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Upwork Jobs: Insiders Reveal How to Win Despite Platform Changes

Upwork Jobs: Insiders Reveal How to Win. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you interested in landing Upwork jobs? If you applied recently but were rejected…you’re not alone.

If you’ve already got an Upwork profile, perhaps you’re cheesed off about the fact that starting in July 2019, you have to pay to bid on jobs on the most popular platform for freelancers. (You’re not the only one — you can see 133 pages of reactions from Upwork users here.)

Or perhaps you weren’t active on the platform for a month — and discovered Upwork had hidden your profile from clients’ view. To make it stay public even if you’re inactive, they’d like you to pay $14.99 a month for their Freelancer Plus level (recently raised from $10/mo.)

Yes, you’re not crazy. Changes are afoot at Upwork — and freelance writers have mixed feelings about whether they’re good or bad for pro writers. If I don’t miss my guess, more changes will be coming down the pike, too. (Upwork didn’t respond to multiple interview requests.)

To find out what it all means for freelance writers, I spoke with many who use Upwork — or who’ve tried to sign up recently.

Yes, you may know that I firmly believe writers should find your own clients, rather than trusting their career to the whims of online intermediary platforms…but I know many writers find them useful.

So I’ve got a report for you on what the new changes mean, and many tips on how to succeed in finding jobs on Upwork today.

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How to Write an Article That Pays: The Freelancer’s Ultimate Guide

How to Write an Article That Pays. Makealivingwriting.com

Tired of article writing jobs that pay a big $50? There’s a ton of ‘online content’ work out there that doesn’t pay much. Maybe it’s time to move up and learn how to write an article.

And when I say that, I don’t mean a $75 article — I mean the type of article that pays real money. $1-a-word and up land.

If that interests you, you’re in the right place.

After offering article-writing tips for over a decade, I decided it would be useful to organize all the information into one, big ultimate guide.

Many freelance writers do article-prep steps out of order or skip some steps entirely, with poor results. Following this step-by-step guide will make it easier for you to move up, write in-depth, reported articles faster, and sell to better-paying article markets.

Ready to learn how to write an article that pays? Then let’s go!

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Cold Email Subject Lines That Get Writers Hired: 5 Proven Formulas

Cold Email Subject Line Formulas for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you been wanting to do some serious pitching — but haven’t gotten going, because you don’t know what to put in your cold email subject lines?

Many freelance writers have this question, I’ve learned. Fortunately, I’ve spent the past 8 years hanging out with about 12,000 writers inside my Freelance Writers Den (CURRENT SECRET DOOR LINK PLEASE?) community and reading our busy forums. At this point, I definitely have a strong sense of what email subject lines freelance writers use that grab attention and get their emails opened.

You’re right to care about what you put in your subject line, because let’s face it: If it isn’t amazing, your email will probably go unread.

Your pitch is going nowhere, no matter how stellar an article idea or content-marketing pitch you’ve got. It will never be opened and read.

To get better results, you’ll have to do one of two things — learn to write great cold email subject lines.

Fortunately, coming up with a headline that catches your target’s attention isn’t super-hard. There are proven formulas you can use here.

What are they? Here are my five basic cold email subject lines that get results:

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Freelance Writer Envy? Read This for a Sobering Peek Inside Real Life

Freelance Writer Envy? Peek Inside Real Life. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you find yourself sometimes feeling jealous of that successful freelance writer who seems to have everything dialed in?

You know, the freelance writer who has plenty of clients, earns a healthy income, networks like a boss, and seems to have all the answers to marketing, pitching, copywriting, and business.

You spend some of your precious free time thinking your life as a freelance writer would be pretty sweet if you could just trade places.

Sound familiar?

In today’s social-media driven world, it’s easy to get sucked into thinking everything you see is the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But we all know, it’s just the highlight reel…the best part of that freelance writer’s business, minus reality that isn’t so rosy.

If you’ve ever felt jealous or envious of another freelance writer’s success, it’s time to put things in perspective.

I have a story for you…and some things I need to share with you about my own life.

First, the story:

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Checking Online Ads? Here’s How to Get More Writing Jobs

Online Job Ads: The 30-Day Challenge to Get More Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you frantically scan the online writer job ads each week — or worse, each day? If you’re applying to lots of these writing jobs, you’ve probably discovered a painful truth.

It’s rare to ever hear back, much less get hired off an online job ad on any popular, public job board.

I don’t care if you’re viewing an Upwork dashboard, scanning Craigslist, the ProBlogger board, or any other online set of job listings that are free to view and can be seen by thousands (upon thousands!) of writers.

I hear complaints about this from writers all the time. Things like:

“I often see ads for something near my expertise, but rarely hear a peep after I apply.”

If this is you, here’s a bulletin: If you spend so much time applying for online job ads that you ‘often see’ certain types of listings, that’s a red flag.

You’re putting too much of your marketing time into the least-productive method for getting well-paid writing jobs.

Now, I’m no job-ad snob — I used to check them three times a week, like clockwork. That is, until an analysis of my marketing results proved to me that writer job ads aren’t the road great-paying clients.

How can you get more writing jobs, for better pay? Here are three big tips for dealing with online writer job ads:

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11 Urgent Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Writing Coach

Earn More: How to Choose a Writing Coach. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you ever wondered whether you could achieve your freelance dreams a lot faster if you hired a writing coach?

Spoiler: You definitely could. I know because I’ve been coaching freelance writers for about 5 years now.

But.

There are a ton of people on the interwebs today, offering to coach you to freelance success. How do you know if a particular coach could help you, or if you’d be wasting your money?

Remember, there is no official freelance-writing coach school. Anybody can hang out a shingle.

Since a key part of my mission is helping writers avoid ripoffs and scams, I offer this guide to vetting a writing coach. It’s derived from my experiences on both sides of the table, as I’m not just a coach myself but have also productively invested about $20,000+ hiring coaches during my career.

Yes, I know this list means you may ask me tougher questions before you hire me as a coach. I say: Bring it on.

What do you need to know before you hire a writing coach? Here are 11 key question to ask:

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