I am looking to take on additional intern(s) for the business I currently run. The business mostly makes money from paying clients, but also some extra revenue from general high-ranking content pieces.
The intern would be writing long-form pieces of content for the business to rank on the SERPs. The only thing I’m unsure about is what is fair in terms of agreement and payment.
What do you think about the following 2 situations:
1. **Someone brand new to SEO**: I enjoy teaching and helping people, and as part of an internship, I am happy to help the intern learn more about technical SEO, and generally improve their writing skills, as much as I can. These skills are hugely valuable and sought after as we know, so based on the gaining of these skills, should an intern still expect payment? If so, if anyone here has previously had interns or done an internship like this, what were the standard payment agreements?
2. **An experienced content writer**: are there any industry-standard price norms e.g. per X thousand words? Are there places people usually go to find these services, and can they be trusted? Have you any experience with these?
I started out as an intern. Learned on the job, which is great. I started off part-time, making minimum wage. Freelancers tend to pay X per word, but for an intern, I think having a set salary may work better. Please pay your interns. IMO unpaid internships are just despicable.
For a good SEO writer, they really need to understand SEO in general. Take the time to teach them the tech stuff, show them the backend of websites, get them involved in other SEO tasks like keyword research etc. That will help improve their content writing.