Posts Tagged ‘ blogging ’

What is a List? (And Do You Need One?)

Jun 3rd, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Social Networking

In your travels, trying to learn more about freelancing online, you’ve probably come across a number of sites talking about lists. They give you tips on list-building, list number retention, list messages, and more…but few actually explain what the hell a list is in the first place and why you might want to have one.

Understanding Traffic-Based Blog Pay

Jun 1st, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Featured

When you write for someone else’s blog, you can be paid a flat fee or you can be paid based on your traffic. Many blog networks pay in a combination, guaranteeing you $X per post plus bonuses based on traffic or ad revenue.

If you’re new to blogging or freelance writing in general, understanding traffic-based blog pay is tough. Hopefully, I can answer your questions on this topic, clarifying the good, bad, and ugly of traffic-based blog pay.

What does it Mean to be a Professional Blogger?

Apr 30th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Types of Jobs

When I was in college, I had blogs, first on LiveJournal and then on Xanga. I suspect that some of you also have blogs on these sites, or use the bloggin functions on Facebook or MySpace. I even know some people who start blogs on Blogger or WordPress. These are blogs about your life, mainly [...]

What is Link Bait?

Apr 18th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Writing Tips

When you’re searching for jobs or reading advice about blogging, you’re going to come across the term “link bait” often. Clients want to hire you to write link bait. Experts recommend writing link bait. But do you even know what link bait is or how to write it?

Blog-storming: When Writer’s Block Screws with your Productivity

Apr 16th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Featured

Don’t get me wrong; I love it when a client gives me freedom with a project. It’s only a matter of time before writer’s block starts to screw with your productivity, though. That’s an understatement, actually. If you allow writer’s block to run unchecked, you won’t be a blogger for long. You’ll start writing low-quality posts to just meet your client’s minimum standards, which is a fast track to getting replaced. On a blog you own yourself, the outcome is even worse - your posts will become fewer and farther between until you stop updating completely. Your blog will die. DIE!

Why Your Journalism Professor Sucks

Mar 19th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Featured, Freelance Writing, Tools and Reviews

College is an odd bird for writers. When I go back and read pieces I wrote in high school, I’m sometimes a bit embarrassed for myself. There’s a lot I had to learn about writing, even though I received a lot of praise from teachers at the time.
So college taught me those things, right?
Erm. Not [...]