I used to write for some publication around 10 years ago and though the pay wasn't so good, I used to get a paycheck every week. It was exciting to hear good reviews about my work. How did you guys first make your money?
Interestingly, I made my first coin as a SEO writer. It wasn't easy but I loved the experience.I got to get a grasp of a lot of things and thereafter realized great progress even as a freelance writer. I can never forget the humble beginnings.
We came form the same boat Ritchie. It was the only work I could find that did not require experience. The copy I wrote was probably horrible, but I don't think clients that focus on SEO and keywords care too much about quality.