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Writer Websites That Rank Well: 8 Secrets of Top NYC Writers

Writer Websites: Tips from Top NYC Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Freelance writers sometimes overlook a critical piece of marketing that can drive traffic, generate leads, and land assignments… writer websites.

How’s your writer website?

Maybe you’ve got the basics like a home page, about page, and your portfolio. Maybe you’re still looking at writer websites to get ideas for setting up your own.

  • What should your writer website include?
  • Does design matter?
  • What makes other writer websites perform well?
  • What about SEO?
  • What can you do to stand out in a crowded niche?

These are questions an elite group of freelance writers, authors, and content marketing experts can answer.

Ask Google to help you find a “top NYC writer,” and you’ll get slammed with 19 million results. That’s more than double the Big Apple’s daytime population of 8.6 million.

So how does a NYC writer stand out online? Being smart, creative, and friendly helps. But in today’s digital world, writer websites matter, too.

So I Googled ‘Top NYC writer,” and reached out to the writers whose websites topped that search. Below, eight of those top-ranking writers share their secrets for creating writer websites that seriously get you found and hired.

Ready to launch or revamp your writer website? Here’s what you need to know.

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Query Letter Workout: 15 Proven Tips to Write a Stronger Pitch

Tips to Write a Stronger Query Letter. Makealivingwriting.com

How are your query-letter writing muscles?

Go ahead…flex. Take a good look at your best writing assignments. Happy with your results? Feeling stuck? Or just starting out?

If you’re looking for ways to move up, earn more, and land better assignments as a freelance writer, there’s always room for improvement.

Think of it like this…Writing a great query letter is a lot like lifting weights. You get stronger one rep at a time. It’s hard. It takes practice. But when you follow the right steps, you WILL get better at it.

Want stronger query-letter skills?

Maybe you’re new to freelancing and your pitch skills are weak. Or maybe your query letters are landing zero assignments, and you could use a little help.

Maybe you’re standing in the middle of the gym with a confused look on your face. It doesn’t have to be like that.

Ready for a query letter workout to strengthen your pitch skills? Let’s do this.

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Staffing Agencies for Freelance Writers: 7 Insider Tips from a Recruiter

Staffing Agencies: Insider Tips to Get Freelance Work. Makealivingwriting.com

Can you find freelance work with staffing agencies?

Definitely. But you need to know what happens behind the scenes at a staffing agency when a recruiter is trying to find a writer for their client.

Here’s what usually happens. A staffing agency recruiter posts a contract job for a writer to work for one of their clients that looks something like this:

“Our client needs a copywriter who’s a natural at writing copy that’s on brand, fun, helpful, and authentic for a major company.”

Looks like a perfect writing gig for a solid client, right? So you fill out a few details online and click send. Hundreds or maybe even thousands of writers do the same thing. One writer gets the gig, and it’s not you. You never hear back.

Sound familiar? If you want to connect with staffing agencies to find freelance work, there’s something you need to know…that kind of lazy-ass marketing will fail you almost every time.

So what’s the secret to landing freelance work with staffing agencies? We talked to a veteran copywriter and staffing agency recruiter to find out…

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Content Writing Jobs: 10 Handy Places to Get Hired Online

Handy Places to Find Content Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

What’s in your toolbox to build your freelance business and find content writing jobs?

Ask your network. Send cold-pitch emails. Make phone calls. Try direct mail. Connect with agencies. Marketing is the name of the game, especially when you’re starting out.

These are proven marketing strategies to find prospects and get hired for content writing jobs. The more prospects you reach out to, the closer you get to your goals to move up, earn more, and make a living writing.

Looking for another way to find freelance work?

It’s no secret that trolling Craigslist for content writing jobs or putting all your bets on Upwork to find great clients aren’t the best ways to build your freelance writing business.

But there are some online resources you’ll want to add to your toolbox to search for clients in your niche, see who’s hiring freelancers, or fill a gap as a contract writer.

If you want to get hired, grow your network, and build your portfolio of freelance work, check out these handy places to get hired online:

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What’s Your Value? A Proven Way to Raise Freelance Writing Rates

The Value Path to Raise Your Freelance Writing Rates. Makealivingwriting.com

Send me a quote. How much will this cost? What are your freelance writing rates?

It’s a good sign your prospect is interested in hiring you for a writing project. You’re stoked. You get off that call, do a little dance, and then freak out about your freelance writing rates.

How much should you charge? Should you just quote your usual rate? Is there a better way to estimate your fee for the project?

You could just take the fast-food approach and quote a price from your project menu or calculate a fee based on your hourly rate. But you could be missing out on potential revenue.

If you’ve been wondering how to raise your freelance writing rates, it’s time to take a closer look at your skills, your niche experience, and the value your writing has for your clients.

Next time you quote a project, your fee should reflect your value as a writer. It’s a proven way to raise your freelance writing rates. Here’s how it’s done.

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Follow This Editor’s Winning Advice to Punch Up Your Pitch Letter

Punch Up Your Pitch Letter to Get Clients. Makealivingwriting.com

You take the time to write a solid pitch letter, send it off, and then you wait…and wait some more.

It kind of feels like you’re in the boxing ring, circling, waiting for some action, or a reply.

Sound familiar?

Maybe nothing happens. What’s your next move? Was there something wrong with your pitch? Should you pitch again? What can you do to engage an editor or marketing director to land an assignment or get a new client?

Long before you step into the ring and hit send, you’ve got to get your pitch letter right.

And that doesn’t happen overnight. You’ve got to learn how to dodge and weave, jab and move, and deliver the kind of punch in your pitch letter that rings a bell for your editor.

If you’re new to freelancing, or you keep getting knocked around when you send a pitch letter, it’s time for a little help.

Want to know how to punch up your pitch letter? Go to your corner and check out this advice from a pro editor ready to show you the ropes.

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