Make Money Writing For Bloggers

Want to turn your enthusiasim for blogging into extra cash? If you can write and express your ideas clearly and concisely, why not write for other bloggers as well? They can be private individuals, a network of blogs, or companies who will pay you to write about their products or services.

Don’t worry if you’re new at it. Writing for other blogs will give you the much needed exposure and the chance to sharpen your writing skills. Eventually, readers will also begin to recognize you as an authority on the subject matter you’ve chosen. Not only that but writing for other bloggers helps you develop your personal network or contacts whom you can use for other business purposes in the future.

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But of course you will have to devote some time and dedicated to the task if you want to be good at it. And that is why many established bloggers don’t write for others unless they’re paid for it. If you have what it takes, you can begin by searching for job sites in need of blog writers. For a minimal fee, most of these sites will allow you to communicate directly with potential clients.

You can also opt to (ghost) write directly for other people with an existing blog. Payments in this case are usually done per entry but for a fixed number of entries per week or per month.

The advantage of this arrangement is that you eliminate middle persons and thus avoid reducing your earnings. It will also be a chance for you to establish yourself directly as an A-One blogger. Eventually, your clients can refer you to their friends, further widening your client base.

Blogs that have vague, incomplete content or those that are simply badly written are another route you can take. You can simply email the owner and ask if he or she is interested in having someone help him improve his / her blog. You can gauge the quality of the blog by the date of its last posting.

Still, why not write articles on your favorite topic and submit these to websites like 451 Press, About.com, BOTW Media, and Weblogs Inc. as well? These sites are looking for writers for a variety of topics. What’s more, people who view these sites may even use what you’ve written as free reference.

That’s additional free advertising for you as well.

Another option is to look for sites like “Creative Weblogging” where you can apply to manage and write for one of their network blogs. You will, however, need to show that you have some experience so you’ll need to set up a blog if you don’t already have one for them to sample your skills.

Keep it updated for a month or two before you apply. In some cases, they may also add new blogs to their network so you can always contact them if you have one you think they would like.

Similarly, you can write for other companies on your own blog. Websites such as “Pay U 2 Blog” use this kind of system and it works very well if you want to add another income stream to your own blog. This type of job can also help add income to your own site.

But wait, there are just as many scams you should watch out for as there are opportunities to earn from writing for bloggers. Here are some of them:

  1. Any online writing job promising to pay you by the hour. The prospective employer either does not know what online writing entails or that you will only get paid one hour’s worth of work for every ten hours of work you put in. The only other alternative is to pay you per word.
  2. The most common scam is getting paid only after you have accumulated so much “earnings” for example, after having accumulated US$100 in your “account” with the client. If you’re unlucky, you’ll not be able to reach this “quota” and instead end up not getting paid at all.
  3. “Click-on-this-Link” is another scam where an interested blog writer replies to a job posting (but really does not offer a concrete job at all), and then receives an “autoresponder” reply to begin work immediately. It’s actually just a target site stacked with Google Ads where the scammer makes money, not you.
  4. Blog competitions, on the other hand, will request would be bloggers to e-mail their sample blogs. The prize? The blogger who gets the most number of readers’ votes gets employed by the site on a regular position. If you do “win” you may just get that position, if at all. If not, you’ve just become an unwilling victim of a blog site owner who now has a databank of free content.
  5. Similar to blog competitions are job postings requesting you to submit sample blog article on say topic “X” to supposedly assess your writing skills. Sadly, no one gets the promised contract and the “employer” has at his disposal hundreds of original articles he can easily edit and re-hash to read as his own.
  6. Never write for anyone who only has an e-mail address for you to trace them. E-mail and even IP addresses can be obtained and made by the millions leaving you with no other way to trace your would be client.
  7. Writing for bloggers has grown and become extremely competitive in recent years. The market nowadays only pays from 2 to 4 cents per word mark. If you come across someone willing to pay you from 10 to 50 cents per word, think it over four or even five times.
  8. Never ever pay any attention to “employers’ asking for deposits or your credit card/bank details to get a job. Would you pay someone to hire you?

Finally, as a safety precaution, save your article as .jpg or .gif. Your would-be employer will have to re-format your work usingOCRsoftware, re-type or even manually correct any errors to make use of it. Chances are, they’ll opt not to bother and jump to other “unprotected” articles.

Of course, not all opportunities are bad and the most important tip here is to be patient. Keep on writing. Over time, you will notice the improvement. The number of bloggers needing your services should likewise increase. Simply put, if your clients like what they see and read, others will follow.

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Sharon McCarley is a freelance writer & researcher for the popular “Teach Me How To Make Money” blog. For more creative ideas and ways to make money, whether you’re looking to earn money online or offline, or to get in touch with Sharon, check out http://www.teachmehowtomakemoney.com now.
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Is the Shiny Object Syndrome doing you in?

The shiny object syndrome, is like a cancer. It grows profusely and inhibits your creative flow. I’m not sure why so many people experience this problem, but its highly susceptible to people who are entrepreneurs, or who are attempting to create their very first business online. Its common both online and offline, but being an Internet explorer and seller of information products myself, I have a bad case of shiny object syndrome associated with online marketing.

For those of you you who might not know exact what this is, I’ve outlined it to help identify it and destroy it before it bankrupts you and causes you financial and emotional harm.

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Its a buzz word out there, the shiny object syndrome, but its also real. And, I want to point out some ways to shield yourself from its harmful effects.

First there is the human element to it which is all emotion to begin with. As a human being, the sales process will devour our logical (supposedly) resistance if the emotional tide underlying the sales pitch is strong enough, each and every time. So if your problem is money, and most people these days, it is, then the emotional promise or belief will convince you to open your wallet and fall victim again to the shiny object syndrome. Its not only in the make money niche that SOS will effect you, but the one I’m most concerned about and reporting on.  And then there is about 10 billion products and sales pages on the Internet, which all are jabbing for your attention and asking you to buy their product. Everyone is pitching a product or service and in effect it can cause the shiny object syndrome.

What makes it especially troublesome for us who are attempting Internet Marketing is the magnitude of information we need to get our business launched, and products created. Which takes laser focus and attention to detail. And most folks can’t hold their attention long enough on one project, so the shiny object sharks surfing all over the Internet try to take a bite out of your pocketbook. It usually works.

I’m no exception to this problem. I’ve bought countless products and courses all promising riches and simple solutions, and at the end of the day it seems I’m in the same place as the day before.

I’m at constant battle against this, as you may be as well, so I created this blog post to give you some suggestions to ward off the menacing and hurtful problem of buying too must crap and not getting anything done as a result of it.

I’m not against buying products, or solutions that information marketers create, package up and sell for millions, but I am against not doing anything with the products after you buy them and start looking for another shiny object on the Internet.

It all boils down to you. As Brian Tracy says, if you just say to yourself, “I am responsible” its impossible to be angry. Taking that same approach, knowing you are responsible for NOT doing anything with the products you are buying aimlessly, why be tempted over and over again? You are responsible, you need to realize before the first word or second in a sales letter or video that you probably aren’t going to do anything with it based on past results! Or, why or what makes this different? It’s not any different then the countless other products in the marketplace that you already purchased.

Set your goals, and know what you need before getting lost in another sales page. People tend to spread themselves too thin, and not stay laser focused long enough to get more yielding results. It’s common knowledge that less then 5% will making in the informational marketing world. Not surprisingly because a vast amount of persistence, information, and clarity need to go into your creation and efforts to selling.

Every single day, I’m hit with new systems, tactics, ideas, techniques, tools, sales stories, and solutions. Its amazing… the shiny object syndrome is alive, real and well, but how are you doing? I hope you have clarity, persistence, and laser focus to create and market your own ideas and uniqueness to combat all of the billions of messages hitting you all day and everyday.

Stay true to yourself, and your own creations. Stay focused, and know your own value. Don’t allow the emotional undertow of all these crazy sales stories hinder your own productive energy and keep you from what you are setting out to do.

And finally, dealing with the tons and tons of messages on a daily basis, it’s too easy to get lost in someone’s else’s promise that really doesn’t cure or solve your real problem which is simply to get your ass working. Start creating, selling, or doing something that is leads to the results and goals you want. People get all too emotional and caught up in looking for a shiny object that promises things that it’s not really going to deliver. Only you can deliver the goods out of hard work and putting your creative energy into your projects. Stay on top of it, and tune out the supposed easy button.

The Guru Product Blueprint by Eben Pagan is live

Eben Pagan has launched the Guru Product Blueprint product. I watched the 36 minute presentation and is very good value for the money. It’s pricey but value packed and worth every penny of the price. He is a true master at evoking the emotional buttons and getting you to buy his product. And teaching you how to do the same thing with your products.

As I sat there and watched the whole presentation, it was nearly impossible not to push the register now button. What I especially liked about the Guru Product Blueprint was he is throwing in 6 of his other million dollar products for free, and not only that he is going to let you dissect the creation process of all of those free products too. The other biggie I like is he has two levels of engagement. One for beginners and one for pros. This is way cool because you can learn with others at your same level.

Even if you do not buy his product, just watching him pitch his product so masterfully is an education in itself.

I did not buy the product myself, but did his exercises on the pre launch and you can see them down below. I got so much value from it.