These freelance writing tips are perfect for everyone, even beginners. Tips and tricks on monetization, layout, SEO, content, and more.
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Tips for Writers
Freelance writers have freedom to choose their subject matter. That means it has to be well rounded and interesting.The tips here can help you.
In order to increase your traffic, you should be posting unique content ONLY!!...subject matter that drives the reader’s imagination or fulfills some void the reader has.
Educational content is a great start, however, it takes longer to build a steady stream of passive income from this area. The important thing to remember when writing any nonfiction work, is to include a complete list of any sources you use. The sources cannot be pulled from any 'ol site on the web! (No Wikipedia!) Your main sources should come from educational and/or scientific institutions/experiments, scholarly journals and encyclopedias. Most people aren't aware that they can cite their own work as well, I was able to do this in college, it was pretty cool in my opinion.
A good source will include the author and date, as well as any updates made to the content after it was published. There shouldn't be random ads if they are irrelevant to your content; and you shouldn't have to pay if you need to access any legitimate source. (With a few exceptions).
Some links lack relevant information, and the content doesn't match what's shown on the tags. Once they're clicked, you will discover that they will re-direct you from one site to another. This is similar to a sales funnel, and to be quite honest, most of them are. The creators place ads and make money off of them. It's aggravating to fall into the trap, but once the hosting platform figures it out, they usually deactivate those links. Make sure you aren't doing this, even by accident.
A key way to getting noticed quickly is to consistently post needed content. Research keywords to see how many "hits" they receive a month...and search the web for content like yours. Don't plagiarize and always give credit to the original writer, artist, etc.
Tips for Creating a Great Article.
What is a high-quality article? A really high-quality article informs, entertains, justifies any position or lack thereof, and compels the reader to think with an open mind, if only for the time it takes to read your article. The things you decide to write should contain useful resources, and you should always be the expert in your field. (Even if you're not, that's what good research is for)!
Your article should contain new, useful tips that your readers can apply easily to theirscenarios. For example, an article called “A step-by-step guide on preparing a remedy for Back Pain” will be better marketed to buyers in the category pertaining to “health". If you're writing on a topic that stimulates a discussion, you should present an up-to-date counterpoint as well, this helps you to project yourself as a fair "informant/reporter". This goes a long way in building trust and a solid reputation online. For example, if you are writing a piece on Google, illustrations that are used should be of a current image(s). Do not use older or outdated Google icons unless you're writing about them specifically. That may sound like an off the wall example, but even the smaller details matter when you're presenting yourself as an expert. People will pick your work apart if you sound indecisive or cocky. Be authoritative, yet humble.
Proofread Everything You’ve Written!!
Most of the time, you may finish up and assume your work is ready for publication. However, that's not usually how it goes. Many sites will edit your work, even after you've edited it. You must proofread and catch any errors, if there are any to be found.
Check over your grammar, and make certain that the references you provided are cited correctly, according to your instructions. Never post without proofing!!! Going over the facts and your spelling/grammar will be imperative to gaining the following you are looking for. Social media gives us a million grammar nazis trolling our posts, but it also gives us a golden opportunity. (Don't waste it on improper English!!)
You will gain confidence and knowledge of the subject matter if you conduct proper research. Once you feel you can spit out enough loudly to fill up one page if you typed it, then you're ready to begin. Don't go blind when you can grab your glasses on the way in!
There are applications that will help with your proofreading and editing. Programs such as "Grammarly" will guide you and correct your mistakes as you write! I love that aspect. When I'm done, I'm done. I don't have to go back and spot check a hundred red lines. I tend to type my thoughts out, then fix my errors. I am scared I will lose my train of thought, yet grammar rules and spelling are constant and are always there waiting, and I have the majority of them memorized. Sometimes, the error may not be grammatical, but factual. You should perform a detailed inspection of the content, ensuring all information is presented clearly and coherently. Thoughtful research in the beginning can and will eliminate this error 100%! Accuracy in reporting, and your honesty, will help gain the traffic and a following you deserve.
Updated articles are always relevant! Over time, return and edit/update your work. This is important in the field of academics; because they're updating old facts and discovering new things around the clock. Theories and experiments are also re-evaluated from time to time... as these are being conducted/tested for a result, your work should be a reflection of that end conclusion. If not, you will have readers who arrive to your site and leave as soon as they realize your blog hasn't been updated since 2018. This contributes to a high bounce rate, not good. If your familiar with Google, their analytics platform can be integrated with yours, allowing you to see the content your website readers are interacting with the most on your website. This can be as good as gold.
On average, most articles require you provide about three hundred to six hundred words. This means you have to be straight to the point. Readers will also "bounce" if it takes too long to get to the good stuff.
If your article is well written and informational, and if it has been researched for the most effective keywords, you should relax. Rome wasn't built in a day.
You always decide which topics are best for you to cover. Brainstorming is helpful, and gathering your main idea will help give your writing a central focus. I tend to draw "thought bubbles" whenever I'm assigned a paper. These are huge ovals drawn on paper. I then fill them up with random thoughts and ideas that can be grouped together, therefore giving me an outline for my body paragraphs.
Monetize Your Work
*To build a passive income stream, your page needs traffic.
Traffic leads to sales. High traffic also gives you a higher ranking. You can add links and codes to earn money. Affiliate Marketing is a great way to begin, and you can join as many affiliations as you want! You simply sign up with a store or website as an affiliate, this is usually a separate form in addition to creating an account.
You will gain access to promotional tools and links that you can paste straight to your blogs or social media pages. You can embed them into your own sites too, this will be an html code, not a link.
Some places will allow you to refer without becoming a member. Every program requirement is different and rewards can vary too. Some places will insist you have a minimum amount of traffic every month, and some will require your content be top notch. Some will demand you have a minimum amount of quality work posted, and some want all of these things. You can also find many networks that will allow any content creator to join. Amazon Associates, JVZOO, and Clickbank have many products, and will allow the majority of people to promote their things. I honestly think they let anybody, as long as you have a platform to share their links on. Amazon pays the least out of the examples I chose, believe it or not.
Another way is to send, or refer, customers to a website, and then you make a percentage of the ad revenue or the sale. (Similar to affiliate marketing, but it is called a referral system).
Either way, if you love to write, go for it. You'll gain experience along the way if you need it, and you'll be able to use it on your resume. Pick a niche and refrain from random things. If you don't, you run the risk of appearing as money hungry. It will be obvious you're not there to give pertinent information, but to capitalize. This ruins your reputation and leaves the reader with a sour taste in their mouth. They will assume you're not honest, that you're a corrupt salesperson who will say anything for the close. Be genuine.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Bri Smith