BLOG POST IDEAS THAT INSTANTLY TAP YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

Whether You Want Them To Or Not

By Joe Moore

 

Although I rarely use the numbered list approach it seems the best format for this post.

 

  1. IS WACK TRAFFIC BETTER THAN NO TRAFFIC?

 

  •       You’re the judge,  after invariably bitter experience prior to installing effective anti-spam apps  (Akismet, Anti-Spam Bee, etc.)

 

  • 1200 words minimum should be easy.

 

2.  EVER THOUGHT YOU HAD  A RABID BLOG POST  AND REALIZED THE NEXT DAY IT’S A FIZZLE?

 

  • Prior to release upon the discerning public.

 

  • Come clean!

 

3.  LIST POST OF DISCLOSURES: WE’RE ALL FRIENDS HERE

 

  • You’ll just have to hear me out with this one. At first those bike frames with the springs built in seemed futuristic, but when pedaling you’re actually working against yourself because most of your effort, especially uphill,  goes to compressing the spring before the wheel turns. Not that you didn’t already know.

 

4. HOW DO YOU VIEW LIFE-THREATENING YOUTHFUL HI-JINKS (IF YOU COMMITTED ANY) IN RETROSPECT?

 

5.  STOP AND THINK OF HOW LUCKY YOU ARE SOMETIMES

 

  • A coincidental avoidance of potentially fatal accidents should not be taken lightly.

 

  • I’ve had some close calls a (tall ladder falling out from under me with concrete as the welcoming committee below,  dashing across live traffic) that qualified as a middle-age version of “Final Destination.”

 

6. DO 15-MINUTE WRITING EXERCISES REALLY WORK?

Of Course Nominal Results For Me Do Not Mean The Same For You

 

  • Spontaneous writing ideas, no over-thinking, no mental pre-editing.

 

  • All I can think of off the top of my head (not necessarily as a writing subject but as a free-associated thought) is Calamari (which I don’t partake in) as a popular fast food in nationwide drive-through chains (particularly hamburger specialists.)

 

  • Multi-million dollar ad campaigns regarding who has the best fast-food calamari.

 

  • Calamari pizza—certainly not as an original idea,  but as a national pizza franchise sensation reflected in disclosed 2-digit quarterly earning increases.

 

  • Certainly inauspicious initial results as a writing exercise, but I will continue this idea-generating tactic since the clock has already started.

 

  • “She’s sociable and she’s not judgmental. Maybe she’s from another planet.”

“If she is I wish they’d send more like her to earth.”

(Hey, you’re not supposed to pre-screen your writing thoughts, remember?”)

 

  • One thing about this 15-minute, unrestrained writing exercise is that you  might get ideas not directly related to writing, or ideas for an entirely different sort of writing than blog posting.

 

  • Whatever general sketch occurs to you in 15 minutes, free-associated on keyboard or pen and paper, Freudian style.

 

  • The main thing here is the spontaneous-thought-recording aspect of Psychoanalysis, as if a person’s mind is temporarily unshackled during the session like a free-range poultry of your stated preference in the comments section.

 

  • Look at the keyboard or your pen and notebook as the couch.

 

  • Your subconscious mind will then take over as the analyst for the duration of the writing experiment, and probably beyond.

 

  • I got this outline—remember, no mental early-editing.

 

  • A dishwasher in a comfortable restaurant doesn’t along with one of the imperious  bussers, a potentially violent-looking 40-year old who throws utensils and shoves a loaded glass rack across the overhead frame that busts his head open above his eye.

 

  • Neither one of these employees have said anything to the chefs or management about their mutual animosity.

 

  • The dishwasher, with stitches in his head, misses 12 weeks’ pay according to Health Department regulations requiring fully healed wounds.

 

  • In the meantime he has to take on day labor agencies for half his pay,  sent out to unload 120 pound bags of concrete out of boxcars or semi-trailers once out of every  five 4:30AM clock-ins—and he’s one of the lucky ones.

 

  • After returning to the job the dishwasher is mopping a coffee alcove at the end of a short, narrow hallway leading to the kitchen.

 

  • Striding toward the hallway from the customer section the busboy carries at shoulder level a round platter with tall champagne flutes and beer glasses that all but obscure his view of the floor, which he wouldn’t demean himself to notice anyway except as something for him to walk on.

 

  • The dishwasher, who hears the busser’s standard arrogant vocal warning of approaching the blind hall corner, pushes his mop handle directly into the path of his shins from alongside the door, tripping him forward.

 

  • It’s not the abrasive busser, it’s the manager who goes down head first, arms down,  audibly crashing his nose cartilage on the aluminum edge of the  coffee urn counter. Servers converge on the injured manager.

 

  • The dishwasher moves to notify the assistant manager upstairs, but somebody else is already on it so he returns to his station.

 

  • The smirking 40-something busboy, wearing Frank Sinatra shoes and skinny black slacks, is turned around as he walks watching the makeshift triage,  knowing the set-up was for him. He minces into the kitchen on sitcom tiptoe  past the prone colleague being tended to.

 

  • The prep and line cooks who happen past to see what the commotion is, are strangely indifferent.

 

  • The self-satisfied busser, enjoying the fact that somebody else took the pratfall (it wouldn’t have mattered who) approaches the glass racks.

 

  • The dishwasher, from the other side of the racks pours 2 gallons of liquid soap on the floor that spread toward the busser’s shoes while he watches him looking the other way.

 

  • After a few wild gyrations on the slippery floor  while glass exploded all around him,  the self-aggrandizing busser flaps his arms like a gooney bird and goes down sideways, his head barely missing the equally unyielding aluminum (but somewhat more round-edged) surface of the dish window.

 

  • Somehow this is just the beginning of the injurious rivalry between the two, and they try to think up ways to top each other out, always in the midst of co-workers to make it look accidental.

 

Hey, this scenario has nothing to do with any real-life situation, just the flow of instant writing ideas.

 

  • Try the 15-minute, spontaneous writing exercise. You might be surprised at the ideas (not always associated with your website) that crop up.

 

7. INITIAL FREELANCE PROSPECTS

 

  • Is it true that it’s hard being a ghost?

 

8. EVER GET SO DISGUSTED AND SICK THAT YOU TRIED TO QUIT WRITING, ONLY TO RETURN EVERY TIME?

 

  • Whether success or bitter, obsessive failure masquerading as persistence, it means you won’t quit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWITTER AND BLOG TRAFFIC: UNLESS A 300% INCREASE IN FOUR DAYS IS A MERE COINCIDENCE.

Quality Comment Control New Obligation

By Joe Moore

 

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Last Week, after an initial harvest of around 32 inbound blog comments, several months in the collecting, I read a post by Carol Tice  about Twitter as a blog booster.
Then I set it aside without following through, at the time, and rotated around other sources of freelancing advice.

I realize, when the matter occurs to me, that traffic takes time and read a Darren Rouse blog where he debunks early-stage social-media mythology before your blog, as yet puppy-blind, has even busted out of its’ shell or spouted egg teeth yet.

11 months into my blog, I finally broke down and experimented  after receiving an email reminder how to access my 2 or 3 year old Twitter account.

I indifferently Tweeted, or so it seemed I did, several blog posts.

That is, if the cut-and-pasted  title links were live and burrowing and not DOA.

4 days later I cynically checked my website dashboard as a disbelieving afterthought, and there were 97 comments on the docket.

 

PRELIMINARY RESULTS WHILE ARRANGING FOR SPAM-PROOF APPS

WordPress Spam Shield, AntiSpam Bee, Etc.

Besides the actual, human-generated comments (although with my own visage in plain view I’ve yet to see most personages) there were a few links to dubious-sounding websites.

 

  • 2 or 3 borderline URLs, inappropriate for  mixed company by their very names, were sent on their way to oblivion for specialized venues in their niche.

 

  • Keep a jaundiced, openly suspicious eye out for sinister nom de plumes as URLs or unholy usernames, who are better suited to the vermin that places freelance writing ads on Craigslist (always paying 1930s pulp wages or having no website link while requesting writing samples to spin into fondue and market as their own.) You’ve been warned.

 

  • These imaginatively named links (few in number, to be sure)  are probably scams that don’t even deliver the off-color promises of their in-your-face URLs.

 

  • A time-tested marketing ruse, in these thankfully rare comment links utilizing the visceral approach appealing to the less discerning section of the brain, going back decades to suggestive news-ad titles unrelated to above-board announcements, after nudging the middle-aged male reader in the ribs for falling for the subterfuge.

 

I reciprocated the mostly positive comments, and even took to mind a suggestion to page out the blog so that it’s not a continuous scroll, I later found.

I thanked the person there in the box the suggestion.

Keep in  mind this blog is for relative newcomers such as myself,  although seasoned bloggers and freelancers can visit here also to subconsciously mentally profit.

 

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  • It’s human nature to want to rush your highly edited and proofread, concise next installment with the publish button.  As for anybody starting out with WordPress it would be a good idea to look at the other buttons every now and then, try them out, and read up on the basics.

 

  • Then decide which of the 30,000 (and counting) WP apps you want to wax for your own purposes.

 

New Bloggers are (for the most part) among friends here, so it’s okay to admit that not all early-phase-return blog comments originate from Oxygen-based, bipedal life-forms.

Just as there are supportive and informative freelancers (Joanna Penn, Gina Horkey, Sophie Lizard, Mary Jacksh, Linda Formicelli, Bamidele Onibalusi, Travis Levell, Kirsty Stuart, among others), there are also the opposite factions, fewer in number (?), sending comments of uncertain origin. Part of the territory.

I sifted through these 97 comments, making a genuine effort to interact with the (partially plug-in generated?) remarks, until the begrudging benefit of the doubt fermented into skepticism and I aced out some, kept others.

 

READER COMMENTS:

QUALITY VS. QUANTITY

While this new  (hopefully mammalian-based) traffic onrush is the expected result, due diligence is involved.

  • You’ll sometimes find duplicate, word-for-word flattery from sites than can or cannot be verified, although having your site praised more than once by the same “person” (verbatim at the click of a button) doesn’t seem so bad at first.

 

  • While I was checking the links to these websites I deleted the obvious sales pages if it’s not something that I’m in the market for.

 

  • I want to say that the family-friendly, blog-related, non-English speaking, Rated G feedback is welcome here, although I only read English. I invite commentary from around the globe.

 

TWITTER AS BLOG SATURANT:

IT’S NOT JUST SMOKE

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No Flash In The Pan Like Article Spinning Programs

From the Tice article I got curious about Tweeting blog entries. Her advice goes into details about different ways (such as hashtags, which I haven’t comprehended yet) to promote your posts.

Although I’d already Tweeted the blogs before reading the advice, Tice herself closed the sale in the comment section:

                                        I consider Twitter to be THE platform

                                        for promoting blog posts. It kind of

                                       depends on  what you’re trying  to DO

                                        in social media  .  .  .  but I don’t know

                                        when  I haven’t met a blogger who is

                                        not working Twitter.

And I’m not inclined to blindly follow influencers’ advice, unless its something I can process.

CAN THE ARMOUR MEAT COMPANY SUE FOR PERVASIVE UNFLATTERING USE OF ONE OF THEIR BRAND NAMES?

The genuine commenters know who they are, and I thank ’em for visiting (or ‘wisiting,’ as some Dickens characters would say) the site and saying cool things about the writing.

Unless I’m a little scorched by my freelancing journey so far, some of the comments still have a mass-produced sound.

BOTTOM LINE: INCREASE POST VISIBILITY

But What If Comment Traffic Is Mostly For One Post?

Is That Humanly Possible?

I notice that most of these Twitter-augmented blog comments are linking from one post in particular, although several readers have complimented the writing of the website in general, which is intended as a series of writing samples.

I’d like to hear from any bloggers-in-training (or highly accomplished ones) who are experiencing the same thing—a massive (or what I’d consider to be massive) spike in comments from blog Tweets, 90% from a particular post.

DON’T BE A LIVE SPAM FEED, HOWEVER THAT

MIGHT BE ACCOMPLISHED

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  • The mechanical, generalized sound of some comments could apply to any website or subject, and usually link back to sales pages.

 

  • You will have genuine comments from people who accidentally find your site, and that’s always good, just like freelancing  sites I found by accident and subscribed to.

 

  • The WordPress dashboard a couple of weeks ago said the Akismet spam filter has held 14 comments so far, from the 32 original, hard-wrought, pre-Twitter comments.  But still, Akismet hasn’t been installed on my page yet.

 

  • The spam filter hold up involves in my case a labyrinthine WP access process based on an earlier account I thought I deleted.

 

The fact remains there’s a bumper crop (compared to before) to be had from Tweeting blog posts.

I’ve only Tweeted the blog posts once, until I learn more about re-Tweeting as a recommendation.

 

COMPARING COMMENTS:

Watch Out For Perpetrators Among The Well Wishers

 

One commentor, possibly with a wry sense of humor, complimented my very elementary web page and even asked if I had it professionally designed.

 

Crediting this person in my mind with the basic familiarity to know unadorned WordPress and home-brewed web pages from pro-designed sites, I graciously replied that my site is a highly basic, to-be-improved WordPress theme with a  picture of downtown Seattle from Pixabay, a fantastic source of free images, or even scenic photography to browse through.

I would classify this comment as coming from a real person, neither fish nor fowl, who nevertheless had the momentary academic curiousity to visit my website.

Although I waited for 4 days in a bitter fog of cynicism after Tweeting the blogs, the comments averaged 22+ per day, and coming back a day later there were 50 more comments (although these are not daily returns by any means), then less than a week later, 121 comments, which I will make my leave to address, then return here with images for this post for a before-and-after comparison.

 

UPDATE 4/22/2016:

Last night I installed WordPress Anti-Spam Bee, activated Akismet, and installed Yoast SEO, all at the click of a button on the WP dashboard, which didn’t seem so simple in these past several weeks before I figured out how to download the apps.

 

  • More importantly, I burned off the mostly-machine generated comments en masse, starting out at 0 so when I come back tomorrow night (or 3 or 4 days later) I should see a difference in the quality of the comments.

 

  • At the same time I’m expecting a smaller influx of  comments in general from the Anti-spam apps I am expecting at the same time a legit, but realistic increase (whatever that may be) of site traffic from Yoast.

 

  • I followed my own advice about testing out other WordPress buttons besides the publish button, and I discovered a new world of WP apps that you can instantly download from your dashboard. It’s a fun process and I recommend those new to the platform to try these 3 basic apps as a foundation of a spam-insulated, SEO-goosed website—if that turns out to be the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEADLINE WRITING: WHATEVER IT TAKES TO STRIKE MARROW

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It Goes Back To The days Of 8-Inch

Headline Fonts

 

By Joe Moore

Extra, Extra, Read All About It:

The Original “Call To “Action”

 

DeBlasio Allowing City To Trickle Back To Bad Old ‘Taxi Driver’ Days

New York Post

   As portrayed in movies of the 1930s and early 40s, an elementary-school age kid, always wearing an apple cap, promoted various “content providers,” or newspapers, complete with loud vocal pronouncements on crowded street corners, or “landing pages,” of mostly non-uplifting headlines arising from human-unflattering local or national events of the day.

   Then, as  now, in the subject-matter lineage of “content promotion,” news articles scarcely showcasing the more laudable aspects of human nature to an avidly pre-sold public. Headlines are the reader’s first impression, whether online, well-intended, scolding advice in magazines, or newspapers.

   There are very few new things under the sun, just the natural evolution of almost every endeavor, or “niche” over the decades.

“My Back Seat Looked As If I’d Transported Farm Animals”

LinkedIn Article

SAUROPODAN ERA JOURNALISM AS IT RELATES TODAY

   Long ago, at 19, I took a Journalism 101 class at a Community College in Tacoma for an experimental Spring semester—a Mesozoic “case study” to determine whether I should continue research at that particular institute.

    This was the same time I was taking a no-avail Composition class taught by a location-underachieving PhD. Feel free to draw your own conclusions about this segment of the treatise.

     This was the sort of Journalism class where your assignments (sometimes with visible editorial review) appeared  in the school paper, which was not a major ambition of mine, but part of the course.

   One day, I was instructed by the teacher to go to another building to get some basic information from  the organizing staff of the upcoming Spring Fest for a little announcement to be written for the paper.

   I have forgotten entirely who I talked to on the staff about the ‘Fest, when it was jumping off, events, etc.

  Among the 2 other people in the sizable staff office I do remember a student who saw me talking with the event staffer. Once I was through with the long-forgotten staff member, I went over to see what he was talking about.

   This individual was very low-key and composed, describing drawbacks in how the department, and overall school, were run. Clearly disgruntled but descriptive as he calmly described various organizational flaws—coinciding, he could see, with my own observations not intended to ingratiate staff or students.

“I can paint an even more vivid picture than that,” he said, deadpan, but ready to further ridicule the host facility.

“What about the Ostrich rides at the Spring Fest?” I said.

The other person in the room looked over.

   As well-appraised as this volunteer for the off-the-record interview was regarding the foibles of  the overall administration and individual depostriches-838976artment staff, he was understandably short on information  about the Ostriches—I made that up after reading a Robert Benchley essay about somebody drunk and riding one, “taking brisk ride about the place.”

   So I typed the announcement up, turned it in, and in the next edition of the school paper was the unattributed paragraph with the editor-supplied headline:

Ride An Ostrich

  My paragraph article announced the Spring Fest schedule and exhibits, and concluded with an editor’s explanation, not included in my original version, that “the Ostrich rides were supposed to be a secret but the word got out.”

pen-1080454_1920   There were no Ostriches at the Spring Fest and the teacher and the other students were far from amused, although nobody said anything. I was subject to heavy blue-penciling—my recognition for trying to liven up the articles.

   The teacher did assign me to cover a lecture by Professor Giavonni Costigan of UW on the Dreyfus Affair. When I got to the auditorium I saw another student the teacher sent in case I didn’t deliver. Early example of low-end skepticism.

   I took notes at the lecture, wrote the story straight and it appeared in the school paper.  What I mainly recall, besides my first byline, were the editor-added subheadings placed in chronological order of the Dreyfus matter as explained by Prof. Costigan.

  The Journalism teacher wasn’t as receptive to my other articles and told me that I could improve my grade if I returned in the Summer and wrote some more. I declined.

A BONE TO PICK WITH NUMBERED LISTS

   While it’s no revelation that numbered titles are the most popular because of the simplicity,  I get the notion that I’m being talked down to.  The impression of most numbered posts is teaching somebody how to count small numbers all over again, rarely pertaining to brain-expanding material or “content.”

   I’m not sure this numbered-list approach is something that should be imitated or proliferated. Just because it’s guru-vetted, just because everybody else is doing it is not always a good reason.

  • “20 Subliminal Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite Comic-Book Movie?”

 

  • “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite Actors?”

 

  • “15 Ways To Adapt To Demeaning Career Plunges?”  (If any?)

 

 

Marketing Expert Neil Patel: Numbered-Post Success Is Due To Simplicity, Efficiency

   For the most encompassing brain saturation possible, Mr. Patel recommends writing your “content” at a “reader friendly” (euphemism for “simplified,” or worse) comprehension level, say, the 4th grade.

   I just can’t do it. Guru-advised or not.  Does every website have to have the widest possible audience for its’ own sake, beyond the original ambitions of the proprietor?

   Patel also waxes an app that instantly estimates, Jetson-style, the reading level of your writing to insure mental accessibility of the most prospective readers and customers.

READER-ADDRESSING HEADLINES (YOU, YOU’RE) ARE THE SECOND-MOST EFFECTIVE

   Patel, in true keeping with his 4th-grade-reading-level approach (after all, a massive  consumer base is out there), supplied a screenshot of 4 different reader-addressing article titles, none of which scored less than 2 million social shares each.

   I will only supply 3 titles submitted by Mr. Patel, as the reader is well perceptive enough  not to  require all 4:

  • “What Dog Breed Are You?”

 

  • “Which Witch Are You?”

 

  • “Which Disney Mom Are You?”

 

abc-148517These article titles are highly reminiscent of Head Start or Kindergarten, so maybe Patel’s recommended 4th-grade reading level is a couple of notches too high.  2  million+ shares per post, 6 mil total (and self-multiplying)  have spoken.

 

 

 

 

FREELANCE BUSINESS MIND FIRST, WRITING ABILITY A DISTANT SECOND

If The Business Mentality Is Not An Inherent Trait, A Longer Success Curve May Result

 

By Joe Moore

 

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From the information I’ve gotten so far, besides being able to basically write, a larval freelancer would do well to learn certain extra abilities, however ubtuse, to better serve vaporous, hypothetical, as-yet-unearthed clients:

 

  • WordPress   (Nothing arcane, just the bare bones.)
  • Marketing   (I’ll get around to that one.)
  • Research
  • SEO  (WordPress has this built-in, basic feature, including a pocket-sized ebook outline, to get you started.)

 

I used to think that mere writing ability was the main part of succeeding as a freelance writer, but after several months of reading advisory blog posts I realized that writing is only a small part—20-or-25%, if stacked up against the formidable bullets  and considering research to be an automatic part of the “content” writing.

The most successful bloggers demonstrate an innate business mind also, regarding cold-water client pitching (as part of their experience or optional experimentation rather than a current mandatory function) and client acquisition in particular.

A lady once told me that people who are, well, not enthusiastic about math are good in English, so there’s some consolation there. The advice of writing improvement through gradual practice (not a recent discovery of mine) may apply to freelance writing business basics.

I’ve found that looking through job  postings on various non-mill  site boards, such as Problogger, gives you a sense of what inclinations clients are looking for (Content Marketing Strategy, as a modest example.)

 

THE NATURAL ENTREPRENEURIAL AND

NETWORKING PERSONALITY

What You Might Consider If You Don’t Have It

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Some of the most successful freelance writers have had bumps in the road such as slow pays or non-paying clients, clientele who started switching gears during assignments, customers who wanted to lower the writer’s price after the initial agreement had been made, etc.,  all of which has led to these bloggers sharing advice on how to avoid these occasional setbacks.

The social media stuff is a projected future project for when I grow outgoing, hail-fellow-well-met antennae. Referrals are sworn by experts as the most effective examples.

As for those freelance writers and bloggers bestowed with the natural, computer-savvy, sales-networking-and-promotional related personalities (and also bestowed with the philanthropy to share their advice) all of the main bases are covered:

 

  • Effective pitching

 

  • Client referrals

 

  • How not to have to pitch clients (that’s the one.)

 

  • Networking for quality assignments

 

  • Negotiating client rates

 

  • How to promote your blog.

 

keyboard-70506   Now and then I read somewhere further down an article that it still boils down to your writing ability. First people have to find out about it.

earth-11014This is where information on the promotional or business side of freelancing comes in—guest posting, the myriad ways of getting your blog out there to real-paying clients who seem as far away as Jupiter or Mercury. Finding this mirage-like clientele is one of the interesting challenges of freelance writing (compared to say, SEO or rocking a dozen apps to keep track of blog performance.)

 

  • I’ve found that not overloading information, or “actionable content,” is a good step toward deciding or roughly organizing what’s most practical to learn first (supposedly easiest to comprehend.)

 

  • Online advice from Frank Bauer, IM expert: Do not focus on more than 3 things at a time, which many with less stellar credentials, (such as myself) have probably already realized.

 

  • The things to focus on in my case are basic WordPress and gnawing-style client pitching. You’ll tailor your own curriculum to whatever pertains to your freelancing.

 

The Marketing part should vaguely materialize, or gather some legs, even as an apparition, by learning and applying the other 3 qualifications. Momentum is said to develop  which also helps create a portfolio for clients. Somewhere down the line Reddit, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, etc., can be addressed.

 

What If You’re Not A Natural Freelance Promoter,

Salesperson, Or Business Mind?

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   As with writing, these indispensable abilities can ostensibly be learned. I’m stepping into the breech myself to find out.

   As much as I thought I had the main qualification already handled by already knowing how to write, there is the nuts-and-bolts advice of ‘name’ freelancers to show nascent freelancers the way.

  • It’s possible, from instructional blog posts and comment sections, to accidentally attain lucrative, long term clients ambushed by random, scattershot pitches. Not only by following the advice on the blogs, according to some accounts, but by pitching the right editor at the right time, which could hardly be consciously attained in the beginning.

 

  • Don’t wait for some 4-figure, Flying Dutchman freelancing account to appear in your inbox. Understand these instances are rare in the embryonic stages of freelancing (or they would appear in the comment or testimonial sections more often, yes?)

 

  • From the Daily Interview I also recommend a consultation with Kevin Muldoon about how not to pitch blogs. He cites ungrammatical blog pitches he’s received (most freelancers, in fact) and even states that many of his hired writers have deficiencies.

 

  • I didn’t realize, according to Muldoon, that many would-be freelancers are lacking in grammar, proofreading, or researching. You should look at this as less competition.

 

  • Of course you don’t want to strictly use less-able writers as a yardstick of who you’re competing with during blog pitches and assignments; I focus on the already contracted and assigned writers in the ionosphere.

 

  • Another motivating bit of information from Muldoon’s interview is  that not only are the better-paying clients  gradually realizing that  good writers are hard to come by, he describes most sentient bloggers’ writing quality as “atrocious.” (Muldoon’s words, not mine.)

 

  • In a way Muldoon’s  assessment of the vast majority of would-be bloggers is fantastic but I have to find these clients first.

 

  • One way is through machine-gun pitch practice to the honey-bees-326334extent that you make the blog editors itch and slather themselves with Calomine lotion or insect repellent spray—-even successful freelancers who know all the angles have batted .300 at times, which is said to be a good return ratio. (Your own statistics may be somewhat lower in the beginning.)

 

  • Muldoon also advises, like many freelancers, the importance of centaurus-a-11190following the instructions of the blog editors, such as adding links and pictures. Once I find some duty-free pictures that will be the next step for my own posts. I guess it’s no longer patronizing, pertaining to reading material, to say, “see, it has pictures.”

 

  • Source linking will be project #4 for me and I’m sure I will feel very uninformed when I realize how easy it is.

 

  • For that reason I will conduct an experiment to see how readership results (which I already know) are without source links, and the purported traffic (or better still, conversion into clients) improvements resulting when I do add the links.

 

Besides myself, I’d like for everybody who takes up freelancing, not necessarily as easy money, but something to put an effort into, to succeed. Comment sections can be as informative and motivating as the blogs themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

$5 Articles As Freelance Career Launchers

A Review Of Contradictory Reviews

By Joe Moore

 

From no less a source thancoins-948603 the U.S. News And World Report website is an article, “The Secret To Making Money On Fiverr,” by senior Money Editor Kimberly Palmer, which includes observations by Fiverr co-founder Micha Kaufman.

Early in the piece,  Palmer (who was certainly paid more than $5 for her article and probably negotiated her compensation terms during her own job interview), observes “other freelance marketplaces were more onerous, requiring price negotiation  and back-and-forth to define the scope of the work.”

The $5 price tag eliminates such pesky nonsense, or, as Palmer (clearly paid by the word) pretentiously states, “the initial focus on a $5 price point takes that complexity out of the equation.”

This wordy language from a standard-bearer news magazine? By ‘scope of the work” does she mean “job?”

Where are the articles on how to get Palmer’s job?  Her disdain is presumably aimed toward freelance writing boards and the audacious, “onerous” freelancers who prefer commensurate rates, not unlike the well-esconced magazine staff member Palmer.

Palmer’s near-contempt toward freelance writers is reminiscent of certain blog editors who boast on advice posts how fast they’ll delete an article or blog post pitch without even reading it, at least partially because they themselves never have to write pitches. (That part you’ll have to piece together yourself.)

You don’t really come out with $5. After Fiverr peels 20% off the top and Paypal another 2%, you net $3.92 per transaction. Yet there are Fiverr members making 5 figures a year.

As for the efficiency of the Fiverr business model, Kaufman himself puts it in perspective: “Buying shouldn’t take more than 20 or 30 seconds.”

Kaufman, Palmer writes, says the $5 is “good for sellers” (freelance writers in this case) because it keeps them from competing for cheaper prices.

According to Kaufman, the Fiverr plan sells itself to freelancers:

“They can do 5 or 10 gigs in an hour and it adds up to a nice income.”

queen-cup-337695The variety of jobs and specialties on Fiverr (over 4,000 services and 120 categories) besides the variety in freelance writing jobs alone (particularly varying word length) makes me curious about the potential hourly bonanza stated by Kaufman. Five or ten 450-word articles in an hour, anyone?

There’s other, shorter, writing assignments that make multiple projects per hour more realistic for new members, such as a 2-3 sentence bios depending on how facile somebody is.

After the 30-day, 10-assignment probationary phase is over, you are promoted to the next level and Gig extras kick in.

You reel the customer in with what amounts to a $5 retainer: the aforementioned 2-3 sentence description or bio for $5, all but certain the client will want to expand their request from there.

 

  • 100 word biographies: $30
  • 100 word researched outlines: $20

 

keyboard-886462The newly promoted writer who has ascended to the next format level, in this case Ian Chandler in a Freedom With Writing post, “Writing Jobs From Fiverr: A Guide To $50 Writing Gigs,”  can parcel out the amount of writing and re-adjust prices, such as $55 for a 250-word bio, well above the generally recommended freelancing minimum of $50 for a 500-word article.

Premium Fiverr gigs allow established freelancers to increase prices for their services “as much as $500,” according to Palmer. Kaufman adds that the premium gigs allow them (freelance writers)  “achieve financial independence on their own.”

 

A Possible Upside To Fiverr?

dollars-388687_1920I am initially influenced by articles amping the upside to Fiverr , prior to reading the other ones. Joining might make an interesting “case study.”

Ian Chandler’s article on how freelancers can increase their income on Fiverr by using the $5, tri-sentence starter blast to upsell clients to more realistic wages ($20 for 100 words of original content, $50 for 250 words) is the one that has me researching Fiverr to see for myself.

For a very detailed article on the pay and writing-level structure of Fiverr I recommend “Fiverr Writing Gigs: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly,” by IwriteaLot.

The author of the post uses convincing terms:

 

  • “Easy Money (if you can burn 450 words in 10 minutes, as she calmly reminds).
  • “You set the parameters.”
  • “Plenty Of Work.

 

books-1015594_1920She also paints a realistic picture of how unenviable things can get (as far as customer’s and webmasters’ influential evaluations) if you let your number of assignments get out of hand and overbook yourself.

Though not published yesterday, this page-ranking article also explains how not to overload your plate with too many assignments at once (if you happen to find yourself in that predicament) and what to do if it happens.

What about the average person, who may not be as productive on a daily basis as Charles Dickens or Stephen King? Productivity articles are in order.

I got the idea for this post by reading a blog post about how to get article ideas from blog posts so here I am. The “call to action” (in case you’re pressed for time and have other connections to make) is that the advice works if you’re stuck for writing ideas.

I’m at 472 words in an hour and a half, and this pre-researched article isn’t finished. Many people can get a couple thousand words down in the same time span,  all edited too, but I’m working with what I have.

 

Freelance Success Anomalies Presented As Possibilities?

Kimberly Palmer’s U.S. News article trumpets some case studies of how successful some fiverr members are.

  • A Drew University student on Fiverr, Morissa Schwartz, got into editing and proofreading self-published manuscripts, $5 a throw for 500 words (extra for formatting and editorial critiques) and at the time of Palmer’s article (2013) had raked in $7,500.

 

  • A semi-retired publicist from Chicago,  Mark Mason,  offers business-type services on Fiverr, such as writing email autoreponders and marketing materials—$150 to $300 a day for 3 or 4 hours.

 

These returns, as ongoing income streams, have allowed him to buy a house in Indiana. But hey, he’s already a pro publicist with several years of experience if he’s already semi-retired—using pre-existing knowledge to “leverage” an online market.

On the “Freelancer” site by Contently, in an article titled “Fiverr, BuckMeUp, And The Future Of The Five Dollar Freelancer,” Mike Vannelli is featured, like the veteran publicist above, as one of Fiverr’s Top Rated Sellers (a promotion in the freelancing hierarchy based upon customer [and web proprietor] satisfaction.)

Vannelli sells 7-second videos for $5 apiece—a built-in upsell since most clients will want more than 7 seconds–and pulls down $20,000 a year.

 

Prospects For Fiverr: You Have To Stick Your Head In The Fire To Determine 

Polarizing writing formats aside, the Contently article features the other co-founder of Fiverr, Shai Wininger,  who swears the $5 base payment (for 500 words or more, in some instances)  “is beneficial to the freelance economy,”  because “it’s about who’s doing a better job, who’s providing the higher quality services.”

This same article says freelancer can make as much as $8,000 a gig. 8 grand is a long leap from $5, although the article sounds neutral and somehow off-putting, the way the Fiverr founders describe how their approach benefits freelancers, which can only be verified by further research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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