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Blogger’s Guide To AdSense

Blogger’s Guide To AdSense

If you are a blogger and know the importance of ads, you may have previously heard of AdSense. While excellent writing is crucial to maintaining your readership, ads can play a significant role in obtaining that readership.  When you place an appropriate ad in...

How to Succeed as a LinkedIn Freelance Writer (Pro Examples)

How to Succeed as a LinkedIn Freelance Writer (Pro Examples)

LinkedIn Headline Tips & Examples for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you ever wished there was a switch you could throw, and then your ideal freelance-writing clients would simply find you? What if I told you that exists — and it’s free. It’s the Linkedin headline of you profile.

LinkedIn is an amazing social-media platform, and your LinkedIn profile is key to your success.

The LinkedIn headline — those few words that appear right under your name — is one of the simplest things to optimize.

With just a few quick changes, you can help more prospects find you, and impress them that you’re the writer they want.

LinkedIn has gradually taken center stage in my marketing trainings, over the years.

That’s because LinkedIn marketing(LINK TO COURSE) gets the most consistent success with the least effort. (And of course, online marketing rocks during COVID.)

In this post, I want to go deep on this one profile element, because it’s such a powerful spot for grabbing your clients’ attention.

Lots of examples below, mostly from freelance writers, so check out all the ideas for what works (and doesn’t).

Ready to craft your optimal LinkedIn headline? Let’s go!

Writing for Fun & Profit: How 5 Busy Freelancers Balance Both

Writing for Fun & Profit: How 5 Busy Freelancers Balance Both

Writing for Fun & Profit: How 5 Busy Freelancers Balance Both. Makealivingwriting.com

Can you mix writing for fun, and still make good money as a freelancer?

For many copywriters and content writers, words are everything, their life and livelihood. But there are some who take it even further.

When not typing away at headlines, emails and blog posts for clients, they craft and publish stories, personal essays, and novels.

There’s no doubt that all wordsmiths need space away from the page.

How do these folks do it?

How do they juggle writing for fun when writing is their day job, too?

I reached out to 5 busy writers who do it all, and this is the advice they shared.

Project Management for Writers: 5 Tips to Get More Work Done

Project Management for Writers: 5 Tips to Get More Work Done

Project Management for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

If you want to succeed as a freelancer, you not only need to have skills worth paying for, but you also need to be able to manage your projects.

If you’ve never learned about project management or how it works, you’ll need to figure it out sooner than later so you don’t miss deadlines or upset your clients.

  • What is project management? At its core, project management is simply about mapping out a project from start to finish. You have repeatable systems in place to avoid mistakes and make sure you get your work done on time.

It’s a critical skill to run your own freelance writing business. And you’ll need project management skills to work with clients, too.

Without a project management plan, you’re likely to make simple mistakes such as forgetting to send your contract, do a final round of edits, or give clients access to the essential documents you need.

Let’s break down project management for freelance writers so you can create successful projects, move up and earn more.

Freelance Success: One Writer’s Scary Secret You Should Copy

Freelance Success: One Writer’s Scary Secret You Should Copy

Freelance Success: One Writer's Scary Secret You Should Copy. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder what the secret to freelance success is?

You might think freelance success looks like this…

You’re always on, working around the clock…even on weekends, and checking e-mails at all hours.

That’s how you get ahead, right? It’s kind of the status quo for a lot of freelance writers, entrepreneurs, and workaholics.

You’re afraid you’ll miss a deadline, fail to connect with a prospect, or miss an opportunity that could make you $$$. So you work…all the time.

Been there, done that?

If you’ve even remotely found yourself thinking like this or working this way, it’s time for a change.

Proofreading Tools: 5 Grammar-Friendly Resources for Writers

Proofreading Tools: 5 Grammar-Friendly Resources for Writers

Proofreading Tools: 5 Grammar-Friendly Resources for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Even if you know all the grammar rules or have an English degree, it’s still easy to make mistakes when you’re writing.

If you want to succeed as a writer, it’s important to make your work as error-free as possible.

Instead of reading through The Elements of Style every time you write something, now there are plenty of free proofreading tools out there to help save you a ton of time with editing.

Most writers know the feeling of trying to edit long pages of writing, especially when you’re tired, and how easy it is to miss simple mistakes. That ever happen to you?

When you use automated software to catch them, it’s so much easier to edit your work and get it ready for publishing.

When it comes to finding proofreading tools, it helps to start by identifying what you need. For example:

  • Do you just need spelling checks?
  • Grammar checks?
  • How deep of a grammar check do you need?
  • Do you want tone or language suggestions?
  • Do you want a simple check or a deeper overview of your writing?

Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s much easier to find the tool that can help you. While there are some that can do a variety of editing options, most of them have a strength in just a few. That’s why knowing what you need is the first step.

In this post, we’re going over some of the best free proofreading tools, so you can make sure your writing is error-free.

Ripoff Alert: Beware of 3+ Scams That Target Freelance Writers

Ripoff Alert: Beware of 3+ Scams That Target Freelance Writers

Ripoff Alert: Beware of 10 Scams That Target Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Make piles of money writing from home…even if you don’t have any experience. Yep, hucksters are out there scamming freelance writers every…single…day.

Have you ever wondered if a freelance-writing opportunity you’re looking at is a scam?

It certainly could be. Scams that target freelance writers are common. Some of these ripoffs are age-old and never seem to go away. New ones are always emerging, too–got a new wrinkle for you in this post.

These scams aren’t all about getting jobs, either. There’s shady activity in online learning, PR help for writers, and more.

Often, freelance writers can be too trusting, as we seek to ply our trade. Sadly, there are plenty of people out there ready to take advantage of our trusting nature for their own gain.

Please don’t get scammed! Here’s a comprehensive roundup of all the ways freelance writers get ripped off online.

Digital Nomad Lifestyle Tips: A Mobile Writer’s Productivity Hacks

Digital Nomad Lifestyle Tips: A Mobile Writer’s Productivity Hacks

Digital Nomad Lifestyle Tips: A Mobile Writer's Productivity Hacks. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you a writer who dreams of living the digital nomad lifestyle?

You know–flitting around the globe indulging your travel lust, seeing amazing vistas or visiting the trendiest cities. While also writing your assignments wherever/whenever you want, working remotely, and still earning what you need to cover the cost of your adventures.

I feel like we’ve all been heavily sold the digital nomad dream. How many pictures have you seen on social media of someone with a laptop, blissfully writing on the beach in a hammock? Maybe you’ve wondered whether this is a pipe dream, or if you could really make it as a digital nomad.

Well, I bring you a real-life report from the field. After a decade helping other writers live wherever they wanted, I’ve finally become a digital nomad myself! My husband and I graduated the last kid from high school, bought the RV, and took off to travel in a COVID-safe way. We’ve done several short trips, and are now traveling for at least three months, nonstop.

To be clear, this is not a post about how to squeeze in a little writing time during your vacation–or how to work ahead so you can leave the laptop home and really enjoy your time off. (Got tips for you on those subjects here.)

Digital nomads adopt a lifestyle of fairly constant travel, while we work. In our case, in the first month of our trip alone, we stayed in 19 different places. All while I continued meeting deadlines for four different writing clients. As I write this, we’re riding out a snowy Seattle winter in sunny Santa Barbara, and loving every minute of it. Here’s an SB sunrise I shot, to give you an idea (all shots in this post by me):

Freelance Work 2022: Here’s What 10 Experts Predict for Writers

Freelance Work 2022: Here’s What 10 Experts Predict for Writers

Freelance Work 2022: Here's What 10 Experts Predict for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ready to make money writing in 2022?

Looking for freelance work in 2022?

A lot has changed for writers since the rise of the freelance economy, the global pandemic, and an insatiable demand for social media content.

If you’re a freelance writer just starting out, or you’ve been at it a while, chances are pretty good you’re wondering what the future holds for freelance work this year.

What’s keeping you awake at night?

The usual suspects include things like:

  • Finding clients
  • Charging pro rates or raising your rates
  • Improving your craft
  • Breaking into a new niche
  • Making enough money from freelancing to quit your day job
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome
  • Self-publishing and book and marketing it
  • And much more

There’s certainly some things to be worried about in 2022. Some types of freelance work aren’t in demand any more. And rates for some types of projects continue to decline.

But the future for freelance work is far from dismal.

In fact, there’s a lot to be excited about. The year 2022 can certainly be your year to move up and earn more as a freelance writer.

We asked 10 experts on freelance writing, content marketing, and copywriting TWO questions about freelance work in 2022:

  • What are you most worried about?
  • What are you most excited about?

What’s the future look like for freelance work in 2022? Check out the predictions:

Make Money Writing in 2022: The Monster List of 115 Markets

Make Money Writing in 2022: The Monster List of 115 Markets

Make Money Writing: Monster List of 115 Paying Markets. Makealivingwriting.com

Ready to make money writing in 2022?

While 2021 was a rough year, there are still plenty of opportunities for freelance writers in the year ahead.

And if you’re looking to get off to a productive start in 2022, we’ve got you covered. This monster list includes 115 markets spanning more than 20 industries. So there’s something for just about everyone!

You’ll find a wide range of places to pitch to help you make money writing, including:

  • Content writing and guest blogging opportunities for new writers and pros breaking into different niches.

  • Print and web-based writing jobs for writers of all levels, from those still building portfolios to writers with substantial experience or expertise in specific industries.

  • Pro-rate gigs at top publishers, like glossy magazines and popular news and lifestyle sites geared toward mid-career and seasoned writers.

    We focused on gigs that offer competitive rates – the top five in each niche – and we’ve updated the pay and editor contact information for each market. That way, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect before getting started on your pitch.

  • Looking for writing courses & community support?

    Our online community, Freelance Writers Den, was founded in 2011. Since then, we’ve helped 14,000+ writers connect with peers, improve their skills, and grow their freelance writing income.

    Our lively community is stuffed with useful tools and career-building resources. Use our 24/7 forums to get your questions answered by pros. Tap our 300+ hours of self-study trainings to learn new skills.

    The Den has live events and multi-week bootcamps where you can tap experts’ knowledge, an exclusive job board, accountability buddies, live chats, and more. Also, if you want feedback on your writer website, LinkedIn profile, or article draft, we’ve got you.

    Visit the Freelance Writers Den site to see if we’re open for new members right now. Sign up on the waiting list if we’re not, and you’ll be first to join when we reopen (plus, you’ll get useful free resources in the meanwhile).