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Freelance Jobs: 10 Health and Fitness Markets That Pay Writers

Freelance Jobs: Health and Fitness Markets That Pay Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to land some freelance jobs in the health and fitness niche?

There’s no shortage of health and fitness magazines, websites, and custom pubs that need great writers.

These markets cover a wide range of topics like healthy living, nutrition, weight loss, supplements, exercise, disease prevention, and lifestyle medicine.

And you don’t need to be a personal trainer, registered dietitian, or certified wellness coach to land freelance jobs in this niche.

In fact, some of these people probably have freelance jobs they need to fill for blogging, ghostwriting, and marketing. (Here’s a tip: Exercise your marketing muscles, and send a custom LOI (letter of introduction) to a health/fitness professional.)

If you’re looking for a way to land some freelance jobs in health and fitness writing, follow the advice most personal trainers recommend, and simply get started.

In this list of paying markets, you’ll find a mix of magazines, websites, and a couple of custom pubs that need health and fitness writers. Study the guidelines, pitch an idea, and repeat, to build your writing muscles and your portfolio.

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Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post: What’s the Difference?

Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post. Makealivingwriting.com

Note: Ever wonder what the difference is between writing an article and writing a blog post? It’s a topic that comes up a lot. Besides style and research, you might be surprised by one of the key differences between blogs and articles. And it’s why I decided to share this post again. Enjoy! —Carol.

There’s a lot of confusion out there in the freelance-writing world today about blog posts and articles. Also, about what each of those types of writing should pay.

Recently, I got a lot of response to my call for freelance writers to stop writing blog posts. Many writers were confused about just what the difference is.

So let’s discuss. Because things are changing. And understanding the differences between these two writing forms will help you earn more.

For years, blog posts and nonfiction articles were distinctly different:

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Blogger Outreach Disasters: 3 Sad Examples + 2 Tips

How to avoid a blogger outreach disaster. Makealivingwriting.com

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:

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The Credentials You Need to Be a Freelance Writer

Freelance writer credentials that matter most. Makealivingwriting.com

Note: Think you’re missing the credentials or qualifications to be a successful freelance writer? I wrote this post five years ago, and I still see a lot of writers struggle with this. The credentials that really matter have nothing to do with writing, and everything to do with mindset. Enjoy!  –Carol.

If I’ve learned one thing mentoring freelance writers, it’s this: Writers are hung up on qualifications.

I wish I had a dime for every time a freelance writer told me:

“I’ve always wanted to pursue a career as a freelance writer, but given that I lack a journalism degree, I felt unqualified.”

To which I can only say: Hey. Me too. Both on the no-degree front (I’m a college dropout with a degree in nothing), and the feeling inadequate thing, too.

Except I just plunged in and started writing anyway.

Do you think lack of qualifications or credentials are holding your back from being a successful freelance writer? Are you thinking about going back to school, taking another course, or talking yourself out of pitching higher-paying clients because you don’t have an impressive resume?

Everyone should be a life-long learner. But you don’t need a degree or credentials to be a successful freelance writer. Here’s what you really need:

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How to Write a Blog Post: Inside My 17-Step Process

How to write a blog in 17 steps. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you think you know how to write a blog post? If your blog doesn’t earn much money, I’ll bet that you don’t — at least, you don’t know all the elements that go into writing a successful blog post today.

Writing a popular blog post is a lot more sophisticated than it used to be. If you want to attract a decent-sized audience, there are a ton of technical steps to take to make sure readers can find it — and then, that they read it, like it, and want to subscribe.

Here’s a look at the process my blog editor Evan Jensen and I have cooked up at this point to make sure our posts reach the largest possible audience (and yes, I’m using affiliate links for some of the tools I recommend):

How to write a blog post? First, have a plan

My top tip for having a successful blog is to create a system and checklist for each blog post. That way, you get a consistent result. It’s not that some posts come out spiffy and others look like something you slapped together in a semi-daze when you couldn’t sleep for 30 minutes last night. With a system, you can give readers a pro experience, every time, and leave them clamoring for more.

Here are the blog post writing rules I’ve developed:

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Do Comments Help You Make Money Blogging? Here’s Why I’m Killing Mine

Why

If you’re a writer who hopes to make money blogging, you’ve probably heard the conventional wisdom: Comments are important. You need to attract lots of comments and respond to all of them.

That builds rapport — it shows you’re engaging with your audience and you’re accessible to them. Also, responding to them all doubles your comment count, and makes your blog seem popular and interesting!

That worked, for years. You could write a great, controversial or highly useful post and easily rack up 100 comments. But not so much anymore.

Over time, my feelings about comments have changed, because the comments you get have changed. Which is why this is the last post on my blog that will allow comments.

Here’s why I’m killing comments on the Make a Living Writing blog, and what I’m doing instead:

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