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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 to publish here on Be a Freelance Blogger, with a top prize worth $880, including $100 cash, for the best pitch. (OK, not really cash — I’ll send it to you via PayPal or another online payment service.)

The total value of prizes in this Pitchfest is $3,240.00!

But the prizes aren’t the best thing about Pitchfest.  The conversation is. Every pitch gets public feedback, so you can see how other bloggers pitch, learn to write better pitches yourself, and win more gigs.

If that sounds like fun, check out the rules (further down this post) and get your pitch on.  Continue reading…

Be the Boss of Your Ideas: A Pitching System for Freelance Bloggers with Wandering Minds

A Pitching System for Freelance Bloggers with Wandering Minds

If you’re like me, you have a GAZILLION ideas.

Having lots of ideas is a good thing. To be a successful freelance writer, however, it helps to have a system for pitching ideas. Otherwise, it’s hard to focus, and you can get stuck in the what-do-I-do-next phase where you spend a lot more time thinking than doing.

When I decided to pursue full-time freelance writing, I was really excited. I had a bunch of ideas written down. I knew about lots of blogs and magazines that paid, and I was confident in my pitching and writing abilities.

But although I knew how to do the main activities necessary for success, I wasn’t sure how to do them consistently in a way that would lead to regular assignments and income.

I was stuck.

I needed a bridge from what I knew to the practicalities of writing assignments and CASH. And I needed a way to focus and avoid switching from idea to idea.

So that’s when I developed this system for pitching, a system that provides concrete tasks and a plan of action for ideas.  Continue reading…

How To Squelch Your Freelance Blogging Anxiety Before It Squashes You

How To Squelch Your Freelance Blogging Anxiety… Before It Squashes You

Pssst…. Why haven’t you responded to that interesting job board ad yet? Still sorting your underwear instead of making money? Why aren’t you pitching all those great ideas of yours? You’ve got heaps of them! Yeah, I thought so. You’ve got doubts, despair, cold feet… Aren’t you tired of watching other freelance bloggers cash in […]

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How to Cheat and Steal Your Way to Endless Blog Post Ideas

How to Cheat and Steal Your Way to Endless Blog Post Ideas

You know, there’s no copyright on a blog post idea. And although you want to create original blog posts, you don’t want to waste hours wrestling the “what to write about” fairy to the ground. So when you’re filling up your idea bucket, cheating and stealing both work fine. Because when you do it right, nobody […]

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“You Can’t Handle the Truth!” – 5 Freelance Blogging Lessons from a Former Trial Attorney

“You Can’t Handle the Truth!” 5 Freelance Blogging Lessons from a Former Trial Attorney

Look, I know… attorneys are the worst. But you have to admit, trial attorneys are the best of the worst. Who hasn’t fantasized about emulating the protagonists of A Few Good Men or My Cousin Vinny? I was a criminal trial lawyer for four years and loved every second of it, but competing priorities led […]

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7 Practical Ways to Pre-Qualify Your Prospective Clients & Make More Money With Less Effort

7 Practical Ways to Pre-Qualify Your Prospective Clients | Be a Freelance Blogger

When you find a great potential client for your freelance blogging services, what happens next? You grab their email address and shoot them your best pitch, right? But how many times have you excitedly fired off a pitch, only to find out later that you were pitching the wrong prospect? Maybe they don’t have the money to […]

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Win $100 for Your Guest Post in Our 5th Pitchfest

Enter the $100 Pitchfest | Be a Freelance Blogger

Welcome, dear reader, to the contest that gives you a chance to win $100 for your brilliant blog post idea. Pitchfest has become a highlight of our calendar here at Be a Freelance Blogger because it’s a ton of fun and we’re always excited to see what you come up with. But the real reason this contest […]

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When 100 Rockets Fell On This Freelance Writer, He Learned 5 Surprising Lessons About Fear

When 100 Rockets Fell On This Freelance Writer, He Learned 5 Surprising Lessons About Fear

Imagine the scene. You’re sitting quietly in front of your computer. The page is blank and beneath the table your legs shake with increasing tension. In a space of thirty minutes you’ve written and deleted just one measly sentence. And then everything changes. You find yourself running with the shriek of sirens sounding in your […]

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How Fiction Writing Experience Helps You Craft Killer Blog Posts

How to Use Your Fiction Writing Experience to Craft Killer Blog Posts

You might think writing fictional stories is just a hobby, a way for you to get creative. And freelance blogging is a serious, entirely non-fictional business. But the truth is, making up stories helps you craft better blog posts. They may be different in form, but fiction and blogging are the same in other ways. Fiction entertains, educates […]

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How Nude Photos Convinced Clients to Hire a Blogger With a Shocking Past

How Nude Photos Convinced Clients to Hire a Blogger With a Shocking Past

Would you hire someone to represent your business if you knew they had a background as a nude model? Maybe you would. [Have I told you today how awesome you are?] And maybe you wouldn’t. It’s cool — I understand some people are put off by the idea. Not my clients, though. Some of them are amused […]

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