Monthly Archives: January 2015

Up to this point, I’ve mostly discussed working on short web content pieces. However, you don’t want to overlook the potential earning power of longer work. Writing and publishing a book is a great way to set up a passive income stream: you write the book just once, but get paid for it repeatedly. Doesn’t that sound better than getting paid just once per article or content piece? And while you still have to market your book, it’s a lot less work than constantly advertising and marketing an affiliate site, and a lot more lucrative than ad revenue.

The next step after writing your book is to get it published. Since you don’t have a proven record of success, a  publishing company is going to be hesitant to back your work. Thanks to the Internet, however, you don’t need a publishing company. You can do it all yourself.

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Nowadays, most people – especially those that run a business, online or off – know the importance of SEO. After all, there is not a single marketing technique that is as effective and as affordable as Search Engine Optimization. The disadvantage is that this marketing method takes some time, since Google and other search engines first need to be able to find your site. And that can only be achieved with good content.

However, the rules changed quite a bit over at SEO land. Google now wants content this is written for both the reader as well as for the search engine bots. Even though SEO content is mainly used for back-linking purposes, chances are that it will turn up in the search results and thus, will be read by actual people. On top of that, the content on your main site should be SEO optimized as well for the best results. But how exactly do you go about writing a proper SEO article?

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Writer’s block. It’s the bane of the writer’s existence: you find the time to sit down and write, but nothing comes to mind. The harder you try, the more stuck you seen to get. It happens to every writer at one time or another.

Apparently now it’s my time. I can’t think of any topics to write about that won’t be a repeat of my earlier posts. So instead of sitting here bashing my head into the keyboard in frustration, I’m going to farm out the creative process to you.

What topics would you like to see me cover? Is there anything I’ve already covered that you’d like to see explained in more depth? Do you think I’ve accidentally provided bad info that I need to fix with a new, corrected post?

Tell me what you want to know and I’ll do my best to get you an answer. If I end up using one of your ideas, I’ll make sure to credit you and put in a link to your blog.

There are many great reasons to become a freelancer. You get ultimate control over your working life – you don’t answer to anyone for when and where you work, what you’re wearing, or how you write. Everything great about freelancing centers around one core theme: freedom.

So as a freelancer you don’t have to deal with the corporate world and the stresses of a typical day job; you don’t even have a commute. However, this freedom has a price. Sometimes, people get sucked in by this idea of freedom and jump into freelancing with both feet, before they do enough research. Going into freelancing without understanding the difficulties means you won’t be prepared for the things you have to give up.

I’ve covered lots of reasons in this blog as to why freelance writing is so great as a career choice. This post is a little different; I’m instead going to focus on some of the red flags that indicate that a freelancing career isn’t for you.

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When you try to pitch yourself or your work to a prospective client, are you successful? If not, have you tried telling clients about why they need a freelance writer at all, instead of just telling them about yourself? Some business may think that you are a good writer and produce quality work, but that they just don’t need anyone who isn’t a regular employee to do their writing. Of course, you’re better than their employees, right? You just have convince them!

So here are some things you can tell prospective clients about why they should hire a freelance writer.

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Freelance work of all kinds, including writing, is growing exponentially. Companies are down-sizing traditional employees and moving to freelance and contract work to save money.

There is a good reason for hiring freelancers who will work remotely. Many employers say that the talent pool online is better and larger than what they can find locally. Overhead costs are also lower when contract workers telecommute.

Starting a freelance writing business is cheap and easy. And high-quality writers are in demand across many industries. Content creation is only less valuable than web programming and graphic design.

Freelance writing is so appealing to workers because the start up costs are practically nil. However, there are hidden costs and fees that can add up if you aren’t paying attention. Here are three examples.

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