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Freelance blog writing is one way to supplement your income. Starting out is not always easy, but the benefits to your writing skills and return on investment make up for that.

Being a freelance blog writer entails many things, some of which we’ll discuss here. Writing a good blog post, contrary to popular belief, is not always as easy as many make it out to be! You need to research your topics, allocate writing time, and focus for between 30 and 80 minutes in order to generate the really good articles and blog posts. Once you’re a pro, this can be condensed, but plan on putting in some time to do things right. Trying to write several blog posts per week is going to take some time, so figure that in to your daily life as well. You still need to work, sleep, eat, exercise, and have some fun. You’re going to be putting in 10 or more hours on top of your day job, so be sure to write about the things you enjoy.

Something that makes this all worth it though is the ability to do this from anyplace and at any time of the day. You want to sip a nice latte down at the starbucks inside barnes and noble while making a little extra money? Sure! You can do this with freelance blog writing.

Again, it’s not easy, but here are some tips to get started:

Take care of your day job first. Do not neglect that while trying to begin freelance blog writing. Truth is you’re not going to make enough money to leave your day job anyway, and your day job pays the bills, so keep your priorities straight. Start slow and build your contacts. After several months, you’ll have a better idea of where you stand. Once you’ve honed your skills and built some contacts, you’ll find the freelance gigs will come easier.

Start your own blog if you haven’t already. If you want to do some freelance blog writing, you need to keep yourself sharp by writing for your own blog. In addition, you need a way to display your skill set and what better way than to show off your own blog? Your quality and attention to detail will be important here. You really need to be on your game before you can expect to gain income from others for your writing.

Newsflash: Visitors to your blog will be few and far between in the beginning. As you get the swing of things, you’ll hone your ability to write awesome headlines and engaging articles. One you know you have the goods, then you can begin submitting and sharing your articles to all of the popular social networks. You’d be surprised how quickly things start rolling once you get to this stage.

Writing for other blogs is one of the best ways to get noticed. Start offering guest blog posts to blogs that you enjoy and visit frequently. If your articles are good and the blog gets some traffic from your contribution, they are going to want more posts from you! This is when you can open discussions for getting compensation for your work. In addition when you guest blog, you often are offered the ability to get links in your post. This is a great opportunity to link back to your own blog and increase readership for yourself as well. It’s win win as they would say.

Offer your services at Awesome Gig in the writing category. Getting visitors to notice what you can offer is key and oftentimes blog owners are looking for writers, link builders, designers, and so on at Awesome Gig to further enhance their blog. Make sure to check out the suggestions and keep an eye out for users that need articles, website content, and blog posts. Reach out to them via the contact button and see if you can strike up an agreement.

Get a fair wage. You’re going to have to start for free, but don’t expect to keep it that way. Once you are established you’ll be able to command a fair wage for your services.

Outsource Services Are Your Friend

Producing and delivering services has never been easier since the Internet has come along. There are many advantages to outsourcing services online which have led to a thriving outsourcing industry. It is quite possible to run a small business entirely online using only the expert skills available through temporary employment of freelancers at minimum cost. We see people doing this very thing now at Awesome Gig. Online technology permits the outsourcing of almost any service including what we offer such as Advertising, Link Building, SEO, Social Media Marketing, and many more. These services can be done remotely and delivered digitally so service providers can leverage the scale and economy of outsourcing to deliver high value services at super competitive rates to the end user.

Outsourcing web design is popular

One of the popular areas of outsourcing has been Web Design. Taking this route has proven to be one of the best means of getting a high quality website up and running for the small business owner with limited skills in HTML, Javascript, and PHP. The end user may not have all the skills needed for the creation of a high quality website such as conceptualization, planning, producing, post-production, research, and advertising of the web site. Using the outsourcing approach, each stage can be completed under close supervision of the employer so that he or she can become familiar with the process and stay involved in creating the end result.

What does SEO mean to me?

Search engine optimization, or SEO, is a fantastic method used to get Internet users the ability to find a website in the Search Engine Results Pages, or SERPS, of the major search engines. SEO is a very popular service to outsource. By using the process of SEO, a website’s visibility in the search engines is improved in the organic search results. Since SEO considers how search engines work by analyzing what people are looking for, the actual search terms or keywords people tend to type into search engines, and the high conversion rate of search engine traffic, SEO is considered one of the key ingredients in valuable and truly engaged users.

Improving Rank in the SERPS

Several methods can increase the position of a website within the search results pages of popular search engines like Google and Bing. By writing content that includes frequently searched keyword phrases, one can increase the visibility of that webpage. This is a result of the keywords which are relevant to a wide variety of search queries. By updating site content frequently, the search engine spiders will visit and index the website often. Doing this in addition to cross linking between pages of the same may also improve the site’s prominence. To outsource SEO services many individuals and organizations have turned to specialized online firms like Awesome Gig.

Social media marketing, a word of mouth freight train

A newcomer to the outsourcing scene that has gained a tremendous amount of steam is the practice of individuals and organizations outsourcing social media and social media marketing. Social media has become a powerful force on the Internet and in modern business. Social media provides a means for social interaction in a virtual environment which is enabled by easily accessible communication techniques like twitter, facebook, linkedin, digg and more. Social media has shifted the way organizations, communities, and individuals communicate. Due to the very powerful word of mouth nature of social media, many businesses pay close attention to it. This is an area that is easily outsourced for low cost.

Its an exciting time we live in where these virtual technologies and outsource services have enabled people to dynamically create and scale work in all sorts of fun and interesting ways.

Maintaining A Blog Will Help Your Freelancing

So you say you’re ready to jump into the world of freelance gigging? Ok, great! Now, where to begin?! As a starting point, you of course will need to create some gigs, but what else can you do to help your business when you are just beginning?

A good place to start might be maintaining a blog.

It’s common to wonder how early in your freelancing to begin blogging and while many believe in waiting until you have a steady book of business, it may benefit to start blogging sooner rather than later. Why? The reasons are many, but for one, it is a very low cost way to add value to your business that will help in many ways. Having a blog that provides helpful information to your potential clients may help in getting your name out there, while at the same time brining clarity and focus to your own goals.

Let’s take a look at how to go about this and list four ways that your blog could help your business, then some tips on how to get started.

Four Ways Blogging Can Help Your Freelancing

1. Having a Presence Online. By maintaining a blog, you are able to immediately augment your online presence. Having your own URL that highlights your business name is a great method of promotion. Many folks will have already taken this step if they’re in the business of web design, web development, or SEO services. It is true though that other types of freelancers will also benefit from having a blog. You want to have a way for clients to learn about you and your blog will accomplish just that.

2. Means to Network. Networking is so important when you are trying to build your business, your blog will help with this. One of the hopes is that if you can create some insightful and helpful posts, you will be able to engage in meaningful communication with your clients and peers via comments. You could use the built in commenting system of your blog or even facebook comments for more social traction. Visiting the blogs and websites of your commenters will also help to create reciprocal friendships and word of mouth referrals.

3. Provide a ‘Menu’ of your Services. Having a blog will make it easy to list all of the services you offer. You can also link to any gigs you offer and your clients will be able to buy right from your blog.

4. Write about your Expert Skills. By proving expert information to your readers and clients in your field of expertise, you will be positioning yourself as an expert that is capable of delivering the goods sort to speak. Mixing this info with a fun and engaging style will make your clients smile and be ready to business with you.

Ok I’m pumped, But where do I begin?

Well a quick search will give you a ton of guides on how to start blogging, but in the most basic sense all you need is what’s listed here:

1. Register Your Domain. You’re going to want your very own custom domain name that will highlight your brand or business name. These days you can register domains on the cheap, so it is a cost effective way to help your brand. Plus once you have your own URL, you can make huge stickers to place on the rear window of your car so that everyone will see your site name when you are cruising down the highway 🙂

2. Get Set Up with Hosting. You can do this many ways. If you enjoy all of the sys admin type chores that come with running your own server, you can get something like a VPS(virtual private server), that will allow you to hone your server skills and tweak your technology stack for the highest performance. For most, this is going to be overkill and not very cost efficient. Setting up shop at Tumblr, Blogger, or WordPress, while pointing your custom domain to your blog is probably the better and easier solution.

3. Get an Awesome Theme. If you’re awesome at design it will probably be easy for you to create an engaging theme that puts a good face on your blog. If you’re not as much of an expert, you can find thousands of great themes for very low cost.

4. Promote With Social Media. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, the list goes on. There are hundreds of quality social media destinations available to you for free online. Focus on the top two or three and create a solid profile. Then network, network, network, and share your blog with your readers.

Blogging is a great way to help in getting a freelance job while also helping you to focus your skills and offerings. Happy Freelancing!

Search Engine Optimization is Still Important

In the age of social media and word of mouth advertising, many have neglected one of the early methods of traffic generation and that would be good old fashioned search engine optimization, or SEO. You may already be a guru when it comes to SEO, or you may be looking for some helpful tips in getting your SEO plan started. In either case, you should find some new nuggets of information that may be helpful to you here. SEO and the internet in and of itself continue to evolve, and while there certainly is no one magic bullet that will solve all SEO related issues, there are definitely steps you can take to help your site in the search engine results pages, or SERPS.

Before Anything Else, Write Awesome Content

We all want results, and we want them fast! Hold on just a minute though. In many competitive sports, there is often a saying that goes, ‘In order to go fast, you need to slow down.’ Sounds backwards don’t you think? It is backwards when you write it on paper, but if we take a closer look at how this thought process applies to SEO, we’ll see how this actually holds true. Before we can optimize for anything, you really want to focus on creating timeless content in your chosen niche, that readers will enjoy and get value from over the longest period of time possible. Simply writing about the ‘trend of the week’ in you niche is likely to get you nowhere.

SEO is a structured process. You need to complete step 1 before moving to step 2 and so on. You can almost think of it like you do about a journey though your favorite adventure style video game (In my case, The Legend of Zelda). You need to gain the correct tools along your journey before you can complete the objectives. You need the right weapons to beat the big bosses, and in SEO, you also must take the right steps to get your blog noticed in the search engines.

On Page Optimization Comes Next

Once you have that excellent article about a core topic in your niche, you can begin the process of ‘on page’ optimization. When we’re talking about SEO, we’re referring to the ability of your particular blog post or blog itself, to show up in the SERPS at Google or Bing for a particular keyword phrase. If you follow a structured approach to SEO, you will be surprised at how effective these techniques can be. The given phrase you are trying to target will now fit in technically to the actual webpage with regard to the actual HTML elements as well as the article itself. The search engines look for hundreds of signals to decide how to rank your page, and none of us know exactly what all the signals are, but one thing is for sure; Consistency in your keyword phrase via on page optimization will provide measurable results when used in combination with the Next step of off page optimization.

As an example, let’s say you are targeting ‘my awesome phrase’. When users type this into Google or Bing, you want to show up in the results.

Let’s take a look at how this consistency works. The more consistent you can be in your phrase, the better.

1. Use Pretty URLs
Pretty URL’s will allow you the ability to include your keyword phrase and are more search engine friendly.

2. Include your phase in the meta keywords of the html markup

<meta name=”keywords” content=”my awesome phrase” >

3. Include your phrase in the title tag of the html markup

<title>exampleblog.com – my awesome phrase</title>

4. Include your phrase in the meta description of the html markup

<meta name=”description” content=”this is some really great descriptive text that tells me exactly what this page is about in addition to mentioning my awesome phrase” >

5. Lastly, by default you will have already included ‘my awesome phrase’ in the body of the html markup of the page

Your article should include a few occurrences of ‘my awesome phrase’ in it. This naturally will be included in the body of the page, based on how most popular content management systems work.

A lot of this may sound like common sense, but it is important to place a lot of emphasis on this first step. I have done many off page optimization gigs for customers where I build targeted links for them and when I look at their page, I’m horrified. They may ask to rank for something like “Redneck Rebel Flags” and their phrase can’t be found *anywhere* in the content of the main page or in any of the specific html elements you should target when completing your on page seo. They merely have a static jpeg image of a rebel flag inserted into a non validated webpage. This would be an example of an on page SEO failure, and the off page optimization that comes next is going to be orders of magnitude less effective. To build a house, you first need a foundation.

Off Page Optimization

Off page optimization is the process of building quality links from other websites that point to your blog. Unfortunately I see many people rush straight to this step and ignore the more important aspects of SEO that we discussed above. It’s true that it takes patience and effort to get the first steps right, but the results you will reap from putting in the effort are more than worth it. There are many ways to get links such as social bookmarking, other blogs, article and general directories, forum comments, blog comments, link wheels, and many more.

By following these structured steps for your SEO, you’ll be ranking for your desired keywords in no time!

Awesome GigAt first blush, one might be curious as to why they would need someone to create a squidoo lens about their business or someone else to provide a full video review of their products, or if they really have a need for someone to write multiple versions of a creative poem for them, but after a deep dive, you’ll soon be addicted to all the little, and sometimes fairly big, things you can accomplish at a micro job website. It doesn’t take long, and soon enough you’ll wonder how you ever did all the things you need to do without the help of quality freelance pros at great prices. There are many reasons to love and embrace the micro job marketplace, many of which we cover here.

Unemployment Is A Problem, Micro Job Portals Try To Help

Let’s face it, the global economic downturn has taken its toll on many people, jobs are often hard to come by and companies continue to try and get more out of their workers for less of a salary. Micro Job style websites can and have become a lifeline to hundreds if not thousands of people around the world to put food on the table or a roof over their head. These small gigs may not make you rich but if you can package your skills or offer a service which only takes 20-30 minutes to do, you could easily be on the road to earning $50 to $100 dollars or more a day.

For The Employed, Additional Freelance Jobs Help Boost Income

With an economy that still places a premium on getting the most work done for a reasonable wage, workers are being tasked with more challenges for the same pay rate. How can you break through that pay ceiling when you have already gotten fantastic reviews at work and received your 5% raise?! Enter Micro Job Economy. Set up an Awesome Job where you can offer a quality and focused service for someone at a cost of up to $50 dollars per gig. You may have a special talent for creating stunningly awesome blog headers. The average Joe trying to break into the world of stylish blogs may not. What would take Joe 8 hours to do on his own, you can do in a half hour, and make it look awesome. You make some money, and Joe gets the awesome blog header he needs at an affordable price, it’s a win win!

Social Services For All

In the new era of austerity, micro job portals offer a way of giving back to the community. Professionals such as Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, and Computer Programmers can offer their highly sought after services for lower fees in order to help those who would normally have no access to this expertise due to the cost involved.

Connect With People, Share Your Talent

There are plenty of folks all over the world looking for small jobs to be done and thanks to the new micro job industry, there are plenty of talented people ready and willing to help. With the power of social media, these offers often get promoted across the internet very easily and at almost no cost to the freelance job provider, enabling the freelancer to begin earning right away with almost zero upfront expense.