Blogging and Content Writing

The Pros and Cons of Writing for a Content Mill

by Jennifer Xue Jul 27, 2018

The Pros and Cons of Writing for a Content Mill

Starting out as a freelance writer requires more than a strong determination. You may need to accept low-paying assignments just to break into the profession. For this reason, many new writers work for content mills. Despite its bad reputation, there are actually some pros in writing for these companies.

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Why Writing Helps You Figure Out What You Believe

by Kathy Edens Jul 27, 2018

Why Writing Helps You Figure Out What You Believe

Being a writer is like being a browser with hundreds of tabs open. You have tons of ideas flying by at every moment, but might not have enough time to capture them. The good news is, the more you build the habit of writing, the more you can jot down. And writing can even help with the biggest questions of all.

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Why You Can’t Stop Learning

by ProWritingAid Jul 19, 2018

As writers, we must continually fill our minds with new thoughts and ideas, bits of trivia, and information about a wide variety of things. It all comes out eventually in some form in our writing. And most authors I admire claim you must read voraciously if you want to be a good writer.

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What is Content Marketing Anyway?

by Lisa Lepki Jul 18, 2018

What is Content Marketing Anyway?

Writers are trained in, well, writing. Most don't have a background in marketing.

Fear not! If you're new to the content marketing process, this guide from AppInstitute will help you get started.

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Is Your Web Writing Ready for Conversational Search?

by Zara Altair Jul 17, 2018

Is Your Web Writing Ready for Conversational Search?

Learn how to write content for the new conversational search tool on voice devices to provide the one answer customers want. Author Zara Altair provides content writers with a sound strategy and eight steps to get started.

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Why AI Will Never Replace Writers

by Kathy Edens Jun 28, 2018

Why AI Will Never Replace Writers

Everywhere you look, there are chatbots taking over customer service, self-driving cars populating the roads, and virtual reality games augmenting the real world. But will AI ever truly take over writing from humans? Author Kathy Edens explains why not.

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How to Land (Quality) Craigslist Clients

by Gregory Heilers Jun 28, 2018

How to Land (Quality) Craigslist Clients

Craigslist has a huge number of opportunities, but you'll need these shortcuts to make the platform worth your while.

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Building The Writing Cooperative: How Internet Strangers Developed a Writing Community

by Justin Cox Jun 18, 2018

Building The Writing Cooperative: How Internet Strangers Developed a Writing Community

The Writing Cooperative is an online writing community with over 100,000 followers on Medium and 2,200 members on Slack. Despite its massive size, The Writing Cooperative started with just two people who never met. This is the story of how it all began.

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6 Content Certifications You Should Check Out

by ProWritingAid Jun 18, 2018

6 Content Certifications You Should Check Out

Many freelancers today, even those at the top, have no formal education—just years of working in the trenches to learn what makes content effective. With content mills making the barrier to entry low for writers, how can you stand out from the crowd if you don’t have experience?

This is where certifications can help. Read about six online options to build your credentials.

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Pivot to Promotion: What to Do After Writing an Epic Piece

by Gregory Heilers Jun 01, 2018

Pivot to Promotion: What to Do After Writing an Epic Piece

Four years into my professional content marketing career, and a year into running a joint venture agency, it has finally dawned on me. How well an article is written is trumped EVERY SINGLE TIME by the quality of the promotion tactics backing it. Before your pencil-gnashing breaks that thing in two – let me explain!

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One Simple Tip to Land More – And Higher Paying – Writing Jobs

by ProWritingAid Jun 01, 2018

One Simple Tip to Land More – And Higher Paying – Writing Jobs

As a writer, finding paying jobs is likely the most difficult job of all. The solution? The cold pitch.

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Why Writing for Customers is Your Best SEO Strategy

by Zara Altair May 19, 2018

Why Writing for Customers is Your Best SEO Strategy

With mobile and voice device usage increasing, answering customers’ questions is the key to relevancy. Here are some tips on sourcing the best questions to answer.

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How to Use PPC Marketing to Find More Clients

by Callum Mundine May 19, 2018

How to Use PPC Marketing to Find More Clients

Attracting and keeping clients can make or break a freelancer's career. Fortunately, the advent of PPC marketing has made it easier for freelancers to find their ideal clients.

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How Ghostwriters Fill Their Portfolios

by ProWritingAid May 09, 2018

How Ghostwriters Fill Their Portfolios

Here are a few tips to help you build a portfolio that maintains your ghostwriting clients’ confidentiality while still proving your abilities.

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9 Ways to Network on Twitter

by Kate Peers May 09, 2018

9 Ways to Network on Twitter

Twitter is a great way to follow commissioning editors, contact fellow writers and search for case studies. Here we show you nine ways to network on Twitter.

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How to Use Facebook Advertising to Beat the Algorithm and Ensure Your Posts Are Seen

by Kate Peers Apr 30, 2018

How to Use Facebook Advertising to Beat the Algorithm and Ensure Your Posts Are Seen

Facebook can be used effectively to reach your target audience when using ad spend. This can increase sales, direct traffic to your website and get your work read by thousands of people.

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5 Creative Ways to Find Your First Client

by Hayley Milliman Apr 18, 2018

5 Creative Ways to Find Your First Client

Struggling to find your first blogging or copywriting client? You're not alone. If you're feeling discouraged, check out these five tips for creative, outside-the-box ways to land new business.

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Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers

by Kathy Edens Apr 18, 2018

Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers

Back in 2017, we listed our favorite Facebook groups and tons of readers wrote in sharing amazing groups that hadn't made the cut. So, for 2018, we're adding more great Facebook groups to our list.

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How to Hire a Virtual Assistant to Manage Your Blog

by Daniel Ross Apr 16, 2018

How to Hire a Virtual Assistant to Manage Your Blog

Creating and managing a high quality blog is incredibly time-consuming. If you're a busy entrepreneur, a virtual assistant can help manage your blog, freeing you up to focus your efforts in other areas.

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How to Get Clients When You Don't Have a Portfolio

by Kathy Edens Apr 06, 2018

How to Get Clients When You Don't Have a Portfolio

Many new writers get stuck in a vicious loop: they can't get new clients because they don't have a portfolio and they don't have a portfolio because they can't get clients. Here are four ways to get clients when you don't have a lot of experience.

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