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Prevent Coronavirus From Killing Your Freelance Income: 10 Ideas

Prevent Coronavirus From Killing Your Freelance Income. Makealivingwriting.com.Greetings from Seattle, the American Ground Zero of the coronavirus pandemic! Yes, both my teens’ schools are closed for 6 weeks. If you’ve been frantically reading up on how to avoid catching coronavirus, remember one important aspect of that process: You also need to prevent coronavirus (and fears about it) from destroying your freelance-writing income.

Right? Let’s go!

First off, let’s all breathe for a minute here and just sit quietly. BIG breath in through the nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Good.

We’re going to get through this. I promise.

Yes, I know the stock markets are crashing, too. But it’s still going to be OK.

How do I know? Because I’ve freelanced through previous economic recessions, most recently in 2009. In fact, I built my freelance-writing biz up to earning six figures during that downturn.

The tunnel has a light — and there’s lots of opportunity for us in bad times, too.

Best way to get through this is to focus your energy on what is within your sphere of control. What you can take action on.

Because there’s no point worrying about the rest. Like Erma Bombeck once said, “Worry is like rocking in a rocking chair — it gives you something to do, but never gets you anywhere.”

What can you do, proactively, to prevent coronavirus from putting a hole in your writing income? Here are my tips:

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Content Strategy: A Vital 6-Point Quiz from a Six-Figure Freelancer

The Content Strategy Quiz for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com.Are you staying up into the wee hours of the morning trying to finish projects? Or wide awake worrying about money, content strategy, deadlines, or your empty client calendar?

That was me. And I realized pretty quickly that focusing on finding the perfect number of clients (Is six the perfect number? Or is it eight?) wasn’t the answer.

Maybe you know the feeling. Or maybe you struggle with getting even one good-paying client.

I’ve been there. I know what it’s like. But five years ago, I broke the six-figure mark for the first time by landing some better anchor clients. And I’ve earned over $100K every year since then.

But it was still a hustle. I was working too much, and I wasn’t sure how to change that. And then out of the blue one of my clients asked me a question:

“Jennifer, can you help us with content strategy?” What happened next changed everything…my income…my work hours…and my happiness with being a full-time freelancer.

What’s content strategy, and can you do this type of freelance work? Take the quiz to find out.

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Freelance Writing Jobs: 11 Digital Marketing Sites That Pay $100+

Freelance Writing Jobs for Digital Marketing Sites. Makealivingwriting.com.Looking for freelance writing jobs? If you have digital marketing experience to share, or know people you can interview, there’s a market for that.

What exactly is digital marketing or marketing automation?

Think of all the stuff that happens behind the scenes online that drives traffic, increases engagement, gets readers to sign up or make a purchase.

FYI: It’s a big list of things like SEO, key phrases, funnels, email campaigns, and retargeting ads. Even blog posts, web page pop-ups, and social media juicing fall into this category.

If it can be automated, chances are pretty good there’s an app or piece of software for that. And if there’s not, you need to connect with freelance writer, journalist, and entrepreneur Damon Brown to find out how to turn that idea into a cash cow.

If you’re looking for freelance writing jobs, there’s no shortage of agencies, software companies, and niche-industry sites that publish content about the latest trends in digital marketing and automation.

Check out this list of websites and magazines that pay $100+ for highly-skilled and well-researched work about digital marketing. Study the guidelines and start pitching.

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A Blog Editor’s Wish List: Avoid These 4 Gaffes to Pitch a Popular Blog

A Popular Blog Editor Says: Avoid These Pitch Gaffes. Makealivingwriting.com.If you want to write for a popular blog, you might be quick to second guess your chances of getting published. Don’t do that, OK.

Why? There’s an estimated 500 million blogs on the internet, and many of those pay freelancers $100 to $500+ to write blog posts to engage readers, drive traffic, and generate sales.

Right now popular blog editors in every niche need freelance writers. And they’re flooded with pitches. Only most are bang-your-head-against-the-wall terrible.

For example: “I like to read and I’m passionate about writing. Will you hire me?” It’s like spraying my eyes with toxic chemicals. Never…Ever…Ever…send a blog editor a pitch like this.

So how do yo pitch editors for popular blogs and get noticed? Study the guidelines and read the blog before you pitch an editor. That’s a good place to start. Duh!

Most editors also have a wish list of what they’re looking for when they review a pitch, along with a trigger finger for certain types of gaffes and mistakes.

Want to write for a popular blog? Avoid these mistakes to get an editor’s attention.

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Writer Beware: How to Fight Back When Your Content is Stolen

Writer Beware: Is Your Content Being Stolen? Makealivingwriting.com. Makealivingwriting.comWriting and publishing your thoughts online can be exciting and fun. But once you publish online, it’s writer beware — because plagiarism of our content is common.

Fighting scams and ripoffs of freelance writers is one of my super-passions.

So when I recently discovered two instances where my blog posts were ripped off and republished in their entirety, without payment or permission… you know I was steamed.

Agggghhhhh!

At first there was a lot of shock and awe. Is this really happening? But when that wore off, I realized I needed to figure out an action plan to claim what’s rightfully mine.

Fortunately, there are actions you can take when you discover plagiarism.

Here’s the story of what recently happened to me, and what steps you can take if you discover you’ve been ripped off.

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Content Marketing or Just Blogging? 10 Big Ways They’re Different

The Difference Between Content Marketing & Blogging. Makealivingwriting.comContent marketing is such a buzzphrase these days. And I meet a lot of bloggers who say, “Yeah, I’m doing content marketing.”

But often, when I look at their blog, I can tell right away that they’re not.

There’s a reason bloggers get asked to write posts for $20, while content marketing agencies pull down contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars.

It’s because there’s a lot more that goes into effective content marketing than simply writing a blog post.

Wondering what makes the difference?

It’s worth finding out, because of the huge income increase writers can see promoting themselves as a content marketing strategist, rather than simply a blogger.

Here are 10 things content marketers do that most bloggers don’t bother with (full disclosure: some links below are affiliates):

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