Whether you are a blogger for your own blog or for others’ (or both!) finding the best freelance blogging jobs can sometimes be a difficult one. There are so many websites out there claiming to offer legitmate writing jobs, but there aren’t many out there that are actual, legitimate leads.
VirtualVocations is a paid monthly service, but because the job openings are checked by real people, you are saving the time it takes to sift though fake and genuine positions when determine which to apply to. The search is a little wonky, but once you get the hang of it, you can sort by freelance, telecommute, or location. You can also save jobs to keep track of what you applied to or what you want to apply to at a later date.
ProBlogger’s Job Board
Companies that are hiring on the ProBlogger job boards pay a fee to place their open position there, so the majority are high quality leads. However, this is a fairly popular free blogging job board, so expect some tough competition and be sure to apply for jobs as soon as possible. Following all instructions (such as subject lines or what samples to include) are crucial here as well.
This is another paid service, usually averaging about $10 per month (depending on how many months you pay in advance or what promo codes you can get), where the positions are found and posted by the FlexJobs staff. This interface allows you to take knowledge tests to prove your know-how to companies and also allows you to keep track of jobs you have applied for.
Craigslist IS full of spammy or low-paying jobs, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t leads to be found. Try searching for telecommuting gigs using top keywords like blogging or writer in top markets, like New York and Austin. Be sure to read the post in its entirety, check out the company, and don’t fall for claims like “earn $20,000 per month!”
If you know how to search, Google can also be a good resource. Try to find company websites that have open positions by searching things like “marketing agency hiring writers” or “blogger needed.” Experiment and see if you have any luck. If you are looking for a work from home position, be sure to words like telecommute and work from home.
In addition, Splashpress, the company that owns Blog Herald, also owns Freelance Writing Jobs, a site where you can find tips for freelance writers as well as open freelance positions you can apply to.
No matter where you find blogging jobs, be sure to make sure the company’s website and social media presence is legitimate before applying. Also, don’t get sucked in by promises of affiliate earnings.
Kelsey Jones runs her own social media and search marketing business, MoxieDot where she helps clients grow their online presence. She was voted one of the top 100 marketers of the year by Invesp in 2009 and has worked for Yelp, Run.com, and Bounty Towels. Check her out at MoxieDot and on Twitter @wonderwall7.