content marketing

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

Content Writing Guide for the Clueless. Makealivingwriting.com

You 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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SEO Writing: A Tech-Savvy Freelancer Reveals 6 No-Bull Strategies

No-Bull Strategies for SEO Writing. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re trying to figure out SEO writing to drive traffic to your writer website, there’s a lot of online crap to sift through.

Gimmicky promises. Expensive software. Even get-your-account-shut-down advice out there about SEO writing. And you don’t want to step in any of that.

So how do you get more potential clients to find you online?

Almost every week I hear from writers, who tell me things like:

  • I don’t have time to blog
  • I don’t have a marketing strategy
  • I hate selling myself
  • I’m hoping people will buy my new book
  • I don’t know how to help my publisher market my book
  • I have a very specific audience, but I don’t know how to reach those people

Sound familiar? If you want your website to help you generate leads, drive traffic or build an audience, you need to know how the motherlode of search engines works.

As an SEO writing expert and consultant, I’ve helped hundreds of authors and freelancers get results. One recent win even helped boost traffic by 175 percent for one of my clients.

Ready for some no-bull advice about SEO writing? Here’s what you need to know:

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Staffing Agencies for Freelance Writers: 7 Insider Tips from a Recruiter

Staffing Agencies: Insider Tips to Get Freelance Work. Makealivingwriting.com

Can you find freelance work with staffing agencies?

Definitely. But you need to know what happens behind the scenes at a staffing agency when a recruiter is trying to find a writer for their client.

Here’s what usually happens. A staffing agency recruiter posts a contract job for a writer to work for one of their clients that looks something like this:

“Our client needs a copywriter who’s a natural at writing copy that’s on brand, fun, helpful, and authentic for a major company.”

Looks like a perfect writing gig for a solid client, right? So you fill out a few details online and click send. Hundreds or maybe even thousands of writers do the same thing. One writer gets the gig, and it’s not you. You never hear back.

Sound familiar? If you want to connect with staffing agencies to find freelance work, there’s something you need to know…that kind of lazy-ass marketing will fail you almost every time.

So what’s the secret to landing freelance work with staffing agencies? We talked to a veteran copywriter and staffing agency recruiter to find out…

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Content Writing Jobs: 10 Handy Places to Get Hired Online

Handy Places to Find Content Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

What’s in your toolbox to build your freelance business and find content writing jobs?

Ask your network. Send cold-pitch emails. Make phone calls. Try direct mail. Connect with agencies. Marketing is the name of the game, especially when you’re starting out.

These are proven marketing strategies to find prospects and get hired for content writing jobs. The more prospects you reach out to, the closer you get to your goals to move up, earn more, and make a living writing.

Looking for another way to find freelance work?

It’s no secret that trolling Craigslist for content writing jobs or putting all your bets on Upwork to find great clients aren’t the best ways to build your freelance writing business.

But there are some online resources you’ll want to add to your toolbox to search for clients in your niche, see who’s hiring freelancers, or fill a gap as a contract writer.

If you want to get hired, grow your network, and build your portfolio of freelance work, check out these handy places to get hired online:

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How to Self Publish a Book That Earns $125K in a Single Night

How to Self Publish a Book That Earns Big. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to know how to self publish a book that earns big?

That’s the dream for a lot of freelancers. Right? Figure out how to self publish a book. List it on Amazon. And piles of money start rolling in.

Here’s the brutal truth about making money with your book…it usually doesn’t work like that.

There’s far too many writers with great ideas who think: “If I self-publish a book, lots of people will buy it.”

I wish it were that easy. If you want to learn how to self publish a book that earns big, a great idea and great writing are just the beginning.

You also need to a marketing plan that generates buzz, sells copies, and opens the door to more writing opportunities.

When I published my first book, I made a couple thousand dollars, and gained a small following of fans. And then something happened that helped me turn my book into a revenue-generating machine that earned $125K in one night.

Want to learn how to self publish a book that earns big? Let me pull back the curtain to show you how it’s done.

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Content Marketing Magic: A Top Expert’s Tips for Freelance Writers

Expert Reveals Content Marketing Tips for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wish someone would pull back the curtain on content marketing?

It’s a buzzword that marketing directors love to pull out of their hat to sell products and services, develop branding, and get more clicks, likes and follows.

But what exactly is content marketing? How does it work? And what do you need to know to land well-paying content marketing gigs for businesses, custom publications, and agencies?

If you’re feeling a little like one of the judges on America’s Got Talent mystified by magician Shin Lim’s card tricks about content marketing, you’re not alone.

Even though content marketing has been around for ages, it’s gone through a kind of jaw-dropping metamorphosis in the digital world.

Today, about 90 percent of all companies (From Fortune 500s to small business owners) use content marketing to communicate with their audiences. And that’s a good thing if you’re a freelancer. Why? It means there’s more opportunity than ever to make a living writing.

Want to learn a little content marketing magic to land more freelance work? We caught up with an industry expert to reveal the secrets to content marketing success. Pull back the curtain…

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