The Content Factory is a growing content, PR and social media marketing firm in need of talented writers to help us meet the needs of our expanding list of clients. We’re a virtual agency with no physical offices, and this position requires that you work from home (or the coffee shop, or a beach, or anywhere else that has wifi). This is a 1099 contract position.
If hired, you’ll join a team of 15 people spread out over 7 states and 2 continents – all working together to create killer case studies for some pretty cool companies. We have a wide variety of clients, ranging from SaaS startups to billion-dollar brands. You will not be bored here.
What You’ll Do
SEO content writing – and a lot of it. SEO is our specialty (our CEO was recently ranked one of the Top 3 Women in SEO by SERPstat), and we’re looking for candidates who already have experience in the space. Depending on your experience and interest, duties may expand to include keyword research and SEO strategy development.
To start, you’ll be writing long-form (2,000-word) articles that usually serve as “ultimate guides to X topics.” We’ll provide you with the keywords and a blog content brief that walks you through the organization of the content you’ll be creating. We try to make the whole process as failproof as possible, and you’ll work directly with TCF’s editor.
<span”>We use Slack, Asana, Zoom, and a suite of SEO tools to get the job done and stay aligned on projects/progress.
Compensation and Perks
This is a fully remote, 1099 contractor position, and if your cover letter impresses us you’ll be paid to complete a series of samples. If we like you and the feeling is mutual, we’ll continue to send you as much work as you want.
Payment varies based on the difficulty and length of projects, but you can expect to earn anywhere from 10-15 cents per word, and bonuses are awarded for exceptional work. Payment is made via PayPal twice per month.
As an SEO content writer, you’ll get to enjoy these perks:
- The 500+ hour advantage.
- Experience writing for a wide variety of clients, including national brands that you can pad your resume with.
- Expanding your professional network, collecting bylines and building your portfolio.
- Spending quality time with your cat/couch/both as you work from home, or wherever there’s WiFi. Kari DePhillips, our CEO, is a full-time digital nomad (and co-host of the Workationing podcast).
- Getting to see your work all over the web.
- Around 2-4 times per year, when the planets align and a leprechaun catches an Uber ride from a pink unicorn, something we’re responsible for legitimately goes “viral” – that’s always cool to be a part of.
- Setting your own schedule.
- Working with a fun, creative and intelligent group of people who will inspire you more than they’ll frustrate you.
- Laughing in the face of anyone who told you you’d never make a living writing.
How to Apply
Email email@example.com. If you’ve been referred by somebody, please mention so in the subject line of your email.
To be clear, this is not a quick process – the typical journey from applicant to contract offer usually takes 3-6 weeks. We have high standards for our writing team, and invest quite a bit of time and resources in training.
For this reason, we’ve developed a thorough application process that allows us to find the absolute best applicants for the job. Here’s how it goes:
Email Aubrie (firstname.lastname@example.org) your résumé and a cover letter you’ve written specifically for this position. Additionally, attach two pieces of copy that you’ve written for a past client (if you’ve got killer SEO case studies, make sure to include them).
In your cover letter, briefly discuss these samples. What sort of ROI did your client experience from these pieces of copy? What KPIs were used to measure its performance?
Impress us with your cover letter (and your samples), as they’ll determine your fate way more than a jam-packed résumé will. With that said, we receive upwards of 500 applications with every job posting, so ideal candidates will likely have a BA in marketing, communications, journalism or English as well as 2-5 years of experience along with a kickass cover letter. That said, the owner of the company is a college dropout so lack of a degree can be made up for with hustle and talent.
If we like what we see, we’ll email you back and ask you to write 10 sample blog pitches, as well as the keywords you’d recommend targeting for SEO. Even if we hate your pitches, we’ll pay you $50 for your work.
If your pitches are solid, you’ll be sent a sample post to write. Just like the pitches, you will be paid to write this post.
If we’re impressed by your post, we will ask you to write one more for a different client. Assuming it continues to go well, we’ll continue to send you assignments for 30 days or until one of us taps out. During this time you’ll get a feel for our clients, expectations and company culture. If it’s a good fit, the good times will roll.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of applicants we receive, we’re not able to get back to everyone who applies (though we try to). If you don’t receive a response, we’ve opted for another candidate.