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Can You Still Make Money Blogging in 2017?

Written by Alexander Cordova on July 11, 2017. 3 Comments

A stack of pens next to a stack of coins.A lot of people dream about starting their own blogs, becoming a hit, and start making lots of money with little work. In the past, it might have been possible, but these days, monetizing a blog isn’t as simple, and if you want to succeed, you’ll need a plan.

The good news is there are still ways to make money blogging in 2017, but they all require you to put in some work. However, in most cases, the bigger the effort you make, the more passive income you can expect down the road.

In this article, I’m going to walk you through three solid ways to make money blogging, why they work, and how to get started with each of them. I can’t promise you that you’ll start making money overnight, but there are no shortcuts when it comes to blogging, so let’s get to work!

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The Best Kept Secret That Leads to Success as a Blogger

Written by Anne Dorko on March 21, 2017. 2 Comments

A woman holding a finger over her mouth, epitomizing the secrets of successful bloggers.

It seems every superhero has a secret power that helped them become who they were truly meant to be. For example, Superman isn’t bound to earth’s physical rules, Spiderman has spider powers (obviously), and full-time bloggers are free from the confines of the standard office – yes, I see successful bloggers as superheroes!

Well, we know Superman is an alien from Krypton, and Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider, but how do the bloggers do it? The key factor, it turns out, is that they often teamed up with a mentor.

When I was first advised to get a blogging mentor, I scoffed at the idea – largely out of pride. I’ve since changed my tune! To spare you the same heartache, I’ll share three ways a mentor could have helped advance my blogging career from the beginning, then discuss how you can find a mentor of your own. However, before that, let’s look at why having a mentor is a good idea. Keep Reading

How Much Should Freelance Writers Charge Per Word?

Written by Tom Ewer on May 18, 2015. 94 Comments

Quarter dollarMost beginner freelance writers have no idea what they should charge per word.

I know this because I put the word out that I was looking for freelance bloggers to work with me, and I received quotes (per word) from one rupee (that’s about $0.02) to one dollar.

I’ll start by ruling out the extremes for freelance bloggers: you shouldn’t be working for any less than $0.02 per word, but nor can you reasonably hope to work for anything close to a dollar per word.

But where on earth should you be in-between those numbers?

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Proposing New Article Ideas to Clients: The Ultimate Pitching Blueprint

Written by Gina Horkey on April 30, 2015. 10 Comments

blueprintYou pitched a new writing job and your prospect is interested. Now what?

Unless they’ve given you a clear idea of alternative next steps, it’s typically up to you to propose some blog post or article ideas. You’ll have to do this for prospects, but also for recurring clients that you write for on an ongoing basis.

What does this look like?

Tom,

Thanks for your interest in having me write for Leaving Work Behind!

Here are three post ideas that I think would work perfectly for your audience. Look them over and let me know which one(s) I can move forward with, or if you have any additional feedback.

Proposed Title #1. 2-3 sentences to provide some context to your post idea. Enough to get the client interested, but not a novel that will take too much time to read (or write!).

Proposed Title #2. See above. The explanation would be specific to the second proposed topic/headline.

Proposed Title #3. See above. The explanation would be specific to the third proposed topic/headline.

Looking forward to getting started on my first post due 5/12/15. Thanks!

~ Gina Horkey

How many ideas should you send? What’s the best pitching format? And what’s the best way to handle rejection?

Today I’m going to cover all three of those questions (and more). Let’s dive in!

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8 Things You Can Learn From Over 100 Freelance Bloggers’ Pitches [Part 1: Rates]

Written by Tom Ewer on April 22, 2015. 42 Comments

MoneyI’m on the tail end of the biggest recruitment drive I have ever carried out.

I received over 100 applications from freelance writers after this announcement just over two weeks ago. From those applications I trialled 13 writers, and out of those writers, I have (so far) selected seven writers to work with.

It’s been a lot of work, and quite frankly, a large proportion of the work was struggling with applications that weren’t as well written and presented as I would like.

However, what if my struggle could be your opportunity? What if I could point out areas in which I felt the applications I received could have been improved? That’s exactly what I’ve done in this post.

Below you will find eight different critiques, all focusing on responses to just one section of my application form: rates. If this article proves to be popular then I may write up additional posts that focus on the other areas of the application form. Keep Reading