Ever wonder how to stand out at a writers conference?
Here’s what most writers do…
- Sign up to attend a writers conference weeks in advance.
- Make travel arrangements.
- Scour the agenda looking for the lectures, workshops, and presentations that sound the most fun, interesting, or helpful.
- And that’s it.
You show up. There’s a zillion writers, editors and publishers, and you roam from one lecture to the next.
If “that’s it,” you’re missing out on a big benefit of going to a writers conference…making connections.
Fortunately, a little pre-planning can help you get more from a writers conference than a bag of goodies and a frenzy of ideas.
Want to learn how to stand out from the crowd at a writers conference? Here’s how to shine:
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Some things never change, like the need to find great writing clients. But marketing doesn’t have to be a grueling, stressful, or frustrating chore. Check out these two fun and easy ways to find writing clients. Enjoy!–Carol
One of the questions freelance writers ask me most is, “How can I find better-paying clients?” Another one is “Where are all the good-paying clients hiding?” A third one is, “Why can’t I find any good writing clients?”
I’m sensing a theme here, that people want to know more about how to connect with great clients.
There are many ways to hunt these elusive good clients, but today I want to talk about two of my favorite in-person techniques for connecting with good-paying clients.
That’s right, these methods involve leaving your writing cave, going out, and meeting live humans.
Don’t be scared!
Once you get the hang of it, networking is actually a lot of fun. Or it should be — so remember to have fun with it.
Here are two techniques that are pretty fail-proof and simple for maximizing your networking time:
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Ever wonder if taking a deep dive into SEO trends could help you earn more as a freelance writer?
It’s easy to think SEO is a mysterious abyss only tech gurus understand.
But that doesn’t mean SEO trends are being sucked into a swirling whirlpool of digital data nobody cares about.
Quite the opposite, in fact. SEO trends are evolving…fast. Ever heard the phrase, “Google just changed its algorithm?”
Like every day. Right?
If you can keep up, knowing where the currents of search engine optimization and SEO copywriting intersect can help you move up and earn more as a freelance writer.
Afraid of diving deep into SEO trends? It’s really not that scary.
And you don’t have to be a tech-savvy genius to figure it out. Dip your toe into SEO. Skim the surface. Doggy paddle if you have to, because it’s worth it. Show a prospect you know the value of SEO, and you can charge higher rates.
Ready for a deep dive into SEO trends for freelance writers?
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Ever wonder what new freelance writers should do to ramp up, land clients, and start making money?
Some go with the slow-and-steady approach. But it could literally take years of trial and error to master essential marketing skills, get good clients, build a portfolio, and make good money.
Have you been trying to get your freelance writing business off the ground?
Most new freelance writers need a faster way to jump start their career. You know, like one of those rapid chargers for your phone that can get your battery to 100 percent…quick.
You don’t have to be one of those freelance writers who spends months or years waiting around for things to take off. In fact, that’s usually a sign of a bad battery plagued by fear, uncertainty, and a poorly-working, take-action mindset.
Fortunately, you can change that just as easily as you can replace or recharge a battery.
Ready to power up your freelance writing career? Plug into these five super-charged resources to get started:
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Have you ever experienced the frustration of crafting pitches for freelancing writing jobs, only to end up with a long list of rejections?
Even worse, have you suggested a topic for a piece of content, only to be met by deafening silence?
The fact of the matter is that supply outweighs demand when it comes to freelance writing. For all freelance writing jobs, there are an army of eager writers looking to fill it.
Thankfully, many writers are taking shots in the dark for those freelance writing jobs. A lot write in a haphazard, amateurish fashion. Furthermore, many suggest content which is unfocused, unpopular or downright unsuitable for the site they are pitching for.
If you take the time to harness the power of the secret weapon known as search engine optimization and keyword research, you stand the best chance of landing one of the many freelance writing jobs editors need to assign.
These ideas also work well for your own blog and driving traffic to it.
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I’ve got some writing tips for you today, on how to crank out volumes of useful posts that draw a crowd. What’s the occasion? Well, in the past month, this blog hit two milestones: We published our 1,000th blog post, and hit roughly 1 million annual readers.
I wrote the vast majority of these posts (for several years, at the rate of five posts a week).
It isn’t just the posts here that I’ve written over the past decade, either. I also wrote posts daily for a year for BNET (remember them?), wrote 3-4 times a week for Entrepreneur.com for years, and contributed 165 posts to my Forbes channel, to name just a few of my paid blogging clients.
In all, I’ve written thousands of blog posts, since getting back into freelancing in 2005.
If you have trouble pushing ‘publish’ on your posts, and wonder how to produce volumes of quality work, here are my writing tips for maximum productivity:
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