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Transform Your Freelance Marketing: 5 Things You’re Probably Getting Wrong

Transform your Freelance MarketingEvery week, I meet writers who are taking their first plunge into freelance marketing. Maybe they’ve grown tired of applying for UpWork gigs they don’t get, scanning Craigslist ads for hours, or of getting $10 a post from a content mill.

To me, this is an exciting moment, when writers realize they’re in business — and running a business means you do proactive marketing. Passively trolling online ads that are each going to get 1,000 responses isn’t your ticket to high earnings.

This is all good, but often, when you first start active marketing, it can be discouraging. Early results may not be stellar. There’s a decent bit to know to win at pitching your writing services.

While some writers make phone calls or do in-person networking, the majority send marketing or pitch emails. For publications, we send queries.

And most of these pitches don’t get results. Why? Here are my top five probable reasons freelance marketing is ineffective, based on my experience reviewing hundreds of pitch letters over the years:

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Earn Money Online: 92 Websites That Pay Writers $50+

Earn Money Online: 92 Websites that Pay Writers. Makealivingwriting.comTired of writing for pennies (or peanuts or whichever cliche for crappy pay you prefer) and ready to earn money online for real?

We’re tired of it, too. That’s why Carol started paying for posts a few years back — and why she upped her rates to $75+ last fall. And it’s why we update our list of sites that pay on a regular basis.

Below is the new-and-improved, early 2016 edition of Make a Living Writing’s list of websites that pay at least $50 per post.

What’s included — and not

Rather than linking to the list we published last fall, we’re posting a comprehensive and updated new list. We’ve added new markets we learned of in the past 6 months and removed sites that have categories of posts that are below $50. That’s our minimum.

In some cases, these sites keep it on the Q.T. exactly what they pay. We’re including markets where freelance writers in our network report they pay more than $50, in order to bring you the widest variety of paying markets possible.

We also removed sites that are not currently accepting pitches, which knocked a good portion of the writing-focused sites off. Sites where you only have a shot at earning $50 writing on spec, or based on traffic or ad clicks, are NOT included. This is a list of markets offering guaranteed pay only!

The list runs the gamut of topics, from parenting and knitting to business and writing, so there should be something here for everyone.

As always, we appreciate any corrections or additions — please post them in the comments. Here’s the list:

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Hearing Crickets? Try These Freelance Pitch Tweaks That Get You to “Yes”

Freelance Pitch Tweaks That Get a Yes! Makealivingwriting.comAre you scared to send cold pitches to drum up new business clients?

It made me nervous, too, when I quit my salaried job to write.

But my monthly income from freelancing was a disappointing $200 – I had to attract new business clients fast.

Cold pitch emails were my solution. In four months, my income skyrocketed to $4,200 and I had four new clients.

Here are five strategies I used to conquer cold pitching with only a few writing clips under my belt.

 

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4 Ways to Make Time for Your Writing (Even if You Really, REALLY Don’t Have Any)

Make Time for Writing (even if you don't have any) - Makealivingwriting.comYou want to write … you really, really do.

You keep waiting for a good time to open up in your schedule, but it seems that every day you hit the sack wondering, “Where did the time go?”

I get that. Between our jobs, families, housekeeping chores, and other obligations, it seems like we have zero minutes left over to work on our passions.

And building our writing business takes a backseat to the rest of the tasks on our to-do lists.

I’ve coached many, many writers around this theme, and also wrote a book for women who want to do it all—including starting a side business—but don’t seem to have the time: How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life — While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie. (Though the book is aimed at women, the strategies apply to men, too!)

Ready to make the time to write more—and get your writing business off the ground? Here are the top tips from my research:

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Exciting News for Freelance Writers: Email Copywriting is Hard

Good news for freelance writers: Email copyrighting is HARD. Makealivingwriting.com

You probably write emails every day. But emails that make sales? That’s not so easy — and that’s good news for freelance writers looking for lucrative writing opportunities.

In a recent interview for the Litmus.com blog, Ann Handley (bestselling author of Everybody Writes), spoke about how hard is it to write an email.

In fact, it’s one of the most difficult tasks in marketing.

I couldn’t agree more.

In my experience, companies struggle every day to craft effective emails that engage their audiences, generate leads, and bring in the business.

To them, success is just a click away. But so is failure.

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Toughen Up: 7 Ways to Get Serious About Full-Time Freelance Writing

Get serious about being a freelancer. Makealivingwriting.comHave you been toying with the idea of becoming a full-time freelance writer?

If so, I’ve got some tips for you. It’s time to change your thinking.

Writing full-time to pay your bills isn’t for the meek. And it’s not a career you can succeed at with a half-hearted effort. This is going to take serious commitment, and a thick skin.

I hear from writers every day who’re in love with the idea of becoming a freelancer…but they’re hooked on the security of that paycheck. Fears hold them back.

If this is you, let me give you a step-by-step on what successful, full-time freelance writers do to launch their business:

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