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How I Earned $704 for a Single Article (and got a 2-Year Freelance Writing Contract)

Guest post by Bamidele Ojo

For over four years, I worked as a content writer on freelance marketplaces… writing for peanuts.

Things changed, however, when I came across detailed information about how to land clients with cold pitching.

Finding clients through freelance marketplaces is not bad, as long as you earn decent rates to justify your hard work.

When you’re paid only peanuts, however, it becomes a form of slavery.

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The Cold Pitch that Made Me $5,025 (or How to Craft an Irresistible Cold Pitch)

 

how to create irresistible cold pitches

While there are countless ways to get clients as a freelance writer, cold pitching is undoubtedly one of the easiest and fastest; as part of a cold pitching experiment I did sometime ago, I was able to land a new client that instantly awarded me a $625 writing gig in 2 hours and $5,025 in freelance writing work within a few months.

What was the exact pitch I sent?

Why was my pitch effective?

This article answers both questions and gives you 12 different cold pitch templates you can use to get results during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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30 Websites that Will Pay You to Write, Instantly [in 2020]

Do you want to get paid to write? If yes, this list of 30 websites and blogs that pay writers is exactly what you need.

It doesn’t really matter whether you want to get paid to write reviews, lists, or tutorials, there is an abundance of blogs and websites that pay writers who can give them high quality content and follow guidelines.

You can get paid to write about anything; this list is comprehensive and provides a list of websites in over a dozen categories: web design, travel, writing, programming, business, tech, education, parenting, adult education, ceramics, health, wellness… you name it.

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5 Science-backed Ways to Write an Attention-keeping Introduction

By Waliyulah Olayide

Imagine you opened a shopping mall. The name and popularity of your mall have attracted potential buyers.

Entering your mall, you knew a visiting prospect would be persuaded to buy a thing or two.

Alas, your entrance is waterlogged with the rain that fell the other day!

What will a potential buyer do?

Even if your mall had the best stock in town, it won’t matter. A potential customer, disgusted, will likely pretend that they forgot something in the car, turn back and leave your mall — for good.

Your article is like that. As a freelancer, business owner or an entrepreneur who has a great message to pass to your audience.

You can’t afford to begin your article poorly.

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5 Ways Freelance Writers Can Survive in the Age of COVID-19

While there has been a general lack of data on the impact of COVID-19 for writers, it is clear that freelance writers have been seriously affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Take the airline industry as an example:

Available data shows that four of the five biggest inflight magazines have shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If major magazines like Delta Sky and Southwest, reputed for paying writers a minimum of $1 per word, have had to shut down due to COVID-19, you can only imagine what it means for smaller players.

The impact of COVID-19 extends beyond just the airline industry; the travel, hospitality, education, tech, transportation, and real estate industry are just a few of the major industries affected — and many of the magazines and publications that pay writers in these niches have had to put things on hold due to the pandemic.

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Onibalusi

Welcome! I'm Bamidele Onibalusi, a young writer and blogger. I believe writers are unique and highly talented individuals that should be given the respect they deserve. This blog offers practical advice to help you become truly in charge of your writing career.

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