finding clients

Pinterest Marketing for Freelancers: 6 Steps to Pinning and Winning

Pinterst Marketing for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you thought about Pinterest marketing to find leads?

Wait. Isn’t that the social media platform where crafty-stay-at-home moms, DIYers, and amateur cooks show off their creations?

You might not think of Pinterest marketing as the first way to showcase your blog or writing portfolio.

But if you’re not tapping into the power of Pinterest with 175 million users, you’re missing out on potential leads.

For example: Did you know two-thirds of the 50 billion pins on Pinterest represent brands and products, according to Ad Age?

With that kind of volume, you can bet businesses and marketing managers who need to hire freelance writers are paying attention to this platform. Today, Pinterest is so much more than an amusing social platform to collect pins.

With a Pinterest marketing plan, it’s a place where you can harness a niche, share your content with a community, and ultimately generate freelance writing leads.

Want to learn the art of pinning and winning with Pinterest marketing? I’ll show you how.

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Earn Money Online: Monster List of 161 Markets for Freelance Writers

Earn Money Online: Monster List of Markets for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to earn money online as a freelance writer?

Forget low-paying bid sites and content mills. And pitch magazines, websites, trade pubs, agencies, and businesses to move up and earn more.

To help you start the New Year strong, we’ve put together a monster list of publications that pay competitive rates for your original content.

Most publications featured here pay at least $50 per assignment. We’ve also included a few “move-up markets” that pay less but allow room for negotiation.

Comb through the list, and you’ll find writing jobs in variety of niches like business, finance, family, parenting, lifestyle, travel, technology, and others. We’ve even included a list of markets that publish content about the business and craft of freelance writing.

If you want to earn money online as a freelance writer, use this list to get started, land assignments to build your clips file, and earn more.

Want to make 2018 your year of freelance success? Check out this monster list of paying markets, and start pitching.

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Geek Out Over These 15 Paying Markets for Technology Writing

Paid Technology Writing Gigs for Computer-Savvy Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re a computer-savvy freelancer, you can cash in on those skills by landing technology writing gigs.

Do you geek out over new software and devices?

Are you following the latest trends in information technology, computer hardware, Internet security, web design, or programming?

Can you master a software program in a weekend, and teach others how to use it?

If you can write about things like how to build a website in WordPress, use PhotoShop, or explain technical topics like using Windows or Linux operating systems, you can tap into a niche with plenty of earning potential.

Looking for your first gig in this niche, or want to land more work?

Check out this list of 15 paying markets for technology writing. You’ll find pay rates starting at $60 for shorter pieces to $500 for 2,500-word assignments.

Ready to get started? Go ahead, geek out over this list, and start pitching:

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Freelance Marketing: 40 Ways to Get More Writing Gigs

40 ways to market your writing. Makealivingwriting.com

If your client work has all but dried up, or you’re trying to jump start your writing career, take a look at your freelance marketing efforts.

Maybe you’re not doing enough marketing. That’s the elephant in the room for many of the freelance writers I’ve coached over the years.

Or maybe the marketing you are doing isn’t working. Then what?

Don’t get caught in shiny-objects syndrome, jumping  from one strategy to the next.

Instead, be more strategic about how you market your writing. New ways to reach clients keep emerging, so keep an open mind.

Take a look at this list of 40 ways to market your writing we developed with the help of veteran freelancer Anne Wayman.

Then get to work. The more freelance marketing you do, the more likely you’re going to move up and earn more.

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Direct Mail is Not Dead: How One Writer Landed a $5,000 Contract

Direct mail strategies to land freelance clients. Makealivingwriting.com

No one uses direct mail to market anymore. Email marketing is the way to go, right?

I don’t think so. When I was working my day job in the marketing department of a credit union, I wrote a fair number of direct mail pieces to sell financial products to current potential members. Since going freelance, I realized I kind of missed writing those letters.

Email marketing is ubiquitous these days, so sending a direct mail pitch sets you apart.

And, when it’s not a bill, people like getting mail. Direct mail gets opened more often than email. People spend much more time reading a mail piece. And even millennials say direct mail influences their purchases.

So I decided to put my old-school direct mail marketing skills back to work and create my own campaign to find freelance writing clients. And it worked amazingly well.

Here’s how I did it:

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