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27 Simple Hacks For Creating Must-Read-and-Share Blog Content

How to Blog Content Readers Love. Makealivingwriting.com

Did you have blog content all figured out back in 1996?

It was the same year Oprah started her book club, the Tickle Me Elmo doll made its debut, and the medical drama E.R. dominated TV ratings. You know, stuff people were in love with a couple decades ago.

If you’re being totally honest, blog content probably wasn’t on your radar back then.

But is was for this one guy…named Bill Gates. He said:

“Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the internet, just as it was in broadcasting.”

In today’s digital world, effective blog content is part of the marketing machine to get clicks, likes, follows, more subscribers, and even generate revenue. And if you know how to do it, clients are gonna want you.

Ready to learn how to write blog content readers (and your clients) love? Here’s how:

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Make a Living Writing News: Why Blog Comments Are Back

Why Are Blog Comments Back at Make a Living Writing?. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever leave a comment on the Make a Living Writing blog?

For years, you could chime in at the end of a blog post, ask questions, get help, and be part of the conversation about the business and craft of freelance writing.

And then we turned comments off on the Make a Living Writing blog in May 2017. At the time, there were plenty of valid reasons to nix the comments.

But things change.

The blogosphere is a different place now than it was back then.

And the rules of engagement have morphed on many social media platforms.

So now what?

One of most quotable lines from the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster Terminator comes to mind: “I’ll be back.”

That’s the plan. Here’s why we’re turning comments back on at Make a Living Writing.

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Picture Perfect: 10 Sites for Writers to Score Free Images

Picture Perfect: Free Image Sites for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Where do you find free images for your writer website, your blog, or maybe a client?

You could just do a Google search for a free image based on a key phrase. But that could get you neck-deep in legal trouble fast.

When I did this for a post about trout-fishing, I found one pretty easily. But I couldn’t use it. The photographer who snapped the fisherman earned copyright protection the nanosecond he or she pushed the camera’s button.

So where do you find free images (or affordable images) for a blog, website, or client project?

If you know where to look, you’ve got plenty of options that won’t cost you anything.

You might be surprised to know government agencies can be a rich resource for free images. And there’s a growing number of sites where you can find free images.

Looking for free images? Here’s what I recommend:

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Blogger Outreach Disasters: 3 Sad Examples + 2 Tips

How to avoid a blogger outreach disaster. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s a strategy every top blogger tells you to pursue: Contact successful bloggers and ask them for a guest post, link, or interview. But blogger outreach isn’t quite that simple.

Now that every blogger is constantly hit up with requests, you’ll have to be a bit more sophisticated than shooting them an email that is essentially just, “Hi total stranger, would you do me a favor and help build my blog career?”

To help you avoid wasted time on blogger outreach that goes nowhere, I’ve pulled together three recent examples of outreach gone terribly wrong in pitches I received. There’s also one terrific example of outreach done right.

Wondering what basic mistakes to avoid? Read on:

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3 Guest Post Pitch Emails That Got the Gig

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Ever wonder what the secret sauce is to writing a guest post pitch that gets accepted? This was a popular topic on my blog five years ago, and it still is. Study these examples to learn how to pitch a guest post and land an assignment. Enjoy! –Carol.

A few weeks back, I talked about bad guest post pitches I’ve received, and outlined some of the elements of a good one.

One writer asked if I would show some examples of pitches that were accepted here — so here are three.

One needed a little back-and-forth and refining before it was accepted, as you’ll see.

I also noticed that each of these pitches had weaknesses to them, too. Guest post pitches don’t have to be perfect — but they do have to convey that you have a strong, unique idea, know how to execute it, and have some experience in freelance writing.

The idea also needs to be something I haven’t written about before, and probably wouldn’t have thought to do otherwise.

Want to learn how to write an effective guest post pitch? Here’s what you need to know.

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How to Make $5,000 a Month With Freelance Blog Writing

How to make $5000 a month with freelance blog writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you looking to find some great-paying blogging clients? Join the club! Business blogging is one of the best entry-level types of writing to get you started as a freelancer. When I got back into freelancing in late 2005, paid blog writing caught my eye right away.

As someone coming off 12 years as a staff-writing journalist, I was fascinated by the breezy, casual, short blog-post format. So I dove in.

Soon I was earning quite a lot blogging for clients. I documented what I was doing, and the post How I Make $5,000 a Month as a Paid Blogger became one of the all-time most popular posts here at Make a Living Writing.

Recently, I got to wondering what I’d do if I wanted that level of monthly income from blog writing clients now.

My approach would be completely different, because the world of blogging has changed so much. Also, the way I did it a decade ago was a recipe for burnout. I had to churn out nearly 60 blog posts per month to make that money! That’s not sustainable.

Here are the strategies I recommend now, for becoming a well-paid freelance blogger:

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