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Blogger Outreach: 3 Brilliant Strategies and 5 Disastrous Mistakes

Blogger Outreach: Brilliant Strategies & Disastrous MistakesWant to know why most blogs never really take off?

I discovered the answer when I reviewed about 100 readers’ blogs earlier this week on a free-feedback day.

What’s the big stumbling block? Most bloggers are writing all alone.

No mentors. No collaborators. They’re not guest posting, and there are no guest posts on their blog.

They’re blogging in a vacuum. That means you don’t know the best practices, the trends, the sweet little design tricks and shortcuts that help you get more subscribers.

Don’t blog alone

Loads of bloggers are trying to connect with big influencers — but few do it successfully.

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Let’s Make Your Blog Earn: Free Reviews Today

Free Day of Blog Reviews by Carol Tice. Makealivingwriting.comEver wish a successful blogger would tell you how to make your blog earn real money — even if you only have a small audience?

Well, today’s your chance.

I’m in a giving mood, because tomorrow is the release (at last!) of my new e-book, Small Blog, Big Income.

One big thing I talk about in this e-book is the urgent need for startup bloggers to build strong relationships with subscribers. Let them know you love them!

When you have a small blog audience, one way you can stand out and build your subscriber count is to keep surprising readers with fun, free goodies, so your audience thinks you’re awesome, and they never want to leave you.

Today, I thought I’d take my own advice.

Here’s what I’ve got for you: Every blogger who leaves a comment on this post on the day it’s published is getting a piece of feedback on their blog from me.

I’m excited to give back to my terrific readers. I’ve been doing a lot of blog reviews lately, and I can see bloggers really need the help! There are plenty of courses out there about building our blog — but I’ve discovered they’re no substitute for getting personalized advice about your blog.

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Launching an E-Book? A Peek at My $10K Earning Plan

Earn Big from Your E-Book. Makealivingwriting.comI found out an interesting fact this past weekend: Amazon is ringing up close to $6 million in e-book sales every DAY.

It’s no wonder nearly every freelance writer I meet is either thinking about writing and launching an e-book, or has already published one.

My question to all of you e-book writers is: Why? What’s your goal?

Getting clarity on that is key to making your e-book journey a success.

Writers publish e-books for many reasons. For many of us, e-books are what marketers call a ‘tripwire’ product. It exists not to earn money so much as to start readers opening their wallets.

Then, you sell them the more lucrative and profitable thing later on. This is the kingdom of the 99-cent e-book.

Other authors are giving away their e-book free, in hopes of gaining ‘bestseller list’ credentials, and using that authority to get more speaking engagements or coaching students. Still others publish simply to say they’ve done it.

Then, there’s the big dream of many writers:

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Make Your Failing Blog Earn With 3 Simple Questions

Make your failing blog earn. Makealivingwriting.comMost blogs are just…sitting there.

How do I know? Because I’ve been reviewing bunches of them as part of the coaching service I’m launching along with my upcoming e-book, Small Blog, Big Income.

At this point in the life of the blogosphere, I have to say I’m surprised. There’s no shortage of advice out there from mega-successful bloggers on how to build a blog-based business.

So what’s up?

I started asking these bloggers questions…and discovered a problem.

House built on a weak foundation

There are some very basic building blocks that should be in place when you launch a blog — and often, they’re missing.

We press ‘publish’ because we can, without thinking through where we’re headed. The result is incoherent, rambling blogs with no apparent focus…and vague dreams of quitting freelancing and earning from our blogs that don’t come true.

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How to Become a Freelance Writer — Even if You’re Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Leap into freelancing — even if you’re broke. Makealivingwriting.comI didn’t plan on leaving my job to become a freelance writer with next to no money and my 6-year-old laptop.

I had a 5-year goal to become a “real” writer, but my plans had to change. I was too tired and burned out with my career in addiction services — my stress level reached a point where it started affecting both my physical and mental health.

When I talked about quitting my job to write, people thought I was crazy. Maybe I was. I had less than $500 in my savings account, a house, a car payment, and three kids. My husband was a year into his business and barely turning a profit.

The time seemed anything but right, yet I made it work. My kids didn’t starve, my car wasn’t repossessed, and over a year later, I’m still writing full time.

Here are my tips on how to become a full-time freelance writer without a safety net:

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What Editors Love: 11 Insider Tips for Freelance Writers

Editors reveal what they love in a pitch. Makealivingwriting.comPleasing editors may seem difficult. But you don’t have to be confused about how to handle these tricky relationships any more.

We’ve got tips for freelance writers who want the inside line on how to become an editor’s favorite, “go-to” writer.

Many editors from consumer, trade, airline, and business magazines have shared their best tips for freelance writers in the Freelance Writers Den’s “Ask an Editor” podcasts.

We combed through the transcripts of these calls to find what makes them say “yes” to pitches. Check out these awesome tips from nine different editors to improve your pitches — and your relationships with editors:

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