How would you like to earn $100 per blog post? You can earn that and more writing online if you know where to look. While it’s true the best gigs are rarely advertised on job boards, you can often find gems when you seek out ongoing writers’ markets instead. That includes a wide variety of blogs and other websites that pay writers $100 and more.
I can’t believe the issue of revenue sharing models is still relevant today in the writing community, but here we are. In this past week alone, companies exploiting these models have come up twice right in my Twitter feed. So, clearly, it’s time for a fresh look. Summary: Revenue share models are never about helping you as a writer, but they’re almost always marketed this
Disclosure: This post on WordPress for Writers contains affiliate links. That means if you purchase after clicking on my links, I might receive a commission on the sale. To learn more, read my “No-BS Affiliate Promotion Policy.” In this post on WordPress for writers, we’ll explore everything from your basic setup to tips and tricks to help you further customize your site and keep it more
If you’re looking for a way to take your blogging to the next level, either on your niche blog or your freelance writer blog on your professional site, publishing more often is a good place to start. That doesn’t mean slacking off on quality of course, but more regular blog posts equal more chances to have your site found. That can lead to more freelance
We’ve been talking recently about freelance writer websites and how they can help you attract prospects and convert them into clients. Today let’s focus on a particular element of professional sites — freelance writer blogs. Now, I’m not talking about freelance writing blogs, where you write about freelance writing itself, and where your content is for other writers. The vast majority of freelancers don’t need those, and
Whether you run a niche blog, a personal blog, or a professional freelance writer blog targeting clients, you’re bound to come up against blog comment spam at some point or another. If you open your site to comments, this is simply a reality you have to deal with. That doesn’t mean dealing with the comment spam problem has to be difficult. Yet I frequently read blogs
Having a client-focused blog on your freelance writer website is a great idea. That’s especially true if you’re new to freelancing and need a boost in search engine and social media visibility. But what kind of blog should you run on your professional site? Should you share tutorials? Advice? News? Or should you take a more personal approach with storytelling? That’s what Meghan Coughlin wanted to know
Sharon Hurley Hall joins me for the latest episode of the All Freelance Writing Podcast. We chat about a wide range of issues related to freelance blogging. For example, you’ll learn: The difference between business blogging and niche / publication blogging (and benefits of each); The difference between blogging for small businesses and larger corporate clients; How much you can really earn as a freelance blogger (if
*Note* This post and podcast episode contain explicit language, as regulars will know pretty much all rants here do. If you don’t want to read / listen to that, skip this one. Bloggers. Readers. Friends. We need to talk. Do you know what I love about All Freelance Writing readers, including you? You’re out there carving your own path, pursuing the career and lifestyle you
You were asked to vote on my next big writing challenge or experiment, and boy did you come through. I’ll be honest. I didn’t expect much voting given how difficult it was to pull initial ideas out of you. But vote you did. I didn’t think we’d hit 50 responses by the end of the day Friday. Instead, you doubled that more than a day before
Journalists. Public relations professionals. Frenemies of the highest order. No doubt you’ve seen journalists and bloggers complain about bad PR pitches. You may have even seen them here (like this lazy pitch from Upwork). Despite the tendency of writers to call out PR folks, the truth is many of us need them. We need their clients and employers as sources for stories. We need access to events.
Every week I receive dozens of guest post pitches across all of my blogs, and it’s not uncommon for that to creep over 100 in a week (and those are just the ones making it past my inbox filters; imagine how many bigger blogs must have to sort through). Yet I respond to less than 10% of those pitches. Even fewer result in guest posts
When you work on your blog’s editorial calendar (or even a more general list of blog post ideas), do you ever feel stuck? While there are plenty of headline template lists and blog post idea lists available, and I’ve even provided some here, sometimes you just don’t know what to write about. I’ll let you in on a little secret. It happens to me too.
I was contacted several days ago by a fellow freelance writer and blogger. He was having problems on his WordPress site where his theme was no longer compatible with the WordPress core. It caused elements of his site to disappear. Another colleague pointed him in my direction, and thankfully I was able to find a patch. The problem? The patch was for a different version of
WordPress 4.3 was recently released, and if you haven’t upgraded yet you should. It has a great new feature for writers, helping you write blog posts faster while spending less time formatting your content. When we talked about using Scrivener for blogging, I shared a free Markdown cheat sheet with you. Markdown lets you use simple formatting shortcuts as you type so you don’t have
If you run a blog as an income stream, chances are that you’ve at least tried to earn some advertising revenue. But managing ads on your blog can involve a big time investment. Fortunately you don’t have to manually insert ad code in every blog post. Occasionally this makes sense, like when you want to insert an affiliate ad that’s relevant only to a specific post. But
Recently we looked at eight blog post ideas you can fall back on if you suddenly aren’t sure what to write about on your blog. Today I have another tip along those lines — something you can do on a regular basis to make idea generation a bit easier. This week’s quick tip for bloggers is to write post series rather than relying solely on
Do you ever get blogger’s block – feeling like you’ve already blogged about everything in your niche and you can’t come up with new blog post ideas? I do. I’d bet most bloggers do from time to time. No matter how much you’ve written, you probably haven’t really tapped your niche, even if it’s a narrow one. So when these dry spells happen, how can
Earlier this week, I went off on Elance / Upwork for their BS blogger outreach efforts that targeted me and several other colleagues (I’ve heard from at least six others now who were a part of this supposed “handful” of targeted blogs). In that post, I shared a simple infographic highlighting the three big mistakes Upwork made, in the hopes that other businesses would see
The latest episode of the All Freelance Writing Podcast is now live. As promised in my last post’s comments, it includes an extension of the Elance / Upwork fiasco with their lame blogger relations attempt. Then I move on to offer a few tips to bloggers who are tired of finding themselves on these lists. Also in this episode: Is there really a difference
Freelance writers often take on complementary services. For example, a web content writer might handle social media marketing for the content they write. Freelance bloggers might be asked to step in and assist a client even before they have a blog set up. If you’re able to quickly set up WordPress for your clients, charging them for the service might make a lot of sense. But if
In this week’s episode of the All Freelance Writing Podcast, I highlight five common blogging myths and misunderstandings new bloggers should look out for. Blogging myths featured in this episode include: You have to post every day, or nearly every day. Every post should be “epic” content, over 2000 words, etc. There’s some big difference between “blog posts” and “articles,” and freelance bloggers should be
Have you seen bloggers feature tweetable quotes in their posts? If they’re using one of the more popular plugins, they probably look like pull quotes. Unfortunately there isn’t much variation in design, and blogs using this feature have all started having their tweetable quotes look alike. That’s why I previously showed you how you can add your own tweetable quotes, without a plugin, and with any design
Last week I suggested adding your latest blog content to your writer website’s homepage. That might make this week’s quick tip sound a little strange. But this one is for bloggers: Consider adding static content to your blog’s homepage. In last week’s post we were looking at freelance writer websites and author websites, where the blog is an add-on and static homepages are the norm.
For this week’s short share we have an interesting one on timing your social media updates from SocialCaffeine.com. What do you think? Obviously the actual best times to post on social networks won’t be the same for everyone because of community and niche differences. But how close does your experience come to these recommended times? I’ve done the most testing on Twitter. My main account
Do you have a blog attached to your freelance writer website or author site? If so, that’s a great move because fresh content can help you improve your search engine rankings. But are you really getting the biggest bang for your blogging time? Not if you aren’t sharing your blog posts on your homepage. I’ve talked before about my test results in blog frequency and
For this week’s “short share” we have an infographic from J6 Design called “8 Secrets to Writing Faster Blog Posts.” Overall, I think there are some great tips here, from creating self-imposed deadlines to avoiding the dreaded “edit while you write” syndrome. by j6design. What do you think? Do these ideas help you write blog posts faster? Are there any other tips you would add? Tell me
WordPress released a new update this week. It’s version 4.1.2, which is an important security release. Make sure you update your sites promptly if you don’t have automatic updates enabled. A security issue affecting numerous plugins was also identified, so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of plugin update notifications come through this week. Make sure you run those updates as soon as
Spam sucks. So does physical junk mail. And I get a crap-ton of it on a regular basis (that’s the official measurement scale for junk mail, really). Here’s why I get so much more garbage than my family and friends: I registered a domain name. Actually, I’ve registered hundreds of them over the years, but all it takes is one to let the spammers get your scent.
On April 21st, just a couple of weeks away, Google is scheduled to roll out a new search algorithm update. This update focuses on mobile searches, and Google will start using mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor. What does this mean? If you get traffic from smartphones (it apparently doesn’t apply to tablet searches), and if your WordPress site isn’t mobile-friendly, you could take a significant