The life of a freelance writer can be a lonely one. Sitting alone in your fuzzy bunny slippers, slaving over a hot keyboard at 3:00 in the morning, trying to come up with the perfect words to please your client. That is the downside. The upside is that you can work in your PJs and fuzzy bunny slippers. You also have access to some of the top people in your profession.
There is no shortage of websites about earning a living as a freelance writer and writing for the web. Here are 9 of the best websites about content marketing and writing that every freelance writer should read daily.
Brian Clark is the king of writing copy for the web. His incredible blog, Copyblogger has a wealth of information, instruction and education not only for an aspiring copywriter, but for anyone who wants to learn more about content marketing.
With resources like Copywriting 101, Landing Page Makeover, SEO Copywriting and Headlines, Copyblogger is required reading for anyone who wants to make a living with words. Take my advice and sign up for the free 20-part Internet marketing course. Did I mention it’s FREE!
The ‘men‘ at Men With Pens do it all. Writing, web design, graphic design and blog about freelancing. Recent posts like: How to Succeed in Freelancing: Say No to Solo, 5 Surefire Ways to Get Freelancing Clients When You’re Just Starting Out and The Secrets of a Top Copywriting Pro gave me some much-needed advice as I started my freelance business.
When I decided to start my first blog, I wanted to learn more about the process and how to get more traffic to my website. I did a quick Google search and found Darren Rowse’s Problogger site. He is an expert on how to make money with your blog. In fact, he wrote a book about how he makes a six figure income with his blogs.
If you are starting a blog or want to learn how improve your blog, I suggest you try his 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. It is a lot more fun if you can find a fellow blogger and do the daily lessons together.
All writing all the time makes Clara a very dull girl. Actually, it makes me nuts. Sometimes, we need a break, something to stretch our minds. The guys at Creative Copy Challenge have just the right solution for writer’s block. They post a list of 10 random words and you write the story, poem or whatever comes to mind; then post your creation on the blog to share with the other writers. You should try it.
Bidsketch is a software program that helps freelancers, particularly website designers put together great client proposals. Even if you haven’t tried their software, you will definitely benefit from their blog. The Bidsketch Blog is filled will informative posts about productivity and how to be a success in your freelance business.
Recent posts such as LinkedIn for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs: A Simple Guide and How to Write a Great Email to a Cold Lead had some great tips for marketing your business.
Carol Tice is a successful freelance copywriter who helps other writers (like me) who want to ‘make a living writing’. Carol’s daily blog posts covers a variety of topics, from marketing your business, productivity to how to earn more money as a freelancer (and that is something that we all want to do).
7. Grammar Girl
Mignon Fogarty is the Grammar Girl. Her blog, newsletter and the Grammar Girl podcast offer ‘quick and dirty’ tips to help you with your writing. You don’t have to be a professional writer to benefit from her blog.
How many times have you wondered “is it gray or grey?” or ” should I use effect or affect?” and “what exactly is a
tenderhook tenterhook anyway“. These and other grammatical and punctuation questions are answered in small bite-sized and entertaining blog posts.
Contently offers a free online portfolio for your articles, blog posts and other work. While it is best to have your own website, the Contently portfolio is a good place to start. This is my Contently Portfolio.
The Freelance Strategist is great for anyone who makes a living as a freelance or contract worker. The blog covers everything from the all important topic of finding work to the equally important topic of getting paid. The posts on how to create a freelancer’s contract were especially helpful. If you are freelancing and you don’t have a contract or some kind of written and signed agreement with your client, you should read this right away.