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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Payment Formats For Your Freelance Services

While working as Freelance writer there are various ways in which you could be paid. The formats of payment are:
  • Project Fees: This pertains to a particular project or task on hand. Here the Client and you are in agreement about the task on hand and the time period.
  • By The Hour: An hourly rate is usually agreed on when either party is not too certain on the amount / scope of work.
  • Per Word: This is a regular format. The number of words into the rate of one word is the total amount that you will be paid as Freelancer.
  • As Retainer: In this method you will need to draw out the scope of work. It is essential that you and your Client understands what is the time, energy, infrastructure etc that will be used. This will ensure that you both are in agreement and feel justified with the agreed costs.
  • Per Page: Here an amount is decided. What you need to be certain is that you and your Client should agree on what is the definition of a Page.
Your turn - which Payment method are you most comfortable with.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Ideas To Blog

Are you running out of Blogging ideas? Two things that drive your Blog to go ahead are:
  • Consistency
  • Content
Here are a couple of ideas that you can delve into so as to make your Blogging experience a little more interesting:
  • Podcasts: Sometimes it is easier to express with a voice and an audio than the written matter. Start your audio Blogging and Post a podcast.
  • Video: There is nothing more captivating than a visual. Videos are great to have on your Blogs. You could share from YouTube if there is something in context of the content you are looking to Blog.
  • Contests: These are great tools to get more crowds, to get more people, to get a viral effect and to get a feeling of 'look-forward'. When you do contests remember the legal side as well not all types of contests can get away without a little mess.
  • Quotes: Blogging with quotes are a great way to open conversations.
  • Links: Sharing links to other write-ups and content that may be of interest to your audience is another good way to share and involve people. The idea here is to provide valuable content - even if it is not on your Blog.
  • Guest Post: Having other people sharing their views and ideas is an interesting manner in which you can generate great content for your audience.
  • Lists: People love to have things drawn for them. So if you have lists it would be great. Lists could be anything - like for instance top 5 mistakes, or top 5 positive traits and so on.
  • How-Tos: This is an amazing content. Just a heading as simple as 'How to...' will draw attention. How to articles are always a welcome with many people. You have a great chance that other sites may take your link and share with their audience - whereby you get added traffic to your Blog as well.
  • Tip: A tip a day is a great idea. If it is difficult to have daily tips then have a weekly tip. People love to know great ideas and good points in a synopses and summary format. So go on and share tips.
  • Round - Up: It would be great if you could have a weekly or monthly round-up. Here you will have to aggregate the content that is already out.
Your turn - share your quick secrets that enable you in your Blogging endeavor.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Important Points For Sponsored Reviews

Earning from Blogs requires your time, energy and dedication. There are mainly two ways to earn from your Blog: one is that you could look at a residual income. The second way is to work towards an active income method. In this Post I will share a little on the second method. One of the main ways in which people do earn via their Blogs is through Sponsored Reviews Business. In this format you have lots of Companies / Brands / Businesses looking out for Freelancers like you to write a review on your Blog.

There are exclusive site that enable the Companies / Advertisers to meet Freelancers like yourself. What you need to do is register free of cost with these sites as Publisher and then look around on the sites for the Advertisers. Usually a bidding process takes place, and if the Advertiser is ok with your cost then you can go ahead with the job. The sites have in-depth steps on how you should go about the task. 

While this is a great way to earn - you need to remember that your Blog needs to meet the site's requirement. Here you have Advertisers who would be looking at procuring write-ups for their Brand / Business.

This method is advantageous for the Advertisers as well. They get a good spread of their message across the internet. This is part of their Marketing effort. It gets them more traffic.

A site that is preferred and has received many good reviews is Sponsored Reviews. You could start with this and see the results. It will be great if you could share your results and experience here.

If you wish to join Sponsored Reviews your Blog requires to be at a certain level:
  • The very first line of instructions states that if you do not match the requirements on the site then your account may stand a chance of being suspended. Hence before you submit your Blog to earn on this site do remember to meet the site's requirements.
  • You are to have atleast 10 non - paid - posts with 200 words of unique content.
  • Your Blog is to be minimum 3 months old. Do not submit if it is less than this.
  • Always remember to have majority of posts non paid.
  • Your Blog is to remain active all through out the time when you are looking for Business from this site.
  • In order to maintain your account you will require to keep yourself away from plagiarism, auto blogging / posting, having lots of people posting like a free for all community blogging and so on. There is a definite requirement to be authentic on what you write.
  • If your Blog is not having good traffic then there are huge chances of it being rejected. Good traffic means genuine traffic not paid.
  • When you price your Blog for the Advertisers remember to price in a reasonable way. An overpriced Blog may loose out.
This site has a good Customer Service persons who answer your queries quickly. So go on and try this:  Sponsored Reviews

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Pointers For Your Resume As A Freelance Blogger

One of the ways to market yourself as a Blogger is by building a robust resume. As a Freelance Blogger your resume needs to hold value. Your resume needs to have certain pointers so that your prospective Client can know you and understand your capabilities.
  • Firstly your resume is to be online. It is important that you maintain your profile online. This is obvious - you plan to be known as an online Blogger hence the first natural route is to be online.
  • Being a Blogger you will ensure that your writing and the work done by you for your Client is picked easily by search engines. Having said this you need to use the Keywords in a way and manner such that your resume itself is a proof of your capacity in using Keywords.
  • As a Blogger you know that Links play an important role in SEO. Your resume should have good and intelligent use of Links. Have active Links to your Blogs, Social Media Profiles, Work Examples and so on.
  • Have your work screen shots captured. Have your resume pointing towards them. Show how you tackled an issue. Showcase how your inputs created a great conversation and engagement.
  • If you have got recommendations and testimonials then do point your resume towards the same. LinkedIn is a great space for procuring recommendations. Share this link via your resume.
  • Brand awareness is another important criteria. When a Client empowers you to do Blogging for them - it is critical that you understand what is a Brand. You need to write within the preview of the Brand Personality so as to build the appropriate Brand Identity. Hence you need to share and demonstrate your understanding about this aspect in your resume itself.
These are basic tactics that one may miss out in daily life. Try these and share your experience.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Your Resume Myths To Avoid

An unimpressive resume can create your future employees to overlook you. If you write or format your resume inappropriately then you have a big chance of loosing out. Your resume is the first step of your identity. Your resume is the first step to get your future employee's attention. You need to put your best foot ahead. Your resume is your introduction to the world.

You resume should be such that many department personnel understand, for instance the company's human resource people, the accounts department and ofcourse the department that you intent to apply for. It depends on the company.

Due to the various myths that you may have gathered over the years your resume could stand a chance to not get selected. Lets take a quick look at the myths:
  • Put any qualifications: Thinking that your lie will not be seen through is a wrong idea. People will sooner or later make out and this will have bad and negative reputation for yourself. Your bad reputation will flow through the Social Network as well. Whats more is that if you do get a job based on wrong information the pressure and stress will build up.
  • Generic information: Resumes usually have objectives section. Unfortunately many people seem to have similar objectives. If you take around 50 resumes [a natural number that employees could go through while recruiting] you will see that the objectives are very similar. Infact when interviews take place the person who has given the staple information has no drive nor does the person show any kind of passion / qualities that is pasted onto the objectives section in their resume. If you are going in for a copy paste job then best is to leave this section out totally. Similar section is hobbies, here we have reading, listening to music and so on. When in the interview you are asked what you are reading can you answer this?
  • Have a long resume: Having a long resume is another myth. The more you write the more impressive you end up being - is a very wrong idea. You need to have the attention of the reader. It is not the length of the resume that matters it is the content that is important. You need to have a flow that captures your audience. It is to be crisp.
  • One resume for may fields: Again it is not correct to have a single resume that you think will open up many different jobs. If you are looking for a sales job you cannot have a resume that is talking in general. You need to tweak your content so that you can cater to your job requisite in a better and more accurate manner. 
Unfortunately we do tend to go by wrong notions. This causes resumes to be almost deleted. Be careful. There would be more myths. Do review your resume.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

How To Market Your Freelance Services

As a Freelance Professional you need to be able to Market yourself such that your Services / Products are known and people are inclined to buy. People like to know they are dealing with people and not robots and anonymous identities. Many a times you will notice that Freelance persons do not give out their true identities and photos [image uploaded onto their profile pages]. There would be many reasons to this. For example they could be employed elsewhere and hence it may be against the company rules to do Freelance jobs and so on. Let us leave these exceptions out. If you are pursuing a full time career as a Freelance Professional it is imperative to let people know who you really are. Your Clients would like to deal with people who they can trust and contact when required. This is especially true in the world of online marketing.
  • Hence as first step try to be yourself - put yourself upfront. The advantages are innumerable. When you do this you can share upfront your real credentials. You may have a past record of working at various organizations. You can share this information openly. This will add to your creditability. If at all people have have given recommendations and put in a positive word for you on LinkedIn for instance you will be able to share this openly. People who are considering to employ your Freelance Services or buy your Product will be more connected with you and hence will have reduced doubts about your integrity.
  • Complete your profiles. Wherever you have put up your offer see to it that your profile pages have proper details. Ofcourse on the internet you do need to be careful about giving your address and such details however try to give what is required. For instance your name, qualifications, your LinkedIn profile link, your Facebook link [if you have maintained a professional page], your contact and so on. A complete profile is very useful. When people do online search - a completed and updated profile works out to be advantageous. Have your own professional photo. This will get people relating to you. Take time out check each of your Social Media Sites where you will have put your name, try to complete as many parameters as feasible on your profile pages.
  • Write a Blog. If you want to market yourself in the online world it is crucial that people get a taste of your expertise. Write your knowledge. Write what you know. Write and answer people as they put in their comments. Write about your Service / Product. Try to share what people can understand.
  • Use Social Media platforms like Facebook Pages to showcase your experience and to procure a Community. This will be one of the greatest assets that you can work towards. Your Community requires to be nurtured and taken care of. Remember to answer queries and make it a point to share genuine honest information. If your Community is satisfied and has got a positive understanding about your offering then they in turn will be best ambassadors. When they will recommend you it will be more believable and trustworthy. Their network will believe them and be more familiar and comfortable with you.  
  • Use keywords effectively. Do a little search and understand which keywords are to be used. Use this carefully on your Blog, Social Media Sites and so on.
  • Join Freelance Market Sites. For instance freelancer site for offering services and products. Freelance sites are spaces where you as Freelance person can put up what you are offering. These spaces are frequently sought after as and when people require a project to be done.
  • Additionally you need to let people around you know about your Freelance venture. Talk with your family, friends and online network persons as well. How To Network So That You Get Freelance Work
  • Have a template which is used whenever you send off an email, or meet someone [SMS], or when you put a comment on any forums etc. This way it is easy for you to insert this in your busy schedule and you maintain same information across.
  • Consistency is important. Do not give up when things are not moving. Remember what you write today on the internet will stay for a long time to come - this is a huge advantage for you.
There is lots you could do in the online world to market yourself. Share some of your thoughts here.

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