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From a veteran freelance writer, tips and hints to make your job easier than ever!

Setting a Freelance Writing Work Schedule & Sticking To It

Working from home as a freelance writer does afford you many freedoms. You can work in your pajamas. You can work from your bed, your office, or your couch at home. But perhaps every once in a while you want to work outside the home and rent a shared office space, go to a coffee shop, or a bookstore. You can work during the day, or you can work after the kids go to sleep.

However, every freelance writer needs a freelance writing work schedule. It’s vital to making sure you stay on task and get all of your work done every day. And it’s also vital to ensuring that you end your day at a specific time so that you don’t over work yourself and cause burnout.

You also have freedom when deciding how you want your schedule to look, and what is the best way to maintain it.

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Managing the To-Do List as a Freelance Writer

There will always be more work to do when you’re a freelance writer and time management is important. As a freelance writer, the amount of money you make depends on how much you can get done in the time you have available to do it in. It’s important that you make the most of that time with time management skills. Some are born organizers that can plan their day’s work, get it done, and continue on to even better things. However, most of us aren’t and we need a little bit of help when it comes to managing our to-do lists.

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How to Build a Website for Freelancers – Part 2

Now that you’ve established your domain and you have your simple website built from GoDaddy, from How to Build a Website for Freelancers – Part 1, it’s time to get to the basics of what to include on your website. It’s best to keep it simple at first, until you have the funds to expand or know exactly what you want to include. Constantly changing your freelancing website can lead to your clients seeing you as being unprofessional, so it’s best to keep that to a minimum. Find a website you like from another freelancer, or maybe a few, and take note of what they include and how prominent those things are on their site. You’ll notice that three things stand out: a personal about me page, a services page, and a contact page. If you’re using the Website Tonight from GoDaddy, then these pages will be widgets on your one-page site. Let’s look at each page or widget a little closer.

 

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5 Tips For Using Twitter For Freelancers

Knowledge of Twitter is common. Many people still don’t know how to utilize the micro-blogging site for the most benefits, however. Many of those people are freelancers. Knowing how to use Twitter can help build your reputation, land you gigs (writing jobs), and can give you the chance to help others. Those people may, in turn, help you when the time is right! The first step is to set up your Twitter account with a username that is professional. Use either your name or keywords associated with what you do. What do you do next? These 5 tips for using Twitter for freelancers can help get you started!

How to Use Google AdWords for Keyword Research

Keyword research before you write an article is just as important as using an analytics tool, such as Google Analytics, to research how well an article is doing with the keywords you’ve chosen to use. The best tool to use for keyword research, that is also free, is Google AdWords keyword tool. With this tool, you can type in a topic or phrase that you are focusing on, and you will get a list of popular search terms with great information that will tell you how best to use those terms in writing freelance articles. So how do you use the Google AdWords keyword tool?

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SEO Basics for Freelance Writers

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Search engine optimization is the process of modifying a web page or website to make it more visible for the search engines. The most notable of these search engines is Google. There are many things a person can do to a web page to allow the search engine’s automatic crawlers to see and index it as something that needs to be shown in the search results for certain search terms. Search engine optimization, or SEO for short, is important for any online freelance writer to know. So what is SEO?