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Create Popular Blog Posts With These 7 Insider Interview Tips

Create Popular Blog Posts With These 7 Insider Interview Tips

Are you blogging your heart out, but not getting a lot of readers?

Do potential clients seem unimpressed by your blogging portfolio?

Well, here’s one way to really grab some eyeballs and get the online traction that brings clients to your door:

Deliver an exclusive, fascinating interview with a prominent person.

Wait, wait, I hear you say — how will I ever get anyone to talk to me? Worse, what if someone does talk to me and I get so nervous I blow it?

You’d be surprised at how easy it is.

As a journalist by training and a former staff reporter, I’ve interviewed hundreds of people. If one person you want to talk to won’t say yes, I can promise you, there’s someone else who will.

And with the 7 tips I’m about to share, your nerves won’t matter.

Why interviews? Having fresh information in your posts is key to driving traffic. Most blog posts just recycle things we’ve all seen 100 times before, so when you have exclusive interviews, you immediately stand out.

In fact, when writers ask me how they can earn more in 2015, I tell them to learn article writing. And the big thing that makes articles more interesting than the typical blog post is the interviews.

Of course, once you get someone to talk to you, you have to be a great interviewer to get some really juicy comments. Here are my tips for how to ace your interview and create an attention-getting blog post:  Continue reading…

Pitchfest: Win $100 for Your Next Guest Post

Enter the $100 Pitchfest | Be a Freelance Blogger

We’re getting close now. Only a week to go.

I don’t know what you celebrate at this time of year, but for me it’s the winter solstice. One long, cold, dark night that turns the whole year around.

Call me crazy, but I believe we all have to go through solstices in our freelance writing careers. There are peaks of giddy genius and troughs of utter despair along the way, and they’re supposed to be there.

Because without them, we can’t learn and grow. Without good days, we won’t recognise bad days. Without challenge, there’s no achievement.

I may not believe in much, but I sure as hell believe in that.

Dear gods, did I just start giving a semi-religious lecture on my blog? [And, hey, was it working? Do you feel inspired?]

OK, moving on: I’ve got a challenge for you if you’re willing to accept it.

Time for the last Pitchfest of 2014!

You pitch a blog post idea and we’ll choose our favourite ones to publish, with a $100 prize for the best pitch. I’ll explain the rules in a minute, but first…  Continue reading…

7 Reasons to Feel Good About Dumping Your Problem Client

7 Reasons to Feel Good About Dumping Your Client

Every freelancer has had that client. You know the one I mean — the client all your friends hear about over drinks, whose name you dread seeing in your email inbox or your phone’s caller ID. You know working with that client makes your life harder, but you can’t shake the feeling there’s something wrong with ending […]

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17 Productivity Tips for Freelance Bloggers in College

17 Productivity Tips for Freelance Bloggers in College

You thought it would be easy to start freelance blogging while you’re still in college, right? Easy, fun, and profitable? Ugh — reality stinks! Writing a blog post doesn’t take only 5 minutes. And juggling between college classes, homework and blogging assignments makes you feel like there’s no end to your day. I know it’s hard. […]

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Why Moonlighting as a Freelance Blogger Is GOOD for Your Day Job

Why Moonlighting as a Freelance Blogger Is GOOD for Your Day Job image

Are you a freelance blogger with a full-time job? Wish you could write for a living but can’t afford to just yet? If you answered yes, then here’s what I have to say: Good.  Wait. Did she just say good?  Let me explain. As a freelance blogger, you’re in a unique position to help your […]

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Why You Should STOP Trying to Make Money Online [And What to Do Instead]

Why You Should STOP Trying to Make Money Online | Be a freelance Blogger

You’ve heard the news: YOU CAN MAKE MONEY BLOGGING. You can make a living as a freelance writer. Content is king, and the demand will only increase. Really? You say. I can blog. I can write all day. I’m a great writer. People will flock to my writing from far and wide.  But coming up to […]

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How to Turn Every Rejection Into a New Opportunity

How to Turn Every Rejection Into a New Opportunity

You did it! Congratulations! You’ve finished an amazing new blog pitch or proposal. You cross your “T’s” and dot your “I’s.” Everything is ready. You click Send, and sit back waiting for the accolades to come showering down. [Ding!] There’s your email alert — “Dear Sir or Madam, We regret to inform you…” BOOTY-PANTS! (That’s […]

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5 Ways to Show Clients You’re a Rare Blogging Butterfly

5 Ways to Show Clients You're a Rare Blogging Butterfly

There’s nothing quite like knowing you’re one-of-a-kind to your freelance blogging clients. The phrase, “You’re our go-to gal/guy” will send a giddy shiver throughout your body each time you hear it. But many freelance bloggers won’t hear that even once in their career. High-quality bloggers are a rare species, much like the Karner Blue butterfly I recently […]

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Deception Revealed: 6 Bullshit Blogging Myths Created by Famous Bloggers

Deception Revealed: 6 Bullshit Blogging Myths Created by Famous Bloggers | Be a Freelance Blogger

Don’t you sometimes wish someone would just tell you the exact steps to building a successful freelance blogging business? That are guaranteed to work? A fool-proof plan? Because then YOU could be an A-List blogger. The one that has it all. Clients who pay the big bucks. Thousands of Twitter followers and Facebook likes. Hundreds of […]

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$3,240.00 of Prizes for Guest Bloggers: Enter Our 6th Pitchfest

Enter the $100 Pitchfest | Be a Freelance Blogger

Yep, it’s that time again. Time for you to show off your blog pitching skills in a real-life battle deathmatch pitch session alongside your fellow freelance bloggers, for a chance to win big prizes. In case you missed the previous Pitchfests, here’s how it works: You pitch a fantastic blog post idea and we choose our favourite ones […]

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