You’ve worked hard on a blog post and you feel proud of it. Unfortunately, the client doesn’t feel the same way. They reject your work outright or ask for so many revisions that by the time you’re done, the new post looks nothing like the piece you started with.
While it’s easy to feel discouraged when this happens, remember that rejected freelance content is nothing more than content you can sell to a new buyer. Next time your client rejects your writing, try one of these strategies to make money from rejected freelance content.
How to Earn Money From Rejected Freelance Content
1. Pitch the topic to another client
If you have another client in the same niche, pitch the rejected article to them. If they approve of the topic, you should be able to turn the piece around with little to no adjustment.
2. Chunk it out into several smaller posts for clients in same niche
If you wrote something long, say a white paper, it might not make sense to try to sell it to another client. You might be able to separate the long form content into several short blog posts. Blogmutt accepts very short blog posts, so this could be a good place to repurpose your rejected content and earn out.
3. Pitch to guest blogs in that niche, preferably ones that pay
If you don’t have other clients, identify guest blogs in that niche, so you can get exposure to a fresh audience. Aim for guest blogs that pay writers. If you can’t find someone willing to pay for it, look for highly trafficked bogs in the niche. By positioning your content in front of a large audience, you could net new clients while getting impressive clips for your freelance writing portfolio.
4. Post to Constant Content
The article marketplace Constant Content is a great place to park content. You set a price for your article and can field “best offers” from clients. It never hurts to post something on Constant Content, even while you evaluate other options. If you find a buyer for your rejected post, you can delete the article from CC. In the meantime, the piece might sell or help your CC profile get more views, generating other sales.
5. Turn it into an ebook or other digital asset
Rejected content in your niche is an ebook waiting to happen. Format the content nicely, add images, then offer it as a paid download. If you don’t know how to turn your content into an ebook, I’m working on a guide for that … but in the meantime, here’s a guide people like.
6. Offer it as a freebie for new subscribers
Use the content as a lead magnet for your newsletter, offer it in exchange for free signups. This is a great way to grow your audience and entice some of those regular readers who value your work but haven’t gotten around to signing up to do so. Newsletter subscribers are like gold, so this is a very high-value use of rejected freelance writing.
6. Make it into a portfolio piece
Maybe you’re proud of your piece the way it is, and don’t want to change it for any blog or magazine. If so, showcase it on your portfolio where potential clients can view your skills. High-quality clips convince clients of your skills and worth.
7. Earn passive income
If you have an account with something like Article Document or HubPages, a last-resort solution could be posting it there. You can earn a little bit of passive income. It’s better than not earning anything!
8. File it away for the future
If none of these solutions feels quite right, file the piece away for the moment. You never know when a new opportunity will pop up, or a new client might enter your life. Create a folder where you store rejected content, then revisit it periodically to see if you can reuse it.
Resell or repurpose every piece of rejected content to make it work for your business objectives. When you can turn the rejections into cash, business leads, or passive income, you win in the end.