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Freelance Writers: What It Feels Like to Live Life on Your Own Terms (in Negril, Jamaica)

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’ve been planning to move to Jamaica. Yesterday, that dream came true. I finally made the move and am settling into my little studio apartment here.

So, what does that have to do with freelance writing (as this is a newsletter about freelance writing)? Actually, everything.

Freelance Writers: Don’t Wait to Start Working on Your Bucket List

One of the reasons I like being a freelance writer is that I can do it from anywhere in the world — as long as there’s an internet connection.

freelance-writers-life-living-abroadMost of us are tethered to a life that controls us — instead of us controlling it. We don’t live; we exist.

We stay stuck in jobs that we hate at worst and tolerate at best. And this is so we can pay mortgages we can barely afford, drive too-big cars we don’t need and give our children better lives.

BUT — is this living? You deserve the life you want to give to your children. And you don’t have to wait to start living life the way you want when you retire or when the children are grown. ESPECIALLY if you’re a freelance writer.

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free-freelance-writing-adviceNote: As of April 6, you must be a subscriber to read new content on InkwellEditorial.com and its sister site on SEO writing, SeoWritingJobs.com. New content includes all posts written after 4/6/2010 (4/7/2010 on SeoWritingJobs.com).

To subscribe, simply look for the subscriber box to the top right-hand side of the page. There’s one on every page of the site. Of course, your contact information is protected — it is never sold, rented, leased or compromised in any way.

Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

You get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers. Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work; and

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Advice: How a New Freelance Writer Landed a $150 Gig with No Experience, No Samples & No Website – 4 Things She Did Right.

I look forward to having you as a subscriber.

Yuwanda
P.S.: Find this post informative? Follow Inkwell Editorial on Twitter.

Get SEO Copywriting Training :  In addition to learning how to start an SEO writing career and earn seo-copywriting-class$50,000 to $75,000 your first year, you’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills.

Get full details on the SEO copywriting training this ecourse offers. Class has limited enrollment.

P.P.S.: Want an easy, fast way to get started in affiliate marketing, making as much as $50, $100 or $150/day?

Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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On Blogging: What Exactly Makes a Blog Different from a Website?

Until I researched this a couple of years ago, it befuddled me. Once I learned the difference though, it changed the way I saw my blog, as opposed to my website – and how I marketed them. …

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SEO Copywriting: How to Give Good Customer Service When You Never Interact with Clients

Today, I have to get something off my chest. It was inspired by a trip I took to D.C. this weekend.

My friend and I drove to the nation’s capital. If you’ve never taken a trip there by the way, well worth it. Washington, D.C. truly does our country proud as a “capital” city. It’s especially gorgeous at night. But, I digress.

United States Capitol at Night

As it was a 10-hour drive, we of course stopped in a few restaurants along the way. We rented a car, stayed in a hotel and stopped for gas – all places where customer service is part and parcel of doing business, right?

As a previous waitress (did it for 14+ years), I have to say I was appalled by the lack of customer service – everywhere from restaurants to gas stations. As one of my friends said to me recently:

Yuwanda, it’s a dying art.

As a previous “public servant,” I’m not one of those picky people because I know what a**holes some people can be. Hence I’m inclined to agree with him. This brings me to freelance writing – particularly SEO copywriting. As in:

How do you give good customer service when you never see your clients, practically never speak with them on the phone and never network with them?

SEO Copywriting: Work in Your Pajamas and Never Interact with Customers

Since I started providing SEO copywriting services in 2007, I can count the number of times on two hands that I’ve spoken with clients on the phone – and usually this is just for the initial consultation.

Of course, as I work in my pajamas most days and my clients are all over the world (Ireland, Canada, Iceland (yes, Iceland), the UK, Australia, etc.), I’ve never met any of them – not even via Skype.  

Almost all of my work and correspondence is done via email. But customer service is still top of mind for me. After all, you do business with humans, not machines.

Following are some simple things I do to make sure customer service is part of my SEO writing business – so my clients know they’re doing business with a real person — and that I value them as real people, not as simple invoices in my PayPal account.  

I literally had to go track down a waitress at one restaurant to serve us. So this graphic seem apropos (and no, we didn’t do this).

seo-copywriting-tipsWeb Writers: How to Give Good Customer Service When You Never Interact with Clients

Subscribe to find out how to keep SEO writing clients by providing excellent customer service — even from behind a nameless, faceless computer screen. 

 

Advice, Tips and Info to Help You Transition Successfully to a New Career

free-freelance-writing-adviceNote: As of April 6, you must be a subscriber to read new content on InkwellEditorial.com and its sister site on SEO writing, SeoWritingJobs.com. New content includes all posts written after 4/6/2010 (4/7/2010 on SeoWritingJobs.com).

To subscribe, simply look for the subscriber box to the top right-hand side of the page. There’s one on every page of the site. Of course, your contact information is protected — it is never sold, rented, leased or compromised in any way.

Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

You get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers. Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work; and

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Advice: How a New Freelance Writer Landed a $150 Gig with No Experience, No Samples & No Website – 4 Things She Did Right.

I look forward to having you as a subscriber.

Hope you’re having a fabulous beginning of the week. I’m so stressed with my impending move to Jamaica I can barely think straight. I’ll get it together soon though.

Yuwanda
P.S.: Find this post informative? Follow Inkwell Editorial on Twitter.

Get SEO Copywriting Training :  In addition to learning how to start an SEO writing career and earn seo-copywriting-class$50,000 to $75,000 your first year, you’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills. Get full details on the SEO copywriting training this ecourse offers. Class has limited enrollment.

P.P.S.: Want an easy, fast way to get started in affiliate marketing, making as much as $50, $100 or $150/day?

Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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Make Money Online Writing How-To Reports: How to Make Sure a Report Will Sell BEFORE You Write It

Today is Freelance Friday Tips Day. I found a great resource I want to recommend, which inspired this post.

One of the things I like about being a writer is that I can diversify my income streams. This pads dry spells during the slow summer months, where it can be harder — not hard, harder– to come across freelance writing jobs. Right now, I have four ways that I use my writing skill to make money online (and off), ie:

4 Ways I Make Money Online (and Off) as a Freelance Writer

(i) Writing for Clients: Most of this is SEO writing work, which keeps me busy — even throughout the summer. I’m going into my third summer as an SEO writer, and while I have seen a slowdown in my business, it’s because I practically never market for work anymore. I haven’t for months. Referrals from existing clients and my prominence in the serach engiens for phrases like “seo writing (I’m #1) keep me busy enough.

(ii) Freelance Writing Seminars: After getting tons of questions over the years about how to become a freelance writer, how to start a freelance writing career, how to find freelance writing jobs, yadda, yadda, yadda, I put together freelance writing seminars — which have turned out to be nice little money makers.

(iii) Affiliate Marketing: I use mostly article marketing (which requires writing and distributing articles). I also use free classified ad sites to promote a few products I believe in. As I’ve written about extensively, I routinely make $100 to $150/day doing this type of affiliate marketing (have since January of 2009).

(iv) Ebooks: To date, I’ve written 16 or 17 ebooks and pamphlets. Most are the “how to” variety and they are in niches I know very well. This not only make them easy to write, it makes them very useful for buyers because I know first-hand what I’m talking about.

One of the reasons ebooks have a bad rep is that many are crap. Either they’re not useful, or they’re just generic information you can find by doing simple web searches. If you write how-to reports, ebooks and pamphlets, don’t turn out this kind of junk. Your reputation will suffer and you won’t make nearly the sales you could.

Why Writing How to Reports and Ebooks Is My Favorite Way of Making Money Online

This is probably my favorite way to make money online as a freelance writer. I think it’s because I can get a lot of the info outta my head and onto paper. This info helps others to make real life changes.

Making a Difference

I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me that because of one of my products, they’ve changed their lives (eg, quit a job they hate, which allowed them to stay home and raise their child or look after sick parents).

This is beyond gratifying.

make-money-writing-ebooks-and-how-to-reportsHow Would You Like to Increase Your Income — Anytime You Want?

Also, I can write as many as how to reports and ebooks as I want. Which means I can forever increase my income. HOw many people can say this about their profession. You don’t have to wait for a raise, a good review or a company bonus to roll around. Simply write more. Hey, I can do that (and so can you)!

As the graphic that accomapanies this post alludes to, it really is like pulling money right out of your computer.

But, How Do I Know If What I Write Will Sell?

This is the stumbling block many allow to get in their way.

Don’t!

If you want to write an ebook or how-to report — but have no idea what to write about —  here’s some info to help you not only select a niche, but make sure it’s a PROFITABLE NICHE before you put finger to keyboard.

Subscribe to find ideas for writing how-to content and how-to products that sell. 

Advice, Tips and Info to Help You Transition Successfully to a New Career

free-freelance-writing-adviceNote: As of April 6, you must be a subscriber to read new content on InkwellEditorial.com and its sister site on SEO writing, SeoWritingJobs.com. New content includes all posts written after 4/6/2010 (4/7/2010 on SeoWritingJobs.com).

To subscribe, simply look for the subscriber box to the top right-hand side of the page. There’s one on every page of the site. Of course, your contact information is protected — it is never sold, rented, leased or compromised in any way.

Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

You get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers. Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work; and

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Advice: How a New Freelance Writer Landed a $150 Gig with No Experience, No Samples & No Website – 4 Things She Did Right.

I look forward to having you as a subscriber.

Hope you’re having a fabulous beginning of the week. I’m so stressed with my impending move to Jamaica I can barely think straight. I’ll get it together soon though.
Yuwanda
P.S.: Find this post informative? Follow Inkwell Editorial on Twitter.

Get SEO Copywriting Training :  In addition to learning how to start an SEO writing career and earn seo-copywriting-class$50,000 to $75,000 your first year, you’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills. Get full details on the SEO copywriting training this ecourse offers. Class has limited enrollment.

P.P.S.: Want an easy, fast way to get started in affiliate marketing, making as much as $50, $100 or $150/day?

Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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Freelance Writing Advice: Wanna Get Clients Without Having to Compete with Tons of Other Freelance Writers? Here’s One Way to Do It

About a week ago, a freelance SEO writer contacted me worried about the upcoming slow season. I called her and one of the things I told her about was another freelancer who had contacted me via email and said she’d had success networking at her local Chamber of Commerce.

So she followed up, writing in part:

You mentioned you’d spoken with another freelancer who has the (happy!) problem of too much work found by attending Chamber of Commerce events. I’d love to learn more about that, the specifics of how she did this. I’m a tad gregarious by nature and find I do get lonely sitting here in my lovely office (with purring kitty on lap) at times, so attending Chamber events appeals to me.

I had thought attending Chamber events would be best for an actual SEO company, not someone who writes for SEO companies . . .
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Networking at Chambers is one of the ways I used to get freelance writing jobs. I’ve written about it before, which brings me to today’s Throwback Thursday post, which discuss why every freelance writer should join a Chamber of Commerce —  especially if you’re just starting out. And, I tell you what to look for in a chamber before you join.

FYI,  things have picked up for the SEO writer above. They always do – if you market consistently, which is what I told her.

Note: If you’ve found success as a freelance writer via this networking method and want to share why/how you did it, please leave a comment or shoot me an email detailing your success (info [at] InkwellEditorial [dot] com). Thanks!

Yuwanda

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seo-copywriting-trainingGet SEO Copywriting Training — Earn $50,000 to $75,000 Your First Year. You’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills. Get full details on the SEO copywriter training this ecourse offers.

P.P.S.: Want an easy, fast way to get started in affiliate marketing, making as much as $50, $100 or $150/day?

Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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Freelance Writers: How to Find Time to Work on Your Passive Income Projects (So You Can Retire That Much Sooner)

In early April, I posted a notice that I was working on a new ebook about how to respond to client requests for proposals (RFPs) so that you land more freelance writing jobs. But, have I finished it? Nope! And it makes me sick to my stomach.

As I’ve added more and more to my plate, I’ve fallen into some very bad habits – the most glaring of which is I’ve stopped doing what used to work. I think I just got bored with doing the same thing over and over again. BUT, this is exactly what success is made of — doing those boring, necessary tasks day in and day out.

So, following is what I’m doing to get back on track so I can spend more time on my passive income projects — which make up 40 to 60% of my total income by the way (you’d think THAT would be enough to keep me on track, right?).

how-to-find-time-to-make-passive-income-online

The One Thing – That Works – That You Can Do to Spend More Time on Your Passive Income Projects

One thing I used to do on a regular basis was keep lists. Over the last year or so, I’ve gotten away from this. Being a Type A personality, lists work for me because if I write it down, then it must be done. That’s the way my brain works.

I think that’s why lists are so universally popular because there’s something about checking off a task that gives one great peace, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.

So last week I started back with my list writing. At the end of the day, this is the last thing I do — with a twist. For example, today’s list of tasks looked like this . . .

Subscribe to read the rest of this post and find out the extra measures I take to ensure that I have time to be more productive (ie, turn out more passive-income generating products) by keeping a list.

Get Advice to Help You Transition Successfully to a New Career

free-freelance-writing-adviceNote: As of April 6, you must be a subscriber to read new content on InkwellEditorial.com and its sister site on SEO writing, SeoWritingJobs.com. New content includes all posts written after 4/6/2010 (4/7/2010 on SeoWritingJobs.com).

To subscribe, simply look for the subscriber box to the top right-hand side of the page. There’s one on every page of the site. Of course, your contact information is protected — it is never sold, rented, leased or compromised in any way.

Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

You get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers. Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work; and

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Advice: How a New Freelance Writer Landed a $150 Gig with No Experience, No Samples & No Website – 4 Things She Did Right.

I look forward to having you as a subscriber.

Yuwanda
P.S.: Find this post informative? Follow Inkwell Editorial on Twitter.

Get SEO Copywriting Training :  In addition to learning how to start an SEO writing career and earn seo-copywriting-class$50,000 to $75,000 your first year, you’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills.

Get full details on the SEO copywriting training this ecourse offers. Class has limited enrollment.

P.P.S.: Want an easy, fast way to get started in affiliate marketing, making as much as $50, $100 or $150/day?

Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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Making Money Online: Just How Easy Is It to Make Money with Minisites – The Real Pros & Cons

Today’s Freelance Friday Tip is about minisites – as in should you go this route to make money online, or not?  Every since I detailed how I make money with minisites, I’ve gotten a few queries about how to go about it. …

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Freelance Writing Job Hunting Advice: Cover Letter Do’s and Dont’s

In today’s troubled economy, many people are looking for jobs. Some are looking for full-time employment, some have taken the plunge into freelancing and yet stilll othres have created hodge-podge careers where they do both.

No matter which position you find yourself in, there are some rules you should follow when it comes to cover letters that will improve your chances of landing freelance work, or a full-time job. And, that’s what this “Throwback Thursday” post addresses.

FYI, these are from first-hand experience. If you’re a regular site reader, then you know that I owned an editorial staffing agency in New York City from 1996-2004. I’ve recruited for hundreds of positions and have literally waded through thousands of resumes and cover letters.

So read on for some cover letter do’s and dont’s. It could bring you that much closer to landing freelance writing jobs, or finding that great-paying 9 to 5 you’re seeking.

Read more on what to do — and what not to do — when applying for freelance writing jobs.

Get Advice to Help You Transition Successfully to a New Career

free-freelance-writing-adviceNote: As of April 6, you must be a subscriber to read new content on InkwellEditorial.com and its sister site on SEO writing, SeoWritingJobs.com. New content includes all posts written after 4/6/2010 (4/7/2010 on SeoWritingJobs.com).

To subscribe, simply look for the subscriber box to the top right-hand side of the page. There’s one on every page of the site. Of course, your contact information is protected — it is never sold, rented, leased or compromised in any way.

Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

You get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers. Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work; and

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Advice: How a New Freelance Writer Landed a $150 Gig with No Experience, No Samples & No Website – 4 Things She Did Right.

I look forward to having you as a subscriber.

Yuwanda
P.S.: Find this post informative? Follow Inkwell Editorial on Twitter.

Get SEO Copywriting Training :  In addition to learning how to start an SEO writing career and earn seo-copywriting-class$50,000 to $75,000 your first year, you’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills.

Get full details on the SEO copywriting training this ecourse offers. Class has limited enrollment.

P.P.S.: Want an easy, fast way to get started in affiliate marketing, making as much as $50, $100 or $150/day?

Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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4 Things I Did That Tripled My Website’s Traffic in the Last 18 Months & How You Can Do the Same

Over the last 18 months, I’ve tripled the traffic on InkwellEditorial.com. And the funny thing is, I didn’t realize it until recently. What can you learn from me to help you increase your website’s traffic? You be the judge. . . here’s how I did it.

1. Site redesign: One of the best business moves I ever made was investing in getting a professional site redesign. I took InkwellEditorial.com from HTML to WordPress.

Not only is the design way more professional (thanks Harry at Men with Pens!), it’s made updating the site easier as well. For example, instead of uploading one static page at a time in HTML, now when I upload a new post in the WordPress design, the whole site is automatically udpated.

WordPress has also made InkwellEditorial.com more interactive because it has plugins like “Recent Posts” and “Related Posts.” These features were not available in the HTML format. Hence, readers hang around the site longer.

The longer readers are on the site, the more likely they are to find something they like – and share it via social media outlets like Twitter, which brings me to my next point . . .

Find out three more relatively simple things I did to triple this site’s traffic in 18 months.

Get Advice to Help You Transition Successfully to a New Career

free-freelance-writing-adviceNote: FYI, as of April 6, you must be a subscriber to read some content on InkwellEditorial.com and its sister site on SEO writing, SeoWritingJobs.com. New content includes all posts written after 4/6/2010 (4/7/2010 on SeoWritingJobs.com).

To subscribe, simply look for the subscriber box to the top right-hand side of the page. There’s one on every page of the site. Of course, your contact information is protected — it is never sold, rented, leased or compromised in any way.

Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

You get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers. Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work; and

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Advice: How a New Freelance Writer Landed a $150 Gig with No Experience, No Samples & No Website – 4 Things She Did Right.

I look forward to having you as a subscriber.

Hope you’re having a fabulous beginning of the week. I’m so stressed with my impending move to Jamaica I can barely think straight. 🙁 I’ll get it together soon though.
Yuwanda
P.S.: Find this post informative? Follow Inkwell Editorial on Twitter.

Get SEO Copywriting Training :  In addition to learning how to start an SEO writing career and earn seo-copywriting-class$50,000 to $75,000 your first year, you’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills.

Get full details on the SEO copywriting training this ecourse offers. Class has limited enrollment.

 

P.P.S.: Want an easy, fast way to get started in affiliate marketing, making as much as $50, $100 or $150/day?

Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

Read more.