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Writer Websites: 4 Fabulous Branding Options That Attract Clients

Fabulous Branding Options for Writer Websites. Makealivingwriting.com

Writer websites are a proven way to stand out from the crowd, and get new clients calling you.

But most freelance writers don’t have one. That may be because when many writers contemplate putting up a site, it raises the question: What should the name of my writer website be?

And its corollary: What should the tagline say?

It’s easy to get hung up on what to do for website branding. So many possibilities! Then, you stall out and don’t end up putting one up.

That’s not good.

Your writer website is a great opportunity to create a writing sample. If you want online clients, creating a fantastic writer website is a great way to show them you ‘get’ the internet.

There are definitely some key things to know about branding for writer websites. I’ve reviewed literally hundreds of writer sites over the years — and seen writers succeed and fail with their sites. Along the way, I’ve learned there are definitely types of branding that work for writer websites…and types that don’t.

What do you need to avoid, and what works great for branding writer websites? Let’s dig into the details.

I’m going to start with the top problems I’ve seen in writer-website branding. Then, I’ll give you four ways to do branding that all reliably work great for freelance writers.

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Online Writing Nightmares: 4 Scary, Soul-Sucking Places for Freelance Work

Where Online Writing Nightmares Come True... Makealivingwriting.com

If your freelance life gives you nightmares, you might be chasing online writing jobs in some scary places. It’s a recurring problem I’ve heard from writers for years. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
—Carol.

Do you go to sleep at night feeling good about your online writing work?

Or do you toss and turn, have nightmares about writing for pennies, and wake up in a cold sweat?

Being a freelance writer can be scary. So many online writing opportunities are out there beckoning you to walk down a virtual dark alley without a flashlight.

I’ve seen it happen. And heard too many nightmare tales from freelance writers.

Some shady online writing client lures you in like an unsuspecting victim in a horror movie. And before you know it, you’re hooked into writing copy for soul-sucking rates.

If you don’t want to be stuck in an online writing nightmare, beware of these four places in the Underworld of Freelance Writing that are guaranteed to put your writing career on the road to nowhere.

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Strong Writers Avoid These 9 Toxic Things

The Strong Writer Defense for Toxic Thoughts. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you your own worst enemy, as a freelance writer? I think this career is such a head game — and strong writers don’t waste time going down an emotional drain.

It’s hard to earn a living with your craft if your brain keeps kicking out negative self-talk. I’ve always thought there’s a certain mental toughness you need to freelance, dealing with the ups and downs of different clients.

A few years ago, a post on Forbes about mentally strong people and the activities they avoid really spoke to me. And the fact that the post became one of Forbes’ most-popular ever tells me that if you struggle with keeping positive thoughts, you’re not alone! Turns out there’s a popular book about what mentally strong people avoid, too.

I found myself thinking about how the habits of mentally strong people apply to freelance writers, in particular. Staying positive is so essential to freelance success!

So I came up with my own list of bad patterns that mentally strong writers avoid. Reading the forums inside my writer community has given me a lot of experience with the mental rabbit-holes writers tend to wander down.

Want to be a strong writer? Mentally strong freelance writers don’t engage in these negative activities:

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How to Write an E-Book Fast — When You’re Already Overbooked

How Busy Writers Can Create a Quick E-Book Online. Makealivingwriting.com

It was the middle of a too-hot summer, and I was already booked to the gills. Then, I got an offer — from a NYSE-traded, major corporation — to write my ideal project: a 20,000-word e-book. Right now. For a high four-figure fee. If you’ve ever wondered how to write an e-book fast, when you’re already busy… that was my challenge.

I took the writing job, and learned some new productivity tricks along the way. In this post, I unpack them for you.

My first big tip is to remember one of my Newtonian laws of freelancing: Work expands to fill all available space.

How to write an e-book: Crowdfunding coverWhen you take on more work, you naturally find ways to be more efficient. You stop goofing around and get serious. So, don’t be scared to take on more! You’ve got this.

The more you do, the more you can do. So if you get more work, don’t freak out.

That said, I had to get creative to fit 20K extra well-researched words into my already busy schedule, to meet this e-book deadline.

And I did it — my e-book Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs is out now, yay!

How did I do it? Here are the productivity steps I took:

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How to Blog: The Ultimate Guide to Mega-Useful Tools

How to Blog: The Ultimate Guide to Mega-Useful Tools for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

When writers ask me how to start a blog, I usually start talking about blog-post topics, ideal blog-post format, monetizing strategies, and such…and then realize I’m on the wrong track. Writers have topic ideas! What many need to know is technically, how to blog.

As in: If you write a post, how does it show up on the Internet? What tools are behind the curtain, that make your blog go?

Over the years, as my blog has grown, sprouted my writer community, courses, coaching, and more…lots of new tools came into play. I’ve been meaning to share everything I’m using for a while, because I know bloggers want tips on the best tools.

So, here it finally is! A look at the many blog software tools that work behind the scenes at Make a Living Writing, grouped by topic for easy reference. I’ve included tools I used as a newbie, as well as more robust tools my blog uses today.

Many of these apps and blog software bits are free, some have free trials, some you’ll need to pay.

And yes, there certainly are affiliate links included here, since I personally use and happily recommend these. If you’re a technical noob and have wondered how to blog like a pro, your questions should be answered below.

Enjoy!

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Exhausted? 7 Busy Writer-Moms Share Their Fall Productivity Formula

The Fall Productivity Formula for Work-at-Home Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

If ever there was a time of year to come up with a productivity formula for getting more done as a freelance writer, it’s fall.

Know why I say that? Well, fall is a special time because:

  • Editors and marketing managers get back from vacation
  • Companies plan next year’s marketing calendar and start assigning projects
  • Editors complete their editorial calendar, and look for special-section writers
  • If you do marketing now, you could still book more writing income this year
  • Kids go back to school, and writer-parents suddenly have a lot more time for freelance writing

See the potential fall has to ramp up your writing income?

Except that you’re suddenly transitioning from sleeping late as you like to having to get up at 6 a.m. to put kiddos on that early school bus. And you’re…dragging.

Also, maybe feeling the pressure that now, you’re out of excuses and actually need to do this thing.

And the fall productivity formula is just the thing to help you grow your freelance writing business. Ready to get started?

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