Having problems getting projects? If you can’t find blogging jobs and feel that it’s been a long time without any paid work, check out these 5 tips. They can help you land your dream project.
1. Write for free. Don’t be reluctant to the idea of writing for free. Yes, it’s only fair that you get paid for everything you write, but when you’re trying to get a foot in the door this is necessary.
Most clients are wary of working with someone they don’t know. Obviously, they would prefer a blogger who they’re familiar with.
And when you offer your services for free, which no business would pass up, you’re showing them how good of a writer you are. And when they’re satisfied, they’ll either: (1) recommend you to others or (2) hire you for future projects.
So how do you do it? Do you walk around with a placard around your neck that says “free writing services?”
It’s a thought, but that’d be a little embarrassing. You can:
- Email friends, previous co-workers, and friends.
- Contact non-profit organizations. These guys will definitely love to work with you.
- Post an ad or simply announce it on Facebook.
- Pitch to businesses/companies.
2. Update your Facebook status. This could be the easiest way to find blogging jobs since everyone–and I mean everyone–is on Facebook. Today, even the huge companies are active on this social platform and it’s become one step easier to get their attention.
Update your profile and tell the world that you’re a freelance blogger. Then post on your wall. Say you’re trying to find blogging jobs. It’s that easy.
Another good tactic is to find writer/blogger groups. Apply to be a member or simply click Join (for those that are not closed groups). You can announce that you’re a blogger looking for projects or check for job ads. I’ve managed to land some pretty good projects through this method.
Just make sure that you’re an active member and not just there to solicit work. Participate in discussions. Volunteer if you need to. Establishing relationships will help you score more gigs.
3. Tweet about it. Twitter isn’t popular for nothing. With so many users–including lots of businesses–it can be a good place to find clients. You can:
- Search for terms like #bloggingjobs or #writing jobs.
- Tweet and tag people/businesses you think are interested in your services.
- Update your profile so that users immediately know you’re a blogger.
4. Create a LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is a great platform to find blogging jobs simply because it’s all about business. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, people here are serious about getting work done. It immediately filters people who’re full of crap.
LinkedIn has features that can be very useful for bloggers looking for work:
- You can add keywords in your account that’ll make it easier for clients to find you.
- It’s possible to link your blog, through the BlogLink tool, which is a good way to promote your work and show connections (and potential clients) how good you are.
- There’s a job board where you can search for projects.
- You can find prospects through your connections.
- Groups also provide an opportunity to connect with businesses and score projects.
5. Update your blog. A working blogger needs to have his own platform. It would seem ironic if you can blog for others but not for yourself, wouldn’t it?
Having your own blog will help you attract clients. By updating it regularly, people will see how good your skills are and it can establish you as an expert. And that’s the first step in finding paid blogging jobs.