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4 Freelance Bloggers Tell How They Earn $200+ Per Post

freelance blogger earning big bucksDo you think all you can find are $5-per-article blogging gigs? And those stories you hear about freelance writers earning $50, $75, even hundreds of dollars per post are nothing but fiction?

Bottom-of-the-barrel rates are definitely *not* all that’s out there. I’ve compiled the stories of four freelance bloggers who are earning $200 and up for blog posts. No joke!

Here’s how they landed those gigs — and what better-paid blogging gigs are really like.

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Grow Your Blog: Steal Tips From My Social Media Marketing Experiment

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Have you wondered if getting serious about social media could help you grow your blog audience?

Today, I’ve got proof for you that it can.

Hiring a social media manager has been on my to-do list for a long time, but I was reluctant to commit big bucks to it.

I finally saw my opportunity a few months ago, when my son, Evan, wanted a flexible job he could do alongside his college coursework. He lives on Facebook, his smartphone is never off, he needs to earn his way, and it was money I would have to spend anyway to support him.

It seemed like a good opportunity to try training someone I could trust to take over social-media tasks, where I could closely monitor how it worked.

After a few bumps and lumps, we came up with a goof-proof plan that’s grown my audience, subscribers, and sales.

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Watch Out for This Income-Killing Online Writing Scam

It’s an exciting time, when you finally start to get some traction as a freelance writer. You land a client or two, and start writing. Maybe you score a gig with a popular blog, or you’re writing for a big

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How One Paid Blogger Got a 33% Raise

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If you want to boost your freelance blogging income, you’re probably doing all the things you’re supposed to do:

  • Regular marketing
  • Checking in with past clients
  • Asking current clients for other projects

But here’s another income-boosting approach I stumbled on: Pitch extra services on the same work you’re already doing for clients as a paid blogger — in a context that matters to your client.

Those of you with sales experience already know this “want fries with that?” strategy. When I saw how well it worked, I about smacked myself in the forehead, because I didn’t think of it sooner.

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How Writing for Pleasure Made Me a Better Freelance Writer

DaydreamingAs a teen, I was scared of making money for writing.

When I began to take on little commissions in 2007, I wrote sponsored posts for $1 each — or even less. Sometimes all I got for a 300-word post was ten cents.

My family pushed me to make more money as a writer. But they went a little too far, and I developed a sense of guilt every time I caught myself writing for pleasure.

One day not long ago, I was on the verge of a mental breakdown. The thought of writing my assignments nauseated me.

Instead of diving right into client work, I decided to write something fun. Something for me. Here’s what happened…

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My 23 Best Types of Blog Posts That Grab Attention

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Most bloggers write about whatever’s on their minds that day. If you’ve tried that, you’ve probably noticed it isn’t very effective in growing your blog audience.

To build your blog into a serious business (or just a great writing sample for getting freelance gigs), you’ll need to change your approach.

It’s also essential to know the popular post types if you’re blogging for paying clients and want the project to be successful, so that they keep paying you to blog for them. More and more clients want to at least partly base pay on traffic, so results matter.

And of course, more readers on your blog gives you more chance to get hired or to sell readers your products.

Below are a compendium of post types I’ve used that are reliable attention-getters. This list combines the most popular post types I’ve used on this blog, and the types that I’ve used to drive a total of 2 million pageviews on my Forbes blog, posting only 3-4 times per month, over the past 2 years. I’ve also thrown in a few great formats I haven’t used yet as well (but hope to soon!).

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