The web is entirely powered by words. And the freelance writing industry is still fertile. Although, it seems competition is growing gradually, but there is still so much money to be made if you log in now.
I started my freelance writing business in 2010. And when I look back, it gives me great joy because I’ve invested my youthful life in a worthy career.
You too can make it happen in your life. If you’ve been looking for a legitimate way to earn extra income ($500 – $10,000/month), freelance writing could be your best strategy.
It’s a great business to be in and the 7 steps below are practical, without fluffs and insightful. Take them:
1.Don’t Be Afraid To Start
Starting a business comes with fear and uncertainty. But you mustn’t give in to that. Before you can secure writing projects, fear must be absent. Fear would keep you from promoting your blog or website, which is the #1 reason why people procrastinate rather than stepping out.
Fear is the only hindrance that can obstruct you from negotiating a deal as a professional.
When I started writing professionally, fear held me like a crab I lost several credible prospects in the process. It’s very difficult to ignore this step.If you can master it, your journey to blissful writing career is 95% enhanced.
Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Sure, there will be other freelance writers who would pitch the same client you’ve plans for makes no difference!
Potential clients hate to hire writers who are timid. I’m giving you a wake-up call today that you can earn a living writing if you’re confident, bold and loyal. Yes you can!
2.Set up a Professional Blog
Ideally, you need to set up a blog for your freelance writing business. Blogging is no longer what it used to be (personal diary). These days, small and mid-sized companies are blogging to reach the target audience.
Even multinational corporations have in-house writers who manage their blogs. A lot of people ask me if it’ possible to get writing jobs without a blog. And I usually answer in similar a manner. Yes, clients can still hire someone without a blog.â€ But come to think of it, how easy is that?
Without a blog, there is no way to show proofs of your expertise. It’s not enough to hone your creative skills, you’ve to show it. That’s why you need a blog. And your blog must be related to the niche you’ll be writing on. If you’re an SEO copywriter like me, build a blog that talk about SEO in detail.
Once your blog is setup and in place, it’s important to make sure your writing skills are up to par. As you continue to improve your writing skills and build up a resume, you can start writing for other freelance writing and job sites as well. One such example is AdvancedWriters – Marketing essay writing service, which has become increasingly popular among a large number of students. This site is not only looking for students to use their writing services, but also individuals they can partner with who can write high quality content as well.
3.Prepare & Package Your Portfolio
As I said above, having a blog of your own is important. It can boost your chances of landing a paying gig. But there is more to setting up a blog to showcase quality works.
For instance, website designers can create a page to share completed, current and work-in-progress gigs.
And for writers, your blog would help you advertise your published works. All the guest posts you’ve written so far can be used as your portfolio.
Potential clients want proofs. Searching for writing jobs without a portfolio can be a difficult task most times. It’s better to use your success to achieve more successes.
4.Enrich Your Hire Me Page
We’re not done with your blog yet. The third most visited page on your blog is the hire me page. The homepage is the most visited, followed by about me page. Clients will not hire you from the homepage no matter how pretty the theme looks. Itâ€™s the hire me page that can convince them.
Oftentimes, freelance writers don’t spend quality time enriching the page. You’ve to truly understand the client you intend to work with to create a perfect page. Research the market to determine the exact client you want to serve.
Are you interested in clients who want organic traffic? Or would you be more comfortable with people who already have a blog? Start the page by making an offer they can’t refuse. Add a strong call-to-action and include your published works especially the ones at authority blogs. Want to see how I created my page, click here.
5.Dazzle Potential Clients
The best clients you would ever work with are those who discovered your valuable contents. There is no better way to persuade people to hire you, than to write quality, helpful and evergreen contents on your blog.
Evergreen means the content has to be relevant as it grows older. Now, you’re a blogger and your primary duty is to write blog posts that won’t die. In order words, when Google throws out their weird updates, your blog contents would continue to be relevant, usable and commendable by people.
As the CEO of your writing business, you’ve to monitor what others are saying about you. When a reader leaves a comment, carefully analyze the words and phrases. You would be better prepared to craft better contents next time.
Potential clients are hungry for quality content if you can spoon-feed your target audience consistently, clients would start to bang at your door regularly. It’s happening to me right now, really!
6.Market Your Writing Skills
Marketing simply means serving the right content to a group of people who needs it. Some folks see marketing as a difficult task, but I think itâ€™s the best activity for freelance writers.
There are several ways to market your skills. You’ve to select the one that works best for you. There is no rule of thumb for choosing the right marketing system â€“ testing the market can reveal hidden treasures.
But it’s worthy to note that the best marketing strategy for freelancers is guest posting. If you can write usable articles and get it featured on A-list blogs, it can attract fresh clients. Make sure you guest post regularly.
Twitter marketing is also powerful. Few weeks ago, I got a high paying client from a single tweet I made. The formula is simple: get more followers – tweet value – add a call-to-action link to your hire me page.
7.Secure Writing Gigs Quickly
Secure writing gigs quickly how realistic is that?
Believe me – it can be easy for some people and extremely difficult for some folks. A lot of people had to quit when they couldn’t land their first writing gig. In my case, I guess I was lucky enough to land two great clients within 2 months of starting my blog.
There are reliable job boards you should check out too. Jobs.problogger.net and bloggingpro.com/jobs are good examples. The only issue with job boards is the fierce competition.
I recommend you spend more time writing and publishing quality and exclusive contents on your blog. This way, clients can come to you, instead of you running after them. There is more to blogging than what we already know it’s a great platform to advertise your expertise, convince and convert prospects into clients.
Freelance Writing Hack!
Google algorithm tweaks have created new writing opportunities for freelance writers. In fact, over 10 new entrepreneurs have emailed me to write for them since the last Penguin update. The right content no longer depends on keyword placement, keyword density or article length it’s now 85% quality and 15% entertaining contents.
Freelance writers should entertain, educate and inspire others. That’s how you can earn a living as a freelance writer. Leave a comment below if you enjoyed reading the post – See you at the top!
This guest post was written by Michael Chibuzor, who is a prolific content writer. He’s helped over 150 bloggers to write quality contents.
Best Strategies to Get More Likes on Your Instagram Photos
Instagram has faced significant growth in terms of popularity in recent years. With so many ways to promote a business, it’s no surprise that it gained so much love and attention by hundreds of millions of users around the world.
For businesses and brands on the social platform, interacting with your customers is much easier, and you can also attract them through stories and make them think you’re a fun business. However, it’s not as simple as just creating an Instagram profile and going live with whatever random photos you like. There is a wide range of top strategies and working methods to choose from, when it comes to Instagram growth, reach, and success.
One of the biggest concerns for businesses and brands on Instagram is how to get more likes on your most recent photos and image upload. At the same time, it’s also important to have a social media and outreach strategy in place, and knowing how to get more followers on Instagram.
To help with all of this, here are some ideas and strategies to boost that like count.
It’s no surprise that people like consistency and habits. If they don’t know when you’re going to post, they will get tired of waiting and distance themselves. Therefore, decide on how much you’re going to post weekly, or even daily. For instance, you could post 3 pictures each week, and keep it like that. However, don’t post less than once a week because people will forget about you.
This goes two ways: you can use local hashtags as well as popular ones. Local hashtags can help you find customers that are near you. You can look for popular accounts and see what hashtags they are using to get followers.
On the other hand, popular hashtags are helpful when looking to attract a larger group of followers. They help your photos get more attention and thus more likes.
Post Good Quality Pictures
Although you don’t need to have the most professional looking photos ever, you can’t have anything that’s blurry and makes it hard to see what’s there. It’s essential to make sure that you have good lighting and everything is focused.
Some people find videos more engaging compared to pictures and are more likely to be interested in them. Posting videos of an upcoming new product or just product information can be more exciting compared to a picture.
Tip: Ensure your video doesn’t rely on audio. Usually, people watch videos when browsing their feed, and the audio is muted.
Post at High Traffic Times
This one requires a bit of time, as you need to find out more about your audience. If your followers are in other time zones, you should post more content during the right times, so they will see your pictures or videos.
Interact with Your Audience
It’s important to have a good relationship with your clients so they will love your page even more. Moreover, other people will notice that and become potential customers when they see you value your audience.
An Instagram bot could increase your followers. It comes with auto likes, follows and posts and earns you organic followers.
However, as with all bots, you will want to be careful with how fast you follow and unfollow other users. Triggering any spam or automated alerts to Instagram could quickly have you finding your account was closed as a result of it.
Instagram stories are really fun and they let you post content that will be available for 24 hours. You can post more goofy content, and your clients will appreciate your sense of humor and the fact that you are relatable.
In conclusion, gaining Instagram likes is not so hard if you know how to do it. You only need some time to apply everything in this guide, and you’re on your way to increase your audience.
Meet the Entrepreneurs and Experts of Affiliate Summit West 17
Thousands of internet marketers, entrepreneurs, content creators and brands will ascend upon Las Vegas this weekend for Affiliate Summit West 2017. Not only has Affiliate Summit become one of the largest affiliate and internet marketing conferences in the world today, it’s also one I’ve been closely associated with ever since the beginning. From it’s first conference in a small room in New York City with just a couple hundred people to now having more than 5,000+ attendees and conferences twice per year, it’s always been great to attend as both an attendee and speaker.
At the same time, it would be a huge mistake to discount Affiliate Summit as just another networking of marketing conference. The relationships, businesses and life experiences that are a result of the event is second to none — which I why I always recommend everyone to attend, no matter their current level of expertise.
By the way… if you are attending, don’t miss the awesome “How to Become a Millionaire Blogger” panel with myself, John Chow, John Rampton, and Syed Balkhi. It’s almost always standing room only, and rated as one of the highest attended and most valued sessions of Affiliate Summit.
Over the years I’ve literally met thousands of people through the conference and built many powerful relationships and business opportunities as well. With each new year, new speakers, entrepreneurs, and bloggers will take the next step in becoming financially independent, starting a side business or simply changing the world in some way or another.
To help you not only get inspired for this year’s Affiliate Summit West conference but also get inspired with just a glimpse of the talent at this event, I wanted to highlight some of my previous podcast guests, who will also be speaking at #ASW17. Enjoy, and I hope to see you there!
Inspiring Stories and Marketing Tips from Affiliate Summit Speakers
Below you will find a list of speakers currently on the agenda for ASW 17. However, through my podcast I’ve interviewed more than 80 different industry experts… many of which who will be also attending the event in one way or another. Be sure to check out the full list of interviews here.
Shawn Collins the co-founder of Affiliate Summit, which has become the largest affiliate marketing conference in the world today.
I’ve been good friends with Shawn for a while now and we’ve both been able to experience the affiliate marketing industry completely transition and develop over the past 15+ years. We were both in attendance at the Affiliate Force cruise, which was one of the first attempts at an affiliate marketing conference, but knew it could be done better. At that point Shawn and Missy decided they could do it better and the rest is history!
John Chow is one of the most well-known and successful bloggers in the world. If you’ve ever Google’d “how to make money online” or “how to make money blogging”, you’ve probably come across his name and site several times.
The amazing thing about John Chow was that he was never supposed to make money with his blog in the first place. What was originally just going to be a blog on his personal life and what he ate for lunch, soon became a “money making case study”. As John learned new and exciting ways to monetize his blog content and audience, the money just kept rolling in.
Jump forward several years later and his blog is now generating over six-figures per month, and most of it recurring and automated through his amazing sales funnel system — all of which John talks about in this episode.
Rachel Honoway is the CEO of For Me To Coupon. However it’s not her current position that we are focusing on, instead it’s the great journey that’s led her to where she is today.
The start of Rachel’s journey in the world of online marketing is nearly 20 years in the making. Rachel’s first job was at an internet marketing company called Kowabunga, where she first came in as an intern. As the company continued to grow in size, so did Rachel’s daily tasks and her job title. The company was soon acquired and Rachel was then managing more of the company than ever before. Once leaving Kowabunga, Rachel had a wide range of opportunities over the years before ending up at For Me To Coupon, where she is the CEO today — which is all discussed in this latest episode.
Syed Balkhi is not only a master at WordPress, but he is also an awesome entrepreneur.
Since an early age Syed has always had a passion for business and building success. This could be seen from the early years of his life when he was just a kid in Pakistan and selling greeting cards. Then later in life while in high school, Syed started developing sites of his own while quickly discovering what the internet had to offer.
Today Syed runs some of the most powerful and heavily trafficked sites in the world… and yes, they are all powered with WordPress!
Stephan Spencer is an SEO expert. He’s also the author of Google Power Search and co-author of The Art of SEO… so it’s safe to say he knows his stuff when it comes to SEO and ranking sites in the search results.
How sites rank in the search results can go all the way back to before 2000, which is when Stephan and his NetConcepts company started getting heavy into SEO services. The thing about SEO is that it’s always changing, so to be one of the best SEO experts in the industry, Stephan is continually at the forefront of the industry and connecting with some of the most successful experts, businesses, and brands in the world.
Geno Prussakov is an affiliate marketing expert, author, and international speaker.
In the world of the internet, being an expert is key. Geno has mastered the art of affiliate marketing and affiliate program management and through this expertise has been able to grow his personal brand and business at the same time. As the author of many best-selling books on affiliate marketing, and also haven spoke at 50+ different conferences on such topics, Geno is the voice many people turn to when looking for answers to their affiliate marketing questions.
Having trained thousands of marketing professionals through his various books and online blog, Geno also went on to create Affiliate Management Days, which is a conference solely focused on the art of successful affiliate program management.
Oliver Roup is the founder and CEO of VigLink, a company that helps content creators make money through the use of affiliate marketing, while not having to deal with all the complexities of individual tracking, manually creating links and joining multiple programs.
Before getting active in the online marketing space, Oliver had accumulated quite an exciting resume of previous work with Space X, Microsoft, Paul Allen and many others. However, what might be Oliver’s most exciting experience to date was taking his business at Viglink from an idea to the flourishing business it is today.
For Oliver, this isn’t something that would happen overnight. Instead, it was a long journey of meeting with investors and VCs, trying to convince them that his idea was worth their time and investment. After many failed attempts, Oliver finally found an investor that was interested and things started to move fast!
Years later and over $20 million dollars in funding to date, the company continues to grow and scale in size while also helping sites of all sizes make money with their content while also connecting them with some of the largest brands and advertisers in the world.
Russell Brunson is an entrepreneur and the founder of DotComSecrets and ClickFunnels.
While finishing up his last year in College, Russell wanted to figure out a way to make enough money so he could continue with his passion for wrestling and to take care of himself and his girlfriend. After dabbling in the online marketing space and going through various failed projects, Russell discovered that one of the most successful ways to make money online was through the use of ebooks, guides and selling information. While messing around with some friends, Russell wanted to create a potato gun and went to the internet to find out how to create one. Once he found that there was nothing out there, he quickly threw one together and made a little course of his own on how to do the same.
Jump forward several years and today you will find Russell Brunson with all of his attention focused on ClickFunnels, a WYSIWYG editor and seamless way to create high converting landing pages and sales funnels. Not only has ClickFunnels become a huge success, it’s also taught Russell how to grow and scale a company, while also learning how to remove distractions and only focusing on what matters most.
John Rampton is an online entrepreneur who has become a master at pay per click marketing, but even more importantly — making connections and networking with the right people.
I first met John Rampton several years back when he came up to me and asked for an interview while at Affiliate Summit. Since then we just seemed to click and started working on various projects together. In addition to being the Managing Editor of Search Engine Journal, John’s writing can also be found on Forbes, HuffingtonPost, Entrepreneur and many other top media outlets and news sources.
One of the major reasons for John’s success in the world of online marketing can be attributed to his outgoing attitude, willingness to help others and talking with just about everyone he meets. Each of these are all required skills for making it in the world of business and forming new partnerships. With all of this in mind, it only made sense for him to leave his home state of Utah and make the big move to Silicon Valley, CA — the central economic focal point for everything internet!
Thomas Smale is the co-founder of FE International, a company that was founded in 2010 that focuses on website brokering for mid-market online businesses.
Back in 2009-2010 Thomas wanted to get involved in the world of online marketing, but with little technical experience, his options were limited. It was then that he fell upon the concept of buying and selling websites for himself. With only a few hundred dollars at a time, Thomas began buying and flipping websites and getting quite good at it in the process. As his reputation and experience in this space started to grow, so did requests from other individuals asking for his support in selling their own websites — thus, a new business venture begins!
Today Thomas is the co-founder of FE International, which has offices in two different countries and 11 team members — all with the focus on website brokering and mastering the art of buying and selling websites.
See you at Affiliate Summit West!
10 Strategies to Take Your Facebook Marketing to the Next Level
How should brands that rely on Facebook marketing shift strategy in light of Facebook’s latest newsfeed update (which makes brand pages more dependent on users sharing posts with friends)?
Facebook, with over 1.7 billion users, is a powerful marketing platform for any business. It allows you to reach consumers on a platform that they are already using every day.
But when users told Facebook that they wanted to see more stories from friends and less promotional content, Facebook implemented a news feed update that gave them just that. So what does that mean for your marketing efforts?
Businesses now need to work harder to ensure that their content is shareable rather than promotional. We asked ten entrepreneurs from YEC to share their best tips to ensure that your content still makes it on the news feed.
1. Be the Supplier for News Breakers
Step back and think about the sharing behavior of your own friends. They always want to be the first to share content that others have not already seen. Be fast and be first to break new stories relevant to your audience. Your Facebook page fans are more likely to share exclusive and engaging content to their own personal audiences if they feel it’s fresh and new.
2. Stop Selling and Start Engaging
Unless you want to pay Facebook to promote your content, you need to push more content that your audience is likely to share. The more shares and likes you drive, the more reach you get with your content. With Facebook’s recent change, the key is to stop using Facebook to sell and instead use it to educate, entertain and engage your audience.
3. Pay Facebook
Facebook is a public company. Any updates to its newsfeed algorithm are meant to help the company maximize its return to shareholders. My advice? Play the game. Pay Facebook its advertising dollars to ensure your content gets discovered. The cost to create content (designers, copywriters, etc.) is usually more than advertising. Budget a little extra for Facebook ads to produce your best content ROI.
4. Embed Interactivity
Reduce the number of links that you post on your page and focus on embedding content – articles and videos – into Facebook instead. Since Facebook users prefer to stay on Facebook, giving them content without sending them away will help to guarantee they actually share your content, which will then place you in front of other audiences. Share stories that are informative, not promotional.
5. Focus on Proven Tactics That Yield More Shares
Tactics like video content and helpful advice are some of the most commonly shared type of posts, so businesses should redirect their content strategy toward these tactics if they haven’t done so already.
6. Diversify Your Marketing Strategies
It is not a good idea to be solely dependent on just one marketing platform. In this fast-paced world, change is inevitable when it comes to marketing via various social media platforms. Diversify your marketing strategies across numerous platforms because safety comes in numbers. If changes on one platform don’t suit your business, move your marketing money to another.
– Engelo Rumora, List’n Sell Realty
7. Make Ad Campaigns Pop
With social media platforms now “competing for screen time,” companies need to make their advertising campaigns funny or memorable. We always remember those funny Super Bowl commercials, share them and talk about them. Making an emotional connection through storytelling will make potential customers remember your brand and create more buzz.
8. Network and Be Personal
You need to connect with friends and family on a personal level. Then you can market your services, just like you would in real life. You would not consistently blast your friends and family with announcements of your services, so don’t do it on Facebook either. However, a well-placed announcement for something interesting or important can be effective.
9. Make Content Sharable, Then Pay
If you have the right approach, this shouldn’t be a problem. You’re already creating shareable content targeted to the right audience. But even if your content is popular, you’ll have to pay to promote posts to a wider audience. Find out which posts generate the most engagement and pay to promote them. For brands, Facebook isn’t the free ride to huge audiences that it used to be.
10. Provide Value
Facebook is a game changer for any business that can master it. By providing value to the users that share your posts, it will give them an incentive to do so more often. For example, if you have an e-commerce business, offer a coupon code to anyone who shares your post. If you’re providing a service, give the users access to an exclusive blog post for sharing.
The answers above are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.
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