Expert Author Pedro Vasquez

So you want to start blogging.

How hard could it be? Everybody else is doing it. Right?


Blogging might be easy in some respects, but it's also hard in others. It's easy because you can write a 300-word article in a few minutes; it's hard because, if you are not familiar with the subject you want to write about, you first need to do research. Even when the subject is "second-nature" to you, there are several other steps that you need to take after you put that last (full-stop) period on your article and hit "Save." The following are five of the minimum steps to consider that will increase the chances that your article--your blog post--will become successful. This, of course, doesn't take into account the fact that even before you put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) you need to be certain that the subject you intend to write about actually adds value for the reader. Just writing because you can--or so you can say: "I'm a writer"-- might be self-satisfying but doesn't add to the quality of the world.

1. Spell-Check

I'm listing spell-checking first for a reason.

Regardless of how interesting the topic of your article, readers will not come back to your blog if they find that you can't write a grammar-error-free post. Even worse, they might not finish that first article you were so eager to introduce yourself to them with. To decrease the chances of this happening, you need to either do a proper spell-check yourself, or hire someone to do it for you.

If you intend to do it yourself, I recommended that you put the article you just wrote aside for a couple of days. Why? So that you can come at it with a fresh set of eyes. Don't just rely on your computer's ability to find all spelling mistakes or typos. As often these are 'real words', your computer may not identify it as being incorrect in the context in a particular sentence. You need to proof-read carefully yourself. Also, keep in mind that sometimes one spell-checking pass will not be enough, so, please, do as many of them as necessary.

If you feel that you're the wrong person for the job (of spell-checking), then you should hire someone else to do it for you. There are many resources out there. You can either hire a "proper" copy editor or, if money is an issue, you can even get a proofreader from one of the many Indi-author-friendly sites out there--like Fiverr for example--to do the spell-checking.

Whatever avenue you take, just make sure you don't post an article to your blog right after you've finished writing it. Remember what Hemmingway said? "The first draft of anything is s**t." I promise you. He knew what he was talking about. That article you just wrote? It isn't ready for prime time. Run it through the spell-check grinder before you post it. Doing so can only make you look good.

2. Share the post

Sharing your post on other social networks (like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) will give it much needed impetus. Now that you have a properly-spell-checked article posted on your blog, the next thing is for as many people as possible to read it. And how do you go about it? By putting it in front of their eyes of course.

In a perfect world, you would already be the proud owner of a one-hundred-thousand-strong e-mail list... You have one?! (I envy you). If that is the case, you need to let every person on that list know that you've just posted a new article to your blog. They should flock to read it.

Oh. That you don't have a large following yet? (I feel your pain. I'm new at this too!). You then need to ensure that your article makes it onto as many other websites as possible.

One way to do this is by posting links to your article on the most popular of the social networks out there. I'm talking Twitter. I'm talking Facebook. And, yes, I'm talking also Instagram and Pinterest. Don't have an account yet? What are you waiting for? Go on, create one now.

If you are lucky enough to know an 'Influencer', then you can ask her or him for help. Be careful, though; you can't just go around asking these busy bees for help if you don't have anything to offer them in return. Clear on that? Good.

Again. You have to help your article "get around" by doing your due diligence and helping "spread the word" via the social networks.

3. Use hashtags

Everything under the sun has a reason for being. Yes, even hashtags.

After posting your properly-spell-checked article on your blog, your first step--is to spread the word by posting links to your articles on social networks (to help get it in front of a larger audience). Another thing that will give a boost to those links? Twitter hashtags.

Hashtags make it easier for people to find your article by focusing on certain keywords, or even phrases, that describe what your article is about.

A word of caution is in order. Don't go overboard with hashtags. Use only one (two at the most). Why? Because--believe it or not--smart people out there have done studies on hashtags and their usage. What did they discover? That using three hashtags or more can actually cause people to lose interest. And that's the last thing a writer wants.

4. Use your contacts

This one also has to do with spreading the word to help your article find a bigger audience. What do you do if you don't have access to an 'Influencer?' What do you do then? Uh?
It's not that hard. In fact, it's quite easy.

What you have to do is enlist the help of those "normal," non-influencer, human beings out there that are already in your network (think Facebook friends; think people in your smartphone Contact Lists!).
Share the article with them, and ask them to turn around and share it with their own followers (we're living in a connected world. It behooves us to make use of those connections).

And not that I'm asking you to bribe every one of your contacts (or to pester them with requests regarding your work) but it would be nice if you--from time to time- took them out for coffee as a way of saying "Thank you."

5. Engage.

Last but not least, you need to take time out to make contact (interact, engage) with those readers that take the time to comment on your article. You don't have to write another article in response to their comment (though that could only help you), but even a quick "Thank you" note will suffice.
Responding to readers' comments will let them know that there's actually a human being at the other end; that it's not a bot putting out words into the ether every so many days.

Courage dear readers, and keep writing!

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Expert Author Daisy Graham Jones

Freelance blogging is a great way to earn money from blogs. Many bloggers today on the internet are willing to pay to have someone blog on their behalf. Through it is not a passive income source; you can really make good amount of money from it. Also, it can take some time to produce and write good and quality articles.

At the beginning of your freelance blogging career, you'll get paid around $ 10.00 for each post you create. This is the most common price for the article. But as you build a reputation you can earn more than 10 times than that price for the each article you create as a freelance blogger.

Things to Know at the Beginning

The first thing you should know before even looking for a Freelancing job is a satisfaction you're getting with it. It's not all about making money from it at the beginning; it's actually a fun thing to do especially if you enjoy writing.

You should also have patience for this. Yes, at the beginning you'll earn less dollars per article you write, but as your popularity and performances goes up - you'll actually get these jobs much more quickly.

Promote yourself

The best way to find writing jobs are through your own blog audience, of course, this is recommended for the beginners. You may also create a page saying you're available to hire. Also, you would put a price for your work and that depends on you of course. Those people who already read your blog or a website are the potential hirers of you.

There're so many other ways where you can get hired. I'd also recommend you to post descriptive and helpful posts on forums you regularly visit. This way you can build-up a thrust and others would like to hire you. Also, you might mention that you're available for hiring in your profile page, to let others know that you're available.

Online Freelancing Job Boards

There're a lot of places on the internet where advertisers pays for the talented writers and bloggers. There, you can apply for a job if you're meet the advertiser requirements.

Browsing through online freelancing job boards you'll find an impressive list of jobs related to the blogging. Also, you can find that many bloggers and webmasters ask for developers, web designers and practically anything you might know.

You should know that all these services allow you to place your own advertisements. Unfortunately, most of them are based on the paid inclusion. But, this way you can get a customer's much faster if you're willing to pay for some kind of online job.

Why do they hire?

There're many reasons why they hire a blogger. The most common reasons are listed below:

  • To improve traffic, popularity and visibility on the search engines
  • To build-up credibility and authority around their blogs
  • To get their blogs updated more regularly to keep visitors returning
  • To increase their own sales or leads for the products they offers

When someone hires a blogger to write for them, they usually have following factors in mind:

  • Can they write useful, unique and original article I actually can use?
  • Are they able to write good article, targeted to my audience and site niche?
  • Will I get more value back than what I pay to them?

You should care on which job you should apply. Take care about all information you can get and try to find an offer which will be most appropriate to you - according to the price and your knowledge of course.

How to improve chance to be Hired?
There're so many tips which you can apply and successfully attract others to hire you. The below tips can easily improve your chance to be hired by someone.

  • Writing Samples - It's the most important thing here. If you have a good developed blog, with many articles provided in. There's a much higher opportunity to someone hire you to write for the money if you have a well-stationed and well-trafficked quality blog.
  • Variety of Posts - Of course, you need to prove that you're capable to write an article related to their own requirements and topics. It's always good to create a test-post and send it to the potential hirer. This way a hirer can easily decide to hire you or not.
  • Other Proves - It's always good to tell them why they should hire you, instead other bloggers and job applicants. Good proves are skills in SEO, promotion and marketing techniques, image creation or anything you can use.

Think about it as a real job, try to fight for it. After you develop a good community and knowledge around you, you should get a job offers more often. At the beginning, try to convince them to hire you instead other bloggers by giving them proves and more information about you.

Freelance Jobs Prices

There're so many payment types for the freelance job you're applying to. The client can provide the price model he wants like: flat-price per post, price by the word-count or price determined by your post quality and update frequency.

Anyway, all prices and fees come down to negotiation, agreement, expectations, complexity and of course - blogger (that's you) experience and popularity.

If you're just starting out, don't expect to get more than $20.00 per post. But, for the experienced and proven blogger in a competitive niche, this value can rise up to 10 or even 20 more times up. You have to agree that's a very impressive price for just one article - right?

Final Thoughts

I've the experience in the freelance writing for other blogs. And I have to say that it's a very time-consuming job type. If you want to be paid successfully and right, you'll need to research a lot to create good and quality article for your client.

I do create a freelance deal from time to time, but I don't do that just because of money. Yes, I try to write an interesting and quality article to get paid for it when I need some money quickly. Also, I like to write and unfortunately I don't have so much time to get something serious with it right now.

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