Everything I Taught You About Freelance Writing In Kenya Was Wrong

Before I tell you why everything I taught you about freelance writing in Kenya was wrong, let me first brief you on how I started out as a freelance writer.

Some months ago, I didn’t have the financial freedom everyone always want to have; I couldn’t afford to host any of my friends at my house.

Have you ever felt like everything around you is boring? I mean you look around and everything seems messy.

That’s exactly how I felt in January, 2018. I was in my small hostel room, wrapped up in my blue-stripped duvet, wondering where my next income would come from.

For chrissake, I was just a college student who couldn’t afford the fancy lifestyle every other college student had. Why was I even in college?

Worst of all is that as much as I was a second year student, I hadn’t figured any lucrative side hustle that could bag me a few dollars to even buy my “boxers.” lol.

Most of my friends had ventured into lucrative side hustles and life seemed interesting to them.

Here I was in my small room cursing the day I received my results with a grade A- (minus) that gave me a free ticket to join campus.

Here’s How I Taught You How to Become Reputable Freelance Writer in Kenya

Few months after I found my feet, I began teaching people the basics of freelance writing in Kenya. I didn’t just want my juniors to suffer the same way I did.

Basically, I taught people everything I knew about freelance writing in Kenya. My goal was to see other people succeed and mentor the future generation.

So, some few months, after going through a few freelance writing paid courses, I decided to implement everything I learned.

Most of them worked for me while a few couldn’t just favor me because of one or two reasons, but I never gave up.

What I Didn’t Teach You About Freelance Writing in Kenya

Some of what I decided to teach you about freelance writing in Kenya included: continuously pitching clients, having an online presence, creating a writer website, and creating awesome writing samples.

I taught people all the four issues above, but missed on very vital ideas that would make the whole lessons wrong.

Continuously pitching clients worked well for me. Clients who didn’t even know me stored my details in their database and later contacted me.

I once pitched a client from Facebook. We didn’t discuss much with him because my rates were super high, but he later contacted me and we are now working together – actually, we’ve been working for more than two months now.

I still pitch clients regularly. Some will respond telling me that they have stored my details and that they will contact me if need arises.

And the weird part is that I even pitched my college, and guess what?

The content marketing manager gave me time to express myself and after our first meeting, she told me to submit a written proposal that she would then submit to the board for further discussion.

I don’t want to give the impression that they will hire me to market one of their products (Taifa laptop), but I just want to encourage you to be courageous enough and approach big companies just like I did.

The second thing I taught you was to have an online presence.

Sure, I have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram. I’m blessed to be popular in one of the social accounts – Facebook.

That doesn’t mean that I have failed on Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram. It’s just that I don’t have many followers on those accounts like I do on Facebook.

I have a Facebook group and page where I give FREE insights to upcoming freelance writers. You can like my page here or join my Facebook group here.

Apart from the Facebook group and page that I manage, I have also joined some of the active Facebook groups like Writing Revolters, POD Online Writers, Article Writers Hub Kenya, Writer’s Group, etcetera.

I have always contributed in the above groups and I’ve got awesome clients from most of them.

I got one of my awesome clients in Writing Revolters Facebook group. She wanted me to her craft some articles and after the project, she had no option but to leave behind this awesome testimonial. See it below:

Not only does Denzil pay attention to detail and follow instructions to a tee, but he’s unafraid to ask questions and offer suggestions for improvements. Denzil clearly cares about the work he does, and it shows. He consistently demonstrates his dedication to his career, his clients, and to inspiring other writers.

The third thing I taught you was to create an awesome writer website.

Because of my hard work and right attitude, I never spent a coin in designing my website. One of my awesome clients paid for everything, including the Divi Theme and the plugins.

Lucky me, right? Maybe.

Lastly, I taught you the art of crafting writing samples that clients love. I have used the hack I learned to create numerous writing samples that I use to hook clients who ultimately hire me.

But what did I teach you wrong?

Here’s what I taught you wrong:

  • I taught you to continuously pitch clients, but showed you the wrong method
  • I taught you to create an online presence and left it at that
  • I taught you to create a writer website, but didn’t tell you more about creating a website and…
  • I also told you to create samples, but never showed you how

Before I show you in detail what I didn’t tell you earlier, let me say, “I’m sorry.

Let’s jump into the first mistake – Continuously pitching clients.

Continuously Pitch Clients

Pitching clients isn’t that technical. I know what’s technical is getting the emails of those you want to pitch.

And if getting the editors’ email is your biggest problem, I got you covered. You can use some of the email search tools like Vocus.io, Hunter.io, etcetera.

Happy now?

Now that you’ve found the emails of the editors of the companies you want to pitch, go ahead and write an excellent pitch.

Make sure it’s short and on point. One of the secrets is that your first pitch should trigger a response; it’s meant to start a conversation. In short, conclude your pitch with a question tag the editor can’t ignore.

Once you have sent your first pitch, send as many pitches as possible because you will receive approximately five responses out of the pitches you send.

You can get more of this in my FREE mini-course on the fifth lesson.

Create An Online Presence

Several years ago, I thought social media was a photo hub.

Little did I know I was taking misusing a place that could change my life.

And when I realized that social media could completely change my life, I stopped all the naive photo postings and resorted to how I could make good use of it.

Early this year, Facebook made me discover about freelance writing.

And I jumped into the freelance industry without looking back (no regrets).

Many people have always asked me why I’m so popular on Facebook and I give them a simple answer, “I engage in conversations and help people who seek help.”

Perhaps that’s too general, but no worries. Today I will explain how to create an online presence in detail.

Having an online presence doesn’t mean you start deceiving people of what you haven’t achieved. Please minimize your ego and concentrate on helping people instead of talking big.

Sounds harsh, but it’s the fucking truth!

I have read several posts where people talk big, but in reality, they don’t have anything to show – that’s too bad.

You can’t build credibility with lies. No, it’s not possible. You can only build credibility by sharing your honest truth even if it may be uninteresting.

Join Facebook groups, be the first to offer assistance when someone needs it, ask questions and be answered.

Don’t fear asking questions because you feel people will know that you don’t know. After all, when you ask and know, nobody will know you didn’t know earlier.

And…

It’s freaking simple as that. Note that I highly condemned lying to build credibility because it does not work anymore.

Create Your Writer Website

Unfortunately I haven’t made any post on how to create a website, but I can give you some insights that will help you do the right thing as far as the creation of a website is concerned.

So, the first thing you’ll need is to have a domain name. This is where you may waste the most time. You want to be complicated when in real sense you can use your own name as your domain name.

But, if you have always wished to use a certain brand name, feel free to use it but make sure it’s not hard to remember.

On the hosting company to select, I can’t tell you there’s a better one. Go for the one you are comfortable with. Whether you choose Hostgator, Hostnine, Bluehost, or whatever, it’s your prerequisite.

I’d advise you to use someone’s affiliate link to get the best discount offers. You can get started for only $2.75 here (this is an affiliate link).

If you use my affiliate link above, I’ll help you set up your site for FREE once you make your hosting payments.

So, create your writer website today to stand out from the crowd.

Create Awesome Samples that Clients Love

This is the most critical stage. You need to take your time creating a writing sample that you’ll present to your client.

I always insist that you should take the shortest time possible to write an article and then take the most time editing your work.

Let’s just say that you should take roughly 20 percent of your time writing your article and 80 percent editing it.

Once you are done, you can either publish it on a recognized website or use www.medium.com. You won’t be charged anything. It’s totally FREE.

The reason why I’m against you handing over your writing samples as word documents is because no client can trust you with it. Why?

Anyone can borrow a word document and use it when in actual sense it’s not his or hers. (The worst mistake you can ever make is lying to your client).

Ultimately, you’ll suffer because what you’ll be delivering will not be equivalent to what you gave as a sample.

You end up losing a client that you would have made a repeat client if you were honest and presented your own published writing sample.

But I can help you right here, right now…

I can help you write your sample, edit it and publish you on my site like I have done to my students. Just contact me here about it

My third and fourth FREE mini course lesson has details on how to write and edit your writing sample to simple, clear and elegant.

You can sign up with the link above to access the lessons.

Bottom Line

I’m sorry I didn’t tell you about all these freelance writing in Kenya hacks all this time, but the good thing is that now you know.

You now need to follow the hacks to a tee while implementing each of them.

I always encourage anyone who has used my hacks and succeeded never to hesitate sending me an email to let me know of his or her success.

 

 

 

 

How to Quit Your Ho-Hum Campus Lifestyle, Move to Paradise, and Show the World You Can Do It Without a Degree

After all, isn’t that what you want?

Being a university student seem fun. In fact, that was my biggest dream – to qualify for campus.

But, look, forget all the fancy lifestyles you have read from campus magazines. It’s actually not real, especially if you don’t know where your next income is going to come from.

I joined campus, but had such a fixed budget that if I invited friends for one meal, then I would stay hungry the next meal. But how can you stay in campus without the company of friends?

I don’t like sharing my stories, but I love doing one thing – ENCOURAGING OTHERS. So, that’s why I’m writing this story.

As I write this, I’m in my small room, somewhere around Jomo Kenyatta University. It is 00:39 AM, Sunday, the 28th day of October, the year 2018.It’s my 23rd birthday and I’m happy that I’ve managed to reach this far.

Enjoy reading and see how possible it is to move from your ho-hum or workplace life, move to paradise, and show the world you can do it.

My Best Friend Secures an Online Job Worth $50!

HEARTBREAK! Yes, I know I should be celebrating or congratulating my closest friend for securing an online part-time job, but it’s not what you think. (hint: he did the unexpected to me.)

My friend landed a job with the Microsoft company and the worst of all is that he never informed me of the opportunity. He was stupid enough to inform me of it after the selection process had ended. I tell you it hurt me soooooo much.

I became jealous and decided to revenge. Tit for tat is a fair game, but does it really work? Read on to find what transpired.

Higher Educations Loan (HELB)

With my rancor still alive, I decided to do something unique. I needed money real quick and not just money, a lot of money.

After figuring how I could earn money quickly and live a fancy lifestyle like my friend, I thought I should waggle my HELB loan.

At that time, people were glued onto betting on games like soccer and they were winning good cash. So, I decided to try.

My account at that time read $200 and I was convinced that I could use the money to stake on single games and win some good cash.

My first match lost and $30 was gone. I tried the next day with $50 and it went too.

I thought I should wait for the weekend and try my luck one more time. Weekend came and there were a variety of games to pick on. Was it the opportunity? I tried one more time.

Oh no! My last stake was gone too. I was done. I remained with only $20 in my account.

$20 couldn’t pay my rent neither take care of my upkeep. So, what was I going to do?

Should I call my dad? No, my dad knew very well I had received my HELB loan and it would be difficult explaining where the money had disappeared.

At that time, I was almost sitting for my end semester exam and you can figure out all the stress. I had to pay rent, I had to buy food, and I had to go through my notes in preparation for the end semester exams.

I became dull; all the happiness went down the toilet, and my eating habit became poor – making me lose weigh abruptly. I thought about what I could do and finally decided to ask help from my relatives.

Relatives Never Help at the Time of Need

Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.” – Rick Riordan.

All the same, I reached out to most of them.

For chrissake, others referred me back to my parents, yet I needed their help. Of course I was aware my parents were alive, but I had a reason for reaching out to them.

After so much struggles, I gave up and knew none of them was going to help.

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

I Opted to Sell Most of My Valuables

Looking around, I only had three valuable items; a laptop, a sub-woofer, and my phone. So, I started weighing which was less important.

If I sold my laptop, I would remain poor because it was my source of income.

If I sold my sub-woofer, I would be forced to sell it cheaply and go at a loss.

What of doing away with my phone? Well, I loved chatting with friends. So, selling my phone would mean I would stay lonely. Who loves being lonely?

Goooooooooooooooood! What was I going to do?

After so much thought, I decided I would sell my phone and settle some of my bills. So, I sold the phone at a 70% loss.

Examinations Begin

If you were once a student (I mean in the 21rst century), then you know how hard it is to lack a phone, especially during the examination periods.

Examination venues and scheduled time always changed out of the blue. If you didn’t have a phone to connect with your classmates for updates, failing to sit for a paper was real, but who cares? After all, you’re a grown up; you should organize yourself.

It was tough; I mean hard, but thank God I managed to maneuver my ways and sit for all the examinations.

My Generous Cousin Decides to Help Out of the Blue

Your greatest contribution may not be something you do but someone you raise, thanks to my cousin, Kevin.

At that time, I felt I was nobody; everything gone. I just hated myself.

I therefore tried to search for anything I could do online and earn some little income.

I had heard of online writing; the most popular one in my country being academic writing. I decided to try it out.

At least my cousin offered to leave behind his tablet during work days. So, I had free access to the Internet.

I tried researching about online writing and searched on Google if I could find some jobs to do.

I did my first job on academic writing and was scammed. My second job? Scammed. My third? Scammed. I lost hope.

I decided to look for something else more genuine. I wanted something that could enable me land international clients because my faith with local clients had washed away.

Google Search Leads Me to the Right Path

I lost hope and felt that all online jobs were scam. I did one more Google search to see where it would lead me. I searched, “freelancing in Kenya.” Guess what?

I found a website called Freelancer Kenya (https://www.freelancerkenya.com) and flipped through its pages.

On the home page, my eyes got glued to “FREE Must-Have Mini-Course for Freelance Writers.”I signed up and started receiving emails the next Monday.

I tell you the emails (Free Mini-course) changed my life; I learned a totally new approach to freelancing. I joined some of the Facebook groups Walter Akolo had recommended and started looking for writing jobs.

Walter’s Free Mini-Course Helps me Win my First Job

After two weeks, I got my first client on Facebook. The client wanted me to help him craft articles.

At the time, the client was willing to pay me $2 for every 500 words. The pay was low which forced me to wake up as early as 4 in the morning and sleep as late as 11 in the night.

The reason why I loved the client was because he paid on delivery. Each day, I was to submit 10 articles and he paid instantly.

In FOUR DAYS, I bought a new phone – the first phone I ever bought from hard earned money.

I was happy. I was motivated. I was encouraged, and…I believed I could make money doing what I loved – writing.

Life Hits Me Hard

After completing my first writing project, I went out looking for more jobs. I believed I was smart and could do more writing tasks.

The Facebook groups I joined turned to be my nightmare. The atmosphere in those groups were all about “Freelance Training. Freelance Training. Freelance Training.”

I knew I was better. So, why go for training?

I started opposing violently in those groups and after a few days, I was kicked out in all the valuable groups I was.

I was left with no group. I had no idea where to get jobs because the only place I knew was Facebook groups and they were now gone.

I gave up.

Life After a Tough Experience With Facebook Groups

I gave up on writing for some time to cool my brain. All I did was to watch TV the whole day.

After some time, I decided to visit Walter’s website and read some of his pieces. I got the motivation to continue with freelance writing. As I was going through the pages, I came across Walter’s freelance writing course that went at $30 at the time (the course currently goes for $40.)

$30 was a lot of money to me. I couldn’t afford it easily, but I believed I would one day touch the purchase button.

One day, I decided to open up to my dad about freelancing and made him aware that I had interest in joining Walter’s course. He asked me how much the course costed and I told him $30. Surprisingly, he congratulated me on my brilliant idea and assured me that he would buy me the course.

One morning, I received an email from Walter, a post on how Daniel was skeptical about freelancing but still succeeded. Daniel was still young which gave me some motivation. Immediately, I finished reading the post, I sent my dad a text. In the text, I explained how badly I needed the course. I promised never to disappoint him.

After some few minutes, the reply popped, “I will send you the money today.”I can’t describe the joy I had. I was very happy.

Denzil Joins Walters Freelance Writing Course

At around 4pm that day, dad sent me the cash and I immediately forwarded the cash to Walter. I sent Walter my details and he sent me the login details on my email.

Could I wait to start the training the next day? Hell no! This was something I had craved for. So, why would I postpone?

I started reading every detail in the course and the more I read, the more superior I felt. That day I slept at 12 midnight.

How my Freelance Business Took Off After the Training

Within one week, I had landed my first job and a month later, I had landed tons of jobs that made me start outsourcing some.

My biggest challenge was that I never had a writer’s website where I could showcase my skills. Convincing high paying clients was difficult.

The fourth job I got on Upwork was interesting. I had sent a pitch and after two months, the client hadn’t shown interest of hiring me. Finally, I got a message from on Upwork. The offer came like money in the bank.

After my first milestone, the client decided to work with me outside Upwork. (note: never propose to your client that you work outside Upwork. Let the client propose.)

I got more than $200 for that project which was more than enough to create a simple writer website.

My Website is Hosted

$200 was enough to start a website. I therefore decided to set aside $50 for the design.

One morning, one of my U.S clients reached out to ask if I could help him rewrite a website copy.

He was one of my awesome clients. A brief on how we met:))

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When I joined Upwork, I sent several proposals. In real sense, my proposals were boring and robotic; a serious client wouldn’t hire me with such kind of proposals.

Ignorantly, in one of the proposals, I included my phone number – which was a violation of Upwork terms (thank God they didn’t realize.)

So, Johnnie reached out to me via WhatsApp and asked me if we could work on future projects which I accepted.

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I asked Johnnie which website hosting company was the best and he suggested a few.

I told Johnnie of my interest to host my website and he offered to host my website. Just like that! Why?

I had been loyal to him; following his instructions to a tee, delivering pure gold and above all, I accepted any mistakes I made.

After a long conversation, he accepted to host my site and sent the login details the following day.

How I Moved to Paradise

Have you ever felt like everything around you is a mess; you look at your small room and you feel like you hate yourself?

Well, that was exactly what I experienced in January 2018. I was sitting in my small room around my college, wrapped up in my duvet, wondering what I’d do next. The world had shown me how cruel it was.

For chrissake, I was just a third year student, but I could still manage to freelance and earn some income to keep me going.

My biggest problem was that I didn’t know how to become a better freelance writer and command higher rates.

I took time to design my website and make it look more professional and then published some valuable blog posts that my readers ultimately loved and shared and boom! My blog became popular and clients started reaching out to me.

After my blog became popular, I took some few writing courses and my writing improved immensely. This enabled me to double my rates and start earning what I deserved. Weeeeuwee! All the struggles had finally yielded to something.

I could now pay bills, go out, and occasionally host my friends without worrying about anything. I moved in to a more spacious room and I’m happy it happened out of my hard work. Thank God.

Lucky me, right? Maybe yes, maybe no. But the most important thing is that you can as well make it like I did.

You Can Also Do It

Because I learned the hard way, I would never want the same thing to happen to anybody starting out. I normally give some FREE basic training to anybody who reaches out to me.

Remember, freelancing is a game and at the same time a profession. You must work smart to be where you want. If you don’t, you’re going to fail terribly.

Implement everything you learn and you will write a story similar to this one or even write a better one than this. C’mon, you can do this. Yes you!

7 0ld School Blogging Tactics That No Longer Work

You have set your blog, crafted good content, posted them on your site, and now waiting for visitors to visit your blog.

You start experiencing low lead generation, and then you say that blogging isn’t meant for you.

Let’s face reality; nobody is going to notice you if you don’t market yourself. No, it’s the old school blogging tactics that you’re using that no longer work.

In this article, I’m going to show you old school blogging tactics that no longer work and also give you the right tactics that currently work.

1) Taking Too Much Time Writing Great Content

You must have been told that you need to take time writing great content if you want tons of people to visit your blog – so, you spend a couple of days writing “great content.” Yes, you need to craft great content, but taking much time writing one article is a waste of time.

Derek Halpen suggests that you should spend 20% creating great content while 80% promoting it. It means, when you publish a new post, it should reach as many people as possible.

So, what should you do?

Build relationships with influencers; comment and share their posts.

Remember, not just a comment will do; read through their posts and have facts you’ll mention when leaving a comment. You can complement the author, but let it come out naturally.

Jon Morrow gives the following blog outreach tactics:

  • Reach out to target top bloggers
  • Share their posts – add their blog’s handle
  • Respond to social media queries
  • Comment on top bloggers’ sites
  • Send a complimentary email
  • Point out broken links to them
  • Offer to improve a resource
  • Grow the relationship

2) Guest Blogging

Guest blogging was a sure-fire way of getting noticed, but things have changed. Guest blogging on popular publications like HuffPost doesn’t guarantee you much traffic.

Yes, they don’t guarantee much traffic because they grow daily, plus they publish tons of posts alongside yours every day.

But here’s the good news; you can still guest blog – but on specific niche-based blogs.

If you’re a personal finance writer, pitch companies that accept guest posts about personal finance. Likewise, if you are a weight loss writer, pitch health and wellness companies.

Another hack is to get influencers to share your post. Reach out to top bloggers and ask them to share your post.

3) Asking Readers to Subscribe for Free Updates

Years back, you could build your email list by asking readers to sign up for free updates. Not anymore. Other blogs are offering real stuff in exchange for email addresses. Asking people to subscribe for free updates is like giving them nothing in return.

Since people realized the power of emailing marketing, website owners have better ways of collecting emails. While you’re struggling to grow your mailing list, other bloggers are bragging, “join the 10,000 who have already signed up.”

So, how do you build your email list?

You can choose to do video courses because nearly everyone expects to pay for it.

Another brilliant way of building your email list is by creating fascinating case studies. Come up with a case study that has been on a debate over the last few weeks. For example, “A case study on why WordPress is no longer the king.”

Lastly, you can offer handy templates. Most freelance sites provide templates in exchange for your email address. A good example is the Freelance to Win site that gives you Upwork proposal template in exchange for your email address. Because you are not good at crafting excellent proposals that shout, “Hire me,” you’ll find yourself signing up.

Lastly, a time-saving cheat sheet is also a concrete offer on demand. Nearly all people want to spend their time wisely and increase their productivity.

4)Selling Advertising Spaces for Ad Companies

Ads used to be one of the best ways bloggers could earn passive income. When people clicked on their ads, they would earn income that would pay their bills.

Sadly, there’s more competition today and tons of people have developed “barrier blindness” – people don’t pay attention to the ads anymore. In fact, in some cases, when people visit your site and see ads, they leave.

So, what should you do?

There are a couple of ways you can make money on your blog; you can create online courses, sell products, write eBooks etcetera.

Treat your blog like an empire and not like some shitty advertising platform.

5) Skulking in Comments Section with Intentions of Getting Traffic

Some years ago, commenting on top blogs could help you get noticed quick. You’d leave your email address, site URL and people would click on your site URL to read your blog, and boom, you get noticed.

Sadly, people are too busy to click on every site. So, there’s a higher possibility people won’t click on your site URL.

Here’s what you should do instead.

Commenting is still a brilliant idea of connecting with influencers, but you need to do it smartly.

First, read the entire post and understand every concept the author is trying to make.

Secondly, pick out the impressive points that have equally worked for you and share your experience. If you have additional ideas, suggest them, but in a polite way

Thirdly, share their post on your timeline and use their handles. Be consistent in leaving comments and always keep the conversations alive by asking trigger questions.

Lastly, you can reach top bloggers by sending them a complimentary email. After all, who doesn’t love to read compliments? Write an email to them explaining how their content helped you achieve something BIG. (let it be genuine)

6) Busy Crafting Round Up Posts

Have you heard of a round-up post? Well, I have tried the tactic and failed miserably. The post only generated 14 shares after long nights of toiling trying to get information from top bloggers.

If you don’t know what a round-up post is; a round-up post is a type of post where a blogger reaches out to several experts to interview them and use their replies in a post. Round up posts used to work until people realized the tactic and nearly everyone dived into it.

Round up posts don’t work anymore. Influencer’s inboxes are filled with old round up questions – which in most cases are sent to trash. If they don’t, they’ll give a shallow reply that will weaken your post instead of strengthening it.

Use experts as the case study examples instead of sending them boring emails (that they would always send to trash.)

Or…

Get more creative with smart roundup questions that insight the shout, “I must reply to this.”

7) Trying to Convert Search Engines Instead of Humans

I call it, “blogging blunder number one”; trying to convert search engines instead of readers.

A client asks you to craft him a great content, then spoils everything by giving you a long list of keywords to include in the article. Sorry to disappoint you, but this old-school blogging tactic no longer works.

Kindly employ the current tactic (which I’m going to show you).

Google algorithm has changed, and it now looks at the following to rank your post:

How long a user spends on your page

The percentage of users who leave your site without visiting any page

Length of search results

A depth of search results

It’s relatively simple; write long-form detailed content that aims to educate your readers and solve their problems instantly.

If a reader wanted to know how to prepare coffee like a real barista, write a post that will leave the reader saying, “I can do this!”

I’m sure you’ve had experience with some of these old-school blogging tactics and seen how they impacted on your blog. You need to eliminate the old school blogging tactics and substitute them with the current tactics I have provided.

Do you have any other old school blogging tactic that you want to add? Feel free to add them in the comments. I’ll be happy to read from you.

How to Make Money Blogging Without Blogging About Blogging

I know the frustration that comes when you spend a lot of time  blogging, yet nobody cares.

You take your time to craft great content that you think will attract clients, but they don’t care.

Then you give up and say blogging isn’t meant for you.

Here’s the thing; you just haven’t done things right on your blog such that it can generate money even while you sleep.

In this post, I will show you how you can make money blogging – even when you’re new to blogging!

Let’s jump right in.

1. Selling Advertising Space

You have invested in your site, and therefore, it needs to pay you back.

So, how do you earn from your blog without blogging about blogging?

There’s good news for you; you can sell advertising space on your blog.

Before you make up your mind to sell advertising space, research to know the following about your site:

What your readers look at when they visit your website

What pages on your blog are the most popular

What pages on your website people stay on the longest

The keywords people use to find your site

After doing your research, you need to get advertisers. So, here’s what to do:

First, know which sites links to yours.

Secondly, get the sites (which links to yours) from your analytics.

Next, research on the websites that relate to your site.

Then flip through their pages and know how they work and what they do.

You can also click on site URLs of those commenting on your blog. Get the names of companies they’re selling their space to and pitch those companies..

2. Affiliate Marketing

An incredible way to make money through your blog is by marketing what you use and love.

Pat Flynn gives a clear definition of what affiliate marketing is, and this is what he says;

“Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.”

There are four parties involved in affiliate marketing:

Merchant: Sometimes referred to as the selling entity or vendor. The merchant is the party that creates the products and recruit affiliates to market them.

The consumer: This is the determinant. If he or she buys the product or service, the affiliate system goes around. So, without sales, no commission.

The affiliate: Can either be individuals or companies. They earn commissions from every customer that buys from their affiliate link.

The network: This is the intermediary between the merchant and the affiliate. The network ensures payment and delivery of products. An excellent example of an affiliate network is ClickBank.

So, how do you get started?

Buy your domain name and host your site with the company of your choice. It doesn’t matter which company hosts it.

Go to your Google search box and search, “affiliate programs.” If you only want to promote products and services specific to your niche, search, “niche+affiliate programs.”

Once you sign up for the affiliate programs, select what products and services you’d love to promote.

Craft a content that talks about the product or service and insert hyperlinks. (Note that you should make your readers aware that you’ll earn a commission when they click on your links and make a purchase.)

Some of the best affiliate networks include Amazon (that just hit the $1 trillion mark a few days ago), Shareasale and CJ Affiliate.

3. Google AdSense

Google AdSense is a site that allows bloggers to generate income by displaying Google ads on their pages or posts.

The emergence of the Divi theme has simplified displaying ads on your pages. It helps you stay organized on your site.

Divide your pages using the Divi theme builder and set aside a section for displaying ads. Then copy and paste the code to the part you want the ads showed.

There are two ways to earn money through ads:

Impressions: This is based on the number of page views of posts or pages with ads.

Clicks: This is based on how many people click on your ads.

You cannot use a free WordPress site to promote ads, but you can use Blogger – use the monetize tab.

Below is how to get started.

Sign up for AdSense

Copy and paste the code to your site’s HTML.

When you reach a minimum of $100, Google pays you. Just as simple as that.

You don’t need to be tech-savvy to earn from your blog. Don’t pay attention to bloggers who want to make it appear techy.

You need to do things right and build your little money generating machine – that earns you income even while you sleep.

Do you have any other ways that you’ve made money through your blog? Kindly add to the list in the comments section.

4 Exceptional Reasons Why You Should Do Freelancing

How many times have you wished you’d freelance; working from home three or four hours a day and earn some good income? If that’s your wish, then this is the time to make it a reality.

Many people claim that day jobs are safer than ordinary jobs while in some countries, people believe that freelancing is for people who can’t secure real jobs.

All the same, freelancers know best why they’re obsessed with the business. “After all, a comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” You may be comfortable at your 9 to 5 job, but nothing best will ever come from it – you’re held hostage; no freedom, no flexibility and perhaps no increment of salaries.

The Bureau of Labor stats shows that the United States of America alone has over 57 million freelancers and that the number is likely to increase immensely by 2027. This is a too-good-to-true stat to ignore.

In this article, I’m going to show you why you should be a freelancer even if you have a day job.

Let’s jump right in.

1. Freelancing is Flexible

Recently, I was passing by a five-star hotel in my town, and my attention got glued to some tourists who were taking photos in front of a beautiful statue. It was clear that they were people running their businesses – perhaps freelancing. I believe every person’s wish is to have such a lifestyle.

Flexibility is one reason why most people choose to start freelancing. Think of commanding your rates, having your schedules, going for a honeymoon without being fired, etc.

How does freelancing offer you flexibility? Below are ways in which freelancing guarantees flexibility.

You can control your earnings – The more efficient you are, the more you earn. If you can write copies that sell, then you can command higher rates. Danny Margulies, a top-rated Upworker, charges $125 per hour to write landing pages. Similarly, if you can write blogs that go viral, don’t hesitate to charge higher rates. Jon Morrow, the founder of Smartblogger, has a basic income of over $1 million per month! On the contrary, you can’t command higher salaries on your day job, unless you’re promoted to a more senior position – which always takes time, and isn’t guaranteed.

Flexibility to set your schedules – You can work at your best productive hours. You can choose to work during the day, in the evening or choose to burn the midnight oil – it’s your prerogative. Elna Cain, a mom of two toddlers and a reputable freelance writer, still finds time to freelance, even though she has two toddlers to manage.

Flexibility to choose your projects – In freelancing, you have the right to either reject or accept offers. You can choose which projects to work on, depending on the rates, your schedules or your passion for the project. I have rejected job offers maybe because the pay was too low, the client seemed difficult to work with, or the job didn’t suit me.

Flexibility to set your terms – This is my best reason why I chose to freelance. For example, I prefer to be paid up front before I start any job. You can decide to have your unique terms like not accepting guest posts on your blog. Again, it’s your prerequisite.

2. Freelance Generates Additional Income

Let’s face reality. Most employees don’t love their jobs, and their salaries can’t take care of all their needs. If you’re such a person, then you should start thinking of trying freelancing.

Most of my clients and mentors decided to quit their shitty jobs and start their freelancing empire. The amazing thing is that once they chose to freelance, they never looked back. It means that freelancing rewards if you decide to put in the required effort.

If you want to do freelancing part-time, it’s still a good thought. So, go ahead and make the shit happen. Besides, freelancing will boost your financial security on top of your day job.

The best of all is that when you’re sacked from your 9 to 5 job, you will still have clients who will ramp up your freelance business, either full-time or hold you until you land your next day job.

Now that you have started freelancing, you can invest your freelancing income on any profitable investment you wish, like real estate, man, and van services, etc.

3. Freelancing is a Learning Opportunity

Tons of people think freelancing is a quick-rich scheme. Let’s be honest; your first freelancing year may not be a success. You will encounter challenges, get filled with tons of freelancing advice – which may even confuse you. Perhaps this is why most freelancers give up and end up as failures.

But why do other freelancers succeed?

Here’s the thing; freelancing is a learning opportunity. You need to learn new ideas every day continuously. Most of my freelance mentors have invested in freelance courses, eBooks so that they can get fresh ideas that they can incorporate into their writing.

Jorden Makelle, the founder of Creative Revolt, continuously buy freelance courses, even though she’s already a top freelance writer.

Walter Akolo, has chosen to take more freelance courses and read lots of eBooks – which most of them are paid.

I registered for one of the best Udemy courses, “How to Become an Exceptional Writer: Writing with Flair.” You can purchase the course at a 90% discount here (from $199.99 to $19.99). The course is detailed and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to write with flair.

4. Freelance Opens Up New Career Opportunities

On top of your freelance business, being a freelancer can lead you into several career opportunities. For example, copywriting and social media management can lead you into careers like digital marketing and advertising.

The art of web designing can lead you into being a savvy web designer and earn good cash, either designing websites full-time or part-time.

Content and article writing can land you writing jobs, especially from companies embracing content marketing and blogging. Many companies hire content writers to help them craft content that educates their customers before they make a purchasing decision.

You can see that freelancing has lots of advantages; It is stable, and when fired by one or two clients, freelancers can easily land other clients.

Why then would you stick to a job that you aren’t respected when you can do freelancing where clients value and respect you?

Stop depending on managers who don’t care about losing you, because they can easily recruit new employees.