social media marketing

Writing Advice That Works: The Top 10 Posts of 2018

Top 10 Writing Advice Posts of 2018. Makealivingwriting.com

Well, this is it — the year is drawing to a close. It’s time to compile the best snack-pack for you of useful writing advice for earning real money as a freelance writer. These are your picks, reader — it’s our annual list of the most popular new posts published all year, here on the blog.

One of those popular posts is the Freelance Writing Forecast for 2018 — always great to check year-end and see how the experts did predicting emerging trends and spotting opportunities. Still good writing advice here — and stay tuned for the 2019 forecast, comin’ at ya in January.

This year, I’m doing things a little differently for this top-10 list. Now that we’ve passed 1,000 posts, some classic best-of posts have been republished this year. And if you loved them, I’ve included them here.

As well as spotlighting the most popular new posts of the year, I’ve also included links to our best related content on the topic. Enjoy!

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13 Buzz-Generating Tips for Writers to Crush Social Media Marketing

Generate Buzz. Social Media Marketing Tips for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

You don’t have to be a digital genius to know social media marketing can generate a lot of buzz.

But does it work for freelance writing?

Think about it this way. Right now there’s an estimated 2.5 billion people on social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and others.

And some of those users are editors, marketing managers, and business owners.

Tap the social media marketing hive just right, and you could have a swarm of prospects and clients buzzing you for work.

For example, fitness writer Jessica Collins scored a $3,000 project from a Tweet. And YouTube helped Angela Atkinson develop a $100K-a-year freelance writing and coaching business.

Sounds pretty sweet, right? Use these 13 social media marketing tips for writers to generate buzz.

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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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Freelance Marketing: The Curious Q&A Strategy to Get More Clients

The Curious Q&A Strategy for Freelance Marketing. Makealivingwriting.com

Enquiring minds want to know. It’s the old slogan for the salacious supermarket tabloid known as the National Enquirer. And as crazy as it sounds, there’s a freelance marketing lesson you can learn from this (ahem) news source to help you get more clients.

Curious?

It all starts with a question.

Is Elvis still alive? Will Jurrassic-sized spiders take over the world? Can a psychic in California predict what Donald Trump will Tweet next?

And the question you’re probably thinking about: What does this have to do with freelance marketing? Here it is:

When someone has a question about a niche topic or freelance writing, they’re going to search the Internet for the answer.

And it’s an opportunity for you to do some freelance marketing, provide helpful answers, and build authority as the freelance writer in your niche.

Here’s another question: Want to learn how to use this Q&A strategy to get more freelance clients? Check it out:

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LinkedIn Marketing for Writers: 4 Steps to Get Email Addresses FREE!

LinkedIn Marketing: 4 Steps to Get Email Addresses FREE! Makealivingwriting.com

Do you have a LinkedIn marketing strategy in place to connect with editors and marketing managers in your niche?

Or are you trying to track down a source with a specific set of skills or credentials?

If you just had their email address, it would make things a lot easier. Right?

With an estimated 500 million registered users, LinkedIn makes it easy to find contacts in any niche or industry and make a connection. (If you don’t have a LinkedIn marketing strategy in place as a freelance writer, you should.)

But once you make a connection with a prospect, do you have to rely on the InMail feature inside LinkedIn to pitch a story idea or send a letter of introduction? No.

Or maybe you’ve thought about paying for LinkedIn Premium ($47.99 and up) just to be able to send InMail to people who aren’t in your network yet. There’s a better way.

In fact, there’s a LinkedIn marketing strategy you can use to get the email address for every person you connect with for FREE in just four simple steps. Here’s how it works:

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Use This Easy Reddit Storytelling Strategy to Get Freelance Writing Jobs

Get Freelance Writing Jobs with Reddit Storytelling. Makealivingwriting.com

Need more freelance writing jobs?

You might be using traditional methods likes queries and letters of introduction. But are you tapping into social media channels to connect with more people?

Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter get a lot of love for helping freelancers connect with prospects and land freelance writing jobs. But they’re not the only social channels out there you can leverage to get more work.

Ever heard of Reddit?

It’s cleverly branded as “The front page of the Internet.” This social media site has an estimated 12 million users, and they’re not all looking for funny cat videos.

In fact, with just a little bit of effort, you can use Reddit to connect with people in your niche to generate leads and land freelance writing jobs.

If you’re good at storytelling and like to write, you can do this. It’s not that hard. Here’s how I got over 30 leads on Reddit with a single post:

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