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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]