4 Super-Quick Ways to Come Up with Tons of Traffic-Generating Blog Topic Ideas

Have you ever felt that your brain was dryer than the Mojave desert when it came time to sit down and write a blog post? I know mine does sometimes. There are days when I’m literally stumped. I sit there, staring at the screen, wondering what the heck to blog about today.

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10 Sizzling Trends in Freelance Writing That Can Help You Earn More

As you know if you’re a regular reader, every Monday we post fresh job leads for freelance writers. I spend hours scanning tons of sites looking for these leads. It’s quite educational in that it clues me in into what’s happening in freelance writing – everything from what skills are in demand to what’s happening with rates.

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Self-Publishing Advice: How to Turn One Blog Post into a Profitable Ebook — In One Weekend

If you blog, you most likely have all the content you need to self-publish an ebook – in as little as a weekend. Really!

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Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success

Written by Jennifer Brown Banks

Here’s your Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success for this week . . .

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The Best Guest Blogging Tips and Benefits for Freelance Writers in 2014

Written by Karen Cioffi

First, let me say . . . Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you’ve been enjoying the holiday season. Now, to today’s topic.

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How to Make Your First $100 as a Freelance Writer on Elance

The following is a guest post by Halona Black.

I speak to a lot of newbie freelance writers on social media. One of the biggest frustrations I hear is how to get your first paid writing assignments without having a published body of work, eg, no writing samples, no industry contacts — nada!

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A Freelance Writer Website Review: 7 Things This Freelancer Should Change Immediately to Increase Odds of Landing Clients — An Update

Written by Esayo Tetteh

So after Yuwanda’s review of my website, I set off on my new journey and went straight to HostGator to try and register a name. Both Yuwanda and Chrislyn advised not to get too hung up on a name or the layout of the website, to just start and tweak along the way.

I decided to register a new site with HostGator and make changes as recommended by Yuwanda to the existing one and keep it as an inspirational blog. Since then, I decided, I would take it down completely and just focus on my new writing website/blog with HostGator.

WinAgainstOdds.com will be taken down in a few days when my contract ends with my present host. Publisher Update: Site has since been taken down.

I Got 99 Problems & Getting a Website Hosting Company IS One!

I came up with a name, tried to register with HostGator and couldn’t. Coming to find out, my US account was dormant (I didn’t know this at the time) and so was the card.

Update to the Post: A Freelance Writer Website Review

So off I went to call my US bank and after speaking to a minimum of five customer reps (some nice, some horrible), I finally found a guy with the strongest southern accent who told me exactly what was wrong.

Alas, as he was helping me, his computer crashed and as he was trying to transfer me to his colleague, we got cut off. So I had to start all over again, but this time, I was armed with information.

To cut a long story short, the bank would send the new cards to my US address and then my sister would send them to me, which I never received. So, got the bank to cancel and re-issue new ones to be sent directly to me. I’m still waiting.

Choosing a Freelance Writing Niche

In the interim and on the advice of Yuwanda, I started thinking about which niche I wanted to specialize in and begin writing a few articles to upload when my debit card arrive.

Since the debit card still hadn’t arrived and I really wanted to start my new life with my new website, I decided to use a credit card to try and register again with HostGator.

Why HostGator is the best web hositing company for freelance writers (IMO)This time, I couldn’t complete my registration because there was a number I needed to input, but there was nowhere to input. I ended up having to work with two different reps on this issue for 12 whole hours!!!

Whilst I was trying to tackle the registration, HostGator had a one-day Pirate sale for web hosting at an unbelievable price. However, I couldn’t take advantage of it because my account was still giving me registration problems.

I eventually decided to give up and try again later. The HostGator rates have gone up since then and a little too over my budget.

Where to From Now?

Well, Yuwanda’s article on informational products and Chrislyn’s on finding an SEO niche have helped me fine-tune the niches that I want to write in.

I recently uploaded my second ebook thanks to taking part in Yuwanda’s first ebook writing tournament some years ago.

Responses I’ve Received from Potential Freelance Writing Clients

I continue to do email campaigns to solicit for jobs with or without a website.  I continue to apply for freelance jobs via Yuwanda’s and other job boards but haven’t snagged a job yet, albeit the responses that so far have been pleasant. Such as:

Response #1

Dear Esayo,

Thank you for completing our selection form and the sample task. We will review your information along with the sample task and get back to you within a working week. Do note that we take slightly longer during phases when our application inflow is huge.

Best wishes,

Response #2

HI and thanks for you email. You appear to have strong motivational writing skills but no news writing skills, so I will not be able to use your services.

Response #3

Hello Esayo

Thank you for thinking of us, but we have no budget for paid writing,  Unless you can use our platform and readers to generate additional income for us both.

I’ll update you as again soon as my website is up and running

BTW: Might I add that I nursed an octogenarian family friend for two weeks while all of this was going on – I’m totally pooped!!

Reminder: Coming Tomorrow on SeoWritingJobs.com

Regular contributor Chrislyn continues with week two of The SEO Writing Business Challenge For Struggling Freelance Writers (you can still join!). FYI, there’s some good feedback in the comments section of Week #1’s post.

Friday (on this blog): The weekly Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success.

GetSmallBizonWeb-cover-medP.S.: Get your freelance writing business on the web — quickly and cheaply!

Aspiring freelancers, internet marketers, bloggers, affiliate marketers, etc., all need websites these days. And, many of them have no idea how to go about it.

I still get asked simple questions all the time like how to register a domain name and what’s the difference between a domain name and a web hosting company. I was just as new when I was trying to get my first website up. So, I understand the confusion all too well. This info answers all of your questions — and then some.

P.P.S.: Become a Freelance Writer (Earn $100-$250/Day: Free Ecourse)


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The Benefits of Guest Blogging: 3 Days, 3 New Prospects & New Business

By Jennifer Brown Banks

Guest blogging has become the “new black.” And as someone who has had more than my share of guest posts accepted throughout the blogosphere, I can vouch for its many virtues. The proof is in the pudding.

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How I Revamped My Blog’s Marketing Strategy to Get More Traffic Post-Penguin 2.0 — and You Can Too!

Google’s recent Penguin 2.0 algorithm changes caused many to rethink their blog marketing strategies. One reason is, in spite of the fact that it was predicted to affect less than 5% of U.S. English sites, that number has arguably been higher. My sites were affected. Keyword phrases my blogs (this one and SeoWritingJobs.com) had ranked well for – for years – no longer returned them in SERP results to the degree they had been.

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Freelance Writers: How to Find Freelancers to Outsource to When You’re Too Busy

By Karen Cioffi.

Freelance writing is a business. It doesn’t matter if you work from home or have an office; it’s a business and needs to be treated as one. Along with being a business, freelance writing, for many, has its ups and downs, its slow times, its busy times. But, what do you do during an exceptionally busy time when you get more work than you can handle?

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Should You Quit Your Day Job to Start Blogging? Read This Before You Decide

One of the reasons I write this blog is to show freelancers that there are numerous ways to make money online as a writer – over and beyond writing for clients. So when I ran across a post on a popular internet marketer’s blog entitled, 3 Reasons to Quit Your Day Job to Start Blogging, it got me to thinking, “Is it a good idea to quit your day job to start blogging?”

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Freelance Writers: Is Your Blog a Business … or a Business Card?

The following is a guest post by Joe Pawlikowski.

For the average freelance writer, blogging can become a frustrating endeavor. It might start out just as you’d planned. You bought a domain and hosting, picked a WordPress theme, and got to work filling your blog with content. But eventually frustration sets in. …

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