7 Years Of Freelancing

7 Years Of Freelancing

I have been freelancing for the past 7 years and I cannot help but look back at how far I’ve come since then.

How it all started

I started in 2011 when my son turned 1. It was not really about separation anxiety. The need to stay at home was brought about by our frustration in finding a trustworthy person to care for our child. And the fact that my husband kept on encouraging me to stay at home with our son.

The moment I gave birth, my husband started to look into options for work-from-home jobs. He kept on telling me about a friend who worked from home. I guess he really wanted one of us to be completely hands-on with raising our child – but I was hesitant because I wanted to keep on earning. I knew that financially, we need two incomes in our household.

But I was keeping an open mind. So when he encouraged me to try out online freelancing, that was what I did.

When the opportunity arose for me to work from home, I decided to grab it. I knew nothing about online work but I was determined. I was driven by the thought of being able to stay at home with my son while earning my own money.

Truthfully, it was not easy. Financially, my husband and I had to make do with a smaller income. During the first few months of my freelancing career, my income went down by 60%. We had to make a lot of lifestyle changes and spending reductions. But we knew what our end goal was and we were determined to make through until we succeeded.

And we did.

My freelancing career slowly took off. Now, I can proudly say that I have reached the Top Rated status as an online freelancer. Now, I have enough work history to allow me to choose the projects that I will work on.

Two things that helped my freelancing career

It was not a smooth journey but there were two things that really helped me along the way.

The first was our end goal. I realized what my husband was saying all along. Nothing compares to having one of us stay at home with our son. By believing that I had to make it work, I found the motivation to push through even when things were looking down. Even when I faced one rejection after another, I looked at my son and I knew I had to make it work somehow.

The second was finding what I wanted to do. I always loved writing but I never thought of making a career out of it. When I started freelancing as an online writer, I was surprised by how it made me feel really fulfilled. I knew that I could do this day in and day out. And since I was a freelancer, I could do it at my own pace. Since it was something that I loved to do, it was not hard to make an effort to learn and explore things on my own. And with every new learning comes a greater chance of achieving a successful freelancing career.

I am sure every journey is different but I just wanted to share with you what I had to go through. It was hard but it was all worth it – and it still is.

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How to Start a Blog Part 3 The Content

How to Start a Blog Part 3: The Content

This is third and last part of our how to start a blog series. When you have identified your goals, niche and platform plus you have satisfied all the basic requirements of your blog site, the next step will be to create the content for your site.

It is not just about writing what you want. If you really want your blog site to take off, you need to stay within your chosen niche. For instance, this website is all about earning at home. My articles are all about the different ways you can earn from the comforts of your own home. While I may be tempted to write about the latest news or new gadgets, I need to stay within the niche I have selected.

In part 2, we left off with starting your website – which is step 7. That was the technical part of things. Now it is time to get your ideas into coherent sentences so your readers and blogsite visitors will know what your site is all about.

How to Start a Blog Part 3 The Content

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Step 8: Choose Categories

Before you begin writing, choose your categories. These will serve as folders that will help your readers narrow their search for information. For instance, I have a category on this blog about freelance writing so anything that I write that is about that topic, I place it there.

In categorizing articles, you don’t have to limit the article to one category alone. For instance, this particular article can be categorized under Freelance Writing and Tip-Bank – being a how to article about content writing.

Step 9: Write Relevant Content

Once you have finalized your categories, it is time to write relevant content. The sky is the limit for your topics but make sure you stay within your niche and you write information that your readers want to read. You can check out my other article about how to write for your readers.

It is very important that you write original content only. Now I don’t mean you limit yourself to unique ideas. You can get inspiration off the Internet but be sure to put them into your own words. More often than not, you should inject an original idea in every post – either an anecdote about a personal experience that is relevant to the topic or a personal opinion. This is not a PR article so you are entitled to input your own opinions.

Feel free to add images or videos if you think it will drive the point of your content further. An image or two should keep your entry from being too boring.

Step 10: Keep Your Posts Fresh

It is ideal for you to update your posts every now and then. For new blog sites, you have to post once a day. As you reach 30 articles, you can lessen that to updates every other day.

Try to input articles in every category that you have created. If you feel you should input more categories, feel free to add. The more information you place, the more relevant your blog site will be. Just don’t expect that you will get a lot of traffic immediately. That takes time and patience. You have to implement techniques to get people to notice your website and get them interested in what you have to say.

The last step involves marketing your blog but I feel that it should be given a separate article on its own. There are several techniques to get users to notice that you have your own site.

But for now, implement what you have learned from this three part how to start a blog series and enjoy creating your new blog. Build up the content to make it a relevant site to go to and soon, you may be recognized as an authority site in the niche you belong to.

Online Writing

Online Writing

Online writing is probably one of the most valuable jobs that you can get in the Internet domain. And I’m sure a lot of people will agree.

For the past year or so, I have been writing about different niches: from fashion to ordinary household items, to gladiator sandals and hypnosis. Name it and I’ve probably done an article about it.

Bottom line is, I can proudly say that I have never had a shortage of online jobs because I am a freelance writer.

That being said, if you are a good writer looking for the means to earn, you can probably survive by getting online writing jobs.

SEO Strategy: Website Content

It is true that we all need the technical capabilities when we are conducting business online but without great content, no website can really make it far. In fact, one of the most important aspect in a great SEO strategy is to make sure the site has a well balanced content in it.

In SEO (search engine optimization), keywords will drive your website to success. It is placed in images, videos, audio files, links and most of all content. Of all these keyword carriers, content is probably the easiest material to make that can be both relevant and unique.

An online writing job is more that just making sense out of a jumble of words. You need to be able to incorporate keywords into it without appearing to obvious about it.

Online Writing

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Written Content Worth Reading

It doesn’t take a Nobel Prize author to make it big as an online writer. All you need are great ideas and a good grasp of your chosen language – like in my case, English.

If you are considering a career in online writing, here are a few tips that I would like to give you.

1. Make your content an easy read. Leave the big words for research papers and scientific studies. You are not writing a term paper. Use simple words that can be easily understood by anyone. Remember that the Internet caters to a global market and not everyone has your language as their main dialect.

2. Adopt a casual and conversational tone in writing. This is the most engaging tone of writing that you can use. Even the more technical article will not bore anyone if you succeed in engaging your reader.

3. Go straight to the point. Internet readers have a very short attention span. You only have a few seconds to capture their interest otherwise, they will be clicking on another link.

4. Watch your grammar. A great idea is lost if it is written in a grammatically incorrect article. Polish your grammar and more people will finish reading your articles.

Online writing also places a heavy weight on keyword optimization but that should be written in another article. We will get to that later on.