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How a $5 Article Writer Landed a $900 Article

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When I started out as a freelance writer, I knew nothing about finding clients that pay well.

I started with bidding sites and general job boards, because I thought it was easy money. But I quickly discovered you can’t build a successful career as an article writer if you’re only earning $5 per article.

It was clear I needed to make more money for each article.

So I stopped hanging out on the bidding sites and targeted higher-paying writing jobs. In one year’s time, I went from earning $5 dollars an article on bidding sites to earning $900 for a feature article.

How? Here are the steps I took:

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Writing for Content Mills: Did You Pick the Wrong One?

Many choices in content mills

Many new writers looking to find that first place they can break in and start earning money from their craft end up signing up for a content mill.

Either that, or they end up discovering a revenue-share site like Examiner or Guardian Liberty Voice, or bidding for gigs on Elance.

Soon after, many of these writers send me emails like this one:

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How I Became a Productive Freelance Writer — After Failing in Year One

By Kim Jansen When I graduated from college, I knew a 9-to-5 position was not for me. I had dreams of becoming a happy, productive freelance writer — working at my own pace, toting my laptop to my favorite coffee

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Your 7 Favorite Posts About Freelance Writing — So Far

Hey, writers! Looking for a little summertime inspiration to get your freelance writing in gear? Well, I noticed that my January roundup of the most popular posts of 2013 was the most popular post I’ve done here on the blog

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The 4 Worst Places for Freelance Writers to Start

It can be confusing, being a new freelance writer. So many websites and ads promise great opportunities for writers! Yet so many writers are broke. Why is this happening? It’s because many new freelance writers don’t have the lay of

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Writing for Guardian Liberty Voice: 10 Writers’ Stories

I started this blog to help writers find freelance markets that pay well…and to warn writers away from sites that don’t. All of which has led me to spend some time looking into startup news and op-ed website Guardian Liberty

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