Where I Hunt for Freelance Writing Job Leads – and You Should Too!

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My list of places to find freelance writing jobs for our daily job lists changes on a regular basis. As I learn of new resources or remove resources that aren’t working for us anymore, I make adjustments to my list. I also like to make these lists available to you from time to time so you can do your own thorough searches for freelance writing jobs. Plus, I think it’s fair to link to those people who make gigs available to us all. Some of these places require a subscription fee, but many are free. I hope you find this [Read more…]

Should you separate social networking from your friends & family?

Darren had an interesting post up last month at Problogger; maybe you caught it – Dear FaceBook Friends, I’m De-Friending Most of You [It's Not You, It's Me]. The post was his public rational as to why soon he’d be deleting all his work contacts from his Facebook account. Darren’s not the only one doing this either. Lately I’ve seen many folks creating their own Facebook fan pages, Twitter accounts and other work-personalized social network accounts that allow them to specifically network with work pals and contacts vs. personal real-life friends and family. Here’s an example; say your name is [Read more…]

Blooks: 13 Blogs that Became Books

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A few years ago when my blog was beginning to create a buzz, someone asked me, “Why bother? Where will it take you?” Lady, you’d be surprised. Blogging can open so many doors. I actually wrote a short ebook discussing the places blogging can take you.  Blogging is a marketing tool, an online portfolio and may even lead to much bigger projects, such as a book deal. The other day as I was watching Julie & Julia, I wondered if there were other movies about bloggers. My research didn’t turn up much and I ended up taking it in a [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for January 26, 2010

If you’ve been enjoying all the different markets we’re posting on the Freelance Writing Jobs home page lately, I hope you’ll stop by later today. I put together a treat for you. After this week, there’ll be no excuse for not earning money as a freelance writer. Enjoy today’s lists Apply for and land any new gigs lately? Tell us about it in the comments! New at the Freelance Writing Jobs network 21 Poetry Markets The Brand New Jeans Approach to Freelance Writing Recommended reading from around the blogopshere 3 Smart Google Search Tips to Hunt for Guest Post Opportunities [Read more…]

Not a Best of: The Freelance Writing Jobs Network Highlights of 2009

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We had a good year at the Freelance Writing Jobs network. We made many new friends, kept the conversation going with old friends and received some very honorable mentions. I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of this year. Mind you, this isn’t a “best of” post as we already did that. These are things that made my year as a freelance writer and professional blogger. I was walking on air in 2009 because: FWJ is Mentioned by Mashable for the Second Time: In 2008, we were thrilled when Mashable listed us as one of the top [Read more…]

Getting started as a problogger

I was reading one of Deb’s posts, “Why You Won’t Get Famous Blogging for Someone Else” and noticed the following comment. “I am looking to go into blogging or freelance writing to earn money and to be able to stay at home with my children. All I know is that I truly love to write and give my opinions. In between cooking and my household duties, I can spend up to 4 hrs or more a day just on FaceBook alone. Somehow there has got to be a way to make a living doing this and get paid for it. [Read more…]

Who is making a living as a blogger

Who is actually making a living blogging? Short and sweet; very few bloggers are making a living blogging. The longer story is that when folks read posts and articles about people such as Darren at Problogger, our own Deb Ng, and the bloggers on Paula’s top earning blogger list, it can make some people think that anyone can make a living blogging, but it’s not true. All of these bloggers work smart, work hard, and have put in long hours to get where they are. There’s not great research on bloggers who do make an actual living, and of course [Read more…]

Holiday Gifts for Freelance Writers: 10 Book Recommendations for the Writers in Your Life

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Every year I put out a call for recommendations for gifts for freelance writers and every year a flurry of representatives send me recommendations for gifts having nothing to do with writers or writing at all. So this year, I’m taking matters into my own hands by recommending my favorite books for writers. Mind you, not every book here is a book about writing, but all of them benefit freelance writers. Full disclosure: A couple of the books on this list were sent to me to review, and I give my honest review here. However, most of the books on [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 20, 2009

Hello everyone, hope you had a good weekend. If you missed them over the weekend check out Finding blog gigs – starting out with no clips and How to get a blogging job – advice from Deb Ng of FWJ. Not too many gigs today – hopefully things pick up by Wednesday. You can also check out Deb’s job listings if you like. Anywhere gigs: Sustainable Technology and Design Blogger – kind of lowish pay unless you know the topic very well and work fast, then it’s ok. Sports Blogger/Reporter (Experience Required) Blogger at Task FM – I swear I [Read more…]

Improving the job market for bloggers and online writers

Improving the job market for bloggers and online writers is a big task. Since I started posting gigs here daily I’ve noticed a slew of terrible jobs and a much smaller selection of decent jobs that actually pay a fair wage. I don’t think the fault is all on the lame clients who offer low-pay jobs though. A lot of it is dependent on us, the folks who want said jobs. For example… 1. Apply for work IF you’re qualified: I was chatting with Deb yesterday and she noted that she was shocked by the amount of people who applied [Read more…]

Choose a blog challenge or mix up your blog routine this week

I’m doing both; I’m choosing a blog challenge and mixing it up. Since it’s the start of a new year, and I have some blog issues, I figured I’d challenge myself. My blog challenge: PR post catch-up. My biggest blog challenge right now is playing catch-up with holiday PR. I have all these products, tips, and news-like bits that I’ve been meaning to post. People send me a lot of stuff and it tends to build up quickly in my email inbox. Once I get too many saved items, I freak and avoid them. Not to mention that I’d rather [Read more…]

A Few Blogging Tips from Darren Rowse

Deb’s Note: In December 2006 I interviewed Darren Rowse while auditioning for a job with About.com. I did get the job and worked as About.com’s Guide to Weblogs for a year in 2007. I’m reprinting some of my greatest hits here. I also conducted interviews with John Chow, the Go Fug Yourself ladies, NBT’s own Gayla McCord and Jeremy Wright. Expect to see those profiles here in the upcoming months. This interview was from the first time I spoke with Darren – now he’s someone I’m happy and proud to call friend. He’s just as helpful and gracious now as [Read more…]

Are You Playing Blog Favorites?

Most probloggers I know have plenty of blogs at any given time. In fact, most bloggers I know have five or more blogs. Right now I have about 8 blogs that are currently being updated, plus I also need to network them. What happens when I don’t pay attention, is I start playing favorites. By playing favorites, what I mean is that at the blogs I like best I may… Post more often. Post higher quality posts. Use my best material for said favorite blog, even though it might fit at another blog. Network that blog like a manic. Make [Read more…]

Blog Improvement Advice From Problogger Easton Ellsworth

Easton Ellsworth blogs at Know More Media, a blog network with a focus on business. He currently blogs for Business Blog Wire, an excellent blog, covering daily blogging tips and advice. He’s also a Know More Media editor, and in the past helped to to run the Know More Media Author Certification program, which was created to help bloggers improve their blogging skills. Easton stays mighty busy. He’s been blogging since 2005. Besides his blogging and editor duties, he’s also a stay-at-home dad, and he’s writing two e-books about blogging. Whew, are you feeling lazy yet? Busy or not, he’s [Read more…]

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