Whether you are here because you are looking for home business information or because you are a fellow blogger, this popular freelance position may be for you. Freelance blogging jobs are readily available and yours for the taking provided you have the skills necessary to put your clients in the spotlight around the web.
- English and Grammar
- Internet Research
- Time Management
- Ability to Produce a Significant Amount of Content Daily
- Knowledge of Publishing Platforms (WordPress)
- Social Networking
I can hear a few in the crowd saying, “Wait a minute, I thought I would just be doing the writing.” You may, but in many cases your client will want you uploading the content to their site, submitting content as guest posts on other blogs, and maybe even promoting those posts via social media channels for them. Like so many freelance options, blog writing can spill over into other areas as well. If you have these skills or experience, do not leave them off your resume.
Where to Find Freelance Blogging Jobs
- Problogger Job Board
- Freelance Switch
- Simply Hired
- Freelance Writing Gigs
- Blogging Pro Job Board
- Twitter – Yep. Twitter. Search for phrases such as “blogger wanted” or “need a writer.”
- Prospecting – The “honey hole” for many freelance writers hitting the big time is the willingness to make that first contact. Don’t waste time trying to convince business owners with no web presence that they need a blog, instead reach out to those with neglected, rarely updated blogs.
These jobs are easy to uncover. Hit the job boards and search for variations of “blog” or “blog writer” and you will likely find a good pool to choose from.
Unfortunately, you aren’t done quite yet. Now you need to land that position. Writing proposals can be a nerve-racking experience. Keep your cool. Take it slow. Follow the below tips.
- No form letters. Customize each proposal to match the request.
- Use examples that can be easily identified as you. No links to the homepage of a multi-author site. No links to ghostwritten material. Anyone can fake it. Provide samples that have your name on them. You may even choose to include one of your best pieces in the body of the email. This will ensure those click-leery customers see you are the cream of the crop.
- Do your homework and then show it. Most small business owners are looking for someone that will become an integral part of their success. They want you on their “team.” Visit their site. Learn more about them and their cause. This is a great way to customize your proposal. Let them know you identify with their mission and you are excited to support it.
- Do not provide free samples. Some sneaky folks out there will attempt to get applicants to write custom samples – to their specs – that they then claim as their own, leaving them with a whole lot of free content and a whole lot of freelancers without a job or pay.
Blogging is a lot more relaxed than some of the other freelance writing options available. This makes it a highly desirable home business option. You may need to send out quite a few proposals before you receive a response, but keep your head up. Master the proposal process as you go. Most will give up before they are awarded their first gig. Don’t let that be you.
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