The freelance writing tips below are great for anyone who wants to make money writing.
In the know your skills article, I detailed the fact that you should only do something that you love and are good at.
If you follow this principle, then you will have significant chances of succeeding. There is no way you can just write like Kristi Hines out of the blue.
Kristi is actually my favorite writer. If you check out her stuff, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Before I get completely out of topic, I would like to share these writing tips you may not have heard anywhere else.
As you continue with your freelance writing business, start implementing the tips below. Aim to be a giant affiliate marketer at some point. At the end of this article, I will tell you how it all adds up.
1. Proper Time Management = More Money
The difference between freelancing and your day job is the fact that as a freelancer you have all the time to yourself; or so you cheat yourself.
You need to work as hard as anyone else to make serious money online. Avoid distractions such as social media feeds, checking your emails every 10 minutes, chatting with everyone, and being straight up lazy among others.
No matter how fast you type, you can’t earn much from writing if something distracts you 90% of the time.
Instead, use your free time to enhance your typing and reading skills. Aim to get to levels where you can touch-type at 100 words per minute and speed read at 500 words per minute.
Both typing and speed reading are skills that require some sort of training, mostly self-help. They will come in very handy in your research and writing skills. If you want to do social media, then learn some proper social media marketing skills.
2. Start a Blog
Since most of your stuff will be online, then you need to increase your web presence. One of the best ways of doing this is by starting a blog. Write about stuff you love.
Test different blogging skills such as blog marketing, search engine optimization, and search engine marketing among others. Instead of looking for samples from your computer to give prospective clients, you will only need to give them a simple link to your blog.
3. You Can’t Do Much Monetizing in a WordPress.com Blog, Use a Self-Hosted Blog Instead
You may have heard that WordPress is the best content management system. This is true, but it works better for a self-hosted blog (where you pay for the domain name and hosting and then install the free WordPress software).
In case you want to do affiliate marketing or incorporate Google AdSense and other ads, then note that you cannot do that with a free WordPress.com blog.
The best place for you to go would be self-hosting in hosts like HostGator. This tutorial will help you set it up.
Here you can freely insert all your affiliate links and incorporate AdSense. You can also monetize your blog in several other ways such as product sales, courses, and events.
4. Join at Least One Web 2.0 Website
They also called these revenue-sharing websites. Before you make enough money to start your own website, it is good to have some articles on these sites.
The best place to start is HubPages. After posting some articles on these sites, you can apply for Google AdSense and other advertising features such as eBay and Amazon associates.
The sites will then share their ad revenue with you. Trust me, you will not earn a lot from these sites, but as a writer, at least you’ll have more content out there to share with your prospects.
Check out this post to see why you need web 2.0 sites and secrets on how to optimize them.
5. Start Doing Some Affiliate Marketing
This is where most millionaires make a kill online. It is simply referring people to different products and earning a commission for sales or leads. Check out Affilorama for lots of fun and cool stuff on affiliate marketing.
Most affiliate marketers make their money on ClickBank. Unfortunately, ClickBank does not work in Kenya. You can try out other sites that you will learn about in Affilorama.
6. Submit Some Articles to LinkedIn and Medium
These are great for article marketing. These still help build your online kingdom. It’s good to keep getting your name out there.
I recommend these two since they are no-brainers. You can join each platform right now and submit articles there in minutes. You don’t have to go through editors, heads of content, etc.
7. Pitch Top Blogs for Guest Posting Opportunities
You now have an arsenal of good content to showcase your skills. Now, start pitching top blogs such as Forbes, HuffPost, Inc, and Entrepreneur.
Having even just one article in one of these places can skyrocket your freelancing career. How? If a client asks you for your samples and you share a link to your Forbes article, it shoots up your credibility.
How It All Adds Up
How I wish I would know all the above freelance writing tips before starting my writing business. If you have all the above set up and running, they will complement your writing income.
Have you ever asked yourself where all those articles you write go to? Guess what? They mostly end up in the above places; affiliate marketing websites and blogs, web 2.0 sites, and as guest posts in top sites.
If you were to use these from the beginning, you will just need to tweak them a bit once you have your own blog and affiliate marketing business running.
It will save you a lot of time and money by just tweaking them, pointing links to your sales pages, sitting back, and making money online.
You will also have familiarized yourself with these sites, which will make it easy for you when doing internet marketing.
It will also help you know where to post your practice articles and earn some residual income from them. Of course, don’t post poor content anywhere online, it will work against you.
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