How Ghostwriters Fill Their Portfolios

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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What Story Do You Want as Your Legacy?

What Story Do You Want as Your Legacy?

Writers are in an interesting position to leave a tangible legacy—words others will remember us by for years to come. Even though tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, you still have time to create an amazing legacy. We take you through questions to ask yourself when considering what written legacy to leave behind.

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5 Creative Ways to Find Your First Client

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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How to Hire a Virtual Assistant to Manage Your Blog

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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Which One of These 5 Deadly Self-Talk Lines Is Killing Your Writing Business?

Which One of These 5 Deadly Self-Talk Lines Is Killing Your Writing Business?

What's holding you back from achieving the writing career of your dreams? It just may be yourself.

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How Not to Write a Sales Letter

How Not to Write a Sales Letter

Sales letters are excellent tools for companies to generate leads. Whether you’re strictly online only or a brick-and-mortar business, both snail mail sales letters and emails can drum up hot leads that you can convert into sales. But—and this is big—only if you get it right. Copywriters and content marketers should hone their sales letter skills. At some point, a client may ask you to write a bona fide sales letter, prospecting email, or a landing page. They all need certain elements to convert. There are plenty of "experts" out there who spout off how best to write a sales letter. Let’s focus on what *not* to do when writing your sales letter so you can avoid these common pitfalls.

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The Little-Known Secret to a Successful Freelance Business

The Little-Known Secret to a Successful Freelance Business

The truth is, it’s possible to ‘win’; to have a profitable writing business. You just need one thing. Yes, just the one. Can you guess what that thing is?

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If Your Client is Any of These Five Types, You’re Better Off with None

If Your Client is Any of These Five Types, You’re Better Off with None

Freelance writers need to be prepared for clients with all sorts of annoying traits and awkward demands, but there are some that simply aren't worth your time. Here are five types of clients that you need to avoid.

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Recruiting: The ProWritingAid Blogging Team

Recruiting: The ProWritingAid Blogging Team

We're putting together a team of writers for the ProWritingAid Blog. Team members will be diverse in their knowledge and specialities, but all share a love of writing.

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Have You Considered Syndicating Your Blogs?

Have You Considered Syndicating Your Blogs?

Syndication is giving other parties on the internet permission to post a copy of your already-published content, in part or in whole, on their website. You’ll get an attribution back to the original content on your website. But what does this trade-off mean, and is syndicating your blog posts worth it?

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Why I’m Not Writing This from the Beach

Why I’m Not Writing This from the Beach

The Writer’s Life is fantastic, isn’t it? Nothing better than setting your own hours, working when you want, and taking time off when you need it. It’s all bliss, rainbows, and unicorns. Not that I want to shatter your illusions, but there are five good reasons why I’m not writing this from the beach. Here's the truth about freelance writing and vacations.

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"-isms": How to Cover a Controversial Topic with Sensitivity

"-isms": How to Cover a Controversial Topic with Sensitivity

Race, politics, gender, religion, money, sexual orientation… are they taboo subjects to avoid? If you’re like me, conflict avoidance is your modus operandi; smile brightly and move on. At some point, however, you may need to write about a controversial topic—so how can you do it with sensitivity?

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Style Guide: Why You Need One & How to Create It

Style Guide: Why You Need One & How to Create It

Every brand needs content, lots of it. When you have several cooks in the kitchen, resulting meals can look and taste quite different from each other. For your brand’s reputation and image, you need to make sure all written communications follow your style guide.

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Link Building with Like-Minded Bloggers

Link Building with Like-Minded Bloggers

When you do it the right way, link building is one of the best ways to boost your following. If search engine algorithms notice more and more links going back to your web page, your web page will start to take priority on relevant searches. And if your links are attached to engaging, helpful content, you’ll intrigue human audiences as well. When you create backlinks by engaging with like-minded bloggers, however, you’re doing more than simply putting your webpage out there.

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A Copywriter’s Guide To 3 Profitable Content Side Hustles

A Copywriter’s Guide To 3 Profitable Content Side Hustles

By selecting a profitable side hustle, you can be an even more successful individual and help secure that elusive steady income. In this post, Victoria Greene explores three of the best side hustles for copywriters.

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