This could come down to me; I can be a bit forceful sometimes. It could also come down to certain employers. I find that most problems arise when objects just aren’t clear. I’m getting better at detecting those situations before I get into them, but sometimes they still occur.
I like to call them Adventures in SEO writing, and here are a few more.
I figured out after the first 100 restaurants that I’d have to have some templates. I was already writing the pages up in batches of 15, and many of them were quite similar. The only thing that really differentiated them was the cuisine; Thai, Indian, Pizza, whatever.
I eventually got into a good system where I had generic templates made up for each cuisine, about 15 of them. All I’d have to do was change the address, the restaurant name, and most of the unique menu items. It made what could have been a 10-day job for one person in a 4-day job for me.
I finally got him to say 15 to 20 pages would be enough. That’s when I accepted and got to work. For some reason after that he hired another person to create the exact same eBook. Eventually I lost contact with him entirely and the job just stopped. Sometimes that happens and it’s always a shame not to get to a finished product.
I wrote out 2 articles and the person didn’t like them. On one I gave they made tons of edits themselves and then gave it back to me. No problem. I gave them another 2 articles and they weren’t happy with those ones. I made changes and that’s when I decided it’d be best not to continue.
Some people should write their own content. They know what they want and nothing other than what they create will be good enough. It’s really why I don’t do collaborative writing projects anymore.
IT Content Writing
I love writing this kind of content because it’s so easy. And the companies that want it done often have no qualms about throwing money around. On one of my more recent IT jobs I had told the person what I’d charge, we made our specifications a little more clear, and then he finally just doubled my rate and told me to do it. Boom! That project was finished in a couple days and everyone was happy.
I wrote up a big article based on what they’d given me, and then we agreed that we’d start in on an SEO campaign. A few days went by and I didn’t hear anything, and then a few more, and just forgot about it.
Finally I saw the employer again and they assured me I’d have more work for less pay. Well, they didn’t use those exact words, but that’s what it was. It’s just a waste of everyone’s time when people come to an agreement on what’s going to happen and what they’ll pay, and then things get changed. Happens all too frequently!
Ape-Shit in Spain
Well, I had one job doing some blog work for him, about the fourth time we worked together. He suddenly vanished for 2 weeks and I didn’t hear anything from him. We were working through a writing site and so the payment was locked in there. I argued for it and he offered to pay me nothing for the work I’d done. It was a complete about-face for this person.
They began bad-mouthing me and even accused me of stalking them when I emailed asking that they release a portion of the payment. You see, I wasn’t even asking for all the money, just for the time I’d spent, which amounted to something silly like $50. He finally relented in the end and I still see this person throwing away a lot of money. Perhaps some of that could still be mine, but I just don’t need a lot of drama when it comes to SEO writing.
Well, those are a few of my more recent experiences. They’re by no means exhaustive, I just happen to write more about the bad jobs than the good ones.
You can read more of my SEO Adventures or my Monthly Writing Reports, which often discuss the same kinds of things.