Have you lost yours yet? Maybe you just used it as a coaster for your morning coffee or to wipe your windows on a writing-procrastination cleaning binge (we’ve all been there.) Whether you bemoaned the pages full of adverts or enjoyed the old school approach to romance in the classifieds, research from the Press Gazette found 40 local print newspapers closed in the UK in 2017. The local newspaper for my home town – a clipping of me holding a certificate was cut from this paper and remains to this day on my mother’s fridge – has just announced its end. [Read more…]
Guest blogging is one of the most effective ways to not only reach new audiences and to potentially add new backlinks to you site, it’s also a great way to improve your existing writing skills. Best of all, it’s a working method for freelance writers, bloggers, and brands of all sizes.
When you look at the average internet user today, it’s hard to know what you are going to get. They will likely come to your site for it’s content, but they will likely only read a little bit of it.
Forty-three percent of people say that they skim blog posts. If you’re going to go to the time and effort of writing guest posts, you want people to read them!
Read on to learn how to write a guest post blog that people will actually read (and that will be accepted by the site’s editors).
Follow the Guidelines
The most important rule for writing a guest blog post is to carefully read and follow the guidelines the editor sent you.
Especially if you are writing for one of the many websites that pay writers, it’s important to keep the guidelines straight.
The world’s best-written blog post can be rejected for failing to stick to the link limit or including an image from an unacceptable source.
The guidelines usually cover everything you need to know about tone, style, and word count. It may also tell you how many words you can use for your author bio and rules about your headshot.
If the guidelines are unclear, go ahead and reach out for clarification.
Use A Search Engine Friendly Structure
What good is a blog post if no one can find it? Use Google’s best practices to ensure that your blog post comes up in the first few results of an internet search.
A good structure for your blog post means that you use short paragraphs. Aim for three sentences or less per paragraph.
Use the right header tags for your headlines. Except for the title, do not use H1 header tags. Your main headings should be H2 and any headings within that section will use H3 and so on.
This will make it easier for people to read your blog post and it is also the way Google likes it. So it’s a win-win.
When you have a list, use bullet points to make the list succinct and clear. And make sure to number your recipe steps or instructions so it’s easy to follow.
Using this format will save your editor time and help you organize your ideas in the best way possible.
And when it comes to the methods you are using to create content and rank your site higher in the search results, we recommend you read through the many different blogging tips that have been compiled by more than 82 different entrepreneurs, marketing experts and site owners.
Write an Engaging Title and Descriptive Headlines
People click on a search engine result only if they like the headline.
Take time to brainstorm the perfect title. Write out three to five and choose the best one. Don’t just go with the first one you come up with.
If your headline is catchy, engaging, and clearly articulates what a reader can expect to learn on that post, you’re headed in the right direction. Quotes, statistics, and questions often make for the best blog post titles.
What about when they click and open up your post?
The first thing readers are drawn to is the headers. Give those skimmers a reason to read the section under the heading by crafting a descriptive and interesting title.
Include a Call to Action
Hooray. Someone read your guest blog post to the end, now what?
Include a call to action at the end of your post. What do you want them to do next? Subscribe to a newsletter? Comment with their thoughts?
Give the readers specific instructions and they are more likely to do it.
Looking to reach a wider audience? Read more details about the specifics of guest post outreach.
Final Thoughts on Guest Posts
Thanks for reading! We hope this quick tutorial on guest posts has given you the confidence to get your words out there.
The unfortunate thing is that most people will simply read through this post and think about how everything mentioned was a great idea, but few will actually move forward. With so many people complaining about competition online, how they have no money to invest in their business, or that they aren’t seeing any SEO or traffic to their sites… it all comes down the time, work, and effort you put in.
Guest blogging is free. It works, and it’s going to be working for a while now.
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Freelancing in any field carries risks. How can you possibly feel safe when you’re not getting a steady, guaranteed paycheck? However, experienced freelancers know the truth. With a traditional job, you could be fired or laid off at any time—meaning you have less control over your income than you do when you’re self-employed. [Read more…]
As a freelancer, you probably spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking about your income. You might wonder how long your current client base will stick around, crave a higher overall revenue stream, or worry that you aren’t making enough money to retire.
One of the best ways to address these concerns is to diversify your income stream and supplement your income with other sources. How can you accomplish it? [Read more…]
Most freelance writers aim for a target hourly rate to hit their financial and career goals, using that rate as a basis for the work they charge. For example, a writer might expect to produce one article per hour and charge $40 per article in order to make an average rate of $40 per hour. Given the salary they used to receive, this may be more or less than they were hoping for.
This is a simplified example, but it can be applied to most types of freelance work. The biggest problem with this straightforward approach is that it might give you a false sense of security about your hourly rate, or worse, cause you to calculate a rate that’s far too low to reach your goals.
So how can you figure out what you’re really making per hour? [Read more…]
Freelancing is a dream opportunity for any writer and most other professionals. You’ll get to set your own hours, choose your own clients, and have the thrill of potentially unlimited income. But starting a freelancing career from scratch is intimidating – especially if you’ve never done it before.
While working, you might be entirely self-reliant, but that doesn’t mean you have to build your freelance business alone. In fact, it’s better for you to rely on external resources for writers that can help you overcome your initial apprehensions and build the best possible career for yourself. [Read more…]
Freelancing is a thrilling yet terrifying line of work. Getting started as a freelancer is the most difficult and challenging step. Especially if you’re coming from the stability and predictability of full-time work, freelancing can seem vague, threatening and terrifying. When you’re just beginning, you’ll be on a constant hunt for freelance writing jobs. Let’s consider some popular ways to can find freelance writing jobs for beginners and get your career off the ground. [Read more…]
If you’re a freelance writer, you probably, like some of your peers, don’t have a website. You may have considered getting one but always found a reason for not doing it.
Some writers mistakenly think there’s no need for a website. They can always find clients on job search sites. Maintaining one will consume their time, which should be devoted to income-generating writing instead. It will be an expense without an assured ROI. They’re on LinkedIn and Facebook anyway. They have their bylines on their articles posted on other sites.
Some of the above excuses may be true for the short-term, but if your goal is to establish yourself as a serious writer and build your credibility, nothing beats having your own website. The world turns to the internet for information, and while social media platforms are undeniably key sources, you don’t own them. You’re just one of the thousands of freelance writers on Twitter and Facebook.When Do Freelance Writers Need to Think About Setting Up Their Own Website? Click To Tweet