Stop Obsessing Over Vanity Metrics

Stop Obsessing Over Vanity Metrics

Coming from a background in PR and social media consulting, I'm no stranger to seeing colleagues and clients alike cling to vanity metrics. They, along with the resulting fake authority, mistaking of popularity for influence, and resulting linkbait stunts, have long been pet peeves of mine. And it's something I see from my fellow freelance writers often enough too. If you fall into the trap of chasing vanity metrics, you risk holding yourself back from more meaningful results in your marketing...

Non-Compete Clauses vs NDAs for Freelance Writers

Non-Compete Clauses vs NDAs for Freelance Writers

A while back, a fellow writer contacted me about about a writing job. She worked full-time for an employer now rather than freelancing, and she wanted to know if I could refer freelancers their way by posting the gig over on my job board. In our conversation, she mentioned that the gig would require the writer to agree to a one-year non-compete clause to protect her employer from competitors. As a result, I let her know it wasn't something I'd be able to post because I won't promote freelance...

Get More Out of Social Media by Using Fewer Platforms

Get More Out of Social Media by Using Fewer Platforms

Social media has its ups and downs. These sites help you stay in touch with people you otherwise wouldn't. They can bring you news quickly, and direct from people on the scene of a story. Or they can help organize movements. They also connect businesses with customers. But social networks also amplify the spread of misinformation.  They routinely violate the privacy of their users (and with some, like Facebook, if you use them you've probably also helped them violate the privacy of non-users...

What to Expect from Freelance Writing Pros

What to Expect from Freelance Writing Pros

Welcome to the new Freelance Writing Pros blog! Today I'd like to introduce you to the new site and let you know what you can expect from Freelance Writing Pros moving forward. We'll take a look at what today's "soft launch" includes, who this site is designed for, and what's still to come. What is Freelance Writing Pros? If you're familiar with All Freelance Writing, the freelance writing site I've run for 13 years now, you might be wondering why I'd launch another blog for freelance writers....

Increase Freelance Writing Productivity with Time-Based Task Lists

Increase Freelance Writing Productivity with Time-Based Task Lists

I'm not naturally the most organized person. So to keep myself organized and productive at work, I rely on a set of productivity tools and techniques that help me keep everything organized, from freelance writing projects to new site development and manuscripts. Today I'd like to share one of the most important tools in my arsenal: time-based task lists. I'm a huge fan of to-do lists in general and have a variety active at any given time (daily, weekly, and project-specific ones at the very...

Try Task Batching for a More Productive Freelance Writing Schedule

Try Task Batching for a More Productive Freelance Writing Schedule

If you're a productivity-junkie like I am, you're always looking for new tips, tricks, and tools that can help you get more done in less time. And why wouldn't you want to do that? When you take the "work smarter, not harder" approach to your freelance writing business, you can free up a lot of your time. If you're not earning what you'd like yet, being more productive frees up more potential billable hours. And if you are happy with what you're earning, that time saved (I'd say it's more...

How I Use Todoist to Organize Writing Projects and Get More Done

How I Use Todoist to Organize Writing Projects and Get More Done

Freelance writing success isn't just about how much money you make. It's also about your resulting lifestyle. If you only "succeed" financially because you're working 12-16 hour days, you're doing something wrong. It's about balance. One of the biggest perks of freelance writing is that our job tailors to our lives -- not the other way around.  We can work from anywhere. We can take time off when we want to. We can work in pajamas and fuzzy slippers (my favorite work attire). Maintaining those...

What to Include in a Content Audit of Your Freelance Writer Website

What to Include in a Content Audit of Your Freelance Writer Website

Your professional website isn't a static document. Even if you don't feature dynamic content, like a blog, you want to periodically update things. You might do this because information becomes outdated, because there's a change to the services you offer, or because you want to rank better in search results to drive more leads to your site. How do you know when to update your freelance writer website? Conduct a content audit. Today, let's talk about what content audits are and how you can use...

Does Your Freelance Writer Website Need an Email List?

Does Your Freelance Writer Website Need an Email List?

You've been in business for a while now, so chances are pretty good you have a professional website. But do you have an email list full of clients and prospects? And do freelance writers really need to build one? Now some marketers will tell you it's always a good idea to build an email list for any kind of business. But general advice often isn't good advice. And it's best to consider your specific business, the types of services you offer, and the kinds of clients you target. So again, as a...

7 Unconventional Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

7 Unconventional Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

When you've been freelancing for years, you might settle into a routine. And sometimes that routine can lead to equally routine (read: "dull") gigs. When you want to add something new to your marketing mix, try one of these unconventional ways to find freelance writing jobs. You might just come across new clients or project types. And at the very least, you open more doors to new opportunities, letting you be pickier about the projects you accept. While what I normally suggest is building a...

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