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How Freelancers Get Hired Online: The Essential To-Do List

How freelancers get hired online. Makealivingwriting.comIt’s summer.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get terrific new freelance clients without having to do anything?

Well, you can — if you know how freelancers get hired online.

For starters, you need to be easy to find and contact and you need to make a good impression. Unfortunately, most writers aren’t so easy to peg and connect with on the ‘net.

If you’re a freelancer who’s never gotten an inbound lead — a prospect who calls without your contacting them first, or applying to their job ad — this post is for you.

Even if you have a modest portfolio, a strong online presence can make a big difference, both in the number and quality of prospects you attract.

Let’s go through the to-do list of important items I ask writers to check off:

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12 Essential, Free WordPress Plugins for Your Writer Website

Best WordPress plugins for your writer website. Makealivingwriting.com

Can I make a confession?

I’m not a tech expert. I don’t know my PHP from my HTML or SQL or any other of those terms that the “technically inclined” seem to spout a thousand miles a minute.

I’m a writer. And if you’re on this site, so are you.

If you’re like me, you could probably make some improvements to your writer website.

When you’ve got a self-hosted WordPress site (and you definitely should), having the right plugins can make the difference between spending hours trying to do a simple task — or being able to accomplish it in one click.

After an extensive search and personal trials, I’ve come up with a list of WordPress plugins that are a definite *must* for any writer website.

Here are the free plugins that will make your life easier (some of them have premium versions, but the free versions offer plenty of features for you):

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5 Disastrous Blog Design Mistakes — Fix These to Keep Your Readers

5 Disastrous Blog Design Mistakes - Makealivingwriting.com

If you’re here learning how to make a living as a writer, you’ve probably already got your writing skills down.

But even the most skilled writers can struggle with the design side of their blog.

Internet users are bombarded with information, and each mental transaction taking a toll on their brainpower. Presenting content so it requires minimal effort from your audience is not just considerate–it also improves your chances that reader will subscribe and return.

What common design errors drive your blog readers away? From my experience as a user-experience expert and Web designer, these are my top five:

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Is This Insidious Affliction Shrinking Your Freelance Writing Income?

Multitasking freelance writer

When you start out as a freelance writer, there’s a lot to learn. I know when I got back into freelance writing in 2005, I subscribed to dozens of email newsletters and spent hours every day, reading, watching videos, and attending live events.

But learning how to be a successful freelance writer is a bottomless pit. There’s always more you *could* know that *might* help your freelance writing career.

And often, new writers fall into this pit, and forget to get any clients. They get a creeping learning addiction that stops them from moving forward.

I see these writers leaving loads of comments on the Freelance Writers Den forums, or on LinkedIn’s writer forums, or commenting on every single blog post on popular blogs.

They ask arcane questions like these:

Should I create a mirror site to protect my writer website in case it’s hacked?

What’s the best SEO keyword tool?

Should I do marketing on autopilot with email autoresponders?

What are the best apps for coordinating writing projects with clients?

A year later, these writers sometimes quietly confide to me that they’re flat broke and had to take a day job. They were so busy learning everything about how to be a succcessful, 21st Century freelance writer, they fell victim to analysis-paralysis — and forgot that the top priority is getting clients and generating freelance writing income!

How can you focus, learn what’s essential, and move forward to earn as a freelance writer? Here are my tips:

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Does Your Writer Website Lead Visitors to a Dead End?

By James Chartrand Many writer websites have a home page that offers new visitors a basic introduction to the business: “Here’s what I do, who I do it for, and why I’m better than anyone else.” That’s not a bad

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Can You Help These Freelance Writers Figure Out What to Do?

Judging from the emails and Facebook questions I get, some freelance writers think I am the oracle of all knowledge. Fact is, I do not know everything about freelance writing. I get questions I don’t really know how to answer

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