Quality content is web content that’s created specifically to meet your business goals. You will often need several different types of content to meet different needs and address different customer personas. One of the key ways to create high-quality content is to use search engine optimization (SEO) as you draft the content. This includes having a keyword strategy, and including keyword phrases in headlines and titles, meta descriptions, copy and more. Outstanding website content also includes relevant, high-quality images.
Hi Elna. Great post. I’ve been a freelance writer, and digital nomad for three years now. I, unfortunately, started out on one of the writing mills that pays very little. I made quite a bit on there, but eventually left as I was writing 8-10 hours a day for next to nothing. I’ve tried a number of your suggestions and the one I’ve had the most luck with, by far, was cold contacting. I’ll contact 10-12 websites a day and send them a sample of my work. I get a few new clients a week, plus all of my repeat customers. It’s gotten to the point I need junior writers to pick up some of the slack. For anyone out there interested in being a freelance writer there’s plenty of work out there.
Don’t think for a second that a boring or technical topic gets you off the hook either — IKEA assembly instructions have nothing to do with gay dating (usually) but we used a visual to help the reader make the connection. Push yourself to add a little creative fiction to your website content writing and see how much more fun it is to read (and write!)
Digital/UX writers tend to be analytically minded, and they often want data to help guide important writing decisions. Does a link or button set the right expectation for an app user? Is the copy on a web page put together with a hierarchy of information that makes it easy for a visitor to quickly learn what they want to? These are the kinds of things a digital/UX writer thinks about.
Thanks for this list. It is really helpful. I recently decided to try freelance writing, and I was accepted for an online writing gig site. This acceptance has boosted my confidence to much. Just to know they liked my writing sample and said yes means a lot to me. Now, I am sure I can apply anywhere, and even if it is a no from others, I still have my yes to hold on to that keeps me going. Great post.
I read 10-20 books per year, write almost every day, but I am having trouble knowing what the next steps are to building my credentials, especially without a degree, prior payed experience, or a high volume of readers to my blog. I really just want one simple freelance gig, but I can’t seem to land one. I feel like I’m on a raft in the middle of the ocean!
Hey, Elna! I appreciate your input more than you can imagine. I graduated with a BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment, and while my focus is mainly writing scripts for film and commercials, I also blog. (Mostly for my own entertainment.) Still, it’s good to know there are ways to get going. Believe me, I’ve tried. But being a graduate with two kids and no hubby makes the task a bit daunting when I’m a “lone pilot.” Thanks again for your inspiration.
Content marketing is a quickly growing field. With that growth comes opportunities for entrepreneurial minded writers. If you’re curious about getting started in content marketing, we’ve put together a guide that should tell you if you are cut out for the job — and if you need content writers for your next project. Find out as we discuss content marketing 101.
The most common way for people to find products or services online is to use search engines, especially Google, Bing or Yahoo. These search engines have certain criteria for giving websites more (or less) opportunity to be returned in search results. The way to obtain dependable, long term search engine optimization is to post as much quality content to your website as possible. The more unique readable text your site contains, the more logical area search engines will have to index and thus refer people to your site. More quality content means more opportunities for your website or blog to receive traffic from major search engines.
I am a well qualified Grafik Designer and Social Scientist (Magister Degree in Altamerikanistik/e.g. Anthropology). Besides artistic projects, I did research on plant perception in Switzerland. I have the ability to grow with a job, handle responsibility and build positive relationships with work colleagues at all levels. My last employer was very satisfied with my work rate, and I am confident that I can bring the same level of high performance to the jobs you will be offering me. I worked as artist and designer for diverse projects, as for example Prezi designs for the Week Signals Project. I did participate and experience design research as a ”consumer”, testing apps and games for tablets and smartphones. I feel certain that my strong research skills coupled with my ability and dedication to art, design and customer service (worked 5 years in direct customer service for Jägermeister SE) will be of immediate value to your company. I hope that you will look favorably upon my application by recognizing my enthusiasm, talents in the field of research, design and my future potential. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I am seeking opportunities to design /draw, write content and or design Prezis.
Hi Elna I am interested in writing. In high school I actually wanted to become a writer for photography, blogs,health, creative writing. But now about 8 years later I have no experience and no schooling but would love to get into it. Where do I start even creating a portfolio? I’d love to take your class but unfortunately I do not have any upfront money for that. Thank you in advance if you reply.
Great post, so many great ideas! I was so excited when I read your bio and saw that you are a mom of twins. I have 6 month old twins myself. Also, I am at the cusp of finishing my BA, wondering how I can work from home with what I have learned at my university. Thank you for all of the guidance and inspiration on your site. It definitely makes freelance writing a more tangible option for me!
So what does PARAPHRASE (or rephrase) exactly mean? It's a fundamental way of meaning analysis of sentences, developing, changing one's thoughts, the content of a specific text, for example, two evoked sentences: "father saw how a neighbor talked with mother. My father saw my mother talking with the neighbor" express the same content, but they are structurally different. The system of functioning in the language is valid. It is also reworking or rephrasing the work that contained the content, complementing it and interpreting it sometimes with a lot of freedom, but in the bounds that ensure a clear recognition of the original. Paraphrase is also a communication tool that serves, among other things, to confirm the level of understanding of what has been said. Rephrasing is most often made in the form of longer speeches, therefore only general sense and utterance are given away. In Coaching, the paraphrase is a useful tool, although, like many things, it ceases to fulfill its function in excess. Paraphrases are most often used by a coach when he wants to understand the client's statement more closely and thus show that he is actively listening. Paraphrasing includes: free conversion of a literary work; developing, reworking, rewording and describing a given text, preserving the meaning of the message; it's piece which is a free transcription of the borrowed subject; adaptation; modification of a work that changes form, not content; processing or variation of a literary work. Remember, that paraphrasing is not the same thing as summarising. Summarising occurs when you provide an overview of a topic or give an overview of the author’s key ideas as a whole. A summary is usually way shorter than the original piece of writing and it might state the ideas of a paragraph in one simple sentence.
Thank you so much for this information. I’m currently a massage therapist and pregnant with my first child. Knowing I’ll need extra income for baby expenses has me searching for alternative ways to make money before the baby arrives. I’ve always enjoyed writing and hope to finish my first book within the next two years so getting paid to write seems fabulous. From the tips you’ve provided, my first steps will be to google “publication pay submission”, check Craigslist and Sophie Lizard’s newsletter. I look forward to getting back to you shortly with an incredible praise report!! Thanks again!!
Name recognition is important. Social media puts everything you need within your grasp. Build your audience, meet publishers and talk to industry experts. When your writing is published, the fun has only just begun. The more active you are on social media, the more likely your followers will be to recommend your content. Successful content writers are active, public and friendly. #article writing tool