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Recession Proof Income: Online Entrepreneurs Raking in Hundreds (Sometimes Thousands) of Dollars a Day

I market this site in several ways. One way that I use off and on (and will start to use a lot more) is free press releases. It’s something you can do too — for your freelance writing business, ebooks you write, affiliate products you promote, etc.

I’m going to talk more about this in Monday’s upcoming post, How to Effectively Market Your Freelance Writing Business Using Free Press Releases. Following is the press release I uploaded to PRLog.com, a free press release site, today (you can access it on PRLog from the hyperlink).

Inkwell Editorial Press Release

PRLog (Press Release)Nov 19, 2009As the economy continues to shed jobs, unemployment continues to spike and many job seekers frantically search for their next job, many online entrepreneurs are merrily looking forward to the holidays – confident that their income is secure.

Online entrepreneurs (aka webpreneurs) are a diverse niche. They run the gamut from freelance writers, to social media consultants to information sellers (infopreneurs). What they all seem to have in common is a zest for entrepreneurship and a love of “making money under their own steam,” as Yuwanda Black, a freelance writer and self-described webpreneur states.

Ms. Black explains:

I worked in publishing for years, parlayed that into a successful freelance writing career in 1993 and now teach others the joy of this type of entrepreneurship. I love what I do because I can do it from anywhere (and I travel a lot), without worrying about how I’m going to pay my bills.

Another common trait many online entrepreneurs seem to have in common is boundless energy and diverse businesses. Many have two or three different businesses going at the same time. Some are spinoffs off each other, while others are complete and separate entities.

Ms. Black explained that many online entrepreneurs do this to ward against what many laid-off workers are experiencing right now – a loss of income. She adds that by doing a few different things, when one is not working out or going so well, you still have another “gig” as she puts it.   

This type of thinking may be the wave of the future for the American workforce. As many know, getting a job and staying there until you retire is a thing of the past. Americans have to start thinking of themselves as entrepreneurs, even if they have a traditional job.

As Ms. Black sums up:

This kind of thinking [entrepreneurship] will keep you on your toes because you’ll always have something going on on the side; so, if you’re laid off it’s not the end of the world, but really an opportunity.

Spoken like a true entrepreneur!

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Inkwell Editorial is authority site for those who want to work from home as a freelance writer. The site offers first-hand advice on how to become a freelance writer, freelance success profiles, marketing tutorials, freelance writing workshops, ebooks on how to make passive income selling info online — and a whole lote more. To learn everything you need to know about how to start this successful career, visit the Freelance Writing Bookstore.

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Yuwanda
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Freelance Writers: How to Turn Your Marketing Knowledge into Cash

Last night, I was working on today’s blog post. I was going to finish it and send it out today. But before that could happen, I received Bob Bly’s newsletter with the subject line “Turn Your Marketing Knowledge into Cash” in my ebox, and this post literally flew to the forefront of my noggin’.

So, I decided to send this one out. It’s funny how things dovetail sometimes, because I was just discussing this with a business associate about a week ago. THIS being, what you already know – that you take for granted as a freelance writer – can literally earn you thousands of dollars.

How (and Why) Freelance Writers Can Make Thousands of Dollars from What They Already Know

Freelance writers are perfectly positioned to capitalize off their marketing knowledge because:

online-marketing-consultantThey’re Online All the Time: If you’re a freelance writer these days, you know the internet. You probably know about Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn and blogging and a little bit of SEO . . . and the list goes on and on and on.

And guess what – a lot of your clients don’t have this type of knowledge. They don’t understand this whole “internet marketing thing,” which I discuss in the post, SEO Copywriters: How to Make an Extra $61,880 This Year, that I wrote for Copyblogger earlier this year.

What they don’t know they are happy to pay you for – so capitalize on this.

How to Capitalize Off of Each Piece of Specialized Knowledge You Possess

Speaking of capitalize, how do you go about it? Quite simply, package each service and sell it.

When I first started New Media Words, my SEO Writing & Distribution Firm, I sold primarily one service – SEO article writing. As clients began to request other services I added on.

Just last week, I repackaged our social media marketing services to just focus on Twitter. Before, we had offered Facebook and LinkedIn setup as well. But, as Twitter has literally exploded and more clients began asking questions about it, I knew it was time to restructure things.

This brings me to my last point – don’t be afraid to adapt your specialized knowledge to client needs. What made me restructure New Media Words’ social media package was a call I received from a prospect while I was in Jamaica in October. She wanted to “start Twitter now”, but had no clue how to go about it.

I walked the prospect through the process, but they wanted us to “just handle it”. Okay, fine. As Twitter is super easy to set up and we know how to “get clients going” (ie, get them followers quickly), I decided this would be the social media service we would focus on.

The bottom line: as a freelance writer, you have a lot of specialized knowledge. Package it and sell it to clients. They need it and will gladly pay you for it – if it adds value to their business.

Disclaimer: For the first time, I’ve become an affiliate marketer of another freelance writer’s products – Bob Bly. I’ve known of Mr. Bly for years, read his blog on a regular basis and subscribed to his newsletter this past summer. I say all this to say, when I recommend a product, I don’t do so lightly.

Bob happens to be an industry leader; and since I can’t write on every facet of freelance writing knowledgeably, I introduce you to his prolific line of ebooks for freelance writers (affiliate link). If you want to become a freelance writer, or are looking to expand your service offerings, he offers a wealth of informative, high-quality products from which to choose.

Yuwanda
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P.P.P.S.: I’ve received all of your questions regarding minisites. I’ll address these in an upcoming post soon, I promise.

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Freelance Writers: Insight about Making Passive Income with Minisites

Earlier today I sent out the following tweet. I received a couple of DMs asking me about it, ie, what my “passive income blogs” were.

Sooooo, I decided to write this quick post to give a little more insight in case more questions came in (I can usually sense when I’m going to get more questions :)). Tweet sent:

Off to do some article mktng & blog posts. My little “passive income” blogs are really starting to pay off. Midnite hrs paying dividends!

What are Passive Income Blogs?

Actually, these are what I call my minisites. You can read more about them in the post, How to Make Money with Minisites: Turn $1/Day into an Online Empire.

minisite-profits-for-freelance-writersSince it’s easier to manage data in WordPress, I’ve turned my minisites into blogs using this platform. And, they are more profitable as well. I think it’s because it’s easy to update them and categorize material in WordPress than HTML.

Number of Minisites I Have

Right now, I have three; two I’m actively promoting and one that’s just kind of there. I update it when I can, which is not often.

The minisite (blog) that makes the most money right now is ForeclosureBusinessNews. I started this one to promote an affiliate product. But lately, I’ve been treating it more like a real informational site — branching away from promoting my affiliate product and into covering the subject (“home foreclosures”) from every angle.

Want to Start Building a Minisite Empire?

Write what you enjoy — and what you know.

Real estate and related industries (mortgages, foreclosures, credit/debt) are subjects I happen to enjoy writing about. As a previous real estate agent (NYC; late 80s) and mortgage consultant (ATL; a few years ago), I also happen to be quite knowledgeable on these subjects.

How Much Money Am I Making with My Minisites?

Not a lot! But, I do see progress and I’m in this for the long haul. ForeclosureBusinessNews.com makes about $75/month. I’m on track to double that this month, because I’ve been actively updating and promoting it. I usually spend half an hour every few days on it — usually when I’m watching TV in the evenings.

This is about all the time I have to devote to them with my other responsibilities (ebook and ecourse writing/teaching/promotion and client projects).

My plan is to build 5 of these sites to actively promote, with the goal of making just $100-$200/day from all of them combined. I think I’ll be there within the next 18 to 24 months.

Freelance Writers: Why Would You Want to Make Money with Minisites

For me, this is purely futuristic thinking. I like to have multiple streams of income. One day, I know I’m going to retire as a freelance writer. But, I’m still going to need an income. My plan is to have minisites provide that.  This appeals to me because I can create as many of them as I want. Realistically though, I think 20 is about the number anybody can handle effectively. I’ve read accounts though of people who have hundreds.

More Info on Making Passive Income with Minisites Coming

When I can find time to breathe, I’m going to put together an inexpensive e-pamphlet about how to start building your minisite empire. Yesterday, my sites pulled in over $12. And I’ve just started to really take an interest in promoting them with a specific monetary goal in mind within the last week.

So, I’m motivated!

Til Monday,
Yuwanda
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Freelance Writers: Why Being Perfect Can Sabotage Your Success

Freelance writing is one of a handful of professions where you are expected to be perfect – 100% of the time.  Now while what we do is not medical science (eg, being a doctor), it is extremely important.

Freelance Writers: Why Getting It Right Is Important

Businesses that hire freelance writers have their image on the line. Their image is their business, which is their livelihood; a livelihood their families depend on for food, mortgage payments, medical insurance, etc. So in this respect, what we as freelance writers do is extremely important.

Now, to address the title of this post specifically, ie, why trying to be perfect can sabotage your freelance writing success . . .

I receive emails from time to time alerting me to my “imperfections” as a freelance writer. Following is the most recent:

You might want to check your e-mail version of your e-booklet: 4th paragraph “though times” — I’m assuming should be “tough times”.  If you’re pitching good grammar and spelling you probably want to be right on too! Good luck.

First let me say, I appreciate emails like this . . . for two reasons:  (i) they alert me to something I need to fix; and (ii) they remind me that I’m a “producer”, ie, I’m doing my job and putting out material on a regular basis.

imperfect-freelance-writerBetween updating the numerous websites I have, writing promotional material for my ebooks and ecourses, and writing for clients, I write between 3,000 and 6,000 words a day (sometimes more). When you produce this much material, you’re bound to make mistakes.

HOWEVER, this type of correspondence can undermine your success – if you take it the wrong way. They can make you feel insecure, incompetent and paralyzed. This stunts your production.

If you’re waiting to be perfect to start something or continue something, you could be killing your chances of success as a freelance writer. Following are some common excuses that many freelance writers use to stay stuck at the starting gate:

     I need to get a website;

     I need to get a NEW website;

     I need to add “X” (you fill in the blank) to my website;

     I don’t have writing samples;

     I don’t have the RIGHT writing samples;

     I don’t have ENOUGH writing samples/ clips;

If you’re already freelancing, following are some common “perfectionist” things you may put in your way:

     I need to redesign my website;

     I need to create writing samples for this niche;

     I need to do more research about “X”;

     I don’t have time to do “X”.

All of these are some derivative of trying to be perfect – whether it’s waiting for the perfect time to start something, or until a product is perfect before you release it. Case in point, Inkwell’s SEO writing course.

For about a year, I had been implored by many to offer a course like this. But I simply didn’t have time, or so I told myself. What it really was is that I was waiting for the “perfect” time for a break in my schedule to put it together, put up a website and write the promotional material for it.

But when I looked at the facts, I knew that I was missing a golden opportunity. How/why? It’s not often you have a built-in client base who are, in essence, asking to spend money on your product.

I didn’t need a slick new website and fancy marketing materials. What I needed was to sit my butt down and put the course together and let those who had been asking me about it know that it was ready.

And, this is exactly what I did. The first course was taught in October and there are already enrollees for the upcoming one in January.

While I have: (i) registered a domain name (SeoCopywritingClass.com) that I plan to build out; and (ii) just this past weekend finished a promotional booklet (Learn SEO: 6 Reasons SEO Copywriting Is the Ideal High-Paying, Work-from-Home, Recession-Proof Career (pdf file)), this SEO class is already a success.

If I’d waited until the perfect time to start, I would have missed out on a golden opportunity, for this course has added another income stream to my business.

That being said, there is a time when you should be perfect . . . on client projects; else you risk committing this error.

Freelance Writers: When It’s Necessary to be Perfect

I check, recheck, outsource and double check client projects, because they pay my bills. Also, as I stated above, the businesses that hire me count on me to be right all the time. And I do my best not to disappoint.

BUT in general, if you wait until the stars align, you have the time, you have the money and you have the “perfect” whatever, you will never achieve success as a freelance writer – or anything else. For, part of being successful is making mistakes, learning from them and moving on.

Here’s wishing you a delightfully successful “imperfect” day.

Imperfectly yours,
Yuwanda

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Bulk Freelance Writing Assignments: Specific Tips for Landing Them

In last week’s post, Freelance Writers: How to Land More Gigs in a Difficult Economy, one of the things we discussed was landing bulk freelance writing assignments. I promised to give some specific tips on how to go about it, so here goes ……

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The Freelance Writer’s Bookstore

If you’re looking for opportunities in freelance writing (ie, how to become a freelance writer), you’ve landed in the right place.

You can find listings of all Inkwell Editorial products at https://inkwelleditorial.com/start-a-freelance-writing-career. We add new products frequently, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often.

If you like what you see, follow us on Twitter.

Sincerely,
Yuwanda Black, Publisher
InkwellEditorial.com

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Freelance Writers: How to Land More Gigs in a Difficult Economy

When the economy is in a slump, businesses — like consumers — tend to tighten the purse strings; tracking every dollar they spend. It can make freelance writing jobs harder to come by, especially well-paying ones. However, it presents a golden opportunity too. How? …

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SEO Copywriter Success Story: Living the Dream

In the last post here, I promised you an update on SEO Mary, a freelance SEO writer who was (is) kind enough to let us follow her foray into SEO writing – ie, why she started, how she landed her first clients, how she learned about SEO, the problems she encountered with difficult clients, etc….

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SEO Copywriting Services: Is This Niche Becoming Too Crowded?

Recently, I received an email from an SEO writer about the business. She brought up some interesting points that I receive queries about a lot – especially from newbies….

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SEO Copywriting: 3 Reasons to Train for this High-Paying, Work-from-Anywhere Career

Since I’ve been travelling, I’ve gotten a few inquiries about how/why I got to the point in my career where I can do this (ie, have a career that allows me to work from anywhere). This inspired the post, SEO Copywriting: Train for a High-Paying, Portable Career at SeoWritingJobs.com yesterday….

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How to Make Money Online as a Freelance Writer – Beyond Writing for Clients

If you’re a regular reader of my articles, blogs, websites, etc. you’ve probably read where I discuss making passive income online as a freelance writer. I’ve been doing it – in earnest – since January of this year and on some weeks, my “passive” income exceeds what I make writing for clients.

What do I sell online? Mostly I sell my ebooks and a few affiliate products that teach newbies how to make money online.

Note: Passive is in quotation marks because I do put some marketing muscle into it; it’s not automatic money. But, the effort I put in pays much more dividends than say what I make writing for clients.

This is a real comfort mentally because I don’t rely so heavily on client projects to make a living. In fact, I really don’t do any real marketing anymore as an SEO copywriter. I take what comes my way, but the majority of my time is spent promoting my own products and other affiliate products.

Today, I want to discuss a couple of the tools I use to do this.

How I Make $100-$150/Day Promoting Affiliate Products Using FREE Classified Ads

Forever a fan of free and low-cost methods, I stumbled across the free classified ad site Backpage.com while I was promoting an affiliate product. I got such great results from it that I started using it almost exclusively.

Then, I ran across a software that allowed me to post more ads quicker using this site. So, I bought it and used it. It has allowed me to keep my income the same, but cut down on the amount of time I spend placing ads (which to be honest, can be a real drag).

You can learn more about how I use the free classified ad site backpage.com to make money.

Putting My Free Classified Ad Marketing on Steroids: The Classified Connection

Update: December 2014 — the info below is no longer relevant. I leave it here to keep the other relevant info in some kind of context. I no longer recommend any particular backpage auto posting software.

One day while surfing for new products to promote on Clickbank, I ran across the free classified ad posting software, The Classified Connection. I was intrigued because I knew that posting ads on free classified ad sites worked from my experience with Backpage.

Make Money Placing Free Classified Ads Online

Make Money Placing Free Classified Ads Online

But instead of placing hundreds of ads, this software allows you to place thousands, in minutes. I tested the demo, which made it seem so easy.

So even though it was a little pricey, I thought, let me buy it so I can really see what my results will be. FYI, when you buy a product from Clickbank, you have a 60-day window to return it, so I knew it was “risk free.”

I bought The Classified Connection software on September 8th. A couple of days later, I finally revved up my brain to open it and place some ads. I say this because most technology befuddles me. I hate learning new software programs it always takes me a few days to gear up my brain to learn  something new.

The Classified Connection Software: A Review – The Specifics

Once you know what you’re doing, the software is easy to use. But, you do have to figure out some things for yourself. I don’t know why but many software developers can’t give clear instructions to save their lives. This program really could use a straightforward Step 1; Step 2; Step 3 instructional guide.

But again, once you know what you’re doing, it literally does place thousands of ads on hundreds of sites in less than 5 minutes. It takes about 10 minutes to key in an ad (less if you pre-write and cut/paste them), then you hit the submit button and it shows you exactly where and how many ads it’s submitting in real time.

THEN, after the program finishes running, it generates a report that tells you how many sites accepted and rejected your ad. And, you can click on the site to see your ad – the proof that it got published.

FYI, you have to check the sites soon after you place your ads because they disappear pretty quickly from the first page (because many others are placing ads as well).

What I Don’t Like About The Classified Connection Software

1. Unclear “How to Use” Instructions: As I mentioned above, it could use some detailed instructions on how to go about using it. Because I’m computer literate and can figure out most things, I was able to figure some things out that weren’t patently obvious.

If you’re online a lot, you will be too.

2. Ad Delay: Sometimes, there’s a delay when you place your ads. For example, one night around 10, I placed some ads, but couldn’t find them. I looked for like half an hour, then gave up. But, when I logged on the next day, I found them.

I don’t know if it’s a system delay or a delay by the classified ads sites themselves but so far, every time I’ve placed ads, I’ve been able to find them sooner or later.

Both of these are minor things when you consider the advantages of this software, ie . . .

What I Like About The Classified Connection Software

1. It’s Quick! The software says you can. . .  eliminate thousands of hours of manual work and expose millions of internet users to your products within minutes (emphasis added).And it’s so true.

2. Promote Multiple Products: You can promote as many products as you want using this software. To do this, simply create different profiles (you’ll see what I mean if you try the demo or buy it) and you’re off and running. So far, I’ve used it to promote 4 products.

Again, the time consuming part is creating/writing the ads for each product.

3. Works Internationally: The Backpage free classified ad posting software only works from the U.S. and Canada. For example, I can’t post to the site from Jamaica, where I am now. I’ve been able to use The Classified Connection software from here with no problems.

Making Money with Free Classified Ads: Conclusion

I want to conclude this post with two final observations:

Spend Money to Make Money: I started making more money online when I started spending money on tools that allowed me to work smarter, not harder. I still do a lot of what I think is “stupid stuff,” because I am notoriously frugal I (years of living a “feast or famine” existence as a freelance writer, I’m afraid).

But when you invest in something that really works, you’re like, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” I’m starting to loosen my purse strings a bit, especially once I have proof that something works.

Not Everything on the Net is a Scam: I’ve received quite a few emails about the backpage ad posting software along the lines of “Does it really work?” or “Can I make money promoting this product?”

What I believe underlies a lot of these types of questions is fear that “it really can’t be that easy to make money online;” it must be a scam. Well I’m here to tell you, it IS that easy, especially if you know the “secret tools of the trade.”

I no longer turn my nose up at ads that say, “Make $500/day doing X, Y or Z.” I know, because I’ve hit this mark several times – and come close to it many more times – and I’m still a newbie to internet marketing.

Now, I’m still very skeptical of outrageous claims of making say, $50,000 a week. But you know, this probably has more to do with my skeptical nature and the limitations I place on myself than the claims of “known” gurus.

The reason “known” is in quotation marks is because if you do your research, you can always find out who is legit, and who isn’t online.

I stumbled onto making money placing ads on free classified ad sites – and boy I’m glad I did. I haven’t even scratched the surface of what I want to do now that I know this is a system that works.

I hope this provides some insight into how you can get a sideline, passive income going as a freelance writer.

A Note about Affiliate Marketing: A lot of success in affiliate marketing depends on the product or service you’re promoting. No matter which techniques you use, if the market is too small for a particular product/service, or the product/service is no good, or  you’re a terrible ad writer, then you’re not going to make sales. A lot of it is trial and error, so if the first product doesn’t work, try something else. The key is to keep testing until you do find a product that does sell.

Along these lines, in a future post I’ll give some ideas about WHAT I think sells online – and why.

P.S.: Want to train for a recession-proof freelance writing career? Get the FREE Report, Learn SEO: 6 Reasons SEO Copywriting Is the Ideal High-Paying, Work-from-Home, Recession-Proof Career (pdf file).

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WiFi (Online) Tips for Freelance Writers Who Work While Traveling (Part II)

I wanted to add one more thing to this list:  get “on the go” wireless internet access via a service like T-Mobil HotSpot.

Hotel on the Beach, Negril Jamaica

The foliage is typical of what you see EVERYWHERE in Jamaica. It is a breathtakingly beautiful country.

I don’t have it yet, but my sister does. She gave me her information so all I had to do was log in while I was waiting in the airport (there’s no equipment or anything needed). Thanks to her, I was able to get some article writing and marketing done while waiting for my flight.

It was the only work I did the day I travelled — and as regular readers of my blog/website know, I’m an avid fan of article marketing because it works so well. It’s the way I make a lot of my passive income from ebooks and various affiliate products I promote, which I’ll talk about a bit more in tomorrow’s post.

Cost: $10/month (for T-Mobil wireless access).

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with T-Mobil as a wireless user. I only recommend it here b/c the connection worked great for me in the ATL airport (I also have a T-Mobil cell, so I’m pretty familiar with their products).

P.S.: Want to train for a recession-proof freelance writing career? Get the FREE Report, Learn SEO: 6 Reasons SEO Copywriting Is the Ideal High-Paying, Work-from-Home, Recession-Proof Career (pdf file).

Negril Island: Take a 15-20 Min Boat Ride from the Beach to Get Here

Tourists from all over the world gather on this little island to eat fresh-caught lobster cooked over an open flame by the locals. It's such a warm vibe. Dripping in butter and garlic, no 5-star restaurant serves lobster better. And yes, you can buy beer here too! Yet ANOTHTER thing to do in Negril, Jamaica on the beach.

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