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Does a Freelance Writer Have to Understand SEO?

Does a Freelance Writer Have to Understand SEO?

It seems as though the new search engine optimization (SEO) aspect to freelance writing is two-fold: The whole concept of SEO has created many more jobs for writers, yet it has created a lot of new and different work for a writer that doesn’t always seem to fall under the “writing” category. For the latter reason, many freelance writers are not overly interested in learning SEO and would rather continue being an “old fashioned” freelance writer. After all, SEO can get complicated for someone new to the field. Although SEO is a thrill for some writers, many writers cannot help [Read more…]

Freelance Writers and Typo Paranoia

Freelance Writers and Typo Paranoia

The freelance writing community is getting a little paranoid. I find I can’t hold a casual online conversation with someone without that person apologizing for typos or errors. It’s getting a little silly. Excellent writers are posting thought provoking comments on blogs and in forums,  and then turn around and post again apologizing for typos most others wouldn’t have noticed in the first place. Relax, people. You’re human. You’re allowed to make mistakes. When Freelance Writers Should Mind Their Typos The purpose of this post isn’t to say we shouldn’t be diligent about our writing and do our best to [Read more…]

Will Casual Blogging Conversation Be the Death of Formal Article Writing?

Will Casual Blogging Conversation Be the Death of Formal Article Writing?

A couple of days ago I wondered if it’s OK for freelance writing bloggers to talk like they speak. After all, blogging is a much more casual form of writing than what most of us are used to.  While some purists don’t always appreciate a conversational tone when reading the news or learning about vitamin supplements, the truth is, that’s where we’re headed. The Internet has turned writers into bloggers and everything is all so ultra-cas now. Writing for Short Attention Spans Look around at your favorite news, medical and even government sites and what do you see? News sites [Read more…]

If I’m a “Thought Leader” You’re All in Trouble

If I'm a "Thought Leader" You're All in Trouble

The other day I was introduced as a “thought leader.”  As you can imagine, I was flattered, but I was also confused and amused. I was confused because I’m still not so sure what it means to be a thought leader, and I was amused because if I’m the one leading your thoughts you’re all in a lot of trouble. I’ve been hearing this term “thought leader” for some time now, but never really sat down to explore what it means before today. Heck, I have some time. What is a Thought Leader, Anyway? As everyone knows, Google holds the [Read more…]

What Happens When You Rebel?

What Happens When You Rebel?

I’ve been watching “America: The Story of Us” on the History Channel.  Whenever I watch a documentary or read about America’s Founding Fathers, I reflect on what was at stake at the time. I don’t know how many Americans consider the magnitude of the danger involved in this major act of rebellion. Every single signer of the Declaration of Independence committed an act of high treason. If caught, they’d be hung or shot on sight. Many sacrifices were made on our behalf, yet we don’t often think about the gory details as they’re too unpleasant and seems as if it [Read more…]

More on Freelancing, Blogging and Giving Out Free Information

More on Freelancing, Blogging and Giving Out Free Information

At SXSW last weekend I had a chance to attend a small, intimate gathering made up of many of the top writing bloggers and social media professionals in the space. We had an interesting conversation regarding email and how many people write to us on a daily basis requesting advice. Most of us described receiving hundreds, if not thousands of emails each day requesting advice for getting started, setting rates and other questions. So herein lies the dilemma…. Every bit of advice folks email to ask about can be found on this blog. For example, I receive mail asking for [Read more…]

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