Writing articles that sell Part 2

After you read this article, you will be able to write pieces that will boost your freelancing career. You will be able to become an actual professional in the writing community, and best of all, you will be able to make some money that could change your lifestyle for the better!

In Part 1 we discussed choosing the right title for your article as well as some of the groundwork that you must do before you even start writing. In this post we’re going to build on those fundamentals with a few more rules.

Rule 1: Make your article new!

Realistically, there are only so many topics that a person can write about! An industry truth is that there is a lot of recycling of topics and information that goes on. What changes is the way that same old information is packaged. Editors are constantly on the lookout for new angles, articles that are written in an unexpected way.

For you to succeed, always try to look for unusual ways to talk about whatever topic you have chosen to go with. Even the topics that Father Time wrote about can be made fresh, trust me! It just takes a little creativity.

Rule 2: Throw in a dash of anticipation

Yes, you can find suspense even in a non fiction article! Start letting your readers know, right from the start, what your article is about and why they should stay tuned.

The reader has got to know that your article has a point, and that it is imperative that they keep reading. Build on that anticipation. Don’t wait to make the “big reveal” at the end of the article. You have to keep the readers hooked

Rule 3: Hook the reader quickly

Speaking of hooks… Within the first 150 and 50 words you will either get your reader hooked enough to keep reading, or you will lose them totally. You will be even more successful if you can get the readers hooked in the first 25 words of your article.

What are the ingredients for effective bait? A starting statistic, or a provocative bit of dialogue. You can even try using a funny comment or a striking statement. These are all tried and tested, proven to immediately grab a reader’s attention.

Rule 4: Sugar and spice and everything nice

Once you have captured a reader’s attention, you then have to know how to keep it. Add some flavour to your writing. Regardless of the genre or topic of your article, you can add some excitement to your article. Your job as a writer is to add a dash of quotes, a sprinkling of diagrams and infographics. Avoid just giving the bare bones unless that is what the client brief calls for.

Try including some interviews from industry experts to give some credibility and authority to your article. Dialogue is also helpful.

Rule 5: Stay focused

So you have the catchy title, the killer hook and some great points to flesh out your article, what’s next? You have got to keep yourself focused on the goal of your article. It is so easy to go down the rabbit hole and labour points that aren’t quite relevant.

Stay on target! Write your main point in a single sentence and make that the focal point of your article. Make sure that you structure your article in short paragraphs that seamlessly flow from one to the next. Make sure your transitions are smooth.

Rule 6: Be relatable

This is a big one. Bring some humanity into your work. One of the best ways to do this is to address the reader as “you”. It really is that simple. Make it seem as if the reader is chatting with a friend or a person that is concerned about their wellbeing and success. That conversational tone pulls readers in quite effectively.

Inject healthy doses of sincerity into your work. Don’t be preachy, readers find that to be very off-putting. Your readers want to be treated as grownups that are capable of making up their own minds about issues. You cannot preach at them to force them to implement your ideas.

Rule 7: A dash of humour sells

A touch of humour works wonders, whether it is at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of your article. Closing off with a humourous statement makes your article memorable. Be sure to echo something that you have previously said in your article.

If you implement these tips, I can guarantee you that your writing will never be the same! In a sea of eager freelance writers, these tips will get your work noticed. Try them out by pitching for one of the opportunities in Writemymoney’s weekly newsletter, This Week’s Paying Online Opportunities. You may very well find yourself laughing all the way to the bank!

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Writing articles that sell

PART 1

So you’ve wanted to make money by writing articles for blogs and online magazines but have no clue how to write work that will wow the editors. Maybe you took a look at Writemymoney’s weekly newsletter and your mouth watered at some of the amounts of money being offered for work that is chosen for publishing…

Well, you don’t have to scratch your head in confusion any longer! I’m writing this post just for you.

Rule number one is…and this one may just blow your mind…

It’s not about you!

Shocking, I know. Really though, what you write really is not for you. You write for the reader. You have got to prioritize the reader’s wants and needs over yourself when you write.

You should make your aim to write articles that are either going to give helpful information, tips that your readers are going to find interesting, or share insights that they need right in that moment in time. Your article could also be informative, or it could include revolutionary and transformational insights.

Self expression is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t always pay the bills…sorry, not sorry to be the one to break this to you…

Readers want to read an article that is written well. This is the main thing. If you go overboard with expressing yourself freely, you may actually put them off. So keep in mind who your target audience is and be guided accordingly as you write.

When you write, you may want to prioritize a million and one ways to get through to your readership, but did you know that readers really only have three questions when they pick up your article?

What is in this article for me?

Why should I read this?

Will this impact my life in any way?

Rule number 2 is… Research your market!

Check the magazines and blogs that you are interested in writing for. Look at their analytics to figure out what their target demographic is. This will help you to write in a more targeted way instead of just shooting in the dark.

Rule number 3 is…Offer the editors something fresh and new!

Believe me when I say that these editors have probably seen a LOT of articles. One of the reasons why research is so important is that when you see what they have published before, you can then find different angles to approach the topic. You may even find a modern innovation to write about that they may be into.

Rule number 4 is…Get your title right!

Your title holds the power to draw people in or to push them away. Finding the right title may just be more important than the content of the article itself! Why do I say that? What is the point in having the best article in the history of ever…that nobody reads because they are put off by it’s title???

Always have a title in mind as you write your article. This helps you to stay on track. Your initial title may not be the one that you go with in the end, and that’s ok.

So how do you come up with a good title? The content of your article may provide you with the perfect title. It could even come from one of the pictures that you included. The best title is catchy, attention-grabbing and evocative. It may even bring a bit of mystery, ensuring that a person has to read more to find out all the details.

Stay tuned for part 2 to find out how to write an article that will always make bank and attract readers.

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3 easy steps to being more productive in 2022

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One of the things that I decided to be deliberate about this year is my productivity.

I want to define productivity in simple terms for all of you. In my opinion, productivity means being more effective day to day and thus, becoming a master of your time.

By this definition, I see that productivity is the art of doing more with less and not wasting any time. Since I find it difficult to define success and measure my productivity, I’ll start with what I believe is the most important step towards achieving them: planning.

I’m sure you’ve seen how Facebook has changed its algorithms to promote even more advertising in people’s news feeds. Nobody likes advertisements, but Facebook users don’t want the content they want to see disappearing either.

So, if you’re a Facebook user (which, if you’re reading this, you probably are) you won’t be too upset to learn that Facebook is now actively promoting posts that contain more links, especially related to commerce and e-commerce.

That means that I can shamelessly tell you about the books that I have for sale on Payhip, like the 2022 social media planner that you can access here.

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Drive traffic to your blog or website

This might seem to have a negative effect on bloggers at first and it’s easy to see why. There won’t be as many posts on our news feeds and that means fewer people will actually see our posts.

However, with the increased focus on monetization and the shift towards e-commerce and purchasing products through social media in general, this could actually be a great thing for bloggers like me who are trying to make money from a blog.

After being forced to work in fits and starts in the bag-making business that my husband and I run, thanks to Covid, I found myself in a contemplative mood in the latter half of last year.

I decided to put together tools for other people out there like me, who are tired of complacency. Are you one of those people that are tired of watching other people succeed?? Success is not an insurmountable hurdle, it is achievable for you and for me.

So I took a leap of faith. I wanted to share with you three ways we can be more productive in 2022. So before you write me off as some naive idealist, I would like to remind you that I have been an entrepreneur for over a decade and have made it my mission to learn more about being successful in business in any way I can.

I am not here to tell you that you need to quit your job and become an entrepreneur, but I will urge you to:
a) find your purpose,
b) work on your craft,
c) kill your sacred cows because they are slowing down your potential.
I’m channeling Richard Branson when I say: YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO – IF YOU REALLY WANT TO.

3 steps to doing anything you want to – if you really want to:

Give More/Get More

I am not talking about charity either.

Half my time is spent working on projects that have a deadline. The rest is spent writing or doing research. Early this year, I calculated how many hours I can reasonably spend working on these things. My goals for the year are set around that number.

For example, if I think I only have 100 hours of workable time in a week, I might set a goal of writing 2 books by the end of the year (40 hours x 2 books = 80 total hours). And so on.

This planning process is important if you hope to succeed. Be as specific as you can about how you will achieve each of your goals, the necessary steps to take in order to realise those goals.

Exit social media groups and leave pages that add no value

Having a strategy will be meaningless if you are constantly sidetracked by gossip and idle chatter on social media. This includes, whatsapp, twitter, facebook and every other platform where you find yourself not being productive for hours on end.

Choose to stay where you are challenged, places where you learn new things that will help you move forward. Choose to give ear to people that support your endeavours or that are on similar paths.

While checking out memes and gossiping about what other people are doing has its place, not many people are making money from this. I’m not saying never let your hair down, but be selfish with your time. Don’t let just anyone have it.

After planning get started on implementing those plans

This is arguably the most difficult step to take. We often get hung up on the big idea, then get overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of what needs to be done to get to the end goal. Here’s something I always say…

The thing to do is to start.

It really is that simple. Take the first step. Choose a small action to take initially then build on to it with other small actions. Before you know it, you will have built something tangible and meaningful.

Start that blog and start posting. Record that podcast. Write that book. Open that store. People will take notice if you use the right tools and tactics. It may take time, but don’t give up. Do it incrementally and watch your efforts build up into something great!

So how do you purge the unnecessary from your life? How do you get rid of the distractions, the social media pages and groups that serve no purpose but to fruitlessly use your time?

Ask yourself these critical questions:

Were you inspired by being part of the group in the past year?


Did you get any business from the group?


Are you likely to get business from there in 2022?


Is traffic too much, needlessly?


If you were one of the successful men and women that you know, what sort of groups would you be part of?


WhatsApp allows us to pin only 3 groups, what’s your top 3?


Do you really need more than 15 groups?

Assess each group you are part of and don’t be afraid to hit the exit button if the group doesn’t make the cut. It may be more worthwhile to exit most groups and focus more on reading educational books, attending seminars, travelling, pursuing new hobbies etc.

Don’t neglect your family either. Instead, give them a place of priority in your life. That’s part of what makes the life of productivity so great.

The change you want in 2022 will come if you focus and implement these 3 steps.

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17 February 2022 Public Edition

Hello everyone! Yet another week and yet another newsletter for your viewing pleasure. There is lots of money to be made this week. As a member you can have your pick of content writer and virtual assistant jobs, or choose from pitching calls galore! There’s even a job offer for a transcritionist this week. There are some tight deadlines to be aware of, so read carefully and make sure you don’t overlook them.

Let’s jump right in!

Liberal Currents is a publication that is dedicated to the “defense of liberal ideals.” They are looking for pitches. Their founder and editor-in-chief has tweeted: “Would love in particular to see something from a writer with expertise on foreign policy, really wrestling with the question of what a truly liberal foreign policy would entail.” They are seeking pitches on other topics as well. Rate is $75 per piece. Pitches should be sent to writers@liberalcurrents.com. Read their founder and editor-in-chief’s Twitter thread here.

Hill City Bride is a Virginia-based wedding blog. They are open for pitches. If you want to write about weddings/honeymoons, then get in touch with them at jennifer@hillcitybride.com. They will pay $50 per article (around 600 to 800 words). Read their Tweet here.

Bella Caledonia is a Scotland-based online magazine that explores independence, self determination, and autonomy. They have tweeted, “Taking pitches on ‘cost of living’ crisis; Platinum Jubilee propaganda; police collusion with loyalist paramilitary groups; a future for women’s football; Scotland’s housing crisis.” Deadlines are negotiable. Rates are £90 for 900 words. To learn more, refer to their Tweet. To contact them, refer to this page

Apply to Transcribe in English with 3play Media
We are looking for transcriptionists/editors for contract work to transcribe recorded audio and edit imperfect transcription using our proprietary internet-based software application.

To be a good candidate, you need to be able to provide expert transcribing services independently and be able to provide a quick turnaround on a finished work product (as a given project may require).

Please note, we are only interested in receiving applications from individuals who are interested in performing the services themselves – please do not apply on behalf of another person! We do not permit the “selling” or “subcontracting” of our contract work.

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You may also benefit from reading these articles:

https://writemymoney.finance.blog/2021/11/05/what-freelancers-need-to-know-to-get-paid-by-online-magazines-and-blogs/

https://writemymoney.finance.blog/2021/11/23/17-important-things-you-need-to-know-about-getting-published-in-paying-online-blogs-magazines-and-other-places/

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