27 Can’t Miss Content Ideas for Freelance Bloggers, Freelance Writers, and Other Freelancers

Content is hot. Everyone is talking about content marketing. If you're a freelance blogger or writer, content marketing is likely part of your job. But even other freelancers can benefit from a good content strategy. Unfortunately for some, to participate in content marketing, you must have some content to share. And coming up with new and creative ideas for content can be tough--even if the ideas are … [Read more...]

Should You Be Freelancing on Tumblr? (What You Need to Know)

Quick, what's your first impression of Tumblr? If you're thinking of a site that serves as an online diary for thousands of teens, you're only partially right. Many of Tumblr's users are teenagers. However, I was surprised to learn that the average age for a Tumblr user is 34.6 years old (according to Garrett Button's article, Age, Gender and Social Media Strategy: Audience Analytics for B2B, published on … [Read more...]

Why Blogs are Still Important for Freelancers

Do freelancers need to have a blog for their freelancing business? Several years ago, we published a post explaining the benefits of having a freelancer blog. While the points in the original post are still valid, there is still a lively debate about whether blogs are worthwhile for freelancers. Today, more than ever, some freelancers (and others) are turning to social media to create long, blog-like … [Read more...]

How to Create an Informal Editorial Calendar for Your Blog

If you use a blog as part of your freelancing marketing strategy, then you may have already faced that common question that many bloggers eventually struggle with: What shall I write about today? Even if you started your freelancing business blog with a ton of great ideas, eventually the day will come when those ideas will run dry. This struggle, often referred to as writer's block, can be at least partially … [Read more...]

Write Effective Blog Posts Using Hollywood Screenwriting Principles

Three decades ago a Hollywood screenwriter named Syd Field published a book explaining his “paradigm”--a firm and effective classic three part story structure that riffs on the framework first formalized in Aristotle’s Poetics and forms the basis for virtually every modern movie from Silence Of The Lambs to Avatar. The storytelling geometry of the Syd Field Paradigm not only applies to motion pictures, but … [Read more...]

How to Really Use Your Blog to Find Freelancing Jobs

An important part of my marketing strategy is my freelance writing blog. It serves as kind of an online home base for me. No matter what type of work I'm doing, wherever else I might be blogging, or how busy my workload is, I strive to keep my freelance writing blog updated with a new post every week. As a result of my efforts, I've received a number of inquiries from prospective clients (several of whom … [Read more...]

Twelve Cool Tools for Writers and Others

Are you looking for tools to help you write more efficiently and effectively? We've written about resources for freelance writers before. But, that list is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the tools that are available to help writers (and other freelancers). What follows is a list of twelve more helpful tools and resources. Whether you're a writer, a blogger, or a freelancer who owns a … [Read more...]

Deb Ng on Getting Started, Success, the Future, and More

If you're involved with freelance writing at all, then you've probably heard of Deb Ng. Deb runs the very popular Freelance Writing Jobs blog network. If you're a freelance writer and you're looking for work, Deb's blog is definitely a site you want to explore. Deb's also been a contributor at a number of other blogs (including this one) and has authored several eBooks. It's fun to look at a freelancing … [Read more...]

5 Misuses of Social Media That Could Kill Your Freelance Business

Unless you've been living under a rock this year, you have witnessed the explosion of social media as a tool for marketing, networking and branding in new and exciting ways. What started out as a few different methods for communicating and sharing online with friends and family has spawned entirely new occupations, from social media marketers to brand management organizations to software applications for … [Read more...]

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...]