monetize your online videos?
Over 5 1/2 MILLION views? Thinking there’s some change to be made there!
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Cory dancing to his favourite music video. Visit Cory’s official website SingleBabies.com

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Seth Helps Me Describe Vidli.com's Video Licensing

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Just read Seth Godin’s post trying to tell someone what something is like. He uses the analogy of trying to describe a spicy pepper to someone that had never experienced the joy (and sometimes pain!) of eating yummy “hot” peppers.
Ultimately, he’s comparing the trust you have to build with those that you are trying to get to experience something new (and hopefully different, interesting, worthwhile, etc.)
Hopefully you know that I’ve been working at developing enough online contacts and social media presence to get folks to “trust me” when I ask that you “just try it” as it comes to Vidli.com’s services. Actually, all you can do right now is to sign up for a beta account when they are ready to start opening up the doors to their business.
As a part of their business expansion, they want to hire someone that has proven experience in the world of Social Media Marketing. I’m hoping you’ll help me to be that person. It’s really easy on your part, in fact. All you have to do to help Hire James D Kirk at Vidli.com is click through and sign up.
It should only take you about 37 seconds, and it could mean the difference of me getting an interview with the amazing folks at Vidli who help people buy, sell and rent videos online.

How Can You Help Get Someone Hired?

Help Get James D Kirk Hired at Vidli.comWell, the answer to that question, in my case, is actually very easy! If you are into online video in any sense, then eventually you are going to hear about Vidli.com and their rather unique approach to making money with online video. They’ve created an interesting approach to monetizing video you own the copyright to. I’ve become enamored with what they’re doing, and am hoping to land a permanent gig with all the groovy folks working and developing there.
So, how can you help? Simple. Sean Murphy, co-founder of Vidli has created an competition that will land the top five referrers an opportunity to interview for the Social Media position they are hoping to fill soon. All you have to do is click to Hire James D Kirk.
Help Hire James D KirkYou will be redirected to the Vidli sign up page where, if you do sign up for a FREE beta invite, they will credit me with a point for the sign up. Top 5 referrers by Dec. 21 will be invited to interview for the full time gig.
If you know me at all, then you’re aware I spend a lot of time online and share a decent amount of attention in the social media world. Having the chance to jump into a full time position in social media marketing would be a logical step in my career.
Your help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thanks in advance for sharing this with others that might help a fellow out.