Five Ways to Better Engage Readers on Your Blog

Most freelancers would agree on the value of building a strong network through blogging. Besides providing value through content, blogging is also very valuable by providing community. A strong network isn't possible without interaction. You can write the most compelling article each time, but if it doesn't spark conversation, your blog isn't going to cut it as a networking platform. In this article, we … [Read more...]

You May Be Addicted to Social Media If…

Do you use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or some other form of social media? Do you use it a little too much? There's no question that social media is an important part of today's Internet environment. If you freelance (or are thinking about freelancing), chances are that you're already involved in social media somehow. But social media has a dark side too -- it's very easy to spend too much time twitter, … [Read more...]

How to Monitor Your Brand on Social Media

Did you know that people are talking about your freelance business? It's true. The evolving technologies and transformation of web as a social tool means that people everywhere are talking, and it is critical for you to listen to what they are saying about your business. The methods we'll show you for tracking your business on social media are pretty simple, but they can provide a lot of insight as to how … [Read more...]

The Facebook Fan Page Recipe — 0 to 1000 Fans In 35 Days

If you are a regular Freelance Folder reader, then you already know we recently created a Facebook fan page for Freelance Folder. Our fan page has been live since October 6th, 2009 — and on November 10th, about 35 days later, we reached the one thousand fan milestone. In this post we'll show you how we did it (and how you can do it too). Before I share some of the things we did to grow the fan page at such a … [Read more...]

How Freelance Businesses Can Measure Social Media Results

There's no question about whether or not freelancers are using social media. Log onto just about any social media platform and you'll find at least a few freelancers. A very real question that many freelancers ask is whether all this social media involvement really pays off for the average freelancer. While some freelancers are strong advocates of social media usage, other freelancers view it as just another … [Read more...]

The Freelancer’s Guide to Getting Started on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a good tool for freelancers because it provides instant access to employers, clients, and colleagues. Maintaining these contacts is important because referrals are one of the top ways to get new freelancing projects. By now, many freelancers understand the opportunities that social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook can provide. Most have already set up an account with one, or both, of these … [Read more...]

How to Get Started with Twitter Lists

Can you benefit from the new Twitter Lists feature? If you've been using Twitter to search for jobs and make professional contacts, then Twitter's new list feature can help you to better organize the tweets of those you follow. It can also help you find interesting groups of people to keep track of. Over the past few weeks Twitter has been testing the new Lists feature with a portion of its users and, … [Read more...]

Are You Missing the Job Opportunities on Social Media?

If you're not active on social media, then you could be missing out on the job opportunities that can be found there. Today's freelancers aren't just telemarketers or multi-level marketers. Web 2.0 and social media have created many new freelancing job opportunities. Some of the jobs people enjoy doing from the comfort of their home include: blogging, writing, creating graphic art, designing web sites, and … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Freelancers Can’t Ignore Twitter

These days, it seems like Twitter is unstoppable. It's all over the web, talked about on TV, and lately I've even been receiving corporate brochures with company twitter accounts listed. Twitter is becoming a mainstream business and networking tool, and it can provide power and reach for your freelancing business that can't be ignored. I have personally been a Twitter user since 2007, and my active presence … [Read more...]

5 Simple Steps To Rock Social Media

If you've ever wondered whether or not social media can help you as a freelancer, the simple answer is -- absolutely. Being social on the web has many rewards; including connections, community, interaction, exposure, and trust. These five elements are critical for a business to survive, and with social media you can make sure you are building all of them. If you're new to the idea of social media for … [Read more...]