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Effective writing is the key to ensuring a good readership base–this is true of anything that you may be promoting– your website, your products, or just yourself as a writer. Unless you offer some meat to the reader, they won’t come back. This would bring us to our next point–should one then write only about saleable topics? Or should one write in such a manner that we make our topics saleable? I’d suggest the latter. True winners always chose the unbeaten path and slow and steady wins the race.

While we are discussing the unbeaten path or topics that already do not have endless promoters we also should consider how we promote our topics. Remember, when it comes to researching on the internet– people search everything, people basically come to the internet as a one-stop-shop for information. So, as long as you are providing good solid information on any topic be sure that your article will be searched.

Not every one comes to the internet looking for 10 tips on how to make easy money. Many come to look for genuine information and the topics they look for could be as varied as looking for a recipe or information on computer hardware to written works of Shakespeare or even a research thesis on biochemistry.

If you provide knowledge that makes for interesting reading, you should not be worried about driving traffic to your website. An important point to consider when you settle for topics that figure in the list of top-searched topics in Google search engine rankings is– you are inviting plenty of competition. Remember, all the online marketing gurus are promoting just these topics– these markets are already saturated and basically everybody is providing the same information with just a few changes.

This brings us to our next point– what then is effective writing? It’s not always about what your natural inclinations or tastes are– it is often about how well you know your craft? So, whatever topic you choose to write about, make sure you know how to present your information. Here are a few points to bear in mind when writing for any topic—

 1. Think about your target audience and address them: always write keeping your audience in mind. If you are writing for the layman– then keep things simple, but, if you are writing for somebody who, already knows the topic then write accordingly, you have to cater to your niche audience.

2. Make sure your article has a clear purpose: you should not keep rambling on and on about a certain topic. Write with a clear purpose in mind and that should be to impart information or educate about your product–so, there should be maximum information offered about your subject matter in the article.

3. The article should have a logical outline: somewhere in school we had learnt that every piece of writing should have a beginning, middle and an end– this still holds true. Write your article by introducing your topic and addressing your audience– somewhat like a stage performance, where you briefly state what you are there for and then you start your act. Give more information and gradually direct the reader to a logical conclusion. Your article should read like a well made film, where the reader is clamoring for more.

4.Try to gauge the reader’s mind: after you have written your article think what kind of questions your readers might have once they have read your article and try and answer them. Read through and analyze every sentence that you have written and make sure every word adds value to your content.

5. Avoid repeating information: a common mistake that people make while writing on any topic is– they get carried away and start repeating the same thing albeit in different words. They keep making the same point by using either different examples, or they keep playing with words. The disadvantage of this is that it will either drive the intelligent reader away or they would rate you as a writer who has little information to impart. One also has to understand that people who read content are generally impatient– if, they don’t get what they want, they quickly move on. Always remember that short is sweet.

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As a freelancer who is constantly looking for tools to improve her craft, I have found many useful tools and resources on the internet and they are FREE ( that word is like music to my ears!) Let me not waste more of your time by talking about myself and let’s begin some action!

The first one that I have found is called the word web, it is a free dictionary and thesaurus, provides word meanings, synonyms and audio pronunciations of words. Just go to the link provided and download the dictionary for free. It sits pretty on your menu bar with a ‘W’ sign on it.

If you want to fine tune your grammar, ( everybody needs a little help at times) I found a site that is run by a professor emeritus and it explains all the grammar rules with excellent examples. He doesn’t just explain, subject and predicate with examples like, “ Mary is a good girl.” and then simplistically explaining that “Mary” is the subject in the sentence and the rest is the predicate. He breaks down everything beautifully.  Most sentences are not so simple and there are some very complex sentence constructions. Check out, powa. Just sign up and start the grammar lessons

Poewar is another great writer’s resource.  This site not just offers tips to freelance writers, but also lists writing jobs in USA, lessons in writing and grammar tips. I think you can spend quite some time browsing through this site. If you want to go the next step as a freelance writer, I heavily recommend this one.

I won’t inundate you with a list of sites as each site has so much to offer that even if you follow one or two rigorously I assure you, you will get all the information as a freelance writer that you require. One more blog that I recommend for newbies  in the field of writing is the writing mommies blog. They offer plenty of suggestions and all the information is simply presented.

This is one of the best resources for people who want to know how to write press releases. It offers you a proper format and then allows you to view the final version as it would appear in Press. Start writing press releases and make money.

I guess these resources should be good for today. More gems later. Keep watching this space.

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Are you a book lover– who has strong opinions about any particular book? You can easily earn by writing book reviews. There are plenty of online publishers that pay for book reviews. You could even write a book review for your local newspaper or magazine.

Begin by defining the genre to which the book belongs, that is whether it is a fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography etc. List the title, author and the publisher.

Briefly summarize the theme if it’s a novel. If it’s a non-fiction book then provide  an overview, which includes  a paraphrase of the book quote some interesting lines from the book. You could even do that when reviewing a work of fiction.

When you are briefly summarizing the story line be careful that you do not reveal the whole plot and ruin the book for the readers. Make sure that whatever you quote or reveal just highlights the book and nothing more.

Go on to discuss your opinion of the book, what you liked and what you did not. Substantiate every statement with a logical reason. If you are reviewing a non-fiction book then discuss the author’s opinions and state what you agreed with and what you didn’t agree with. You could even present a different perspective, if you have one.

Also, clearly state what was weak in the plot or how the writer could have presented things differently. Try to relate the book to other books by the same author or similar books by other authors. Suggest how the book relates to real life situations and would it have an impact on the readers or not.

Briefly end by summarizing the book and state whether you recommend the book to the readers or not. You could even do this by awarding stars or points to the book.

 

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Blogging is a hobby and many people blog for fun. Today anybody and everybody has a blog. The rich and famous have ghostwriters working overtime to maintain their blogs and the common man like you and me writes our own blog.

Each one has a story to tell or opinions, thoughts and ideas to express. The kind of blogs I have mentioned are personal blogs, more like a personal diary, where you can write about your take on things, your ideas, opinions, your pet peeves, like in my other blog I wrote about the demand for US/UK native writers.

On the other hand there are niche blogs or commercial blogs where people sell their services or products. Some people review products for other companies and get paid in cash or kind to do so.

As per the latest regulation if you are reviewing a product in your blog you have to disclose your link with that person. Whether you got paid to endorse their product etc.

But these regulations aside, some people run interesting blogs that function like magazines and they want writers or bloggers to blog for them. I have compiled a list of blogs that pay you to post or review. I hope the list is useful to you.

The first one on my list is blogger party. This site does not pay you upfront, but you get to share the Google adsense revenue. Register and blog away.

The second blog in the list is blogitive. They pay weekly for writing blog postings. If you don’t have a blog they suggest you a list of blogging platforms and also tell you ways in which you can increase your traffic.

The third one in the list is blogvertise. Highly recommended as this site pays you upfront. Sign up and they ill provide you tasks where you have to review and link up with the advertiser’s site.Easy money is what I call this opportunity. Sign up.

The next one is payu2blog. They pay you to blog but they have certain conditions like the your blog should be 90 days old and should have posts that are 90 days old. They ask you to submit your blog and you have to wait for two days for approval.

The next one that I recommend is payperpost. This one has the easiest sign up process. Just your email and password. Complete the registration process and start blogging.

One more blog that pays you for just blogging is blogburner They share adsense revenue with you. Sounds interesting. Go right ahead sign up.

Let me add some more to the list and you can keep watching this space for all the great freelance writer resources that I have collected from the internet. The next one is called sponsoredreviews. This site pays you to review the information.

More blogging jobs for you at smorty. This site allows you to write article, reviews, opinions and pays you by PayPal.Sounds great. Just go and sign up.

This one also offers different methods to pay. Check out socialspark. They pay you for posting as well as shared revenue.

The 10th in the list is linkworth. This site also offers you different ways to earn.The ad revenue share is as high as 70% and they also pay you for blog posts.

I hope this list is exhaustive. I’ll share more information from my collection next time…

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I’ve been working for some 6 months as a freelance writer now. I started by taking some small time writing and rewriting assignments, which fetched me some $1 to $2 per 300-500 word article. My best client was one who paid me $4 for a 500 word article.

 After  about a month of freelancing, I started charging $1 per 100 words and even got paid that kind of money most of the time. This made me research on the net for sites that would help me hone my writing skill. So here I’m listing some of them, they offer articles, writing tips, free lessons, free e-books to download and trust me each has taught me something and helped me improve my craft.

One of my favorite site is run by Jennifer Mattern and is called All Freelance Writing. This site is a virtual storehouse of information, right from tips on how to improve your writing to freelance writing gigs to offering tips on any kind of information a freelance writer may need. She has it all. This site according to me scores a full ten on ten.

Another site that I found today and has some superb resources for writers is the write network this site offers articles on non-fiction writing as well as fiction writing. Some of the best writers on the net write for this site.

Another site that offered me free online courses in writing writer2writer network. This site offers free e-books, lessons, copywriting tips and many interesting resources. Check this site for some great free information.

Another writer who actually promises to set you up as a great freelance writer and promises that you can earn great money and work from the comfort of your home is Sue LaPointe, her conversational writing style and her down to earth writing tips would encourage any writer. I recommend her site SAHMWriter for writing tips as well as great list of freelance writing jobs.

Keep watching this space for more information on freelance writing and writing tips.

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