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Freelance Marketing: 40 Ways to Get More Writing Gigs

40 ways to market your writing. Makealivingwriting.com

If your client work has all but dried up, or you’re trying to jump start your writing career, take a look at your freelance marketing efforts.

Maybe you’re not doing enough marketing. That’s the elephant in the room for many of the freelance writers I’ve coached over the years.

Or maybe the marketing you are doing isn’t working. Then what?

Don’t get caught in shiny-objects syndrome, jumping  from one strategy to the next.

Instead, be more strategic about how you market your writing. New ways to reach clients keep emerging, so keep an open mind.

Take a look at this list of 40 ways to market your writing we developed with the help of veteran freelancer Anne Wayman.

Then get to work. The more freelance marketing you do, the more likely you’re going to move up and earn more.

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Blogger Outreach Disasters: 3 Sad Examples + 2 Tips

How to avoid a blogger outreach disaster. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s a strategy every top blogger tells you to pursue: Contact successful bloggers and ask them for a guest post, link, or interview. But blogger outreach isn’t quite that simple.

Now that every blogger is constantly hit up with requests, you’ll have to be a bit more sophisticated than shooting them an email that is essentially just, “Hi total stranger, would you do me a favor and help build my blog career?”

To help you avoid wasted time on blogger outreach that goes nowhere, I’ve pulled together three recent examples of outreach gone terribly wrong in pitches I received. There’s also one terrific example of outreach done right.

Wondering what basic mistakes to avoid? Read on:

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Worried About Competitors? Here’s the Key to Freelance Success

The only competition to worry about for freelance success. Makealivingwriting.com

How do you achieve freelance success with so many other writers out there? It’s a question that’s come up a lot lately, as well as four years ago, when I first published this post. The answer might surprise you. Enjoy!–Carol.

Ever worry about competing with other writers in your niche for freelance success?

After all, a lot of writers with more experience than you are hustling every day. Can you really make this work, or do you feel like it’s hopeless to even put yourself out there?

Spend a lot of time worrying about other writers, and it might seem like those established pros already have the market for writing all sewn up.

I had one budding freelance writer tell me:

“I know the healthcare industry from my job, but when I saw how many members the healthcare writers association had, I just gave up! It seems like it’s too competitive.”

Or if you’ve been around a while, maybe you’re up nights worrying about all the hot young, social-media-savvy writers who’re coming to eat your lunch.

If you’re going to think this way — always worrying about how many other writers are trying to do the same thing you are — freelance success is just going to be a pipe dream.

To win the freelance writing game, you have to put your focus in a different place.

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Master Writing Jobs Exposed–Learn How to Spot Writing Scams

Learn to spot writing scams. Makealivingwriting.com

How do you know if an online writer platform is legit? Since new sites are born every week — promising ample assignments and fat paychecks for beginning writers! — I can’t do investigations on each and every possible writing scam (though I’ve certainly looked into some that turned out to be outright ripoffs).

I can’t be everywhere. And this blog has other topics to cover, like finding courage to put your writing out there, self-publishing, blogging best practices, and finding great freelance clients. So it’s important to know how to do your own research.

This post takes you through easy, quick steps you can take online to gather information about websites you’re thinking of paying for access to resources, job boards, or publishing opportunities.

I’m going to use a site I learned about recently as an example: Master Writing Jobs (no, I’m not going to link to them in this story and give them a backlink that might drive more traffic to their site. You can Google them if you want.)

I spent perhaps 30 minutes tops, researching this site to see what I could learn. And it wasn’t tough to see they weren’t a good value, even at their current ‘sale’ price of $34 for lifetime access.

If you’d like to avoid writing scams and learn how to verify online offers, read on:

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Are You Looking for More Writing Motivation?

Writing motivation: Do you really want to be a freelance writer? Makealivingwriting.com

If you find it tough to get psyched up to write, this post is for you. I recently received a letter from a new writer hoping I could help her find more writing motivation:

I’m Sherin from Indonesia, it’s such a pleasure to find you as someone I can look up to. I’ve been saying to myself that, I really want to be a writer. And I’m very passionate about being a freelance writer, especially in content writing and maybe in proofreading. I know I need to plan how am I going to do that, but I feel lack of confidence and I don’t really know where to start.

I think this will be a good opportunity to make my own income too. I’m still a student supported by my parents. But I just love the image of standing independently. Anyway, I am so sorry to bother you. I know that I need to have some good skill to become a freelance writer, and to become skilled, I need to learn and practice. And I don’t know how to do that.

Can you give me some tips or maybe some motivation?

Letters like this make me want to cry. Because I’m dedicated to helping freelance writers earn more!

I want to have tips and useful info for you. (And ESL writer or not, writers write in every language and there are clients all over the world, so any grammar errors you spot above are not important here.)

What’s the trouble then? When you ask me to give you some motivation, I’ve got nothing.

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Market Report: The 5 Worst Kinds of Freelance Writing Jobs

Skip these dead end freelance writing jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

When you’re looking to earn a living as a freelance writer, there’s one important thing to know: Not all freelance writing jobs are created equal.

Some types of writing offer terrific pay, while others always seem to pay peanuts. If you focus your efforts on better-paying opportunities and avoid wasted time on niches that don’t offer pro rates, you’ll improve your odds of building a serious freelance income.

Recently, I’ve had quite a few coaching students announce plans to focus on niches where I believe there is little or no paid opportunity. So I think it’s time to call these out, so writers can avoid them.

Wondering which types of writing are unlikely to pay the bills? Here’s my list of the five worst types freelance writing jobs:

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