Online Freelance

April 30, 2007

I´m Baaaack!

Filed under: Uncategorized — athomemom @ 2:55 pm

Alright, I admit it, I´ve been neglecting this blog dreadfully while focusing on getting At Home Mom off the ground. Now that it is going well, I have decided that I really need to get back into the loop with my other blogs. For now, they will stay here on WordPress, with the option of moving them over to a hosted domain in the future! 

So, go ahead and check back here often because I will be posting regularily again. Sorry for the delay!

April 7, 2007

Advantages of Writing for Associated Content

Filed under: Uncategorized — athomemom @ 2:41 pm

If you enjoy writing short, informative articles, you might be just the person that Associated Content is looking for! This website is rapidly becoming very popular and it is indexed on all the search engines, making it a great place to get some exposure for your writing.

Unfortunately, you can only get paid for your articles if you are a resident of the United States, but anyone elsewhere is welcome to use the site as a promotional tool. And it is a good one! Once your article is accepted, it will quickly be spidered by major search engines like Google and Yahoo and anyone reading the article can jump back to your profile page to learn more about you. This would be a good place to list your writing website URL for potential clients (if you don´t have one yet, check out my article on Why Every Writer Needs a Website.

Apart from using Associated Content as your own personal promo tool, you can earn money if you live in the States. The pay isn´t great, ($3-$50 usually) but you have no limits on the number of articles that you can write and it can be a good way to get a bit of extra cash. Also, they have just implemented a new program that allows you to earn extra money depending on how many page views you receive. This is above and beyond the initial article payment, so it is really a nice bonus!

Associated Content also features monthly contests and writing assignments. If you complete articles on the required topic, you will automatically get paid more. This is a nice bonus. You also earn on your referrals, as they have a very extensive referral plan, including a party plan!

Most articles are accepted within the two week revision period. Once your article is accepted, you will be sent a monetary offer which you can accept or decline. If you accept, it will usually be about a week before your money is deposited into your PayPal account. I recommend getting in on this program before it gets too big and they start rejecting a higher percentage of the articles!

March 24, 2007

Job Alert: Write Short Keyword Articles

Filed under: Jobs — athomemom @ 4:17 pm

Are you interested in writing some short (500 words) keyword articles for some extra cash? If so, email joshmachine_000 AT hotmail.com for more information. I can vouch for this employer, he pays!

March 23, 2007

Brand-new Ways to Earn

Filed under: Jobs — athomemom @ 5:06 pm

Getting tired of submitting boring old queries and searching for guidelines? If you want to spice up your writing life a little, have I got an article for you!

Niche Geek put up this great article on 10 rather unusual ways to find writing jobs. It is definitely worth checking out, even if just to open your eyes to some of the weird possibilities out there!

So check it out right now, at Niche Geek.

March 22, 2007

Write Reviews for Cash

Filed under: Jobs — athomemom @ 6:32 pm

If you enjoy writing reviews of any kind, there is probably a website out there that is willing to pay you for what you write. Once more, this is just a side job, but we all need these in order to keep us fed in between the big assignments, right?

Here are a few different sites that might interest you.

Mom Product Reviews: Here you can write a review for any mom-related product or technology and get paid $5 for it if your review is published on the website. The reviews aren´t very long and you should be able whip off several in an hour, which works out to a decent wage.

Payment: PayPal, every time you earn $5 (which is every time you have a review accepted!)

SoftwareJudge: This site pays up to $50 for reviews of software and computer games. You have to review products already on their site, however, not just current programs. Also, I have yet to be paid more than a dollar for my reviews, so I think the $50 thing is just to get you to sign up. Maybe you will have better luck, though! At any rate, if you like testing new programs, it is a good place to get some cash for them.

Payment: Western Union, the payout level is $200, which really wouldn´t be much if they actually paid $50!

Ciao!: Here you can earn money by writing reviews as well as referring other review writers. Each review that you write earns according to how it has been rated by other members. This site pays UK bank account holders only.

Payment: Direct deposit to your UK bank account.

Epinions: This site divides the month´s earnings between all review writers. Your percentage depends entirely upon how helpful your reviews have been. You need to write at least 200 words per review in order to be considered for payment. They are currently running a special, ten reviews for ten dollars.

Payment: By check, the payout limit is $10 for US citizens, $100 for everyone else.

Constant Content: Earn Money for Writing

Filed under: Jobs,Reviews — athomemom @ 2:18 pm

Constant Content is a website where you can submit your articles, blogs and reviews. While you certainly won´t get rich off this site, it is another opportunity to earn a bit of money for your writing while waiting for larger jobs to come through.

The process goes like this. You write an article of virtually any length and then submit it to Constant Content. You specify your price (you can choose any price you wish, but your percentage will be 65%) and add tags to help potential buyers find your work. Once you have submitted an article, it takes up to five days to be approved and appear on the website.

Once your article is live, you can edit or delete it, or submit it to one of the buyers who is listed in the Requested Content section. Here you will find editors looking for specific material and if your article is a match, you can submit it for consideration. If you don´t fit the requested material, don´t worry, there are plenty more buyers surfing the articles every day.

To enhance your possibilities of earning money on Constant Content, you can try the following.

-Keep your articles short. Most of these are for use online, so you should stick to 400-700 words.

-Format for the web. Write as if you were placing on a website. This means single spaced lines with an extra space between paragraphs. Bold or fancy lettering is discouraged

-Write about highly popular topics. Gardening, parenting, and internet marketing are all hot topics right now. If you need more ideas, check out the Recently Sold Content area to see what people are buying.

By following these tips, you should be able to earn a little extra cash while waiting for those $1,000 jobs to come back! Oh, and Constant Content has a referral program, so you can feel free to spread the word.

Finding Inspiration

Filed under: The Writing Life — athomemom @ 5:35 am

Have you ever reached the point where your brain just can´t handle any more writing? It´s almost as if you have poured everything out of yourself onto the paper or computer screen and now (usually when a deadline is looming) you are empty.

What do you do for inspiration? I have a few things that I like to do on a regular basis in order to keep the juices flowing when the chips are down. Here they are, in no particular order:

– Watch tv news and write down interesting stories. These go into my inspiration box for when I am scrambling for ideas. I can just look up the information online and pop out an article. It is best if you write down all pertinent information, such as names, locations, dates etc. This makes it easier to find later!

– Read the newspaper. This works pretty much the same way as the above idea. You just cut out anything that looks remotely interesting, whether is has to do with coffee farming or a drop in the price of sugar. These can spike you back into writing mode later on when you start to research.

– Watch kids play. Even just hanging out at the local park can give you plenty of ideas. For example, watching a child tumble off a swing, you might decide to write an article on whether or not our jungle gyms are safe. I have the added advantage of having my own son, so I don´t actually have to go anywhere and he provides me with loads of inspiration!

– Cook some dinner. Maybe it will spark a food-related article on what to do with leftover turkey. The possibilities are endless! What about writing a how to repair your leaky sink or what to look for when buying a dishwasher?

– Skim new magazines. If you go down to your local Barnes and Noble, or whatever the equivelent is in your area, you can skim magazines for free. Take a notepad and you can jot down all kinds of interesting tidbits for use in later articles. This is also a good way to get new markets.

– Look around your house. What have you learned from the things you have? Do you know how to program your VCR? Did you have to repair that broken lamp yourself? What about teaching your dog a new trick? All these things can go into an article at some point!

Those are just a few of my favorite inspirations. Please feel free to share yours.

March 17, 2007

Why Every Writer Needs a Website

Filed under: Writing Tips — athomemom @ 3:12 am

Do you have a website that showcases your work? If not, you need to get one. It isn´t that difficult, you can easily have a personal website up and running within an hour or two and the benefits are enormous.

For example, instead of having to send out sample articles every time you send a query, you can direct potential clients and editors to your website where they can see a variety of your work, plus information about you, your resume, etc. Most editors are far more impressed by a properly done website than by a Word attachment to your email.

There are several good, free places to host your website including Piczo, SiteKreator, and FreeWebs. Any one of these is a good place to start and you don´t have to pay a single cent!To start with, your writer´s website should have at least two samples of your work, preferably more. Even if you have never been published, posting examples of your work is a good idea. That way editors can see if you have the style they are looking for. Try to post at least one sample of each type of writing that you do. For example, if you write keyword articles, press releases and do translation work, include a sample of each.

A brief bio should also be included, along with a photo. This makes your site look more credible. While your photo doesn´t have to be one of those quarter turn, fake smile in a suit shots, you should avoid blurry or far off snapshots. A nice head and shoulders shot with a smile is best to show your professionalism and approachability.

If you have been previously published, it helps to include a Credits page on your website. Include any and all credits here, even if you got a story published when you were twelve. It looks more impressive if you can include links to the webpages where your work has been published online.

Another section that you might consider adding is a jobs area. Put your rate for each type of job that you feel confident in doing. For example, you could have Keyword Articles – $15-20. Just to give clients an idea of your rates. Or you can just include your contact information and negotiate afterwards.

Once you have your website going, use it all the time. Make it your sig line in your email and in forums when you post. The more it gets out there, the more people will see it and check out your website and possibly contact you with work! Well worth an hour or two spent uploading documents and photos!

March 9, 2007

Welcome, Freelance Writers!

Filed under: Uncategorized — athomemom @ 8:14 pm

If you are one of many writers struggling to make it in the world of online freelancing, welcome to you. This blog has been designed specifically for freelance writers who are attempting to make it in the internet world.

It is not an easy task, but let´s face it, most of us aren´t in this just for the money. Heck, if we wanted to get paid well for working, bartending would probably do the trick! It would certainly pay more than some of the early assignments that I took on!🙂

Although it is a challenge to work as a freelance writer, it is a very rewarding job as well. So here on this blog, you will find tips and tricks to help you as well as articles on the writing life. I also plan to add jobs later on, so you can pop in here every day and see what the latest jobs are. Please keep checking back!

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