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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 U.S. Writers Can Fight AB5 and Save Independent Contractor Jobs

Fight to Save Independent Contractor Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com.Do new laws spell the end of independent contractor jobs in America — including our freelance-writing jobs?

This is the most frequently asked question I’ve had in the past few months, ever since California’s AB5 bill was passed, followed by similar proposed laws in other states.

If you’ve heard about new freelancer laws, but don’t know quite what’s going on — or wonder what you can do to protect your career and income — this post lays it out for you.

Quick version: New laws are coming online that place restrictions on who can freelance for what sort of company or organization. You need to understand what’s happening, so that you can thrive as a freelance writer.

I’ve got some action items that will help you move forward and stay in control of your freelance future. But first, let’s review what’s happened and why, so you understand the changes, and where your freelance writing biz fits into the picture.

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Freelance Writer Formula: How Simple Addition Lands Great Clients

The Freelance Writer Formula to Land Great Clients. Makealivingwriting.com.When you’re a freelance writer trying to break into a new niche, how do you solve the problem of not having the right samples?

Cry? Roll around on the floor? Host a personal pity party? Or maybe you think lamenting on social media could be the solution.

Don’t do that, OK? Those things won’t solve the problem.

Maybe you’re thinking about working for free to get a clip. That can be a calculated way to get a solid writing sample, a referral, and some additional work.

But let’s be honest, as a freelance writer you’d like to get paid for your work. Yes?

If you’ve already got some writing samples, you can totally score that gig, even if you don’t have niche-specific experience or a similar project in your portfolio.

There’s an easy way to get around the problem. I like to call it the Simple Addition Method.

Here’s how it works:

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Guest Post Lab: Follow This Blogger’s Experiment to Get Bylines

Try This Blogger's Guest Post Experiment. Makealivingwriting.com.Here’s the brutal truth about looking for guest post opportunities:

There are WAY too many freelance writers who think dashing off an email pitch is enough to get bylines on well-known authority sites.

You know…All you have to do is find blogs that accept guest posts and send your pitch.

Well, that might sound like a good idea, but it doesn’t work in the real world.

If you’re serious about getting bylines on authority sites in your niche, you need to be very strategic, almost scientific, with how you find and pitch your guest post ideas.

Otherwise, your pitch will only be deleted and rejected.

Well, today I will be showing you the step-by-step experiment I used to get my first guest post published in one of the most competitive niches on the Interwebs.

Let’s get started.

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Content Writing for the Clueless: A Butt-Saving Downloadable Guide

Content Writing Guide for the Clueless. Makealivingwriting.comYou read about it everywhere, see tons of online ads for writing jobs doing it, and it’s all the buzz of the online-marketing world. But what is content writing, anyway?

If you’re new to freelance writing, you may be baffled by all the talk about ‘content marketing.’

You hear there’s lots of opportunity for content writers, but you hesitate to pitch or apply for content writing jobs, because you’re not sure you know exactly what people mean. That makes you worry you could get a content writing assignment, and then you won’t be able to pull it off.

Well, good news: This post is your content-writing primer. You should be able to go out and get content writing gigs — and confidently complete them — once you’ve read this post.

More good news: Content writing is easy, enjoyable, and can pay great. It can also be a good source of regular, ongoing writing jobs. So it’s well worth learning about the world of content marketing, and where you fit into it as a freelance writer.

Ready to learn all about it? Great!

I’m going to pull this term apart — content marketing — and train you up on each piece. So we’ll talk about content creation first, and then about the marketing side. (P.S. this post contains NO affiliate links.)

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Writing Headlines: 16 Wicked-Smart Ways to Attract More Readers

Writing Headlines the Wicked-Smart Way. Makealivingwriting.com.What’s the secret to writing headlines that engage readers, drive traffic, and get more clicks, likes, and shares?

It’s part art. It’s part science. It requires great writing skills. And if you have the ability to look inside the human psyche to figure out what keeps your readers up at night, even better.

Writing great headlines doesn’t happen by accident.

In fact, the smartest blogger in the world typically spends 2 to 3 hours writing a single headline, crafting up to 50 variations to get it right.

Ever struggle with writing headlines and just slap something together? Don’t do that, OK.

Learning to write better headlines is a valuable skill that can help you move up and earn more…a lot more.

For example: Smart Blogger CEO Jon Morrow can command $5,000 per blog post, because he knows how to write irresistible headlines that generate millions of views.

Want to learn how to write better headlines? Check out these 15 tips from the most wicked-smart blogger in the world:

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