When I started blogging, I was not earning that much from paid posting. I was only getting a few dollars here and there. Then I met someone from a forum who was looking for ghost writers, I inquired and I applied. Luckily, I got accepted and started raking in some dough. My rate was $2 per 500 words (3 years ago). I got a lot of assignments and most of them are due immediately!
Then the time came that I was starting to make money from my blogs. So, I left my client and he bid me farewell and the best of luck. But when Bella was born, my family’s need increased especially she had a hernia problem that needed surgery. So, I needed to look for ways to compensate what we need because of the new addition to the family. And that is when I started ghost writing again for other bloggers who are busy to write for their blogs or having a mental block.
Based on my experiences as a ghost writer, I learned that there are some guidelines I should follow so that I would become the most preferred among the rest. I learned that there are some things that you should be aware of if you work as a ghost writer.
So, if you want to be the best ghost writer for others or plan to be one soon. Let me share with you some tips and things that you should be know:
1. Since you are a ghost writer; therefore you are considered as a ghost – the unseen writer. This means you don’t go on telling the world that you wrote the article that was published on a certain blog. Since you accepted the job as a ghost writer, you acknowledge that you will be not recognized for the work done.
2. As a ghost writer, you don’t expose your clients’ identity. You keep their anonymity.
3. When communicating with clients, always do it privately. Don’t follow-up for tasks or assignments by posting at their Facebook accounts or tweeting at them. Send an email.
4. Each client has different writing styles, make sure you read their blogs or websites to see if you could write the way he or she writes. The most effective ghost writers are those who knew the clients well through reading their blogs.
5. Before accepting tasks, make sure you understand what was asked. Don’t always assume that the assignments given are the same as before. If you don’t understand, ask questions.
6. Aside from that, make sure you are willing to do it with the established terms and rates. If you think the rates are too small for you, negotiate, if the client could not live up to your terms, then just tell them upfront that you are not willing or you are willing. If you are willing to accept, then work your best. Don’t accept it if you are half-hearted or unwilling because this will affect your performance. We don’t want to lose a client because of a poor performance.
7. And if you are not willing to ghost write anymore, just tell your clients. Don’t accept tasks and left them hanging. Be honest and be upfront always. This will make your communications open to all your clients for future transaction if you want to ghost write again. Simple ethics just like in any business transactions. 😀
Now, the question is: “Who can ghost write?” Simple, everyone can ghost write as long as you can accept the fact that you will never be recognized with your work. You will be forever considered as the unsung heroes of many blogs and websites.
And of course, the main requirement is good English grammar and a creative mind and if you are a fast writer, then it’s a plus plus for you because most clients prefer fast writers. The more articles you finish, the more money you make!
So, are you ready to work as a ghost writer? Can you live with the fact that you will never be recognized? Well, if you say yes, then mucho dineros will surely come your way!!
By the way, don’t ask me how much my rate is right now. It’s confidential. LOL! 😀