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Creating Your Own Freelance Writing Gigs

Creating Your Own Freelance Writing Gigs

I believe that one reason writers aren't in higher demand is our collective shortcoming in marketing our gifts and their value. We have a tendency to wait until people see a need for us when we should be telling them why we're so damned valuable. When you're rainmaking, that's exactly what you're doing.

Alternatives to Writing for Revenue Sharing Sites

Alternatives to Writing for Revenue Sharing Sites

Well, there you have ‘em--a few alternatives to writing for revshare sites for new writers. I think they're all credible alternatives to using your professional skills to supply user-generated content to sites willing to pay you only a fraction of the ad revenue they generate and that have so many other shortcomings.

Why You Shouldn’t Write for Revenue Sharing Sites

Why You Shouldn't Write for Revenue Sharing Sites

Last week, I wrote about unanticipated successes.  One of the stories I relayed involved an article I wrote while experimenting with a site that pays based on residuals.  A few years ago, I wrote a brief no-brainer of an article for a revshare site that has subsequently generated several hundred dollars in earnings. I mentioned my overall disdain for involvement with most revenue sharing sites in the front-end of my post and thought I’d go into a little more detail about why I feel the way I do.  I’d hate to think that my story of an exception to the [Read more…]

The Secret Life of a Freelance Writer

The Secret Life of a Freelance Writer

I have a secret day/night life, too.  Mine doesn't rival the Angel story and it isn't as fun as Giddens' tale. Sometimes, in the evening, I write things that pay next to nothing.  And I do it just for fun.

Quality Standards for Online Content

Quality Standards for Online Content

So, the Internet Content Syndication Council is concerned about the allegedly abysmal quality of mass-produced articles flying out of the content mills.  They’re so disturbed by the practices and output of the mills that they’re working on a series of quality standards and have discussed the possibility of certifying “legitimate” content. I can think of few sillier endeavors. Money Talks The ICSC thinks ad spends should go to the producers of rock-solid content.  That wouldn’t be a bad argument if they could convincingly demonstrate that an investment in top drawer material would yield a superior return on investment compared to [Read more…]

Visuals Count in Web Articles

Visuals Count in Web Articles

Lede (lead), transitions, closing – check. Sound research, supporting facts, eye-catching headline – check. Full editing checklist – completed. You’ve got the perfect web article. It’s going to gain thousands of hits, right? One question: how does it look? Writing for the web is different than writing for print publications. Magazine articles have a lot of help to look pretty for the reader. On the net, many pieces are like the ugly duckling – inside there is a bevy of beauty, but no one can get past the outside. The majority of articles need to be visually appealing for readers [Read more…]

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