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10 Places to Find Blogging Gigs That Pay
Finding clients is the biggest challenge faced by freelancers today, and freelance bloggers are no exception. Figuring out how to find your next paying customer is vital to your success. If you’re aiming to make money as a freelance blogger, here are 10 places you can look for blogging gigs that pay. You’ll find a wide variety of options here so you can pick up and run with the particular ones that suit you. multipotentialite, but for most of us, this means that you'll have to do a bit of filtering to find what you want. Although browsing through job listings is free, you have to subscribe to a paid membership if you want to apply. This will only set you back $7 per month, so it's not a huge commitment.
3. Blogger JobsThis site is a little more rough around the edges when compared to the two job boards above, but its value is revealed in the name. With a tighter focus on blogging jobs, you can usually turn up some interesting prospects here. Furthermore, the listings are sorted by category, which means that you can target areas of specific interest (e.g. fashion blogging).
4. CraigslistSome freelancers will be shocked by this, as Craigslist has a terrible reputation for featuring freeloaders and time wasters. To be honest, I have no direct experience with sourcing freelance work on Craigslist and used to have much the same opinion. However, more than one experienced freelancer has told me it’s possible to find a diamond in the Craigslist rough. If you’re keen to find work, this could be an option worth exploring.
5. Freelance BrokersDon’t forget about Elance and oDesk. If you browse these sites, you’ll find a lot of people offering writing services for paltry money, which can be an immediate turnoff. Not only that, but you have to hand a slice of your earnings over to the site. However, there is a market for relatively well-paid bloggers if you can establish a decent reputation. The key is to not waste your time on low-paying jobs. Be a Freelance Blogger, who has been freelancing since 2009, recommends People Per Hour. She commands an hourly rate in the region of $80 per hour—the kind of rate the vast majority of freelance bloggers would be delighted with. I’m not suggesting you can simply sign up at People Per Hour and start earning mega bucks, but with persistence, you can certainly establish yourself. the waiting list.
8. GoogleIf you know what search queries to use, Google can turn up a treasure trove of potential blogging work. Try these two search query templates:
- [your niche] + "write for us"
- top [your niche] blogs
9. Local BusinessesMost of us don’t like the idea of cold calling, but business blogging can be an extremely lucrative area. And besides, you don't actually have to pick up the telephone—just fire off emails to local businesses to see if anyone is looking for help with their blog. My friend Ruth Zive had a "10 before 10" rule when she was first starting out as a freelance writer. Quite simply, she would contact 10 new prospects before 10:00 a.m. Now that's one way to kickstart your business.
10. Your BlogOkay, that might not make sense initially. How can you find clients by looking at your blog? Well, you can't exactly, but what you can do is leverage your blog to source clients. This is something I’ve done to great effect ever since I started freelancing. My blog produces a steady stream of client referrals—in fact, I haven't gone looking for a job since 2011. While I wouldn't say it’s easy to produce a blog that can do this for you, it certainly is possible (and well worth the effort). Have you managed to make money as a freelance blogger? How do you find your gigs? Tom Ewer is the author of Successful Freelance Writing Online: How to Make a Full Time Income by Writing for Blogs. He quit his job at the end of 2011 and is now a freelance blogger and Internet marketer and has chronicled his journey at his blog, Leaving Work Behind.
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