Creating Your Own Freelance Writing Gigs

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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

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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

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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…]

Getting More Work from Your Existing Clients

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I don’t think it’s enough. Getting work is wonderful, making it is even better. Writers need to put their creative thinking, experience and skills to work to create new projects.

How to Make a Living as a Writer

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You want to make a living writing.

Here’s how I do it. It may not be a good way for you to do it. Then again, it might be advice that transforms you from a feast/famine disaster into a consistent earner.

Rights, Lou Reed and Susan Boyle

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I’m not celebrity-obsessed.  I’m barely celebrity-interested.  As such, excuse me if this rundown of recent events lacks the feel of a well-written gossip column. There is a television show called America’s Got Talent, which is a US-based knock-off of a show called Britain’s Got Talent. Former Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, Susan Boyle, was supposed to appear on America’s Got Talent.  She was planning to sing Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”. A few hours before Boyle’s planned performance, the folks at America’s Got Talent learned that Lou Reed refused to grant permission to sing his song. Susan Boyle found the news very [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for August 25, 2010

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I’m excited to share our job leads with you today!  It may be hump day for some, but we’ve got some good stuff for you.  Before checking out the list of job leads, make sure you welcome Ahmed Bilal to FWJ.  Also, don’t miss Carson’s post – Three Bags of Gold.  It will really get you thinking.  Now, for the hump day quote of the week: Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what’s right. ~Isaac Asimov New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Ahmed Bilal Joins the Freelance Writing Jobs Team Three Bags of Gold Freelance [Read more…]

A Little Help from My Freelance Writing Friends…

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I guess I’m extending an invitation with this post. It’s an invitation to operate on a more sincere level than others might sometimes use. It’s an invitation to provide something of value to others–to really make human contact. That’s not just because you’ll have someone to hit up when you confront an issue. It’s also because you’ll be able to help other people when they need it.

Freelance Writing Business Multipliers… Are You Using Them?

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If you’re asking the right questions, you’re opening doors to additional opportunities.

Those five articles may have turned into ten articles, some additional web content, a better squeeze page, a white paper or special report for list building, a regular blogging gig, assistance in constructing additional content for inbound link creation and who-knows-what-else.

Those questions are business multipliers.

How You Made My Life Easier, Free Nachos and Other Delights (Part 2)

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Without further ado, here’s an overall look at what folks around here had to say about getting things done more efficiently.

Thanks again to everyone who commented. My apologies if I somehow forgot to reference your particular remarks in this post. Every shred of advice provided had real value.

How You Made My Life Easier, Free Nachos and Other Delights (Part 1)

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Anyway, I wanted to do two things before walking away from that post and implementing those good ideas. First, I wanted to write a “wrap” post about the recommendations, noting the prevailing themes, providing my reactions to them, etc. Second, I wanted to give away the free nacho prize.

You’ll note that this post is labeled “Part One”. You’ll see “Part Two” next week. I’m going to use “Part Two” to break down all of the advice, to provide kind words of thanks to the geniuses who provided it and to come up with what I hope to be a few Marvelous Insights of my own.

Are Your Greatest Ideas Rotting on the Vine?

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I’ll make a few guesses:

* Most writers have these moments of inspiration and ideas to do something new, different, creative, smart or interesting.
* Most writers don’t revisit those ideas with any frequency.
* Most writers don’t transform their ideas into actual work product.
* Some of those ideas have the potential to be Truly Great.

Separation, Integration and Working as a Freelance Writer: My Peas are Touching My Meat (and it’s Good)

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I realized that I don’t really want a separation between the professional and the personal. I don’t want regular hours, a regimented schedule or a sign on the door of my basement office.

Screw separation. I want integration.

Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: A Law for Online Freelance Writers

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There’s a lot of ape-killing going on out there, folks. That statue of the Lawgiver is weeping again and this time the tears aren’t open to multiple interpretations. It’s all about sadness stemming from our transgressions.

The comments to a recent FWJ post are a great example. There are enough dead apes to dissuade a number of writers from engaging their peers.

Writing and My Way

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That’s writing, isn’t it? It’s the ability to un-mangle the twisted bumpers, to tend to the wounded and to find something in the whole chaotic mess.

Will Video Kill the Keyboard Star?

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I’m curious. What are you doing on this front?

Are you playing with video? Are you updating your blog with little clips of you chit-chatting directly to your audience? Are you peppering your site with video?

Are you providing video services to your clients or do you regularly collaborate on video projects?

Eight Ways for Freelance Writers to Become Famous on the Web

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You want a presence. Gravitas. Authority. Whatever. You want people to find you. You want them to know who you are. You have your reasons. They’re probably related to maintaining a sufficient balance in your checking account.

So, how are you going to do it? How are you going to go from being just another of 13,397,988 freelance writers to Famous You?

Here are a few models to consider.

The Accidental Specialist

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Subject matter specialization has its advantages and I’d never steer anyone away from being the “go to” person in their particular niche–unless the niche is crazily limited in popularity. However, there is room for those of us who don’t necessarily want to write in the same topic area day after day, too. I’ve found that works for me because of what I’ve learned “off the page.”

So, FWJ readers, are you specialists? Budding specialists trying to establish credibility in a particular niche? Generalists who’ll write about everything from skirt styles to barbecue ribs? What works for you and why?

Freelance Writing for the Web: A Change is Gonna Come. Are You Ready?

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Make a point of learning more about why potential clients are looking for a writer in the first place and study the hell out of the marketplace and the kind of changes in advertising, search, social media, and all of the other things that are going to force changes in the way people conduct business and information acquisition on the ‘Net.

SEO Experts and Freelance Writers: Interview with Kieran Flanagan

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Kieran is a great guy with whom to work and his perspective on writing and search engine optimization is indicative of what I tend to encounter when dealing with the “right” people. He’s the kind of person I’d recommend to anyone looking for someone to provide link building services.

Don’t get any funny ideas about stealing my client, either. I’ve asked Kieran to tip me off if anyone tries to muscle in on my turf, lol!

Without further ado, here’s the Q&A:

Delays, Losses and Freelance Writing Confidence

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I’m guessing we’ll all agree that a belief in your talents is good stuff for a freelancer. I’m wondering if any of you have some tips for those who’d like to develop more of that confidence.

Who’s willing to put on their self-guru cap to share a few ideas?

Please Welcome New Bloggers to the Freelance Writing Jobs Team

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Thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s call for bloggers. We received over 250 applications and I spent most of the weekend reading through them all. You’re all so talented it was very hard to choose. However, several applicants were no-brainers. Please welcome three new bloggers to the Freelance Writing Jobs blogging team. Carson Brackney: Carson is going to offer news you can use. He’s going to take a look at the freelance writing world and offer practical tips for getting the job done. Carson and I go way back, we both began writing blogs around the same [Read more…]

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