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Is Your Guest Post a Waste? 5 Ways Bloggers Can Tell

5 Tips Reveal if Your Guest Post is Worth It. Makealivingwriting.comGuest posting can be a superb way to collect email subscribers. But it can also be a huge waste of time, as you write a compelling and well researched guest post perfectly targeted at the blog’s readers — and get no engagement or new subscribers.

Maybe you know a couple of blogs you think would make a perfect fit for you, because their readers are the people you want on your list.

But how can you tell if it’s really a good site to pitch? Is there any way of predicting how many subscribers you can get?

Many factors are in play, and you can never predict your results for sure. Still, I have done my fair share of guest posting, on sites including Write to Done, The Write Life, Boost Blog Traffic, and many others.

Over time, I’ve found these five factors help me decide whether to pitch a guest post or move on:

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The 3 Types of People Who Fail At Freelance Writing

Should you give up your freelance writing dream? Makealivingwriting.comHave you ever wondered if you should just give up on freelance writing?

There are people who should. After nearly a decade mentoring thousands of writers inside Freelance Writers Den and elsewhere, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are a few specific types of people who aren’t cut out for this.

If you’re one of these types, freelance writing is not going to work out for you. Ever. Unless you change the type of person you are — which may be tough.

Here’s what I mean…

Yes, I realize saying this is not going to make me popular with every aspiring writer on the planet.

Let me clarify: I’m talking about people who hope to earn a full-time living from freelance writing, and pay all their bills.

If you’re working on a novel, or just like to write the occasional article for the local paper, this post is not about you. Write on!

Regular readers know I like to be encouraging and upbeat. But I also don’t believe in spreading false hope.

If you’re dreaming of making ‘freelance writer’ your job title, you should know there are certain types of people who predictably do not become successful freelance writers. I’ve seen it over and over AND over again.

And no, it’s not because you’re not a ‘good enough’ writer. Mediocrity is rampant in this industry!

Here are the three types of people who fail at freelance writing:

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How I Quintupled My Freelance Writing Income in 1 Year

Earning 5X from Freelance Writing in Just One Year. Makealivingwriting.comOne of my goals as a freelance writer is to make good money.

I’m not quite to my freelance writing income goal yet, but 2015 was a very good year. To be precise, I quintupled what I made the year before. I went from four figures in 2014 to a much healthier five figures in 2015.

When I analyzed it, I found my success last year happened because I made some serious changes in the way I run my freelance writing business.

Here are the 10 key actions I took to turbo-charge my earnings:

1. Changed my mind

I stopped trying to be a purist who only writes about green business. I continue to pursue green business clients, but I also took assignments in the broader business realm.

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The Life-Changing Magic for Freelance Writers Who Need to Earn More

Freelance Writers: This is Magic. Makealivingwriting.comDid you know that there’s one strategy freelance writers can use to earn more, almost like magic?

No, it’s not decluttering your house. Though that does help many of us be more productive.

It’s a way of bidding on freelance writing gigs that gets you earning more, every time.

I was reminded of this successful formula recently on a Den 2X Income Accelerator mastermind. Here’s how the story went:

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Twitter Marketing for Freelancers: A Simple Strategy That Gets Big Results

The Twitter Marketing Trick that got a 35% response. Makealivingwriting.comIf you love spending hours pitching prospects who never respond and look forward to all the legwork, this post probably isn’t for you.

But if you’re like me, you secretly hope your marketing efforts could be simple, painless, and effective.

While it definitely takes hard work, consistency, and perseverance to build a freelance writing business, sometimes you can find a sweet spot that works brilliantly and is surprisingly easy.

I recently found a marketing method that’s getting great results for me. It uses Twitter, direct messaging, and a simple “ask.”

This Twitter marketing approach produced the best results I’ve had since I started my freelance business — netting over a 35 percent response rate. It led to two well-paid, longform blog posts and feedback from five prospects who liked my portfolio and are keeping me in mind in for 2016 projects.

Here’s how you can get these results, too:

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2016 Forecast: Top 12 Great-Paying Freelance Writing Gigs

Great Paying Freelance Writing Gigs for 2016. Makealivingwriting.com

If you think there are no great-paying freelance writing gigs out there anymore and it’s all $5 blog posts, I’m here to spread some sunshine.

I have the advantage of chatting with hundreds of freelance writers on a regular basis in Freelance Writers Den. That’s allowed me to get a strong sense of what the trends are, and where writers are finding opportunities.

I’m hearing more and more reports of rising rates in some specific writing niches, and of growing demand for some emerging assignments.

If you’re hoping to up your game and find great-paying freelance writing gigs this year, check out my list of a dozen top niches.

All of these niches have two things in common, so let me call out those two key items first:

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