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Blog Writing Workout: 10 Expert-Blogger Tips for Rock-Solid Success

Rock-Solid Success Tips for Blog Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re chasing blog writing clients or you’re trying to manage a lot of work at the same time, you might be feeling a little out of breath.

You know…maybe you’ve got blog writing gigs with multiple clients in different niches. Or maybe you’re trying to get more freelance work writing blog posts, and pitching a ton of prospects.

There’s a lot to think about when you take that route.

You’ve got to keep track of things like editorial calendars and deadlines, come up with ideas, write great headlines, and know enough about SEO to go the distance.

It can be a fast-paced, publish-often challenge. And it can pay well. But if you’re not in shape, you might be sucking wind, along with your hourly rate for blog writing.

So how do you boost your blog writing skills to climb the path to freelance success?

You could wander around and probably find your way eventually. But you’ll get there faster if you follow someone who knows the way.

Check out these pro-blogger tips for rock-solid success.

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Government Contracts for Writers: 11 Red-Tape Cuts to Get Hired

Writers: Tips to Cut Red Tape and Get Government Contracts. Makealivingwriting.com.

Ever thought about getting freelance work through government contracts?

You’re probably thinking something like:

  • There’s a lot of red tape to cut through
  • It’s too hard
  • It’s not my niche
  • I don’t know enough about government

Sound familiar?

FYI, those are just excuses. Maybe this will change your mind about pursuing this kind of freelance work.

Take the time to cut through the red tape, and you can find government contracts that pay writers $100 to $200 an hour.

Bill $5,000 to $25,000 in a month writing for one client? This is happening for writers hired to create content for government contracts at the federal, state, and local level.

Can you see past the red tape now?

Sure, finding clients and writing content for government contracts is a little different than writing for magazines and businesses.

But there’s lots of work. It pays well. And if you’re willing to cut through the red tape, some of it can be yours.

Here’s what you need to know to get government contracts for freelance work:

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Blog Writing Fails: 5 Brain-Dead Zombie Mistakes That Sicken Editors

Beware of these Brain-Dead Blog Writing Mistakes. Makealivingwriting.com

Do your blog writing pitches stink?

There’s an easy way to tell…you’re not getting ANY responses from editors or marketing directors.

That ever happen to you?

When you send an editor a rotten pitch for a blog post, there’s a good chance your approach makes you sound like a brain-dead zombie.

And there’s protocol for that in the Editor’s Universal Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse:

Hit delete. Writer may be infected. Quarantine inbox immediately. Warning, freelancer appears to be devoid of creativity, brain dead, unable to communicate with words. Do not engage.

If your blog writing pitch is so bad it makes an editor sick or triggers their zombie-response training to avoid you at all costs, it’s going to be tough to make a living writing.

So what are the telltale signs of a brain-dead pitch for a blog post? These mistakes will sicken an editor faster than the smell of rotting flesh.

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How to Write a Blog Post Like a Boss: 100+ Insider Writing Tips

How to Write a Blog Post Like a Boss. Makealivingwriting.com

What if you knew how to write a blog post like a Boss?

You know…you write blog posts that drive traffic and get results. And clients are more than happy to pay you pro rates for your blogging skills.

Not those $25 and $50 assignments, either. When you know how to write a blog post like a Boss, clients are ready and willing to pay $100, $300, $500, or more per assignment.

Sound good? Shut the door. Hold your phone calls. Grab an extra cup of coffee. And tell your people you’re busy.

If you want to learn how to write better blog posts, solid writing skills get your foot in the door. But that’s not enough.

You’ll also need some behind-the-scenes knowledge about things like keywords, SEO, headline writing, social media, and more to craft better blog posts.

In this post, you’ll find pro tips about how to write a blog post, engage readers, generate traffic, make your clients happy, and make more money.

It’s go-time. Check out this list 100-plus insider tips to get started.

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Writing Jobs That Pay $100+: Hunt Through These 75 Options

Hunting for Work? Writing Jobs That Pay $100+. Makealivingwriting.com

Wondering if any well-paying freelance writing jobs are actually out there?

It might seem like those writing jobs are about as elusive as Bigfoot.

You know…you hear about other freelancers landing writing jobs that pay pro rates, but you’ve never seen anything like that.

Sound familiar?

You may not be a Bigfoot believer. But the truth is, there are plenty of writing jobs out there that pay well in almost every niche (business, travel, science, health, technology, finance, and more).

If you’ve been struggling to find writing jobs that pay well, chances are you haven’t been looking in the right places.

FYI…almost no sightings have ever been reported from places like content mills and bid sites.

If you’re on the hunt for better-paying writing jobs, it’s time to steer clear of those places and seek out assignments that will help you move up and earn more.

How about a little help to point you in the right direction? Check out these 75 markets that pay $100 or more.

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Writing Inspiration: What’s Your Best Holiday Gig as a Freelancer?

Writing Inspiration During the Holidays. Makealivingwriting.com

Need some writing inspiration during the holidays?

It’s a crazy time of year for a lot of freelance writers.

You’re hustling to work ahead. You’re thinking about how to move up and earn more in 2020. Maybe you’re feeling a little worn out since the holiday march began last month.

Sound familiar? How about a little writing inspiration to give you a boost during the holidays?

Believe it or not, you can still connect with clients and prospects during the holidays, land assignments, get paid well, and enjoy your work.

It happens all the time.

Right now, while most of us are celebrating, some editor is stressing about hiring a freelancer for a story assignment or project. The editor stumbles across a pitch or letter of introduction you sent, and voilà, you just scored a new client and assignment.

What’s your best or most unusual gig as a freelance writer during the holidays?

We asked writers to share their stories. Ready for a little writing inspiration and reminder of what’s possible? Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy…

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