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Top 10 Articles for Writers for February 2011

Carol Tice

Top 10 logo in repeating spiral patternHere it is again, scribes, my collection of the articles and blog posts that most amused me this fortnight. In this edition, I find my Top 10 Blogs for Writers colleagues were really cranking.

It also appears my mind was on selling and the business end of writing this month. A lot. And, of course, on the art of blogging.

Some familiar blogs in here, but a lot of great new writers in this month’s sampler.


  1. 4 Things a Prospect Doesn’t Want to Hear by Ron Smith, on RainToday. Great tips for not blowing those first client meetings.  Editor’s Note: This site has reformatted and the article is no longer available.
  2. 5 Common Ways Freelance Writers Get ScammedSome of the More Common Scams Hitting Freelance Writers by Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today, on Freelance Writing Jobs. Don’t get hosed — know how writers are misled.
  3. 5 Reasons Why I Hate Your Web Site by Lori Boris. I’ve written posts like this myself, but this one raises some excellent design-basics problems I see often. You’re not doing these, right?
  4. 5 Writing Rules You Should Break by KM Weiland, on Victoria Mixon — One Top 10 Writer writing on another Top 10 Writers blog…you know it’s quality stuff. And I love oppositional posts like this.
  5. 7 Mistakes That Lead to Guest Post Failure by Andrew Nattan of The Unmemorable Title Copywriting Blog, on Copyblogger. I’ve had guest posters on this blog commit some of these…
  6. The 8 Most Greatest Tips to Write Unstoppably Killer Headlines Guide Ever by Eric Cummings and Michael Cummings of On Violence, on Problogger — Terrific case study on how one blog achieved better living through careful headline writing.
  7. 110 Ideas to Get More Freelance Work and Generate New Client Leads by Susan Johnston of The Urban Muse, on FreelanceSwitch — I’m a fan of big-list posts. This one’s a print-and-save.
  8. How to Break Into Magazine Article Writing by Ollin Morales, on Courage2Create. Once again, a Top 10 blogger guesting on another Top 10 blog…and really nailing it. Great basics. NOTE: Ollin’s site is now gone.
  9. How to Sort Through the Noise in Freelance Writing Advice by Jenn Mattern on All Freelance Writing. Jenn helps you cut through the bull and ask good questions about whether someone really has the cred to help you.
  10. Not Getting Enough Traffic? Here’s Why… by Corbett Barr of Think Traffic, on DIYThemes. One simple thing we all should know, but it seems to need constant repeating.