Top 10 Articles for Freelance Writers – April 2011

Carol Tice

Top 10 Articles for Freelance Writers - April 2011. Makealivingwriting.comAnother month has flown, and it’s time once again to share the most awesomely enlightening articles for freelance writers and bloggers that I’ve turned up on our wonderful Interwebs in the past month.

Because I’m headed out to SOBCon in a few days, I’m getting this out a little early.

This month, some of the best-known sites presented really terrific guest posts — several of those in here. Useful stuff particularly about blogging and copywriting this month — enjoy!

  1. 4 Ways to Keep Your Lifeless Blog from Boring Readers to Tears by Pamela Wilson of Big Brand System, on Copyblogger.
  2. 5 Crippling Beliefs That Keep Writers Penniless and Mired in Mediocrity by Jon Morrow of GuestBlogging, on Copyblogger.
  3. 7 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Freelance Writing by Anne Wayman on About Freelance Writing.
  4. 10 Things TV Shopping Networks Can Teach You About Making Money Blogging by Jill Chivers of ShopYourWardrobe, on ProBlogger.
  5. 17 Ways to Get Inside Your Client’s Mind so You’ll Always Hit Your Target Audience, by John Wood on AWAIonline.
  6. Blog Spring Clean | Things to Remove From Your Blog by Michael Dunlop on IncomeDiary. Post no longer up.
  7. The Critical Importance of Sandwiching Your Copywriting by Sean D’Souza of Psychotactics, on Write to Done.
  8. How Do You Find the Time? by Corbett Barr on
  9. How to Pitch an Editor and Win the Gig, by Susan Finch of CreativeGuidetoLife, on Men With Pens.
  10. Where do ideas Come From? 8 Essential Ways to Get at Least One Idea by Di Mace on WordSwords.


  1. Pamela Wilson

    Thanks for the mention here, Carol! It’s an honor to be in such great company. 🙂

    • Carol Tice

      Hi Pamela! I loved your Webinar with my personal conversion guru, Derek Halpern.

      My pleasure — thanks for writing a smokin’ hot article with a really excellent headline! I’m sort of obsessed with super-strong headlines.

  2. Zero Passive Income

    This is a really great list of articles. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Carol Tice

    Just need to leave a thank-you here to the nearly 80 people who have taken my writer survey on what you’d like me to offer, both in my upcoming membership community and as stand-alone courses and mentoring.

    If you haven’t taken it, there’s still time to join in — and everyone who fills it out and leave their email will get one month in the community beta free! You can take it here:

  4. Anne Wayman

    Thanks for the link, Carol. I like the company I’m keeping.

  5. Joseph

    Hi Carol,

    Thanks for the list. I’m hoping to get on it some time in the near future. 😉


    p.s. I’ve been reading “On Writing Well” by William Zinsser. It’s great for bloggers. Have you ever read it?

    • Carol Tice

      Strangely, I have not read that many books about writing! Just Bird by Bird by Annie Lamott. Have heard good things about that Zinsser book though.

      Feel free to send me post links on Twitter if you’re writing something you think my audience would enjoy. I read widely online, as you can tell!

      • Joseph

        I’ll definitely send you any links I think are relevant.

        The number one book I recommend to everyone is Writing with Style by John R. Trimble. It’s short, easy to read, and awesome. If you only have time for one more writing book, that’s the one I recommend.

        I look forward to keeping in touch!

  6. M. Sharon Baker


    Thanks so much for scouring these web sites and giving me the highlights so I don’t have to follow them as closely.

    Your idea to highlight great content is a good example of what content curation should be – SHARING great content, not Stealing or Copying it and trying to pass it off as your own.

    Your idea to share this great info with us on a monthly basis increases your website’s value for all beginning freelance writers as well as those looking to get to the next level.

    It’s also a good idea for small businesses looking for great content ideas to “steal” – and by that I mean copy the idea and use it to help their web site visitors and customers.

    • Carol Tice

      Hi Sharon —

      Glad you like! I have gotten feedback from several writers that this is a feature they look forward to seeing.

      And it’s a feature I recommend to my small-business clients too — you can do 20 financial gurus I admire, or 10 best websites for quilters, or whatever. It’s a great way to make new friends, as well as providing readers with a useful service. I always tweet out to all of the people included, and often make some great connections that way with cool people I want to get to know anyway!

  7. doug_eike

    “How do you find the time” stikes a deep chord with me! Thanks for the list of articles!


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