That air that you feel whipping past you, ruffling your clothes and blowing your hair? That’s January that just went screaming past. I can’t fault you if the month flying by quickly has left you in a daze – I know it has for me. For all of my dedicated readers, I hope that you’ve had a great start to your year. Now that the month is over, for Freelance Writer Startup it means one thing: your monthly income report! Please buckle up and get ready for the ride as I take you through my January 2014 freelance writing income report.
Although I don’t have much to report, what I do have to say is pretty exciting. I decided to try to adjust to a regular schedule for blog posts, and bar last week, I managed to stick rigidly to the schedule. If you’re waiting for brand new fresh content, it will be published on this blog every Monday. In addition, I managed to secure two great guest post slots. For one of these sites, I’ve written for them before, so I’m glad that they were willing to approve my guest posting idea at almost the last minute. The second guest posting slot I’m especially excited for, as it is with a relatively high profile site that is going to fit in with the new direction this blog will be taking (more on that in a minute). In addition, I managed to gain a new client, which I will again speak to more in detail later.
Now let’s get to it – exactly how much did I make in this month’s freelance writing income?
You know them already. The unwritten rules that are supposed to all but guarantee you a lucrative guest posting spot. Add in essence of relevant content, sprinkle in some lovely flavoured headlines, and then add a liberal helping of great writing to convince your guest post host to anxiously await the date that they can post it to their blog.
Yet it doesn’t work. Maybe they sent back a polite “no thank you”. Or maybe you got the kiss of death – an empty ringing silence. You to cry yourself to sleep every time you end the day without getting as much as a whiff of a possible guest posting spot.
Of course, any writer or blogger worth their salt knows the importance of guest posting. But what many don’t know is that a good idea and god writing often aren’t enough to get a guest post pitch accepted. In fact, the good guest posters, the ones that you envy as their names get plastered around the internet, have a number of things that they do to almost guarantee that they get the guest post slot long before they ever both to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).
These “tricks of the trade” are rarely ever shared with others. It may be simply a case that for many of these great guest posters, they don’t even know that what they do is increasing their likelihood of success. But these tips and tricks can make the difference between success and failure.
Here are 4 things that nobody ever told you about guest posting:
Have you ever had a crazy idea? One of those ideas that flits through your mind for a brief second, almost without you noticing it, before doing a double take and then looking again? An idea that maybe you wondered why you’ve never thought about before? An idea so different that you wonder why people don’t do it more often?
I did. I came up with an interesting idea to build and nurture the relationships with people who have taken the time and energy to make even a small investment in either of my blogs.
I’m going to leave a comment on the blog of every single person who’s ever commented on mine!
At least once a month, I’m going to make a note of every single commenter on my blog, and then leave a thoughtful, useful and genuine comment on theirs.
And here’s why I’m going to return every single comment that I’ve received:
Where did the time go? Out of nowhere, 2014 seems to have crept up on me! I hope everyone had an enjoyable, fun filled time over the holiday season. Mine was filled with highs and lows, but we’ll get o some of that in my freelance income report.
December Offline Happenings
If you can remember, I faced a few issues in November. This involved mainly the loss of my internet in my normal working spot, which disrupted my working schedule and led to a rather unproductive few weeks for me.
Finally, at the beginning of December, I got the internet back, and was able to get back to my normal routine. I was ready to tackle new guest posts, new great content for you, and new clients. The freelance world was my oyster.
Then, my computer crashed. Permanently. Continue reading
Isn’t it crazy that we’ve already reached the end of the year? Just another three weeks before we’re into 2014. October wasn’t the greatest month for me in terms of income, but I had forecast that November would be better due to a number of opportunities that thanks to the work I had put in during the month. That work included reaching out for guest posts and contacting potential clients. As can be expected with life, nothing really went as planned! Here’s my freelance income report for November 2013!
November Offline Happenings
Productivity, specifically lack of it, became a theme throughout November. This was due in large part to a major change in what was previously a very comfortable writing situation. I had a particular spot that I got the majority of writing work done at nights when it was quiet, thanks to free wireless internet provided by the local community. At the beginning of November, that free wireless internet mysteriously disappeared for a few days, sputtered for a few more days, then gave up the ghost permanently.
Houston we have a problem. Continue reading
Writing a great piece of content is almost always harder than it first seems. Writers can spend long hours trying to develop the perfect article or blog post, only to receive a huge let down after hitting the publish button. Their content doesn’t get shared, readers can’t be bothered to comment, and visitors bounce straight off the page!
Yet the popular writers don’t have this problem. They receive dozens or even hundreds of comments every single time, get people to share their content to the point that it goes viral, and seem to have customers lined up to buy their products.
The truth is, these bloggers don’t have a monopoly on the good ideas, nor do they belong to any super- secret cult that practices the dark magic of instant blog popularity. The truth is they have a system. A set of rules that they follow in order to get people to love their content every single freaking time.
By following these rules, they have been able to achieve popularity.
And today, I’m going to share these rules with you.
On the internet, there are a huge number of resources available for the freelance writer, both paid and free. After much deliberation on my part, I recently signed up to the Freelance Writers Den (Join Freelance Writers Den) , a popular resource for new and experienced bloggers, which costs $25 per month. After spending my first month in the Den and participating in a wide range of activities, I’ve decided to give to provide my own unbiased Freelance Writers Den review.
The Freelance Writer’s Den – Intro
The Freelance Writers Den is the brainchild of Carol Tice, who also runs the website Make a Living Writing. Carol is freelance writer and popular blogger who decided to put together a community where there is easy access to well organized quality information. For assistance, she has drafted in Linda Formichelli of The Renegade Writer as the other “Den Mother” who serves as a co-host to many of the Den’s activities. In addition, she has a number of well-known freelance writers and bloggers that also assist in providing regular support in the Den.
Photo Courtesy of WQAA
October’s come and gone, so this means that my monthly freelance writing income report is due! If you’re new to the site and want to know why I decided to publicly announce my income, I give a detailed explanation about it right here .
Let’s get to it!
October Offline Happenings
October was an extremely hectic month for me in terms of my “offline” life. Even before the month began I knew that there would be some challenges with regards to finding time to dedicate to building my freelance writing career. For starters, I celebrated my birthday in October (yay!) which coincided with my girlfriend’s visit. Both of these would mean that I would be taking several days off to celebrate.
In addition, I took a trip out of the country for a long weekend to attend my youngest sister’s graduation, which also meant that I wouldn’t be doing any work on these days either.
Because of the fact that I knew that a large portion of my month would be rendered unproductive, I made the decision not to pitch, query, or apply for any freelance writing gigs. In hindsight, this turned out to be a wiser decision than I had planned, because I got sick with the flu! Even if I had wanted to do client work, I probably would have struggled to complete it, so I’m pretty happy that I took a planned “off month” for October.
Have you ever fallen for a freelance writing myth that encouraged you to take on cheap work?
And unfortunately, many other good freelance writers have also had the (dis)pleasure of writing for pennies because of these viral freelance writing myths. Unfortunately, it’s many freelance writers simply aren’t educated about which “facts” about the freelance writing marketplace are actually not true.
Here are 7 of the most popular freelance writing myths:
Finding freelance clients can be tough. Some writers spend hours on bid sites like People per Hour, Elance and Odesk looking for clients that pay more than 1 cent per word. Others sign up for content mills like IWriter hoping to grab a project before it gets snatched up by another quicker writer. Still others spend precious time crafting the ultimate pitch, sending it off with the fingers crossed; praying for the writing gods to serendipitously let it land in the editor’s inbox.
Wouldn’t it be great if those high paying and easy to work with clients came to you?
The good news is there are ways to make this happen. Ways in which you can strengthen your chances of having the clients that you want make the first move in hiring you.
Indeed, there are ways to make that freelance mountain come to you.