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If you are new to the freelancing world, you might have decided to pick up a freelance writing gig. I don’t blame you, freelance writing has certainly changed my life for the better. But there are definitely mistakes that can be made in the beginning that you want to try to avoid. With that in mind, here are several tips for a new freelance writer.
Be original. Don’t just copy someone else’s work. You can use other articles for inspiration, but that’s it, no copy and pasting. A lot of writers use programs like Copyscape to make sure their content is 100% unique. If you aren’t using Copyscape, a lot of your gigs probably are, so that is definitely something to look into.
Research your topic. You might get hired to write all kinds of different articles in the beginning that you know nothing about. One of the keys to content writing, in the beginning, is to be able to read a lot of information quickly so you can write an informative article on a bizarre subject.
Choose a niche. You may want to niche down once you get past the stage of keyword articles. It puts you in the position of an expert in your field. Consider starting a blog on your topic of choice, which will give you samples for your portfolio. Know your audience. This is very important. Writing for the web is different than the academic writing you may have done in school. Most of what you will be writing is in a conversational tone.
Have a format. I often write lists as they are a good way to organize writing intended for websites.
Have great titles. You don’t want your article to be click-bait, but you sort of need to think along those lines when creating a great title. What will make the potential reader click on your article and read it? There is so much information online today you need to stand out. Choose keywords accordingly.
End strong. Have a great conclusion that sums up your article. A bad conclusion is like a bad movie ending. It leaves the read dissatisfied and feeling like they wasted their time reading your work.
These seven tips should have you well on your way to creating your first freelance writing piece. Once you get past that, many doors should open for you if you stick with it. Just remember to be yourself and always research your craft so you never stop learning. This will set you apart from other freelancers out there.
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