As more and more people are recognizing the power of the internet in general, and blogs/websites in particular, more websites are popping up every day, many of which need writers.
Websites that offer blogging jobs are usually more than willing to pay for the content, either on a per-post basis or every so many days/weeks/months, much like a regular salary.
Tip: As with any job posting, do your research and make sure the opportunity is legitimate before jumping in blindly.
If the job seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Where to Find Jobs Blogging
Following is a list of resources to find paid blogging jobs:
- ProBlogger: This website about blogging is one of the best places to find paid blogging jobs. You can search by keyword and location and even pick between contract work, freelance, and part-time or full-time.
- Indeed: Performing a search for “blogger” or something similar on Indeed will provide a list of results culled from various websites. You can even upload your resume to Indeed to have employers find you.
- FreelanceWritingGigs.com: This site provides an everyday updated listing of links to blogging jobs that were found by manual searches all over the internet.
- FreelanceWriting.com: Those looking for a blogger to pay to write for them can submit jobs here for bloggers to find. also posts jobs from other websites like Ineed.
- Writers Weekly: Writers Weekly is a site dedicated to helping writers. The blogging jobs listed on Writers Weekly include paid classified ads as well as a compilation of original market listings that are received from the editors at each publication.
- Mediabistro: Mediabistro occasionally includes blogging jobs in their job listings.
- Craigslist: Craigslist is not only a place for trading or selling physical goods but also for posting job openings, some of which could be blogging positions. Pick your city (or any city) and do a search for jobs.
- WriteJobs.info: Like most online job search websites, gathers its postings from around the internet and places them into one easy-to-use place. Read a description of the job on this website and then use the external links to find the original job posting so that you can apply to be a blogger.
- BloggingPro: Find even more updated job listings for blogging jobs specifically, over at . You can find writing jobs that are contract work only or even an internship, as well as freelance, full-time, part-time, and temporary jobs. In addition are categories so that you can browse just blogging jobs, content writing jobs, copywriting jobs, magazine jobs, technical writing jobs, etc.
- JournalismJobs.com: Work from home blogging jobs are advertised on too. Sign up for alerts to get emails when there are new blogging jobs available.
- AllFreelanceWriting.com (AFW): Some of the blogging jobs here have the payment amount advertised too. These are taken from websites like Craigslist and BloggingPro, among others.We’re talking about freelance writing experience today. Many writers mention how hard it is to get their proverbial feet in the door without having to take entry level web opportunities. It’s true, these jobs are the simplest to get, but there are other ways to get started as a freelance writer. They may not take the easy way out, but they’re tried and true. Continue some of these ways for getting started as a freelance writer.
Ten Ways to Get Your Freelance Writing Foot in the Door
- Work pro bono – Though I don’t recommend writing for free, I have been known to do so for a good cause (and sometimes a few relatives). For example, few years ago a friend approached me about writing a brochure for a Habitat for Humanity event. Though they offered to pay, I didn’t accept. It was for a good cause and I felt the clip to be a resume booster. It was and still is. Charity work pays in more ways than money. Since then, I’ve more than a few pieces for charity and even some for local businesses that needed a boost.
- Contact local newspapers and magazines – Many small newspapers, magazines and “Pennysavers” don’t pay much, but offer good opportunities for getting started as a freelance writer. Local newspapers often look for articles of interest to the community. Pitch public interest pieces or offer to cover town meetings and events.
- Contact local businesses: Who writes the paragraphs for real estate in the real estate magazines? Call Realtors to find out. Who handles brochures or web copy for businesses in your area? Contact them to find out. Businesses always need writing but they don’t always have the time to look for a good, affordable writer. Make a list of the place that might have a need for writers, and give them a jingle.
- Talk to friends, family and neighbors: Let everyone know you’re open for business. In their travels they might find someone who needs a writer and recommend you.
- Advertise: If you don’t mind putting out a little money you can advertise in the newspaper, local business publications, the church newsletter, and on community bulletin boards. You might also create a writer’s website and use keywords to direct local businesses to your site.
- Network: Join clubs, especially those geared towards the community or small businesses. I had a few very good gigs come from being the president of a local women’s organization that I originally joined for recreation. Attend conferences and seminars and even non-business-y events like local dances or lectures.
- Join a professional organization: Why not join your local Chamber of Commerce or a small business owners group? How about a freelance writing organization, The Society of Professional Journalists or the National Organization of Women Business Owners? The people who are members of these different organizations like to hire within.
- Write for the web: Web writing opportunities are plentiful and profitable. They range in all levels of pay and will help to build up clips and experience.
- Start a blog: Start a blog in a topic you know well. Not only can this help establish as an expert, but it will also catch the attention of potential clients. For example, say you’re a former wedding planner and you decide to start a wedding planning blog. Someone looking for a wedding writer might come across your blog and contact you. You will also have several posts to use in querying for wedding writing opportunities.
- Create your own clips: If you need some clips to land work and don’t have any, write a few in your areas of expertise. Run them through a second pair of eyes to be sure they read well – and then use those clips when you apply for available opportunities.
Have a Website or Blog
Many freelance writers get all of their work by pitching clients on Problogger, Upwork, and other job boards. This is often a race to the bottom because their pitches don’t stand out among hundreds of other applicants. Even if they do get noticed, they often have to offer very low rates to compete.
You won’t run into this problem if you have your own website to generate leads. Here are some reasons you can’t get by without one:
- You build your brand. Since you stand out more, clients will be more likely to hire you and pay handsomely for your services.
- You rely on inbound marketing, so clients come to you. This is much better than sending dozens of emails pitching potential clients on job boards.
- You can showcase your expertise, testimonials and writing samples. This helps potential clients see whether you are a good match for their projects.
Your website will be the center of your online branding strategy, so it needs to be professionally designed. You also need to make sure your content is compelling and flows well, so potential clients know that you are worth their money. If you still are at a loss for how to start a website or blog, be sure to check out my step-by-step guide here. At the same time, if you are a struggling freelance writer who is working on a very tight budget, you can take a look at these low cost hosting alternatives. I know how important it is to save money when you are starting a new business, but passing up on a domain name and web site of your own is definitely not the way to get more business!
Have a Logo
I am still surprised how many freelance writers don’t have their own logo. Why do you need one?
Well, people remember images much more easily than words. If you have a compelling logo, it will stand out in their minds. They will be more likely to remember you and reach out the next time they need a freelance writer.
However, at the same time, I can see how freelance writers might not be sure where to start when it comes to logo design creation. I recommend taking a look at Designhill, as they have a seamless process of starting a logo design contest which allows you to pick a design from many different graphic artists.
Not only does it make the creation process easier for writers, it can also provide you with something pretty unique and amazing in the process!
I have been hiring freelance writers for years. Some of them are excellent at their jobs, while others don’t deliver the content I need. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to tell ahead of time, unless I know they have provided great value for previous clients.
I am always more confident about a writer if:
- They have been recommended by a colleague that used their services.
- They have testimonials from satisfied clients on their website or LinkedIn profile.
If your clients speak highly of your work, then you should always ask them for a testimonial. It is a good idea to have them place their testimonial on your LinkedIn page because it is more public and people know that it probably wasn’t fabricated. LinkedIn testimonials are especially helpful if they come from clients that are large brands and thought leaders. You can always use the same testimonials on your own blog.
You may be surprised to see how effective testimonials are. Ben Gran wrote a guest article on Make a Living Writing stating that he earned thousands of dollars in new writing projects by using testimonials. You can also read more about LinkedIn testimonials at liprofilewriter.com, which is where the example testimonial above is from.
Use Guest Blogging
Many freelance writers don’t like guest blogging because they don’t get paid. They would rather write content for content farms at two cents a word.
This is the wrong attitude! While you don’t get paid for most guest blogging gigs, writing guest articles can be a great way to bolster your brand and bring new clients to your door. Onibalusi Bamidele, Carol Tice and lots of other six-figure freelance writers have built their careers off guest blogging…. and for myself, I love guest blogging and the many opportunities and benefits that come along with it — which is why I continually provide new content to FWG.
Unfortunately, too many freelance writers give up on guest blogging, because they don’t do it properly and don’t get results. If you are discouraged from lack of results, you may need to make the following changes:
- Write for higher quality sites. There are lots of low-tier sites on the Internet that have little or no traffic. They won’t help you grow your brand or improve your SEO, so don’t waste your time writing for them.
- Write for more sites in your niche. Don’t just write for blogs about freelance writing like Make a Living Writing or Writers in Charge. If you specialize in writing financial content, then write guest posts for large financial websites. Your prospective clients are more likely to find them. Have a strong call to action in your author bio. If potential clients read your guest posts, you want them to visit your website and reach out.
- Write for your brand before SEO. Far too many people treat guest blogging as a link building strategy. This is a huge mistake for freelance writers that are trying to attract clients. You want to show off your knowledge and writing skills, so it’s vital that you write compelling content.
If you follow these guest blogging tips and best practices, you should start seeing a major improvement in results.
SEO is a very important skill that many freelance writers lack. According to an estimate from GoSquared, Google drives 40% of all Internet traffic.
If you don’t know SEO, there are two reasons that you need to learn:
- Freelance writers that understand how to tailor content to Google’s SERP algorithms will deliver much more value for their clients.
- Freelance writers with a background in SEO can tap Google to expand their own reach and draw targeted clients to their own website.
There are plenty of great sites out there to help you learn SEO. Moz, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal, SEO by the Sea and SEOBook are great places to start.
If you are proficient in SEO, make sure you let clients know. Show them that you have successfully gotten other clients to the front page of Google for competitive keywords. They will be willing to pay a premium for your services. For more advice and methods to become a better SEO and freelance writer, be sure to read this FWG article.
Tips to Become an All-Star Freelance Writer!
As you can see, to become a successful freelance writer there is a lot more than just writing skills involved. With so much competition and demand out there for quality writers, you really need to put in the time and effort to stand out from the crowd. Follow each of the tips I’ve laid out for you above, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t see an increase in your writing and client earnings.