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How to Start an Affiliate Blog to Earn Passive Income as a Writer (In 4 Steps)

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 21, 2017. 0 Comments

Hand holding cashAffiliate blogs are one of the most efficient ways for writers to earn passive income online. The problem is, it’s difficult to figure out which steps you need to take to start earning those first dollars.

Right off the bat, you should know affiliate blogging is not an easy or quick way to build income. However, it’s perfect if you’re patient and don’t mind putting in hard work at the beginning to reap the benefits later. Plus, it’s easier than developing your own product from scratch, because you’ll be marketing already existing products.

In this article, I’ll walk you through four basic steps to start your affiliate blog. By the end, you should be ready to start creating posts and working up to extra income. Let’s jump right in!

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3 Ways to Know You’re Hiring the Right Freelancer

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 19, 2017. 2 Comments

A woman working on a laptop.Finding and hiring the right freelancer isn’t easy. There are thousands of us out there, but not everyone shares the same excellent work ethic we do, and they’re certainly not as efficient (or humble! 😉 ).

The key to finding the right freelancers is to know what sets the best ones apart from the rest. If you can spot these characteristics, you’ll have fewer problems down the road. You won’t have to deal with missed deadlines, rude messages, or shoddy work because you’ll be working with the best candidates.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three ways to spot top freelancers for your gigs and why they’re so important for new hires. Let’s get to work!

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3 Guidelines for Researching Blog Posts as a Freelance Writer

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 12, 2017. 5 Comments

A large library.When imagining life as a freelance writer, you might conjure up images of casually sipping coffee and writing think pieces about your favorite topics. While some days may look that way, freelance writing includes a lot research on new topics. Without proper research you will deliver poorly conceived articles and lose clients.

While you may already be an expert in a particular field, chances are good you’ll also have to write about other topics from time to time. That’s where research comes in, and it’s critical to do it well so you can serve up quality content that keeps clients coming back for more.

In this article, I’ll reveal my three step research process for producing credible articles. By the time we’re done, you’ll know how to find (and organize) reliable information about a new topic. Let’s start researching! Keep Reading

3 Signs You’re Dealing With a Problematic Freelance Client (And What to Do About It!)

Written by Alexander Cordova on September 5, 2017. 0 Comments

A man holding his head in his hands.Every job is a good job (or so the saying goes!), but experienced freelancers know that’s not always the case. There are some clients that, to put it kindly, can be a source of constant headaches. They may help pay the bills on time – assuming they’ve paid at all – but that doesn’t mean they’re any less troublesome.

If you want to succeed as a freelancer, you’ll need to recognize troublesome clients and deal with them accordingly. In some cases, this may mean opting to cut the relationship entirely. On the flip side, it can also pay off to approach them with a bit more diplomacy when the relationship is worth salvaging.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three signs you’re dealing with a problematic freelance client. For each one, we’ll talk about how they can affect your business and then I’ll teach you what to do about them. Let’s get down to business! Keep Reading

What’s the Best Way to Get Paid as a Freelancer in 2017?

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 29, 2017. 5 Comments

A wallet peeking out of a back pocket.

Figuring out the right way to get paid as a freelancer is one of the most challenging aspects of the job. If you limit yourself to the methods that are more convenient to you, you risk alienating clients.

Your best move is to offer multiple freelancer-friendly payment options, therefore removing logistical barriers when hiring you. Understandably, it can be a pain to spread out your money across multiple services, but it’s all about providing confidence to your clients.

In this article, I’m going to walk you through four of my favorite ways to get paid as a freelancer. I’ll tell you how they work, what their pros and cons are, and my experiences with them. Let’s get to it! Keep Reading