Crime Beat: How to Cover Crime Compellingly


Writing about crime isn’t always easy, especially if you’re just getting started as a freelancer. We’ve all read newspaper features that report crime in dry monotone, yet we all know how successful a good crime novel can be. As a blogger, the trick is to strike a balance between the two. To engage readers, you need to cover crime compellingly without making it a complete work of fiction.

Here are some tips for writing great blog posts about crime, law, and justice. [Read more…]

Tips for Staying Active with a Sedentary Job

Sedentary lifestyle


For many, working from home is the dream. But those who do it note it comes with a few significant drawbacks. For one, it’s all too easy to let your suddenly sedentary lifestyle get the best of you, making you lethargic, uninspired, or downright inactive.

Combatting this takes a lot of effort, but once you get into the swing of things, it does get easier. Here are some tips for staying active while working a sedentary job. [Read more…]

Bloggers: Who Has Your Back?


Leaving corporate life to strike it out on your own as a freelancer can be scary for many reasons. Among them, the lack of benefits a typical employer provides. What do we mean by benefits? Pretty much the basics: health insurance, a 401k, and paid vacation time.

When you work for yourself, you’re more than your own boss. You’re your own company; and as that company’s most valuable employee, aren’t you entitled to be taken care of? This begs the question: who has your back? The answer, as you may have guessed, is you. Make sure you plan ahead and set yourself up for the future. This is no flight of fancy, it’s potentially your long-term career; something you may be doing until the day you retire.

Here are some tips for giving yourself the same kind of benefits you’d get while working for a major corporation. [Read more…]

Blogging Local: How to Find Freelancing Gigs in Your City


Working at home is great, but it comes with a major drawback: it’s easy to start feeling isolated if you never get the chance to leave the house. It’s quite a dilemma. You love being a freelance writer for all the opportunities and freedom it provides, but sometimes you feel like you’ve been shackled to your desk for weeks.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get out there, amidst all the action, and then come home and write about it? Here’s the good news: it’s entirely possible, if you find a freelancing gig that’s local to your community.

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5 Tips for Bloggers to Stay Healthy


Blogging professionally is one of the most rewarding careers out there. You can make a good living without trudging yourself to an office each day, counting down the hours until you can finally go home. But working independently comes with a few risk factors. Those who can do it have probably already beaten the writer’s public enemy number one: procrastination. But there’s more to worry about than distractions and writer’s block. All too often, writers can get so engrossed in their work that they forget to take care of themselves.

Without the work / home divide, it can be easy to neglect your health, or even your sanity. Here are five essential tips for staying healthy and keeping your mind sharp while working at home. [Read more…]

5 Tools for Making Your Content Visual

tools to make visual content

Editor’s note: Stephanie Norman is a freelance tutor from Sydney with 4 years of experience in professional writing. Also she is a content marketing specialist at Australian Writings, a company offering assignment help and assistance for students. Follow her at Facebook and Google+.

When you want to create killer content for your blog, website, or social media platforms, you spend hours in research, conceptualizing, writing, and editing. If you post the text without any visual incentives, you can rest assured that it won’t reach a great number of readers. The fact that photos attract over 50% more likes and over 100% more comments on Facebook should be enough to convince you to change your approach.

You cannot just locate any photo online and use it in your own publication. You can’t violate copyrights, remember? Thanks to this list of 5 tools to make visual content, you’ll be able to create your own images and attract a wider audience! [Read more…]

Is Blogging Taking a Toll on Your Eyes?

eye strain

How much do you stare at a screen every day? If you’re like the rest of us, the answer is at least a few hours. From working behind a computer all day to coming home and collapsing in front of the television for a few hours, we’re clocking an almost unimaginable amount of screen-time every single day. If you’re a blogger, professional or casual, the chances are that you’re spending even longer periods of time staring at your computer; research, writing, editing and rewriting take a tremendous amount of time, and if you’re not taking the proper precautions, your blogging might be taking a toll on your body. [Read more…]

Is Your Blog A Bore? – 5 Ways to Make Your Blog More Visually Interesting

Is Your Blog A Bore?

Black and white blog posts aren’t nearly as successful as they used to be. Though blogging is a timeless way to convey information to consumers and garner attention for your website, if you don’t have enough visual interest within that platform, you’ll have a difficult time making them stay. [Read more…]

Paid Blogging Tools to Stake Your Lives on

Paid Blogging Tools to Stake Your Lives on

Blogging is more than just a platform to share your thoughts. When in the right hands, blogging can build relationships and establish thought leadership.

These are critical factors when applying blogging to the context of building your business.

As an owner, you want to reach out to your target market so you can encourage them to buy your products or services.

To attract the right audience, you need to write irresistible content. This should compel them to read your blog, if not subscribe to it.

To reach out to your readers in the first place, you need to share your blog and posts to the right online channels.

To further the reach of your posts, you need to perform blogger outreach and off-page SEO tactics. This ensures that your content reaches out to influencers and ranks high on Google.

Putting all things together, blogging follows (but not limited to) this set of tasks:

  • Content creation
  • Blog amplification
  • Social sharing
  • Link building

As a freelance blogger, these are necessary to apply on your blogs. The tasks ensure that you blog reaches out to as many people in your target market.

If you are working alone, you will not have enough time to do each one of them on a consistent basis. This is why you have to use different tools that will make it easier for you.

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5 Places to Get Content Creation Ideas From


You always hear marketers talking about the need for original content. The problem is pretty much everything has been done before. That leaves you in a difficult position unless you hire one of the professional content creation services that will do it for you. There are still ways to put a new spin on content. Finding the inspiration can prove tricky. [Read more…]