How To Make Good Money Freelance Writing

Advice on being a great freelance writer from someone who hires freelance writers

by in Lifestyle on Jul 21st, 2014

Since January 2014 I’ve been in charge of building out a corporate blog as part of my part-time consulting duties. It’s been a good challenge that has effectively lowered marketing costs for the company, improved the company’s authority, and allowed the company to tell their story the way they want. So far so good.

Instead of hiring tons of writers, I wanted to hire only a handful of writers who I felt could each bring a different perspective on various topics. I also wanted each writer to be able to write with authority due to the experience he or she has. There would be no such thing as someone writing a post based off pontification under my leadership.

With a healthy budget, I got to work finding quality over quantity, which I think all of us at the Yakezie Network believe in.

Let me share with you what I think makes a fantastic freelance writer for those of you interested in freelance writing part-time or as a career. My perspective comes from not only being a managing editor of a corporate blog, but also as a blogger who has survived through all the Google land mines over the past five years and makes a viable income stream online.

TIPS FOR BEING A GREAT FREELANCE WRITER

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When Is Enough, Enough In The Online World?

by in Lifestyle on Jul 6th, 2014

For five years in a row I’ve been posting on average 3-4 times a week. I just went with this posting schedule frequency because that’s what I had in me. But as I get older, I’m beginning to lose a little steam in my enthusiasm for writing a lot as frequently. Search engine traffic makes up 70%+ of my traffic, so the incremental return of publishing a new article isn’t as great anymore.

I’ve been thinking about going down to a two times a week publishing schedule for the summer. Seasonal online traffic trends are pretty evident once you get to a certain amount. If people are away, why bother writing as much?

There used to be a certain amount of guilt if I didn’t keep up with my publishing frequency. When I left my job in 2012, there definitely wasn’t an option to publish less because I had so much more time. But now, I don’t feel like I have anything to prove anymore. I’ve reached my traffic and revenue targets and I’m happy with the way things are.

WHEN IS ENOUGH, ENOUGH?

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The Best Job For Bloggers Today

Bloggers Know Your Worth. It's More Than You Think.

by in Lifestyle on Jun 23rd, 2014

One of the fears many people from many different industries have is whether their skills are transferable to another occupation. They say people change jobs on average seven times in their lifetimes. The older I get the more I believe this statistic.

Despite getting an MBA and working in finance since 1999, I wasn’t sure whether I had any useful skills in the tech sector. I wanted to at least give tech a try just to say that I participated in the golden era of the internet while living in SF. Succeed or fail was less important given I had already accumulated my target financial nut.

As feared, I wasn’t given a chance to join any tech company despite my applications. I knew very few people in tech to provide any introductions. It was only after almost two years of half-heartedly searching that I stumbled across Personal Capital, a financial tech company, because a content manager position opened up, and I was a long-time affiliate partner and user.

Although we bloggers have come a long way, I still think we lack the respect we really deserve by journalists, everyday people, journalism schools, and businesses. Sure, some blogs have sold for multi-millions of dollars, but for the most part, anybody over 30 will probably discount blogging as a admirable profession. People looked at me cock-eyed every time I said I was a blogger, so now I just say I have an online media business. When they don’t understand, they discredit.

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Why I Dislike Social Media And Think It’s A Waste Of Time

Social Media Is Painful!

by in Lifestyle on Jun 17th, 2014

Social media has changed a lot of things in the last few years. It’s changed the way companies have to publicly respond to customer complaints, its increased the spread and speed of information, it helps people stay in touch, its given us a closer inside look into many celebrities lives, and its become a standard way companies, people, and blogs promote themselves.

A lot of people love social media so much they’re addicted to it, perhaps including you. But not so much for me. I feel a bit like the odd ball in the room because I find social media painful and rather a waste of my time. When you have the 20th picture of a friend posting a selfie or a fabulous vacation picture, it gets kind of old don’t you think? Read More

Your Comment System Is Killing Your Discussions And Community Building Efforts

Does DISQUS, Livefyre, and others comment systems help or hurt your site?

by in Lifestyle on Jun 2nd, 2014

There once was a time when no comment system existed. You’d just go to a site, read the post, and leave your Name, E-mail, and URL address (optional) to leave a comment. If your browser was smart enough, it would remember all your details so you could go directly into leaving another comment instead of re-typing all your information with every visit.

Nowadays, comment systems like DISQUS are taking over. In order to comment via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or whatever, you’ve got to first register with DISQUS, allow them to access all your contact information, set up a password, and then comment. Who is to say you have a FB, Twitter, Google+ account in the first place? I registered for DISQUS a while ago, but I don’t recall my password and I can’t be bothered to change it.

Every time I stumble across a site with a DISQUS comment system, I no longer comment anymore. Some sites smartly allow one to leave a comment as a guest commenter without registering, but most sites with DISQUS don’t allow for guest commenting, so I stopped trying.

I also registered for another commenting system a while back called LiveFyre. But over the years, I hardly ever see the LiveFyre commenting system installed anymore. What happened to them? My concern is that I have to keep on registering for these new comment systems, and because many aren’t profitable, they end up not lasting for the long term. Therefore, why continue registering for ever more commenting systems that access your personal data only for them to likely disappear?

I long for the good old days to return because I like to interact more with the community through comments on the publisher’s platform.  Read More

How To Make Money Quitting Your Job
  • Financial Samurai: There definitely has to be some great ideas a freelance has to have in the bag. Otherwise,...
  • Financial Samurai: I’m not aware of a freelance writing course or school. I think for the large majority of...
  • Financial Samurai: There’s a lot of craziness on the internet. If you can practice writing for a very different...
  • Financial Samurai: Yes. And you can click the Pencil icon on the top left of the picture once uploaded and edit to...
  • Financial Samurai: Well done! A nice chunk of change indeed.
  • BARBARA FRIEDBERG: Sam, As a longer term freelancer, I’m not ashamed to admit you gave some superb additional...
  • Mom Cents: Do you freelance writers have any formal training or is it a practice makes perfect type of thing?
  • Financial Samurai: Just copy and past to e-mail. Easy peasy!
  • Syed: Wonderful post. You’re certainly right about making a living being a blogger. It’s tough to live...
  • debt debs: OK thanks for the pointer. I’ve written something on my site and put the picture in there. When I...

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