Your five-step guide to writing guest blog posts

Posted on: October 20th, 2013

Writing guest posts on other people’s blogs is a great way of:

  • reaching a new audience
  • increasing your online profile
  • boosting traffic to your site.

You will get the chance to add your author’s bio at the end of your post, with a link back to your site. So, if people like what they have read in your guest post, they may well head on over to your own blog and see what else of interest you have to say.

And the link back to your site has the added advantage that it gives you extra ‘Google juice’. The more respected the blog is that your guest post appears on, the higher quality the link, in Google’s eyes.

Here are five action points for you:

Action 1
Make a list of the blogs you would like to guest post for. Be bold and aim for those with high levels of traffic.

Are you on track to achieving your goals in 2013?

Posted on: May 12th, 2013

Now that we are well into the second quarter of the year, how much progress have you made so far to achieving your freelance goals for 2013?

If you made goals in January but you put the piece of paper you wrote them on away in a drawer, now is the time to find that piece of paper and remind yourself what your goals actually were.

If you haven’t yet done so, write a list of every little task you need to do to help turn your goals into reality.

For example, if it’s to ‘launch a new website by September’, some of the items on your list might be:

  • Write a brief for the designer
  • Appoint a designer
  • Write the text (or appoint someone to write it for you)
  • Choose images
  • Etc etc
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Five top tips on how to start a blog

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012

If you are looking to start a blog but aren’t quite sure what the first steps are you need to take, here are my five top tips:

1. Choose a subject

  • What are you an expert on?
  • Who are you targeting?
  • What do they want to learn?
  • What need do they have that you can fulfil?
  • How will your blog make a difference to them?
  • What will make them want to read it?
  • Where can you provide most value – what can you add to the blogosphere?

2. Ascertain demand

  • How many blogs already exist on your chosen subject? (There’s obviously room for several blogs on the same topic in the blogosphere but don’t try and enter a hugely competitive area)
  • Take a note of what do these blogs cover exactly – try and make your blog come from a slightly different angle
  • Sign up to these blogs and read them regularly

Five Ways for Bloggers to Live the Dotcom Lifestyle

Posted on: October 13th, 2011

Following on from my post last week on why freelancers should blog, here is a guest post from Timothy Ng who explains how bloggers can enjoy living the dotcom lifestyle.

If you blog and want to earn an income from your blogging activities, you are probably searching for a lifestyle that will give you

  • More time
  • More money
  • The ability to be located anywhere in the world

Here are five tips on how bloggers can achieve this Dotcom Lifestyle.

Tip 1 – Work Smarter Not Harder

It all boils down to improving your blogging efficiency. Time is the motivating factor and you can become more efficient by implementing the following two points:

10 reasons why every freelancer should have a blog

Posted on: October 5th, 2011

Everyone I speak to seems to have a blog these days. And there’s a very good reason for this. Well, I can actually think of at least ten good reasons. Here are my thoughts on why a blog can help your freelance business.

1. The content in your posts will position you as an expert. You will be seen as the ‘go to’ person (assuming you write valuable content, of course).

2. If you link your blog to your website, it will help drive more traffic to your site.

3. Your blog can be a source of income. You can sign up to affiliate deals and run adverts (eg: Google Adsense). They’re free to sign up to and every time someone clicks on an advert or buys an item through your affiliate link, you earn money. You can also sell your own products on your blog, such as ebooks, online courses, apps etc.

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