Article Quickie: Freelance Writing Jargon

Article Quickie: Freelance Writing Jargon – A – C: From AP Style to Crib Sheet Article Quickie: Freelance Writing Jargon – D – G From Deadlines to Ghostwriting Headline The attention grabber,  the big bold letters at the top of the articles that stop readers in their tracks. Example: “Sixty Ways to Drive Your Man Wild” or “Top Ten Blogging Tips for Beginners” or “Why Your Kids Hate You.” Careful with the sensational ones, readers hate a content tease. HTML Hypertext markup language. Without getting all techie, it’s the tags that create <b>bold</b> lettering, italics, indentations, hyperlinks, etc. Some gigs [Read more…]

How Can a Freelancer Build a Web Content Client Base?

You’re not alone. I know that because I get emails asking, “How in the hell can I get decent clients?” on a regular basis. I know that because I see folks quizzing discussion board participants with variations of the same question.

Visuals Count in Web Articles

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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…]

Content Mill Writers ARE Business People – And We’re All Proof of That

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I just read, with interest, Yolander Prinzel’s post at All Freelance Writing entitled “Why Low Paying Gigs Are and Are Not Your Problem.” I’m inclined to comment, except my comment is so long that I decided to just post it here. Warning: Reactionary blog post ahead: In her post Yo discusses why you needn’t worry about content site writers as your competition, but offers an enlightening look at some of the things you should concern yourself with. I’m not arguing with most of her points because they’re fair. For the most part, I agree with Yo in that content mill [Read more…]

How Content Site Writers Can Avoid a Bad Reputation

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There are many sides to the content site debate and I understand them all, even if I don’t always agree. One popular argument for the anti-content site contingent is that the writers are unskilled laborers turning out crappy content. While I have seen some cases of truly bad content,  I know this isn’t the case for all content writers.  Some content sites take great pains to find experienced writers to create quality content, but there are also sites that don’t even check writing samples or credentials before hiring. To generalize and lump every single content writer in the “crappy content” [Read more…]

b5Media Layoffs Are a Good Reminder to Spread Those Freelance Writing Eggs Around

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If you hung out on Twitter for any amount of time today, you may have learned b5Media had yet another round of layoffs. This time both part time and full time freelance writers for that content site were locked out of their blogs and shown the door. Some of the laid off writers were with b5Media since its inception about five years ago. It’s a sad day for a company that once held such a great buzz and terrific vibe. I was a blogger for b5Media and the experience was valuable (blogging lessons from Darren Rowse, I mean, does it [Read more…]

Another Web Content Post: What They’re Saying, What’s True and What’s False

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Whenever I have something on my mind regarding content sites, I  struggle with whether or not to discuss it here. I’m sort of tiring of the discussions mostly because at this point it’s the same people (on both sides) beating their same tired arguments to death. It’s resulting in a lot of name calling and finger pointing and it gives me a headache. On the other hand, I really want to address some of what I’ve been reading lately. I won’t be insulted if you skip this post in favor of one not geared towards web content sites. I’m pretty [Read more…]

On Bad Writing, Bad Proofreading and Responsibility

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Credit where it’s due: Carson Brackney’s most recent post discusses Angela Hoy’s latest  rant against content sites and the people who write for them. In his post, “Content Mills, Angela Hoy, Search Engines and the Quality of Writng” Carson explores who really bears responsibility for bad content. This isn’t to argue Carson’s point, more to discuss the difference between bad writing and bad proofreading and also to touch a little on the responsibility part. I was going to leave a comment on Carson’s blog but it got too wordy, so I’m sharing my thoughts here. Warning: This is kind of [Read more…]

LoveToKnow Needs Writers for Various Topics

Appliances Writers Do you insist on having quality appliances in your household? Are you a little obsessed with your Kitchen-Aid mixer, your Blue Star range or your professional stick blender? Are you the ones your friends call when they are upgrading their kitchens? If you are passionate about researching and reviewing household appliances and are a writer with interesting voice and impeccable grammar, we’d love to have you writing for us. LoveToKnow is an online media company, seeking freelance writers to create web articles and slideshows on topics pertaining to appliances on an ongoing basis. LoveToKnow is a fast-growing content [Read more…]

About Suite 101: An Interview with Editor in Chief Colin Smith

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Deb’s note: This interview is part one in a series featuring content sites. As there have been much speculation and a few rather lopsided “investigations” regarding content sites, I thought it would be fair to talk to the people behind the content sites and let them tell the FWJ community a little about what they do, the benefits to their writers and why their sites are unique. Please note, these interviews aren’t endorsements, freelancers are always encouraged to make the decisions that work out best for them. In 1999, when I first began looking for freelance writing work, I came [Read more…]

Should We Include All Types of Freelance Writing Jobs?

When I began FWJ, I promised the FWJ community I wouldn’t post any jobs paying below $10. Things have changed, though. I’ve received a flood of mail from the FWJ community asking me to rethink my position regarding certain content sites. Here’s a sampling: Deb, you always say we should make our own choices. Please post all jobs except scams and let us make our own decisions regarding the low paying jobs. It’s true, I do say that. Suite101 is my highest paying client. I don’t know why you don’t include their jobs in your listing. and… As long as [Read more…]

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