Twitter is a simple marketing tool, right?

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Twitter is a simple marketing tool every freelancer can use to get the word out about their biz. But you need to know how to use it — i.e. what to post and when to post — to avoid simply shouting into a void.

If marketing your freelance services on social media is up to your street, you might want to check out the Facebook version of this post too:

The best time to post on Twitter is…

Finding the best time to post is so important for Twitter, where messages are lost in a matter of minutes. …

Do social media right — or not at all.

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You can use a Facebook page to market your freelance services by reeling in people already primed to hear what you have to say. You need a bit of a strategy here though because Facebook is basically ‘pay to play’ these days, meaning most of your posts won’t get seen by the people who follow your page… unless you hand Mark Zuckerberg money for ads.

There are so many pages vying for people’s attention on Facebook — and building a following takes a bit of work — but it’ll be worth the effort when you start to get leads for your freelancing services. …

How to blog your way to more writing work.

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Imagine a world where writing clients come to you and ask you to work for them. No more cold pitching. No more bidding for writing gigs on Upwork. No more waking in the middle of the night wondering where your next writing project is going to come from. (Oh, just me then?)

If you’re into this ‘writing for a living’ thing for the long-game, you’ll need to find a way to get writing clients to come to you. Creating a blogging strategy can help you do that. …

How to do it and what to include to attract clients.

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If you want to write online, you have to be online. I know, groundbreaking stuff isn’t it?

You can absolutely build a reputation as an online writer without a website. But sooner or later you’ll need to take the next step and create a writer’s website for clients to view your portfolio, learn your niche, read testimonials and contact you.

You can pay for this, or go with a free option. Either way, we need to look at how your virtual home can be set up to maximize the potential of the right clients hiring you upon discovering it.

Renting vs. buying

If you don’t want the hassle and outlay of hosting your own site, you can ‘borrow’ a writer’s website platform using free sites like Wordpress. The pros are that these are free and easy to set up, ready for the prying eyes of potential writing clients. …

Seeing 2020

And how having one helps you earn more money as a writer

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You don’t have to find your freelance writing niche to be a successful online writer but it helps bring in the big money. So if your aim is to earn more money from your writing in 2020, let’s assess your skills, experience, and interests to discover the niche that’s right for you.

Remember, there is plenty of work for freelance writers looking to make a living online. It’s just that most people don’t have a strategy so never make enough money to support themselves.

To niche or not to niche?

The main benefit of having a freelance writing niche is that you’ll come to be seen by clients as an expert in your field — and that means more prestige and job satisfaction. …

How to change your mindset so you can quit your day job and be a freelance writer instead.

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I write a lot about how to become a freelance writer and make a living online. Most of what I write about is super practical — like this guide on how to write SEO-friendly content.

I’m doing you a disservice though by failing to write about one of the most important aspects of becoming a freelance writer. The one thing you aren’t being told is that before you earn your first dollar — before you even write a single word — you need to get into the right mindset.

I’m going to explain what that mindset is and how you can climb right into it. …

Save time and sky-rocket the quality of your blog posts.

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I get up early. I’m writing a blog post. I’ll write many blog posts today but this one is special — worth getting up early for.

The clocks have gone back and it’s dark outside. I make coffee, switch on the computer, and sit down to write.

I try to remember the incredible idea I had yesterday. And what was that completely perfect title that came to me just before I fell asleep?

Why didn’t I write it down?

‘Keep pen and notepad next to bed’ I write using the pen and notepad I keep next to my computer keyboard.

I underline the words in a satisfying way only avid list-makers will understand. Meanwhile, my computer has whirred into action. …

If you find out what good writers do, you can do it too

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If you want to be a good writer (or even a great one), you need to find out what good writers do — then just copy them and follow their rules. Simple, right?

No… and yes. The trick is to get the basics right so you have strong foundations from which to stand for when you bust out your own version of creative genius.

Aside from being authentic — and therefore dismissing everything on this list if it suits you — there are vital things that successful, creative (and, I guess, rich) writers do.

1. Work on their intros

Making a strong first impression is crucial. All good writers know this. Good intros are important, whether you’re writing an article for a magazine or a best-selling novel. It’s particularly important online, where readers are low on attention-span and high on distractions. …

The ultimate on-page SEO guide for content writers and bloggers.

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This guide will teach you how to write content for SEO (that’s search engine optimization) if you’re a content writer, blogger, Medium writer, or online business owner. It’s everything you need to know to optimize your content so Google can find it — nothing more, nothing less.

How to write content for SEO — the long-game

If you want to indulge in a long and fulfilling relationship with the search engines — one that will stand the test of time after the initial fireworks have settled down — then taking the organic, evergreen approach is the way to go.

Like all great relationships, this takes a healthy dose of time, effort, and patience. But it’ll be worth it: your writing clients will love you/you’ll expand your tribe on your blog/you’ll sell more products or services/untold riches could be yours (Delete where applicable.) …

And how to get it right

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I’m seven weeks into a two-year fiction writing course. I’ve been writing fiction since I could hold a pen but, you know, I feel the need to validate what I’ve learned organically from an external, credible source. *sigh*

I’m actually really excited about what I can learn. The course is geared towards students producing a manuscript, with opportunities to meet publishers and agents at the end. So that’s cool.

I’m going to share with you what I’m learning about fiction writing as I go along. Half because — like when I teach other freelance writers to earn more — I genuinely enjoy helping others. …


Kirsty Stuart

I write about creating freedom and freeing up creativity. I help new writers get their first few writing clips:

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