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Op-Ed Writing: 10 Markets That Pay Freelancers for Views & Opinions

Paid Op-Ed Markets for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever have an idea for an op-ed?

If your mind jumps to the old-school newspaper section with editorials, opinion pieces, and letters to the editor, you’re probably thinking it’s a waste of time.

But writing op-ed pieces is still a thing. I’ve done it. And if you know where to look, the right markets pay well.

Getting paid $300 to $1,500 for opinion pieces, essays, and editorials is still happening.

Let the ideas begin to percolate…

Maybe you’ve learned a few lessons at the School of Hard Knocks. Maybe you’ve got some insight, views, expertise, or opinions about issues in your niche. Or maybe some comment on social media is so hot, you’ve got to take a stand.

Chances are pretty good you’ve got an opinion piece in you worth writing. Check out these 10 op-ed writing markets to share your point of view and get paid for it.

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Book Marketing Playbook: 6 Winning Moves from a Self-Publishing Pro

The Game Plan to Win at Book Marketing. Makealivingwriting.com

Need a book marketing playbook?

You know…a game plan to help you attract more readers, build authority, and generate book sales.

Ever thought about writing a book?

It’s never been easier to be an author. Write a book, self-publish, put it on Amazon and your writer website.

Sounds simple, right?

Here’s the problem. With books being published every day, it’s difficult for a new author to stand out.

The basics aren’t enough to get your book out there. And that means it’s up to you to create book marketing opportunities to boost exposure.

It’s the kind of problem I’ve helped thousands of writers and authors tackle over the last five-plus years.

Want to get your book in front of more readers?

Check out these winning moves from my book-marketing playbook.

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Guest Post Lab: Follow This Blogger’s Experiment to Get Bylines

Try This Bloggers Guest Post Experiment. Makealivingwriting.com

Here’s the brutal truth about looking for guest post opportunities:

There are WAY too many freelance writers who think dashing off an email pitch is enough to get bylines on well-known authority sites.

You know…All you have to do is find blogs that accept guest posts and send your pitch.

Well, that might sound like a good idea, but it doesn’t work in the real world.

If you’re serious about getting bylines on authority sites in your niche, you need to be very strategic, almost scientific, with how you find and pitch your guest post ideas.

Otherwise, your pitch will only be deleted and rejected.

Well, today I will be showing you the step-by-step experiment I used to get my first guest post published in one of the most competitive niches on the Interwebs.

Let’s get started.

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Writing Conferences: 20 Best Events to Help You Crush It in 2020

Best Writing Conferences for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s just a few days into the New Year, and spots for writing conferences are filling up. Thinking about attending an event to help you crush your freelance goals in 2020?

Writing conferences can be a great way to give your freelance writing career a boost.

Why? You’ll meet writers, editors, publishers, and marketing peeps in your niche. And you’ll learn more about the business and craft of freelance writing.

Writing conferences can also open your eyes to aspects of freelancing you might not even know about. Ahem…it’s no secret freelancers spend a lot of time on a computer…at home…alone…in your own head.

You’ll also get training, marketing tips, and even story ideas at writing conferences.

So which one should you attend?

It depends on a bunch of things like your budget, your calendar, and your ability to travel. Your niche and the type of writing you do (like content marketing or magazine writing), can also help you pick a writing conference to attend.

Looking for a writing conference to attend? Check out this list of 20 writing conferences in 2020.

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Top 6 Scams That Prey on Broke, Desperate Freelance Writers

Scams That Prey on Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever come across a job ad, membership site, or business opportunity for freelance writers when you’re hungry for work?

Click here. Pay now. Limited-time offer. Get exclusive access. You probably already know the buzzwords.

Some of these might be legit opportunities for freelance writers, but many aren’t.

In fact, there’s an entire underworld of scammers out there preying on broke and desperate freelance writers.

Ever been scammed by a client or fell for a get-rich-quick writing opportunity?

It’s a painful experience that can take a toll on your bank account, creative energy, and self-confidence as a freelance writer.

And it doesn’t have to be that way, says Federal Trade Commission Consumer Education Specialist Lisa Lake.

“Nobody can guarantee that you’ll make money,” says Lake. “Promises to make quick and easy money are always lies. Stop whenever someone pressures you to buy. That’s a very strong sign of a scam.”

So what are the top scams targeting freelance writers in 2020? Here’s what to watch for:

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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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