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LinkedIn Marketing: A Freelancer’s 17 Creative Tweaks to Get Leads

LinkedIn Marketing: Creative Tweaks to Get Leads. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder how to leverage LinkedIn marketing to get freelance leads?

Yes. Businesses are still hiring. Companies still need content. And if you’re showing up on LinkedIn, you’re one step closer to connecting with prospects and landing assignments.

Not convinced this social media and business networking platform is worth your time?

Consider this…With more than 500 million members, LinkedIn is one of the best platforms for getting your name in front of millions of professionals who need freelance writers, or can refer you to someone who does.

Got your attention?

When I got fed up with spaghetti-at-the-wall marketing tactics, and trying to figure out how to show up on a long list of social media platforms, I decided to simplify and focus my efforts on LinkedIn marketing.

With a few creative tweaks you can use LinkedIn to grow your freelance writing business. Here’s how:

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Content Strategy: A Vital 6-Point Quiz from a Six-Figure Freelancer

The Content Strategy Quiz for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you staying up into the wee hours of the morning trying to finish projects? Or wide awake worrying about money, content strategy, deadlines, or your empty client calendar?

That was me. And I realized pretty quickly that focusing on finding the perfect number of clients (Is six the perfect number? Or is it eight?) wasn’t the answer.

Maybe you know the feeling. Or maybe you struggle with getting even one good-paying client.

I’ve been there. I know what it’s like. But five years ago, I broke the six-figure mark for the first time by landing some better anchor clients. And I’ve earned over $100K every year since then.

But it was still a hustle. I was working too much, and I wasn’t sure how to change that. And then out of the blue one of my clients asked me a question:

“Jennifer, can you help us with content strategy?” What happened next changed everything…my income…my work hours…and my happiness with being a full-time freelancer.

What’s content strategy, and can you do this type of freelance work? Take the quiz to find out.

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Freelance Writing Jobs: 11 Digital Marketing Sites That Pay $100+

Freelance Writing Jobs for Digital Marketing Sites. Makealivingwriting.com

Looking for freelance writing jobs? If you have digital marketing experience to share, or know people you can interview, there’s a market for that.

What exactly is digital marketing or marketing automation?

Think of all the stuff that happens behind the scenes online that drives traffic, increases engagement, gets readers to sign up or make a purchase.

FYI: It’s a big list of things like SEO, key phrases, funnels, email campaigns, and retargeting ads. Even blog posts, web page pop-ups, and social media juicing fall into this category.

If it can be automated, chances are pretty good there’s an app or piece of software for that. And if there’s not, you need to connect with freelance writer, journalist, and entrepreneur Damon Brown to find out how to turn that idea into a cash cow.

If you’re looking for freelance writing jobs, there’s no shortage of agencies, software companies, and niche-industry sites that publish content about the latest trends in digital marketing and automation.

Check out this list of websites and magazines that pay $100+ for highly-skilled and well-researched work about digital marketing. Study the guidelines and start pitching.

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Freelance Writing Funk? 3 Mindless Productivity Hacks from a Pro

Mindless Productivity Hacks for Freelance Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

In a freelance writing funk? When your blank screen looks like a yawning abyss, it’s a telltale sign.

You don’t even want to approach the edge of that first line. All that emptiness reminds you of how far you have to go to get to the other side.

Despair sets in. Your mind reels. Productivity tanks. And your freelance writing well goes dry.

Sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be like that.

There’s a way to get any freelance writing project to go from bud to blossom to bouquet.

For years, I’ve used three unique productivity hacks to blunt the fangs of writer’s block, get more work done, and make a living writing.

It’s how I’ve published a novel and landed assignments for magazines like Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, Vox, Popular Mechanics, WIRED, and many others.

If you’re in a freelance writing funk, feel like you don’t have any good ideas, or it’s taking you eons to write content, it’s time to let your mind go.

Here are three ways to become a more productive writer.

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Freelance Work: Use This Writer’s Gut-Check Method to Earn More

The Gut-Check Method to Get Freelance Work. Makealivingwriting.com

Have a gut feeling about the freelance work you’re pursuing?

Maybe your stomach is in knots about a project. Maybe it’s chill and happy about a new client.

Or maybe you’re talking with a prospect, but something’s telling you to charge higher rates, move on to find better freelance work, or sign a contract.

Been there, done that?

When you’re hungry to land freelance work, it’s easy to want to gobble up any client willing to throw you a bone. But that’s bound to cause some bank-account indigestion at some point.

So what happens when you’re offered an assignment where the rate is too low but your enthusiasm for the job and the client is high? You could walk away, try and negotiate the rate, or even accept the assignment.

But before you make any hangry-for-freelance-work decisions, give yourself a gut check. When I started doing this, I turned a one-off assignment into a long-term client, grew my network, and scored referrals for more freelance work.

Should you take that freelance job? Use the gut-check method to help you decide:

Op-Ed Writing: 10 Markets That Pay Freelancers for Views & Opinions

Paid Op-Ed Markets for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever have an idea for an op-ed?

If your mind jumps to the old-school newspaper section with editorials, opinion pieces, and letters to the editor, you’re probably thinking it’s a waste of time.

But writing op-ed pieces is still a thing. I’ve done it. And if you know where to look, the right markets pay well.

Getting paid $300 to $1,500 for opinion pieces, essays, and editorials is still happening.

Let the ideas begin to percolate…

Maybe you’ve learned a few lessons at the School of Hard Knocks. Maybe you’ve got some insight, views, expertise, or opinions about issues in your niche. Or maybe some comment on social media is so hot, you’ve got to take a stand.

Chances are pretty good you’ve got an opinion piece in you worth writing. Check out these 10 op-ed writing markets to share your point of view and get paid for it.

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