Freelance Blogging: What I Would Do If I Had to Start Again

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I’m excited that you’re reading this.

Why? Because it means you’re interested in freelance blogging, which is the best way I know to start making money online.

Freelance blogging enabled me to quit my job, and ultimately served as the catalyst for everything my online business has become. These days I run a blogging agency (which grew naturally from my freelance blogging career), but it all began with no qualifications, no experience and a few long-shot pitches.

That’s all well and good, but what about the all important question: How do you get started? That is the question I intend to answer in this post, by telling you exactly what I would do if I was starting again from scratch.

How to Find Freelance Blogging Clients That Will Pay You What You’re Worth [Introducing Paid to Blog Jobs]

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Any regular Leaving Work Behind reader will know that I’m a huge fan of freelance blogging.

It got me my start in terms of making money online and being able to quit my job, and my writing business (which evolved from my freelance blogging efforts) is my largest source of income to this day.

I see it as my responsibility to help others achieve the same success in freelance blogging as I have. That is why my team and I have spent the past several months developing a service that enables freelance bloggers to:

  1. easily find freelance blogging job opportunities, and
  2. pitch effectively for them.

That service is known as Paid to Blog Jobs, and today I am delighted to announce that it is finally ready for you.

Read on to discover how Paid to Blog Jobs can help you land more jobs with quality clients, and ultimately make more money from working on your terms.

The Key Ingredient of My Success as a Freelance Blogger

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As I reflect back on my beginnings as a freelance blogger, I consider myself quite lucky in a way. After all, my first two clients were WPMU (now the WPMU Dev Blog) and ManageWP.

James and the team over at the WPMU blog were wonderful to work with, and I still work with Vladimir and the team at ManageWP nearly three years later (as the blog’s editor).

How did I land those first two clients? I scoured the ProBlogger Jobs Board twice, submitting about 5-7 pitches each time. Each set of pitches landed me one quality client.

But regardless of the quality of my pitches, my writing skills or anything else, I was fortunate to be able to pitch two quality clients.

In my experience, “good” clients are generally harder to find than that on job boards – you have to sift through a lot of less-than-stellar opportunities across multiple job boards to find the diamonds in the rough.

But it wasn’t just luck that got me off to a decent start. Luck was certainly a factor, but it wasn’t the factor. The factor was something we are all capable of: hard work.

Paid to Blog Jobs is Open for Registration! (For a Limited Time Only)

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Registration for Paid to Blog Jobs (beta) – my membership site for freelance bloggers – first opened back in April.

The doors were shut soon thereafter, but not before over 70 people took advantage of an exclusive pre-launch lifetime discount by registering.

Since that time, my team and I have been gathering feedback from beta members and working hard to make Paid to Blog Jobs an even better resource.

Today marks the culmination of that work, as I am delighted to announce that we are running a second beta pre-launch, effective immediately. That’s right, the doors are open right now – for a limited time only – so if you want to grab your Paid to Blog Jobs member, get to it!

If you’d like to know more first, read on to discover what we have done with Paid to Blog Jobs since we first launched it back in April.

Why Your Freelance Website Stinks (Mine Did Too) and How to Fix It

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The following is a guest post from Katharine Paljug, a freelance writer and actor. You can follow her freelance adventure at Katharine Writes or visit her website (that used to stink), WeddingWriting.com.

When I first started working as a freelance writer, I bought a domain, put together a website and waited for the clients to roll in.

Of course, nothing happened.

So I got my act together and went to work. I networked on social media. I wrote blog posts and sent out queries. I was ready to start making the big bucks.

Do you know what happened next? If you guessed more nothing, you are spot on.

Eventually, I sat down to figure out what was going wrong. The answer, when I finally admitted it to myself, was painful: my website stunk.

If you’re a freelancer trying to get clients and turning up nothing, it’s time to face the truth: your website probably stinks too. You might have experience, skill and a killer pitch. But if prospective clients are turned off by your website, they’re not going to hire you.

With that in mind, in this post I have outlined a number of reasons as to why your freelance website might be failing (as mine was!) and explained what you can do to turn things around.