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Checking Online Ads? Here’s How to Get More Writing Jobs

Online Job Ads: The 30-Day Challenge to Get More Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.comDo you frantically scan the online writer job ads each week — or worse, each day? If you’re applying to lots of these writing jobs, you’ve probably discovered a painful truth.

It’s rare to ever hear back, much less get hired off an online job ad on any popular, public job board.

I don’t care if you’re viewing an Upwork dashboard, scanning Craigslist, the ProBlogger board, or any other online set of job listings that are free to view and can be seen by thousands (upon thousands!) of writers.

I hear complaints about this from writers all the time. Things like:

“I often see ads for something near my expertise, but rarely hear a peep after I apply.”

If this is you, here’s a bulletin: If you spend so much time applying for online job ads that you ‘often see’ certain types of listings, that’s a red flag.

You’re putting too much of your marketing time into the least-productive method for getting well-paid writing jobs.

Now, I’m no job-ad snob — I used to check them three times a week, like clockwork. That is, until an analysis of my marketing results proved to me that writer job ads aren’t the road to great-paying clients.

How can you get more writing jobs, for better pay? Here are three big tips for dealing with online writer job ads:

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You Hungry? The Double-Your-Income Diet for Freelance Writers

Double-Your-Income Diet for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comEver wonder how some freelance writers move up, earn more, and even pass the six-figure income mark?

It’s a lot like watching late-night infomercials wondering what the secret is to those weight-loss transformations. How do they do it?

Here’s a hint. For most people who lose weight and keep it off, there is no secret. It’s hard work, healthy eating, smart habits, and consistently following a proven plan that gets results.

And if you want to be one of those freelance writers, you can.

  • Weigh in and take a look at your freelance writing business
  • Throw away junk clients
  • Replace procrastination, self-doubt, and fear with taking action
  • Model the habits of successful freelance writers
  • Commit to being successful, no matter how long it takes

Want to know how to claw your way out of the content mills, make more money, write for national magazines, land $1/word assignments, or be a six-figure freelancer?

Take a closer look at these double-your-income diet tips for freelance writers:

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Grammar Rules for Freelancers: An English Teacher’s Dirty Little Secret

The Dirty Little Secret About Grammar RulesDo you ever feel conflicted about grammar rules?

I do. When I teach university English and when I write for freelance clients.

I’m torn between the need to follow all the grammar rules taught in school, and the need to break them. It’s like I’m living a double life.

On one hand, it feels like being a concert violinist, sitting stiffly in a black tuxedo on a black metal chair, violin wedged against a black bowtie, playing full concertos in the key of E minor. It’s lovely…

But I’d rather be down at the pub. Fiddling hornpipes, reels, and jigs. Stomping my foot. Jammin’ with mates on guitar. Mandolin. And whistle.

Expressive. Emotional. And free.

But if you’re always stuck on grammar rules that hold you back, you’ll never be that kind of freelance writer.

I may be a university English teacher, but if you want to be a better freelance writer, you need to know this dirty little secret about grammar rules:

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Digital Marketing Agencies: 11 Places to Land Well-Paid Freelance Work

Digital Marketing Agencies for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.comCan you make money writing for digital marketing agencies?

Yes. How about easy $100 assignments, $400 blog posts, or $1,000 long-form projects, and plenty of ongoing work?

Find a good digital marketing agency to work with, and it’s totally possible.

In theory, here’s how it works:

  • A digital marketing agency does all the heavy lifting to find clients in your niche.
  • Then the digital marketing agency hires you to write content for their clients…blog posts, white papers, case studies, website content, marketing materials, etc.

Sounds pretty good, right? All you need to do is find some digital marketing agencies, and you’re set. Lots of work, less marketing, steady pay.

Hold onSome digital marketing agencies have a track record for paying writers respectable rates. But some are nothing more than low-paying content mills disguised as a digital marketing agency, and we want you to avoid those.

Want to write for a digital marketing agency? Check out these freelance writer recommendations:

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11 Urgent Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Writing Coach

Earn More: How to Choose a Writing Coach. Makealivingwriting.comHave you ever wondered whether you could achieve your freelance dreams a lot faster if you hired a writing coach?

Spoiler: You definitely could. I know because I’ve been coaching freelance writers for about 5 years now.

But.

There are a ton of people on the interwebs today, offering to coach you to freelance success. How do you know if a particular coach could help you, or if you’d be wasting your money?

Remember, there is no official freelance-writing coach school. Anybody can hang out a shingle.

Since a key part of my mission is helping writers avoid ripoffs and scams, I offer this guide to vetting a writing coach. It’s derived from my experiences on both sides of the table, as I’m not just a coach myself but have also productively invested about $20,000+ hiring coaches during my career.

Yes, I know this list means you may ask me tougher questions before you hire me as a coach. I say: Bring it on.

What do you need to know before you hire a writing coach? Here are 11 key question to ask:

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Two $120K Earners Reveal Exactly How They Make Money Writing

120K Earners Reveal How They Make Money Writing. Makealivingwriting.comDo you wonder sometimes if it’s really possible to make money writing? I’m talking good money, not the kind that barely covers a weekly latte.

I meet a lot of writers who believe reliable writing income that truly pays your bills is an urban myth, like alligators in the sewers of New York.

But I can assure you, it’s not. Real writers just like you can start out earning small, and ramp up to six figures. Or more!

How do I know? Because I’ve been coaching working freelance writers on how to double their income for several years now. My Freelance Writers Den 2X Income Accelerator program has grads who routinely earn $80,000-$120,000 per year.

Recently, I sat down with two of my top earners — Laura MacPherson and Emily Omier — at a monthly mastermind call for my Den 2X program grads.

With Laura’s and Emily’s permission, excerpts from each of their insight-filled interview videos are included below! Along with show notes on exactly how each of them discovered how to make money writing.

Laura and Emily didn’t start out with any special advantages. They were just hardworking freelance writers who weren’t earning enough. In fact, Emily had a lot of life struggles to overcome, which she recently wrote about here on the blog.

Get ready to change your worldview on what writers can earn, because here are their insights into building a $100K+ freelance-writing biz:

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