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July 7, 2014
At the moment, I’m writing about whatever I can find on job boards, PeoplePerHour, and I’m *almost* writing for decent rates, but…
I’d really like to start specializing. I don’t want to write about whatever comes my way. I’ve decided I want to write about dogs, because they’re my favorite thing in the world.
I haven’t been pitching at all. I have a hard time finding blogs that I even want to pitch to. Maybe I’m hesistant, or not looking hard enough, but nothing seems like the right fit.
I’ve looked through the lists of blogs that pay, but it’s always disappointing – the blogs are never in the dog niche, or any niche that I know anything about.
I’m just feeling very directionless, and it’s really slowing me down. And I’m feeling guilty for moving along so slowly!
Any help is appreciated.
December 5, 2013
I think specializing is a good strategy. Have you tried trade magazines? Or blogs about dogs? Try pitching them for a guest post, or ask if they hire writers.
I’d also try googling *writers for dog blogs* or any similar keywords and see what comes up.
You might also want to check pet shops or clinics if they have writing/blogging project.
I hope these suggestions can spark some ideas.
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December 29, 2013
That’s such a narrow market that it might be hard to find clients at first but not impossible.
I would start by tweaking your site to make it rank for terms like, “pet blogger for hire” or “dog writer.” Be thinking about those types of terms. I know we told you at first not to talk about your pets unless it mattered to clients. In this case, it matters! You can definitely say you’re open to other niches, but feel free to make it clear on your website that you specialize in dog care and training (or whatever it is you want to write about). Make your pet sample the first one clients see on your portfolio page, too.
Otherwise, there are ways to bridge the gap between other niches and dogs for the moment. That way, you get those pet samples and can maybe attract attention from someone looking for those articles. For instance, if you’re writing for a lifestyle site, you could talk about ways your dog makes you healthier or which breeds are likely to make you happiest.
You might even contact vets, pet stores, or dog grooming services that have blogs. I’ll be honest with you, though. This method can take a lot of work without anyone contacting you back.
Maybe take a look at some of these blogs and see if they take guest posts: http://www.blogmetrics.org/Pets
Dog Fancy accepts freelance contributions and pays: http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-…..lines.aspx
A different resource I found said Dog Fancy pays up to 40 cents per word. I didn’t see that listed on the link I just gave you.
Here’s another one I found, but it doesn’t list pay. http://kansascity.craigslist.o…..25212.html
Here’s another option. I don’t know how long they want the content, but they pay $40 per piece. It might be worth it to get some magazine clips. http://theodog.com/writers-wanted/
Also check out the Animal and Pet section here: http://www.sunoasis.com/sunoas…..rkets.html
Okay, so that took me 15 minutes to search all of those offerings. All I did was Google “Dog writer wanted.” It looks like there are plenty of people looking for dog and pet experts, so don’t be afraid to search other terms and connect with dog bloggers.
I hope all this helped!
March 11, 2014
Here are some market types you might want to try pitching. Many are specifically blogging markets, but others are not (though not far off). You could also pitch any of these on copywriting services if that’s of any interest to you. They all need it.
– Consumer magazines with online versions
– As Joy mentioned, pitch trade publications in the pet care industries (ones for vets for example)
– Pitch veterinarian offices to see if they could use a new blog or fresh content (vets frequently hold events, at least in my area, so they’d have regular updates worth blogging about)
– Pitch companies that sell dog food, toys, or other products about writing for their company blogs
– Find smaller companies in the industry and pitch them on setting up a new blog if they don’t have one yet, and then become their all-out blog manager
– Pitch nonprofit organizations that deal with pet adoptions to see if they need help with their blogs
– Pitch any of the above companies, vets, etc. about writing for their email newsletters (not quite freelance blogging, but reasonably close)
– Pitch breeders or breed-specific organizations that might need blog posts or other website content
Opportunities are never in as short supply as we initially think. You can definitely specialize in the dog niche. You could specialize in an even narrower niche like a specific breed and still make a decent full-time living. You just have to get creative when looking for potential markets.
March 11, 2014
On a side note, if you’re familiar with fellow freelancer Emily Fowler, you might want to get in touch with her. I believe she’s recently moved into the specialty area of writing about cats. So she might have some insight into other types of markets that might be worth pursuing. You can find her at EmilyFowlerWrites.com
July 7, 2014
@Joy Collado Pet shops and clinics sound like good ideas for target clients! I’m starting to notice that many pet shops don’t really have much going on in their blogs, and I’ve been approaching a few already, telling them about the value of having a regularly updated blog and asking if they could use help with theirs.
@Alicia Rades, BAFB Moderator I’ve been afraid to commit to making my writer’s site about dog writing, for fear of alienating other clients I might want to take on, but I think you’re right. If I want to be a dog writer, I’m thinking I’m going to want to position myself as one as much as possible. Also, thank you for taking the time to put together some resources for me, I’ve already contacted a few blog owners from those lists.
I’m noticing that it’s not hard to find pet-related blogs, it’s just that most of them seem to be, well, crappy. And maybe that means I ought to start my own dog blog and build a following and attract clients that way.
@Jennifer Mattern I didn’t think of writing for breeders or vets! I’m constantly finding new types of dog-related businesses that I never thought of, there’s boarding kennels, salons, but also dog massage therapists and chihuahua outfit stylists and treat bakeries “barkeries” – no shortage of dog-related businesses to write for. I feel as though there aren’t so many paying dog blogs that already exist, but I’ll probably be able to get some clients by cold-emailing the businesses, right?
March 11, 2014
Yep. Email pitches can be a good way to start if you don’t have much of a platform built yet. And at the same time, focus on networking and building visibility (such as through your own blog or professional site). You might also want to release some kind of authority piece — white paper, e-book, etc. — targeting owners of dog-related businesses. For example, you might write a white paper about the importance of content marketing in helping them reach a broader customer base (if they’re selling online). Then end it with a pitch for your services to help them do that.
April 20, 2013
Hey, Lindsay, another thing to keep in mind here: pitch veterinary product companies, like the medical ones. I once had one contact me directly, but ultimately balked at my pricing. But I’m sure those companies could afford you as a newer dog writer, and then as you move up you could write for larger vet medicine companies.
June 13, 2015
There’s also a lot of dog breed magazines out there. For example, there is Just Labs, http://www.justlabsmagazine.co…..irect=true. Google Dog Breed + Magazine, and you’ll get oodles of results. I like to these search terms with Google Images because you can quickly see if the magazines are written in English, Chinese (Poodle Lovers), or other languages. Plus, you can get a quick feel for the magazine’s taste by looking at article titles on the cover.
I hope this helps! 🙂
April 20, 2013
Something else just came to mind here after talking to a freelancer friend of mine who’s into writing about beer: consider new angles that involve pets but have a different overall focus so you can pitch those ideas to other markets. For example, parenting magazines would probably LOVE articles about how to choose the right dog for your family, and tech magazines and sites would be interested in the top x-number apps for dog lovers.
July 25, 2016
July 7, 2014
james mc said
My name is james and I am in need of of freelance blogger to help with our new dog toy and accessories start up ! If your interested please pm me to discuss more details and I can tell you what we are about and see if you are interested. ?
Hi James! I’ve been writing for the pet industry since my post, I’d love to show you what I’ve been up to, and learn more about your startup. I can’t find a way to PM you on here, but feel free to contact me at email@example.com or through my website http://www.LindsayPevny.com
February 10, 2014
AWESOME 🙂 I hope this works out!
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April 10, 2017
This might be right up your alley…check out the blog jobs on Wantedz…there is at least one there that is asking for a pet care blogger..anyway might be worth a look.
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