How Not to Fail Your First Few Months of Web Writing

When I started as a freelance writer, I decided I wanted to write not only for magazines, but for online markets. It was a logical decision; everything seems to be going digital, after all. Copyblogger insisted 2013 would be the year for online content writers, so I figured I better hop on that train ASAP.

Despite my enthusiasm and what I perceived to be foresight on my part, I made some very big mistakes early on in my freelance career and ended up struggling through the first three months with no progress or samples to show. No one should have to go through what I did, so I’m here to tell you exactly where and how I screwed up.

Don’t Do What I Did!

How to Get Over Negativity and Advance Your Freelance Writing Career

Things don’t always go the way we plan or dream them. They rarely do as a matter of fact.

No matter what we do in life, at one point or another, we are bound to feel that awful bite of disappointment. The feeling is multiplied when we realize that we not only let ourselves down but others as well. And it gets worse when these “little” misfortunes come after one another culminating in one big ball of negativity and despair.

This is the part where I mention how the last few months of 2012 were like for me. I was angry, envious of people, and resentful of my parents.

The Content Writers Guide to SEO Keywords

If you bum around the popular freelance writing job boards long enough, you’ll probably come across the phrases “SEO keywords” or “target keywords” every so often. But if you haven’t had any past exposure to digital marketing techniques, it’s natural to be confused about what these words mean and why – as a writer – you should care about them at all.

So to clear up this confusion, here’s everything you need to know about what keywords are and how they’re used by web content writers…

Top 5 Things That Can Sabotage Your Freelance Writing Career

Today’s guest post comes from Halina of Haelix Communications. Help me give her a warm “Write Your Revolution” welcome!

Whether you’re just starting out in the world of freelance writing or you’ve been a freelance writer for several years (even decades), there are some things that can totally sabotage your writing career. Some of these dangers are obvious (e.g., playing Angry Birds for hours on end and ignoring deadlines), but others are far less so. Here is my list of the top 5 things that can really throw a wrench into your freelance writing ambitions:

What is Content Marketing… And Why Should Writers Care?

If you’re a website owner, you’ve got plenty of different ways to get visitors to your site. You can pay for ads through Google Adwords and other PPC platforms, you can optimize your site to get it displayed in the search engine results pages using SEO techniques, or you can build up your social presence on sites like Facebook and Twitter in order to increase your referral traffic from these platforms.

But one particular traffic generation strategy that’s been getting a lot of attention lately – and that all web content writers need to be aware of – is “content marketing.”

The Nuts and Bolts of a Web Content Writing Business

Last week, I shared with you what an average day in my life looks like. And while I’m sure you found that just fascinating (as fascinating as the daily doings of somebody who loves naps can be!), what I felt was missing from the article was a description of how I got to this point in my career in the first place.

So today, I want to take you behind the scenes of my web content writing business and show you how web content writing businesses operate. If you’ve never heard of web content writing as a career choice before, read on – this article will clarify how web writers work and how they make money.

12 Ways to Get Paid to Write

There’s a really great scene in Sister Act 2 (don’t judge me – that movie’s freaking awesome) where Whoopi Goldberg’s character is telling a very young Lauryn Hill to follow her dreams, quoting a book by poet Rainer Maria Rilke that says “Don’t ask me if you’re a writer. Because I say, ‘If all you can think of in the morning when you get up is writing, then you’re a writer.'”

So whether you feel called to writing because of some deep-seated, internal need to communicate with the world and share ideas, or because you simply have the skills to write and want to get paid to do it – you’re a writer!

A Day in the Life of a Web Content Writer

I swear, I’m half writing this one for you guys and half writing it for my parents, who never seem to quite believe that this whole “web writing” thing is how I make a living. But anyways, I thought it’d be interesting to give you all a feel for how an average day looks in the life of a professional web content writer.

(And of course, this article comes with the mandatory disclaimer that there’s really no “standard” day or set schedule when you’re a web content writer. The description that follows is how some of my days look, but my schedule’s always up in the air depending on whether I’m working from home or the office and whether I have any other commitments planned for the day.)

The #1 Worst Place to Find Freelance Writing Clients

Imagine, for a second, that there was a website out there that was filled with freelance writing clients – all of whom are ready and waiting to hire you for their web content needs. A place where you could browse listing after listing of potential projects, submitting applications to only those that interest you and fulfill you on a deeply personal level…

In fact, websites like this do exist. They’re called freelance portal websites, with the most popular options being Guru.com, Elance.com and Freelancer.com.

But here’s the thing… Despite seeming like a freelance writer’s dream destination, they’re actually the worst possible place to find clients (at least, in my own personal experience).

How to Write Web Content Faster

Last week, I was talking to a new friend about my online businesses when she asked, “How do you manage to get everything done?!” It’s a fair question – besides having a full-time writing gig and a few different online businesses, I also take several dance classes a week, volunteer and do my best to find time to spend out with my husband and our friends.

But her question caught me off guard – in part because being this busy has become second nature to me – and got me thinking. What one skill that I’ve developed has contributed the most to my business success so far?