writer websites

Writer Websites That Rank Well: 8 Secrets of Top NYC Writers

Writer Websites: Tips from Top NYC Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Freelance writers sometimes overlook a critical piece of marketing that can drive traffic, generate leads, and land assignments… writer websites.

How’s your writer website?

Maybe you’ve got the basics like a home page, about page, and your portfolio. Maybe you’re still looking at writer websites to get ideas for setting up your own.

  • What should your writer website include?
  • Does design matter?
  • What makes other writer websites perform well?
  • What about SEO?
  • What can you do to stand out in a crowded niche?

These are questions an elite group of freelance writers, authors, and content marketing experts can answer.

Ask Google to help you find a “top NYC writer,” and you’ll get slammed with 19 million results. That’s more than double the Big Apple’s daytime population of 8.6 million.

So how does a NYC writer stand out online? Being smart, creative, and friendly helps. But in today’s digital world, writer websites matter, too.

So I Googled ‘Top NYC writer,” and reached out to the writers whose websites topped that search. Below, eight of those top-ranking writers share their secrets for creating writer websites that seriously get you found and hired.

Ready to launch or revamp your writer website? Here’s what you need to know.

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Writer Websites: 8 Great Mobile Examples to Attract Freelance Clients

Is Your Writer Website Mobile-Friendly? 8 Examples. Makealivingwriting.com

Creating a great online home to showcase your writing was always a challenge for freelancers. Then came smartphones, iPads, and the need for mobile-responsive writer websites.

If you don’t have a mobile-responsive theme or layout to your writer site, when people look at your site on their phone, it usually looks like…crap. To be blunt.

It’s hard to find the navigation tabs. The copy you slaved over gets cut off mid-sentence. Your contacts may disappear from the top. It can be a real hot mess.

Not exactly the impression you wanted to make. Ugh! After you’ve invested all the time and energy in creating a writer site.

So, what’s a writer to do? Find a better answer.

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Picture Perfect: 10 Sites for Writers to Score Free Images

Picture Perfect: Free Image Sites for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Where do you find free images for your writer website, your blog, or maybe a client?

You could just do a Google search for a free image based on a key phrase. But that could get you neck-deep in legal trouble fast.

When I did this for a post about trout-fishing, I found one pretty easily. But I couldn’t use it. The photographer who snapped the fisherman earned copyright protection the nanosecond he or she pushed the camera’s button.

So where do you find free images (or affordable images) for a blog, website, or client project?

If you know where to look, you’ve got plenty of options that won’t cost you anything.

You might be surprised to know government agencies can be a rich resource for free images. And there’s a growing number of sites where you can find free images.

Looking for free images? Here’s what I recommend:

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Writer Websites: 4 Fabulous Branding Options That Attract Clients

Fabulous Branding Options for Writer Websites. Makealivingwriting.com

Writer websites are a proven way to stand out from the crowd, and get new clients calling you.

But most freelance writers don’t have one. That may be because when many writers contemplate putting up a site, it raises the question: What should the name of my writer website be?

And its corollary: What should the tagline say?

It’s easy to get hung up on what to do for website branding. So many possibilities! Then, you stall out and don’t end up putting one up.

That’s not good.

Your writer website is a great opportunity to create a writing sample. If you want online clients, creating a fantastic writer website is a great way to show them you ‘get’ the internet.

There are definitely some key things to know about branding for writer websites. I’ve reviewed literally hundreds of writer sites over the years — and seen writers succeed and fail with their sites. Along the way, I’ve learned there are definitely types of branding that work for writer websites…and types that don’t.

What do you need to avoid, and what works great for branding writer websites? Let’s dig into the details.

I’m going to start with the top problems I’ve seen in writer-website branding. Then, I’ll give you four ways to do branding that all reliably work great for freelance writers.

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Writer Websites That Fail: Avoid These Cringe-Worthy Moves

Writer Websites: Avoid Cringe-Worthy Mistakes. Makealivingwriting.com

Many freelance writers tell me they’ve never gotten a nibble off their writer websites. If this is you — or you have yet to put up a writer site — let’s fix some of the biggest problems right now.

See, there are some basic approaches, and some key phrases, that you really want to avoid on writer websites.

These blunders make you seem, variously:

  • Desperate
  • Pushy
  • Snobby
  • Self-involved
  • Uninterested in doing client work

Want to avoid all that and put together a writer website that presents you as a strong candidate for freelance jobs? Here are the moves to avoid:

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How Writers Can Easily Earn More in B2B Content Marketing

How to Earn More in B2B Content Marketing. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you wondered if business-to-business, a/k/a B2B content marketing, might be your ticket to a bigger writing income?

I’m hearing this from a lot of writers in my community:

“I’ve decided on a writing niche — I’m going to write B2B.”

So. B2B is definitely an area with a lot of marketing money in it. That’s because the products and services sold to businesses can be expensive, from fancy copy machines to $10,000 consulting packages and up.

The more something costs, generally, the more elaborate and costly the marketing process is — and the more writers stand to make.

But there’s a problem: Simply saying you write B2B doesn’t get clients excited about hiring you. In fact, positioning yourself that way can send the very clients you want running for the exits.

Let me explain the one simple tweak to make to connect with great-paying B2B clients.

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