While it is possible to become an instant success after writing your first few pieces, chances are its going to take some time for you to hit your stride and gain a steady roster of clients. If your experience is similar to mine, you’ll progress through three distinct phases during your freelance writing career. Here’s an outline of those three stages.
1. I’m making what I can!
This could be defined as your “I’ll Write Anything!” phase.
You need to make money so you take any job available to you even if it means you aren’t really making all that much money at it. We’ve all been there as its tough trying to get a reputation in the business. A large number of job boards and forums have a rating system so if you are willing to undercut your competitors and make very little in order to get those first jobs under your belt and get positive feedback. Continue reading “Three Stages Of Your Freelance Writing Career”→
I have been helping a few clients out over the last couple of months and one of the tools that I decided to use in all cases is a WordPress Editorial Calendar. I located a plugin that assists everyone in the editorial process by allowing them to visually see what stages an article or blog post was in at all times.
I’ve done a quick tutorial video on how to install the plugin and it’s benefits, including drag and drop functionality, creating new topics quickly and easily as well as allowing multiple people to work on the process at one time.
Are you using this plugin or something similar? What were the benefits you found in the process?
When I’m looking for inspiration or tips on being a better entrepreneur, one of the things that I always do is head on over to Google News and type the term entrepreneur. This happens a few times a week and I am always amazed at some of the articles I come across or stories of other entrepreneurs doing something amazing. Here’s a few stories that caught my eye over the last few days that I thought I would share. Continue reading “Interesting Entrepreneur Articles”→
One of my online businesses has failed. It has died a slow horrible death and I was too stubborn to recognize the signs that it was time to shut things down. As a result, I’ve wasted a considerable amount of time, resources, energy and money trying to keep a business running that should have winded down at the beginning of the year.
I wanted to quickly document this story for a few reasons. One, I hear that unburdening your soul is therapeutic and when it comes to this whole experience, I know I am in need of some kind of therapy. Secondly, I want to share the lessons that I’ve learned from this failure. Lastly, I think its important that I acknowledge the mistakes and failures experienced throughout this process so I don’t repeat them. I have the odd habit of taking longer to learn from previous mistakes than I really should.
Google Analytics is a fantastic resource that allows you to gain insight into the traffic you receive, the sources of where that traffic came from and what visitors did once they arrived at your site. Unfortunately there are those that try to take advantage of your reports by sending you invalid traffic, something commonly referred to as “Ghost Referral Spam”. This has become a problem with a few clients so I thought I would go over this particular issue and give you an outline on how to filter and remove it from future Google Analytics reporting. Continue reading “How to remove ghost referral spam from your Google Analytics accounts”→