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Are Freelance Writers Really Getting Gigs Using Social Media? Take My Poll

Posted in Blog on December 21st, 2012 by Carol Tice – 14 Comments

Tools aren’t any good unless you know how to use them. It’s true for freelance writing as much as it is for hammering together a stool.

This came to mind recently when I got this comment from a writer who was wondering whether she should start using Twitter:

“I have heard from a few very successful folks that they have found Twitter very useful.  How do you use it? Do I need to check it 15 times a day from a smartphone for it to be worthwhile?

“And what do you do with it?  Do I need to be focused, strategic, and businesslike?”

As it happens, I’ve gotten some pretty amazing clients using social media marketing, including several Fortune 500 clients, one of which paid $2,000 an article. And I know I’m not the only one — several other writers have told me similar stories.

So — if you know what you’re doing on social media, it can really be worth spending a little time on there. Especially on LinkedIn and Twitter, in my opinion.

If you do it right, a lot of the time, you can even connect with great clients on there without doing anything. They’ll come to you. No kidding.

My sense from questions like the one above is that many writers are still in the dark about how to use social media to find gigs — especially, how to do that without having social media take up their every waking hour.

Social media bootcamp

That’s why my next Freelance Writers Den 4-week bootcamp is going to be all about this: How to Use Social Media to Get Freelance Gigs. It won’t be a bunch of high-flying social media “expert” types talking theory.

It’ll be me, Renegade Writer Linda Formichelli, and a surprise guest or two, sharing the concrete steps we’ve taken that got results, and that are proven to work for freelancers.

We’ll be talking about what you want to do in social media — and also what to be sure not to do.

It’ll be practical nuts and bolts, covering basics such as:

  • How to set up social-media profiles that attract prospects
  • How to get editors’ attention and pitch them without pissing them off
  • How to connect with high-powered bloggers so you can pitch that guest post

To make sure this course covers everything writers need to know, I’ve set up a poll.

It’s your chance to tell me where you’re at in social media today – and to ask your social-media questions and let me know what you’d like to learn on this topic.

Just to make it worth your while, I’ll be giving out a free ticket to this $197 bootcamp to the writer who sends in the most interesting question. (If you’re a current Den member, I’d love your opinion too, but you’re already registered for the bootcamp!)

You should be seeing the survey just below here, from SurveyMonkey…but in case you can’t see it, you can also click here to take the survey.

This poll will be open until year-end. I’ll be announcing the results of the poll in a bit at a special free event — stay tuned for details on that.

Have you found clients using social media? Leave your stories of how you did it in the comments — and don’t forget to take the poll for your chance to win a trip to the bootcamp.

20 Different Post Types to Spice Up Your Blog

Posted in Blog on November 1st, 2010 by Carol Tice – 19 Comments
If your blog isn’t getting the results you want, it may be because your blog writing has fallen into a rut. As a reader of many blogs, I find they can get dull when the writer sticks to one type of blog rather than providing some variety.
If you need ideas on how to vary your blog posts, here’s a handy list of 20 different types of blogs:
  1. How-to. One of the most popular blog types around. Teach people how to do something, and they will love you for it.
  2. News tie-in. Does something in the news tie into your blog theme? If an item such as Russian bears digging up corpses, the winner of Project Runway, or the election results could in some way reflect on what you blog about, use it as an intro. You’ll give readers an easily accessible entry point for your blog.
  3. Pop-culture tie-in. Is something going on in your industry in some way like, oh, say, Lady Gaga? Bring her into it, and you’ve got an easy, fun image idea that’ll draw readers’ eyes. For instance, see this post I did recently for Entrepreneur magazine’s Daily Dose blog on What You Can Learn About Entrepreneurship from SpongeBob Squarepants.
  4. Roundup. Have you noticed several interrelated developments in your niche? Wrap them together into a roundup and tell readers what it all means.
  5. Humorous post. I am a sucker for blog posts that make me laugh. If you can write funny, don’t hide it under a bushel.
  6. List of tips. The longer your list, the better. This is sort of a variant on how-to, but delivered in a more SEO-friendly package.
  7. Have a contest. Ideally, with a nice prize attached.
  8. Take a poll. Readers love to weigh in when they know you actually care about their opinion.
  9. Q&A interviews. If there’s a thought leader you’d like to learn from, invite them for a quick interview on your blog. You won’t know if they’d be willing unless you ask.
  10. Review a product, service or book. I know bloggers who are making great money writing reviews of products they use and love and then offering an affiliate link. Something I’m just starting to explore myself. Never hurts to include some blog posts of this type, especially if something new or much-talked-about has just come out.
  11. Create a controversy. Do you have an opinion that’s at odds with the view voiced by a popular blogger in your niche? Invite them to debate it on your blog, or just riff about it and link to their opposing opinion.
  12. Ask a question. Don’t know what to write about this week? Perplexed by something going on in your niche? Ask readers what they think about it.
  13. Future forecast. Go out on a limb and make a prediction about what you think will happen next in your niche. Everybody wants to know what’s coming.
  14. Past in review. Have you hit an interesting industry milestone? Maybe it’s time to look back on the first decade of something, or the pioneers and where they are now.
  15. Conference writeup. Any time you attend an event that was worthwhile, share some learnings.
  16. Multi-part series. If you have an idea that would do better as a longer piece, break it up and create a series. Keeps readers coming back for more.
  17. Resource list. If you know the 10 or 20 best places for people in your industry to find or do something — or maybe the 10 best ways to use a particular resource — please share.
  18. Mailbag. Blog readers love it when you answer their questions.
  19. Best-of collections. What were the 10 most popular posts you had on your blog in the past year? Or the best posts you saw online this week? Please provide, as we’re all lazy and appreciate the convenience of your compiling things for us.
  20. Rant. Are you mad about something? Then don’t be shy. This type doesn’t work for every blog or every writer, but some do quite well by blowing a fuse about what really pisses them off.

Have I forgotten any great types of blog posts? If so, please add them to the comments below.

Coming up later this week on the blog: Part II of How to Get the Most Lucrative Writing Clients. If you subscribe, you won’t miss it.

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A Poll For New Writers — Take It, AND Take $50 Off My Mentoring Service!

Posted in Blog on May 25th, 2010 by Carol Tice – 11 Comments

Hi all –

Today we take a break from our usual straight-up advice here on MALW to throw out a question: What do you want to know about the business of writing?

I ask because my writer-friend David Volk is organizing a Society of Professional Journalists conference in the early fall, and I said I’d help him shape the agenda by asking my readers what they would like to learn about at such an event.

So here’s your chance to penetrate the mysteries of writing success. Leave me a comment and tell me:

If you went to a writing conference, what topic would you most want to see a session about?

What do you find most baffling about the process of earning a good living from writing?

What writing question have I not addressed here on MALW that you’d like me to answer?

Is there something you just don’t get about the business of writing that you’d like explained?

If you were here in my home office right now, what one question would you most want to ask me?

To grease the wheels here a little, I’ll offer a $50 discount on my mentoring service to anyone who participates in the poll. If you’ve been wanting to work with a writing-business coach, now you can get your questions answered on the blog AND get a deal on personalized one-on-one coaching! Which comes with ongoing followup email support, by the way.

The discount is good only until the end of May 2010, for new mentees only. Leave your question, all!

Photo via Flickr user Matt From London