Freelance Writer Training

There is much more to being a freelance writer than just writing. As a freelancer you are an independent contractor rather than an employee so there are no guarantees of a steady work, its all about the client, and your performance. Full time work from a single client is rare and usually short-term. You should try to expand your opportunities and make money in as many ways as possible. Success will not come without putting in some effort.

There are two income 'streams' you should be working on simultaneously.

The short term aspect is paid work through freelance writing for clients. This is limited by the client, budget etc but you are given ample opportunity to improve your performance through training and we are finding new clients with new needs frequently.

Your blog is a longer term project where you write for yourself, and you should write there at every opportunity so you can practice and demonstrate your skills. You are not only practicing 'writing' - you should attempt the entire content marketing process (as we show you in our training) from writing, marketing to making money. This helps you develop skills, better understand what your clients want (in a business context) - and in time, make money from your writing without needing clients.

In between jobs do not just wait for work! Spend that time improving your website, writing & practicing your marketing skills.

Freelance Writer Training

1. Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Write for Yourself!
  • Understand the Industry
  • Don't always Follow the Crowd!
  • Learn about Search Engines (SEO)

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1. Introduction

2. Notes, Tools & Accounts

  • Notes, Tools & Accounts
  • Install Evernote
  • Create a new Google Account
  • Install Google Chrome on your PC
  • Login to Chrome with your Google Account
  • Add Multiple Google Chrome Profiles
  • Switch on Chrome Bookmarks
  • Make Chrome Remember your Tabs
  • Install Google Chrome Extensions (Evernote Web Clipper)
  • Add Grammarly In Google Chrome Browser
  • Capture screenshots with Evernote Helper
  • Add notes to your images with Evernote Skitch
  • Setup Skype for Phone Numbers
  • Install Dropbox on your PC
  • Importantly...

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2. Notes, Tools & Accounts

3. Podcasts for Learning

  • Podcasts for Learning
  • The Authority Hacker Podcast (Web Marketing)
  • Lion Zeal (Web Marketing)
  • Syntax Podcast (Web Development)
  • Entrepreneurs on Fire Podcast ( Entrepeneurship)
  • More Entrepeneur Podcasts...

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3. Podcasts for Learning

4. Images & Copyright

  • Images & Copyright
  • Unsplash : Best for Simple, Beautiful Photos
  • Pixabay : The most images.
  • Pexels : Fewer but higher quality.
  • LifeOfPix : Beautiful & Artistic
  • Use your own photos!
  • Google Images : Labeled for Reuse.

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4. Images & Copyright

5. Wordpress Setup

  • Wordpress Setup
  • What is Wordpress.com?
  • Introduction to Wordpress
  • Setup & Install Wordpress
  • Login to Wordpress
  • Choose a Wordpress Theme
  • Customize Your Theme
  • Basic Pages : About Me & Contact
  • Show your Articles on the Homepage
  • Menus & Widgets
  • Wordpress Post Categories
  • Wordpress Social Sharing Plugins
  • Display Instagram Photos To WordPress Website
  • More Information...
  • Move from Free Websites to Wordpress CMS
  • Stop Comment Spam!
  • Move Wordpress from a Subfolder URL

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5. Wordpress Setup

6. Setup your Email

  • Setup your Email
  • Create an Email Address & redirect to gmail.
  • Login To Your Godaddy Account.
  • Click Redeem for Email Forwarding
  • Click Redeem Credit
  • Click Create Forward
  • Create Email Forwarding
  • Enter Gmail Address
  • Click Create Button
  • Notification of Successful Procedure
  • Find New Email on The Table
  • Review Forwarding Details
  • Problem with MX Record
  • Reconfigure MX Records
  • Wait For The Update To Complete
  • Check if your email forwarding is working...
  • Add New Email Forwarding To Gmail For Sending
  • Click on Accounts And Import
  • Add Another Email Address
  • Input New Email and Brand Name
  • Input SMTP Value
  • Create the Needed Password
  • Generate App Password
  • Copy Generated Password
  • Input Verification Code
  • Check if The Branded Email is Available
  • Create an Email Signature
  • Update Wordpress with your new Email

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6. Setup your Email

7. Wordpress Plugins

  • Wordpress Plugins
  • How to install Wordpress plugins...
  • Important : only use reputable plugins.
  • Resources and Links
  • Wordfence Security
  • Akismet
  • All in One SEO
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • WP Smush
  • Social Icons
  • Disable Comments
  • Pixabay Images

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7. Wordpress Plugins

8. Writing Articles / Posts

  • Writing Articles / Posts
  • Research Before Writing
  • Keyword Planning & Suggestions
  • Answer Common Questions
  • Start with the Article Structure
  • Format your Articles for Search Engines
  • Keep it clean...
  • The title is not a newspaper headline.
  • The layout is not like a magazine...
  • Understand Hashtags
  • Remember... You Are The Writer and Editor!
  • The Wordpress Editor
  • Wordpress Editor Visual / Text Views
  • Dont paste content into the Visual Tab!
  • WP Editor Toolbar Toggle
  • Resizing The Editing Window
  • Title
  • Headings
  • Heading Styles
  • Paragraphs
  • Article Length
  • Links
  • Understanding a URL
  • Important : Beware of Copyright Images!
  • Uploading Images
  • Image Title, Text & Description
  • Image Display Settings (Recommended)
  • Wordpress Featured Image
  • WordPress Post Checklist

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8. Writing Articles / Posts

9. Creating a Writing Portfolio

  • Creating a Writing Portfolio
  • Important : Do Not Copy / Publish The Whole Article!
  • Step 1. Write A Short Summary Of Your Article
  • Step 2. Provide A Link To The Article

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9. Creating a Writing Portfolio

10. Sharing on Social Media

  • Sharing on Social Media
  • Share Your Clients Social Media Posts
  • Choose your Audience Carefully
  • Share to Facebook Friends
  • Share to Facebook Groups
  • Share on Instagram
  • Share on Pinterest
  • More Methods to Promote Blog Post
  • Online Communities and Forums
  • Influencers and Content Communities
  • Buzzfeed, Quora and Slideshare
  • Niche Groups

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10. Sharing on Social Media

11. Wordpress SEO (OnPage)

  • Wordpress SEO (OnPage)
  • Setup Google Analytics
  • Install a Google Analytics Wordpress Plugin
  • View Realtime Traffic and Visitors on Google Analytics
  • Google Indexing & Sitemaps
  • Google Meta Descriptions
  • Internal Linking
  • Silo Pages
  • Keywords in the URL
  • Fresh & Quality Content
  • HTML Tags and Formatting
  • 100% Original / Unique Content
  • Keyword Relevance
  • Mobile Friendly Responsiveness
  • Page Loading Speed
  • Image Optimization for SEO
  • Install the Google Tag Assistant

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11. Wordpress SEO (OnPage)

12. Branding, Colors & Style

  • Branding, Colors & Style
  • Create your own Style Guide
  • Why didn't we do this earlier?
  • Examples of Website Brand Concepts
  • About Color Palettes & codes...
  • Tip : you can get color codes from your browser...
  • Design Tip : Less is more!
  • Hero images

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12. Branding, Colors & Style

13. Creating a Logo

  • Creating a Logo
  • Logo Image Requirements
  • Design your own Logo with InkScape (free)
  • Add more fonts to your PC to use with Inkscape
  • Hire a Logo Designer...
  • Cheap Logo Designers on Fiverr.com
  • Add your logo to your Wordpress Blog...

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13. Creating a Logo

14. Social Media Marketing

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Media Graphics
  • Setup your Social Media Accounts & Pages
  • Social Media Syndication
  • Facebook Marketing Guide
  • Instagram Marketing Guide
  • Twitter Marketing Guide
  • YouTube Marketing Guide
  • Pinterest Marketing Guide
  • LinkedIn Marketing Guide
  • Reddit Marketing Guide

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14. Social Media Marketing

15. Freelancing Jobs

  • Freelancing Jobs
  • Apps Development
  • Content Writing
  • Customer Service Support Officer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • SEO Expert
  • Social Media Management
  • Transcription
  • Translation
  • Teaching and Tutoring
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Web Development
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Web Research
  • [airlist#appVbc6ynToXSmZGp]

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15. Freelancing Jobs

16. Monetizing your Website

  • Monetizing your Website
  • How do Websites make Money?
  • A Website is a Commercial Property
  • Types of Monetization
  • Advertising / Sponsored Links
  • Pay Per Click (PPC) or Cost Per Click (CPC)
  • Pay Per Lead (PPL)
  • Affiliate Marketing (CPA)
  • Dropshipping
  • eCommerce
  • Flipping
  • Freelancing & Career Opportunities

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16. Monetizing your Website

17. Affiliate Networks

  • Affiliate Networks
  • What is an affiliate network?
  • What's an affiliate program?
  • Before you apply to Advertisers...
  • Create an account with Commission Junction
  • Complete your Account Setup
  • Watch the Video Series : How to Get Started as a CJ Publisher

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17. Affiliate Networks

18. Choosing Niches

  • Choosing Niches
  • Why do we need to target niches?
  • What's the difference between a topic and a niche?
  • Languages are niches too..
  • Google results show pages, not websites.
  • About Pages, Posts & Articles
  • Search for Specific Affiliates

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18. Choosing Niches

19. Keywords & Content

  • Keywords & Content
  • What is a Keyword?
  • How do you choose Keywords?
  • Keyword Difficulty / Competition
  • Keyword Value = Traffic from Searches x Visitor Value
  • Keyword Research
  • Install Keywords Everywhere

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19. Keywords & Content

20. Email Marketing

  • Email Marketing
  • Our Free 'Cold' Email Method...
  • Step 1 : Create an Airtable Account (Free)
  • Step 2 : Create an Airtable Base with Name & Email Columns
  • Step 3a : Create your API Key
  • Step 3b. Copy your Airtable App ID
  • Step 4 : Create your SMTP Account (Free)
  • Step 5 : Verify your SMTP Setup...
  • Step 6 : Create and Send Emails...
  • Bonus : Embed Airtable Forms on your Website

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20. Email Marketing

21. SEO Introduction

  • SEO Introduction
  • What is Anchor Text?
  • Setup Google Webmasters Tools
  • Setup Google Account
  • How does Google Search work?
  • What is Organic Traffic?
  • What is a Keyword?
  • SEO On-Page vs Off-Page
  • What is Black-Hat SEO?
  • What is White-Hat SEO?
  • What is Grey-Hat SEO?

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21. SEO Introduction

22. SEO Linkbuilding

  • SEO Linkbuilding
  • What is Off-page SEO?
  • Website Directory Submission
  • How to Check your SEO Progress
  • Guide to Blog Commenting
  • Guide to Guest Blogging
  • Anchor Text and How to Optimize It
  • Promote your Site in Forums
  • How to Get your New Website Indexed
  • Link Building Tactics for a New Website
  • How to Get Links from Document Sharing Sites
  • Guide to Broken Link Building
  • Resource Page Link Building
  • How to check Link the Value of a Link
  • Web 2.0 Blogging
  • HOW BACKLINKS WORK.
  • Linkbuilding Guide

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22. SEO Linkbuilding

23. SEO Blogs & Resources

  • SEO Blogs & Resources
  • SEO Facebook Groups
  • SEO Expert Blogs & Websites
  • Matt Diggity
  • Hongkiat
  • Charles Ngo
  • Ryan Stewart
  • Brian Willie
  • Mark Luckenbaugh
  • Stuart Trier
  • Steven Kang
  • Gabriel Machuret
  • John King
  • Simon Cornelius
  • Jonathan Kiekbusch
  • Alex Becker
  • Angel Cruz
  • Dino Gomez
  • Neil Patel

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23. SEO Blogs & Resources

24. Paid & Organic Traffic Sources

  • Paid & Organic Traffic Sources
  • Google Ads
  • Facebook Ads
  • Google Web Search
  • Google Images Search
  • Youtube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook Pixel Helper (Chrome Extension)

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24. Paid & Organic Traffic Sources

25. Certificates & Training

  • Certificates & Training
  • Google Digital Garage
  • The SEO Institute
  • eMarketing Institute
  • HubSpot Academy Inbound Marketing Certification Course

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25. Certificates & Training

26. Dealing with Clients

  • Dealing with Clients
  • Pitch to Clients
  • Get the Terms in Writing
  • Create An Invoice with PayPal - Free
  • Keep Clients Happy and Satisfied
  • Avoid Scope Creep
  • Protect Your Work

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26. Dealing with Clients