I have a lot to share with personal experience and speaking with passion from the heart about health and diet. I know lifestyle, health and diet topics are my niche, in particular veganism and raw foods. I have strong spiritual practices such as fasting, meditating, yoga etc and know there is a client base looking for writers on these topics. Are you able to advise me or direct me to clients and sites focused on these topics?
I like that you explain in simple terms how to make your content perfect for your audience and engage them. My fear is being unable to accurately target customer pain points and never turn any new leads. Although, by focusing strongly on the target audience and doing content audits can help adjust content to better fit the audience. I’m SO ready to start producing effective, targeted content that will help people while gaining their interest, and I’ll definitely be using these points as a guide. Thanks so much!

No matter who we’re writing for, or what sort of material it is, every content writer is a researcher first and a writer second.  In nearly every case, the content writer will be dealing with a subject that he or she is not familiar with, and must do adequate research to ensure that all the information presented in his or her article is accurate, current, and doesn’t contradict the company’s existing messaging. Good research is the foundation of good content writing. And for those of you wondering, yes, this article is the rare exception to that rule – I actually knew this stuff already. #web content writer

The simple fact of the matter is that, as an Internet marketer, you need something better than artificial link building and pages of useless, jumbled nonsense to get long-lasting traffic referrals from major search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. Google in particular pays special attention to your visitors' behavior. So if visitors are quickly navigating elsewhere because your site is full of junk content, then you will get fewer traffic referrals from Google over the long run.
Unlike journalism, technical writing or academic writing, creative writing involves the imagination. Common types of creative writing include novels, short stories, and novellas, all of which are part of the fiction genre. Creative writing also includes plays, poetry, personal essays and memoirs, songs, speeches and scripts for TV programs and movies. Many creative writers specialise in a particular type of writing, so when you’re hiring a creative writer, ensure that writer is experienced in the type of writing you need.
This is an awesome post! Very informative and extremely useful. Good job! You definitely made a fantastic impression on me. I will be in touch as I seriously want to leave my “procrastination sphere” to a “professional world” of blogging. I am an English tutor and it’s just ripe for me to hold the blogging world to ransome and claim my share of the fun that goes with blogging.
You mention starting a blog is beneficial for starting out and creating content. My initial fear is what to blog about, I have so many interests that I feel it’s hard to pick one and really be informed and educated about the subject. They include animals (2 time dog mom), hiking/outdoors (I live in the wonderful PNW) , motorcycles, travel, personal growth, all things sweet, and of coarse writing. How do I choose? Or somehow combine a couple?
I read a lot of blog post about freelance writing but yours is the most helpful. Thank you a lot for your help. I have a bit of a problem. I would be happy if you tell me if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So I have a masters degree in creative writing and I have a pretty good portfolio but the problem is, it is not in english. I am Bulgarian and I wonder if that would be a problem for the blogs and online magazines out there. I would be really happy if you share your opinion on the matter.

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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.
Content writers may need a bachelor's degree or higher. Many employers hire writers with degrees in English, journalism, communications, or creative writing. Depending on the subject matter, content writers might need a degree in a particular field. For example, a content writer creating content for an online math course might need a degree in math in addition to demonstrating solid writing skills.
So, whenever someone asks me what I do, I reply that I’m a content writer. Quite often, they aren’t sure what that means, and for good reason.  It’s not the most descriptive job title in the world, but that’s because content writing has to remain as open and flexible as it can; content writers wear a lot of hats.  Ask 10 different content writers what they do during the day, and you’ll most likely get 10 different answers.  The truth is the job of a content writer is about much more than just churning out articles or blog posts.  Let’s take a moment to break down the job of the content writer, and see if we can develop a more thorough understanding of just what we content writers do – and why you probably need one.
It’s not the secret that all of our writers have PhD degrees because the quality of our work is of top priority. We can’t frustrate our clients who ask for professional assistance. Besides, most writers have worked in the field for a long time and can easily cope with challenging tasks. They will write the article on Literature or History so well that you will hear ovations in your group while reading it. It’s the proficiency, which allows us working wonders – creating works you could only dream of.
Brand journalists are often masters at writing headlines, since online journalism often lives and dies by click-thrus based on those headlines. Brand journalists can be a solid match for content marketing pieces because they’re naturally geared more for storytelling than for hard sells and product details. They can also be good for the kinds of stories you might pitch for third-party placement, content highlighting your company’s history or reason for being, newsletters, community involvement stories — even blog posts that take on a more narrative or investigative angle.
Finally, a great content writer should not be “just another” contractor or employee.  We are your allies in the quest for online success. We do what we do because we want you to succeed – because your success is also our success. As long as there are businesses thriving with a content writer on their staff, we know that it is all thanks to our relationships with our employers.  If you need an ally who understands how to use research, good editing, attractive design, and proper SEO techniques to take your web content to the masses, then you need a content writer.
Bookmarking this blog post. I just started writing guest posts for a client and I get few bucks for it. The article is 600 t o1500 words that pay 3$ to 10$ which I think is an unreasonable price. I wanted to earn more so I should start paying attention more in writing. I would love to earn and learn more in freelancing jobs such as this because I’m also a mom.
Ghost-writer needed for social media influencer who has a 200K+ fan base, this mini celebrity is looking to cater for a Middle Eastern audience. -This project is for a short E-book or possibly a series of them. -Content will be in the area of fashion/self-help/how I became successful. -Must be a good Arabic writer, however, content needs to be on a basic Arabic level. -Preferably female and UK ba...
This past year has been a roller coaster ride for me. I want to give freelance writing a try. I did get accepted to a content mill site, but the jobs on there go so fast I can never get a chance to grab one to work on. 🙁 I do not have a portfolio and I’ve never made one. I also do not blog anymore. So, how can I get into freelance writing? How do I build up a portfolio or show my writing? Free hosting is all I can do now, and I’m sure that is going to be a turn off to a client. Any tips would be great. Thanks.
"Ideation" is a marketing industry buzzword that describes the creative process of finding a subject, title and angle to write about; and ideation begins with analytics. Most ideation is done in a team setting, but freelance writers are usually on their own. Which is why it's helpful to know how professional marketing teams generate ideas. Before doing that, successful content writers need to: 
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.
Thank you for the post! I’m a bit overwhelmed at the wealth of content I am about to scour on your site. Hours of learning, here I come! I received my first two clients a month ago (one from my dad who is a web developer and the other upon referral from my first client). I am serious about gaining more clients and setting out as a full-time writer, but the process of finding new clients has always intimidated me. I am excited to apply your advice. Congratulations, you just won a new “stalker.” 😉

If you have the vision, I'll provide the words. Whether you're looking to skyrocket your sales or find the perfect way to articulate your business's mission, values and USP on your website - I can take what's in your head and put it on the page, perfectly formed. Too many businesses overlook the importance of the words they choose when communicating with their customers. This is a critical mistake that's harming your business. After all, your copy is your voice, the only one your customers will likely ever hear - it's vital that you use it to make a connection. Connecting with your customers is the first step on the road to making a sale. Whatever the medium, I can help you. =============== Feedback I've received right here on Upwork (to date, never fewer than 5*): • "Steven helped me get my soul into my website copy. For the first time, I am to send people to my website thanks to him. It's truly been a gift to work with his creative genius." • "High quality, great communication, very skilled. Steven always delivers better than expected, this is why we use him continuously! Highly recommended." • "He's incredible. Love the work!" • "We have worked with Steven on different writing projects now, and we could not be more satisfied with every aspect of what he has delivered. Communication is great as always. Highly recommended!" • "It has been a pleasure working with Steven. He's a very talented writer and creates amazing content. I hope to work with him again soon when I need more content." =============== My background: I started my career in a client-facing sales role, which taught me (the hard way!) how to sell, and how to stop looking at the world from my own point of view, but from my clients'. What do they need? How can I fulfil that need? I use these principles in my writing daily. I moved out of sales and into corporate project management roles within blue chip IT and finance firms. Learning how to communicate at a corporate level has been invaluable in my work - I work with many corporate clients. These days, I'm a creative copywriter, a role which blends my varied experience with my greatest strength - my ability to write copy that gets people moving. =============== Interested in working together, or in learning more? Click on the green 'invite' button and drop me a few details about your project. I always respond to invites promptly, so it won't be long before we can connect for a chat. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Steven
Brand journalists are often masters at writing headlines, since online journalism often lives and dies by click-thrus based on those headlines. Brand journalists can be a solid match for content marketing pieces because they’re naturally geared more for storytelling than for hard sells and product details. They can also be good for the kinds of stories you might pitch for third-party placement, content highlighting your company’s history or reason for being, newsletters, community involvement stories — even blog posts that take on a more narrative or investigative angle.
Looking for 4 content writers that can write a series of articles blog post revolving around dating and relationships. Topics are to be discussed and will vary based off your experience. You will be writing a series 10 articles 700-1000 words each where you’ll need to do a bit of research to properly write. I prefer you have experience in this field meaning you've written about topics s...
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.

That’s great you want to get started freelance writing! Writing for school or university is different than online writing (this post lays out some tips: https://elnacain.com/blog/5-grammar-rules-every-blogger-must-know/). But in saying that, it just takes practice and reading online content to be familiar with it! If you have the passion and motivation you can become a freelance writer!
Thank you so much for writing this post Elna. It has been really very helpful indeed. I have been a part time freelance writer for about 6 months now but still feel like I am finding my feet. This post has given me a boost and some new options to follow up. It certainly seems like the strategy should be to go at it hammer and tongs and never, ever give up! Thanks again. I look forward to exploring your website some more.
Hi there, I need a vast and experienced article and content writer to write well researched articles and press releases for me. This task is URGENT, and requires a freelancer that is willing to start right away and deliver withing the shortest possible time-frame. Each article/press release document should not be less than 500 words. Please bid with samples of work experience and your quote p...
Thank you so much for the detailed information given. I no longer feel that I am in a maze and will carefully follow your advice. I live in Nigeria and I am particularly interested in Relationship issues, Abuse as well as Parenting. Can you advice on where to look for writing opportunities in my areas of interest? Especially taking my location into consideration?
I was originally born in Denmark, and hence I speak Danish fluently. However after having lived more than 15 years abroad I also speak English fluently, furthermore I speak German on an almost fluent level. I was ranked 1st for the English To Danish Translation Skills Test. Projects I can help with: Copywriting/Translation - Content for Website, blog, brochure etc. - Fluent translation from English to Danish, Danish to English, German to English and German to Danish, Scandinavian languages to Danish. Fields of translation: - Marketing - Finance - Legal - Technical manuals - IT - more... Product descriptions - Writing product descriptions for all your products - Translating product descriptions Transcribing of Audio - Danish - English - Translation of transcribed audio Social media marketing : - Creation of customized company profiles: Facebook, Twitter , Linkedin, Google. - Maintnance of existing Facebook, Twitter, Twitter,Linkedin,Google profiles. SEO Optimization: - Optimization of Meta Tags, Meta Descriptions and Meta Titles. - Off page optimization - SEO optimized product texts - All optimization is white hat SEO Wordpress: - Building websites - Custom Themes or pre-purchased themes - Woocommerce set up

Thanks so much and I’m happy to hear you figured out why you weren’t succeed at freelance writing 🙂 As for your question, web design companies wouldn’t give you a list; you would collaborate with them. Usually the are contracted to do a site with site content and if their staff writer is too busy or not there, they may hire it out. That’s where you come into play!
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Hi Elna, This was all very helpful. I’m a science writer by trade in the government sector and recently began searching for ways to make some extra income writing evenings and weekends and came across your article. Do you have any feedback about what type of contract I might be expected to sign. I interviewed over the phone for a non-science editing position yesterday and they expressed interest in hiring me as an independent contractor. Within the day I received an Adobe Sign editor’s contract with a number of my responsibilities to the Agency laid out, as well as expected pay and notice that I don’t get paid unless the Agency gets paid by the Client. So my question is, Is a contract pretty standard for independent contract writing jobs, in your experience?
Thanks so much! Yes I like warm pitching, but sometimes I have better success just using job boards. I’m a bit impatient 🙂 and have a million things on my plate so when I can, I’ll do some warm pitching. I’m finding for me, the best chance of my landing work is via referrals. Once you have those awesome clients, there’s a goldmine more clients and more money!
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.
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