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Freelance Writing Forecast: Ride These Epic Trends in 2017

Freelance writing forecast: Ride these epic trends in 2017. Makealivingwriting.com

Last year, I got out my crystal ball and created a freelance writing forecast that identified 12 hot writing niches for the past year. (You can check and see how I did.)

That post was one of the most useful posts of the year, judging from the traffic it got, so I’ve decided to do a new forecast for 2017.

But this time, rather than good-paying types of writing, I’m calling out the hot trends you should know about to earn well in the coming year.

How you take advantage of these trends and freelance writing forecast will depend on the kinds of writing you like to do and types of clients you serve. These are top-level trends that will affect all of us, whether you’re into blogging, magazine writing, or copywriting.

I’ve included action items that explain how to take advantage of each of these trends in the coming year.

The freelance writing forecast looks bright

The short version: I’ve never been more excited about the opportunities for freelance writers than I am right now.

Ready? Let’s look at the seven biggest trends coming down the pike:

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How One Freelance Writer Found a $3,000 Gig — On Twitter

Landing a $3000 freelance writing gig... on Twitter. Makealivingwriting.com

I thought Twitter was dead. I had pretty much abandoned it for the bright colors and changing landscape of Instagram. I mean, Instagram pretty much has a built-in Snapchat feature and allows for way more than 140 characters. So what else do you need? Certainly not Twitter.

But then I was inspired by a post from a fellow freelancer to give it another shot. I went back and updated my Twitter profile. I made some specific changes to market myself as a freelance health and fitness writer. And I have to admit, I was a little skeptical that simply updating my Twitter profile would have any impact. Then it happened.

Two days after updating my Twitter profile, I received an email from a prospect (who found me on Twitter) about a $3,000 project writing about exercise. Boom! If you’re trying to grow your freelance writing business, making the most of Twitter is a smart strategy that can help give your marketing efforts a boost.

Want to tap into the power of Twitter to find more clients in your niche, book more work, and grow your business? Do it right, and it’s a form of social media marketing that can help you grow your business. Follow this step-by-step process to turn your Twitter account into an inbound marketing machine.

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How to Boost Your Freelance Writing Career With Live Tweeting

How to Boost Your Freelance Writing Career With Live Tweeting. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever heard of live-tweeting on Twitter?

It’s a way to provide real time coverage and commentary during a live event (conference, TV show, game, etc.) in 140 characters or less using the social media platform Twitter.

And it’s not just for politicians, celebrities, or play-by-play game coverage. You can use this social media platform to boost your freelance business the next time you attend a writer’s conference or other event.

Live-tweeting on Twitter can help position you as an authority and break the ice at a live event, even if you’re an introvert. Once other attendees see your photo in the conference feed, many times they’ll introduce themselves between sessions and thank you for sharing their tweets.

Plus, you can gain followers from people who check the feed from home. These are people who couldn’t attend the conference or event but want to know what’s happening. Many times these people will become some of your most appreciative followers.

Live-tweeting is also a useful skill that you could offer clients, and one of several strategies you can use to monetize conferences. Posting social media updates from a live event for a client is one of those strategies. Even if you aren’t getting paid by a client, I’d encourage you to live-tweet events from your own Twitter feed to build your personal brand.

Want to learn how to use live-tweeting to connect with more people, generate leads, and give your freelance career a boost? Follow these six steps for live-tweeting at a conference or event:

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More Blog Traffic With Pinterest: Inside One Writer’s 161% Jump

Get more blog traffic with Pinterest. Makealivingwriting.com

I remember the first time I heard of Pinterest. It was four years ago. I was having coffee with a friend. She couldn’t stop talking about how to get more blog traffic from Pinterest.

Her enthusiasm for Pinterest was infectious. When I got home that day, I created an account and started pinning away.

Want to know how to use Pinterest to grow your business?

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Twitter Marketing for Freelancers: A Simple Strategy That Gets Big Results

The Twitter Marketing Trick That Got a 35% Response. Makealivingwriting.com

If you love spending hours pitching prospects who never respond and look forward to all the legwork, this post probably isn’t for you.

But if you’re like me, you secretly hope your marketing efforts could be simple, painless, and effective.

While it definitely takes hard work, consistency, and perseverance to build a freelance writing business, sometimes you can find a sweet spot that works brilliantly and is surprisingly easy.

I recently found a marketing method that’s getting great results for me. It uses Twitter, direct messaging, and a simple “ask.”

This Twitter marketing approach produced the best results I’ve had since I started my freelance business — netting over a 35 percent response rate.

Here’s how you can get these results, too:

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Stay Focused: 7 Best Productivity Apps for Freelance Writers

Freelance Writers’ 7 Best Productivity Apps. Makealivingwriting.com

As a freelance writer, my livelihood relies solely on my ability to keep a clear head and stay on task.

But each day is the same: I sit down to work – and I’m bombarded with distractions.

The dog needs to go out. I need a snack. Oh, I have to listen to Dave Ramsey’s new podcast right this minute. The dog needs to go out again. Kim Kardashian just had a baby named what? Gee whiz, dog, will you just do your thing already? And the list goes on.

Sound familiar?

“Just one more site,” I tell myself. “One more page won’t hurt.”

But the truth is, it does hurt.

My time is valuable. Spending precious hours on unnecessary tasks is simply not good for my business.

In an effort to retrain myself to concentrate, I set out to find some of the best productivity apps for freelance writers to help me cut back on wasted time and get that high-value work done.

Here’s my list of the best productivity apps — plus tips on similar apps to try, if you don’t happen to like my favorite:

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