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Free HuffPo is Dead: 7 Moves Writers Should Make Now

Free HuffPo is Dead: Next Steps for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comIf you missed the big news this past week: The Huffington Post (now officially known as HuffPost) ended its free-contributor channel, which had over 100,000 participating writers. Many writers online have bemoaned the death of free HuffPo posts, but I have a different reaction.

The end of unpaid HuffPo articles is part of a trend we’ll likely see more of this year — and I think it’s a good thing.

Yes, a tiny handful of writers seemed to get good clients through their unpaid HuffPo bylines, though the value of HuffPo exposure declined over time.

And quite a few writers were earning good money ghostwriting free HuffPo posts for thought leader/speaker/CEO types who didn’t have time to write their own authority-building pieces. So it wasn’t all bad.

But in the main, hordes of writers writing for free isn’t good.

Whether you’re happy or sad about the end of free HuffPo content, it’s important to understand what this change signifies in the marketplace. There are plenty of ways writers can benefit from these changing tides.

Here are seven key action items for freelance writers as the free HuffPo contributor channel fades away:

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13 Writers Speak Out About Life Down on the Content Farm

Freelance Life Down on the Content Farm. Makealivingwriting.comThey’ve been called content mills, content farms, bid sites, broker platforms, and many other less kind names, too. But whatever you call them, websites that pit loads of writers against each other in a race to the bottom on price have been around nearly since the birth of the internet. Historically, rates were rock-bottom low and writers were unhappy.

I wanted to check in on the content farm scene again now, because a lot has changed in this neck of the freelance-writing woods. It’s been exactly 4 years since Google’s Matt Cutts declared junk content dead. Google began actively penalizing sites that used the sort of short, semi-literate, SEO-focused ‘articles’ that have long been content farms’ most common product.

That change was like a Category 5 hurricane for content farms.

Over the past few years, many mills have merged or folded. I recently reopened a survey of content mill writers I first did several years ago — and discovered many of the popular mills back then are now gone.

Which made me wonder what life down on the content farm is like today. To find out, I asked my blog readers, Facebook followers, and Freelance Writers Den members to check in with their personal experiences of today’s rates, working conditions, and opportunities on these mass platforms, where thousands of writers are still signed up.

Many of you responded. Below are stories from 13 writers:

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How Writers Can Easily Earn More in B2B Content Marketing

How to Earn More in B2B Content Marketing. Makealivingwriting.comHave you wondered if business-to-business, a/k/a B2B content marketing, might be your ticket to a bigger writing income?

I’m hearing this from a lot of writers in my community:

“I’ve decided on a writing niche — I’m going to write B2B.”

So. B2B is definitely an area with a lot of marketing money in it. That’s because the products and services sold to businesses can be expensive, from fancy copy machines to $10,000 consulting packages and up.

The more something costs, generally, the more elaborate and costly the marketing process is — and the more writers stand to make.

But there’s a problem: Simply saying you write B2B doesn’t get clients excited about hiring you. In fact, positioning yourself that way can send the very clients you want running for the exits.

Let me explain the one simple tweak to make to connect with great-paying B2B clients.

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Pinterest Marketing for Freelancers: 6 Steps to Pinning and Winning

Pinterest Marketing for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comHave you thought about Pinterest marketing to find leads?

Wait. Isn’t that the social media platform where crafty-stay-at-home moms, DIYers, and amateur cooks show off their creations?

You might not think of Pinterest marketing as the first way to showcase your blog or writing portfolio.

But if you’re not tapping into the power of Pinterest with 175 million users, you’re missing out on potential leads.

For example: Did you know two-thirds of the 50 billion pins on Pinterest represent brands and products, according to Ad Age?

With that kind of volume, you can bet businesses and marketing managers who need to hire freelance writers are paying attention to this platform. Today, Pinterest is so much more than an amusing social platform to collect pins.

With a Pinterest marketing plan, it’s a place where you can harness a niche, share your content with a community, and ultimately generate freelance writing leads.

Want to learn the art of pinning and winning with Pinterest marketing? I’ll show you how.

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Freelance Writing Forecast for 2018: 12 Experts Weigh In

Freelance Writing Forecast for 2018. Makealivingwriting.comReady to prepare for a great year of freelance writing? It’s time for my annual freelance forecast, with all-new predictions on the trends that smart writers will capitalize on in the coming year.

I feel pretty good about how my 2017 predictions worked out. But this year, I decided to take it up a level. I asked all the savvy observers of the freelance scene I know to weigh in with their predictions, too.

What new trends are growing? What will pay well and what will be a bust? Read on to learn what freelancers will we see more and less of in 2018.

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Earn Money Online: Monster List of 161 Markets for Freelance Writers

Earn Money Online: Monster List of Markets for Writers. Makealivingwriting.comWant to earn money online as a freelance writer?

Forget low-paying bid sites and content mills. And pitch magazines, websites, trade pubs, agencies, and businesses to move up and earn more.

To help you start the New Year strong, we’ve put together a monster list of publications that pay competitive rates for your original content.

Most publications featured here pay at least $50 per assignment. We’ve also included a few “move-up markets” that pay less but allow room for negotiation.

Comb through the list, and you’ll find writing jobs in variety of niches like business, finance, family, parenting, lifestyle, travel, technology, and others. We’ve even included a list of markets that publish content about the business and craft of freelance writing.

If you want to earn money online as a freelance writer, use this list to get started, land assignments to build your clips file, and earn more.

Want to make 2018 your year of freelance success? Check out this monster list of paying markets, and start pitching.

 

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