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Productivity for Freelancers: Could Binge-Watching Help?

Can Binge-Watching Increase Productivity for Freelancers?. Makealivingwriting.com

The best part of freelance writing—and the worst part—is being your own boss. There’s nobody else standing over you, forcing you to calculate every minute to measure productivity.

It’s up to you to stay motivated and disciplined, even on days when you’d rather scoop the litter box than finish that blog post, write a query, or find new clients to pitch.

How do you keep the words flowing in spite of online and off-line distractions, family responsibilities, and bad days?

Most people aren’t born with a sixth-sense for productivity. In fact, a lot of people, including writers, are notorious for stalling, wasting time, and procrastinating for an infinite list of reasons (ahem, excuses).

That ends now. You can learn productivity habits to help you maximize your time, get work done, and even carve out a little time for binge-watching your favorite show. Here’s how:

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Writers Conference Connections: Here’s How to Stand Out From the Crowd

How to Shine at a Writers Conference. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder how to stand out at a writers conference?

Here’s what most writers do…

  • Sign up to attend a writers conference weeks in advance.
  • Make travel arrangements.
  • Scour the agenda looking for the lectures, workshops, and presentations that sound the most fun, interesting, or helpful.
  • And that’s it.

You show up. There’s a zillion writers, editors and publishers, and you roam from one lecture to the next.

If “that’s it,” you’re missing out on a big benefit of going to a writers conference…making connections.

Fortunately, a little pre-planning can help you get more from a writers conference than a bag of goodies and a frenzy of ideas.

Want to learn how to stand out from the crowd at a writers conference? Here’s how to shine:

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SEO Trends: A Deep Dive Into The Data Freelancers Need

Dive Into Data: SEO Trends for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder if taking a deep dive into SEO trends could help you earn more as a freelance writer?

It’s easy to think SEO is a mysterious abyss only tech gurus understand.

But that doesn’t mean SEO trends are being sucked into a swirling whirlpool of digital data nobody cares about.

Quite the opposite, in fact. SEO trends are evolving…fast. Ever heard the phrase, “Google just changed its algorithm?”

Like every day. Right?

If you can keep up, knowing where the currents of search engine optimization and SEO copywriting intersect can help you move up and earn more as a freelance writer.

Afraid of diving deep into SEO trends? It’s really not that scary.

And you don’t have to be a tech-savvy genius to figure it out. Dip your toe into SEO. Skim the surface. Doggy paddle if you have to, because it’s worth it. Show a prospect you know the value of SEO, and you can charge higher rates.

Ready for a deep dive into SEO trends for freelance writers?

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Use This Simple Numbers Tactic to Land More Freelance Writing Jobs

The Simple Tactic to Land More Freelance Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you ever experienced the frustration of crafting pitches for freelancing writing jobs, only to end up with a long list of rejections?

Even worse, have you suggested a topic for a piece of content, only to be met by deafening silence?

The fact of the matter is that supply outweighs demand when it comes to freelance writing. For all freelance writing jobs, there are an army of eager writers looking to fill it.

Thankfully, many writers are taking shots in the dark for those freelance writing jobs. A lot write in a haphazard, amateurish fashion. Furthermore, many suggest content which is unfocused, unpopular or downright unsuitable for the site they are pitching for.

If you take the time to harness the power of the secret weapon known as search engine optimization and keyword research, you stand the best chance of landing one of the many freelance writing jobs editors need to assign.

This tactic also works well for your own blog and driving traffic to it. Here’s how:

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Curious Minds: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Freelance Journalist

How to Think Like a Freelance Journalist. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to be a freelance journalist? It starts with one simple thing…curiosity.

It’s a skill that will help you get better at copywriting and content writing, not just hard-news reporting.

When you learn to think like a freelance journalist, you’ll also tap into skills to ask good questions, find fresh angles and ideas, understand your audience, and ultimately make more money from writing.

Can you really learn how to think like a freelance journalist? Or do you need a J-school degree, a stint as a cub reporter, and years of experience? Yes, you can. And no, you don’t.

It might take a little practice, but you can learn to think like a freelance journalist.

To help you out, we caught up veteran journalists Allen Taylor and Emily Liedel in a recent Freelance Writers Den podcast to talk about journalism skills and strategies for freelance writers.

Curious? Check out this Q&A to learn how to think like a journalist:

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Content Mills Make You Vomit? Remedies for a Healthy Writing Income

Sick of Content Mills Healthy Writing Income Remedies. Makealivingwriting.com

You scan through all the low-paying work in the content mills, and it makes you feel sick.

Ever done that?

Spend much time in the content mills, and you’ll soon feel the need to wash your hands, lather up with hand sanitizer, and spray your computer with Lysol, or you’ll spew disgust all over the place.

It’s not a healthy place to find clients or make a living writing.

Maybe you’ve already sold your soul and several hours of your life to write a blog post for five bucks. No doubt, the kind of mind-wasting gigs content mills are infested with.

When one writer I talked to told me he did this 399 times, I threw up in my mouth a little.

If you want to be a successful freelance writer, you can’t hang around the content mills. It’s a toxic environment that will siphon creativity, confidence, your bank account…and make you feel like blowing chunks.

Sick of content mills? Here are four healthy writing income remedies:

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