How to be a professional blogger

The other day I posted about Google CEO Eric Schmidt not seeming to be all that on board with bloggers. Some agreed, some thought he needed to read some WordPress blogs (not just Blogger), some felt he was just being pro editor and not dissing bloggers in general. That’s all good but if you are a blogger you should be aware that you can expand your professional appearance as a blogger without having to resort to saying stuff like, “I’m really a writer; not a blogger.” Bloggers, in my opinion, can be completely professional. There’s a ton of stuff you [Read more…]

Google CEO Eric Schmidt not on board with bloggers

So, last night Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave a nice little speech at the American Society of News Editors conference in DC, and apparently doesn’t find bloggers to be all that trustworthy. Maybe he was just trying to fit in with the print heavy crowd, maybe he only reads poorly written blogs or maybe he just really doesn’t like bloggers – who knows. However he did note… “We’re not in the news business, and I’m not here to tell you how to run a newspaper. We are computer scientists. And trust me, if we were in charge of the news, [Read more…]

Is your blog job sucking the fun out of blogging?

I’ve been blogging professionally (i.e. making money at this blogging deal) for a long while now. However, before I blogged for pay I blogged for me. For fun. For the sheer need of saying what was on my mind. I had a blog with zero ads so comments and freedom of speech were my big rewards, not cold hard cash. There’s a big difference between blogging for yourself and blogging because it’s your job, but it doesn’t mean the two paths can’t connect. For example, when you blog for clients, for cash, there are some issues that can super suck [Read more…]

Blog & Web Writing Gigs for August 19, 2009

A fair amount of decent paying gigs today, although I swear people are getting less and less clear when writing these things. It’s not that hard – Location? Pay? Hours? Duties? That works. I think maybe people are trying to be too fancy. In any case, no tip today but I do think this post is worth a read – Don’t Ignore the Hidden Job Market for Freelancers. Anywhere gigs: Engineering Blogger Established website seeks Editor in Chief – AND Blogger/Editor Needed for Pet Loving Startup – pay issues sounds super iffy on both gigs so approach with care Intern [Read more…]

Blog & Web Writing Gigs for August 17, 2009

Jobs are back, although it does seem slim around the web re: anywhere gigs. Still, there’s some decent gigs today so check them out. Job tip o’ the day: Now that I’m back we’ll be resuming our how to get a blogging job series. If you haven’t been following along, you can get up to speed by reading the following… How to get blogging jobs and web writing jobs – getting started Finding blog gigs – starting out with no clips How to get a blogging job – advice from b5media’s hiring editor How to get a blogging job – [Read more…]

How to bomb out all the time when looking for writing gigs

You apply for one or two gigs a month: There’s something to be said for the law of averages. If you’re applying for five or less blog or web writing gigs a month your odds of getting hired are slimmer than the odds of a blogger who gets out there and applies for 20, 30, or more gigs a month. You apply for lots of gigs but most are totally inappropriate for you: While the above tip about applying for a lot of gigs is good advice, it’s also important to apply for gigs you actually might get. You’re not [Read more…]

Blogging & Web Writing Gigs for July 25, 2009

First off sorry no jobs yesterday – what with packing to move and work, it’s a little nuts around here. Secondly, congrats to Marye, who scored a KILLER gig via a job posting I listed here at Blogging For A Living AND actually tweeted to me about it so I knew. It’s double nice in this case because Marye’s a good friend, but even if I don’t personally know you, it feels much more productive when I hear someone gets a fly gig. So, if you score a gig from one of these lists leave a comment, tweet, or email [Read more…]

Blogging & Web Writing Gigs for July 22, 2009

Well, it looks like I was wrong about gigs picking up mid-week. Still not much out there. However, just because it’s not on a job board doesn’t make a gig invisible. Deb has put together two new excellent resources… 40 Freelance Writing Markets Paying $100 or More (Much More) 50 Places that Hire Freelance Writers You can get a gig – you just need to keep your chin up and keep on truckin’. Anywhere gigs: Parent community blogger – too low of pay IMO BUT also super PT 2 positions – Article Writer/Web Content Writer Environmental Website writer – I’ve [Read more…]

How to get a blogging job – advice from Deb Ng of FWJ

During our how to get blogging and web writing series we’re looking at some of the experience that clients are looking for in a blogger or online writer. Last week we heard from Kori Ellis, an editor at b5media. Today we’re going to hear from someone familiar to you – Deb. BUT just in case you’re stopping by and are new to Blogging For A Living, Deb Ng is the founder of Freelance Writing Jobs, co-owner of the blog Kommein – a blog for community managers and author of the ebook “Beyond Blogging: Using Your Blogging Skills for Bigger and [Read more…]

Finding blog gigs – starting out with no clips

If you want to work as a blogger or web writer and by work, I mean make a living, then you have to start somewhere. Of all the email questions I get, “How do I actually get started without a portfolio” is probably the most common question. It’s true that clients want to see clips but most don’t care what sort of clips they care more that you wrote the clips well. Are there clips in your past? If you honestly feel you have zip in the way of a portfolio, the first thing to do is take another look [Read more…]

What kind of jobs can blogging skills lead to?

Blogging for a career can be iffy. The pay can be good, but sometimes it’s beyond terrible. The hours on a cushy blogging gig may be easy but in many cases you put in long hours with few days off. Also, because of the popularity of blogs there are plenty of everyday Joes (or Sallys) who get it into their head that blogging is a snap and start a blog project which means in some cases you could end up applying for a gig where you know way more about blogs then the client who hires you (frustrating). The good [Read more…]

Blogging & Online Writing Gigs for June 5, 2009

Some decent looking gigs today, which is good since weekends pickings tend to be slim. Job tip o’ the day: Blogging is more than just writing. You may need to know basic HTML, SEO, how to fix a small glitch, or set up a widget. Make sure you learn everything you need to about blogging to score gigs. Anywhere gigs: looking for bloggers Blogger at – NOTE: they say, “You’ll be working as part of a fun start-up” so check out to see if they’re actually paying. Community Manager for 700+ Australian bloggeres Eco-website needs writers – a [Read more…]

Online resume mistakes you may be making

Applying for online writing gigs is a writing talent all on its own. If you make a mistake you’re not kicking off this whole, “I can write for a living” deal very well. Because you’ll be sending your resume / work bio by email, you need to adjust it for the web. Following are some mistakes not to make when applying for an online writing gig – be it a blog or other website. Mistakes when applying: You cut and paste from Word or another doc. application: This can result in some funky formatting and make your email look unprofessional. [Read more…]

Blogging & Online Writing Gigs for May 22, 2009

Some decent looking gigs today. Bonus gig tip o’ the day: It looks like social media gigs are taking over lately; if you’re not on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites now is the time to connect. Anywhere gigs: Social Media Intern – can’t tell if you have to be in San Francisco or not. Food Technologist Writer Fashion, tech, home and garden blogs – freelance contributors wanted – NOTE: only decent pay if you blog fast. Online Marketing Manager Writer Needed To Post On Social Website for Search Engine Optimization (L.A. ) – sounds like they’re looking for [Read more…]

Basic Networking for Bloggers

There are three places that a blogger should start with when it comes to networking… Your own blog: You may be the master of facebook, tweet with the best of them, and have more Karma Points on Mixx than one human should legally be allowed to have, but if I try to communicate with you at your own blog, and you ignore me, I’m not going to be thrilled. I’m not gonna care if you’re friends with everyone at Digg if you can’t even take the time to answer a comment, respond to an email, or connect on a basic [Read more…]

Sneaky Clients – Acts That Should Make You Run for the Hills

Sneaky clients at best are somewhat silly to obnoxious, and at worst may want you to break the law. I’ve never had a network ask me to do anything questionable, but stand alone clients have been another story. Here are some things that a sneaky client might try. Give you a demotion for low stats early on. First off, ask if you can have access to stats, then it’s easy to know where stats stand. Also, unless it was in your contract, you shouldn’t get a pay cut, especially not if it’s a new blog. It takes a long time [Read more…]

Typical Blog Wages – How Much Money You Should Make Blogging

First off there are no typical blog wages; not if you blog for yourself, and certainly not if you blog for others. Clients have different budgets, different advertising, and different situations. Still, everyone always asks about actual wages. That said, I figured I’d post some wages that either I’ve accepted, or wages that I know other bloggers have accepted recently. This may help to give you some idea of what’s decent vs. unfair vs. really good. Variables: In all of these situations, I’m assuming that one, the topic is one you know well, and two, you know how to do [Read more…]

Dealing With Blog Compensation Offers – Clients Who Offer Too Much Money

The other day I posted: When someone hires you to blog, which tasks are they hiring you for? At the end I said I’d be back to discuss clients who don’t know about blogs; who are more than happy to pay you simply to post and do nothing else. There’s actually more to this issue than clients who are only looking for posters. You’ll run into a few general negotiation scenarios as a blogger: Clients who offer too much money for too little work (this actually is a problem, below I’ll tell you why). Clients who offer you joke wages [Read more…]

When someone hires you to blog, which tasks are they hiring you for?

Lately I’ve been seeing these sorts of questions a lot at forums: Someone wants to hire me for their blog – should I charge extra for networking? How much do you charge for moderating comments? How much do you charge for each comment you respond to? Should I charge extra for commenting on other blogs? The client wants me to Digg stuff! What the? I just want to post twice a week – what do you charge for that? Here’s the deal. To me, blogging has always been a package deal. Frankly, if you’re a blogger, there are certain tasks [Read more…]

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