Wondering how to blog for money and make a living writing?
Maybe you’re pitching businesses and magazines to blog for money, but you never hear back.
Or maybe your pitch to blog for money is good enough to get a response, but you keep getting rejected.
Been there, done that? It’s happened to me a lot.
The catastrophic-thinking part of your brain tries to tell you: “There’s no way in a million years they’re going to hire you. Don’t even bother trying.”
But the truth is, if you do your part to craft a well-written pitch to a prospect, that’s almost never the case.
Don’t give up that easy. You’re smarter than that. That prospect could be your next freelance writing client worth thousands of dollars.
Before you totally write off a prospect that rejected your pitch to blog for money, or gave you the “not-now-maybe-later” answer, take a minute to try and understand why. Follow up. Ask a few more questions.
Here’s how I turned a not-so-sure-prospect into a gig that pays $500 per blog post.
Are you looking for blog writing jobs?
No. I’m not talking about the prolific Craigslist ads and content-mill stuff that pays $5 to $10 per blog post. If those are the types of writing jobs you’ve been chasing, it’s time to get some new clients. You can do better.
If you ask the Interwebs, there’s an estimated 400 million blogs online. Sure, lots of those are dead sites or personal blogs with pictures of kids, cats, and crafts. And you won’t find any writing jobs there. But there are blog writing jobs that pay.
Do a little digging, and you’ll find business blogs in virtually any niche designed to engage readers, drive website traffic, and promote a product or service. You’ll also find niche news-style blogs that operate similar to a newspaper or magazine.
Both of these types of blog writing jobs are money for the serious freelancer. Why? Well-run blogs publish frequently and need content. That means one blog writing assignment can easily turn into a regular gig.
Looking for more blog writing jobs? Check out this list of 10 sites that pay $75 and up per assignment.
Did you have blog content all figured out back in 1996?
It was the same year Oprah started her book club, the Tickle Me Elmo doll made its debut, and the medical drama E.R. dominated TV ratings. You know, stuff people were in love with a couple decades ago.
If you’re being totally honest, blog content probably wasn’t on your radar back then.
But is was for this one guy…named Bill Gates. He said:
“Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the internet, just as it was in broadcasting.”
In today’s digital world, effective blog content is part of the marketing machine to get clicks, likes, follows, more subscribers, and even generate revenue. And if you know how to do it, clients are gonna want you.
Ready to learn how to write blog content readers (and your clients) love? Here’s how:
Ever leave a comment on the Make a Living Writing blog?
For years, you could chime in at the end of a blog post, ask questions, get help, and be part of the conversation about the business and craft of freelance writing.
And then we turned comments off on the Make a Living Writing blog in May 2017. At the time, there were plenty of valid reasons to nix the comments.
But things change.
The blogosphere is a different place now than it was back then.
And the rules of engagement have morphed on many social media platforms.
So now what?
One of most quotable lines from the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster Terminator comes to mind: “I’ll be back.”
That’s the plan. Here’s why we’re turning comments back on at Make a Living Writing.
Where do you find free images for your writer website, your blog, or maybe a client?
You could just do a Google search for a free image based on a key phrase. But that could get you neck-deep in legal trouble fast.
When I did this for a post about trout-fishing, I found one pretty easily. But I couldn’t use it. The photographer who snapped the fisherman earned copyright protection the nanosecond he or she pushed the camera’s button.
So where do you find free images (or affordable images) for a blog, website, or client project?
If you know where to look, you’ve got plenty of options that won’t cost you anything.
You might be surprised to know government agencies can be a rich resource for free images. And there’s a growing number of sites where you can find free images.
Looking for free images? Here’s what I recommend:
It’s a strategy every top blogger tells you to pursue: Contact successful bloggers and ask them for a guest post, link, or interview. But blogger outreach isn’t quite that simple.
Now that every blogger is constantly hit up with requests, you’ll have to be a bit more sophisticated than shooting them an email that is essentially just, “Hi total stranger, would you do me a favor and help build my blog career?”
To help you avoid wasted time on blogger outreach that goes nowhere, I’ve pulled together three recent examples of outreach gone terribly wrong in pitches I received. There’s also one terrific example of outreach done right.
Wondering what basic mistakes to avoid? Read on: