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Introduction First of all, congratulations for signing up for this Freelance Writing introductory ecourse! You’ve taking the very first step in a very successful and lucrative direction. Freelance Writing is one of the fastest growing and hottest job markets on the internet today. As of this writing in 2017, there’s a massive shortage of quality, experienced freelance writers to fulfill the requirements of this growing online industry. Though you may be inexperienced and a little rough around the edges right now, by the time you’ve completed this mini e-course, you’ll have more experience and knowledge then most of the freelance writers out there! Why Freelance Writing? Freelance Writers are in HUGE demand right now and this growing industry will continue to grow for years to come. To put things in perspective, as long as the internet is around there will always be a demand for freelance writers. Most of you realize that offline jobs (especially the good paying ones) are becoming few and far between. The ones that are available are highly competitive and require a high level of education and experience. Did you know, that the average Freelance Writer makes about the same salary as a Mechanical Engineer? http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Freelance_Writer/Hourly_Rate Being a Mechanical Engineer takes years of schooling at a great cost. Do you know how much time and money you’d spend to be a freelance writer? Just a few hours to get started - and very little money invested. Freelance Writing is for you if…  You’re out of work or tired of your current offline job  You’re looking for a long term online career  You’re looking for steady income Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


 You’d like to work where you want, when you want!  You’re not looking to invest in a lot of time, energy and expense learning a new skill that’s in high demand What you DON’T need to have to be a highly paid Freelance Writer…    

Experience Education Good looks (ha!) Perfect spelling and grammar (really, you don’t)

Now that we have the intro out of the way, let’s get started into the meat and potatoes! I’m sure you’re eager to learn what Freelance Writing is all about and you want to start making some money! I’m excited for you, too. So let’s begin!

Freelance Writing – Where to Start? There are literally thousands of paid writing opportunities on the web at this very moment for people just like you. No writing experience or prior education? No problem. Did you know that some of the most famous and successful writers out there today have very little education? On top of that, they’ve had little to no writing experience either! What is most important, is that you have the desire and ambition to be successful as a writer. How do you know if writing is for you? The best place to start is to think of all of your interests. What do you find inspiring? What are your hobbies? Do you have a past career or job that you’re knowledgeable in? Chances are, whatever your interests may be, you’ll be darn good writing about them! And the chances are even better that someone, somewhere on this planet, has a website or online business that aligns with the same interests as you.

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These people with the same interests as you are likely trying to sell to others through their websites. How do they do this? Through the power of the written word, of course! So, for example, let’s say I have a very strong interest in woodworking. It’s not something I did for a living in the past, but it’s a hobby of mine that I’m very passionate about. I know a lot about wood working and I could think of a few hundred topics right off the top of my head that I could share with others about it. So, I’ve found an interest that I’m passionate and knowledgeable about. Let’s have a look online to see if there are any websites that align with this interest. To start, let’s go to Google.com and search for “how to do wood working”.

As you can see below, there are over 191,000,000 results in google for the term “how to do wood working”. That is a lot of websites who share the same interest in woodworking as I do!

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Now, let’s have a look at one of these websites. One that really caught my eye was the article on http://woodgears.ca/beginner/ Have a look at the article on this page – it’s very informative and engaging. Anyone new to woodworking would likely read this whole article and click on a few links within the article as well. The big question is, why is this website owner giving away this information for absolutely free? What’s in it for him/her? Have a look at the image below, and I’ll explain what his motives are behind this website.

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The image you see above is a PPC (Pay Per Click) Ad. The website owner earns revenue whenever someone clicks on this ad – likely between .25 cents to $5.00 per click. He has these ads throughout every page on his website and earns revenue through Google Adsense with all of the clicks he receives. So, while he’s writing articles about something he’s passionate about, he’s also earning revenue with his Google Adsense PPC ads! This guy might be writing some of his own articles. But it’s also very likely he’s paying for someone else to writing articles for him, too. Why would he pay someone to write articles for his website? Well, writing is time consuming, and many website owners are too busy maintaining their websites and their business to write content for their websites. And this is where you come in! Now, let’s look at the easiest and most popular types of paid writing jobs available online today. Then, we’ll talk about where you can find paid writing opportunities and also how you can improve your typing quality and speed (using this free tool!).

Freelance Writing – Articles, Blog Posts and Website Content There are many forms of paid writing opportunities online today. But for now, we’re going to focus on just a few that pay very well, and are most abundant. These are:  Website Articles Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


 Blog Posts  Website Content

Blog Post – Example and Explanation Let’s have a look at the wood working website once more. http://woodgears.ca/beginner/ It’s pretty obvious that whoever wrote this “article” is very knowledgeable about woodworking and passionate about anything and everything about woodworking. The article is nice and long (about 1000 words) and very detailed. However, there is one important thing to take from this article – the author is not an expert writer! The “voice” of the article is very casual and personable, like he’s writing some advice to a friend. There are also spelling and grammar mistakes throughout the article. But – do you think anyone reading this article who is interested in learning how to do wood working really cares (or notices)? Nope! They don’t. Why? It’s because the website is providing value. There’s lots of free information and links to free projects – just what people love! Hopefully, the readers will click on a few of his PPC Ads and earn the website owner a little bit of money in the meantime. This article is a great example of how anyone with a passion about something can write to the masses and gain exposure while making a little (or a lot!) of money in the process. While the writing isn’t without its flaws, the value in the content is there – and that’s what all people on the internet are looking for! Remember that I told you this article was very “casual” in nature? It’s quite conversational and the author of this article makes no mistake in giving his/her own advice and opinions throughout the article. Most articles are not quite as Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


conversational, but are more based on stating the facts only. I would consider the article to be more suited for the “blog” style of writing. A “blog post” is more casual in nature and can be written in the first person (using “I”, “myself”, etc.) A blog post can be opinionated and can make suggestions to the reader.

Website Article - Example and Explanation On the other hand, the main purpose of an “article” is to inform only. It will not be written in the first person, but in the 2nd or 3rd person and will not be casual in nature. Here is a good example of an article. Notice the style of writing and the voice it’s written in: http://woodworking.about.com/od/safetyfirst/tp/safetyRules.htm Notice the difference between the two? Quite different styles of writing, don’t you think? Below are the main differences between an “Article” and a “Blog Post”:

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Now that you know the difference between an article and a blog post, let’s move on to one more popular type of “content” you’ll find on the internet today Website Content.

Website Content – Example and Explanation Website content usually has one main purpose – to give visitors an idea of what a website is about. This could be anything from describing a product, service or just about anything. The content within the website will usually include some type of “call to action”. That is, it leads the reader to take some sort of action, usually to buy something or sign up to their website owner’s mailing list. Let’s have a look at a website that shows a good example of this. http://www.blackmountainplumbing.com/

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The above website is a plumber located in San Diego, CA. The content on the main page of the website explains what the company does and its background. You’ll also notice links within the main page of the website (Contact Us, Schedule an Appointment, Links to Discount Offers). These are all considered “Call to Action” links or buttons. Once the website visitor reads what the company has to offer, they have many options to avail of the services offered by the company. Now that you know the difference between an Article, Blog Post and Website Content, let’s have a look at a really neat way you can improve your type quality and speed.

Want to Improve Your Keyboard Skills? Try This! In order to make money as a freelance writer, you’ll need to have decent typing skills. No, you don’t need to be a typing super star! But you should be able to type at least 30-40 words per minute. My typing skills have been at the 40 wpm area for the past 10 years, and I can easily tackle a 500 word article in about 30-40 minutes (research and writing included). There’s a really helpful tool online that will help you improve your typing speed and accuracy – it’s amazing. I recommend it to all of my students and all that have used it have seen improvements in their typing skills within just 1 day. I highly recommend it – even better, use it as much or as little as you want - it’s totally free! Check it out below: Typeonline.co.uk

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If you’re complete new to keyboarding and typing, I would suggest you get your typing speed up to at least 20 words per minutes before taking on any writing jobs. If your typing skills are not up to snuff, you might be spending hours upon hours completing just one piece of writing! In order to make it worth your while, you’ll need to be able to type quickly and accurately. Learn how to use ALL of the important keys using ALL of your fingers. This will help you type quickly and make corrections quickly too. Now that our keyboarding skills are up to snuff, let’s have a look at how to get started researching and writing your first article.

The Next Step - Getting Started as a Freelance Writer So, now we know the difference between an article, website content and a blog post – but how exactly do you research and write an article? Next, I’ll show you the exact process I use for researching and writing articles – it’s really not that hard! Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


Let’s say I found a writing job that’s asking for a 500-600 word article about “Florida Vacation Tips”. Well, I’m not too familiar with Florida myself, so what do I do? I visit my friend Google of course! And I proceed to do a search on the topic for my article.

Now, I’m going to pick 3 websites in the top 10 search results in Google and open each one in a new tab on my browser.

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Right click on each website link in the search results, and click “Open Link in a New Tab”.

We now have 3 websites that will provide us with all the information we need to write our article on “Florida Vacation Tips”. Now that we have our topic, how are we going to structure our article? Generally, I structure my articles like you see below: 1. Title of Article (4 to 8 words and make it interesting!) 2. Opening Paragraph (this is where you’ll explain the purpose of the article) usually 60 – 100 words in length 3. Body (this can be anywhere from 3 to 10 paragraphs (or more, depending on the length of the article). This is where you’ll expand your ideas and inform the reader about the topic. Create separate sub-titles for each paragraph to keep the reader engaged. 4. Closing paragraph The closing paragraph briefly explains the benefits that the reader will get from following the advice we wrote about in the body of the article. The closing paragraph can be anywhere from 60-100 words long.

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Planning and Writing the Article – From Start to Finish The Title (Headline) First, we need to write a compelling title. Since our topic/keyword is “Florida Vacation Tips”, a few great titles (or headlines) would be: Planning a Vacation to Florida? Don’t Miss These Attractions! Florida Vacation Attractions to Make Your Trip a Memorable One! Visit These Attractions to Make Your Florida Vacation Unforgettable! Note: If the client requests a keyword or key phrase integrated in the article (which in our case, would be “Florida Vacation Attractions”), we want to make sure that the keyword is in our title, first or second sentence, and sprinkled a few times throughout our article. The Opening Paragraph The opening paragraph will give you the opportunity to engage with the reader and briefly describe how they’ll benefit from reading the rest of the article. In most cases, I like to open with a question – followed by a brief outline of what they’ll be learning in the following paragraphs. For example: Planning a fun-filled trip to the sunny state of Florida soon? Prepare ahead of time and be sure to include these Florida vacation attractions to your itinerary and make your vacation one your family will never forget! There’s so much to do and see in this popular tourist destination, and we’ve done our research to answer questions that most visitors to Florida have before booking their trip. Keep reading, as we’ll reveal where the best beaches are, which hotels offer the best value, and attractions that you won’t want to miss! Note: You’ll see I’ve inserted our keyword “Florida Vacation Attractions” in the second sentence. Also notice how I started the paragraph with a question? This keeps the reader engaged, and entices them to read the rest of the article.

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The last sentence gives them an idea of what they’ll be learning in the rest of the article, and offers some enticement to read even further. This is also referred to as a “transitional sentence” which you’ll be using in the remainder of your paragraphs as well (with the exception of the closing paragraph). This “transitional sentence” merely gives readers a taste of what they’ll be reading in the next few paragraphs. Stick to this format of constructing opening paragraphs, and you’ll be writing articles your clients will love! Body (3 to 5 Paragraphs) This is the meat and potatoes of our article and where we’ll let the reader in on the scoop. It’s a good idea to write sub-titles for each of your body paragraphs to help guide the reader’s eyes through the article. Don’t be afraid to include lists and bullet points, either! Remember, keep your paragraphs short by separating your ideas into smaller chunks – no one likes reading huge blocks of text! Must See Beaches in Florida Florida is well known for its beautiful beaches, soft white sand and azure blue waters - a swimmer’s paradise! While most people tend to flock to beaches in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, there are some that are even more beautiful that you definitely don’t want to miss! Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg are two of the most highly rated beaches in the world, as well as Gulf Islands National Seashore – rated #1 in all of Florida. After a day at the beach, there’s nothing better than heading back to the hotel for a night of food, fun and relaxation. Next, we’ll look at some of the best rated hotels in Florida which offer good value for the money, and the best amenities. Top Rated Hotels in Florida If you’re looking for a combination of value, comfort and amenities, there are a few Florida beach hotels that fit the bill! Double Tree Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Super 8 Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hotel, and Best Western Oceanfront Beach Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


Hotel in Jacksonville all offer affordable rooms with an ocean view, great restaurants, and a refreshing beachside pool. All are family and pet friendly and offer great discounts on a regular basis. Would you like to skip the hotel restaurant and opt for some fine Florida dining? Next, we’ll check out some of the most popular, mouth-watering restaurants in Florida with raving customer reviews! Best Florida Seafood Restaurants Florida is best known for its fresh, mouth watering seafood. But, with so many seafood restaurants scattered throughout the state, how do you choose? Based on taste, location and style, we’ve narrowed the 5 best seafood restaurants down to the following;     

Rustic Inn Crabhouse, Ft. Lauderdale Sunset Waterfront Cafe & Bar, Cocoa Beach Bayside Hut Seafood, Key Biscayne Shingleton’s Seafood Shack, Mayport Fl. Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar in Port Canaveral

All of these amazing, off-the-beaten-path seafood restaurants offer only the freshest, tastiest seafood with seaside views and a wonderful dining atmosphere that will keep you coming back for more! Aside from having some of the tastiest seafood restaurants in the country and most beautiful beaches in the world, Florida also has some fun attractions suited for the whole family! Below are some of the popular attractions that are a must see during your Florida vacation. Popular Florida Attractions While most people flock to the major attractions, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios, there are many alternatives that are just as exciting and much more affordable! Here are 5 that you’ll absolutely want to check out:  Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, Fl. Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


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Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater Fl. Rapids Water Park, West Palm Beach, Fl. Seaworld, Orlando, Fl. Wet n’ Wild Waterpark, Orlando, Fl.

All of these attractions are well suited for the whole family and are fantastic alternatives to the busier, more popular (and more expensive!) alternatives. Closing Paragraph (60-100 words) The closing paragraph is a general summary of what was written in the body of the article and may even point out a few extra bits of information. The last sentence will usually end with a statement to leave the reader feeling excited and confident about the information they’ve just read. If your client requests links to the web resources you’ve used (where you’ve pulled your information from), you can list your resources just below your closing paragraph. Here’s a good example of a closing paragraph for this article: Florida is a tropical playground for both kids and adults with an unlimited amount of entertainment options for the whole family! Be sure to pick up as many coupon books as you can in your travels, as the savings inside will save you an extra 30-50% more on hotels, restaurants and family attractions. These are usually available in hotels, rest-stops and restaurants just inside the welcome areas. We hope you’ll find these Florida vacation tips useful on your next trip to the sunshine state! Resources: Link 1 here Link 2 here Link 3 here Etc.

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The Completed Article Planning a Vacation to Florida? Don’t Miss These Attractions! Planning a fun-filled trip to the sunny state of Florida soon? Prepare ahead of time and be sure to include these Florida vacation attractions to your itinerary and make your vacation one your family will never forget! There’s so much to do and see in this popular tourist destination, and we’ve done our research to answer questions that most visitors to Florida have before booking their trip. Keep reading, as we’ll reveal where the best beaches are, which hotels offer the best value, and attractions that you won’t want to miss! Must See Beaches in Florida Florida is well known for its beautiful beaches, soft white sand and azure blue waters - a swimmer’s paradise! While most people tend to flock to beaches in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, there are some that are even more beautiful that you definitely don’t want to miss! Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg are two of the most highly rated beaches in the world, as well as Gulf Islands National Seashore – rated #1 in all of Florida. After a day at the beach, there’s nothing better than heading back to the hotel for a night of food, fun and relaxation. Next, we’ll look at some of the best rated hotels in Florida which offer good value for the money, and the best amenities. Top Rated Hotels in Florida If you’re looking for a combination of value, comfort and amenities, there are a few Florida beach hotels that fit the bill! Double Tree Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Super 8 Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hotel, and Best Western Oceanfront Beach Hotel in Jacksonville all offer affordable rooms with an ocean view, great Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


restaurants, and a refreshing beachside pool. All are family and pet friendly and offer great discounts on a regular basis. Would you like to skip the hotel restaurant and opt for some fine Florida dining? Next, we’ll check out some of the most popular, mouth-watering restaurants in Florida with raving customer reviews! Best Florida Seafood Restaurants Florida is best known for its fresh, mouth watering seafood. But, with so many seafood restaurants scattered throughout the state, how do you choose? Based on taste, location and style, we’ve narrowed the 5 best seafood restaurants down to the following;     

Rustic Inn Crabhouse, Ft. Lauderdale Sunset Waterfront Cafe & Bar, Cocoa Beach Bayside Hut Seafood, Key Biscayne Shingleton’s Seafood Shack, Mayport Fl. Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar in Port Canaveral

All of these amazing, off-the-beaten-path seafood restaurants offer only the freshest, tastiest seafood with seaside views and a wonderful dining atmosphere that will keep you coming back for more! Aside from having some of the tastiest seafood restaurants in the country and most beautiful beaches in the world, Florida also has some fun attractions suited for the whole family! Below are some of the popular attractions that are a must see during your Florida vacation. Popular Florida Attractions While most people flock to the major attractions, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios, there are many alternatives that are just as exciting and much more affordable! Here are 5 that you’ll absolutely want to check out:  Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, Fl.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater Fl. Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


 Rapids Water Park, West Palm Beach, Fl.  Seaworld, Orlando, Fl.  Wet n’ Wild Waterpark, Orlando, Fl. All of these attractions are well suited for the whole family and are fantastic alternatives to the busier, more popular (and more expensive!) alternatives. Florida is a virtual playground for both kids and adults with an unlimited amount of entertainment options for the whole family! Be sure to pick up as many coupon books as you can in your travels, as the savings inside will save you an extra 30-50% or more on hotels, restaurants and family attractions. These are usually available in hotels, rest-stops and restaurants just inside the welcome areas. We hope you’ll find these Florida vacation attraction tips useful on your next trip to the sunshine state! Resources: Link 1 here Link 2 here Link 3 here Etc. There you have it! This completed article is approximately 560 words in length and took me all of 30 minutes to research and write. Clients usually pay between $10 (on the low end – for new writers) and $50 or higher for a quality article just like this. Important! DO-NOT copy content word-for-word from your resources. This is plagiarism and you could find yourself in serious trouble with your clients! Instead, gather the most important information from your resource (the website) and put this information into your own words.

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Don’t worry if you have writers block at first – this is completely normal - practice makes perfect! And always remember – you’re getting paid for your work, and you’ll be helping website owners gain thousands of new readers for years and years to come. Yes, people will actually be reading your articles and taking your advice! Exciting isn’t it? Now that you know how to research and write an article, let’s look at other types of content you’ll be writing - more specifically, website content.

Website Content There are different types of website content that you’ll be required to write which serve different purposes. Some content will be in the form of articles (like you learned how to write above) while others will be written to “teach” or “inform” the reader of a product or service and will be longer. The most popular type of web content you’ll be writing are called “pillar” type articles. These types of articles (website content) are also called “Flagship Articles” or “Cornerstone Articles”. Pillar content can best be described as… “Pillar content is most commonly a tutorial style article which is written to teach or inform the reader of something important. In most cases, a Pillar article is 8001500 words in length and features some very exclusive advice and tips for the reader. Pillar content will usually stand the test of time and provide excellent insight and value on a particular subject for years to come. Ideally, a website should feature more Pillar style articles and content in order to increase engagement among readers.” So, what does having Pillar type content on a website accomplish? To put it short and sweet, a Pillar article does a few important things…  It attracts and retains more readers

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 It will continue to serve as one of the most important pieces of content on a website and bring web traffic for years to come.  It will attract links from other websites (great for SEO purposes).  It can be used as a “feature” article on a website where readers can access and read it easily (Home Page or Featured Articles Section).  It will stay popular and relevant to readers for years and years to come. Now that we know the purpose of Pillar content, how do you create and write a Pillar article? Let’s have a look at the different types of Pillar content below and how they’re formatted: 1. “How-To” Article A “How-To” article is the perfect piece of Pillar content. It teaches writers how to do something and will need little revision over time. Writing this type of Pillar content requires the writer to either a) do extensive research, or b) be an expert on the subject. Some examples of Pillar content in “How to” format, are…  For a website about dogs, you could write a how-to article on how to train your dog to sit and roll over.  For a food website, you could write how-to articles on how to prepare some of the most popular dishes.  For a business consultant, you could write a how-to article about how to market your business with little no money.  For jobs and career related website, you could write a how-to article on career advancement. Pillar type “how-to” articles should be relevant to the niche as well tell an engaging story at the same time. 2. The “Definition” Article

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Some readers are completely in the dark when it comes to understanding certain concepts they’re new to. Writing an article that clearly defines a subject and makes things clearer to a reader does serve as Pillar type content. A “definition” article will explain certain concepts in simple terms so the reader can understand. A good definition article will be clear to understand and written in your own words. It’s also a good idea to link out to other websites which will explain things further for the reader. This very guide you are reading is a very good example of a combined “how-to” article and a “definition” style article. These two are simply combined to create a very useful guide or e-course! 3. The “Argument” or “Theory” Pillar Article This type of Pillar content is best used when writing about politics, environmental issues and business content. A “theory” type pillar article will offer a unique perspective on a specific issue which will usually spark conversation and engagement among readers – which is very important! When writing a “theory” article, find a unique angle that no one has written about yet. It should be unique from anything else you’ve found online and prompt the reader to share it via social media. This type of Pillar content can cause quite a stir and could easily go viral (spread quickly via social media). Once this happens, the website it’s featured on could see a ton of new traffic! 4. Free Report, e-Course or Whitepaper This is by far one of the most popular types of pillar related content. A whitepaper is a more informative and professional type of “how-to” article - much like an ecourse, but much more compressed (between 2 and 10 pages in length). These types of Pillar content can be either converted to a PDF for download or shared on a website and linked between different articles.

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A Free Report, e-course or whitepaper should be an all-encompassing solution to a problem and it will establish yourself (or the website) as an expert or authority on that particular subject. 5. “List” style Pillar Content These types of Pillar articles are very popular and gobbled up by readers! People love lists, and they also serve to solve a particular problem and spark new ideas. Popular headlines for “list” type content are: “10 Ways to Get a Promotion at Work” “7 Ways to Double Your Income in 30 Days” “5 Things You Should Know Before Renewing Your Auto Insurance” “20 Money Savings Tips That Banks Aren’t Telling You” When you write “list” type content, make it unique and useful – not just re-hashed information you’ve scraped from the web. This information should be mostly exclusive and provide huge value to the reader. It’s proven that websites that feature “list” type articles attract 10 times more traffic then websites that do not – keep that in mind! Now that you have a good grasp about what the different types of content are and their purpose, it’s time to start making some money!

Let’s Start Making Some Money! You’ll be surprised to hear that finding paid writing work online is actually the easiest part! There are literally thousands of paid writing opportunities online at this very moment – even for writers who are just getting started in the industry. Upwork is the most popular freelance website online that offers great paying freelance writing opportunities. Go ahead and sign up and get a feel for the website– it’s free to join. Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


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Getting Started with UpWork – Your Contractor Profile After signing up with Upwork, you’ll want to do a few things to make your contractor profile professional and attractive. The very first order on the list would be to write a few paragraphs about the service you offer. As you’re a freelance writer, your profile description should read something like this: Looking for a professional, dedicated writer to help make your online presence stand out from the rest? I’m a talented, established freelance writer specializing in content creation. My areas of expertise are:    

Professional Website Content Article Research and Creation Blog Posts Product Descriptions

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I look forward to working with you! To our success, [Your Name] Note: Please don’t copy this word for word! Instead, use it to get some ideas to create your own Upwork profile. Now that you have your profile description complete, make sure to add a decent picture of yourself to your profile as well. Try and upload one that’s not too serious looking – go for a relaxed look and make sure to smile! Also, no full body pics – that’s not very professional – a picture showing your shoulders and your face is just the ticket. Selecting Your Areas of Expertise Since you’re now officially a Freelance Writer, your areas of expertise will be in the “Writing and Research” niche. I recommend you select categories that suit your level or writing, such as you see below:

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Web Content Article and Blog Writing Creative Writing Web Research Data Entry

If you feel comfortable enough selecting categories not directly related to freelance writing, feel free to do so. However, I would recommend sticking to these 5 until you build up enough experience and confidence to make a go in other categories. When you’re satisfied with your profile and category selections, take the time to complete the rest of your profile. You can find everything you need to know – along with instructions – via the link below: Setting Up Your Upwork Profile – Everything You Need to Know

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Gaining Instant Experience – Creating and Publishing Your Own Work You’ll find that many clients have a requirement to see examples of your published writing work online. Not a published writer? No worries – you will be in less than 24 hours! The quickest way to do this is to create your own free website/blog and publish the articles you’ve created to it. You can easily create a free website using the 3 popular web publishing platforms below:  Wordpress.com  Blogger.com  Weebly.com All of these free website platforms are very easy to set up – even if you have no previous experience building websites – they’re virtually “drag and drop” platforms that require no coding knowledge whatsoever. To help you with setting up your new website/blog, here are a few helpful links to get you well on your way:  Getting Started with Wordpress.com  Getting Started with Blogger.com  Getting Started with Weebly.com I personally like the Wordpress.com blogging platform, as it’s the one I’ve been using for many years. However, they’re all very user-friendly and offer some very nice templates! Now that you have your new, free website (make sure you select the FREE version of each site – don’t select any of the paid options) it’s time to write up some articles or blog posts to populate it with! Choose a topic that you’re familiar with - one that’s easy for you to write about. What you decide to write about is totally up to you! However, try to pick topics that will be of some help to others. Try to create at least five 500-1000 word articles and publish to your new website. Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


Note: If you’d like your articles reviewed before you publish them to your website, send them over to me: raymondbellevue@gmail.com I’ll go over them and give you any tips/suggestions and point out any corrections that need to be made before you publish them. However, if you’re comfortable with the way they are, go ahead and publish them! Also, try to add some related pictures to your new posts – it makes them more appealing and takes just a few extra seconds. You can find a huge selection of free, public domain pictures at: http://pixabay.com Once you’re done publishing your new content to your very own website, you can now head back to Upwork and start looking for paid writing jobs!

Finding and Applying for Writing Jobs on Upwork Now that you have your Upwork profile complete, and your new website published, it’s now time to start looking for some writing gigs! You’ll find plenty of jobs to apply for in each of your categories, however, there are a few things to be aware of before applying for any particular job:  Make sure the job is fixed price, not hourly (this will allow you to work on multiple writing projects at once, as your hours are not tracked via the Upwork interface)  Make sure the requester has a verified payment source  Make sure the requester has some feedback from other contractors  Don’t apply for low paying writing jobs (eg. $1 for a 500 word article). As a new writer, your writing is worth at least 1 cent per word. The more experience you gain, the more you can charge (that’s $5 per 500 words)

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 Make sure the job description is clear and concise – details should include the topic, keywords (if any), type of content required, deadlines and type of website you’ll be writing for. The more information you have, the better.  Don’t be afraid to over bid the budget the requester sets out. If you see a job that has a budget for $25 for five, 500 word articles – and you notice all of the applicants have profiles that offer nothing special – bid an extra $5-10 bucks! Don’t be afraid to make yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd.  “Stand Out From the Rest!” This is key. When applying for a writing job, write out your query specifically for that job - try to connect with the client on a personal level and explain why you’re the best candidate for the job. This works almost every time and you’re 10x likely to get hired above everyone else!  Link your Paypal/Bank account to your Upwork profile in order to withdraw funds from your Upwork account.  Last but not least, make sure you complete your tasks on time. And, keep the lines of communication open with your client. You’ll gain long term clients this way and higher feedback!

We’ve covered quite a bit in this Freelance Writing Introductory e- Course! You’ve learned:     

What freelance writing is How to write an article, blog post and website content How to improve your typing speed How to create a free website and establish yourself as a published writer How to create a professional looking Upwork profile and what to look for when apply for writing jobs  What to do before applying for Freelance Writing jobs on Upwork Still have some questions or need some advice? Send me an email: raymondbellevue@gmail.com and make sure to check out the eCareers.Online Blog! Visit Our Blog at eCareers.Online


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