Summary: With the increase in individuals turning to the intemet for work opportunities, the freelance writing industry is becoming increasingly competitive. Despite this, however, writing jobs are still very much in demand. Breaking into the freelance writing industry may be intimidating to some, but it is a doable task.
Because more and more individuals are turning to the Internet to earn money, the industry has become far more competitive. Fortunately, there are still plenty of jobs available and writers are still in demand. With hard work, plenty of effort and loads of patience, you’ll establish yourself as a writer and start earning a steady income.
Learn search engine optimization. Before leaping in with your eyes closed, learn the importance of using keywords in your articles. The placing of keywords in your articles will have significant impact on the hits your article receives. Knowing the basics of SEO will help you when it comes to obtaining clients as you’ll be able to include this experience on your resume.
Start writing. This is pretty self-explanatory, but every writer should dig deeper. If you want to be a writer in the freelance industry, you must showcase your writing abilities. This is especially important if you hope to work from home via the power of the Internet. Join writing communities and submit your work for feedback. Become involved within the community and write often. Learn to accept constructive criticism and try your hand at providing your own.
Choose a niche. General writers are less likely to be hired by clients as opposed to someone who showcases expertise in a single chosen topic. If you’re passionate about a particular subject, such as interior design, use it to your advantage. If you have a degree or certificate (or even working towards one) in your field, you’ll have an edge over others in the industry. Just remember though, without passion, you’ll lose interest.
Start a blog or a website. Every writer, no matter what genre, will benefit from a website or blog. Not only does it allow you to showcase your skills to potential clients, it means that your work is available anytime and from anywhere. If you’re a work-at-home writer, being on the Internet is crucial to your success. A solid website is the second most important thing to have, besides fabulous writing and grammar skills. Remember: Your blog or website is your portfolio, so showcase only your best work.
Post your blog in search engines. Submitting your blog to search engines allows others to find you. Submit to the most popular search engines first and then move on to other search engines and promotion websites. Social networking websites and writing communities are also ideal places to showcase your writing abilities. After submitting and promoting your work, you should begin to notice an increase in traffice.
Build a following. Let everyone know about your blog or website. Establish yourself as a knowledgeable writer in your niche and create a loyal audience. Tell your friends and family members to visit your site. Post the link in your signature on forums that you frequent. Post flyers in your neighborhood. Advertise with other bloggers. No matter how you promote yourself, keep it professional. When advertising, make sure it’s for the good of the community first and foremost, with self-promotion coming in second.
Monetize your site. Learn to post relevant ads on your blog or website to earn money. There are numerous companies that provide this service for free. You post their ads on your website or blog and earn a percentage of the money rendered by your visitors clicking on the ads. You may also earn through posting affiliate and referral links on your website.
Apply for websites that pay you to write. After establishing yourself as a reliable, knowledgeable writer in your topic of interest, start applying for websites that pay members to write. You may choose an actual company, a group of private clients, or bid on writing positions. Search freelance job boards for writing opportunities. Brush up your resume so that it is suited to the companies and clients seeking professional writers.
With time and patience, you’ll slowly begin generating income through your writing. Remember to put your best foot forward and always produce high-quality work. Excellent testimonials from other clients will increase your work load, so it is important to keep your clients satisfied.
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