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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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How to Use WordPress Plugins to Offer SEO Services to Writing Clients

Written by Anne Dorko on July 27, 2017. 6 Comments

Hands holding pen and writingFreelancer bloggers are often hired with the goal of increasing organic traffic from search engines by building authority through content marketing. You may find it difficult to land a serious writing gig without knowing how to optimize your posts for search engines.

SEO is a valuable skill to add to your freelance writing repertoire. Understanding the concepts behind content marketing and how it connects to SEO will help you land new clients. Additionally, you’ll stand apart as an expert when you can recommend (and use!) the top SEO WordPress plugins for your clients.

In this post, I’ll introduce you to the concepts behind content marketing and SEO for freelance writers. Then, I’ll introduce you to the top SEO plugins for WordPress and how to use them on the job. Let’s get started! Keep Reading

3 Ways to Know if It’s the Right Time to Start Freelancing

Written by Alexander Cordova on July 25, 2017. 6 Comments

A hand holding a wristwatch.Many people will tell you the best way to start freelancing is to stop second-guessing yourself and jump right in. While enthusiasm is always great, going freelance is the type of decision you need to prepare for. After all, we’re talking about a radical life change.

Don’t get me wrong! There are plenty of upsides to being a freelancer, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. That being said, there are a few things I wish I’d taken into consideration before taking the leap myself. Preparing my finances ahead of time, for example, would’ve spared me a lot of headaches during those first few months.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three things you should consider before kicking off your freelance career. We’ll talk about why they’re important and how to know if you’re ready, so let’s get started!

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The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Formatting a WordPress Blog Post

Written by Anne Dorko on July 20, 2017. 9 Comments

Desk with a laptop, coffee, and writing materialsWhen you first get started as a freelance writer, you may be shocked to find out you are expected to format your own posts within WordPress. As WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms, your clients assume you can submit work completely ready to publish.

Not to worry! WordPress features an easy-to-use editor. The trick is to be familiar with the interface before diving in headfirst. By understanding blog formatting standards and their options in WordPress, you’ll be a pro in no time.

In this article, I’ll show you how to format your first WordPress blog post. By the end, you should feel confident to offer formatting services to your next paying client. Let’s get started! Keep Reading

4 Compelling Reasons You Should Start Your Own Blog Today

Written by Anne Dorko on June 13, 2017. 2 Comments

Calendar, laptop, and desk.Blogging can be addictive, though it’s (arguably) way healthier for you than vices such as coffee and sneaking extra potato chips out of bag while your friend isn’t looking. The side effects of blogging include a sense of accomplishment, a portfolio of content, and much more.

If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, I encourage you to jump in with both feet! By starting now, you can immediately sharpen your skills and reap the numerous benefits. Blogging only takes a little time and energy, while opening doors to many new experiences and opportunities. Don’t be afraid to give it a shot!

In this article, I’ll cover four reasons for you to go write and publish your first blog post today. There’s no reason to wait any longer, so let’s get started! Keep Reading