10 Proven Tactics to Help You Raise Your Freelance Writing Rates Without Scaring Away Clients

How I wish I were a freelance writer attorney. I would ensure every freelance writer gets paid what he or she deserves.

It pains me to see how colleague writers are underpaid. I feel like tabling a bill that would ensure every writer is valued, regardless of where you come from.

When you start your freelance writing career, you don’t have enough experience to command higher rates. Needless to say, you don’t even know that you should increase your freelance writing rates.

Due to the increase in the cost of living and other factors, you will feel the heat at some point and opt for an increase in your freelance writing rates.

Before looking at the ten proven tactics to help you increase your freelance writing rates, let’s discuss when to begin thinking about raising your freelance writing rates:

Situations When You Should Increase Your Freelance Writing Rates

But Denzil, are you not advocating for increase in freelancer writing rates? Why then are you bringing up the topic of “when to” in this?

Well, increasing your freelance writing rates can be tricky if you don’t take the proven steps. Doing it wrong can end relationships with some of your best clients.

That’s why it is better if you know the right time when you need to push for an increase. That said, let’s get rolling:

# 1. You Are Charging a Low Hourly Rate

How can you tell that you are charging a low freelance writer hourly rate? Well, Ali gives insight into this.

When you started writing, you had to take a couple of hours to write 1000-words blog posts, but as time went by, you realize you can craft an excellent 1000-word blog post in 30-45 minutes.

Personally, when I started writing, it took me 3-4 hours to write a 500-word blog post. Today, I can write a 500-word blog post in 20 minutes.

No, the point is, when you stick to your hourly rate, you will realize you are losing more. For example, assuming your freelance blog writing rate is $50 per hour (taking 4 hours to write a 1000-word blog post), then you’ll bag $200.

Now that you can write the same post in less than an hour, what will you charge? Do you realize you need to negotiate for an increase? I’d rather charge my clients using the freelance writing rates per word.

# 2. You’ve Never Increased Your Rates

Probably you are in your first year as a freelance writer, and you have never found the guts to notify your client that you will be increasing your rates soon.

Within one year, you should have had enough experience to enable you to increase your freelance writing rates. At this point, if you have never thought of raising your freelance writing rates, then you should.

# 3. Tons of Clients are Knocking on Your Door

Once you are an established freelance writer, many clients will come looking for you instead of you looking for them. How interesting is that? They’ll be willing to accept your freelance writing pay rates no matter what.

You will have more than enough jobs to tackle. So, the best option is to increase your rates and trim those projects at relatively low rates.

# 4. You Have Invested In Yourself

This is one of the tactics I love most. After every three months, I usually register for a paid freelance writing course to sharpen my skills and help me serve my clients better.

Because I invest in myself by taking a couple of paid courses, I increase my freelance writing rates to take care of the money I have spent. Does that make sense?

Up to this point, if you are not sure whether or not to increase your freelance writing rates, let’s go through why you need to negotiate for an increase:

Why You Should Increase Your Freelance Writing Rates

“I’m comfortable with whatever my client is paying me.” I know it may seem like what your client is paying you is decent, but here are two reasons why you should reconsider the idea of increasing your freelance writing rates:

# 1. Increase In Cost of Living

The value of $100 this year isn’t equal to that of last year. The cost of living increases every single day.

So, imagine yourself getting stuck on one rate for two or more years? Will you find it easy to pay school fees for your little ones? Or will you even think of traveling around the world?

Honestly, you won’t. You’ll be jumping into debts one after the other. So, to prevent this, make sure you increase your freelance writing rates.

# 2. You’re More Experienced

When you started your freelance writing business, you didn’t know much about freelance writing. You may never even have thought of negotiating for an increase in your rates.

Well, that was then. Now, you are a reputable freelance writer who clients are looking for every day. Don’t you think you need to increase your technical writing rates at this point?

Without further ado, let’s look at the ten proven tactics to increase your freelance writing rates without scaring away your clients:

10 Proven Tactics to Raise Your Freelance Writing Rates Without Scaring Away Clients

As I said, I wish I was a freelance writer attorney. I would have made it easier for freelance writers to charge what they deserve, but because I’m not, I’ll only give you the hacks to increase your freelance rates without scaring away clients. Let’s jump right in:

1. Charge Per Project

One of the reasons why you should charge your clients per project is because when you charge per project, your hourly rate increases automatically.

For example, you are charging $30 per hour, and you take 3 hours to write a blog post. That’s $90. What if you charge the client $180 for the project and work on the project for one or two hours?

From a client’s point of view, they’ll be getting the same results. So, it won’t appear to them like you are charging a lot.

2. Raise Your Rates for New Clients

I usually update my services page regularly, and while I do that, I ensure I update my rates too.

Let’s get real here: when you update your rates from your website, no new client will know what you were charging initially.

So, go ahead and update your rates on your website. Besides, you can quote a higher price than what you are already charging when a client comes knocking.

3. Charge Double What’s Charged In Your Country

I thought I was the first to use this hack until I came across Ali’s article about “how to raise your rates as a freelance writer.”

In my country, most clients offer to pay between $0.01 – $0.02 per word, which is way too low. As a freelance writer, especially from my country, charging something close to $0.06 per word won’t be that bad.

I stopped working with local clients because of their low pay, but that shouldn’t prevent you from working with them. Some awesome clients can pay you way better.

4. Join the Freelance Writers Den

(This post may contain affiliate links. So, when you click on a link and buy any product, I will get a commission.)

Huuuh! Finally, I’m about to explain my best solution to charging higher rates – joining the freelance writers’ den by Carol Tice.

I first came to know Carol Tice when I bought Jon Morrow’s Black Book that contains editors email addresses of top magazines.

I realized that you could only get published on Make a Living Writing if you were Jon Morrow’s student or her student.

When I visited her website, I checked her pages and came across her portfolio. Oh My! All her samples had been published on Forbes.

I learned of the Freelance Writers Den and joined. I must confess there are lots of resources that will help you earn more as a freelance writer.

Reasons, why Freelance Writers Den is a Must-Join forum, include:

  • Forums where you interact with reputable online influencers
  • More than 300 hours of videos for learning
  • Bootcamps where you can learn more every month
  • A job board that’s filtered with only high paying clients
  • And finally, it costs just $25 monthly

Isn’t that too low with all the advantages you get from it? Try and join the Freelance Writers Den. Be a member and start earning what you deserve.

5. Escape the Content Mills and Bidding Sites

This may sound rude, but this is my point of view. If you are serious about quitting your shitty job and making freelance writing your primary source of income, then content mills or bidding sites like Upwork won’t be the solution.

I know it hurts to hear something of the sort, especially if you think you are successful on Upwork, but that’s the bitter truth. Thank me one day.

When I thought of increasing my freelance writing rates, the first step I took was to leave Upwork and concentrate on finding clients outside (direct clients).

I realized it was easier to increase my freelance writing rates working directly with clients. I must say a BIG THANK YOU TO THE LIKES OF CAROL TICE, ELNA CAIN, AND LORRAINE REGULY.

6. Design a Professional Website

I seriously doubt if you can pitch big companies without a website, and to be more precise, a professional website.

That said, it is necessary that you create a good-looking website. You can design your website on your own or hire a web designer to work on it as you concentrate on other projects.

When I bought my domain name denzilfreelancekenya and hosted it, I was confused about how to design my website. I made several mistakes until I opted to hire a web designer to help.

Since I started reading people’s blogs, the best website I have ever come across is Elna Cain’s blog. I don’t know whether or not to admit that I’m jealous, but the truth is that Elna’s blog is beautiful.

Now, the point here is to design your website to look professional. If you can’t do it on your own, please hire a web designer.

7. Work With an Editor (Wording Well)

I never knew the importance of going through my work several times before publishing it online for the whole world to read.

Thanks to God for letting me know Lorraine Reguly, the founder of Wording Well. She has been helping me with editorial services, and I must say, this is where her passion lies.

If you were wondering, Lorraine could also help you become an author through her courses. I bet you can’t wait to meet Lorraine.

Again, my point here is that you make sure your writing is on point. That way, clients are going to take you seriously even if you opt to increase your freelance writing rates.

8. Ask for Testimonials

If you are one of Jon Morrow’s students in his Content Marketing Certification Program, you’ll realize how passionate he is about testimonials.

He says that testimonials do the speaking for you and that he’d instead value a client’s testimonial than payment because the testimonial will increase your credibility.

So, when you have completed any project, and the client is happy, go ahead and ask for a testimonial. I have done this before, and this is what I usually say:

Hey (name),

It’s been nice working with you, and I’m glad I have helped your company grow within the last three months we’ve been working together.

Would you mind leaving me a genuine testimonial? I would appreciate it if you did.

The reason why I’m asking for a testimonial is so that it can help me serve you and my future clients better.

Thanks in advance!

Denzil

9. Inform Your Clients In Advance

Never make a mistake to increase your freelance witing rates without issuing a notice to your clients.

If you do so, there’s a possibility that your clients can end the relationship with you and look for other writers.

Therefore, issue a notice to your clients in advance to allow them to ponder over it. For example, you can write an email notice to your client in November that you’ll be increasing your freelance writing rates as from January the following year.

10. Raise Your Rates Around the Same Time Every Year

This is a tactic that works. To give you some insight, let’s use Apple company as an example.

Now, what comes to your mind when you see an apple logo? Probably, you begin to think about the Apple Company.

The same will apply when you want to increase your freelance writing rates. If you usually raise your freelance writing rates in January, it will stick in the mind of your clients. So, they will have prepared for the increment.

In Conclusion

I would love to conclude with Bamidele’s principle – the law of demand and supply. As a freelance writer, you should convince many clients with your writing such that tons of them come looking for you instead of you looking for them. With that, you can increase your freelance writing rates comfortably without scaring away any client.

How To Start Your Freelance Writing Career: If I Had to Start Freelance Writing Career from Scratch, I Would…

Denzil helped me to get my first client as a newbie freelance writer. I made 150 dollars in my first 2 weeks of freelance writing. Thanks to his advice and freelance coaching. If you are a newbie writer struggling to get clients, then it is time you worked with Denzil. He will guide you till you get stable clients who pay well.”

Thank you for the mentorship. I landed a client and bagged $700 from the project. Once again, thanks.”

You must have read tons of such testimonials all over, but you are not even close to succeeding with your freelance writing career.

It hurts. Really hurts to read testimonials of others succeed while you are stuck at one point.

The two testimonials you read above are from two dedicated students who took my free freelance mini-course seriously and landed their first clients.

How I wish I could get people to show me exactly where to get freelance writing jobs or tell me some of the popular freelance writing job sites like I did to those trainees above (Yvonne and Vincent).

I did not just show them where to get jobs but also connected them with real clients.

So why did I ‘spoon-feed’ them?

Well, I reward dedicated trainees with whatever I have. At that time, I had two clients who needed more freelance writers, and I had to refer my best trainees.

Who Is Denzil Really?

Denzil is a Kenyan Procurement graduate (in less than a year), a Christian, founder of Denzil Freelance Kenya, freelance writer, and a son.

My passion was to be a lawyer until the disappointment came when I missed it by 2 points going by the KUCCPS selection process.

That was the end. I lost the passion and opted to pursue Procurement. I’m not regretting. I love it.

My Freelance Writing Journey

Have you heard people say how they’ve failed with their freelance writing?

I never have.

The truth:

Most people fear to share their failure stories, but that’s what I’m about to share with you.

When I started my freelance writing career, I had no idea what freelancing was. I never knew the meaning of freelancing.

In short, I was green.

Another humiliating experience was just how I was bullied in several Facebook groups.

I was called names. I recall one person called me a lizard. Thanks for that because I know I’m a human being, not a lizard. (no hard feelings).

Because I couldn’t take the insults and intimidations, I had to hit back at several people within those groups.

Finally, I was kicked out in all the Facebook Groups.

Let me be honest with you. It’s not that I hate Facebook groups. I love them so much. That’s why I created my own Facebook group.

If you subscribe to my free freelance mini-course, the first lesson will point to you some of the Facebook groups I recommend (I have suggested even some of the groups that I was kicked out from).

I have a lot of challenges that I came across when starting as a freelance writer, but I can’t share them all at once.

If you want to know more about them, there are a couple of posts I have written about my challenges like this guest blog post on my trainer’s website. Check it out.

What I’d Do If I Started Freelance Writing from Scratch

The advantage with freelancing is that there are a lot of freelance writing careers that you could venture in like web content writing, blog writing, copywriting among others.

I was totally new to freelancing when I started. I’m from a country where freelancing is at its roots at the moment – not many people have known this better way of making money.

But I’m more than confident that if I had to start freelance writing from scratch, I would do everything totally different and way much better.

I wouldn’t repeat the same mistakes I made when I started.

Have a look at what I would do differently. It’s unique:

1) Select Reasonable Freelance Writing Courses

Many people will say you don’t need any training to succeed with your freelance writing, but I have a different opinion when it comes to such a debate, why?

A series of freelance writing courses made me: not just one or two, but many of them.

I come from a country where freelance writing is still at its roots. It’s just freaking hard to find your feet all alone.

I found my feet through the help of a reputable freelance trainer, top-rated Upworker, and the owner of the best blog in Kenya (talking about making money online), Walter Akolo.

After Walter’s paid freelance writing course, I took a series of paid mini-courses like Writing with flair by Shani Raja, Building Credibility by Jon Morrow, SEO 101 by Jon Morrow and Pitching 101 by Carol Tice.

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These are all good courses that I recommend you take if you have the cash. And if you’re wondering how much they cost, surprise! Surprise!

None of them cost above $50.

That’s less than 5,000 Kenyan shillings. The two courses by Jon Morrow costs Unbelievably just $7 each (though that’s when you purchase them on discount).

All the same, I’m not limiting you from choosing other courses. It’s your prerequisite to select a course that’ll give you results.

Have you decided on which course you’re going to purchase? If yes, we can move to the next step:

2) Choose a Niche

This is the stage with a lot of controversies. I don’t know why and I wish I knew.

Tons of people have different opinions about how to select a niche, and I respect their opinions.

But, Heck! The noise is just too much – you can’t know who to take seriously and who not to. You end up getting confused. But you need to start your freelance writing career. What should you do?

How about if I gave you a peace of mind by reducing all the noise you have been hearing and show you the proven way?

I know that’s something you’d be interested in.

Think of it this way. Since you became an internet user, what topics have you been searching the most on Google?

The answer should be your niche! As simple as that!

Still not satisfied?

Well, let me ask you a simple question. What do you want the most in your life?

If it’s not money, it’s a relationship or to stay healthy. And the truth? Those are the most profitable niches online.

Everyone wants to know how to make money online. Tons of people are lonely and want to have company. Lastly, millions are struggling with health conditions like obesity.

If you think that’s a lie. Let’s prove it. Check out for the most shared blogs if they’ll not fall in one of those niches above.

Another way is to check out for the innovations. What’s new? What seems technical and people are perceiving as the new techie in town?

According to me, cryptocurrency and blockchain are still innovations. Everyone wants to know cryptocurrency and blockchain and people think they are so complicated.

That’s where you jump in. Make your writing simpler to digest and on point. Make even things that sound so technically easy to interpret.

That way, clients are going to come to you instead of you looking for them. Decided on your niche? Let’s jump into the next step:

3) Create Writing Samples

According to me, writing samples is confusing. You always feel like what you’re writing isn’t what clients want, and you could be right.

But remember, you had selected a niche. So, it will be super easy to find topics for your writing samples.

If you don’t have an idea of what to write about as your writing sample, let me help you.

There is a free tool called BuzzSumo. BuzzSumo gives you insight about topics that have been shared several times on social media. Grab your topic from there!

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After all, “the best writers are the best thieves,” one English professor once said. “Shakespeare stole his plots from Greek and Roman plays. Thomas Jefferson plagiarized the Declaration of independence from John Locke. Oscar Wilde stole from everyone, and so should you.”

I was impressed when I downloaded Jon Morrow’s free pdf about “Headline Hacks.” His defence about stealing ideas was convincing. So, go ahead and use BuzzSumo.

Once you have stolen an idea from BuzzSumo, have a plot of how you want your article to flow. Doing that will save you a lot of time when you finally get down to write.

The next thing you should now do is to write without paying attention to any spelling errors. Just write. There will be time to go through everything you wrote. So, don’t worry about the red marks.

When you complete, take a break. Close your laptop and cool your brain. You can watch a movie, read an article from one of your best mentors or go for a walk (I’d prefer reading an article from either SmartBlogger or Neil Patel Blog). These two sites keep me motivated.

Once you’re fresh, return to your article and start proofreading and editing it. Read it aloud so that you can hear the mistakes as you read them. That way, you will quickly realize small mistakes and correct them instantly.

And there you have Your writing sample!

4) Create a Writer Website – the Jon Morrow Way

“Anyone can create a blog, but the real test is getting readers,” says Jon Morrow. That’s completely true.

I love how most people take risks to invest in something – like a blog. It just shows how willing you are ready to sacrifice and get something in return.

Sadly, starting a blog is not all about taking investment risk. It’s all about whether or not you can get loyal readers who’ll love, comment, and share your posts.

Sure, if you can achieve that, trust me, you’re all set to create your website. If that’s still a dream to you, please don’t. Instead, follow the guide I’m going to give you right here, right now.

First things first. Have you heard about Medium? If not, Medium is a platform that gives you the freedom to post your blog posts and exposes them to thousands of readers for FREE!

If you are not sure whether the niche you selected will attract readers, then Medium is where you can test that. So, what must you do?

Simple! Craft at least three posts and keep track of how they’re performing. If it gets noticed and get tons of claps and comments, then that’s your perfect match.

If your post performs poorly, please go back to the drawing board and check out some of the profitable niches that people love.

Secondly, create your website. Decide on the domain you are going to use. It shouldn’t be so technical. Make it simpler so that people can easily remember it.

Once you have settled on your domain, go ahead and choose a hosting company. There are tons of hosting companies you can choose from. There’s SiteGround, HostGator, Bluehost, and many more. If I were you, I’d instead choose from the three. They are some of the best people love.

Usually, it should cost you roughly $60 to set up a basic site. The problem? It will look unprofessional because you will be forced to use a lot of free stuff like the themes, plugins, etc.

Instead of creating a basic site, you can purchase the Divi theme, which goes for $89 and buy some plugins that will ensure your website runs smoothly like Akismet, that will get rid of spam messages.

But, the choice is yours. And maybe, if you have a fixed budget, go ahead and create a basic website, then when you finally find your feet, you can purchase some of the best themes like Divi.

For someone serious about starting his or her freelance writing career, it would be best if you followed the procedure above.

5) Craft Your Blog Posts

You have created your website, and all things are set up. Probably, you’re super excited. Please, don’t let your guard down just yet. There is still a long way to go.

You must have heard this phrase, “content is king.” Well, to some extent, that’s true, but on one end, it will be a big lie if you take it literally like that. Why?

Look, some years ago, bloggers would create tons of 300-word blog posts and publish them. Surprise! Surprise! – they would go viral.

The truth is that by then, a few people were writing and publishing. So, it was super easy to get ranked on Google and get traffic.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen anymore. Google has become more advanced, and therefore, you need to craft an informative and actionable content that your readers will love.

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But how do you create an informative and actionable content? I would still refer you to the free tool, BuzzSumo. Search for some of the most shared posts in your niche, then come out with what you’re going to write.

Wait! I’m not saying you copy and paste. No, that’s not what I mean. I mean, read some of those viral posts and identify what the authors left out, then come up with a more detailed post – that addresses what the authors left out.

One final thing. Below your post, please offer a freebie, then have a form where your readers will get the freebie in exchange for their email addresses. The email list will help you monetize your blog once it’s popular.

6) Pitch Clients Like the Big Guy

You have taken some of the best freelancing courses, settled on a niche, created writing samples, created your website, and added some viral posts on it, SWEET! I bet you are in the climax of succeeding with your freelance writing career.

But there’s something you need to do so that you start earning what you deserve – pitching clients so that they can hire you.

The reason why I love pitching is that most of the people you pitch are top influencers who are ready to pay you for your expertise.

I don’t want to even talk about bidding sites or content mills – they’re a waste of time because you’ll be forced to write numerous articles while the pay is low.

I’d advice you to pitch clients directly and ask them if they need your services. I know it’s a challenge to get influencer’s email addresses, but don’t worry I’ll give you some hack. Hopefully, they’ll help you succeed with your freelance writing career.

Here we go:

  • Search on Google – “your niche+companies.” For example, credit card companies
  • Next, sweep through their website and check the “About Us” page if there is anybody in charge of content marketing. Have they provided their email address?
  • If not, go back to Google search and enter this phrase, “company+editor+email address. For example, Aweber editor email address
  • If that doesn’t work, search the company you’re targeting on LinkedIn. Browse through some of their employees and check out if there’s anybody in charge of their marketing
  • Let’s assume you get someone in charge of content marketing. That’s whom you want to pitch. So, check the person’s Twitter account if they have a website or if they used their email address to sign up
  • Another hack is to enter the first and second name of the person you are targeting on an email permutator. Email permutator will give suggestions of the email addresses the person could be using
  • Once you get the list, copy the list and assume you want to send an email. Paste the list of email addresses there. At this point, Full contact will help you identify the email address the person used in any of his or her social accounts
  • Maybe you haven’t integrated Full Contact with your Gmail account. Please search on how to integrate Full Contact with a Gmail account and get started.

Once you have your list, craft an excellent pitch that will trigger a response. Don’t be too wordy in your first pitch. The first pitch is meant to start a conversation.

You can check out how to write a pitch that wins clients here.

7) Do Your First Projects

You have sent many pitches, and one or two clients have accepted your pitches. Congratulations!

Now it’s time to do your first project and give the client pure gold. Yes, pure gold. Don’t get me wrong. The first projects you handle will either make or break your freelance writing career.

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If you choose to deliver precisely what the client asked, then the client might not consider you for future projects.

But what if you surpass the expectations of your client? Sure, he or she will be more than willing to consider you for future projects. If he or she is not sure of future projects, he or she can refer you to other awesome clients.

Key issues to note:

  • Do your research thoroughly and come up with informative content
  • Do not spin the content – spinning is rewriting a content that’s already published
  • Do not use fluffy words like in fact, really, etc
  • Don’t be too professional. Readers want to be entertained. So, include a story or a case study that’ll wake up your readers
  • Thoroughly proofread and edit your work. Clients hate petty mistakes like spelling and punctuation errors

8) Learn from the Gurus

Want to know some of the people that have helped me set up my freelance writing career the right way? I bet you should be interested because they’ll also help you out.

When I started, I followed and subscribed to many blogs. I can’t even remember how many they were.

Unfortunately, I had to unsubscribe from some of the blogs because they were no longer of use to me. I can’t say whose blog I unsubscribed from, but I’ll tell you who have remained my choice up to now.

Here is the list…

It’s coming…

My Gurus are:

Familiar with the list? Oh My God! If not, run and subscribe to those blogs. They have the secrets you are looking for to succeed with your freelance writing career.

9) Increase Your Freelance Writing Rates

You’re close to succeeding with your freelance writing career, but there are two things you haven’t done yet – increasing your rates and teaching what you know for some cash.

For now, let’s talk about how you can increase your freelance writing rates and still secure the high paying clients of your dream.

Let me be honest with you. You can never increase your rates when your writing is still weak. Therefore, you need to up your game if you must raise your rates, but how do I do that Denzil?

There are tons of approaches you can take. I knew my writing wasn’t on point. So, I purchased Shani Raja’s course, “How to Become an Exceptional Writer.”

How to Become an Exceptional Writer by Shani Raja helped me know how to proofread and edit my work.

Then I purchased Jon Morrow’s mini-course, “Creating Credibility” that taught me how to write posts that go viral. After completing this course, I tested the hacks with one post, and it went viral. For the first time, my post got 174 social shares.

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It depends on your weakness. If you are weak in editing, then take an editing course. If you feel you don’t know how to craft posts that go viral, then Jon Morrow should be your guy. If you think SEO is a nightmare, kindly read from Neil Patel’s blog.

10) Teach What You Know

If you almost forgot that you have a website, it’s time to remember because we want to finalize the whole process of succeeding with your freelance writing career.

Succeeding with your freelance writing career can be challenging, especially if you only depend on writing for clients. So, is there another way I can make more money?

Yes, there is another sure-fire way to earn passive income from your freelance writing career experience – teaching what you know.

Let’s not beat around the bush. Once you have become popular, clients are knocking at your door regularly, and you have built an email list with loyal subscribers, it’s time to teach people what you know.

Gather all the experiences you have come across into a course. Please don’t lie. Just put down in writing or video clips everything that worked for you.

Some people talk about things they haven’t even achieved or done themselves. That’s wrong and unethical. Soon, your subscribers are going to realize and unsubscribe, then your downfall begins.

I’m sure that’s not what you want. So, go and teach exactly what you know, and that has worked well for you.

The tactical way of doing this is by starting with a FREE mini-course, then when people like it, you can create a paid course.

Bottom Line

I bet this was a long post, but you must have got tons of actionable pieces of advice – I hope so.

I must congratulate you for staying up to the end. As a result, I want to give you an offer.

What if I back this post up with a real FREE freelance mini-course? Is that something you’d be interested in?

If yes, kindly join my FREE freelance mini-course here and get started with your freelance writing career today.

No tomorrow, it’s now. If you subscribe today, you’ll receive your first lesson right now and the next lesson tomorrow until lesson 5.

If others have succeeded with their freelance writing career, I bet you can. Please take this challenge and once you succeed, kindly shoot me an email telling me how you did it. I’ll be very happy to read from your success story.

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 wants 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 favour 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 per cent of your time writing your article and 80 per cent 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 are 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 to send me an email to let me know of his or her success.

 

 

 

 

How to Show Love to Someone With Mental Illness

Offering support to someone with mental illness can be emotionally draining. It gets to a point where you give up, even through you tried to remain positive.

Seeing a person upset creates a very uncomfortable situation. This is because you can’t understand why he or she is angry.

Sometimes you may feel that the person is taking advantage of you; causing anger with the person. So, is it normal to feel angry with people suffering from mental illness? Yes, it is, but you have to show them love always.

Here are some few tips on how to love someone with mental illness;

Show Compassion

In today’s world, people will only sympathize with you if your condition is the worst. They will make you feel bad; they’ll state that others are going through worse.

Showing empathy to a person with mental illness shows that you feel their pain, and you are sorry for what they are going through, but you can’t just ease that pain.

Acknowledge that you know what they are undergoing. This helps them accept the feeling and move on.

Learn the Symptoms

There are different types of mental illness, and each type has its specific signs and symptoms.

To be supportive of your friend or loved one, try to understand more how these symptoms affect them. For example, people suffering from anxiety disorder have hard time concentrating which irritates them. Learning the signs will help you understand their moods better.

Be a True and Patient Friend

People suffering from depression may not take things lightly. Do not say things that will hurt them because they will get angry for something you thought was petty.

At their difficult moments, they need a true friend who will sit with them and share with them the pain that they are undergoing. Please be be tolerant with them because it’s not their fault to be at that state.

Avoid Taking Things Personally

If you notice that your friend is withdrawing from the fun activities you used to do together, ignore the feeling that he or she may be avoiding you.

If he or she canceled your trip in the last minute, ignore that! It’s not about you. Visit her and show her that you can still have fun indoor, maybe watching a movie.

Build a Support Network

Encourage your depressed friend or loved one to seek outside support. No one can support his or her own burden.

To show love, build a community around you and your friend. This will make them feel good knowing that they are not secluded.

True love is so complicated, and so is loving someone with mental illness. Some may wonder what’s the point of going through all that.

Depression puts a strain in any relationship, and for this reason, most of them do not survive. Remember that mental illness does not make them different from other people. Do not make them feel like monsters when they are not.

8 Foolish Resume Mistakes That Cost Your Dream Job

Of late, landing a job has proved difficult. There’s more demand than supply in the job markets. When writing your resume, always remember that’s what interviewers use to determine your job qualification. It creates a first impression to all potential employers and therefore should be well tailored.

Want to know the 8 foolish resume mistakes that can cost you a job? Let’s jump right in.

1) Not Customizing Your Resume

Tailor your resume as per the job description. Although, you shouldn’t lie, this is an essential key to writing an effective Curriculum Vitae. Ensure you emphasize on your areas of interest. If you are applying for an administrative position, emphasize on your administrative experience

2) Grammatical Errors and Typos

Review your CV at least 3 times. You can have somebody check it out for spelling mistakes before sending. Having another pair of eyes helps spot errors you are not able to pick up. This might seem petty but it gives an impression that you are sloppy. It also shows you didn’t take time to go through your resume.

3) Poor Formatting

Recruiters want to see an attractive resume. A resume with complex fonts can be difficult to read. Use a simple font such as New Times Roman. Avoid dense blocks of texts and edgy graphics. Have other people look at it, edit and revise before sending it out.

4) Giving Irrelevant Information or Repeating Phrases

Avoid unnecessary information like age, marital status, gender etc. Instead, focus on the duties that align with the job description. There’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance so stick to relevant duties.

5) Giving Incorrect Contact Information

This is another mistake that can blow your chances of getting an interview. Note down the correct phone number and email address. Once you have provided your contact, don’t change it later. Changing it can If the recruiter cannot get in touch with you, then you lose that opportunity.

6) Adding a Photo

Avoid this as it makes you look unprofessional. Unless you an applying for an actor or model position, this is unnecessary. The recruiter will not be calling you for an interview because of physical appearance.

7) Too Long Resume

A resume is not a novel. Recruiters look at a lot of resumes and having a long resume can work negatively. It can overwhelm the recruiter and they might not have time to go through it. Divide the resume into sections and bullet points to make it more organized.

8) Lying About Your Duties

Manipulating or over stretching the truth on your work experiences or educational background is inexcusable. This can led to disqualification immediately. Always ensure whatever is captured aligns with your work experiences.

It would be a shame to miss an opportunity because of foolish mistakes. Work on your resume or get a professional writer to do it for you. Avoid these and you’ll be on your way to your dream job in no time!

7 Incredible Freelance Competition Tips

Setting up your freelance business is a great way to make money. Over time, more people are doing away with other income streams and going the online way.

What does that indicate to you?

With time, the number of service providers (freelancers to be specific) will go up and jobs will not increase. That means, competition will increase with time.

As a smart freelancer, you have to offer the best to your clients…all the time. However, you must learn the ropes to survive the freelance competition.

How?

Relax; I readily shared seven tips, just for that

Here we go

1) Cold Pitch Even More

Here, you go beyond freelance platforms. Well, you may be comfortable, but it doesn’t harm to get a client via this route. Simply use targeted communication to find out prospective clients.

It’s simply playing your marketing uniquely…to reach out to clients. If done regularly and smartly, cold pitching will offer you a constant if not ample number of clients at your service.

Perhaps this might trigger the fear of plenty client work. But you need not worry about that.

Consider subcontracting your extra work to pals or upcoming freelancers within your niche. More so, you can also take the opportunity to stand your ground and ditch low paying and troublesome clients, and retain only the BEST.

2) Market Your Freelance Services

Take it from me; never stop to market your services! As a freelancer, yours is to get your reach to every prospect, across the globe. Its marketing that eases your reach to those prospects. Let them know that you are there, ready to serve them at the best rates. Actually, it’s not hard; it’s simply playing with your target audience psychology.

Just do a simple Facebook post and issue your business card to your friends. If you are smart, consider a simple blog. Your prospect clients across the world will get attracted to your blog. The trick is to convert your readers to loyal customers.

3) Saving for hard Times

Never take this for granted. As a freelancer, you are your own boss and your paycheck is may not be constant, especially when just starting out. The reality is that freelancers start out slow but garner great expertise and income potential with time.

Be sure to save some cash for the hard times. Life is unpredictable. You may wake up to untold ordeals that render you unable to work. You’ll thank me if you had some cash stacked away from immediate reach. That means you only access the resources to sort your stuff like medication and other urgent needs.

Sure, God forbid. You wake up one morning only to find your laptop stolen or find out that it longer functions. Oh…I do not need to remind you of Backups! Keep updated sticks, hard disks and online utilities like Google drive. If you keep your backups strategies in place, you sure are good to go, working anywhere.

4) Be Smart in Increasing Your Freelance Rates, Skills and Minimizing Work

Freelancing amazes me with the learning curves I’ve seen around. Initially, a slow start is okay. Five years down the line, you are a professional in your niche! Keep hunting for more clients and every time; ensure you negotiate a higher rate.

5) Know Your Freelance Costs and Income Streams

Hey, every you must not escape this. Why? Just at least for your taxes. There are numerous tools to keep track of your revenue and cost schedules. For a start, a spreadsheet is okay or you can try out Google sheets.

Knowing these variables is a MUST. Check on your internet costs,and track your records after a year. Ask yourself reasonable questions:

Am I overspending or under spending, and for what reason?

Am I spending more than my pals for the same?

Am I hitting my revenue targets, why or why not?

Grill your mind on these. The ultimate goal is to minimize your costs and maximize on the profit. That way, your business will serve you for more than you can ever imagine.

6) Understand the Freelance Work Cycles

It’s great to understand your freelance work cycles. As a freelancer, get to the bottom of this and know the months with plenty work, and when famine reigns. Based on the cycles, align more of your work to be done during the plentiful months.

To be smart, you can reach out to prospects and secure contracts to keep you busy during the low seasons. If prospects do not do not hire you, keep them as future leads.

7) Build Networks

For a seasoned freelancer, you may have reaped from the benefits of networking. Get your social accounts targeted to your freelance service niche. Get as more connections as you can, and let them know what services you offer.

Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and all others are good for connecting with other freelancers.

The networks are also a great avenue for your professional growth. Join the groups and participate. Share your success, challenges, encourage others and help them out. After all, we are there for all of us!

Parting Shot

Freelancing is a wonderful avenue if you are coined for it. I’d say it’s not a get rich quick scheme. Since it’s even more competitive than a physical business, you have to be smart: by remaining relevant and maintaining top notch skill and talent.

You have to learn the newest trends and tricks. Get to explore them and remain relevant all through. That’s how to be a competitive freelancer.

10 Brilliant Money Saving Tips For You

As consumers, we tend to purchase what we want rather than what we need. Money without discipline can lead to impulse buying which is an expensive habit. I will show you money-saving tips you can embrace to reduce your monthly expenses.

1. Cook Your Meals and Stop Eating Out

Learning to cook your meals will save money. Weekly meal plans will prevent you from exceeding the food budget. Eat out only on special occasions. If you are a mediocre cook, get some simple recipes and have fun trying them out.

2. Use Cash and Loyalty Points to Purchase

Credit and debit cards will tempt you to exceed the set budget. Using cash will prevent you from overspending. Most supermarkets and retailers have loyalty points plan for their customers. Accumulate the points and redeem them during your next shopping trip.

3. Buy a Filter for Your Tap and Forget Bottled Water

Buying bottled water is an avoidable expense. Buy a water filter and fix it at the kitchen tap to get safe and clean water. You can also use bottles to carry the water when visiting the salon/barber or taking a walk.

4. Downgrade Your Cable TV or Unsubscribe

You probably don’t get the time to watch your pay TV. Why not downgrade to a lower level or do away with the subscription. Watch TV on the internet which is cheaper.

5. Avoid Buying Items on Sale That You Do Not Need

Sometimes items on sale are the slow-moving goods which compete with the popular brands. If you don’t need what is offered on sale, please don’t buy.

6. Budget

A budget is merely an estimate of your planned expenditure against your income for a specified period. Stop spending money without planning for it. Create a list of what you need to spend on and stick to it. A budget identifies unnecessary expenditures which you can avoid.

7. Cancel Gym membership

You can buy work out equipment over time without stretching your finances and do away with the gym. Getting physically fit need not be expensive.

8. Phone Bills

Having both mobile and landline phones is expensive. Stick with the most convenient one and cut off the other. Trust me, and you will be saving yourself some cash.

9. Reduce Utility Bills

You can save on your electricity bill doing the following:
Opening windows during hot months instead of turning the A.C. on.
During cold months, keep the windows and doors closed instead of heating up.
Shorten your time in the shower.
Unplug electric appliances when they are not in use.
Do not leave taps on with water running and ran a bath only when necessary.

10. Slash the Entertainment Bill

Entertainment is a luxury, not a necessity. You can reduce how much you spend by taking up a new hobby or just spending less.

In the long run, it pays to evaluate your spending and improve on areas which blow your hard-earned cash. Little by little these tips become part of the daily routine rather than a punishment. Money saved can be invested, deposited to a savings account or used to offset debt.

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.